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Best strategy for IAS exam! | Let us make one ‘for you’ | Fill Samanvaya form for IAS 2021

Without a proper strategy, execution is aimless. Let us make one.. your strategy.. just for you!

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021


So, you’ve decided upon this goal. Now, this is life. You want to crack this prestigious IAS exam. You just want to start. Or maybe you have already started on this journey, and you are in the middle somewhere, lost. What to do now?

Just stop wherever you are. Take a deep breath and answer this question – Do you have a strategy? It is not just about walking. It is about walking in the right direction.

Any vision, howsoever grand or noble it be, without a strategy is just an illusion.

Last month we had a discussion with around 1450 students who were not able to clear prelims even after more than 2 attempts. No points on guessing what was common to all of them. No strategy.

And what is the best strategy? One that is specifically designed for YOU. One that is based on your learning competencies, your situation in life, the time you have for preparation, your attitude, your aptitude, and a lot of other factors. And then you have to execute.

This is where our 3 tier mentoring comes in:

1. First step starts with this Samanvaya call: Once you fill in the form, our senior mentors get on a 30-40 minute call with you to understand your prep level, working/ study constraints, current strategies, and create a step by step plan for next week, next month and so on.

2. You are given access to our invite-only chat platform, Habitat where you can ask your daily doubts, discuss your test-prep questions and have real-time, live sessions on news and op-eds, and find your optional groups.

Daily target monitoring.

3. The third and the most personalized tier is the 1 on 1 mentor allotment who stays with you through the course of your UPSC preparation – always-on chat and on scheduled calls to help you assess, evaluate, and chart the next milestone of your IAS 2021 journey.


Let’s talk. Fill this Samanvaya form (click here)

(Civilsdaily’s mentor will call you within 24 hours.)


Who are you?

  1. Working Junta? If you are preparing for IAS 2021 and working simultaneously, we can help you strategize and decipher the IAS exam and design a timetable that fits right in your hectic schedule.
  2. First-time prep? If you are in the last year of college or thinking of dropping a year and preparing for IAS 2021 full time, we can help you pick the right books and craft a practical & personal strategy.

You just have to take 5 minutes out and fill this form: Samanvaya For IAS 2021

Once done, we will call you within 24 hours or so.


Here are some testimonials of our students about Samanvaya and our propriety chat interventions:


Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

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(Reminder) Live at 6pm, today | Webinar by Alok Pandey, ICLS | Explore: UPSC and Allied Services | Link inside

CLICK ON SET REMINDER ON THIS VIDEO. WEBINAR LINK SHARED BELOW.


Dear students,

Please welcome Alok Pandey an in-service ICLS officer. He’ll be taking a live session on Sunday which will be followed by a Q&A session. In this live session, Alok Pandey, ICLS will talk about the various services, their nature, about administration in action, and UPSC preparation in general.

This is an essential session. You don’t want to miss out on this one.

  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Date: 5th July 2020 (Today)
  • Link here (Click on the video below, click on “Set Reminder”)


About Alok Pandey, ICLS:

An Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate from NIT, Kurukshetra, Alok has worked for Nomura (Japanese financial services firm). While working, he prepared for UPSC exams and cleared it in his 3rd attempt with an AIR 571 (UPSC 2016). He got 193 in the personal interview. Alok has been posted as AROC, NCT of Delhi and Haryana. Alok is also an avid reader, a skillful blogger, and a passionate cinephile. Follow him at https://corporatecorridors.law.blog/.


Register here for the Webinar

This is going to be a session unlike any, that you may have attended before.


For any query reach out to us at hello@civilsdaily.com or call us on 8929987787.

 

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Webinar | “The Generalist Specialist, and other such tales of Indian Civil Services” – Alok Pandey, ICLS | Details and link inside

Register here for the Webinar


Dear students,

Please welcome Alok Pandey an in-service ICLS officer. He’ll be taking a live session on Sunday which will be followed by a Q&A session. In this live session, Alok Pander, ICLS will talk about the various services, their nature, about administration in action, and UPSC preparation in general.

This is an essential session. You don’t want to miss out on this one.

  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Date: 5th July 2020, Sunday
  • Link here (Click on the video below, click on “Set Reminder”)

 


About Alok Pandey, ICLS:

An Electronics and Communication Engineering graduate from NIT, Kurukshetra, Alok has worked for Nomura (Japanese financial services firm). While working, he prepared for UPSC exams and cleared it in his 3rd attempt with an AIR 571 (UPSC 2016). He got 193 in the personal interview. Alok has been posted as AROC, NCT of Delhi and Haryana. Alok is also an avid reader, a skillful blogger, and a passionate cinephile. Follow him at https://corporatecorridors.law.blog/.


Register here for the Webinar

This is going to be a session unlike any, that you may have attended before.


For any query reach out to us at hello@civilsdaily.com or call us on 8929987787.

 

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AWE – Reminder – Enrollments Open for the Month of July & August and Important Announcement regarding the plan for the Month of July

Dear students,

AWE Program is gaining popularity and seeing a lot of participation.    

We request all students to renew their subscription for the upcoming months. Let’s keep the momentum going. 

The accuracy and fairness of exams can be impacted by some candidate’s fear or anxiety around the exam process. Taking a test in Civilsdaily’s Daily Answer Writing Enhancement (AWE) Program doesn’t just measure how much you know, it helps reinforce the learning and make it more likely that you can retrieve the same information later.

It’s a fact that taking an AWE test can actually be more beneficial to learning than spending the same amount of time studying. Answer writing practises through Civilsdaily’s Daily AWE program can reduce test anxiety and helps you ace the GS Mains answer writing. And what is a better way to practice for UPSC Mains Examinations than attempting Questions which are the closest to demands of UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination? The more you are accustomed to sitting for a period of time, answering questions, and pacing yourself, the more comfortable you will feel when you actually sit down to take the real UPSC Mains examinations yourself.

We are working hard to make the program more featureful, highlight the best answers, show the competency levels of students.

