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About upsc examination

As all the aspirant of UPSC[ Union public service commission ] is the board which conduct various type of civil service exams. This type of civil service exam are also known as UPSC IAS exams .

This type of exam recruit the  aspirant  who passionately clear the exams like IAS , IPS , IFS etc this type of civil service exams and get recruit in the civil services job .

UPSC also conduct various different type of defense service like National defense academy [NDA ] AND Naval academy exam [NA] , combine defense exams. As we know aspirant are working very hard for there exam but they should be very clear about that the exam consist of three parts so it is very important to clear all the part of exam and excel in exams and make your dream true . So now let us make you understand about three parts of exam .

1 . Preliminary exam : It consist of objective questions which also consist negative marking .

  1. Main exam : It consist of descriptive part of exam it is the second most important phase of examination .

3 . Personality exam : This is the last and final phase of examination and it reflect your skills .

After knowing the exam part it very important for the aspirant who  are very curious to know about what exam pattern are so that they can prepare for the exam like wise so aspirant let end your curiosity to know about exam pattern and discuss them in detail .

1 . Prelim exam  :  This exam consist of two part general studies paper 1 and general studies paper 2 which comprise of 200 marks .

Note :The mark score by the aspirant in the prelim exam will not be considered in the main exams of UPSC this exam only give the qualifying rank for the main exam .

2 Main exam : This main exam consist of descriptive part of exam this exam consist of nine exam , but the marks of 7 exam will only get counted for the merit of final exam . For the rest of two exam the aspirant should score minimum marks which is decided by UPSC board  to get selected for the next phase of exam .

3 Interview ; This the last and the final phase of exam and it consider to be one the most difficult phase of exam . It consist of interview which is taken by panel of UPSC board and the question asked by them to aspirant consist of general interest and they might test aspirant general knowledge . but it is very important that aspirant should not get panic or nervous while answering the question aspirant should be quite confident while giving answers.

After knowing the exam pattern it become very important for the aspirant to first of all apply for the examination so now let discuss about exam form

So here is the site for the upsc online examination and here is the site of online application

so after filling the online   application the aspirant are getting  confuse how to do preparation for the first phase of exam how much time exam preparation is require to get excel in exams . so now let us discuss about the exam preparation time is required

Generally it is found that the serious aspirant should start preparation of exam before a year it is found that the aspirant who start preparation before year of examination chance get increase to get clear the first phase of examination .

If you are confident about clearing first phase of exam by self preparation then it become very important for you to solve the mock test exam papers in time limit and previous year question paper so that you get knowledge about which type of question can be asked in the examinations .

It become very important to know about the exam dates so that you can work and prepare according to that so here I tell you about the exam dates

Usually exam of UPSC conduct the first phase of  exam [ prelims ]  in month of

June and the main exam is conducted in month of September and the  last and the final phase of exam is conducted after three month of  main exam gets over

Note : but as we all know that the pandemic of corona is going on the exam date of UPSC might get differ as per the normal schedule of exam .

After knowing all the facts regarding UPSC exam pattern , date , exam schedule it is very important to get the guidance of the best reference books so that you can get one step near to success and get a chance to fulfill your dream and excel in exams so let us now discuss about the best reference books in detail .




Importance of best books for upsc

As we all know Books are considered to be human best friends . We all know that in this pandemic of corona it is very difficult for the upsc  aspirant  to go to coaching center and get guidance of appropriate books to excel in exam and complete their dreams we all know that UPSC is very tough ,  highly prestigious exam which is to be  conducted all over country .

For this type of exam it is important to have a knowledge of all the aspect and current affairs which is happening around us so that it become little easy for the aspirant to excel in examination .

So here are the names of the best reference books which can help you in preparation of your examinations  [ prelims and main exams ]

Reference books for prelims

  1. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  2. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  3. NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval)
  4. NCERT XII (Modern Indian History)
  1. Certificate Physical Geography – G C Leong
  2. NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus)
  3. NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus)
  4. World Atlas
Indian Polity
  1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  2. Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri
International Relations
  1. NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics)
  2. Current Affairs
  1. Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual
  2. CSAT II – Arihant
  3. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal

Chossing the write books plays very important part in preparation of exam but it is very important to focus and study each and every topic  to excel in exam . so here it is my quick tips for you for the prelims you should have focus on reading part more than writing  so you should be quite accurate in choosing the objective based questions you should also practice the mock test objective papers . as you know the prelims exam consist of negative marking too so if you know the answer then attempt the question otherwise leave them .

It is very important for every aspirant that not to pain during examination

also read how an auto driver’s son had cracked the most prestigious exam UPSC


Reference books for main exams


History, Indian Heritage & Culture

[GS Paper 1]

  1. An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra
  3. India after Independence by Bipan Chandra
  4. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra
  5. Ancient India by R.S Sharma

[GS Paper 1]

  1. Geography of India by Majid Husain
  2. World Geography by Majid Husain
  3. World Atlas
  4. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong
  5. Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11
Polity & International Relations

[GS Paper 2]

1.    Indian polity by M. Laxmi kanth

2  Introduction to the constitution of India by DD basu

3 . Indias foreign policy by Rajiv sikri


  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  2. Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri

[GS Paper 4]

  1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary

As we all know that the aspirant who clearly prelim exam need to get appear in the upsc main exam so for the main exam is quite tough than prelims so here is my quick tips to excel  and clear your main exam

  1. You should balance the reading of each and every topic
  2. You should be quick in writing descriptive part .
  3. Your hand writing should clear and quite visible .
  4. You should write your answer in given word limit only this you can make a practice by writing mock test paper .

Interesting facts about UPSC exams

  • The Commission consists of a maximum of 11 members, including the Chairman.
  • The Union Public Service Commission has been established under Article 315 of the Constitution of India.
  • UPSC traces its origin to the first Public Services Commission established in 1926 and the Federal Public Services Commission established in 1935.
  • UPSC conducts exams to recruit candidates to both civil services as well as defence services.

We hope our tips for exam might help you to excel in your exam and make your dream come  true . Stay safe Stay healthy and give your best in examination . if you have any doubt you can comment us below and an expert will get in touch with you shortly 

Best of luck for your exams


Author: Saurabh Thakur

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