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JUNE 26TH, 2013


[Strategy] RAS 2013 Prelims: booklist, study material, approach, cutoffs, previous papers, syllabus of Rajasthan State & Subordinate Services Combined Competitive Exam
UPSC vs RAS Analysis of RAS-2012 prelims Rajasthans history and culture Indian History n Culture Geography World Geography India Geography Geography of Rajasthan Environment and Biodiversity (EnB) Economy Economy of Rajasthan Polity Rajasthan state polity/administration Rajasthan Public Policy Science & Technology Current Affairs and PIN Reasoning & Mental Ability Mental Ability Basic Numeracy Conclusion Appendix: Free study material, Download links Exam related Technical details: 2012s prelim paper Mains papers of 2008 and 2010 Cutoffs for 2012s Prelims Syllabus Notification for 2013s Exam Press Note regarding reforms in RAS exam RAS Specific Study material NCERT and NIOS (Essential/Core) India yearbook Softwares NCERT and NIOS (Peripheral)

first lets see how RAS is different from UPSC preliminary exam. Exam UPSC Two papers Prelim 1. General studies 2. Aptitude Total 4 hours and 200 questions. Separate essay paper No Only single paper that contains both General studies + Aptitude questions. 2 hours, 150 questions. Rajasthan


1. Separate qualifying paper for English 2. Separate qualifying paper regional language Four papers of General studies. 4 x 250=1000 marks. One optional subject (two papers) No

Single paper thatll contain 120 marks worth Hindi and 80 marks worth English =total 200 marks.

Three papers of general studies. 3 x 200=600 marks. No optional subjects. GS(Mains) paper contains maths, reasoning and statistics in its syllabus.

Analysis of RAS-2012 prelims

Entire question paper available in a separate article click me Unlike the UPSC CSAT-2013 paper, the RAS-2012 prelims paper had following differences: Very few Economy questions and all of them based on current affairs, number based. Very few Qs on polity and all of them centered on current affairs / Rajasthan. Environment biodiversity matter mostly GK and Rajasthan based. Science forms a major part, and mostly based on direct theory from conventional books. Current affairs form a significant part- including person in news, awards, events etc. Although, this time RAS has changed syllabus, included aptitude within GS Prelims paper. So, it remains to be seen whether they continue the old ways or not. Anyways, lets see how to approach individual topics as per the syllabus

Rajasthans history and culture

Start with the Social science / history textbooks of Rajasthan State education board. If you look at the syllabus of history in Rajasthan University, Jaipur: 1. BA History part 1=> paper 2 is about all History of Rajasthan (from Ancient to 1956). 2. MA History paper 5: Main trends in History and Culture of Rajasthan And as long as there are BA/MA history courses in Government colleges, there will be readymade guidebooks/digests for the individual papers, right? So I suggest you visit the bookstores dealing with college books, and inquire for the guidebooks for above papers- that should serve as your base material. Since RAS got hundreds of vacancies this time, the unscrupulous elements will recycle the same content from such BA/MA books and sell it as study-material for Rs.2000/5000/7000 rupees depending on your desperation. So apply your head, always stick to standard reference books- theyre cheaper and more reliable for competitive exams. Additional sources: Visit the sitemap of Rajasthan Governments tourism website. All these topics are covered in detail. ( Youll also find scattered information in NIOSs culture course, NCERTs, plus in Rajasthan state education boards textbooks. Here is the list of syllabus topics that you need to prepare: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Salient features of Architecture Forts and Monuments Arts, Paintings and Handicrafts. Fairs, Festivals, Folk Music and Folk Dances. Rajsathani Culture, Traditions and Heritage. Important Tourist Places. Major Landmarks in the History of Rajasthan, Major Dynasties, their Administrative and Revenue System. Socio-cultural Issues. Freedom Movement , Political Awakening and Integration Religious Movements, Saints& Lok devtas of Rajasthan. Leading Personalities of Rajasthan. Important Works of Rajasthani literature. Local Dilects

Indian History n Culture

This topic can be subdivided into Ancient Modern Culture Harappa, Vedic age etc. British Raj, freedom struggle etc. Jainism, buddism, culture, literature, panting, dance, music etc.

Medieval Delhi Sultanate, Mughal dynasty etc.

