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IAS EXAM PREPARATION - Value of NCERT Books.NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam are important because many questions in the Preliminary Exam, are directly or indirectly asked from them. NCERT books are the best for the UPSC Civil Services Exam as it develops a strong base in any subject.Why only NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam? This question might have come in your mind. Why everyone says read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam before going to read high level books. Its 100% sure you must have heard this line by someone: may be by IAS toppers, IAS aspirants, IAS Coaching Institutes, Seniors (preparing for IAS) and from others.Reason behind choosing NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam is that NCERT text books are written in a very simple and lucid manner as you can quickly grasp difficult topics and concepts. It is always advised to start from standard 6 NCERT texts and read up to standard 12 texts for all relevant subjects.Even if you wish to take or join coaching classes for upsc preparation in ahmedabad or anywhere in India you need to start your ias exam preparation with NCERT Books because of following reasons.Simple LanguageNCERT books are written in simple and lucid language so it is easy to understand. They are easy to study, and also helps to save a lot of time.Extensive ResearchNCERT books are written and published by reputable persons and institutions after great research. Mistakes are rarely found any and checked numbers of time before its publication. NCERT books are written by experts in their respective fields after many research.Basics and FundamentalNCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam covers all topics which are important and its basic concepts are crystal clear. This books contains standard questions and most of exams questions come from NCERT books. Source of information of NCERT books are genuine and informations are provided by government agency and institutions. NCERT books covers topics in well framed manner. NCERT books start with basics then they go to advanced level.How to Read NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam?Knowing what to read and how to read are two different things. Same goes with NCERT books. All UPSC Aspirants know that NCERT books are necessary for IAS preparation but most of them don’t know how to read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam.If you don’t know how to read NCERT books for IAS preparation, then you are wasting your precious time because you are not going to make any progress, you will not gain anything.As advised by Chahal Academy, which is the best academy in ahmedabad for ias exam preparation, there are two ways to read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exams.First method – Read all NCERT books class wise. In this method you have to read all books from specific class and after completing them then proceed to next class and in same way to next class.Example-Start from class 6 NCERT books then read and complete all subjects history, geography, civics(political science) and science after completing all subjects move to next class (class 7)and again read all subjects of class 7 ncert books.Second method – Read NCERT books subject wise. In this method you have to first complete any one subject from any class then move to next class and read same subject which you have read in previous class.Example-Start from class 6 take any subject for example science then complete it and after reading science book move to next class 7 and read same subject (Science) and after completing it move to next class and again choose science subject. After completing whole NCERT science book read, another subject in same way.Second method is best way to read NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Exam, so read NCERT books subject wise.Read NCERT books subject wise for exam preparation so you will swim with flow. If you read NCERT books subject wise you will understand subject easily and your basic knowledge gets more stronger in any subject. In contrast if you read NCERT books by first method that is class wise you will get less knowledge because this method create gap between the same subject .To understand the above question, understand the simple logic: More time (more gaps between the same subject) =more memory loss (in first method) and Less time (No gap between same subject)=more memory(in second method)If you join Chahal Academy for upsc exam preparation in Ahmedabad, more than 15 tests will be conducted on NCERT based questions during the test series at Chahal Academy. How many NCERT books you have to read for IAS Preparation?If you read history, geography, political science, and science then you have to read around 40 to 44 NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation.If you read NCERT books with full concentration then you will cover it in two to three months(2-3 months).If not with much focus and concentration it will take too much of time may be 4-6 months (four to six months). It will take two months to three months not one month because you have to read around 44 NCERT books even if you complete one book in one day it will take more than one month.Time depends on your hard work, concentration and caliber.NCERT Books.All IAS aspirants know that NCERT books are necessary for UPSC preparation but most of them often do not know which NCERT books for UPSC Civil Services Examination they have to read.Read NCERT books with free mind. Take interest while reading and enjoy the chapter. Don’t read them by giving time shedule like 2 hrs, 3 hrs. Instead, read them till your mind absorb the subject matter without any stress. This way you can complete NCERT book with minimum time and maximum output. When completed, again revise the chapters of your interest within 3-4 days. Revision is the key, so keep revising them very frequently. This method will definitely work.List of NCERT Books for UPSC Civil Services ExamHistory (Old textbooks for XI and XII) Modern India: Bipan Chandra Medieval India: Satish Chandra Ancient India: RS Sharma An Introduction to Indian Art (New book for XI th)General ScienceAll Science Textbooks from Std. VI to Std. XGeography All Geography Books (Old editions): From Std. VI to Std. X New edition for Std X: Contemporary India New edition Geography books: For Std. XI, XIIIndian Economy Understanding Economic Development (X th) Indian Economic Development (XI th) Macroeconomics (XII th)Indian Polity Indian Constitution at Work (XI th) Politics in India since IndependenceIndian Society Indian Society (XII th) Social Change in India (XII th)First of all, learn to see the books as your only ally in your battle of dreams.They are your friends not your foes.Take interest in reading the books , learning about new things. History is a magnificent record of how our ancestors used to live, their lifestyles, their eating habits, their culture, their superstitions, their beliefs, their vagaries, their futile battles. Visualize yourself going through the streets of a town from Indus valley civilization .Immerse yourself in the book you are reading & you will never forget a thing .We hope that this article will help you a lot if you are looking for for upsc exam preparation from ahmedabad.For best upsc exam preparation in ahmedabad- Join Chahal Academy.
