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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.
  • edited July 2012
    Ministry of External Affairs website http://www.mea.gov.in
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  • edited 10:35AM
    Thanks a tonne @sverma. Thats really an awesome source!
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  • edited 10:35AM
    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 10:35AM
    That was a very useful handbook!
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  • edited 10:35AM
    @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 10:35AM
    @sverma thanks dude
  • 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
  • respected seniors:-) m going to sit in 2014 for pre exam
    so should i start reading cst from now onwards or from may
    ?
    thank you
    vavrin vivi
  • 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?
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  • Has anybody read the "World Focus" Magazine? Any reviews?
  • annual series of world focus is good....wikipedia is v gud source 4 IR
  • annual series of world focus is good....wikipedia is v gud source 4 IR
    Ok. When is it published?

  • Nov.-Dec. issue of world focus are annual series...it comprises analysis of all yearly foreign affairs..!
  • find a detailed study plan here... along with compilation of IGNOU notes on IR
    http://mrunal.org/2012/06/studyplan-india-and-world.html

  • There is a CST issue on it - fat book
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  • Anyone following 'World Factbook' ?
    https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/index.html

    Will this be useful in exam point of view...
  • Not sure if anybody here uses Google Reader.
    The IDSA feed is very informative and useful for IR.
    Click on 'More' that appears in the menu at the top when you're in Gmail, click on 'Reader', click on the red 'Subscribe' button on the left and paste the following in the box that appears - you'll periodically get articles from IDSA delivered to Reader.

    http://www.idsa.in/idsastrategiccomments/feed
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  • find a detailed study plan here... along with compilation of IGNOU notes on IR
    http://mrunal.org/2012/06/studyplan-india-and-world.html

  • edited February 2013
    @asg
    i go through idsa as well and find it very useful. However, it covers mostly the security & geo strategy from the security point of view. The economic aspect is mostly missing or not dealt enough. Do you refer any other source for this?
  • hey all, just joined the forum. gave mains in 2012. what i feel about IR is that there are two aspects of it-facts and analysis. facts can be picked from MEA , while analysis can be done from World focus to get some more depth.

    this covers india's relations well. can anyone guide me as to how to completely cover the current world events ?
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  • hey all, just joined the forum. gave mains in 2012. what i feel about IR is that there are two aspects of it-facts and analysis. facts can be picked from MEA , while analysis can be done from World focus to get some more depth.

    this covers india's relations well. can anyone guide me as to how to completely cover the current world events ?
    Other than Hindu and IE articles..occasionally you may go for IDSA website, even the loksabha tv discussions will help in this regard.

  • Hi @sverma,
    Can't find the PDF. Can you please upload it once again?
    Thanks.
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  • I am not able to download the book http://www.thescotties.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/india-handbook.pdf can anyone please provide me with the same...
    Thanks in Advance
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