Batch 2: CD Prime Test Series for Prelims 2019

UPDATE #2

We have been getting emails every single day to extend the discount till the prelims results are announced and provide more lectures. Hence we are upgrading the program further.

Apart from the static subject videos, now we will also provide Economic Survey & Budget Analysis Videos covering key concepts and important terms for Prelims 2019.  Economic Survey analysis will be available from 2016 to 2018 covering trends in Indian Economy as well as key issues related to it.

That makes the total video lectures to be 75 hours.

We will be extending the discount till 2 weeks after prelims results keeping in mind interest of students who are awaiting prelims results to decide further course of action.

UPDATE  #1

Demolish UPSC series
We are releasing 60+ Hours of Advanced Video Lectures on Static subjects – Polity, History, Geography, Economy

These cover the most important topics from prelims perspective

Basic knowledge will be helpful in understanding these though it’s not mandatory
CD remains committed to its students’ success. We are ready to go the extra mile to turn your dreams into reality.

Here is the detailed schedule of lectures:

Importance of Economic Survey and Budget

Economic Survey and Budget are the 2 most important documents that you will go through in your exam preparation.

  • Economic Survey discusses all the major government initiatives with the explanation.
  • If we go by the trend, every year around 20 questions in prelims and 7-8 questions in mains are directly related to the Economic Survey and Budget.
  • Questions in prelims paper stress on important phrases, key analysis, and technical terms. Hence they have to be thoroughly studied.
  • Almost mandatory to imbibe actual phrases used in Economic Survey to frame answers for Main Examination. for example, if a Question is asked on Banking sector problems in the mains exam, you can always quote the 4R recommendations of the 2016th economic survey.
  • Adding the important and relevant facts and figures significantly enhance your marks in General Studies Paper-III.
  • Deep knowledge of the current policies and programs of the government also help an aspirant to write meaningful Essays in UPSC Civil Services Main Examination. For example, Wiping every tear from every eye “Twin balance sheet problem”, “translating potential into actuality” “ Chakravuyh challenge” etc.
  • According to the new trend economy and the environment is going hand in hand. So questions can come from that perspective also.
  • Many statistics and schemes are now being asked in Prelims

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Here is what ABHILASH BARANWAL, AIR 44, CSE-2017 had to say about CD

Here is what  JITENDRA KUMAR SHARMA, AIR 392, CSE-2017 had to say –

This year, we have upgraded the program to make it the best offering in the market.

Introducing CD Prime TS 2019

1. One comprehensive program – Our TS is a full-fledged course in itself! With a mix and match of various kinds of questions and detailed explanation wherever need. It is a very effective way of both, starting a subject and revising one.

2. Telegram Groups moderated by to Toppers.  Mentorship taken to a whole new level. You will be helped at every step of the way.

3. Introducing questions-types – Judging the quality of any TS is very subjective. While some will say its great, others will say its quality has decreased over time. That is why we have introduced the concept of question-types. They ensure consistency in quality. How? We have explained that in the end.

4. Dedicated monthly CA Tests – Exclusive focus on Current Affairs(CA) by having dedicated monthly CA tests. Besides, exhaustively preparing for CA questions, it has helped students precisely figure out what their weaknesses are.  

5. Tikdams and mastering the art of intelligent guesses – Tikdam Technique is an innovation by Dr. V(AIR 20) and has helped students gain additional marks. Our TS is the only TS that puts a conscious effort to build student’s risk-taking appetite.

6. Subject and sub-subject Level Tagging – These tags will help you understand the importance of themes and revise other questions from them.

7. Two-tier quality check  – Our questions pass through a rigorous true stage assessment criteria. The first being done by CD’s core content team with the final approval from a coterie of rankers.

The detailed schedule of test series with complete booklist to be followed can be seen here for Batch 1: Click2View

It will be updated soon for Batch 2


What are questions types 

Wherever applicable, we will try to stick to the format decided below. It standardizes questions to a decent extent.

A. Consolidation Questions
These questions consolidate information from different topics to help you see concepts holistically and also aid retention.
Eg. Consider this question. You would not have studied all the ‘Majorities’ together but under separate topics. This question will help you understand the concept in entirety.

Consider the following questions on the types of Majority
1. Special Majority of not less than 2/3 of the Members present and voting is required in the passage of a resolution under Art. 249 and Art. 312ONLY.
2. Impeachment of the President requires Not less than 2/3 of the Members present and voting along with Majority of the Total Strength of the House.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a)1
b)2
c)Both
d)None

Explanation – A very detailed account of the types of Majority is given here http://www.civilsdaily.com/blog/types-of-majorities/
Statement 1 is correct despite having ‘ONLY’ in it.

B. Comparative Questions
Comparative questions help you understand the relative differences between related topics. Consider the question below. Instead of asking a question on HC or SC separately, we have clubbed it together.

