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[Video] SIP Crash Course – Everything that is important nothing that is not

Last minute revision is the key to cracking the exam. We’ve been preparing for months to finalize the right format which will deal with topics in the right amount of depth as per the requirement of the exam and helps you with maximum retention

Starts on 3rd February. The program has 4 components.

1. Current Affairs Previous Years – (Prerecorded June 2016-May 2018)- 40 hours
2. Current Affairs – 40 hours
3. Budget + Eco Survey – 15 hours
4. Static Lectures – 60 hours
Total – Over 150 Hours of lecture
Broad Time Table (Detailed Time Table will be shared later)
February – Current Affairs Previous Year and Economic Survey + Budget
March – Current Affairs – 1st phase – Till December 2018
April – Current Affairs – 2nd phase – After December 2018
Price – Rs. 8K + Taxes. Click here to enroll. 
On popular demand, a variant on discount is as follows –
SIP + CA Tests(10 test for each month) + Full Length Tests (8GS + 3CSAT)
Price – Rs. 10K + Taxes. Click here to enroll. 
Old Student Discount Applicable
Prime TS and SM students get 20% discount – *Please ensure you are enrolled in those courses first*
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*Important – Prelims Checklist. Reach out to us if you want to fine tune your strategy

Students, please read the following note. If you need more help in fine-tuning your strategy, click here to fill the form. we will get in touch with you on a first come, first serve basis

Your aim should be:

1- to maximize the score by focusing on high yield/ key areas,

2- intelligently studying areas like art and culture, science and tech & environment so that not much time is wasted on them and you are also prepared to answer questions from these areas,

3- going beyond just studying the topics to solving tests and OPTIMISING your scores with each test. 

Key areas to focus:

1- Polity

2- Modern History

3- Geography

4- Economy

5- Current Affairs

6- Art & Culture/ Science & Tech/ Environment

From the first 5 of these, we expect at least 50 questions every year. The 6th area would ensure further 10-15 questions.

 What to do with these?

1- Understand and Revise them intensely

2- Supplement with test series and keep improvising

Test series:

The only thing you have to do in prelims is solving MCQs. Hence practicing tests is a very important part of preparation. Testing yourself before UPSC tests you. 

How to approach a Test Series?

  1. Study a subject 
  2. Solve a Test
  3. Understand grey areas (lapses in understanding or memorization) and the mistakes you do (hurriedly reading a question or interpreting it wrong)
  4. Fill up the grey areas by studying them then and there itself. Don’t keep it pending. You won’t have time later to work upon them. This is the only time you have.
  5. Also, try to avoid the mistakes by putting conscious efforts in upcoming tests.

Take new and unseen questions from tests as value-addition to your prep and consolidate that info. It widens your scope of preparation.

Read all about our Prelims Test Series here.

Crash Course 

Recalling what you’ve read is more important than consuming more information. Ultimately, you will regret missing out on questions you could not recall, not the ones you didn’t have any clue about. 

Hence, the revision becomes important.

Need more help in fine-tuning your strategy – 

Click here to fill the form. We will call on a first come, first serve basis

 

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Clear Prelims like a Pro – With CD Prime TS

Prime TS -> View the Schedule – Click2View. Accepting admissions – Click2Join


Students,

Prelims are around the corner and we hope you are sticking to the timetable.  A gentle reminder to join our TS if you haven’t – Our Prime Test Series is our Flagship Course. You will

-3200 questions (+3 CSAT Tests) that will act as your notes for revision.

-Over 600 Tikdams to tackle those tricky questions that stump people on D-Day.

Personalized counseling if you stray off track and need help.


Click here for the complete list of all our programs

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Mock Interview Series – Kunwar Akash Singh

Akash (Anthropology optional) is a brilliant metallurgical engineer from IIT, Kharagpur. The polished gentleman gave well-articulated responses to prickly questions but faltered at a few places. This interview offers valuable insights into how complicated and contestable questions should be dealt with. The mock reflects the kind of inquiry an academically strong candidate is likely to face.

 

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Mock Interview Series – Galave Machhindra Uttam

Machhindra (PSIR optional, Hindi medium) is a candidate who is an absolute inspiration for anyone and everyone. This young lad from Maharashtra comes from the most humble of all backgrounds – farming. Much of his preparation has happened in his village.

His replies are crisp, unambiguous and balanced even when faced with a stern interviewer on controversial topics. This interview is for everyone. Machhindra proves that despite modest credentials, in the end, all that matters is one’s attitude.

