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KNOWLEDGE EUPHORIA – ACHIEVE 2X SYLLABUS COMPLETION RATE

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From Articles of Constitution to National parks

From listing mountain ranges to Mauryan administration

From Artificial intelligence to Repo rate……There is so much variety in UPSC CSE Syllabus.

Learning so many new subjects and new topics, one can feel the influx of knowledge in the preparation mode. This newfound knowledge generates a sense of euphoria in many aspirants. To keep feeding this euphoria, many aspirants make the mistake of reading more and more material, be it the current or static part. Sadly, unchecked knowledge euphoria can hijack your preparation.

IS SYLLABUS COMPLETION A SERIOUS ISSUE YOU ARE FACING IN YOUR PREPARATION? IS IT SO THAT WHILE ATTEMPTING MOCK TESTS, YOU VAGUELY RECALL THE TOPICS? OR LOOKING AT SO MANY BOOKS MAKE YOU LOSE INTEREST IN THE PREPARATION?

If yes, then something has to change in your strategy. In fact, you are not alone facing this challenge. Check out the video given below of our student discussing the same problem and how it affected his performance in the last 5 attempts.

Giving prelims without even completing the whole syllabus once is like killing your own golden duck. In our interaction with our Mentors and their mentees, we identified few common mistakes when it comes to incomplete syllabus attempts:

  • Habit of collecting and reading too many books, Photostatted material and online content
  • Reading every book from cover to cover with giving equal importance to every topic
  • Mismanagement of current affairs and static part

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Obviously, solutions to these problems differ from student to student. BUT ONE MANTRA THAT ALL OUR MENTORS SWEAR BY IS INSTEAD OF HARD WORK, DO SMART WORK. SO, WHAT DOES SMART WORK MEAN?

WHAT NOT TO READ: Common impression about UPSC CSE preparation is that you have to know everything under the sun. But there is a catch here! Try to learn everything under the sun from a Generalist than a specialist point of view. This can be done if you know “WHAT NOT TO READ?”. Let our mentors look at the material you are reading and chuck out the unnecessary clutter.

MARK BOUNDARIES: This is all about making sure that every subject has 1-2 reference material, which you will focus on. Marking boundaries is also important in the case of current affairs. Usually, students end up using 4-5 hours of their time just for daily current affairs. This for sure is not Smart study!

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REVISION: Yes! we all know that revision is important. But do you know you have to divide your revision into 3 groups: Short term, medium-term and long-term revision. Revision should not be a bi-annual exercise. Syllabus completion and revision have to be done side by side. So, getting this balance in your preparation is where we as a mentor come in.

COVER TO COVER: Don’t read your books like novels. You have to constantly tell yourself that ‘BE EXAM ORIENTED’. In each subject, you should have a rough idea about ‘UPSC FAVORITES’. Finish them first!

MONITORING: A neutral third-person monitoring can be a great addition to your preparation. Constant check on what you are reading, what good material not to miss, and focusing on high importance areas is the priority in our mentorship program.

Mentorship is subjective but we are trying to add a bit of science to it with years of data collection on performances, feedback and interviews with our students. Fill up the form below and let us know what issue you are facing? Surely we will resolve it together!

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IAS Prelims 2021 to be postponed| Reconquer Prelims 2021 amidst pandemic

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Test series for Assessment, Notes + Videos for revision and syllabus completion, Weekly Google meet sessions for Guidance


IAS Prelims 2021 will be deferred by at least 3 months due to the prevailing pandemic situation in the country. UPSC will very soon release a notification announcing this postponement.

It’s time for an IAS 2021 aspirant to turn these times of adversity into an opportunity:

  • Beat the competition– You get more time to revise and clear your concepts, especially true for working professions.
  • Get in the competition– Late risers or those who couldn’t prepare can start seriously now.
  • There are fewer distractions now due to the lockdown.

There is another side to it as well, aspirants might become directionless, disoriented, and complacent due to a lack of plan.

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Any form of complacency is a kiss of death for your UPSC prelims 2021 success.

To help you make the most out of these 3 months Civilsdaily is offering you its test series but topped with important and relevant material to help you Reconquer Prelims 2021.

What is Reconquer Prelims 2021?

It’s is a special program for UPSC IAS 2021 prelims which include mock tests primarily but we’re are going to provide you with notes, video lectures, weekly guidance sessions, and Civilsdaily’s support to act as a booster to your preparation.

Program inclusion:

  • 38 IAS Prelims Mock Tests
    • 8 Basic tests
    • 8 Advanced tests
    • 10 Current Affairs
    • 8 Full-Length Tests
    • 4 CSAT tests
  • Decimate Prelims 2021 current affairs (PDF)
  • Union Budget and Economic survey-
    • Video* lecture by Sajal Singh
    • PDF note
  • Score Boosting video* lectures by Zeeshan Hashmi
  • Weekly Google meet sessions with Sajal sir, Sukanya ma’am, Sudhanshu sir, and other CD mentors.
  • Access to Civilsdaily’s Prelims 2021 club on Habitat
    • Discussion
    • Doubt sessions

* pre-recorded video lectures

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Timetable

Objectives of Reconquer Prelims 2021

  • Revision and course completion.
  • 360 degrees assessment of your preparation.
  • Getting back on track especially for those who started late or couldn’t prepare sufficiently till now.
  • Putting up a plan for maximizing your efforts.
  • Efficiency in preparation.
  • Help you build capacity to tackle IAS Prelims 2021 and succeed in that.

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Our philosophy – Mastering Prelims by guided yet Flexible Goal Setting

1. Evidence-based question making: UPSC level mocks

Mock tests are a part of our legacy product, the Prelims test series. It’s loaded with 6 key differentiators and 3 ‘exclusive’ features. 

It aims to build your core competencies in a graded manner; from basic, advanced and then to UPSC+ level. Focus is on conceptual clarity, coverage of syllabus and developing a personalized strategy to attempt a UPSC Prelims paper.

A Test Series is more than just a set of 100 questions and solutions at the end.

The 3800 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established via UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on the themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

2. Civilsdaily’s Innovation: Tagging

Tagging helps us to ensure balanced coverage of static and current affairs, setting optimum difficulty level, keeping the paper relevance to UPSC syllabus and pattern, and cover all important themes. It’ll help you to analyse and understand the expectation of the UPSC in a better way.

Subject/Sub-subject tagging ensures that a balanced paper is presented to you with an emphasis on important themes. It helps you discover your subject-specific blindspots and rectify them. We disclose our coverage. 

Question Type Tags: Helps you understand the mix of questions and equip yourself in multifaceted question forming. Learn about question types here.

Difficulty Level Tags, Conceptual/Factual Tags: These tags don’t leave you guessing about your weaknesses. If you miss a difficult factual question, it’s absolutely fine. In fact, it’s desirable as you don’t score a negative.

3. Study and revision material- Notes and Video lectures

I) High-quality material and notes from Decimate Prelims 2021 crash course

These notes have been curated by experienced faculty at Civilsdaily and will help you revise all the concepts and current affairs from Jan 2020 to June 2021.

II) Economic Survey 2020-2021 and Union budget 2021-2022 – Both of them have been very comprehensively covered by Comprehensively covered by Sajal sir Both video lectures and PDF notes will ensure that no concept or question will get unanswered from these.

III) Score boosting lectures by Zeeshan sir

Tikdam techniques is a very important skill that can boost your score by 30+ marks. It will prepare you and enhance your ability to perform under pressure (& lack of information). These lectures have helped a lot of students in the past.

We not only impart but make you practice these skills in our test series. You will be getting pre-recorded video lectures.

4. Civilsdaily’s Handholding – Google meet sessions

We believe frequent guidance and course correction are crucial to your success in the UPSC exam, and that’s why we’ll be having a weekly Google meet session with senior faculty and mentors from Civilsdaily like Sajal sir, Sukanya ma’am, Sudhanshu sir, Ajay sir, and others.