If you look at the old papers of RAS, the Indian history related MCQs are mostly General knowledge type. For example who defeated whom and when? So, in that regard NCERTs (under new syllabus) wont be of much help. Because they dont dwell much into such GK. (Although there is no harm in reading them, but on has to consider the time constrain). Besides, youve to Rajasthan state education boards textbooks for social science /history for preparing Rajasthans history and culture anyways. And even in those Rajasthan state board textbook, Indias history will be covered. If you need additional reference, consult General studies manual, otherwise just leave it there. for Indian culture, use NIOS course material. For modern history, go for A brief History of Modern India by spectrum publication. Itll also help for the mains as well. same book available in Hindi medium under title Adhunik Bharat Ka Etihas, Spectrum Bipin Chandra is also good, if youve the time and mood.

As per upsc syllabus As per RAS syllabus 1. Physical 2. Indian 1. World Geography 2. Indian Geography

3. World

3. Geography of Rajasthan

World Geography
Syllabus Broad Physical features Reference NCERT Class 6: chapter 2 to 6 NCERT Class 11: 3 to 7 NCERT Class 11, Chapter 13 and 14. Class 12 (Fundamentals of Human Geography) Chapter 8. Class 12 (Fundamentals of Human Geography) Chapter 6.

Environmental and Ecological Issues. Separate strategy given under the heading Environment and Biodiversity. International Waterways Major Industrial Regions

India Geography
Syllabus 1. Broad physical features and Major physiographic divisions. Reference NCERT Class 6, Ch.7 NCERT Class 9, Ch.1, 2 and 4 NCERT Class 11, Ch.1, 2 For this, you should refer following chapters from NCERT Geography and Science textbooks. NCERT Geography Class 8 Ch.4 NCERT Geography Class 10 Ch.4 NCERT Geography Class 11 Ch.6 NCERT Geography Class 12 (Funda. in Human geography) ch.5 NCERT Geography Class 12 (India people & Economy) ch.5 NCERT Science Class 7, ch.3 and 9 NCERT Science Class 8, ch.1 NCERT Science Class 9, ch.15 NCERT Geography Class 10, ch.5 NCERT Geography Class 12 (India people & Economy) ch.7 NCERT Class 10 ch. 6 and 8 NCERT Class 10 Ch.7 NCERT Class 12 (India people & Economy) Ch.10 NCERT Class 10 Ch.1 Separate strategy given under the heading Environment and Biodiversity.

2. Agriculture and Agro based Activities.

3. Minerals Iron, Manganese, Coal, Oil & Gas, Atomic minerals. 4. Major Industries and Industrial development. 5. Transportation major transport corridors. 6. Natural Resources. 7. Environmental Problems and Ecological Issues.

Geography of Rajasthan
In the NCERTs chapters under Indian geography, youll find scattered information about Rajasthan. Note it down separately. India Yearbook: refer to chapter 30: State and union territories =>Rajasthan. Youll find overview of Rajasthans geography, irrigation etc. But for MCQs, that information alone will not suffice. Therefore, Use Rajasthan State education board textbooks (preferably from Class 7 to 12) related to Social science and geography subjects and prepare the following topics. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Broad physical features and Major physiographic divisions. Natural Resource of RajasthanClimate, Natural Vegetation, Forests, Wildlife and Bio-diversity Major irrigation projects. Mines and Minerals. Population. Major Industries and Potential for Industrial Development.

Additional preparation for Rajasthan geography:

1. Major irrigation projects.

Chapter 15 Rajasthan State Five year plan. Raj. Mineral departments official website On the left hand side, there is a menu title mineral information, read the articles posted under it. Also prepare the overview/salient features of Rajasthans Mineral Development policy. Prepare the Rajasthan related statistics from Census 2011. available here also prepare Rajasthan vs. states (for example literacy, sex ratio) from Census 2011, with the help of internet. Use google to dig out SEZs and towns of export excellence in Rajasthan.

