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Register now | “The Power of Compounding – Webinar by Debraj Das, IPS” | 7th June 2020

WEBINAR – BOOK YOUR SLOT NOW.

Register here for the Webinar (Limited seats)

Dear friends,

It fills us with immense pleasure to introduce you all to Debraj Das, IPS (UPSC 2018). He will be joining us for a frank and heart-to-heart conversation this Sunday, 7th June 2020. You don’t want to miss out on this.

“The Power of Compounding” – Debraj Das, IPS

Time: 10:00 pm

Date: 7th June 2020, Sunday

Note: Invitation to the webinar will be sent to your registered email id.

There will be a Q/A session where Debraj sir will be answering your questions.

Register here for the Webinar (Limited seats)


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Debraj Das, IPS

About Debraj Das:

A 2018 batch IPS officer, Debraj is currently undergoing training at SVPNPA, Hyderabad. An IIT Kharagpur graduate (2009 batch), he cleared this prestigious UPSC exam in his third attempt. Being a working professional all through his preparation, he could spare only 3 hours/day. There are thing other than his dedication and consistency that led him to success. He will be sharing these success mantras with you.

Register here for the Webinar (Limited seats)

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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Extremely Urgent : UPSC Prelims, Mains and Interview Dates are out !

The UPSC revised calendar for events has been published

4th October Prelims. Mains start from January. Interviews commence from 20th July

The notification is on the UPSC website.

We will be releasing a strategy video soon.

We request students to get in touch no matter what stage of preparation you are in.

Click here to fill the form and get a kickstart. 

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Applying to work at Civilsdaily? Here are 10 things to know

Dear all,

Thank you for the overwhelming response. We received over 100 applications within 20 minutes of advertising the post.

We don’t advertise vacancies. But when we do, we are looking for the crème de la crème

Out of the 100 applicants, only 8 responded to the follow-up email (of course the responses for others are awaited and we might receive them in a day or 2).

We wanted to take a minute to help you understand how challenging teaching and mentoring the next generation of civil servants can be.

1. Video lectures 

We have received videos where Laxmikanth is being read out line by line. These have gained some following on certain platforms.

But This is not how a great lecture is planned. There has to be a creative process behind what is going to be taught. Clearly articulating your methodology & innovations is a sure-shot way of impressing us. 

*At CD our next version is always better than our previous*

2. Mains Related 

When it comes to mains related competencies, your test series attempts are the most important reference point for us.

Your actual marks in the exam are a good indicator. But we want people who can keep repeating the good marks they have gotten. The only way for us to know that is to analyse your test series attempts.

This is especially true for essay and ethics. We have received applications from essay toppers but their test series attempts were very average. They lacked the necessary punchlines and a great flow. How can we be sure that you will have rock-solid suggestions for students who are already at an advanced stage of preparation? 

One has to be a deep thinker, a deep reader having clarity of thought and expression to take our students to the next level.

3. Mentorship 

Mentorship is something we have explored at length in the past 1 year. What we look for is patience. Students in their first year of prep are slow. They take their time to absorb things. No matter how hard you try, they will end up wasting time following conventional wisdom doing things due to fear of missing out.

Mentors have to tolerate all this. They invest so much time and effort and at times dont get the appreciation they deserve.

Hoping that the above note helps you present yourselves better.

Good luck !

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We don’t advertise vacancies. But when we do, we are looking for the crème de la crème

*Civilsdaily is looking to hire across multiple roles. Click the link below to fill the application.*

Dear All,
Civilsdaily has become a force to reckon with. With our bold initiatives and maturing innovations, we are pushing the boundaries even further constantly thinking about bettering the learning outcomes for so many students.

Inviting applications for open positions is a rare event for us. We don’t remember the last time we did something like this. This means it is an extremely rare opportunity for you.

A career in education with Civilsdaily empowers you to help students, to be respected by them and by others, and to experience job satisfaction in a way that is impossible in many other careers.

Our offices at 1 LGF Apsara Arcade (incomplete because of COVID) will leave a lasting impression on you.

Our open office setup helps us foster collaboration keeping us ahead of the competition all the time.

  • Candidates willing to become Mains Experts should go through the following post – https://www.civilsdaily.com/mains-essential-program-answer-booklet-cover-page/. We don’t take mains copy checking lightly.
  • Please do not fill the application incorrectly. Most candidates say they are applying for a full-time position just to get an interview call. It’s really a turnoff.

To help us understand you better, please click here and fill your application.

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Clear Prelims 2021 with Prime Prelims TS 2021 | Starting 13th June 2020

Click here to enroll

Click here for Prime Prelims 2021 Time Table (Download PDF for better visibility)

Dear students,

We are delighted to launch Prime Prelims Test Series 2021 for IAS 2021. It will start from 13th June 2020.

Prime Prelims TS, is our flagship programme for a complete Prelims preparation. Our oldest & most loved offering, it takes a giant leap this year with 6 key differentiators and 3 ‘exclusive’ features.


