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About The Civil Services Examination
The Civil Services Examination Comprises Two Successive Stages:
(i) Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination (Objective Type) For The Selection Of
Candidates For Main Examination; And
(ii) Civil Services (Mains) Examination (Written And Interview) For The Selection Of
Candidates For The Various Services And Posts
Scheme And Subjects For The Preliminary And Main Examination.
A. Preliminary Examination:
The examination Shall Comprise of Two Compulsory Papers Of 200 Marks Each.
(i) Both The Question Papers Will Be Of The Objective Type (Multiple Choice
(ii) The Question Papers Will Be Set Both In Hindi And English. However, Questions
Relating To English Language Comprehension Skills Of Class X Level Will Be
Tested Through Passages From English Language Only Without Providing Hindi
Translation Thereof In The Question Paper.
B. Main Examination:
The Written Examination Will Consist Of The Following Papers:
Qualifying Papers:
Paper A: (One Of The Indian Languages To Be Selected By The Candidates From The
Languages Included In The Eighth Schedule To The Constitution). 300 Marks
Paper B: English 300 Marks
The Papers On Indian Languages And English (Papers A And Paper B) Will Be Of
Matriculation Or Equivalent Standard And Will Be Of Qualifying Nature. The Marks
Obtained In These Papers Will Not Be Counted For Ranking.

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Papers to Be Counted For Merit:
Paper I: Essay 250 Marks

Paper II: General Studies-I 250 Marks
(Indian Heritage And Culture, History And Geography Of The World And Society)

Paper III: General Studies-II 250 Marks
(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice And International Relations)

Paper IV: General Studies-III 250 Marks
(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster

Paper V: General Studies-IV 250 Marks
(Ethics, Integrity And Aptitude)

Paper VI: Optional Subject-Paper 1 250 Marks

Paper VII: Optional Subject-Paper 2 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written Test): 1750 Marks
Personality Test: 275 Marks
Grand Total: 2025 Marks
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Candidates May Choose Any One Of The Optional Subjects From
Amongst The List Of Subjects Given Below:
List Of Optional Subjects for Main Examination:
(i) Animal Husbandry And Veterinary Science
(ii) Anthropology
(iii) Botany
(iv) Chemistry
(v) Civil Engineering
(vi) Commerce And Accountancy
(vii) Agriculture
(viii) Economics
(ix) Electrical Engineering
(x) Geography
(xi) Geology
(xii) History
(xiii) Management
(xiv) Mechanical Engineering
(xv) Medical Science
(xvi) Philosophy
(xvii) Physics
(xviii) Political Science And International Relations
(xix) Psychology
(xx) Public Administration
(xxi) Sociology
(xxii) Statics
(xxiii) Zoology
(xxiv) Literature Of Any One Of The Following

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili,
Malayalam, Manipuri, Marathi, Nepali, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil,
Telugu, Urdu and English.

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Preliminary Exam Paper 1 (General Studies)

About the Exam:
Total Marks - 200
Total No. of Question (Objective) - 100
Marks for Each Question - 2 M
Negative Mark - 0.67 i.e. 1/3 rd of the Marks allotted to the Question.
Contents to be Covered for Preliminary Exam (Paper-1):
Current Events of National and International Importance for the Academic
Year. . Suppose if you are Going to Write Exam in 2015 then Events from
(June 2014 - July 2015) Should be Covered.

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 & Technology

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Without any Confusion the Subjects for Paper-1 can be sorted out as:
S.No Subject
1 Current Events for the Academic Year
2 History
3 Polity
4 Geography
5 Economy
6 Environmental Studies
7 General Science & Technology