5. Access to Civilsdaily’s Prelims 2021 club on Habitat

You’ll be assigned to an exclusive group on Habitat, it’s headed by Sajal sir, Sudhanshu sir, Zeeshan sir and membered by rankers and in-service officers.

Habitat is where everything comes together: learning, doubt clearing, notes, references, mentors, and a focussed community. You’re going to learn and discuss like never before.

What is there on Habitat?

  • Doubt sessions – Dedicated sessions to resolve doubts in real-time. Never keep a doubt to yourself.
  • An ecosystem for co-learning and active learning.
  • A highly motivated community to bring flexibility and consistency to your preparation.
  • Other activities like revisions, quizzes, test discussion, CSAT, etc. are also planned.Samachar Manthan Civilsdaily IAS Current Affairs UPSCHabitat – Desktop and Mobile view

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After you have enrolled, you will receive a confirmation email with the necessary links for the tests and material. You can also find those link from the curriculum section of this course.

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How right mentorship helps you save a UPSC IAS attempt? | Shreya’s story

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Shreya decided to venture towards her long-nurtured dream of becoming an IAS officer in 2019, and after a year-long struggle, she appeared in the 2020 UPSC Prelims and got to experience the exam first hand.

After the lost attempt of 2020, she acknowledged that there were areas in her preparation strategy which she could not properly address while doing the preparation alone last year. This is a very important step she has taken in underlining the areas of improvement, which many actually fail to see while self-evaluating the errors. Thereby losing precious time in the
process.

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Then there were also her personal highs and lows. She felt the need to be held accountable for her studies to address the shortcomings of inconsistencies. Then her search for institutional/formal training for UPSC CSE exam began. She had to make certain choices vis-a-vis the training format to meet her specific requirements. Thus with her list of expectations ready, she started to search for their specific solutions.

We would also like to mention other similar problems which students like Shreya face during their initial years of preparations here, which are:

  • Mental stress and Isolation
  • Financial Hardships
  • Lack of Peer 2 Peer learning
  • Lack of Direction
  • Reliance on X number of sources
  • Unfair Practices by coaching centers
  • Lack of answer writing
  • Reading Newspaper in a proper way
  • Poor Time management
  • Improper analysis

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So she stumbled upon Civilsdaily in late 2020. Now she has spent some 6-7 months with us and opted for a mentorship program, and what encouraged us to tell her story to you is the kind of progress she has been able to make with her mentor and how?

Let’s hear her out in the small video message she has for us.

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ESCAPE THE SNOOZE MODE IN YOUR UPSC-CSE PREPARATION

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We talked to 8000+ aspirants in the last one year and their answers will surprise you.

Inconsistency in UPSC preparation is like getting up at 5 am. A night before you set up your alarm. The motivation to get up is high at this point. But in the morning, when the alarm rings, we swipe it to the right with a thought “IN 5 MINUTES…FOR SURE!!”. This snooze cycle usually continues for some time till we realize it is 8 am. Already a bad start to the day! To add to it, you will spend the whole day repenting upon not being able to get up early, instead of focusing upon the time we have. The same goes for UPSC preparation. You set your targets but one slight glitch and your whole preparation go off track. Till the time you yourself realize this mismanagement, it is a bit too late. Anxiety builds up, performance levels fall. You are not able to achieve even 10% OF YOUR TRUE POTENTIAL on the D-day.

WE ASKED 8000+ STUDENTS ONE SIMPLE QUESTION –

“WHAT IS THE BIGGEST OBSTACLE THAT YOU ARE FACING IN YOUR UPSC PREPARATION?”

YOU WILL BE ASTOUNDED THAT ONE ANSWER WAS COMMON IN REPLIES – INCONSISTENCY.

They are Consistently Inconsistent. Meaning, they go through these highs and lows in their preparation. They are able to study for days, week but they hit a sudden gap in preparation. Then, they find it very hard to come back. The good news is that we have the solution.

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Our philosophy behind MENTORSHIP is to get you out of this Snooze cycle. This ensures that you are the BEST VERSION of yourself in this journey. If you are under the impression that mentorship is weekly calls you attend, then you are mistaken, my friend. Trust us, your mentor will be your ‘FRIEND, PHILOSOPHER AND GUIDE’.

How Mentorship can fight inconsistency in preparation?

TO EACH THEIR OWN – Every aspirant is different. Their strengths and weaknesses are different. Their time availability is also different. Identifying this is important so you don’t end up making unrealistic targets and lose momentum. Your mentor will make sure you start slow but remain consistent to build your confidence. Making your schedule structured based on our experience of working with 2500+ students is our first priority. 

TRACK YOUR PROGRESS – When you see yourself grow, it becomes easier to motivate yourself to push boundaries. Tracking your progress can happen in many ways like mentorship calls or chat sessions or by regular tests. The idea is to ensure that you don’t go off track in your preparation, and even if you do, we have your back.

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EVOLUTION – A constant guidance is important to bring consistency to your UPSC preparation. Guidance is not about clearing your doubts or asking you to study when you don’t. It is also about the evolution of your preparation. This is where you and your mentor work as a team. A constant effort to PLAN AND BUILD UP YOUR ABILITY to learn in a faster and more efficient way.

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TALK IT OUT – The biggest hurdle in achieving your highest level of consistency is the emotional part. Every now and then, you. surround yourself with negative thoughts, you feel scared and depressed. Instead of resolving these emotional issues, you avoid them as it seems like a waste of your precious time. You have to understand that ignoring emotional troubles does not solve them. What your doing is building an emotional time bomb that may burst a week before your mains or prelims! This is where your MENTOR AS A FRIEND comes in. All our mentors have been through this journey. We understand your fears and anxieties. So, TALK IT OUT.

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Don’t let inconsistency keep you away from your dreams.

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Nikaalo Prelims 2021| 60 days free crash course for IAS Prelims| Top 5 students will get free magazine

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This is not the time to study new things but to consolidate and revise whatever you have studied so far. Try to narrow down the focus on the most important areas, refer PYQs, solve them, analyze them. The last phase of preparation is always very crucial, utilize it very judiciously.

Keeping in mind we have launched Nikaalo Prelims program for everyone.

Nikaalo Prelims 2021

It’s the 4th edition of our OPEN Crash Course. The last 3 editions have been immensely helpful to aspirants who wanted a fast-paced revision sequence. With Nikaalo Prelims you get our full commitment for the next 60 days with these things: 

  1. Prelims Spotlight (simplified, synthesized, byte-sized information collated in notes)
  2. Static & CA Tests (alternate days, 20 questions with rich explainers)

Major components of the Program are:

1. Prelims SPOTLIGHT

This initiative is meant to help you revise details and facts that can be asked in prelims. They are simplified, synthesized and prepared using most authentic sources.

These can easily slip your mind or you can easily confuse these. Continuous Revision for the same is required. Dare you to miss the updates!

2. Static Subject Revision and Tests

The timetable for the static subject and Current Affair test is already released.

3. Nikaalo Prelims Habitat club

All material, notes and doubt sessions will take place on Habitat club. Click here to join Nikaalo Prelims Habitat club

You can also search for 2021 Nikaalo Prelims club on Habitat.

We will try our best to provide:

  • The theme of the question
  • The Year of matching previous year question  from the actual exam so you can assess the relevance
  • Lengthy and elaborate explanations
  • Question Type – Civilsdaily’s unique innovation

You appear for a test every 2nd day at 5 PM. We believe some breathing time is necessary to ensure consistency and efficiency. Besides, a good revision also requires a quality time commitment.

Instant score after you submit your test with proper explanations for the questions.


Top 10 Ranks will be announced for every test at the launch of the next test.

