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UPSC Books

The UPSC Prelims, being an entirely objective type of paper would need a separate set of
book lists and the UPSC Mains, being entirely subjective in its nature would need its own.

Therefore, in this section of the blog, I have mentioned the names of all the important
books for UPSC according to the different phases and subjects of the UPSC CSEs.

I have started with the NCERT books for UPSC. Here’s the list:

Best NCERT books for UPSC
Listed below are the best NCERT books for UPSC according to the various subjects of the
UPSC exam (of both Prelims and Mains Phases)

NCERT Books for UPSC- General Studies Paper I
1. NCERT books for UPSC for History:
History: NCERT Class 6: Our Past
History: NCERT Class 7: Our Past – 1
History: NCERT Class 8: Our Past 2 and 3
History: NCERT Class 9: India and the Contemporary World – I
History: NCERT Class 9: India and the Contemporary World – II
History: NCERT Class 10: World History
History: NCERT Class 12: Indian History – 1
History: NCERT Class 12: Indian History – 2
History: NCERT Class 12: Indian History – 3

2. NCERT Books for UPSC about Indian Society:
Indian Society: NCERT Class 6: Social Science: Social & Political Life I
Indian Society: NCERT Class 7: Social Science: Social & Political Life II
Indian Society: NCERT Class 8: Social Science: Social & Political Life III
Indian Society: NCERT Class 11: Sociology: Understanding Society
Indian Society: NCERT Class 12: Indian Society
You can also refer to class 12th Sociology book.

3. NCERT Books for UPSC for Art and Culture:
Art & Culture: NCERT Class 11: An Introduction to Indian Art
Art & Culture: NCERT Class 11: Living Craft Traditions of India (Chapters IX & X)

4. NCERT Books for UPSC for Geography:
NCERT Class 6: The Earth Our Habitat
NCERT Class 7: Our Environment
NCERT Class 8: Resource and Development
NCERT Class 9: Contemporary India – I
NCERT Class 10: Contemporary India – II
NCERT Class 11: Fundamentals of Physical Geography
NCERT Class 11: India Physical Environment
NCERT Class 12: Fundamentals of Human Geography
NCERT Class 12: India People and Economy

NCERT Books for UPSC- General Studies Paper II
1. NCERT IAS books for Polity
Polity: NCERT Class 9: Political Science – Democratic Politics Part – 1
Polity: NCERT Class 10: Political Science – Democratic Politics Part – 2
Polity: NCERT Class 11: Political Science – Indian Constitution at Work
Polity: NCERT Class 11: Political Science – Political Theory
Polity: NCERT Class 12: Political Science 1 – Contemporary World Politics
Polity: NCERT Class 12: Political Science 2 – Politics in India since Independence
NCERT Polity: you should read the Class 9 to class 12 polity IAS books in detail, with a special focus on the ones of the 11th and 12th class. (out of which cover the topic of World Politics, if time permits).

NCERT UPSC Books – General Studies Paper III
1. NCERT UPSC Books on Economy
Economy: NCERT Class 9 Economics
Economy: NCERT Class 10: Understanding Economic Development
Economy: NCERT Class 11: Indian Economic Development
Economy: NCERT Class 12: Introductory Microeconomics
Economy: NCERT Class 12: Introductory Macroeconomics

2. NCERT UPSC Books for Science & Technology
Science: NCERT Class 6
Science: NCERT Class 7
Science: NCERT Class 8
Science: NCERT Class 9
Science: NCERT Class 10
Science: NCERT Class 11: Chemistry: Unit 14 and Biology: Units 4 & 5
Science: NCERT Class 12: Chemistry: Unit 16 and Biology: Units 8, 9 & 10

3. UPSC Books of NCERT for Environment & Ecology
Science: Class 12: Biology: last four Chapters (13 – 16)

For the subject of Economics, you can refer to the NCERT books of class 9 to 12. However,
if you are familiar with the basics of the subject already, reading from the economics
books of class 11 and class 12 (macro & micro both) would be sufficient.

For the subject of science, you should refer to the textbooks of class 9 and 10. That
should be good enough for your IAS exam preparation.

NCERT UPSC Books – General Studies Paper IV
1. Subject of Ethics: NCERT Class 12: Psychology: This is not too significant from the
exam perspective; however, you can go through this IAS book for the basics. However,
remember to read selectively.

Best UPSC Books for IAS Prelims
In the IAS prelims round there are 2 papers and both are objective type in nature. That
means both have multiple-type questions with negative markings for each wrong answer.