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Mock Interview Series – Vishal Singh

This energetic mechanical engineer from IIT Guwahati has a DAF that can fill anyone with awe. The diversity of his extra-curriculars are equivalent to his academic feats. But, nothing attracts the inquisitiveness of the interview board more than a rich DAF. Watch this electrifying session for life-changing tips on interview prep.

 

 

 

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Final Call – Few hours left before 10% discount expires.

Hello Students,

With little over 3 months to go, you need to join a Test Series that helps you stay ahead of the competition. 

This is the last batch and the discounts expire by end of the day.

Updated study-plan. The same is available by clicking here – TS 2019 Time-table

All the features of the program and joining links are available here – Click2View


Other Programs are listed below


CD Prime Prelims TS 2019 + Advanced Static Videos

January Batch Schedule here: Click2View

Read all the unique features of our Test Series and join here: Click2Join

[Batch 3] CD Mains Guidance Program 2019

January Batch Schedule here: Click2View

Read all details of the program and join here: Click2Join

If you wish to join only sectional tests (No Full-Length Tests after Prelims), you can join the batch 3 of the program here: Click2Join

Demystifying Economics- Core & Current Affairs Buildup Lecture Series

View the complete schedule of the program here: Click2View

Read all details of the program and join : Click2Join

CD Target 160+ Essay Program 

View all the details of the batch 2 of the program and join here: Click2Join

If you wish to join batch 2 of only the sectional essays program, you can do that here: Click2Join

Samachar Manthan Current Affairs Module 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019)- Starts 2nd December

Join Samachar Manthan 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019) [withoutAnswer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

Join Samachar Manthan 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019) [with Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

[Batch 2] Samachar Manthan Yearly 2018-19 (Full Year Coverage of Current Affairs)

Join Batch 2 of the SM Yearly program [with Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

If you wish to join the program without answer writing feature, you can do that here: Click2Join

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2 days left to join our February Batches at 10% discount

Hello folks,

A gentle reminder – Prime TS starts tomorrow and the 10% discount ends. 

Updated study-plan. The same is available by clicking here – TS 2019 Time-table

All the features of the program and joining links are available here – Click2View


Other Programs are listed below


CD Prime Prelims TS 2019 + Advanced Static Videos

January Batch Schedule here: Click2View

Read all the unique features of our Test Series and join here: Click2Join

[Batch 3] CD Mains Guidance Program 2019

January Batch Schedule here: Click2View

Read all details of the program and join here: Click2Join

If you wish to join only sectional tests (No Full-Length Tests after Prelims), you can join the batch 3 of the program here: Click2Join

Demystifying Economics- Core & Current Affairs Buildup Lecture Series

View the complete schedule of the program here: Click2View

Read all details of the program and join : Click2Join

CD Target 160+ Essay Program 

View all the details of the batch 2 of the program and join here: Click2Join

If you wish to join batch 2 of only the sectional essays program, you can do that here: Click2Join

Samachar Manthan Current Affairs Module 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019)- Starts 2nd December

Join Samachar Manthan 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019) [withoutAnswer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

Join Samachar Manthan 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019) [with Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

[Batch 2] Samachar Manthan Yearly 2018-19 (Full Year Coverage of Current Affairs)

Join Batch 2 of the SM Yearly program [with Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

If you wish to join the program without answer writing feature, you can do that here: Click2Join

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Essay Program by serving IPS and Essay Topper

Students,

Our Essay Program is one of a kind program under the guidance of Vipul Shrivastava, IPS.

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.

All the distinguishing factors of the program here mentioned here – Essay Program. Have a look and decide for yourself!

 

 

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*Urgent – Mock Interviews start Tomorrow. Enrol Now.

Students,

The interviews will start tomorrow. We plan to have a session on IR with Dr. Saikia. To view the previous session click here.

Interview timings and slots have been emailed to all the students who have applied. 

We still have 2 slots remainings.
Please mail in your DAF to hello@civilsdaily.com to reserve a slot.

Will happen on a first-come-first-serve basis.

 

Always at your corner
Civilsdaily

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*IMP – Notification for UPSC CSE – Prelims 2019 Out

Follow the link and fill up the forms.

https://upsc.gov.in/exams-related-info/exam-notification/

This year, the number of vacancies has increased (896) considerably as compared to the last year (782). However the quotas are applicable.

Summary of UPSC Notification 

Number of Vacancies

896 – Civil Services Exam

90 – Indian Forest Services

Last Date to Apply

18-March-2019

Prelims Exam Date

02-June-2019

Mains Exam Date

20-Sept-2019

Students, please note that March 18 is the last date to apply. 

The Civil Services Preliminary exam comprises of two compulsory papers of 200 marks each (General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II). The questions will be of multiple choice, objective type. The marks in prelims will not be counted for final ranking, but just for qualification for the main exam.