Some Tips and Guidelines Regarding General Studies (Prelims) :
Preparation should be started in such a way that you should dont have a
doubt about clearing the examination.
The Important thing you have to keep in mind and start Preparation is think
that This is My First & Last Attempt for the Exam however I have to clear
the exam this year.
Self Confidence is must for an aspirant tell yourself that Yes I Can .
Dont Loose Hope at any Cost.
Dont Ever think & Worry about the Rumors regarding Cutoffs, Dates and
Results etc, Prepare Yourself in such a way that I am the One Who is
Going to Crack Exam irrespective of the situations what all going on in the
The most important thing is that so many aspirants having a major doubt
regarding Starting of preparation (where to start and with what subject we
have to start first). Dont Stuck Like this and waste your time in thinking.
Whatever may the subject you wanted to start but foundation should be
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NIOS and NCERT play a Major Role in Building up the Basics for Your
Preparation. One Thing Can be Said Straight Away that these two Covers
30-40 % of General Studies (Prelims).
Conceptualized Studies are Important, If you start understanding the
concepts for each of the subjects, the preparation for Prelims should be
more or less be the Preparation of Mains as well. (Teamwork Strategy)
Solve the Previous year Papers and Practice more and more Mock Tests
because Solving Questions and analyzing is more important than
reading new books further.
The Main Plus Points in Practicing Mock Test/ Model Papers are :
i. You can be able to manage time in better way and can get an idea
for which topic how much time you are taking to solve.
ii. Gives you a better idea on which questions to attempt and which
questions to leave.
iii. One will not feel tensed or any sort of anxiety when you are going
to attempt Prelims because you can feel like you are going to
write another mock test.
Anyways Subject wise Clarifications will be done and we will provide you the
things from basic level including NCERT & NIOS.
Guidance along with materials will be done in Teamwork-2015 Group as like
we did before in Teamwork-2014 Group.
He only thing you have to Do is Smart Work, No need to Study 10-12 Hours
per day. Smart study of 5-6 hours is enough.
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Here is the Analysis of Question Paper (Prelims Paper-1) 2013, we cannot
Guess how many questions we are going to get in next exam . . UPSC wont
reveal this info ever . . .Just to Have a Idea we are showing you this.

Subject wise guidance and how to approach towards each subject will be
given according to schedule.

Questions Asked Topic Wise
Geography - 19
Economy - 18
Polity - 17
History - 16
Environment & Ecology - 7
General Science & Technology -
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General Studies Economics (Prelims)
This Subject Include Economics & Social Development, Sustainable
Development, Social Sector Initiatives, Poverty, Inclusion etc.,
Chances of Getting 18-20 % of Question from Economy in Preliminary
Exam (Paper-1).
As I Said in Previous Articles that Basics should be strong to get a Grip over
the particular subject here also mentioning about BASICS because there is a
chance of asking Questions Directly from Basics (NIOS and NCERT).
Start with NIOS and NCERT (VIII to XII) its my humble suggestion to
you all Dont Ever Neglect NCERT In Case of Economics.
Concentrate much on Micro and Macro Economics.
For Easy mode of Study Categorize the Economics part into :
i. Indian Economy
ii. Growth and Development
iii. Micro and Macro Economics
iv. Money, Banking & Public Finance
Running Notes must be prepared basing on the News Daily (To know about
the Current things Happening and this will be helpful for Current Affairs).
The Economic Survey of India , The Budget and Indian Year Book Plays a
Prominent Role while Preparing for Economics (Prelims and Mains too).
Better to Have Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh textbook which is in
Easier Manner to Understand.
If Possible Subscribe for anyone of Monthly Magazines (Pratiyogita Darpan,
Yojana or Fronline etc.,) Soft Copies will be provided in Teamwork.
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Contents To Be Covered:
Planning, Growth and Development
Industry and Infrastructure
Poverty, Social Security and Sustainable Development
Money and Banking
Insurance and Security Market in India
External Sector of India
International Economic Organizations & India
Tax Structure & Public Finance in India
Human Development in India
Dont Worry about Economics Preparation if you are good at NCERT in
Economics then more than 50% will be covered for Exam mainly in (Micro and
Macro Economics).
Important thing is that you have to go through Economic Terminologies Daily
atleast for (10-15 mins) while Preparing for Economy.
Each and everything will be Discussed and Guided in Perfect manner when we
start up with Coaching.
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Books That will be Uploaded in Group Regarding Economics:
NIOS Economics
Textbooks Will Be Uploaded (Standard)
Economic Survey of India
The Budget
Monthly Magazines (PD)

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General Studies Polity (Prelims)
Indian Polity is the Study of Structure of the Government. The Importance
of Indian Polity lies in Understanding the Political and Administrative
System of the Country.
Polity deals with the study of Government Machinery including Union,
State and Local Level Administrative System.
Governance The Functioning of the Government and how it provides
Service to the Citizens. In Brief it is the Action of Government or the
Manner of Governing a State.
Chances of Getting 15-17% of Questions in Preliminary Exam (Paper-1).
First Thing to Do before Starting Preparation is complete the NIOS notes on
Political Science.
Complete NCERT from IX to XII to get Basics.
The main phobia for many of the aspirants is Regarding articles and
Amendments, Need not to worry about this . . ,the thing you have to do is
while you Prepare Running notes for any particular topic, for suppose if you
are doing with Union & its Territory topics today then the Articles Related
to this Topic should be Sorted out by you. (Topic Wise Articles will be
provided by Teamwork).
Revision of Articles & Amendments should be Done Daily (10 Mins).
One should go through with Newspaper Daily (The Hindu).
Although we provide You Some E-books in Group but One Should have
Hard Copy as this is a Core Subject For Mains also. So I suggest you to go
along with Laxmikanth (or) D.D.Basu.
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Contents To Be Covered:
Making and the Salient Features of the Constitution.
Preamble of the Constitution
Union & its Territory
Fundamental Rights & Duties
Directive Principles of State Policy
President, Vice-President & Governor
Prime Minister, Council of Ministers.
Supreme Court, High Court & Subordinate Courts
Chief Minister & State Legislature
Centre- State & Inter-State Relations
Panchayati Raj
Urban Local Governance
Comptroller & Auditor General of India
Attorney General & Solicitor General of India
Union Public Service Commission (UPCS)
Finance Commission
Election Commission
Administrative Reforms Commission
Provisions in the Constitution of India For Scheduled Caste, Scheduled
Tribes, Minorities and Disabled etc.,