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Important Things you must know, before you start preparing for UPSC Civil Services Examination.1. Why IAS? Before stepping into the preparation of one of the toughest exams in the nation, do take a step back and ask yourself why and take a personal interview evaluate your PI quotient. This would help you have a clearer mindset throughout your preparation. The personality test is where your candidature would be measured against your performance.2. Services under Civil Services ExaminationThe IPS, IRS, IFS fall under the aegis of the IAS exam and the cutoff to get recruited in the services mentioned above is decided after the conduction of the exam.IPS­ Indian Police ServiceIRS­ Indian Revenue ServiceIFS­ Indian Foreign ServiceA proper understanding of what your target is, will streamline your preparation and keep you focused better.3. How do you think you can contribute?The final is the personality test, being an IAS officer places you with the nation’s finest. Ask yourself where is that you can prove your caliber, what changes can you bring. Your plan of contribution need not to be monumental but it should set you apart, as this will give you an edge over all the other applicants in the interview session.4. Yes! IAS preparation is incredibly demandingIt is not an overrated fact that IAS the nation’s toughest competitive exam and it demands intensive preparation and practice. There is no generalized format or answer for the most commonly asked questions’ how many hours does an IAS aspirant need to put in every day. It will differ from person to person. So let us look at it from general perspective.Time Required:10-­12 months of aggressive preparation is a must. Four out of every ten Indians (21­-32 years) aspire to become an IAS officer. Only 5% of that massive number actually makes the cut. The reason is no rocket science; it is only because of the kind of preparation they resort to. A slow and delayed preparation is equivalent to no preparation. The 5% who make it go all guns blazing into their IAS prep are the one who put an effective and ideal number of hours in preparation every day.One should also understand that it is not about quantitative preparation and what required is qualitative. It is about the completion of your short term target. In an ideal situation, you should target two subjects every day. If you really are an UPSC aspirant then you should start preparing for exams right from your school days as the syllabus contains mostly of 6th to 12th standard books and keep making notes and sit for 10-­12 hours before a year of the exam.Don’t sit mugging for long hours take short breaks in between and always remember the right coaching; the right books; and the right motivation will make you crack the exam at ease.5. Outline the syllabus and Design your preparationHeard of the biological process “catabolism” where you break down the original components into their by­products, do the same with your IAS syllabus. Find out about what topic you would have an edge and the topics you would need help in. Do it for all the subjects. You have now marked your territory; the bulk of the syllabus wouldn’t scare you at all. Also, this is an excellent confidence building exercise.6. Objectifying the syllabusMost of the IAS aspirants feel that the bulk of IAS syllabus deters them. No doubt, the syllabus is huge, but remind yourself that it is something that you have already studied before. Let’s take a quick look at the definition for ‘Divide and Conquer’. It basically means that you divide the population in this case the subjects into manageable chunks and that makes it impossible for them to come together (dividing them) and fight against the sovereign authority (conquering them). Let’s subject IAS to it.Theory Papers: History, Economy, Polity, Geography, Optional subject (Demands a lot of your time!) Aptitude Test: CSAT (Demands a fragment of your time, more of your intelligence!)7. Enjoy your preparationUndeniably, UPSC preparation is a lengthy process, but you won’t find it easy if you don’t enjoy your preparation. Preparing for UPSC doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice all your hobbies, make sure to keep abreast your hobbies as it will make your preparation more fun. Don’t give up music especially if you are a music lover and there are people who study while listening to music and if you are one among them then definitely you make your learning more interesting and enjoyable. If you are passionate about anything make sure to keep it abreast during your UPSC preparation as this will keep you lively.8. Finding a proper Coaching Institute for UPSC exam preparationFor a beginner it is advised that one should take coaching once.It will help in covering the syllabus in short time, following a specific schedule and evaluation through test series.This is where we at Chahal Academy will help you in every stage of upsc exam preparation for for many reasons chahal academy is the best ias exam preparation coaching academy in Ahmedabad and also the best upsc exam preparation coaching academy in gujarat.
