Friday, August 17, 2018

Material for HCS Examination

Hi

Many of you have been asking about some material and startegy for HCS Examination as I have cleared this examination in past.

Here are some basic notes regarding them. (However, they may not be sufficient, and one may need to read more in depth).

Indian History

Indian Polity

Indian and World Geography

Economics

Science

Basic Definitions Etc

Computer 

NCERT Polity Summary

Apart form the above, the general strategy is -

1. For Prelims: CSAT & GS
Focus on CSAT Part as it will be decisive. Practice as much as you can as time factor shall decide your selection. Can take any popular books like that of R S Aggarwal for Reasoning

2. For Prelims: Haryana GK
Around 10% questions in prelims are asked, but not in Mains till 2013 Exam (but they may ask). However, GK of Haryana is limited and one can score good marks with little effort. Read 1-2 GK Books on Haryana - Like Arihant, Upkar etc. Apart from these, read local Hindi paper, read summary of Haryana Budget of this year and read 5-6 issues of Haryana Samvaad (Haryana Review in English) Magazine of Haryana Government for schemes etc.

3.1 GS Conventional: For both Prelims and Mains
For GS, solve as many previous years papers - almost 200-300 MCQs which have been asked in various exams like - SSC, UPSC, NDA, CDS, Other state PCS etc. Can take practice MCQ books also of publishers like Lucent.
Some basic material like - Khan Academy Videos related to subjects, NCERTs for subjects (the list can be referred in my another post for UPSC), for environment - notes of some popular institute, ancient history and Art and Culture - 11th NCERT, Polity - M Laxmikant, Geography - 11th and 12th NCERT, Science - NCERTs or booklets y NBT, for Economics - notes or booklets of some popular institute which prepares for SSC, etc can be read.

3.2 GS Current: For both Prelims and Mains
For current affairs, read Vision IAS or any other popular institution's Monthly Current Affair booklets of past few months - Say from January 2018, their PDFs are available online. Don't waste too much energy on current affairs as they generally ask 10-15% of it and often very basic and factual stuff.

4. For Mains: Hindi
If you have not written Hindi for long, please start reading a good Vyaakran (grammer). Read previous years' mains papers to understand the kind of questions that they ask, and prepare accordingly. Since language is not learnt in a day, practice shall help. Daily half an hour of reading plus practice can help a lot as Hindi has marks in final score.

5. For Mains: English
Same is true for English also. Start with a good grammer and read 2-3 pages daily and practice examples. Also write down 5-10 word meanings daily for building your vocabulary as questions on antonyms, synonyms etc are asked in Mains and a good vocabulary wll help in reading comprehension passages as well as in essay.

6. For Mains: Optionals
Take those optionals in which you are comfortable in. History, Geography, Sociology, Public Administration are some of easier Optionals if you don't have prior preparation of two optionals.

7. For Mains:Essay
For essay, you can rely on your GS preparations as topics are generally easy or moderately difficult. If you don't have very high confidence, you can read a popular book like the one published by Tata McGraw Hill on essays and can also practice writing a few essays.

Read all past years' papers to get an idea about the type of questions that HPSC asks. Some of them are available on website of HPSC also.

I hope it helps.

Thanks
Nitin Sangwan


32 comments:

  1. Please share ncert polity summary without watermark.

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  2. Sir pls share polity notes for upsc...pls sir it doesn't really matter whether the notes r in good condition or not ...wat matters is the quality of ur notes...ur notes r terrrafic & extremely useful..pls sir do post polity upsc notes

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    1. Shivam, for Policy Laxmikant Laxmikanth's book is bible. Please follow that.

      Thanks

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  3. Just wanna say thanks for all you have done. Your online notes; essential sociology, awesome. Im 26. Just started preparing. And i will make it.

    "Hope for the Best, Prepare for the worst"

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  4. Hello sir. Im confused about selecting my optional,because i want to clear CSE with self studies. I have shortlisted philosophy and sociology. Please do me a favour to understand this confusion

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    1. Hi,

      Please go by your heart and interest. That way, you will be able to enjoy your preparations.

      Thanks

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  5. sir iam a biggner so sir plzz help me how can i prepare for upsc exam

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    1. Hi,

      Read my posts and comments. I have answered all the questions that beginners might ask.

      Thanks

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  6. Sir plz provide political notes....plz

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    1. Some concise notes are there in this post itself.

      If you want to read more, M Lxmikanth is a good source.

      Thanks

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  7. Sir I want to know if ncerts of 11th & 12th are sufficient for hcs mains optional.

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    1. I forgot to mention the subject...it is psychology

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    2. I forgot to mention the subject...it is psychology

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    3. Cant comment regarding Psychology optional as I never read that.

      Thanks

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  8. Sir ... I'm preparing for CDS ...nrd i printed out our all pdf notes.... ....
    Sir .. Are they enough for CDS exm ??? ...
    If they are not ... Plzzz suggest me some books.... Ndd all

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    1. For CDS, you can solve previous year papers and see what more needs to be covered. Can read current material also along.

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  9. Hello Sangwan Sir
    Regarding HCS Optional Mains (History)
    1st of all Thank your book on sociology is absolutely helpful now i dont need to buy other notes
    but regarding 2nd optional i have doubt (History ) How can i deal specturm was sufficent for modern or do i need to buy bipin chandra
    and for ancient and medieval ncerts + which source should follow or book or notes ??
    Regards
    Reply as soon as you can

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    1. Himanshu,

      Can refer only one book per topic or bunch of topics as generally they don't go too deep.

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  10. Hello sir please provide science complete notes as the available are starting from no 6 upload 1-5 as well..Thanks

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  12. Sir, since there are 2 optionals , how to select the 2nd optional? I am preparing for upsc so have studied only 1 optional.

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  13. Sir, since there are 2 optionals , how to select the 2nd optional? I am preparing for upsc so have studied only 1 optional.

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    1. Take the one which is easy and has large area of overlap to your strong areas of GS or graduation stream.

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  15. Sir please do provide art and culture and world history notes.

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    1. Sneha, somehow there is technical issue, but they are available on various other websites also.

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