New Cadre Policy: Decoded and Demystified!

On 5th September 2017, the Government came out with a totally new Cadre Policy for All India Services (IAS, IPS and IFoS). Since then it has aroused much interest as well as confusion amongst new […]

After Mains, before results: What to do!

The time after you have written your Mains and are awaiting the results is a very disturbing one. Sometimes you feel like you should gear up for interview and still on other times you feel […]

Analysis: GS Paper 1 CSE 2017

GS Paper 1 was a mix of regular stuff alongwith few surprise questions (hallmark of UPSC). Here is my take on this years papers. I won’t go into the nitty gritties of what should have […]

Hon. PM’s visit to LBSNAA

The honourable Prime Minister visited the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration on the 26th and 27th of October. It was the first time since 1974 that any Indian PM visited the academy. Needless […]

Stay Clear of Rumours!

Imagine this: One fine day you wake up in the morning to see your WhatsApp chat flooded with messages like: Upper age limit to be reduced from this attempt! You also come across news items […]

Warm up for Mains!

Mains is rightly called so given that it is this stage of the civil services examination that determines your very selection. This stage is also a test for you as a person. It requires patience […]

Sociology mock test answer sheets- Ila Tripathi

Answer writing is more critical to answer writing in civil services examination than knowledge. Optional like Sociology require extensive writing. Please find the link to my answer scripts of mock test I had undertaken:┬áSome mock […]

Life at LBSNAA- Himalayan Trek

I must concede that prior to coming to the coveted academy trekking was unheard of in my life. A couch potato, in letter and spirit, I was dewy eyed to see my name in Trek […]

Sociology Book List- Ila Tripathi

Optional is a game deciding component in the current scheme of civil services examination. I easily credit my 301 in Sociology for making me secure IAS. With this view, following is my paperwise Sociology booklist: […]


When I started preparing for civil services examination, I was told the talisman: NCERTs are the bread and butter of preparation. This statement however is misleading. NCERTs are necessary but not sufficient for sailing through […]