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Important FAQ's for civil service examination conducted by UPSCQ1. What is the restriction on number of attempts in the Examinations?Ans. Number of attempts - General-4, OBC-7, SC/ST- No restrictionQ2. Is there any relaxation in number of attempts for physically handicapped?Ans. No. However physically handicapped candidates belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories will be eligible for relaxation in number of attempts provided to such categories.Q3. Can a candidate who has completed his education from an open school/ University apply for UPSC Commission's Examination?Ans. Yes, provided it is a recognized University and he possess the educational qualifications prescribed for the exam and is otherwise eligible.Q4. Whether a candidate belonging to a community included in the OBC list of states but not in the Central list of OBCs is eligible for age relaxation, reservation etc. for Commission's Examinations?Ans. No. Only candidates belonging to communities which are included in the Central list of OBC's are eligible for such concessions.Q5. Can a candidate choose an optional subject, which he has not studied at graduate/PG level?Ans. Yes.Q.6. Which is the best coaching institute for upsc exam preparation in ahmedabad?Ans. chahal academyQ.7. If a candidate has applied for the CS (P) Examination but has not appeared at any paper in the CS (P) Examination will it be counted as an attempt?Ans. No. An attempt is counted only if a candidate has appeared in at least one paper in CS (P) Examination.Q8. Is a candidate who has done his graduation without passing class X and class X11 eligible for Civil Service Examination?Ans. Yes.Q.9. Can a candidate write different papers of Civil Service (Main) Examination in different languages?Ans. No, Candidates have the option to write their answers either in English or in any one of the Eighth schedule languages.Q.10. Can a candidate write the Civil Service (Main) Examination in English and take the interview in Hindi or any other Indian language?Ans. If a candidate opts an Eighth schedule language for the CS (Main) Examination he will have the option to take the interview in same language or in English.Q.11 After the written examination, on what criterion is the answer books sent for evaluation? Is it on Roll no. basis or based on centre of examination? That is, will a particular examiner/set of examiners get to evaluate answer books only of a particular center or a particular group of Roll nos.?Ans. Mixing of the answer books received from different venues is done before sending them for evaluation. Computer-based randomized fictitious code no. is given to each answer-book before evaluation.Q.12. Are answer books segregated/sorted based on community of the candidate?Ans. This is not done at any stage of the evaluation process.Q.13. Is it likely that my evaluated performance suffers because my answer books were evaluated by a 'strict' examiner, while another candidate benefits as his answer books were evaluated by a 'liberal' examiner?Ans. The Paper Setter, who is an eminent person in his field, normally acts as the Head Examiner, and wherever the number of candidates in a particular subject is very large, the Commission appoints Additional Examiners for valuation of answer books.To achieve uniformity in valuation, where more than one Examiner is involved, the Commission arranges a meeting of the Head Examiner with the Additional Examiners after the Examination is over. At this stage, they discuss thoroughly the question paper, the appropriate answers and decide the standard of evaluation. To further bring about uniformity of assessment inter se the Examiners, the following procedure is undertaken:The Head Examiner conducts a sample survey of answer books of each Additional Examiner to verify whether the uniform standards of evaluation evolved in the meeting of Examiners have actually been followed. Depending on the standard adopted by the Additional Examiner, the Head Examiner may confirm the awards without any change if the Examiner has correctly followed the standard decided upon, or may carry out upward / downward moderation as considered necessary to ensure maximum possible degree of uniformity in the evaluation process.Therefore, the aspect of inter examiner variation in standards of evaluation in a Paper affecting candidates' performance is taken care of adequately.Q.10. Can I know the 'question-wise' marks awarded to me for a paper?Ans. In a competitive examination, what is relevant is not the absolute performance of a candidate, but his/her relative performance that in fact determines whether the candidate qualifies and , if so, his/her position in the merit list. Accordingly, as already explained above, the evaluation process does not end after initial evaluation by an Examiner. Moderation, wherever applied, is on the total award initially given (the so-called 'raw marks') and not on question-wise basis. Therefore, once the evaluation process is complete, neither 'raw marks' nor 'question-wise' marks subsist. What subsists is the candidate's total score in a paper awarded at the end of the evaluation process and this award is normally made available to the candidate in due course on the Commission's website through a query-based application software.Q.14. Are there any open Examinations where subject-wise/paper wise marks of each candidate are not made accessible/available to him/her?Ans. Yes; in the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination This is because the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination is simply and purely a shortlisting/elimination exercise to select candidates for the Main Examination and as such the scores obtained in this Examination are not communicated to candidates.Q.15. Can I know the marks of other candidates who took the Examination from the Commission?Ans. It is important to remember though a Constitutional Body, the Commission's role is advisory. The Examinations it conducts are for recommending candidates to Government based