The IAS Preliminary Examination is changing
Since the Civil Service Examination 2011, the Preliminary Examination has constantly been changing. First, optional subjects were removed from the Preliminary Examination and CSAT was introduced. Later in 2015, the CSAT (Paper II of the Preliminary Examination) was made qualifying.
The present scheme of the Preliminary Examination is as follows.
The Examination comprises of two Papers of 200 marks each
- General Studies – Paper I
- CSAT – Paper II
|SUBJECT||NO. of Questions||Marks Allocated||Importance|
|General Studies (Paper I)
Questions in this paper will be asked from Current Events, History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Governance, Economic and Social Development, Environmental Ecology and General Science.
|100 multiple choice type objective questions||200 marks||The score in only this paper will decide your Preliminary Examination result. The CSAT paper is only qualifying. A safe score in General Studies (Paper I) will be about 110 out of 200. If you are an aspirant for the Indian Forest Service Examination, your score in this paper should ideally be in the range of 120+ out of 200. These are not easy scores to get. You need a well-planned preparation with consistent execution. Our course will certainly go a long way to equip you for the Preliminary Examination.|
|CSAT (Paper II)
Questions in this paper will be asked from Comprehension, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Decision-making and problem-solving, General mental ability, Basic numeracy, Data interpretation and English Language Comprehension skills
|80 multiple choice type objective questions||200 marks||This is only a qualifying paper. You need to score a minimum of 66 out of 200 (33%) in this paper to qualify. The score obtained in this paper will otherwise not be considered in your Preliminary Examination result.|
From the experience of the last 10 years of Preliminary Examination results, we can draw the following generalizations.
- About 5 lakh to 6 lakh candidates appear in the IAS Preliminary Examination every year
- Only about 15,000 candidates clear it (in other words only 2.5% of the candidates clear the first hurdle of the Civil Service Examination)
- The cut-off score to clear the IAS Preliminary Examination in the last 1 decade has hovered in the range of 55% – 60% marks
- A safe score to target will thus be at least 65% of marks – the higher, the better
- Getting 65% of marks in the IAS Preliminary Examination is not easy. It requires experienced guidance, careful planning, consistent implementation, concentrating on the right sources and a lot of practice.
- Mostly those students clear the IAS Preliminary Examination who already have a good preparation for the IAS Main Examination.
- The beginners need to be extra careful for the IAS Preliminary Examination as they are going to compete with a lot of such candidates who have already cleared the IAS Preliminary Examination in one of their earlier attempts. Such candidates constitute about 50% of those who clear the IAS Preliminary Examination in any given year.
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What does this course give you?
The General Studies Course for IAS Preliminary Examination is designed to be a comprehensive solution for the IAS Preliminary Examination. This course gives you:
- Best expert faculty specialized for IAS Preliminary Examination
- Structured coverage of all the areas of the prescribed syllabus of the IAS Preliminary Examination (Current Events, History of India and Indian National Movement, Indian and World Geography, Indian Polity and Governance, Economic and Social Development, Environmental Ecology and General Science.)
- Sound preparation aimed at getting you 130+ score in Preliminary GS, whereas the cut-off remains around 115.
- A practical Timetable for IAS Preliminary Examination preparation
- Coverage from the basic NCERT and NBT books to advanced reference books.
- Course content drawn from standard books and online sources which are recommended by every topper, every year
- Course content divided into small learning modules
- Simple and examination orientated presentation
- Focus more on concepts rather than on facts
- Inclusion of only relevant material – no content overloading
- Exhaustive coverage of current affairs
- Structured Tests included on specific segments of the syllabus to ensure timely revision
- High quality 10 Full Length Tests with quality questions and right approach
The sources we have consulted to bring this course to you
- The Hindu
- Indian Express
- Times of India
- Hindustan Times
- Economic Times
- Business Line
- Science Reporter
History of India and Indian National Movement
- NCERT XI and XII textbooks – both old and new editions
- India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra et.al.
- A New Look at Modern Indian History – B.L. Grover
- Ancient India – DN Jha
- Medieval India – Satish Chandra
- Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania
- The Wonder That Was India – AL Bhashan
Indian Polity and Governance
- The Constitution of India – PM Bakshi
- Introduction to the Constitution of India – DD Basu
- Our Constitution – Subash Kashyap
- Our Parliament – Subhash Kashyap
- Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth
- Indian Constitution at Work – NCERT (XI)
- Indian Political System – BL Phadia
- Governance in India – M. Laxmikanth
Indian and World Geography
- NCERTS – 6th to 12th
- Environmental Geography – Savindra Singh
- Geography of Resources & Environment – Malkit Singh
- Geography of India & World – Surender Singh
- Human & Economic Geography – Goh Cheng Leong & Gillian C. Morgan
- Certificate Physical and Economic Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
- India Comprehensive Geography: Khullar
- Human Geography: Majid Hussain
- Economic Geography – P Roy
Economic and Social Development
- Indian Economy Textbooks: NCERT XIth standard, Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram, Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri, Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, Indian Economy by Uma Kapila
- Periodicals: Economic Times, Business Line, Mint, Yojana and Kurukhestra
- Government Publications: India 2016 and the forthcoming India 2017, the forthcoming Budget 2017 – 18, the forthcoming Economic Survey 2016 – 17, Different policy documents
- NCERT Geography Books – INDIA PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT: CLASS XI: UNIT III: Chapter 5: Natural Vegetation; PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY: CLASS XI: UNIT VI: Chapter 15. Life on the Earth and Chapter 16. Biodiversity and Conservation
- NCERT Biology Books – Std. XII – UNIT X: Chapter 13 : Organisms and Populations, Chapter 14 : Ecosystem, Chapter 15 : Biodiversity and Conservation, Chapter 16 : Environmental Issues
- Ecology and Environment – PD Sharma
- Environment and Ecology: Biodiversity, Climate Change and Disaster Management – Majid Husain
- Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains – by D R Khullar and J A C S Rao
- The Biodiversity of India – Erach Bharucha
- Environmental Studies – Erach Bharucha
- Current updates from – Geography and You; Down to Earth; Science Reporter
- NCERT Textbooks (8th-12th)
- Frank Publication Textbooks (8th – 10th)
- McGraw Hill encyclopedia on Science and Technology
- Science Reporter
- Popular Science Series Books of NBT
Study material plan
The study material for General Studies Course for IAS Preliminary Examination is divided into the following modules.
|Area of the syllabus||Mode of delivery||Details|
|Current Events||Digital Delivery: 30 Prelims Oriented Newsletters||Weekly newsletters with classes|
|History of India and Indian National Movement||4 Printed Booklets||Booklet 1 – Indian National Movement
Booklet 2 – Ancient India
Booklet 3 – Medieval India
Booklet 4 – Art and Culture
|Indian and World Geography||4 Printed Booklets||Booklet 1 – Physical Geography
Booklet 2 – Indian Geography
Booklet 3 – World Regional Geography
|Indian Polity and Governance||2 Printed Booklets||Booklet 1 – Indian Polity
Booklet 2 – Governance in Indian Context
|Economic and Social Development||2 Printed Booklets
|Booklet 1 – Indian Economy
Booklet 2 – Updates on Indian Economy based on Budget and Economic Survey
|Environmental Ecology||1 Printed Booklets||Booklet 1 – Foundations of Ecological Concepts + Environmental Ecology in the Indian Context|
|General Science||3 Printed Booklets||Booklet 1 – Basic and Applied Biology
Booklet 2 – Basic and Applied Physics
Booklet 3 – Basic and Applied Chemistry
Booklet 4 – Updates on Technology
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