Civil Service Coaching Centres In Chennai & UPSC Study Materials

The city of Chennai is slowly and steadily filling up with civil service coaching and academies. Every other locality sees a new branch opening. While this proliferation of institutes that can help aspirants clear the exam is praiseworthy, there are only a few academies that can indeed make sure that a student passes it.  Chinmaya Academy for civil services is proud to say that we continually prove that we have what it takes to become the best civil service coaching centre in Chennai . Through the excellent UPSC materials we provide and the outstanding teachers we hire, again and again, we have helped students achieve their dreams.

To every aspirant who walks through our doors, we recommend some textbooks. There are the fundamentals that every student must command.

  1.    NIOS (Culture, Environment biodiversity, etc.)
  2.    NCERTs (History, Geography, Science, Economy, etc.)
  3.    Tamilnadu State Education Board books (for History)

UPSC Materials By Top 10 IAS Academy In Chennai

Marking answers in a mock test at IAS training centreThe books listed above are available for free download, and we advise all aspirants to take full advantage of them. The next step we ask every child to take is practice through mock tests. Any preparation is only as good as long as it has been practically tested. Running through mock tests is one of the easiest ways to know where you stand. Solving MCQs in a test-like environment can put your brain in the position it needs to be on the D-Day. An aspirant can thus learn their weaknesses and strengths.

Once one has mastered mock tests, the next level is clearing previous years’ questions papers. By solving the mains and prelims papers, any individual will be able to grasp the standard of the exam. Things like what kind of questions will be asked and what will the actual pattern will be like become clearer. Given below are links to civil service mains 2015 papers:

  • General Studies Paper-2 (GS2)
  • General Studies Paper-3 (GS3)
  • Anthropology Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • Public Administration Optional Subject Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • History Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • Political Science Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • Zoology Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • Sociology Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • Philosophy Optional Subject Question Paper-1 & Paper-2
  • Geography Optional Subject Paper1 & Paper2

Government IAS Academy Helps With English Papers

One of the most baffling points the best of IAS coaching centres have seen is the obstacle of Compulsory English paper. The most intelligent of students are able to clear every other topic with little to no difficulty. Yet, it is the small mistakes in the English question paper that hinders them. As a unique way to help aspirants practice their English, we bring you the question paper for the past 18 years starting from 2013.

Some other papers that can help you prepare for the toughest competition in the nation are:

  • Public Administration (Mains) 2012 Question Paper 1 & 2 of UPSC Civil Service IAS/IPS Examination
  • History (Mains) Previous 33 years
  • General Studies (Mains) Paper 1 and 2 – past 33 years
  • Essay Question Paper – past 21 years

Moving Beyond UPSC Materials

To become a civil servant, one has to clear three phases -the prelims, the mains and then the interview. Most students make the error of focusing just on the first two phases. They believe that passing the interview will be child’s play. It is here that most aspirants make mistakes. Hence, we move beyond textbooks and UPSC study materials and give you tips on how to conduct yourself at the interview.

  • If you do not know the answer to the question, never say that it was not taught in school or college. That is an excuse. Preferably put it in this manner: ‘I am not aware of this knowledge right now but will correct the oversight as soon as the interview is over.’
  • If the interviewer asks you to connect two principles, then remember to talk about both and show how they are linked. Most students tend to focus only on one part of the question and fail to impress the panel.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many attempts can one give to the CSE exam?

There is a set of rules governing the UPSC CSE examination. A candidate can appear for the IAS examination only for a specific number of times. Candidates belonging to the General category can appear for the IAS exam only for four times within their age limit. Likewise, candidates belonging to the OBC category can appear for the IAS examination only seven times. However, for the SC/ST candidates, there is an exemption as they can appear for the IAS examination as many times as they want until they reach 37 years of age. Remember that appearing for one paper in the Prelims exam is also considered an attempt.

Do physically handicapped candidates have any relaxation in the number of attempts?

The physically handicapped person should have a disability of 40% or more. A physically handicapped candidate belonging to the general category is eligible for 7 attempts. The maximum number of attempt for a physically handicapped belonging to SC, ST and OBC categories who want to appear in IAS examination is 9 times. The maximum age limit which is required for the candidate to appear in the IAS examination is 45 years. There is an age relaxation of 10 to 15 years according to your disability and you are exempted from fees also. However, for others, there is no such exemption.

Can a candidate who has graduated from an open school or university apply for UPSC CSE examination?

Yes, the candidate who has completed education from an open school or university can apply for the Commission’s examination provided that the candidate has passed a Bachelor degree from any of Indian universities or equivalent qualification from any recognized university. The minimum educational qualification required to apply for the Commission’s examination is a bachelor’s degree. There are some open universities such as NIOS and IGNOU which are recognized by the government of India. The candidates from these universities are capable to apply for the Commission’s examination. It is important to have completed the graduation from a recognized university, be it any field.

Do the evaluation standard different based on the language in which the IAS exam in written?

No, the evaluation standard is the same for the IAS examination irrespective of the language or medium. As per the rules set by UPSC, a paper can be written in English or any Indian regional language recognized by the board. In that case, the medium or language in which the exam has been written does not affect the evaluation standards. Candidates are allowed to choose different languages to make them feel comfortable and confident while answering the UPSC CSE examination. And, it is not mandatory to appear for the IAS examination in any specific language or medium.

Can a candidate know the ‘question-wise ‘marks for a paper?

In a competitive examination, the absolute performance of a candidate is not relevant. It is the relative performance that determines if the candidate is qualified or not. And if the candidate qualifies, the candidate position in the merit list. The process of evaluation is not complete after the initial assessment by the examiner. Moderation is applied on the total marks initially given and not on a per question basis. So, when the evaluation process is done, neither question-wise marks or raw-marks subsist. At the end of the assessment process, it is only the total marks of the candidate in the paper that matters. The total marks are made available to the candidate on the UPSC website.