on clear requisitions received from Government. Therefore, as regards those who have finally qualified in an Examination, the detailed results, application/biodata forms of all such are sent to the concerned Ministry/Department for all further processing. Therefore, once these results are sent to the concerned Ministry/Department, the concerned Ministry/Department becomes the natural and proper custodian of these results and it would only perhaps be proper for queries pertaining to the results of qualified candidates to be addressed to the concerned Ministry/Department.As regards candidates who do not qualify finally, the right of information of a citizen has to be balanced against the right of privacy of an unsuccessful candidate who has not qualified for appointment to public service. The feedback received by the Commission shows that there are candidates who do not want their marks to be in the public domain. While a case can be made out for having the marks of those who qualified finally for public appointment in the public domain, no such public interest argument can be invoked for candidates who have not qualified and there is no reason why such candidates' scores should willy-nilly be forced into the public domain.Q.16. If the overall marks of two or more candidates are equal, how is relative merit between such candidates decided?Ans. 'Tie-breaking' principles listed below are applied to decide inter se merit among candidates having the same overall marks.Candidate securing more marks in the Compulsory Papers and the Personality Test put together is to be ranked higher;In case where the marks mentioned at (i) above are equal, the candidate senior in age is to be ranked higher; andIn case where the (i) and (ii) above are same, then the candidate getting more marks in the compulsory papers is to be ranked higher.Q.14. Wherever evaluation standards are set or moderation is applied, are these different for different mediums (languages) in which a particular subject/paper Examination is written?Ans. No. The evaluation standards/moderation for a Paper are not medium-specific. In other words, if the Rules of the Exam provide that a Paper can be written in any of , say, English/Hindi/a recognized Indian language; then the medium in which a candidate writes the Paper will not be a factor in determining evaluation standards or the moderation to be applied.Q.15. Is it possible that evaluation/assessment could be affected by the knowledge of a candidate's identity?Ans. No. Before evaluation, the Roll no. written on every answer book is detached and computer-based randomized fictitious code no. is given. At no stage of the evaluation process ( including the moderation stage) is the actual Roll no./identity of the candidate known to any of the Examiners/officials associated in the process.
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UPSC Interview tipsThe interview of the Civil Services (Mains) exams is conducted in Delhi at the UPSC office under various boards.Documents to be submitted for IAS InterviewFollowing Documents has to be submitted at the time of Personality Test Board for Civil Services (Main) Examination 2016.SC/ST Certificate Performa, OBC Certificate Performa, Undertaking, Physically Handicapped Certificate Performa, Performa of Hailing from Certificate Questionnaire, Attestation Form, TA FormThe candidates are requested to have the following documents before they leave for the interview.I. Filling of the Questionnaire: The seven page questionnaire is required for the research and analysis section of UPSC and is used for assessing background information of the candidate appearing for the personality test/ interview. The questionnaire is divided into several sections.Background of the candidateEmployment statusPrevious Civil Services attemptsCompetitive exams clearedReasons for interest in Civil ServicesEducation particularsBackground of Parents/GuardianSource of information for Civil ServicesCoaching attendedOptional subject chosenThis questioner has be duly filled and submitted at the time of the interview.II. Attestation Form: The attestation form has to be filled with required details including residence, nationality education and has to be signed by a Gazetted officer before being submitted at the time of the interview.The Questionnaire, Attestation Form and TA Form are available at the UPSC official website.If you have applied under SC or ST or OBC, or Physically Handicapped category then fill in and submit the respective certificate.The certificate is separately available for print out at the UPSC site - www.upsc.gov.in.UPSC Personality TestThe Kothari Committee of the UPSC has listed the qualities that should be rated in the interview as, "clarity of expression, grasp of narrative and argument, reasoning ability, appreciation of different points of view, awareness and concern for socio-economic problems, ranges and depth of interests and personal attributes relevant to interaction with people."The Interview for the civil services examination also known as the Personality Test is aimed at assessing the candidate's personality, whether he is suitable to be a competent administrator or not. The candidate is tested not only for his/her intelligence but also for his/her overall personality development, his/her attentiveness, balance of judgement and qualities of honesty, integrity and leadership. Therefore preparation for the Interview requires proper planning.The selectors look out for some attributes in the candidate and decide whether he/she is suited for a career in civil services. For this, the candidate should have a positive attitude, should have an alert mind with quick reflexes, should be free from any sort of prejudice, should be good at making quick decisions and should have the ability to act under stress and to handle difficult situations.Preparation for the Interview is a continuous process. This involves a wide reading of books, journals, magazines and at least two newspapers.One should try to improve his/her conversational skills with the right pronunciation. The