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May 28, 2011 by Kashish Mittal I chose Mathematics and Physics as optional subjects as I had a considerable exposure to the topics in their syllabi from my study since classes +1, +2 upto college level. The books I referred for Mathematics are as follows: Paper I 1. Linear Algebra: Linear Algebra by Vasishtha and Sharma (Krishna Series) Matrices by Vasishtha and Vasishtha (Krishna Series) 2. Calculus: Differential Calculus by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand) Integral Calculus by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand) A Course of Mathematical Analysis by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand) 3. Analytic Geometry: Analytical Solid Geometry by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand) 4. Ordinary Differential Equations: Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations by M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand) Laplace Transforms: Brilliant Tutorials Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig 5. Statics: Statics (Krishna Series) Dynamics: Dynamics (Krishna Series) 6. Vector Analysis:

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Vector Calculus (Krishna Series) Curves in Space: Calculus by Thomas & Finney Paper II 1. Algebra: Abstract Algebra by Khanna and Bhambri Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein 2. Real Analysis: Elements of Real Analysis by MD Raisinghania (S. Chand) 3. Complex Analysis: Functions of a Complex Variable (Krishna Series) 4. Linear Programming: Linear Programming (Krishna Series) 5. Partial Differential Equations: Ordinary and Partial Differential Equations by M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand) Boundary Value Problems: Advanced Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig 6. Numerical Analysis and Computer Programming: Numerical Methods by Jain, Jain and Iynger 7. Mechanics: Rigid Dynamics Volume I & II (Krishna Series) Fluid Dynamics: M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand) [Due to some time constraint, I studied Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis mostly from 12 markers point of view. However, looking back, I think I could (& should) have done them thoroughly as well.] While studying these books I basically attempted the solved examples. In the first cycle of my study, I read selective solved examples and tried to register them in my mind, and solved some of them on my own. In the second cycle of the syllabus I properly attempted the solved examples on paper, trying my best to maintain the quality and language of the answers as close to the solutions in the books. The way of writing a solution is very important in the Mathematics paper, and can be best learnt from the solved examples themselves. After that I also attempted questions from the past 15-20 years’ papers. The answers/solutions can be verified from the Brilliant Tutorials and the books mentioned above. This exercise helps in giving an idea as to what is the kind and level of questions asked in the exam, and may also prove beneficial in case some questions in the exam come on similar lines as in the past. Finally, I also made summary sheets for every unit/topic (~ 2 pages per unit) in which I listed the important results/formulae/theorems/tips which can be gone through a day before the exam. This is helpful as it can give you a holistic & quick revision of the entire syllabus before the exam. In the exam, my correct attempt was ~ 258 in Paper I and ~ 260 in Paper II. My score in the exam

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Posted in Uncategorized | 104 Comments 104 Responses 1.can you please tell how much time is required for serious preparation for an average guy? 2.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 3/28 . kashishmittal. 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply Sunny Any coaching you undertook for Mathematics? When did you start preparing this optional and how much time did you put in for Mathematics every day? I will be appearing for CSE 2012 and yet to start my preparations for this optional..wordpress. on May 31.i read in newspaper that you started preparing in the last year itself and cracked in your first attempt. on May 29. as candidates are penalised heavily for any errors in the solution/answer. 2011 at 3:57 am | Reply ankit hey congrats. I think the accuracy in the Mathematics paper is extremely necessary. on May 30.was 207 in Paper I and 198in Paper II. I have two questions: Sunny 1) From where all these books can be easily available? I am not able to find these books even at flipkart. Thank You 3. 2011 at 8:08 am | Reply Hi.

2010. 2010 (Complex Numbers. It may be difficult to order these books online. Differential Equations) from DIAS Institute. I devoted the next available 5-6 months fully for mains study ( ~ 10 hours everyday) as I had finished my degree in May.2) If possible.com/b/books/course-abstract-algebrakhanna-vijay-book-8125919112?_l=TD6zlqyt5zvAWw1GJEtIqA– &_r=oluRoWbXdQxMkcyDwKkIVQ– 6. However. kashishmittal.com/b/books/course-abstract-algebra-vijay-khannabook-0706983025?_l=CJHVEqJO3veuHytbACc9dw–&_r=shpuTL8%20JmwfVfTLqGuK2w– &ref=157fcb45-c9be-493e-8ab1-77e76e9425ee&pid=k4w3fbfyfe Thanks 4. During this time I had to manage my college curriculum as well. I just checked ‘Abstract Algebra’ by Khanna and Bhambri online and the fact that it costs Rs.jawahar-book-centre. Please check this link: http://www. the link you gave for Khanna and Bhambari is perhaps a different version/edition.wordpress. 5.e. one year before prelims. which helped me eventually in covering up the syllabus fast. can you mention the approximate prices of these books. Also. The book i am referring to is available at http://www. I took coaching for selected topics in Aug-Sept. on May 31. 2011 at 11:28 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @ankit: I started preparing in the beginning of my last year of college. it should be good enough to clear the exam. I started the basic content of my Maths preparation on my own after prelims. Also. 890 put me into doubt if it is the same book that you have mentioned. 2011 at 10:57 pm | Reply was the coaching at DIAS good. Delhi [You can get their contact details at http://www. Ber Sarai (Behind IIT Delhi). 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Sunny: I used to take up some elective courses of Mathematics at IIT. after prelims. Jia Sarai.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ nitish 4/28 . Regarding books. i. I bought them from Jawahar Book Depot.flipkart. on May 31.flipkart. using the above mentioned books.com/%5D. In general. Calculus. so I would suggest buying from any good shop. I think that if a person starts full fledged preparation around 1 year before prelims. on May 31.

