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Foundation 2020 – Study Plan & Time-Table Released

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Note4Students

  • This post will be followed by Day-wise subject specific plans.
  • The topics given in the time-table are indicative. The list is not exhaustive. students are expected to refer to books for more detail.


Dear students,

As you are aware, UPSC has an exceptionally vast syllabus. And it is a very complex task to come up with a study-plan/time-time table that harmonizes every element and takes into consideration the return on investment on certain topics.

We are hell-bent on simplifying things for you. Hence, we have come up with a plan that you will instantly connect with you and give you a vibe that yes you can do it!

1. Integrated Approach

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

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

2. Simplified Approach

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

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

3. Priority-wise Coverage of subjects

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

4. Logical Division of Topics

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

5. Base and Advanced Sources

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

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Sneak Peek – Questions from our FLTs and what you are missing out by not enrolling.

Dear students,

We take our Test Series very seriously. There is a rigorous process involved to decide what goes in and what doesn’t. If you have gone through our Nikaalo Prelims initiative, you would see so many questions that are almost impossible to come up from basic books. This is because we go to different lengths to get this done.

Over 500 students who have cleared prelims before are now enrolled in our FLTs via this initiative. *IMP – Free enrolment in our Full-Length Tests for Prelims Qualified Students

We wanted to present before you the questions we’ve prepared.

1. Reverse Engineering of Current Events

UPSC has the habit of asking current affairs oriented questions. We backtrace important questions which can be asked on those events.

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?


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?

Context-  PepsiCo, a US multinational company filed case against potato farmers in Gujarat, with regard to alleged infringement of its rights under Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPVFR) Act 2001.

2. Application Based Question– We in all our test keep the focus on the application based questions in all segments.

Floods caused due to an outburst of glacial lakes is known as Glacial Lakes Outburst Floods (GLOF). Consider the following factors in this regard:

1. Unpredictable monsoon rainfall patterns.
2. Slash and burn type of farming.
3. Earthquake.
4. Black Carbon

Which of the factors given above can trigger glacial lakes outburst floods?

Venus and Uranus undergo retrograde rotation. Which of the following may take place, if Earth also undergoes retrograde rotation?

1. Addition of a day on the crossing of International Date Line from West to
East.
2. Change in direction of rotation of Tropical Cyclones.
3. Reversal of geographical poles of Earth.

Select the correct answer using the code
given below.

 

3. Few out of league questions which cannot be found in standard textbooks.

With reference to Direct Seeded Rice system, consider the following statements:

1. It uses less water than traditional transplanted paddy cultivation.
2. It eliminates the need for weedicides.
3. Its adoption results in increased greenhouse gas emissions.

4. Evidence-based Question making

We have done through analysis of last 6 years prelims papers. We have divided subjects into themes and sub-themes. Our tests include more questions from those themes from which UPSC is asking more questions and fewer questions from those themes which UPSC has ignored in the last 6 years. The Questions at CD are not framed according to the whims and fancies of the content writer. The question framer has to provide objective evidence to the supervisory team about the relevance of the question. He has to prove that similar questions were asked by UPSC in xyz year. The philosophy of our test series is to remain as much close to the UPSC prelims exam as possible both in terms of toughness and Format.

5.Tikdam

Tikdams = तिकड़म = Smart Hacks for IAS Prelims

Tikdams are smart hacks which help you arrive at the right answer with just the basic knowledge. Tikdam Technique is an innovation by Dr. V(AIR 20) and has helped students gain additional marks. Our TS is the only TS that puts a conscious effort to build student’s risk-taking appetite. Our each and every test contains detailed explanation wrt to questions which can be solved using this technique. By perfecting this technique you can easily score 20-30 marks extra in your prelims exam.

Q18. Consider the following pairs:

  Theatre form :       State

  1. Swang                 Haryana
  2. Bidesia                Tamil Nadu
  3. Nautanki              Uttar Pradesh

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

Statement 2 is incorrect.

Originally the theatre form from Haryana, Swang, was mainly music-based. Gradually, prose too played its role in the dialogues. The softness of emotions, accomplishment of rasa along with the development of character can be seen in this theatre form. The two important styles of Swang are from

Rohtak and Haathras. In the style belonging to Rohtak, the language used is Haryanvi (Bangru) and in

Haathras, it is Brajbhasha.

Nautanki is usually associated with Uttar Pradesh. The most popular centres of this traditional theatre

form are Kanpur, Lucknow and Haathras. The meters used in the verses are: Doha, Chaubola, Chhappai,

Behar-e-tabeel. There was a time when only men acted in Nautanki but nowadays, women have also

started taking part in the performances. Among those remembered with reverence is Gulab Bai of Kanpur.

She gave a new dimension to this old theatre form.

Bidesia:The folk theatre form of Bidesiya has originated in the 20th century and has been prevalent in the Bhojpuri-speaking regions of Bihar. Bidesiya is a dance version of Biraha songs and expresses the pain and despair of the women who are left behind by their men, away from home. The male dancers play the roles of female in the Bidesiya folk dance and for the purpose; they wear artificial long hair and dhoti. Despite the fact that many new modes of entertainment has come up, Bidesiya still has its charm amongst the people of Bihar.

Tikdam:

It’s tough to remember the name of all the folk theatre. However using some logic you can easily solve this question. Now closely observe statement 2.

