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Eye-Opener Coming Up! Catch the First Basic Polity Prelims Test (13th June) to Re-imagine How You Look At UPSC Prelims

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Zeeshan Hashmi

Mentor, Civilsdaily

What was it that initially made Great Britain bleed but subsequently helped it to secure a smashing victory in the second world war? Enigma it was. Alan Turing built the “Turing Machine” that helped decrypt the seemingly unbreakable German Code. Then something very astonishing followed. Great Britain exploited the loopholes of the Enigma itself and the Germans lost without having the slightest hint of Enigma being compromised.

For a UPSC Aspirant, isn’t the “unpredictable” paper setting pattern of UPSC a modern-day Enigma? But what if there was a “Turing Machine” that could break into this “Unbreakable” code of UPSC? For your amusement, there is one.

Talking about UPSC Civil Services Prelims, mock test series has become a Categorical Imperative. But which one truly breaks the “UPSC Enigma”? How about one made by Frontline Warriors themselves (Veteran Aspirants) who have successfully cleared prelims five or six times consecutively? Isn’t the collective wisdom of these “Alan Turings” the closest version of a “UPSC Turing Machine”?

Now, Let me speak about the test in question. It’s the first test of the newly launched Prelims Test Series for 2021 by CivilsDaily. It’s a Basic Polity Test. Let’s see how it is the first step towards breaking the “UPSC Enigma”:

  1. CD Special Questions:

These questions are special due to their;

  • Mind-Twisting Nature (Deceptive questions that fool you exactly as UPSC does in the real exam)
  • Exclusiveness (These Perspectives / Themes are only available in CD tests). 

Have a look –

Q.1) Consider the following statements with reference to Political parties:

  1. The Constitution of India explicitly recognizes political parties as power-wielding institutions.
  2. The Constitution of India provides criteria to determine National Party Status.

Which of the statements mentioned above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2 

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Try guessing the right answer to this seemingly simple question.

2. Tikdams:

These are Logical Solving Techniques that help you attempt questions despite having little or no idea about the question. It’s almost like getting a master key to the prelims paper. Have a look –

Q.2) Consider the following statements regarding a joint sitting of Parliament:

  1. The provision of joint sitting is not applicable to a Constitutional Amendment Bill.
  2. In the absence of the Speaker of Lok Sabha, the Chairman of Rajya Sabha presides over the Joint Sitting.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

The test explains this basic question by using a Technique we call “Master Shifu” (assuming you don’t know the correct answer).

3. Evidence-Based Question Framing:

To keep close to the real demand of the exam. Have a look –

Q.3) Which of the following is/are not the Directive Principles of State Policy based on Socialist principles?

  1. Free legal aid to the poor.
  2. Participation of workers in the management of industries.
  3. Protection and improvement of the environment.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. 3 only

Now, UPSC has asked multiple questions on the orientation of DPSPs. You can’t afford to err on a probable question that may be asked on similar lines.

4. Is the test really BASIC?

Framing random questions irrespective of the difficulty level of the tests is like serving the same wine in different bottles. Have a look –

Q.4) Consider the following articles of the Indian Constitution:

  1. Article 16
  2. Article 29
  3. Article 14

Which of the above articles reveal the Secular character of the Indian state?

a. 1 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

The motive to incorporate such questions in the basic test is to garner a general idea of the topics before you as an aspirant are mentally ready to face the advanced tests.

5. Conceptual vs Factual Categorisation:

It lets you realize your comparative strength in different types of questions. Have a look –

Q.5) Consider the following statements with reference to Directive Principles of State Policy:

  1. The basic aim of DPSPs is to set up political democracy.
  2. They put positive obligations on the state.

Which of the statements mentioned above is/are correct?

a. 1 only

b. 2 only

c. Both 1 and 2

d. Neither 1 nor 2

Now, this is a basic Conceptual question. If you get this wrong, you need to rework the concepts of DPSPs.

Now, look at this question –

Q.6) Which of the following statements with reference to the Emergency Powers of the President is/are correct?

  1. He can declare National Emergency even before the onset of war.
  2. He must be communicated in writing for declaration of National Emergency by the Union Cabinet.
  3. He can suspend Fundamental Rights during the National Emergency.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

a. 1 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1 and 3 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

This is a plain factual question. If you get this wrong, you need to memorize Emergency Provisions even more meticulously.

So come be a part of our “UPSC Enigma” Breaking Endeavour. Like Great Britain, we shall emerge VICTORIOUS.

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