Top IAS Coaching Institute in Chandigarh

Nimbus IAS was established in an aim to impart quality education both in terms of technical skills and all round personality development. The first initiative was establishment of IAS Coaching Institute in Chandigarh for aspirants preparing for Civil Services exam conducted every year by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). IAS Coaching Institute has the distinction of producing toppers with its quality and efficient teaching methodologies. Nimbus Academy for IAS is meant for those aspirants with a strong desire to be part of the most coveted Civil Services and contribute the best to public life.

The governance of any country cannot only lie in the hands of the ruling government but it also has to be smoothly run by qualified IAS and different civil service officers. Being said that, one needs to get a proper guidance and coaching to pass the IAS and Civil Services examination. In order to ensure the success of the students in this field, IAS Coaching Institute of professional studies has various courses for the same. Owing to its dedication to knowledge, this institute has gained popularity as a prime UPSC Coaching Institute in Chandigarh.

It is also renowned as a prominent Civil Services coaching in Chandigarh. Nimbus Academy for IAS is able to prepare students for IAS exams also conducting different tests and interviews to understand intellect of the students is one of special fortes of this institute. Proper batch selection of candidates is done in order to ensure a better and higher success rate. The precision and guidance of the training team has ensured Nimbus Academy as a preeminent IAS Coaching in Chandigarh.


Overview of IAS Exam


The Civil Services Examination (CSE) offers the widest range of jobs in our country and is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). There are about twenty-three (23) services offered through this single exam.
Some of the top services offered are the two All India Services, viz., the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and the Indian Police Service (IPS) along with the other central services, viz., Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Service (IRS), Indian Customs & Central Excise Services, etc. Due to the importance and nature of such civil/public service jobs, UPSC takes utmost care in selecting the right people.

The candidates are put through three kinds of testing to measure their administrative potential and ensure that the persons selected have the following;

  1. a) A wide range of general awareness
  2. b) Analytical ability and content retention capacity, and
  3. c) Strength of character and a cheerful mental disposition even under stressful conditions.

The Civil Services Examination comprises two successive stages:

1) Civil Services Preliminary Examinations (Objective Type) – for the selection of candidates for Main Examination;
2) Civil Services Main Examination (Written Test and Interview) – for the selection of candidates for the various services and posts .The Preliminary Examination will consist of two papers of Objective type (multiple choice questions – there are four alternatives for the answer to every question) and carry a maximum of 400 marks.

1) General Studies – 200 marks; and
2) Aptitude – 200 marks.
The number of candidates to be admitted to the Main Examination will be about twelve to thirteen times the total approximate number of vacancies to be filled in the year in the various Services and Posts

Only those candidates who are declared by the Commission to have qualified in the Preliminary Examination in a year will be eligible for admission to the Main Examination of that year provided they are otherwise eligible for admission to the Main Examination.

The Main Examination will consist of a
1) Written examination and
2) An interview test.

The written examination will consist of 9 papers of conventional essay type (in the subjects mentioned in section Civil Services (Main) Exam). Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an Interview or a Personality Test.
The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about two and a half times the number of vacancies to be filled .The Interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Marks, thus obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination, (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.


IAS Preliminary Exam


The Preliminary Examination comprise of two compulsory Papers of 200 marks each and of two hours duration each. Preliminary Exam is meant to serve as the screening stage/qualifying round only. The exam is held in the month of May every year and it consists of two objective type papers which carry a maximum of 400 marks in the following manner:

  1. A) General Studies – 200 Marks & 2 hours in duration
  2. B) Aptitude – 200 Marks & 2 hours in duration

The marks obtained in the preliminary examination by candidates, who are declared qualified for admission to the Main Examination, will not be counted for determining their place in the final order of merit.


Syllabus of IAS General Study’s paper

General Studies, compulsory paper for all, comprises of six segments.
Current events of national and international importance
History of India and Indian National Movement
Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World
Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, etc
General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization General Science .

Syllabus of IAS Aptitude paper


The paper of Aptitude Test for Civil Services comprises of 7 segments:
Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
Logical reasoning and analytical ability
Decision making and problem solving
General mental ability
Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. -Class X level)
English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level (last item in the Syllabus of Paper-II) will be tested through passages from English language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.


IAS Mains Exam

The Main written examination comprises a total of nine (9) papers of two types:
* 2 papers of non-ranking types
* 7 papers of ranking type

Non-ranking Papers
Two papers of non-ranking type include:

Paper A:

Indian language, to be selected by the candidate out of languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution

Paper B:

English, which is a compulsory paper

  • Both the papers of non ranking type will be 300 marks and for 3 hours duration each.

