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All you need to know about GPSC preparation – The Complete Guide

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GPSC stands for Gujarat Public Service Commission. This exam recruits officers for services into the State government. GPSC Exam preparation requires hard work and the correct guidance will be provided by online or offline GPSC coaching classes. Let us tell you everything about the GPSC exam preparation so you can easily prepare for the same.


Table of Contents

  1. About GPSC Examination
  2. Role of Coaching in GPSC Preparation
  3. Reasons to join Online Coaching for GPSC
  4. Why one should join Chahal Academy for GPSC ?
  5. Stages of Gujarat Public Service Commission Examination
      • Preliminary Examination
      • Mains Examination
      • Interview
  6. Eligibility Criteria- Important for GPSC Preparation
      • Educational Qualification
      • Age Limit
  7. Cut-off Marks
  8. How to prepare for Gujarat Public Service Commission
      • For Prelims
      • For Mains
      • For Interview
  9. Booklist for GPSC preparation

About GPSC Examination

Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) recruits for the vacancies in State Services in Gujarat through the most prestigious exam the Gujrat Civil Services examination. It releases notifications and applications to this examination every year for the recruitment of different posts in departments under the government of Gujarat. Eligible candidates can apply online after the release of notification. Also, the main purpose of this article is to provide complete information about the GPSC examination and guidance for the preparation. Candidates can prepare for the exam either through offline or online coaching classes.

Role of Coaching in GPSC Preparation

Classroom Teaching

Coaching plays a vital role in the preparation for State Public Service Exams. Moreover, coaching helps you in the preparation and increases the chances of success. However, it completely depends on the applicant whether to choose it or not. Also, coaching reduces the workload of the candidate by providing the exact material, guidance, and plan to increase the chances of success. Coaching also gives an overview of the examination pattern and changing dynamics. However, it should be noted that coaching cannot guarantee your success. But, it provides an environment for better growth and learning.

Reasons to join Online Coaching for GPSC

Teaching

  • Your Time and Place : Offline GPSC coaching has a fixed timetable but online coaching is very flexible. Moreover, the candidate saves time from traveling between home and coaching.
  • Reschedule : The biggest advantage of online coaching is that none of the lectures will be missed. Because you can watch it anytime anywhere on your laptop or phone. In other words, online coaching is the best way to prepare especially if you are working or are looking for classes from home. Also, you can watch the videos whenever you are free.
  • Inexpensive Fees : Generally, the cost of coaching for GPSC exam preparation is approximately between Rs.50,000/- to Rs.75,000/-. But online coaching is inexpensive.

Why one should join Chahal Academy for GPSC

Chahal Academy is a one-stop solution to all your queries in the field of Civil services owing to our expert faculty team. Also, we provide high-quality study material and candidates do not face any difficulty in collecting them. Moreover, Candidates can trust Chahal Academy for the GPSC preparation as this academy provides facilities for the overall development of candidates through an interactive learning environment.

  • Firstly, more than 400 hours of the GPSC Foundation Course lectures are provided. Secondly, the course includes coverage of topic-wise syllabus.
  • GPSC course is taught by the most trusted and senior faculty members. Moreover, the subject matter experts are supported by an up-to-date content team.
  • On the other hand, you get personal attention in case of any difficulty.
  • You can choose the desired time and place.
  • A super inexpensive course for your entire GPSC preparation.
  • Also, regular tests improve time management and accuracy.
  • Most importantly, the videos of lectures are available 24 x 7. So, you can watch the videos according to your preference. Chahal Academy focuses on strengthening the base of the student.

Stages of Gujarat Public Service Commission Examination

Gujarat Public Service Commission (GPSC) has divided the exam into 3 parts - Prelims, Mains, and the Interview.

Preliminary Examination

In Prelims, there are 2 papers (General Studies 1 and 2). Also, each paper is of 2 hours and carries 200 marks. Moreover, the questions are Multiple Choice. And the question paper will be in English or Gujarati. The syllabus is similar to that of UPSC but matters relating to Gujarat are taken into account for the GPSC exam.