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Books To Be Uploaded In Group Regarding Polity:
NIOS Political Science
Teamwork Note on Indian Polity
Two Standard Text Books on Polity will be uploaded and Due to Copy
Right Act we will upload them in Different Manner.
Hard Copy for Polity is Must because it will be Useful in Mains Preparation
also, so I Suggest You All To have the Wonderful Book M.Laxmikanth.

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General Studies History (Prelims)

Chances of Getting 15-18 % of Questions in Preliminary Exam (Paper-1).
Few of the aspirants will treat History as a Boring Subject because of
remembering Dates, Names and all etc, .
You can Prepare for History in Easier Manner Bye Dividing the Subject into
three categories as everyone knows well :
i. Ancient History
ii. Medieval History and
iii. Modern History
Before Start up with Preparation Go through NIOS and NCERT (Old) for
basics. As I Said Earlier these tow things majorly covers 30-40 % of Syllabi
for Prelims Part. Basics are the Building Blocks of your Preparation.
After Starting Preparation Make your own Running Notes (Years, Names of
Battles, Major Dynasties, Literatures and Some Rulers etc,) which will be
useful at Revision Time.
Running Notes Should be In such a Manner that for suppose if you spend 1
hour for a Topic like Prehistoric Period in Ancient History then at the time
of Revision the same topic should be completed in just 10-15mins.
Maintain Separate Notes in Order of Ancient, Medieval and Modern
You should be in a Position to List out the Contents (Chronology) of
History from Ancient to Modern as According to Year Wise.
It Will Be Easier if you go on with Preparation as like the Contents Listed
out below in Respective Manner.

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Contents To Be Covered:
I. Ancient History:
Prehistoric Period
Indus Valley Civilization
The Vedic Age
Later Vedic Age
The Sangham Age
Rise of Mughal Kingdom
Buddhism & Jainism
The Mauryan Empire
The Age of Gupta
The Post-Gupta Period

II. Medieval India:
Religious Movements of Medieval India
The Sultans of Delhi
The Mughal Empire
Later Mughals
Vijayanagara Empire & Bahamani Kingdoms
The Advent of Europeans
The Maratha Age
Decline of Mughals
Beginning of European Settlements

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III. Modern History:
British Conquest of India
Economic and Commercial Policies
The Revolt of 1857
Brahmo & Arya Samaj
Indian Freedom Struggle
Pre-Congress Nationalist Organization
Indian National Congress
Rise of Revolutionary Terrorism
Swadeshi Movement
Muslims League
First World War and Freedom Struggle
Gandhian Era
Rowlatt Act
Non Cooperation Movement
Simon Commission
Peasant Movements and Revolutionary Terrorism
Civil Disobedience Movement
First and Second RTC
Growth of Socialist Forces
Muslims League and Communalism
Quit India Movement
Independence and Partition
These Contents are given to get an Idea Regarding What is What.
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The Pictorial Representation of Contents in History:

Running Notes Should Get an Order as like Mentioned in Above Figure.
Books that will be Uploaded in Teamwork Group Regarding History:
Ancient History NCERT(OLD)
Medieval History NCERT (OLD)
Modern History NCERT (OLD)
New NCERTs (VI to XII)
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Teamwork Notes on Ancient, Medieval & Modern History.
A Book on History by Tamilnadu Board.
Indian Struggle for Independence Bipin Chandra
India After Gandhi Ramachandra Guha
These books we will Supply in Group and Apart from this If anyone
cannot Read through Laptop (or) PC (or) Tabs they Can Purchase these
Bipin Chandra
And Regarding Magazines we will try to Upload Monthly
Magazines (PD, Yojana etc.) along with Current Affairs.