IAS UPSC Prelims 2021 Civilsdaily Best test series38 Tests (8 Basic, 8 Advanced,  10 Current Affairs, 8 Full Length, 4 CSAT) 


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.

Click here to enroll for Prime Prelims TS 2021

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

Our philosophy – Mastering Prelims by guided yet Flexible Goal Setting

1. Evidence-based question making: UPSC level mocks

The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established via UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on 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. Tikdams for mastering the art of intelligent guesstimates:

Tikdam techniques is a very important skill which can boost your score by 30+ marks. It will prepare you and enhance your ability to perform under pressure (& lack of information). 

We not only impart but make you practice these skills in our Test Series.

Click to watch this video to know more about Tikdams

4. Civilsdaily’s Handholding and Habitat:

You’ll be assigned to an exclusive group on Civilsdaily’s Habitat, it’s headed by Sajal sir, Ajay sir, Ravi sir, Zeeshan 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, mentors, and a focussed community. You’re going to learn and discuss like never before.

What is there on Habitat?

    • #DDS sessions – 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.
    • Daily news analysis and Op-ed discussion sessions on Habitat. 
    • Other activities like revisions, quizzes, test discussion, CSAT, etc. are also planned.

      Samachar Manthan Civilsdaily IAS Current Affairs UPSCCivilsdaily’s Habitat – Desktop and Mobile view


Click here to enroll for Prime Prelims TS 2021

5. Value Added Material: 

Tests are not just about assessment. They should be accompanied by learning. Following crucial & independent modules are a part of this package.

Advanced Lecture Series is yet another nifty way of revisiting the tricky, factual and sometimes technical aspects of the static syllabus. 60+ hours of videos – most helpful when you advance to the L2 & L3 tests and very rewarding for senior UPSC students.

CD’s Monthly Magazines: We walk the extra mile with Monthly Magazine Combo (12 months of all good content at CD). These magazines are a brand in themselves and have been a preference of Toppers for years. Click here for CD magazines.

Program inclusion:

    • 38 Tests
        • 8 Basic tests
        • 8 Advanced tests
        • 10 Current Affairs
        • 8 Full-Length Tests
        • 4 CSAT tests
    • Advanced Lecture Series
    • Civilsdaily’s Monthly Magazine Combo
    • Civilsdaily’s Handholding
    • Admission to the exclusive group on Civilsdaily’s Habitat.

This is what our students have to say about our mock tests..

Feedback for 2020 Prelims Mocks
Feedback for 2020 Prelims Mocks

Civilsdaily’s community: Testimonials

Click here to enroll for Prime Prelims TS 2021

Should you have any query, or want to discuss more about Prime Prelims TS call us at +91 89299 87787 or email at hello@civilsdaily.com.

Let’s clear Prelims 2021.

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Civil Services Prelims Date To Be Announced On June 5 After Assessing Situation

 

 

Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has notified that it will announce the Civil Services exam (prelims) date on June 5.

The exam, was scheduled to be held on May 31, has been postponed for the second time in a month.

What to do now?

Many students wasted a lot of time in thinking and speculating.

Now take this as an opportunity to get back on track. Streamline your preparation. Give mock tests. Identify the shortcomings in your preparation. Cover those areas. Revise.

Those who kept their minds and continued their preparation, now they are ahead of you.

UPSC Prelims 2020 is going to be held sooner than later. Don’t waste your time now.

Register here for Nikaalo Prelims 2020 – FLTs

It is a power pack for UPSC Prelims 2020comprising 8 GS full-length tests, 3 CSAT tests. 

High-quality Nikaalo Prelims handouts and in-depth discussionon Telegram group will take place.

Fees: Only Rs. 500 + taxes

Stay safe. Stay strong.

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Lockdown 4 & IAS 2021 Prep? We will make your personalised strategies :)

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021



5 minutes, or 10 minutes, no more than that. That’s all the time we will need to get to know each other before we start talking about your IAS Preparation strategies.

In the lockdown season 1, 2, 3, we talked with more than 1300 candidates who are preparing for IAS 2021. Here’s what we helped you with:

  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 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.


What happens when you fill this form? How does a call help you?

1. Identifying your weaknesses

Over 80% of students who claimed to have revised NCERTs twice were unable to answer basic questions. Many were not comfortable with at least 1 GS subject and Optional. Many struggled with ‘What went wrong’ after 2-3 years of hard work. Our mentors will provide free preliminary assignments so we can assess your preparedness and suggest accurate strategies.

2. Strategy and study plan discussions

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.

3. Helping you understand the exam better – which books to read, different approaches, etc. Over 60% of students we talked to did not find NCERTs relevant and saw no point in being thorough with them.

4. Lack of motivation

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.

