Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Karnataka Govt to sponsor more candidates from weaker sections for private UPSC coaching

The number of poor and meritorious candidates from the weaker sections in the Karnataka State qualifying for the Government-sponsored pre-examination training for Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) civil services exams in reputed private coaching institutes across the country is likely to go up during 2015-16.

Poor candidates from backward classes, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes (SC and ST) and minorities planning to appear for the civil services exams will not only be provided training in reputed coaching centres in New Delhi, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Belagavi for a duration ranging from seven to nine months, but will also be entitled for a monthly stipend.

Principal Secretary to Department of Backward Classes Welfare Shalini Rajneesh said the entrance test to select suitable candidates from the backward classes is likely to be held in May. “We are planning to double the number of candidates to undergo pre-examination coaching for civil services this year. About 250 candidates were selected for training last year. This year, we are targeting 500,” she said.

Similiarly, Ms Archana, Director of Pre-Examination Training, Social Welfare Department, said the number of SC and ST candidates undergoing civil services coaching is expected to go up this year.

Director, Directorate of Minorities, Mr Akram Pasha told The Hindu that about 80 candidates from minority communities were selected for coaching last year out of the 1,200, who appeared for the entrance test. The Directorate is seeking to add more numbers this year.

All the three departments – Backward Classes Welfare, Social Welfare Department and Directorate of Minorities – are shortly expected to invite online applications. Exams are likely to be conducted by the Centralised Admission Cell of the Education Department.

Candidates from the Backward Classes can contact 080-22374836, SC and ST category can contact 080-22253783 while minority community candidates can contact 080-22863617 for more details and eligibility criteria.


Name of Institution, course fee per candidate, monthly stipend and duration of training are as follows:

1. Vajiram and Ravi, New Delhi - Rs 1.5 lakh - Rs 8,000 - Minimum of 7 months

2. Alternative Learning systems, New Delhi - Rs 1.5 lakh - Rs 8,000 - Minimum of 7 months

3. Brain Tree, Hyderabad - Rs 97,000 - Rs 6,000 - Minimum of 7 months

4. Universal Coaching Centre, Bengaluru - Rs 70,000- Rs 4,000 (outsiders), Rs. 2000 (locals) - Minimum of 7 months

5. CMAS, Belagavi - Rs 50,000 - Rs 4,000 (outsiders), Rs. 2,000 (locals) - Minimum of 7 months

Monday, March 9, 2015

Round-table Discussion on "Genetically Modified Foods - Progressive or Pernicious?"



Social Cause

(Regd. No.614/2003)


Cordially invites you and your friends to a Round-table Discussion on


Genetically Modified Foods – Progressive or Pernicious*




Dr. S.J. Rahman

Principal Scientist & Head,

All India Coordinated Research Project on Biological Control of Crop Pests & Weeds,

Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU)


Dr. B. Dinesh Kumar

Sr. Deputy Director, PCT - National Institute of Nutrition (NIN);

Group Leader, Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre;

President, Indian Pharmacological Society (IPC)


Dr. P. Ananda Kumar

Director, Institute of Biotechnology,

Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University (ANGRAU)


Dr. G.V. Ramanjaneyulu

Executive Director, Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (CSA)



Date & Time:

14th March, 2015 (Saturday) at 10.00 a.m.



ICSSR Conference Hall, General Library Building, Osmania University Campus, Hyderabad


All are welcome. Participants can contribute to discussion subject to availability of time.


* Science and technology has changed the way man secures his food supply. Genetically modified (GM) foods have been the subject of controversy and intense debate in recent years. Only GM cotton (non-edible crop) is grown in fields as of now in India. India’s biotech regulator, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) gave the green signal for field trials of genetically modified (GM) rice, mustard, chickpea, brinjal etc. Environment Ministry had permitted field trials in some transgenics with a condition requiring separate NOCs from states for such trials. So far, four states in India - Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh approved some open field trials in GM crops whereas  Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Bihar, West Bengal, Orissa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala are among the states which denied permissions for such field trials. Some news reports suggest that Telangana and Gujarat are likely to permit field trials of GM crops soon. There have been concerns regarding cultivation of GM food crops which could potentially harm health. Is genetic modification really the key to ensuring that the world does not grow hungry or does tampering with the natural makeup of animals and plants unleash unwanted possibilities and horrific consequences to (y)our health? 