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General Studies Environmental Science (Prelims)
Environmental Studies is a major Section in Preliminary Exam (Paper-1),
Year by Year questions from this topic are increasing.
Environmental Studies can be mainly categorized for Prelims as :
1. Environmental Ecology
2. Bio Diversity
3. Climate Change
The Pictorial representation of contents in brief to be covered:

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For basics regarding Environmental Studies on Must go through NIOS first
and then NCERT (IX to XII).
Environmental Studies comprises some part of Geography and Science and
Technology so my suggestion to Start Preparing for Environmental Studies
after the completion of Geography & Science and Technology.
Go along with Newspaper Daily and Magazines like Terra Green & Down
to Earth.
Prepare for Mains too along with Prelims in Case of Environmental Studies
because only less contents regarding this in Mains.
We will try to cover each and everything when we start up with coaching in
Teamwork, so dont worry about it.
Biodiversity & its Conservation
Social Issues & Environmental Pollution
Environment Movement
Natural Resources
Environmental Policies
National & International Initiatives on Environment
Disaster and Disaster Management
Energy & its Conservation
Better to go along with Shankar IAS notes covers (Prelims & Mains)
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Books To Be Uploaded In Group Regarding Environmental Studies:
NIOS Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies Ebook by Erach Bharucha
Shankar IAS Academy Notes

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General Studies General Science (Prelims)
General Science Questions will test the Candidates Awareness of the
Development in the fields of Space, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology,
Computers and Robotics etc.,
Chances of getting 20-25 % of Questions from General Science Part in
Preliminary Exam (Paper-1).
General Science mainly Comprises of :
i. Physics
ii. Chemistry
iii. Biology
iv. Science and Technology
The important things for General Science one Must have Indian Year Book
and should go through Hindu Newspaper (Science & Technology column
on every Thursday), Science Reporter etc., and maintain running notes
according to it.
No changes regarding Basics NIOS and NCERT are Must.
Things in Brief to be covered in General Science:
I. Physics :
Sound & Optics
Modern Physics
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II. Chemistry :
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry
Physical Chemistry

III. Biology :
Cell Biology
Human System & Diseases
Biological Diversity
Plant Biology
Animal Kingdom

IV. Science & Technology :
Space Research
Atomic and Defense Research
Oceanographic and Antarctic Research
Information Technology
Computers and Robotics
Indias Policies and Nuclear Programmes
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Before Starting Preparation go Through NCERT first as like Mentioned Below
and then have a look over NIOS General Science.
NCERT VI: Science & Technology
1. Our Earth
2. Our Environment
3. Nature of Matter
4. Separation of substance
5. Change around us
6. Measurement
7. Characteristics and classification of the Living
8. Structure and Function of Living Organism
9. Force and Motion
10. Work and Energy
11. Health and Hygiene

NCERT: Science & Technology
1. Life on Earth
2. Water a wonder liquid
3. Structure of matter
4. Acid, Bases and Salts
5. Measurement
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6. Organization in the Living world
7. Sustenance of the individual
8. Control and coordination in organism
9. Reproduction
10. Heat and Temperature
11. Light
12. Sound
13. Electric Charge at rest
14. Our Food
15. Health and Disease
NCERT VIII: Science & Technology
1. The Universe
2. Soil
3. Air
4. Transformation of Substance
5. Structure of Atom
6. Metals and Non metals
7. Carbon
8. Cell Structure and Functions
9. Microorganism
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10. Refraction of Light
11. Electricity and Magnetism
12. Source of Energy
13. Common Disease
14. Food Production and Management Basic Practice
NCERT IX: Science & Technology
Chemistry: Matter Nature and Behavior
1. Measurement in science and Technology
2. Nature of Matter
3. Structure of Atom
4. Classification of Elements
5. Chemical Bonding
6. Chemical Reaction
Physics: Motion, Force and Work
1. Motion
2. Force
3. Gravitation
4. Work, energy and Power
5. Heat
6. Wave Motion and Sound
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Biology: Organization in the Living Cell
1. Cell and Cell structure
2. Tissue in Plants and Animals
3. Diversity in the Living world
4. Food, Nutrition and Health
5. Human Disease
NCERT X: Science & Technology
1. Chemical Reaction and Equations
2. Acids, Bases and Salts
3. Metals and Non Metals
4. Carbon and its compounds
5. Periodic Classification of Elements
1. Life Processes
2. Control and Coordination
3. How to Organism reproduce?
4. Heredity and Evolution
1. Light: Reflection and Refraction
2. Human Eye and Colorful world
3. Electricity
4. Magnetic Field of Electric current
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5. Source of Energy
6. Our Environment
Books To Be Uploaded in Group Regarding General Sciences:
NIOS General Science
Material on General Studies by One of the Coaching Institute
Monthly Magazines
Hindu Daily along with Specific File Regarding Science and Technology
Column on Every Thursday

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