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Dear students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q.1) Which of the following are the likely consequences of an increase in the concentration of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere?

  1. There would be an increase in the rate of photosynthesis in the plants
  2. Nitrogen fixation in root nodules will be increased
  3. There would be an increase in rate of transpiration

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a. 1 and 3 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 2 only

d. All of them

 

Q.2) With reference to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), consider the following statements:

  1. It aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
  2. It was adopted under the aegis of members of IUCN.
  3. It is legally binding on the Parties and take the place of national laws.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 1 and 2 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. All of the

 

Q.3) Which of the following is/are sources of soil pollution?

  1. Fly ash from thermal power plants
  2. Use of inorganic fertilizers in agriculture
  3. Dumping of hospital organic wastes
  4. Incineration and pyrolysis

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a. 1 and 3 only

b. 2 and 4 only.

c. 2 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q.4) Consider the following statements regarding Biodiversity Hotspot:

  1. A Biodiversity hotspot is a biogeographic region with a rich pool of biodiversity that threatened by the human.
  2. The Western Ghats, the Eastern Ghats, the Western Himalayas, and the Eastern Himalayas are the only 4 Biodiversity hotspots in India.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q.5) Which of the following are the effects of Global warming?

  1. The clashing of warm and cold fronts would result in more violent weather.
  2. Due to warming, more water will be evaporated from seas leading to consistent high rainfall.
  3. Agricultural productivity of temperate regions will decline.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 1 and 3 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

 

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Dear Students, 

As the mains conclude, we have started getting emails, messages from students who have benefitted from our programs. Our lectures on paper discussions and posts on solutions and sample structures have received over 20,000 hits collectively.  


After numerous conversations with so many aspirants, we have started understanding your problems better and standardizing solutions for the same.

These are being incorporated into 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.

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  • Follow their advice and participate in tests and assignments that they set for you
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Get ready for upcoming August Current Affairs Prelims Test on 28th September- sample questions highlighting our methodology

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Dear students,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Q.1) Regarding the Mars solar conjunction, consider the following statements:

1. During Mars solar conjunction, Mars and Earth will be on opposite sides of the Sun.

2. It occurs every two years.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both of them

d. Neither of them

 

Q.2) Which of the following have been declared as renewable energy sources in India?

1. Ocean energy projects

2. Solar projects

3. Wind power projects

4. Large hydropower projects

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 3 and 4 only

c. 1, 2 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

Q.3) The power to increase the number of Judges in the Supreme Court of India is vested in:

a. President of India

b. Chief Justice of India

c. Prime Minister

d. Parliament

 

Q.4) Which of the following countries are the members of MEKONG GANGA COOPERATION (MGC)?

1. Cambodia

2. Vietnam

3. Laos

4. Bangladesh

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1 and 4 only

b. 1 and 2 only

c. 3 and 4 only

d. 1, 2 and 3 only

 

Q.5) Concerning “Know India Programme”, consider the following statements:

1. Its objective is to make Indian origin youth aware about India, its cultural heritage, art and to familiarize them with various aspects of contemporary India.

2. Under this Scheme, preference is given to PIOs from Girmitiya countries.

3. It is implemented by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs.

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

a. 1 and 3 only

b. 1 and 2 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. All of them

 

 

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Credentials of Himanshu Sir-

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  • Writes regularly in various famous Indian and international weeklies like Millenium post and Huffington Post.
  • Worked as Assistant Professor in Delhi University.

Here is the article by Himanshu Sir  that was published today in  Financial express

https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/big-bank-theory-psu-banks-merger-must-be-followed-by-good-governance/1714342/

Big Bank Theory: PSU banks merger must be followed by good governance

By Himanshu Arora

The government has unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks (PSBs) into four, thereby reducing the number of state-owned banks from 18 to 12.

Under the consolidation process, the Oriental Bank of Commerce and the United Bank of India will be merged in the Punjab National Bank; the Syndicate Bank with the Canara bank; the Andhra Bank and the Corporation Bank with the Union Bank of India; and the Allahabad Bank with the Indian Bank. The aim is to create next-generation financial institutions with stronger balance sheets and bigger lending appetite.