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

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Get ready for upcoming 7th Full Length Prelims Test (Full Syllabus) on 16th May – sample questions highlighting our methodology

Click here to enrol for the Prime Prelims TS

Dear students,

31st May 2020 is the D-day for all civil service aspirants.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

This quote by Abraham Lincoln sums up how one should prepare for that day. So before entering the battlefield alone should have enough practice. Our Prime Prelims Test series which shall enrich you to acquaint yourself with the pattern of CSE-2020, assess your abilities, rectify your mistakes and make you confident to appear on the examination day.

Our Prime Prelims Test Series follows the same approach as that adopted by UPSC. Our team of experts is quite enriched with the UPSC pattern and focal point of the questions and hence creates more chances for the aspirants to crack civil service examination by appearing our Test Series.

This is the time where you must have done most of your revision and are ready to face the UPSC CSP with all the josh. Thus, what better exercise would you need than the full syllabus Mock Test. This is the 1st among the four Full-Length Tests covering the whole syllabus and we have curated it as per the trend of previous 5 years of UPSC CSP.  You see, since 2015, this has been the general weightage of various subjects in UPSC CSP:

 

Subjects Question Distribution in the year 2019 Question Distribution in the year 2018 Question Distribution in the year 2017 Question Distribution in the year 2016 Question Distribution in the year 2015
Economy 14 16 8   8 13
Current Affair

(including IR)

22 28 34   27 29
History, Modern India, Indian National Movements, Art and Culture 17 15 14   15 14
Geography 14 8 7   7 14
Polity 15 13 22   7 13
Science & Technology 7 7   4   8 7
Environment 11 13   11   18 10

This is reflected in our mock test as well.

History, Art & Culture: 15

Polity and Governance: 15

Economics: 15

Geography: 15

Environment: 15

Science and Tech: 10

International Organizations, Maps and Current Affairs: 15

The key philosophy of our prelims TS is Evidence-based question making: The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established in UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

Nothing speaks more than the facts itself rather than a mere jargon. Here is a list of 5 sample questions from the upcoming test which will help you in identifying the standards and approach we follow. (you can skip this if you want to attempt these directly in the test). 

Noone but only you can assess how it will help you in being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

Q1. With reference to the impacts of forest fires, which of the following statements are correct?

1. Glacier melting due to black carbon and global temperature rise.

2. Increased rainwater runoff.

3. Increased infiltration of water.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q2. With reference to the Anti-microbial resistance, consider the following statements:

1. Antimicrobial resistance, which is also referred to as drug resistance, results in the formation of Superbugs.

2. It happens when microorganisms change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs used to treat the infections they cause.

Which of these statements given above are correct?

a. 1 Only

b. 2 Only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither of them

 

Q3. The practice of ‘Muraqaba’ in Sufism is synonymous to:

a. Meditation in Hinduism

b. Pilgrimage in Hinduism

c. Chanting of holy texts in Christianity

d. Baptism in Christianity

 

Q4. Consider the following statements:

1. Fa-Hien was the first Chinese pilgrim to visit India.

2. Hiuen-Tsang left an account on Indian society during the reign of Harshavardhana.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither of them

 

Q5. With reference to Dryland Farming, consider the following statements.

1. The main crops grown in the land areas are Rice and Wheat.

2. Both Intercropping and double cropping is practised in dryland farming.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 Only

b. 2 Only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither of them

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80% IAS 2021 Aspirants struggle with time table. Talk to us, OK?

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

 

5 minutes, or 10 minutes, no more than that. That’s all the time we will need to get to know each other before we start talking about your IAS Preparation strategies.

Our conversation with about 850+ aspirants via our Samanvaya outreach show that 65% are full-time aspirants and 35% are preparing for UPSC along with their job. Here’s what we chatted about:

  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 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.


What happens when you fill this form? How does a call help you?

1. Identifying your weaknesses

Over 80% of students who claimed to have revised NCERTs twice were unable to answer basic questions. Many were not comfortable with at least 1 GS subject and Optional. Many struggled with ‘What went wrong’ after 2-3 years of hard work. Our mentors will provide free preliminary assignments so we can assess your preparedness and suggest accurate strategies.

2. Strategy and study plan discussions

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.

3. Helping you understand the exam better – which books to read, different approaches, etc. Over 60% of students we talked to did not find NCERTs relevant and saw no point in being thorough with them.

4. Lack of motivation

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.

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

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#justiceforZsirsfamily #supportforZeeshan

Dear students,

It’s with a heavy heart that we inform you that our beloved Zeeshan Sir and his family are battling COVID-19 in Aurangabad. We hope he comes out of this like a Phoenix. His father is a Police Inspector in the city and, like many frontline warriors, contracted Covid which later affected the entire family including Zeeshan Sir.

Zeeshan Sir’s lectures have benefitted lakhs of aspirants and he has been a source of inspiration for many. A force to be reckoned with. Some of his work is as follows

It is unfortunate that someone enjoying so much goodwill has to face such odds.