2. Mines and Minerals.

3. Population.

4. Major Industries and Potential for Industrial Development.

Environment and Biodiversity (EnB)

Unlike UPSC, the RAS doesnt contain separate topic of Environment and Biodiversity, but it is listed as a sub-topic, under World, Indian and Rajasthans geography. However, it should be separately prepared because Even in RAS-prelims-2012, there were quite a few questions from Rajasthan related environment related topics. it comes again in the mains syllabus and in past mains exams, theyve asked direct questions such as Explain environmental benefits of organic farming, Explain Eutrophication and so on. The foundation material for Environment biodiversity is NIOS (National institute for open schooling.) Also refer to following chapters of NCERT textbooks. NCERT Geography textbooks Geography Class6 Ch8 Geography Class7 Ch1 to 6 Geography Class8 Ch 2 and 5 Geography Class9 Ch5 Geography Class10 Ch2 Geography Class11 Ch4 and 5 Geography Class11 Ch 15 and 16 NCERT Other subject Textbooks Science Class7 Ch7, 16,17 and 18 Science Class8 Ch7 and 18 Science Class9 Ch14 Science Class10 Ch. 14 to 16 Biology Class12, Ch. 13 to 16 Chemistry class11, Ch.14 Economy Class11, Ch.9

Additionally prepare the objective/targets/salient features of following policies: What? From where?

Rajasthan State Environment Policy 2010 Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010 Rajasthan Solar energy policy

Also visit Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporations website ( and make the list of projects and schemes. for wildlife sanctuaries, national parks list, visit Rajasthan forest Departments page: for information on wildlife in individual national parks:

For let me list the unconventional topics from the RAS syllabus (free downloads @bottom) Accounting NIOS Accountancy, chapter 1 to 3

Concept, Tools and Uses in Administration e-Commerce

IGNOU BA Public Administration chapter on Accountancy in government. IGNOU MA Public Administration chapter on E-commerce.

Now coming to the conventional topics of economy: For RAS prelims, Economy is subdivided into three parts 1. Basic concepts 2. Indian Economy 3. Rajasthans Economy For topic #1 and #2, the sources are 1. NCERT Class 11, 12 (free download links @bottom). 2. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh (TMH Publication). Same Book in Hindi under title Bhartiya Arthvyavastha, Ramesh Singh 3. 4. newspaper, magazines. Prelim topic Subtopics as per official syllabus 1. Basic Knowledge of Budgeting, Public Finance, Fiscal policy How to prepare? NCERT Class 12 Macroeconomics, Chapter 5 Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, Chapter on public finance Ramesh Singh, chapter on Banking CRR, SLR, NBFC and related current affairs have been explained in NCERT Class 12 Macroeconomics, Chapter 2 Ramesh Singh, Chapter 2 Ramesh Singh chapter 2, 12, 13, 14 and 16. Ramesh Singh Chapter 21 Mrunals summary of Economic Survey Ch8, subtopic food Management. Ramesh Singh Chapter 7 1. Ramesh Singh ch.5 2. Also chapter 2 of Rajasthan states Five year plan. Ramesh Singh ch9 and 10 Mrunals summary of Economic survey chapter 8, 9 and 10. Contains scattered topics for example inflation, rupee depreciation, Foreign investment, IIP etc. so go through: 1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh 2. 3. keep an eye on newspapers 5. Economic Reforms and Liberalization NCERT Class 11 Indian Economic Development.

2. Banking, Monetary Policies

Basic Concepts of Economics16

3. National Income, Growth and Development 4. Stock Exchange and Share Market

5. Subsidies, Public Distribution System

6. Inflation- Concept, Impact and Control Mechanism 1. 5 Year Plans Objectives, Strategies and Achievements. 3. Major Sectors of EconomyAgriculture, Industry, Service and Trade- Current Status.

Indian Economic Development & Planning

4. Major Economic Problems and Government Initiatives.

1. Human Development Index Human Resource and Economic Development 2. Poverty and unemployment: Concept, Types, Causes, Remedies 3. (Poverty removal) Flagship Schemes. 4. Social Justice and Empowerment 5. Provisions for Weaker Sections.

Covered under my summary of Economic Survey ch13. available on Ramesh Singh chapter 22 Mrunals summary of Economic survey ch.13. Covered under Mrunals summary of Economic Survey ch13.

Youll have to again face these topics as GS Mains paper 1 under Economic Concepts and Indian Economy. Although in mains some new topics will also come for example Issue of NPA, Financial Inclusion, Tax Reforms in India, concept of Money supply. But pretty much all of them covered in the combination of: NCERT, Ramesh singh,

