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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

How to prepare Economics for UPSC/IAS Prelims

My very good friend Saurabh has agreed to share his experience of appearing and clearing UPSC/IAS prelims with Economics optional.So here it is in Saurabh's own words how to go about your preparation ...

"Economics is not a very popular optional for civil services like history, geography or say public administration, but surprisingly it can be a very safe optional in prelims for those who have economics or commerce background. As the syllabus of economics for prelims is relatively concise (as compared to geography or commerce) and can be covered in a short span of time and the cut off is also reasonable. Any thing above 70 should be safe with negative marking. But people from non-economics or non-commerce background should avoid this optional because there is hardly any good coaching available and the subject is as such a little bit technical, so they may find it difficult".

Distribution of Questions

1. Indian Economy – majority of questions are asked from this area; there are usually about 40-45 questions per year from this section.
2. Statistics- there are about 7- 10 questions every year.
3. Growth and Development - about 10 questions.
4. Micro and Macro Economics - about 35 – 40 questions every year.
5. International Economics - about 15-20 questions every year.
6. Money, Banking & Public Finance – about 10 –15 questions every year.


Reference / Sources
1. Indian Economy - Any one good book on Indian economy, it can either be Mishra-Puri or Dutt-Sundaram. Pratiyogita Darpan special issue on economics,economic survey and budget from news paper.
2. Statistics – class 11’th NCERT book is more than sufficient.
3. Growth andDevelopment- M L Jhingan and NCERT book of class 11’th.
4. International Economics - book by H.G.Mannur or Salvatoire.
5. Money, Banking & Public Finance - S.B.Gupta & Pratiyogita Darpan (Special issue) for banking and H.L.Bhatia for Public Finance.
6. Micro Economics - NCERT & Koutsoyyiannis or Ahuja.
7. Macro Economics – NCERT & JHINGAN.
8. Solved 10 years paper and any one practise book(eg.IIMS Question bank) of any publication.


Strategy
1. More emphasis should be on NCERT BOOKS .Do it properly and don’t underestimate them because many questions are asked directly from them only.
2. Practise and revise diagrams regularly.
3. Concentrate mainly on Micro, Macro & Indian Economy because majority of questions are asked from these areas.
4. Solve all the statistics questions from previous year papers.
5. Do read economic survey properly and pay special attention to the boxes of survey.
6. It is not necessary to cram all data and figures just memorize only important and relevant ones.
7. Solve previous year papers and practise book(eg.IIMS Question bank) regularly.

I(Saurabh) did not take coaching for optional anywhere but always managed to secure 88+ and cleared prelims twice and also appeared in interview in 2008.Therefore I suggest you to don’t go by rumours that economics is dangerous or difficult. If you have the background like Eco.(hons) or B.Com(hons.) then you must go for it, it is safest.You can post your queries regarding economics in comments section and i will be personally answering them.
So all the best for prelims …

Saurabh Mishra
MA (Economics)

125 comments:

LOST ME said...

i have choosen elecrical engineering as optional
where can i get the questions and
which area is mainly to be focussed

Abhishek said...

@Lost Me ... electrical engineering is not my area of expertise,but u can get the previous year UPSC question papers from any book store dealing in competition books ... u can also refer the syllabus of electrical engineering in upsc website... www.upsc.gov.in ...gudluck !!!

navneeraj said...

From where should I study the Indian Economy Part.I find the Indian Authors books to be poorly written especially datt and sundaram and misra & puri as well.Are there any good correspondence notes for economics optional preparation?

Aaki said...

hi Shourabh, i just wanna know that being a MBA - Finance. I m Regular reader of Economic Times, is that sufficient for UPSE prelims. And If Not, then Which Magazine or News paper do u recommend me....

Lalit said...

Thanks Boss..Lalit here, a undergrad student in eco @BITS-Pilani.

At last I have found somebody who is telling the same thing I have felt after going thru eco pre papers- damn easy after preparation.

What are your views about Mains with eco?

And u cleared IAS in 08?
I hope :)

Lalit said...

Ok.....I went thru ur profile...\
U are expexting the rsults....

All the very best............

Velmurugan said...

sir i am doing my b.com and i have sound economics background in plus two as well as college level ..... can i opt for economics option in prelims....... i have opted to give an attempt in 2010...........

Anonymous said...

