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International Relations for UPSC Mains : where to do it from?

edited September 2013 in International Relations
Hello friends, I am having a few doubts regarding GS paper 2 IR portion.

Where does one have to do international relations from? what are you guys doing about? Coaching classes notes or some other source? I am reading the newspaper very well and making notes, but do you think it is sufficient. Isnt it better if we do it from a single authentic source, and if there is any such source.

Please give your views.

Thanks in advance.
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  • edited July 2012
    You may find this book (pdf) useful.
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  • edited July 2012
    Ministry of External Affairs website http://www.mea.gov.in
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  • edited 2:23PM
    Thanks a tonne @sverma. Thats really an awesome source!
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  • edited 2:23PM
    Has anyone heard of Ignou notes on IR. There is a small pdf booklet for the same. Does anyone has access?
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  • edited 2:23PM
    That was a very useful handbook!
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  • edited 2:23PM
    @rajeev see therevis no single source available in market for IR and newspaper that u r following is good and i think that wld suffice. Especially oped page of the hindu
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  • edited 2:23PM
    @sverma thanks dude
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  • very useful book. i was actually searching a good book to build the base.
    thanks a ton :)
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  • Read CST every month well for IR, over 6-8 months before mains. You will have no problem is mains IR portion. It covers almost everything. Its better than waiting for last minute Vajiram notes.

    Source: Experience.
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  • @Neyawn
    Did you find those special forieng policy editions of CST useful or monthly magazine is enough?
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  • edited January 2013
    @sverma thaxxxx a lot
    for the handbook
    really awesome
    vavrin vivi
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  • respected seniors:-) m going to sit in 2014 for pre exam
    so should i start reading cst from now onwards or from may
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    thank you
    vavrin vivi
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  • Read CST every month well for IR, over 6-8 months before mains. You will have no problem is mains IR portion. It covers almost everything. Its better than waiting for last minute Vajiram notes.

    Source: Experience.
    i usually refer to wizard and chronicle, but will give cst a try.
    thanks for your advice. :)
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  • IDSA, very good articles. Read it regularly.
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  • BTW, good handbook. Anyone gave it a read?
    When you have a hammer, everything resembles a nail.
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  • Has anybody read the "World Focus" Magazine? Any reviews?
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  • annual series of world focus is good....wikipedia is v gud source 4 IR
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  • annual series of world focus is good....wikipedia is v gud source 4 IR
    Ok. When is it published?

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  • Nov.-Dec. issue of world focus are annual series...it comprises analysis of all yearly foreign affairs..!
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