Economy of Rajasthan
For this, primary reference sources are 1. Budget speech of CM 2. Rajasthans Five year plan documents. 3. Newspaper. Additionally prepare the salient features of following: 1. Rajasthan Industrial and Investment Policy 2. Policy for the Registration and Protection of Geographical Indications of Goods in Rajasthan 3. Rajasthans Mineral Development policy While you read these topics, do make notes because same content is repeated in the syllabus of GS (Mains) paper 1 and 3. Prelim topics How to prepare? Goto Rajasthan Government s finance department website and Read following PDFs from Budget 2013-14: Macro overview of Economy. 1. Budget at a glance 2. Budget speech of CM Also Chapter 1 of Rajasthan state five year plan. Major Agricultural, Industrial and Service Chapter 10,11 and 15-18 of Rajasthans Five year plan. Sector Issues. Growth, Development and Planning. Infrastructure & Resources. Major Development Projects. Chapter 2,3 and 4 of Rajasthan state five year plan. 10, 16, 17, 18 Chapter 7 and 8 of Rajasthan state five year plan. this topic also re-appears in GS Mains paper 3 under the title Current sensitive issues. This includes Government Welfare Schemes for SC/ST/Backward Class/Minorities/Disabled Persons, Destitute, Women, Children, Old Age People, Farmers & Labourers. Refer to chapter 14, 20-28 of Rajasthan state five year plan, and prepare micro-notes or mindmaps containing following details about every scheme: 1)which department/ministry implements it? 2) who is the target beneficiary 3) salient features/benefits offered. State government would publish big colourful ads in the newspapers (usually before any elections),

Programmes and Schemes-

showing their achievements and schemes. do note down the information from there too.

As per the RAS prelims syllabus, polity can be further classified into 1. Indian Constitution related conventional topics e.g. Government of India Acts: 1919 and 1935, Nature of Indian Constitution; Preamble, Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles of State, Fundamental Duties, Federal Structure, Constitutional Amendments, etc. 2. Indian Political System and Governance e.g. CVC, NHRC etc. 3. Rajasthan state related polity e.g. CM, state assembly, HC etc.

For topic #1 and 2 listed above, read Indian polity by M.Laxmikanth. For Hindi medium, the same book is available under the title Bharat ki Rajyavyavstha, M.Laxmikanth. How to efficiently read M.Laxmikanth? 1. First you read the chapter on President, Vice President and immediately move to the chapter on governor. Then read on Emergency provisions. 2. Read chapter on PM and cabinet, then move to CM and state council of Ministers. 3. Chapter on Parliamentary system and then directly to parliament, but after budget topic is done pause this chapter and move to on CAG. Then come back and resume the chapter on parliament. 4. Once parliament is finished, move to State legislative assembly. 5. Supreme Court and then High court, tribunals. 6. Attorney Gen =>Advocate General 7. UPSC =>State PSC Finance Commission =>Planning Commission=>National Development council Now Centre State relation and Interstate relations. Election Commission=> chapter on election, Anti-defection All the National Commissions on Women, SC, ST,OBC, CVC, Lokpal and so on.

8. 9. 10. 11.

Once ^this is done. Move to 1. 2. 3. 4. Citizenship, Fundamental rights, DPSP, duties. Amendment of Constitution=> preamble Jammu Kashmir => Scheduled and Tribal Areas. UT, Panchayati Raj, municipalities

After ^this is done. Read whatever chapters are remaining. Ultimately Appendix for union-state-concurrent list, table of precedence etc. the mock MCQ questions given in Laxmikant.

Rajasthan state polity/administration

It includes 1. Governor

2. Chief Minister 3. State Assembly 4. High Court 5. Rajasthan Public Service Commission 6. State Human Rights Commission 7. State Election Commission 8. State Information Commission

The basic theory regarding power, function, appointment etc. remain one and same for all states, so refer to the relevant chapters in Indian polity by M.Laxmikanth. Also go through the Rajasthan state education boards social science / civics textbooks and prepare the relevant chapters. Sometimes the state PCS exams ask GK type questions from these topics also. For example who is the current State election Commissioner or How many judges are there in Rajasthan High Court etc. For such GK/current affairs, visit the official websites of those bodies and click on About us. but do that exercise, after youve finish the basic syllabus for the preliminary exam.

District Administration

Prepare the basic concepts, prepare chapter 15 to 18 from IGNOU BA Public Administration course code: BPAE-102. Because the same concent will also re-appear under GS Mains paper 1, subtopic Administrative System of Rajasthan. Also using internet find following: Find the total no. of districts in Rajasthan. recently created/merged/renamed districts 5th Schedule areas in Rajasthan. Cities of Rajasthan under Police Commissioner system.

