[Psychology] Handwritten notes of an ex-candidate (~200 pages), Last 34 years UPSC Mains question papers (1979-2012), NCERT, NIOS free download

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This is a guest article by a gentleman who wishes to remain anonymous. Article Contains material for psychology + last 34 years question papers, NCERT, NIOS, Lectures.

  1. How did I prepare these psychology Notes?
  2. Psychology Booklist and Suggestion
  3. Download Links for psychology

How did I prepare these psychology Notes?

Dear friends, as you’re aware UPSC now requires only one optional subject in the mains, instead of two. Therefore, I’ve switched from Psychology to Public Administration and handing over these notes to Mrunal so it could be useful to those of you who’re still in the psychology group.

Chronological account of  my preparation:

June 2012 – I decided to prepare for civil services. Quickly decided my optional (Psychology and Pub Ad.).

June 2012 – First 15 days – Read NCERT psychology 11th and 12th line by line. It really helped in generating interest for the subject. Did not make any notes at this stage. Referred Shubra Saxena’s blog for initial guidance. Saw previous year questions – Was able to answer some of them simply by reading NCERT – felt good – Decided to go with psychology.

June 2012 – Last 15 days – I saw videos of Yale University by Dr. Paul Bloom on Introduction to Psychology on udemy.com (https://www.udemy.com/introduction-to-psychology-with-paul-bloom/). There are other videos too but I personally liked Paul Blooms’s lecture.  I made short notes along with the videos – Mindmaps, flowcharts etc.

July 2012 – 30 days – I made notes from Psychology – Robert Baron. (Robert Baron – Flipkart). Simultaneously kept referring previous year questions. Here is a sample page from my notes:

Psychology UPSC note demo

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August 2012– Did not do much in psychology – Just revised my notes once.

September 2012– I referred NCERT again – Highlighted relevant texts in the PDF. I enriched my notes from NCERT stuff – Adding topics that were not covered earlier in Baron, some extra topics, India specific examples, some flowcharts etc.

October 2012– Opened Mukul Pathaks notes – did not find them useful – Did not read more than 15 – 20 random pages – Made no addition to my notes and never referred Mukul Pathak again. All the topics can be easily prepared from the standard books. Wrote few mock answers – just to revise and do some answer writing practice.

November 2012 – Made notes from Smarak Swain – For paper 2. I think this one book is enough for paper 2. I could not complete it – As got caught up with other urgent issues that needed my attention.

December 2012 – Rumor mills of pattern change. Stopped my psychology preparation and revised whatever I had prepared (notes) – I had plans to cover Atkinson and Hilgard in the month of Feb 2013 – Once the notification for CSE 2013 gets published. Atkinson is a good book for quoting relevant experiments and researches.

Pattern changed – My tryst with psychology also came to an end. I’ve no regrets though. Knowledge gained is never wasted.

My Booklist and Suggestion:

book-atikinsonBook-Baron Psychology

  1. Do not underestimate NCERT.
  2. NIOS – Material is basic – Can give a quick read.
  3. Robert Baron Psychology – do a detailed study – supplement it with internet.
  4. Atkinson & Hilgard – For recent research’s and experiments – quote in your answers.
  5. Smarak Swain, Applied Psychology: India Specific and Cross-cultural Perspectives by (New Vishal Publication): Mug it up.
  6. Cover recent news articles – quote wherever relevant.
  7. Mukul Pathak notes are not a ‘Must do’ – You can cover all the relevant topics from standard books.
  8. Revise.
  9. Use flowcharts and diagrams liberally.