Here is the schedule for the Month of July for topics being covered in GS Paper 1 and Paper 4

July 2020

Date Question 1 Question 4
1st July, Wednesday Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent) Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
2nd July, Thursday Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information.
3rd July, Friday History of the world including events from the 18th century.  Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters. 
6th July, Monday Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism, etc.- their forms and effect on the society. Case studies
7th July, Tuesday Indian Society and Diversity of India. Case studies
8th July, Wednesday Role of women and women’s organization. Case Studies
9th July, Thursday Population and associated issues, poverty, and developmental issues. Case Studies
10th July, Friday Urbanization, their problems, and their remedies. Case Studies
13th July, Monday Effects of globalization on Indian society. Work culture, Quality of service delivery.
14th July, Tuesday Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism. Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
15th July, Wednesday Salient features of the world’s physical geography. Essence, determinants, and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
16th July, Thursday Distribution of key natural resources across the world. Human Values
17th July, Friday Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries. Attitude
20th July, Monday Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone, etc. Case studies
21st July, Tuesday Changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes. Case studies
22nd July, Wednesday Indian culture covering the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature, and Architecture. Case studies
23rd July, Thursday Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present. Case Studies
24th July, Friday The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country. Case Studies
27th July, Monday Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.

Monthly Rs. 1300 + taxes: Click2Join (bi-monthly payments accepted)

The fee is for 2 months combined.

For more information on how the program proceeds, click here

 

https://www.civilsdaily.com/course/daily-answer-writing/

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UPSC allows change of Exam Centre for UPSC 2020 Pre & Mains | Starting from 7th July | Details inside

Dear aspirants,

Giving a big relief and accepting the demands of aspirants UPSC has released a notice where it has given the option of changing and submitting exam centre for UPSC CSE Prelims 2020. It also includes Forest Services Pre 2020 exam.

Click here for the UPSC notice for submitting revised choice of centre

Not only for Pre but candidates have been provided the option for changing Mains Centre as well.

Two important things to note here:

  1. Provision for submitting revised choice of Centres will be operational in two phases i.e. 7th-13th July, 2020 (06.00 PM), and 20th-24th July 2020 (06.00 PM).
  2. Change of exam centres will be considered based on the principle of a “first-apply-first allot” basis.

A Withdrawal Window will also be made available to the candidates on the Commission’s website https://upsconline.nic.in during the period from 1st-8th August 2020.


If you are still confused about balancing Prelims and Mains preparation for 2020 and want to restrategize your preparation lets have a discussion. Fill our Samanvaya form to talk to senior mentors from Civilsdaily.

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2020-21

You can reach out to us at hello@civilsdaily.com or +91 8929987787

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All UPSC Optional groups live on Habitat | Invitation links inside | Join yours now(Free)

(Instructions at the bottom)


Dear students,

We are ecstatic to announce that all UPSC Optional groups are live now on Civilsdaily’s Habitat – our learning platform. (Links for all optional provided below)

Habitat is yet another innovation by Civilsdaily. Another day, another slay! Not boasting really! but we have actually re-invented learning in general and re-structured UPSC preparation in particular.

Preparing for Optionals in the old, outdated manner you can never be ready for the curveballs in the Optional mains exam. Modern problems require ‘postmodern’ solutions.

What is our philosophy?

We have diminished, if not removed the barrier between teacher and student. Co-learning and co-creating knowledge is the need of the hour. The discourses, the vaad-vivaad on every topic, every theory and every issue pushes the boundaries of your thoughts. (Yup, it’s desirable!)

It gets chaotic in the Mains when you are sitting there scratching your head thinking about what surprises the next question might hold for you. For that, you have to get chaotic now,  turn it into constructive chaos, and channelize it.


Links of the Optionals:

OPTIONAL INVITATION LINK
(Click on it and follow the instructions provided at the bottom)
Public administration https://bit.ly/PubadmHabitat
Anthropology https://bit.ly/AnthroHabitat
Sociology https://bit.ly/SociologyHabitat
PSIR https://bit.ly/PSIR_Optionalgroup
Psychology https://bit.ly/PsychologyHabitat
Agriculture https://bit.ly/AgricultureHabitat
Philosophy https://bit.ly/PhilosophyHabitat
History https://bit.ly/HistoryHabitat
Geography https://bit.ly/GeographyHabitat
Law https://bit.ly/LawHabitat
Mathematics https://bit.ly/MathematicsHabitat
Electrical Engineering https://bit.ly/ElecEnggHabitat
Economics https://bit.ly/EconomicsHabitat
Chemistry https://bit.ly/ChemistryHabitat
Civil Engineering https://bit.ly/CivilEnggHabitat
Commerce https://bit.ly/CommerceHabitat
Physics https://bit.ly/PhysicsHabitat
Medical Science https://bit.ly/MedicalHabitat
Mechanical Engineering https://bit.ly/MechanicalHabitat
Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science https://bit.ly/AniHusbHabitat
Botany https://bit.ly/BotanyHabitat
Geology https://bit.ly/GeologyHabitat
Management https://bit.ly/ManagementHabitat
Statistics https://bit.ly/StatisticsHabitat
Zoology https://bit.ly/ZoologyHabitat
English Literature https://bit.ly/EnglishHabitat
Hindi Literature https://bit.ly/HindiHabitat

Civilsdaily habitat upsc ias 2020 2021 prelims


What all you’ll be getting?

By joining these Optional groups you will be getting exclusive optional groups; mentor and community support; answer writing and discussion; planned syllabus completion and revision; notes, references, and much more.

Exclusive Optional groups on Civilsdaily’s Habitat

You will be assigned to an exclusive group for your optional. Habitat is administered by Civilsdaily’s faculty and in-service officers. Here you’re going to ask doubts; learn and unlearn, and relearn; think and discuss like you never did before.

Every discussion is going to be neatly organized in separate threads. You are going to learn with a highly focussed community of diverse-minded aspirants.

We have more than 25 optional groups.

Sociology optional group on Habitat.
Anthropology optional group on Habitat.

Planned progression

Discussion and syllabus coverage of the Optionals is going to be planned not only for the day but also for a week, with dedicated days for revision, reviews, and restrategizing. It is going to ensure discipline and consistency.

A schedule is shared every week.

(Instructions at the bottom of the page)

Personalized and targetted approach

Not all of you are at the same stage of preparation. Some are just beginning and some have covered the syllabus more than once. Your preparation and approach will also differ.

Modern solutions, they offer one size fits all solutions. We are way past that. Our approach is postmodern! It’s personalized and customized to your individual learning competencies, situation, attitude, and aptitude.

You are going to learn as per your learning competencies, we are just going to make it efficient.

Personalized targets

Answer writing and discussion

This is one of the most important offerings these Optional groups have to offer. Daily questions are shared, from previous year questions to topic-based questions. Answers to them are reviewed and discussed thoroughly. You don’t want to miss these sessions.

Answer writing and discussion

Notes and references

There are so many sources. Wisdom lies in not only selecting the most appropriate sources but also in knowing what you can and should avoid. All the important readings, references, and materials are suggested and shared on a regular basis. Based on the reference material shared, important topics will be pointed out and discussed.