Zeeshan Sir’s father contracted Covid in the line of duty. Despite orders clearly stating that staff above 50 years of age suffering from ailments like blood pressure, diabetes, etc should not be deployed in frontline duty, when asked by superiors, he rendered his services. As a result, Covid caught hold of him.

What’s worse is the fact that 4 female members of his family are being denied the same support that Sir and his father are receiving at Dhoot Hospital, Aurangabad.

Some newspapers have falsely reported that Zeeshan Sir’s travel from Delhi was the reason for him getting infected. Nothing can be far from the truth as Sir took a flight 1.5 months back. 20th March Air Ticket

It is indeed shocking that a newspaper of a decent reputation will be publishing information without verification.

https://www.deccanherald.com/national/maharashtra-cop-family-test-positive-for-covid-19-in-aurangabad-834697.html

Such claims are being used to dilute the fact that his father was working in the frontline protecting other families.

The condition of 4 other female members of his family seems to be deteriorating. All Zeeshan Sir is asking is that his family is provided the same support as his father is receiving at Dhoot Hospital.

Share the highlighted part tagged with #justiceforZsirsfamily #supportforZeeshan #aurangabad

As a community, we need to come together and ensure we do our part to spread the word far and wide so concerned authorities take notice of the same.

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Get ready for upcoming 6th Full Length Prelims Test (Full Syllabus) on 9th May – sample questions highlighting our methodology

Click here to enrol for the Prime Prelims TS

Dear students,

31st May 2020 is the D-day for all civil service aspirants.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

This quote by Abraham Lincoln sums up how one should prepare for that day. So before entering the battlefield alone should have enough practice. Our Prime Prelims Test series which shall enrich you to acquaint yourself with the pattern of CSE-2020, assess your abilities, rectify your mistakes and make you confident to appear on the examination day.

Our Prime Prelims Test Series follows the same approach as that adopted by UPSC. Our team of experts is quite enriched with the UPSC pattern and focal point of the questions and hence creates more chances for the aspirants to crack civil service examination by appearing our Test Series.

This is the time where you must have done most of your revision and are ready to face the UPSC CSP with all the josh. Thus, what better exercise would you need than the full syllabus Mock Test. This is the 1st among the four Full-Length Tests covering the whole syllabus and we have curated it as per the trend of previous 5 years of UPSC CSP.  You see, since 2015, this has been the general weightage of various subjects in UPSC CSP:

 

Subjects Question Distribution in the year 2019 Question Distribution in the year 2018 Question Distribution in the year 2017 Question Distribution in the year 2016 Question Distribution in the year 2015
Economy 14 16 8   8 13
Current Affair

(including IR)

22 28 34   27 29
History, Modern India, Indian National Movements, Art and Culture 17 15 14   15 14
Geography 14 8 7   7 14
Polity 15 13 22   7 13
Science & Technology 7 7   4   8 7
Environment 11 13   11   18 10

This is reflected in our mock test as well.

History, Art & Culture: 16

Polity and Governance: 15

Economics: 12

Geography: 15

Environment: 14

Science and Tech: 10

International Organizations, Maps and Current Affairs: 18

The key philosophy of our prelims TS is Evidence-based question making: The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established in UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

Nothing speaks more than the facts itself rather than a mere jargon. Here is a list of 5 sample questions from the upcoming test which will help you in identifying the standards and approach we follow. (you can skip this if you want to attempt these directly in the test). 

Noone but only you can assess how it will help you in being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

Q1. With regard to the Charter Act of 1833, consider the following statements:

1. After the Charter Act of 1833, the East India Company ceased to be a commercial agency in India.

2. The Charter Act of 1833 debarred those Indians from entering the public services who had not been educated in England.

Chose the correct statements from the codes given below:

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q2. Which of the following rivers does have their origin in the Aravallis?

1. Banas

2. Sakhi

3. Mahi

4. Luni

Which of the following statements are correct?

a. 1, 2 and 3 only

b. 1, 2 and 4 only

c. 3 and 4 only

d. 1 and 3 only

 

Q3. Consider the following statements about Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

1. It is an Earth-centered orbit with an altitude of 2,000 km or less.

2. The International Space Station conducts operations in LEO.

3. A major disadvantage of low Earth orbit is that it requires a high amount of energy for satellite placement.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q4. Which of the following provisions are enshrined the constitution of India for protection of the rights of linguistic minorities?

1. A person can submit a representation for redressal of grievances to any authority of the state in any language used in the state.

2. Any citizen having a distinct language or script has the right to conserve it.

3. Instruction in the mother tongue at the primary stage of education.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q5. With reference to Statutory Grants under Article 275 of the Indian Constitution, consider the following statements:

1. It empowers the Parliament to make grants to each and every state of India.

2. It is given to states on the recommendation of Finance Commission.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither of them

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CSE Prelims 2020 Deferred – New date to be announced on 20th.