@ aaki,its good that u regularly read eco times but it is not only sufficient u must also do economic survey,PRATIYOGITA DARPAN ECONOMY SPECIAL and current economic scenario from chronicle.

saurabh said...

@navneeraj,dude for indian economy u have to refer indian author book and i think from prelims point of view both puri and sundaram are good books.for mains u can refer uma kapila and articles from RBI site.

saurabh said...

@lalit,i think eco for mains is bit difficult due to its lengthy syllabus and not being high scoring but it still depend on individual some people have mange to score around 360 which is good but rare.

saurabh said...

@velu,its good man that u r opting eco as optional.ur commerce background will help u immensely but don't be complacent u have enough time and start concentrating on basics of economics and start reading prescribed text books also.

Avinash said...

Hi,

Thank you for taking this step to help students who are preparing for UPSC.

I am in the middle of my preparation for IAS-2009, and i have certain queries. I would like to verify those with you.

this is my email addr: avinashatsjce@gmail.com

I would like to know your email id or contact info, in order to clarify.

Thank You,
--Avinash

Divya said...

hi Abhishek,
I'm very confused about choosing subjects for mains... I've opted Public Administration for pre and main optional-1...but for main optional-2 i'm confused between economics and psychology..I'm having BSc, BEd, MBA qualification
please guide me according to syllabus length and preparation efforts for both subjects...
I'd be very greatful to you...

saurabh said...

@divya,as far as if u have to make choice b/w economics and psychology,i think you shall go for psy becoz there is good coaching and study material is available for psycho and further economics is very rare choice as second optional among aspirants.in addition psycho is more scoring than economics too.

Lalit said...

What were your optionals for mains?

antushree said...

hey there iam an ias aspirant.im iyr student in du studying in BA prog WID ECO N GEO do u think il cover less portion in both as compared 2 hons studentsFROM CS POINT OF VIEW during my grad level?if yes plz can u suggest me the xtra readings dat im supposed to start nowto b at par?thanx

ashish said...

helo abhishek, i m doing my m.sc. in economics from igidr(2007-09)and planning to write civils in 2010 with economics. i m not sure about 2nd optional yet......statistics or geography or pub adm, i had stat(h) in graduation.
can u suggest me regarding this.
i will appreciate if u reply me at ashisshanand@gmail.com

Abhishek said...

@ Lalit ... Saurabh has Economics and Public Administration as his two optionals and I have Psychology and Public Administration :)

Abhishek said...

@ Antushree ... see no course would cover the civil servicessyllabus in its entirety , once u r done with ur graduation or simultaneously u can have a look at the syllabus of subjects to see wht all is being covered in ur syllabus ... rest u can cover on ur own or with the help of coaching institutes ...all d best !!!

Abhishek said...

@Ashish ... kindly read my post on selection of optionals to get my views on how one shud select optionals ... go with ur interest and aptitude ...all d best !!!

ASHISH GOEL said...

dear saurabh..i am doing m.b.a. frm icfai hyderabad and willing to do i.a.s...so can u help me in my optionals in prelims and mains @goel95@gmail.com

saurabh said...

@ashish,since u r doin mba u can go for public admn or economics.but first u go thru syllabus and previous year paper and then decide.

ASHISH GOEL said...

thxx saurabh this will gonna help me......

Anonymous said...

Thanks Saurabh
You have written very nicley.
I have done B.Tech. Mechanical Engineering, now i want to choose Economics as an optional for prelims and then for mains, can u please suggest me something in particular.
Raies Laway
raies.laway@gmail.com

Samarpan Nawn said...

Hi, I am a Master of Statistics from Indian statistical Institute and I am pursuing IAS for the first time. I have taken Statistics as optional but have not been able to find any help anywhere in the net about the pattern of questions and previous papers. Can you suggest me from where can I get these?

saurabh said...

@raies,its good that despite being techie u r planning to choose economics.dude i don,t know about ur familarity wid economics optional. if u r making economics as a random choice den i would discourage u from choosing it because wid d same amount of labour u can do magic wid other optionals like pub ad or any science subject (since u r an engg.)further there hardly any good coaching avalable for eco n also it is comparatively low scoring in mains.but if u r really have good knowledge of economics and if u find urself comfortable then man go ahead because lastly what matter is ur hard work and to some extent luck too.

admankar mahesh said...