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Useful blog for CSP-2015 http://yadagiriirs.blogspot.in/

Shri. B. Yadagiri IRS , Joint Commissioner of Income Tax, Hyderabad is posting very useful info for the aspirants of Civil Service Prelims-2015 on his blog http://yadagiriirs.blogspot.in  

Important Posts :

2. India Polity, Economy and History tests from 15-10-2014 to till date as per UPSC pattern along with Key and relevant explanation

4. Schedule of Civils Prelims and Main Exam for 2015 and suggested books : http://yadagiriirs.blogspot.in/2014/09/schedule-of-civils-prelims-and-main.html

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Roundtable Discussion on Draft National Health Policy 2015






We cordially invite you to Social Cause roundtable discussion on


Draft National Health Policy 2015

Possible Measures to Ensure

Affordable & Quality Healthcare for All.


Date & Time:

22nd February, 2015 (Sunday) at 10.30 am



Conference Hall, OU Guest House, Beside  Saraswathi Temple, Near Arts College, Osmania University Campus


Link to draft national health policy 2015:


[Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India has placed National Health Policy 2015 draft in public domain for comments, suggestions and feedback by 28th Feb, 2015. We intend to send the proceeding of the discussion as feedback to the Ministry.]

Thanking you.




For ‘Social Cause’


Monday, February 16, 2015

Awareness session on Civil Services in Vizianagaram on 21-2-2015 @ 10 AM

Dear All,

We cordially invites you to attend the awareness session on civil services on 21-2-2015 @ 10 AM onwards at Ananda Gajapati Auditorium, Vijayanagaram.

In this regard, please find the attached pamphlet with details of the programme. 

The session is intended for 10th, +2, degree and PG students to give them (i) first hand insights about career in various civil services and (ii) basic guidance as to what they must do in their school & college days if they have civil service as aim. 

A 4-page pamphlet in Telugu prepared by Edera Ravikiran IRS with FAQ's about Civils exam will also be distributed on this occasion.

Looking forward for your presence in the event


Friday, February 6, 2015

awareness session on civil services on 8-2-2015 @ Vizag.

Dear All,

We cordially invites you to attend the awareness session on civil services on 8-2-2015 @ 10 AM onwards at Ambedkar Assembly Hall (AU), Siripuram, Vizag.

In this regard, please find the attached pamphlet with details of the programme. 

The session is intended for 10th, +2, degree and PG students to give them (i) first hand insights about career in various civil services and (ii) basic guidance as to what they must do in their school & college days if they have civil service as aim. 

A 4-page pamphlet in Telugu prepared by Edera Ravikiran IRS with FAQ's about Civils exam will also be released on this occasion.

Looking forward for your presence in the event


Friday, December 5, 2014

Free medical camp @ Jandrapet,Near Cheerala,Prakasam Dist

Dear All,

As informed earlier, with the help of like minded people & local Doctors we have conducted Free Medical Camp @ Jandrapet,Near Cheerala,Prakasam Dist. on 30 Nov.2014. Our ITCSA member Shri. Sagili Shanmohan IAS , Assistant Collector, Prakasam Dist. has attended & inaugurated the camp. About 500 old and needy people have attended the camp and received medicines from the organizers.This initiative was well appreciated by the local people and media..

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ethics model papers for CSE mains-2014

 Ethics model paper- I

1)What do you understand by the following in context of public service   7 *5=35                                                                                                   

a.Character competence



d.Ethical congruence

e.Moral Nihilism

f.Admonition and Reprimand

 g.Intellectual integrity

 Questions from(2-12) should be answered in about 150 words.10M each

2)Objectivity Versus Morality. 

3)According to you what is the conduct unbecoming of a civil servant?

4)How far the laws,rules and regulations can be the sources of ethical guidance.                    

5)India is a nation of tolerance.But the emergence of materialistic relations are making us intolerant.How to revive the tolerance.      

6)Today most of the youth opt for public employment because of the authority and security it provides.This attitude needs to be changed.Service should be their motive,public office is not the seat of authority but  of responsibility and accountability. Explain Measures to be taken to inculcate above characteristics.

7)Attitude is essentially gained and rarely inherited.Comment 

8)Ethical values included in our attitude towards environment.

9)Plato’s views on ethical state

10)Application of emotional intelligence in administration.