Top 5 performers in the mini-test for 5 consecutive days will get free access to Civilsdaily Current Affairs magazine of one year along with one-time personalized mentorship to discuss the entire roadmap for your preparation.

You have any other doubts related to your UPSC journey, fill the Samvanya form and your mentor will be glad to discuss with you.

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How to prepare Polity for IAS Prelims?| Fill up Samanvaya for a free 1-1 mentorship session

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It’s been said, tried and tested multiple times that reading Laxmikant is inevitable for UPSC prep. In Fact we must use this book as the pretext for our preparation for Polity.

We are not going to support or advocate any new source to read Polity. Instead, we are going to tell you the SMARTER way of preparing for Prelims from Laxmikant itself.

Lets see how, read through the Year Wise breakup of questions asked from Polity

YearNumber of questions
201411
201513
20167
201719
201813
201912
202017
2021Any guesses?

 With the evolving numbers and inherent uncertainty above, we need to read between the lines and get an idea of the developing trend and pattern where the importance of Laxmikant cannot be ignored.

On an average UPSC has been asking 15-20 Questions each year from the polity section since 2011.

Most of the questions are being asked from a single source which is M Laxmikanth. Lately, a mix of current affairs-based questions has been introduced with associated static knowledge.

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How to start reading Laxmikanth?

Never devote equal importance or time to all sections of Laxmikant as that would turn out to be draining you (Mentally and Physically) at the end with no real outcome. With this extra hard work strategy, you may or may not solve all the polity questions in prelims.

The second strategy is the Hard-work + Smart strategy where even though you will read each and every chapter of Laxmikant but you will give special focus to certain important chapters and information which will help you to solve each and every question of polity in UPSC prelims. We call them “Meaty Areas”. And most importantly, always try to learn chapters from Laxmikant with one or two live examples. There are a sufficient number of them around us.

Some general observations about the book

  • It has been written in such a way that you do not need to make any notes out of it
  • It is one of the best compilation of various useful resources contained in the constitution
  • Its language is simple and easy to understand
  • It is way more to easy to comprehend than say, a book like Constitution of India by D .D. Basu

Macro-level suggestions on how we should read from Laxmikant book

#1. Start chronologically with Chapter 1 itself.

Remember the Union and its territories, recent LBA with Bangladesh. Go slowly, reading each and every line (each and every line of this book ought to be read)

#2. Prelims examination not only requires conceptual clarity but also the applied part of it.

The conceptual clarity helps to solve the analytical question asked from this section. (Prelims 2017, 2019 & 2020 was heavily loaded with conceptual questions from Polity).

Example:

1) Consider the following statements:

The Constitution of India defines its ‘basic structure’ in terms of federalism, secularism, fundamental rights and democracy.

The Constitution of India provides for ‘judicial review’ to safeguard the citizens’ liberties and to preserve the ideals on which the Constitution is based.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

2) Consider the following statements:

According to the Constitution of India, a person who is eligible to vote can be made a minister in a State for six months even if he/she is not a member of the Legislature of that State.

According to the Representation of People Act, 1951, a person convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to imprisonment for five years is permanently disqualified from contesting an election even after his release from prison.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

You might be wondering how this is applicable to the current scenario? These questions appear to be directly coming from Laxmikant and that is even true but unlike earlier, they require a lot of conceptual clarity to answer them. Even seasoned aspirants have ended up marking them incorrectly. The interplay of phrases like “India defines” and “India provides” has made many confused.

According to the earlier trends, it was easy to attempt a maximum number of questions from polity because generally questions from this section were direct and based on factual information. But, now the nature of questions has changed.

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#3. Along with factual information, one should cover the current political developments.

Link the “Current Affairs” with “Associated Static”. This eases the pressure on the aspirant and also helps build confidence.

Example:

Q.) With reference to the Parliament of India, consider the following statements

  1. A private member’s bill is a bill presented by a Member of Parliament who is not elected but only nominated by the President of India.
  2. Recently, a private member’s bill has been passed in the Parliament of India for the first time in its history.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

UPSC, nowadays does not ask direct current affairs, it asks about background knowledge of any matter/issue.

Correlating things: the bookish knowledge and the practical happenings- is the real essence of preparing for UPSC civil services exam. Try to locate whatever you learned from Laxmikanth book in the day-to-day happenings, history, hypothetical situations, etc.

You may watch Lok Sabha proceedings and can tally whatever you learned from the book. You might read an article in a newspaper about change in name of a state, and revise the procedure for the same from the book. This will make learning interesting.

#4. Most importantly, analyze previous year’s question papers. See what type of question is asked and how they are asked.

Practicing previous year questions will help you to find out the areas where you commit mistakes.

Micro-level suggestions on how you should read the book

Section one: Historical background

What is most important here?

Committees of the Constituent Assembly

What is moderately important?

Composition of the Constituent Assembly

Rest can be ignored or given a mild read.

Section two: Fundamental Rights, Duties, DPSP, Preamble (Very very important)

General Comments

UPSC asks 5-6 Questions every year from this section. In UPSC 2020 most of the polity Questions were asked from this section. You have to read this section multiple times.

Specific Suggestions

  • Salient features of the Indian Constitution (Moderately important. The topics mentioned in this chapters are covered extensively in later chapters)
  • Preamble to the Constitution (Very very important) UPSC simply loves Preamble. It has asked questions on the preamble in 2015 and this year also. Read carefully about different words mentioned in the preamble (example fraternity) and what do they exactly mean.
  • Union and its territory (Moderately important). Aspirants should be aware of the process through which states are created and also they should be aware of the sequence of new states creation).
  • Fundamental rights, DPSP and Fundamental duties (Very very important) FR, FD, DPSP etc are difficult as they have laws and bylaws.
  • Some are explicit while others are implicit. It is thus important to get the concept and soul of them. UPSC won’t ask petty details or facts. It will exploit the conceptual part.
  • You should be able to connect dots with recent happenings. For example, in 2017 UPSC asked a question related to privileges after use of red beacons was abolished by the government for ministers/officers.
  • Amendment of the constitution (Read carefully about different types of majorities and which majority is used in which case for example in which cases two-third majority is required and in which cases simple majority is required.)
  • Read very carefully about basic terms of polity like Cabinet form of Government, Judicial review, President System, Prime Minister System, Federalism, First past the post system, Proportional representation, rights and duties etc.

In the last few years UPSC has been asking lots of questions to test the conceptual clarity of the aspirant.

Section three: Similar topics

Union and state Executive / Centre and State Relations

Given the nature of evolving polity in India and ever powerful state govts, the conceptual clarity with respect to the Centre and State relations and constitutional bodies / protocols have ( PM Modi rebuking CM Kejriwal for airing the live meeting).

Almost 90%  of powers and functions of President and Governor are the same. With respect to Delhi the introduction of the recent GNCT Act, with more power to the office of Lt Governor of Delhi is another aspect of development, important for both Prelims and Mains.

If you cover topics which are similar like President and governor, Prime Minister and Chief Minister, Parliament and state legislature, supreme court and high court together it will save your time and will be easy to memorize and link them. Smart work!

How President and Vice President are elected and removed

Read very carefully the Comparison table of powers of Governor and President mentioned in the Governor Chapter in Laxmikanth.

Always read trivial information very carefully, you can also make notes of the titbits information mentioned in any chapter since UPSC loves to ask trivia based questions, for example, the President can pardon a death convict, however, the Governor cannot.

Parliament and state legislature

Every year 1-3 questions are asked from it in prelims.

 What is most important in this chapter?

  • Read both chapters simultaneously. Look for differences between the powers of parliament and state legislature example privilege power of parliament is much wider than state legislature. (Very important)
  • Different committees and its composition and various kinds of motions and resolutions.
  • Different types of bills
  • Different types of discussions
  • Powers of speakers,deputy speakers,Chairman and Vice Chairman.
  • Comparison between powers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and Rajya Sabha and legislative council.
  • Budget.