You will be joining a focussed community of learners.


INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Click on the link provided above.
  2. Choose Web Application. (Mandatory)
  3. Enter your details. Click on ‘Register a new account’.
  4. Choose a username.
  5. Send a Hello in the group.

For access through the Mobile app:

  1. Install the Mobile App from your Appstore.
  2. Click on Join a Workspace.
  3. Enter this in the Workspace URL – habitat.civilsdaily.com
  4. Use the same email id and password as you used above.

Should you encounter any issue in this process or you have a query, reach out to us at +91 89299 87787 or hello@civilsdaily.com

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Live at 6:00 pm, today | “Don’t let anybody else fix your limits – S Krithiga, IFoS” | Register now | Set a reminder

CLICK ON SET REMINDER ON THIS VIDEO. WEBINAR LINK SHARED BELOW.

Dear friends,

Get ready to meet S Krithiga ma’am, AIR 18, UPSC IFoS 2019. This is going to be a super informative session. You don’t want to miss out on this session. 

  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Date: 28th June 2020, Today
  • Link: Click on the video below and set a reminder for 6pm.

There will be a Q/A session where Krithiga ma’am will be answering your questions.

Register here for the Webinar

(You will be getting a one-on-one discussion call by senior Civilsdaily’s mentors.)


About S Krithiga

S Krithiga is a rank holder Civil Engineer (2014) from Anna University. During her college days, she was chosen as a student representative for the UNICEF Sanitation Campaign for the years 2012 and 2013. After graduation, she worked as a freelance interior designer for a while, before she got into civil service preparation. Her interest in Environmental studies, made her choose Indian Forest Services as her first preference. Success eluded her, but after 4 attempts, she achieved an AIR 18 in Indian Forest Service Examination- 2019. She is currently pursuing an MBA(Project Management) and also working as a freelance lyricist.


Register here for the Webinar

Aspirants, whether they are a beginner or have attempted before, will get life-changing lessons from this webinar.

For any query reach out to us at hello@civilsdaily.com or call us on 8929987787.

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“Don’t let anybody else fix your limits – S Krithiga, IFoS” | Register for Webinar | 28th June 2020

Register here for the Webinar

Dear friends,

We are delighted to introduce you all to S Krithiga, AIR 18, UPSC IFoS 2019. She will be joining us for a live session on this Sunday evening.

There will be a Q/A session where Krithiga ma’am will be answering your questions.

Register here for the Webinar


About S Krithiga

S Krithiga is a rank holder Civil Engineer (2014) from Anna University. During her college days, she was chosen as a student representative for the UNICEF Sanitation Campaign for the years 2012 and 2013. After graduation, she worked as a freelance interior designer for a while, before she got into civil service preparation. Her interest in Environmental studies, made her choose Indian Forest Services as her first preference. Success eluded her, but after 4 attempts, she achieved an AIR 18 in Indian Forest Service Examination- 2019. She is currently pursuing an MBA(Project Management) and also working as a freelance lyricist.


Register here for the Webinar

Aspirants, whether they are a beginner or have attempted before, will get life-changing lessons from this webinar.

For any query reach out to us at hello@civilsdaily.com or call us on 8929987787.

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If discipline is your #1 struggle, let us plan the strategy for you | Fill Samanvaya form for IAS 2021

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

There comes a time in our lives when we realize our calling. When to get where we have to go – even if there are no doors or windows, we walk through a wall. If this is that time for you please continue reading.

In our discussion with over 1000 bright students last month, we realized that it wasn’t a lack of motivation that stood in the way of their success, it was something else…

Motivation will get you started but it is discipline alone which will keep you growing. Remember, even a drop of rain every day will make a hole in the most stubborn stone. Be that goddamn drop of rain!

It is persistence and discipline that is the bridge between your goals and accomplishments.

A common misconception about discipline is that it is about punishment and suffering. No, It is not! It is about accountability – daily, weekly, monthly.. for the entire journey of your IAS preparation.

How to set and enforce that accountability to keep your journey disciplined and always on track?

This is where our 3 tier mentoring comes in:

1. 1st step starts with this Samanvaya call: Once you fill in the form, we get on a 30-40 minute call with you to understand your prep level, working/ study constraints, current strategies and create a step by step plan for next week, next month and so on

2. You are given access to our invite-only chat platform, Habitat where you can ask your daily doubts, discuss your test-prep questions and have real-time, live sessions on news and op-eds, and find your optional groups.

Daily target monitoring.

3. The third and the most personalized tier is the 1 on 1 mentor allotment who stays with you through the course of your UPSC preparation – always-on chat and on scheduled calls to help you assess, evaluate, and chart the next milestone of your IAS 2021 journey.

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021


Who are you?

  1. Working Junta? If you are preparing for IAS 2021 and working simultaneously, we can help you design a timetable that fits right in your hectic schedule.
  2. First-time prep? If you are in the last year of college or thinking of dropping a year and preparing for IAS 2021 full time, we can help you pick the right books and craft a practical & personal strategy.

You just have to take 5 minutes out and fill this form: Samanvaya For IAS 2021

Once done, we will call you within 24 hours or so.

Here are some testimonials of our students about Samanvaya and our propriety chat interventions:


This world is full of unsuccessful talents, unrewarded geniuses, and educated derelicts. Nothing in this world can take the place of discipline and persistence. – Calvin Coolidge

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

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Join (FREE) Optional groups on Civilsdaily’s Habitat | Sociology, Public Administration, Anthropology, and more.. | Links inside

DISCUSSION, ANSWER WRITING, STRATEGY AND REFERENCE MATERIAL

Public Administration optional group (Click here)

Sociology optional group (Click here)

Anthropology optional group (Click here)

PSIR optional group (Click here)

(Instructions at the bottom of this page)


Dear students,

We are delighted to announce UPSC Optional groups on Civilsdaily’s Habitat – our learning platform

Habitat is yet another innovation by Civilsdaily. Another day, another slay! Not boasting really! but we have actually re-invented learning in general and re-structured UPSC preparation in particular.

Preparing for Optionals in the old, outdated manner you can never be ready for the curveballs in the Optional mains exam. Modern problems require ‘postmodern’ solutions.

What is our philosophy?

We have diminished, if not removed the barrier between teacher and student. Co-learning and co-creating knowledge is the need of the hour. The discourses, the vaad-vivaad on every topic, every theory and every issue pushes the boundaries of your thoughts. (Yup, it’s desirable!)