Consider the following statements with respect to the appointment of judges of High Court & Supreme Court
1. The minimum qualifications prescribed in the Constitution is same for judges of HC & SC.
2. While SC judges are appointed by the President, HC judges are appointed by the SC.
Which of the following is/are incorrect?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None

Explanation – 3 qualifications are common to both judges of HC and SC
1. Citizen of India
2. Judge of HC for 5 years
3. Advocate in HC for 10 years
In case of judges of SC, there is an additional qualification – If he/she is a distinguished Jurist in the opinion of the President. Judges of HC are also appointed by the President. The controversy around appointments has been in news very frequently. Please read – http://www.civilsdaily.com/story/judicial-appointments-conundrum-post-njac-verdict/

C. Interactive Questions
These questions will ask you to go through a concept/related concepts and reply back with comments. This will help you re-visit the entire concept rather than simply answer one specific aspect of the topic.

Eg., consider the following question –
The conversion of Ammonia (NH3) to nitrite (NO2-) and then to nitrates (NO3-) is called

a) Nitrification
b) Ammonification
c) Assimilation
d) Denitrification
Answer A

Explanation
Nitrification
In this process, the ammonia is converted into nitrate by the presence of bacteria in the soil. Ammonia is oxidized to form nitrites by bacteria such as Nitrosomonas species. Nitrates are converted into nitrates by Nitrobacter. This conversion is very important as ammonia gas is toxic for plants.
Make a note of all the processes involved in the Nitrogen Cycle – nitrogen fixation, assimilation, ammonification, nitrification, and denitrification process.
Leave their definitions/organisms involved in the comments.

D. Star-marked/special questions
These are advanced questions that are not from standard sources but relevant for the exam. These questions will help you build additional knowledge without going through specialized books.
Eg. Questions on books by freedom-fighters, News not covered by the Hindu, IE, PIB but of very high importance in world affairs.

Besides these, questions indirectly related to CA will also be asked. 

Do I need to join a TS for prelims at all?

Despite UPSC being unpredictable, prelims TS is the only program that can help you assess how your preparation is. Besides few questions that are directly asked from TS, it helps in developing a good understanding of how to prepare/what to prepare/what to prioritize and so on.

In today’s hyper-competitive exam scenario, it’s almost impossible to clear the exam without a good TS in hand.

Join Batch 2 of Test series here: Click2Join

16 July 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

Indian shipping companies headed for troubled waters

Indian shipping companies headed for troubled waters

The right of first refusal available to Indian shipping companies is now being taken back. This would lead to shippers taking their business to other countries such as Panama. Note points from the news as a question can be asked in Mains related to such rules and their impact on the economy.

NCPCR moots model for school fees

NCPCR moots model for school fees

The cause of concern for all parents is rising school fees. It is also a factor in low enrolment ratio in schools. Note the proposal by NCPCR and also details about NCPCR. Can be asked in Prelims.

[pib] Bansagar Canal Project

[pib] Bansagar Canal Project

Read and make notes about Banbhatta. Also about Son river and its geographical features. Can be asked in Prelims.

[pib] Institute of Cost Accountants of India

[pib] Institute of Cost Accountants of India

Read about ICAI. Can be asked in Prelims.

Low Relevance News

Peak hour flights may get costlier

The government is mulling over a proposal to impose a surcharge on airlines for operating flights during peak hours to enhance airport capacity and to avoid flight delays

Currently, landing fees paid by airlines are determined by the weight of an aircraft and do not vary according to the time of the day

Nothing important from exam perspective

Rahul writes to PM for passage of Women’s Reservation Bill

Congress President Rahul Gandhi wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking him to ensure the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Monsoon Session of Parliament

Women’s Reservation Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on March 9, 2010, and has been stalled in the Lok Sabha since

Not much important news but do read about the passage of bills and their pendency provisions in LS as well as RS


Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

13 July 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

[op-ed snap] Spirit Of Sendai

[op-ed snap] Spirit Of Sendai

Very good editorial highlighting vulnerabilities of India & Asia and how to mitigate disaster risks. Read and use points in Mains

[op-ed snap] India needs to focus on water efficiency

[op-ed snap] India needs to focus on water efficiency

India is facing an acute water crisis and the editorial highlights the fact and suggests solutions. Useful for Mains

Failure to educate girls could cost world $30 trillion a year: World Bank report

Failure to educate girls could cost world $30 trillion a year: World Bank report

Girls are still away from primary as well as secondary education. This is impacting their lifestyle as well as growth prospects. Know the reasons and solutions. Can be quoted in Mains.

India became third largest economy in 2011: World Bank

India became third largest economy in 2011: World Bank

With reports surfacing of India becoming world’s 6th largest economy, various debates on this tag’s utility and importance have started.

World Bank report claims that India achieved a better feat in 2011 itself.  Read about ICP from the news as it can be asked in Prelims.

Low Relevance News

Homosexuality not an illness: Indian Psychiatric Society

The Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) has said it is “time to stop looking at homosexuality as a mental illness”, stating that the there is no scientific evidence that sexual orientation can be altered by any treatment

Nothing important in news from UPSC perspective

India to ease visa curbs for Bangladesh citizens

India will sign a pact with Bangladesh to ease visa restrictions for citizens from the neighbouring country. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on “revised travel arrangements” will be signed during Home Minister’s three-day visit to Dhaka

No important points from exam perspective


Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

12 July 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

Telecom Commission approves net neutrality, new telecom policy

Telecom Commission approves net neutrality, new telecom policy

Net neutrality has been a hot topic for a long time and has been finally culminated by the government with a decision in favour of it. Read all details since policies are being asked in Mains.

