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Rau's IAS, Delhi

RAU`S IAS STUDY CIRCLE (since 1953)
309, Kanchanjunga Building,
18 Barakhamba Road,
Connaught Place,
New Delhi – 110001
Phones:   011- 23318135 , 23318136, 32448880/81
Website: www.rauias.com

Jaipur Centre

RAU`S IAS STUDY CIRCLE (since 1953)
701, Apex Mall, Lal Kothi
Tonk Road, Jaipur 302015
Ph: 6450676, 3226167, 9351528027
Website: www.rauias.com

898 Comments

  1. Mritunjoy chakraborty -  December 30, 2010 - 6:22 am

    Respected sir,
    I am Mritunjoy chakraborty from kolkata student of B.com(Hons)final year. I am intertesred to appear in csat after my graduation. if you could please help me to know what all subjects i need to choose under your guidance to get success in csat exam. I am keenly looking forward to your reply.
    Thanking You,

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 3, 2011 - 8:43 am

      Dear Mritunjoy,

      First of all, the examination is called Civil Services Exam (CSE) and not CSAT. CSE is conducted in three stages, (1) CSE(Preliminary) – Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) is the popular term for the Preliminary stage, (2) CSE (Mains), and (3) Interview or Personality Test.

      (1) In CSE (Preliminary) stage – there are two compulsory papers of General Studies and Aptitude
      (2) In CSE (Mains) stage – Besides compulsory papers, aspirants have an option to select any 2 subjects (out of the list of 20 + subjects prescribed by UPSC)

      Considering your background from B.Com(H), Commerce chould be one of your optional subjects. You may opt to take Public Administartion along with Commerce. However, to discuss this in detail you may contact the counselling desk at Rau’s IAS (www.rauias.com) in Delhi.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS study Circle

  2. sandeep -  January 19, 2011 - 9:27 am

    hi,
    I need some clarification .
    1.I have planned to join study circle in june 2011 at jaipur center for ias coaching,meanwhile i have planned to seek study material now from the study circle for prilims and mains including optional subjects for my own preparation. I want to know will i be able to get any concession in the fees amount when i will be joining the study circle for personal guidence as i will be seeking the study material now itself.

    2. Will i be able to get the coaching for geography and public admin in the same batch?

    3. Please tell me the last date of admission for the batch june 2011.

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 25, 2011 - 8:43 am

      Hi Sandeep,

      1. As a standard practise, the cost of the study material will be adjusted from the cost of classroom coaching.
      2. Yes
      3. The admissions are on first cum first served basis. Try and confirm your admission at the institute a month in advance of the session starting date.

      And feel free to speak with Rau’s counsellors for any clarification.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  3. sandeep -  January 19, 2011 - 9:33 am

    hi, i have finished my B.E in computer science.Can you please suggest me the optional subjects for ias exam.I am not intrested to take any science subjects.Please suggest me the best optionals.

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 25, 2011 - 8:48 am

      Sandeep,

      The favorite non-science optional subjects amongst science students are:

      1.Geography
      2.Psycology
      3.Public Administration

      You can consider between these three subjects.
      You may also speak with Rau’s counsellors (Jaipur or Delhi) for further guidance regarding optional subjects.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Kulkarni G -  November 12, 2012 - 4:20 am

        Hello Sir/Madam,
        Please tell me the cutoff IAS pre 2012
        I want the exact score Please

        • RAU'S IAS -  November 12, 2012 - 7:40 am

          Dear Kulkarni,

          UPSC does not declare the cut-off of Preliminary examination (unless asked by someone under an RTI query). The cut off has not been disclosed bu UPSC. All figures are guesstimates. The cut-off is speculated to be in the range of 200-210 for General category.

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

  4. Sumant -  January 21, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Respected Sir,

    I am working as a software engineer and having 4 years of exp. I want to give civil services exam this year and this is my first attempt. I am having a electronics background, could you please tell me
    1. how much time need to be devoted to study
    2. what all news papers need to be read
    3. what subject should I adopt for mains

    as I have to place a order for study materials from RAU’s depending upon the main’s subject selected.

    Please help me .

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 25, 2011 - 9:34 am

      Sumant,

      1. Complete preparation takes about a year of dedicated studies.
      2. Newspapers: Times of India and Hindu Magazines: Competition Success Review and Pratiyogita Darpan
      3. We do not coach for or recommend science subjects for UPSC Civils Exam (this is because of varying difficulty level, pattern of exam, etc from year to year). The subjects that we recommend to science students are Geography, Psycology and Public Administration.

      Please feel free to contact the counselling desk at the institute for further guidance.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Amit Sharma -  August 6, 2011 - 4:50 pm

        Revered Sir ,
        When all the people in a class study same study material for ICS then why some succeed and others dont . I mean in the Mains exam particularly.

        Pls help

        • RAU'S IAS -  August 8, 2011 - 5:00 am

          Dear Amit,

          All school students study the same set of NCERT books and get trained by the same set of teachers (in 1 school). Still some students top, many rank in the middle and few also fail. It all depends on how well you study from the same set of books/study material, how seriously you take your home work and how dedicatedly you practice and stay motivated towards the attainment of your goal.

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

  5. Arka Halder -  January 25, 2011 - 5:31 am

    Respected Sir ,

    Myself Arka Halder have completed my BBA in 2010 . Simultaneously I have persued BA from IGNOU with subjects like History , Political Science & Public Administration. Now I want to appear for CSE and would also want to take admission in your esteemed study circle. Please let me know , whether I can appear for the exam with qualifications showing as BA from IGNOU.

    Thanks& Regards,
    Arka Halder

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 25, 2011 - 9:02 am

      Dear Arka,

      Yes, IGNOU is a recognized university and a BA (from IGNOU) is accepted by UPSC. Even BBA, if it is a degree course from a recognized university will be acceptable.

      For further information, plz feel free to contact Rau’s counsellors.

      regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  6. Amit -  February 2, 2011 - 10:47 am

    Hello Sir/Madam,

    I am from Engineering background and thinking about Geology and either Geography or Pali Lit., but confused about these as Geography is becoming lengthier every year and map question is also no more scoring like it was before 2008 on the other hand Pali is not going to help in GS. Which one will be the best ?

    Regards,
    Amit

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 21, 2011 - 2:10 pm

      Amit,

      Geography will not only help you in G.S Prelims (or PAPER I) but also G.S Mains. Besides, if you are a science graduate you would find the subject conceptual and therefore easy to learn. Also if you have no prior background in Pali Lit. (and mind you it is not just a non-ranking language paper but a full fledged Optional Literature subject), learning Pali will be a completely new task and will not be complimentary in overall preparation.
      You may also speak with Rau’s counsellors should you require more guidance on choosing optional subjects.
      regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  7. Mr.Gautam -  February 8, 2011 - 4:45 pm

    sir, this is gautam ,presently i m 3yr B.tech student and intrested to join ur regular classroom program, can you give me information ur course duration and fee structure and also give me some idea about syllabus .

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 11, 2011 - 1:06 pm

      Gautam,

      Please refer to our website (www.rauias.com) since all the information that you are seeking here has been layed out there. In brief, the entire course duration in approx 9 months and fee is charged subject wise.

      In case of doubt, please feel free to contact the counselling desk at Rau’s IAS.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  8. Bipin Kumar Suman -  March 21, 2011 - 2:05 pm

    sir,, I am a student of ( B.A FRENCH ) second year From EFL University ( Hyderabad ). I want to to prepare for UPSC but i don’t know which subject will be better for me. I am intersted in History And Geography . Is it right choice for me . please give me some instruction of syllabus sir.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 23, 2011 - 11:49 am

      Dear Bipin, both History and Geography are good subjects to write civil services examination with. Whether they are suitable subjects for you depends on your background and interest in those subjects. For that I suggest you feel free to speak with the counsellors at Rau’s IAS office. Contact details: http://www.rauias.com/contactus.php. You can also view the syllabus of both subjects online at: http://www.rauias.com/iassyllabus.php

  9. Lt V Sundar venkatram -  March 22, 2011 - 5:22 pm

    sir,
    i am a serving defence officer aged 25 yrs.
    i seek the following clarifications
    1. being a defence officer am i eligible for exemption from prelims?
    2. what is the age relaxation for defence officers?
    3. does the institute provide any correspondence course?
    regards
    Sundar

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 23, 2011 - 12:17 pm

      Dear Sundar, please find answers to your quesries below:
      If you are a serving defence officer,
      1. nobody can avail exemption from prelims
      2. Age Relaxation: You may consider the following age relaxation guideline (possible in your case) issued by UPSC:
      (a) upto a maximum of five years in the case of ECOs/SSCOs who have completed an initial period of assignment of five years Military Service
      as on 1st August, 2011 and whose assignment has been extended beyond five years and in whose case the Ministry of Defence issues
      a certificate that they can apply for civil employment and that they will be released on three month’s notice on selection from the date
      of receipt of offer of appointment.
      3. Yes

      You may contact UPSC for technical information on exemptions and relaxations applicable in your case.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS Study Circle

  10. purva -  March 24, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    dear sir,
    I am in bcom hnrs 2nd yr. from du.. and wish to join weekend batch starting from June in Delhi centre.
    can u plz suggest me the subjects that I shud choose for my mains.
    I m
    rly confused whether I should take commerce or not bacause I’ve herd that commerce is a rly tough subject in case of cse.
    kindly guide me through..
    with regards.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 25, 2011 - 8:46 am

      Hi Purva,

      It is certainly important to pick the right set of optional subjects for oneself that ensures a safe passage through the selection process, however, that doesnot gurantee anything. There is no easy way out of CSE. You may read the article available at the following link for further clarification:
      http://epaper.hindustantimes.com/PUBLICATIONS/HT/HD/2011/03/23/ArticleHtmls/No-easy-way-out-of-CSE-23032011601010.shtml?Mode=1

      Commerce and Accountancy as a subject in CSE also includes Auditing besides the regular BCom syllabus (Financial, Cost Accounting, taxation, Financial management, organizational th., etc). If you consider yourself good in Commerce then the subject could be scoring for you due to its numerical nature, however, if you do not feel very confident in your subject then there are other choices available as well (it is not necessary to pick optionals only on the basis of education background). Public Administration/Pol Sc., Sociology, Geography, History are other subjects you can consider. And it is not necessary to finalize your optional subjects immediately (you may take time in deciding the optionals while studying the compulsory subject in the time being).

      In my opinion, you should call and speak with one of the counsellors at Rau’s IAS to take personalized guidance in selecting optional subjects.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  11. akanksha -  March 26, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    hi sir,
    i am a student and i have taken exams of class 12th. i want to ask when should i start taking coaching for ias from now or later..and i have decided to choose psychology after 12th so is it beneficial if i prepare for upsc later and when should i start preparing for it.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 28, 2011 - 6:51 am

      Dear Akanksha,
      1) First of all, one has to be a graduate to appear for civil services examination. That leaves you comfortably with 3 years before you can sit for the examination. The entire coaching cum self preparation (the time students spend on self study to fully prepare themselves for the CSE) takes about one and a half years on an average.
      2) The level of difficulty of optional subjects in civil services exam is that of graduation level. So it only makes sense to start taking formal coaching once you have a fair idea of graduation studies.
      The right time to start taking formal coaching is not before 3rd year in college. However, till then you can work on developing the habit of reading newspapers daily.

      And Psychology is good subject.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  12. rahil ahmar -  April 2, 2011 - 6:40 am

    Hi Sir,
    I am B.Tech Mechanical and working in Tata Steel Processing for past 3 yrs in Nellore. This year ,2011, i will take first attempt. I am not sure of clearing the CSAT . Want to take it seriously in 2012. I have opted for Geography and sociology as I get interest in them. I want to know that do I need to quit the job for next year (2012) and come to Delhi for preparation, as many of my friends say this. I read Hindu regularly but get lost in subjects like Economics and Constitution of India etc. as they seem to be confusing. I really want to make it to CS as my heart says I can make it.

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 6, 2011 - 8:05 am

      Rahil,
      I cannot say anything about quitting job to prepare for Civil Services. That is something that you will have to figure for yourself basing it on how much time you can devote to studies and whether you can stick to your study schedule persistently for a long time while working simultaneously. Secondly, all that coaching does is provide guidance, direction, motivation, practise, study atmosphere etc while the ability to utilize that completely rests with a student. And it will be wrong to say that coaching is mandatory to clear the exam eventually. Now, whether coaching is necessary for you is something that you have to figure for yourself again.
      Geography and Sociology are good optional subjects (so stick with them) while introduction of CSAT is only a positive move. You need not worry about CSAT and will certainly do better in it once you start pursuing it.
      Lastly, Civils Exam is an exam of perseverance. If you stick to your plan and dedicatedly work towards it, then there is nothing that can come in your way. The exam checks your range of knowledge and your ability to interpret/comprehend information and apply it. Please feel free to contact our counsellors should you need to discuss more or seek any other information. All the Best.

      • digbijay -  October 8, 2012 - 4:31 pm

        Dear Sir i am 27 years old and i have completed MBA .
        I want to complete UPSC but i have nothing praparation about CSE and i am average student sir please suggest me with example.

        • RAU'S IAS -  October 15, 2012 - 8:17 am

          Dear Digbijay,

          People who crack this exam may or may not be toppers, but they certainly are very passionate and dedicated towards this exam. See, UPSC does not want to hire technical experts or masters in any particular discipline. The idea is that administrators/IAS, etc should have a wide knowledge base. So, you need to have knowledge on a range of things and not one thing in indepth. Successful aspirants need to understand the logic behind this exam and prepare accordingly. We have seen a lot of average students crack this exam every year.

          Also, UPSC does not put any restriction on students who do not have a good academic record. It is for the same reason that UPSC allows all graduates (without any marks criteria) to appear in Civil Services Examination. Also, UPSC allows students who cleared their 12th from open school and who possess graduation degree to apply for the exam.

          If you want to be a civil servant, then certainly try for it.

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

  13. HEMANT GOYAL -  April 14, 2011 - 12:34 pm

    Sir,
    I am studying in B. Com. (Prog.) 1st Year from Delhi University. I am very confused about the subject to be chosen in mains exam. I’ve heard it that commerce is a tougher subject if opted in CSE. I am even not sure if i am interested in commerce or not, while I am interested in Indian Politics. So I want to know which subject should be best to be opted for mains and when is the right time to join your coaching? What should be my Strategy? Kindly mail your reply.

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 16, 2011 - 1:14 pm

      Dear Hemant,

      Do not worry so much about optional subjects for the Mains exam yet. You have ample time to decide that. You can even decide that later when you actually start coaching for the exam. If you do not like commerce then there is no need to keep it. You may think between Public Administration, History, Sociology & Geography. The right time to actively start preparing for the exam would be when you get in final year. However, you can start with regularly reading newspapers (The Hindu) and magazines (Competition Success Review) from right now.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  14. SAJJAN KUMAR -  April 16, 2011 - 9:32 am

    Hello,
    In UPSC prelims 2010 my scores were…
    Physics- 190
    GS- 55
    Total- 245
    but still, i did not get call for mains( i am sc)…
    can you let me know, how much marks would be enough for getting mains call-?

  15. Gargi Sagar -  April 21, 2011 - 2:09 pm

    Hello Sir,
    I am an English final year student and wish to take P.A and Sociology as the optional subjects. Please advise if they are a good choice for the examination. And also please could you advice the fee structure if it could be paid on installments.

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 26, 2011 - 6:14 am

      Dear Gargi,
      Your choice of optional subjects is good. The institute does not have any installment structure and therefore the entire fee needs to be paid at the time of admission.
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  16. dr smruti reddy -  April 24, 2011 - 3:42 pm

    respected sir , i have done BAMS from nasik university in 2009 and working as medical officer since two years i want to appear for MPSC please tell me which are scoring subjects as i cant leave my job due to financial reasons i thought about homescience,psychology,geography and marathi literature i want to appear in english medium but i have heard that psychology is not scoring and political science and international relations is good for this exam Should i take this subject and prepare at home?

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 26, 2011 - 6:30 am

      Dear Smruti,
      Out of the optional subjects that you have in mind, Psychology, Geography & Pol Sc with International Relations are all good optionals. Between, Pol Sc & Psychology, Pol Sc is complimetary with GS preparation (Indian Polity & Governance, International Relations, etc that you study in Pol Sc also prepares you for related portions in the General Studies paper) while Psychology is independent of GS preparation. You can pick any optional subjects out of these in accordance with your liking. All the Best.
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  17. aarav -  May 16, 2011 - 12:46 am

    Respected Sir,

    I am a B.E Grad and want to appear for C.S.E 2012. Geography is one optional subject
    i am interested in. I want to Select Geology too, but i cant find any feedback about this subject from anyone. Should i take up this Subject? I am very Confused. Kindly reply.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 19, 2011 - 6:20 am

      Dear Aarav,

      Pick up a new subject only if there is enough study material and guidance available in it. Otherwise, you might not feel/get fully prepared in the subject which might affect your performance in the exam. We do not teach Geology and therefore would not be able to provide any feedback on that subject either. We can suggest you to consider one of the follwoing subjects for your second optional: Public Administration, Sociology and Psychology.

      All the Best,
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  18. Dhanya Babu -  May 16, 2011 - 3:50 am

    Dear sir,
    I am Dhanya Babu from kerala.
    I completed my final year exams of graduation course of BA Economics and I am interested in joining the regular personal guidance programme at your institution..
    I came to knw from ure website that the classes starts from this june 3rd.
    How many optional can I choose?is it only one…?
    Since I have got a base in economics and my subsidiary paper was sociology..i prefer to take economics and sociology as my optional subjects..but I heard that candidates hardly choose economics because its tough to score marks in tht paper..is it so?

    waiting for your reply..

    Dhanya.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 19, 2011 - 6:31 am

      Dear Dhanya,

      One should have a background in Economics (preferabbly Eco(H)) to keep it as one optional subject. Buy 10 years question papers in Economics optional and try solving them. In case, you feel comfortable handling the difficulty level of the Economics paper, then you may safely keep it as one optional.

      Classes are stating from 3rd June for General Studies and 24th June for Optional subjects. The first session is 5 months in duration up till October end. You may take admission in one or both the optional subjects along with General studies, however, we suggest that during the first session you take admission in just one optional subject along with GS. (This will not burden you with all three subjects in the same session. You should spread your preparation over two sessions and do justice to every subject that you learn)

      Take GS + Sociology in June’11 – Oct’11 batch.
      Take 2nd optional in Nov’11 – March’12 batch. (this will also leave you with enough time to consider and evaluate your choice of 2nd optional)

      All the Best.
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  19. jyoti -  May 17, 2011 - 4:59 am

    dear sir
    i m jyoti . i have u.g. degree in bio & in aug 2009 i finished m.b.a. (p.g.) in finance & marketing. aftr that i served in a govt. bank for 8 months but now i have resigned from the job b’coz i wanna become a ias officer . but i need some guidance for the selection of subjects for ias pree. & mains. i wanna make u know that i was a average student during my education . i want to start preparation now for my target but from where i should start ? how long it is required to achieve my target ? Jaipur is near by my city & please tell me that is their any quality difference of study pattern at your Jaipur branch & Delhi branch ?
    pls help me !!!

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 19, 2011 - 7:27 am

      Dear Jyoti,

      First of all, There is no quality difference between Jaipur and Delhi. Both these centres are company operated and all aspirants are trained by the same set of professors.

      Secondly, Consider humanities subjects for optionals. You could consider your interest among subjects like Public Administration, Sociology and History.

      All the Best.
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  20. Gaurav -  May 17, 2011 - 11:25 pm

    Hi Counselor,

    I am currently working in Gurgaon and have completed my graduation from one of the
    IIT’s two years back.

    I have applied for CSE Prelims 2011 and am fairly confident of qualifying for mains examination.

    My query is:

    1. Do you have weekend batches purely for mains examination scheduled between 12th June to 29th October 2011.
    2. Do you offer optional subjects in early morning (i.e. finishes before 12 Noon) regular mains batch/ weekend batches?

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 19, 2011 - 7:21 am

      Dear Gaurav,

      Civil Services is a lengthy exam and usually aspirants loose focus or get disheartened mid way. It is very good to hear that you feel confident about your preparation. Keep up with it. About your query:

      1) Weekend batch is for General Studies only [GS batch is Pre-cum-Mains integrated>> Pre(Paper I & II) + Mains (GS + Essay)]
      2) Batches for Pub Administration, Political Science, Sociology and Pychology optionals for the Mains are conducted in the morning (get over by 12 noon)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  21. Arun -  May 21, 2011 - 3:07 am

    Hi,
    I am working in Gurgaon . I am a B. Tech . Geography and psychology would be my optionals for CSE 2012.
    I have two days off in one week and they keep on changing every month.
    I want to know how can i go about coaching at your center?

    Regards
    Arun

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 23, 2011 - 2:11 pm

      Dear Arun,

      We have a fixed schedule of classes at the institute. Geography classes are held in the evening from 5:30 – 07:30 pm (Mon-Sat). For General studies you could join our weekend batch (if you can take fixed offs on weekend). You may speak with our counsellors for further details.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  22. AJNAS -  May 23, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Respected Sir,

    I am Interested in civil service and now i am in x and I have to study i kindly request you to day what all are needed

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 25, 2011 - 5:46 am

      Dear Ajnas,

      Do not worry about the civil services exam already. You will be able to appear in civils exam only after completing graduation. Start your formal coaching in your final year of graduation (and not before). All that you should focus on from right now is reading newspapers and magazines regularly as a habit. That will help develop your overall personality which will help you at all stages of the civil services exam and especially the interview.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  23. kavya -  May 25, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Respected sir,
    I am kavya from siliguri and complete my graduation . I have done BCA (BACHELOR IN COMPUTER APPLICATION) and at present doing my MCA . I am intertesred to appear in Civil Services Exam (CSE) . if you could please help me to know what all subjects i need to choose under your guidance to get success in CSE exam. i have a vague idea and not able to decide ..I am keenly looking forward to your reply.
    Thanking You,
    kavya

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 26, 2011 - 12:16 pm

      Dear Kavya,

      If you ask me about the optional subjects that are taken by majority of science and computers background students, then they are Geography, Psychology, Public Administration. However, I suggest that you speak with our counsellors to understand the right set of optional subjects for youself (basis your background, interest in subjects from school, etc)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  24. Kadir Eqbal Jilani -  May 25, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    dear sir
    i hav completed my isc class 12 in commerce whitout maths which field should i be a graduate if in want to appear for ias prelims upsc exams….. do inform me sir

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 2, 2011 - 6:48 am

      Dear Kadir,

      You can graduate from any stream you like. Everyone (over 21 years of age) with a recognized graduation degree is eligible to write the civil services exam. In case you are undecided and equivalently comfortable with all subjects, then you could choose Humanities subjects in graduation.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  25. Salman M. -  May 26, 2011 - 8:06 pm

    I wanted to know about the weekend batch of GS which starts in mid june, how long the batch will continue and is it any different from your regular batch. Please guide me for a subject with Pol Sc. , I am thinking between geography and sociology. what are pros and cons of these two optionals. Your advice will be highly appreciated.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 31, 2011 - 8:13 am

      Dear Salman,

      GS weekend batch is exactly the same as GS regular batch (in all aspects but the timing). The weekend batch has only been created to match and help certain students’ non availability during the weekdays.

      You may take Geography. The subject is complimentary with GS’s preparation (if you go through the syllabus of GS and Geography optional, then you would realize that there is a considerable overlap between the two). For further information/clarification, please feel free to contact our counselors available at http://www.rauias.com/contactus.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  26. Varun -  May 28, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    Sir,
    I am 25 year old general category candidate & have done B.Pharm, MBA. Now i am working in a central govt. as a quality consultant.I am thinking to join Rau’s IAS since 2009 but because of frequent transfer at different locations and busy schedule, i am not getting time to take guidance from your organization on regular basis.
    Do you have any distance learning/online course facility?
    I am eagerly waiting for yours’ valuable suggestion & reply.

    Thanks
    Varun Pratap

  27. Ankita -  May 31, 2011 - 5:30 pm

    Sir,
    I am asking the most important question of my life.. This is the bigeest decision i have to take..
    i have done my B.tech and i got placed in a software company..its training is starting from 8 june and will continue till end of september for 10 hours a day and after that regular 8 hours job. I have enrolled in Raus ias center for the june batch as i aspire to give ias exam in 2012.
    i want to ask whether i can prepare for ias with full dedication and determination with the job in week end classes or should i quit the job and start preparing single mindedly for ias in week days classes.. In both the situation i am all ready to give my 100%. my parents are saying not to leave the job( from security point of view).. but i want to be IAS at any cost, i dont care if i have to leave the job. please suggest , i need help.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 2, 2011 - 7:49 am

      Dear Ankita,

      I understand your dilemma, however, only you can take the right step forward. It is only you who understands your situation, priority, availability of time for studies, study pattern, mental power (as in IQ, grasping power, attention span, etc) etc etc. All that I can say is that along with 100% will to be an IAS, a lot of perseverance and thoroughness is also required to do well in the exam. By which I mean that you will also need sufficient time regularly to devote to studies.

