PPSC Mains : Strategy cum Booklist cum FAQs

All of those preparing for specifically should start immediately preparation for mains . Even if you do not qualify it will help you some other time .

First Go Through Previous years Mains PCS Question Papers 

You may notice here few things :-

  1. Question were directly asked from Current and Basic issues you need not to study specifically too much .Just you need general insight of everything
  2. These topics directly picked from newspaper (tribune ,pib.nic.in and NCERTs and other reference issues  )
  3. according to syllabus some topics directly asked from syllabus specially in S&T.
  4. I feel that paper is so general that you may read write in Punjabi as well . for this you may read PSEB books .and preparing topics from Google by some translation .Books are already available in my telegram group .further topic wise you may pick books from BA to MA classes just  according to syllabus .Books from Telegram
    1. Prepare each and every subject with equal emphasis you need to cross cut off 25% from each paper (62.5 marks from GS each paper).
    2. Special focus on English and Punjabi .within this on Grammar Portion which is of 50 marks in each section.
    3. Prepare Essay well, with quotations on different subjects’ .write essay in the medium on which you have good command on vocabulary and language skills.
    Book List: For Punjabi: – 10th School board Grammar + Jaypee Book for Punjabi.
    R Gupta’s Book on translation .
    For English: -10th board English OLD Grammar   + Jaypee Book of English….
    For Essay: Prepare at least 3-4 topics a week all from different areas ……
    1. Economy 2. Polity and governance 3. Quotations based Essay 4. Social issues. Write within word limits. You have to write three essays  just like a Question of GS.  Here you need to show your “knowledge interest in the topic as well as comprehensive ability and Art of presentation of topic “.  prepare accordingly. You may also take help for topics from old UPSC papers of Essay. Follow the principal of writing a good essay . 
    Read specifically for Essay Indian Express and The Tribune for English for Punjabi Ajit and Punjabi Tribune specially their Sunday magazines.Try to translate from these newspapers daily .
    .GS 1…..
    GS 1 is static portion: You need to prepare  NCERTs for most topics. those topics which don’t have 200 worth material in NCERTs take help from Google / other Reference Books.always take reference from pib or current .issues related to syllabus in news may be directly asked like Lala Lajpat Rai Question in 2015 . 
    History of the world : NCERTs of Class 9th and 10th new one .+ mrunal’s material of world history http://mrunal.org/history#old-ncerts these are old ncert material in text form each and every topics covers here for any other topic you may take from the book of Arjun Dev/ Norman Lewis .
    Indian culture: — Topics from the NCERTs of class 6th to 8th and 12th class those are related to Culture and Art. Specially figures and topics those are discussed in these NCERTs. New Books of PSEB are good for art and culture related to Punjab and Northern India .
    And lastly compilation of Art and culture https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-7pRR2ueeZTVlFuRHZ0cVVEX3M/view?usp=sharing and Art and Culture NCERT 11th class.https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-7pRR2ueeZTWXR1R21JNVpHaXM/view?usp=sharing gives selective reading of topics and sub topics only.
    Modern Indian history:-

    Punjab 8th to 12th New History books of PSEB. then spectrum Book on history.
    Socio-religious reform movements: – Punjab 8th to 12th New History books of PSEB.
    Post-independence consolidation :- NCERT class 12th politics in India after independence http://www.ncert.nic.in/ncerts/textbook/textbook.htm?leps2=0-9 and Bipin Chandra for further Reading of topics discussed in this . ABP News series of Pradhanmantri .
    History of Punjab:  Punjab 8th to 12th New History books of PSEB.

    Geography: NCERTs covers most of Part of Geogarphy from class 6th to 8th and 11th 12th for topics of physcial geography and other topics. Class 9th and 10th for Indian geography .Human geography class 12th .for further reading http://mrunal.org/geography for lectures on geography and some articles for location of industries and etc.
    Geography of Punjab:

    Punjab 8th to 12th New History and Geography books of PSEB.
    SOCIETY: for basics of Indian Society read NCERTS from class 11th and 12th .then all topics are from Currents and you will see questions Newspaper based on topics given in Syllabus.
    Ethics and Society and Human Values:-prepare from Lexicon Book these topics Prepare one 14 mark question each personality given in human values with special contribution to their work toward humanitarian society.
    All welfare schemes from GOI and GOP .their mandate and how to improve their effect. (Day to day newspaper and all modi Flagship schemes)from pib.nic.in 
    3.8 topics are covered in NCERTS well you need to relate all this with present scenario.
    GS_2: most Paper will be Newspaper based so prepare each Polity and Governance topic in news for 14 mark question ADD from the books of Laxmikant on Polity and another one on Governance. For Recent changes and modification of Laws visit pib.nic.in regularly .
    Values and Ethics in Governance: Probity in Governance Lexicon Book for these topics and mrunal lectures on ethical governance http://mrunal.org/ethics
    Important aspects of governance: Google for this only newspaper based but needs to know some background specially definitions and what we have done till now in all this RTI etc you will get many articles and files from Google.
    INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:-Follow Modi and all summits in last 6-8 month bilateral and multilateral accords. Functions of world institutions UN and its organs, SAARAC and others those in news (read structure and mandate also) all this is from current you can make notes and read from their site follow mrunal.org wire.in and and Indian Express. idsa.in is good site.
    GS3 —-Indian Economy: most can be covered from +1 ncert of economics, Human Geography of 10+2 and Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh then daily newspaper govt initiatives on economic policies pib.nic.in + Mrunal.org (most trusted site on this topic)
    Punjab Economy:- Economy survey of Punjab, Budget ,books of pseb .8th to 12th SST. 
    Statics — 9th 10th statistics chapters and 11th class NCERT of statistics all topics.
    Spectrum Book of Statistics
    Issues related to Security: book you can read is challenges to internal security by Ashok Kumar. And intense reading of newspaper based on these topics and recent issues and idsa.in site for specific study.
    GENERAL STUDIES-IV: ——-Science and Tech Topics Google each and every topic make specific notes they are asking direct questions on topics.
    Indian projects of Space and achievements of APJ Abdul Kalam and other org with which he was associated.
    Health related topics can be read from Science NCERTs of 7th 8th and 9th Class.
    Environment:–Shankar IAS Academy Book on Environment
    Disaster management and Indian Context from the site http://www.ndma.gov.in/en/ everything is well covered.
    Problem Solving and Decision Making: – Lexicon book on ethics for solving these problems and practice from UPSC Exam.
    Foot notes:-
    1. Except some part of 1st part of GS 1 every other paper will be Newspaper based.
    2. Where they will not have anything to ask from newspaper they would ask directly topic mentioned in syllabi.
    So prepare this way that you know something about each topic they “wrote” directly in Syllabi and also study of Current.
    Most topics asked are general in sense during your study in school or preparation you must came across them. Here you just need to 200 words /100 words for that topic.
    That’s End Best of Luck For mains (Y) anything important you can share in comments I will keep posting in group whatever new I found for this .

Writing practice is must .write as much as you can .write on topics asked in mains of previous years .upsc mains paper and topics in news .

Bring facts ,data , figures, diagram in your answers .try to complete paper with in time .make a list of key words you will use in each paper or sub topic in that . this will help you fetch good marks 🙂

Hope for Best .

Best Wishes Suggest some improvement in this strategy .

Pattern Syllabus for PCS Mains Examination 2018 .Hopefully after UPSC Mains we wil create some plateform to answer writing practice with feedback .till then you may help each other 🙂

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