You can study the NCERT related books for subjects where available and other reference material is also available.The second paper, called ‘optional' is on the (one) subject chosen by the candidate and carries 300 marks. Subjects to choose from include – Agriculture, Mathematics, Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science, Mechanical Engineering, Botany, Medical Science, Chemistry, Philosophy, Civil Engineering, Physics, Commerce, Political Science, Economics, Psychology, Electrical Engineering, Public Administration, Geography, Sociology, Geology, Statistics, Indian History, Zoology, LawThis exam eliminates all those who are not serious or well prepared. The success rate in this exam is less than 10%.The marks obtained in the Preliminary Exam are not counted in the Main Exam and it is only a screening exam.The Main Exam is held around October/November every year and it consists of nine papers aggregating 2000 marks.
The IAS exam can be attempted by candidates who are in the final year of their graduation or already are a graduate it any discipline. The UPSC conducts the combined Civil Services Exam in three phases: the preliminary exam, mains and interview or the personality test. The entire cycle takes well over a year to complete.The Preliminary ExamNotified in December, usually held on the second Sunday of the following June. Results declared by the first week of August.Consists of two objective types multiple choice question papers. The first paper is on general studies and carries 150 marks. Questions include General Science, current events of national and international importance, history of India, world geography, Indian Politics and Economy, Indian national movement and general mental ability.
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