      It is not that candidates who work (are employed) side by side are not able to crack the exam. Successful candidates come from all walks of life. And it is also not, that if you do not take up a job right now then you will never get a job later.

      All the best.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  28. Ranjeet -  June 2, 2011 - 7:53 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am Ranjeet, a Gov of India employee as District Informatics Officer Class one officer ,(DIO) in a district Uttarkashi ,Uttarakhand.I am big aspirants of being IAS as i used to meeting with DM of my district and want to be there. I am now 25 years and ST Category candidate. There are many issues with me :
    1- I have Computer Science backgruond as i did MCA.And i am at zero level till now regarding GS and other optional which i took.
    2- I chose Geography and Public administration as my optionals.
    3- The big disadvantage with me as i am posted in hill area and here is no mode of preparation , lack of books ,guidance etc.

    But sir i want to that you please guide me and wanted to join your coaching insitute but cant. I read in you website about postal course, i want to go thorugh with them as i can only do this from here.
    Please sir apart from your syllabus suggest me which books is needed for geography and public ad.
    And also tell me that Is geography and pub ad. is good combination i terms of now a days success ratio.
    I am eagrly waited for your reply so that i can further proceed and highly obliged to you .

    thanks and regards
    Ranjeet

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 3, 2011 - 4:49 am

      Dear Ranjeet,

      Geography and Public Administration are a very good mix of optionals for the Civil Services Exam. You can continue with these subjects.

      Besides, our study material in these subjects (and General studies) you could refer to relevant NCERT books (ranging from class 7th – 12th) which cover the topics included in our study material. Along with these books, you need to subscribe to and go religiously through Current Affairs magazines (Pratiyogita Darpan, Frontline) and newspapers (The Hindu, TOI) on a regular basis. Good Luck.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Ranjeet -  June 3, 2011 - 5:27 am

        Thanks a lot Sir for guide me.

        I also wanted to know that along with your study material which writer’s text book are needed for geography and public administration.

        regards

        Ranjeet

  29. N... ishant -  June 7, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Hello Sir,
    My name is nishant, now i m from bhopal and i have completed my Graduation as B.A. with History and political science. I am totally confused that what subject i should choose because history is a very descriptive subject and please tell me if i want to study material by post and what about Pub. Add. subject

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 8, 2011 - 9:05 am

      Dear Nishant,

      History, though lengthy, is a good optional subject from civils exam perspective. It is straight-forward (non application based, questions are simple and straight forward), non-dynamic (syllabus does not change), complimentary with GS (the entire Modern history is covered in GS) and a scoring subject (in case you are good at memorizing). Also, if you have a background in Pol Sc, then you can keep it for civils exam as well (the International Relations portion of Pol Sc. helps in GS Current Affairs and Interview). Public Administration is slightly simpler version of Pol Sc (you may keep Pub Ad if you do not feel very confident about Pol Sc)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  30. Vishwajeet Singh -  June 7, 2011 - 6:37 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I have passed my Class 12th this year with 92% and I’m planning to Join 5 year BS-MS dual degree course at IISER. I’m also very keen to appear for the IAS. I want to take History and Chemistry as my optionals. I will be taking Chemistry as my Major Subject in IISER. I’m a bit hesitant in writing long descriptive answers that frightens me of IAS exam. So, which books and Magazines should I read regularly from now. Which magazine should I read on a regular monthly basis to develop my Essay and GS skills.

    Kindly Reply

    • Vishwajeet Singh -  June 7, 2011 - 6:47 pm

      I have thought about my course of studies as …..firstly 5 year BS-MS dual degree course at IISER(Indian Institute of Science Education and Research) and then Perhaps I’ll drop for one year for preparation of civil services from some professional coaching so that I crack IAS at my first go. I’m a bit ambitious but I have the habit of working hard, So kindly tell me how to study so that when I clear my MS, I would be well prepared for Civil Services.

      • RAU'S IAS -  June 9, 2011 - 6:42 am

        Dear Vishwajeet,

        Besides the newspapers and magazines that you should read regularly, you could (in case you want to start with some sort of preparation right away) also purchase General Studies (Mains) study material from us and go through it at your own pace. That will help you become aware and have some foundation in GS areas like Geography, History, Polity & Indian Governance, International Relations, India’s Economic Interaction with the world, etc. Good Luck.

        Regards,
        Rau’s IAS

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 9, 2011 - 6:38 am

      Dear Vishwajeet,

      Newspapers: The Hindu, TOI
      Magazines: Frontline, Pratiyogita Darpan

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  31. victor -  June 8, 2011 - 7:14 am

    sir,i want to know the class timing for socialogy and public administration.

  32. merajkhan -  June 8, 2011 - 9:20 am

    sir,i want postle guidenes,and i have send u 2500rs.dd,at today,i want pre.of history,

  33. anand kumar -  June 8, 2011 - 4:48 pm

    about fees full course

  34. Swathi -  June 9, 2011 - 5:00 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am a B.Tech Graduate with CSE(Computer science) background. I am just done with my graduation. I am selected for TCS company and about to join thi November. I am highly interested in Civil Services. Can I start my preparation now? How longer does it take me if I give my best efforts. Also, we don’t have an option related to Computers. So, kindly suggest the subjects. Also that I am planning to do MA political sciences in Distance Education. Will that help me?

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 9, 2011 - 8:04 am

      Dear Swathi,

      Age Eligibility: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the year in which he/she is appearing for the Preliminary Examination.

      If you will be 21+ years by 1st Aug 2012, then you are eligible to appear in IAS 2012 exam. In that case, it is time you started preparing for the exam. It should take a well educated determined person with good aptitude/IQ about one year to clear the exam.

      And, yes, Political Science is a good subject for Civil Services Exam as well and a Masters in it will certainly be beneficial for the Civils Exam preparation. Along with it, you could consider either Geography, Sociology or Psychology.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Swathi -  June 9, 2011 - 8:14 am

        Thanks a lot for the reply Sir. I opted Political Sciences because my dad is Masters in that subject. Coming to the availability of good material and books, which subject can I chose and also taking into account the ease in learning, suggest some subjects.

  35. Pooja -  June 9, 2011 - 8:14 am

    Hello Sir,
    I am in second year of B.A with History, Geography and economics subjects in Maharani College, Jaipur. I want to start my coaching now itself for CSE. Can you please tell me, is it right time to go for the coaching. And…

    1. When RAU’S IAS starts the batch for CSE coaching.
    2. For optional subjects, One i choosed History, but I am confused for other one. Can you please suggest me.
    3. What is the martial status for appearing in CSE. Married is permitted or not.
    4. RAU’S IAS coaching medium is in hindi or English.

    Thanks and regards
    Pooja

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 11, 2011 - 8:05 am

      Dear Pooja,
      You can start preparing for civil services now.
      1. We conduct two sessions in a year for CSE coaching. (i) June – Oct (ii) Nov – March (http://www.rauias.com/personal_guid_prog.php)
      2. With History, you could keep either keep Geography (if you are interested since you also have background in it and Geography’s syllabus coincides with GS’s syllabus), Public Administration or Sociology.
      3. Yes
      4. Both

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  36. Vishwajeet Singh -  June 9, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    Dear Sir,

    Which book should I prefer if I am considering History and Chemistry as my optional subject in CSE. I am doing a five year BS-MS dual degree course. So kindly help me the set of books which I should read thoroughly to Prepare Chemistry and History?

    Kindly help…..

    • Vishwajeet Singh -  June 9, 2011 - 5:29 pm

      Please do recommend a very good book for HISTORY…..

      • RAU'S IAS -  June 11, 2011 - 8:28 am

        Dear Vishwajeet,

        We will not be able to recommend to you any books in Chemistry since we do not coach in that subject.
        For History, you can start going through History NCERT books from class 7th – 12th.

        Regards,
        Rau’s IAS

  37. dharamjit -  June 10, 2011 - 2:53 pm

    hi,i did 10+2 in 2000 with 44.5% n did three year diploma in chemical engg with 69.5%. i belongs to SC category.i want to know wether im eligible for IAS-EXAM or not.my d.o.b is 21-dec-1981.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 11, 2011 - 8:41 am

      Dear Dharamjit,

      Educational Qualification: A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporate by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of amendment or declared to deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

      You are eligible if your diploma is recognized by UGC.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  38. Pooja -  June 10, 2011 - 4:28 pm

    Hi Sir,
    I am a B.A. second year student of Maharani College, Jaipur. I am pursuing my B.A with History, Geography and economics subject. I want to go for CSE. I have few questions regarding CSE, Pls reply..

    (i) When should I start my coaching.
    (ii) I want to choose one subject History as optional but confused for second one. Please suggest me another subject as combination with history.
    (iii) What is the martial status for CSE. Married or single.
    (iv) If i will purchase study material from you. And after few time I would go for coaching with you, then study material fees will be deducted or not.

    Thank you. pls reply

  39. Abhisekh Shah -  June 12, 2011 - 8:22 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am 2nd year B.Tech student studying at NIT Trichy. I am highly interested in preparing for UPSC examination, but lack of proper coaching institute has always been my reason of concern. However, now I have decided to take study materials, I am quite confused as whether it will be effective enough to help me crack such an ambitious yet difficult exam. Sir, if I take the study material offered by your institute, how would it help me. Moreover, can I get guidance if I had doubt going through your material. Is there any provision for mock exams ? What else I need to do apart from following your study material to be successful.
    Please reply.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 14, 2011 - 4:08 am

      Dear Abhisekh,

      You can certainly purchase our study material, however, there is no provision of doubt clearance later. With help of study material, one has to prepare via self study. Last 10 years question papers along with a lot of practice sets are part of our study material, however, there are no Mock Tests. Along with our reference material you could also go through NCERT school books in History (7th – 12th), Geography (7th – 12th), PCB (7th – 10th), Economic Survey of India, Newspapers (The Hindu/TOI) and Magazines (Frontline, Competition success Review, Pratiyogita Darpan). All that is required of an aspirant is dedication and perseverance to crack this CSE. Students, fueled by commitment to do good, bag good ranks all the time.

      Should you require more information/clarification please feel free to speak with our counselor at http://www.rauias.com/contactus.php. All the Best.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  40. Pooja -  June 12, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    Sir,
    I want to know that if i study books of your center for CSE preparation. Is it enough or i have to read another books also from other authors. If your books are enough then how can i place the order for syllabus. Pls tell me following:

    1. My DOB is 11 Aug 1991, When i can appear for CSE.
    2. First I should prepare for CSAT or Mains as i have time near about two years for appear.
    3. In your coaching, Do you give whole idea about each and everything which will come in examination.
    4. English speaking is necessary for Interview of civil services or I can proceed with Hindi.
    5. Pls suggest me newspaper and magazine for reading which helps in exam. And which section and what type of news I should read thoroughly.
    6. Every year, approx how many candidates clears civils of your institute and out of how much.

    Thank you

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 14, 2011 - 4:23 am

      Dear Pooja,

      You can certainly purchase our study material. Along with our reference material you could also go through NCERT school books in History (7th – 12th), Geography (7th – 12th), PCB (7th – 10th), Economic Survey of India, Newspapers (The Hindu/TOI) and Magazines (Frontline, Competition success Review, Pratiyogita Darpan).
      For details of our study material please read the info available at – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      1. 2013
      2. You should cover the entire syllabus before the prelims exam. You could begin with General studies first.
      3. Yes
      4. The medium that you opt for in the Mains will be your medium in Interview as well.
      5. Newspapers (The Hindu/TOI) and Magazines ( Frontline, Pratiyogita Darpan).
      6. our success has consistently been between 30 – 35%. In 2010 out of 950 (approx) total selection 312 were from Rau’s.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Pooja -  June 14, 2011 - 6:49 pm

        Sir, As you replied that I can appear in 2013, It means I can apply for CSAT in next year Dec.

        • RAU'S IAS -  June 18, 2011 - 5:15 am

          Notification and application forms for 2013 exam should be released by UPSC in the month of Dec 2012 (as a trend). You can then apply for Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2013 .

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

  41. sagar -  June 13, 2011 - 7:22 am

    sir what will be the cutoff in this year prelimns

  42. Pradeep Kumar -  June 13, 2011 - 9:55 am

    Dear Sir
    I have completed my graduation through B.tech(Computer Science Engineering). Now i want to preparetion of IAS Exam but i m so confuse to select the optional subject for main exam. So please guide me and tell me that your new batch when will be start for IAS Exam preparetion. I will preparetion from delhi. Please sir reply me.
    Thank you

  43. Navdeep -  June 13, 2011 - 3:22 pm

    Hello Sir, I have completed my B.A from Periyar Institue of Distance Education, Periyar University, Salem, Tamilnadu. I am authorised for civil services or not. Is my degree from this university is valid for civil services.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 22, 2011 - 8:31 am

      Dear Navdeep,

      A candidate who has completed his education from an open school/University CAN apply for Commissions Examination provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  44. dharamjit singh -  June 14, 2011 - 10:22 am

    thanks for ur reply sir.
    i did diploma from govt. polytechnic,batala(punjab) which is recognized from AICTE but i dont know wether this is recognized by UGC or not please help me

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 18, 2011 - 5:02 am

      Dear Dharamjit,

      You will have to figure this out from your institute/polytechnic. They will know exactly.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  45. Aubhi -  June 15, 2011 - 5:19 pm

    Dear Sir/Madame,

    I am a English Honours student who has recently concluded his graduation. As of now am working with the Taj group. Even so, i want to give the civil services a shot.
    I would be very much grateful if you can suggest what subjects to choose for the Mains Exams.
    Also, which batch would be more convenient to join keeping in mind the schedule of the Civil Service Exams that are held every year.
    Thanking you!

  46. Sumeet Mukherjee -  June 15, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    Sir,
    I completed my Graduation in Computer Science(Hons) in the year 2006 and my MBA in Finance 2009. Currently I am employed with State Bank of India. I am 26 and would like you to suggest me my second optional. I have decided on geography as my first optional since it will help me on my prelims and GS . Should I take on Public Administration but I do not have any idea about the availability of the materials and the difficulty level of the questions being asked from Public Administration in the Mains. Please help

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 20, 2011 - 12:11 pm

      Dear Sumeet,

      Public Administration is a good optional subject. It is also opted by a majority science background students. Study material and personal guidance is widely available in this subject. I recommend Pub AD.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Sumeet Mukherjee -  June 20, 2011 - 2:59 pm

        Thanks for your valuable advice. I am residing at Kolkata. Would like to know the fees for General Studies and Public Administration for mains POSTAL from your institutute.

  47. Mily Devi -  June 17, 2011 - 4:18 am

    Dear Sir

    Plz advice and suggest for the following queries ->

    1) Is there any provision for a Online Coaching and Guidance under RAU’s Study Centre?

    2) Is it sufficient if i collect the materials from RAU’s Study Centre and prepare at my end.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 20, 2011 - 12:16 pm

      Dear Mily,

      1) No provision

      2) Our study material is comprehensive and sufficient. You may also refer to NCERT books in Social Science (ranging from 7th- 12th standard). In addition, you must develop a habit of reading newspapers (The Hindu/TOI) and magazines (Frontline/Pratiyogita Darpan) regularly and analytically.

      All the Best

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  48. Swathi -  June 17, 2011 - 4:33 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I have started my preparation for CSE. I read newspaper regularly and also subscribed for magazaines.

    Please help me out with what I should start my preparation. When I see previous prelims paper, I feel hard. So, please suggest me a way to start off my preparation in the right direction.

    Regards,

    Lakshmi

  49. Dharmendra kumar yadav -  June 21, 2011 - 4:27 am

    sir,
    I am the student of (ignou ) B.C.A last year.I want to prepare exam for IAS .Can i able to prepare to give exam for IAS . if YES plz give me information in following e-mail address dkbcamca@gmail.com….
    Yours
    Dharmendra kumar yadav
    B.C.A (ignou) Last Year.

  50. Dharmendra kumar yadav -  June 21, 2011 - 4:33 am

    Dear sir,

    Which subject i chose in optional subject. Or my graduation background subject can i chose.But i want to chose the subject history. It is possible for me or not.

    yours
    Dharmendra kumar yadav
    B.C.A Last year.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 22, 2011 - 8:46 am

      Dear Dharmendra,

      You can select any optional subject you like (even subjects which were not in your graduation) in Civil Services Exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  51. Sameer -  June 22, 2011 - 9:45 am

    Sir,i am ba 2nd year student and i want to know 1. Will you start any coaching classes in january 2012 2. My dob is febuary 1992 when can i appear in ias exam 3.suggest books for Gs, pl science,history

  52. deven -  June 22, 2011 - 10:39 am

    i want to buy your HISTORY MAINS PAPER 1 AND 2 STUDY MATERIAL AS EARLY AS POSSIBLE

    I HAVE GIVEN THIS PRELIMS ATTEMPT AND I M CONFIDENT OF CLEARING IT

    PLZ LET ME KNOW THE PROCESS FOR OBTAINING THE MATERIAL

  53. Karti -  June 23, 2011 - 6:05 am

    Dear sir,

    I am a aspirant for UPSC(Civil Service) exam and I am a physcially challenged person(If possible I would like to know how would selction procedure work for PH category, specially when considering elegiblity to mains from prelims ), what I would like to know is do you have your center in Bangalore, because it would be quiet difficult to be thr @ Delhi and go through the coaching classes, otherwise can you guide about one of the best center in B’lore from the available list, I know it is difficult to say something good about other intstitution/coaching classes when some one is running his/her own classes , even if you provide contact details about whom to meet & who can help it will be a great help

    Thanks in Advance.

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 24, 2011 - 5:55 am

      Dear Karti,

      1) Regarding Physically challenged candidates
      Please read about Physical Disability (PH) directly from UPSC’s Exam notification. Go to upsc.gov.in >> Examination >> Notifications >> Archival >> Civil Services (Pre) Exam 2011 . Read this notification for full details on eligibility for PH candidates. Also, check about your eligibility for certain jobs (as described in the notification) directly with UPSC (you should only count on UPSC’s word for physical requirement and functional classification for Physically handicapped).

      2) study Material
      We provide postal guidance (study material) in General studies, Aptitude and 9 optional subjects. You can read about our study material from http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      I am afraid that we would not be able to suggest to you any centres in your area.

      All the Best.
      Rau’s IAS

  54. Karti -  June 23, 2011 - 6:07 am

    Additon to above question I forgot to ask one thing that do you provide any study material for the poeple who can not make it to coaching classes ?

    Regards,
    karthik.S.Bapat.

  55. Sameer from kashmir -  June 23, 2011 - 6:37 am

    Sir,i want to get ias coaching in my final year of BG ,will it help me in cracking ias in 1st attempt 2.How and when should i prepare 3.is coaching necessary

  56. Shan -  June 24, 2011 - 4:06 am

    Hi Sir,

    I did my Btech in Computer Science and Engineering. Now I am working with a MNC in Chennai.

    I want to prepare for Civils. I would like to prepare with the help of your study materials.

    Please guide me in choosing the optionals for Mains. I would like to take Public Administration as one optional. Is it a good choice? What could be the other best one? Is Geography and Public administration combination a good one in terms of availability of study materials and in preparation?

    So , Please suggest me the other best ones.
    Do you provide material for Literature(Telugu) also?

    Please guide me in this front.

    Thanks
    Shan

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 27, 2011 - 7:33 am

      Dear Shan,

      Yes, it is a good choice. You can certainly keep Geo and Pub Ad as optional subjects in the Mains exam (both are conceptual subjects, scoring, and help in GS’s preparation) .

      You can read about our postal/study material from here: http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

    • Ashwanth -  July 7, 2011 - 12:02 pm

      Hi Shan i cant believe this coincidence.I work in MNC chennai.I am thinking to give it for CSE and thinking of optionals Public Administration,Geography and Literature(telugu). Do mail me at ashwanth.ms@gmail.com

  57. chanakya -  June 24, 2011 - 10:33 am

    sir I completed B Tech IT.I wanted to do civil services. I don’t know which subject I want to take. so please give some suggestion to me

    • RAU'S IAS -  June 27, 2011 - 8:10 am

      Dear Chanakya,

      You can read about how to select optionals here: http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69. Generally, students from science background consider and keep optionals like:

      #Geography – conceptual subject – opted by many science background students – syllabus is lengthy but it helps a lot in General Studies preparation.
      #Pub Ad – has concise syllabus – relatively easier to learn – helps in ‘Indian Polity’ section of General Studies
      #Sociology (study of society) – is an interesting subject – will help you with ‘issues of social Relevance’ section of General Studies and in the Essay paper (about 2-3 topics in the essay paper come from Sociology stream)
      #Psychology (study of human behaviour) – conceptual and interesting subject but does not have any syllabus overlap with General Studies.

      After having decided for the optionals one should develop a keen interest in looking at the past years questions to get an idea as to what one should be preparing for.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  58. chanakya -  June 24, 2011 - 10:34 am

    sir I completed B Tech IT.I wanted to do civil services. I don’t know which subject I want to take. so please give some suggestion to me I am waiting for u sir

  59. Mithra -  June 30, 2011 - 3:46 pm

    Sir,
    I am a B.Tech graduate with Comp.Science background.

    I have a strong interest for History and Political Science. Having heard that both subjects have a vast syllabus, I am a little scared to dare opting them.

    Can I go with the combination? Will my passion towards the subject help me out in dealing them easily?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 4, 2011 - 7:21 am

      Dear Mithra,

      If you read our article on “How to select optionals?” at http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69#comment-1061, you would notice that (1) Interest (Choose a subject that you have an (a) aptitude for and (b) the one in which you have more than just a passing interest. Aspirant should be prepared to spend 100s of hours with the chosen subject) and (2) Availability of relevant an effective study material in that subject are important factors for selection of an optional subject.

      Both History and Political Science are (i) good optional subjects (from scorability, selections in the past, etc) and (ii) help in GS as well. If you have interest in them, GO for it. All the Best.

      Rau’s IAS

  60. ashutosh singh -  July 2, 2011 - 2:38 pm

    I m a 2009 passed out BTech graduate, currently working in a central govt PSU. Can you tell me about the positive and negative aspects of selecting GEOLOGY as optional subject?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 4, 2011 - 7:41 am

      Dear Ashutosh,

      We do not coach in Geology.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  61. pooja -  July 4, 2011 - 10:40 am

    SIR,
    MY DOB IS 1/03/1993 when am i eligible to sit for civil service exams?

  62. VainaviGayathri -  July 4, 2011 - 2:48 pm

    hi sir,
    i am from TN. B’coz of some personal problems i was not able to join ur coaching centre. how can i get your coaching materials and question papers with answer keys for CSAT? do you people have any idea like sending these materials as soft copy to subscribed people?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 7, 2011 - 4:08 am

      Dear VainaviGayathri,

      (1) Study Material (all the information about our study material is explained here) – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      (2) Answer Keys of Preliminary Papers (CSAT) 2011 are available on the home page of our website

      (3) Postal study material is sent as hard copy (in form of our printed books – not as soft copy)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  63. Sameer -  July 5, 2011 - 9:05 am

    Sir,i am from kashmir i want to join pre cum mains course in final year but our academic exams are held in oct Nov sometimes in december the only period i can join is jan or feb now some people told me to join only prelims coaching in final year in any centre please suggest me what can i do and will only prelims coaching help me in cse

  64. sameer jain -  July 6, 2011 - 7:03 am

    Hello Sir,
    I am doing engineering and will be giving Civil Services Exam in 2013.
    I am confused about selecting the two optionals from history, political science, sociology.
    If you could please guide me whether i should go ahead with history or not?
    which two will be the best optionals ?

    Regards
    Sameer

  65. vidya sagar -  July 6, 2011 - 11:22 am

    Sir,

    iam a pharmacy graduate and i have completed in 2007 now iam working for a pvt company , i forgot all maths subject and i would like to go for coaching in raus..plz sugesst me how much time i need to spend for fulfledged preparation and how much money i need to spend,i want dedicate my time to prepare for civils.

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 8, 2011 - 4:22 am

      Dear Vidya,

      It takes at least an year of dedicated and focused approach to get prepared for the exam. Our total fee (which is subject-wise and spread over two sessions of 5 months each) is as follows:
      General Studies – Rs 45,000
      + First optional subject – Rs 35,000
      + Second optional subject – Rs 35,000

      You may refer to the following page for more details on our next batch: http://www.rauias.com/november.php
      and read about our admission procedure at: http://www.rauias.com/admission.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  66. shefali singh -  July 6, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    sir,
    i have completed my engineering in Bioinformatics in june 2011. but its a foreign degree (bachelor of studies) B.S, which is 4 yrs degree program. i wanted to prepare for I.A.S exam, but i doubt if i can give exam with B.S degree. i have also joined B.C.A in distance education programe from alagappa university in 2008, but due to late dispatch of books i was anable to give my 3rd yr exam so i missed my 3rd yr exam this time, and wil give it in dec 2011. please, guide me if i can give UPSC exam or not?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 8, 2011 - 4:39 am

      Dear Shefali,

      Many foreign universities (and the degrees they offer) are recognized by Union Grants Commission (UGC). Therefore, a candidate possessing such a recognized foreign degree is eligible to write the Civil Services Examination. You can find the recognition status of your university either from your university or from UGC’s office.