candidate should be prepared to answer questions on his background, hobbies and extracurricular activities.It is a good idea to discuss current affairs and recent issues with friends. One good way of rehearsing possible questions would be to have mock interviews and discussion groups. The candidate should make a self-analysis of his strengths and weaknesses and make a conscious effort to play on his strengths.Some useful tips for a successful interview at UPSC are:To have a positive body languageTo have a good personal appearance and ensuring the right postureTo answer questions clearly and confidentlyTry to remain calm and composed even when faced with provocative questionsTry not getting into long winded explanations and answer to the point.Things to Be Avoided at the UPSC InterviewAvoid the expression, 'I am sorry.'Avoid conversational cliches, like: 'as you know', 'that's correct', 'of course', 'indeed', 'obviously', etc.Avoid technical jargon. However, if a member continues to probe you in any technical field, you can use technical expressions.Maintain a cheerful disposition. Now and then you can appear serious; but most of the time keep smiling or look cheerful and composed.One caution here: if the board laughs, you should only smile. It is only when you maintain some amount of distance that the board begins to wonder about the depth of your personality.Do not give long introductions. Come straight to the point.Show human concern whenever possible in your answers.You should be logically consistent and analyse things rationally while talking. You are supposed to defend what you say, but with due respect to the views of the board. Stop trying to defend an answer if it becomes difficult to do so logically and fairly.Do not make hasty or sweeping generalisations.According to UPSC report, it has been observed that from 1979 onwards, 90 per cent of the candidates who qualify for interview hover around the minimal percentage of 55 per cent that is prescribed for the test. However to be assured of a Class I service, one has to generally obtain about 58 per cent marks. It has been noticed that only those, securing 60 per cent and above are sure of getting a service of their own choice.The figures clearly reveal that the marks in the interview test play a determining role in final selection of candidates.Types of questions asked at the UPSC interview.Relating to your name, any famous personality who has a similar or same name or surnameYour career choice, why you want to opt for the Civil ServicesWhat are your Hobbies, why you pursue such a hobby or questions related to your hobby, so research well on your hobby.Hot topics of recent days are most likely questions that can be asked. So keep reading and watching the news. If the recent headlines have something to do with your subject then specially revise those portions. For example if you are a veterinary doctor, Bird flu may go on to other animal diseases that can infect men. If you are an MBBS, then you might be asked about human to human spread of epidemics or any other epidemics and precautions etc. You may even be asked about the influence of MNC or drug manufacturers responsible for the spread of fear etc. If you are from an economy background, the same topic will veer towards the economic implications of the Bird flu.How you are going to use your specific knowledge (like if you are a doctor, lawyer, engineer etc) in the civil services can be another question that can be asked. Situational questions, like If you were the collector/SP of Varanasi, what would you do after the Bomb Blast?Choice of services, the order of your choice of services can raise questions too.About your institution and related question can be asked like if you have studied at the IIM you may be asked about the rising salaries, if from IGNOU then even about Indira Gandhi and so on.Questions can be asked from your form. You must go through the form you have filled because most questions can arise from there. If you have changed subjects, mentioned anything out of the way, watch out for questions around them. Interviewers can take cue from the form you have filled.Actual questions and answers asked of UPSC candidatesDon't you think you can serve your country better by remaining a doctor and treating poor patients? Why do you want to be a civil servant?"It would be best to answer this question very practically rather than emotionally saying you want to serve the country, because even a doctor serves the people. A doctor from Kerala was asked this Question and her reply was - "Because I want to treat the primary malady that afflicts our country that creates so many poor in India. As a doctor I can treat only secondary maladies." She even came up with exact statistics and suggestions on a rubber plantation for poverty alleviation indicating that she had spent considerable time and thoughts on her future plans. She was awarded a score of 85 per cent."What are the problems faced by wheat cultivators in your state?" An M.Sc. (Agriculture) student from Palanpur was once asked. "The problem is not so much to do with agronomy but with the lack of a seed bank in Palanpur, " was the reply and the candidate walked away with an 80 per cent score."Is there a law in physics, which is relevant to administration?" a law graduate was prompted. "Yes. Newton's third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." He scored a cool 80 per cent.The above questions can give you an idea of how relevant questions are asked from your subjects even as they are not directly from the syllabus.The final results of the UPSC Mains exams are declared right after the interview or the personality test gets concluded. Candidates about double the number of vacancies are selected through the mains exams and called to appear for the interview. There are 275 marks allocated to the personality test. A good score in the personality test can determine your ranking in the final list of the civil services exam.For upsc interview preparation you can also join special interview batch conducted by chahal academy in ahmedabad.
