In the modern era of internet and instant knowledge, the abundance of study materials is one of the major challenges faced by the civil service aspirants. It is important to choose the necessary and apt materials and study them well.
Civil service candidates could rely on NCERT textbooks of classes 6 to plus-two to have a basic idea about subjects like History and Geography. Besides, there are some excellent materials and books that have helped hundreds of aspirants crack the civil service exam in the previous years. You could talk to those who have written the exam for information on study materials or do a basic research about it on the internet.
Reliable information about the various study materials and articles are available on websites like clearias.com. iasbaba.com and insightsonindia.com.
The easiest way to grab knowledge on the current affairs is to regularly read the newspaper, including the editorial. You could even rely on various current affairs compilers like Vision IAS, Insights on India that are available online.
'Unacademy' and 'civils daily' are some of the mobile applications you could download. Lots of channels that help you train for civil service are available in Telgram as well.
Demystifyingcse.in is a blog started by the candidates who got through the civil service exams in 2019, to make studying for civil service easier for other aspirants. Many valuable information and instructions about the exams and the study materials are updated on this blog. '
It is important to have a clear idea about the pattern of the exam and the type of questions by going through the previous years’ questions that are available on UPSC’s website. This would make your quest for the right study materials easier and stress free.
(The author passed this year’s civil service exam and is currently undergoing training at Mussoorie.)