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Gear up for our Ethics Full length test this sunday |Mains Full-Length Test Series Program 2019 – 3 months | Write 12 tests | Reach your next level

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Dear Students,

 As an aspirant, we all wait for that imaginary moment when we are done with all the revision and have this tendency to delay answer writing.

The bitter truth is that the moment when you are done with all your revision and ready for answer writing will never come. You should remember that the confidence of writing good answers comes only by writing more and more answers. Some things are best learnt by doing only and learn from your mistakes. Take swimming in this case. You will only learn when you are in a pool and not by watching tutorial videos or watching others swim.

A test series gives you the opportunity to test yourself and also helps you in improving your writing.

Our previous year FLTs have exceptional hit ratios. Go through the posts below to understand what we are talking about –

UPSC Mains 2018 GS Paper 1 – Solutions, Sample Structures and Repeated Questions from CD Mains TS

UPSC Mains 2018 GS Paper 4 – Solutions, Sample Structures and Repeated Questions from CD Mains TS

 

We are excited to launch our Mains Full-Length Test Series Program for 2019. As usual, we are incorporating a lot of feedback and bringing a better offering.

Here are questions from Fourth  full-length test (Ethics)

Q.1 The many ills that our society as a whole is suffering today is mainly due to crises of values. Comment. Discuss the causes of value crisis in modern society? (10 marks)

Q2. What do you mean by ethical governance? What are the components of ethical governance? Discuss the measures that should be taken to ensure strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance. ( 10 marks 150 words)

Q3. You are posted as S.P of a sensitive district. There is a project of infrastructure development going on in your area related to widening of a road passing through the main market. However, on the road lies a mosque which has been illegally constructed on government land and has to be removed in order to widen the road. The project has been pending for a long time but no civil servant wants to touch it as it is a very sensitive issue because of the communal sensitization of the area.

The main particular political party in the area is also supporting not to demolish the mosque due to political interests. Your senior officials have also given a blind eye to the issue for long. Members of the committee who run the mosque went to court, but lost the case. High Court has also directed the state government to remove the mosque from the market road. But no official wants to burn his hands. Now, the District Magistrate has asked you to demolish it using force. You understand that removing the mosque may lead to violence, it can even spark communal violence also. The junior officers are also showing their reluctant attitude to participate in the work. Political parties have their particular interest in it.

Answer the following questions based on the above situation:

(a) What are the dilemmas faced by you in the above situation? Explain.(5 marks)

(b) What are the options available before you? Discuss them with their merits and demerits.(10 marks)

(c) Which course of action is best and why?(5 marks)

 

Q4. Discuss the ethical issues involved in giving freedom to civil servants to express their political beliefs and attitude as part of their freedom of speech. (10 marks 150 words)

Program Inclusions

1. Checked Copy Discussion on Phone
We are known to provide individual attention to students. We have further standardized our program. Now students can schedule a call within 2 days of receiving their checked copies by replying back to us with their availability. We have kept it 2 days so your mentors can easily recall your attempt.
This is the biggest reason why you should join our TS. Major issues with your attempt will be highlighted and your improvement will be tracked in subsequent tests.

2. Question Formulation
Our questions will now specifically state that
>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. These questions will be marked with a ‘star’.

3. 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.
> Color coding for main arguments, reports, data, scholars, etc.
> OTB – *Out of the box points for additional marks*

4. Answer Checking
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. Articulation proficiency.
4. Substantiating evidence like Government and International Reports and Indices.
5. Prominent and contemporary examples.
Thorough answer checking with oversight of rankers like Dr. Vipin Garg(AIR 20), Swapnil Pawar (AIR 525)

5. Video Discussion
There will be a video discussion after every test where the mentor will discuss how you can write the best answers to the questions asked in the test. Mentors will also be sharing answer writing strategy with students so that they can gain extra marks in Mains

6. One to one mentorship 
We believe in constant guidance and support approach and therefore we will provide a dedicated one to one mentorship group for students of the module where they can have peer discussions as well as doubt clearance via mentors.
The group will also have toppers who will personally guide the students. The students can always raise there preparation related query in the group.

7. Magazines, listicles and other relevant study material
Supplementary content provided will be helpful in covering multiple related questions.

MAINS FULL LENGTH TESTS-2019 Time Table

Fees – Rs. 9K + Taxes.

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Gear up for This week’s Samachar Manthan lecture on 14th July Sunday

Dear students,

We understand that the UPSC exam is a generalist exam. It’s more important to cover more issues than to cover one issue in more depth. Hence, through Samachar Manthan, we are trying to maintain a fine balance of covering many important news items and having a detailed discussion on selected topics which require the same. On daily basis a news gets repeated multiple times. Scattered knowledge is not adequately useful when you have to write a 200 words answer within 6-7 minutes. To handle this, Samachar manthan covers such issues in a comprehensive and consolidated manner which is the smart strategy.

Benefits of Samachar Manthan

  • Packed 3 – 3.5 hours Weekly videos will focus on news and its importance from both prelims and mains perspective.
  • This program will also help you understand how to utilize current affairs in all your prelims and mains papers.
  • This ideology makes this course the best utilization of your time.
  • Detailed coverage would mean analysis from all the angles like background or history, features, significance, challenges and way forward. Also, multiple sources like epw, diplomat magazine etc will be referred to in the video lectures.
  • Such an approach will help in writing multidimensional answers.
  • Also which part of the topic is important from mains and prelims perspective will also be discussed.
  • Audio Visual Learning is more impactful than simply glancing through the material. So that you are able to retain information for long also interlink with any new information you get.
  • 4 stage structure of Video->Notes->testing->review to perfect your preparation
  • The sequence of video->Notes->testing->review is the best way to ensure maximum retention and a rock solid preparation. Each component of the program has been meticulously crafted.

For example this week, we will be covering the following issues;

Economics 
Explained: Economic Survey 2019 — new ideas to policy prescriptions
India-assisted IT-biotech park inaugurated in Cote d’Ivoire
National Electric Mobility Mission Plan (NEMMP)
[op-ed of the day] Not by wishful thinking
Kisan Credit Cards for Fishermen
Minimum Support Price (MSP)
One Nation, One Grid
[op-ed snap] Union Budget 2019-20: Bucks for the banks
Scheme for Trans-disciplinary Research for India’s Developing Economy (STRIDE)

Enviro & Biodiversity 
“Sanchay Jal, Behtar Kal” Campaign
Japan resumes commercial whaling after 31 years
Tamil Yeoman declared Tamil Nadu’s state butterfly
Explained: How global warming could impact jobs in India
[op-ed snap] Mumbai marooned
Coral Rehabilitation Programme
MOSAiC Mission

Governance 
[pib] Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan
Explained: Register of Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland (RIIN)
[op-ed snap] Miles to go: self-care medical interventions
[op-ed snap] Lessons from Bhutan
[op-ed snap] Healthcare’s primary problem
Centre ratifies convention to curb company profit shifting
Cabinet clears Bill banning Commercial Surrogacy
[pib] Parliament passes the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019
New Code on Wages Bill
Centre to streamline labour laws into set of 4 codes

International Relations 
[op-ed snap] Terms of estrangement
US law to give India NATO ally-like status
US Ban on Baloch Liberation Army
Explained: Hong Kong political crisis
India pledges to contribute $ 5 million to UN Palestine refugee agency

Polity 
J&K Reservation Bill
[op-ed of the day] The primacy of the elected
Explained: Privilege Motion

Science Tech 
Central Welfare Database of Citizens
[op-ed of the day] Expanding India’s share in global space economy

Culture 

[pib] Ramayana Circuit
Gandhipedia ‘to sensitize society’

And these issues will be covered in detail

  • Global space economy
  •  Healthcare’s primary problem
  • Indis USA  Disputes
  • MOSAiC Mission
  • New Code on Wages Bill

So to be thorough in your preparation and to have an integrated approach, join Samachar Manthan here.

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ECONOMIC STRATEGY FOR INDIA Lecture 5: Impacts of high Fiscal Deficit and Inflation on the Economy

Economic Survey and Budget 2019 | Advanced Program- Rs. 2000 + taxes Click2Join

The lecture is very important for both prelims and mains. It discuss the issue of macro economic stability- high Fiscal Deficit, Inflation, Expansionary fiscal and monetary policy on the economy. The lecture also explain the concept of business cycles in the economy, aggregate demand and aggregate supply, the basic model of macro economics and the leading factors responsible for long term growth.