 11)Man is a product of his circumstances.Comment

 12)What do you learn from the life of German dictator “Hitler”

13)Given below are quotations of three great moral thinkers/philosophers.For each of these quotations ,bring out what it means to you in present context.(150 words)  15 marks each.

a) What is needed, rather than running away or controlling or suppressing or any other resistance, is understanding fear; that means, watch it, learn about it, come directly into contact with it. We are to learn about fear, not how to escape from it.
                                                                                                   Jiddu Krishnamurti.



b) A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

                                                                                  Section -B

In the following questions carefully study the cases presented and answer the questions that follow.

14) You are the  head in a office. One of your subordinates who is a very straight forward and upright  is  always  indulged in disput es with other officers .Infact his straight forwardness is the culprit which pulls him in conflict  with other officers.Almost everyday one or the other keep complaining about him to you.

      What do you do.?                                                                                                                          15M

a)warn him of his attitude.

b)Request him to stop commenting on other.

c)Tell the complainee that it is his personal character and you cannot do anything.

Assess the above options and suggest best measure.         

15)You  are of a District Educational Officer. You go on inspection  to a school.     15M

How do you confirm yourself about

a)Attendance of teachers.

b)Syllabus being completed

c)Quality of food supplied to them under midday meal scheme.

16)You are  SP of a district. A person has written a complaint to you  about the landlord who almost excercising real power  in the village.  He is threatening everyone and literally his words have become judicial orders and when you go for enquiry  no one  actually dared to go  against him and complaint about his misdeeds.But  the person who wrote to you earlier kept on wrinting to you.

How do you deal with situation

a)Leave it as there is no evidence.

b)Take the landlord  under custody and interrogate him

c)Threaten him not to further harass people

Assess the above options and suggest best measure                                                            15M

17) You are a Income Tax Commissioner. One of your close assosciates has approached you to interpret a law in his favour. Interpretaion is non questionable and your dicretion .And infact he has helped you during y our  schooling and  childhood days as you hailed from poor background.Explain your response with clear  convincing arguments.                                                           15M

 Ethics model paper- II

1) What do you understand by the following in context of public service  

                                                                                                         7 *5=35

a)Moral turpitude


c)Non partisanship/partisanship

d)Crisis of Conscience


f)Categorical imperative

g)Ignorance of law is no excuse.

Questions from(2-12) should be answered in about 150 words.10M each

2)Define ethics.What are the important characteristic features of ethics. 

3)Critically examine various dimensions of ethical values in Ancient Indian philosophy

4)” Justice is all about evidences and rules sans moral or ethics”.    

     Critically Examine?                  

5)Role played by religion in imbibing ethical values in humanity.      

6)What is emotional intelligence.How to develop emotional intelligence in day-to-day practice?

7)What makes Swamy Vivekananda different from other ethical thinkers. 

8)Suggest five important ethical values that a civil servant should possess and substantiate them.

9) How do attitudes form? What are challenges associated with attitude change ?

10)”If all mankind minus one were of one opinion,manknind would be no more  justified in silencing that one person than he,if he had the power,would be justified in silencing mankind”.Comment

 11)Explain the steps to be followed in effective and ethical utilisation of public funds in India

 12)Law is not an end itself ,it’s end lies in Justice.In this context how laws are in consonance with ethical values

13)Given below are quotations of three great moral thinkers/philosophers.For each of these quotations ,bring out what it means to you in present context.(150 words)  15 marks each.

a)” The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. Martin Luther King, Jr.

b)” Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will”. Mahatma Gandhi

c)” If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one”. Mother Teresa


                                                            Section -B

In the following questions carefully study the cases presented and answer the questions that follow.

14)Suppose you are the collector of Hyderabad.During the procession of immersion of Ganesh idol which is passing through other community,a conflict erupted. 20M

a)What are the short and long term measures taken by you to prevent any such further conflict.

15) Suppose you are head of a particular Government office.A women in your office  has been accusing everybody either  under harassment of women at work place.Knowing this you tried to warn her and she threatened even you.


Some of the options available to you are given below:

a)Expel her from the office

b)Team up with your subordinates to create anti circumstances to her

c)Send a detailed report on her conduct to concerned Department or Ministry

Analysing the above options suggest a best measure  

16)You are a food inspector and you went to  a famous restaurant in your area with your family for dinner.

You found a lack of quality in food.In fact the hotel is famous for its quality and that day you visited was an exception.         (150 words)    10 marks

What would be the possible steps and suggest best measure.
17)You have initiated a cleanliness drive in your office(Suppose you are the head of the office).One of your office mates is hesitant to work citing the reason that no rule book asks him to clean the office and the government is not paying him to clean the office.Infact there are paid servants to clean the office.If you exempt him from cleaning that would spread like a virus and would destroy the entire program.How would you deal with the situation.


