IAS Preliminary Examination 2016 – Material and Strategy To Clear in 1st Attempt

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Preliminary Examination – Sources

Paper I – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

1. Current events of national and international importance.

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For Prelims 2016 the above booklet to be read from previous mains i.e December 2015
For Prelims 2017 the above booklet to be read from previous mains i.e December 2016

2. History of India and Indian National Movement.

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3. Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.

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4. Indian Polity and Governance -Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

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5. Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

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6. General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation

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7. General Science. (see the 4 steps mentioned below)

Step 1 : See the index for Science part from this pdf (UPSC MAINS PAPERS TOPIC WISE 1979-2014).
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Step 2 : The index of the above pdf is actually the topics from which UPSC asks questions. So prepare basics of those topics from this book or any book like this. You can also have a look on the type of questions asked by UPSC on those topics.
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Step 3 : After you have gone through the questions you will realize that UPSC asks either very basic questions or questions related to current issues on above topics. Basic you can prepare from above pdf. Current issues can be prepared from this booklet.
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Step 4 : Earlier UPSC used to ask questions on Science from NCERTs. But in recent times i.e from 2011 onwards the number of questions from NCERTs has reduced. (You will come to know if you go through all past papers from 1979). You can get all Science NCERTs from here
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Paper II – (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

1. Comprehension
2. Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
3. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
4. Decision-making and problem solving
5. General mental ability
6. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
7. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level).

Sources below:
(R S Aggarwal for aptitude part)

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Similarly reasoning and other part from R S Aggarwal Reasoning book 

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For reading comprehension part also refer R S Agrawal


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