The proposal to merge poorly-managed banks with well-governed ones has been recommended by numerous committees since the 1990s. A committee under the chairmanship of M Narasimhan recommended the number of PSBs be reduced and 3-4 large banks should be developed as international banks. The report envisaged a three-tier system with 3-4 large banks at the top, 8-10 banks having nationwide presence catering to the needs of industrial and infrastructural sectors, and a large number of regional rural and local banks focusing on agriculture and rural sector.

Experts believe that reducing the number of state-owned banks will improve the collective performance of the banking system. It will bring economies of scale through optimal use of capital and resources, and ensure higher technical efficiency with higher profitability. The additional resources can be used in hiring domain experts and enhancing manpower, the absence of which is partly responsible for the NPA crisis. The logic being that bigger and well-managed banks are better equipped to respond to the lobg-term finance needs of industrial and infrastructure sectors. Further, PSBs—under stress due to NPAs—would find themselves adequately capitalised. This is expected to aid the banking sector in restart the lending exercise to the productive sectors.

The next logical step should be to find the right experts who can steer this consolidation—a move that requires a slew of reforms. Governance of PSBs has been a major challenge from the time these banks were nationalised. The Narasimhan committee recommended that banking boards be empowered and adopt a professional corporate strategy.

The problems of PSBs are structural. The merged banks may fail if governance structures are not reformed. This must be addressed. Accordingly, post-merger, the focus should be on effective governance reforms. The roadmap has been provided by the PJ Nayak committee—legal changes to incorporate banks under the Companies Act and the repeal of bank nationalisation Acts, dissolution of government ownership, and setting up of a Bank Investment Company (BIC). The BIC will act as a safety valve and an institutional firewall between the government and bank managements. The process of appointments to top management needs to be professionalised initially through an interim Banks Board Bureau (BBB), and latter through the BIC. BBB was set up, with a mandate to recommend candidates for top-post in state-banks; effectiveness is debatable.

Another issue with the proposed merger is the possible creation of what is known as systematically important institutions, which are too big to fail. Indeed, the State Bank of India was categorised by RBI as a systemically important bank whose failure could trigger a situation of bank runs. If such large banks were to fail due to governance issues, it could impact the economy and bring down the whole financial sector. A similar situation was witnessed during the Global Financial Crisis following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in 2008, and no country can therefore afford the failure of a big bank. Historical evidence suggests that if such a situation were to arise, the sovereign will be forced to rescue such large banks. The sovereign guarantees at many times encourage reckless behaviour by banks and creates the problem of moral hazard. Therefore, governance reforms along with effective regulation are essential to curb such moral hazard behaviour. It would require RBI to identify systemically important financial institutions from the merged banks and subject them to higher capital requirements.

The proposed merger is a good starting point for reforming the Indian banking system, but must be followed by genuine governance reforms.

 

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UPSC Civil Services Mains 2019 GS 4 Question Paper

Dear Students,

We will be releasing the list of repeated questions from our test series shortly. The paper seemed somewhat straightforward. Many questions were derived from current affairs.

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There are Twelve Questions divided in 2 SectionsAll Questions are Compulsory.

 

SECTION A

Q1.

(a) What are the basic principles of public life? Illustrate any three with suitable examples. (150 words) (10 marks)

(b) What do you understand by the term ‘public servant’? Reflect on the expected role of public servant.  (150 words) (10 marks)

Q2.

(a) Effective utilization of public finds is crucial to meet development goals. Critically examine the reasons for under- utilization and mis- utilization of public funds and their implications. (150 words) (10 marks)

(b) “Non-performance of duty by a public servant is a form of corruption”. Do you agree with this view? Justify your answer (150 words) (10 marks)

Q3.

(a) What is meant by the term ‘constitutional morality’? How does one uphold constitutional morality? (150 words) (10 marks)

(b) What is meant by ‘crisis of conscience’? How does it manifest in the public domain? (150 words) (10 marks)

Q4.

(a) Explain the basic principles of citizens’ charter movement and bring out its importance. (150 words) (10 marks)

(b) There is a view that the official secrets act is an obstacle to the implementation of Rights to Information act. Do you agree with the view? Discuss (150 words) (10 marks)

Q5.