Paper Type Total Marks Duration
General Studies - I Objective 200 3 hours
General Studies - II Objective 200 3 hours

Prelims Syllabus :

Firstly, the GPSC Syllabus overlaps with the UPSC Syllabus for the IAS exam. Secondly, with the new GPSC pattern and syllabus, candidates can prepare simultaneously for the UPSC exam and the state civil services exam. So, it will be an easier task. Below is the syllabus of Paper 1 and Paper 2.
Paper - 1:
  • History
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations
  • Mental Ability

Paper - 2
  • Indian Economy and Planning
  • Geography
  • Science and Technology
  • Current events of regional, national and international importance

Mains Examination

Paper Type Total Marks Duration
Paper 1 - Gujarati Descriptive 150 3 hours
Paper 2 - English Descriptive 150 3 hours
Paper 3 - Essay Descriptive 150 3 hours
Paper 4 - General Studies 1 Descriptive 150 3 hours
Paper 5 - General Studies 2 Descriptive 150 3 hours
Paper 6 - General Studies 3 Descriptive 150 3 hours
TOTAL MARKS FOR MAINS 900
GPSC mains consists of written examination. Moreover, this stage has 6 papers and are of essay type questions. Also, all papers are descriptive in nature and each paper is of 3 hours. However, each paper carries 150 marks and the total of all papers is 900.

Mains Syllabus

Paper - 1:Gujarati


Paper - 2:English

  • Essay- You can choose any topic from a list of five. The word limit is 250-300 words.
  • Letter Writing- It is a formal letter which is about issues of daily office matters/office problems, etc.
  • Press Release- It should be on an issue of recent concerns/problems/disasters, etc.
  • Report Writing- The report should be on official function/events/field trips/surveys, etc. The word limit is 150 words.
  • Writing on Visual Information- The report is on graph/image/flow chart/table of comparison, etc. The word limit is 150 words.
  • Formal Speech- It can be about educational seminars, formal ceremonies, etc.
  • Precis Writing- It should be in about 100 words for a 300-word passage.
  • Reading Comprehension- It should be in about 100 words for a 300-word passage.
  • English Grammar- It is in the form of MCQs to choose from.
  • Translation- Candidates have to translate a short passage from Gujarati to English.

Paper - 3:Essay

This paper covers
  • Current Affairs
  • Socio-political and economics issues
  • Relective topics

Paper 4:General Studies 1

(A) History
  • Salient features of the Indus Valley Civilization in India
  • The Vedas, Jainism, Buddhism, etc.
  • Impact of Foreign invasions
  • Important Dynasties of Ancient India. For example - the Mauryas, the Sungas, The Satvahanas, The Kushanas, The Guptas, etc. their administration, art, architecture, etc.
  • Educational institutions like Takshshila, Nalanda, etc.
  • Historical accounts of Foreign Travelers.
  • Major dynasties of Gujarat.
  • The Delhi Sultanate from 1206 to 1526.
  • The Bhakti Movement, Sufism. Mughals, Marathas, etc.
  • The British and India's struggle for Independence
  • India after Independence - Reorganization of the States and other major events.

(B) Cultural Heritage
  • India's Art and Culture - Salient aspects.
  • About Sculpture from Ancient to Modern times; Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
  • Art and Craft of Gujarat: Socio-Cultural contribution.

(C) Geography
  • Physical Features and Resources: India with special reference to Gujarat.
  • Economic Activities, Demography of Gujarat, rural-urban population, religion, language, migration, etc.
  • Natural hazards earthquakes, landslides, cyclones, etc, and

Paper 5:General Studies 2

(A) Indian Polity and Constitution:
  • Salient features of the Indian Constitution.
  • Indian Union and the State Governments, Parliament, etc.
  • Judiciary - SC judgements, etc.

(B) Public Administration and Governance:
  • Public Administration – Evolution in India.
  • Administrative ideas in Kautilya’s Arthashastra; Mughal administration; Legacy of British rule
  • Role of Civil Services in Democracy.
  • Government policies, development, good governance, etc.
(C) Ethics in Public Service:
  • Ethics and Human behavior, relationships, attitude, etc. Interface
  • Emotional intelligence, values, challenges, etc.

Paper 6:General Studies 3

(A) Science and Technology:
  • Developments in Science, India’s contribution, etc.
  • Space programme, nuclear policies of India, etc.
  • Achievements of India
(B) Indian Economy and Planning:
  • Economic Development since Independence, Major economic reforms
  • Land reforms in India and Gujarat,
  • Growth in agriculture, Capital formation; food security, etc.
  • Macroeconomic stabilization: trade, fiscal, investment and monetary policy issues and their impact. GST and its implications.
  • Gujarat's economy in relation to India as a whole
  • Infrastructural developments, etc.
(C) Current Events of Regional, National and International Importance:

Interview Stage

GPSC Mock Interview

The Interview is of 100 marks. Moreover, it is a viva question series where the board members ask questions related to current affairs and education. Also, this stage is much more than book knowledge. It tests your alertness and presence of mind to respond to questions that you do not know that answer to.

