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Minutes of Wisdom for UPSC CSE by Karn (AIR 9)
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This lesson takes you through the strategies for the preparation of UPSC CSE of Karn who himself secured AIR 9. Karn explains his struggle and then he shares the book list which he referred for the subjects of prelims general studies (all papers). He also tells how to crack essay in CSE. He also speaks about the major optional subjects.

Karn Satyarthi
Secured AIR 9 in UPSC CSE 2015. Also, pursued B.Tech. from IIT Kharagpur. Loves to read and solve puzzles.

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sir 2nd vala clear nahi ho raha?
Nice presentation.. Informative.. and ????????congratulations..
which subject can choose in optional subject so that r easy
TS
Hello shashank sir...congrats for your success....kindly provide details about optional sanskrit...please
Shashank g what was your strategy n study material for sanskrit optional. ..Kindly provide it
  1. Minutes of Wisdom Presented by Karn Satyarthi AIR 9 CSE 2015)


  2. About me AIR 9 in CSE 2015 25 years old Mining Engineering in IIT Kharagpur, 2014 . Reading, Dramatics, Quizzing, Films . Course fee: CONTRIBUTE . Follow me on Unacademy: https://unacademy.in/user/karnsatyarthi


  3. Electronics vs Paper Material . More importance to electronic material . Equal role of hard material . Reading a lot . Love for reading


  4. Struggle as senior player Self belief . Test of character Gaurav Agarwal as inspiration . Logical & scientific approach to exam


  5. Wisdom "There will always be things that are not in your control, if you fail do not be in denial, focus on what went wrong and try working to eliminate your weaknesses"


  6. Friends/Family . Parents Grandparents Sister Friends from school and college


  7. Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Topic History Ancient History Medieval History Modern (Freedom Struggle) Culture society Strategy/booklist/comment Nothing apart from the portion covered under Art and Culture Nothing apart from the portion covered under Art and Culture Bipan Chandra, Sekhar Bandyupadhyay, Sumit Sarkar, Gaurav Agarwal sir's notes Nitin Singhania notes, The Wonder that was India, Gaurav Sir's notes, GK today PDFs Sarkar, Gaurav Agner / Polity (theory + current) Laxmikanth, PRS MPRs, The Hindu, Vision IA S material, internet Youtube videos, books by debroy, sen, panagariya, bhagwati et al, Ramesh Singh, EPW, Niti aayog blog, newspapers Economy (theory + current)


  8. Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Science (theory+ current) Environment (theory+ current) Geography (Physical) Geography (India) Geography (World) Other National/International current affairs Vision IAS material and NCERT 9th and 10th Mrunal.org, ICSE 11th and 12th book, Gaurav Sir's notes, internet, newspaper and current material like Vision IAS GC Leong, NCERT 11th and 12th, ICSE 9th and 10th, Mrunal, Some youtube videos for concepts, Oxford Atlas, Gaurav Sir's notes, Vision IAS The Hindu, news pieces shared on insights on india, frontline, EPw, PRS, RSTV, Vision IAS, general non fiction etc Schemes, Policy & Filler Internet and Vision IAS


  9. Mains: Essay Vision IAS Past year essays . Feedbacks Simple, coherent and structured Complex arguments Simple language


  10. General Studies (Mains) Paper 1 Topic Strategy/booklist/comment Nitin Singhania notes, The Wonder that was India, Gaurav Sir's notes, GK today PDFs Bipan Chandra (modern Inndia as well as struggle for independence), Sekhar Bandyupadhyay, Sumit Sarkar, Gaurav Agarwal sir's notes Hobsbawm's books, Jon Green's crash course, khan academy, Vision IAs notes, some youtube documentaries Ramachandra Guha's India After Gandhi, Vision IAS notes, internet, IGNOU material for PSIR also helped, A few chapters from Bipan Chandra's India Since Independence General Reading General Reading Culture Indian history World history Post-independence India Indian society Role of women, poverty etc.


  11. General Studies (Mains) Paper 1 Globalization on Indian society Communalism, regionalism, secularism General Reading, PSIR optional helped General Reading World geo physical Resource distribution GC Leong, NCERT 11th and 12th, ICSE 9th and 10th, Mrunal, Some youtube videos for concepts, Oxford Atlas, Gaurav Sir's notes, Vision IAS Factors for industrial location Earthquake tsunami etc. Impact on flora-fauna


  12. General Studies (Mains) Paper 2 Role of civil service Same as above India & neighbors PSIR optional helped, read books like Ganguly, Sikri, Malone, Rajamohan, RSTV's India's World, Vision IAS Effect of foreign country policies on Indian material, The Hindu Frontline (especially for West Asia Bilateral/global grouping and Latin America), IDSA etc interest Diaspora International bodies- structure mandate


  13. General Studies (Mains) Paper 3 Liberalization Youtube lectures by economists on the Indian economy, some books by Debroy, Panagariya, Sen, Bhagwati etc, Vision IAS notes, Planning Commission Docs and Niti Aayog blog, The Hindu, EPW, googling, Ramesh Singh Infra Investment models Science-tech day to day life Vision IAS current affairs and S&T compendium, General current affairs reading Indian achievements in sci-tech Awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPR Environmental impact assessment Mrunal.org, ICSE 11th and 12th book, Gaurav Sir's notes, internet, newspaper and current material like Vision IAS


  14. General Studies 4 Strategy/booklist/comment Topic Ethics and interface, family, society and all the hathodaa topics Attitude, moral influence etc. Took a course on intro to ethics in my final year (was very helpful), practiced cases from Vision Civil service: integrity, impartiality, tolerance to test series, past year questions and Subba Rao's weak etc Emotional intelligence, its use in governance Moral thinkers of India and world Ethics in pub.ad, accountability, laws, rules etc. book, did a bit of googling for key words, tried to propose implementable solution to case studies.


  15. General Studies 4 Topic Strategy/booklist/comment Corporate governance Took a course on intro to ethics in my final year (was very helpful), practiced cases from Vision test series, past year questions and Subba Rao's book, did a bit of googling for key words, tried to propose implementable solution to case studies. Probity in governance, work culture Citizen charter, ethics code, work culture etc. Challenges of corruption Case studies on above topics


  16. Mains Optional Subjects P1 Section A Heywood (ideologies, theory and key concepts) Subrata Mukherjee and Sudhila Ramaswamy Rajeev Bhargava SR mam notes VR Mehta Section B DD basu Laxmikanth Oxford Companion IGNOU BA and some relevant MA notes EPW archives