Supreme court and High court

What is most important here?

  • Comparison between writ powers of High court and Supreme court. Master of Roaster, Conflict of interest, Corona crisis, you name it and Courts are into it. Especially use of art 142 by SC also needs to be inspected carefully.
  • Appointment and removal process of SC and HC judges(There is some trivial differences in that process)
  • Original powers of SC and HC

Section 4:  Constitutional/statutory and Executive bodies

What should you read very carefully?

  • Whether the body is constitutional, statutory or executive. Example SC/ST commission is constitutional body but backward commission and women commission are Statutory Bodies.
  • Who appoints the chairman and member of the commission and how they are removed.
  • Focus on trivial issues
  • Usually, except for appointment and removal, most of the functions and details of Central commissions and state commissions are similar.

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 Section 5: Special status of different states and union territories

What should you read very carefully?

  • Read carefully the role of Governor and president in these states as already emphasised.
  • Read carefully the powers of L.G. and president in union territories. President has some extraordinary power in some union territories.

Section 6: Local Bodies

These third tier of Govts are not considered the most important pillars of basic governance and their empowerment is must going forward. Aspirants need to devote a decent amount of time understanding the constitutional mandates and powers of Panchayati raj and Municipality.

14th and 15th Finance Commissions and their views of local governance and their development needs a mention here. There are now direct allocations to local bodies from Consolidated fund of India suggested by these Finance Commissions.

Read carefully different committees of Panchayati raj.

Regarding powers and functions of local bodies read carefully about which clause is mandatory (mandated by 73rd and 74th amendment) and which is optional (depends on whims and fancies of state government).

Example SC/ST reservation in local bodies is mentioned in 73rd and 74th amendment but OBC reservation is optional.

Section 7: Miscellaneous items

This will include remaining topics:

  • In this most important chapters are anti-defection law, the official language, political parties and elections.
  • The anti-defection chapter closely read about differences in the 52nd amendment and 85th amendment (it is bit tricky).
  • In the political party chapter extensively read about criteria for granting any political party national or regional status.

Rest of the chapters should be read but they are not very important from an exam perspective.

 

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UPSC Interviews 2020: Schedule your Mock + DAF questionnaire | Important topics inside

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Mock Interviews at Civilsdaily form a crucial part of UPSC interview preparation. The quality and diversity of the panel help prepare an aspirant for the actual interview at UPSC. 

Aspirants have benefited greatly from the mock interview and the feedback they get from the panel members after their mock interview. At the same time, we work with the aspirants to improve upon the areas highlighted by the panel.

Aspirants will also get a personalized DAF-based questionnaire based on extensive research and linkages with the issues of national and international importance.

Upcoming Mock interview and session

This week’s mock interview dates have been fixed.

  • Mock interview this week- 1st-2nd May (Book your slot)   
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  
  • Mode: Online 

Interview slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Panelists for Mock Interviews: 

  1. Shri Shankar Aggarwal, IAS (retd.)
  2. Dr. Noor Mohammad, IAS (retd.)
  3. Dr. P.K. Agrawal, IAS (Retd.)
  4. Shri T. N. Thakur, IAAS (retd.)
  5. Shri V. P. Singh, IRPS
  6. Mrs.Aditi Gupta, Corporate Leadership Specialist
  7. Prof. U.M. Amin, Jamia Milia University
  8. Mr. Himanshu Arora, Economist, JNU, PMEAC 
  9. Mr. Kunal Aggarwal, IRS
  10. Mr. Debraj Das, IPS

Tentative: Shri Harsh V. Pant (Observer Research Foundation), Shri SN Tripathi, IAS (Director IIPA), Shri Yogesh Narain (Retd. Defence Secretary), Shri Dipankar Gupta (Indian Sociologist), and others.   


DAF questionnaire

Detailed Application Form (DAF) is one of the most important documents that you might have filled for UPSC interviews. A major part of the interview will revolve around the information and details provided in the DAF. It is more than your CV.

Your ability to defend your DAF before the panel is going to decide your success. Anticipating and preparing for the questions based on your DAF is an essential part of the interview preparation.

As a part of Transcend: Interview Guidance Program for UPSC interviews we provide you a personalized and elaborate DAF-based questionnaire.

Fill the form below for DAF questionnaire.


Important interview topics

  • Report of 15th Finance Commission
    • Do you agree with the new criteria defined under Terms of Reference by FC?
    • What are the major challenges being faced by several states?
  • Monetisation of deficit
    • What do you understand by Monetisation of Deficit?
    • Is it a Feasible solution for an economy like India?
  • Better Relations: Onus on Pakistan
    • What responsibility does India have on this?
    • Does the Onus lie on India’s side also to extend the hands of friendship? 
  • Delhi: LG’s role redefined
    • What is the major area of tussles?
    • Do you think such steps might lead to erosion of federation and a spot on elected parties having full-fledged legislature? 
  • Reservation: reviewing 50% cap
    • Is this still needed?
    • What can be the other alternatives?
  • Regulating Social Media Influencers
    • Why such regulation needed, despite Media being considered as the 4th Pillar of democracy?
    • Spread of Fake News is because of Unaware citizenry? What’s your view on this?
    • What are the other causes?
  • Need for Agricultural reforms
    • Is the Farmer Protest right?
    • What is the cause for such unrest? 
    • Why is there such a trust deficit?
  • Nota and option of Re-Election
    • Is the option of NOTA effective in Indian Democracy?
    • What can be done then to reduce the money and muscle power? 
  • Climate Change and India
    • Why such urgency now? Immediate reasons?
    • What is India’s position in terms of mitigating CC impact? 
    • Why the burden on developing countries? 

 

  • Time to implement Uniform Civil Code
    • Do you think UCC is now the need of the hour?
    • Any challenges in its implementation? Why?
    • What is the Constitutional mandate on this?
  • India-UK bilateral ties
    • Does Brexit change the equations between India and EU?
    • What major impact can India have after the whole Brexit scenario?
  • France: Liberty and fight against terror
    • Debate on secularism and its type?
    • Is India a perfect example for positive secularism? 
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat 3.0
    • Is this Atmanirbharta possible in India?
    • Then why 1991 LPG reforms were brought at the first instance?
    • Where are we lacking exactly?
  • Education Sector reforms
    • Will NEP fill all the existing gaps in the Education sector?
    • Is RTE successful in India?
    • Providing education in Mother Tongue- do you find some relevance in it? 
    • Then why so much focus on english medium?
  • Empowering women
    • What is the most im[ortant factor for making women really empowered?
    • Will it improve the status of the female population in the country? 
    • What are the main hindrances in empowering this section of society?
  • Monetise and Modernise Mantra for PSUs
    • Privatisation or not? Why?
    • Why not improve the existing structure rather than going for privatisation?
  • Strengthening our start-up ecosystem
    • Is India ready for a startup ecosystem?
    • Then why do they get merged with MNCs after a few years and why not they themselves striving to become a MNC?
  • Raising marriageable age for women
    • Why such notions in India?
    • Will it improve the position of women in families?
    • Do you agree with marrying a woman older than you?
  • Emerging Technologies- Global Challenges
    • Why is it creating so much of fuss?
    • A day without INTERNET and COMPUTERS/SMART DEVICES?
  • India’s Humanitarian Diplomacy
    • Why so much focus on soft diplomacy?
    • Has it provided any advantage to India in International arena?
  • Quad Summit: India’s gain
    • What gains will it bring?
    • Can it be seen as a counter attack on China?
  • India’s engagement with Africa
    • What are the stakes for India in Africa?
    • How can India take a stronghold against China there?
  • Biden Presidency and India-US ties
    • How will it be different from Trump’s Presidency?
    • Any relief for India?
    • What can be the major challenges? 
  • Afghan Peace Talks and India
    • India’s stand on Taliban?
    • Should India change its stand?
  • Relations with Nepal in Covid Era
    • We can choose our friends but not our neighbours- its relevance in nepal’s context?
  • India’s leadership in Post-Covid world
    • What are the major areas where India should focus first?
    • Can we be able to beat China on any front ?
  • India’s Vaccine Diplomacy
    • What is the idea behind this?
    • Is it not Fiscal Imprudence?
  • Challenges for India as a global power
    • Major areas of conflicts?
    • How can  India emerge to be a winner on these fronts ?
  • India and G7 summit
    • Do you think the invitation has some relevance for India?
  • RCEP: Challenges and way forward
    • What could have been the scenario if India would have joined it?
    • Is it a mature step from India’s perspective?
  • Cyber security and India’s preparedness 
    • Is India prepared on this front?
    • What are the ethical challenges involved?
    • Need for Responsible technology? How?
  • LAC pullback: nothing conceded
    • Where does India stand now after this whole stand-off scenario?
    • Will it bring some respite in the near future?
    • Why do the issues remain unresolved?
    • Can it be considered as a historical mistake?
  • Contempt of Court
    • Difference between Civil and Criminal Contempt.
    • Should it be removed?