Eligibility Criteria – Important for GPSC preparation

You have to fulfill certain criteria in order to sit for the GPSC exam and they are as follows -

Educational Qualification

  • The candidates must be a graduate with 55% marks.
  • Basic knowledge of computer Application.
  • Adequate knowledge of Gujarati, Hindi, and English.

Age Limit

  • The minimum age for the Gujarat state services exam is 21 and the maximum age is 28 years old. However, there is a relaxation of 5 years for SC/ST. On the other hand, it is 3 years for OBC. For women, the relaxation is 10 years for reserved and 5 years for unreserved.

Cut-Off Marks

SR.NO. GENERAL MALE GENERAL FEMALE SEBC MALE SEBC FEMALE SC MALE SC FEMALE ST MALE ST FEMALE
1 120 90.15 120 90.15 120 90.15 79.84 65.13

How to Prepare for Gujarat Public Service Commission

For Prelims

  • You have to focus on the basics for the GPSC Prelims. So, read the syllabus thoroughly. Then, go through the Previous Year Question papers and understand what the exam demands. The syllabus and Questions papers will help you to decide what to study and what to omit.
  • Newspaper - Read the newspaper daily. Follow what the Centre, as well as the state, is doing for the people. You also have to pay attention to facts and famous personalities from Gujarat.
  • NCERT - These are government authorized books and form the basis of your exam preparation. You have to read these books properly to understand advanced level books. If you have read these books before, a speed reading will also do. Do not skip these under any circumstances.
  • Read fewer books - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading. Follow the principle of Read minimum and Revise Maximum!
  • Notes - Keep your notes very short and precise. As you finish one chapter or topic, prepare notes. It will take you a long way till the final day of your exams.
  • Revision is the key- Revise as much as you can. Also, practice answer writing from the first day itself. You will be way ahead in the competition.
  • Mock Tests - Appear for multiple mock tests to polish your knowledge. Regular mock tests will train your brain to get prepared for the final day. The Prelims stage is the first most important stage because it will help you move into the Mains stage. So, keep practicing by appearing for mock tests. Further, mock tests will train your brain to acquire the technique of answering by elimination method as well.

For Mains

  • Newspaper - For Mains too, read the newspaper daily. Read about government policies, and also international affairs. You have to pay attention to facts about Gujarat as well.
  • NCERT - Read these books to form a strong background of the subjects.
  • Government Websites - Supplement your studies with material from government websites like Policy Research Studies, Yojana, UPSC, etc. The material on these websites is 100% correct.
  • Keep a limited booklist - Prepare a proper booklist for your preparation. Do not read every book that is available for a particular subject. Pick the best ones and revise those books again and again. Although you can supplement those reading.
  • Notes - Prepare comprehensive notes. It means that you must prepare Prelims and Mains notes together. This will help you to prepare for both the stages from an early stage.
  • Mock tests - Practice lots of answer writing. You will be able to develop speed and answer writing skills.
  • Revision is the key - The inevitable step is revision. Revise as much as you can. You will be way ahead in the competition.

For Interview

For the last stage, you must sit for mock Interviews. It will help you to experience the final stage - Personality test. So, brush up your skills with the mock Interviews and enhance your personality. Further, keep yourself updated with all the current issues in and around Gujarat.

Booklist for GPSC preparation

Booklist

  1. History: Spectrum for Modern India and NCERT books for Ancient and Medieval India.
  2. Geography: NCERT books of class XI and XII along with the G.C Leong book. While studying Geography, you should always have Orient Blakswan Atlas to mark the place, mountains, and rivers on the Atlas.
  3. Indian Economy: Read Chahal Academy Economy booklet. Further, a large number of economy questions come from Current affairs also.
  4. General Science: NCERT books from 6th to 12th books, you can also read Tata McGraw Hill book.
  5. Environment: Chahal Academy Environment booklet or IGNOU material is more than enough.
  6. Polity: Go for M. Laxmikant. There is no substitute for this book.
  7. Gujarat Special: You can pick any Gujarat special preparation book which contains current affairs, issues, and facts related to the state of Gujarat.

Finally, have faith in your hard work and study plan. At Chahal Academy, we will customize a plan for your perusal so you no longer have to be worried about how to start the preparation journey. For more details, you can visit the official website of GPSC.