Manorama Year Book 2014 Review

Manorama Year Book is the most popular general knowledge year books available and also highly recommended for IAS preparation by IAS toppers and coaching institutes.

For other books, refer the post on books for IAS prelims.

This post lists what’s special in Manorama Year Book 2014 and why you should refer it for your IAS preparation.

Containing 1040 pages, the 2014 edition of Manorama Year Book contains accurate and updated information on the following topics:

World, India, Science, Information technology, General Knowledge, Sports, Current affairs and Culture.

Besides it also contains a 100o question quizz which will help boost your general awareness knowledge quickly.

Why You Should Refer Manorama Year Book

There are three good reasons to Get Manorama Year Book 2014:

  1. Increasing focus on general awareness topics
  2. Reliance of UPSC on Manorama Year Book
  3. Information is well organized and updated

If you have go through past papers of prelims since 2011, you will realize that more and more importance is being given to general awareness topics in paper 1. So you have to become aware of GK topics and Manorama Year Book is an excellent storehouse of general awareness.

Secondly, UPSC paper setters consider MYB a reliable source of information. No wonder, at least 5-10 questions every year are from Manorama Year Book.

The information in Manorama Year Book 2014 is very well categorized in topics listed above. Besides, the information is updated in every new edition of the book so you get latest information always. The language is very simple to grasp and they present important facts and figures in tabular form for easy understanding.

As a bonus, you also receive free CD ROM of Encyclopaedia Britannica to provide you a treasure trove of information in digital format that you can go through anywhere, any time.

Manorama Year Book is for these reasons the most popular reference books available for quickly building your GK base. In fact it is one of the first books to get before starting your IAS exam preparation.

IAS Prelims Pattern and Syllabus

The IAS Preliminary exam consists of two papers common to all. That is, these papers are compulsory and there is no choice at this stage. IAS Prelims pattern and syllabus is listed below.

Paper 1:

Maximum marks: 200

Duration: 2 hours

No of questions: Not mentioned by UPSC. But usually contains 100 questions.

Negative penalty: 0.33 marks for every incorrect answer

Syllabus:

  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World.
  • Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System,
  • Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development,
  • Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc.
  • General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization
  • General Science.

Paper 2:

Maximum marks: 200

Duration: 2 hours

No of questions: Not mentioned by UPSC. But usually contains 80 questions.

Negative penalty: 0.33 marks for every incorrect answer. No negative penalty for questions on Decision Making.

Syllabus:

  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
  • English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
  • Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

The questions are of multiple choice, objective type. Types of questions asked include matching, sequence, reasoning, etc. Answers have to be circled in the OMR sheet provided. Candidates are allowed to take the question paper with them. Questions are printed in English and Hindi except few questions on English comprehension that do not contain Hindi translation.

There is no individual cut-off for the two papers; rather combined score of the two papers determines whether a candidate qualifies the prelims or not.

Recommended Books for IAS Prelims (CSAT)

This post lists the recommended books for IAS Prelims exam, popularly known as CSAT. All the IAS Books are the best ones for the topic they are suggested. A brief explanation is also provided for recommending a particular book. IAS aspirants are encouraged to click on the links of the IAS books to know about the books for IAS in greater detail.

Books for Basics of IAS Exam

IAS Syllabus

This book lists the Preliminary as well as Mains syllabus in complete detail. The entire pattern of the civil services exam is present in this book. Syllabus of all the subjects available in Mains exam is also provided. Get the IAS Syllabus before getting any other book.

 

 

 

IAS Solved Papers

This book contains past 18-20 years prelims solved papers arranged topic-wise. Extremely useful for testing your preparation of a topic after completing that topic. Also helps to know questions from which topics are being asked more relative to other topics. Solved Papers is the second book you should get.

 

 

 

 Reference Manuals for Paper 1 and Paper 2

Next come reference manuals containing information on all topics of prelims that you can refer from one source and which also help you to revise quickly before the Prelims.

TMH GS Manual

Tata McGraw Hill is a well known and trusted name in education publishing. They have a wide range of books on UPSC IAS exam, the foremost being GS Manual for Paper 1 that covers all topics listed under the Prelims syllabus and hundreds of test questions on every topic. Full length tests are also included. Quality of material is very high and so is the accuracy of information provided. Get GS Manual before starting your IAS preparation.

 

 

TMH CSAT Manual

Paper 2 of IAS prelims is often termed CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test). The good part about paper 2 is you need to refer just a single book for it. TMH CSAT Manual doe the job nicely. Covering every single topic under paper 2, it also contains many practice questions on decision making, logical reasoning, basic numeracy, data interpretation, English language, comprehension and others. The explanation of topics is very reader friendly as compared to other reference manuals for paper 2. Grab the CSAT Manual to get started with your paper 2 preparation.

 

 

Reference Books for IAS Prelims Paper 1

Reference books help to quickly gain knowledge of current events and help boost your general awareness. You must know that of late UPSC is asking more and more general awareness based questions in Prelims paper 1.

Manorama Year Book

Manorama Year Book is the best reference book available for quickly boosting your GK. It contains up-to-date information on topics like Indian states, countries of the world, science panorama, famous personalities, books and authors, sports achievements, inventions and discoveries, famous personalities and many more topics. Manorama Year Book is the trusted source of questions referred by UPSC paper setters for IAS preliminary exam.

 

 

India 2014

India 2014 is published by Publication Division of Ministry of Information & Broadcasting. Needless to say, it is authentic source of all important governments data like Census, schemes, projects, pacts, agriculture, commerce etc. India 2014 is highly recommended book for IAS Prelims as well as Mains for obtaining facts and data.