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Finding the balance between work and UPSC IAS preparation | Samanvaya for working aspirants

Click here to fill the Samanvaya form for 1-1 mentorship. We will call you within 24 hours. (Also provided at the bottom of the article)


Working junta is mature. To lecture them about working hard and smart is a duplication of effort because they already are active and smart. There is no dearth of samanvaya between them and their dream and it is evident from the fight Aishwarya Sheoran had put up by clearing upsc 2019 and obtaining 93rd rank. She didn’t only break the stereotypes but also became an example for all those who are in pursuit of their samanvaya.

Samanvaya is not about correcting the mismatch or spending money around bogus conversation. But it’s the touch of balance that keeps the necessary spark on for the goal to be realised.

Working aspirants have known the world up close and have faced many socio-economic-political issues firsthand. For them, the need to clear an exam that brings social prestige and recognition becomes even more important. But guys, to begin with, this exam has many components and it’s the last one which many are willing to cherish.

What about the ones before the final phase of appreciation and glory? How to manage the months of mental stress and work-life imbalance that keeps many out of the much-needed samanvaya. Best minds are always organized and that happens when you hit the right balance. Working aspirants may take advantage of both worlds provided they are given the right guidance or else they may even end up getting sandwiched and lose efficiency.

Many aspirants I have spoken to, fall in the second category and find life a lot harder ever since they have started to nurture “to be an IAS” dream. Then what’s wrong, to keep high ambition is not right? Or managing the ambition went wrong. Definitely, it’s always admirable to aim high and remain ambitious. So as a corollary, the problem is with “ambition management”.

This is where Samanvaya comes in. Its “not panacea” but the “right path”. As UPSC IAS is never about making leaders but about awakening leaders. There is a leader in everyone of you / us. We need to be tinkered the right way. Like Jamwant in Ramayana, we want to help you awaken that balance to keep your study-work organized. The true potential is obtained only when you are pulled towards study not when you are pushed to think of study.

So finally, what do we do in our Samanvaya program?

We truly believe that there is no substitute for hard work and pain. Samanvaya is all about finding the direction in which you must do your hard work. Everyone, whether working or not, is a human being in making for years. So that makes for unique case study with every single aspirant. Samanvaya is as much a discovery for you as it is for us. We help you discover and uncover the best you, not for anything else but for this exam only. But yes there are externalities, good ones indeed!

What after Samanvaya?

Proceed > Plan > Prosecute

You get a Team of mentors. One who is in constant touch with you (aspirant ) and many who are indirectly keeping a watch on the individual’s progress and relay necessary feeds for course correction.

Now, who are Mentors and what’s a mentorship program?

  1. Mentors – Who are they? Other than being the best and most experienced in the UPSC ecosystem, they work with you on your strengths and weaknesses. That’s when you get a solution specific to you. It’s never a copy-paste. In this process, you always leave a gainer.
  2. Again mentors  – You not only make professional relations but also hew a rapport and is like a guide. And mind you, there are always mechanisms in the backend to top-up any situation which appears to be going out of your control. Thanks to constant feedback, we have our house in order.

And about the mentorship program, it is best understood when we talk about it and see what best can we do for you?

Let’s get on this journey with a short questionnaire. 

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UPSC Interviews 2020: Schedule your Mock + DAF questionnaire | Important topics inside

Click here for DAF questionnaire and here for Important Topics

In wake of the prevailing corona situation in the country, UPSC has decided to postpone the CSE interviews for 2020. The new schedule is yet to come and at least 15 days prior notice will be given before UPSC announces new dates for the deferred interviews.

However, we will be continuing with the mock interviews.

Upcoming Mock interview and session

This week’s mock interview dates have been fixed.

  • Mock interview this week- 1st-2nd May (Book your slot)   
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  
  • Mode: Online 

Interview slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Panelists for Mock Interviews: 

  1. Shri Shankar Aggarwal, IAS (retd.)
  2. Dr. Noor Mohammad, IAS (retd.)
  3. Dr. P.K. Agrawal, IAS (Retd.)
  4. Shri T. N. Thakur, IAAS (retd.)
  5. Shri V. P. Singh, IRPS
  6. Mrs.Aditi Gupta, Corporate Leadership Specialist
  7. Prof. U.M. Amin, Jamia Milia University
  8. Mr. Himanshu Arora, Economist, JNU, PMEAC 
  9. Mr. Kunal Aggarwal, IRS
  10. Mr. Debraj Das, IPS

Tentative: Shri Harsh V. Pant (Observer Research Foundation), Shri SN Tripathi, IAS (Director IIPA), Shri Yogesh Narain (Retd. Defence Secretary), Shri Dipankar Gupta (Indian Sociologist), and others.   


DAF questionnaire

Detailed Application Form (DAF) is one of the most important documents that you might have filled for UPSC interviews. A major part of the interview will revolve around the information and details provided in the DAF. It is more than your CV.

Your ability to defend your DAF before the panel is going to decide your success. Anticipating and preparing for the questions based on your DAF is an essential part of the interview preparation.

As a part of Transcend: Interview Guidance Program for UPSC interviews we provide you a personalized and elaborate DAF-based questionnaire.

Fill the form below for DAF questionnaire.


Important interview topics

  • Report of 15th Finance Commission
    • Do you agree with the new criteria defined under Terms of Reference by FC?
    • What are the major challenges being faced by several states?
  • Monetisation of deficit
    • What do you understand by Monetisation of Deficit?
    • Is it a Feasible solution for an economy like India?
  • Better Relations: Onus on Pakistan
    • What responsibility does India have on this?
    • Does the Onus lie on India’s side also to extend the hands of friendship? 
  • Delhi: LG’s role redefined
    • What is the major area of tussles?
    • Do you think such steps might lead to erosion of federation and a spot on elected parties having full-fledged legislature? 
  • Reservation: reviewing 50% cap
    • Is this still needed?
    • What can be the other alternatives?
  • Regulating Social Media Influencers
    • Why such regulation needed, despite Media being considered as the 4th Pillar of democracy?
    • Spread of Fake News is because of Unaware citizenry? What’s your view on this?
    • What are the other causes?
  • Need for Agricultural reforms
    • Is the Farmer Protest right?
    • What is the cause for such unrest? 
    • Why is there such a trust deficit?
  • Nota and option of Re-Election
    • Is the option of NOTA effective in Indian Democracy?
    • What can be done then to reduce the money and muscle power? 
  • Climate Change and India
    • Why such urgency now? Immediate reasons?
    • What is India’s position in terms of mitigating CC impact? 
    • Why the burden on developing countries? 

