Prelims 2014

The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

Paper I – (200 marks) Duration : Two hours 

  • Current events of national and international importance.
  • History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics,
  • Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization.
  • General Science.

Paper II- (200 marks) Duration: Two hours

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

Note 1 : Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of PaperII) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

Note 2 : The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type.

I copied from the notification, Paper 1 is a most unexpected paper here and Paper 2 is the deciding paper in the Prelims.

General Studies (GS) Manual


A Huge book which makes you confident in answering MCQ’s.. Arihant is so colorful, you can prefer it even.

Science and Technology


E $
  • NCERT (10, 11, 12). If you can’t grasp formulas, leave them. Just try to understand the basics only.( you can leave it if you are ok with definitions)
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh (TMH Publication) = best “student friendly” book on Economy topics.
  • Any one GS Manual’s Economy section + the mock tests given in it.
  • Regular reading of Economy section of newspaper (The Hindu or Indianexpress, whichever you can get.)




  • NCERT 7 to 10 Social Science. Then NCERT Class 11,12 History.
  • Tamil Nadu History Books are also useful.
  • GS Manual’s History Section + Mock tests.
  • Focus on History of Modern India (1857 and freedom struggle) as it is important topic in Mains GS too.
  • If you’ve time, you can use Bipin Chandra
  • Spectrum’s Brief History of Modern India.It is like Guide, many don’t like reading guides so therefore it is up to you to choose.
  • This Spectrum book is also available in Hindi, under the title “Adhunik Bharat kaa Itihas


  • NCERT 7 to 10 (Social Science) then NCERT 11,12 (Geography).
  • GS Manual (instead of trying to mug up place-names, concentrate on clearing concepts and ‘why’ this or that). + Practice mock questions given in it.
  • In Newspapers and Magazines issues, in the National/ International current affairs: note down the place names and check their location on Atlas.

Environment and Biodiversity (E&B)

  • Again NCERT 7 to 10 (Both Geography and Science):
  • GS Manual’s science portion
  • The Hindu S&T (can be read online).
  • Magz : current affairs related to Environment. (without getting into fact-bombing)
  • Wikipedia for anything that requires elaboration.

The level of difficulty shown in last years’ paper for E&B, ain’t no point in doing Ph.D.
So I don’t think it is necessary to buy any separate ‘special’ book.


  • Any Book for Practice, Reading Comprehensions are deciding factor in the Paper 2.
  • Any Book means Strickly any book.. Practice, Practice, Practice……


February 8, 2014

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