(a) What do you understand by probity in governance? Based on your understanding of the term, suggest measures for ensuring probity in government. (150 words) (10 marks)

(b) “Emotional Intelligence is the ability to make your emotions work for you instead of against you.” Do you agree with this view? Discuss. (150 words) (10 marks)

Q6. What do each of the following quotations mean to you?

(a) “An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates (150 words) (10 marks)

(b) “A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.” – M.K.Gandhi (150 words) (10 marks)

(c) “Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.” – A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (150 words) (10 marks)

 

SECTION B: Case studies 

Q7. You are the heading the rescue operations in a area affected by severe natural calamity, thousands of people are rendered homeless and deprived of food, drinking water and other basic amenities. Rescue work has been disrupted by heavy rainfall and damaged to supply routes. The local people are seeding with anger against the delayed limited rescue operations. When your team reaches the affected area, the people there heckle and even assault some of the team members. One of your team member is even severely injured. Faced with this crisis some team member plead with you to call off the operations freeing threats to their life.

In such trying circumstances, what will be your response? Examine the qualities of a public servant which will be required to manage the situations. (250 words) (20 marks)

 

Q8. Honesty and uprightness are the hallmarks of a civil servants. Civil servants possessing these qualities are considered as a back bone of any strong organizations. In line of duty, they take various decisions, at time some become bonafide mistakes. As long as such decisions, are not taken intentionally and do not benefit personally, the officer cannot be said to be guilty. Though such decisions may, at times, lead to unforeseen adverse consequences in the long term.

In the recent past, a few instances have surfaced where in civil servants has been implicated for bonafide mistakes. They have often been prosecuted and even imprisoned. These instances have greatly rattled the moral fiber of the civil servants.

How does this trend affect the functioning of civil services? What measures can be taken to ensure that honest civil servants are not implicated for bonafide mistakes on their part? Justify your answer. (250 words) (20 marks)

 

Q9. An apparel manufacturing company having large number of women employees was losing sales due to various factors. The company hired a reputed marketing executive, who increased the volume of sales within a short span of time. However, some unconfirmed reports came up regarding his indulgence in sexual harassment at the work place.

 After sometime a women employee launched a formal complaint to the management against the marketing executive about sexually harassing her. Faced with the companies’ indifference, in not taking cognisance of her grievances, she lodged an FIR with police.

 Realizing the sensitivity and gravity of the situation, the company called the women employee to negotiate. In that she was offered a hefty sum of money to withdraw the complaint and the FIR and also give in writing that the marketing executive is not involved in the case.

Identify the ethical issues involved in this case. What options are available to the women employee? (250 words) (20 marks)

 

Q10. In a modern democratic polity there is a concept of political executive and permanent executive elected people’s representatives forms the political executive and bureaucracy forms the permanent executive. Ministers frame policy decisions and bureaucrats execute these. In the initial decades after independence, relationship between the permanent executives and the political executives were characterized by mutual understanding, respect, and cooperation, without encroaching upon each other’s domain.

However, in the subsequent decades the situation has changed. There are instances of the political executive insisting upon the permanent executives to follow its agenda. Respect for an appreciation of an upright bureaucrats has declined. There is an increasing tendency among the political executive to get involved in routine administrative matters such as transfers, posting etc. Under this scenario, there is a definitive trend towards ‘politicization of bureaucracy’. The raising materialism and acquisitiveness in social life has also adversely impacted upon the ethical values of both the permanent executive and the political executive.

What are the consequences of this ‘politicization of bureaucracy? Discuss.  (250 words) (20 marks)

 

Q11. In one of the districts of a frontier state, narcotics menace has been rampant. This has results in money laundering, mushrooming of poppy farming, arms smuggling and near stalling of education. The system is on the verge of collapse. The situation has been further worsened by unconfirmed reports that local politicians as well as some senior police officers are providing surreptitious patronage to the drug mafia. At that point of time a woman police officer, known for her skills in handling such situations is appointed as superintendent of police to bring the situation to normalcy.