It gets chaotic in the Mains when you are sitting there scratching your head thinking about what surprises the next question might hold for you. For that, you have to get chaotic now,  turn it into constructive chaos, and channelize it.

What all you’ll be getting?

By joining these Optional groups you will be getting exclusive groups; mentor and community support; answer writing and discussion; planned syllabus completion and revision; notes, references, and much more.

Exclusive Optional groups on Civilsdaily’s Habitat

You will be assigned to an exclusive group for your optional. These groups are administered by experienced Civilsdaily’s faculty and in-service officers. Here you’re going to ask doubts; learn and unlearn, and relearn; think and discuss like you never did before.

Every discussion is going to be neatly organized in separate threads. You are going to learn with a highly focussed community of diverse-minded aspirants.

Sociology optional group on Habitat.
Anthropology optional group on Habitat.

Planned progression

Discussion and syllabus coverage of the Optionals is going to be planned not only for the day but also for a week, with dedicated days for revision, reviews, and restrategizing. It is going to ensure discipline and consistency.

A schedule is shared every week.

Click on your optional to join: Public AdministrationSociologyAnthropology | PSIR

(Instructions at the bottom of the page)

Personalized and targetted approach

Not all of you are at the same stage of preparation. Some are just beginning and some have covered the syllabus more than once. Your preparation and approach will also differ.

Modern solutions, they offer one size fits all solutions. We are way past that. Our approach is postmodern! It’s personalized and customized to your individual learning competencies, situation, attitude, and aptitude.

You are going to learn as per your learning competencies, we are just going to make it efficient.

Personalized targets

Answer writing and discussion

This is one of the most important offerings these Optional groups have to offer. Daily questions are shared, from previous year questions to topic-based questions. Answers to them are reviewed and discussed thoroughly. You don’t want to miss this session.

Answer writing and discussion

Notes and references 

There are so many sources. Wisdom lies in not only selecting the most appropriate sources but also in knowing what you can and should avoid. All the important readings, references, and materials are suggested and shared on a regular basis. Based on the reference material shared, important topics will be pointed out and discussed.


You will be joining a focussed community of learners.


Links of the Optionals:

Public Administration optional group (Click here)

Sociology optional group (Click here)

Anthropology optional group (Click here)

PSIR optional group (Click here)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Click on the link provided above.
  2. Choose Web Application. (Mandatory)
  3. Enter your details. Click on ‘Register a new account’.
  4. Choose a username.
  5. Send a Hello in the group.

For access through Mobile app:

  1. Install the Rocket.Chat Experimental mobile application from your Appstore.
  2. Click on Join a Workspace.
  3. Enter this in the Workspace URL – habitat.civilsdaily.com
  4. Use the same email id and password as you used above.

Do tell us in the comments which Optional group do you want.


Should you encounter any issue in this process or you have a query, reach out to us at +91 89299 87787 or hello@civilsdaily.com

 

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Let’s Become the Arjun of UPSC Mahabharata! Catch the First Basic Polity Mains Test (21st June) to Re-imagine How You Look At UPSC Mains

If UPSC is Mahabharat, let’s become Arjun of it


Shweta Mishra, Mains Test series Coordinator

Hitting the fish’s eye, and winning over the Mains hurdle.

Where is the fish’s eye?- an exact understanding of what’s been asked and answering to the point and not beating around the bush!

Where do you miss the war of the Mains Exam?

    • Not getting the essence of the question.
    • Getting confused with the directives used in the question
    • Whether to write in points or in paragraph
    • How to structure the answer in the best possible way
    • Diagram- where, how, and why?
    • Making yourself presentable even in your absence
    • Intro and Conclusion- how to gain mastery in this

These are the most probable questions which almost every UPSC aspirant has in her/his mind, especially regarding the Mains paper. And believe me, it’s not so easy! But then, it’s not impossible also 🙂

Then what NEXT? How to break this Chakravyuha!!!

Not much… we only need some faith in yourself and Civilsdaily and a lot of practice.

An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of Reading”

How Civils Daily Mains essential Program is going to solve your dilemmas???

1. Evidence-based question Framing- keeping in mind the wheel of UPSC

Question Formulation

Q). How is the Law Commission of India Constituted and what are its mandates? Analyze the role of the Law Commission in legal reforms in India. (CIVILS DAILY)

Why this question?

A similar question has been asked by UPSC in 2018 regarding Finance Commission i.e. “How is the Finance Commission of India constituted? What do you know about the terms of reference of the recently constituted Finance Commission? Discuss.”

  • Question Formulation

Our questions will now specifically state the following

  • Whether they are straightforward or thought-provoking/analytical.
  • Whether they have subparts.
  • Why this question – similar previous year questions, the importance of the theme, etc.

CD Innovation – Rather than the regular uninspiring questions, we have gone the extra mile and crafted unique, intellectually-stimulating questions. These will reward analytical ability and critical thinking.

Example:

(Q.) Intra-party democracy is indispensable for substantive democracy in India. Comment 

2. Structured answers with holistic explanation

Model Answers

    • For ‘thought-provoking/analytical’ type of questions, we’ll provide the best way to approach them.
    • Alternate introductions
    • Sub-headings and categorization to enhance readability and answer structure.
    • OTB – Out of the box points for additional marks- with colour coding

(a.) Use of Question appropriate subheadings- to bring clarity in your thoughts

Sample from our test series:

Q.) What do you understand by price deficiency payment? Can it be a solution to end farmers’ woes in India? Critically Examine. (10 marks)

    • What is Price Deficiency Payment system?
    • Woes of Farmers
    • How can PDP Solve these woes
    • Challenges in front of PDP
    • Balanced Other reforms needed along with PDP to end the farmer’s woes

(b.) Continuous flow- so as to bring newness and avoid fragmentation

Taking a cue from the same Question we used in the second part:

How Farmers Will Be Benefited By PDPS:

MSP – The MSP system has many flaws in execution which include:

    • limited geographical coverage.

Better Cropping Pattern: The PDP system may be more effective than MSPs at ensuring that cropping patterns in India respond to consumer needs.

    • The price deficiency system may incentivize farmers to diversify beyond the conventional cereals.

Bypassing the need of storage facilities: 

    • It will help curb food grain losses due to lack of adequate storage,

(c) Use of multiple Dimensions- PESTEL Approach

    • P- Political
    • E- Economy
    • S- Social 
    • T- Technology
    • E- Environment
    • L- Legal/ case laws

Example

(Q.) Recently Article 370 has been repealed by the Parliament. Critically discuss the implications of Abrogating Article 370, 35A For The People In Jammu & Kashmir? 