kashishmittal. except for Abstract Algebra and Real Analysis. Whats the basic difference when writing a University exam and IAS in terms of answering a question(Maths and Physics). even they can be done completely. as the books are quite helpful and sufficient. but I did not have time for doing more topics. 2011 at 11:04 pm | Reply nitish Statistical analysis of CSE 2010 result can be found here: https://docs. 2011 at 11:11 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @nitish: You can go for selected topics at DIAS. which I did from 12 markers point of view. 2011 at 11:35 pm | Reply ankit @kashish: thanks Hey some people do say that if one is not prepared for mains before prelims then they should not give the attempt that year. But as I have mentioned.com/document/d/1JsSCzPGbyqDgM7zNppdVMQoD0steVFciT2GZ8TRPJk/edit?hl=en&pli=1# 8. you can manage all topics on your own itself.google. on June 2. I did all topics completely. on May 31.Also can we join there for only selected topics in maths?? did you complete all the topics entirely or selectively thank you nitish 7.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 5/28 .wordpress. on June 2. 10. on May 31. 2011 at 5:13 am | Reply Raj Congrats Kashish ………I have a few questions 1)Do we require coaching(from DIAS particularly). The coaching for the topics I did was helpful. Anyways. 3)Elaborate more on how to write answers(particularly in Maths and Physics). if you do not have time. How far you agree? 9. 2)Please write strategy for Physics also.

2011 at 11:12 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @ankit: If one has not even completed one Optional once before Prelims. without writing any information/details which were not asked. on June 3. I used to directly solve the problem.. but there is no need to write any unnecessary detail. I think it is better to appear next time. etc.Thanks for the statistical optionals data for CSE.). 11. I think if you keep above in mind. 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply Barnava Sir. is solving the solved examples from Shanti Narayan’s Analytical Solid Geometry enough to attempt the questions set from geometry? Can I follow B. but if you put in enough time.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 6/28 . 2011 at 7:28 am | Reply nitish do you know how is IMS coaching center (by venkanna k) for maths as DIAS is far from rajendra nagar. It is also helpful if you label the equations by equation numbers and use these equation numbers whenever you have to operate on these equations (e. 2010. you will do well in both University exams and the UPSC exam. Maths for Laplace transformation? I have’nt followed Kreyszig.t x. you can cover the syllabus yourself just by studying the books mentioned above thoroughly. or differentiating equation 3 w.i dont know much about delhi. on June 3.g. Grewal’s Engg. 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Raj: Coaching of those topics did help me.r. Also are there any better coaching for maths in rajendra nagar area.wordpress. 12.please guide me Thank you nitish k 14. However. I will write strategy for Physics shortly. As I am from south india. While attempting an answer in Maths. 4. on June 2. The answer must be technically complete. on June 2. 2 by eq. dividing eq. 13.S. care must be taken to mention all steps and give the necessary explanation for the steps (as is given in the solved examples). kashishmittal.

Grewal’s book.a_1 + c_2.……………. The question is : Determine whether the set S={e1-e2. Though Kreyszig + Brilliant Tutorials are good for Laplace Transformations. any book which contains the required theory and enough problems should be sufficient. kashishmittal.a_n equals zero.a_n are linearly dependent.+c_n.………….e2-e3. So I wrote the above statement and showed the existence of c_i's which make the above sum zero. Shanti Narayan’s Analytical Solid Geometry is enough to attempt any question of Analytic Geometry. on June 10.e3-e4. we just have to show the existence of scalars c_i (1<= i <= n). such that the sum c_1.en-e1} is a set of linearly independent vectors or not. However. Thank You 17.e3-e4. …. I haven’t been through B. 2011 at 3:16 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Barnava: Yes.a_2 + ….e.. on June 10. a_2.wordpress. 2011 at 2:48 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @nitish: I don’t know about any other coaching centers for maths in Delhi or elsewhere.15. on June 11. Can you tell me how did you attempt the following question in this years mains paper 2 section B. on June 4. not all zero. 2011 at 3:40 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal @Sunny: In order to prove that a given set of vectors say a_1.e2-e3.en-e1} be a subset of a vector space V3(R). on June 4.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 7/28 . 2011 at 5:26 am | Reply Sunny Let S={e1-e2. 2011 at 10:36 am | Reply Sunny Hi.S. even if you are not accessible to a good coaching center but do your books thoroughly. I just want to know the way of writing. 16. i. you can still score very well in the exam. c_1 = c_2 = c_3 = … = c_n = 1 18.