 

About Himanshu Arora Sir

Himanshu sir has a wide experience in the field of both academics and policy-making. He has earlier taught Economics at both under-graduate and Postgraduate level in Delhi University. Currently, he is working at the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council. He also writes columns regularly in prestigious newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express and Millennium post.

 

Here are some of his published articles

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/strengthening-indias-economic-fundamental-may-be-the-best-route-to-enhance-its-influence-as-a-strong-economy/1555087/

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/us-sanctions-have-rarely-worked/article27119264.ece

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SAMANVAYA: Students Preparing for UPSC 2020 > Come join US !

Dear Students, 

As prelims conclude, we have started getting emails, messages of students who have benefitted from our programs.

After numerous conversations with so many aspirants, we have started understanding your problems better and also standardizing solutions for the ones you might face. 

These are being incorporated in our Samanvaya program. It is these practices that will make the program more effective.

At the core of Samanvaya lies the fact that each one of you will have a unique journey while preparing for the exam. Some will get through on the first attempt without much effort while others will take both more time and more effort. We want to understand you better to help you optimize your journey so you can focus on the right things and not waste time on the wrong ones. We are asking you to tap into the valuable experiences of mentors who underwent the same grind and realize the pitfalls and understand the shortcuts to make it.

Samanvaya program involves the following –

1. Identifying your weaknesses

Over 80% of students who claimed to have revised NCERTs 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 help you 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 Help you keep motivated by ensuring you are actively and passively studying every day. Focused telegram groups to foster discussions.

Samanvaya Code of Conduct

  • Be honest with your mentors about your preparation levels and stage.
  • Follow their advice and participate in tests and assignments that they set for you
  • Stay active in the telegram groups, ask doubts, don’t hold yourself back.
  • Don’t expect spoonfeeding. You have to drive the initiative.

Click here to fill the form and get a kickstart. 

Here’s the feedback that we got from some of our students:


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Economic Survey: Application of behavioural economics can play key role in success of public policies and programmes

Economic Survey recommends setting up of a Behavioural Economics Unit in Niti Aayog, proposes ‘Behavioural Economics Audit’ of every programme

The Economic Survey 2018-19 was tabled in Parliament today by the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman. It has given a unique prescription to improve efficacy of public policy and programmes. It discusses in detail how application of ‘behavioural economics’ can prove to be a valuable instrument of change in a country like India where social and religious norms play a dominant role in influencing behaviour. This is based on the premise that decisions made by real people deviate from the impractical robots theorized in classical economics. “Drawing on the psychology of human behaviour, behavioural economics provides insights to ‘nudge’ people towards desirable behavior”, says the Economic Survey.
Quoting the success of popular Government Schemes in recent times like Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao (BBBP) and Swatchh Bharat Mission (SBM), the Economic Survey says that these schemes have successfully applied behavioural insights to enhance policy impact. For example, ‘#SelfieWithDaughter’ on social media became a worldwide hit and the celebration of the girl child quickly became the norm to which more and more people wanted to conform. Similarly, use of socially and culturally identifiable names for various recent schemes like Namami Gange, Ujjawala, Poshan Abhiyan among others have helped to build the affinity of the people for the scheme.
The community based approach to sanitation in SBM with the help of Swachhagrahis whose similarity with Satyagrahis, helped to reinforce the message. The gender empowerment component of SBM helped to become a complement the Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao scheme. According to the Economic Survey, the key principles of behavioural economics are ‘emphasizing the beneficial social norm’, ‘changing the default option’ and ‘repeated reinforcements’.
The Economic Survey opines that while several Indian programmes have applied the principles of behavioural economics, there is still ample scope for leveraging these insights to enhance the efficacy of programmes in India. Accordingly, the Economic Survey recommends setting up of a behavioural economic unit in the NITI Aayog. It also strongly recommends that every programme must go through a ‘behavioural economics audit’ before its implementation.
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Gear up for This week’s Samachar Manthan lecture on 7th July Sunday

Dear students,

We understand that the UPSC exam is a generalist exam. It’s more important to cover more issues than to cover one issue in more depth. Hence, through Samachar Manthan, we are trying to maintain a fine balance of covering many important news items and having a detailed discussion on selected topics which require the same. On daily basis a news gets repeated multiple times. Scattered knowledge is not adequately useful when you have to write a 200 words answer within 6-7 minutes. To handle this, Samachar manthan covers such issues in a comprehensive and consolidated manner which is the smart strategy.

Benefits of Samachar Manthan

  • Packed 3 – 3.5 hours Weekly videos will focus on news and its importance from both prelims and mains perspective.
  • This program will also help you understand how to utilize current affairs in all your prelims and mains papers.
  • This ideology makes this course the best utilization of your time.
  • Detailed coverage would mean analysis from all the angles like background or history, features, significance, challenges and way forward. Also, multiple sources like epw, diplomat magazine etc will be referred to in the video lectures.
  • Such an approach will help in writing multidimensional answers.
  • Also which part of the topic is important from mains and prelims perspective will also be discussed.
  • Audio Visual Learning is more impactful than simply glancing through the material. So that you are able to retain information for long also interlink with any new information you get.
  • 4 stage structure of Video->Notes->testing->review to perfect your preparation
  • The sequence of video->Notes->testing->review is the best way to ensure maximum retention and a rock solid preparation. Each component of the program has been meticulously crafted.

For example this week, we will be covering the following issues;

Economics
Prelims issue# RBI introduces Complaint Management System (CMS)
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] Power play
Prelims issue# Surjit Bhalla Committee on Trade and Policy
Prelims issue# Various loan schemes for weaker sections
Prelims issue# National Freight Index (NFI)
[op-ed snap] The savings dilemma
Prelims issue# Fall Army Worm

Enviro & Biodiversity 
Prelims issue# ‘Jal Hi Jiwan’ Scheme in Haryana
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] Paving a green path
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] Things to do to avoid another water crisis
Prelims issue# Resilient Kerala Program

Governance 
Explained: Debate over Data Localization
Prelims issue# National Archives of India
Mains issue# NITI Aayog “Healthy States, Progressive India” Report and Health Index 2019
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] The state of Indian prisons
Prelims issue# Govt. to start Jal Shakti Abhiyan for 255 water-stressed districts
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] Not just pipes and tankers
Mains issue# ‘One Nation One Ration Card’ Scheme
Prelims issue# National Mission on Natural Language Translation
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] A policy to regulate coaching centres
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] Rethink poverty — and policy
Mains issue# Education Quality Upgradation and Inclusion Programme (EQUIP)

International Relations 
Financial Action Task Force (FATF)
Mains issue# India’s non-permanent membership of UNSC
Prelims issue# Ahmedabad-Kobe Sister City Partnership
Mains issue# Iran-USA dispute & its Implications for India

Polity 
Explained: Constructive Vote of No-confidence
Mains issue # Thorium-Based Nuclear Reactors
Prelims issue# New Space India Limited (NSIL)
Prelims issue# Proton Therapy
Mains issue# Space Activities Bill
Mains issue# [op-ed snap] What it would take for India to become a proper space power
Prelims issue# Pilot Scheme for distribution of Fortified Rice through PDS
Prelims issue# India develops new groundnut line with desirable oil quality

Internal Security 
Prelims issue# Exercise Garuda-VI
Explained: The enduring legacy of Maharaja Ranjit Singh
Prelims issue# Zonal Cultural Centres (ZCCs)

And these issues will be covered in detail

  • Data localisation
  • Space power
  • Indis USA trade Dispute
  • Saving and investment in Indian Economy
  • Water Crisis

So to be thorough in your preparation and to have an integrated approach, join Samachar Manthan here.

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Get ready for upcoming Polity Test on 6th July- sample questions highlighting our methodology

Click here to enroll 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 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.

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 the being the top percentile of aspirants. You have to practice ruthlessly and civils Daily provides you with a platform to hone your skills.

Q1. Which of the following have been provided under the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act 1996?

1. Reservation of seats for the Scheduled Tribes must not be less than one third of the total number of seats.

2. The Gram Sabha can constitute Standing Committees in order to fulfil its responsibilities.

3. The Tenure of such committee is fixed under the Act. Select the correct answer using code given below.

A. 1 only

B.1 and 2 only

C. 2 only

D.1, 2 and 3

Answer – C

Explanation

Salient Provisions of PESA Act In the Schedule areas, every village will have a Gram Sabha consisting of persons whose names are included in the electoral rolls for the Panchayats at the village level. In the schedule areas, there will be a minimum of 50% seats reserved for Scheduled Tribes (STs) at all the tiers of Panchayats. Hence Statement 1 is incorrect.