 Ethics model paper- III


1)Explain the following                                                  10*5=50




d)Breach of trust







2)What are the difference between conformity, compliance and obedience ? why do people tend to obey authorities.                             10M

3) What are the ways to measures emotional intelligence and analyse the utility of E.I in Governance.  10M

4) What do you understand by ethical congruence? In what way it is important to be ethical along with being professionally competent.               10M

5) How far “good faith” helps a civil servant as a shield to perfect himself for the bonafide act done by him or genuine decision taken by him.          10M

Explain the following Quotes:

6)“For in the absence of a magistrate (dandadharabave), the strong will swallow the weak; but under his protection, the weak resist the strong”       ---Kautilya                              15M

7) “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a moulder of consensus”--Martin Luther king                                                                15M

8) “Satisfaction lies in the effort,not in the attainment, full effort is full victory”---Mahatma Gandhi 15M

9)“ In public services there should be a balance between objectivity and subjectivity while making a  decision “—how do you maintain it ?                  15M

10) Analyze the essential ingredients of citizen charter for effectively empowering the citizens ?    15M

11) There is nothing called moral standards in international relations ? Discuss ?        10M

12) Jawaharlal Nehru’s approach as a leader is more related to ethical idealism than pragmatism ?elucidate Nehruvian ethics ?                              15M


13) Mr. X was a honest and sincere officer .A clerk in his office Started manipulating the files and issued forged bills ,fake documents. On one occasion, the clerk gifted a diamond ring to Mrs.X . when the clerk was caught by the investigating agency he agreed the fraud and also disclosed that a part of the bribe amount is spent on the diamond ring for officers wife. infact , the officer does not know and he is not aware of the continuing corrupt practices by the clerck. you are the boss of Mr. How you are going to deal the case.                                                                      20M


 Courtesy : Smt. Balalatha Mallavarapu


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Submit your Grievances and file RTI online

http://pgportal.gov.in/Default.aspx   :   This is a Government of India Portal aimed at providing the citizens with a platform for redress of their grievances. If you have any grievance against any Government organization in the country, you may lodge your grievance here which will go to the Ministry/Department/State Government concerned for immediate redress.

Public Grievances pertaining to identified issues in respect of 20 Central Government Organisations are being handled by Directorate of Public Grievances (DPG), Cabinet Secretariat. If your Grievance falls under the purview of Directorate of Public Grievances, Cabinet Secretariat, please visit http://pgportal.gov.in/cpgcitizen/   to lodge your Grievance.

List of Nodal Public Grievance Officers can also be obtained from  http://grievance.nic.in/cpgrams/pgo.asp

http://www.rtionline.gov.in/  is a portal to file RTI applications/first appeals online along with payment gateway. Payment can be made through internet banking of SBI & its associate banks and debit/credit cards of Master/Visa. Through this portal, RTI applications/first appeals can be filed by Indian Citizens only for the main 27 ministries/departments of Central Govt., located at New Delhi. RTI applications/first appeals should not be filed for other Public authorities under Central/State Govt. through this portal

so now on-wards if you have passport/railway/tourism/CGHS/EPFO etc. issues to be resolved please try these links

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

UPSC age limit not to be lowered, govt drops UPA move

The Narendra Modi government declared on Tuesday it was not considering any proposal to reduce the age limit of civil service aspirants in an announcement that effectively buried the UPA's last-minute decision to bring down the upper age limit by four years.

The announcement came against the backdrop of newsreports that suggested the Modi government would implement the decision finalised by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) earlier this year.

"There is no proposal before the government to reduce the age limit for civil services," a government spokesperson said.

Instead of reducing the age limit, the government has already announced that civil service aspirants -- who may have lost out due to changes in the exam pattern -- would get two additional attempts and consequential age relaxation.

Government sources told HT there had been several attempts in the past to explore the possibility of reducing the upper age for the civil services examination, right from the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA government's tenure.

"But they were all nipped in the bud due to opposition from the political class that feels it would put rural candidates at a disadvantage," a senior official said, conceding that the politicians "did have a point".

The official said the Manmohan Singh-led Prime Minister's Office (PMO) too had been keen on reducing the age profile of civil service candidates but was not able to have its way.