Best UPSC Books for IAS Mains
If you are able to clear the Prelims stage of the IAS exam, then you’d have to appear for
the Mains. In the IAS Mains, there are 9 subjective type papers out of which 2 are subjects
that you can choose from.  

These are all the list of books that I have for you as far as the Prelims and the Mains
rounds of the UPSC are concerned. However, there are 2 optional subject papers in the
Mains exam that would require you to read from the books pertaining to the particular
subjects of your choice. Let’s now look at the other essential study material from which
you’d have to read apart from all the books that I have already mentioned above:

1. 2nd ARC Report
2. Economic Survey (Latest)
3. Budget (Latest)
4. Finance Commission Report (Latest)
5. Annual reports by central ministries
6. Current Affairs
The Hindu Newspaper
Yojana Magazine
Press Information Bureau Releases
7. Niti Aayog Action Agenda

Benefits of Solving UPSC Mock Tests

The immediate benefit that you’d notice after solving the UPSC mock tests and previous
years’ papers is that you’d be able to commit the exam structure to your memory.That would
in turn facilitate your understanding of things such as the sections to attempt first and
the ones to leave out for later, based on your strengths and weaknesses.

The next benefit is an obvious one. More practice would mean better speed of comprehension
and the ability to solve more in littler time

The next one is that with greater practice you’d be able to tell the questions that would
be asked in the actual exam, from the ones that are not as likely to be asked.

One important benefit would be that you’d be able to easily decipher questions on the
basis of their difficulty levels and the topics they encapsulate.

With greater practice, it would become easier for you to gauge your performances segment-
wise, subject-wise, and level of difficulty-wise. You’d also get to clearly compartmentalize
your strong and weak points according to the topics and segments.

Solving more and more UPSC mock tests and previous years papers would make your moves more
instinctive while marking the right answers while attempting the objective-type questions.

Get Information About UPSC Exam Pattern.

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Books are extremely important when it comes to NABARD Grade A exams, but not just books, but the right books are what you need to make it in the exam. Also, the utility of books is doubled if they contain questions from previous year question papers, and mocks.

However, only the mock test books and previous years’ paper compilations won’t be enough. You’d need several other books pertaining to the various subjects of the NABARD Grade A syllabus to prepare for the exam properly. To know more about the names of the NABARD Grade A books you can read about them in my blog on the same topic.

Best Books for NABARD Grade A – General Awareness

  • Spotlight
  • Financial Express or Livemint
  • Monthly Magazines like Banking Services Chronicles

 

NABARD Grade A Preparation Books – Computer Knowledge

  • Computer Awareness – Arihant Publication
  • Objective Computer Knowledge and Literacy – Kiran Publication

Best NABARD Grade A Books – Economic and Social Issues (ESI)

  • Indian Economy NCERT 11th
  • Macroeconomics NCERT 12th
  • Ramesh Singh- Indian economy
  • Indian Economy- Uma Kapila (Performance and policies)
  • Social problems in India- Ram Ahuja
  • Indian Polity- Laxmikanth
  • Economic survey for the year
  • Union Budget
  • Pratiyogita Darpan Indian Economy yearly version discharged after Union Budget
  • NITI Aayog recent reports – selective

The NABARD Grade A Preparation Books I have mentioned above for ESI comprise of sources for both Phase 1 as well as Phase 2.

Best NABARD Grade A Books 2020 – Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD)

  • Objective Agriculture – S.R. Kantwa – New Vishal Publications
  • For Agricultural Field Officer IBPS-SO Book – Read more
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The CSE is one of the toughest exams in the country. It is an exam held every year to recruit officers to the various services of the Central Government of India, and is organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The CSE is also commonly known as the IAS exam and was erstwhile known as the Imperial Civil Service exam. Some of the common services which recruit its candidates through this exam are IAS, IPS, IFS (Foreign), IRS, IP & TAFS, IFoS (Forest), ITS, etc.

  1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION:

All candidates (male/female/transgender) are requested to carefully read the Rules of Civil Services Examination notified by the Government (Department of Personnel and Training) and this Notice of Examination derived from these Rules.

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

  

  1. HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website https://upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website.
    1. Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

 The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for the Examination/Personality Test.

2.2 The facility of withdrawal of Application is available for those candidates who do not want to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. In this regard, Instructions are mentioned in Appendix IIB of this Examination Notice

 

  1. LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: The online Applications can be filled up to 24th March 2021 till 6:00 PM. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [ https://upsconline.nic.in ] for downloading by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post.