The main exam has 1750 marks while interview has 275 marks. The final selection would be based on Merit score of main and interview round combined.

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*Urgent – Mock Interviews Round 2 on coming Thursday 21st Feb

Students,
After a successful Round 1, we are delighted to announce that we are conducting the 2nd round of Mock Interviews on the 21st Feb – Coming Thursday. 
Our previous session was very well appreciated by all candidates facing the interviews.
Venue – Statesman House, Barakhamba Road near Connaught Place. (This we believe is convenient for everyone).
Students who are available in Delhi should confirm their availability on the 21st by dropping an email to hello@civilsdaily.com
We are assuming that all of you have already emailed us your DAFs. In case you haven’t please do so. We have to spend time on it to ensure better quality.
*Slots will be handed over on a first come first serve basis*.
Besides our beloved VP Sir who has been mentoring candidates for years, we have roped in Dr. Makhan Saikia,  Mr. Rohit Pande and Mr. Rakesh Dalal.
The details of the panelists are as follows –

Virendra Pratap Singh did is B.Tech from IIT Kharagpur in 2003. He joined the services with immense experience in the Private Sector working across domains in high profile companies like Tata Steel, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, and Tata Motors. He has consistently scored very high marks in interviews. His 2009 score of 213/300 was among the toppers.

His insights have proved to be very helpful to aspirants appearing for exams year after year.

Dr. Saikia is an Author & Expert on International Affairs and Foreign Policy. He has an MA & M. Phil (Pol. Sc.) JNU, New Delhi and Ph.D (Globalization and Governance). His schedule is packed with Conferences and Talks at various national and international forums. At present is he working on a book on major conflicts worldwide. Very rarely he can be seen expressing his opinion for The Pioneer

We believe his immense knowledge on critical contemporary issues will benefit the students and help them face the actual interview with confidence. He will be holding an informal round-table session with all the candidates present on high probable topics.

Mr. Pande, Consultant Tata Trust and understands India’s social sector in great depth. He has a B.Tech from IIT Guwahati with certification in Public Policy. He has interacted with almost every big NGO in our country and has traveled far and wide working with governments and startups trying to upgrade services for the needy and poor.
His ground-level insights will help students enrich their answers wrt social problems faced by India.
Rakesh Sir is a popular figure with Civilsdaily Junta.Man of many degrees – MA, MBA and Political Analyst with a passion for books. Takes out time to read a minimum of 4 books/month on various issues. He knows the interviews in and out and has been instrumental in pinpointing the issues with candidates.

All the panelists are up to date with the latest trends in UPSC interview. They have been associated with UPSC candidates and have kept a tab on the changing format of the exam and the interviews.
This will be an enriching experience with a lot of learning.
Another important point. We want your support to help this interview program evolve into something phenomenal.
While we wish all of you are selected, the hard truth is some of you will be giving the interviews next year. We want to put a system in place where we record your performance in the mocks this year, then get details from you on how your actual interview went. Next year, we assess how your responses have matured.
This might sound bleh at this point and you’d think who cares about next year. But its only by maintaining continuity can we create real value for you.
Hence, we will encourage informal questions, suggestions to our team (not the panelists).
Always at your corner
Civilsdaily
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[Video] Essay Writing Tips by Vipul Shrivastava, IPS

Vipul Sir’s step by step instructions on how to go about essays.

 

 


View all the details of the Batch 2 of the program and join here – Click2Join

If you wish to join batch 2 of only the sectional essays program, you can do that here: Click2Join


Click here to check out all our programs and understand how we are making them better. 

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Importance of attempting quality tests – Evidence-based Questions approach will give you an edge in Prelims

The philosophy of our Test Series has been to bring it closer to the actual exam in terms of both toughness and format. We try to ensure that the standard of questions is continuously raised.

One of the ways we do it is using – Evidence-based question making

The questions are not framed according to the whims and fancies of the question-makers. They have to provide objective evidence to the supervisory team about the relevance of the question and why it has a higher probability of being asked in the actual exam. They have to prove that a similar question has been asked previously in the Prelims exam.

We are putting in conscious effort to ensure more questions are asked on themes that UPSC considers important. At the same time, we try to ignore those themes that UPSC has been ignoring. List of examples presented at the end.