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

The official UPSC website – https://www.upsc.gov.in/

has a yellow strip running the announcement that

The Civil Services (Prel.) Examination-2020, scheduled to be held on 31/05/2020, stands deferred. Decision on fresh date of the Examination will be made available on 20/05/2020 after assessing the situation.

Video for the same is attached –

It was logical plus we knew it from our sources that the exam would be shifted. However, we didn’t want to disclose this because regardless of the shifting of the exam, your study schedule should remain the same.

Over 80% of our students have already communicated with us on changes in strategy and how they should optimize in these uncertain times.  

You just have to take 5 minutes out and fill this form: Samanvaya For IAS 2021. Go ahead. Dont wait for anyone.

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80% IAS 2021 Aspirants struggle with time table. Talk to us, OK?

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021



5 minutes, or 10 minutes, no more than that. That’s all the time we will need to get to know each other before we start talking about your IAS Preparation strategies.

Last week we chatted with about 850+ aspirants via our Samanvaya outreach – 65% were full-time aspirants and 35% were preparing for it along with their job. Here’s what we chatted about:

  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 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.


What happens when you fill this form? How does a call help you?

1. Identifying your weaknesses

Over 80% of students who claimed to have revised NCERTs twice were unable to answer basic questions. Many were not comfortable with at least 1 GS subject and Optional. Many struggled with ‘What went wrong’ after 2-3 years of hard work. Our mentors will provide free preliminary assignments so we can assess your preparedness and suggest accurate strategies.

2. Strategy and study plan discussions

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.

3. Helping you understand the exam better – which books to read, different approaches, etc. Over 60% of students we talked to did not find NCERTs relevant and saw no point in being thorough with them.

4. Lack of motivation

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.

Click to fill the form: Samanvaya for IAS 2021

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“I was casual about my preparation but still, I cleared the exam…twice”

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“I was never serious but I cleared the exam”.

“Truth be told, I didn’t study Laxmikant and still got through”.

“UPSC is just like university exams. All the hype is unnecessary”.

Every once in a while, we have been forwarded topper talks where casual claims like the above are made. Though unintentional, they end up harming the aspirants preparing for the exam right now.

Year Number of candidates who applied Number of candidates who took prelims Number of candidates who qualified for mains Number of candidates who took mains exam Number of candidates who appeared for interview Final number of candidates who got selected for posts
2018 10,65,552 4,93,972 10,468 1994 759
2017 9,57,590 4,56,625 13,366 2568 990
2016 11,35,943 4,59,659 15445 2961 1,099
2015 9,45,908 4,65,882 15008 15,008 2797 1078
2014 9,47,428 4,46,623 16706 16286 3308 1236
2013 7,76,604 3,24,279 14800 14178 3001 1122
2012 5,50,080 2,71,442 12795 12190 2674 998
2011 4,99,120 2,43,236 11837 11237 2415 999
2010 5,47,698 2,69,036 12271 11865 2589 965
2009 4,09,110 1,93,091 11894 11516 2431 989
2008 3,25,433 1,67,035 11669 11330 2136 881
2007 3,33,680 1,61,469 9158 8886 1883 734

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There are 2 factors at play – the level of competition and the format of the exam.

1. As you can see from 2012 to 2014, approx 4L new aspirants ( close to 80%) were added. This increased the competition substantially.

2. 2015 saw changes in the exam formatCSAT became a qualifying paper. Meaning its marks were no longer added to the final prelims score. CSAT paper certainly gave an edge to engineering, MBA students who were used to solving such questions with more accuracy and speed.

But with this paper gone, students from all backgrounds stood at an equal footing. No one having an inherent advantage over the other. The GS focused prelims paper made the mains competition very intense.  

3. 2017 saw fundamental changes in the way the questions for the prelims paper were designed.

  • The number of direct, straightforward questions came down. These questions used to be directly lifted from the base books.
  • Many questions were unpredictable and not for conventional materials that you would read.

As a result, a lot of students who were reaching the interview stage started struggling with prelims.

And this format has been continuing till now – 2018, 2019, and will most certainly continue in 2020.

More often than not, our students suggest strategies that they’ve discussed with a distant friend or cousin who cleared the exam before 2015 (at times their uncles who cleared the exam in the 90s).

Very simply put, the competition is intense leaving lesser scope for errors. 

From the above analysis, it is clear that aspirants from a different era had altogether different concerns and challenges.

Someone who prepared/cleared the exam before 2015 might not appreciate how difficult and tricky prelims have become. Students who didnt focus their prelims attempt

And they might not have a nuanced understanding of what the exam requires today, the importance of making notes, etc.

We always recommend students to consult people who have appeared for the recent 2-3 prelims. Because they are well aware of the most recent trends.

Our team has the largest repository of best practices and knowledge that has been accumulated over the years. Our programs provide the best support that will give you a fighting chance to clear the exams.

