How to prepare for UPSC exams?

UPSC Examination

The Union Public Service Commission, commonly known as UPSC is India’s central agency authorized to conduct the Civil Services Examination, Engineering Services Examination, Combined Defence Services Examination, National Defence Academy Examination, Naval Academy Examination and Combined Medical Services Examination. Candidates from all over India apply to obtain a job here. The notification about vacancies in its various verticals can be checked on UPSC’s official website: Thus, to stand out the competition, one must be thoroughly prepared. Following are the tips to prepare well for UPSC exams along with the best prep books for several UPSC exams.

How to prepare for UPSC exams?

Those who are appearing for the UPSC exams in 2014 must have pulled up their socks and started off with their preparation.

UPSC aspirants, are you getting the jitters? Confused about what to study?
We have a plan to calm those nerves! Want to know how? Read on.

  • Approach your UPSC preparation in a planned manner:  Search for an inspiration. And that inspiration to excel lies in your heart. Avoid wasting time on motivational videos.
  • The 6 step plan for UPSC preparation:
  1. Review the syllabus
  2. Classify the syllabus and identify the apt study material
  3. Link each fact with another fact and context
  4. Goal Setting and Target Setting
  5. Chart your abilities: There are three broad areas from the point of view of learning in UPSC- Subject Expertise – Example: History, Polity; Skill Development – Example: Quantitative, Reasoning, and Verbal;  and General Awareness - Example: Current Affairs
  6.  Be Confident

Best Prep Books for UPSC

The level of competition will be pretty high, considering the fact that this exam will be held at an all India level. You must be prepared to face the competition. Therefore, it becomes important to know the type of questions that are asked in the exam. You can familiarize yourself with the topics covered in the exam by studying from the subject reference books. This even helps you to apply what you have studied, aptly. There are many education publications that bring out bundles of reference books. We’ve chosen the best from the whole lot.

For SCRA Exam:

  1. Thorpe Edgar’s The Pearson Guide to the SCRA Examination by Pearson Education
  2.  R. Gupta’s UPSC SCRA Special Class Railway Apprentices Examinations by Ramesh Publishing House
  3. Solved Papers 2013-2000 SCRA Special Class Railway Apprentices Including Model and Practice Paper by Arihant Publishers

 For CDS Exam:

  1. Chapter wise-Section wise Solved Paper of CDS Mathematics, English, General Ability by Arihant Publishers
  2. R. Gupta’s CDS Examination Previous Solved Papers  by Ramesh Publishing House
  3. Combined Defence Services Solved Papers 2007-2013 by G. K. Publishers

For NDA Exam:

  1. R. Gupta’s SSB Interviews & Psycho Intelligence Tests by Ramesh Publishing House
  2. Pathfinder for NDA & NA Entrance Examination National Defence Academy, Naval Academy Conducted by UPSC by Arihant Publishers
  3. NDA: National Defence Academy & Naval Academy by RPH Editorial Board

For Indian Engineering Services Exam:

  1. IES 2013 Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering Conventional Solved Paper 1 and 2 by Made easy Publications
  2. A Handbook on Electrical Engineering for IES, GATE, PSUs & Other Competitive Exams by Made Easy Publications
  3. IES 2013 Mechanical Engineering Conventional Solved Papers UPSC Engineering Services Examinations Paper I and II by Made Easy Publication

For Combined Medical Services Exam:

  1. Comprehensive Guide To Combined Medical Services UPSC Simplified by Elsevier Health Sciences
  2. Comprehensive Guide To CMS UPSC Simplified Supplement 2011 by Elsevier Health Sciences
  3. Comprehensive Guide To Combined Medical Services (UPSC) With UPSC Simplified Supplement 2010 by Elsevier Health Sciences

For CAPF Exam:

  1. Central Armed Police Forces Assistant Commandants Recruitment Exam Paper-1 by Ramesh Publishing House
  2. Central Armed Police Forces: Assistant Commandants Recruitment Exam (Paper-II) by Ramesh Publishing House
  3. CPF Assistant Commandant Exam by Arihant Publishers

For Civil Services Exam:

  1. General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 Paper 1 by Tata McGraw Hill Education
  2. The Pearson CSAT Manual 2013: Civil Services Aptitude Test for the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination by Pearson Education
  3. IAS Mains General Studies Chapter wise Solved Papers 2011-1997 by Arihant Publishers
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