Implications

    • Political
    • Administrative
    • Economic
    • Social 
    • Security

(d.) Use of relevant diagrams and figures

(Q.) What is the importance of Green Finance? So far, how has India performed in terms of Green Finance? 

 (e.) Colour coding

RED COLOUR TEXT THESE POINTS ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE. ABSENCE OF THESE MEANS THAT YOU WILL GET BELOW AVERAGE MARKS

GREEN COLOUR TEXT: THESE ARE VALUE ADDED/INNOVATIVE POINTS, WHICH MAY FETCH YOU MORE MARKS IF USED.

Example of Green colour point:

(Q.) Despite its environmental costs, coal is expected to retain its important position in India’s energy mix. 

In this answer majority of candidates will mention how coal is abundant in India, how Renewable energy infrastructure is not yet developed enough to meet our energy needs.

However, a Green colour point here will be

How the people of Chota Nagpur region are dependent on coal and their job opportunities will take a hit if we stop using coal. This could further worsen the Naxalite problem in that region. You have added an internal security angle in a geography Question. This is what we mean by an innovative point.

Example of a red color point

Importance of Green Finance

    • Ecology savior: The environmental benefits include, for example, reductions in air, water and land pollution, reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, improved energy efficiency while utilizing existing natural resources, as well as mitigation of and adaptation to climate change and their co-benefits.
    • Green finance involves the effective management of environmental risks across the financial system.

(f.) Different styles of answering so as to reduce monotonicity

    • Read the Question carefully and in your mind, divide the Question into sub-parts and all of these sub-parts need to be addressed in a structured way.
3 ways(types) to start your introduction:
    • 1 st way is the Context: A question asked on lateral entry.
      • you can write little context to it like recently the govt has introduced lateral entry for the post of Joint secretary. You can always start with the context
    • 2nd-way definition based: A question asked on do you think competitive federalism is working in India? 
      • In this defining what is competitive federalism in the introduction part and after defining you can come to the main body that is it working or not and the solution. You can start by defining the concept.
    • 3rd way is the Background based/Historical background: There is a question on all India judicial services.
      • you can start with its background that it was first recommended by law commission 1950s and after that other commissions had recommended this. So you can start with the history of the topic.

3. Experts to evaluate your weaknesses- who have already written Interviews and scored outstanding marks in GS papers

Answer-copy evaluation in the industry has become stagnant. The focus is restricted to superficial, memory-based lapses rather than on analytical excellence and cross-domain inter-linkages.

Our stress will be on the following –

      1. Superior introduction and conclusion.
      2. Usage of subject-specific vocabulary.
      3. Question comprehension: Answer alignment, Question Directive, Breaking down of the Questions into parts.
      4. Articulation proficiency.
      5. Substantiating evidence like Government and International Reports and Indices.
      6. Prominent and contemporary examples.
      7. Presentation: Use of Flowcharts, Tables, Graphs, Data, etc

4. Habitat chat group- in touch with mentors

But why to chat?

    • Because a single mentor cannot give a 360-degree view for all subjects
    • Subject wise division of group
    • Current Affairs based discussion- to provide you the idea of upcoming Questions
    • Inter-linkages of Paper 1, 2,3 and 4
    • Resolving Preparation related queries
    • Group learning

CD 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. How will your queries be resolved? The moment you have a query, you post it in the group.

5. Video discussion after every test – to give a humanistic touch to your queries and bringing a new at every point

 

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Dear student, 

The COVID-19 shutdown caused a brief interruption in the UPSC interviews. The good news is that UPSC has released the schedule for the Personality Test of Civil Services Examination, 2019 (Click here).

UPSC CSE 2019 Interviews are set to start from 20th July 2020 to 30th July 2020. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you restart your interview preparation as soon as possible. 

Civilsdaily is always at the forefront when it comes to ensuring that your prep is rapid, focused, and effective. Thus, we have resumed our highly praised ‘Interview Guidance Program (IGP) – Transcend 2019-20’. Over 80 interviews have already been conducted. Register yourself now.

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We help make you understand how the panel at UPSC thinks, what they would expect from you (as per your DAF), and how to gear your preparation towards the 200+ marks target. 

Our trailblazing questioning techniques (like rapid-fire round, word formation, sentence formation, extempore, etc.) reveal every minute, but significant, aspects of your personality. 

Without plugging the gaps in these aspects, your selection can get compromised. The mock ends with very comprehensive and workable feedback with ample time given to the student to discuss all her doubts. This is disruptive innovation at its finest!

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The title doesn’t confirm any actual historical event, as all the three great thinkers belong to different times & spaces altogether. But it did happen in the Civilsdaily’s Habitat universe. Interlinking of different topics/ideas/thinkers is the demand for any optional paper, and more so for PSIR. 

We are here with yet another innovation. Not boasting okay! but we have actually re-invented learning in general and re-structured UPSC preparation in particular.

Preparing in the old, outdated manner you can’t be ready for the curveball in the mains exam. Modern problems require ‘postmodern’ solutions.

Are you ready for the curveball questions in the PSIR Mains exam?

It gets chaotic in the Mains when you are sitting there scratching your head thinking about what surprises the next question might hold for you. For that, you have to get chaotic now,  turn it into constructive chaos, and channelize it.

What is our philosophy?

We have diminished, if not removed the barrier between teacher and student. Co-learning and co-creating knowledge is the need of the hour. The discourses, the vaad-vivaad on every topic, every theory and every issue pushes the boundaries of your thoughts. (It is required.)

Our approach to optionals and PSIR, in particular, is decentralized. Ideas flow from every direction. So you might encounter Jon Snow and Amit Shah having their ‘chai pe charcha’ while discussing Plato and Chanakya. Learning is about conversations, it is about stories that change you and your perception of reality – enter the matrix without the red pill if you may!

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Headed by our experienced faculty this group has revolutionized PSIR optional preparation. You are going to ask doubts; learn and unlearn, and relearn; think and discuss like you never did before.

Every discussion is going to get neatly organized in separate threads. You are going to learn with a highly focussed community of diverse-minded aspirants.

A look at PSIR Optional group on Habitat.

Planned progression

Discussion and syllabus coverage is going to be planned not only for the day but also for a week, with dedicated days for revision, review, and restrategizing. It is going to ensure discipline and consistency.

A Schedule is shared every week.

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Personalized and targetted approach

Not all of you are at the same stage of preparation. Some are just beginning and some have covered the syllabus more than once. Your preparation and approach will also differ.