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Get ready for upcoming 5th Full Length Prelims Test (Full Syllabus) on 2nd May – sample questions highlighting our methodology

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Dear students,

31st May 2020 is the D-day for all civil service aspirants.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

This quote by Abraham Lincoln sums up how one should prepare for that day. So before entering the battlefield alone should have enough practice. Our Prime Prelims Test series which shall enrich you to acquaint yourself with the pattern of CSE-2020, assess your abilities, rectify your mistakes and make you confident to appear on the examination day.

Our Prime Prelims Test Series follows the same approach as that adopted by UPSC. Our team of experts is quite enriched with the UPSC pattern and focal point of the questions and hence creates more chances for the aspirants to crack civil service examination by appearing our Test Series.

This is the time where you must have done most of your revision and are ready to face the UPSC CSP with all the josh. Thus, what better exercise would you need than the full syllabus Mock Test. This is the 1st among the four Full-Length Tests covering the whole syllabus and we have curated it as per the trend of previous 5 years of UPSC CSP.  You see, since 2015, this has been the general weightage of various subjects in UPSC CSP:

 

Subjects Question Distribution in the year 2019 Question Distribution in the year 2018 Question Distribution in the year 2017 Question Distribution in the year 2016 Question Distribution in the year 2015
Economy 14 16 8   8 13
Current Affair

(including IR)

22 28 34   27 29
History, Modern India, Indian National Movements, Art and Culture 17 15 14   15 14
Geography 14 8 7   7 14
Polity 15 13 22   7 13
Science & Technology 7 7   4   8 7
Environment 11 13   11   18 10

This is reflected in our mock test as well. (Current affairs has been amalgamated in the various subject list)

History, Art & Culture: 20

Polity and Governance: 19

Economics: 16

Geography: 18

Environment: 17

Science and Tech: 10

The key philosophy of our prelims TS is Evidence-based question making: The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established in UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

Nothing speaks more than the facts itself rather than a mere jargon. Here is a list of 5 sample questions from the upcoming test which will help you in identifying the standards and approach we follow. (you can skip this if you want to attempt these directly in the test). 

Noone but only you can assess how it will help you in being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

Q1. In India, which of the following review the independent regulators in sectors like telecommunications, insurance, electricity, etc.?

1. Ad Hoc Committees set up by the Parliament

2. Parliamentary Department Related Standing Committees

3. Finance Commission

4. Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission

5. NITI Aayog

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 1,3 and 5 only

c. 2, 4 and 5 only

d. 3, 4 and 5 only

 

Q2. Consider the following factors:

1. Differences in Density

2. The Earth’s Rotation

3. The Planetary Winds

The origin and the nature of ocean currents depend on which of the above?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q3. Which of the following statements are correct regarding the Phylum Porifera?

1. Members of this phylum are commonly known as sponges.

2. They are generally marine and symmetrical in nature.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q4. Consider the following statements regarding the Minars built during medieval India:

1. The primary use of Minars was for Azaan, but its great height symbolised the might and power of the ruler.

2. The Chand Minar was built at Delhi and is one of the most striking Minars of the medieval times.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q5. Consider the following statements:

1. W.C. Bonnerjea was the first Indian to become a member of the British Parliament.

2. Satyendra Prasad Sinha was the first Indian to become a member of Viceroy’s Council.

3. G.V. Mavalankar was the first Speaker of the Central Legislative Assembly.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

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Get ready for the upcoming March and April Current Affairs Prelims Test on 28th April

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Dear students,

31st May 2020 is the D-day for all civil service aspirants.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the ax.”

This quote by Abraham Lincoln clearly sums up how one should prepare for that day. So before entering the battlefield alone should have enough practice. Our Prime Prelims Test series which shall enrich you to acquaint yourself with the pattern of CSE-2020, assess your abilities, rectify your mistakes and make you confident to appear on the examination day.

Our Prime Prelims Test Series follows the same approach as that adopted by UPSC. Our team of experts is quite enriched with the UPSC pattern and focal point of the questions and hence creates more chances for the aspirants to crack civil service examination by appearing our Test Series.

The key philosophy of our prelims TS is Evidence-based question making: The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established in UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

Noone but only you can assess how it will help you in being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and Civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

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(Breaking news!) UPSC Prelims 2020 to be postponed. What to do now?

Friends,

In a TV interview Dr Jitendra Singh, MoS informed that UPSC Prelims 2020 has to be postponed due to prevailing COVID-19 situation in the country.

Other decisions regarding new dates will be taken only after 3rd May 2020, he added.

Watch the clip here: https://youtu.be/U68fXY1TFaM?t=1396

This has finally brought clarity to the aspirants who were getting distracted due to speculations and rumours.

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What to do now?

Many students wasted a lot of time in thinking and speculating.

Now take this as an opportunity to get back on track. Streamline your preparation. Give mock tests. Identify the shortcomings in your preparation. Cover those areas. Revise.