Hai Abhishek bayaa,this is mahesh from Univ.of.Hyderabad.I am pursuing my 5year masters program in Social sciences.I am interested in Economics&political science.Is it a good combination?can i get coaching for it?.Now iam in first year,how can i prepare with this optionals?plz help me

admankar mahesh said...

Hai Abhishek bayaa,this is mahesh from Univ.of.Hyderabad.I am pursuing my 5year masters program in Social sciences.I am interested in Economics&political science.Is it a good combination?can i get coaching for it?.Now iam in first year,how can i prepare with this optionals?plz help me

saurabh said...

@mahesh,its good from 1'st year only u r thinking abt civil services exam.as far as coaching is concerned for economics dere is no such gud coaching available but for pol.sci. there are some gud one.but one thing i will suggest u dat dat both eco n pal.sci r very vast subject n wud require great amt of labour so i will suggest u to opt pub ad wid economics coz for pub ad dere r many good coaching n study material available further it is also very scoring.
also u have a much time to think so u better go thru d syllabus n decide.
all d best

Lalit said...

Hi...Lalit once again...
@Saurabh Sir and Abhishek Sir

I hope both of you got calls for Interviews :)

The best things in the world are free and you people are doing great job already by giving us free advice :)

Sir, I have also decided on Eco as first optional both for pre and mains and was thinking of Pub. Ad. as 2nd option for so many days.

But if there is another optional which can yield better result than Pub. Ad. in equal or lesser time,I may well switch to it.
From the marks of successful candidates last year, I have observed that a good number of people(126) have cleared with psychology and have scored as good as pub ad in many cases.
So which of the two will be a better choice for 2nd optional?

I am starting my preparation from June.

Thanks in advance :)

Puneet said...

Hi Saurabh and Abhishek

Thanks for this valuable information on Economics as an optional. I too will be writing my prelims with this option. I was wondering if you could suggest some good question banks on economics prelims. I have looked at Unique's past year collection of questions. However, there is very little material available in terms of questions for practice. Any suggestions? Thanks!

saurabh said...

@lalit,look have my second optional as pub ad so ican guide u on that.abhishek had psychology.wat i think from my obsevation is pubad is comparatively small in syllabus and good scorin too.

saurabh said...

@puneet,as far as question bank is concerned in addition to unique u can also go for IIMS and new vishal chapterwisesolution of previous year paper.

rahul123 said...

can any one tell me what is code number 12 stand for in upsc paper

Anonymous said...

Hi Saurabh
Madhur here
I saw the success rate of economics in the annual reports released from time to time by the UPSC, and economics has been consistently the most successful mains optional, with consistent success rates of 15 to 20%. So don't you think that regardless of whether it is, or it is not a scoring subject, it is still the safest mains optional?
I would be very thankful if you could reply to my message at my email address, which is, gladrags_100@yahoo.com.

Thanks

saurabh said...

@madhur,hi! the success rate of eco is relative.as only around 150 students from eco write mains and finally around 10-12 make it.in that 10 12 people majority of them have good marx in their second optional.i m not telling that eco iz unsafe but its not that much scoring.i just discourage d people who don,t hasve eco background coz or who choose eco as second optional coz wid same amt of hardwork they can score good marks in other easy optional.

Lalit said...

Adding on to the data :
To be precise, 76 people who had eco as either 1st or 2nd optional got call for interview in CSE07.26 made it to the final list with 5 under 100

@Saurabh Sir

1.I am also in dilemma abt eco.Is there any optional which can be self prepared as I was thinking of preparing eco on my own and take coaching for GS and Pub Ad.?

2. Did you have eco as your degree course?If yes, then isn't eco easy after having a degree in eco., at least the 1st paper :)

3.Wat is this concept of 1st and 2nd optional-means what is the difference in saying that say,eco is my 1st optional and 2nd optional?

Thanx a lot.Ur results must have been approaching.
All the very best...........

ashirvad said...

i feel its dangerous for mains unless one is a master in it.but juicy stuff for prelims

Lalit said...

I have seen the successful candidates list at it features Saurabh Mishra @218 rank....Congrats sir

What about Abhishek sir.There is only one Abhishek in the list and that at 48 rank ABHISHEK SINGH.Hope its u only.....

Ankit said...