After independence, many parts were merged in Rajasthan state during 48-56. RAS-prelims-2012, also contained question about it. So, prepare that list from:

Rajasthan Public Policy

For preliminary exam, public policy is a very vague topic for framing MCQs, unless they enter in GK type question for example: Rajasthan Forest policy was enacted in which year? or they might ask you MCQs from salient features of various policy but then there are so many polices, it starts becomes very time consuming to finish the syllabus. However, keeping the other topics from prelims and mains in mind, I would suggest you atleast prepare the salient features of policies given below. Economy related 1. Rajasthan Industrial and Investment Policy 2. Policy for the Registration and Protection of Geographical Indications of Goods in Rajasthan 3. Mineral Development policy Environment related 1. Rajasthan State Environment Policy 2010 2. Rajasthan State Forest Policy 2010 3. Policy for providing generation of Electricity from Biomass Agriculture/ rural Development related: 1. 2. 3. 4. State Water Policy State Livestock Development Policy Policy for Promotion of Agro-Processing and Agri-Business, 2010 Sector Policy for Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Sci-tech related

1. Rajasthans Biotech Policy 2. Rajasthans IT Policy you can download policy documents from You dont have to read the entire policy documents, just concentrate on the overview/salient-features/objectives of said policy and prepare notes out of it, for quick revision during Mains preparation. Lets move to next subtopic under polity: Rajasthan Citizen charter and Legal rights For Legal Rights, Prepare the salient features/overview/objectives of following: 1. Rajasthan Guaranteed Delivery of Public Services Act, 2011 2. The Rajasthan Right to Hearing Act, 2012 For Citizen Charter basics explained here And for Rajasthan so far 32 departments have already issued such charters. And Divisional Commissioner is empowered to transfer an employee, if he/she is found negligent in implementation of citizen charters. (Although itd be waste of time to prepare 32 departments citizen charters for prelims, so better just ignore or may be prepare a few big ones example state department for agriculture, social-justice, tourism etc. keeping the mains syllabus in mind.)

Science & Technology

The science technology (including environment-biodiversity), forms a significant part of Prelims as well as mains. In the RAS mains exam syllabus, GS Paper II worth 200 marks revolves around just two topics 1) Aptitude 2) Science-Tech. anyways, for the moment lets just concentrate on the topics to be prepared for prelims: Sources 1. 2. 3. 4. NCERT Class 7 to 10 science textbooks relevant chapters in Rajasthans five year plan and policies. (optional) Spectrums book on Science and Technology. Also available in Hindi medium under the title Vigyan Evum Prodhyogiki, Spectrum Editorial board How to prepare? For this refer to NCERT science textbooks class 7 to 10 For more reference, you may refer to NIOS course material for Science. Lot of stuff related to e-governance and ICT projects has been covered in my economy survey chapter 10 (part 3 of 5) article. available on for Rajasthan State governments e-governance projects e.g. E-SANCHAR, Aarogya Online etc. refer to Chapter 27 of Rajasthan states five year plan and simultaneously prepare notes on it because theyll be extremely useful for the mains. for more reference: chapter 9 and 10 for Spectrums book on Science and Technology. Space-tech related Current affairs compilation from 2012 to March 2013, already given in Copy paste its content in MS word file. Then whatever new thing happens, you update it in your word file. Defense related Current affairs compilation from 2012 to March 2013, already given in Copy paste its content in MS word file. Then whatever new thing happens, you update it in your word file.

Official syllabus topic Basics of Everyday Science.

Electronics, Computers, Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Space Technology including Satellites.

Defense Technology


Topic available in General studies manual And or chapter 9 and 10 for Spectrums book on Science and Technology. OR just google it. All you need is definition, principle and applications. Lot of Nano-tech applications already given under my Hindu-science tech summary articles, available on This already covered under NCERT science textbooks from class 7 to 10. Union governments schemes related to public health, already covered under three part article series in for Rajasthan governments schemes on public health (e.g. Mukhya Mantri Nishulk Dava Yojana, Mukhya Mantri Balika Sambal Yojana etc.) refer to Chapter 21 and 26 of Rajasthan states five year plan and simultaneously prepare notes on it because theyll be extremely useful for the mains. Strategy already given under the topic title environment and biodiversity. Foundation from NCERT+NIOS. Koyoto and various summits covered under Chapter 12 of Rajasthan states five year plan and simultaneously prepare notes on it because theyll be extremely useful for the mains.