Modern solutions, they offer one size fits all solutions. We are way past that. Our approach is postmodern! It’s personalized and customized to your individual learning competencies, situation, attitude, and aptitude.

You are going to learn as per your learning competencies, we are just going to make it efficient.

 

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Answer writing and discussion

This is one of the most important offerings this group has to offer. Daily questions are shared, from previous year questions to topic-based questions. Answers to them are reviewed and discussed thoroughly. You don’t want to miss this session.

Answer writing and discussion

Notes and references 

There are so many sources for PSIR. Wisdom lies in not only selecting the most appropriate sources but also in knowing what you can and should avoid. All the important readings, references, and materials are suggested and shared on a regular basis. Based on the reference material shared, important topics are pointed out and discussed.

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MEP 2021 (*Registration open) | Mains Test Series for IAS 2021 | Starting 21st June 2020

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Dear students,

We are delighted to launch Mains Essential Program 2021 for IAS 2021 exam. It is going to start from 21st June 2020.

Our flagship program, MEP 2021 is a personalized and Mentor guided comprehensive and intensive program for GS Mains papers.


22 Tests (14 Subject-wise + 8 Full syllabus Tests)


There is no doubt about Mains exam being the most important stage of the UPSC. It’s also becoming more and more unpredictable, analytical, and dynamic than ever before.

The focus in MEP 2021 will be on making students understand the requirement of Mains questions, its elements, utilizing information, and imparting answer writing skills for that.

Our previous year’s Mains tests have had an exceptional hit ratio in  2019 and 2018 UPSC Mains.

Why MEP 2021? (Our Philosophy)

1. Question Formulation

It happens under a team of experienced Civilsdaily’s faculty. Questions framed are from the most important UPSC relevant themes and papers are based on the latest pattern of UPSC.

Our questions specifically state:

    • Whether they are straightforward or thought-provoking/analytical.
    • Whether they have subparts.
    • Why this question – similar previous year questions, the importance of the theme, etc.

CD Innovation – Star marked questions We go the extra mile and craft unique, intellectually-stimulating questions. Marked with a star, these questions reward analytical ability and critical thinking.

2. One-to-One Discussion on every checked copy

We believe in personalized individual attention. This is the biggest reason why you should join our TS. Students can schedule a call within 2 days of receiving their checked copies.

A one-to-one discussion with Mentor will not only highlight your weaknesses but will also help in tracking your improvements over the subsequent tests. It will also ensure consistency, continuity, and progressive improvement.

3. Answer Checking

Our evaluation focusses on multiple dimensions and parameters like structure, flow, presentation, contextuality, relevance to question, analytical excellence, and cross-domain inter-linkages than simply on superficial, memory-based lapses.

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Parameters we use to evaluate your answers

Read more about our methodology here.

4. Model Answers

More than just simply providing information, our model answers cover all the aspects of a question and provide enriching points to the student. They also include:

    • For ‘thought-provoking/analytical‘ type of questions, we’ll provide the best way to approach them.
    • Alternate introductions
    • Sub-headings and categorization to enhance readability and answer structure.
    • Colour coding for main arguments, reports, data, scholars, etc.
    • OTB – Out of the box points for additional marks

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5. Video Discussion

Every test is discussed thoroughly in the video lecture. An in-depth explanation of every question, demand from it, and the ways in which it could have been answered are discussed. Mentors will also be sharing answer writing strategies with students so that they can gain extra marks in Mains.

6. Civilsdaily’s Handholding 

You’ll be assigned to a special group on Civilsdaily’s Habitat, it’s headed by  Sajal Sir, Atul Sir, Ravi Sir and rankers like Dr. Vipin Garg (AIR 20), Swapnil Pawar (AIR 525) and others.

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

How will your queries be resolved?

    • The moment you have a query, you post it in the group. At 11 PM, 3 AM, doesn’t matter. No need to schedule a call, or drop an email. Just drop a chat. Once our team is up, it will be resolved.
    • More often than not, your peers will take part in your doubt discussions adding a lot of value.

Besides doubts, what else is there on Habitat?

    • #DDS sessions – We have dedicated sessions every day 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.

That’s not all, we’ve Daily news analysis and Op-ed discussion sessions on Habitat.  Other activities like revisions, quizzes, test discussion, CSAT, etc. are also planned.

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Listicles and other relevant study material – Supplementary content provided will be helpful in covering multiple related questions.

Program inclusion:

  1. Tests (14 Subject-wise + 8 Full Syllabus) and Model Answers
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We have all had those days when it’s been hard to motivate ourselves to hit the books and just study. It happens to the best of us sometimes and for some of us, it happens more frequently.

And it is understandable, Civil Service preparation is a long and often lonely process. Every aspirant, from toppers to those who have quit have been overwhelmed by this process at some point in time.

Working alone is monotonous and helps you keep motivated by ensuring you are actively and passively studying every day.

This is where our 3 tier mentoring comes in: 

#1. 1st step starts with this Samanvaya call: Once you fill in the form, we get on a 30-40 minute call with you to understand your prep level, working/ study constraints, current strategies and create a step by step plan for next week, next month and so on

#2. You are given access to our invite-only chat platform, Habitat where you can ask your daily doubts, discuss your test-prep questions and have real-time, live sessions on news and op-eds and find your optional groups

#3. The third and most personalized tier is the 1 on 1 mentor allotment who stays with you through the course of your preparation – always-on chat & on scheduled calls to help you assess, evaluate and chart the next milestone of your IAS 2021 journey


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Dear students,

AWE Program took a break for a few months so that you all can get back on the drawing boards and revise for the UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020. Well, the AWE Program is back! 

We request all students to renew their subscription for the upcoming months. Let’s keep the momentum going. 

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Eye-Opener Coming Up! Catch the First Basic Polity Prelims Test (13th June) to Re-imagine How You Look At UPSC Prelims

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What was it that initially made Great Britain bleed but subsequently helped it to secure a smashing victory in the second world war? Enigma it was. Alan Turing built the “Turing Machine” that helped decrypt the seemingly unbreakable German Code. Then something very astonishing followed. Great Britain exploited the loopholes of the Enigma itself and the Germans lost without having the slightest hint of Enigma being compromised.

For a UPSC Aspirant, isn’t the “unpredictable” paper setting pattern of UPSC a modern-day Enigma? But what if there was a “Turing Machine” that could break into this “Unbreakable” code of UPSC? For your amusement, there is one.