. so that we can approach via 1st method.……. Hence linearly dependent. e1=(1. e2= (0.(e1-e2)+1.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 8/28 .0. You do not need to assume anything else about the e_i’s.(en-e1)=0 where c1=c2=c3========cn=1 Hence.n] ?? or shall we approach via a lengthier method by assuming e_i’s as basis vectors which are linearly independent. +cn. i belongs to [1. Thanks a lot 19. Given that the question was of 20 marks which approach should have been followed.0. Can we say that e_i..wordpress. e1. the given set of vectors is not linearly independent.. and so on and then getting the following equations on using the linear combination equation with constants c_i’s: c1-cn=0 c2-c1=0…………………….0. Is this solution correct? I have doubt regarding what should we assume the e’s i. this question was for 10 and not 20 marks (as it was one out of two sub parts of the 20 marker). So.0.g. 2011 at 5:29 am | Reply Sunny Few mistakes that i have committed above are : 1) It is Vn(R) and not V3(R) 2) I meant to say that can we assume e_i’s as real numbers. on June 11.(en-e1)=0 which implies c1. to be. on June 11. Although it is difficult for one to proceed via 2nd method under examination conditions.0. 20. e1-e2+e2-e3+e3-e4+………………….e.(e2-e3)+ ………….…….) …. kashishmittal..1. ).0.and let c1.e2 etc. +1. there exist scalars not all zero but making the linear combination of the given vectors zero. Also. 2011 at 6:50 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Sunny: Your first solution above is correct (with the Vn(R) correction).(e1-e2)+c2. c(n-2)-c(n-1)=0 Since we have n variables but n-1 equations so infinite non zero solutions exist. e..c2.(e2-e3)+ ………….+en-e1=0 (as positives and negatives are cancelling down) which implies (e1-e2)+(e2-e3)+……………….c3……cn be the n scalars belonging to R.+(en-e1)=0 which implies 1. Clearly we have.

and to cover a few topics which were not available in books. I used Brilliant material only to check past year papers’ answers. I referred to Brilliant Tutorials which I received through correspondence. To get the solutions.) The 12 marks questions are generally not very lengthy and usually test the basics of a topic.wordpress. I basically started the prep after Prelims. 24. I think any good shop which deals with books on civil services have these papers. I want to know what exactly you mean when you say that you did a particular topic from 12 marker point of view ? And how much do you think is sufficient for the complete preparation of Mathematics course and how will you rate the Brilliants’ material in relevance to the examination ? Thanks. 2011 at 7:10 am | Reply Akanshu Govil Hi Kashish. The sufficient time for complete prep of Mathematics depends from person to person. on June 22.21. 2011 at 3:38 am | Reply raj Where Can we get Last 10 year solved papers of maths and physics(mains)? 22. but I did have background knowledge of some topics beforehand. 2011 at 6:31 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @raj: I got the UNSOLVED papers from a shop in Rajendra Nagar. on June 26. on June 18. kashishmittal. 2011 at 1:39 am | Reply @Akanshu: Thank you.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 9/28 . You can get a better idea if you go through the past 10-15 year papers and have a look at the 12 markers and the 20/30 marker questions. Kashish Mittal Doing a topic from 12 marker point of view meant that I left some subsections which I found very time consuming (Certain theorems/theorem proofs/etc. Congrats on your success and thanks a lot for this blog of yours. on June 21. 23.

in Kashish Mittal You can go to the examination section and thereafter in notifications. All syllabi. on June 29.upsc. you can best judge that by going through the past year papers of any particular topic and that can give you a good idea. instructions are available there. 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply Raj Thanks a lot again…………………I just wanted to ask what should be revise from +1..25.i attended the brief session by you held at prof vajpayee class….wordpress. Regarding derivations. on June 28.. 2011 at 2:27 am | Reply vinay tiwari Respected sir.i just want to know the link to UPSC website frm where i can get the whole detailed syllabus of mathematics as it ll b more authentic………and d link to preliminry knwldge which calculator allow.(maths and physics) 28. kudos to ur success……....gov.which chart allow????? 26. 30. 2011 at 12:08 pm | Reply @vinay: http://www.this is my final year at ITBHU(civil engg)…. on June 29.. 2011 at 9:29 am | Reply Raj Just give a brief outline as to which derivations we have to do and which we have to leave………….+2 which can be helpful to us in corroborating to your above mentioned strategy(also mention books if required) 27. The ones I have mentioned above are sufficient for UPSC and have all necessary background from scratch. on June 29.before seeing the statistical analysis of CSE 2010…i was choosing maths & civil engg…as i have also done quite a bit exercises in both subjects…. 29. on June 29. on June 28. 2011 at 1:00 pm | Reply vinay tiwari Sir….+2 books in general.but after going through kashishmittal.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 10/28 . 2011 at 12:17 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal @Raj: There is no need to go through +1.