The empowered group of ministers of the UPA asked to study recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission, however, had approved the decision to fix 26 as the upper age limit for unreserved candidates, 28 for OBC, 29 for SC/ST candidates with an additional 2 years for physically challenged aspirants.

"But this decision does not mean anything since all decisions of the previous government would be reviewed, and processed afresh," an official said

Source : Hindustantimes - Wed,19 Nov 2014

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Centre to lower age limit for civil service aspirants ???

The Hindu newspaper today reported that central govt. is planning to lower age limit for civil service aspirants as recommended by 2nd ARC.In fact, It's the old pdf that came out in the last few days of UPA. Protests have also happened on this issue. The news is as below..

Limit will be 29 for SC/ST, 28 for OBC, 26 for open candidates

In a move that could affect thousands of civil service aspirants across the country, the Centre intends to reduce the upper age limit and number of attempts of applicants with effect from 2015. Going by the new norm, the upper age limit will be 29 years for SC/ST candidates, 28 years for OBC and 26 for the unreserved category. There will be an additional two years for physically challenged candidates in each category.

At present, the upper age limit for SC/ST, OBC and unreserved candidates is 35, 33 and 30 years respectively.

According to information published on the website of the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, the number of attempts allowed for candidates appearing for the Civil Services Examination would also be reduced to six for SC/ST candidates, five for OBC and three for unreserved candidates.

The measures, recommended by the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) and almost entirely accepted by the government, were put up on the website a few months ago. The Centre has decided to retain August 1 in the examination year as the cut-off date for eligibility and not to review the structure of the examination (both preliminary and main) since this was only recently changed.

MDMK leader Vaiko urged the Centre to withdraw its plan to bring down the upper age limit.

source : http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/centre-to-lower-age-limit-for-civil-service-aspirants/article6609797.ece

DoPT yet to notify change

Govt favoured reduction of upper age limit from 2015.

Even as the Second Administrative Reforms Commission report, recommending reduction in the permissible age for appearing in the Civil Services Examination and the government's stand on the issue has been in the public domain for the past few months, the Department of Personnel and Training is yet to issue any notification implementing it. But a senior government official said: “The very fact that the government's decision has been mentioned in the report does not at all mean that it has been implemented. This can only be construed as indication of the government's intention. It can be implemented only by fulfilling mandatory administrative requirements.”

source : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/dopt-yet-to-notify-change/article6608982.ece

Analysis :  Lowering of maximum age of entry into the civil services has been a subject of intense deliberations in the country. The opponents of this idea argue that a higher age limit enables the candidates hailing from rural background to gradually reach a level-playing field with the urban youth. Also, rural candidates often complete their graduation later than their urban Counterparts. However, those in favor of the idea say that reducing the age limit will help in induction and grooming of young talent, ensure availability of civil servants for a longer span and also help ensure that only the genuinely bright candidates enter the services and not those who have, through repeated attempts over the years, ‘mastered’ the art of passing the examination. The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) has recommended lowering of age limit along with the reduced number of attempts.







2004- Hota Committee-





2nd ARC





Civil services survey 2010 on Recruitment and Placement

On par with Economic reforms,the Government have initiated several reforms in civil services in the country. A new Performance  Appraisal System has been introduced for All India Services and Central Civil Services. A new system for assessing the performance of government departments has also been initiated. A legislation to improve the management of civil services and to define fundamental values of civil services is under active consideration. The Government is also planning to bring changes in recruitment conditions/process of civil services. Considering the ongoing reforms, a survey of civil servants was conducted and the same is available at  http://darpg.gov.in/darpgwebsite_cms/document/file/civil_services_survey_2010.pdf . About 25% of the civil servants have participated in this survey and Some of the findings of the survey are also in line with the civil services reform measures recommended by different committees on Civil Services Reforms and the Second Administrative Reforms Commission.

The survey sought the opinion of the civil servants about a number of issues relating to entry into civil services such as maximum age of entry, post selection counseling, lateral entry at higher positions and selection for senior positions (JS and above) in Central Secretariat. 

Age of entry : Overall 67% of the respondents agreed that the maximum age of entry to the Civil Services should be lowered from the present level as younger recruits can be more easily groomed. Disagreement with the idea of lowering of maximum age of entry is stronger among the SC (31%), ST (32%) and OBC (37%) than in the General category (21%). Secondary data indicates that the average age of joining the civil services is higher amongst the officers of SC, ST and OBC.

