Presenting Path Finder - Civil Services Main Examination by Dr Divya S Iyer. The miraculous boon for any Civil Services aspirant. Ever since the UPSC announced a new pattern for the main exam, students have been constantly flustered, clueless and confused in their approach. Thankfully, this book, written by an expert in the field, who herself secured rank 139 in 2011, has eased the way.
This books helps aspirants grasp the very basics of the syllabus before elevating the level. As the pattern of the paper constantly changed, questions became tougher and students were constantly surprised and dismayed when the exam paper appeared. The new pattern introduced 4 general papers instead of the existing 2 and 1 optional was retained instead of 2 from the old pattern. Each of these 4 general papers includes about 60 topics which in turn have various sub topics. But these sub topics are extremely general and provide no specificity as to what the aspirant should know. For example, a topic such as "Art forms" does not specify which forms the aspirant should focus on are or which regions the art forms belong to. This is where Path Finder becomes a life savior. The author divides all topics into broadly 3 categories: Need to Know, Good to Know, and Great to Know. The depth to which the author has gone to provide the best material to prepare is unmatched. The book provides various topics under each category, which are not mentioned in the official syllabus, but are extremely important from the examination point of view. Thorough preparation from this small, 197 page book will surely aid you greatly to face the examination.
Hence this book should be your best friends in all the months of your preparation. For all freshers, appearing or preparing for the examination for the first time, there is a well researched list of books and guides for each General Studies paper at the end of the book so that you don't waste time unnecessarily going through irrelevant books, coaching material and photocopied notes. This book has been written especially for all aspiring students and is available for a very reasonable cost and is highly recommended for all those preparing for the Civil Services Examination.
Divya S Iyer, who's a doctor and a singer, achieved 139th rank in her 2011 attempt and was also the highest score holder for her personality test. There are contributions by an IAS officer as well as a diplomat in this book. So you can be sure that your preparations are in safe hands. Pathfinder throws light on the newly revised syllabus of the main examination and helps navigate the aspirant through the never ending maze of the examination. Subject wise classification, various help tools, and an extensive list of books at the end of the book, all aid the aspirant in achieving success in the civil services examination.
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