      Also, a lot of open universities (and the distance learning degrees they offer) are recognized by UGC.

      Good Luck,
      Rau’s IAS

  67. Mithilesh Kuncham -  July 6, 2011 - 8:12 pm

    I’m in final year of Engineering. Electronics & Communications.
    Thinking about giving a shot for Civil Services.
    I’ve few questions which I believe only you people can give good genuine answers. You’d be a total life saver if you do.

    Question 1::

    Why choosing engineering or science as optional in mains is not recommended ??
    One reason I heard that materials are not available. I guess, thats not a big deal.
    Few say, its not scoring. Why is that ??
    Few say, engineering & sciences go out of syllabus. Is that true ??

    I’m thinking about considering Electrical & Physics as optionals.
    What do you think ??

    Question 2::

    What is this propositional representation rule ??

    From what I understand is that if I choose the optional which was choosen by many makes my chances of getting rank is greater.

    Am I right ??

    What I meant to ask was ..

    Does the UPSC have any scale or rule to pick certain students from every optional subject .. X members who chose Electrical,Y members who choose agriculture, Z members who chose Public Administration ..

    Is there anything like that ??

    Question :: 3

    I also heard that there is scaling system on marks during final merit list.

    A guy got highest marks in Physics 68/100 (very hard subject)

    Another guy got highest marks in Public Administration (90/100) ..

    How are they bought to common scale ??

    Question 4 ::

    Choosing most difficult optional & working hard on it to get maximum possible score … Does this give any edge over others ???

    Question 5 ::

    I gave my GATE exam last year. Got AIR – 746. I’m thinking about writing Indian Engineering Services. Preparation for Electrical Electrical Engineering for Engineering services is sufficient for Civils Mains Electrical Engineering .. If that was the case, it’d be bit easy for me ??

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 8, 2011 - 5:02 am

      Dear Mithilesh,

      (1) Optional Subject
      [a] Generally speaking, science subjects are not recommended because:
      (i) of very high difficulty level (which makes success from science subjects less)
      (ii) many times students have complained that the questions came from out of syllabus (which could again be due to very high difficulty level)
      (iii) unavailability of good resources/study material/pattern analysis
      (iv) science subjects do not help in General Studies (and it helps picking up subjects which overlap with GS’s syllabus)
      (v) But each one to his own. You can check your comfort level and standing in your subject by solving UPSC’s last 10 years question papers. If you can manage to get good score consistently, then go ahead with your selection.

      (2) There is Nothing like that.

      (3) That is best known to UPSC. UPSC has never disclosed any formula or system of making the marks scored by students from different streams comparable on common ground. In any case, this only reflects fairness in treating the effort put in by people from different backgrounds.

      (4) No

      (5) Can’t say because we do not coach/specialize in Science/Engg subjects. Generally speaking, it should be sufficient. Best would be that you compare the syllabus of your subject under both the examination formats and compare question papers made under each format.

      All the Best,
      Rau’s IAS Study Circle

  68. Manojkumar -  July 8, 2011 - 2:04 pm

    hello sir,
    i am a software engineer graduated from VTU ( karnataka) and working in a Ahmadabad.
    i am much interested in IPS and strongly decided to appear for 2012 CSAT. so,now i want a guidance from you. Will be my preparation Effective if i study 5-6 hours daily with my job hours.
    and when will be 2012 batch for coaching starts in your Center?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 9, 2011 - 5:52 am

      Dear Manoj,

      It takes at least an year of dedicated studies to be ready for Civil Services Examination. Now, there is no benchmark for no. of study hours per day. Different people have different studying, grasping and retention patterns. In case you have a better IQ and grasping power then you might have to put less number of hours studying per day compared to competition. But the syllabus is lengthy and requires a lot of hard work.

      About our 2012 sessions: We conduct two sessions in a year, one from June and the other from November. June session has already started and the November session will commence from 25th Nov 2011. http://www.rauias.com/personal_guid_prog.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  69. bipin -  July 8, 2011 - 9:52 pm

    hello sir…i am eng graduate..i want to appear wid history and civil eng as optionals….but in hindi medium……but civil engs books are available in english only and so do codes,how can i write civil eng in hindi?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 9, 2011 - 5:57 am

      Dear Bipin,

      I agree, there could be a problem (a) first of all in finding good resources, (2) and secondly in Hindi medium in any Engg subject. That is why a lot of students do not keep Engg subjects in civil services examination (especially from Hindi medium).

      Rau’s IAS

  70. Sameer -  July 9, 2011 - 6:04 am

    I am 2nd year student I want to qualify ias in my 1st attempt when should i start prepration which combination is better out of following subjects pol science history and economics as i am doing ba in these subjects

  71. Talib -  July 10, 2011 - 6:33 pm

    In the examination notice, UPSC says that,
    “The date of birth accepted by the Commission is that entered in the Matriculation or
    Secondary School Leaving Certificate or in a certificate recognised by an Indian University as equivalent to Matriculation or in an extract from a Register of Matriculates maintained by a University, which extract must be certified by the proper authority of the University or in the Higher Secondary or an equivalent examination certificate.”

    I am want to join Bachelor Preparatory Program of IGNOU, after which I shall join their B.A. program. I don’t have 10th or 12th certificate. What method would UPSC use to determine my date of birth?

  72. lalit kumar bhardwaj -  July 13, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    hello sir
    I am in my final year and my first attempt will be in 2013 due to age problems.I have taken history and public adm as my optionals.I am interested in the correspondence course,can you deliver the whole material in single correspondence(materials for -GS,essay,pub adm,history)?
    what changes can come in the structure of exam by 2013?i heard they are going to make some significant changes in the mains too..
    Thanks..

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2011 - 4:16 am

      Dear Lalit,

      About Study Material – The entire study material will be dispatched in one lot. In General Studies however, an updated current affairs magazine will be sent a month or two before the exam date. You may read the the information contained on the following page for more details on our postal material – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      About changes in examination – There is a proposal for change in pattern of the Mains examination. However, it is yet a proposal (that was first explored in Y K Alagh committee report in 2001) and nothing further has been notified in this regard by UPSC. Whenever, the proposal is brought into force (which does not seem as an immediate future happening) it will affect one all all equally.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  73. Avinash -  July 14, 2011 - 2:15 pm

    I am Avinash from bihar.i am 22 years old. just i am taking class in Delhi for ias. sir i am hindi medium student and i want to take English as a medium,because English medium students have more success rate than hindi medium. I’ll appear in IAS exam in 2013.when i study i feel English is more interesting than Hindi. now i have only 3 attempts. please help what should i do ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2011 - 5:02 am

      Dear Avinash,

      At the Civil Services (Mains) stage, a candidate has to write descriptive answers. Candidates should choose the language medium in which he/she can write expressive and content rich answers. I suggest you keep the medium in which you have a better grasp and understanding.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  74. Durga shanker -  July 16, 2011 - 2:18 pm

    Hello sir , i am computer science engineering student , completed in first year . I want to ask that
    1. For preliminary exam , the paper consists current events and current affairs are only from last one year , two years , three years , four years or no limitation ???
    2. For mains examination , which two subjects is suitable for me ?? I am extremely interested in mathematics and want to take one subject as math . Is engineering syllabus covers entire syllabus of UPSC syllabus of math or not ??
    3. And please instruct me for the second subject . I am interested in that subject which consists many of derivations and numericals.

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 25, 2011 - 3:57 am

      Dear Durga,

      (1) Questions generally revolve around such happenings that have taken place during the previous 12 months.

      (2) Generally, B.Tech/B.Sc students do not opt for science subjects because of their high difficulty level (in UPSC exam) and therefore low conversion/success rate. Before you finalize to opt for any science subject (other than computers which is not a subject in UPSC) you should (a) check its syllabus (download the syllabus from the home page of our website) and (b) difficulty level (by solving 10 years question papers) . Opt for such subject if you can manage to get a reasonable score consistently.

      (3) I suggest you read the article on ‘How to select optional subjects in Mains exam’ at http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  75. srishti sharma -  July 18, 2011 - 7:24 am

    hello sir !!
    i want to enuire about the shifting /transfer patter between jaipur and delhi rau’s institutes ..i am initially enrolled in jaipur’s institute but i want to shift to delhi’s institute …can you please provide me information regarding my issue !!??

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 19, 2011 - 4:26 am

      Dear Srishti,

      Please speak with your Jaipur branch manager or with Mr D.P.Singh at Delhi’s office.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • srishti sharma -  July 19, 2011 - 4:29 am

        sure thanks alot !

  76. srishti sharma -  July 18, 2011 - 5:51 pm

    hello sir !!
    i wanted to inquire about the transfer / shifting process from Rau’s Jaipur to Rau’s Delhi ..i am presently enrolled at Rau’s Jaipur and have to shift to Delhi urgently… i will appreciate your reply ..!!

  77. Ankit -  July 19, 2011 - 7:53 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I shall be starting with my final year of engineering at BITS, Pilani. I have now zeroed down to Public Admin. and either Eco. or Geography as my optionals. In the wake of what you have mentioned in your various replies, it would seem that geography is a better bet, as far as a ‘good score’ is concerned.

    Since I wish to appear in CSAT 2012, and since time is of the essence, could you kindly suggest one of eco. or geography as far as time taken for preparation is concerned, assuming that I have an equal aptitude and liking for either subject.

    Also, since I’ve started late, would it be advisable to tackle general studies first or to study all the subjects concurrently?

    As I do not have access to classroom coaching in Pilani, I wish to purchase your postal material from Delhi itself. It’s a tad frivolous but I want to ascertain if the material provided can be easily carried by one person, as I have to travel with other luggage too!

    Reagrds,
    Ankit.

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 22, 2011 - 3:49 am

      Dear Ankit,

      Only Economics (H) graduates should keep economics as an optional subject. This is because a student with no economics background cannot learn and understand a 3 years Economic course in a short span of time in the same way as a student with no science background cannot learn and understand a 4 year Engineering course. However, Geography can be picked up easily.

      You can start with General Studies of the Mains and Prelims together followed by Aptitude. After completing these you should start with Geography optional and try and complete it once before the Preliminary Exam itself. Start focusing again and only on GS (Prelims) and Aptitude (Prelims) in the time (one-two months) immediately before the Preliminary examination. Pick up Public Ad in the end (or after giving Prelims exam).

      Entire study material will be in 5 bags/packets (approx 30 + books) of books. You decide.

      All the Best.
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  78. Sameer -  July 22, 2011 - 6:08 am

    Sir,1. if i will read only your study material to what extent may help me in ias exam 2.i want to buy your study material this month but i can appear in 2013 ias exam .what is your suggestion regarding this, should i buy this year or next year 3.my language is weak,will this create problim for me 4.what should i do to improve my english language as my medium is english 5.is pol science +history good combination

  79. Radhika -  July 22, 2011 - 8:18 am

    Dear Sir,
    i am currently stdying in be 3rd year.planning 2 write cse in 2013,please help me in followings
    a) i am cnfsd abt taking optionals,i hv 2 choices pb adm and chem or pb adm and sociology,which wil be the best in the aspect of quick preparation and better scoring
    b)is 2 years enough for me to prepare,if so how wil i schedule my time along with curriculum,i am also taking your postal caoching,is it enough for preparation.
    c)basically i am frm karnataka being kannada medium student wt steps i can take 2 improve my english,the compulsory subject.
    please help me sir.

  80. MAMANI -  July 26, 2011 - 12:19 pm

    Sir,
    I am a central govt. employee and having a kid of 2 years. At present my age is 30 years. I want to appear for CSE for 2014. Sir, kindly guide me as to how I should prepare. Also, If I buy your study materials and study at home, will I be able to succeed.
    I take sociology as my main subject. What optional subjects should I choose.

    • RAU'S IAS -  July 28, 2011 - 5:23 am

      Dear Mamani,

      1) You will have to prepare a time schedule which helps you cover the syllabus and keep you on track. You will have to be consistent and devote about four-five hours of quality time on a daily basis in the beginning. Your preparation must peak in the final year before your Civil Services Exam where in you must devote at least eight hours of quality time on a daily basis. However, it is emphasized that more than quantity, quality of time must be given utmost importance.

      2) Our study material is comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam. Also, a list of reference books (many of them will be NCERT books ranging from class 7th- 12th) will be provided with our study material in case you want to refer to more resources.

      3) About optional subjects: http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      All ther Best
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  81. deyrick lakra -  July 27, 2011 - 7:20 am

    respected sir/madam
    i have completed my graduation with geography honours and wiling to take admision in your institute for civil services preparation. So kindly tel me about ur batch ,admision procedure and fees structure.i wil be thankful to you for this kindness.

  82. Sameer -  July 28, 2011 - 5:58 am

    Sir,i heard that ias mains pattern is going to change in 2013 and i am going to appear in ias 2013,can you plz hint what changes are going to happen and in which area of exam so that i can prepare accordingly .plz sir reply my previous queries also

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 1, 2011 - 5:01 am

      Dear Sameer,

      There is a proposal for a change (as presented by the Y.K.Alagh committee report in 2001) in the Mains examination as well (followed by a change at the Preliminary Examination from year 2011 onwards). However, there is only a proposal yet and no formal intimation has been given by UPSC. The changes, as and when they will be incorporated (which does not seem immediate), will affect one and all equally. Under the proposed new pattern, there will be, General studies and other compulsory subjects instead of optionals. All candidates will be tested on the same set of papers and syllabus. However, do remember that it is only a proposal and nothing concrete has been indicated in this direction (so wait for a formal announcement in this regard by UPSC).

      All the Best,
      Rau’s IAS

  83. smrithi mohan -  July 29, 2011 - 4:54 pm

    sir
    I would like to know whether u r conducting an entrance examination for admission to ur coaching classes.

  84. simi nanda -  August 1, 2011 - 12:08 pm

    Respected Sir,
    I have bought Political Science(mains) Study Material from rau’s .
    Is it sufficient for the exam?
    Is Public Admin more scoring than Pol. Science?
    Thank you

  85. Snigdha chandra -  August 5, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    Respected sir,

    pls can u say the postal study materials for IAS are provided or not?

  86. Vidyasekar -  August 9, 2011 - 6:55 am

    hi..

    i selected one optional subject Geography..
    can i select tamil as an another optional subject for main examination?

    thanks

  87. Varalakshmi -  August 9, 2011 - 4:13 pm

    Hello Sir…..
    please let me know whether you have coaching center at hyderabad……….
    thankyou Sir……..

    _lakshmi

  88. piyushnimoria -  August 10, 2011 - 11:20 am

    Hello Sir,

    I have completed my B.E in IT. And currently I am doing job in an IT mnc. I want to apply for upsc exams after 2 years from now. How much time should I dedicate for the studies starting from now, and what are the subjects that I should opt for the mains as my background is computers.

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 12, 2011 - 4:53 am

      Dear Piyushnimoria,

      1) It is normally found that it takes about one year of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal.

      2) There is nothing as fixed quantity of time which can be specified for qualifying. It is actually the quality of time not the quantity of time. If a student is consistent and he is able to devote in six hours of valuable time on a daily basis consistently over one year it is normally considered good enough for the purpose. However, it is emphasized that more than management the quality of time must be given utmost importance.

      3) There is no computers related subject in UPSC. On help regarding Optional subjects, read – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69. You can consider subjects like, Geography, Psychology, Public Administration and Sociology.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • piyushnimoria -  August 16, 2011 - 9:38 am

        Which books can I refer for preparing Geography as main subject that will cover almost the entire geography syllabus.

      • piyushnimoria -  August 24, 2011 - 6:22 am

        Sir,,
        Can you please tell me that how to prepare for the Essays in the mains.

  89. Vishwajeet Singh -  August 10, 2011 - 2:03 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I’m pursuing B.Sc(Hons.) with Geology(considering this as an optional for CSE) from Banaras Hindu University and I’m in the first year. I’m very serious about CSE and I want to put effort right from the first year. I have 2 problems-
    1. How to improve my essay writing skills?
    2. Amongst History and Geaography, which is a better option as an optional subject?
    And also recommend me Books for that subject.

    I’ve subscribed Frontline and Pratiyogita Darpan.

  90. Vishwajeet Singh -  August 10, 2011 - 2:22 pm

    Sir,
    Recommend me some books for general Studies.

  91. Varalakshmi -  August 16, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    Hello Sir…..
    please let me know whether you have coaching center at hyderabad……….
    thankyou Sir……..

    _lakshmi

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 17, 2011 - 4:23 am

      Dear Varalakshmi,

      We have coaching center at Delhi and Jaipur. We do not have any center in Hyderabad.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  92. harshitha -  August 18, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    hi sir,

    i am a b.com graduate ans 21years old. i am very much interested in taking up the civil services exam in 2012. but i am very much confused about the optional could you please suggest me with them and also i wanted to know the difference of choosing a particular subject as first or second optional as i have seen people saying about pub. ad as their first optional and few people saying as their second optional. what is it all about and is there any difference in the syllabus or the exam pattern for the first or second optionals.

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 24, 2011 - 7:16 am

      Dear Harshitha,

      There is no difference between first and second optional subject. Every candidate has to select two optional subjects (placement of subjects does not matter) for the Civil Services Main Examination.

      You can consider your interest among subjects like
      (i) Commerce & Accountancy – difficulty level is slightly high, however, you have the advantage of academic background in it,
      (ii) Public Administration (civics + management) – has concise syllabus – relatively easier to learn – helps in ‘Indian Polity’ section of General Studies – is a good choice
      (iii) Sociology (study of society) – is an interesting subject – will help you with ‘issues of social Relevance’ section of General Studies and in the Essay paper (about 2-3 topics in the essay paper come from Sociology stream)

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  93. nitish -  August 20, 2011 - 8:46 am

    sir
    i am doing b.tech in ece branch. i have just entered in 3rd year. i will take upsc in 2014. i have taken optionals as pol. science and sociology. i am currently doing correspondance course for pol. science in mains from your institute. i have done approx. 60% of your study study material and go to internet for more details on almost every topic like ctbt or npt. i devote a planned and serious 1 hour everyday and 2 hours on every weakend. i follow hindu, times of india and india today. please tell me whether i am on right track or not…… i have not studied any book on pol. sc ,,,,, i will study book later… currently i m focussing on RAU’S correspondans plus internet,
    plz reply

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 25, 2011 - 6:14 am

      Dear Nitish,

      1) Political science: You are on right track. Just ensure that you only read from credible sources when you go online for further reading.

      2) Reading newspapers and magazines will not only help you immensely in the short term (civil services exam) but also in the long term. Stick to it.

      3) After you finish Political Science, start with General Studies (Mains). Leave the second optional subject for later. Besides our study material in GS, also refer to the following NCERT books:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      All the Best,
      RAU’S IAS

  94. mrs.priyasha saswat handique -  August 23, 2011 - 3:21 am

    respected sir i do have the following queries:
    1)its given that there are two language papers in mains one is the gen english -300 marks and one language paper of the eight schedule -300 marks.but though my mother tongue is assamese but since i belonged to cbse i did not have assamese and neither i am comfortable in writing in this language.can english itself taken as complementary along with gen english or i have to select one language out of eight schedule. plus is this paper necesary and if so can i take hindi instead of assamese?
    2)i have passed graduation from gauhati university but when i appeared for my class twelve i got compartmental and though i cleared it but i could take admission only next year in graduation.so my question is will the compartmental pass class twelve certificate and a gap of one year betn my high secondary and graduation affect my eligibility of ias or i will be able to compete in cse?
    3)as the english literature included in optional so can this paper be taken into consideration as a complementary language paper along with gen .english or is the english literature paper is just for the optional paper?

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 25, 2011 - 11:19 am

      Dear Priyasha,

      (1) The paper-I on Indian Languages will not be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim. If you belong to any of these states, then do not bother about the Indian language paper. If not, you’ll have to learn to write another language (you can take any language, Assamese is not compulsory). You cannot opt for English as Indian language.

      (2) Would not affect. You are eligible.

      (3) 1 English Language paper and 1 Indian Language paper are compulsory in Mains.
      Literature of one of the following languages can be taken as an optional subject (there is no correlation between the compulsory English language paper and optional subject):
      • Arabic, Assamese, Bodo, Bengali, Chinese, Dogri, English, French, German, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Pali, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Sanskrit, Santali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu.literature in a lot of other lanhuage is part of optional subjects

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  95. NITISH -  August 25, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    sir
    in the context of indo -us nuclear deal , i want to know the reasons for indias opposition to CTBT

  96. sabyasachi sarangi -  August 25, 2011 - 2:59 pm

    Respected sir,
    I had already got study materials from Rau’s IAS study circle. My optionals are Public Administration & Geography. Will You please suggest me how to go through the materials effectively so as to be prepared for next year exam ? which books except the study materials may be required? please help me.

    Thank You ..

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 26, 2011 - 1:05 pm

      Dear Aspirant,

      1) Prepare a time schedule which helps you cover the syllabus and keep you on track. You will have to be consistent and devote about six hours of quality time on a daily basis in the beginning. Your preparation must peak in the final year before your Civil Services Exam where in you must devote at least eight to ten hours of quality time on a daily basis. It is emphasized that more than quantity, quality of time must be given utmost importance.

      2) Our study material is comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam. Also, a list of reference books (many of them will be NCERT books ranging from class 7th- 12th) will be provided with our study material in case you want to refer to more resources.

      3) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      4) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It is coming out with 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      c. Frontline

      5) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      All the Best,
      Rau’s IAS

      • sabyasachi sarangi -  August 26, 2011 - 1:30 pm

        Thank You very much for your quick reply….

  97. Anubhav Chaturvedi -  August 25, 2011 - 9:16 pm

    Sir,
    1) when does your weekend batch normally start ?

    2) Do you give only prelims & GS mains coaching in the weekend batch ? What about optionals in the weekend batch ?

    • Anubhav Chaturvedi -  August 25, 2011 - 9:20 pm

      And one more thing, i am from an engineering background, currently in my 3rd year. I wanted to ask which is a better optional Political science OR Public Administration ? (though Pub Ad is much popular )

      I do not have any background knowledge in both subjects

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 29, 2011 - 8:07 am

      Dear Anubhav,

      1) We start weekend batches twice a year, first set of batches start from June (different dates are announced for different batches) and the second set of batches start from November. We put the dates of weekend batches on our website in News section.

      2) Yes, weekend batches as of now are held for only Pre(GS & Aptitude)-cum-Mains(GS & Essay). Optionals are only taught during weekdays.

      3) Both are good optionals. Political Science (with International Relations) is lengthier than Public Administration. I suggest that you go with Public Ad (even without any background in the subject you’d be able to pick it up in 4-5 months).

      Second optional: consider between these 4 choices (all of these can be picked up easily even without any background in them)
      4) Sociology (study of society) – is an interesting subject – will help you with ‘issues of social Relevance’ section of General Studies and in the Essay paper

      5) History – is lengthy, however, it is a non-dynamic subject (straight forward subject where in information never changes) and helps enormously in General Studies

      6) Psychology (study of human behaviour) – conceptual and interesting subject but does not have any syllabus overlap with General Studies.

      7) Geography – conceptual subject – opted by many science background students (popular subject) – syllabus is vast but it helps in General Studies

      * Also, that you can decide about your second optional subject after studying for General Studies. General Studies will give you a flavor of Geography, History and bit of Sociology. After studying these subjects you’d be in a better position to figure your interest and make the right choice.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Anubhav Chaturvedi -  August 29, 2011 - 10:44 am

        thank you sir

  98. Anubhav Chaturvedi -  August 25, 2011 - 9:38 pm

    And sir regarding my second optional , initially i wanted to take geography but many people say that it has a very vast syllabus and is difficult to cover.
    Also have heard that Psychology is quite interesting and has lesser syllabus and is also more scoring than Geography.
    I dont have much idea about Sociology, History & Philosophy. ( are these three very boring as compared to others).
    So, as of now i am confused between all of them.
    Kindly suggest something.

    Regards,
    Anubhav

    • Anubhav Chaturvedi -  August 26, 2011 - 3:35 pm

      please reply sir

  99. vibhuti -  August 26, 2011 - 2:37 am

    Dear sir,
    I have completed my B.A.M.S. this year. I am interested to give civil service exam in 2012. I need information on subject selection and material to study.

    thnak you

  100. Chinki Mukherjee -  August 29, 2011 - 10:09 am

    Sir, i am a computer engineer, passed out my btech in 2011.i have decided to take CSE. .now i have some questions…(1)my short listed optionals are pub adm/anthropology/psychology/history/sociology/bengaly…as i am from computer background all of those are new for me..i was good in bengaly ,…so..should i take it? or..which two? If I take history..is it scoring?
    (2)i am from west bengal..here is no such good CSE coaching institutes..as i am a working professional in kolkata..i cant shift to delhi..so…should i avail any pf your correspondence course? Do u provide any online course?
    (3)i have decided to take it in bengaly…is medium varied?
    (4)i have to clear it at my first attempt? Then what should my study strategy or books? Please suggest.