Human body, Food and Nutrition, Health care

Environmental and Ecological Changes and its Impacts. Biodiversity

Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry Animal Husbandry with special reference to Rajasthan.

NCERT Botany class 12 Chapter 17 of Spectrums book on Science and Technology.

Overlaps with Geography chapters that I suggested earlier. Chapter 10, 11 and 12 of Rajasthan states five year plan and simultaneously prepare notes on it because theyll be extremely useful for the mains. For additional reference: Chapter 5 of Spectrums book on Science and Technology.

Development of Science and Technology in Rajasthan.

Chapter 19 Rajasthan states five year plan Keep an eye on newspapers. Also the Rajsthan Sci-tech departments website Also prepare salient-features/objectives of following policies 3. Rajasthans Biotech Policy 4. Rajasthans IT Policy

Current Affairs and PIN

Official syllabus mentions following: 1. Major Current Events and Issues of State(Rajasthan), National and International 2. Persons and Places in recent news 3. Games and Sports related Activities In 2012s RAS prelims paper, we can see lot of current affairs questions were asked. How to prepare national/international current affairs? Goto library, read whatever competitive magazine you get (CST, Pratiyoigta, Chronicle, Wizard) and note down important things in loose pages then file them under separate categories (person in news, books-authors, sports, international summit etc.). Ive already published compilation for important persons in news, books-authors and sport from 2012 upto March 2013. copy paste it in MS Word file and keep editing, updating as new developments take place. Current Affairs Rajasthan for this, you should follow a local daily newspaper. but in such newspapers, usually they tend to focus on masala and gossip news, cricket,Bollywood,local politics etc. but from exam point of view such things are not very important. from the newspaper, keep a habit of noting down following things in a separate file: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 1. 2. 3. 4. Creation/merger of departments/ministries/government organizations. New policies, schemes for agriculture, weaker section, education etc. Allocation by planning Commission. Any landmark judgments of the high court. any new bill/act in the state legislative assembly New government initiatives to bring more investment and boost economy, tourism. Signing of MoUs, New oil/gas plants or pipelines etc. SEZ allocation, building of new national highway/expressway etc.

Government related


Environment/science related

1. News related to wildlife, seasonal migration of birds etc. 2. news related to launching of projects for renewable energy, soil conservation, combating desertification etc. 1. Any athlete from the state, participating in an international level sporting event. 2. Any author/artist/sportsman from the state, getting state, national or international level award. 3. Death of any important person. (Business tycoon, author, dancer, writer etc.) 4. Location of any city where international or national level conference/event is being held. 5. Location of any place where military exercise is taking place.

Persons/places in news

Reasoning & Mental Ability

For reasoning, the book remains same as usual: A modern Approach to Verbal and Non-verbal reasoning by Dr. RS Aggarwal (S.Chand Publication). First finish the topics listed in the official syllabus: Logical Reasoning (Deductive, Inductive, Abductive) Topics as per official syllabus. 1. Statement and Assumptions, 2. Statement and Argument, 3. Statements and Conclusion, 4. Courses of Action. 5. Analytical Reasoning. If the time permits, also go through the first chapter (logic/syllogism) If youve already MK Pandeys Book (analytical reasoning) as part of your SBI PO preparation, then first understand the theory from part I of his book and then use RS Aggarwal as practice work. For additional practice, you may also use previous years IBPS/Bank PO papers. RS Aggarwals book: Section II (Logical deduction), chapter No. 2 to 8. Approach

Mental Ability

Topics as per official syllabus. 1. Number series 2. Letter series 3. Odd man out 4. Coding-Decoding 5. Problems relating to Relations

Approach (RS Aggarwals book) 1, 16 10 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 and 6

6. Shapes and their sub sections. Non-verbal reasoning section: chapter 4,7,14. In above topics, there is hardly any theory or formulas. The only way to attain speed and accuracy is through practice. So do all the sums from those chapters of his book. Once this is done, also get an overview of other chapters of his book as well. Reasoning For GS Mains! Curiously, RAS even has reasoning topic in its GS (Mains) Paper 2 syllabus. It contains all of the topics mentioned above + Venn Diagrams. For Venn Diagrams, do following Chapter #9 of RS Agarwal. But it only deals with Logical venn diagram and not maths based venn diagrams (e.g. in a society 30 people drink coffee and 40 drink tea then..) so for that type maths based Venn diagrams, either refer NCERT maths class 11 chapter 1 or go through your quantitative aptitude book.