Hi, I don't seem to find much online information on Law as a subject for prelims and mains. I would appreciate if information around 'How to prepare Law for UPSC prelims/mains' is published.

Peter_Parkar said...

Hi Saurabh..i have taken Economics as my optional for prelims..i am not able to get last 10yr papers, can u plz fwd the same at sharmaprakher@gmail.com if they r available with you.
Thanks in advance..

saurabh said...

@lalit,i did,nt appeared in d 2008 prelims so that saurabh is another guy.i do have masters in eco.for eco preparation u don,t have any choice but self preparation becoz dere z no any alternative.and d difference b/w 1st n 2nd optional is that ur prelims optioonal paper is called 1st optional.

saurabh said...

sorry peter i dont have 10 years paper.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir
How was ur pre?

I have found out a coaching in Delhi "Kalinga" which offers guidance in eco.
U have any idea abt it?
Ur prompt reply will be helpful.

Puneet said...

Does anyone have answers to 2009 Economics Prelims? Any idea about what will be the cut-off? In fact, does anyone know how the cut-off is determined? Is it based on aggregate of GS and Optional or each Optional has a separate cut-off? Thanks!

saurabh said...

@anonymous,hi!regarding your query abt kalinga i wud suggest dat u go n meet people over dere n den decide abt taking admission rather than taking feedback from here n dere.

Saket said...

i wanna know some good correspondence study institute which can provide good study material giving institute for upsc prep.

Manvi said...

Hi Sir........wht's d prctise book that u hv mentioned? are they available at book stores.

saurabh said...

@saket,hi! i think BRILLIANT's study materials r good.

saurabh said...

@manvi,hi!there are numerous practise books like unique.iims, dhillon,etc.u will find these books at any book store where study materials for ias r available.

Manvi said...

saurabh sir..... thanx for d help

naveen said...

Hello Sourabh,

I am taking Eco as my 2 optional. Although Commerce background i am confident that i can do it. Problem is i need concrete material which can act as guideline on that basis i can prepare my own notes. I am dillemma about lalwani and Brilliant's notes? which one better.

From bangalore, do not know anyone here who have taken up Eco as optional... Pls tell me which one helps ? Even suggest me keeping 2008 QP in mind best books for reading plus reference?

Thanks
Naveen-Bangalore
katti.naveen@gmail.com

Manvi said...

hi sahrabh ........u think instead of studying of 5-6 diffrent books, only brilliants study material will be enough for eco(optional paper for prelims). also, the syllabus is little vague for ex. it says, land...but what exactly in it? just the basic knowledge or in depth knowledge? what to do?

rohan said...

hi saurabh
iam graduating in eco from delhi univ. in 2010 and hope to give upsc in 2011.can i prepare for eco mains without the further study of eco as post graduation?

Masochist said...

Hi Saurabh, i wish to take economic for prelims..but i m bit confused about the reading material.
i just bought ML Jhingan macroeconomic theory..but the syllabus is just so confusing, I mean which chapters should we refer to?? or do we have to go through the entire book??

saurabh said...

@manavi, hi! look brilliant study material is good but de r no substitute to basic reference books.so use it as a complementary reference not as a basic reference.

saurabh said...

@rohan, as far as syllabus is concerned u dunno need to do post graduation.but as far as uncertainty invoved wid dese exam i wud suggest u to complete ur pg first.

saurabh said...

@masochist,look u first go thru the topics mentioned in syllabus n identify them in the books.in addition 2 jhingan supplement ur reading with ncert macro 12'th std book and also schaum series book on macro economics.further reference i have mentioned in my original post.

Jyotirman said...

hi saurabh,
I am MBA (finance) planning to prepare for civils.i had an introduction of economics in my MBA.i really liked the subject and enjoyed studying.now i m planning to take this as my opltional paper.but there are so many who advise otherwise i just want to know,is there sufficient no. of people who clear IAS with economics,do you think that its really important to have a prior degree in Eco to take this as optional paper or even non eco background people can do it.what difficulty one might face.....?
thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

saurabh said...