If the area has different tribal communities, the reservation of different tribal communities, the reservation of different tribal communities shall be on the basis of proportion to their population. The chairpersons at all levels of the Panchayats in Schedule areas shall be reserved for STs. If there are no ST members at intermediate or district level Panchayats, the state government shall nominate such underrepresented STs by maximum of one-tenth of the total elected members of the Panchayats. Every legislation on the Panchayats in scheduled area shall be in conformity with the customary law, social and religious practices and traditional management practice of the community resources. The Gram Sabha may constitute Standing Committees viz. Peace Committee, Justice Committee, Resource Planning and Management Committee, Intoxication Control Committee, Debt Control Committee, Market Committee, Sabha Kosh Committee and others as deemed appropriate by the Gram Sabha in order to fulfil its responsibilities regarding various aspects of the working of the village, whose members shall be elected in an open meeting of the Gram Sabha among members of the Gram Sabha. Hence, Statement 2 is correct.

Besides, temporary and ad-hoc committees may be constituted as per requirement. The tenure of all the Standing Committees will be of one or two years as decided by the Gram Sabha. Hecne Statement 3 is incorrect.

Q2.With reference to functions and powers of a District judge, consider the following statements:

1. He possesses original and appellate jurisdiction in both civil as well as criminal matters.

2. He has supervisory powers over all subordinate courts in the district.

3. Capital punishment passed by him is subject to confirmation by the High Court, whether there is an appeal or not.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

A.1 only

B.1 and 2 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D.1, 2 and 3

Answer – D

Explanation

Statement 1 is correct. The district judge is the highest judicial authority in the district. He possesses original and appellate jurisdiction in both civil as well as criminal matters. In other words, the district judge is also the sessions judge. Statement 2 is correct. The district judge exercises both judicial and administrative powers. He also has supervisory powers over all the subordinate courts in the district. Statement 3 is correct. The sessions judge has the power to impose any sentence including life imprisonment and capital punishment (death sentence). However, a capital punishment passed by him is subject to confirmation by the High Court, whether there is an appeal or not.

Q3. In the context of local governance, principle of subsidiarity stipulates that:

1. functions shall be carried out closest to citizens at the smallest unit of governance possible.

2. functions shall be delegated upwards only when the local unit cannot perform the task. Select the correct answer using the code given below.

A.1 only

B.2 only

C.Both 1 and 2

D.Neither 1 nor 2

Answer – C

Explanation

‘The principle of subsidiarity stipulates that: 1. functions shall be carried out closest to citizens at the smallest unit of governance possible and 2. delegated upwards only when the local unit cannot perform the task. Hence, both statements are correct.

The citizen delegates those functions he cannot perform, to the community. Functions that the community cannot discharge are passed on to the local governments in the smallest tiers, and so on, from smaller tiers to larger tiers, from local government to the State Governments, and from the States to the Union. Hence, the citizen and the community are the centres of governance. In place of traditional hierarchies, there will be ever-enlarging concentric circles of government and delegation is outward depending on necessity.

Advantages – First, local decision-making improves efficiency, promotes self-reliance at the local level, encourages competition and nurtures innovation. Second, democracy is based on three fundamental assumptions: all citizens are equal irrespective of station and birth; the citizen is the ultimate sovereign; and the citizen has the capacity to decide what is in his best interest. Only when these principles are put in practice can a democratic system derive its full legitimacy. Subsidiarity is the concrete expression of these foundations of a democratic society. Third, once decision-making and its consequences are integrally linked at the local level, people can better appreciate that hard choices need to be made. Such awareness promotes greater responsibility, enlightened citizenship and maturing of democracy

Q4.  Which of the following is/are the correct statements about Gram Sabha and Gram Panchayat?

1. Gram Sabha consists of all the people living in the area of a Gram Panchayat.

2. Gram Sabha also consider the taxation proposals and auditing report of the Gram Panchayat.

3. Gram Panchayat is composed of such number of members as may be decided in accordance with the size of the Population. Select the correct answer using the codes given below

A.1 only

B.1 and 3 only

C.2 and 3 only

D.1, 2 and 3

Answer -C

Explanation

It is a three-tier structure, which consists of Zila Parishad at the district level, Panchayat Samiti at the block level and Gram Panchayats at the village level. The Gram Panchayat is further subdivided into Gram Sabha, Gram Panchayat and Nyaya Panchayat. Difference Between Gram Sabha and Gram Panchayat Gram Sabha is used to mean a general assembly of all the people of a village, who have attained the age of 18 years and their name is entered in the voter list. The executive committee of the Gram Sabha is known as Gram Panchayat which consists of the representatives elected by the Sabha. Hence, Statement 1 is incorrect.

Gram Sabha also consider the taxation proposals and auditing report of the Gram Panchayat. Hence, Statement 2 is correct.

Gram Panchayat is composed of such number of members may be decided in accordance with the size of the Population. Hence, Statement 3 is correct.

Gram Sabha Vs Gram Panchayat Meaning Gram Sabha refers to the legislative body, that operates at village level, and takes into account the annual budget and audit reports of the Gram Panchayat. Gram Panchayat is the lower tier of the Panchayati Raj functioning at the village level for welfare and development of the village. Body It is a permanent body. It is a temporary body. Member Every person whose name is registered in the voter list of the respective village. Ward members, Panches and Sarpanch are its members. Election The members of the Sabha are not elected ones. Members of the Panchayat are elected by the members of Sabha directly. Meetings Two meetings in a year are compulsory. One meeting in a month should be held.

Q5.  Which of the following are appointed by the President by a warrant under his hand and seal?

1. CAG

2. Election Commissioner of India

3. Chairman, UPSC

4. Chairman, Finance Commission

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

 

A.1 only

B.1 and 2 only

C.1,2 and 3 only

D.1,2,3 and 4

Answer – A

 

Explanation

Only Statement 1 is correct. It is one of the constitutional office which is appointed by the Prsident by a warrant under his hand and seal. It is also the only office mentioned in 2nd schedule. Others include Central Vigilance Commissioners, Governor, Chairperson and vice chairperson of National Commission for SCs, Judges Of Supreme Court and High court are appointed under Hand and seal of President. Warrant: authority, seal: emblem and hand: here, in person.

The CAG is appointed by the President of India under Article 148 of the Indian Constitution with a warrant under her hand and seal. This implies that the appointment of CAG will be authorized by the President himself and his seal will be the testimony of it. In other ‘normal’ appointments like all India services, he takes the decision but doesn’t physically sign. It is his secretary who certifies on behalf of the President.


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A strategy for Indian Economy: Lecture 4 Second and Third Generation Reforms needed to Boost India’s Economic Growth

The lecture continuees the discussion on reforms needed in the Indian economy. The development of the country will depend on the key reforms undertaken in the areas of exports, manufacturing, governance and social sector, especially health and education. The lecture deals with a discussion on important 2nd and 3rd generation economic reforms.

The full playlist is available here [click2watch]

About Himanshu Arora Sir

Himanshu sir has a wide experience in the field of both academics and policy-making. He has earlier taught Economics at both under-graduate and Post-Graduate level in Delhi University. Currently, he is working at the Prime Minister economic advisory council. He also writes columns regularly in prestigious newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express and Millenium post.

Here are some of his published articles

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/strengthening-indias-economic-fundamental-may-be-the-best-route-to-enhance-its-influence-as-a-strong-economy/1555087/

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/us-sanctions-have-rarely-worked/article27119264.ece

 

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Post test video discussion: Mains Full length test series 2019: FLT 1 GS 1

7shttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJb3u00F-7s

FLTs – Rs. 9K + Taxes. Click here to enroll now!

 

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Last day to join Essay Full Length Test Series – 2019 program under the aegis of Serving IPS officer

Dear Students,

Every good candidate hovers around 90-110 in the GS Papers (1-3). Where brilliant students outscore their competitors is the Essay – with scores varying from 70 to 160. That’s a difference of 90 marks. Potentially the difference between final list and disappointment. Or between IAS and Grade B services.