If you are the same police officer, identify the various dimensions of the crisis. Based on your understanding, suggest measures to deal with the crisis. (250 words) (20 marks)

 

Q12. In recent times, there has been an increasing concern in India to develop effective civil service ethics, code of conduct, transparency measures, ethics and integrity systems and anti-corruption agencies. In view of this, there is need being felt to focus on three specific areas, which are directly relevant to the problems of internalizing integrity and ethics in the civil services. These are as follows:

1. Anticipating specific threats to ethical standards and integrity in the civil services,

2. Strengthening the ethical competence of civil servant and

3. Developing administrative processes and practices which promote ethical values and integrity in civil services.

Suggest institutional measures to address the above three issues. (250 words) (20 marks)

 

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UPSC Civil Services Mains 2019 GS 2 Question Paper

Students,

Go ahead and let us know the innovations possible in these questions !

We will be out with solutions soon.

 

 

There are TWENTY questions. Answers to questions no. 1 to 10 should be in 150 words, whereas answers to questions no. 11 to 20 should be in 250 words.

Q1. Do you think Constitution of India does not accept principle of strict separation of powers rather it is based on the principle of ‘checks and balance’? Explain. (10 Marks)

Q2. “The Central Administrative Tribunal which was established for redressal of grievances and complaints by or against central government employees, nowadays is exercising its powers as an independent judicial authority.” Explain. (10 Marks)     

Q3. What are the methods used by the farmer’s organizations to influence the policy-makers in India and how effective are these methods? (10 Marks)

Q4. From the resolution of contentious issues regarding distribution of legislative powers by the courts, ‘Principle of Federal Supremacy’ and ‘Harmonious Construction’ have emerged. Explain. (10 Marks)

Q5. What can France learn from the Indian Constitution’s approach to secularism? (10 Marks)

Q6. Despite Consistent experience of high growth, India still goes with the lowest indicators of human development. Examine the issues that make balanced and inclusive development elusive. (10 Marks)  

Q7. There is a growing divergence in the relationship between poverty and hunger in India. The shrinking of social expenditure by the government is forcing the poor to spend more on non-food essential items squeezing their food-budget – Elucidate. (10 marks)

 Q8. Implementation of Information and Communication technology (ICT) based projects/programmes usually suffers in terms of certain vital factors. Identify these factors and suggest measures for their effective implementation. (10 marks)

 Q9. ‘The time has come for India and Japan to build a strong contemporary relationship, one involving global and strategic partnership that will have a great significance for Asia and the world as a whole.’ Comment. (10 marks)

 Q10. ‘Too little cash, too much politics, leaves UNESCO fighting for life.’ Discuss the statement in the light of US’ withdrawal and its accusation of the cultural body as being ‘anti-Israel bias’. (10 marks)

 Q11. On what grounds a people’s representative can be disqualified under the representation of people act, 1951? Also mention the remedies available to such person against his disqualification. (15 marks)

 Q12. “Parliament’s power to amend the constitution is a limited power and it cannot be enlarged into absolute power”. In the light of this statement explain whether parliament under article 368 of the constitution can destroy the Basic structure of the constitution by expanding its amending power? (15 marks)

 Q13. “The reservation of seats for women in the institution of local self-government has had a limited impact on the patriarchal character of the Indian political process”. Comment. (15 marks)

Q14. “The Attorney-General is the chief legal adviser and lawyer of the Government of India.” Discuss  (15 Marks)

Q15. Individual parliamentarian’s role as the national law maker is on a decline, which in turn, has adversely impacted the quality of debates and their outcome. Discuss. (15 marks)

Q16. ‘In the context of neo-liberal paradigm of developmental planning, multi-level planning is expected to make operations cost-effective and remove many implementation blockages’- Discuss (15 marks)

Q17. The need for cooperation among various service sectors has been an inherent component of development discourse. Partnership bridges the gap among the sectors. It also sets in motion a culture of ‘collaboration’ and ‘team spirit’. In the light of statements above examine India’s development process. (15 marks)

Q18. Performance of welfare schemes that are implemented for vulnerable sections is not so effective due to absence of their awareness and active involvement at all stages of policy process. Discuss (15 marks)

Q19. “The long sustained image of India as a leader of the oppressed and marginalised nations has disappeared on account of its new found role in the emerging global order.’ Elaborate (15 Marks)

Q20. What introduces friction into the ties between India and United States is that Washington is still unable to find for India a position in its global strategy, which would satisfy India’s national self-esteem and ambitions’. Explain with suitable examples. (15 Marks)

 

 

 

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2019 CSM Essay Paper

 

SECTION A

  • 1. Wisdom finds truth
  • 2. Values are not what humanity is, but what humanity ought to be
  • 3. Best for an individual is not necessarily best for the society
  • 4. Courage to accept and dedication to improve are two keys to success

 

SECTION B

  • 5. South Asian societies are woven not around the state, but around their plural cultures and plural identities
  • 6. Neglect of primary health care and education in India are reasons for its backwardness
  • 7. Biased media is a real threat to Indian democracy
  • 8. Rise of Artificial Intelligence: the threat of jobless future or better job opportunities through reskilling and upskilling
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Get ready for upcoming Indian Geography Prelims Test on 21st September- 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.