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 30, 2011 - 9:07 am

      Dear Chinki,

      3) You can certainly take the exam in Bengali medium, however, quality study material might be difficult to procure in Bengali. Just make sure that the resources you refer to be good.

      4) Be meticulous in your studies and study with perseverance. Prepare a time schedule which helps you cover the syllabus and keep you on track. You will have to be consistent and devote about six-eight hours of quality time on a daily basis in the beginning. Your preparation must peak in the final year before your Civil Services Exam where in you must devote at least eight to ten hours of quality time on a daily basis. Test yourself periodically to see your progress. It is emphasized that more than quantity, quality of time must be given utmost importance.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  101. Gaurav Singh -  August 29, 2011 - 7:44 pm

    Sir, I was science based student till 10+2 but after that i underwent CA course along with B.com.What optionals do you suggest me?I am thinking of history and commerce & Accountancy.And do you provide coaching optionalwise or for entire course?

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 30, 2011 - 8:59 am

      Dear Gaurav,

      We provide coaching optional wise. We run independent batches for:
      GS (Pre-Paper I & Paper II-cum-Mains GS & Essay) – INR 45,300
      1st Optional subject – INR 35,300
      2nd Optional subject – INR 35,300

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  102. SUJESH V -  August 30, 2011 - 7:10 am

    Do you publish any current affairs magazine for CSE.If so do you provide this with the study material.

    • RAU'S IAS -  August 30, 2011 - 10:10 am

      Dear Sujesh,

      Yes we have our internal Current Affairs Magazine that is also part of our study material.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  103. aditi rawat -  September 1, 2011 - 3:35 pm

    Sir,
    I had PCM in my +2 and now I’ve taken up Economics as my subject and pursuing my honors in this trade . This is my 1st year. I want to Prepare for civil services. So please kindly tell what subjects should I choose as optional in mains with Economics.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 5, 2011 - 5:58 am

      Dear Aditi,

      To be honest, do not worry about your second optional subject (along with Economics) already (you are in 1st year of graduation). You’ll have ample time and opportunity available to take make a pragmatic 2nd optional selection. I suggest you think about your 2nd optional at the time of preparing for General Studies (which is after getting a taste of various segments of the compulsory paper).

      For starters, I suggest you read our article on ‘How to Select optional subjects’ at – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69
      (you may think between subjects like Public Ad/Pol Sc, Sociology or Geography).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  104. hari prasad -  September 6, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    1)I am a person having visual disability 30% i.e no vision of only left eye..Since I not elligible in PH Category ,Is I eligible to apply for Civils in General category ….
    2)I am from background of EEE………Is it good to take Electrical as a subject or not…If not suggest the subjects which are interesting,short syllabus & easy understanding and also a part of GS…
    3)I am good at maths from Childhood, Is good to prefer Maths as one optional?

  105. Saurabh Pandey -  September 6, 2011 - 5:59 pm

    I am interested in correspondence course from Rau IAS, but I have two questions:
    1: Does Rau IAS provide any doubt clearing classes for correspondence course students.
    2: Is there any test series avalaible, if yes is it open for correspondence course students.
    3: I like Public Administration and History as optionals, I would like to know which is better History or Geography, which has more syllabus and which one has more syllabus covered in GS.
    Please tell the fees of correspondence course for GS and optional subjects.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 7, 2011 - 9:03 am

      Dear Saurabh,

      1) No, there are no doubt classes. We make available only our notes/books and practice material as part of correspondence course.

      2) As of now, test series is only available to our regular classroom program students. The institute is considering making the test series product available to all students. However, it is not confirmed yet and will be announced in due course of time.

      3) History and Geography are both lengthy (have vast syllabus) but both help a great deal in General Studies. However, you should understand that History as a subject is not conceptual in nature (is based on memorizing every detail) whereas Geography is conceptual in approach. Pick the one (which interests you more and) which is aligned with your way of learning.

      Cost of Study Material: http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php
      Preliminary – Paper I – 3,500 + 300 (postal charges)
      Preliminary – Paper II – 3,500 + 300 (postal charges)
      Geography (Mains) – 3,500 + 300 (postal charges)
      History (Mains) – 3,500 + 300 (postal charges)
      General Studies (Mains) – 4,000 + 300 (postal charges)

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  106. Dharma -  September 7, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I’m planning to appear for the CS exam next year 2012 as first time and preparing. My DOB is 30-JUL-1983 and belong to OBC.
    Can you kindly advise, how many attempts still left out for me ? Appreciate your help in this regard. Thanks.

    Regards,
    DHARMA.R

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 8, 2011 - 7:19 am

      Dear Dharma,

      Number of attempts for OBC: 7 attempts

      Age eligibility for OBC: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the year in which he/she is appearing for the Preliminary Examination. The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable upto a maximum of three years in the case of candidates belonging to Other Backward Classes who are eligible to avail of reservation applicable to such candidates.

      According to your DOB, you will complete 33 years of age on 30th Jul 2016 (before 1st August 2016) and therefore will not be eligible for 2016 exam. Your last attempt can be in the year 2015. If it is going to be your first attempt in 2012, then you can appear every year starting from 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 (4 attempts left till 2015).

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Dharma -  September 8, 2011 - 5:21 pm

        Thank you very much for the details. It really helps.

  107. sabyasachi sarangi -  September 8, 2011 - 2:03 am

    sir,
    I have got the materials from the study circle. Is there any daily/weekly/monthly assessment tests available for students outside for both prelims & mains ? otherwise how can we assess ourselves on a regular basis? please help me.

    Thank You

  108. sai lalitha rani. l. -  September 10, 2011 - 12:11 pm

    hello sir,

    i am an ias aspirant & want to become an ias officer. my DOB is : 15.03.1976 & belongs to OBC category. i am a physically handicapped candidate and i made 3 attempts on my own preparations. if i am guided properly by an institute preparing candidates for the civil services examination i would be able to crack the nut at the earliest. i require the study materials of ur institute for both prelims(paper 1 – general studies & paper 2 -csat) and the main exams(for both options) in english.

    please give me the details & clarifications of the following, for pursuing the postal guidance system for ias exam, of ur institute :-

    a. is postal guidance available for both csat prelims and main exam ?. if so, details of payment of fees for both. b. is study materials for csat prelims (paper I & II) available for postal courses ie., for both general studies (prelims) & all kinds of aptitude books (csat prelims books) covering the prescribed syllabus? if so, sir, plz. give me the payment details of those study materials. c. my optional subjects for main exam are 1.) Law and 2.) Political Science. is postal guidance offered for Law subject also?. plz. give me payment details for the study materials of the main optionals Law & Political Science & general studies/ essay. d. mode of payment & to whom to be paid.
    thank you in anticipation.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 12, 2011 - 4:36 am

      Dear Sai Lalitha,

      a. We provide study material in Preliminary (Paper I and Paper II) and Mains (GS, Essay and 9 optional subjects). Please check the following page for all the details (fee, medium of instruction, procedure to purchase our study material) – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php
      b. Yes
      c. Yes, study material in Law is available

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  109. hari prasad -  September 12, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    1)I am a person having visual disability 30% i.e no vision of only left eye..Since I not elligible in PH Category ,Is I eligible to apply for Civils in General category ….
    2)I am from background of Electrical Engineering(Btech 2011 passout)………Is it good to take Electrical as a subject or not…If not suggest the subjects which are interesting, short syllabus & easy understanding which covers a part of GS…
    3)I am good at maths from Childhood, Is good to prefer Maths as one optional?

  110. nini -  September 16, 2011 - 6:14 am

    I wanted to enquire whether you hav a weekend batch for GS+CSAT(mains) starting in October. Also want to know whether you hav an early morning (ending before 9) or late evening (starting after 7) regular batch starting from Oct for the same subject. I am working and wanted to prepare simultaneously.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 17, 2011 - 9:36 am

      Dear Manaswini,

      1. Our next Weekend Batch in GS [Prelim (Paper I - General Studies & Paper II -CSAT) and Main Exam (General Studies & Essay)] will start from 5th November 2011 – http://www.rauias.com/weeken_batch.php

      2. Our next Regular Batch in GS and Optionals will start from 25th November 2011 – http://www.rauias.com/november.php

      3. Our earliest batch in a day is from 07:30 am – 09:30 am
      Our last batch in a day is from 05:30 pm – 07:30 pm

      4. If you are working then you should prefer Weekend Batch.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  111. Chaithra NB -  September 16, 2011 - 12:22 pm

    Hi,

    My DOB 09/05/1981. (09th May 1981) belongs to ST. Am I eligible to take up IAS Exam this year ? how many attempts I can have ?

    Pls Help.

    Thanks.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 17, 2011 - 4:50 am

      Dear Chaithra,

      SC/ST candidates have unlimited attempts at civil services exam between 21 – 35 years of age. You can appear every year from 2012 till 2016.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  112. sabyasachi sarangi -  September 18, 2011 - 8:30 am

    sir,
    I have got the materials from the study circle. Is there any daily/weekly/monthly assessment tests available for students outside for both prelims & mains ? otherwise how can we assess ourselves on a regular basis? please help me.

    Thank You

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 21, 2011 - 9:48 am

      Dear Sabyasachi,

      Our study material includes lots of practice questions. However, there is no assessment format that is available to postal guidance students yet.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  113. Babar khan -  September 24, 2011 - 5:07 pm

    Sir i am b.a 2nd year student and date of birth 23.2.92 when i give cse exam in year please give answer

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 26, 2011 - 8:34 am

      Dear Babar,

      Age eligibility: A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the year in which he/she is appearing for the Preliminary Examination.

      Educational eligibility: A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of amendment or declared to deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

      Note: Candidates who have appeared at an examination the passing of which would render them educationally qualified for the Commission’s examination but have not been informed of the result as also the candidates who intend to appear at such a qualifying examination will also be eligible for admission to the Preliminary Examination.

      Will you complete graduation in 2013?
      According to your DOB you will complete 21 years of age on 23rd Feb 2013. If you are also a graduate by then (have given your final years’s exam) then you are eligible to appear in Civil Services Exam from 2013 onwards.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  114. Surajit Dutta -  September 25, 2011 - 2:52 pm

    Sir,
    I am an IAS aspirant of 2012.i want my medium to be Bengali. My questions are:
    1. Is there available the Bengali version of the question paper in Civil Service mains Exam?
    2. If I want to take one of my optional and Gs is in Bengali and the 2nd optional is in English, is that possible?
    3. in the marks aspect, is Bengali medium varied than English?
    thanks,
    Surajit Dutta.

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 26, 2011 - 11:05 am

      Dear Surajit,

      1) Yes, you can appear in Civil Services Exam from Bengali medium. The only downside is the unavailability of quality study material in Bengali.
      2) You have to opt for only ONE medium for all the papers.
      3) No. However, if your preparation is not as good, because of unavailability of quality study material, then your score will not be as good either.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  115. rana -  September 27, 2011 - 8:06 am

    sir pls clarify my two questions presently i am studying intersecond year mpc in a local college miryalguda nalgonda district andra pradesh .i planed to do computerscience engineering.1Q: i want to start preparation for ias from btech first year onwards can u pls give material which uses for optional s history, publlicadministration what r the topics covered in it .how the material useful and how many type of questions in each chapter .how much time is enough to prepare from first year onwards and it possible to cover all syllabus if i start preparation from first year onwards for these optionals 2Q: my uncle told that engineering qualification will be banished in future for ias .is it possible give me comprehensive solution

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 28, 2011 - 5:09 am

      Dear Rana,

      1) Take it easy and slow right now. Start your preparation in General Studies. Get to optional subjects later.

      a) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      i. The Hindu ii. The Times of India

      b) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      i. Competition Success Review
      ii. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It is coming out with 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      iii. Frontline

      c) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      d) Study Material in Preliminary Exam – Paper I (General Studies) – http://www.rauias.com/postal_preexam.php

      2) Our study material is prepared primarily with the objective of helping students clear/crack the civil services exam. It is prepared in accordance with the civil services syllabus and upsc’s pattern of question papers. Our material is comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam. Also, a list of reference books (including NCERT books ranging from class 7th- 12th) will be provided with our study material in case you want to refer to more resources.

      3) How much time is needed for the preparation of civil services examination?There is no such fixed limit of time that is required for the preparation. There are instances when people start preparing for the examination right from the school days. However serious preparation can be taken up from the midcourse of the graduation and must essentially peak soon after graduation. It is normally found that it takes about one year of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal.

      4) All graduates are and will be eligible to appear at the Civil Services Examination. We have heard nothing about engineering qualification being banished. However, it is possible that by the time you graduate and become eligible to appear in Civil Services Examination, there are no optional subjects to select from. There may be all compulsory subjects at the Mains stage.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • rana -  September 28, 2011 - 6:17 am

        sir please tell me in a detailed way what is the difference between textbook and study material with respect to ias exam and how to master the text book and how to make note from text books .please tell me ways to master text books and their way of reading and ncert books also .how one can get answer in mains at time of exam and is the students read guides for their optionals and how u r material is designed with respect to ias

  116. k.v.deepthi -  September 28, 2011 - 9:02 am

    hi sir,
    my name is deepthi, i want to creak civil services exam.I wanted to become ias,ips.
    I am studying b.tech final year.I was really an average student of 70 hardly and I wanted
    to take my optional s as geography and sociology please suggest me weather i can get rank in this exam.I want to take my attempt in 2013

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 29, 2011 - 11:27 am

      Dear Deepti,

      I have seen average students do very well in Civil Services Exam. So, do not loose heart just because you got average marks at school/college level.

      Civil Services is an exam of dedication and perseverance. The exam is not tough or too technical but it has a large syllabus. It requires aspirants to be aware on a range of things rather than have indepth knowledge in a particular area.

      Now, Geography and Sociology are good optionals. To appear in Civil Services Exam 2013 you must start preparing now.
      1) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India
      2) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It is coming out with 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      c. Frontline

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  117. Babar khan -  September 28, 2011 - 10:04 am

    Sir i have given our first exam in 2013.and i have also complete our graduations in 2013. What i come for coaching in June 2012 in Delhi raus .

  118. sabyasachi sarangi -  September 28, 2011 - 5:42 pm

    Respected sir,
    please give a list of reference books(necessary) for general studies, public administration & geography . I think with your materials these books will help me to prepare thoroughly . Please reply soon !!

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 29, 2011 - 11:54 am

      Dear Sabyasachi,

      1) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It is coming out with 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      c. Frontline

      2) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • sabyasachi sarangi -  September 29, 2011 - 3:09 pm

        Thank you very much sir !!!

  119. rana -  September 29, 2011 - 12:44 pm

    sir i have a question clarify in a detailed way as u not responded for my previous question please respond for this time .how to master the text book for ias exam view .how to make notes from textbooks for ias and suggest me some way to master textbook.how textbook differs with study material and what is the roles of guides ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 30, 2011 - 6:19 am

      Dear Rana,

      1) NCERT text books will help you develop basics in a lot of segments of Civil Services General Studies paper. The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)
      Study these books to form basics so that you can move on to relevant Study Material.

      2) Study Material is prepared primarily with the objective of helping students clear/crack the civil services exam. It is prepared from all possible resources (NCERT textbooks, college/university books, etc etc) and prepared in accordance with the civil services syllabus and upsc’s pattern of question papers, etc. It is one resource where you get all (subject knowledge base, guidance, practice questions, etc) that is required to do well in the exam.

      3) Guides are shortcuts (and lack credibility). Shortcuts cannot substitute Real learning and do not work in Civil Services Exam. If you must, use guides as refreshers after you have completely and thoroughly prepared yourself and before the Exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  120. Babar khan -  October 1, 2011 - 6:05 am

    Sir what is the time table of rau coaching class .how many hours your class everyday for the full foundation course . Your hostel is where. And what is distance of hostel and institute

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 3, 2011 - 7:05 am

      Dear Babar,

      # Entire coaching can be completed in 2 sessions of 5 months each (total 10 months duration)
      # In 1st session classes are held for 4 hours (at times even 6 hours; 2-4 hours for GS and 2 hours for 1 optional subject ) 6 days a week.
      # In 2nd session classes are held for 2 hours (1 optional subject) 6 days a week.
      # Fee for GS – Rs 45,000
      # Fee for 1st optional subject – Rs 35,000
      # Fee for 2nd optional subject – Rs 35,000

      # Hostels are located at an approximate time of 5-10 mins via metro.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  121. rana -  October 2, 2011 - 5:57 am

    respected sir .i want to select telugu literature for ias mains examination as it is a literature and has limited syllabus and popular now and my mother tongue and my writing is not very good but it has better improvement from previous years compared .but it looks average and able to understand others what i wrote .how importance was given by upsc for writing and is it possible to develop good writing through regular practice .and i was interested in that to choose which helps me to prepare well without coaching please give right choice or else may i go to other optional :sincerely rana

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 3, 2011 - 8:23 am

      Dear Rana,

      Marks are awarded for how accurately a student can express/answer a question within the word limit allowed (concisely). If you are unable to express yourself and therefore write good answers (in English) then there is a problem.

      Choose the medium in which you can write well and express precisely and correctly.

      Yes, it is certainly possible to develop good writing skills. Everyone who writes well has developed this skill over time (practicing correct usage of grammar (writing) and reading voraciously). You can do that too.

      Regards,
      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  122. deyrick lakra -  October 2, 2011 - 4:26 pm

    dear sir,
    i am deyrick lakra from jharkhand and wish to take classes in ur institute. hereby i would like to know the course of study offered in your institute nd the fees structure and the date of admission and classes.
    i wished to have the classes for geography mains and csat. what would be the fees structure for these two subjects and its duration.

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 3, 2011 - 9:14 am

      Dear Deyrick,

      1) Personal Guidance program (or foundation course) is a combination of classroom coaching and assessments (tests). The entire coaching can be completed in 10 months (2 sessions of 5 months each).

      2) The next/new session will start from 25th November 2011 – Read session details. Duration will be 5 months – from 25th Nov’11 to March’12 end.

      3) Admission is on first-cum-first served basis. For admission procedure read – http://www.rauias.com/admission.php

      4) Fee of GS [Pre (GS and Aptitude) cum Mains (GS and Essay)] – Rs 45,000
      Fee for one optional subject Mains (Geography) – Rs 35,000
      Registration charges – Rs 300

      Total fee for GS + Geography = Rs 80,300 (classes will be help atleast 4 hours 6 days a week for 5 months)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  123. rana -  October 3, 2011 - 12:15 pm

    please suggest me sir that if i can represent my writing clearly which the upsc expects and please told me. if i can made regular practice of telugu writing regularly for neat representation .even though the examiner expects only the answers and average writing to understand himself as u told already that accuracy and word limit are necessary so i can make it answer which marks can be awarded and is very neat writing is so important .presently i am inter second year if i can practice regularly for writing telugu neatly can i opt for telugu literature

  124. sabyasachi sarangi -  October 6, 2011 - 6:39 pm

    Respected sir,
    Please tell me, whether its necessary to go through coaching for CS preparation . as i have already purchased materials from your institute & at home now i am studying . i am planning to join your study circle at DELHI centre after prelims-2012 for mains tests series. so please tell me what needs to be done right now so as to have a good follow through for the exam .

    Thank You

    • sabyasachi sarangi -  October 6, 2011 - 6:43 pm

      please tell me about the duration & course fee of that test series. As i already have had your materials, will it be better to go through your test series or coaching ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 7, 2011 - 12:13 pm

      Dear Sabyasachi,

      1) We do not conduct any separate test series for GS or the Mains subjects. Tests are conducted as part of the batch. If in future, we offer our test series to all our postal guidance students or everyone (for the preliminary examination only) we will announce it through advertisements and on our website. You may enrol for it then.

      2) It is not that you cannot succeed by self study alone. Essentially, even after coaching if a student does not self study then there is no way he/she can get success. Yes, certainly with no help, you’ll have to study by yourself, remain motivated, prepare a time table to keep yourself on track and test yourself periodically.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  125. siddhartha singh -  October 6, 2011 - 8:28 pm

    respected sir,
    sir i have completed msc in electronics and i want to join your academy for cse exam. plz tell me fee range of your institute .

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 7, 2011 - 12:15 pm

      Dear Siddhartha,

      Fee of our General Studies batch [Prelim (CSAT Paper I & II) and Main Exam (General Studies & Essay)] is Rs.45,000/- and,
      Fee of one/each optional subject is Rs.35,000/-.

      You can check more details of our new batch here – http://www.rauias.com/november.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  126. rana -  October 7, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    sir please tell me that my writing is average and presently i am studying inter second year .i want opt telugu literature as my optional .my writing in telugu is easy enough to read (legible) can i opt for telugu.what upsc expects from papers of literature candidates.sir if can practice regularly then i can develop better writing skills in telugu as exam has a period of 4 years for me .please suggest me can i opt for telugu as it scoring and mother tongue for me .suggest me right thing that easily understood writing is enough for upsc

  127. hari prasad -  October 10, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    1)I am a person having visual disability 30% i.e no vision of only left eye..,Is I eligible to apply for Civils in General category ….
    2)I am from background of EEE………Is it good to take Electrical as a subject or not…If not suggest the subjects which are interesting,short syllabus & easy understanding and also a part of GS…
    3)I am good at maths from Childhood, Is good to prefer Maths as one optional?

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 12, 2011 - 5:31 am

      Dear Hari,

      1) For rules regarding visual impairment – download http://www.rauias.com/iassyllabus.php and read from pages 5-6, 8-13

      2) Majority students from science background do not prefer to keep their science/engineering subjects. The reason why in general as well science/engineering/Maths/Economics/Commerce & Accountancy subjects are usually not opted in Civil Services Exam is because of their high difficulty level. If you feel that your level of competence is high and enough to handle the higher difficulty level of your science subject (Electrical engg) according to UPSC’s pattern (try to solving Civil Services 10 years question papers in your subject to check your comfort level), then go for it!! However, if you do not feel comfortable, then there are alternatives available (Public Ad, Geography, Sociology, Psychology etc) which are scoring, successful, not difficult to pick up and also help in General Studies.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  128. hari prasad -  October 10, 2011 - 3:36 pm

    respected sir,
    I have completed BTECH EEE and i want to join your academy from june 2012.Tell me Course duration, Materials U Provided…Is there Hostal Facility?
    plz tell me when to register for 2012 batch to attempt exam in 2013…

  129. Babar khan -  October 12, 2011 - 1:32 am

    Sir please suggest me, what is the cutt of list of pre exam 2011 and minimum qualifing number in pre for general cetegary.

  130. hari prasad -  October 12, 2011 - 3:12 pm

    Lots of Thanks for ur response sir,
    Really u are guiding and waving a clean straight path about the hurdles in the minds of Future aspirants.

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 13, 2011 - 12:04 pm

      Thankyou Hari. We are just trying to do justice to our role.

  131. weeblepeeble -  October 12, 2011 - 5:17 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I plan to appear for CSE 2012 with POL SC n Sociology as optionals. Having begun my preparation from September end and am facing a dire problem in time management. I
    done my MA in Pol Sc and hence aquainted with the concepts.

    a. I would be grateful if you could enlighten me, as to whether it is possible to give a fair try for 2012, given the syllabi i have to complete before the prelim.

    b.Kindly let me know about the duration of your weekend batch for G.S.Are tests conducted for it

    Thank You

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 13, 2011 - 1:31 pm

      a) Yes, you can give 2012 a fair shot, given your expertise in one optional subject (Pol Sc – which will not only help you while preparing for optionals after Prelims but also help you in ‘Indian Polity & Governance’ section of General Studies Preliminary Exam). Considering that you have already begun preparation since Sep 2011, you get 7 months before Prelims in which you can easily cover entire Prelims (GS cum Aptitude)-cum-Mains (GS and Essay).

      b) Our weekend batch is 6 months long in duration. The next weekend batch starts from 5th Nov and will go on till April end. During this time you can consider studying:
      In weekend program – Prelims (GS cum Aptitude)-cum-Mains (GS and Essay) (finish classroom coaching by April end)
      In weekdays program – Sociology (by studying 2 hours-6 days a week-you can finish classroom coaching by April 1st half)

      Effectively, by April you will have covered everything besides Pol Sc in which you should not face much difficulty.
      So,
      # From Nov’11 – March’12 – spend equivalent time on every subject which you will study in classroom – GS (Pre & Mains), Aptitude (Pre) and Sociology (Mains)
      # March Onwards – only focus and concentrate on GS (Pre) and Aptitude (Pre)
      # From June 2012 onwards (after appearing in Prelims) – pick up GS (Mains) and Sociology (Mains) again at home for self study and revision while learning and revising Pol Sc (according to UPSC’s pattern).

      c) We do not conduct any admission test. Admission is on first cum first served basis.

