upsc exam Syllabus : Indian Civil Services Syllabus For IAS,IPS,IES,ISS,IFS details
From Pradeep Kumar Jha; All India Rank : Sixth (6) , Civil Services Exam 2005-2006, this talk has been delivered by him.

The desire to join the civil services was a very conscious one as I was always aware as a student of political science as to what all is expected out of a civil servant. The fact that the bureaucracy as the permanent executive plays an immense role policy formulation and execution makes it very challenging as well as prestigious. It, very truly, is called a service and is different from any other job or profession as it offers to an individual great opportunity to work at different levels of society and governance. It provides a person with the positive power to bring changes that are beneficial to the people at large. In the era of growing privatization and ‘shrinking of the state‘ an efficient civil servant can play a great role in helping India to continue having the nature of a welfare state. These were the aspirations that I wanted to fulfill by becoming a part of the civil services. The basic idea to success is ‘NEVER LET YOUR DREAMS DIE’ and also to hold on to ideals.

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Personal Details

CLASS 10th: GYAN NIKETAN, PATNA. 84%

CLASS 12th: SCIENCE COLLEGE, PATNA. 84%

B.A. (HONOURS) POLITICAL SCIENCE: HINDU COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI. 60%

M.A. (POLITICAL SCIENCE): HINDU COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI. 56%

M.Phil: DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY OF DELHI.

TOPIC - FEMINIST CRITIQUE OF PUBLIC/PRIVATE DICHOTOMY.

PURSUING Ph.D - FAMILY AS THE SIT OF REPRODUCTION OF GENDER IDEOLOGY: A CASE STUDY OF HINDU FAMILY LAW.

WAS AWARDED RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP BY THE UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISSION.

OPTIONALS: POLITICAL SCIENCE and ANTHROPOLOGY

Roll number 155923

Rank 6th

Strategy:

1. Having a very positive frame of mind and clarity of thought.

2. Selecting optional subjects on the basis of aptitude that one has for the subject and not because a certain subject is perceived to be more scoring than the others.

3. Identifying the strengths that one has and to work harder on them to maximize the benefits.

4. Having a smart approach so as to know what one needs to do and what not to. Here it is important to have a clinical approach so as to leave out the irrelevant parts and make the answers compact and articulate.

5. Strategy to prepare should be person specific and just because a successful candidate prepared a certain way, an aspiring student should not imitate it verbatim.

6. The entire process of examination is lengthy so the key to success is patience, perseverance and honest effort.

Political science (prelimns)

  • Andrew Heywood: Politics, Political Theory

  • O.P. Gauba: Introduction to Political Theory

  • S.P. Varma: Modern Political Theory

  • Ronald Chilcote: Theories of Comparative Politics

  • J.C. Jauhari: Comparative Politics

  • D.D. Basu: Introduction to the Constitution of India

  • B.L. Fadia: Indian Government and Politics

  • Sabine: History of Political Thought

  • International relations: Mahendra Kumar, and Bookhive

General Studies

  • NCERT text books for history and geography (class 11th and 12th)

  • India year book

  • Economic survey

  • Magazines like frontline, yojana and some competition specific magazines.

  • Newspapers like the Hindu

  • D.D. Basu: Introduction to the Constitution of India

  • Watching news on TV is also very helpful

For interview, talking to self is the best preparation. As the questions asked are generally related to the person’s social and educational background, one can always make a list of possible questions and prepare accordingly. There are always few questions asked that may put you in bind but the key to it is giving short, crisp and honest answer. A little bit of humour always helps. Going for mock interviews prepares the candidate to get used to interview like situation.