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Management optional for UPSC Civil Services

edited September 2015 in Commerce & Management
Anyone out here who is opting for Management optional
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  • Hi Jitesh,

    Yes, I have chosen management as my optional subject. #-o
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  • so have u appeared in the prelims '13 or planning for next year. Is there any good coaching institute for management.
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  • Can anyone...guide abt book, notes, strategies and important topics for the management optional....
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  • kotler for marketing and relevant mba stuff will be sufficient i guess.
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  • Jitesh,

    I have appeared for CSE 2013 and would start with Mains prep now.
    I believe Kotlar to be sufficient for Marketing. for finance and accounts Prasnna and chandra may be a good option. for HRM its better to use internet sources as they provide a wider and updated perspective on the topics.

    Can anyone suggest some useful books for Paper II?
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  • Moreover, I dont think there is any need for any coaching institute or coaching provided materials for Management optional. Books used during MBA should be self sufficient.

    Your Opinions.....
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  • i think paper 2 questions from operations need special attention i guess because they may be tricky and scoring so have to dealt with care....
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  • edited May 2013
    guys IMO management as an optional is double edged sword. u commit for it n 3 months of dedicated topic wise study fshould be sufficient fr both paper 1 and 2. sources lyk many standard books , HBR articles, editorials frm eco times( for case studies), practice all previous year papers paper2 quant part and for which guidance can be expected frm IGNOU in this regard. Risk is we dont have proper coaching m/l (of course lately no optionals coaching m/l is reliable), no one to correct ur answers r improve your writing skills or speed.
    U compete with ur self n learn frm ur self (which will consume tym).

    For a glimpse,
    http://upsc-management.blogspot.in/2011/07/question-papers-topical-analysis.html

    P.S: I am also fresher, info i gave is wt i hv collated n collectd and my opinions
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  • I had taken management in 2012 and scored average marks (mainly due to lack of practice due to which my attempts were low). Will most probably go for it again this yr.

    In my opinion, concepts need to be clear and one cannot leave any topic. But more importantly, writing style especially for case studies and giving contemporary Indian examples is the key. Standard books (for each topic) are more than sufficient and coaching is definitely not necessary.
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  • I had taken management in 2012 and scored average marks (mainly due to lack of practice due to which my attempts were low). Will most probably go for it again this yr.

    In my opinion, concepts need to be clear and one cannot leave any topic. But more importantly, writing style especially for case studies and giving contemporary Indian examples is the key. Standard books (for each topic) are more than sufficient and coaching is definitely not necessary.
    May i know how reliable is this subject . I mean for e.g., Pub Ad thinkers though there is a list of thinkers in the syllabus there is a word in the end "etc" which included all the thinkers even frm other planets
    >-) . Should we be ready for any shocks in the paper even after studying each topic of the syllabus. And how to manage tym in paper 2 .
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  • Anyone from Guntur prepping for this optional? I can share my management books if you promise to return them back :)
    Target 2014|Public Administration
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  • I had taken management in 2012 and scored average marks (mainly due to lack of practice due to which my attempts were low). Will most probably go for it again this yr.

    In my opinion, concepts need to be clear and one cannot leave any topic. But more importantly, writing style especially for case studies and giving contemporary Indian examples is the key. Standard books (for each topic) are more than sufficient and coaching is definitely not necessary.

    It would be great if you could share your Management optionals final score with the break up for both the papers. Also if you could share the %age of questions attempted
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  • yes asim can u come up with scores of the optional it will be great help to proceed ahead....
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  • so relieved to see quite a few of you here who are going for management....completely a newbie...will be taking Mains with Management
    CSE-2013 | Cracked :)
    It's the personality, we bring to the exam preparation, which differentiates us
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  • so any one from delhi -gurgaon area .....we can have discussion running in and exchange books and make approach to move ahead..................
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  • yes asim can u come up with scores of the optional it will be great help to proceed ahead....
    Good to see many people looking at a management as an optional. Hope we can evolve into a serious study group for this optional (a luxury that I did not have last year)

    I scored 96 and 107 in paper 1 and 2 respectively. Possible reasons for a lower score could be attempting less than 260-270 in each paper and making some silly mistakes in a couple of easy scoring numericals in paper 2.

    In my view, if you are looking at taking management, you should have reasonable clarity of concepts in at least 60-70% of the syllabus before you start prep for 2013 mains. Most of the topics would be covered in the first year MBA/PGDM syllabus.

    Books I used for each of the topics:

    Management function: Koontz
    Organisational behavior and design: Robbins (2 different books)
    Accounting for Managers: Book by Prof Ashok Banerjee (my prof from IIMC)
    Finance: Brearley Myers
    Marketing: Kotler
    Strategic Management - Select chapters from Competitive Strategy by Porter
    Operations, Statistics, Cost accounting, MIS etc - books/notes from my mba days. Any standard book should cover the topics.

    Govt business interface and international business: No book covers these topics completely so best to cover them from the net.

    I think @bdebbarma (who has done very well in management this year) has also given some tips in one of the other threads.
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  • Hey guys...
    m also with u people...
    from delhi
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  • dont worry guys management is an good optional its better than pub ad and sociology everywhere u go out for coaching they are specialized in teaching few subjects but what we want to study is known by us only. when we have covered 70-80% syllabus in mba what the heck in going in for this option.......i know this will not add any benefits in GS too.... and take a little time more but will add +50 marks in the subject and less of effort and more of interest................ my personal views.. others may vary .....traditional ways are out and i dont want to study sociology, phycho, and alll that stuff............aahhhhh.....
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  • @Jitesh46

    totaly agree with u dude.....by the way which colz?
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  • m from ICFAI Hyderabad, Gurgaon.....and wat about u ........and guys lets start sharing some case studies too........and arrange for the material from IIM guys .....lets have it from them........yes yes they will give us.....and lets have it on these topics and we are thru i guess.....


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