Talking about UPSC Civil Services Prelims, mock test series has become a Categorical Imperative. But which one truly breaks the “UPSC Enigma”? How about one made by Frontline Warriors themselves (Veteran Aspirants) who have successfully cleared prelims five or six times consecutively? Isn’t the collective wisdom of these “Alan Turings” the closest version of a “UPSC Turing Machine”?

Now, Let me speak about the test in question. It’s the first test of the newly launched Prelims Test Series for 2021 by CivilsDaily. It’s a Basic Polity Test. Let’s see how it is the first step towards breaking the “UPSC Enigma”:

  1. CD Special Questions:

These questions are special due to their;

  • Mind-Twisting Nature (Deceptive questions that fool you exactly as UPSC does in the real exam)
  • Exclusiveness (These Perspectives / Themes are only available in CD tests). 

Have a look –

Q.1) Consider the following statements with reference to Political parties:

  1. The Constitution of India explicitly recognizes political parties as power-wielding institutions.
  2. The Constitution of India provides criteria to determine National Party Status.

Which of the statements mentioned above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2 

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Try guessing the right answer to this seemingly simple question.

2. Tikdams:

These are Logical Solving Techniques that help you attempt questions despite having little or no idea about the question. It’s almost like getting a master key to the prelims paper. Have a look –

Q.2) Consider the following statements regarding a joint sitting of Parliament:

  1. The provision of joint sitting is not applicable to a Constitutional Amendment Bill.
  2. In the absence of the Speaker of Lok Sabha, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha presides over the Joint Sitting.

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

The test explains this basic question by using a Technique we call “Master Shifu” (assuming you don’t know the correct answer).

3. Evidence-Based Question Framing:

To keep close to the real demand of the exam. Have a look –

Q.3) Which of the following is/are not the Directive Principles of State Policy based on Socialist principles?

  1. Free legal aid to the poor.
  2. Participation of workers in the management of industries.
  3. Protection and improvement of the environment.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. 3 only

Now, UPSC has asked multiple questions on the orientation of DPSPs. You can’t afford to err on a probable question that may be asked on similar lines.

4. Is the test really BASIC?

Framing random questions irrespective of the difficulty level of the tests is like serving the same wine in different bottles. Have a look –

Q.4) Consider the following articles of the Indian Constitution:

  1. Article 16
  2. Article 29
  3. Article 14

Which of the above articles reveal the Secular character of the Indian state?

a. 1 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

The motive to incorporate such questions in the basic test is to garner a general idea of the topics before you as an aspirant are mentally ready to face the advanced tests.

5. Conceptual vs Factual Categorisation:

It lets you realize your comparative strength in different types of questions. Have a look –

Q.5) Consider the following statements with reference to Directive Principles of State Policy:

  1. The basic aim of DPSPs is to set up political democracy.
  2. They put positive obligations on the state.

Which of the statements mentioned above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Now, this is a basic Conceptual question. If you get this wrong, you need to rework the concepts of DPSPs.

Now, look at this question –

Q.6) Which of the following statements with reference to the Emergency Powers of the President is/are correct?

  1. He can declare National Emergency even before the onset of war.
  2. He must be communicated in writing for declaration of National Emergency by the Union Cabinet.
  3. He can suspend Fundamental Rights during the National Emergency.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

a. 1 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

This is a plain factual question. If you get this wrong, you need to memorize Emergency Provisions even more meticulously.

So come be a part of our “UPSC Enigma” Breaking Endeavour. Like Great Britain, we shall emerge VICTORIOUS.

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Last day to join Samachar Manthan 2021 Core and Current Affairs Build Up Program:First Lecture on June 8

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We’re overjoyed to announce the launch of Samachar Manthan for IAS 2021 – our flagship program for Current Affairs. 


Absolutely no part of the IAS exam syllabus gets the level (even similar) of attention or emphasis as is received by Current Affairs. It is as ubiquitous as Oxygen on Earth, and for the exam, it’s importance is of similar magnitude. 

In this informative article, we’ll discuss what makes Current Affairs indispensable for every stage of the IAS exam, and how to cover them and utilise them. (Check out the questions and links provided below)

As a would-be administrator, UPSC expects you to be fully aware of happenings in the local, national and international level. You must be aware of the current and future potential/problem/challenges faced by the society, economy, polity, governance structure, etc.. It’s not just about information and knowledge, you must have a sound understanding of the interconnectedness of various issues and topics.

Let’s start our analysis.



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Importance of  Current affairs for the exam

Interlinkages of current issues and basics

UPSC questions are interesting and at the same time challenging. Most of the times, UPSC uses current issues and links it with basic fundamental concepts in questions, which becomes tricky to answer. Take this question.

Q) “The Central Administration Tribunal which was established for redressal of grievances and complaints by or against central government employees nowadays is exercising its powers as an independent judicial authority.” Explain. (UPSC 2019 Mains, GS Paper 2)

Here you’ll be using static part i.e. CAT and its powers ( most probably from Laxminkant for Polity), but Current Affairs will come in explaining the latter part, i.e. how CAT is using its mandate to act as an independent judicial authority.

Using Current Affairs will also give a context to this question and will bring relevance to your answer. Without interlinking it with Current Affairs your answer will be incomplete.

Current Affairs in Prelims

Pick up the UPSC prelims syllabus and guess what is mentioned in the first sentence. Yes, Current Affairs.

2016 onwards UPSC Prelims exam has been dominated by Current Affairs. Questions are being compiled directly from newspapers. Even the static part asked in Pre is asked because it was related to some current event in one way or the other.

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Number of questions (out of 100) in UPSC prelims directly from Current Affairs.

Importance of CA in mains

Have a look at UPSC  previous years mains question papers and you’ll be amazed to know the number of questions asked that are directly influenced by Current Affairs. 

Number of Questions (out of 20) asked directly from Current Affairs in UPSC Mains.

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Even for GS Paper 1 which is considered to be dominated by static part of the syllabus from History, Culture, Geography, etc., this holds true. Look at the questions from GS Paper 1 here and observe the Current Affairs orientation.

Q1.) What are the challenges to our cultural practices in the name of secularism? (UPSC 2019)

Q2.) Are we losing our local identity for the global identity? Discuss.  (UPSC 2019)

Q3.) Safeguarding the Indian art heritage is the need of the moment. Discuss. (UPSC 2018)

Q4.) Throw light on the significance of the thoughts of Mahatma Gandhi in the present times. (UPSC 2018)

Q5.) Discuss the factors for localization of agro-based food processing industries of North-West India. (UPSC 2019)

Similarly, in GS Paper 2, the questions have to be interlinked with Current Affairs but a majority of them are directly from the CA. These are some of the previous year questions. 