      Should you want more details/clarification/counseling please feel free to contact our counselors.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  132. Mohd Mohsin -  October 17, 2011 - 3:43 am

    dear sir ,
    Sir I have passed with P.C.M group in 2011 .And Now I want to do preparing of IAS Exam . lekin mera Ias ki tayari ke liye base clear nahi hai isliye main aap se janna chahata hun ki kya meri tayari aapki coching me base ke according ho sakti hai .
    Please told me

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 18, 2011 - 6:38 am

      Dear Mohsin,

      We start from basics in all subjects/classes.

      It will still be better that you start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      This will refresh your basics learnt in school.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  133. Manjunath Gowda -  October 18, 2011 - 5:42 am

    Dear Sir,

    am Manjunath Gowda. I just want to know u have any coaching center in Mumbai
    Please Reply

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 18, 2011 - 6:49 am

      Dear Manjunath,

      We do not have any center in Mumbai.

      We are located at only Delhi and Jaipur.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  134. Zaheda Begum -  October 19, 2011 - 8:32 am

    Respected sir,
    My DOB is 24/06/88…Due to financial & family problems i had to stop my studies. Now i have taken up BA through BRAOU and till i finish my graduation i will be 26 or 27…I am interested in civil service and hence have a few doubts…So could you please answer some of my following doubts :
    i) How much % should a graduate have ?
    ii) How many attempts do i have ?
    iii) I have gone through the website but i am left confused. If i want proper counselling about the courses or the subjects then do i have to go to Jaipur or Delhi ?
    iii) Is correspondence course as helpful as regular course ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 21, 2011 - 8:18 am

      Dear Zaheda,

      i) All pass graduates are eligible to apply for the exam. UPSC only wants a recognized graduation degree (marks attained do not matter).

      ii) General Category – 4 (between 21-30 years), OBC – 7 (21-33 years) and SC/ST – unlimited (21-35 years)

      iii) For personalized counseling, you can go to any of these institutes. In case you have doubts regarding anything, you can also contact us on our phone numbers.

      iv) In Correspondence Course we give you our study material.

      Whether coaching (regular classroom program) is completely your decision. Yes, coaching certainly plays a vital role. It helps in providing the right orientation for the students and save valuable time in the process. They also provide information on such themes which are not easily accessible to the students. The most important role is the utility of “just in time” management and help the reorganisation of information hitherto gathered by the students (i.e. “just in case” collection of information). Also, it provides a learning and testing environment for the students which acts like a pace maker and keeps students working hard.

      Not that you cannot succeed by self study alone. Essentially, even after coaching if a student does not self study then there is no way he/she can get success. Yes, certainly with no help, you’ll have to study by yourself, remain motivated, prepare a time table to keep yourself on track and test yourself periodically.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  135. arunjyoti -  October 22, 2011 - 7:23 am

    as iam preparing for statepsc of assam and being a govt servant , iam unable to join coaching institute , i would like to know ,is there correspnding course facilities available ? if provision is available , how will it to continue?

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 22, 2011 - 10:40 am

      Dear Arun,

      Yes, we provide study material.

      Please go through the information at our Postal Guidance page where all your queries (study material for Prelims and Mains, cost of study material, procedure to purchase it) will be answered.
      http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  136. Babar khan -  October 23, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    Sir i want to prepare for 2013 cse. Plz suggest me what is books for study. And i come rao delhi centre in june 2012.what i start preparation now.i have intrest in p.a and history.

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 24, 2011 - 12:59 pm

      Dear Babar,

      1) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It is coming out with 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      c. Frontline

      3) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      About June 2012 Batch – http://www.rauias.com/june.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  137. Mani -  October 24, 2011 - 4:47 am

    Am a B.Tech Chemical Engineer , would like to join in ur centre for 2012 CSE exam. kindly inform me the procedure and fee to procees there to my E-mail ID and the optional subjects to choose for that exam. reply..

  138. jitendra dhirhi -  October 24, 2011 - 7:17 am

    please send me fees details for ias coachings for the subject of sociology,publlic administration and gs.

  139. sree -  October 25, 2011 - 1:50 pm

    can i know after my inter what shall i complete to appear for ias coaching

  140. S.N. -  October 27, 2011 - 10:07 am

    Hello sir,

    I have done my graduation in science and aspire to appear for civil services. I have decided to go for Political Science and Management as my optional subjects for Mains only because of my liking for these subjects.

    Would you comment on these subjects as a combination for mains and provide the reference books for both?

    • RAU'S IAS -  October 29, 2011 - 10:38 am

      Dear Aspirant,

      I am positive about Political Science. It is a successful subject, has been producing good results in civil service exam and also helps in General Studies (GS). I am not so sure about Management though for it is lengthy and does not have any syllabus overlap with GS. If you do not have a strong background in “management’ as a subject by which I mean that if you’ll have to start afresh in it then you might as well pick up a subject which is complimentary with General Studies’s syllabus.

      I suggest you start your preparation in GS and Political Science (and not worry too much about finalizing the second optional yet). While studying GS you’ll get exposure in all subjects that are complimentary with it. You can use that exposure to figure your interest in those subjects and then make up your mind on second optional.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  141. abhishek -  October 28, 2011 - 9:52 am

    sir,
    i m 19 years old & i want to become in i.a.s.
    can preparation for ias helps us in other competition if yes then tell e how & please tell me what are best optional subject

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 1, 2011 - 10:58 am

      Dear Abhishek,

      Civil Services Examination is super-set of all government examinations. After preparing for Civils exam you can appear in all state exams (Public Service Commissions), bank po, etc.

      For optional subjects read our blog and related Q&As on subject selection – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  142. Preeti rana -  November 2, 2011 - 6:31 am

    Sir i m in last year of my b.a .what i am give 2012 u.p p.c.s exam.give detail me of p.c.s exam

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 3, 2011 - 5:16 am

      Dear Preeti,

      If you are 21 years of age or will be 21 years of age by 1st August 2012, then you will be eligible to appear in Civil Services (P) exam 2012.

      About PCS exams: All states have their pcs exams and details differ accordingly. More or less age eligibility in most PCS exams is between 21-35 years of age. I suggest you go to the website of the PCS exam you are interested in and check out their old notification for details.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  143. neha -  November 4, 2011 - 7:00 am

    hello sir….
    i m in a confusion of coaching claases…… i’ve recently paased class 12th n now perusing for graduation(b.a) …
    i waana be a successful ias officer
    is ias coaching claas necessary to crack dis exam?
    plz suggest me sir!
    i’ would be higly obliged to u
    m askin dis question because financially we have lot of problems so plz suggest me an appropriate answer sir/madam!!

    thakyou
    your’s faithfully
    neha verma

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 4, 2011 - 11:22 am

      Dear Neha,

      Whether coaching or not (In GS or optional subject) is completely your decision. Yes, coaching certainly plays a vital role. It helps in providing the right orientation for the students and save valuable time in the process. They also provide information on such themes which are not easily accessible to the students. The most important role is the utility of “just in time” management and help the reorganisation of information hitherto gathered by the students (i.e. “just in case” collection of information). Also, it provides a learning and testing environment for the students which acts like a pace maker and keeps students working hard.

      Not that you cannot succeed by self study alone. Essentially, even after coaching if a student does not self study then there is no way he/she can get success. Yes, certainly with no help, you’ll have to study by yourself, remain motivated, prepare a time table to keep yourself on track and test yourself periodically. Have courage and faith in yourself and study for Civil Services with dedication and perseverance. Sky is the limit.

      For now:
      1) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It is coming out with 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      c. Frontline

      3) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      Then, when you come in final year, get in touch with us to understand the pattern of exam then and how to study in a targeted manner.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

      • neha -  November 4, 2011 - 6:28 pm

        thankyou so much sir!!

  144. neha -  November 4, 2011 - 7:06 am

    one more thing sir..should i start with my ias studies from now or when?

  145. LTCDR GSR KRISHNA -  November 4, 2011 - 11:03 am

    DEAR RAUs
    I AM A SERVING OFFICER OF INDIAN ARMED FORCES. RECENTLY I READ AN ARTICLE REGARDING RECRUITMENT OF OFFICERS OF INDIAN ARMED FORCES INTO CIVIL SERVICES . PLEASE CAN U GIVE ME SOME INFORMATION REGARDING THE SAME.MODE OF SELECTION AND OTHER INFORMATION.THANKING YOU IN ADVANCE.

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 4, 2011 - 12:12 pm

      Dear Krishna,

      As far as our understanding goes, this news you are inquiring about is only a proposal yet.

      Yes, it was being discussed earlier to initiate a separate (limited to armed forces) exam to select personnel from armed forces (central forces, state cadres, army, etc) into IPS. However, that is still a proposal and nothing further has been directed in this regard.

      Right now, it is only the Civil Services Exam that you can apply through for IPS.

      About Civil Services Exam format, pattren, syllabus, rules please go through – http://www.rauias.com/iassyllabus.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • RAU'S IAS -  November 9, 2011 - 1:20 pm

        Dear Mamta,

        There is no such fixed limit of time that is required for the preparation. There are instances when people start preparing for the examination right from the school days. However serious preparation can be taken up from the midcourse of the graduation and must essentially peak soon after graduation. However there are instances when students have decided to take up this examination after masters degree. It is normally found that it takes about one year of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal.

        Another tip here. In whichsoever year you plan to appear in civils exam, try and complete the entire (or majority of the syllabus of Mains exam as well) syllabus before your Preliminary exam itself. Only then would you get time to revise for the Mains after giving the Prelims.

        Regards,
        Rau’s IAS

  146. sunny nipun -  November 5, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Respected sir,
    I completed my B.Tech in I.T stream and i want to prepare for civil services.I want to join coaching in your academy in january 2012.May i know batch details which is going to be started in january 2012.

  147. sadanand -  November 6, 2011 - 3:27 am

    i m from manipur, want to start a regular class for ias in ur esteemed institute.
    is there vacancy?
    we r hoping to reach to u by 18th of nov 2011.

    hope for soon reply
    sadanand

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 7, 2011 - 6:49 am

      Dear Sadanand,

      There are seats available right now. However, since admission is on first cum first served basis, there cannot be a sacrosanct last date for admission. You can give us a call (before coming to the institute) to inquire about seats available in your subject.

      Yes, accommodation is available as well. Also on first cum first served basis.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  148. sadanand -  November 6, 2011 - 3:35 am

    yes! and one more thing,
    need accommodation.

  149. mohammad raghib sayeed -  November 6, 2011 - 6:00 am

    respected sir/mam

    i am a student of b.tech 2nd year in electronics & communication
    sir my passion is to be an i.a.s.
    i have decided to take coaching for ias in my final year but before that what should be the right approach.
    1) can u please suggest me how should i start preparing for i.a.s right now?
    2) what should be my standard before getting coaching for prelims and what should i study to achieve the required standard?
    3) what should i study for general studies and of which standard currently?
    4) sir i have decided to take pub. adm. & psychology as optional subjects? is it a right choice regarding success rate in ias as well as being an science student?
    5) sir do you coach for both mains and prelims?

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 7, 2011 - 6:55 am

      Dear Raghib,

      For 1,2,3)
      a) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      i. The Hindu ii. The Times of India

      b) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      i. Competition Success Review
      ii. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan:
      iii. Frontline

      c) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      4) Good optionals.

      5) Yes

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  150. Dinkar -  November 12, 2011 - 6:51 pm

    What is the cutt off marks list of civil service pre exam 2011

  151. sabyasachi sarangi -  November 16, 2011 - 7:51 am

    Respected sir/mam,
    please tell about the right strategy for preparing for prelims-2012. It will be more helpful to know the time scheduling of study for these days.( I don’t have any time constraint). I have chosen geography & public administration as optional.
    should i continue revision of optional during this period ?

  152. shonali -  November 16, 2011 - 11:38 am

    respected sir…..

    i’ve recently paased out 12th n now doing graduation is it necessary to take coaching frm now in my 1st year of graduation to crack ias in 1st attempt…
    2.sir i’ve paased out frm science stream so which subjects should i focus on?
    3. sir do rau ias have accommodation facility?
    4. n how much hour i should study as m in b.a 1st year preparing for ias?

    i’ll b thankful to u!!

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 19, 2011 - 9:59 am

      Dear Shonali,

      A) You can start preparing from now but start formal coaching in final year. For now,

      1) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Frontline

      3) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      B) Keep subjects which are complimentary with General Studies. For help on optional subjects, read our blog and related Q&As on subject selection – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      C) We have accommodation facility available at both Delhi and Jaipur centres.

      D) There is no such fixed limit of time that is required for the preparation. There are instances when people start preparing for the examination right from the school days. However serious preparation can be taken up from the midcourse of the graduation and must essentially peak soon after graduation. It is normally found that it takes about one year of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal.

      Also, there is nothing as fixed quantity of time which can be specified for studying. It is actually the quality of time not the quantity of time. If a student is consistent and he is able to devote in about six hours of valuable time on a daily basis consistently over one year it is normally considered good enough for the purpose. However, it is imphasized that more than management the quality of time must be given utmost importance.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  153. shonali -  November 16, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    respected sir

    sir do u have any of u’r branch in jaipur or anywhr else?
    if yes den plz tell me do both branches have same study pattern n teaching method?

    thankyou

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 19, 2011 - 10:01 am

      Dear Shonali,

      We have just two centres. One is located at Delhi and the other at Jaipur. Both of these are company operated centres and have the same teaching methodology, study material, pool of professors, etc.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • shonali -  November 25, 2011 - 7:40 am

        thankyou sir……:-D

  154. dinesh kumar chelli -  November 20, 2011 - 2:54 am

    Dear Sir/Ma’am,
    Im an Instrumentation Engg. working in an industry for the past two years. Civil Servies has always been my dream and under current circumstances though i need personal coaching i cant do it.
    Im taking up Geography as one of my optionals and suggest me which one of the optionals from Public administration/Psychology would be easier to learn.
    Also let me know if there is any option to pay online to get the RAUS Study material for these subjects.
    thanks & regards,
    Dinesh Kumar Chelli

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 21, 2011 - 1:27 pm

      Dear Dinesh,

      Geography and Public Ad would make a good combination. Pub Ad will also help you with the ‘Indian Polity’ section of General Studies.

      However, if Psychology interests you than you can opt for it as well. Even Psychology (though it does not help with GS in any manner) has good success rate at the Civils.

      You can also read our blog and related Q&As on how to choose the right optional subjects – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Dinesh -  November 26, 2011 - 4:16 pm

        Thank you for your suggestions but you haven’t replied my question on whether there is an option to purchase your material online. It would be very helpful for me.
        regards,
        Dinesh

        • RAU'S IAS -  November 28, 2011 - 5:34 am

          Dear Dinesh,

          Our study material cannot be purchased online. However, you can apply to receive our material by post. The procedure to receive our material by post is mentioned along with the fee details of our material – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

  155. Ankit Garg -  November 20, 2011 - 3:17 pm

    I am a student of engineering b.tech(CS) final year. I am planning to prepare the civil
    service exam after completing b.tech. I am a average student what my strategy for civil service and what subject i choose for main CSE exam. I am interested in mathematics and computer. what is this best option for me.

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 22, 2011 - 6:37 am

      Dear Ankit,

      I have seen average students do very well in Civil Services Exam. So, do not loose heart just because you got average marks at school/college level.

      Civil Services is an exam of dedication and perseverance. The exam is not tough or too technical but it has a large syllabus. It requires aspirants to be aware on a range of things rather than have in-depth knowledge in a particular area. For now, I suggest that

      1) You start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Make a regular habit of reading magazines
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Frontline

      For optional subjects I suggest that you read our blog and related Q&As from http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 22, 2011 - 6:38 am

      Also Ankit,

      There is no computer subject available in Civil Services. and Mathematics is too tough.

      First of all read our blog and related Q&As on ‘how to select optional subjects’.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  156. sabyasachi sarangi -  November 21, 2011 - 7:21 am

    Respected sir,
    I want to join the regular batch starting from 25th nov 2011. i will register for GS & Geography. I had purchased study material from your study circle for GS,Geography & public Administration in july 2011. so please tell me the final amount to be paid for registration of GS & Geography in this batch .Do you accept DD,cheque or cash ? Please specify.

    Thank You

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 21, 2011 - 1:19 pm

      Dear Sabyasachi,

      The cost of the study material can be adjusted from the batch in which you will take admission provided you can produce the receipt of the study material purchased (if purchased within the same year). If you will take admission in GS and Geo batches, then the cost GS and Geo study material that you have already purchased can be adjusted from the overall classroom fee of GS and Geo.

      We accept fee in Cash or by DD (not by cheque).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  157. subhasree -  November 22, 2011 - 9:29 am

    respected sir,
    i am very nuch interested to appear for civil services exam.i am doing bbm from bangalore university.
    my doubt is that should i select commerce as one of my optionals or history.i have interest in history and commerce is my subject(though i am not tat strong in accounts.if i get good guidance i can do well)_my other optional is public adm.
    waaiting for ur advice,

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 23, 2011 - 6:00 am

      Dear Subhasree,

      Generally, one should pick up such optional subjects which are complimentary with the syllabus of General Studies. Of the subjects you are considering, such subjects are History and Public Ad. If you do not feel real confident about Commerce and Accountancy, I suggest you go for History and Public Ad.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  158. Aayushi -  November 22, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Hello Sir,

    I am a 1st year U.G. student in Symbiosis School For Liberal Arts and my batch is the foundation batch. Its a four year course which will end in 2015.

    Sir, I want you to assure me that my graduate degree in B. LA. in B.A. is a right decision for me if I plan to take CSE Exam, someday.

    Thank you. :)

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 24, 2011 - 9:20 am

      Dear Aayushi,

      Educational eligibility in UPSC is that your graduation degree must be recognized by Union Grants Commission (UGC). The BA degree that the institute would award must be recognized by UGC.

      Otherwise, I went through the course content and structure. It looks good.

      From the Majors, you can consider keeping one from the following subjects – Political Science & Public Policy, Sociology, Economics and from the Minors you can consider keeping one from International Relations, History. You may keep any other as well, however, these would be most relevant with the syllabus of Civil Services subjects.

      All the best,
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  159. neha kashyap -  November 25, 2011 - 10:30 am

    hello sir,

    sir i am doing mca and i am from jaipur….. along with mca i also want to prepare for RAS exam… sir can you please guide me what pattern is about to come in 2011-2012 session for RAS..and when would you start your fresh batches for RAS-2011?
    thank you
    NEHA-KASHYAP

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 28, 2011 - 6:51 am

      Dear Neha,

      RAS exam is not held every year. Fresh batches for RAS exam are initiated when RAS exam is announced. Please feel free to contact our counselors at Jaipur @ 0141-6450676, 0141-3226167, +91-9351528027 to understand more about RAS exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  160. nishant verma -  November 26, 2011 - 5:10 pm

    Dear Sir/Mam

    I want to know that what is criteria & eligibility for UPSC CDS service. I have 44 % in 12th Standard in PCM. & pursuing BBA 5th sem. So please update me about eligibility of cds service. If you have any batch regarding CDS service entrance exam in coming February Then Please reply me.

    Please reply as soon as possible because if i am eligible for cds exam i would like to join a batch of RAUs.

    Thanks & Regards
    Nishant Verma
    Meerut

    • RAU'S IAS -  November 29, 2011 - 6:29 am

      Dear Nishant,

      We coach for only Civil Services Examination. We would not be able to help you with CDS details.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  161. neha kashyap -  November 28, 2011 - 11:10 am

    ok sir..
    sir i have dr. bhalla’s edition right now….. how is this book ??

  162. pandu -  December 9, 2011 - 10:12 am

    hello sir, I have completed my B.A. from DBRAOU. I am authorised for civil services or not Is my degree from this university is valid for civil cervices. Thank you sir.

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 12, 2011 - 8:10 am

      Dear Pandu,

      According to UPSC:
      Educational Qualification
      A candidate must hold a degree of any of the Universities incorporate by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of amendment or declared to deemed as a University under Section 3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.

      Also, all candidates who complete their education from an open school/ University can also apply for UPSC’s CS Examination provided it is a recognized University (by Union Grants Commission) and that they are otherwise eligible.

      For eligibility conditions – http://www.rauias.com/eligibility.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  163. Karthik -  December 11, 2011 - 1:04 pm

    Hi,

    I would like to prepare for 2013 Civil Services exams. Could you please tell me when the Summer Coaching classes starts in 2012 and when would the admission process begin?

  164. Amrita -  December 13, 2011 - 8:06 am

    Hi
    I would like to avail of the postal guidance for the preliminary exams for 2012 UPSC exam.
    I would like to know, is there a stipulated time to place the order or can I place an order at any point of time and get the material as soon as the payment reaches the institute?
    Since I would like to purchase material for both Paper I and Paper II of the Preliminary Exam, can I make the payment for both sets of study material through one single demand draft and postal order form available on the institute website?

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 11, 2012 - 10:17 am

      Dear Amrita,

      1) Order can be placed anytime around the year (any point in time).
      2) Study material is posted from the institute within 2-3 working days of receiving the application.
      3) Yes, in one single DD. Just mention the subjects separately in the study material application form.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  165. Chandrakanta Malviya -  December 13, 2011 - 1:20 pm

    Is there any entrance exam for getting admission in your institute?

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 15, 2011 - 7:32 am

      Dear Chandrakanta,

      Admission to our institute is on first cum first served basis.

      For Admission Procedure click here.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  166. Anuj Mohan Agarwal -  December 22, 2011 - 5:46 pm

    My daughter wants to take french in 9th but not hindi. She is interested to write Civil services exams like IAS. We have a doubt that if she did not study hindi in 9th & 10th standard then still can she opt for Hindi as compulsory Indian Language in IAS exam? Is there any criteria that whatever the Indian Language is chosen, that language must be read by candidate till 10th in school and should have 10th certificate containing that language a subject of study.

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 27, 2011 - 6:54 am

      Dear Anuj,

      According to the pattern right now, candidates have to choose one Indian language (which is a compulsory paper) at the Mains exam. This paper is only a qualifying paper and marks attained in this are not carried forward anywhere (do not impact in any manner whatsoever). No documentary proof is required either (there is no criteria for selecting language paper). You can opt for any Indian language from the list of available languages.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  167. Satish -  December 25, 2011 - 10:15 am

    Hello Sir,

    I am a software engineer by profession and thinking of appearing in UPSE exams. I am preparing for CSAT 2012. I have completed B.Tech. in 2008 and I am in job since then. Here I am highly confused about the mains optional subjects…One is Public administration…For other one, I am in dilemma. One of my friend is suggesting Geography and other is suggesting Sociology. I have the interest in geography but my second friend is telling that it is very vast and not easy to revise where as sociology is much better than that.

    but according to first, geography is better because it is similar to science..though it is vast bust easy to understand because of straight concepts in it.

    Please help me for second subject..

    Thanks in advance.

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 11, 2012 - 12:12 pm

      Dear Satish,

      1) Yes, Geography has a vast syllabus, but, it is complimentary (has syllabus overlap) with the syllabus of General Studies.
      2) Secondly, it is a conceptual subject and therefore opted by a majority of students from science background.
      3) Lastly and most importantly, you have interest in the subject which will make the subject work for you. Obviously, your comprehension of the subject will be better because of your interest in it.

      Not that Sociology is not a good subject. Even Sociology is highly opted by students and has a good success rate. Follow your instinct and interest.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  168. shweta sharma -  December 25, 2011 - 2:33 pm

    sir i am student of ba 2nd year and i am from hindi medium. i want to preparation for uppsc. is hindi medium is good for pass this exam

    • RAU'S IAS -  December 27, 2011 - 6:31 am

      Dear Shweta,

      Yes, Hindi medium is very good. FYI, in UPPSC, there is no compulsory English language paper either. Many test takers keep their medium as Hindi in UPPSC.

      See, wherever a candidate has to write descriptive answers, he/she should choose the language medium in which he/she can write expressive and content rich answers. I suggest you keep the medium in which you have a better grasp and understanding. Marks are awarded for how accurately a student can express/answer a question within the word limit allowed (concisely). If you are unable to express yourself and therefore write good answers (in some other medium/English) then there is a problem.

      Choose the medium in which you can write well and express precisely and correctly.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  169. Sridhar Sahoo -  December 25, 2011 - 11:42 pm

    Dear Sir,
    My name is Sridhar with DOB 12th March 1984 and OBC Candidate.I am not having also good academic record(64% in 10th,40% in 12th and 38% in B.Sc) I would like to get help from you as am working in a MNC Software Comp.Now i have planned for CSE and i know nothing about General knowldge.So,could you please guide me for the best if will go for coaching .I have also rest of 5 chances to attempt.So how much time i need to prepare being in my job to make me ready for this battle.I am waiting for your earliest response.

    Regards
    Sridhar

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 11, 2012 - 11:45 am

      Dear Sridhar,

      There is no such fixed limit of time that is required for the preparation. There are instances when people start preparing for the examination right from the school days. However serious preparation can be taken up from the midcourse of the graduation and must essentially peak soon after graduation. However there are instances when students have decided to take up this examination after masters degree or while working alongside. It is normally found that it takes about one year of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal. In your case (working alongside), you should look at devoting about 1.5 years to fully prepare yourself.

