Pratiyogita Darpan Extra Issue on Philosophy Optional Subject for IAS Mains goes beyond the Introduction to Philosophy by probing the subject in ‘very authoritative manner'. The book aiming at cramming the minds of the students with the spirit, broad knowledge and outlook of Indian philosophy works as an efficacious aid in times of exams. Philosophy as an optional subject opens the floodgates of mastering the art of thinking on any topic in the exams whether it is a topic related to current affairs or any other subject like history or geography because philosophy is all about pondering and mulling over something deeply and once a student’s starts to master the art of framing ideas on a particular subject through a disciplined thought process which is the main task of philosophy his journey to reach the pinnacle of success becomes easy. If you want to learn the technique of grasping central idea of subject read philosophy. So keeping philosophy as an optional is like killing two birds with one stone.
The book addresses the core need of the subject of Philosophy which refers to 'love of knowledge' and through this valuable product what we have done is the attempt to encourage an aspirant to search for knowledge of himself, the world and God, and then be able to produce accurately in the exams as per the requirement of the questions. Though we do not claim it is only seminal book on the IAS mains exams preparation but if thoroughly analyzed it is the widespread belief among our students that the it is the most comprehensive book on the subject in the market .The book specially make elaborate mention of Indian philosophy which encompasses the philosophical musings of all Indian thinkers, ancient or modern, Hindus or non-Hindus, Sufis, hermits, theists or atheists.
Our book describes Indian Philosophy with vast variety of topics such as Buddha, Sankhya Systems, the Carvaka, Jain, Vaisesika, Mimamsa etc. Before we designed the book we have thorough made ourselves equipped with the knowledge of trends in last previous year’s papers so that our students can get a total view and in-depth insight into the domain of philosophy as an optional subject.
We earnestly hope the aspirants appearing for the Mains Exams after they have cracked the milestone of prelims would be, in all sincerity, be able to benefit from the book that gives them command of knowledge over what constitutes the contents of the subject such as problems with philosophy, nature of logic, nature of ethics, philosophers and their works, philosophers and their statements, philosopher and his time. In all humility suggestions are most welcome and will be duly incorporated in next edition if found useful.