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General Studies Syllabus

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     I want to know about SRIRAM's IAS.
    SRIRAM's IAS came into existence in 1985 to impart quality education to the students preparing for Civil Services Examination. With an experience of 32 years and also after sending a great number of students into various prestigious services, the institute can proudly claim to be the most dependable institute for General Studies guidance programme. SRIRAM's IAS is known for its experienced faculty, comprehensive coverage, passionate classes, frequent tests, elaborate explanation, excellent study material and its emphasis on personal attention. Presently, we are the ONLY institute that finishes systematically the entire Prelims and Mains syllabus with a clear timeline. Students know what to expect. They can come prepared for the class. And be vigilant that the standards are high and faculty is accountable. Faculty is very senior and experienced. We renew our reputation on a continuous basis with greater standards year after year. Our material is the best. Our style is simple, effective and formalistic. Our substance is in-depth and relevant.
     What are the courses offered in SRIRAM's IAS ?
    SRIRAM’s IAS focuses on guidance exclusively in General Studies along with CSAT. This is the ONLY institute which has integrated the preparation of Essay and conduct of TEST SERIES along with G.S Prelim–cum- Mains course. We have four courses in General Studies. They are
    I. GS Prelim-cum-Mains (with CSAT): Starts in June/October and ends in March/July next year. Covers Prelims Papers I and II as well as the Four Papers of Mains and ESSAY.
    II. GS Prelim-cum-Mains(without CSAT): Starts in June/October and ends in March/July next year. Covers Prelims Papers I as well as the Four Papers of Mains and ESSAY.
    III. CSAT only: Starts in June / October
    IV. GS Mains Test Series: Starts just after the declaration of Prelims results and ends in November.
    V. GS Prelims Test Series: Starts in Jan/Feb and continues till July.
    VI. Interview: Couple of classes are held for all hopefuls before the results of the Mains Exam. Course starts after the declaration of Mains result.
     How do you describe a standard 2-hour Sriram’s class?
    It is centered around basics. Strives to make the concept clear. Explains with examples. Applies it to the debates today.
     Which course is suitable for whom?
    A. Prelims-cum-Mains Courses are suitable for all freshers.

    B. Mains & prelims Test Series are highly beneficial for the those who have already appeared for the Examination and want an authentic simulation where discussion adds lot of value to the preparation. It can fine-tune their performance. In fact, we do not enroll those who have not appeared for the Prelims into the Mains Test Series. Proof is required.
     Schedule of classes?
    Classes are held daily for 2 hours. Sundays may be holidays. After the faculty lectures, students have the option of raising queries either privately or among the students. Faculty being experienced and knowledgeable, students benefit immensely. The time table for different subjects within the General Studies is given at the beginning of the Programme. There may be minor variations in it.
     Why SRIRAM's?
    Civil Services Examination is knowledge-intensive. The knowledge required is unlike any other examination. Nuances are the key. It is not amassing information. Mechanistic preparation like an ordinary tutorial is suicidal. Faculty that has knowledge and experience is required. Faculty also should have passion. Faculty should care for the students. It has to enliven the classes. Continuous renewal is vital. SRIRAM’s IAS has such resources. Remember and reflect: teaching IAS aspirant is not teaching for any other competitive examination. Certain intellectual sensitivity is necessary.

    Our exclusivity in presentation. In-depth coverage of Syllabus, elimination of irrelevant information, completion of the course in time well ahead of examination, high level of credibility of faculty, continuous evaluation through examinations & study material that is all the time renewed. We also respect and encourage the students to actively participate in class room discussion, relevant questions raised in the class will be answered immediately to the satisfaction of the students and those students who want to raise questions privately can do so too. We do not dumb down. That’s why Genuine aspirants prefer Sriram’s.
     What is your method of assessment of how the candidate is preparing?
    We constantly evaluate the performance of the candidates. From day one, students submit answers and get them evaluated. Sriram sir personally evaluates initially and later for second and third opinion, Professors’ services are used. Candidates are encouraged to participate. Exams are held immediately after the completion of a certain component of the exam. Faculty discusses the questions. Our Tests are strictly patterned on the UPSC examinations.