Those who kept their minds and continued their preparation, now they are ahead of you.

UPSC Prelims 2020 is going to be held sooner than later. Don’t waste your time now.

About Nikaalo Prelims 2020 – FLTs

It is a power pack for UPSC Prelims 2020comprising 8 GS full-length tests, 3 CSAT tests. 

High-quality Nikaalo Prelims handouts and in-depth discussion on Telegram group will take place.

Fees: Only Rs. 500 + taxes 

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Get ready for upcoming 4th Full Length Prelims Test (Special Focus on Latest Acts/Schemes/Policies Part 2) on 18th April – sample questions highlighting our methodology

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Dear students,

31st May 2020 is the D-day for all civil service aspirants.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

This quote by Abraham Lincoln sums up how one should prepare for that day. So before entering the battlefield alone should have enough practice. Our Prime Prelims Test series which shall enrich you to acquaint yourself with the pattern of CSE-2020, assess your abilities, rectify your mistakes and make you confident to appear on the examination day.

Our Prime Prelims Test Series follows the same approach as that adopted by UPSC. Our team of experts is quite enriched with the UPSC pattern and focal point of the questions and hence creates more chances for the aspirants to crack civil service examination by appearing our Test Series.

Every year various ministries of the Government of India launches and reviews various schemes for the welfare of the society. UPSC Civil Services candidate is expected to know about all such schemes which are being launched and implemented by the Government. Hence, UPSC includes many questions from the Government schemes and yojanas in the Prelims exam. This second part of the scheme test focuses on this aspect and helps you in building a strong base which will help you cover a good ground in the revision.

The key philosophy of our prelims TS is Evidence-based question making: The 3600 questions you face in our mocks have their relevance established in UPSC’s trend analysis. We focus on themes that are important as per UPSC so that we maximize your chances of questions overlap with the actual UPSC Prelims.

Nothing speaks more than the facts itself rather than a mere jargon. Here is a list of 5 sample questions from the upcoming test which will help you in identifying the standards and approach we follow. (you can skip this if you want to attempt these directly in the test). 

Noone but only you can assess how it will help you in being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

Q1. Consider the following statements regarding Pradhan Mantri Gramin Awaas Yojana:

1. The houses are allotted in the name of the senior-most person in the house. 2. State Governments are responsible for the construction of the houses.

Which of the statements mentioned above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q2. Angikaar campaign, which was recently seen in the news has been launched for:

a. Awareness campaign to keep the Ganga river pollution-free.

b. It is a nationwide campaign to shun single-use plastic in all over India in three phases.

c. A mass movement for collective action to build mass awareness and promote innovative solutions for controlling the mosquito.

d. Social behaviour change of beneficiaries of completed houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

 

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the Saakshar Bharat programme is/are correct?

1. It goes beyond reading, writing & arithmetic and seeks to create awareness on social disparities and general wellbeing.

2. It provides for coverage of only rural areas in the eligible districts.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q4. Which of the following statements with reference to ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’, is/are correct?

1. ‘Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana’ is a centrally sponsored scheme launched by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

2. It is a scheme for providing physical aids and Assisted Living Devices for Senior Citizens belonging to BPL category.

3. Beneficiaries of the scheme have to be aged more than 80 years to avail the benefits.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q5. Identify the correct statement(s) about the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM)’:

1. It is a programme for restoring all the minor irrigation tanks and lakes.

2. Department of Drinking Water and Sanitation is the concerned authority.

Choose the correct option from the codes given below:

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

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Nikaalo Prelims 2020 – FLTs (Register now!)


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Friends,

First of all, thank you for making Nikaalo Prelims a huge success.

We are pleased to announce the 4th edition of our popular test series which has now been integrated with Nikaalo Prelims program. 

This test series has been launched on a special request by our super focussed and dedicated Nikaalo Prelims group members and past students

Highly optimized, remarkably relevant, and really comprehensive it is a power pack.

 1.  8 GS papers + 3 CSAT papers (check the schedule below)  

2.  An in-depth discussion on Special telegram group (exclusive).

3.  High-quality Nikaalo Prelims handouts.

4.  All India ranking.

First four tests are theme-based: 

They will cover – Union Budget, Economic Survey, India Yearbook, Schemes, Acts, Organisations and Institutions (national and international).

Covering this part is a pain. We know. But there is no other way. We will help. 

Around 50-55 questions are expected in the UPSC Prelims from these sections. Preparedness in this section will ensure your success in prelims. It can actually decide if you are writing Mains 2020 or not. 

Four full-length, full syllabus tests:

Based on UPSC paper our FLTs will rigorously test your preparedness and point out weak areas. It will give you necessary reflection, direction and confidence for the actual battle.

Prepared by our team, these papers closely resemble an actual UPSC paper.

All important and probable questions for UPSC Pre 2020 are going to be covered in our tests. 