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

Thus Indian Geography test contains questions from the following themes:

Indian Physiography; Location (Latitude and Longitude); Northern Mountains; Plains, Peninsular India; Islands of India- 23

Climatic Regions of India and Indian Climate – 18

Agriculture – 9

Classifications of Soils and Problems of Soil and Conservation – 6

Indian Monsoon, Drainage System and Irrigation – 21

Mineral Resources – 5

Vegetation – 9

Wildlife Sanctuaries and National Parks – 9

 

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

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

Q.1) Consider the following statements:

1. Kashmir valley lies between Great Himalayas and Ladakh range.
2. Jhelum river flows through Kashmir valley.
3. Tsomoriri and Pangong Tso are saltwater lakes found in Ladakh.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 2 Only
b. 1 and 3 only
c. 2 and 3 Only
d. All of them

 

Q.2)  Consider the following statements regarding soil formation:

1. Red and yellow soils show strong links to the parent rock.
2. In general, if we travel from the equator towards the pole, we will find an increasing depth of soil profile.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only
b. 2 only
c. Both of them
d. Neither of them

 

Q.3)  The break in the monsoon in various regions of India is due to which of the following reasons?

1. Winds blowing parallel to the west coast.
2. Withdrawal of westerly jet streams from the northern plains.
3. Development of anticyclonic conditions over the northern plains.

Select the correct answer using the code given below

a. 1 only
b. 2 and 3 only
c. 1 and 2 only
d. All of them

 

Q.4)  Consider the locations of the following hills in India:

1. Satmala hills
2. Rajmahal hills
3. Maikala hills
4. Ramgarh hills

Which of the following is the correct sequence of above hills from east to west?

a. 2-4-3-1
b. 3-4-2-1
c. 1-2-4-3
d. 2-1-3-4

 

Q.5) Consider the following crops of India:

1. Groundnut
2. Sesamum
3. Pearl millet
4. Barley

Which of the above are predominantly dryland crops?

a. 1 and 4 only
b. 1, 2 and 3 only
c. 2, 3 and 4 only
d. All of them

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It’s only over if you stop trying! #neverquit

Failure’s not a result. It is a step.

Exam is not about finding a perfect strategy. It’s the ability to overcome failures and setbacks. To learn from mistakes and demonstrate the agility to figure out the best path forward.

Set goals. STUDY. love yourself. Rest and relax. Eat right. Smile. Portray positivity. Enjoy life. Care for others.

Above all, Tell yourself you will be able to pull it off.

No one can guarantee you a win. We will guarantee you a fight.

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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 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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You have a dream! What now? #beyondthedream

It all starts with a dream. Yes. Nothing is more powerful than a dream. 

Once you have one. Believe in it. Don’t let anyone tell you that it is not possible. Believe that voice inside you that pushes you to achieve this dream. No matter how weak it is. Follow it.

But this is just the start.

You don’t achieve your goals by simply dreaming and believing them. You cannot take it easy and rely on hope.

Quit making excuses, putting it off, complaining about it, dreaming about it, whining about it, crying about it, believing you can’t, worrying if you can, waiting for a right time. Make a plan and get going.

Once you have made your plan – that’s your DAY ONE. From there it only gets tougher. You can always go back to your comfortable, safe, no risk life. Thats not the idea.
Success isn’t given, it is earned. Be it this exam or life beyond. With blood, sweat, and the occasional tear. Be ready !
We dont say luck is not important. But it cant be used as an excuse to prove that clearing the exam can be an accident.

If you have a dream and are fired up. If you believe sweat is the only way forward, we have got your back.

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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 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:


Click here to fill the form and get a kickstart.