Any degree from an institution duly recognized by the Central or State Government is alone sufficient for appearing in CSE. Students in final year also can write provided they must be in a position to produce the Degree certificate while applying for the main examination.
Question papers for the prelims and main exams would be printed only in hindi and english. Hence we must possess a minimal amount of English knowledge so as to understand the questions. However for main examination, the candidate has the option of writing the answers either in English or in regional languages like Tamil. Similarly Personality Test can be taken either in English or in Regional languages.
In those days people will be visiting Delhi to prepare for the examinations because of the reason that coaching centres will be available there only. But nowadays Chennai is becoming a hub for the Civil Services Examination. However attending coaching centre alone will not assure success. Being a fresher to this examination it is always advisable to join some Coaching Centre to know “what is what” about the examination.
But once you have understood the pattern of the examination there is no need to attend coaching classes continuously. You can just update your study materials and keep preparing.
Students who are in doing their graduation can start their preparation for prelims right from the first year of college and may also decide about the optional subjects and prepare accordingly. Even interested school students can start their preparation for prelims while they are doing their higher secondary. However this should no way affect their regular academics.
In UPSC examination you must select two optional for the main examinations. Initially there used to be one optional for the preliminary exam also. But now that system has been changed. Anyhow you must select two optional for the main exam. Candidates appearing for the civil services have a diverse background. However some optional subjects are most widely chosen by the candidates which may not be related to his/her background. These Popular optional subjects are preferred over other due to various reasons like high scoring, compact syllabus, availability of good study material etc. For example the following subjects are considered as popular optional subjects.
However selection of Optional subjects from the above mentioned list would not guarantee success, for, Optional subjects should be chosen based on the background and interest of the candidates in addition to the reasons mentioned above.
Ideally speaking you can prepare in any language as you wish like in English or in Tamil. But one fact you must appreciate is the availability of materials for the subjects chosen. In English language the availability of materials are plenty and you will be in a position to write variety of points in your examinations. But if you prepare in Tamil language the material availability is limited. Sometime you may need to translate some books in English which will be consuming your time to large extent. But if you are comfortable in Tamil alone you can always prepare in Tamil.
The old question papers are the best guide for any competitive examinations. Once you are planned to prepare for the civil service examinations you must definitely buy the old question papers booklet and keep it with you. This will give you a broad idea about the way they ask questions. You must always keep the question paper booklet when you are reading tour materials. Once you complete certain portions of the syllabus then you must go through the question bank and try to answer the questions. In this method you will be able to predict the questions very easily.
There is no hard and fast rule in this regard. However a serious candidate is expected to devote around 8 to 10 hours a day. It is the quality of the time spent which matters more than the number of hours spent.
Yes. You must spend at least one hour per day with the newspapers and necessary notes shall be taken wherever necessary. In fact you will be answering a major portion of the Current Affairs related questions in Prelims and main examinations by using the knowledge gained from newspapers