Exam Pattern 

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)

  • Written/Subjective
  • 7 + 2 = 9 Papers

Qualifying Papers – (25%)

  • Paper A: (One Indian Language) — 300 Marks
  • Paper B: English — 300 Marks

Tentative schedule of CSE 2022*

  1. Preliminary exam – June/July 2022
  2. Mains exam – September/October 2022
  3. Interview – January/February 2023

Your dream comes true sometime in April 2023!

Preparation Approach for 2022

College going student

Working Aspirant

The Beginning

  • 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)

Optional Selection

Anthropology? Sociology? History? Public Adm.? Literature?

Factors to be taken into consideration –

  • Background /graduation
  • Interest
  • 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

  • Comprehension
  • 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

English medium

  • The Hindu — vast coverage of international news
  • The Indian Express — in depth coverage of national issues

Hindi medium

  • Navbharat times
  • Dainik Bhaskar
  • Vocabulary
  • Current affairs
  • Structuring essays — Editorials

Strategy for Current Affairs

  • Focus more on Polity related CA
  • Science and tech, Defence
  • Art and Culture
  • IR
  • Newspaper — start making a habit of reading editorials

BOOKLIST for PRELIMS

History

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

Geography

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
  • Maps

Polity

Indian Polity and Governance

  • NCERT 11,12
  • Laxmikanth – Indian

Economy

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

Environment

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

General Science

  • NCERTs 6-10
  • Science Reporter
  • Book by Dr.Ravi Agrahari
  • Stress will be on Current affairs

Time Table

Notes

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*

Practice

  • 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

Daily routine

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
  • MEDITATE

SACRIFICE

For 2 years , AVOID UNNCECESSARY

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