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How to prepare for IAS examWell thought out strategy along with excellent time management is the only way to climb the ladders of your dream to get selected in the IAS exam. So it's very important to formulate your own strategy as it pays to be yourself. However, for the general guidance to tackle this examination, we at chahal academy are providing some guidelines which may be help to the aspirant to achieve success.1. Go through the previous question papers: It is the most important part of your strategy to invest your time to go through the previous question papers. . A thorough insight of the past papers will solve two purposes. One it will appraise you about the standards of the question being asked and second will constantly guide you throughout your preparation. So go through the question papers of past ten years to identify the pattern and select the topics which are asked very frequently. Identify those topics which are particularly useful for conventional essay type questions and the objective type questions. Once you have clearly demarcated the topics, the rest of the preparation will be an easy task.2. Selection of books: We advice not to go through a lot of books, instead rely on one standard book on each topic which deals with the basic concepts. Standard books not only save your time but also enrich you with right knowledge. So always rely on one quality book and not on many books. Also it is advisable to collect various books on different topics in advance to save time and the last minute blues.3. Make your own notes: It is always advisable to make notes of the related topics as you go through the books and other study material. A well drafted note solves two purposes. One it takes you through the entire syllabus and second your own notes will be of immense help for the revision of the syllabus. Chahal academy is the best upsc preparation institute in ahmedabad and will help you in achieving your dream to become an IAS officer.4. Strategy for General Studies: General studies paper is equally important for Prelims and Mains examination. It covers everything under the sun. But there is nothing to panic, a glance over the last years question' paper will make things much easier for you. Broadly this paper is categorised under the following heads.History: A huge stress is given to modern history and freedom movement. Also emphasis is given to Ancient India. A cursory glance over the medieval history is also necessary.Geography: A huge stress is given to physical geography and maps related questions. So get yourself well-acquainted with maps with the help of a good Atlas.General Science: It covers a major chunk of this paper and a standard guidebook can make you well-versed on the topics of general science.Current affairs: Going through a standard newspaper daily can keep you updated on the current affairs topics.General awareness: Any good guide book or year book will help you cover this segment.Familiarity with the optional syllabi: Get yourself well acquainted with the content of the optional subject's syllabi and the topics that it covers. A thorough familiarity with your optional subject will help you select the one that you are most familiar with and it will reduces your mental tension that is attached with its selection.Some more important points for upsc exam preparation:Prepare short notes of important topics with relevant points and always rely on your self-prepared notes. Go through your short notes rigorously.Never go through any book on the eve of examination.Don't read any new topic.Don't get engaged with any confusing question or problem on the eve of the examination.Rely on your prior preparation that alone will help you.Take a good sleep on the eve of examination. It is most important tip for your brilliant performance.Do not lose your confidence.The preparation for Civil Service exam is a labour of love. If you are dedicated enough in this you shall surely achieve the success. All the best for your IAS preparations!Admission open for upsc preparation. CHAHAL ACADEMY- best ias exam preparation institute in ahmedabad..
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Tips On Choosing IAS Coaching CentersThere are several IAS academies, yet to find the best one could be the toughest task you may face. Here are some tips that may be useful in your search.Even as new IAS academies seem to appear at the drop of a hat, it is wiser for you to test out the old as well as the new ones talking to the students enrolled there.The best way to choose a good academy is to find out whether the owner himself is coaching as it gives an edge over people who are simply hired to teach you.Check up the credentials of the teachers who may be handling different subjects. Some institutes have brilliant teacher for a particular subject but not necessarily for all the other subjects.Try to look at the infrastructure of the academy, the subject material they provide and any other such details.Please check up the past results of the academy through authentic source before enrolling in that institute.Don't go by the brand name, some academy have built their reputation and living in the past glory. Please verify their performances in last few years.There is a huge amount of money that's charged by such academy, please make a comparison of the fee structure before enrolling yourself.There are some academies who may like to screen you before giving admission, sometimes it's just humbug but at times it could be genuine. So the best way would be to talk to the students and get their feedback.Now in the revised pattern of the Civil Services main syllabus, the focus has shifted from Optional papers to General Studies. So try to find out which institute has the best staff to handle the revised General Studies papers.Last but not the least, do not forget that any academy is there only to guide you, in the end you are the fighter who has to fight your battle with the IAS exam using the props provided by the coaching center. So believe in yourself and keep your confidence level high, take help of the IAS academies only in the areas you need them.This is where Chahal Academy is different. Keeping in mind the above discussion, chahal academy is the best ias coaching academy in ahmedabad. Visit once to know the actual details of ias preparation and new batches which are about to start soon.