@jyotirman,actually d prblm wid eco is that no good coaching n good study material is available in d market.so u hv to completely rely on text books n self study.further it is not so scoring too.therefore i usually discourage people from opting eco who don't have background.
this time around 35 people wid eco made to d final list n 32 people hv d eco background.
dost dere z cut throat competition every single mark matters so i vl advice u to choose optional which is scoring n popular like pub ad or psycho.

tmouneesh said...

what aggregate,that one should get in degree(btech or general degree)for writing upsc

sreekanth said...

i am an engineering student of 3rd year of EEE department.could you pleasesuggest me the optionals so that i succeed in prelims...........sreekanth

madhur said...

hey saurabh i have chosen economics as one of my optionals.I dont have an economics background but only my propensity to learn economics has lead me to take this decision.please suggest some good coaching for ias in delhi.

Pria said...

hello sir. this is pria,pursuing b.tech in electronics n communication[2nd year].as electronics is my field,therefore,i have decided to opt electrical science as the optional subject in prelims..could u please help me out in getting the ias prelims electical science question papers[chapter wise as given in the syllabus]...
i shall be highly obliged if along vd the above mentioned help u will provide me time to time guidance too. as by the completion of degree i will be of 20,therefore,in total i hav 4 years for its prepration...
hoping for the positive and early response from your side.......

Pria said...

sir, ias-for me is not just a dream but the only way to carry on myself independently immidiately after graduation....accordingly i hav prepare ma schedule too..by the july of next year i have to complete my prelims syllabus.so kindly please me with your help as early as possible...hope u will cooperate me at your fullest in this regard.......

kriitka said...

hello sir i have done b.com h from shri ram college of commerce,du n rite nw m doing my postgrad frm du as well.m plng to take commerce as my 1st optional.m confused between eco nd psychology as my second optional...pls suggest...i had readings frm donbusch n fischer and rubinfield n pindyck in my graduation nd i have scored well in dese papers....also r dere ne good coachin institutes 4 eco in delhi..??i ve heard kalinga is good....

saras said...

hi abhishek,
just cleared prelims... and your blog was a great help... hope you plan on continuing the mentoring in the mains stage too...
thx!

saras said...
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saurabh said...

@pria, sorry for late reply.actually ihardly hv any familarity wid electronics.u vll get the prelims 10 years paper from any bookshop but for chapter.wise u hv to ask d people who r preparing wid this optional.regarding help i vll definetely provide but only for gs as i m not familiar wid ur optional.so all d best u started ur planning at very early stage n it vl definetely help u lot.

saurabh mishra said...

hi!madhur,its good that u want to learn economics n u opted it as optional for civils.as dere r two three institutes such as origin.kalinga n axiom but ihvnt any idea whether de r gud or not.i vl suggest u to visit these place n meet faculty over dere n den decide.

saurabh mishra said...

hi!kriitka,if u vl ask me i vl suggest u to take psycho as ur second optional because it has two merits over eco.firstly it is much more scoring than eco n secondly good coaching n study materials are easily available for psycho.as far as kalinga is concerned i don't hv much idea abt that institute.

Sachin Prakash said...

Hi Saurabh ,

I am preparing for CSE-2010 with Chemistry (first) and Economics as 2nd optional . Can u suggest books which will be required for mains preparation of economics along with strategy .

Also if there are any good study material in form of coaching notes
then plz suggest that too.

Eagerly waiting for your reply

Sachin Prakash

vijaytripathi_1 said...

hi saurabh,
this is vijay. need to know is it advisable to take up cse 2010 as i have yet not started preparing.i wish to take cse 2010 but problem is i am working (teaching economics in college) it seems to be little confusing how to prepare blueprint(action plan) for the exam. certainly i would like to opt eco as optional but what about gs in case if its possible to crack the exam. earlier i have cleared some competitive exams i.e. cpo's, etc. but have no experience of exams conducted by upsc.
do provide your perspective on it to dispel the confusion
sincerely yours
vijay.

Siddharth said...
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deepak said...

hi saurabh,
I have taken economics as my 1st optional,since i have done bcom(hons).I am from sc category so i would like to know the likely cut off for sc candidates in economics...and also is there good chance for me in this paper?...
Thank you.

Ankush said...

hi...

i am doin mbbs and i want to know wether it is a gud subject to take ...coz i have heared its very tough subject to take...can u plz guide me and also which optional subject is likely to be on similiar line with it
thank you
ankush

swati said...