 

  • Time to implement Uniform Civil Code
    • Do you think UCC is now the need of the hour?
    • Any challenges in its implementation? Why?
    • What is the Constitutional mandate on this?
  • India-UK bilateral ties
    • Does Brexit change the equations between India and EU?
    • What major impact can India have after the whole Brexit scenario?
  • France: Liberty and fight against terror
    • Debate on secularism and its type?
    • Is India a perfect example for positive secularism? 
  • Atma Nirbhar Bharat 3.0
    • Is this Atmanirbharta possible in India?
    • Then why 1991 LPG reforms were brought at the first instance?
    • Where are we lacking exactly?
  • Education Sector reforms
    • Will NEP fill all the existing gaps in the Education sector?
    • Is RTE successful in India?
    • Providing education in Mother Tongue- do you find some relevance in it? 
    • Then why so much focus on english medium?
  • Empowering women
    • What is the most im[ortant factor for making women really empowered?
    • Will it improve the status of the female population in the country? 
    • What are the main hindrances in empowering this section of society?
  • Monetise and Modernise Mantra for PSUs
    • Privatisation or not? Why?
    • Why not improve the existing structure rather than going for privatisation?
  • Strengthening our start-up ecosystem
    • Is India ready for a startup ecosystem?
    • Then why do they get merged with MNCs after a few years and why not they themselves striving to become a MNC?
  • Raising marriageable age for women
    • Why such notions in India?
    • Will it improve the position of women in families?
    • Do you agree with marrying a woman older than you?
  • Emerging Technologies- Global Challenges
    • Why is it creating so much of fuss?
    • A day without INTERNET and COMPUTERS/SMART DEVICES?
  • India’s Humanitarian Diplomacy
    • Why so much focus on soft diplomacy?
    • Has it provided any advantage to India in International arena?
  • Quad Summit: India’s gain
    • What gains will it bring?
    • Can it be seen as a counter attack on China?
  • India’s engagement with Africa
    • What are the stakes for India in Africa?
    • How can India take a stronghold against China there?
  • Biden Presidency and India-US ties
    • How will it be different from Trump’s Presidency?
    • Any relief for India?
    • What can be the major challenges? 
  • Afghan Peace Talks and India
    • India’s stand on Taliban?
    • Should India change its stand?
  • Relations with Nepal in Covid Era
    • We can choose our friends but not our neighbours- its relevance in nepal’s context?
  • India’s leadership in Post-Covid world
    • What are the major areas where India should focus first?
    • Can we be able to beat China on any front ?
  • India’s Vaccine Diplomacy
    • What is the idea behind this?
    • Is it not Fiscal Imprudence?
  • Challenges for India as a global power
    • Major areas of conflicts?
    • How can  India emerge to be a winner on these fronts ?
  • India and G7 summit
    • Do you think the invitation has some relevance for India?
  • RCEP: Challenges and way forward
    • What could have been the scenario if India would have joined it?
    • Is it a mature step from India’s perspective?
  • Cyber security and India’s preparedness 
    • Is India prepared on this front?
    • What are the ethical challenges involved?
    • Need for Responsible technology? How?
  • LAC pullback: nothing conceded
    • Where does India stand now after this whole stand-off scenario?
    • Will it bring some respite in the near future?
    • Why do the issues remain unresolved?
    • Can it be considered as a historical mistake?
  • Contempt of Court
    • Difference between Civil and Criminal Contempt.
    • Should it be removed?

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Preparing for UPSC IAS 2022 | Fill Samanvaya for free 1-1 mentorship

Click here to fill Samanvaya and schedule a free 1-1 mentorship call. We’ll call you within 24 hours.

Hello students,

At Civilsdaily we always strive to find out the optimum for each candidate with respect to result and effort. In fact, our Samanvaya mentorship calls are themselves modeled as the most important session for any aspirant to begin with the UPSC journey at Civilsdaily.

Briefly put, Samanvaya calls are FREE 1 to 1 sessions between the mentor and aspirant where the aspirant tries to open up with respect to his or her unique challenges and the mentor comes out with unique solutions specific to the strengths and weaknesses of the aspirant concern. Infact, Samanvaya sessions are our first effort towards the optimum discovery for each and every aspirant.

Hence it is suggested to take benefit of the free Samanvaya calls and get counseled by a Civilsdaily’s mentor.

One more problem that is encountered by our aspirations is about the concept building in subjects like polity, economy, social science. I will tell you a story and leave it for your evaluation. And this story would be weaving around the relevant sections in the syllabus in a small, meaningful, and relatable format for you to better understand it. Let’s listen to the story.

Samanvaya for 1-1 UPSC IAS mentorship

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Wordsmith: Learn answer writing in 21 days|Join Habitat club by Radhika Didwania

Practice answer writing. This is one of the most important commandments for any UPSC aspirant. Most of the UPSC gurus and prophets don’t shed much light on things like how to do it, when to start, how much to write, etc.

Answer writing is a perplexing enigma for UPSC beginners and to help solve it Radhika Didwania has started the Wordsmith club.

What is the Wordsmith club?

It’s 21 days long mains answer writing program for UPSC CSE. Here you will learn the tricks to answer writing, analyzing previous year’s questions, and practicing the most relevant topics of the day with Radhika ma’am.

We’re going to work on model answers and value points to frame Mains ready answers.

Objectives of the program:

  • Analyzing previous year questions to form a basic understanding.
  • Focusing on GS1-GS2-GS3 most relevant topics of the day.
  • 360 degree coverage of the topics for Mains perspective.
  • Content enrichment through daily feedback by the mentor.

Program inclusion:

  • Exclusive Habitat club membership.
  • 6 days a week Habitat session (8 pm-10 pm)
  • Detailed analysis and discussion of topics as per syllabus.
  • At least 3 daily topics to practice writing from Current affairs.
  • Evaluation and daily feedback to improve upon the art of writing.
  • Model answers.
  • Personalized mentorship>

Other details:

  • Duration: 21 Days (6 days a week)
  • Course fee: Rs 1500 + GST = Rs 1770

How Habitat sessions will take place?

Habitat is a chat-based innovative platform. It brings together experienced mentors, focussed peers, in-service officers, and teachers all under one roof.

You’re going to learn, discuss, engage and collaborate in a manner you never did before.

Primarily discussions are going to be in the form of text, audio or video message.

How to join?

Click on the link provided below. You will be directed to the Habitat page. Enroll there and you will be redirected to the club. 

Tag ma’am using @ before Radhika_Didwania and introduce yourself.

For any queries or issues that you are facing email at hello@habitat.club

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Sprint 365: Current Affairs program for UPSC IAS Prelims 2021 | Polity, Environment and Culture in 15 days

With little more than two months to go for UPSC IAS Prelims it is time for intensive revision. There are a lot of compilations available in the market but these are not enough.

Anjum sir has launched Sprint 365 to help you cover and revise current affairs for IAS prelims 2021 in the most efficient and effective manner.

What is Sprint 365?

In Sprint 365, Anjum sir will be helping you cover and revise past year’s current affairs for UPSC IAS prelims 2021. Through Habitat sessions and discussions a 360 degree view of a topic will be taken, how it could be asked and important aspects related to it will get covered.

Details:

  • Subjects to be covered: Polity, Culture and Environment
  • Duration: 15 days;
  • Start date: 20th April
  • Course fee: Rs 1500 + GST= Rs 1770

Program inclusion

  • Sprint 365 coverage of Polity, Culture and Environment
  • 15 days intensive revision on Habitat
  • Twice a day sessions with Anjum sir
  • MCQs and reference material as and when required
  • Mentorship by Anjum sir

How these sessions will be conducted?

This program will start from 21st April 2021. It is a 15 days program.

