1. Preliminary stage (Objective Type)
- Paper I — General Studies (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
- Paper II – CSAT (200 marks) Duration Two hours
Paper-ii will be a qualitying paper
Minimum qualifying marks are 33%.
2. Mains (Written and Interview)
- 7 + 2 = 9 Papers
Qualifying Papers – (25%)
- Paper A: (One Indian Language) — 300 Marks
- Paper B: English — 300 Marks
Tentative schedule of CSE 2022*
- Preliminary exam – June/July 2022
- Mains exam – September/October 2022
- Interview – January/February 2023
Your dream comes true sometime in April 2023!
Preparation Approach for 2022
College going student
- Do a little research on your own about booklist, pattern and rigors of the exam.
- Watch toppers’ interviews
- Make a conducive environment for studying
- Get the books/resources and let the fun begin!
Benefits of early Optional selection
- Learn at better pace
- Read all the suggested ‘books’ and not just notes.
- More time to revise
- Optional syllabus of most subjects is static (less CA)
Anthropology? Sociology? History? Public Adm.? Literature?
Factors to be taken into consideration –
- Background /graduation
- Availability of material nearby you/online
- Guidance by seniors in that subject
- Select an Optional within 3 months of reading GS
PAPER I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance-Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development-Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
- General Science
Paper II- (200 marks) Duration : Two hours
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision making and problem solving
- General mental ability
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level),
- Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
Books- TMH , RS Agarwal, Arihant
For Current Affairs
Current events of national and international importance.
- THE HINDU
- Yojana magazine
- India Year Book**
- Any one monthly current affairs magazines
- The Hindu — vast coverage of international news
- The Indian Express — in depth coverage of national issues
- Navbharat times
- Dainik Bhaskar
- Current affairs
- Structuring essays — Editorials
Strategy for Current Affairs
- Focus more on Polity related CA
- Science and tech, Defence
- Art and Culture
- Newspaper — start making a habit of reading editorials
BOOKLIST for PRELIMS
History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Old NCERT for Ancient class 11
- NCERT 11,12 (New)
- Class 6-8 NCERTS for Medieval(Themes of World History)
- TN board books 6-12 class
- Spectrum – A brief history of Modern India
- Bipin Chandra’s India’s Struggle for Independence
Indian and World Geography -Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- NCERT 6-10 – all world geography topics
- NCERT – 11,12
- G C Leong – Physical Geography
- Geography of India by Majid Husssain
- Oxford Atlas – While reading news –> make/add to notes
Indian Polity and Governance
- NCERT 11,12
- Laxmikanth – Indian
Economic and Social Development — Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- NCERT 11,12
- Indian Economy – by Ramesh Singh (for reference)
- Sanjiv Verma’s – The Indian Economy (for basic understanding)
- Any good Coaching class notes**
- Latest Economic Survey Summary
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
■ Biology NCERT 12 (Only Environment chapters)
- Shankar IAS
- DR Khullar
- Dr.Ravi Agrahari’s book
- NCERTs 6-10
- Science Reporter
- Book by Dr.Ravi Agrahari
- Stress will be on Current affairs
Make your own notes always
Benefits of making Notes –
- Concise – easy to carry
- Easier to revise
- Things you write down will stick in your memory better
Do not make notes of Current affairs*
- Knowledge gained by reading is put to test in a limited period of time.
- So practice in a simulated environment – time / environment
- Join any test series (online/offline)– evaluate which topics are you weak in.
- Mains – answer writing – multiple platforms available
40 Minutes for newspaper and Current affairs
2 GS subjects for 2 hours each or
1 GS subject for 4 hours
Maintain a schedule
- SLEEP for 7 hours
- Eat Healthy
- Exercise for minimum 30 min everyday
For 2 years , AVOID UNNCECESSARY
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