Basic Numeracy
The syllabus mentions very basic level topics. Use whatever book youve for quantitative aptitude (RS Aggarwal, Tyra, Sarvesh Kumar anything is fine) and prepare topic listed in the official syllabus viz. Official syllabus Elementary knowledge of Mathematical analysis. Statistical Analysis Number System Order of Magnitude Ratio and Proportion Percentage, Simple and Compound Interest Data Analysis (Tables, Bar diagram, Line graph, Pie-chart). What to prepare? Practice BODMAS, surds-indices related questions Averages. + Basic formulas for mean, median and mode and definition based question. For this refer NCERT Class 11 Statistics, Chapter 1 to 4. HCF, LCM, remainders. Comparison of fraction. NCERT Class 7 Chap 2, 9. NCERT Class 8 Chap 13. then practice sums from your quantitative aptitude book. All these can be easily solved once your basic concepts of % is clear. go through This portion doesnt have much theory or formulas. (Except for the pie-charts). Hence the only way to improve speed and accuracy is through practice. So, Practice the Data interpretation (DI) cases from previous years SSC CGL and BankPO question papers. The DI questions BankPO require very lengthy calculations, but I dont think thatll be the case with RAS.

Do not just stop ^here. Because the RAS Mains GS paper II also has maths topics in its syllabus- Including Time and Work, Time, Speed and Distance, area-volume-perimeter! So while youre in the momentum, try to finish them as well. Dont just read the sums, solve them on your own. Otherwise in the exam, youll make silly mistakes while plugging the values in the equations and silly mistakes in calculations. do maintain a diary: whatever formulas, shortcut techniques, special type of questions you come across, note them here. Even note down whatever mistakes you make while solving sums- to prevent them from happening in future.

1. Good or bad, whatever was your experience with UPSC CSAT 2013, leave it there and start preparation with a fresh mind.

2. Dont be in overconfidence that just because Ive cracked xyz exam earlier so this is a pappu exam for me. Competition is merciless, reading-revision is necessary. 3. If youve applied for this exam, then focus on your studies only. Dont waste time in day-dreaming, facebook, orkut, random net surfing, chatting, TV, cricket, weddings of distant relatives etc. Time-pass activities will always be there, but once you cross the age-limit, there is no restart button. (This rule applies to all competitive exams.) 4. When you get bored reading General studies, then solve maths / reasoning questions. when you get bored with maths / reasoning, then resume your General studies preparation. 5. I cant do maths or I cant do science, yeh mujse nahi hoga, woh mujse nahi hoga= these are all losers excuses. Im not from a good college/ Im not from English medium =these are all inferiority complexes. Success in Government recruitment exams only depends on your score in written exam and interview. So, avoid losers excuses and inferiority complexes and commit yourself to the hardwork and leave rest in the hands of God.

Free study material, Download links

RAS Exam related Technical details: courtesy: Mr.csl80 for these details.

2012s prelim paper

Mains papers of 2008 and 2010 Cutoffs for 2012s Prelims Syllabus Notification for 2013s Exam Press Note regarding reforms in RAS exam

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Go to this link and download whatever PDFs you require:

RAS Specific Study material

1.Rajasthans Five year plan document 2.Rajasthans Budget 3.Accountancy and related material 4.District Administration

NCERT and NIOS (Essential/Core)

Go to following link: Youll find the material organized in various folders. Click on individual folder and download zip files. Here is the description about the contents of individual folder: Folder History Comment Contains NCERT history chapters from class 7 to 12, in three zip files: ancient, medieval and Modern +NIOS Culture material Contains class 7 to 10 NCERT Science in three zips: physics, chemistry, biology. +NIOS Science material. (although there will be lot of overlapping) Class 11, 12 Science books given in the peripheral section below. Contains selective chapters from class 6 to 12 from science and geography textbooks that are relevant for Environment and biodiversity. +NIOS material for environment and biodiversity EnB. Contains NCERT class 11 + NCERT 12 Macro economics




+NIOS economy material. Class 12 Micro-economics not included because not worth the time for CDS. Although download link in the peripheral section below.