History Books for IAS

Books for covering history syllabus of Prelims paper 1. History syllabus includes Ancient, Medieval and Modern Indian history up to India’s independence.

NCERT Books

Recommended NCERT books are class IX and class X books. Alternatively, you can refer RS Sharma’s Ancient India for covering ancient Indian history syllabus. RS Sharma is the author of the old syllabus NCERT text book, which though highly recommended, is unfortunately out of print. Good news is, he has authored a book on ancient India that goes further than the NCERT book.

 

 

 

The next book is Satish Chandra’s Medieval India that covers the period from 6th century AD till the dawn of British rule in India. He is also the author of the NCERT text book on Medieval India which is also out of print and this book is a recommended alternative for covering Medieval Indian history.

 

 

 

India’s Struggle for Independence

This is a iconic book for studying modern Indian history. Authored by Bipin Chandra and other other renowned historians India’s Struggle covers all facets of British rule in India right till 1947. It is a must read book for GS Mains paper as well.

 

 

 

Books for Indian Economy

Indian Economy

Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh and published by TMH is probably the best book for covering the economy syllabus for IAS prelims. It is not only updated frequently but covers all concepts and concerns in Indian economy. It has a rich collection of facts and figures pertaining to the latest economic data. After reading Indian Economy, you no longer need to refer bulky books like Datt and Sundharam.

 

 

Polity Books for IAS

Our Constitution

This book is authored by Subhash Kashyap, former Parliamentary Secretary and is the best source for understanding the Indian constitution. It contains all amendments as well as schedules. The language is very simple to understand even for a lay user. Our Constitution is the first book you should refer for polity syllabus of Prelims and Mains.

 

 

 

Our Parliament

Our Parliament is also authored by Subhash Kashyap and contains all the Parliamentary procedures and committees at a glance. All the motions of parliament and different sessions are explained in detail in this IAS book. Our Parliament is a must read book for IAS Prelims and Mains GS syllabus.

 

 

 

Constitution of India

For preparing Indian polity, you also need to know the bare articles since questions in Prelims are directly asked on the bare articles of Indian constitution. Constitution of India by PM Bakshi lists all the articles as is along with all the amendments and important judgements of Supreme Court relating to every article. This book cannot be ignored for IAS prelims preparation.

 

 

Geography IAS Books

Apart from reading NCERT class XI and XII books, the following books for Geography are highly recommended.

Oxford Student Atlas

A good atlas is a must have for tackling map based questions in Prelims. Oxford Student Atlas represents the latest geographical data of India and world accurately and will help you secure anywhere between 5-10 questions in Prelims provided you practice regularly from the Oxford Atlas.

 

 

 

Certificate Course in Geography

This book by Goh Cheng Leong is a legend among IAS aspirants. It is the best source for Physical geography concepts for Prelims and is a trusted reference book for UPSC paper setters. The language is also surprisingly easy to understand. Certificate Course is highly recommended book for IAS geography syllabus.

 

 

 

Science Books for IAS

For covering science syllabus, you should refer NCERT class IX and X books. TMH GS Manual also contains very detailed information relating to general science and is a good alternative to NCERT books.

What is the IAS Exam?

The IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. To become an IAS or IPS officer you have to clear the Civil Services Examination popularly known as the IAS exam. The IAS or civil services examination is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) every year.

Stages in the IAS Exam

The IAS exam is not a single event examination. Rather it consists of three stages. Preliminary, Mains and Personality Test or Interview. To qualify for the subsequent stage, you need to clear the previous stage first. So first you need to clear the prelims stage, then the mains stage and finally appear for the IAS interview.

Prelims > Mains > Interview

The prelims is objective in nature, the mains exam is written and interview is verbal. So,

  • Prelims – objective
  • Mains – written
  • Interview – verbal

Next thing you need to know about the IAS exam is that the Prelims is only qualifying in nature and its marks are not counted for the purpose of final ranking. On the other hand the mains and interview stages are scoring and their combined total is taken for determining the final ranking of candidates. So,

  • Prelims – only qualifying in scope
  • Mains and Interview – marks are counted for final ranking

 How to Apply for IAS Exam

Applying for IAS exam implies applying for the Preliminary stage since this is the first stage in the tier exam process. Usually prelims is held in May every year and the notification is issued in February of that year. Find out about 2014 IAS exam schedule to know about the notification and last date of application.

Candidates are required to apply online on upsconline.nic.in and hall ticket will be emailed to their registered email a few days before the preliminary exam. no other mode of application is allowed by UPSC now.

IAS Exam 2014 Schedule Now Available

UPSC has released the schedule of IAS exam to be conducted in 2014. Following is the schedule of IAS exam 2014:

Date of Notification: 17th May 2014

Last date for receipt of applications: 16th June 2014

Date of Prelims: 24th August 2014

Start of Mains: 14th December 2014 (5 days)

Number of vacancies in IAS exam 2014: Will be announced on 17th May 2014 in the notification.

Usually 13 times the total number of vacancies clear the Prelims, that is, appear for the Mains exam and about 2.5 times the vacancies appear for the interview.

So hypothetically speaking if the number of vacancies in IAS 2014 will be 1000, about 13000 candidates will clear the Prelims and appear for the Mains exam and about 2500 thousand candidates will clear the Mains and appear for the IAS interview.

So now that you know the IAS 2014 schedule, you should get started with your IAS 2014 preparation the right way.