Read about our innovation-Question Tagging

CSAT

3 Full-length CSAT papers based on latest UPSC CSAT paper.

What our students have to say about the test:

  

Post-test

  1. All India ranking – released on the next day of the test
  2. Nikaalo Prelims handouts – comprehensive, simple and precise 
  3. Detailed discussion and analysis on a Special Telegram group (on mentioned dates in the schedule).

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How to enrol? 

Note- This is a limited time offer.

Schedule:

*First test was the Open test.  Discussion on other tests will happen on the scheduled dates only, on a separate Telegram group.

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5 questions, 5 perspectives – Nikaalo Prelims All India Open Mock Test 2020

Mock tests are not just about evaluating your level of understanding and checking your knowledge. They are also about knowing the weaknesses in your approach to attempting a paper. 

A quality mock test will cover and highlight your shortcomings in all these areas. For that, it should be designed and curated in that way.

We at Civilsdaily understand the nuances and nitty-gritty of setting a paper. Through five cases explaining five questions, we’ll try to give you an idea about the relevance of the questions.

It will also give a rough idea about the mindset of UPSC paper setters. 

These questions have been taken from the first test of Nikaalo Prelims All India Open Mock Test 2020.  It is on Government schemes and policies.   

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(First test to go live on 12th April 2020 @ 9:30 a.m.)

CASE 1 – The oldest trick in the book. 

Deliberately changing names to confuse you.

Be it for schemes or concepts. UPSC is known to flip names of similar-sounding schemes and concepts. Look at this question. 

Ques. Which of the following are the result areas of  STRIVE

  1. Improved performance of ITI.
  2. Improved and Broadened Apprenticeship Training.
  3. India International Skill Centers 

Select the  correct answer from the  codes given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. 1 only

Correct answer- 1 and 2 only

In the above question, STRIVE has been used for SANKALP.  Both of them were announced at the same time for boosting Skill India Mission. It is very easy to get confused and mark it wrong.

 

CASE 2: Misleading names

A lot of times especially in match the following type of questions misleading names are used. Take this example:

Ques. Consider the following pairs:

   Schemes                          Objectives

  1. NIDHI: nurturing ideas and innovations into successful startups.
  2. SATYAM: rejuvenate research in yoga and meditation.
  3. MANAK: to help build a critical human resource pool for strengthening and increasing the research & development base.

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 2 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

Correct answer: 1, 2 and 3

Misleading yet important names of initiatives under Ministry of Science and Technology have been used here. All pairs are correctly matched here but it is very easy to get confused. 

 

CASE 3: Are you rooted in society?

UPSC has been playing with the expenditure figures and other such facts.

UPSC deliberately does this. It is done not for the shallow reason of checking your rote memory, but the ability to think in-depth about the issues faced by various sections. 

Ques. With reference to ‘Kisan Urja Suraksha evam Utthaan Mahabhiyan (KUSUM) Scheme’, consider the following statements:

  1. The scheme provides for the installation of grid-connected solar power plants each of capacity up to 2 MW in the rural areas.
  2. The farmers will have to spend 50% of the total expenditure to acquire and install solar pumps.

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

Correct answer: 1 only

A very important scheme. The farmers have to tolerate only 10% of the total expenditure to acquire and install solar pumps. The Central Govt. will provide 60% cost while the remaining 30% will be taken care of by bank as credit.

One must understand the inability of Indian farmers to spend 50% on solar pumps. This would have helped in eliminating options also.

 

CASE 4: Going international.

International collaboration and aid in our schemes and policies are relevant. If you ever read about them, know that the issue is of critical importance for the government and society.

Ques. With reference to Atal Bhujal Yojana, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme with funding pattern of 50:50 between Government of India and states.
  2. This scheme is approved by the World Bank.

Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Correct answer: 2 only

Here the Government of India’s collaboration with World Bank makes it important. Half of the financial contribution is from the World Bank in this initiative.

Students must not ignore the contribution of international institutions especially if it is of such overwhelming nature.

 

CASE 5: Core of the core

You should be able to remember the bare minimum. There is no other way in such questions. You either know them or you don’t.

Ques. Which of the following are the components of the National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)?

  1. National Family Benefit Scheme (NFBS) 
  2. Annapurna.
  3. Indira Gandhi National Widow Pension Scheme (IGNWPS)

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

a. 1 and 3

b. 2 and 3

c. 3 only

d. 1, 2, and 3

Correct answer: 1, 2 and 3

The National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP) which came into effect from 15th August 1995, represents a significant step towards the fulfilment of the Directive Principles in Article 41 of the Constitution.

It is a very important scheme under Ministry of Rural Development. Students are supposed to do flagship schemes of various ministries.

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Get ready for 12th April 2020. Register for the first Nikaalo Prelims Open Mock Test if you haven’t done yet.

We’ll also discuss all the questions on our Nikaalo Prelims telegram group(click to join)

 

Keep studying. Stay safe. Stay strong.