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Ethics, in Short…

There are lots of hue and cry about what to read and from where when it comes to Ethics, GS4, preparation. Here is simple and concrete guideline:

Minimum Requirements:

  • Read Ethics syllabus and learn meaning and definition of each keyword
  • Preamble of the Constitution
  • Remember Fundament Rights and Duties, & DPSP

With above preparation anyone can go to ethics paper and write good answers(Try this in some mocks). You need to use as much as possible ‘keywords’ and Articles of Constitution from above mentioned sources.

For Quality improvement:

  • Gandhi-Hind Swaraj, and his other thoughts related to all spheres of life
  • Ambedkar – thought on social justice
  • Amartya Sen- On health and education, on capacity of human resources
  • Plato-On women, education and philosopher king(optional)
  • Aristotle -On middle path
  • Rawls -On fairness as justice
  • Buddhism and Jainism teaching, along with Hindu Philosophy (optional)
  • ARC2-selected chapters

For Ethics, more than knowledge, you should depend on application of knowledge which you, and we all, already have acquired from Polity, Newspapers, Essay, and Society part, even from history.

All the best.


UPSC Preparation: In Short

There are many guides and suggestions available online and offline on this topic. So I am going to be short, very short.

There are only two things required to clear UPSC.

  1. Time Management
  2. Relevant Materials

Time Management: Again on this topic there are huge amount of literatures available. So again I am going to be short here again. To effectively manage time, just be aware of time all the time. Get a watch preferably one which make some sound every hour. Be aware of time left for exam, time you have spend preparing for UPSC, time wasted in a day, time you really spent studying. Be aware and keep telling yourself what your real goal is.

Relevant Materials: Again huge literature and guides available on this topic too. Very hard to confine oneself to just relevant materials. Its very easy to get swayed away to other areas. Try to read one book many times rather reading many books on same topic. In coming days I may publish what relevant materials are, which are just right.

Till then all the best. Keep your focus on Time and Materials. They matter the most.


UPSC Preparation: Getting Started

Many UPSC aspirants have asked me that how to start preparing for UPSC and what it takes to clear this, one of the toughest exams in the world.

I am simply going to state here about how to get going. In later blogs I will discuss in details what specifically needs to be done to clear this exam.

So, to get started with the UPSC preparation, irrespective of where you are and what are you doing, you need to start giving attention to news from all over the India and the world. Next step will be to start reading editorials in newspapers, preferably from TheHindu and IndianExpess. Keep doing these two things as much as possible and till you get selected. But to get selected there will be other things which are required to be done.

Further, it would be most logical step to read and know about the UPSC syllabus. Why? Because, when you will be reading news then if you remember Syllabus then your attention for  that particular topic will increase drastically.

Now, to understand news in totality one need to understand the Polity. So next most logical step will be reading Laxmikant for Indian Polity. And read this book along with reading news.

If you can follow these things religiously for months. Then you are ready to plunge into the nitty-grity of the UPSC preparation. In next blog on this topic I will cover the book list which one needs to follow for Preliminary examination.