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

Watch the video to know how we ensure you get 120+ score in Prelims

The only TS that is supervised by top rankers and provides personalized attention to students. Check out the 7 points that make it the best in the market.

Follow the video below to understand what makes the TS unique. Our planning and execution remains perfect.

 

It goes without saying that Civilsdaily’s Flagship Test Series Program has created a name for itself. It is preferred among students in their advanced stages of preparation.
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 https://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 – https://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

19 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

WCD ministry set to move cabinet to make child marriages invalid

WCD ministry set to move cabinet to make child marriages invalid

Although a surprise but it’s true that child marriages are valid in India! Now, the government is set to change the law to make them invalid. Note stats and details and use in Mains anwers

Govt decides to withdraw contentious FRDI bill

Govt decides to withdraw contentious FRDI bill

Read about bail in & bail out. Can be asked in Prelims.

Cabinet relaxes NELP, pre-NELP pact rules

Cabinet relaxes NELP, pre-NELP pact rules

Read about NELP & HELP for Prelims. Also, implications of world oil trade fluctuations on India is a hot topic for Mains.

Newest phase in Earth’s history named after Meghalaya rock

Newest phase in Earth’s history named after Meghalaya rock

Very important geological finding and becomes way more special as it is connected to India. Read and note all details. Can be asked in Prelims.

Low Relevance News

Unemployment data survey ongoing; results in three months: Centre to Rajya Sabha

Admitting that nationwide unemployment data is not available since late 2016, the government told the Rajya Sabha that it is in the process of conducting surveys and will release the data within the next two to three months

Nothing important in news from UPSC point of view

Chabahar port project delayed due to Iran: Jaishankar

A major reason for delay in execution of the Chabahar port project is due to delays from the Iranian side, said former Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar

Chahbahar port has been in news and discussed in detail various times. No new details in this news


Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

18 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] Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)

[pib] Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)

Read about CARA and Hague adoption convention. Can be asked in Prelims.

President clears Assam Bill against witch-hunt

President clears Assam Bill against witch-hunt

Superstitious practices across the country have lead to various deaths. Assam has enacted a law to ensure women safety and do away with such superstitions. Note details. Can be asked in Mains.

Centre increases CVs’ load carrying capacity

Centre increases CVs’ load carrying capacity

Make notes about FASTag. Can be asked in Prelims.

Low Relevance News

Govt taking steps to improve accuracy of IMD’s prediction

The Government is taking various steps to further improve the accuracy of predictions made by the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). Under the Monsoon Mission, a new dynamical prediction system for long-range forecasting of Indian monsoon has been implemented by the IMD

Nothing important in news from UPSC perspective

215 post office passport service centres opened in four years: govt

As many as 215 post office passport service centres were opened in different parts of the country for the benefit of the common man in the last four years

Nothing important in news from exam point of view


Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

17 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

Be cautious in shifting to DBT, RBI tells States

Be cautious in shifting to DBT, RBI tells States

Note benefits and problems associated with DBT. Can be asked in Mains

Upgraded Vikas engine will soon boost ISRO’s rockets

Upgraded Vikas engine will soon boost ISRO’s rockets

ISRO achievements have been a favourite of UPSC. No point in missing these. Read all the details.

U.N. agrees first-ever global compact for migration

U.N. agrees first-ever global compact for migration

The entire globe is gripped in migrant crisis in some way or the other. This has now led to UN coming forward and initiating a global pact for ensuring the welfare of migrants. Read and make notes.

BrahMos tested in extreme weather conditions

BrahMos tested in extreme weather conditions

Know about BrahMos launch capabilities and its range after India joined MTCR. A potential prelims question

Low Relevance News

Army to resume M777 trials

The Army will resume the trials of the U.S.-made M777 Ultra-Light Howitzer (ULH) in Pokhran firing range. The M777 is a 155 mm, 39-calibre towed artillery gun made of titanium and aluminium alloys and weigh just four tonnes, making it transportable under slung by helicopters

No more important details in news.

SC to decide if J&K police can book Army men

A legal tussle broke out between the Centre and Jammu and Kashmir on whether Army personnel stationed in the restive State can be prosecuted for their action taken in “good faith.”

The Centre countered that Section 7 of The Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act of 1990 lays down that there would be no legal proceedings against Army personnel for acts done within the course of their duty

Since matter is subjudice, not very important at this stage


Govt. Poster for easy recall

 

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