UPSC Mains Management Paper : Today we are providing UPSC Civil Services  Management Paper preparation tips & strategies. Now we will teach you strategy of “How to Prepare UPSC Civil Services Management Paper 2019″. This post is aimed to help you in forming your strategy for Management optional for Civil Services Exam, considering its various aspects.

How to Prepare UPSC Mains Management Paper 2019

UPSC Mains Management is the administration of an organization, whether it be a business, a not-for-profit organization, or government body. Management includes the activities of setting the strategy of an organization and coordinating the efforts of its employees or volunteers to accomplish its objectives through the application of available resources, such as financial, natural, technological, and human resources.

To Prepare UPSC Civil Services Management Paper for 2019, you need to follow below given steps.

Step 1 : Know the Syllabus – Management Paper

UPSC MAINS MANAGEMENT SYLLABUS 2019. Get UPSC Mains Management Syllabus, Paper structure & Applicable Topics covered in UPSC Mains Management Syllabus. Earlier we’ve provided UPSC Mains Exam Pattern & Structure for 2018 & 2019 exams .

Read : UPSC Civil Services Management Syllabus 2019

Step 2 : Select the Best Reference Books for Management Paper

Civil Services Management part (As part of GS or as optional) requires vast but focused reading. Apart from the IAS Books for Management – Civil Services Prelims Exam, the below-mentioned books can help.

Recommended Books for Management – Civil Services Books – Mains Exam

  • Organisational Behavior – Robbins, judge &sanghi
  • Human resource and personnel management – Ashwathappa
  • Marketing – Kotler
  • Financial management – ross, westerfield and jaffe
  • Theory of organizational development and change – Thomas cummings (this is optional, you may only refer to IGNOU notes)
  • For Quant : Complete business statistics: Aczel−Sounderpandian
  • Operations Management: david collier
  • Strategic Management: IIM class ppts/ Mostly IGNOU notes!
  • MIS: laudon and laudon
  • Intl Business: some local author book/ IGNOU
  • Decision making : internet documents/ class PPts

Step 3 : Prepare Important Topics

The preparation for Mains must be over before you start with Preliminary preparation, as the Main exam syllabus covers nearly 75% of the requirements of the Preliminary examination.

If a student has not done graduation with Management, the suggested strategy would be as follows.

(1) Surveying the syllabus of Management carefully and identifying the completely unfamiliar areas.

(2)  Going through at least 2 basic books with a purpose to acquaint yourself with the unfamiliar areas.

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You can consider the following books:(a) The NCERT Text Books for Management–Std. XI and XII

(b) Management for Degree Students

(3)  Doing a careful survey of the past 5 years’ Main Examination Question Papers and identifying the areas of significance.

(4)  Identifying the most fruitful areas:

(5)  If we see the Main Examination paper of last few years, then it is obvious that the UPSC can ask even a short note on a topic which is otherwise quite long in coverage.

How to Study Management for IAS Mains

Study approach for Management

This optional is meant for Patience and Calmness. We need to make different strategies for both paper.

There may be some questions out of the topics in the syllabus, prepare for these new topics also as these repeat regularly.

Tips for overall good performance in paper 1 and paper 2

– Practice on previous year question papers frequently

– At least have a general reading of the entire syllabus; you’ll be glad you did it once (and in my opinion you only get time to do this once)

– Revise specific topics again and again, identify your strengths in both papers

– Whatever happens complete your paper, practice time management for paper 2

– Don’t use extraordinary language or models in your answer, use simple frameworks in case studies and quote the most general examples if you wish to quote one

– Whatever happens stick to the syllabus

– Be generous in using internet for topics you are not clear about; internet is the most powerful tool in this optional!

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Reading Material

IGNOU booklets released by their department of management studies : these are short, sweet &the most ideal partner for this exam. I relied solely on these at times for HR, Finance, Accounting, Strategic management (actually they are the best source to cover UPSC level questions!) and international business! – do whatever it takes to get hold of these!

Topic wise books used by me are under, you can happily rely on your institute provided books/ ppts; they are also more than sufficient –
• Organisational Behavior – Robbins, judge &sanghi
• Human resource and personnel management – Ashwathappa
• Marketing – Kotler
• Financial management – ross, westerfield and jaffe
• Theory of organizational development and change – Thomas cummings (this is optional, you may only refer to IGNOU notes)
• For Quant : Complete business statistics: Aczel−Sounderpandian
• Operations Management: david collier
• Strategic Management: IIM class ppts/ Mostly IGNOU notes!
• MIS: laudon and laudon
• Intl Business: some local author book/ IGNOU
• Decision making : internet documents/ class PPts

Remember you don’t need to be master of every topic;

you just need to have a broad area of study.

All other things eventually come down to common sense and your good luck on that given day!

Also, there is a simple test to choose whether you should take this optional or not;

here’s how you can decide – just open the last two years’ question papers and read them, if you can at the current moment without any preparation feel that you can attempt 30 – 40% of the paper easily then you must not waste your time looking anywhere else!

Answer writing

  1. For Long answers-Introduction can be either indirect through some lines or quotes or direct with general explanation followed by exact definition.
  2. Thereafter topic need to be explained in short followed by establishing links with other chapters and focusing on the question again. Here give a pause,read the question again & think again. Diagrams can be used effectively.
  3. Ending of the answers should always be visionary/positive and solution based with example if needed or with some lines.
  4. There should be mixed use of paras and points. Examples should be quoted wherever possible but refrain from using one enterprise again & again.
  5. For short answers, write the basic definition and then directly hit the core.
  6. Ending should be solution based. For merit/demerit/feature use diagram or points.
  7. Test series can be joined for practice.

Step 4 : Prepare Previous Question papers

How much time it takes to prepare?

4-5 months, if you study Management 12-15 hours per week. This should be enough. Also, it depends on how much can you recall your graduation concepts.

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