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How to prepare History for IAS Mains Exam?

Preparation Tips

History is a scoring subject and can be studied scientifically .In IAS, candidates need to score 45-50% marks in the subject. In this regard, the subject make a good choice for the candidate appearing in IAS.
History is among the most preferred in the IAS examination. For Civil Services, plenty of source material is available in this subject. This subject carries the advantage of possessing comprehensive subject matter. Candidates need to adopt a well planned approach in order to prepare for this subject.

• Try to understand History rather than mugging up facts.
• It is important to form a mental picture of how civilization has evolved.
• Visualize how the economy, polity, religion, technology, social structure, literature and philosophy have changed or evolved from one period to another.
• Identify logic behind the evolution. This approach makes studying History a very interesting subject.
• History is not a study of facts but interpretation of facts. Facts are raw material with which interpretation is done. Answers in the main are assessed on the basis of interpretation of History.
• In IAS, Angle of focus on history has constantly shifted from Political to cultural to Economic to Subaltern now.
• It is useful in attempting essay section. History has synergy with general studies and gives validation to the arguments.

Section wise suggested strategy for preparation:
Section-A of Paper-I
Consists of Ancient Indian History, and question 1 of the same section is based on maps.
• The sites and cities, which are asked in IAS exam, were historically important for many reasons in ancient and medieval period.
The IAS aspirants are expected to prepare at least 100 such famous/important sites/places and shall try to know more than two reasons for which it was important.
• A short answer of 20 words is enough to describe about such sites. Many of the sites are repeated, therefore, it is always advisable to prepare those sites which have been asked in the last ten year question papers.
• While preparing, IAS aspirant must balance their list of sites. For example, choose sites related to excavation of stone ages. Harappan Civilization, later Vedic period etc. Select few cities which were famous for trade and commerce, religious centre, trade route, administrative centre, cultural centre (related with art and literature). The cities in Afghanistan, Nepal, Srilanka, and South East Asia can also be asked.
• For marking the place at right spot, practice with a A4 size physical map of Indian sub-continent, with only rivers.
• There are three long questions asked from ancient Indian History and a candidate can attempt maximum two. She/he should aim two long questions from ancient India and one long from medieval India
• The candidate appearing in IAS exam can ignore the questions of last year, but cannot ignore the entire topic
• While preparing for IAS exam students should pay more attention on economic history of any period and the development of art and literature because such question fetches more marks.
• The questions on the administration of Mauryans and Guptas, the growth of industry, craft and trade in post Mauryan period, the changing society and economy of later Vedic period, the emergence of many seats or intellectual revolution of 6th century B.C.
• The town planning and salient features of Harappans, the golden age notion of Guptas and their contribution in the field of art and literature are the important themes of ancient India, where candidate can focus.

For Section B of Paper-I:
• Divide the entire medieval history of India three sections would emerge – early medieval (750-1200 A.D.) i.e. Delhi Sultanate (1206-1526) and Mughals. Normally one question from Delhi Sultanate is asked every year
• Prepare this section very well and you can skip the Mughal period, which is very lethargic. There are limited topics in early medieval period i.e. Cholas, Rajputs, feudalism, C.Shankaracharya, Arabi and Turkish invasion etc. Candidate shall aim one long question from medieval India, which they will definitely get every year from early Medieval and Delhi Sultanate.
• Even in Short notes, at least two questions are asked every year from these two areas (early medieval and Sultanate). For a candidate who has cleared the Preliminary exam with history, it would not be a difficult task to write short notes on any topic related with Mughals.

We wish you prepare well and wish you good luck for the exam.
Good Luck!!

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IAS or Civil Services is the most prestigious and attractive career option in India and all discipline of students like graduates, MBAs, Engineers, Doctors  dream to become an IAS officer not just to earn money, but also to serve the country in an effective way. The decision should come straight from your heart because you are going to be the top public servant of this great Nation. The whole preparation requires strong determination and total devotion.

“First thing is the passion I had for the Civil services and next thing self-confidence. These factors were responsible for me to take very important decision in my life. I took that step because of the confidence I had in myself that I would achieve my dream one day. It was the passion to excel and to realise my dream which made me work very hard and finally achieve this feat-   

                                                                                                            Bharti Dixit Civil Services 2013

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Desired Qualities

Some aspirants take it up by choice, some by passion; some are coerced into it, while some do it merely to try their luck. What you take the great plunge you have to go through the rigours of the coveted Civil Services Examination. It requires some qualities as there is no short cut to success.