    After evaluation, candidate has the freedom to approach the concerned faculty to clear his/her doubts and get suggestions regarding further improvement.
     May I know the details about the faculty members?
    Prof. Sriram Srirangam: Indian Polity and Governance; Economics; Current Events (some portions); Ethics (some portions)

    Dr. B.K. Banerjee: Physical sciences; Science and Technology; Defense and National Security along with Disaster Management

    Dr. Raghavendra Rao Baru: Life sciences

    Prof. E. Seenaiah: Indian and World History

    Dr. D B Kumar: Geography

    Dr. Pandey: Ecology and Environment

    CSAT Faculty

    Mr. Achal Khanna: Analytical Ability

    Mr. Abhijit Dutta: Quantitative aptitude and logical reasoning
     What are my chances of getting into service if I join you?
    Your chances are the best provided the right strategy is adopted. If you are regular for all classes; read the study material; attend the examinations; come prepared to the class; be ready to take the class room discussions forward with your own readings; write answers and get them corrected, your chances are the brightest.
     I am not a professional like doctor/engineer. Does it impact the outcome? Can I compete equally with them?
    UPSC provides equal opportunities and level playing field for students belonging to different streams. In fact, the Civil Services Examination is a Great Leveller. It does not differentiate between candidates belonging to Sciences/Arts/ Humanities/Languages/Commerce/Medicine/law. There is some advantage for the Science stream in CSAT (Remember the Mukherjee Nagar agitation and the debate that it generated!) Once again, experience has shown that if you follow the schedule that we set; attend classes without exception; Read the material we provide, it is perfectly doable.
     Do you keep up to date with the fast changing nature of the examination?
    Yes, our strength lies in being ahead of the curve after understanding the trends as they prevail in the preceding 3-5 years. Our coverage reflects the changing realities of the toughest examination in the nation. Our faculty has vast experience, zeal to teach and examination bias. We not just equip you to answer any question across all areas of the syllabus with a certain intellectual maturity, but in fact do get our finger on the seasonal themes. Not to forget the conventional pockets of the syllabus.
     Has the syllabus changed over years? If yes, have you changed too?
    Syllabus changes periodically. It changed in the year 2000, 2008, 2010 and again in 2013. As faculty committed to boost the value of coaching, we take great pleasure in seeing the implications of the changes and keeping the student ready. Being experienced faculty- with over 15-20 years-our teachers can do it very competently
     Will the course for USPC exam help me in provincial or PCS exam or some other competitive examinations?
    Yes, our guidance will be of immense value for those who are preparing for Indian Forest Service, Indian Engineering Service, RBI Officers, and Judicial Services examinations. Apart from the above, our guidance is more than enough for those preparing for State or Provincial Civil Services.

    The same is also useful for the Assistant Commandant Examination conducted by UPSC and CDS.
     What is CSAT?
    The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) changed the pattern of the Preliminary Examination. Optional is replaced with Paper II which has numeracy and reasoning - broadly. Originally English language was also tested but in 2014 it was removed as a result of protests. We stress that the two papers have to be studied together as there is aptitudinal continuity and constancy between the two. Sriram's has very competent faculty for the Paper II who can build from basics and take care of all varieties of students- irrespective of their stream.
     Will you help us with analysis of previous papers of GS questions?
    One of the first preconditions set by Sriram sir in the introductory lecture is that classes will be useful far more than we can imagine if previous years’ papers- last 15-20- are studied and digested. That makes our expectations accurate. We cover the last ten years papers suo moto. And more if students bring it up. It is very important as ‘trend is friend’. We can make out the trend and keep you ready for future.
     What is the result of the institute in the previous years?
    Every year we invariably send 200 odd candidates into various services with Sriram's students securing at least two to six positions in top 10.
     How to enroll myself?
    You can directly enroll yourself with the institute by completing the application form and fulfilling the rest of the formalities. You can enroll yourself anytime before the commencement of the course. But it is advised that students take early admission to avoid any unnecessary disappointment. We accept DD obtained in favour of Sriram’s IAS, New Delhi. Very soon, we will give you the option of depositing into the bank account of the Institute.
     Will I be able to find accommodation near the institute?
    Yes, the institute will assist you in finding accommodation with the help of our real estate agent near to the institute.
     Can you please suggest General Studies Bibliography?
    Indian ,World History & Culture
    1. NCERT (IX class onwards upto + 2 level) – Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, World History and a book on culture.
    2. Gazetteer of India, by Publication Division: (Vol-2: History & Culture)
    3. Sriram's Printed & class notes
    4. Modern Indian History: Grover and Mehta
    5. World History: Jain & Mathur (only prescribed syllabus)

    Indian Economy
    1. NCERT (XI and XII class except the book on Microeconomics)
    2. Dutt & Sundaram
    3. Sriram's printed and class notes

    1. NCERT ( VII class onwards upto +2 level)
    2. Sharma & Cotinho : Economic and Commercial Geography of India.
    3. Sriram's printed and class notes. We emphasise on current geography a lot.

    Indian Polity
    1. NCERT (X, XI and XII books)
    2. Sriram's printed and class notes

    1. NCERT (VIII to XII class)
    2. Popular Science Series (CSIR)

    For Current developments, social issues, latest developments in Science and Technology, Sriram's notes can be depended upon with supplementary reading from the journals mentioned below.
    * The Hindu
    * Any newsweekly (Outlook or India Today)
    * Yojana/Kurukshetra
    * Any career magazine

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