Hello Sir,
I m swati.I m economics graduate & have completed my MBA(Marketing)in this year(2009) itself.
I m frm Ranchi and number of institutes are very less here.
also I choose Hindi as my medium.
So plz suggest me i it gud to opt Economics or should I opt sociology and public admin.

abhishek said...

hieee....abhishek
myself abhishek tiwari from raipur chhattisgarh but currently i m in bangalore.
i graduated in mircrobiology(bsc).
and now i m doing mba.
could u plz tell me which optional i will choose for my upsc prelims.

i m looking forward for ur reply.
Thanks

abhishek said...

hie.. abhishek
me abhishek.
i graduated in mircrobiology(bsc.)
and recently im doing mba from bangalore.
could u tell me which optional i choose for my upsc prelims.
i m looking forward for ur reply.
Thnx

Anonymous said...

sir i want to know that in the syllabus of prelims in microeconomics part there is a part called cost and supply i want to know what all chapters are to be read for that part from AHUJA book. plz reply soon

abcd said...

It would be a greatt help if you Could please share your strategy for preparing economics esp for Mains along with the study materials/books used for each topic and time alotted etc...

sarav said...

Dear senior..
first of al I appreciate ur effort.. I am sarav.. completed B.Sc.(Homescience) a 4 yr degree and finished M.Sc.(Agricultural Economics). Now I am working in Indian Bank as a officer. Though I am a banker.. my mind is always thinking about IAS.. but I didnt try till now.. u may tell me.. can I choose economics as my first option and for second option, is sociology ok?.. I am the college first mark in my PG..

Chandan said...

Hi Saurabh,
I am BE (Computer), done my MBA in (Systems) and now doing dual MBA in Finance. Recently, I had generated a lot of interest in Economics and Finance. For my optionals I am thinking of taking Economics and Management. Actually I am planning for IAS as a 5 yr plan :) and think that even if I dont make it there, still I will have a good knowledge of Eco and Fin for my career. I am already working as a Software Business Analyst. Does my selection and approach makes sense.... suggest some suitable strategies for the game plan... Thanks!!!

Chandan said...

Hi Saurabh,
I am BE (Computer), done my MBA in (Systems) and now doing dual MBA in Finance. Recently, I had generated a lot of interest in Economics and Finance. For my optionals I am thinking of taking Economics and Management. Actually I am planning for IAS as a 5 yr plan :) and think that even if I dont make it there, still I will have a good knowledge of Eco and Fin for my career. I am already working as a Software Business Analyst. Does my selection and approach makes sense.... suggest some suitable strategies for the game plan... Thanks!!!

legion d' honneur said...

Hii Abhishek

I am doing integrated master of science course in Economics( 5 years ) and I would like to know in detail regarding how to study the economics as the major part is related to the explanation of some concepts and I have chosen geography as optional as i have heard that it is easy to score , I would like to know about the books of geography and i would also like to know about the strategy for preparation of the main exams in economics.

rahul said...

sir, i am doing my economics hons. and want to do post-graduation before appearing for civil services paper.its my goal to be an ias officer.so i wanna know it is better to do ma in eco or do mba after graduation?Is it possible to do civil exams after mba?please do reply

naveen said...

i am Naveen,an economics graduate well staong with my optional for prelims but worried about mains only because i am planning to write in hindi.
please clear 'the economics mains-hindi midium fobia'.
thanking you...

saurabh mishra said...

@all
sorry guys for not replying ur queries for long as i was busy wid my research thing these days but from now i will reply ur queries asap.

saurabh mishra said...

@all
instead of an individual reply i m trying to summarizize it in one as dere were lots of backlog queries.but from now onwards definetely try to answer individually each query.
as far as medium is concerned for economics dere is no such difficulty except one asdere r few study material available in hindi den medium make hardly any difference.
regarding mains iwill shortly put up writeup on blog mentioning strategy and detailed reading list.
lastly one word caution dat don't take economics as ur second optional if u don't have familiarity wid d subject because ultimately wat matter is good marx and in that case eco is not that much scoring as pub ad or psycho further syllabus is very kengthy n not availablity of sufficient material n gud coaching.
all d best for ur preparation

KUNAL KUMAR said...

currently m doing master of fashion management from nift chennai, and i am a economics graduate , want to go for the ias , how is eco and socilology combination or wat would u suggest.

thanx
regards
kunalkumar.sharma@gmail.com

HEMANT said...

Hi Saurab,

I am from engineering background. I am planning to take eco as my first optional (pub ad as second).