Q1.) ‘Too little cash, too much politics, leaves UNESCO fighting for life.’ Discuss the statement in the light of US’ withdrawal and its accusation of the cultural body as being ‘anti-Israel bias’.( UPSC 2019)

Q2.) In the light of recent controversy regarding the use of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM), what are the challenges before the Election Commission of India to ensure the trustworthiness of elections in India?  (UPSC 2018)

Q3.) Whether the Supreme Court Judgement (July 2018) can settle the political tussle between the Lt. Governor and elected government of Delhi? Examine. (UPSC 2018)

In GS Paper 3, as you can see from the above table, almost 95% of the questions are from Current Affairs. (Pick up the last year’s paper)

Importance in Essays

Topics curated in the Essay exam may seem random and abstract but all of them are highly relevant in the context of Current Affairs. They are there because the central idea of the topic was in the news.

Decide for yourself, these are the topics from Section B in UPSC 2019 Essay paper:

      1. South Asian societies are woven not around the state, but around their plural cultures and plural identities
      2. Neglect of primary health care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness
      3. Biased media is a real threat to Indian democracy
      4. Rise of Artificial Intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling

Importance in interview

In Personality Tests often your opinions are asked on various issues and even from information provided in your DAF. Current Affairs make you aware of the surrounding and allow you to give practical answers to the problems faced by the country. Even till the last minute interview candidates can be seen with newspapers in their hands.

Other than all these stages Currents Affairs important for many of the Optional papers also.


Understanding and realising the importance of current affairs is just one part of the puzzle. You might be struggling with hundreds of other questions like- What all to read? From where to cover CA? What is important for Pre and what’s for Mains? How to make use of CA? (Yup, difficult questions) 

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How to cover Current Affairs for IAS 2021?

Samachar Manthan’s philosophy (It should be yours too!)

1. Diversified and comprehensive coverage

Your coverage should be extensive if not exhaustive. Various sources must be referred to, which include newspapers (The Hindu, The Indian Express, LiveMint, etc.), magazines (Yojana, Kurukshetra, EPW, Down to Earth), important websites (PIB, PRS, govt ministries, IDSA, etc.).

At Civilsdaily it’s done by a team under Sajal Sir, that goes through six national newspapers and four magazines, daily.

They research them thoroughly, go in and out of every news and find information relevant for UPSC. Carefully selected relevant news is analyzed and delivered in a weekly lecture spanning over 3 hours. Click to know more.

2. Segregating important from unimportant.

It includes two components: News you must cover and the one you can ignore. And from the important news, Prelims and Mains worthy information is extracted. 

Important news

One should be able to anticipate what news could form a basis for UPSC mains question. Almost all aspirants struggle to segregate important news from the junk.

The following are the previous year questions that are directly based on the news pieces from popular publications like Down to Earth, LivemMint, Scroll, The Wire. The link of the sources has been given with the questions.

Q1.) If an amendment bill to the Whistleblowers Act, 2011 tabled in the Parliament is passed, there may be no one left to protect.” Critically evaluate. (Source: Scroll.in)

Q2.) What can France learn from the Indian Constitution’s approach to secularism? (Source: The Wire)

Q3.) How can the mountain ecosystem be restored from the negative impact of development initiatives and tourism? (Source: Down To Earth)

Q4.) The public expenditure management is a challenge to the government of India in the context of budget-making during the post-liberalization period. Clarify it. (Source: Livemint)

What to ignore?

While your coverage should be comprehensive, there is news which you should ignore else you’re duplicating your efforts or wasting your time or doing both, and hence, bringing inefficiency to your preparation.

Examples: Op-ed with repeated themes on COVID and Fiscal stimulus.

Then there are news items like these, as given below. Have a look at them. Ignore them.

Example 1- Retail inflation rises to 7.59% in January on higher food prices

Example 2- India’s services exports rises 7.0% in January 2020

Example 3- If the lockdown is not lifted, there may be defiance on a larger scale than at present

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3. Extracting UPSC relevant information from the news

Now, this is the Holy Grail. If you fail to extract UPSC relevant information from the important current affairs, all your effort will go in vain. It is the most important skill and takes time to perfect it. Even students with multiple UPSC interview experiences struggle at this stage.

On how to do it, take the example of this news regarding Reverse Repo Rate. 

News: How the reverse repo rate became the benchmark interest rate in the Indian economy?

The following are the mains and prelims worth topics that can be extracted from this single news item.

Mains relevant: Critically examine the efficacy of reverse repo rate as the benchmark interest rate in the Indian economy. “

Prelims relevant: Reverse repo rate, LTRO, Benchmark interest rate

4. Focus on Conceptual clarity

Rather than just learning and mugging up the information, the focus should be on understanding various dimensions, interlinkages, related issues, and conceptual clarity w.r.t. static parts as well.

5. Utilising information from Current Affairs.

It’s the ultimate purpose of doing Current Affairs. And being able to do this, you must be very regular with CA-based Mains answer writing, solving prelims questions and identifying errors and making required changes.

(Current Affairs based Mains answer writing is an important component of Samachar Manthan 2021)

Answer writing must become second nature of an IAS aspirant. “Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour.

6. Evaluation and active learning

Getting your views (in the form of answers) evaluated is an important step. You’ll not only know what mistakes you are committing but you’ll also learn important answer writing skills. Answer enhancement must be the focus (it’s in Samachar Manthan 2021).

(Through our platform Habitat and Civilsdaily’s Handholding, we’ll ensure that you are right on track.)

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There is no doubt that Current Affairs is an important part of IAS exam preparation. But it should be done in a planned and strategic manner where every action of yours is objectively defined and results, measurable.

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Over 90% of students couldn’t stick to a plan. Study plans and strategies are iterative in nature and we want to help you with that. Many are unable to perform in tests despite preparing hard. This could be due to a variety of factors – lack of adequate prep, jitters in the exam hall, inadequate revision, lack of practice of test series or just a bad day at work. Tell us what you think went wrong and we’ll figure out a way to get you over the line next time.

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We have all had those days when it’s been hard to motivate ourselves to hit the books and just study. It happens to the best of us sometimes and for some of us, it happens more frequently. And it is understandable, Civil Service preparation is a long and often lonely process. Every aspirant, from toppers to those who have quit have been overwhelmed by this process at some point in time. Working alone is monotonous and helps you keep motivated by ensuring you are actively and passively studying every day. Focused telegram groups to foster discussions.

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