Essay Paper can be tricky. It requires a mentor with both wide knowledge and a sense of what is expected by UPSC to score high marks.Hence, we roped in Vipul Sir. He is serving as an IPS officer presently.
During his time, he had consistently scored the highest marks in Essay papers in consecutive attempts. He is extremely well read and his proximity to the government helps him identify key focus areas better than others.
He stays humble and down to earth always willing to help young aspirants achieve their dreams. We couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than him.

The importance of essays for the exam cannot be underscored.
While the performance of students is more or less the same in GS papers (especially 1,2,3), they have an excellent shot at scoring over 150+ in essays which could spearhead them to the top
Practicing essays can also be the best way to consolidate what you’ve read so far and make good revision notes helping you for both prelims and mains GS papers as well
Writing good essays can be very challenging. Time and again we’ve received manyqueries from students like
1. Reviews provide additional points but don’t address the inherent shortcomings and deficiency in my skills
2. Will reading ready-made sample essays help me prepare for essays?
3. Don’t know how to start an essay, how to organize one.
4. Can we do well in essays without practicing by re-using our GS paper knowledge alone?
5. Is there a universal format that I can stick to?
That’s why we’ve invested a great deal of energy to create a program the likes of which are offered by no one else
What are we offering and how is it unique?

We’ve innovated at every step of the process.

1. More precise topic selection

Our research tells us there are 8 broad themes of essays being asked since 2010.
1. Economy
2. Polity
3. Women Issues
4. Education
5. Science & Tech
6. Philosophy
7. IR
8. Miscellaneous
We plan to develop your competencies in each of these themes so you are extremely well prepared for the exam. You will get 8 Full Length Essays in this test covering all the above mentioned themes.

2. An innovative methodology for reviews

Our biggest innovation lies in our review methodology.
Specific portions of your essay will be highlighted with symbols to indicate issues in essay writing
1. (X) Cross – FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS like judgments/strong postures which need to be avoided at all costs.
2. (*)Star -APPRECIATION for uniqueness.
3. STRUCTURE is not maintained. Issues with Language and expression.
4. GENERAL SUGGESTIONS for candidates.
Along with this, Sir will also leave specific reviews on strengths and weaknesses
Other institutes suggest additional points which can be googled by the student himself or point out superficial flaws like not sticking to the topic. They don’t necessarily highlight the shortcomings in the essay. This adds very little value to students. We go much beyond that and help students fix major flaws in their essays.

3. Sample Structure, video solutions and personalized attention.

Sir will discuss the topic in considerable depth, appropriate structure, pitfalls to avoid, etc.
Along with that, Sir will also discuss copies presenting different styles in which the essays could be attempted
This component of the program is the most important.
Students have an incorrect impression that going through a sample essay will somehow help them write better essays. This is absolutely incorrect
While this strategy works for GS because there is a good chance of the question being repeated, with essays it is not true. You have to understand that the broader theme of the essay might be similar but the topics are always unique and require to be tackled differently.
To develop your competency in tackling different topics, you have to be able to come up with appropriate structures This aspect of the program addresses this issue
The expectation from you would be that you study the solutions in detail and try to address the shortcomings in your essays. Should doubts still persist, contact us and we will help get them resolved.

4. Good essay copies

You will be provided with good essay copies to serve as sample answers. This is a better alternative than sample answers which are hastily written and at times not updated with the latest figures.

5. Improvement tracking excel

Your essays will be marked on the following parameters.
1. Comprehension of the topic
2. Language and Expression
3. Structure and Organisation of thought.
4. Objectivity and Biases. Balance of perception
5. Attitude whether learner or judgmental
6. Focus and attention
7. Content and Source matter, Knowledge and information processing capability
8. Ability to forge links in an interdisciplinary manner
9. The simplicity of disposition
10. Observational Skills

Essay Time Table

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Gear up for This week’s Samachar Manthan lecture on 30th June Sunday

Dear students,

We understand that the UPSC exam is a generalist exam. It’s more important to cover more issues than to cover one issue in more depth. Hence, through Samachar Manthan, we are trying to maintain a fine balance of covering many important news items and having a detailed discussion on selected topics which require the same. On daily basis a news gets repeated multiple times. Scattered knowledge is not adequately useful when you have to write a 200 words answer within 6-7 minutes. To handle this, Samachar manthan covers such issues in a comprehensive and consolidated manner which is the smart strategy.

Benefits of Samachar Manthan

  • Packed 3 – 3.5 hours Weekly videos will focus on news and its importance from both prelims and mains perspective.
  • This program will also help you understand how to utilize current affairs in all your prelims and mains papers.
  • This ideology makes this course the best utilization of your time.
  • Detailed coverage would mean analysis from all the angles like background or history, features, significance, challenges and way forward. Also, multiple sources like epw, diplomat magazine etc will be referred to in the video lectures.
  • Such an approach will help in writing multidimensional answers.
  • Also which part of the topic is important from mains and prelims perspective will also be discussed.
  • Audio Visual Learning is more impactful than simply glancing through the material. So that you are able to retain information for long also interlink with any new information you get.
  • 4 stage structure of Video->Notes->testing->review to perfect your preparation
  • The sequence of video->Notes->testing->review is the best way to ensure maximum retention and a rock solid preparation. Each component of the program has been meticulously crafted.

For example this week, we will be covering the following issues;

Economics
[pib] World Food India 2019
REN21’s Renewable 2019 Global Status Report
BT Brinjal
[op-ed snap] Serious concerns over Bt brinjal
[op-ed snap] Building confidence, BIT by BIT
Kolhapuri chappal gets GI Tag
[op-ed snap] Arbitration par charcha
National Freight Index

Enviro & Biodiversity 
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
India unlikely to meet carbon sink commitment

Governance
[op-ed snap] Unleashing the potential of urban India
[op-ed snap] A blinkered understanding of migration
Govt. sacks tainted officers
[op-ed snap] Preventing violence: on protection to doctors
[op-ed snap] A failing state
AWaRe: A WHO tool for safer use of antibiotics
Central Equipment Identity Register (CEIR)
[op-ed snap] The next structural change’
[op-ed snap] The forgotten funds
[op-ed snap] A stable plane

International Relations 
[op-ed snap] Smart diplomacy in five moves
[op-ed snap] Why South Asia must cooperate

Polity 
Speaker of the Lok Sabha

Science Tech
Facebook’s cryptocurrency ‘Libra’
[op-ed snap] AI for public health

Security
Operation Sankalp
Operation Bandar

And these issues will be covered in detail

  • AI for public health
  • Unleashing the potential of urban India
  • REN21’s Renewable 2019 Global Status Report
  • BT Brinjal
  • Arbitration
  • South Asia must cooperate

So to be thorough in your preparation and to have an integrated approach, join Samachar Manthan here.

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A strategy for Indian Economy: Lecture 3- Reforms needed in the Indian Economy

In this lecture we will continue our discussion on Indian economy and the various challenges faced by the economy. India economy faces the threat of being caght in the middle income trap. however the same can be avoided if we are will to take several important economic reforms in the areas of macroeconomic stability- limiting fiscal deficit, boosting investment cycle, indentify the key economic sectors for future growth, investment reforms, tax administration reforms and eliminating supply side bottlenecks by creating infrastructure including health and education.

The full playlist is available here [click2watch]

About Himanshu Arora Sir

Himanshu sir has a wide experience in the field of both academics and policy-making. He has earlier taught Economics at both under-graduate and Post-Graduate level in Delhi University. Currently, he is working at the Prime Minister economic advisory council. He also writes columns regularly in prestigious newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express and Millenium post.

Here are some of his published articles

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/strengthening-indias-economic-fundamental-may-be-the-best-route-to-enhance-its-influence-as-a-strong-economy/1555087/

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/us-sanctions-have-rarely-worked/article27119264.ece

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Launch of Essay Full-Length Tests Program for Mains 2019 Under the Aegis of Serving IPS Officer


Essay FLTs 2019- Rs. 6500 + taxes Click2Join

Detailed Timetable can be obtained from here

Every good candidate hovers around 90-110 in the GS Papers (1-3). Where brilliant students outscore their competitors is the Essay – with scores varying from 70 to 160. That’s a difference of 90 marks. Potentially the difference between final list and disappointment. Or between IAS and Grade B services.
Essay Paper can be tricky. It requires a mentor with both wide knowledge and a sense of what is expected by UPSC to score high marks.
Hence, we roped in Vipul Sir. He is serving as an IPS officer presently.
During his time, he had consistently scored the highest marks in Essay papers in consecutive attempts. He is extremely well read and his proximity to the government helps him identify key focus areas better than others.
He stays humble and down to earth always willing to help young aspirants achieve their dreams. We couldn’t have asked for a better mentor than him.