1)As mentioned here and many other forms there are not many coaching and well structured material available for mains. So can u suggest the list of books one needs to go through along with topics one need to refer from those books?

2)Do people from non eco background takes eco as an optional and if so what is the sucess ratio.(I know difficult to ans still :P)

3) Had gone through the mains marks list of 2008 and I have found eco as a pretty scoring subject. The average of the guys who have appeared from this subject had 333+marks in contrast to 300- in most of the other optional. Might be there were no one who scored as high as 360-370(Other than one who has 400+)still average tell the diff story all together.


4)I had gone though the mains paper and found that it is s more of analytical in nature compared to any other social science subject which are subjective in nature. That is one of the reason I want to take it as an optional.

4) An suggestions for people from non eco background .

Sachin said...

Hi Saurabh,

This is Sachin here. I have commerce background, and reading the material that you have suggested. Presently I am studying Indian Eco by Dutt and Sundaram and Micro Eco by H.L. Ahuja. But I am confused about which section to cover in these books as per syllabus.

Your kind help will be highly appreciable.

antushree said...

Hi 1st ov all thanx 4 the previous reply.i hv decided to take geo as my main and as i said b4 i hv eco in ma grad level in b.a (prog).but i m a bit apprehensive abt it as an optional cos i hv heard dat enough coaching isn't available in it.plus i fear dat unless i do my masters in eco i guess it wud b tough 2 go ahead wid it.wat do u suggest to this?do u think i shud take eco or sm other popular option like public ad.although i am not studying it at all in my grad level.regards.

ravi teja said...

Hi read your reasoning for economics as optional. finally found someone who speaks for economics as a safe bet. Thanks for that. But sir whats a good stategy to attack the mains paper. This would help me a lot in my preparation and oreintation accordingly.

Anonymous said...

hi my name is anup , i work in a bpo, in calling profile, done ma with economics ,wants to prepare for ias ,but dont know how to start ,should i take ncert books for 11th and 12th and start with that first , but how do i skipp unwanted topics in the books ,or do i have to read each and everything a-z

I'm really confused , can you help me how to start with ?


thanks ,
anup

Anonymous said...

hi sir,
cud you plz tel the expected cutoff for economics prelims 2010.
thanks..!

shomit said...

hi Shourabh,
iam Shomit i have done graduation in economics from DU. iam planning to give IAS prelims in 2011. i will opt for economics and geography as my optional subjects with eco in prelims. Could you please help me with the course material in both. and could you please tell about as Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) My email Id is shomit.gupta@gmail.com

ruchi said...

hi saurabh,
i am preparing 4 mains 2010.can you tell me whch all indian eco boks r gud 4 ppr-ii and for gs...i hav pub ad as second optional.can you guide me about pub ad what material as i hv no clue abt it wtsoever. thnx in advnce.
ruchi

saurabh said...

@ruchi,hi!for indian economy u refer mishra puri or dutt sundaram+uma kapila+eco survey+macroscan.org and for pubad any coaching notes+mohit bhattacharya+rumki basu and for paper2 in addition to coaching notes also supplement it with rajani goyal and selected articles of IIPA journals.
all d best

Anonymous said...

hai...i have done BSc(agriculture) and MBA(finance)..planning to give exam on 2012...opted for management and economics..but in dilemma between pub ad and management....i want ur suggestion in selection of optionals

ishu said...

hello sir,
i am doing eco(hons) from du and have decided to take eco in the mains...so will it be better to complete my post grad. in economics before appearing as far the syllabus is concerned....??
also i am in a dilemma for my 2nd subject....is public admin. scoring nd relatively easy to prepare than others..??

ishu(undergrad)

gautam said...

thank you sir,
As i have also opted for economics and i am a student of 2nd year of B.eco. moreover i am preparing the whole subject with my own effort.
And i am glad to know that the strategy that i have made totally coincide with yours.
So now i believe that i have the right way to achieve the goal.

Anonymous said...

hello sir..
can u please tell me which coaching is better for economics?? kalinga or axiom??..

saurabh mishra said...

kalinga and axiom both r pathetic go for IAS PAATHSHAALA

Anonymous said...

i want to choose physics and chemistry as ma optionals . will it b safe??
can both dese subjects can b done together??