Post-selection counseling for successful candidates :  Hota Committee on Civil Services Reforms had recommended that ‘probationers may be allowed one month’s time after commencement of training to exercise their option for Services.’ .  Eighty two percent (82%) of the officers agree that after selection in civil services, there should be further counselling enabling the candidates to make proper choice of services. 

From the above committee reports and Civil service survey, it appears that government is willing to introduce some changes in the examination, however nothing is finalized/notified till date.


Monday, November 17, 2014

Rigorous studies and being patient is key to success- Rituraj Raghuvanshi IAS (AIR 67, CSE-2013)

While we all make our own decisions and choose our motivations for a job, when it comes to upsc and civil services as a career choice, i believe the motivations all fall within a similar bracket. We all might come from very different backgrounds but civil services as a magnet attracts us for more or less similar reasons. It can be job satisfaction, or as in my case, the attraction of service as a motive rather than profit. 

I have secured rank 67 in CSE 2013. CSE 2012 saw me attain rank 556 and get into IRTS(Indian Railway Traffic Service). But the elusive IAS kept me in the fray and today, here i am. To start with, was it difficult? Yes. Was it overwhelming at times? Yes. But, did i ever lose my motivation? No. Infact, my failures became a reason of sort to push me harder and further. I could not clear my prelims in the first attempt and mains in the second. I was at risk of being lost, but then, that is when you test yourself, right? 

To begin with, my first piece of advice to one and all is to never forget why you chose to give this exam in the first place. That reason is going to be your lifeline and will keep you in the game.
Secondly, always remember that this is a process that involves a huge number of aspirants and vested interests. Therefore everything that you hear might not be true. Also, every individual is different and has a peculiar style of studying and preparing. Therefore please do not blindly follow advices or trust those who promise a short cut. There is no short cut to cracking this exam and you would be advised to prepare yourself to take the long and sometimes hard road. In this blog it will be our endeavor to involve as many successful candidates as possible so that everyone who looks, might find a style which suits them. 

Thirdly, the optional. Since the new pattern optional has become even more important as GS marks for everyone are on an average scale. I therefore suggest that you stay away from the so called 'popular/non-popular' optional debate. The only optional that will work work for you is the one that you either specialize in or are interested in. I, for one, opted for law as an optional as that was my specialization. Also, this has a bearing on the interviews as you get an area of questioning that you are very comfortable in. You could also say that the boards generally stress on your graduation field rather than your chosen optional. 

 Fourth, the coaching. Yes, they do play a part. I personally did get help for gs as well as law. Gs because a lot of subjects are new, eg economy. And also because coaching help in narrowing down the area that you have to cover and work in. But, please do remember that at their best, coaching can only help you in preparing a base. They can never be the end all and be all of any preparation. Also, in case you cannot avail coaching, please don't lose hope. The class notes of some of the leading coaching institutes are as good as their classes. So you can have recourse to them. 

 Fifth, the study material. Now, because cse is attempted by a variety of people hence the material available also differs in quality according to the genre that it caters to. My advice is to please stick to a certain minimum quality of books and materials. Don't be shy of reading a new book simply because it looks intimidating. I believe after a certain time one would be able to sift through the plethora of books available to choose the ones that are really good. I am not saying that coaching materials are not good. They most certainly are and must be used. But after you have prepared your basics the aim should be to improve the overall quality of your knowledge and that is where good material comes into play. Try oxford or black swan. 

Sixth, time management. Lets start by stating a fact: there is no substitute to either hard work or self study. Always keep this in mind. It wont help if you have attended all the coaching if you haven't backed them up by self study. Whatever you have studied in a coaching would be meaningless if you haven't  acquired the capability to form original thoughts and thought processes, and that you acquire by self study. Manage your time so that majority is left with you for your studies. Coaching should be allotted as less as possible.  Also, i personally never studied for 15-16 hours. On most days i used to clock 5-6 hours of studies touching a max of 10 hrs near the exam. So, there is no rule in this regard.Keep your  style in mind and plan accordingly. 

Seventh, the book list. We already have a book list by Ibu on this blog. It is pretty comprehensive for prelims. In due course we shall publish a book list for mains. We will also try to cover as many optionals as possible and get the required lists here. 

Lastly, I would like to say that this job is worth the effort. Please always have faith in yourself. If in doubt, stay strong and endure. I hope this blog is of use to as many as possible. All the very best :) 

-Rituraj Raghuvanshi IAS (AIR 67 CSE 2013)