Contains NCERT class 6 to 12 in five zip folders: physical, India, World, Agro and glossary. +NIOS material on geography (although lot of overlapping)

India yearbook
Earlier government used to upload free PDF files for India yearbook (e.g. India 2010, India 2011 etc.) But for the RAS prelims, you should prepare a few static topics for it, from MCQ point of view. so, just download the India 2011 edition click me And read chapter following chapters 1.Land and the People 2.National Symbols 3.The Polity (for polity) 20 Justice and Law (for polity segment) 30. State and UT (for geography related questions, also give specification attention to Rajasthan topic under it.)

1. Majority of these PDF files provides direct copying of text. => That means you can use Mrunals autonotemaker to quickly make notes and mindmaps out of it, just use mouse cursor to highlight a particular line /phrase and my software will copy its text in a separate file. for more instructions click me 2. Foxit PDF reader. (necessary prerequisite for using Mrunals autonotemaker) click me

NCERT and NIOS (Peripheral)

Read these if depending on your time and mood. NIOS Single folder contains many courses from NIOS: sociology, political science etc. download as per your time, mood and requirement. NCERTs Biology Chemistry Chemistry Economics Economics Economics Physics Physics 12 Biology 12 Chemistry 1 12 Chemistry 2 12 Introductory Microeconomics 9 Economics for Class 9 Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download Download

10 Understanding Economic Development Class X Social Science Download 12 Physics 1 12 Physics 2

Political Science 12 Contemporary World Politics Political Science Class 12 Political Science 12 Political Science 2 for Class 12 Political Science 11 Political Theory Political Science Class 11 Political Science 11 Indian Constitution at Work Political Science Class 11 Political Science 7 Political Science 8 Social sci. Sociology Sociology Sociology Social and Political Life Part 2 Class 7 Social and Political Life Class 8

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24 comments to [Strategy] RAS 2013 Prelims: booklist, study material, approach, cutoffs, previous papers, syllabus of Rajasthan State & Subordinate Services Combined Competitive Exam

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vikas amrutitya
Reply to this comment Is candidate outside the Rajasthan state eligible for the exam?

Reply to this comment you are asking or telling?

vikas amrutitya
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Reply to this comment sir UPSC mains strategy please

Reply to this comment sir has upatd it.have a look

Reply to this comment that strategy was updated long back i know after prelims, but its not detailed much and mrunal has said he will give more comprehensive strategy soon esp. for GS 4.. and booklist for some other topics r missing too


Reply to this comment Yes.I too am waiting to pump up my prep with his detailed strategy. Mrunal sir waiting for the detailed strategy

Reply to this comment Dear Mrunal Bhaiya ! Thank you very much from core of my heart for the fantastic work you have done to guide so many RAS aspirants like me,the best part of your guidance is the CONFIDENCE it gives to the students,it is so well organized & planned,that we couldt have ask for more. do, keep guideing student community to achive their desired goals.thank you once again.!

Reply to this comment Ras prelims has two topic rght? 1) G stuides and g science

Reply to this comment Can non-rajasthanis apply for this ?

Reply to this comment sir when can we expect the same kind of article of upsc mainsrequest you to please issue article for it

Reply to this comment Hatts off for ur hard work Mrunal, Brilliant Article :) :D

Reply to this comment How many seats are for General Candidates in this State Exam as there is nothing mentioned about it ?

Reply to this comment Hi Mrunal Nice analysis , doing wndrful job dear. I m a upsc aspirnt , hv to ask u dat if I write notes in fb/Hinglish lnguage (hv read in 1 f ur artcl reltd 2 nots mkin)den wont it b harmful 4 me in writn Mains papr as i wud inculcat d habit f writn too short Plz do reply as per ur knwldg bout psycholgy f humn mind , thnx in advnc :)

pankaj K.
Reply to this comment mpsc mains stretegy . please.

pankaj K.
Reply to this comment sir mpsc mains studyplan ? please.

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Hii Pankaj k, from which state u belong? I hav also cleared MPPCS pre..

Reply to this comment Thnx a ton sir.for ur valuable information..god bless u.

Reply to this comment plz explain study plan of kpsc(Karnataka)

pankaj K.
Reply to this comment Hi Abhineet I am from Maharashtra.

Reply to this comment pankaj bhai kaha se ho? mpsc ka result kab tak aayega?

rajesh kumar yadav

Reply to this comment mrunal sr pls give the details of up review officer

Reply to this comment Hello Sir Can you please provide some information about Haryana civil services??

digvijay singh
Reply to this comment can anyone tell the number of attempts for general category candidate in ras???????