Saurabh Bansal said...

i am a chartered accountant, but i have a good interest in economics since 11th class.(or may b u can call it romantic interest)..
I want to take economics as an optional in mains.I am a commerce graduate too and i topped my college in economics in first year too.
Should i take it??

abhi4141 said...

Hello Sir...I am currently doing my graduation Second year BCA..and i want to start my preparations from now on itself..so i was considering Economics as a subject along with Pol.Sc...so plz give me few details about this subject whether a person with non-eco. background can take Eco. as a subject for Mains or Not???

Velmurugan said...

as of economics is concerned we need good understanding of basics.. non economics candidate opting for economics is like catching a fast ball in mouth...

varsha said...

Hello sir ... thanks a lot .....i m very grateful to you ... because i want to know about economics subject ,... thanks a lot sir ......

Sumit Ahuja said...

Hello Saurabh Sir,

I wish to take up economics as my second optional. Though i am an engg grad , i have developed good interest in economics while preparing it as part of GS. Do you have any insight from IAS PAATHSHALA regarding the coaching? How about Kalinga or Axiom?
Waiting avidly for your reply!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Saurabh sir, I Have decided to take Economics as my optional subject. Although I don't have economics backgroud and also want to prepare self. Is all the books which u have mentioned above are good enough.......Waiting fr reply as i am little bit confused because of the inputs which I got from most of the people regarding Econom
ics as optional subjects !!

kumargagan02@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I'm appearing for IAS Exam and confused that which subject to choose for mains but then I enrolled in http://www.wiziq.com/course/4765-economics-for-upsc-ias-mains and choose Economics as my Mains subject and was looking for such informative post from your side also . Thanks for the post. It clear my doubt regarding ias.

Narmatha said...

Im from science background.I have nill knowledge in economy.Which are the books should i refer for economy section of prelims? Suggest me the books which create interest in reading & learning about economy..

Nisheeth Mehrotra said...

Sir I have just completed B.tech in textile engineering. Can I opt economics for mains? I had economics as a subject in my 5th semester. syllabus was of elementary level.
Kindly suggest me.

madhu said...

is institute material good for economics mains[including text books] and which institutes material better.

Sahil Sharma said...
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Sahil Sharma said...

hello sir
I am sahil sharma an engg grad in computer science i have a passion for being an IAS so i recently quit and started preparing for it
my options are economics and public ad but after reading your blog i am like a bit confused about my options
so if you can please counsel on the this
Thank you

sidhika said...

hi saurabh I have completed my graduation in economics (hons) from Delhi university & what i want to ask is whether i should go for economics as an optional for the upsc mains as I secured a second division in my graduation. would it be preferable to opt economics & which book do u suggest for microeconomics?

tarini Sharma said...

For ias test series you can follow this course:
http://www.wiziq.com/course/4870-ias-general-studies-and-csat-prelims-question-bank
Has a good set of questions...

Anonymous said...

Hello sir..kindly tell me gud eco coaching
Thank you

Rajesh Pandey said...

i have done BA(plain) with economics as a subject. can i take economics as an optional in ias mains. do i require a math 10+2 background to pull off economic honours level in ias.

madhuri gautam said...

hello sir i have study eco in my +2 level ....but i can understand it well so can u tell me to pot it as their is 1 optional only

Abhishek said...

Hi Madhuri,

Your selection of optional for UPSC should depend on two things - interest in the subject and aptitude for the subject ... as one will be required to study the subject in great detail, interest in the subject is critical requirement, also as one is competing with the best in this exam aptitude for the subject in the form of fundamental clarity of concepts etc wud be required which can be built by focused studies... my suggestion would be to go through the syllabus and previous years upsc question papers of economics for evaluating how comfortable you would be with the subject .. all d very best ...

Unknown said...

Sir I am form Patna university and I am doing graution form economic hons,I want to ask you for paper 1 and 2 ,suggest me Hindi medium economics books for mains,please sir,......

Abhishek Mishra said...

@unknown ... see the best material and books are available in english and it poses a problem for hindi-medium aspirants, still for economics from General Studies perspective Vajiram and Ravi (xeroxes available in bookshops in Rajender Nagar and Mukherjee Nagar) class-notes can be a good place to start, followed by going through NCERTs of Class XI and XII and after that following economy related news from newspapers to keep yourself updated. If you want to know the books for Economics as an optional then you can email me at cs.synopsis@gmail.com.