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How To Prepare For UPSC-Prelims UPSC-Prelims includes two objective type question papers of two hundred marks and two hours time duration for each paper. One is on General Studies and the other is General Aptitude Paper which has now replaced the optional subject that was there earlier. With the Civil Service exam having very limited seats it's a very difficult exam to crack. Many students appear multiple times to clear it.Changes in formats of question papers always tend to create a lot of mental discomfort in students. Many students are fearful of subjects like mathematics. This fear may be baseless considering the changes lay greater emphasis on the "aptitude" which mainly involves reasoning skills and not just mathematics.The civil services examination is basically a test to choose suitable administrators. It tests the candidate right from the stage when one starts the preparation. One common misconception about the prelims is that it is a test of facts and figures. That was never so and specially now. A candidate should have the right frame of mind and the will power to succeed in the exam. A proper action plan is needed for the preparation itself since he /she will be tested for some essential qualities like power of retention, clarity of concepts, ability to identify the correct alternatives with efficiency and accuracy. All this requires a quick decision making power.With the new pattern, more stress is on language skills and analysis and decision making capacities, so work on these on a consistent basis as these are skills that are developed over years and not just in a few months. It would be advised to start focusing on your problem solving and language skills as soon as you decide to take these exams. This is where CHAHAL ACADEMY is different from others and provides best coaching for upsc exam in ahmedabad.Paper 1 is on General StudiesThis includes areas likeIndian National Movement, Indian Polity, Basic Economic Understanding, GeographyWhile the dynamic part includes current affairs, GK and has no proper definition and syllabus making quite vast.Paper 2 includes mathematics, reasoning, analytical ability, and interpersonal skills. Unlike paper 1 which has a static part, paper 2 is dynamic in many sense.Unlike paper 1 where quantity of questions is a major determinant for the static section, paper 2 cannot be tamed without solving dynamic questions, that requires on the spot mental ability.Since the preliminary exam in particular is a test of endurance, candidate must prepare on the physical as well as mental level. The main constraint is the time one gets to answer the questions. On an average one gets around 40 seconds for each question.One sure way of dealing with this stress is to take a few deep breaths. Meditation and Yoga also help in dealing with stress to a great extent.The prelims exam since is a multiple choice question test, it needs a different preparation and a proper strategy. The first thing a candidate needs to bear in mind is that the examination is designed to evaluate certain qualities like a sharp memory and basic retention power. There are ways to increase one's memory like preparing charts. One gets confused when faced with mind boggling facts and figures. Important facts and figures can be simplified and represented on charts and they can arranged in the form of tables or graphs. Another thing to remember is to make short and brief notes on each topic so that the entire syllabus can be revised a few days before the exam.It is better to use diagrams and link words which make it easier to understand difficult concepts. One more technique to help in retaining information is the use of abbreviations. Since the syllabus involves exhaustive information abbreviations help you to remember it better. It is a good method to remember dates, facts and figures in a picture format and to break up complex names and places into smaller and simpler words. The last and the most important technique is to do regular revision. This helps in retaining the maximum information. A separate time slot should be given to doing not only regular but multiple revisions like daily, weekly, monthly etc.Many candidates make a mistake of overloading themselves with lots of information and end up remembering nothing. One should be able to differentiate between relevant and irrelevant information. Since the preliminary exam is an elimination round the candidate should also learn to focus only on the information needed and filter out the rest. It helps to discuss with friends and teachers but the most reliable way is to solve past years question papers. One should also keep abreast with current events and information related to them. For best ias exam coaching in ahmedabad- join CHAHAL ACADEMY.An important thing to remember is that for this exam it is not just enough to remember information but to understand the concepts as well. Instead of memorizing facts and figures, conceptual clarity in needed. The questions asked are of 10+2 level. Therefore emphasis has to be on conceptual clarity. Any concept has to be understood with its origin, merits and de-merits, then it needs to be analyzed with other relevant topics and lastly it has to be correlated with the events that have taken place during the year.The preliminary exam requires candidates who have the acumen and the ability to choose the right option from four given options. This needs a proper method of elimination. It is a good idea to go through previous years and model question papers and solve as many of them as possible. Taking a mock test of a certain number of G.S. questions and mathematics and general ability questions would be a good practice work and help to pick out the most appropriate option.Each prelims paper is for two hours but a lot of time is wasted in signing attendance sheets etc, therefore there is a lot of need for effective Time Management is needed for the actual exam. It is not enough to know the right answer but it has to be marked correctly on the answer sheet. Speed and Accuracy are important, so solving model question papers on a regular basis would be a great help.A good presence of mind is needed to eliminate the least appropriate options and arrive at the right one. However beware of negative marking so it is better to mark only sure shot answers than making guesses.Throughout the preparation for the prelims exam, it is important to remember that any topic or concept should not be studied in isolation. It is better to understand and establish a correlation between related concepts from other subjects and current events and happenings.Even with all this preparation, it is necessary to have a positive attitude and a great amount of will power to succeed to achieve your goal that of getting through the civil services examination with flying colors!