Download Links for psychology

Psychology Material for IAS IPS Exam Click to download
Psychology Handwritten notes
Last 34 years’ Question Paper (1979 to 2012) Click ME
NCERT Psychology Textbooks
NIOS Psychology Textbooks
Newspaper reports related to psychology Click me
(Youtube) UGC Lectures on Psychology Click me
Video lectures of Dr.Paul Bloom Click me

Mrunal notes:

  • I’ve not converted scanned images into PDFs because it drastically increases the file size= takes way longer time to download (unless I reduce the image quality, but then it becomes difficult to read.) Anyways, there is no dearth of image to PDF software’s on net if you want.
  • You might need 7-zip (for unzipping the files) click me for free download
  • for IGNOU BA/ MA psychology material visit egyankosh.ac.in (their server giving headache, so not compiling at the moment).
  • for similar free study materials of Public Administration, sociology, political science, visit Mrunal.org/download
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140 Comments on “[Psychology] Handwritten notes of an ex-candidate (~200 pages), Last 34 years UPSC Mains question papers (1979-2012), NCERT, NIOS free download”

  1. sir , when will the pre result cum???????

  2. thanks Mrunal…

  3. keep guiding sirrrrrrrr

  4. Respected sir,You have provided History previous years question papers.Will be great if you provide with History Mains studymaterial/Toppers notes on the lines of Pub Ad/Pol sceince/Socio.Also reg your G.S strategy any clue reg what to read/not to read from the PDF files esp where you have mentioned selectivereading.Paper 4 specificaly.

  5. hello sir
    thanks a lot for psychology material.

  6. so following Mukul Pathak is not a good idea!!… I was planning to buy his notes.

  7. I have come to know from almost every toppers’ interview that they had read Mukul Pathak’s note and Shena Agrawal has also said that whoever opts for Psychology studies his notes if possible. As of now I will start with NCERT XIth.. Anyway thanks for ur guidance..

  8. hello sir
    thanks a lot for psychology material.But this matterial is in VLC media player,and computer is showing

    No suitable decoder module:
    VLC does not support the audio or video format “RGBA”. Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this. PLZ TELL THE SOLUTION

  9. Please someone help me out with my English literature. I can’t get any more than the past five years question papers and the advice available on this optional is a meagre trickle. Please send me question papers before 2007 and any helpful advice on English will be profoundly appreciated.

    1. You can file RTI to UPSC to obtain those English Litt. papers.

  10. sir, please help me same on the subject philosophy, my philosophy is good but i afraid if upsc makes public administration compulsory for next time….

  11. thank u sir can we get this kind of material for geography OPTIONAL PLEASE do provide it if u can thanks !

  12. Respected sir,thanks for your valuable guidance.sir can u suggest me some psychology books in hindi medium or study material of psychology in hindi.


  14. Respected Sir,thanks for your valuable guidance.sir can u tell me some psychology books in hindi and study material of psychology in hindi medium

  15. THANKS A LOT ..

  16. sir the second portion of the notes download is not functioning.-please provide another source

  17. Also please tell me whether applied psychology’s topics & recent experiments are covered in the IGNOU notes of B.A. and M.A. psychology or
    not? Are these Ignou notes only enough or should I study Baron’s psychology too?

  18. Also please tell me whether applied psychology’s topics & recent experiments are covered in the IGNOU notes of B.A. and M.A. psychology or

    1. Sir pz guide me wheter I should study b.a. & m.a. Ignou notes of psychology at least as a selective reading or as a whole or not along with standard books?

  19. sir,
    could you please guide about the way to prepare paper 2 of psychology.

  20. sir, my optional sub is geography so what i do first& which books i read

  21. Thank you sir for study material and guidance for psychology

  22. sir,i need solved papers of psychology for reference.
    plz suggest some books for this.

  23. Pl send the solved papers of psychology papers of upsc.

  24. Sir, I am in need of BA, MA IGNOU material, what show I do as the server is not working

    1. Hi,
      Please tell me even I too facing the same issue!!
      did you find any alternative?

  25. thank you mrinal for psychology study materials…its great…

  26. sir,good notes of psychology…please could you provide us handwritten notes of political science. please do sir…

  27. The information is really helpful , but if you could just help me with the handwritten notes , the way I am supposed to prepare them and the proper scheme…i’ll be obliged.!

  28. Will you please tell me how & what should I prepare for Psychology paper? And how could I clear that paper Please help me……Please give me the material too..

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