His video on tips is as follows –

The importance of essays for the exam cannot be underscored.

While the performance of students is more or less the same in GS papers (especially 1,2,3), they have an excellent shot at scoring over 150+ in essays which could spearhead them to the top
Practicing essays can also be the best way to consolidate what you’ve read so far and make good revision notes helping you for both prelims and mains GS papers as well
Writing good essays can be very challenging. Time and again we’ve received many queries from students like
1. Reviews provide additional points but don’t address the inherent shortcomings and deficiency in my skills
2. Will reading ready-made sample essays help me prepare for essays?
3. Don’t know how to start an essay, how to organize one.
4. Can we do well in essays without practicing by re-using our GS paper knowledge alone?
5. Is there a universal format that I can stick to?
That’s why we’ve invested a great deal of energy to create a program the likes of which are offered by no one else

What are we offering and how is it unique?

We’ve innovated at every step of the process.

1. 6 Full-length test

We will have 6 Full-length tests in total where you will get to write 12 essays.

2. An innovative methodology for reviews

Our biggest innovation lies in our review methodology.
Specific portions of your essay will be highlighted with symbols to indicate issues in essay writing
1. (X) Cross  – FUNDAMENTAL FLAWS like judgments/strong postures which need to be avoided at all costs.
2. (*)Star -APPRECIATION for uniqueness.
3. STRUCTURE is not maintained. Issues with Language and expression.
4. GENERAL SUGGESTIONS for candidates.
Along with this, Sir will also leave specific reviews on strengths and weaknesses
Other institutes suggest additional points which can be googled by the student himself or point out superficial flaws like not sticking to the topic. They don’t necessarily highlight the shortcomings in the essay. This adds very little value to students. We go much beyond that and help students fix major flaws in their essays.

3. Sample Structure, video solutions, and personalized attention.

Sir will discuss the topic in considerable depth, appropriate structure, pitfalls to avoid, etc.
Along with that, Sir will also discuss copies presenting different styles in which the essays could be attempted
This component of the program is the most important.
Students have an incorrect impression that going through a sample essay will somehow help them write better essays. This is absolutely incorrect
While this strategy works for GS because there is a good chance of the question being repeated, with essays it is not true. You have to understand that the broader theme of the essay might be similar but the topics are always unique and require to be tackled differently.
To develop your competency in tackling different topics, you have to be able to come up with appropriate structures This aspect of the program addresses this issue
The expectation from you would be that you study the solutions in detail and try to address the shortcomings in your essays. Should doubts still persist, contact us and we will help get them resolved.

4. Good essay copies

You will be provided with good essay copies to serve as sample answers. This is a better alternative than sample answers which are hastily written and at times not updated with the latest figures.

5. Improvement tracking excel

Your essays will be marked on the following parameters.
1.Comprehension of the topic
2. Language and Expression
3. Structure and Organisation of thought.
4. Objectivity and Biases. Balance of perception
5. Attitude whether a learner or judgmental
6. Focus and attention
7. Content and Source matter, Knowledge and information processing capability
8. Ability to forge links in an interdisciplinary manner
9. The simplicity of disposition
10. Observational Skills
We’d suggest students maintain a copy of the following excel sheet and keep a track of their performance.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12A0G3ypGls8J4tAzcvvg9bKol3vnqPuEj60Ap0E8yp4/edit?usp=sharing

6. Besides these, you will be given the following

CD Current Affairs Monthly Magazines.
Any additional material that we release for essays.

What will be the program structure?
Total of 6 tests (12 essays)
The program starts on the 1st of July.
Paper will be made live every Saturday.
-It is very important that you understand the uniqueness of topics and expectation of the essays. No better way than to attempt the previous year questions and get them reviewed.
-Our reviews will help you deepen your understanding of the Essay Paper.

Detailed Timetable can be obtained from here

Essay FLTs 2019- Rs. 6500 + taxes Click2Join

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Gear up for This week’s Samachar Manthan lecture on 23rd June Sunday

Dear students,

We understand that the UPSC exam is a generalist exam. It’s more important to cover more issues than to cover one issue in more depth. Hence, through Samachar Manthan, we are trying to maintain a fine balance of covering many important news items and having a detailed discussion on selected topics which require the same. On daily basis a news gets repeated multiple times. Scattered knowledge is not adequately useful when you have to write a 200 words answer within 6-7 minutes. To handle this, Samachar manthan covers such issues in a comprehensive and consolidated manner which is the smart strategy.

Benefits of Samachar Manthan

  • Packed 3 – 3.5 hours Weekly videos will focus on news and its importance from both prelims and mains perspective.
  • This program will also help you understand how to utilize current affairs in all your prelims and mains papers.
  • This ideology makes this course the best utilization of your time.
  • Detailed coverage would mean analysis from all the angles like background or history, features, significance, challenges and way forward. Also, multiple sources like epw, diplomat magazine etc will be referred to in the video lectures.
  • Such an approach will help in writing multidimensional answers.
  • Also which part of the topic is important from mains and prelims perspective will also be discussed.
  • Audio Visual Learning is more impactful than simply glancing through the material. So that you are able to retain information for long also interlink with any new information you get.
  • 4 stage structure of Video->Notes->testing->review to perfect your preparation
  • The sequence of video->Notes->testing->review is the best way to ensure maximum retention and a rock solid preparation. Each component of the program has been meticulously crafted.

For example this week, we will be covering the following issues;

Economics 
[op-ed snap] A new India for farmers
Project Sashakt
National Data Warehouse
VG Kannan committee to review ATM pricing
Middle-Income Trap
Jalan panel defers report on RBI surplus funds
Cabinet approves ratification of OECD’s multilateral convention to check tax evasion
[op-ed snap] Faint glimmer: On revival in industrial activity
[pib] Kimberley Process Certification Scheme

Enviro & Biodiversity 

Arabian Sea Cyclones
ICAT Releases India’s 1st BS – VI Certificate in 2W Segment
Arctic Kelps: Underwater forests in the Arctic

Governance
[op-ed snap] Squandering the gender dividend
[op-ed snap] Saving childhoods
Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak in Bihar
[op-ed snap] Starting at three: On RTE progress
[pib] Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019
[op-ed snap] Bureaucracy reboot
Abujh Maria PVTGs
[op-ed snap] Too good to be true’
E-Foreigner Tribunal (e-FT)
[Op-ed snap] Welcome measure

International Relations 
[op-ed snap] Foreign policy challenges five years later
Windrush Scheme
What SCO summit means for India’s global and regional interests

Polity 
Explained: Appointment of the Pro-tem Speaker
[pib] President’s (not Governor’s) Rule in J&K
[pib] New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019

Science Tech 
[op-ed snap] Artificial Intelligence, the law and the future
New paper-based test kit for Malaria Detection
Defence Space Research Agency (DSRA)
Chandrayaan-2 Mission
Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma telescope to create a 3D X-ray map of Universe
ISRO plans to launch a space station
Chaukhandi Stupa declared to be “of national importance”
[op-ed snap] A home in space

Security Issues 
Hypersonic Technology Demonstrator Vehicle (HSTDV)

And these issues will be covered in detail

  • Chandrayaan-2 Mission
  • New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019
  • Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) outbreak in Bihar
  • Kimberley Process Certification Scheme
  • Project Sashakt
  • A new India for farmers

So to be thorough in your preparation and to have an integrated approach, join Samachar Manthan here.

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1-1 interaction with Toppers: AIR 145 Namita Sharma and AIR 242 Vishal Singh

Dear All,

Civilsdaily continues with the tradition of bringing top rankers within the reach of aspirants. This time we have AIR 145 Namita Sharma and AIR 242 Vishal Singh.

You are cordially invited to an open session with these toppers. Grab this great opportunity to interact and clarify all those persisting doubts directly from people who have ‘been there and done that’!

The session will be held on 20th Jun, tomorrow from 10 AM onwards. Venue – Near Connaught Place. The exact venue will be communicated to students once their attendance is confirmed.

Interested students are expected to email hello@civilsdaily.com.

Our previous 1-1 sessions have benefitted students a lot.  They have left the place with a lot more clarity and precise strategy. Nothing beats the dynamics of speaking with a topper face to face.

Unfortunately, we have limited slots on a first come first serve basis. Please let us know your availability asap.