Bidesia.Does it look like a Tamil name? Of Course not. Bidesia sounds like a Bhojpuri name. Once you eliminate statement 2 using this logic, you will automatically arrive at the correct answer without knowing the other 2 statements. 

 


 

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Gear up for This week’s Samachar Manthan lecture on 12th May 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;

This Week’s Hottest Stories
Global Geological And Climatic Events(2 Newscards)
Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism(2 Newscards)
History- Important places, persons in news(2 Newscards)
Climate Change Impact on India and World – International Reports, Key Observations, etc.(2 Newscards)
Delhi Full Statehood Issue(2 Newscards)
RBI Notifications(2 Newscards)
Air Pollution(2 Newscards)
Citizenship and Related Issues(2 Newscards)

Economics
Ishad Mango is under the threat of becoming rare
Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights (PPV&FR) Act, 2001
Technical Textiles
[op-ed snap] An employment-oriented economic policy
[op-ed snap] Saving BSNL
[op-ed snap] GST buoyancy
[op-ed snap] Boardroom rot

Enviro & Biodiversity
Committee constituted to oversee clean air programme
Indian subcontinent’s collision with Asia boosted oxygen in world’s oceans
Kashmir Stag (Hangul)
Explained: Cyclone Fani- an unusual storm
Explained: Naming of cyclones
Ross Ice Shelf

Governance
[op-ed snap] The cost of antimicrobial resistance
SC view on foreigner’s detention defies constitutional obligations

International relations
[op-ed snap] No good options in Afghanistan
[op-ed snap] Wrong step
UNSC designates Masood Azhar as global terrorist
[op-ed snap] A global label

Polity
Contempt of Court
Supreme Court seeks ECs reply on voter prosecution
LG’s role in Puducherry
Explained: Age of consent & age gap under POCSO Act
[op-ed snap] Power shift
U.S. Commission says religious freedom in India deteriorated in 2018

Science Tech Art Culture
99942 Apophis
750th birth anniversary of Vedanta Desikan
Rare life-size stucco figurine unearthed in Telangana
ISRO plans to launch radar imaging satellite in May

Security Issues

Army invokes emergency powers for missiles deal
[pib] Exercise Varuna 19.1
Gadchiroli attacks

Trivia
M.N. Roy and his contribution for anti-colonial struggle in India

 

And these issues will be covered in detail

  • Gadchiroli attacks
  • LG’s role in Puducherry
  • Cyclone Fani- an unusual storm
  • An employment-oriented economic policy
  • Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers’ Rights
  • Climate Change Impact on India and World

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

 

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2014 – UPSC Prelims Previous Year Paper : Attempt Test Live + All India Rank

At Civilsdaily, we have been able to decode many of the repeating themes and trends of the actual UPSC exam. These have become best practices that we incorporate while making questions for our Test Series and Open Tests.

Despite that, we cannot stress enough on the importance of attempting the actual UPSC exam paper in exam settings. There are 3 things you will gain out of it.  

  1. Some questions get repeated directly from previous year papers. More often than not, they are not the easy ones and are almost impossible to solve if one has not attempted them before. 
  2. Practice the Tikdam Technique that our test series would have helped you develop.
  3. There are many questions from offbeat topics that are impossible for any test series to predict. The themes of these topics become important.

At least 2014-2016 papers are a must and one should remember all questions from these.

We see a change in pattern from the 2017 Prelims exam onwards. Hence, the 2017 & 2018 papers become very important.

Here we present the 2014 Prelims Paper.

*Please note – Our Test Series has far more detailed explanations and remarks. These solutions were prepared on the same day the exam happened. Hence they are not that detailed to appeal to a layman.


General Instructions

  1. Exam is of 2 hours.
  2. This test is to check your accuracy. You will be given 1 point for every correct answer.
  3. Try to get at least 60 questions right. 40 you should know. 20 you have to take a chance.
  4. Make a note of all your incorrect answers. Revise and re-revise them.

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2016 – UPSC Prelims Previous Year Paper : Attempt Test Live + All India Rank

At Civilsdaily, we have been able to decode many of the repeating themes and trends of the actual UPSC exam. These have become best practices that we incorporate while making questions for our Test Series and Open Tests.

Despite that, we cannot stress enough on the importance of attempting the actual UPSC exam paper in exam settings. There are 2 things you will gain out of it.  

  1. Some questions get repeated directly from previous year papers. More often than not, they are not the easy ones and are almost impossible to solve if one has not attempted them before. 
  2. Practice the Tikdam Technique that our test series would have helped you develop.
  3. There are many questions from offbeat topics that are impossible for any test series to predict. The themes of these topics become important.

We see a change in pattern from the 2017 Prelims exam onwards. Hence, the 2017 & 2018 papers become very important.

At least 2014-2016 papers are a must end to end. Here we present the 2016 Prelims Paper.

*Please note – Our Test Series has far more detailed explanations and remarks. These solutions were prepared on the same day the exam happened. Hence they are not that detailed to appeal to a layman.


General Instructions

  1. Exam is of 2 hours.
  2. This test is to check your accuracy. You will be given 1 point for every correct answer.
  3. Try to get at least 60 questions right. 40 you should know. 20 you have to take a chance.
  4. Make a note of all your incorrect answers. Revise and re-revise them.