on July 2.wordpress. on July 6.flipkart. 2011 at 3:54 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @vinay: Physics is a scoring subject and is also neither very lengthy nor very difficult to prepare. 2011 at 4:41 am | Reply prajwal hi rahul. On the other hand.) as that may divert your CSE kashishmittal. 32.sir is it like this that it is predecided to select how many students taking particular optional…. etc. Also.guide me accordingly….now i m in a great deadlock. Civil engg.. Dynamics. can u plz upload the flipkart sites of the krishna series books like.D.the analysis i got to know this year only a single person make to CSE taking civil engg as an optional…. so on searching flipkart found these links.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 11/28 . congrats on your success… rahul I am unable to find some books u mentiond in my town.com/books/8182830893 (Matrices) http://www.E in the mentioned book(M. if you want to prepare for the CSE.or after the complete process they thought of only 1 civil engg worthy of civil services?? 31. Statics.com/books/rbkcy94t6nyzy25z? _l=CJHVEqJO3veuHytbACc9dw–&_r=Tv13xWKKedDxaNZRQqnx3g–&ref=fafe5d22-35c34f26-86de-a668ee3e748f&pid=rbkcy94t6nyzy25z (Vector Calculus) http://www. as far as I have heard. on July 5.flipkart.taking civil engg (huge syllabus) will b just beneficial to me frm IES (point of view)……if so otherwise i m also comfortable with physics….com/books/rbkcy94t3b4kee7y on July 14. 2011 at 11:42 pm | Reply Hi Kashish.flipkart.Raisinghania)?? 33.flipkart.. Can u plzz verify are these the same books u mentiond….com/books/rbkcy94typtvqthv (Linear Programming) http://www. then you should focus only on this exam and not think too much about others (IES. is a lengthy subject and preparing it along with Maths may be tough. (Linear Algebra) http://www. 2011 at 2:34 am | Reply prajwal sir…is it sufficient to prepare only till 8 chapters for O.D.

. 2011 at 4:00 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @prajwal: Yes. How to tackle such problems ? kashishmittal. this is just my opinion – if you are confident about civil engg.r. 34.preparation.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 12/28 . on July 6.applications of D. you should remember that the fact that a particular candidate is selected or not doesn’t depend on only one optional but his/her complete performance in all subjects. As I don’t have access to the book for now.wordpress. 2011 at 11:34 am | Reply sir…the chapter names are: 9. 2011 at 7:26 pm | Reply Kapil Do we need to cover Quadratic Forms under the Matrices Unit ? Although the topic had been removed from the syllabus since 2009 onwards yet the UPSC has been putting up questions from the same old syllabus.Es of second order 11. However for the first book.Es prajwal 37. on July 6. 2011 at 3:57 am | Reply @rahul: Thank you. Kashish Mittal The four books of which you have given the links are the same as I mentioned. can you let me know what are chapter names after chapter 8 in ODE section? 36. as far as I remember. However.t total students who took the optional) is roughly the same. you may do only the linear algebra part and skip abstract algebra (which is to be covered from Khanna and Bhambri). on July 6.Es and eqns of special forms 10. though the approximate percentage of selected students of each optional (w. on July 6. 35.linear D.exact D. you may carry on and take it up. I don’t think it is pre-decided on how many students to take in an optional. Similarly they had asked the method of undetermined coefficient in ODE which is not explicitly mentioned in the syllabus. This year they had asked a question on conformal mapping/bilinear transformations in the complex analysis section which had been deleted from the latest syllabus. Also.

if you could spare some time. on July 12. on July 12. Can you list the chapters in statics of krishna series which is there in syllabus? Specifically the last two.and can you pls post some of your sample answers for maths and physics…………. 2011 at 3:27 pm | Reply vinay tiwari @ALL—–anyone here. one more humble request..and how can i contact kunal silku sir….i mean both r same or not……. on July 7. 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply Nitish Kumar Congrats sir for your success…… Sir i m also having same optionals Physics and Maths…….actually i want some inputs regarding answer writing for physics…….wordpress. 2011 at 9:03 pm | Reply Vinay Gowda Many congratulations for your stupendous success. on July 15. 41. How much time it should take to complete “abstract algebra” if some one is studying it for the first time?? thank you in advance 40.Please tell me how much should I read complex integration and calculus of kashishmittal. on July 17.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 13/28 .sir i have purchased brilliant tutorial material (xerox) for maths from Jawahar book centre (ber sarai)……is it the same material which you have got through correspondence…..38. please tell me the chapters of partial differential equations to be covered from raisinghania…as it is little confusing for me…… 42. it would be a lot helpful it you mention the chapters name also in the books mentioned. the attraction and potential? Also. Thanks in advance 39. Is it necessary to study “plane sections of conicoid and confocal conicoid” in analytic geometry?? 2. 2011 at 1:48 pm | Reply hello sir… congrates on your huge success!!!! nandan 1.again hearty congratulations for your achievement and thanks for providing key guidance to all. 2011 at 2:46 pm | Reply Jagadamba Hi Kashish……….

But basically if you have prepared the present syllabus well. you do have to cover some sections (refer syllabus and past year papers) of the chapter on “Plane sections of conicoids and confocal conicoids”.Do I need to learn abc of conformal mappings(not mentioned in syllabus)? Thank you very much 43. 2011 at 1:26 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Nitish: The brilliant material available in Ber Sarai is basically the same. but it may be just a couple of years older. 2011 at 1:33 am | Reply @Nandan: Thanks for your wishes. 2011 at 1:21 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Kapil: Though ideally such questions should not be asked (whose topics have been removed from syllabus). 2011 at 1:15 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @prajwal: You have to do chapter 10. You can contact Kunal Silku over facebook at: https://www.com/kunal. there is enough choice in the exam for you to attempt fully.wordpress. kashishmittal. Kashish Mittal I do not have access to my books as of now. 44. So it may not have answers to the latest UPSC papers. on July 20.residues in Complex Analysis?As I am reading from Krishna Series and earlier in my graduation I read from Schaum Series.that has few variety of problems. but as far as I remember. but you are right – every year one or two such questions do crop up. But basically the way of writing for Maths/Physics is on the lines of the derivations/solved examples in books and Vajpayee Sir’s notes (Physics). on July 20. Linear DEs of second order.silku 46.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 14/28 . on July 20. I will try to post answers of Maths/Physics but cannot give my word for that presently.facebook. I would advise you to cover the present syllabus fully first. 45. on July 20. I personally did not cover Quadratic forms/conformal mappings/undetermined coefficients. so I could not attempt the questions on conformal mappings and undetermined coefficients. Then in your second cycle you may go through such topics which were there in the old syllabus if you have time.