Please note that the seats are limited and will be allotted on first come first serve basis. So, kindly confirm your attendance as soon as possible.

All the other details will be provided through a separate email after your confirmation.

Regards

 

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A strategy for Indian Economy: Lecture 2- Confronting Economic Challenges faced by India

 

The lecture continues the discussion on India’s growth story. In this lecture, we will be analyzing the reasons for lower than the potential growth rate. India faced multiple challenges when it comes to growth and development. Among the many challenges faced by India, the most important are inequality of wealth and income, environmental deterioration, unemployment and lack of job creation, failure of exports driven economic model, low domestic consumption demand, low female labor force participation rate and regional imbalances.   

The full playlist is available here [click2watch]


About Himanshu Arora Sir

Himanshu sir has a wide experience in the field of both academics and policy-making. He has earlier taught Economics at both under-graduate and Post-Graduate level in Delhi University. Currently, he is working at the Prime Minister economic advisory council. He also writes columns regularly in prestigious newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express and Millenium post.

Here are some of his published articles

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/strengthening-indias-economic-fundamental-may-be-the-best-route-to-enhance-its-influence-as-a-strong-economy/1555087/

https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/us-sanctions-have-rarely-worked/article27119264.ece

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*IMP – Mains Essentials Program 2019 for 2018 Interview Cleared Students

Students,

If you have cleared interviews last year, then most of you are re-appearing for the exam either because you missed by a small margin or because you want to improve your rank. 

We would like to assure you that we are the best partners for you in this mission. And having us on your side will maximize your chances of getting through. Check out the list of repeated questions from our papers –

UPSC Mains 2018 GS Paper 1 – Solutions, Sample Structures and Repeated Questions from CD Mains TS

UPSC Mains 2018 GS Paper 4 – Solutions, Sample Structures and Repeated Questions from CD Mains TS

Our mentors have consistently scored high marks in GS papers. They have missed out because of their score in optional papers or because of sheer bad luck. We are absolutely confident that their insights and suggestions will benefit you to score much higher in the exam. 

Hence, we have decided to provide you with our first test GS Paper 1 for FREE. We want to demonstrate how our feedback and answer checking is much more superior than others.
Besides, having students who have already cleared the exam immensely benefits other students who are preparing for mains with us and raises the bar for them.
Interested students are requested to email their DAFs + Marksheets with interview marks to hello@civilsdaily.com.
Post that you will be provided with GS1 paper. Once you attempt the paper, personalized feedback will be given to you.
For this specific exam, we don’t expect you to give a full-fledged timed test. The next rounds will be more strict. Try to attempt the full paper, after a decent revision. Would advise against an open book test though.
Regards,
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1-1 interaction with Toppers: Nabal Kumar Jain, AIR 350

Dear students,

We are excited to host Nabal. Nabal is one of the youngest to enter the services. Besides he has a background in Chartered Accountancy. His story is a complete contrast from today’s session of Deb.

His session will be held tomorrow – 14th June

Time – Sharp 2.15 PM

Venue – Near Connaught Place. The exact venue will be communicated to students once their attendance is confirmed.

Interested students are expected to email hello@civilsdaily.com. 

Our previous 1-1 sessions have benefitted students a lot.  They have left the place with a lot more clarity and precise strategy.

Unfortunately, we have limited slots on a first come first serve basis. Please let us know your availability asap. 

thanks

 

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Gear up for This week’s Samachar Manthan lecture on 16th June Sunday

Dear students,

We understand that the UPSC exam is a generalist exam. It’s more important to cover more issues than to cover one issue in more depth. Hence, through Samachar Manthan, we are trying to maintain a fine balance of covering many important news items and having a detailed discussion on selected topics which require the same. On daily basis a news gets repeated multiple times. Scattered knowledge is not adequately useful when you have to write a 200 words answer within 6-7 minutes. To handle this, Samachar manthan covers such issues in a comprehensive and consolidated manner which is the smart strategy.

Benefits of Samachar Manthan

  • Packed 3 – 3.5 hours Weekly videos will focus on news and its importance from both prelims and mains perspective.
  • This program will also help you understand how to utilize current affairs in all your prelims and mains papers.
  • This ideology makes this course the best utilization of your time.
  • Detailed coverage would mean analysis from all the angles like background or history, features, significance, challenges and way forward. Also, multiple sources like epw, diplomat magazine etc will be referred to in the video lectures.
  • Such an approach will help in writing multidimensional answers.
  • Also which part of the topic is important from mains and prelims perspective will also be discussed.
  • Audio Visual Learning is more impactful than simply glancing through the material. So that you are able to retain information for long also interlink with any new information you get.
  • 4 stage structure of Video->Notes->testing->review to perfect your preparation
  • The sequence of video->Notes->testing->review is the best way to ensure maximum retention and a rock solid preparation. Each component of the program has been meticulously crafted.

For example this week, we will be covering the following issues;

Economics 
WTO moratorium on e-commerce customs duties
Fiscal Performance Index by CII
India is now the lowest-cost producer of solar power
[op-ed snap] Going digital
RBI has cut lending rates for the third consecutive time
[op-ed snap] Eye on growth
RBI revises stressed asset resolution norms
[op-ed snap] The only mantra
[op-ed snap] Slippery slope
Gujarat launches India’s first Emission Trading Scheme

Governance 
Pension scheme for small shopkeepers, retail traders
ICMR calls for a complete ban on e-cigarettes
National Defence Fund
Government launches new ‘Jal Shakti’ Ministry
Periodic Labour Force Survey (PLFS) data for 2017-18
SDG Gender Index
[op-ed snap] The sum and substance of the jobs data
[op-ed snap] Crisis defused: on Hindi imposition
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)
[pib] Jan Shikshan Sansthans
[pib] Swachh Bharat Mission impact on Groundwater
‘Nal Se Jal’ Yojana
[op-ed snap] Caught napping
Free transport for women in Delhi
EBPG quota
SEBI, MCA sign pact for more data scrutiny
[op-ed snap] Welfare policy and Modi 2.0

International Relations
Explained: OIC’s reference to J&K, and India’s response to it
OIC on Kashmir
India’s response
[op-ed snap] The immediate neighbourhood
[op-ed snap] Ocean of neighbours
US asks for social media details of most visa applicants
New START Policy

Polity 
Explained: Dual Mandate in India
Election panel wants to revisit rule on punishment to voters for false mismatch claims
Explained: Cabinet Committees

Science Tech Art Culture 
Parthenogenesis
[op-ed snap] Breaking the algorithm

Security Issues
UdChalo Initiative
[pib] Retired Officers Digital Records Archive (RODRA)
[op-ed snap] Bolster the first line of defence”

 

And these issues will be covered in detail

  • Cabinet Committees
  • RODRA
  • Nal se Jal
  •  3 language Formula
  • India’s first emission trading scheme
  • Welfare Policy of new Government

So to be thorough in your preparation and to have an integrated approach, join Samachar Manthan here.

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Prelims 2019 – Repeated questions from our Test Series and how it has helped our students

Click here to enroll for the Prime Prelims TS

Dear Students,

With changing patterns of the exam, institutes have almost let go of the tradition of providing the list of repeated questions and analysis around the same.

We are out with the first draft of a compilation of the list of repeated questions. This list does *NOT* contain questions from our free initiatives – Nikaalo Prelims, Prelims Daily + Video Discussion and Open Tests.

Further, we will be adding more questions as soon as our analysis ends.

A 1-1 match is almost impossible. You will notice that we have asked questions on similar themes. We have tried to dig deep and get hold of the important keywords/terms so we could test you on the same. 

If you do nothing but study our TS solutions thoroughly (meaning do some digging on your own around terms asked, concepts, etc and retain them) you will easily clear the exam.

Close to 30 questions that would have given you an edge over competition were covered in our Test Series. With easier questions combined, almost 70 questions were solvable using our Test Series.

Having said that, we realize that we need to go deeper and ask tougher questions. At the same time, it is important that we highlight the tough questions we have asked so you can keep an eye on them.

 


1. Actual Question in the exam

What was the purpose of Inter-Creditor Agreement signed by Indian banks and financial institutions recently?