Sprint 365 sessions are going to take place on Habitat, a chat-based learning platform. On Habitat, you are going to discuss, learn and interact with Anjum sir through a mix of text and audio messages.

How to access the course?

Click on the link shared below. You will be directed to the Habitat’s course page. Click on Enroll. After enrollment, you will be redirected to the Sprint 365 Club.

Reach out to hello@habitat.club for any queries.

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Foundation 2022 and UAP 2022 for UPSC IAS exam launched | Enrollments open for May batch | Schedule your free mentorship call

Dear students,

The enrollments for the May batch of Foundation 2022 and the UAP 2022 program are open now.

Not only UPSC has a vast syllabus but it expects a certain level of intellectual, social, and emotional maturity from its aspirants. It’s a very complex task to come up with a study-plan/time-table that harmonizes every element and takes into consideration the return on investment on certain topics.

We’ve just now launched the May batches for the following courses. It is the apt time you should start for IAS 2022. Any delay beyond this point will make things unmanageable for you.

Foundation 2022

It is a complete program for IAS 2022 which includes:

MasterClasses -to ensure comprehensive coverage of all the portions of static syllabus along with an in-depth analysis.

Ultimate Assessment Program – to evaluate your level of preparation through various tests- Prelims, Mains, Essay, Samachar Manthan, Decimate Prelims.

A dedicated mentor to guide you through the maze of UPSC exam.

Exclusive membership to Habitat our learning platform.

Click here for more details on Foundation 2022

Ultimate Assessment Program 2022

Click here to get more details on UAP 2022

A mentor guided assessment program to keep you on track at all times and bring in strategic interventions when and where required.

How are we going to approach UPSC IAS 2022?

Broadly, six factors determine your success in cracking this prestigious IAS exam. The most important being understanding the expectations of UPSC; according to that planning and strategizing; then Learning – Knowledge and information; Analyzing – making linkages, connections, etc.; Executing and utilizing information; and Constant course correction – because mistakes are inevitable, need to rectify them asap.

Through our mentorship-driven and personalized approach, we’re hell-bent on simplifying things for you. Hence, we have come up with a plan that you will instantly connect with you and give you a vibe that yes you can do it!

1. Integrated Approach

Preparation for Prelims and Mains is harmonized. You study a subject, attempt prelims tests and then attempt mains tests for the same. This leads to a solid preparation.

Many institutes our there will not able to present an integrated approach. They offer separate timetables for prelims and mains confusing the students further. That’s not the case with us!

2. Simplified Approach

Our Time-table is the easiest to remember and follow. All test prelims, mains, and Samachar Manthan will be held on the weekend.

  • Prelims Tests are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month.
  • Monthly Current Affairs Tests are held on the last Saturday of every month.
  • Mains Tests are held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month after the subject is complete.
  • Essay Tests are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month.

3. Priority-wise Coverage of subjects

We are starting with the most important subjects from the exam perspective first. These are very predictable + have a very high return on investment. They need to be mastered if one has to have a shot at the exam. Polity, Modern History, and Economics. The lower priority ones follow afterward.

4. Logical Division of Topics

Subjects have been divided into topics that logically fit together. Eg. for Polity we ask you to prepare in 2 parts – first, till Central Government and second, from State Government and beyond. This division is not ad-hoc and does not break the flow of your studies.

5. Base and Advanced Sources

We have divided the sources into 2 parts, Base Sources, and Advanced Sources. Base sources are those which you have to master. You should come to advanced sources only when you are thorough with the Base Sources.

All this under the guidance of a dedicated mentor who will oversee your progress, help you strategies your preparation, plan it and make it measurable, help you analyze and evaluate your preparation; and introduce strategic interventions wherever and whenever required.


Get enrolled in Foundation 2022 (click here)

Get enrolled in UAP 2022 (click here)

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UPSC mock interview at CivilsDaily on 17-18th April | Book your slot now

Schedule of Special Habitat sessions planned for interviews.


Upcoming Mock interview and session

This week’s mock interview dates have been fixed on 17-18th April.

  • Mock interview- 17-18th April (Book your slot)   
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  
  • Mode: Online 

Interview slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Panelists for Mock Interviews: 

  1. Shri Shankar Aggarwal, IAS (retd.)
  2. Dr. Noor Mohammad, IAS (retd.)
  3. Shri T. N. Thakur, IAAS (retd.)
  4. Shri V. P. Singh, IRPS
  5. Mrs.Aditi Gupta, Corporate Leadership Specialist 
  6. Prof. U.M. Amin, Jamia Milia University
  7. Mr. Himanshu Arora, Economist, JNU, PMEAC 

Tentative: Shri Harsh V. Pant (Observer Research Foundation), Shri SN Tripathi, IAS (Director IIPA), Shri Yogesh Narain (Retd. Defence Secretary), Shri Dipankar Gupta (Indian Sociologist), and others.   

 You all are supposed to submit your DAFs and selfie videos answering four questions provided to you. These will form the basis for mock interviews, DAF analysis, and personalized DAF-based questionnaire.  

About Transcend 2020: IGP mock interviews

Mock Interviews at Civilsdaily form a crucial part of UPSC interview preparation. The quality and diversity of the panel help prepare an aspirant for the actual interview at UPSC. 

Aspirants have benefited greatly from the mock interview and the feedback they get from the panel members after their mock interview. At the same time, we work with the aspirants to improve upon the areas highlighted by the panel.

Aspirants will also get a personalized DAF-based questionnaire based on extensive research and linkages with the issues of national and international importance. 

 Note- For any query/sending DAFs and videos reach out to ajay@civilsdaily.com 


Special Habitat session for UPSC interviews 2020

Interview Club on Habitat brings together senior bureaucrats, serving officers, UPSC mentors, toppers and peers under one roof for a collaborative and cohort based learning and preparation for the UPSC interviews.

From today onwards our we are starting a special session on Habitat’s Transcend: Interview Guidance Club to take up activities directed towards specific dimensions of the Personality Test.

Habitat session timings: 6-7:30 pm

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Develop analytical skills for UPSC IAS exam| Analytica by Alankrit Bhatia | Join 2 weeks workshop (link inside)

UPSC IAS is not just about information loading. Whatever you are studying must be analyzed in detail and linked with other topics. Moreover, you must learn how to utilize that information for different stages of the exam.

Analytical skills help you visualize a problem’s complexity, process and organize it, solve it, make projections and generate new ideas. Analytical thinking involves using existing information to accurately assess situations and provide insight into how different factors interact.

What is Analytica?

In this Habitat club by Alankrit sir, you will be developing, learning, and practicing the analytical skills required for UPSC IAS preparation. An engaging discussion around important editorials and articles of the day along with daily worksheets you would be developing these skills.

  • Course fee: Rs 1200 + GST = 1416
  • Course start date: 19th April 2021
  • Duration: 2 weeks (5 days/week)
  • Join free sessions on Habitat general club (3pm).
  • Mode- Chat based

Program inclusion

  • Important articles/editorials and other documents
  • Daily and a weekly worksheet
  • Twice a day Habitat session.
  • Mentorship by Alankrit Bhatia

How the discussions will take place?

The course will proceed by giving 3-5 news articles/topics a day. The links of the articles will be shared in advance. You’ll have to read it before the discussion. We will discuss in the Habitat clubs.

The students will be encouraged and guided to share their views and
develop linkages with the topics via the use of questions.

The objective of the course is not to give a definite content but to make students brainstorm then and there and indulge in making new connections and linkages.

How Habitat sessions are going to take place?

Habitat is a chat-based learning platform and here Alankrit sir will be handholding and guiding you all through the course.

Daily two sessions are planned, first one by Alankrit sir completely and second, driven by peers under the supervision of Alankrit sir.

How to attend Analytica sessions and join the club?