PDE. Can you confirm if the [Complex Analysis: Functions of a Complex Variable (Krishna Series)] book belongs to Krishna series or S Chand . on July 27. e. 47. I had studied it in college before so I gave the first cycle of this topic in 3-4 days (I skipped some tougher portions on Rings in the first cycle). 48.com/books/8121906393?_l=CJHVEqJO3veuHytbACc9dw– &_r=NvY0X%20JQLxIe8Y84Gf4vFg–&ref=3dbfd7cb-4e42-4a69-ae3a22cc23bf5afd&pid=ju23fp94eb is available .g. For a person studying abstract algebra for the first time. I don’t have access to my books as of now. or any other topic. you can cover that too. side by side. But I remember that for Statics in particular. However if you have been using Schaum Series before. So I would suggest that you may go through this section if you have some time to spare.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 15/28 . 2011 at 4:43 am | Reply SriNarayanan Thanganadar Hi Kashish. 49. but it is from S-Chand and not Kirshna. Only this book http://www. but a question on it was asked this time. 2011 at 7:20 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal The book I studied was by Krishna Series. 2011 at 1:38 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Vinay Gowda.It depends on person to person on how much time he/she takes on a topic. Conformal mappings had been removed from syllabus. no chapter in the book has to be done fully in the book. on July 20. This technique is useful for all topics – be it statics. Vinay Tiwari: I am sorry. 2011 at 1:42 am | Reply Kashish Mittal @Jagdamba: The solved problems of Krishna Series for Complex Integration and Calculus of Residues are enough. However some portions have to be done from almost all the chapters – the best way to make sure is to go through the syllabus and past year problems + Brilliant series to make sure what portion of a chapter needs to be done.flipkart. on July 24. but I would advise skipping tougher portions in the first go. on July 20. abstract algebra.wordpress. it may take longer (a week or so). kashishmittal.

and also it will be time saving for me if you or any one here will tell me the chapters to be covered from course of mathematical analysis (shanti narayan) and elements of real analysis (RAIsinghania) as i am going to start either of the two.blogspot.wordpress.should i still work on the topics else jump to new one? also the link http://thinking-alike. CSE 2009). thanking you vinay tiwari part IV (civil) ITBHU kashishmittal. 2011 at 7:30 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal There are some proofs which you do need to remember in Real Analysis. 2011 at 3:58 am | Reply vinay tiwari HIIIII Sir…… sir.should we write the physical interpretation in this method and also in solutions of laplace eqns?….com/2008/11/strategy-for-mathematics-as-optional-in. on July 26. The proof of Bolzano – Weierstrass theorem was once asked in UPSC mains.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 16/28 .html little confused me the authenticity of raisinghania as this guy talked about some Schaum series books by M R Spiegel saying the importance of applied approach to differential eqns. on July 27.com/2010/06/13/mathematics-part-2/ 51. I had consulted the blog by Prakash Rajpurohit (AIR-2.50.recently i have completed the ODE & partial DE…as it is my self study during the last topic method of characteristics i was feeling quiet uncomfortable from the point of view of getting feel of theory like what is characteristics strip? elementary cone? bt still i am able to solve the examples as well last years problems…. Here’s the link to that particular page: http://prakashrajpurohit. Thank You on July 27. For this.wordpress.g. 2011 at 6:09 am | Reply Hi. sunny Do we need to remember the proofs of almost all the theorems in Real Analysis or can we just concentrate on the problems ?? e.

2011 at 7:03 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal Thanks. For example for a 20 marks question.wordpress. I don’t have access to my books as of now but you can consult the syllabus plus past year papers & Brilliants to see what chapters you need to do from a particular book. I solved the examples/past problems on my own. so u can read it. In particular. I am sorry. 2011 at 10:41 am | Reply vinay tiwari sir can i do vector analysis from erwin kreyszig engg mathematics…………bt it seems that it doesnt have sufficient practise problems?? kashishmittal. but found it too involved – so i just structured the steps in my mind to solve a given question by this method (Just as you have written. However you don’t need to mention it in an answer unless it is asked.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 17/28 . on July 27. Prakash Rajpurohit (AIR-2. 2011 at 11:55 am | Reply Hi Kashish.wordpress. 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal I read the physical interpretation and derivation of method of characteristics. So ideally one should complete the question in about 8-9 mins (including thinking time) and give 3-4 mins to revise the answer. There is no need to remember or write the physical interpretation of method of characteristics. Raisinghania’s book for Diff Eqns. You can get a good idea of the time constraint by taking a good look at a previous year paper.on July 27. mathematics paper is generally lengthy. Sashi Kanth Congrats on your success! I wanted to ask you how much of a time constraint is there in the exam? Do you get time to think on the questions? on July 27. CSE 2009) has mentioned the chapters in his blog at this particular page: http://prakashrajpurohit. For solutions of laplace eqns the physical interpretation is relatively easy.com/2010/06/13/mathematics-part-2/ 52. you have (20/300)x180 = 12 mins. You just need to solve the question fully and get the correct answer. is very good and you will be able to do every question in the exam from this topic if you do the book well. 53. and this is pretty much what you need to do). on July 29. For the books you have mentioned (Calculus & Real Analysis).