 

  1. VACANCY: The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 712. which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category, i.e. 5 vacancies for candidates of (a) blindness and low vision; 6 Vacancies for (b) deaf and hard of hearing; 6 Vacancies for (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy; and 5 Vacancies for (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses.

UPSC IAS PREPARATION TIPS

In this section, I have included some UPSC IAS preparation tips that you can read before starting with your IAS prep. I am sure that these tips will prove to be useful in your endeavour to draw up a good UPSC IAS exam preparation strategy before the exam.

So, without further ado, here are the tips:

  1. Know the Exam
  2. Prepare a Time Table
  3. Know the Syllabus by Heart
  4. IAS Current Affairs
  5. Choose your Optional Wisely
  6. Pick Up your NCERTs
  7. Make Notes
  8. Practice Answer writing
  9. Solve Past year UPSC papers
  10. Solve Mock Test Series

 

Get Information about UPSC Syllabus: Prelims & Mains.

Source by: https://www.anujjindal.in/upsc-complete-info/

The CSE is one of the toughest exams in the country. It is an exam held every year to recruit officers to the various services of the Central Government of India, and is organized by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The CSE is also commonly known as the IAS exam and was erstwhile known as the Imperial Civil Service exam. Some of the common services which recruit its candidates through this exam are IAS, IPS, IFS (Foreign), IRS, IP & TAFS, IFoS (Forest), ITS, etc.

  1. CANDIDATES TO ENSURE THEIR ELIGIBILITY FOR THE EXAMINATION:

All candidates (male/female/transgender) are requested to carefully read the Rules of Civil Services Examination notified by the Government (Department of Personnel and Training) and this Notice of Examination derived from these Rules.

The Candidates applying for the examination should ensure that they fulfill all eligibility conditions for admission to the examination. Their admission to all the stages of the examination will be purely provisional subject to satisfying the prescribed eligibility conditions.

  

  1. HOW TO APPLY: Candidates are required to apply Online by using the website https://upsconline.nic.in Detailed instructions for filling up online applications are available on the above mentioned website.
    1. Candidate should have details of one Photo ID Card viz. Aadhaar Card/Voter Card/PAN Card/Passport/Driving Licence/Any other Photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government.

 The details of this Photo ID Card will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The candidates will have to upload a scanned copy of the Photo ID whose details have been provided in the online application by him/her. This Photo ID Card will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this Photo ID Card while appearing for the Examination/Personality Test.

2.2 The facility of withdrawal of Application is available for those candidates who do not want to appear for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination. In this regard, Instructions are mentioned in Appendix IIB of this Examination Notice

 

  1. LAST DATE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS: The online Applications can be filled up to 24th March 2021 till 6:00 PM. The eligible candidates shall be issued an e-Admit Card three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-Admit Card will be made available in the UPSC website [ https://upsconline.nic.in ] for downloading by candidates. No Admit Card will be sent by post.

 

  1. VACANCY: The number of vacancies to be filled through the examination is expected to be approximately 712. which include 22 vacancies reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disability Category, i.e. 5 vacancies for candidates of (a) blindness and low vision; 6 Vacancies for (b) deaf and hard of hearing; 6 Vacancies for (c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy; and 5 Vacancies for (e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses.

UPSC IAS PREPARATION TIPS

In this section, I have included some UPSC IAS preparation tips that you can read before starting with your IAS prep. I am sure that these tips will prove to be useful in your endeavour to draw up a good UPSC IAS exam preparation strategy before the exam.

So, without further ado, here are the tips:

  1. Know the Exam
  2. Prepare a Time Table
  3. Know the Syllabus by Heart
  4. IAS Current Affairs
  5. Choose your Optional Wisely
  6. Pick Up your NCERTs
  7. Make Notes
  8. Practice Answer writing
  9. Solve Past year UPSC papers
  10. Solve Mock Test Series

Get Information about UPSC Admit Card.

Source by: https://www.anujjindal.in/upsc-complete-info/

 

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UPSC Exam Pattern

To ace the UPSC exams also, knowing the UPSC exam pattern is of utmost importance.
Everything that you’ll ever learn and prepare for during your IAS preparations 
will have to ultimately be calibrated to the IAS exam pattern.That’s how important
the topic of the UPSC exam pattern is. 

