• Prep and Strategy

    Frequently Asked Questions for UPSC Prep

    Hello, fellow Aspartans. Due to the huge influx of your questions in our messages section, we have decided to make an FAQ section on our website www.upscaleias.com, where we will post answers to most basic problems and questions of every UPSC aspirant. So, it is a humble request that you first go through this section and try to find a solution to your problem and only then message us, as it has become impossible to guide each and every one of you, separately. (UPSC aspirants rising every day!) Keep checking this section as it will be very comprehensive, to the point, and effective to the best of our knowledge and…

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    FAQ Coaching

    Q. What is the use of coaching? A. Guidance is the sole purpose with which coaching should be approached. Don’t depend on it for knowledge. Just understand that you have to study everything on your own and whatever you learn from coaching is a bonus. Q. Should I join coaching for UPSC Prelims. A. If you’re a sincere students, that means one who can study on his/her own and only need guidance and believes he/she can do it on their own, don’t join coaching. Instead join UPSCALE IAS Pinnacle program for foundation test series where you will provided complete guidance for that session of your preparation. If you think you…

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    FAQ Notes

    Q. How to make notes of newspaper? A. Already answered in the ‘Newspaper‘ FAQs. Q. How to make notes of NCERTs? A. Never make notes of a book when you’re reading it for the first time. You will find so many irrelevant things as important and add unnecessary stuff to your notes which’ll hamper the quality of your notes. Read NCETRs, understand them, skip the notes-making in the starting. At most, highlight. Some NCERTs are std. for books for that subject or portion, like 11th and 12th NCERT of Geography, Medieval and Ancient India History NCERTS. These have to dealt differently which’ll we’ll discuss separately. Q. How to make notes…

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    FAQ Beginner

    Q. Tell me basics about this exam. What is it, eligibility, optional etc. everything. I am a beginner. A. Read the official document of the exam available on the website and/or also available on other websites. Google. Just write “Upsc civil services exam basics” etc. etc… You will find a list of websites with the solution and YouTube videos also. Do it on your own. If you can Facebook and whatsapp, you can google also! Q. I just cleared 12th. How should I prepare? A. Start by reading NCERTs, the basic ones, of History, geography, polity, economics, etc. Get into a habit of reading newspaper. For details, refer FAQ, already…

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    FAQ Newspaper

    Q. What is the importance of Newspaper? A. In General, newspaper reading is a very good habit for overall development of ones personality and a good source to be aware about the world. So if you don’t absolutely hate, read it. Q. What is the importance of newspaper in Civil Services Exam? A. For Prelims, Newspaper has become an essential ingredient as UPSC usually targets current affairs in its exams, and magazines and coaching materials fail to cover every aspect and every issue around. Since this exam relies on being ‘surprising’ candidates at times, it is better to be prepared for almost anything. For mains, it is the chief source…

  • Prep and Strategy,  Public Administration

    Notes making and Answer Writing in Public Administration by Shrut Kirti Somavanshi

    This part covers Notes Making and Answer Writing. Notes Making: It is the most important part of your preparation. Notes making is not a rocket science. You just have to start, for once. Do not overthink. Everyone starts on his own and gradually ze understands the core idea of making notes. It helps you in three ways- Understanding the core of a topic/subject Revision Memorizing important points to write in the exam So, notes making should be done carefully and should help in maximizing your score and not your burden. I used to make notes on Evernote, workbook and memory cards. A sample note is attached. Notes should be- Explanatory…

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    Coaching: Is It Necessary? by AIR 1, UPSC CSE 2017, Anudeep Durishetty

    This is a perennial question I get asked the most. And it’s understandable too. Many aspirants who begin their Civils preparation are clueless about this exam’s demands and most cannot simply afford to go to Delhi and take coaching. There are a lot of doubts and misconceptions regarding whether to take coaching for Civil Services. So let me break it down for you. Note: Keeping beginners in mind, let me clarify that for the rest of the post, by coaching I mean the generic sense of the word: the act of going to an institute and attending their classes. Test series, coaching notes and mock interviews at coaching institutes are clearly…

  • Essay,  Prep and Strategy

    Writing a good Essay, Explained by AIR 1 Anudeep Durishetty

    Novelist Stephen King put it beautifully when he said, “I write to find out what I think.” Writing is a window to your thought process. What you write on paper will tell the reader how you think, how you argue and the way you substantiate your viewpoint. This is why for most competitive examinations and academic entrance tests, an essay is mandatory. In the Civil Services Exam too, we have a paper worth 250 marks, equivalent to a General Studies paper. Despite its importance, essay paper often does not get the attention it deserves from aspirants. First timers think they will write an excellent essay in the final exam itself,…

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    Philosophy optional by Juhi Jalota AIR 122

    Hi all , I apologise for the time I have taken in writing this and for having kept you all waiting all this while. How I prepared for philosophy is what many have asked me and some continue to be curious about. To start with selection of subject I would say it was purely out of interest. Even during my B.Tech course I used to study lot of diversified stuff. So it was natural choice. Yes, it has some advantages also. As far as preparing for exam let me tell you, before I list out my sources and ways, that all I did was – try to understand what is…

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    Coachings and Things by Shrut Kirti Somavanshi

    Hello everyone, This is #LuckyKabooter (Shrut Kirti Somavanshi). A lot of people are asking me about what coachings and test series I did in my preparation phase and how helpful they were. I have always respected and supported the idea of doing coachings but not all coachings helped me. Here I have written my account on coachings I did and my experience with them. This is a two-part article. In this part. I’ll talk about coachings. So let’s list them all. *Subject: (Public Administration)* I was fresh outta Engineering College having no history or geography with Public Administration so I had to take a coaching. I joined: 1. *Synergy by…