      About coaching – http://www.rauias.com/june.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  170. neha sharma -  December 28, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    sir/madam
    i require information about the i.a.s. prelims date of exam 2012.where to fill the forms recently i m residing in mumbai.n its after prelims, main exams are conducted n how many optional we can select can we receieve ur study material at my postal address thru online payment.kindly revert back

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 11, 2012 - 11:51 am

      Dear Neha

      1) Notification of CS(Prelims) Exam 2012 will be out on 4th Feb 2012. The notification will have all the details regarding the exam. It will be available on upsc’s website and in employment newspaper.
      2) Application forms will be available at all major post offices (the details will be included in notification).
      3) CS(P)E 2012 will be on 20th May 2012.
      4) Mains exam will start from 5th Oct 2012.
      5) Each candidate has to select 2 optional subjects – http://www.rauias.com/mainoptional.php
      6) Study Material – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php

      For more details about CSE please refer to http://www.rauias.com/iassyllabus.php.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  171. Saurabh -  January 3, 2012 - 6:19 pm

    Hello sir ,

    Myself Saurabh and Iam from engineering backgrond , I wanted to join your June 2012 batch . I want your guidance in choosing optionals . I have affinity towards Public Administration and Sociology , but I want to know that are these subject scoring as recent trends of result of CSE shows ?

    Can you suggest some other optional subject which might prove more comfortable to me in terms of syllabus and conceptual understanding.

    And which optional subject are taught @Rau’s ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 20, 2012 - 6:10 pm

      Dear Saurabh,

      Pub ad and Sociology are both very good optionals and I recommend both of them. Since you come from science background you could also consider your interest in Geography and Psychology. However, I suggest that you first read our blog and related Q&As on ‘Optional subject selection http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69

      About the subjects we teach – http://www.rauias.com/syllabus_main.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  172. Deepak Meena -  January 5, 2012 - 4:25 pm

    Respected Sir,
    I am Deepak. I am just 19 years old and want to appear in CSE exams. Sir I am a student of B.A. and this is my final year. I have subjects like English Literature, History and Poltical Science in B.A. I know that after two years I will be able to take exam of CSE. Now I want to know about the pattern of CSE EXAM that whether it will be changed or not after two years.
    If yes then, should I attend your classess this year which are based on current pattern.
    Please reply, I am waiting for your reply curiously.

    THANK YOU!

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 24, 2012 - 8:21 am

      Dear Deepak,

      Nothing can be said about the implementation of changes in the Mains exam. However, since you will be eligible to take CS exam not before 2 years, you have time to start your preparation. Maybe, you can start your targeted preparation with us from early next year. Till then I suggest that you do not worry about optional subjects, however, start working on General Studies, general/current awareness/affairs, aptitude and Political Science. You must,

      1) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: in History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy (latest issue of Indian Economy is preferred).
      c. Frontline

      3) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      i) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      ii) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      iii) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      iv) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  173. ashish -  January 5, 2012 - 5:28 pm

    kindly tell me about any recently started weekend batch or to be started in near future for CSAT 2012

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 23, 2012 - 1:32 pm

      Dear Ashish,

      The last weekend batch in GS (Pre-cum-Mains) started on 4th December 2011.

      There are no batches to enroll for for General studies (Pre-cum-Mains) now.

      Next batch(s) will commence from 1st June 2012 – http://www.rauias.com/june.php.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  174. tauseef -  January 5, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    my dob is 20/05/1985 & i am from j&k, how many attempts are for me from here on wards.is there any age relaxation for me.i have done PG in chemistry ,suggest me good optionals

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 1, 2012 - 9:13 am

      Dear Tauseef,

      Age eligibility: You can appear at the exam up till 30 years of age (age is calculated as on 1st august of the year in which appearing for the exam).

      Age relaxation is available: up to a maximum of five years if a candidate had ordinarily been domiciled in the State of Jammu & Kashmir during the period from the 1st January, 1980 to the 31st day of December, 1989.

      For optional subjects i suggest you read our blog and related Q&As on ‘how to select optional subjects‘.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  175. Ruchi Rangra -  January 12, 2012 - 6:21 am

    sir; i am from biosciences deptt. and want to take public Adm. as one of my optional subject and i want to know tht is one year prep will be enough for this subject if i am starting from zero????

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 24, 2012 - 9:46 am

      Dear Ruchi,

      One year for Pub Ad will be more than enough.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  176. Shriti Paul -  January 13, 2012 - 8:34 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am a student of Information Technology (B.E), batch 2010. Currently i am working in a software company. I am interested in appearing for the CSE. Can you please enlighten me about :-
    -the study materials and other facilities provided by your institute for distant learning.
    -the subjects to choose as my optionals , being from a Science background.

  177. mahima -  January 14, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    sir/ma’m
    please let me know about batches starting in feb, 2012 for CSE preparation…is anthropology a scoring subject?? or as i m a B-Tech(IT) student but not interesting in science subjects, would this subject be suitable for me to prepare and score well in Mains exam..?? my second optional subject is psychology..

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 25, 2012 - 5:09 am

      Dear Mahima,

      1) If you are interested in Anthropology, then you can also think of Sociology. Why?

      Now, first of all consider the definitions of Anthropology and Sociology:
      # Anthropology – is a social science that is concerned with human culture as well as the (1) physical and (2) social characteristics that create that culture.
      # Sociology – is a social science that studies the functionality of human society including origins, development, and organization (or in other words the social characteristics of human society/culture)
      If you understand the definitions clearly, you will notice that Anthropology = (1) Physical characteristics of human culture and (2) Sociology
      (i) What I am trying to arrive at is that Sociology is shorter in syllabus than Anthropology.
      (ii) Helps in Essay paper (about 2-3 topics in the essay paper come from Sociology stream)
      (iii) Also, Sociology has been producing better results.

      2) You can also consider Public Administration as an optional subject. It is a scoring subject, has shorter syllabus and has syllabus overlap with the compulsory paper of General Studies.

      Next session details:
      1) Weekend batch in Public Ad is starting from 11th February 2012 – http://www.rauias.com/weeken_batch.php
      2) Regular batch in GS and optional subjects will commence from 1st June 2012 – http://www.rauias.com/june.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  178. pratyush -  January 15, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    dear sir/madam
    i am an engg graduate with 60% but have an year back(due to subject backlogs) during the course..i have also passed my 12th in 2nd attempt(54%)..but from the bottom of my heart i want to become an ias officer,and i have made up my mind for it…
    sir i wanted to know whether these academic records are considered at any stage of upsc civil service examination…do they seek a good academic records at the time of inteview..
    waiting for your reply…
    please reply asap..

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 23, 2012 - 1:16 pm

      Dear Pratyush,

      UPSC does not put any restriction on students who do not have a good academic record. It is for the same reason that UPSC allows all graduates (without any marks criteria) to appear in Civil Services Examination. Also, UPSC allows students who cleared their 12th from open school and who possess graduation degree to apply for the exam.

      If you clear the Prelims and the Mains stage of the exam, then, even before walking in the interview room you have proved to the board that you have dedicated yourself to achieve your goal. The worry or discussion about your average academic record ends there. Do not worry about your academic record.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  179. kriti -  January 16, 2012 - 5:27 pm

    sir
    please suggest some good books for csat paper1 and 2.

  180. pratyush -  January 17, 2012 - 5:45 am

    sir please reply …m eagerly waiting …

  181. Suhas Hydur -  January 19, 2012 - 2:43 pm

    Sir,
    I am studying 3rd SEM engineering and will be a degree holder in 3 years. I have been able to give 4-5 hours of serious dedicated hours for UPSC, and making rapid progress in working out aptitude problems and gaining knowledge, and i have also started studying reference books of optional subjects according to syllabus.. But i am concerned whether or not my appoach is right.. Can u please help me out?? And is it ok to study reference books other than those suggested, but covering the same pattern of syllabus… I am in dire need of your advise,, please help………

    • RAU'S IAS -  January 23, 2012 - 12:50 pm

      Dear Suhas,

      Moment of Truth
      1) By the time (3 years from now) you will become eligible for Civil Services examination, there might be no optional subjects at the Mains exam. Instead there could be all compulsory subjects (in place of optional subjects). So, do not worry about or study aggressively for optional subjects.

      2) Do not start going through guides and reference books already. At this stage, you must have a holistic approach towards the civil services examination. If we consider the trend of General Studies questions over the last few years, we realize that the questions are becoming more practical in nature and being increasingly based on knowledge of current affairs and general awareness (which can only be acquired from voracious reading of newspapers and magazines). Such questions may require application of more than one concept/fact. Aspirants should develop an application based approach to do well in General Studies paper. I suggest you devote more time at improving your general awareness. In case you have time, i will recommend that you,

      i) Start reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      ii) Start reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Special issues of Pratiyogita Darpan: It has 4 special issues, viz., History, Geography, Indian Polity and Indian Economy
      c. Frontline

      iii) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      a) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      b) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      c) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      d) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      3) Maximum, if you want to complete some part of the syllabus of Civil Services Exam according to UPSC, then cover General Studies Preliminary syllabus. Also, if you read newspapers and magazines analytically, you would automatically prepare yourself for major portion of Aptitude paper as well.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  182. Vipin -  January 22, 2012 - 5:07 am

    Sir, i m doing btech with CE i dont know what r the good subjects me for ias or ras exams

  183. nishant -  January 23, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    sir.. I am planning to buy geography mains study material from raus… I just wanted to ask, whether there is enough figure in the material or not as geography needs a lot of figure particularly in mains… I bought gs material from raus only and there is no figure in geography book… Please clarify

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 22, 2012 - 9:00 am

      Dear Nishant,

      The 1st question (60 marks) of 2nd paper in Geography is a compulsory Indian Map question. Any place of significance, for instance a coal refinery, mineral belt, petroleum, etc can be asked to plot on a map.

      Our Geography Mains study material has ample figures to prepare you for the map question. Check Book 6 for map question.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  184. priyakshi -  January 24, 2012 - 5:03 am

    Sir ,
    I want to place an order for csat study material.But I am a bit confused about the mode of payment.It would be of great help if you could provide me with the details.

    Thank you.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 1, 2012 - 9:26 am

      Dear Priyakshi,

      The payment for the material is to be sent in advance along with the Application form for STUDY MATERIAL to the Director, Rau’s IAS Study Circle, 309, Kanchanjunga Building, 18, Barakhamba Road, Connaught Place, New Delhi-110001.

      The payment is to be made through crossed Demand Draft favouring “Rau’s IAS Study Circle”, payable at “New Delhi”.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  185. Saurabh -  January 26, 2012 - 4:23 pm

    Hello Sir ,
    I want to prepare for the 2013 CSE paper , I am working in MNC , in parallel I want to prepare for the CSE 2013, I want to join the weekend batch of 1st June 2012 , please tell me when should I apply for the seat in weekend batch . I know it is first cum first serve but can you please tell me exactly by what date should I apply so as to confirm the seat .

    And secondly I want to prepare for Public Administration and Sociology , can you please tell me as there will be any weekend batch for these Optional Main subject and when they will commence (rough idea as per previous year if you guys have not planned) .
    Regards
    Saurabh

  186. amit pandey -  January 30, 2012 - 11:18 am

    Sir,
    I have completed my B.Tech with computer science branch in 2011 and this time i am doing job. i want to appear IAS exam but i have not decided which subject i have take. please provide me guidance to take good subject for preparation for IAS.please guaide me for both pre and mains subject also.i am waiting your response.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 19, 2012 - 5:34 am

      Dear Amit,

      First of all, there are no optional subjects to choose from at the Preliminary level of the Civil Services Exam. At this level, there are 2 compulsory papers for all, 1) in General Studies , 2) Aptitude. Optional subjects have to be chosen at the Mains level of the exam.

      Secondly, it is impractical to suggest optional subject without speaking with the candidate, understanding his background, interest, inclination, aptitude, etc. On a general note, one must select such optional which are complimentary with the syllabus of General Studies.

      FYI, majority students from science background opt for subjects like Geography, Pub Ad/Pol. Sc, Sociology and Psychology.

      Out of these, Pub Ad/Pol Sc, Sociology and Geography are complimentary with General studies. You need to understand the difference between these subjects and then take your decision.

      1) Pub Ad – has concise syllabus – is relatively easier to learn – helps in ‘Indian Polity’ section of General Studies.

      2) Sociology – is a social science that studies the functionality of human society including origins, development, and organization (or in other words the social characteristics of human society/culture). Or simply put, Sociology is study of society. It is an interesting subject and will help you with ‘issues of social Relevance’ section of General Studies and in the Essay paper.

      3) Geography – is a conceptual subject – syllabus is lengthy but it helps in the Geography sections of General Studies paper.

      Also, better would be that you initiate your preparation in General Studies first and then basis your learning experience of Geography, Public Ad and Sociology make up your mind about your optional subjects.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  187. neha -  February 1, 2012 - 4:36 pm

    hello sir
    i m perusing graduation 1st year with eco , history and political science
    when shud i join coaching classes for my CSE preparation

    meanwhile m reading THE HINDU and all NCERT books from classes 6th-12th socials

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 8, 2012 - 11:45 am

      Dear Neha,

      Start with proper/targeted preparation from later second year in college.

      In the meantime, you should also start reading one journal, The Frontline, regularly.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  188. Paul -  February 3, 2012 - 12:29 pm

    Dear Sir,

    I am really confused with the selection of mains optional. Botany is my PG degree, so there is no confusion in preferring it as option 1 paper. However, for option 2 am little bit confused with preferring for public administration and sociology. If i see previous year question papers of sociology, i feel the confidence of writing it without prep. So am juggling between both the subjects. I really don’t know which has the edge to score more marks. Please let me have your suggestion as early as possible.

    Thanks,
    Paul

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 19, 2012 - 5:27 am

      Dear Paul,

      First of all, have you gone through our blog and related Q&As on ‘optional subject selection’ – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69 ? If not, please go through that first.

      Secondly, both Public Administration and Sociology are successful subjects in Civil Services Examination. Now, what will make one of them work for you (score for you) is your interest in that subject. In case you feel highly confident about Sociology and also have interest in it, then I will strongly recommend sociology for you.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  189. Roopala -  February 5, 2012 - 4:15 pm

    Hello Sir…..
    I’m an Ias aspirant and i’m currently studying my final year B.E.EEE. I would like to appear fr the upsc exams in 2013….. To join in ur prestigious institution wen i have to apply. I hv chosen History and public administration as my optionals fr main. is this combination acceptd sir…… also i need to clarify abt the change of pattern of main exams if any proposed sir….
    pls help me sir…. Waiting fr ur reply….
    Thank you…
    Regards

  190. Moutushi -  February 6, 2012 - 7:18 am

    Sir,
    I am from Kolkata and want to opt for Commerce and Accountancy as one of the optional subjects.
    Do you have any study notes for the said subject? If so then please provide me the details so that I can place the order.

    Thank You

  191. nadeemahmed -  February 7, 2012 - 11:20 am

    Sir
    1)Is there any percentage criteria in graduation for appearing in Civil Services Exams.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 8, 2012 - 10:43 am

      Dear Nadeem,

      No there is no percentage criteria for graduation marks. All pass graduates who possess a recognized graduation degree are eligible.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  192. Bowin S Daniel -  February 9, 2012 - 4:33 am

    sir,
    I prepared for my preliminary and mains from your esteemed institution. As expected i passed the prelims and wrote mains in october 2011. I’m anxiously waiting to know the results of mains. Do you have any idea when the results will be published? Please let us know when was the result published last year and year before, for the same.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 19, 2012 - 5:04 am

      Dear Bowin s Daniel,

      Results of Civil services (Main) Exam (in one year) are usually out in the month of March (next year). So, we are hoping that Mains 2011 result will be out by mid March 2012. We will let you know as soon as they are published. Or you may contact us again in the month of March 2012.

      All the very Best,
      Rau’s IAS

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 1, 2012 - 12:56 pm

      Dear Daniel,

      The result is out!!! Go and check…

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  193. ANIL KUMAR -  February 11, 2012 - 5:33 pm

    DEAR SIR I WANT TO SEE ONLY A SUCCESS IAS RANKER WITH LOW ACEDMIC PERCENTEGE BECAUSE MY PERCENTEGE IS LOW LIKE 47% IN 10th in 2002, 59% IN 12th in 2004 from UP BOARD, AND BA ECONOMICS 50% SO I AM FULLY NOT AGREE WITH MY ACADEMIC PERCENTEGE THAY’S WHY I WANT TO SEE AN IAS WITH LOW ACADMIC EDUCATION PERCENTEGE LIKE ME FOR MOTIVATE MYSELF SO PLS HELP ME AND SEND ME DATA ANY ONE IAS RANKER

  194. Brijesh -  February 11, 2012 - 6:02 pm

    hello sir

    I am Rajesh
    Ihave just completed my B.Tech In Computer Science and i am willing to give IAS exam.
    1) so for that i want to know which subject i should chose from optional subject’s as i don’t want to chose ant Technical subjects.
    2) what are the subject’s which i need to study for Preliminary exam.
    3) IS there any correspondence course provided by the institute because i am working as a System administrator so i want to opt self study.

    Please Guide me

    Thanks& Regards
    Rajesh singh

  195. Shobhit -  February 13, 2012 - 11:31 am

    sir… i am a final year student of mechanical engineering… can u please help me regarding the selection of optionals…. and the books for the preliminary exam… thanks

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 19, 2012 - 7:28 am

      Dear Shobhit,

      Optional subjects
      You can read about how to select optionals from here: http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=69. After having decided for the optionals one should develop a keen interest in looking at the past years questions to get an idea as to what one should be preparing for. Generally, students from science background consider and keep optionals like Geography, Public Administration, Psychology, Sociology.

      Study Material
      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read N.C.E.R.T. books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.
      Thereafter, one must refer to a study material which is prepared primarily with the objective of helping students clear/crack the civil services exam. One should look for a study material which is prepared in accordance with the civil services syllabus and upsc’s pattern of question papers. Material should be comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  196. Rakesh -  February 13, 2012 - 12:33 pm

    Sir can you please suggest some books for the preliminary stage… it would be a great favour…

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 19, 2012 - 7:38 am

      Dear Rakesh,

      Study Material
      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read N.C.E.R.T. books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept. Thereafter, you must refer to one study material rather than various different books.

      A good study material is prepared primarily with the objective of helping students clear/crack the civil services exam. It will include everything (concepts, sample questions, practice questions, etc) in accordance with the civil services syllabus and upsc’s pattern of question papers (that will be available in the best books covering those sections/topics). Our material is comprehensive and exhaustive. If followed properly, it would prepare you thoroughly for the exam. Also, a list of reference books (including NCERT books ranging from class 7th- 12th) will be provided with our study material in case you want to refer to more resources

      Also, you must develop a habit of:
      1) Reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      2) Reading magazines/journals regularly and analytically
      a. Frontline
      b. Pratiyogita Darpan

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  197. SAI KRISHNA -  February 14, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Dear Sir ,

    I am a BTech. under-graduate in computer science from BITS-PILANI, 2011 passout and am currently working in Mumbai as a software professional. I would like to first complete my PG in computer science , which I believe will be done by 2014-May, and then take up preparation for civil services full time.

    I would like to take up Public Administration and Psychology as my 2 optional subjects.

    I live in Hyderabad and would like to do my PG in Hyd. and simultaneously prepare for civils by taking up your correspondence course.

    Becoming an IAS has not been my childhood dreams. Ive realized this dream of mine very recently.

    I am writing this post to ask for you advice as to how I should utilize the 2 years of my PG in preparing for civils as I would like to give my first attempt during my 2nd year of my PG.

    The second question I have is that when I read news papers and magazines and other books related to the preparation of civil services , what is the content I should concentrate on i.e. should I concentrate on the facts of the article or the objectivity of the article or the gist of the article?

    Also could you please give me the link to all the reference books that I may need for the preparation including the reference books for Public Administration and Psychology.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 1, 2012 - 8:28 am

      Dear Aspirant,

      1) Do not worry about optional subjects already. Initiate your preparation in GS(P), Aptitude (P) and GS (M).

      2) In these two years that you get alongside your PG, you must develop a habit of:

      i) Reading newspapers regularly and analytically (the events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      a. The Hindu b. The Times of India

      ii) Reading magazines regularly and analytically
      a. Competition Success Review
      b. Pratiyogita Darpan
      c. Frontline

      iii) You can start going through the following NCERT books:
      The basic concepts of the different segments of General Studies are derived from the NCERT books, as mentioned below:
      a) General Science : 9th and 10th Standards
      b) History : 11th and 12th Standards
      c) Geography : 11th and 12th Standards
      d) Economics : 11th Standard (Preferably latest edition)

      Vastness of the syllabus (required to be covered) is one of the main challenges in Civil Services Exam. I agree that it is difficult to devise a plan that will help you to cover the entire syllabus. My first advise will be that you follow an integrated approach towards covering the syllabi of the General Studies (Mains), Essay paper (Mains) and General Studies (Prelims). Go through the portions of GS (Mains and Prelims) which overlap with each other descriptively and remember points which are important from Prelims perspective objectively.

      Alongside, you must devote time reading 1 newspaper (The Hindu/TOI) and 1 journal regularly (Frontline/Pratiyogita Darpan) regularly and analytically. GS questions are becoming more practical in nature and are being increasingly based on knowledge of current affairs and general awareness (which can only be acquired from voracious reading of newspapers and magazines). Such questions may require application of more than one concept/fact. Aspirants should develop an application based approach to do well in General Studies paper.]

      You must make a regular habit of writing at least one page on current and contemporary events, issues and affairs every day, of what you observe from newspapers/news, magazine, etc. The events of National and International importance which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  198. debdatta -  February 14, 2012 - 3:15 pm

    can you open a branch in West Bengal.
    why you all ignore WB.
    please give us a chance to read something in your class. here is a much lack of guidance sir
    i want your guidance.

    it is a request from me to you sir please think on this matter

  199. debdatta -  February 14, 2012 - 3:18 pm

    please sir i know that there are correspondence courses, but it will not help us like classroom coaching.
    we are begging for your kind cooperation sir,
    plz help wb students

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 15, 2012 - 10:39 am

      Dear Debdatta,

      Thank you for showing your faith in us. Your faith gives us a lot of encouragement. We will certainly consider.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  200. Priyanka singh -  February 15, 2012 - 4:09 pm

    Sir i am doing BA 2nd year (Economics Hons.) from D.D.E Patna university. From when i should join your study circle..sir i do not want to go through economics..please help me. (thank you)

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 22, 2012 - 9:11 am

      Dear Priyanka,

      If you are enrolled in a regular university degree program then you would not be able to come down to Delhi to attend our classroom program. In that case you must come immediately after completing your graduation from Patna.

      If you can manage otherwise, then you can start your preparation with us from your later 2nd year in college (join our November 2012 batch) or early 3rd year (join our June 2013 batch).

      In case you do not feel interested or motivated to take Economics in Mains (though you have a background in it) then your other selection of subjects Pub Ad and Sociology is also good. I recommend both these subjects.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  201. debdatta -  February 16, 2012 - 5:49 am

    great to see you replying on my comment.
    so can you guide me what should i do in this time?
    i am in 2nd year in ignou English hons.
    how i should prepare myself from this time?

    and plz plz plz open a center in wb as early as possible. jaipur is getting your support. why can’t we?
    the situation is changing. WB students are waiting for you.

  202. deepak -  February 16, 2012 - 11:36 am

    Hi there!

    I am 3rd year B.Tech student and want to appear for CSE 2013. I have a great interest in both History (I have read a couple of NCERT books among others and find this subject interesting) and Geography. These optional (in case optional subjects continue in 2013) felt final choice to me until I saw some comments where you have mentioned that taking both is not a nice idea since syllabus is quite lengthy for each of them. I want to know if I would be really at disadvantage taking this combination?

    Also I have two month long college break twice during my college, once is this 1st June-31st July and later during 1st Dec ’12 -31st Jan ’13. I would be graduating in May 2013 and don’t want to sit for placements. I am aiming for cracking CSE in 2013 itself. I would have another four month break before mains. I haven’t started much of a preparation yet and want to take your advice on how to go about it. Should I join your coaching this June/Nov/both? Should I opt for GS/optional/both (since I can attend for max. of two and a half months) for coming vacation? Or should I rely on study material only?

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 1, 2012 - 8:43 am

      Dear Deepak,

      1) Yes, combination of History and Geography together will have wider syllabus to cover than any other combination, however, at the same time it will help you cover a lot of portion of the General Studies paper as well. Also, both these subjects have good success rate. In case you have interest in both of these then I recommend them for you.

      2) Yes, in case you want to appear seriously in 2013 itself, then start preparing now.

      3) We conduct 2 sessions every year. Each session is 5 months long.
      i) 1st session is from June – Oct (end): You should start targeted preparation for GS (GS(P) + Aptitude(P) + GS(Mains) + Essay (M))
      i.i) In regular classes – you would be studying for 2-4 hours 6 days a week
      i.ii) In weekend classes – you would be studying for 2 hours every Saturday and full day (approx 8 hrs) on Sunday

      ii) 2nd session is from Nov – March (end)/April (beginning): After covering GS initiate your preparation in optional subjects.