So, to get to the real thing the UPSC Exam is comprised of 3 stages. The first 

stage is the Prelims round, which is essentially an elimination round designed to
filter out a majority of unsuitable candidates.  

Then comes the second phase or the Mains round, which is basically the core of the
UPSC exams and the most important step of selection.  

Lastly, comes the third stage, or the Personal interview round which is designed 
to test your personality and your acumen as a bureaucrat. We’ll go through each stage in detail. 

IAS Exam Pattern for UPSC Prelims
The Prelims stage IAS exam pattern basically consists of 2 papers, both conducted
on the same day. The question type in both papers is objective with one right 
answer out of several multiple choices.

The prelims paper, as I have mentioned before is essentially a qualifying stage 
designed to filter out the unsuitable candidates from the exam process.  

The remaining candidates get to appear for the Mains exam. Also, important to
note down is that the marks secured in the prelims paper will not be counted when 
the final merit list of successful candidates is prepared. 

The IAS exam pattern for prelims in a tabular manner is given below:

Assuming that the table given above is able to sufficiently inform you about 
the total marks and time duration of the 2 papers of the Prelims exams, there are
some important points that I’d like to add: 

1. Paper 1 or the GS paper contains 100 questions with negative marking. Every right
answer will fetch you 2 marks and every wrong one will cost you 1/3rd of that or 
.66 marks. Questions that you choose to leave unanswered will not fetch you or 
cost you any mark.  

2. Paper 2 or the CSAT paper contains 80 questions, most of them with negative 
marking.  Every right answer will fetch you 2.5 marks, and wrongly answering a 
question with negative marking will cost you 1/3rd of that or .83 marks. Certain 
questions designed to test your decision-making skills will not cost you any marks
if answered wrongly. Also, questions left unanswered will not fetch or cost you 
any marks.             

Get More Information About UPSC Eligibility Criteria.

 

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UGC NET Admit Card 2021: The National Testing Agency may soon announce the new date of UGC NET Exam December 2020 and the date of issue of admit card. Candidates are advised to keep an eye on the official website of UGC for the latest updates.

The new date for the UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) December 2020 exam is likely to be announced soon by the National Testing Agency (NTA). It is to be noted that this exam is conducted for the eligibility for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship in various Indian Universities, Colleges and Institutes recognized by the UGC.

UGC NET Prelims Exam Date Check here

Soon the date of issue of admit card will also be announced


Let us inform that the UGC National Eligibility Test was earlier scheduled from May 2 to May 17, 2021 in 81 subjects at various centers across the country. On the other hand, according to media reports, the government can soon make an important announcement regarding the UGC NET exam 2021. Apart from the new date of examination, the tentative date related to download the UGC NET admit card can also be announced.

Download admit card from official website

Let us inform you that in view of the terrible pace of corona infection, the UGC examination was postponed. Candidates keep checking the official website ugcnet.nta.nic.in for the latest updates related to the exam. Keep in mind that the admit cards will be issued only after the new date of UGC NET December 2020 exam is announced. Candidates will be able to download the admit card from the official website.

Candidates download their admit card like this:

1- Visit the official website of UGC NTA, ugcnet.nta.nic.in
2- Click on the link containing the admit card
3- After this a new page will open in front of you, Registered candidate sign in.
4- Enter the application number and date of birth and captcha code and enter.
5- As soon as this is done, the admit card of the candidate will appear on the screen.
6- Candidates should download their admit card and also take a printout

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RBI Grade B syllabus is similar to that of any other bank exam. There are four major sections that a candidate needs to prepare to ace the preliminary exam. These are Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude and English Language and General Awareness.

The sections have a wide range of topics on which questions are based. It is recommended that candidates must have a look at the syllabus & new exam pattern for RBI Grade B Officers exam 2021 and know about the weightage of each topic.

RBI Grade B 2021 Notification: Check Here

RBI Grade B Syllabus & Exam Pattern
Candidates must look into the change in syllabus and exam pattern and prepare accordingly for RBI Grade B 2021 examination.

RBI Grade B Prelims Exam Pattern

Prelims exam of RBI Grade B Officer 2021 is an online mode of examination having 4 sections in total. The total marks allotted for all the sections is 200 and the total time allotted for the completion of all the sections of the Preliminary exam is 120 minutes.

0.25 marks will be deducted from every question that is attempted wrong by a candidate in RBI Grade B Prelims 2021 exam

Click here to Check More update RBI Grade B Syllabus

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