Click on the link below. It will take you to the Habitat course page. Click on enroll.

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Mission Nikaalo Prelims | 60 Day Revision Course with Prelims Spotlight and Free Tests| Starts 15th April

Download PDF Time Table here – Time-Table-Mission-Nikaalo-Prelims


Dear students,

We are thrilled to launch the 4th edition of our OPEN Crash Course [Nikaalo Prelims]. The last 3 editions have been immensely helpful to aspirants who wanted a fast-paced revision sequence. With Nikaalo Prelims you get our full commitment for the next 60 days with these 3 things: 

  1. Prelims Spotlight (simplified, synthesized, byte-sized information collated in notes)
  2. Static & CA Tests (alternate days, 20 questions with rich explainers)

Note: If you want to see how our prelims test series have helped aspirants in the past, both in building capabilities, smart hacks and prediction (relevance), please read on this link


How is this program any different from the other “x-day revision programs”?

There are many institutes and websites offering open crash courses (that too for free) and most of them have their heart & efforts in a good place. Like them, we also believed that drawing up a time table and collating questions together in one place will help in an effective revision. Major pillars of the programs are:

  1. Prelims SPOTLIGHT

This initiative is meant to help you revise details and facts that can be asked in prelims. They are simplified, synthesized and prepared using most authentic sources. These can easily slip your mind or you can easily confuse these. Continuous Revision for the same is required. The themes picked up in the spotlight are not random but after analyzing and scrutinizing the PYQs of several years. Dare you to miss the updates!

You will get PDFs for these notes. Trust us, less is more. We won’t overwhelm. you with content just coz we can 

  1. Static Subject Revision and Tests 

The timetable for the static subjects is released. Tests will start on the 6th of March. 

Coverage and Relevance are the 2 Pillars of our Tests.

  1. You appear for a test every alternate day at 8 PM. 
  2. We believe some breathing time is necessary to ensure consistency and efficiency. Besides, a good revision also requires quality time commitment. 
  3. Instant score after you submit your test with proper explanations for the questions. 
  4. Top 10 Ranks will be announced for every test at the launch of the next test.  
  5. Please ensure you attempt the tests with utmost sincerity.

Download PDF Time Table here – Time-Table-Mission-Nikaalo-Prelims

3. Nikaalo Prelims Habitat club

All material, notes and doubt sessions will take place on Habitat club. Click here to join Nikaalo Prelims Habitat club

You can also search for 2021 Nikaalo Prelims club on Habitat.

Keep the Josh High !!!

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(Reminder) HABITAT SESSIONS: Revealed 2.0 with Zeeshan sir 9:00 pm, and Wordsmith- answer writing with Radhika ma’am 8 pm (Link inside)

Zeeshan sir and Radhika ma’am will be live on Habitat for free sessions on Habitat. You don’t want to miss out on these sessions.

Score Boosting Session with Zeeshan sir

Time: 9:00 pm; Venue: Habitat- General club (Click here for link)

Wordsmith – Mains answer writing with Radhika ma’am

Time: 8:00 pm; Venue: Habitat- General club (Click here for link)

Prelims is around the corner and Zeeshan sir is back with his signature sessions on Score Boosting and Tikdams for UPSC IAS prelims exam. These techniques can boost your score by 30 marks. Join Zeeshan sir at 6:30 pm.

While there is no doubt about role of Mains answer writing practice in your UPSC IAS selection, there is a great deal of confusion around how to start it, when to start it and how much to practice? Attend Habitat session by Radhika ma’am to learn and practice the art of answer writing.

Join Radhika ma’am at 8 pm

Instructions for joining Habitat

  1. Click here for Habitat
  2. If you haven’t registered already, click on ‘Register a new account’ and enter your details.
  3. Choose a username.
  4. That is it. Welcome to Habitat.

For access through the Mobile app:

  1. Install the Mobile application (click here) from your Appstore.
  2. Use the same email id and password as you used above.
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UPSC IAS prelims pattern is changing, are you prepared for 2021 and 2022?| Win over unpredictability! Fill Samanvaya for 1-1 session.

Discuss the changing trend with us and know how to adapt. Fill this Samanvaya form.

UPSC is evolving. There have been many watershed years where UPSC has changed either its prelims pattern or the nature of the questions like 2013 then 2017 and the most recent one, 2020.

Clearing this exam would require a certain awareness about this changing trend and an ability to evolve and adapt to these changes. Watch Sajal sir throw some light on this changing trend.


Samanvaya: 1-to-1 mentorship for IAS 2021-22

UPSC IAS preparation is not just about memorizing and information gathering. Neither is it about mindlessly picking up random NCERTs, standard books or spending 5 hours on the Hindu.

You got to adapt to succeed and minimize the unpredictability.

Lack of direction, no guidance, inability to make required necessary changes in their preparation, and an absence of a well-defined strategy are issues you must avoid at any cost.

Fill the Samanvaya form for a free on-call mentorship and discussion session. We’ll call you within 24 hours.

Civilsdaily Samanvaya 1-On-1 Mentorship Form

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UPSC mock interview at CivilsDaily starting from 11th April – Book your slot now

Schedule of Special Habitat sessions planned for interviews.


UPSC Interviews 2020 schedule is out and it’s going to start from 26th April. Transcend 2020’s mock interviews will start from 11th April.

A one-to-one session on DAF analysis with VP sir is also planned for 10th April. You will get an opportunity to discuss your DAF and get an idea on how to improve upon the weak areas. Click here to book your slot.

About Transcend 2020: IGP mock interviews

Mock Interviews at Civilsdaily form a crucial part of UPSC interview preparation. The quality and diversity of the panel help prepare an aspirant for the actual interview at UPSC. 

Aspirants have benefited greatly from the mock interview and the feedback they get from the panel members after their mock interview. At the same time, we work with the aspirants to improve upon the areas highlighted by the panel.

Aspirants will also get a personalized DAF-based questionnaire based on extensive research and linkages with the issues of national and international importance. 

Upcoming Mock interview and session

1-1 session with VP sir: 10th April

  • First mock interview- 11th April (Book your slot)   
  • Time: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  
  • Mode: Online 

Interview slots will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Panelists for Mock Interviews: 

  1. Shri Shankar Aggarwal, IAS (retd.)
  2. Dr. Noor Mohammad, IAS (retd.)
  3. Shri T. N. Thakur, IAAS (retd.)
  4. Shri V. P. Singh, IRPS
  5. Mrs.Aditi Gupta, Corporate Leadership Specialist 
  6. Prof. U.M. Amin, Jamia Milia University
  7. Mr. Himanshu Arora, Economist, JNU, PMEAC 

Tentative: Shri Harsh V. Pant (Observer Research Foundation), Shri SN Tripathi, IAS (Director IIPA), Shri Yogesh Narain (Retd. Defence Secretary), Shri Dipankar Gupta (Indian Sociologist), and others.   

 You all are supposed to submit your DAFs and selfie videos answering four questions provided to you. These will form the basis for mock interviews, DAF analysis, and personalized DAF-based questionnaire.  

 Note- For any query/sending DAFs and videos reach out to ajay@civilsdaily.com 


Special Habitat session for UPSC interviews 2020

Interview Club on Habitat brings together senior bureaucrats, serving officers, UPSC mentors, toppers and peers under one roof for a collaborative and cohort based learning and preparation for the UPSC interviews.

From today onwards our we are starting a special session on Habitat’s Transcend: Interview Guidance Club to take up activities directed towards specific dimensions of the Personality Test.

This week’s schedule for these sessions is as follows:

  • Thursday 08/04/2021: Hobby discussion
  • Friday: Home state discussion
  • Saturday: Prizes, Sports, leadership position
  • Monday: Roleplaying & Situation Reaction Test (SRT)

Timings: 6-7:30 pm