      Now, you have to figure out how you will manage attending classes here alongside your PG since our course is atleast 5 months long. I suggest you initiate your preparation in GS from June onwards in the weekend program.

      Lastly,
      Whether coaching or not (In GS or optional subject) is completely your decision. Yes, coaching certainly plays a vital role. It helps in providing the right orientation for the students and save valuable time in the process. They also provide information on such themes which are not easily accessible to the students. The most important role is the utility of “just in time” management and help the reorganisation of information hitherto gathered by the students (i.e. “just in case” collection of information). Also, it provides a learning and testing environment for the students which acts like a pace maker and keeps students working hard.

      Not that you cannot succeed by self study alone. Essentially, even after coaching if a student does not self study then there is no way he/she can get success. Yes, certainly with no help, you’ll have to study by yourself, remain motivated, prepare a time table to keep yourself on track and test yourself periodically.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  203. anuradha -  February 16, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    respected sir
    if anybody wants to take admission in rau ias den for how much tym he/she will b taking coaching there
    if i m perusing graduation 1st yr n i’ll b join rau ias classes in nov den for how much tym i have to stay there to complete my over all coaching till interview…..

    plz suggest

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 6, 2012 - 8:37 am

      Dear Anuradha,

      Typical time required for Classroom coaching is 10 months. We divide the overall time in 2 sessions of 5 months each. In the 1st Session we’ll focus on certain sections of the syllabus and in the 2nd session the rest of the sections.

      Interview coaching is only given to successful candidates of Main Exam. So, interview coaching will be later.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  204. priyasha kaushik -  February 19, 2012 - 6:57 am

    1)sir,i am persuing ba-llb,2nd year and want to know after 1 year,i will complete ba(though not ba-llb),toh can i apply for csat in my 3rd year.
    2)is there any regulations that a law student get extra ten marks as an internal regulation.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 21, 2012 - 7:18 am

      Dear Priyasha,

      1) In case your BA-LLB degree/program is such that you will get your graduation degree after completing 3rd year (irrespective of completing LLB – there are some BA LLB degree/programs wherein the program structure provides for awarding degree after 3 years) then you are eligible to give the exam after completing 3rd year.

      2) No.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  205. Soniya -  February 19, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Hello Sir,
    I am an MBA graduate and plan for this UPSC examination. I feel that I can do it.
    But as I have seen from your website that you only teach other subjects except “management “
    for mains exam. I feel that for optional subject, I have studied all the subjects of Management.
    But the problem is that I have only three attempts, this time I have already filled the form.
    I am but skeptical about whether I can clear the examination in my last two attempts or not.
    Although, academically I am strong but still have to think that what kind of writing skills I have to develop to crack the examination. I know I am very hard working but need to have proper guidance.
    Looking for affirmative answer.
    Riya

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 14, 2012 - 7:05 am

      Dear Soniya,

      1) First of all, you can certainly crack this exam in two attempts. For your information, I am quoting below an example from the 2010 exam:

      Ms. S.Divyadharshini (Roll NO.014421), a female candidate, has topped the Civil Services Examination, 2010. She has done B.A., B.L.(Hons.) from Tamil Nadu Dr. Ambedkar Law University, Chennai. This is her second attempt.

      2) If you have read Management before, then Pub Ad will be easy for you. Why we suggest Pub Ad to all Management graduates is because, (i) Knowledge in Management subject comes handy here and makes Pub Ad easy to understand, (ii) Pub Ad is shorter in syllabus than Management (which has a vast syllabus) and (iii) Pub Ad has syllabus overlap with the syllabus of General Studies (and therefore it becomes complimentary with the overall scheme of things).

      Lastly, if you have read about UPSC’s plan of introducing changes in the Mains exam wherein it is proposing replacing optional subjects with all compulsory subjects, then you will realize that knowledge of Pub Ad is much more important than knowledge of Management.
      Read – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=382
      In my opinion, in the dynamically changing environment of civil services (main) examination, you should consider subjects like Public Administration, Political Science, Sociology, etc which are relevant to General Studies and comprise of knowledge which UPSC might be interested to test you on in the changed pattern.

      Regards,
      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  206. Kanishka -  February 21, 2012 - 8:02 am

    Hello Sir,
    I have done my graduation in B.A. I am looking forward to opt Pol science and sociology as my main subjects. As i have highly interest in Pol sci. Is it a good combination? is sociology a good option with pol science? if yes den please give me the reasons. as m really puzzled, scared whether dis combination is good or not? also please guide me from where should i start preparing for prelims as well as for mains.

  207. anuradha -  February 21, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    respected sir
    if anybody wants to take admission in rau ias den for how much tym he/she will b taking coaching there
    if i m perusing graduation 1st yr n i’ll b join rau ias classes in nov den for how much tym i have to stay there to complete my over all coaching till interview…..

    plz suggest

  208. Priyanka singh -  February 23, 2012 - 5:30 am

    Respected..sir thanks for your reply ,i was desperately waiting for ur reply…my d.o.b-18.02.1993 and i am doing my graduation From (directorate of distance education , patna university) i have not joined as a regular stundent in any of (pu)collage only for cse preparation ..i convinced my father for geting me to delhi but yet we have not decided from when i should move from here.., should i come there now or should wait for 2013 because i may appear in cse,2014. Please guide me…,THANK YOU.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 23, 2012 - 7:43 am

      Dear Priyanka,

      In case you plan to appear only in 2014 and not earlier, then come to Delhi in later 2012 (join our November 2012b batch) or early 2013 (June 2013 batch). Not earlier than that.

      All the best,
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  209. Mithila -  February 23, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Hello Sir,
    Plz tell me whether I can choose Geography & Geology as IAS Mains Optionals.

  210. Priyanka singh -  February 25, 2012 - 1:58 am

    Sir..i have heard about economics that it is a tough subject for “cse” its syllabus is vast in comparison to other subject..!sir Please let me know is it true ..? ….,For pa how should i go through selfstudy n from which book and also for gs for cse-2014..! Sir please help me Thanku ….

  211. irshi -  February 25, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    sir, please let me know what is the size limit and pixel limit for signature and photograph for cse prelims exam 2012. As per notification there is no limit on pixel size. Plz help.

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 28, 2012 - 5:57 am

      Dear Irishi,

      Have you read the instructions for filling online application form?
      It is available at – http://upsconline.nic.in/CSP-2012/CSP-2012.htm

      Photograph – .jpg format in such a manner that the size does not exceed 40kb and must not be less than 3 kb
      Signature – .jpg format in such a manner that the size does not exceed 40kb and must not be less than 1 kb

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  212. S Ashok kumar -  February 25, 2012 - 5:46 pm

    Hello sir
    1 This is my final year BE [aeronautical].And very much interested in applying for civil services exam.Please explain me clearly about the syllabus for prelims as well as main exam.
    2 And also I like to join coaching class but i have my exams and projects in april may, is it possible for me to write the exams.
    3 where i can get books and other notes for exams
    4 my results will be at the june end ,is it possible for me to write the exam[prelims]
    5 I like in choosing history & geography …

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 3, 2012 - 5:13 am

      Dear Ashok,

      We have sent the reply to your email.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  213. vivek sharma -  February 26, 2012 - 8:58 am

    i would like to join your coaching institute i am pursuing graduation( geog. (h) ) from delhi university i just wanted to know about your fee structure for foundation course and suitable month for joining your institute…
    thanks from vivek sharma

    • RAU'S IAS -  February 28, 2012 - 5:36 am

      Dear Vivek,

      We conduct 2 sessions a year of 5 months duration each:

      1) Stating June
      2) Starting November

      The next batch will commence from 1st June 2012 – http://www.rauias.com/june.php

      Fee structure:
      GS batch – which covers Prelim (Paper I – General Studies & Paper II -CSAT) and Main Exam (General Studies & Essay) – Rs 50,000
      1 Optional subject – Rs 35,000

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  214. sabyasachi sarangi -  February 27, 2012 - 8:59 am

    Respected sir,
    Please tell me about the cutoff score in CSAT(prelim)-2011 for general background.I could not get any convincing reply from other sources,so need your help.

    Was there any sectional cut-off ?
    What score(For both Paper-1 & paper-2) should we target to be in safer side ?

    Waiting For Your Reply.

  215. pooja -  February 27, 2012 - 11:06 am

    can i opt electrical engineering and physics together in IAS mains examination ?

  216. Sudip Dey -  February 28, 2012 - 11:46 am

    Sir/Madam,
    01. Can a person write all his written papers (Prelims+mains) in Hindi language and appear for the final interview in English language ?

    02. Say, I have taken admission this year with an aim to crack Civil Services 2013 and some how failed to achieve on the said year, shall i have to pay full fees to continue your classes for Civil Services-2014 complete course ? In that case can i expect any exception from your institute ?

    03. I am from Kolkata and intend to join your Delhi branch, is there any paid hostel facility available very near to your coaching institute for outstation candidates like me ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 14, 2012 - 7:22 am

      Dear Sudip,

      1.1) Students who choose Hindi as medium of instruction for taking exam can speak (and also should speak) only in Hindi. Usage of English will not be considered appropriate.

      1.2) Students who choose English as medium of instruction for taking exam will get an option to appear in the Interview in either English or Hindi. Choose one medium and stick to it.

      2) Ideally, you wouldn’t need/have a requirement to repeat the classes again. Yes, it is certainly possible that you take 2 attempts to clear the exam (as is true in a lot of cases). So, you take time in the subsequent year to polish your skills, revise subject knowledge, take tests, improve your general awareness, etc etc (on your own). You will be supported by the faculty in case you want to come and clear your doubts and fundamentals.

      Should you want to repeat a session, you will be required to take re-admission according to the then prevailing charges and rules.

      3) Hostel facility is available.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  217. Sudip Dey -  March 1, 2012 - 11:52 am

    Sir/Madam,
    01. Can a person write all his written papers (Prelims+mains) in Hindi language and appear for the final interview in English language ?

    02. Say, I have taken admission this year with an aim to crack Civil Services 2013 and some how failed to achieve on the said year, shall i have to pay full fees to continue your classes for Civil Services-2014 complete course ? In that case can i expect any exception from your institute ?

    03. I am from Kolkata and intend to join your Delhi branch, is there any paid hostel facility available very near to your coaching institute for outstation candidates like me ?

    Regards,
    Rao’s ias

  218. Nisha -  March 3, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Dear sir,
    Is rechecking is possible in case of civil services mains exam? I am not happy with my mains result. So please tell me what should i do?

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 10, 2012 - 12:37 pm

      Dear Nisha,

      UPSC would not re-check your papers. All that UPSC does is re-total all the marks allotted to you paper wise.

      You have to write to the Secretary UPSC, mentioning your name, roll no. (and some other personal particulars), asking them to re-total the marks awarded to you.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  219. sunny chahal -  March 3, 2012 - 8:13 pm

    sir,
    i hav completed my b.tech. in june 2010 but due to some reasons i hav 1 backlog in in b.tech. the exam of that subject is due in june 2012.I hav applied for CS(p) 2012.
    Sir,i want to ask u that in case if i cleared the CS(p),then whether i will be eligible for
    CS mains or not because at that tym my result for that pending backlog of b.tech. will not be declared.
    plz reply me soon.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 14, 2012 - 6:51 am

      Dear Sunny,

      See, all CS (Preliminary) Exam’s successful candidates have to provide their proof of completing graduation at the time of filling application form for CS (Mains) exam. In case your result would not be declared by this time then you will not be eligible for 2012 exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  220. Rajat Vashishtha -  March 6, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    Sir,
    I would like to know– Does Upsc disclose the marks of Civil Services Mains Appeared Candidates who have qualified for Interview or is it a Suspense Till the final result?

    Please Reply.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 10, 2012 - 12:32 pm

      Dear Rajat,

      The marks of Mains examination (GS, both optionals and essay) and Interview are declared together after interviews.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  221. p chandrashekar -  March 7, 2012 - 6:36 am

    respected sir,
    Iam chandrashekar.p could you suggest me prpeparation of civilservice.
    i want to take coaching civils mains gs papers(1 &2) .How much does it cost (separately gs &prelims)both papers and prelims.is there any hostelfacility avaliable in your centre? please telle me sir .

  222. p chandrashekar -  March 7, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Respected sir,
    Iam chandu,want to take coaching to civils mains gs(1&2), prelims,how much does it cost .(separatey(gs1&2 prelims) pls tell me sir ?
    Is there any accomodation in your coaching centre? i want to be clear 2013 cse pre and also mains please give your valuable suggestions to me.
    Thankyou sir.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 10, 2012 - 6:21 am

      Dear Chandu,

      In case you are targeting 2013 exam, you must start preparing now.

      We provide integrated coaching in General Studies which covers –> Prelims (Paper I + Paper II) cum Mains (General Studies P1&2 + Essay) –> Rs 50,300 –> duration is 5 months –> classes are held for 2-4 hours, 6 days a week

      You can read about the program details from http://www.rauias.com/june.php.

      Yes, hostel facility is available.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  223. vikram singh -  March 7, 2012 - 12:59 pm

    Dear Sir,
    1. I am a serving army officer interested in limited seat competition.
    2. Is there a short correspondence course available, since I cannot attend regular classes?
    3. If not, then any assistance that I may avail from your institute because the time is too short for preparation.
    Thanking You
    Vikram singh

  224. mukesh -  March 8, 2012 - 4:17 pm

    I am a serving captain of Indian Army, i have a query regarding the eligibility of IPS ltd competitive exam. Whom should i contact in UPSC for a clarification on this. My actual service is 5 years but i want to know if they have asked for 5 years of service as captain/major or it is the service after commissioning is what is asked for.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 17, 2012 - 8:47 am

      Dear Mukesh,

      According to my understanding it should be 5 years of service after commissioning.

      However, you must contact UPSC personally at the numbers mentioned on their website.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  225. ThulasiReddy -  March 9, 2012 - 8:32 pm

    Hello sir,my DOB is on 26th july 1986,how many chances that i have to attempt the exam i am from OC category..
    And i heard that the mains pattern is also going to change soon,right now i am in USA,i want online coaching classes for my preparation sir,can you please provide online classes for polity,history,geography,economy(which we can call General studies) and for Aptitude to.
    I am going to attend the UPSC-CSAT exam in 2014may/june.I would like to be prepared until the time of examination with the mains and CSAT to.So please provide the info regarding the online classes please…

  226. ThulasiReddy -  March 10, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Hello sir,my DOB is on 26th july 1986,how many chances that i have to attempt the exam i am from OC category..
    And i heard that the mains pattern is also going to change soon,right now i am in USA,i want online coaching classes for my preparation sir,can you please provide online classes for polity,history,geography,economy(which we can call General studies) and for Aptitude to.
    I am going to attend the UPSC-CSAT exam in 2014may/june.I would like to be prepared until the time of examination with the mains and CSAT to.So please provide the info regarding the online classes please…

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 17, 2012 - 8:12 am

      Dear Thulasi,

      Age eligibility and attempts for OBC candidate:
      OBC candidate can appear at the CS exam 7 times between 21 – 33 years of age. Age is calculated as on 1st August of the year in which appearing for the exam. According to your DOB you will complete 33 years of age on 26th July 2019 (before 1st August 2019 and therefore you will not be eligible for 2019 exam).

      You can appear every year at this exam starting 2012-2018.

      About change in pattern of Mains exam – http://www.rausias.com/blog/?p=382

      We do not have an online coaching facility, but, we do have an online learning and assessment platform where you can take tests and assess your preparation – http://www.rauiasonline.in/.

      Additionally, we provide study material – http://www.rauias.com/postalguidance.php.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  227. Aakash Sharma -  March 12, 2012 - 9:10 am

    Dear Sir,
    1. I am an Army Officer aspiring for Limited IPS competitive exam 2012. It will be conducted for the 1st time. i have few queries undermentioned and i look forward to get a positive and satisfying reply from you.

    (a) Will the prelims paper of this exam will be same as prelims of UPSC as both the exam is on 20th May?

    (b) What should be the best strategy to be followed for this exam. What should be the focus areas?

    (c) Which is the best book for Environmental Studies ?

    (d) What do you recommend about the study materials which is `must see’ before this exam?

    (e) Any study book available with your institute or in market focussing on this exam?

    Regards
    – Aakash Sharma

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 17, 2012 - 8:39 am

      Dear Aakash,

      (a) Papers will be different but the pattern is the same.

      (b) Focus more and study the Paper 1 (GS of Part A) and Paper V (GS of Part B) together. This could work as the deal maker or breaker.
      In Paper II (Aptitude paper of Part A) – I will suggest that you go through the segments of GMA, Basic Numeracy and Reasoning. Just revise/refresh the basic formulas applied/used in the basic numeracy portion and general rules required to be followed in typical Reasoning questions. Your ability and performance in the rest of the portions of Comprehension, Decision making & Problem Solving, etc will really depend upon your skills honed over a period of time.

      (c) Textbook of Environmental Studies by Reach Bharucha (University Press – University Grants Commission)

      (d) & (e) Study Material
      We’d be able to help you with the study material. According to the format of this exam, there will be:

      1) Part A (2 papers of objective type)
      a) Paper I (or General Studies) – 200 marks | 2 hrs duration –> Study Material available for Rs 3,500 + 300 (Postage)
      b) Paper II (or Aptitude) – 200 marks | 2 hrs duration –> Study Material available for Rs 3,500 + 300 (Postage)

      2) Part B (3 papers of descriptive type)
      a) Paper III (a qualifying papers of English Language uptill Matriculation standard) 200 marks | 3 hrs duration–> we provide study material for this
      b) Paper IV (Essay) 200 marks | 3 hrs duration –> Study Material available for Rs 500 + 100 (Postage)
      c) Paper V (General Studies) 200 marks | 3 hrs duration –> Our study material will cover all the sections of this paper but the section on National Security (as described in point (d) and (f) of the detailed syllabus). Study Material available for Rs 4,000 + 300 (Postage)

      Should you want more details, please feel free to contact us.

      Regards,
      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  228. Aashu Singla -  March 14, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Hello Sir,

    I am a qualified company secretary. Now, I want to prepare for UPSC exams for 2013 attempt. I want your advice what subjects I should choose for mains? As accounts is not my area of interest, so i was thinking of Pub. Ad and Management. Kindly also advice when should i start preparing for the exam. Thanks.

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 16, 2012 - 11:54 am

      Dear Ashu,

      Pub Ad and Management cannot be opted together. If you are interested in both of these subjects then I’ll recommend that you go with Pub Ad. It has shorter syllabus than Management and has much better success rate. Do not worry about the 2nd optional subject already.

      I suggest, you keep your focus on (start your preparation in) Prelims (GS and Aptitude) and Mains (General Studies and Essay writing) but do not focus on 2nd optional already.

      Level 1: Self study (laying foundation)
      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      Reference material at Level 1
      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan

      Level 2: Targeted Study (structured approach) – Our new session will commence from 1st June 2012 – http://www.rauias.com/june.php

      Please feel free to speak with our counselors should you require more details, personal counseling, etc.

      Regards,
      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  229. amit -  March 16, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    hello sir,
    i am in b.tech final year.
    i am preparing for cse 2013.
    i want to know that do you provide coaching for history and public ad. in hindi medium (delhi certer).
    thanks.

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 3, 2012 - 5:11 am

      Dear Amit,

      We have sent the reply to your email.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  230. Mehar -  March 17, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    Can i get admission in the coaching centre after my B.A. 2nd year ?

    • RAU'S IAS -  March 21, 2012 - 8:04 am

      Dear Meher,

      Yes. You can start targeted preparation from your final year in college.

      There are instances when people start preparing for the examination right from the school days. However serious preparation can be taken up from the midcourse of the graduation and must essentially peak soon after graduation. It is normally found that it takes about one – two years of serious preparation towards the attainment of the goal.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • siddharth rishi -  March 28, 2012 - 4:51 pm

        sir
        i am a 3rd year electronics and comm. engg. student and want to take subjects from easy subjects non science background . i have been reading your replies and according to you geogrephy , psycology and public administration are best options to be taken but i am little bit interested in history and political science , are these two subjects easy ?? or they are more exhaustive than geo, public adm and psyclogy??

        • RAU'S IAS -  April 13, 2012 - 10:19 am

          Dear Siddharth,

          Both Political Sci. and History are also very good optional subjects. They have a good success rate and are opted by many candidates.

          Just that Pol Sc and History have comparatively wider in syllabus coverage than other available subjects but then they have syllabus overlap with the syllabus of the compulsory General Studies paper (which compensates for the extra syllabus).

          In case you have interest in these subjects then go for it!!! We coach in all Pol Sc, History, Pub Ad, Geo and Psychology. Once again they are all good subjects. Just go with the subjects in which you feel most interested.

          Regards,
          Rau’s IAS

  231. kunal mandwale -  March 22, 2012 - 11:09 am

    i am working as class one office at local body , a am planning to prepare for upsc 2013 so as my educational background B.com and LLB along with Company secretary Course,so which subject you suggest and I am totally new wrt to syllabubs how to start ? and is there any online and PDF (soft study material available rather that printed books)
    wating for reply

  232. suneetha k -  April 3, 2012 - 6:56 am

    Hello Sir,

    I am working as a production engineer in a s/w company right now.

    I have a keen interest to be in civil services but my biggest doubt is that which medium to takeup rather than the optional subjects .
    As I have studied in telugu medium till 10th standard and from Intermediate in English Medium , I couldn’t be knowing the critical terms in the politics, geography and in related subjects since these things used to be discussed in our schooling (if i opt for english medium and i know those terms well in telugu) .

    As I am a mechanical engineer, I am thinking to opt for Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics as my optionals( with these optionals I can go with english medium ) but people are saying Public Administrationwill be better as there will be enough guidance for that .
    If I take Public Administartion I think there will be a language issue again …..

    Can u please suggest me
    1.Regarding the optionals
    2.Regarding Language Issue if you have seen this kind of problem

    Thank You Very Mush sir

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 18, 2012 - 12:23 pm

      Dear Suneetha,

      Your problem is slightly complex.

      1) Essentially, at the Civil Services (Mains) stage, a candidate has to write descriptive answers. Candidates should choose the language medium in which he/she can write expressive and content rich answers. I suggest you keep the medium in which you have a better grasp and understanding. Marks are awarded for how accurately a student can express/answer a question within the word limit allowed (concisely). If you are unable to express yourself and therefore write good answers (in English) then there is a problem.

      2) Optional subjects like Engineering, science subjects, Eco, Commerce & Accountancy are considered tough. Usually, even majority of engineering graduates prefer to opt for easier (successful and more scoring) subjects like Pub Ad/Pol Sc, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, etc (on the basis of their interest). However, since you come from Telegu medium you have studied each of these till school level in Telegu. And I doubt, if effective and good study material (for Civil Services) in Telegu will be available in these subjects!!

      All that I can say in your situation here is that, if you have a good grasp in English language now and can afford to learn a new subject in English, then pick up an easier subject (like Pub Ad/Geo/Sociology). In case not, then rather than developing proficiency in a new language, spend time in strengthening your concepts so that you can achieve the level that is required to do better in Mechanical Engg and Mathematics.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  233. kirti sharma -  April 5, 2012 - 12:18 pm

    Hello sir,
    i m in b.tech 3rd yr .
    i m preparing for i.a.s prelims 2013.
    i want to know that do u provided weekend classes for prelims 2013 your jaipur center.
    and when this batch will be started?
    thnks….

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 13, 2012 - 9:07 am

      Dear Kirti,

      Yes, we conduct weekend batch in General Studies [Prelims (Paper I & II) and Main Exam (General Studies & Essay), in English medium only] at Jaipur. The batch will commence from 30 June, 2012. http://www.rauias.com/center-j.php

      You can contact our counselors at Jaipur centre for more details.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  234. Ujjwal Krishna -  April 6, 2012 - 2:56 pm

    Sir/Madam,

    I plan to study physics at the National University of Singapore or Harvard University. Subsequently, I wish to appear for the Civil Service Examination, in order to gain entry to the Indian Foreign Service. Does the UPSC recognise NUS and Harvard as ‘recognised’ universities, and will undergraduate degrees from the same make me eligible to appear for the Civil Service Examination?

    I await a speedy reply.

    Sincerely,
    Ujjwal Krishna, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 18, 2012 - 11:49 am

      Dear Ujjwal,

      All major international universities and the degrees allotted by them are recognized by UGC.

      All the best,
      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  235. Gaurav tibrewal -  April 8, 2012 - 4:18 am

    sir,
    Myself Gaurav tibrewal is in state of dilema.This year i had given mine class 12th exam from cbse board and after that i want to opt for economics(hons).as i m interested in that but the main issue is regarding coaching classes that where i should take my coacing start in which place and from when(except delhi).

    how i must utilize my interestitics time(off time)?

    is economics (hons) from commerce background is helpful enough to achieve my success?
    sir i will be highly obliged if u could solve my above mentioned problem.
    thanking u
    gaurav………

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 19, 2012 - 9:04 am

      Dear Gaurav,

      1) For coaching: We are located only at Delhi and Jaipur – http://www.rauias.com/contactus.php
      However, you must start targeted coaching not before you enter and are in later 2nd year.