(a) To lessen the Government of India’s perennial burden of fiscal deficit nd current account deficit

(b) To support the infrastructure projects of Central and State Governments

(c) To act as independent regulator in case of applications for loans of Rs. 50 crore or more

(d) To aim at faster resolution of stressed assets of Rs. 50 crore or more which are under consortium lending

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – JULY CA

Consider the following statements about Inter-Creditor Agreement (ICA) :

1. It is under the aegis of the Indian Banks’ Association.

2. It follows the recommendations of the C. Rangarajan committee on financial inclusion.

3. Private and Foreign banks have signed ICA agreements under Sashakt project to resolve stressed assets.

Select the correct statements using the code given below


2. Actual Question in the exam

With reference to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), consider the following statements :
1. AIIB has more than 80 member nations.
2. India is the largest shareholder in AIIB.
3. AIIB does not have any members from outside Asia.

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

Original Question from Test Series

Test – Economics

With reference to Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank, consider the following statements:

1. It is a brain child of China.
2. The primary aim of the AIIB is to promote infrastructure development.

Select the correct ​statements using the code below :
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


3. Actual Question in the exam

With reference to communication technologies, what is/are the difference/differences between LTE (Long-Term Evolution) and VoLTE (Voice over Long-Term Evolution)?

1. LTE ‘is commonly marketed as 3G and VoLTE is commonly marketed as advanced 3G.

2. LTE is data-only technology and VoLTE is voice-only technology.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

Original Question from Test Series –

5G is a wireless communication technology and the next generation mobile networks technology after 4G LTE networks. Consider the following regarding this:

1. 5G will help aid incorporate Artificial Intelligence in our lives.
2. It will create the ecosystem for Internet of Things (IoT).

Which of the above statements is/are correct?


4. Actual Question in the exam

With reference to the Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017, consider the following statements:

1. This act applies to all organisations with 20 or more employees,
2. It has made it mandatory for every organisation with 100 or more employees to have a crèche.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – DEC CA

With reference to the Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017, consider the following statements:

1. This act applies to all organizations with 20 or more employees,
2. It has made it mandatory for every organization with 100 or more employees to have a crèche.

Which of the given statements is/are correct?


5. Actual Question in the exam

The Service Area Approach was implemented under the purview of

a) Integrated Rural Programme

b) Lead Bank Scheme

c) Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

d) National Skill Development Mission

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – ECONOMICS

Consider the following statements regarding Lead Bank Scheme:
1. Under the scheme, individual banks
adopt particular districts for intensive
development.
2. It is applicable only to Public Sector
Banks.
3. It covers all the districts in the country.
Which of the statements given above is/are
correct?


6. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements:

1. Most of India’s external debt is owed by governmental entities.

2. All of India’s external debt is denominated in US dollars.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

With reference to India’s external debt profile, consider the following statements:

1. NRI deposits form the highest component of India’s external debt.
2. A large majority share of total external debt is in the form of long-term debt.
3. US dollar-denominated debt continues to be the largest component of India’s external debt.

Which of the statements given above are correct?


7. Actual Question in the exam

In the context of India, which of the following factors is/are contributor/ contributors to reducing the risk of a currency crisis?

1. The foreign currency earnings of India’s IT sector

2. Increasing government expenditure

3. Remittances from Indians abroad

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – JULY CA

Which of the following factor will affect Rupee :
1. Trade wars.
2. Sanctions on Iran.
3. Oil prices
4. The US Fed rate decisions.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :


8. Actual Question in the exam

Which of the following is issued by registered foreign portfolio investors to overseas investors who want to be part of the Indian stock market without registering themselves directly?

a) Certificate of Deposit

b) Commercial Paper

c) Promissory Note

d) Participatory Note

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – ECONOMICS

Consider the following statements about Participatory Notes:

1. They are offshore derivative instruments.
2. They are used by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs) who are registered with SEBI.
3. They are used on Indian shares, but at a location outside of India.
Select the correct statements using the code given below:


9. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements

1. As per law, the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority exists at both National and State levels.

2. People’s participation is mandatory in the compensatory afforestation programmes carried out under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – ENVIRONMENT

Consider the following statements,

1. e-Green Watch has been developed for online monitoring of various afforestation works being carried out using CAMPA funds.
2. Net Present value [NPV] of forest is not defined under Forest (Conservation) Act of 1980.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?


10. Actual Question in the exam

Purchasing Power Parity (PPP) exchange rates
are calculated by comparing the prices of the
same basket of goods and services in different
countries.
2. In terms of PPP dollars, India is the sixth
the largest economy in the world.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – JULY CA

According to the Purchasing Power Parity theory, the value of a currency should remain constant in terms of which of the below it can buy in different countries :

a) Bonds
b) Services
c) Goods
d) Capital


11. Actual Question in the exam

Which of the following adopted a law on data protection and privacy for its citizens known as ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ in April 2016 and started implementation of it from 25th May 2018?

a) Australia

b) Canada

c) The European Union

d) The United States of America

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – JULY CA TEST

General Data Protection Regulation recently seen in news is related to which of the following:

a) United States
b) WIPO
c) European Union
d) WTO


12. Actual Question in the exam

The money multiplier in an economy increases with which one of the following?

a) Increase in the cash reserve ratio

b) Increase in the banking habit of the population

c) Increase in the statutory liquidity ratio

d) Increase in the population of the country

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – ECONOMICS

WIth reference to Measure of Money Supply in India,
consider the following statements:

1.M1 is equal to the sum of Currency with Public, Demand
Deposit with the public in the Banks, Other Deposits held
by the public with RBI.
2.M3 is also known as Broad Money.
3.M4 is the most liquid form of the money supply.

Select the correct statements using the code given below:
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) All of the above


13. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements:

1. As per recent amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927, forest dwellers have the right to fell the bamboos grown on forest areas.

2. As per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, bamboo is a minor forest produce.

3. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 allows ownership of minor forest produce to forest dwellers.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – FEB CA

As per the Recognition of Forest Rights Act, 2006 which of the following entity is considered as Minor Forest Produce?

1. Honey

2. Lac

3. Tendu Leaves

4. Bamboo

5. Wood Oil Select the correct alternative


14. Actual Question in the exam

Which Article of the Constitution of India safeguards one’s right to marry the person of one’s choice?

a) Article 19

b) Article 21

c) Article 25

d) Article 29

Original Question from Test Series –

Which of the following rights has been
declared as part of Article 21?

1. Right to travel abroad
2. Right to shelter
3. Right to reputation
4. Right to freedom from noise pollution

Select the correct answer using the code given below:


15. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements:

1. According to the Indian Patents Act, a biological process to create a seed can be patented in India.

2. In India, there is no Intellectual Property Appellate Board.

3. Plant varieties are not eligible to be patented in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

With reference to the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Act, 2001, consider the following statements.

1. It recognizes and protects the rights of both breeders as well as farmers in relation to the plant varieties.
2. The Act facilitates the protection of only new plant varieties.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Consider the following statements regarding the National Gene Fund,

1. It has been established by the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights Authority.
2. It receives the contribution from National and State govt. only.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


16. Actual Question in the exam

With reference to the recent developments in science, which one of the following statements is not correct?

a) Functional chromosomes can be created by joining segments of DNA taken from cells of different species.

b) A piece of DNA taken out from an animal cell can be made to replicate outside a living cell in a laboratory.

c) Cells taken out from plants and animals can be made to undergo cell division in laboratory Petri dishes.

Original Question from Test Series –

With reference to the Recombinant DNA technology, consider the following statements:
1. It involves joining together of DNA molecules from different species, which are then inserted into a host organism to produce new genetic combinations.
2. It can be used to increase yield and improve the nutritional content of plants.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


17. Actual Question in the exam

In the context of wearable technology, which of the following tasks is/are accomplished by wearable devices?

1. Location identification of a person

2. Sleep monitoring of a person

3. Assisting the hearing impaired person

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

Original Question from Test Series

Test – FEB CA

The “Make Listening Safe” Initiative recently seen in news is organized by:

We had a tougher question.


18. Actual Question in the exam

Recently, scientists observed the merger of giant ‘blackholes’ billions of light-years away from the Earth. What is the significance of this observation?

‘Higgs boson particles’ were detected.

‘Gravitational waves’ were detected.

Possibility of inter-galactic space travel through ‘wormhole’ was confirmed.

It enabled scientists to understand ‘singularity’.

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – SCIENCE TEST

With respect to black holes in space, consider the following statements:
1. It is a region in space where the pulling force of gravity is so strong that light is not able to escape.
2. It can result from the dying stars.
3. Milky Way is the only galaxy with no black holes.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

In the context of ‘Black holes’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Most black holes form from the remnants of a large star that dies in a supernova explosion.
2. Black holes were predicted by Einstein’s theory of General relativity.
3. The Event Horizon Telescope is the first to capture an image of a black hole.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.