as well some NCERT……. Sashi Kanth I wanted to get some practise problems to solve in test like conditions.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 18/28 .. The problems in the books immediately follow the relevant chapters so I was looking for some test papers etc. 2011 at 9:00 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal You can go to some good book store and try to get the book from there..wordpress.. but now as the placement session begins. Otherwise I didn’t get any coaching test papers. 54.ODE & PDE…. 2011 at 12:47 am | Reply Hi Kashish. you can consult any student of DIAS/DIPS from Jia Sarai.. 2011 at 12:07 am | Reply vinay tiwari same with shanti narayan sir…. on August 1.or have tried the least possible… because since i came college in last month 25june to 23 july days i have done quiet good job…. 56. you can use Briliant’s material or the past year papers to get more questions. on August 3..i am not able to devote that much of time… kashishmittal. I called up Jawahar book store and they said that they don’t keep any xeroxes of test papers. 2011 at 12:15 am | Reply vinay tiwari sir during the final year of the college have you kept yourself completely isolated from the placement programs……. on July 31.because krishna series is not available at flipkart…. Do you know any place in Delhi where I could get test series / tutorial papers of maths of DIAS / DIPS? Thanks a lot for all the help! on August 11..so i am referring to BT for examples…. Delhi.. Otherwise. and get them xeroxed. In case you do want them.it also has very few solved examples…. 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal I used to solve basically the past year papers only to do problems in test like conditions.since last week…. on August 1.thank you… 55.but conceptual knowledge is good….

Taking limit both sides in the equation. it is better that you do it with full focus and do not have extra burdens at hand. (ix_(n+1) < x_n for all n) From the above two. But it is necessary to prove the first two statements also. say l.on August 11. 2011 at 10:33 am MR I thought the last step(taking limits) was sufficient to show what is asked. Please suggest on August 12. because what is asked is only to show that the sequence converge to …. This is because in the last step you cannot assume that the sequence x_n converges. if you really want to write the UPSC exam dedicatedly. 2011 at 8:20 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal I did not sit for the placement session as it was quite time consuming and required extra preparation. you get the answer. on August 12. You first have to show that it converges.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 19/28 . 2011 at 8:31 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal It is a standard question of monotonic sequences. Also.wordpress. 57. 2011 at 11:17 am Kashish Mittal The last step is not sufficient to show what is asked. First you show that the sequence is bounded below ( as x_n is a positive square root therefore x_n > 0 for all n) Then you prove by Mathematical Induction that the sequence is monotonically decreasing.. on August 11. kashishmittal. The first two statements are necessary. to some finite limit (say. on August 3. 2011 at 12:02 pm | Reply MR can you explain the how to write the solution to question no 1(d) of paper 2 of mains maths 2010. you get that the sequence converges to a finite limit. l) and only then can you take limits both sides.

on August 5. then you can go through those coaching notes but only after you have done all the topics which are there in the syllabus. on August 6. Raisinghania’.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 20/28 . i was taught a number of other things regarding infinite products which i feel are not there in the syllabus. 2011 at 1:12 am | Reply ajay Hello Kashish.e. If you do find time. 2011 at 8:59 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal Infinite Product of Series is not mentioned directly in the syllabus. Sunny Could you please tell me if ‘Infinite Product of Series’ – Real Analysis. normal coordinate Chapter 8: Euler Dynamical equations Chapter 9: Hamiltonian Formation and Variational Principles Chapter 10: Motion of Top Please mention which chapter needs to be covered fully. I am new in preparation and could not make out the relevent portion of the book from the syylabus. 2011 at 12:40 pm | Reply Hi. Thank You on August 11. small oscillation.wordpress. the chapters are Rigid Dynamics Vol1: chapter 0: Moment of Inertia Chapter 1: D’Alembert Principle Chapter 2: Motion about a fixed axis Chapter 3: Motion in two Dimensions (under finite forces) Chapter 4: Motion in two Dimensions (under impulsive forces) Chapter 5: Conservation of Momentum and Energy Chapter 6: Initial Motion Chapter 7: Lagrange’s equations of motion. (You can leave such doubtful topics for the end – do them if there’s time left. thank you kashishmittal.) 59. is there in the syllabus? This topic is not covered in the Real Analysis book i. ‘Elements of Real Analysis by M. could you please mention the chapter we need to do in Rigid Dynamics Vol 1 and 2.D. What is given in the book is only ‘Cauchy’s Product of Infinite Series’ but at my maths coaching class. so I wouldn’t recommend spending a lot of time on that.58. Krishna publication.

