[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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187 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. Please tell me how to download contents present in Download folder.

  2. I’m very please to download some collections. These are very good notes. again thank you for free of cost

  3. thank you sir .

  4. mrunal sir, i am not able to download the study material for psychology! please help! thank you!

  5. the webpage to download the material is no longer available ! please help so that aspirants can access it! thanks!

  6. i need hindi note for mains exm

  7. please sir send me hindi medium note for mainsexam

  8. sir,it should be an urgent necessity of model answer.

  9. it should be an urgent necessity of model answer in psychology for ,mains examination.

  10. God Bless You!… anonymous contributor and mrunal :)

  11. hi, I am appearing MA psychology 1St yr exam from IGNOU in dec 14, anybody sailing in the same boat may contact for sharing notes and about practicals, i am staying in dwarka , my mobile no – 9958926854

    1. Sorry for late but i am also IGNOU`s student of same subject if u like share
      strategies for optional plz replay.

  12. Hie sir
    I need ur psy notes in hindi for NET exam dec 2014. Plz send me on my gmail account. As soon as possible.


    1. I need ur psy notes in hindi for GNM course.pls..provide me…hindi notes.AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.


  13. thank you sir for psycology study materials.

  14. In Psychology last 34 yrs mains paper pdf, kindly edit the content page title, it reads as Political Science.. Kindly change it..

  15. Sir, NCERT psychology material no longer available..kindly check..will be of great help if u cud make it available

  16. sir, please provide me solve psychology papers of last 5 or 10 years.

  17. Sir..please provide me the solved papers of physics of last 5 or 10 yrs..

  18. sir can u post some english language material s also
    pls sir because so many of us poor in english

  19. please provide me a study material for the examination of HPS,or civil services.

  20. sir, i need previous years question papers with solutions of UPSC exam.

  21. sir,i want psychology(optional) notes with important questions & answers.please help me..

  22. Sir,wil u pls.send PG.psychology STATISTICS notes on my email id/shahadatwani@gmail.com that wil b ur most kindness.thnx

  23. Hello guys!! i have got everything I need however I am looking for a study partner specially for psychology( who has opted it as an optional).
    The Idea is to accelerate the learning process and get reconstructive feedback.
    If you are serious about your preparation contact me on mob: HEBGGIECBC (try to wassp me first if you are in delhi coz i am)
    or u can mail me if u coudn’t decode the no. shishir143r@gmail.com

  24. Thank you very much

  25. Sir please tell me how to download handwrote notes

    1. sir,,please provide me psychology study material in hindi for net examination….. help me!!

  26. Sir, could you plz guide me for psychology net exam.

  27. Thanks a lot for the guidance and sharing notes.

  28. sir,,i want psychology study material for net examination….. plz help me!!

  29. sir,,please provide me psychology study material in hindi for net examination….. help me!!

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