      2) Till then, you can self study (work towards laying foundation for targeted and speedy preparation later)

      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.
      Reference material at Level 1

      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International importance which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan

      3) Taking Economics (H) is not the key to cracking Civil Services Exam. However, it is certainly an interesting and a valuable subject (but tough at the same time). In case you are interested, then go for it!!!

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  236. Ravi teja -  April 8, 2012 - 4:22 pm

    Hello Sir,

    I am about start my civils preparation. I am stuck up with 2 questions.

    1. Which subject to choose for second option among GEOGRAPHY & PSYCHOLOGY. I have chosen POLITICAL SCIENCE as my first option.
    2. When to get coaching, either for June batch or November batch?
    I worked as a software engineer. As I am 28, I have only 2 attempts left. Please let me know which way would be better, to go through the subjects till October and join the batch or to start with June batch immediately and prepare after the batch?

    I am short of time. Please give me your valuable suggestion?

    Thanks & Regards
    Ravi teja

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 19, 2012 - 9:10 am

      Dear Ravi,

      1) From a completely objectively evaluation, you can go with Geography (the subject is complimentary/helpful in General Studies).

      2) In case you are planning to appear in 2013 exam and have time on hand right now, then I suggest that you start preparation now.

      3) If, you have only two attempts left, I suggest you give your everything. Since it must have been a long time you that you studied topics of GS or optional subjects, I suggest that you initiate formal preparation now. However, commence your study in not more than GS and maximum one optional subject. Keep the second one for later.

      feel free to consult our counselors @ http://www.rauias.com/contactus.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • Ravi teja -  May 9, 2012 - 10:56 am

        I am very glad with your suggestion. I Thank U.
        I will definitely consult the counselors.

  237. bobby sidhu -  April 12, 2012 - 5:35 am

    sir, just a legal tinge……. i am acollege student doing graduation……. my name was involved in a college scuffle and i was convicted by the lower court with penalty and term and now my appeal stands with the higher court……. i want to appear for the IAS exams sincerely and will study hard….. kindly just tell me with my prior conviction and present appeal pending am i eligible to appear for these prestigious exams…….. does my conviction once makes me ineligible for the exams or i can appear ? sir, please tell as i want to turn here with all my hardwork…..

    • RAU'S IAS -  September 17, 2012 - 8:20 am

      Dear Bobby,

      Many a students are involved in minor fist fights/scuffles at college level. Just a complaint filed against you in a police station or an ongoing case will not disqualify you from taking Civil Services Examination. Unless you are convicted in a case you are eligible to apply for the exam. In your case, you have applied again in High Court which means that you are not finally convicted (your conviction is still pending). You can apply.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  238. ravishankar -  April 12, 2012 - 1:38 pm

    Respected sir ,
    sir i am confused where i should prepare for ias 2013 either dehli or jaipur, i am from rajasthan.. which place is better for me. or sir where is best environment of study.

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 18, 2012 - 12:45 pm

      Dear Ravi,

      Both the places have the same environment, resources and pool of professors.

      You may choose to study from which so ever place you personally feel more comfortable.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  239. Raj -  April 13, 2012 - 7:29 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am graduate – Metallurgy & Material Engg. from N.I.T after 1.4 years working in automobile company i resigned from the job & now preparing for IAS exam but i am too much confusion about the optional subject, I am very much familiar about the Geology subject because its too much related to my core Engg. branch as the syllabus available but we are not getting the good response from the student. I am interested to choose Geography & Geology as an optional subject for the civil services exam because 30 % syllabus is similar for both subject but in Geology the sufficient material & coaching is not available. Would you Pl suggest me the Geology is a scoring subject or Not ? How much time is required for the complete the Geology syllabus ? Is Geology better option for the Mains compare to Geography? How much student choose Geology an optional subject in Pre & Mains ?

    With Best Regards
    Raj

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 19, 2012 - 11:11 am

      Dear Raj,

      You can find answers to all your questions regarding Geology in the UPSC’s latest annual report wherein they capture all statistics related to an optional subject.

      Secondly, it is true that you may face difficulty in getting standard study material and guidance in that subject according to UPSC’s pattern. This is because, in general, there are other subjects (like Geography, Psychology, Pub Ad, Sociology, etc) which have a better success rate than Geology.

      We do not coach in Geology.

      But go through the annual report yourself and then make up your mind.

      Also read both the articles you’ll find under the category – ‘optional subjects

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  240. Vaniki Joshi -  April 13, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Sir as I am from engineering (IIT) background my aptitude for Csat is good but I need some practice for GK. I would like to know how your people could basically help in improving my General Knowledge and for 2013 Csat when do you start you coaching, what is the total duration.

    My present location is Delhi-Pandara Road

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 13, 2012 - 10:35 am

      Dear Vaniki,

      See, we will give you notes and newspaper clippings regularly containing all that is required to know in general knowledge domain. Also, certain issue of general affairs (like budget, India’s international relations, etc) will also be discussed in class. However, only you can help yourself in improving your general knowledge.

      See, all that is required to keep yourself abreast of the gk is to be regular in reading newspapers and magazines. If you make it a regular habit of analytically reading newspapers (The Hindu) and magazines (The Frontline and Pratiyogita Darpan) then your gk will improve considerably over a period of time.

      Next new regular batch (5 months duration) will start from 1st June 2012 – http://www.rauias.com/june.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  241. Prakruti -  April 14, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    Hello.
    I was wondering if your institute is going to provide the online test series for the GS Mains examination as well?

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 18, 2012 - 12:37 pm

      Dear Prakruti,

      There are operation issues is conducting online test series for Mains because Mains is descriptive type.

      Online test series is only available for Preliminary Exam. Mains test series is classroom based.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  242. Vaniki Joshi -  April 17, 2012 - 12:17 pm

    Sir,
    I have 2 more questions.
    1.) About static GK, Indian constitution, Indian history you would be taking infact giving us the idea in class as well or you would be giving us references?

    2) I have my UGC JRF exam scheduled on 24th June 2012 so do you have other batches as well after 1st june? What would be the timings of your coaching?

  243. KISHOR KUMAR -  April 18, 2012 - 7:34 pm

    sir i want to join in ur coaching center.which is the best among the two centers of ur’s

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 19, 2012 - 9:19 am

      Dear Kishore,

      Both centres are centrally operated, share the same set of resources and pool of professors. Both are the same. You may join whichever you personally feel more inclined towards.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  244. Pooja -  April 19, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Respected Sir,

    I am planning on writing Civil Service Exam next year.
    I am aiming for Indian Foreign Service.
    I wanted to know if our optional subjects, determine our postings.
    If so, which optional subjects do you recommend for IFS?

    Thank You,
    Pooja

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 23, 2012 - 7:14 am

      Dear Pooja,

      Optional subjects do not have any bearing whatsoever on service/posts.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  245. Manjit Kaur -  April 23, 2012 - 10:25 am

    Sir,

    I have done btech in IT IN 2010 and currently working in an IT firm.
    For prelims i have chosen geography as optional subject.
    For mains I am going to choose 1.Geography 2.Management
    Q1. Are my choices of subjects allright according to you?
    Q2. I am going to make my first attempt in 2012.So how to apply for your study material for the above subject choice?
    Q3.How would my work experience be benificial to me during finalizing result of UPSC exams?

    Regards,
    Manjit Kaur

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 26, 2012 - 12:20 pm

      Dear Manjit,

      1) The pattern of Prelims exam changed in 2011 and there is no optional subject at the Prelims. Update your self regarding the new pattern from – http://www.rauias.com/planofexam.php.

      2) You still need to pick 2 optional subjects at the Mains. My suggestion would be Gepgraphy and Public Ad (instead of Management).
      Management vs Pub Ad
      Management is a vast subject and not particularly helpful in the General Studies paper. In case you like Management as a subject then you can opt for Public Administration. Your knowledge in Management subject will help to pick up and absorb Public Ad easily. Public Ad is a simple and concise subject and comprises of knowledge that is a must in case you aspire to get into civil services. On top of that, some syllabus of Pub Ad is also asked in general Studies paper which make this subject complimentary with General Studies paper.

      3) Work ex will have no significance really.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  246. prem -  April 25, 2012 - 12:58 pm

    Sir,
    I am a working person so I free before 0900 hrs and after 1800 hrs for any sort of coaching, does Rau’s provides coaching before 0900 hrs and after 1800 hrs. I want coaching at Jaipur center, if so please tell. My options are Pub. Ad. and Philosophy.
    Are there any batches?

    With regards
    -Prem

    • RAU'S IAS -  April 26, 2012 - 12:59 pm

      Dear prem,

      Jaipur offer weekend program in General Studies wherein classes are conducted on Saturday and Sunday. For details click here.

      For more details, feel free to consult our counselors in Jaipur on phone numbers mentioned here.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  247. guha -  April 28, 2012 - 7:33 am

    respected sir,

    recently i have heard in news that
    “shri V Narayanasamy, minister of state in the ministry of personnel, public grievances and PMO said in a written reply in Lok Sabha on Wednesday that currently there is no proposal to introduce changes in the main examination of the civil services examination, yet UPSC has appointed a committee of experts, headed by former UGC chairman Prof Arun S Nigavekar to review the existing structure of civil services (main) examination and suggest necessary changes.”

    i wanted to ask you sir that :

    1. is there any chance that changes are brought in 2013 attempt…
    2. how should i start preparing for 2013 attempt….
    thank you

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 4, 2012 - 9:25 am

      Dear Guha,

      Yes, we are aware of this. This question was answered in Lok Sabha on the 25th April 2012.

      See, the reply states only as much as is known already in the public domain. Yes, a committee has been constituted to review the existing structure and suggest changes in the Mains exam. Whether changes will be implemented in 2013 or later is not known yet. We’ll all have to wait for UPSC to officially notify in this regard. The official notification is not expected anytime before October 2012.

      For 2013,
      What and exactly how the Mains pattern will change in 2013 is unclear. UPSC is expected to announce the changes by or after September 2012. Till then, I suggest, you keep your focus on (start your preparation in) Prelims (GS and Aptitude) and Mains (General Studies and Essay writing). Do not focus on irrelevant optional subjects. [However, in case your optional subject is complimentary with the syllabus of GS (seems relevant in the changed pattern of Mains exam) like Political Sc/Public Ad, Sociology, Geography, Economics, etc, then you can initiate preparation in one of them).

      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      Read NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      Read NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan

      Once you get familiar with the basic concepts of General Studies, have refreshed your memory with basic knowledge acquired in various disciplines of Social Studies and General Science (in school), it is time for you to adopt a targeted and structured approach towards the Civil Services Exam.
      Now, you must start your preparation in at least General Studies (Mains and Prelims) + CSAT (or Aptitude test). The syllabus of General Studies of Preliminary and Mains stage is not different. Instead, the list of contents is more or less the same, only the pattern of questions asked is different. The Preliminary exam, which is objective type, requires careful scanning of option choices and arriving at the right answer choice (using the elimination technique) in the least possible time, whereas Mains exam requires you to write an analysis or a descriptive-essay type answer (based on the facts) for a question.

      Therefore, you must start preparing for General Studies of both Preliminary and Mains together and in an integrated manner. Also, you can start preparing for Aptitude Test/CSAT alongside. This is because Aptitude test is a practice based paper and therefore you should spread the contents of this paper across and practice them regularly.

      Read
      For General Studies: Rau’s IAS study material + focus on notes and lectures delivered in class + Substantiate this by going through the special editions of Pratiyogita Darpan in Geography, History, Indian Economics and Indian Polity.

      For Aptitude (CSAT): Rau’s IAS study material+ Wren and Martin Grammar book
      Be careful to what you might pick and study in the area of Aptitude testing from the market. The CSAT is an Aptitude Test modified to test the competency of a prospective IAS officer who ensures social justice and takes decisions under the shadow of ethics. All Aptitude Tests are modified Intelligence Tests (IQ Tests). Under the axiom that human intelligence is a function of two skills – Ability to express thoughts better and understand what others have to convey, and Cognitive Ability, all aptitude tests check for Verbal and Numerical Ability, with a smattering of Reasoning questions.
      Apart from this CSAT, being a test of recruitment to Civil Services, will test whether a candidate can handle the kind of Decision Making under the shadow of Ethics that an ideal IAS is capable of.

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge
      You must make a regular habit of writing at least one page on current affairs and contemporary events, issues and affairs every day, of what you observe from newspapers/news, magazine, etc. Besides regularly reading Frontline and Pratiyogita Darpan you must refer to Manorama Year Book + India Year Book (GoI).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  248. nagender -  April 30, 2012 - 1:18 pm

    Dear sir,
    i have applied for cs-2012 prelims and opted for geography & medical sciences as optionals for mains.Is it possible to change the mains optionals after qualifing the prelims?
    regards.
    nagender

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 4, 2012 - 7:49 am

      Yes Nagendra,

      UPSC collects optional subject information from all candidates at the Preliminary stage itself for its internal statistical purpose only.

      You can change your optional subjects at the time of filling application form for CS(Mains) Exam.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  249. Ateek -  May 5, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Sir,
    I am Ateek, I have completed my B.Tech in Petrochemicals and Currently working as Estimator in GCC, having work experience of 3 years. As there is no subject related to chemical engineering so i would like to go either History, Geography, Geology. My question is that can we choose all three subjects for CSE examinations or combination of any 2 subjects or just 1subject. I am planning to appear for 2013 exams. Please advice on selcetion like going for subjects if allowed is good or should we choose only one subject so that can concentrate on studying only particular subject with more focus.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 8, 2012 - 6:50 am

      Dear Ateek,

      1) Only 2 optional subjects have to be selected in the Mains Examination. Pre exam does not have any optionals.

      2) For help on selecting optional subjects please read our blog on ‘Optional Selection‘ and related Q&As.

      3) Initiate preparation in GS (Pre-cum-Mains), Essay writing, Aptitude (Pre) and maximum one optional subject. Thereafter, when you complete studying one optional subject pick the second.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  250. nivedita chauhan -  May 5, 2012 - 1:24 pm

    Dear SIR
    I m a doctor(dentist),completed degree in march 2012. Now i want to start prepration for IAS 2013-14. I dont want to join any coaching instead i want to take study material and online test series. please guide me which subjects i can opt for prelim and mains. I want a proper guidance as i dont have any proper knowledge.
    I will be very thankful to you if you provide all information regarding subjects, syllabus, study material and tests.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 9, 2012 - 11:06 am

      Dear Nivedita,

      In case you do not have any prior knowledge about this exam, I suggest that you read about it first.

      1) For pattern, structure and syllabus – click here

      2) Preliminary Exam has 2 compulsory papers : (i) General Studies (ii) Aptitude

      3) Mains Exam has 2 compulsory papers and 2 optional subjects (along with 2 qualifying language papers)
      Compulsory papers : (i) General Studies – 2 papers x 300 marks each = 600 marks
      (ii) Essay – 1 x 200 = 200
      Optional subjects (pick any two from a list of 26 optional subjects)
      (i) Optional 1 – 2 papers x 300 marks each = 600 marks
      (ii) Optional 2 – 2 papers x 300 marks each = 600 marks

      4) For help on selecting optional subjects please go through our blog and related Q&As on ‘optional subject selections in mains exam

      Regards,
      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  251. Dr Shraddha -  May 7, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am a dental graduate want to know which subject will be suitable for me for prilimnary preperation.
    And should i can go about it. Currently i am in kolkata as here there are no branches of your study center. Will it be better to come down to delhi and prepare for it.

    Looking forward for your reply.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 11, 2012 - 8:13 am

      Dear Shraddha,

      There are no optional subjects in the Preliminary Examination. Preliminary Exam comprises of 2 compulsory papers, (1) General Studies/Paper I, and (2) Aptitude/Paper II. You can read about the new pattern from http://www.rauias.com/2012.php

      Yes, you can come to Delhi for a duration of 10-11 months for thorough preparation of Civil Services Pre-cum-Mains preparation.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  252. seema -  May 9, 2012 - 6:28 am

    Dear Sir,

    I am really confused about the optional subject to be chose. Being from North East, I thought to take my own regional language (Manupuri) as one optional subject. But I am really facing trouble selecting the another one as my background is B.Tech from Computer Sc and Engineering.

    Could you please suggest me the subjects?
    I have interest on geography
    Also i loved studying theoretical subjects too..

    Some suggest me for Geography and also Pub Administrative ..Please guide me

    Regards,
    Seema

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 9, 2012 - 8:25 am

      Dear Seema,

      Both Geography and Pub Ad are highly opted for optional subjects (highly opted by students from science stream) because of the conceptual nature of these subjects, their overlap with the syllabus of General Studies and good success rate.

      Besides these you could consider Sociology as well.

      I suggest you read the following books (this reading will be helpful from General Studies’ preparation perspective as well) and figure out your interest in one of these subjects:

      NCERT books:
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard (for Pub Ad)
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard

      Take the one which interests you the most.

      All the best,
      Rau’s IAS

  253. Rishu Chanalia -  May 11, 2012 - 5:56 am

    Dear Sir,i am rishu,26 year old.i have done MA ECONOMICS & MBA HR.m not good in english.can i take IAS exams in punjabi medium.pls suggest me should i go for it or not ?? i want to become an IAS officer.i belong to SC category.i want to choose punjabi language as one of my optional subject.i m average student.pls tell me for optional subjects.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 14, 2012 - 7:15 am

      Dear Rishu,

      1) You can opt for Economics (because you have background in the subject) and Public Administration (because you have background in management). Both the subjects have syllabus overlap with the compulsory papers of General Studies. Read our blog on ‘how to select optional subjects?’

      2) You can keep Punjabi as your medium of instruction. The only problem is that quality study material and guidance might not be available in Punjabi medium.

      3) Average students crack this exam all the time. All that you require to do well in this exam is dedication and perseverance. Have patience and be consistent with studies. The exam is not tough just that the syllabus is vast.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  254. ARVIND KUMAR SINGH -  May 11, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    RESPECTED SIR,

    I am a B.COM. III year student.
    i am taking accounts as one of my optional subject for cse but confused in taking another optional subject.
    can you guide me which subject i should opt between geography and statistics.
    i also want to know about the weekend days classes for november batch.
    is their any quality difference between weekend and regular batches study.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 14, 2012 - 7:09 am

      Dear Arvind,

      Geography will be better because it is complimentary in the overall scheme of examination. Basically, it has syllabus overlap with the compulsory paper of General Studies at both Prelims and Mains level.

      Also, on a general note, the difficulty level of Geography is lesser than that of Statistics.

      We conduct weekend classes in General Studies batch. The only difference between weekend and weekdays program is the timing of the classes. There is no other difference. The weekend classes follow exactly the same pattern and format as the regular classes (classes are taken by the same set of professors).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

      • ARVIND KUMAR SINGH -  May 14, 2012 - 4:15 pm

        thanks a lot sir for your reply.

        sir i also want to know that i am not confident of giving my interview in english.
        so can i opt english as medium of written exam and give interview in hindi.

  255. Archana kumari S -  May 11, 2012 - 4:58 pm

    Respected sir/madam,
    I am doing my BCA final year and my ambition is to become
    “IAS”.i am interested to join your institution but i have to finish my UG qualification . Until then i would like to prepare by home itself .I am confident of achieving my goal but i am not in proper way of preparation so please sir/mam ,kindly guide and give some ideas for preparation of civil service exam .
    Please sir/mam , tell me that what i should follow now for preparation of CSE exam.And i hope you will reply me soon .

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

      Dear Archana,

      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • Newspaper – The Hindu, Magazine – Frontline, Pratiyogita Darpan

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  256. elamathi -  May 12, 2012 - 10:58 am

    sir,
    i applied for CSAT 2012 exam got admit card also but i’m unable to attend exam.i want to know it should be consider at attmept?

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 16, 2012 - 10:20 am

      No, it will not be considered as an attempt. Unless, you go and appear in a paper your attempt is not counted.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  257. sandeep singh -  May 14, 2012 - 11:07 am

    can,i have study material on f.o.c basis

  258. harsh -  May 14, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    I am doing masters in ECE engineering and now wants to prepare for IAS.please advice me regarding the selection of subject.How should i proceed for preparation.

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 16, 2012 - 7:56 am

      Dear Harsh,

      1) For help on choosing optional subjects, please go through our blog and related Q&As on ‘optional subject selection

      2) The preparation strategy is to follow a mix of both micro and macro level approaches. The first step in this direction is the understanding of the pattern and syllabus. One must look at the syllabus closely and in detail. After that, one should analyze the past years’ question papers that indicate the important areas, as well as, the real scope of the syllabus.

      I suggest that you start preparation in Prelims (GS and Aptitude) and Mains (General Studies and Essay writing). Alongside, make up your mind about optional subjects which you feel will be strategically relevant and good for you.

      The basic guideline at the start of the preparations for both Preliminary and Main Examination is to read NCERT books on related subjects. There is no substitute for them. One should refrain in the beginning from reading guidebooks, as they load you with information, but with very little concept.

      NCERT Books: Social Studies
      • Civics: 6th – 10th standard
      • Political Science: 11th and 12th standard
      • Geography: 6th – 12th standard
      • Sociology: 11th and 12th standard
      • History: 6th – 12th standard
      • Economics: 9th – 12th standard (latest edition)

      NCERT Books: General Science
      • Physics, Chemistry, Biology: 9th and 10th Standards

      For Current Affairs and General Knowledge (make a habit of reading newspapers and magazines regularly and analytically. The events of National and International which effect human lives at large are important from General Studies point of view)
      • The Hindu, Times of India, Frontline, The Economist, Pratiyogita Darpan

      Our next batch starts from 1st June 2012. For details click here.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  259. Sourav Chakrabarti -  May 16, 2012 - 11:32 am

    Dear Sir

    I am sourav Chakrabarti , I am student of a top notch B School and wanted to appear for my CS Attempt in my passing out Year which is going to be in the month of Mar ch 2013.I will be 29 by then i hope I can appear for a one last shot.(november Birthday) Please help me with my query

    Sourav

    Sourav

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 18, 2012 - 9:08 am

      Dear Sourav,

      Age is calculated as on 1st August of the year in which appearing for the exam. For 2013 attempt, in case you will not complete 30 years by 1st August (as you have mentioned that you will turn 30 only in November 2013), then you will be eligible.

      Read eligibility criteria – http://www.rauias.com/eligibility.php

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  260. sukanta behera -  May 16, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Dear sir,
    I am working in an IT company and i want to prepare for civil service.Is it necessary to leave the job while preparing for Civil services.

  261. Raji -  May 18, 2012 - 2:05 am

    Sir,

    I am a newly commissioned officer into Indian army under women entry short service commission.I wish to appear for civil services exam after 2 years of service.can i appear for this exam while in service?. is there any NOC needs to be obtained?

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 19, 2012 - 12:11 pm

      Dear Aspirant,

      1) You can appear in Civil Services Examination after completing 5 years in SSC. Then, you’d be eligible to get age relaxation upto 5 years. Download and go through pages 29 and 30 http://www.rauias.com/UPSC%20Civil%20Services%20Exam%20Syllabus.pdf

      2) You would not be allowed to appear in this exam after 2 years (while still in service). If you strictly want to appear after 2 years you’ll have to do that after resigning from your service (and you would also not get any age relaxation benefit).

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS

  262. Mona Bijalwan -  May 19, 2012 - 9:15 am

    Dear Sir,

    This is first and last inquiry about appearing IAS/PCS exams. I am 1977 born female and last year married in Uttarakhand. I have been working in development sector over 6-7 years and got a ford fellowship award for Master’s in Human Rights. I wonder if I can sit for the UPSC exams and can your join your institute. I have faced lot of female discrimination throughout my life and now I am facing challenges at my in-laws place. I really really want to make my stand and my indentification through however I am not sure if I am eligible for this or not. I will really appreciate your kind help in this

    • RAU'S IAS -  May 22, 2012 - 9:06 am

      Dear Mona,

      Your work experience would have helped you a great deal in the interview round. However, I think that you do not meet the age eligibility criteria now.

      Age Criteria
      A candidate must have attained the age of 21 years and must not have attained the age of 30 years on 1st August of the year in which appearing for the Preliminary Examination . In your case (1977 born), you must either have completed 35 years or will in some month in 2012.

      Now,
      General Category candidates are eligible between 21-30
      OBC candidates are eligible between 21-33
      SC/ST candidates are eligible between 21-35

      And then there is some more age relaxation available under certain circumstances (you can read about that from http://www.rauias.com/eligibility.php)

      From the face of it, it seems that you have missed the UPSC Civil Services Exam. However, you can still apply to certain state service examinations (Public Services Commissions) where the age eligibility is uptill 40 years.

      Regards,
      Rau’s IAS