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2. This FAQ is for information purpose only and is not a substitute for Rules. The information provided here would not create any right on part of the individual candidate.
In case, there is lack of clarity on any issue, the position indicated in the CSE Rules for the prevailing year governing the CSE would prevail.
1. Questions on Examination Preparation.
2. Questions on CSE Prelims Preparations
3. Questions on CSE Mains Preparations
4. Question on INTERVIEW Preparations.
Few important things that all the aspirants should ensure in the part of preparation are as below-
Questions on Examination Preparation
Questions on CSE Prelims Preparations
Questions on CSE Mains Preparations
All candidates recruited to various services under CSE have to be examined by the medical authority for initial appointment and for placement at jobs involving different types of work. Arrangement for the medical examinations to determine physical fitness is made by the central government. The DoPT notifies CSE Rules - Appendix-III every year prescribing guidelines for the same.
Paper 1: Any Indian language for 300 marks
Paper 2: English Compulsory for 300 marks
Note - Both the papers are qualifying in nature, if one scores 75 or above in each paper is enough
Paper 3: Essay for 250 marks
Paper 4: General studies Paper I - 250 Marks
Paper 5: General studies Paper II - 250 Marks
Paper 6: General studies Paper III - 250 Marks
Paper 7: General studies Paper IV - 250 Marks
Paper 8: Optional subject Paper I - 250 Marks
Paper 9: Optional subject Paper II - 250 Marks
Question on INTERVIEW Preparation
A few important points all aspirants should keep in mind as part of preparation follow.
- Wrong Selection of Books and Study Material: Given the vast syllabus and a ton of study material to choose from, most students end up either buying too many books for one subject or they come to know that the book was not that useful after having spent considerable time on it. Hence it is essential to have a properly vetted book list and well researched study material. The focus should be quality and not quantity.
- Lack of a Proper Study/Preparation Plan: The first hurdle is lack of understanding on how to begin. I have understood the syllabus. I have a booklist ready. But what next? How to begin? Shall I first finish Polity in its entirety and then take up other subjects? Or should I read History and Polity in parallel for the first month? This dilemma not only wastes a lot of time and energy of the aspirants but also takes a toll on their psyche and many feel disillusioned. A quick solution is a remedy for disaster.
- Absence of a Guide for Mentoring & Feedback: Preparing for CSE without feedback is akin to captaining a ship without a compass and a map. One can get lost in the vast sea of information. Am I going in the right direction? Are my efforts sufficient enough to clear the exam? I have so many thoughts, whom should I approach? These are scary situations. And the only solution is to have someone on your side who can guide you when you go astray. A mentor has the potential to lift your confidence to a level that you feel confident enough to meet the challenge.
- Trust in yourself rather trusting others who are not trust worthy, rely on your capabilities and desire: not only for CSE preparations but also for any preparations to be successful in the task, one must have self confidence, confidence bounded with love and respect towards your life and career. Confidence should drive you towards successful efforts and perfect attempt. Have a healthy fear. Yes, one must have it in oneself every now and then to keep one on one's pursuit. Remember, no one is born talented or intelligent, the urge to build a good life, big thinking, a never give up attitude, making yourself tougher for the battle.