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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 […]

Essay writing for Civil Services Examination

For Mains, Examination, there are two low hanging fruits: essay and ethics. A good score in both is a guarantee of being selected. 300+ in optional in addition would ensure a top 20 All India […]

Trek at LBSNAA

Physical fitness is given special emphasis at the academy. You have to mandatorily attend the morning PT session that starts at 6:05 in the morning. The location of these sessions is the polo ground which […]

Day 1 at LBSNAA

It is the journey, not the destination, that one enjoys! On 27th August, 2017 my long cherished dream of becoming an IAS officer came to a fulfilling end as I became an Officer Trainee of […]

Crack UPSC CSE in a year

Most of the aspirants believe that it is impossible to attain a top 100 AIR or IAS in the first go. But this post dismisses any such belief. I, Bhavesh Mishra, secured AIR 58 in […]

Daily timetable for UPSC Aspirants

There is no hard and fast rule that can guarantee success in Civil Services Examination. However, a minimum level of hardwork with a strategy is the necessary and sufficient condition for getting an admit to […]

Test Series – Part 1

Let’s say that you want to learn how to make tea. You start with watching all YouTube videos and tutorials. Equipped with all relevant information, you decide to test your skills on the very day […]

Current Affairs Source & Strategy

Current Affairs is a very certain route to succeeding in the civil services exam. UPSC has given considerable importance to newspaper, national events, international affairs etc since 2014. And rightly so. As a SP or […]


In the recent trends, a large number of working professionals have chosen to write the civil services examination and many have come out with flying colours. However, we do have a sizeable population of the […]

How to fill your DAF – Part 1

DAF (Detailed Application Form) plays a very important role in deciding your interview marks and the service and cadre you land up in future. Therefore, it is essential that you should fill your DAF with […]