The only thing that is required is full dedication and a desire to succeed. Also. on August 6. 2011 at 1:17 am | Reply ajay For Rigid Dynamics Vol 2: Chapter 1: Mechanics of a particle Chapter 2: Motion of a system of particles Chapter 3: Lagrangian Dynamics Chapter 4: Rigid body motion (including motion in three dimension) Chapter 5: Theory of small oscillation Chapter 6: Hamiltonian formulation.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 21/28 . Having said that.60. 2011 at 2:06 pm | Reply snoopy are books by western authors good for indian exams?herstein and kreyzig may have great theory but for the kind of exams we have aren’t the books by indian authors better?beyond krishna/s chand is there no other series around? on August 11.do guys from the local institutes stand a chance? on August 11.i heard there is no scaling in that exam because all are science optionals and so by default there is a level playing field. transformation and haimilton-jacobi theory Chapter 7: Motion of spinning tops and gyroscope Chapter 8: Mechanics of Continuous media thanks 61. 2011 at 9:38 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal This depends from topic to topic and book to book. The books I have mentioned above are kashishmittal.wordpress. i am planning to write IFos too next year. on August 6. as IFoS subjects are mostly science based. on August 6. so definitely there is a more level playing field than Civil Services exam. 2011 at 9:35 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal There are many candidates from engg.most kannadigas prefer the arts optionals and very few take maths/physics. even in Civil Services exam it is given extreme care that there is a level playing field across all subjects. colleges other than IITs/NITs who clear the UPSC Civil Services and IFoS exams.is it true?also i am not from an IIT/NIT and from an ordinary engineering college in karnataka. 62. 2011 at 8:09 am | Reply snoopy namaskara sir.

2011 at 10:06 pm snoopy thanks a lot mate. 2011 at 11:15 am Thanks for your wishes. it is generally seen that if you don’t do that well. could u plz answer my question regarding what to read in rigid dynamics books of krishna publication i already mentioned the name of the chapter in my previous post thanks kashishmittal. However. in my opinion you do not need to go beyond and look for other books and series. ?? 65.e.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 22/28 . Maths is still a good optional to take and one can score really well in Maths (compared to other subjects) if you have prepared it sufficiently.is there any scaling for maths optional in mains exam. problem 1(a) . on August 11.thanks for the encouragement and good luck to you! on August 12. . . the problem regarding eigen values . Kashish Mittal 63. .very good in terms of theory and problem coverage as far as the UPSC exam is concerned. 2011 at 5:18 am | Reply Aswini Kumar Dear Sir Hope u r fine by his grace. 2011 at 8:25 am | Reply sameer does anyone know how to solve the very first question of paper 1 in 2010 maths paper (ias) . 64.i. Therefore.wordpress. . Having said that. 2011 at 9:15 pm | Reply Kashish Mittal If you are one of the top scorers in Maths then the scaling is quite low. then you are more affected by scaling. on August 11. on August 13. 2011 at 6:48 am | Reply ajay hello kashish.i gather that you are 21-22 and this is your first attempt. on August 11. on August 9.

Some of the coaching institutes I came across on net are 1) http://www. hence requesting your advice. I definitely would not be able to go through multiple books in this short time.Chand’s Analytical Solid Geometry book : 1. Confocal Conicoids I will be thankful for ur reply and guidance. on August 17. on August 24. please recommend. K. on August 21.ims4maths.wordpress. General equation of the second degree 5. I am here asking one single source for everything on maths but due to serious time constraints. 2011 at 1:21 am | Reply Archana Aggarwal Can u please tell me as to which of the following chapters are to be prepared from S.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 23/28 .com 2) Analog 3) Brilliant tutorials Please advice which of these could give me best material for maths? Incase any other institute is better. 68. 2011 at 9:05 am | Reply Hi Kashish. I request your advice on which coaching institute’s material would be able to provide me – complete course material & also questions & answers for previous year papers (previous 5 years atleast) & also provide me enough solved examples & also practice questions/test series? Sorry. Congrates for ur superb success. 2011 at 12:49 am | Reply Hi Kashish. Dinesh Kumar Can u pls provide a breif solution for the question 1(a) in Maths 2010 paper – I ? Thanks in advance. kashishmittal. Aravinda HS I would be appearing for 2011 UPSC mains & have maths as one of my optionals. Plane sections of conicoids 3. Given that there is hardly 2 months. Generating lines of conicoids 4. Conicoids 2. I plan to go for corresponding course. 67.66.

I am reading I. 2011 at 1:27 pm | Reply heavenlyniceguy hi Kashish…i know u must be very busy…but i would be extremely grateful to you if you could remove some of my fears about Mathematics as an optional.wordpress. but i am not able to solve most of the unsolved exercises .are they necessary? 70.I have no problems following the book. shorter topics first? When should i start preparation for prelims GS> Kashish.Aravind 69. and as i have no guidance.N. on September 2. Please help me buddy. I asked Prakash Rajpurohit on his blog.and for the past 15 days i have been doing nothing but reading I. on September 6.N. as solving them is extremely time consuming.I took maths as my first optional. on September 6. I really like Mathematics and i am taking Math and Physics as my optionals. as u suggested that newbies should read it thoroughly at least 2-3 times. Do the books suggested by you need to be read from cover to cover? Am i doing the right thing or should i prepare from herstein later do other easier.What should i do in this respects???? 71.While going through the book u suggested for abstract/modern algebra “khanna and bhambri” .. i’d be highly highly obliged if you could allay my fears regarding Math as an optional. 2011 at 9:12 am | Reply kashishmittal. 2011 at 1:32 am | Reply koustav hello: i am a student of iit kgp . I am 28 years old and CSE 2012 would be my first and last attempt. given the time constraint i have. There are simply too many unsolved problems.i found out quite a number of mistakes(proofs that were either too arbitrary or illogical) in solved examples as well as in theorems . Is it necessary/helpful /important to solve the unsolved exercises?? Did you do them ?? Also..My sincere thanks to you in advance! . you are my final hope.Herstein as suggested by you.. and too little time. which topics should i give priority to while preparing as im starting from scratch. but got no repsonse.Herstein.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ vinay tiwari 24/28 .coz …the only problem i face in Math are the UNSOLVED problems(The unsolved exercises) .