Examples of Evidence-based question making 

Consider the following statements :

1. The north-south extent of India is greater than its east-west extent.

2. Area Wise, Rajasthan is the largest state and Sikkim the smallest.

Select the correct statements using the code below :

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Similar question asked in UPSC 2016 Prelims

Which of the following pairs of States of India indicates the easternmost and westernmost State?

a) Assam and Rajasthan

b) Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan

c) Assam and Gujarat

d) Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat


Which one of the following islands are separated from each other by the ‘Duncan Passage? 

a) Little Andaman and Great Andamans

b) Nicobar and Sumatra

c) Maldives and Lakshadweep

d) Sumatra and Java

Similar question asked in UPSC 2014 Prelims

Which one of the following pairs of islands are separated from each other by the ‘Ten Degree Channel’?

a) Andaman and Nicobar

b) Nicobar and Sumatra

c) Maldives and Lakshadweep

d) Sumatra and Java


Which of the following are the features of Subsistence Farming:

1. Most of the work is done manually.

2. overall yield is high but productivity per labor is low.

3. Traditional methods of farming are followed.

Select the correct statements using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) All of the above

Similar question asked in UPSC 2012 Prelims

Which of the following is the chief characteristic of ‘mixed farming’?

(a) Cultivation of both cash crops and food crops

(b) Cultivation of two or more crops in the same field

(c) Rearing of animals and cultivation of crops together

(d) None of the above

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Interview Enrichment Program – Mock interviews

Dear students,

We are starting to release the mock interview videos. The playlist is being maintained here.

It is well known that the interview is the third and final stage of the CSE. But, the importance of this stage is often underestimated. Despite being a fraction of the total marks in the exam, its weightage is tremendous when it comes to the final rank a candidate gets. Many times it is the interview that makes or breaks your dream of joining the elite clique of civil servants.

It is vital to realise that cracking the interview is an ‘art’ as well as a ‘science’, both of which are intrinsically connected. In order to understand this enigma, Civils Daily studied the interview to the bone and the findings were shared with the student community through the free lectures of Sh. V.P. Singh (IRTS, 2009).

We went one step further and conducted mock interviews based on the findings of our research. The mocks were taken by a distinguished panel of experts including Dr. Makhan Saikia (published author and faculty of Pol. Sc.), Sh. V.P. Singh (IRTS, 2009) and Mr. Rakesh Dalal (Core Faculty and Mentor, CD). The comprehensive assessment has been done on parameters like:

  1. Integrity
  2. Leadership
  3. Critical power of assimilation
  4. Openness to new ideas
  5. A clear and logical expression
  6. Balance of judgement
  7. Mental alertness
  8. Emotional stability
  9. Body language

The mocks not just corroborated the strengths of the candidates, but, and more importantly; revealed hidden shortcomings which could have proved deadly in the actual interview.

The following are the links of the mock interviews taken on 8th January 2019 for your reference:

KUNAL AGGARWAL – MOCK INTERVIEW

Personifying a ‘never-say-die attitude’, Kunal is a charismatic young man whose passion for civil services is equated by his calm composure and balanced replies in this ‘stress interview’. After his B.Tech (Computer Sc. and Engineering) from IIT, Hyderabad; Kunal had been working in a reputed MNC for 3 yrs until his decision to take on the UPSC. This mock interview will be most beneficial to those having PSIR optional and to those dejected with multiple attempts at CSE.

ROHIT ANAND – MOCK INTERVIEW

With a passion for teaching and serving the underprivileged, this electronics and communication engineer from NSIT, Delhi has balanced his job with social service. With PSIR as his optional subject and an intriguing social service profile, Rohit made a classic interview candidate. His replies further kindled the interview panel’s curiosity. Watch this session to find out what could be those obscure contradictions in your DAF that could cost you your dream job.

VISHAL SINGH – MOCK INTERVIEW

This energetic mechanical engineer from IIT Guwahati has a DAF that can fill anyone with awe. The diversity of his extracurriculars are equivalent to his academic feats. But, nothing attracts the inquisitiveness of the interview board more than a rich DAF. Watch this electrifying session for life-changing tips on interview prep.

CD has done its part in making this ordeal of a stage more intelligible and less daunting. It is now your turn to roll the ball further with your valuable feedback and active cooperation.

Let 2019 be the year you make history!!

Cheers,
Team CD

Don’t miss out on the program – Click here to know more

 

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Samachar Manthan – the course to help you get a grip on Current Affairs

Samachar Manthan needs no introduction. It has become a standard and everyone is trying to bring out a copy-pasted version of the same.

Here’s a snippet of what you get – 

  1. Video Lectures every week.
  2. Detailed Notes – from a variety of sources. Not just confined to The Hindu.
  3. A clear demarcation between Prelims specific and Mains specific news
  4. Current Affairs based Prelims Tests.
  5. Current Affairs based weekly Mains Tests.
  6. Evaluation by experts to iron out weaknesses in test taking
  7. Mentorship and Personalised Attention
  8. Full access to CD Monthly Magazines – including editorial analysis, PIB, etc.