Ranking Papers

Paper – I:

* Four (4) papers of General Studies in the following manner:

Paper – II:

General Studies – I on Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.

Paper – III:

General Studies – II on Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations

Paper – IV:

General Studies – III on Technology, Economic Development, Bio?diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.

Paper – V:

General Studies – IV on Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude

Paper VI & Paper VII:

Two (2) papers in any one optional subject (candidates may choose any one optional subject from amongst the UPSC’s list of optional subjects in the Mains Examination).

All the 7 papers of ranking type will be 250 marks and for 3 hours duration each. Blind candidates will, however be allowed an extra time of thirty minutes at each paper.


* The paper on Indian Language and English will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard and will be of qualifying nature only. The marks obtained in these papers will not be counted for ranking.
* The paper on Indian Language will not, however, be compulsory for candidates hailing from the North-Eastern States of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland and also for candidates hailing from the State of Sikkim.
* Evaluation of the ranking papers, namely, ‘Essay’, ‘All the papers of General Studies’ and Optional Subject of all the candidates would be done simultaneously along with evaluation of their qualifying papers on ‘Indian Languages’ and ‘English’ but the papers on ‘Essay’, ‘General Studies’ and ‘Optional Subject’ of only such candidates will be taken cognizance of who attain such minimum standard as may be fixed by Commission at their discretion for the qualifying papers on ‘Indian Language’ and ‘English’.
Candidates will have the option to answer all the question papers, except the Qualifying Language papers, Paper – A & Paper – B, in any of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution of India or in English. For the Language medium/ literature of languages, the scripts to be used by the candidates will be as under:

Language Script
Assamese Assamese
Bengali Bengali
Gujarati Gujarati
Hindi Devanagari
Kannada Kannada
Kashmiri Persian
Konkani Devanagari
Malayalam Malayalam
Manipuri Bengali
Marathi Devanagari
Nepali Devanagari
Oriya Oriya
Punjabi Gurumukhi
Sanskrit Devanagari
Sindhi Devanagari or Arabic
Tamil Tamil
Telugu Telugu
Urdu Persian
Bodo Devanagari
Dogri Devanagari
Maithilli Devanagari
Santhali Devanagari or Olchiki

* Candidates exercising the option to answer the papers in any one of the languages included in the Eighth Schedule to the Constitution may, if they so desire, give English version within brackets of only the description of the technical terms, if any, in addition to the version in the language opted by them. (Candidates should, however, note that if they misuse the above rule, a deduction will be made on this account from the total marks otherwise accruing to them and in extreme cases, their script(s) will not be valued for being in an unauthorised medium).
* The question papers other than language papers will be set both in Hindi and English.

Syllabus of IAS General Studies paper General Studies I:

Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society.
* Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
* Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present? Significant events, personalities, issues .
* The Freedom Struggle, It’s various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country
* Post independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
* History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc. Their forms and effect on the society.
* Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.
* Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.
* Effects of globalization on Indian society.
* Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
* Salient features of world’s physical geography.
* Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
* Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location? Changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

General Studies II:

Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations.
* Indian Constitution, Historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
* Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
* Separation of powers between various organs dispute mechanisms and institutions.
* Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
* Parliament and State Legislatures structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
* Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
* Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
* Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
* Statutory, regulatory and various quasi judicial bodies
* Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
* Development processes and the development industry the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
* Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
* Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
* Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
* Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
* Role of civil services in a democracy.
* India and its neighborhood Relations.
* Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
* Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian Diasporas.
* Important International institutions, agencies and further structure, mandate.
General Studies-III: Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management.
* Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
* Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
* Government Budgeting.
* Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; technology in the aid of farmers.
* Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal rearing.
* Food processing and related industries in India? Scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
* Land reforms in India.
* Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
* Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
* Investment models.
* Science and Technology? Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
* Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
* Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano technology, bio technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
* Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment
* Disaster and disaster management.
* Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
* Role of external state and non state factors in creating challenges to internal security.
* Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money laundering and its prevention.
* Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
* Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate

General Studies IV: Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude

This paper will include questions to test the candidates’ attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him in dealing with society.Questions may utilize the case study approach to determine these aspects. The following broad areas will be covered.
Ethics and Human Interface:

Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators, role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values attitude content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
* Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non Partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker, sections
* Emotional intelligence? Concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
* Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
* Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance.
* Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
* Case Studies on above issue.

IAS Personality Test

The Interview will carry 275 marks (with no minimum qualifying marks). Candidates, who obtain such minimum qualifying marks in the written part of the Main Examination as may be fixed by the Commission at their discretion, shall be summoned by them for an Interview or a Personality Test. The number of candidates to be summoned for interview will be about two and a half times the number of vacancies to be filled. Marks, obtained by the candidates in the Main Examination, (written part as well as interview) would determine their final ranking.

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