Govt. seeks help to end manual scavenging

Govt. seeks help to end manual scavenging

Read about MGISC. Can be asked in Prelims.

World Population Day: What ails the Youth of India

World Population Day: What ails the Youth of India

Stress level is rising among youth and there is a rising concern about unemployment too. Note all these points and quote them in Mains answers as well as Essay paper.

North India’s obsession with the male child remains unchanged

North India’s obsession with the male child remains unchanged

Despite the government’s direct and indirect interventions, female foeticide has continued and Indian parents wish for a male child still remains the same.

Note the points quoted in news.

Low Relevance News

SC slams Lieutenant Governor for ‘inaction’ against ‘mountains of garbage’

The Supreme Court has said “mountains of garbage” in Delhi indicate that the city is facing a grave situation and slammed the Lieutenant Governor (LG) for not taking appropriate action on the issue of solid waste management

Nothing important in news from exam perspective

Aadhaar must for health mission cover

The government has mandated the use of Aadhaar card for administering its massive Ayushman Bharat, or National Health Mission, that assures a ₹5 lakh health cover to 10 crore families

Possessing an Aadhaar card isn’t mandatory to avail services, a proof of enrolment, or request for enrolment, is mandatory

No important points from exam perspective.


Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

11 July 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

Rajya Sabha members can use all 22 scheduled languages

Rajya Sabha members can use all 22 scheduled languages

Read about the eighth schedule and Rajya Sabha from Polity textbook. News has very less info but these 2 topics become important due to appearing in news

Eat Right Movement off to a healthy start

Eat Right Movement off to a healthy start

Junk foods are having an adverse effect on lifestyle as well as the health of youngsters. Know about harms caused and what can be done to check the growing inclusion of fast foods in the diet.

Govt targets mobile and migratory population to prevent re-emergence of polio virus

Govt targets mobile and migratory population to prevent re-emergence of polio virus

Read about Poliovirus and Mission Indradhanush. Also, note the year when India was declared Polio free.

MHA seeks cabinet nod for Bill which allows death penalty for rape of minors

MHA seeks cabinet nod for Bill which allows death penalty for rape of minors

Cases of child abuse have rised in recent past. Know about the reasons and ways to reduce such acts

Low Relevance News

Gay sex: Centre leaves it to wisdom of SC to decide on constitutionality of Section 377 IPC

The Union government has told the Supreme Court that it would leave it to the wisdom of its judges to decide the constitutionality of Section 377 IPC, which criminalises sexual activities “against the order of nature”, including homosexual activities

Nothing important in news from exam perspective

Thai cave rescue and the Indian connection

Experts from a Pune-headquartered firm gave technical support in the operations to rescue a football team trapped inside a cave system in Thailand

Nothing important from UPSC point of view

Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

10 July 2018 | High Relevance vs Low Relevance News , Govt. Posters for easy recall

Reading News for UPSC is utmost important and rising number of questions year on year in UPSC Prelims is a testimony of this

We are starting a daily series where we will analyze news covered in The Hindu, Indian Express and other newspapers which are important from exam perspective and which are not

Important news would have been covered in our daily news coverage in form of newscards.

Unimportant ones will be mentioned here and a short description regarding why it is not relevant for the exam

Click on news headlines to read the full news

High relevance news

[pib] 17th World Sanskrit Conference in Vancouver, Canada

[pib] 17th World Sanskrit Conference in Vancouver, Canada

A big event to glorify the culture of India. Note the details and previous versions of the conference. Can be asked in Prelims.

[pib] Government declares 6 educational ‘Institutions of Eminence’

[pib] Government declares 6 educational ‘Institutions of Eminence’

No Indian university features in the top ranking of educational institutes globally. Steps are being taken to improve this situation. Note details of the proposed scheme. Can be asked in Pre as well as Mains.

[op-ed snap] Rich farmers will gain the most from MSP hikes

[op-ed snap] Rich farmers will gain the most from MSP hikes

Editorial discusses the actual impact of MSP hike and how it will not benefit small farmers. Note points discussed and use them in Mains answers.

Low Relevance News

Ramayana Express from November 14

Starting November, the Indian Railways will start a special train, ‘Shri Ramayana Express’, which will cover important destinations related to the epic in a 16-day journey. The tour will be spread across India as well as Sri Lanka

Nothing important in the news from UPSC perspective apart from above info.

Nepal returns ‘dancing bear’ to India

The sloth bear, which was smuggled into Nepal in December 2017 for use as a ‘dancing bear’, is being sent back to India

Only important info:  Sloth bears (Melursus ursinus) are found only in the Indian subcontinent.

Nothing else is important in news


Govt. Poster for easy recall