 


Samachar Manthan Current Affairs Module 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019)- Starts 2nd December

Join Samachar Manthan 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019) [without Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

Join Samachar Manthan 2018-19 (December 2018 to May 2019) [with Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

[Batch 2] Samachar Manthan Yearly 2018-19 (Full Year Coverage of Current Affairs)

Join Batch 2 of the SM Yearly program [with Answer Writing Module] here: Click2Join

If you wish to join the program without answer writing feature, you can do that here: Click2Join


Click here to check out all our programs and understand how we are making them better. 

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Prime Test Series – Feb Batch | Study-plan | 10% Discount | Tests start 24th Feb

Dear Students,

Multiple emails have forced us to announce the last batch with an updated study-plan. The same is available by clicking here – TS 2019 Time-table

All the features of the program and joining links are available here – Click2View

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Targeting 160+ in your Essay? 4 ways how our program can help you.

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.

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.

We have been receiving a lot of queries regarding Essay strategy.

  • Is there a format to follow?
  • How does an Essay format differ from a GS answer?
  • Where can I get personalized feedback?
  • Is there a way I can write better essays using my strengths instead of just following the herd?

Well, we have created a program just for you. Tailored to maximize your scoring potential without sacrificing the uniqueness you bring to the table. Our program focuses on these things:

  1. Precise Topic Selection – Mirroring what UPSC gives
  2. A rigorous methodology for reviews – We have endeavoured to create a methodology that is as close to the final test as possible. We will focus on Structuring, Language and Expression, Links and Flows, Fundamental Flaws flagging and Appreciation for Unique perspective.
  3. Sample Structure, video solutions, and personalized attention – to help you to think along various dimensions. Highlight the good, bad and ugly so you can learn. Additionally, discussion on different styles in which one particular essay can be attempted as there is no unique right way.
  4. Good essay copies for review and learning.

Our team has assembled seasoned bureaucrat Mr. Vipul Shrivastava, IPS who is spearheading the initiative.


View all the details of the Batch 2 of the program and join here – Click2Join

If you wish to join batch 2 of only the sectional essays program, you can do that here: Click2Join


Click here to check out all our programs and understand how we are making them better. 

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[Video] Interview Enrichment Program – Dr. Saikia explains the developments in Brexit and the Middle East

Dr. Saikia is a leading analyst of International Relations, Globalization and India’s foreign policy. He occasionally writes for The Pioneer and is a regular speaker at prominent global conferences.
He is passionate about shaping the next generation of bureaucrats. He took out time from his busy schedule to interact with the candidates facing the interviews in the coming weeks.
In this session, he effortlessly touches upon the various dimension of the 2 most important crisis – Brexit and the Middle East.
Students preparing for Prelims and Mains should make a note of various Organizations, Conferences, and Conventions mentioned by Sir. Doubts can be posted in the comments below.
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Final Call – Few hours left before Tests and Classes commence for Super Intensive Prelims Crash Course

Hello Students,

With little over 4 months to go, you need a solid program to ensure you are well prepared for the D-Day. Our SIP Crash Course is designed to help you fine-tune your preparation. The classes have been uploaded and a detailed time-table is on its way.     

In the month of February, we plan to cover Previous Years Current Affairs and Advanced Lectures Series on Static Subjects – Polity, History, Geography, Economy, etc.

Previous Years Current Affairs will ensure good coverage in the shortest possible time.

Advanced Lectures will not explain you the concept per se but instead focus on important trivial details that you tend to miss.
In prelims, the questions are framed from these very details and hence, they cannot be missed at any cost.
We will cover all the basic and advanced books for explaining these issues. Advanced Lectures for Polity have already been updated and made better.

More about the program. It has 4 components.
1. Current Affairs Previous Years – (Prerecorded June 2016-May 2018)- 40 hours
2. Current Affairs – 40 hours
3. Budget + Eco Survey – 15 hours
4. Static Lectures – 60 hours
Total – Over 150 Hours of lecture
Broad Time Table (Detailed Time Table will be shared later)
February – Current Affairs Previous Year and Economic Survey + Budget
March – Current Affairs – 1st phase – Till December 2018
April – Current Affairs – 2nd phase – After December 2018
Price – Rs. 8K + Taxes. Click here to enroll. 
On popular demand a variant on discount is as follows –
SIP + CA Tests(10 test for each month) + Full Length Tests (8GS + 3CSAT)
Price – Rs. 10K + Taxes. Click here to enroll. 
Old Student Discount Applicable
Prime TS and SM students get 20% discount – *Please ensure you are enrolled in those courses first*