Constant Queries

An inquisitive mind can grab knowledge anywhere, any time. 

Hard Working

Have you ever heard anyone died of hard work? Don’t shy away from your assigned schedule even for a minute.

Some of the other important qualities which are a must for you:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Intelligence
  • Self Confidence
  • Positive Attitude
  • Commanding Ability
  • Good Communication Talents
  • Firm Determination
  • Ability to manage complex situations,
  • Patience and quick decision making, etc.

DISHA has undertaken focused research on these areas while preparing its books. The suggestions are practical and useful as presented in our books like Toppers Secrets of Success and other titles as given below. 

Basic Focus Areas

  • GS and Essay if neglected can turn the table in spite of how good you score in your optional papers. Open your eyes and see the world, perceive the difference how common people see the things and how you critically analyse the facts.
  • Current Affairs is the window to see the world around us.
  • Regularly watch channels like Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha NDTV and BBC
  • Read analytical articles and editorials of Newspapers like, The Hindu, Times of India, The Indian Express, Economic Times and Hindustan Times.
  •                                                         The NCERT books and Newspapers are the best sources for preparing GS. First try to be thorough with primary sources and then20 Years CSAT go to secondary sources such as coaching materials.  You can also get Objective General knowledge and current affairs level 1and  Objective General knowledge and current affairs level 2 to cover GK section of the exam

Coaching Yourself

You know you are your best coach but, you need guidance. Therefore,while choosing coaching centers, always pay attention to their subject material, infrastructure and teachers and check its past results. However, keep financial aspect in your mind before joining the coaching.

Develop Habit and Quality of Reading

Consulting your seniors who have qualified earlier will help you a lot in shaping your lesson plans, which books and how to read them?  Develop the habit of reading newspaper and useful books from your college level.

Anupam Saha, an electrical engineer by qualification, cracked Civil Service Examination (IAS) with 35th rank in 2012 in his third attempt. He completed his schooling from Kesinga Vidyapeetha and studied in National Institute of Technology, Rourkela to get a B.Tech degree in electrical engineering in 2007. He worked with the TCS for two years and moved to Delhi for coaching after leaving his job. He took Geography and Public Administration as his subjects and failed to clear the prelims in the first attempt. 

“Time spent on the study table is of great importance”— Anupam Saha

 IAS Topper Rank: 35

                            Exam: Civil Services Examination

                IAS Topper Year: 2011


Making Note

Note making is an intuitive art that demands your reasoning power. Collecting materials in a comprehensive manner and crisp down them in your note is a wise method. We have followed the idea of note making suggesting practical examples in our books.

“Regarding notes, I would suggest everyone to learn the habit of reading more and writing less. It is not necessary to prepare notes on every topic. I hardly made any notes except some current affairs that would enrich my answers in the mains exam and notes on IR.”                                                                                 Nima Arora Topper 2013


Interview Strategy

  • Early Beginning

When you take a decision to start preparation for the IAS exam, you should do it as early as possible because the number of students preparing for the exam is quite high and the level of competition is also stiff. Generally, you can get solved papers of past years from DISHA PUBLICATION (NEW DELHI based book Publishing House) such as 20 Year’s CSAT,  Crack CSAT 2 to get an idea about the type of questions being asked and you need to update yourself in all fields such as Economy, Polity, History, Science and other subjects.

  • Smart Preparation

Most of the IAS Aspirants are of the view that to become an IAS officer, studying 10 hours or more every day is mandatory. But, in order to get the desired results, aspirants need to read selective books on different subjects, making short notes, learn time and stress management skills and take mock test papers and so on.

  • Routine Study

Aspirants need to go by a fixed study time-table that will help to cover the entire syllabus within the time available and focus for long hours on constructive learning. The mode of preparation for the exam might vary for from one student to another, but aspirants always need to keep in mind that clearness of idea is the key to accomplishment in the preliminary test.

I started preparation for civil services exam two years ago, did 6-7 hours of self-study a day, and even studied 12 hours a day during exams. You should know how to read The Hindu, Yojana, how to make notes about Ancient History and how to write essays.”