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Strategy and Books To Clear IAS ExamThis is the most important question that comes to the mind when one starts preparation for the esteemed civil services exam conducted by upsc. Few things which are to be kept in mind are as follows-The first thing to do – Understand UPSC exam structure. You may refer articles in our website – http://chahalacademy.com/. Go through UPSC Syllabus and previous question papers of IAS Prelims and Mains so that you will get a clear idea about the areas from which questions are normally asked.The second thing to do – make a newspaper reading a habit. (Reading The Hindu/ The Indian Express is advised).Third advice: Be thorough with your NCERT Books. (Priority: History, Geography, Economy and Polity related NCERT texts). So what does that mean to school students? Focus on your school texts! It’s the basis. Be a good student. Think and ponder over what is stated in your textbooks. Develop writing practice. Students from science background may collect humanities textbooks (NCERT) and start reading them whenever time permits. Links for downloading all NCERT books are given in this website. You may check our NCERT based online mock test series with negative marking for UPSC Prelims. Fourth: If in a position to decide on the optional subject after analyzing UPSC syllabus and previous question papers (applicable only to college going students and pass outs), start to collect materials on the same. Try to finish optional subject first, as this will definitely give you an edge.Fifth: During leisure time, pick books related to India written by visionary authors. A list of books for suggested reading is provided below, and these are not specialized texts for Civil Service Exam. But reading these books will widen your horizon and provide a clear picture on the past, present, and future of India. A good understanding on the problems of India with their right solutions can be of great help when you frame answers in Civil Services Mains General Studies and Essay paper.Start early to save precious youth-years!Considering the vast syllabus and limited time available at later stages of Civil Services Exam, it is generally a good idea to start early. That doesn’t mean that if a school student aspires to become an IAS officer he should start with heavy-weight UPSC books right from Standard 4! But an approach in tune with UPSC requirements will definitely help. A long term approach might help to save precious youth-years of many candidates as they will be better oriented and equipped when they actually wet their feet in UPSC waters.But that doesn’t mean that those who start late can’t clear IAS exam!The post does not intend to say that those who start late can’t clear this exam. Of course, anybody, senior or junior, who has the will, quality and perseverance can clear IAS exam. There is absolutely no doubt in that. What this article intends to say is that there is an advantage for those who start early with proper orientation, provided they keep the same vigor till the end. This post provides guidance for early starters; it might help experienced candidates as well to gain a better insight about the exam requirements. We wish all the aspirants best of luck for the upcoming upsc exam.
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Driven by the philosophy that every individual is born to succeed, Chahal Academy direction as an organization is led by its founder Managing Director Mr. Sumesh.Chahal Academy relentlessly works towards realizing the dream of the Success guru to reach, to teach and train both the Hindi and English medium students to partake in the process of nation building by joining the Civil Services. The very first step of naming the institution after ancient India’s great thinker, a political strategist, a nationalist and an architect of civil services is our ever inspiring lodestar. Chahal Academy For UPSC Exam aims to develop amongst its students a competitive attitude along with sound academic base with quality teaching and individual attention as its hallmark. The Chahal Academy organizes seminars and workshops with the help of civil servants and experts in soft skills to train the aspirants to think, feel and express like administrators. This comprehensive approach towards UPSC preparation has received an overwhelming response and has led to the pan India presence of Chahal Academy.In addition to imparting knowledge of the concerned subjects, CHAHAL UPSC ACADEMY lays great emphasis on leadership development, ethics and social responsibility, and mind-power development so as to ensure that our tomorrow sbureaucrats do not suffer from moral and ethical bankruptcy, Every student learns to not merely tread on the beaten path but to reinvent himself and explore newer routes; not to attain the fixed targets merely, but to set newer ones.Presently, the academy has FOUR Centres in Gujrate, one each at Ahmedabad, Baroda, Surat, Anand.
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“The companies that survive longest are the one's that work out what they uniquely can give to the world—not just growth or money but their excellence, their respect for others, or their ability to make people happy. Some call those things a soul” Chahal Academy was developed with similar vision for its students in 2011 by Mr. sumesh. chahal Academy is an institution which trains the aspirants appearing for Civil Service Examinations conducted by Union Public Service Commission and along with different competitive examinations conducted by different State Public Service Commission and other boards. chahal Academy, apart from training its students for the competitive exams, grooms and guides them to cherish their goal. With this effort and vision, the Academy has helped many aspirants to fulfill to achieve their dream to become a good government servant. The Faculty of chahal Academy comprise of eminent and experienced scholars from the renowned Universities and institutions of India. Our faculties design the program of study and compile the material, based on extensive analysis of competitive exams over the years and the latest developments in all the subjects which help the candidates so score more marks in the examinations. Excellent course material, experienced faculty and a committed management have helped chahal Academy to become the most trusted institution in the area of preparing students for competitive entrance examinations
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