i guess in 09 or 10. on January 10. Becasue iin maths paper numerical methods have transcendental equations to solve.they are also not explicitly mentioned in the syllabus too….wordpress.] 73.as i have not seen any question from these topics in exam………. 2011 at 8:30 am | Reply dilip those chapters have questions based on hyperboloids on which question was asked .. 2011 at 5:03 am | Reply Strategy for Maths from toppers' blogs [. on October 5.hiiii bhaiya…... on September 12. on September 20.should i also do next 2 chapters plane sections of conicoids & generating lines of conicoids…. 72. 2011 at 5:08 am | Reply MANINDER SINGH congrats for ur stupendous achievement…. So how will be do that? Please tell me it is very urgent you know it very well. Calc is allowed in the exam.one thing to ask…. Regards Ashish 74... abhish agarwal Please tell me if they allow use of calculator in the exam.] [.i have done solid geometry frm shanti narayan till conicoids……. If you havent figured out yet.sir i m taking maths and chemistry as optionals……i hv done btech in electrical from PEC Chandigarh……plz guide me the right coaching inst. on September 20.for maths can i join IMS …… plz refer me the blog of who has cleared ias with chemistry as optional kashishmittal. 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply Hi Abhish Ashish Modi I guess Kashish isnt replying because he might be busy with training.. 2011 at 8:37 pm | Reply Hi Kashish...com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 25/28 . for maths and chems……..

http://www. Santhosh Please let me know whether book in the below mentioned link is the right book for Statics and Dynamics.com/books/rbkcy94tdtebyc4v?_l=gWxQa0snNjHUHKJhnj_y0w– &_r=dVs56y2V%20FecwEVoIgmEJA–&ref=546e24de-f877-4cf5-a5c2-c1624b6648ba Regards. 2012 at 11:32 pm | Reply Naveen Hi sir. 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply kashishmittal.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ Naveen 26/28 . on May 20. The level of maths. Congrats on getting such a good rank in IAS. 2011 at 12:14 am | Reply Not much of a understanding concept Faith Ananthy Sundraraj 76. I am pursuing Civil Engineering at IIT Delhi and am about to complete my second year. I was good at maths during my JEE days and enjoyed it.flipkart. I am having economics and statistics as optionals. Thanks.75.wordpress. Santhosh 77. 2012 at 10:44 pm | Reply Hi. however in the IAS exam is of university level and I have not taken up any math courses at IIT Delhi (except the introductory ones). I am thinking about maths as one of my optionals. on February 4. on May 5. 78. Can you name a few blogs of previous year toppers who have taken these as optionals. Please advise whether I should consider maths as my optional or not. on May 17. Regards Naveen IIT Kharagpur 79. 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply Swappy Sir. on October 10.

2012 at 4:17 am | Reply Hi Kashish. 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply Neetu Tomar sir congratulations 4 ur success I really want to become an ias officer n want to crack it in 2013 with maths as an optional i can not afford for coaching so u r requested to plz plz plz help me out.forumotion. how good is Erwin Kreyszig for topics like Matrix.. Rahul kashishmittal. 2012 at 7:39 am | Reply shruti gupta hellloooo….com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 27/28 . Soham Das I am an Engineer. Rahul I am an ECE engineer and confused whether to take Physics or Maths as an optional.check out which university has the highest success rate in UPSC civil services exam and more only on http://iasstudycircle. 2012 at 9:37 pm | Reply Hi Kashish. i want to opt maths as my subject in ias mains so how can i star my prep for it…???? will wait for ur reply.. I am biased towards EK as I have done most of it. during Year 1 and Year 2 of Engineering. accordingly I have to take coaching from Oct session. Soham 81. Which would be more marks fetching ? As I have to give exam on 2013. on August 8. 82. I want to ask whether the books mentioned by u r sufficient n helpful in gud scoring without any coasching. Can you tell me. on May 20. on July 23.!!! 83. on August 2.in/t34p15-interesting-upsc-statistics 80. and have used Erwin Kreyszig extensively during my engineering days.i m currently doing btech from computer science in 2nd year.wordpress. Calculus etc… As you can see.

2012 at 9:07 am | Reply Hi Kashish.wordpress. Theme: MistyLook by WPThemes.com. on August 13. Rohit Jain can you please tell me the title of Thomas and Finney book? Comments RSS Blog at WordPress.com/2011/05/28/strategy-for-mathematics/ 28/28 . kashishmittal.84.

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