19. Actual Question in the exam

Which of the following are the reasons for the occurrence of multi-drug resistance in microbial pathogens in India?

1. Genetic predisposition of some people

2. Taking incorrect doses of antibiotics to cure diseases

3. Using antibiotics in livestock farming

4. Multiple chronic diseases in some people

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

Original Question from Test Series –

Consider the following statements,

1. Antimicrobial resistance occurs due to resistant bacteria and parasites only.
2. Red Line campaign to create mass awareness against the misuse of antibiotics.

Which of the following statements are correct?


20. Actual Question in the exam

What is Cas9 protein that is often mentioned in news?

a) A molecular scissors used in targeted gene editing

b) A biosensor used in the accurate detection of pathogens in patients

c) A gene that makes plants pest-resistant

d) A herbicidal substance synthesized in genetically modified crops

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – SCIENCE TEST

CRISPR-Cas9 technology has become popular in recent years. WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING ARE CORRECT STATEMENT REGARDING CRISPR-Cas9.
1. It allows researchers to easily alter DNA and RNA sequences and modify gene function.
2. It was adapted from the natural defense mechanisms of bacteria and archaea.
3. The protein Cas9 is an enzyme that acts like a pair of molecular scissors, capable of cutting strands of DNA.
Select the code from the following:


21. Actual Question in the exam

Which one of the following statements is not correct?

a) Hepatitis B virus is transmitted much like HIV.

b) Hepatitis B, unlike Hepatitis C, does not have a vaccine.

c) Globally, the number of people infected with Hepatitis B and C viruses are several times more than those infected with HIV.

d) Some of those infected with Hepatitis Band C viruses do not show the symptoms for many years.

Original Question from Test Series –

Hepatitis C has emerged as a major public health problem in India in the recent past. In this context, consider the following statements regarding Hepatitis C:

1. It is a viral disease that infects the liver.
2. It is transmitted by contaminated food.
3. It does not show symptoms immediately after infection.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


22. Actual Question in the exam

With reference to Mughal India, what is/are the difference/differences between Jagirdar and Zamindar?

1. Jagirdars were holders of land assignments in lieu of judicial and police duties, whereas Zamindars were holders of revenue rights without obligation to perform any duty other than revenue collection.

2. Land assignments to Jagirdars were hereditary and revenue rights of Zamindars were not hereditary.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – FLT 7

With respect to the Mansabdari system under the Mughal rule, consider the following statements:

1. The mansabdars had both civil as well as military functions.
2. All mansabdars were paid in cash.
3. It was hereditary in nature.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


23. Actual Question in the exam

The Global Competitiveness Report is published by the

a) International Monetary Fund

b) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

c) World Economic Forum

d) World Bank

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – JAN CA

Which of the following are correctly matched?
Reports Published by
1. Outbreak Readiness and Business Impact Report INSEAD
2. Global Competitiveness Index World Economic Forum
3. Global Risks Report World Bank
4. Airpocalypse III Greenpeace

Select the correct alternative from the following codes:


24. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements:

1. Asiatic lion is naturally found in III India only.

2. Double-humped camel is naturally found in India only.

3. One-horned rhinoceros is naturally found in India only.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Consider the following statements regarding Asiatic lion:

1. Asiatic Lions are listed as ‘critically Endangered’ under
the IUCN Red List.
2. It’s a project by the Centre and the Gujarat
government undertaking “habitat improvement” measures.


25. Actual Question in the exam

In a given year in India, official poverty lines are higher in some States than in others because

a) poverty rates vary from State to State

b) price levels vary from State to State

c) Gross State Product varies from State to State

d) quality of public distribution varies from State to State

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – ECONOMICS TEST

With reference to Poverty Estimation Committees in India,
consider the following statements:

1. The Tendulkar Committee suggested to do away with
the calorie-based criteria.
2. Rangarajan Committee recommended for state-specific
poverty lines.

Select the correct ​statements using the code below :
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2


26. Actual Question in the exam

In the context of which of the following do some scientists suggest the use of cirrus cloud thinning technique and the injection of sulphate aerosol into stratosphere?

a) Creating the artificial rains in some regions

b) Reducing the frequency and intensity of tropical cyclones

c) Reducing the adverse effects of solar wind on the Earth

d) Reducing the global warming

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – NOV CA

Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Stratospheric Aerosol Injection (SAI)’

1. It could limit the effect and impact of climate change due to rising levels of greenhouse gases
2. It involves injection of all the inert gases

Select the correct code:


27. Actual Question in the exam

In the context of which one of the following are the terms ‘pyrolysis and plasma gasification’ mentioned?

a) Extraction of rare earth elements

b) Natural gas extraction technologies

c) Hydrogen fuel-based automobiles

d) Waste-to-energy technologies

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – SCIENCE TEST

Which of the following methods can be used to harness energy from Solid Waste?

1. Pyrolysis
2. Combustion
3. Pelletisation
Select the correct answer using the code given below.


28. Actual Question in the exam

Why is there a great concern about the ‘microbeads’ that are released into the environment?

a) They are considered harmful to marine ecosystems.

b) They are considered to cause skin cancer in children

c) They are small enough to be absorbed by crop plants in irrigated fields.

d) They are often found to be used as food adulterants.

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – ENVT. TEST

With reference to microplastics, consider the following
statements:

1. They are responsible for the bulk of the Great
Pacific Garbage Patch.
2. Microplastics can be ingested directly by the zooplankton.
3. They are commonly found in cosmetic and toothpaste.

Which of the statements given above are correct?


29. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements:

1. Saint Nimbarka was a contemporary of Akbar.

2. Saint Kabir was greatly influenced by Shaikh Ahmad Sirhindi.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – FLT 4

Consider the following pairs:

Poet:  Contemporary king
1. Tulsi Das: Akbar
2. Amir Khusrau: Alauddin Khili
3. Surdas: Shah Jahan

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

Which of the following are the famous writings of kabir?

1.Sakhi Granth
2.Anurag Sagar
3.Bijak
4.Gita Govinda

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


30. Actual Question in the exam

On 21st June, the Sun

a) does not set below the horizon at the Arctic Circle

b) does not set below the horizon at Antarctic Circle

c) shines vertically overhead at noon on the Equator

d) shines vertically overhead at the Tropic of Capricorn

Original Question from Test Series –

Test –  March CA

Consider the following statements,

1. The equinox is the moment in Earth’s orbit when the sun appears to cross the celestial equator.
2. The vernal equinox comes on September 22/23.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?


31. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following statements:

1. Agricultural soils release nitrogen oxides into the environment.

2. Cattle release ammonia into the environment.

3. Poultry industry releases reactive nitrogen compounds into the environment.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test March CA

Which of the following are impacts on the environment by Nitrogen pollution?

1. The release of Nitric Oxide is essentially a
greenhouse gas which is harmful to the environment.
2. Nitrogen pollution creates dead zones in our waterways and oceans.
3. Excessive nitrogen fertiliser application contributes
to soil nutrient depletion.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


32. Actual Question in the exam

In the context of proposals to the use of hydrogen-enriched CNG (H-CNG) as fuel for buses in public transport, consider the following statements:

1. The main advantage of the use of H-CNG is the elimination of carbon monoxide emissions.

2. H-CNG as fuel reduces carbon dioxide and hydrocarbon emissions.

3. Hydrogen up to one-fifth by volume can be blended with CNG as fuel for buses.

4. H-CNG makes the fuel less expensive than CNG.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test FLT – 6 

Consider the following statements about Hydrogen-CNG (H-CNG):

1. Compared to conventional CNG, use of H-CNG
can reduce the emission of carbon monoxide up to 99%.
2. The thermal efficiency of HCNG increases with increase in load.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


33. Actual Question in the exam

Consider the following pairs:

Sea: Bordering country

1. Adriatic Sea: Albania

2. Black Sea: Croatia

3. Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan

4. Mediterranean Sea: Morocco

5. Red Sea: Syria

Which of the pair given above are correctly matched?

Original Question from Test Series –

Test – FEB CA

Which of the following share(s) border with both Caspian Sea and Persian Gulf?
1. Iraq
2. Iran
3. Turkmenistan
Select the correct answer using the code given below:

Which of the following lie along the Mediterranean coasts?

1. Syria,
2.Lebanon
3. Cyprus
4. Gaza Strip.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.


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