[Batch 2] Decimate Prelims: Crash Course for IAS Prelims 2020

Starts 20th February 2020. First lecture on February 20th

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Dear Students,


Before we jump into the finer details of our crash course for IAS Prelims 2020, let’s take you to a quick re-cap on the changing trends of the IAS Prelims from 2015 to date.

There was a time when aspirants were coaxed to prepare for IAS Mains and let Prelims be taken care of as a by-product of that preparation. This is not that time. 

There was a time when in-service officers aspiring to improve their ranks and get the coveted IAS, IPS, IFS used to fine-tune their optional and interview strategies and cruise through the IAS Prelims with a month’s worth preparation. This is not that time either. 

Here’s how IAS Prelims evolved over the last 4-5 years:

IAS Prelims 2015

Equal emphasis on traditional and current affairs based questions. a combination of logical understanding and factual clarity.

Which one of the following National Parks has a climate that varies from tropical to subtropical, temperate and arctic?
a) Khangchendzonga National park
b) Nandadevi National Park
c) Neora Valley National Park
d) Namdapha National park

With reference to art and archaeological history of India, which one among the following was made earliest?
a) Lingaraja Temple at Bhubaneswar
b) Rock-cut Elephant at Dhauli
c) Rock-cut Monuments at Mahabalipuram
d) Varaha Image at Udayagiri


IAS Prelims 2016:

Heavily based on CA and mostly one-liners: a major digressed from the earlier pattern

The term ‘Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership’ often appears in the news in the context of the affairs of a group of countries known as
a) G20
b) ASEAN
c) SCO
d) SAARC

Recently, for the first time in our country, which of the following States has declared a particular butterfly as ‘State Butterfly’?
a) Arunachal Pradesh
b) Himachal Pradesh
c) Karnataka
d) Maharashtra


IAS Prelims 2017:

Paper was difficult in terms of understanding and clarity in concepts. Polity more based on conceptual clarity, questions were little twisted

Which one of the following statements is correct?
a) Rights are claims of the State against the citizens.
b) Rights are privileges which are incorporated in the Constitution of a State.
c) Rights are claims of the citizens against the State.
d) Rights are privileges of a few citizens against the many.

Recognition of Prior Learning Scheme’ is sometimes mentioned in the news with reference to
a) Certifying the skills acquired by construction workers through traditional channels.
b) Enrolling the persons in Universities for distance learning programmes.
c) Reserving some skilled jobs to rural and urban poor in some public sector undertakings.
d) Certifying the skills acquired by trainees under the National Skill Development Programme.


IAS Prelims 2018:

The questions based on the broader perspective of any topic; Current affairs were very indirect; History questions required logic rather than just facts; Polity questions were more analytical

The staple commodities of export by the English East India Company from Bengal in the middle of the 18th century were:
a) Raw cotton, oil-seeds and opium
b) Sugar, salt, zinc and lead.
c) Copper, silver, gold, spices and tea
d) Cotton, silk, saltpeter and opium

Which one of the following reflects the most appropriate relationship between law and liberty?
a) If there are more laws, there is less liberty.
b) If there are no laws, there is no liberty.
c) If there is liberty, laws have to be made by the people.
d) If laws are changed too often, liberty is in danger.


IAS Prelims 2019:

More common sense (Tikdam) based questions in CA and Polity; in-depth analysis to be done in Science and Technology and this is a stark departure from how easy S&T used to be!

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?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 4 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

44. Why are dewdrops not formed on a cloudy night?
(a) Clouds absorb the radiation released from the Earth’s surface.
(b) Clouds reflect back the Earth’s radiation.
(c) The Earth’s surface would have low temperature on cloudy nights.
(d) Clouds deflect the blowing wind to ground level.


We have been following this space very closely and we were among the first ones who called out the pitfall of over reliance on traditional sources for IAS Prelims. We have been advocating smart study and calculated risks via our score boosting techniques (Tikdams/ तिकड़म) right from 2016.

We would invite you to go through the lecture + test series time table (Batch2) to understand the comprehensiveness of this course.

Here’s a quick list of key features and pricing:

#1 All India Mocks

  • 8 FLTs
  • 10 CA Monthly TS
  • 4 CSAT TS
  • Score Booster Explanation Lectures (तिकड़म)

#2 Advanced Static Lectures

  • Online Videos on Prelims worthy concepts
  • PDFs, Prelims Tidbits, Listicles for revision

#3 CA Lecture Series

  • 2+ Years of prelims worthly summary
  • Eco Survey, Budget and IYB covered (per relevance)
  • Offline/Online lectures for 2019-2020 CA summary
  • Highly organised and theme bound news summaries in PDFs.

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