   Roman Saini 2013 Topper 


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Preparation Tips and Strategy for CSAT IAS Exam

Preparation of IAS exam

In spite of the abundance of high paying jobs in private sector, there are millions of students in INDIA who prefer civil services to lucrative private jobs for a number of reasons.  Becoming an IAS officer gives an opportunity to the candidate to get greater social reorganization, job security, financial stability and above of all these, a golden chance to serve the country in an effective way.

IAS exams are extremely though and it requires aspirants to prepare extensively and adopt the right strategy to crack the exam and be selected for the desired post.  Here are some helpful tips which will help you in the preparation of IAS exam

→ Know the entire syllabus of IAS exam:

Before starting the preparation for IAS exam, candidates must know the entire syllabus of the exam. In short, IAS exams are divided in mainly two parts- (A). Prelims & (B). Mains. Candidates that qualify these two examinations are called up for personal interview and after clearing the interview, they get selected for the job. Candidates must also know the number of attempts they can make for the exam, the eligibility criteria, age and notifications issued by the UPSC.

Proper timing of IAS preparation:

If you are strongly committed to clear the IAS exam, you must start preparing for it at the right time so that you must have enough time for prepare for the each and every paper and have enough preparation for the exam.

Selection of appropriate study materials:

The selection of proper study materials also paves the way for the effective preparation for the exam and gain success in it. Students can get on DISHA PUBLICATION to get lots of books for the preparation of IAS exam.  Aspirants can get the full coverage of their IAS syllabus; learn short-cut tricks to solve the exams questions correctly, technique of time management and accuracy, practice previous year question papers of IAS exam to prepare for the exam very well.

Think of joining a coaching institute:

Although coaching institutes is not the guarantee that you will get success in the exam, it provides aspirants a guide to prepare for the exam very well and thus their chances of getting the success in the exam very well. Nevertheless, IAS coaching is quite expensive and before joining it, you should keep the financial condition of your guardian in mind. Also, take feedback about the coaching institute in which you are to be enrolled.

Other useful measures:

  • Maintain continuity in your preparation,
  • Don’t take part in unusual social activities,
  • Take proper sleep and take care of your health,
  • If you are financially fragile, you should get a government job in bank, Railway or in any other financial firm so that the lack of money won’t affect your preparation.
  • Avoid those people who talks negatively about you and your preparation,
  • Fill up the application form when you are fully prepared for the exam.

Here are some of books name which would help you to crack CSAT IAS Exam :-

1) Crack CSAT Paper 1 & 2 Practice Workbook (200+ Tests) with 50 cool stories 300 HOT Issues

Crack CSAT Paper 1 & 2 Practice Workbook (200+ Tests) with 50 cool stories 300 HOT Issues
Crack CSAT Paper 1 & 2 Practice Workbook (200+ Tests) with 50 cool stories 300 HOT Issues

2) Crack Civil Services General Studies IAS Prelims (CSAT) – Paper 1 Third Edition

Crack Civil Services General Studies IAS Prelims (CSAT) - Paper 1 Third Edition
Crack Civil Services General Studies IAS Prelims (CSAT) – Paper 1 Third Edition

3) Crack Civil Services General Studies IAS Prelims (CSAT) – Paper 2 Fourth Edition

Crack Civil Services General Studies IAS Prelims (CSAT) - Paper 2 Fourth Edition
Crack Civil Services General Studies IAS Prelims (CSAT) – Paper 2 Fourth Edition

4) 20 Years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2014)

20 Years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2014)
20 Years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2014)

5) CSAT IAS Prelims 101 Speed Tests Practice Workbook with 10 Practice Sets – Paper 1

CSAT IAS Prelims 101 Speed Tests Practice Workbook with 10 Practice Sets - Paper 1
CSAT IAS Prelims 101 Speed Tests Practice Workbook with 10 Practice Sets – Paper 1

6) CSAT IAS Prelims 101 Speed Tests Practice Workbook with 10 Practice Sets – Paper 2

CSAT IAS Prelims 101 Speed Tests Practice Workbook with 10 Practice Sets - Paper 2
CSAT IAS Prelims 101 Speed Tests Practice Workbook with 10 Practice Sets – Paper 2
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