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UPSC Prelims 2018 Analysis By Head Mentor Akshay Palande

Every year lakhs of UPSC aspirants venture into the exam hall to outsmart the exam. The exam ends up outwitting them. This year was no exception. The Prelims was a big surprise, to say the least. Here is an in-depth analysis of the paper that will give you insights and pointers on how to tackle a similar paper.

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Learn How to Make Notes For UPSC From IAS Topper Himanshu, AIR 77, 2017

Making notes for IAS exam is one of the most important aspects of UPSC preparation. Students generally are not aware of how to make impactful and concise notes that will help them later. Here is UPSC Topper, AIR 77 Himanshu Kaushik sharing valuable strategies on note making. Download a sample to understand better.

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How to Clear UPSC in 2020-2021 in the First Attempt

UPSC is considered one of the toughest exams in the country. With subjects ranging from economy, polity, science and technology, art and culture to the environment, the syllabus is very vast. There is a saying amongst UPSC aspirants that UPSC can ask anything and everything under the Sun. On top of that, the time span for the exam is very lengthy. The exam spans over a period of one year and is divided into three stages.

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Study Plan for UPSC 2019

So you have decided to appear for UPSC in 2019? That’s great since you now have ample time to study. However, the syllabus is so vast that time will fly very fast. So how do you start preparing for UPSC 2019 if you wish to do so from April?

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10 Qualities To Become An IAS Officer

The dream of becoming an IAS officer gets around 4 - 5 lakh students every year to appear for the Civil Service Exam. Out of these, only a select few (around 1000 candidates) make it to the final list. Even though so many candidates put in their blood and sweat into preparation, it is only a lucky few that make it through. So what are the qualities that these select few possess which other candidates do not have? What makes these lucky few eligibles for one of the most prestigious jobs in India?

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How to Start Your Preparation for UPSC

Civil Services Examination(CSE) is one of the most prestigious and most competitive examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission of India. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for prelims but only few ten thousands qualify the first phase. Approximate statistics for the year 2017 is 5 lakhs candidates appeared for prelims but only 13,000 candidates were qualified for Mains exam. Can you think of the reasons why there are lakhs of students who are unable to clear the first phase of examination? Let us discuss few pointers on UPSC preparation strategy for beginners.

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Study Material for IAS: A Complete Guide

Study Material for IAS: A Complete Guide

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Pros and Cons of a Cashless Economy

There has been a lot of brouhaha over the Government’s recent bold step of Demonetisation. Comments have been pouring in since the 8th of November 2016, when the government decided to do away with the 500 & 1000 denomination notes, thus paving a way towards a cashless economy.

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Reservation in India: equality or justice?

Reservation has become one of the biggest topic of debate in India. There have been debates, rallies and protests, both, in favour, and against the policy of reservation. To understand this issue thoroughly one has to peek deep down into the history of India. Where does reservation have its inception, in politics, or in ancient India?

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Can a person with a not-so-good academic record clear the UPSC exam?

It is often presumed that the Civil Services Exam is meant only for the most brilliant and intelligent people and that commoners can’t even dream of clearing it. Is it true? There are three ways to answer this question: firstly, it can be a motivational answer guiding you to strive for your dreams; secondly, it can be a harsh and honest opinion and thirdly, the reality. This is an exam which judges much more than mere intelligence.

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The story around Jallikattu

The sands of the longest natural urban beach Marina is sandwiched between the turbulent Bay of Bengal and the colonial era buildings in southern Tamil Nadu, where Jallikattu, the bull- taming sports which is held in the weeks after Pongal.

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Watching videos is much better than reading books.

It is an established fact that people remember only 20% of the text on a page while the 80% is retained through the visuals. A Civil Services aspirant has to read 10-15 books in order to thoroughly prepare oneself for the exam, not to mention the magazines, newspapers and other content on the internet. This consumes a lot of time, which can be utilised elsewhere in a much better manner. Another time consuming thing is finding free content on the internet. To watch a video of 15 minutes, a person spends 30 minutes to find it, let it buffer, make notes from it and the process is repeated for another video. Unknowingly so, a student ands up wasting a lot of time cumulatively.

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Cracking UPSC with a job! Is it possible?

One of the most repetitive question asked in the UPSC community is that whether a full time working person dedicatedly prepare for UPSC? Or does he need to leave his job and prepare. Now, since the eligibility criteria for IAS is minimum 21 years of age, a lot of IAS aspirants are working professionals trying to balance their studies along with their work.

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10 most illustrious Civil Servants of India

Amidst all the claims of incompetence for the Indian power holders we are sure of one thing, It is the bureaucrats that run this great country of ours and believe it or not they constitute an army of personnel’s who sweat day and night burning the midnight oil to keep the wheels of this humongous nations running at speed.

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Humanities Graduate, why you should go for UPSC?

As aspirants of the UPSC examinations, we are all aware of the vast syllabus and the extent of knowledge that one needs to be prepared with, in order to crack civil services. We know of the current affairs, general studies and other subjects that the civil service preparations entail. One quick look at the syllabus and subjects can tell us the amount of social science and humanity subjects like history, political science, sociology, philosophy and psychology etc. one needs to go through and be prepared with. In this respect, students from social sciences and humanities have an extra edge and advantage if they prepare for the civil service examinations.

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UPSC after Engineering: Is it a good idea?

With growing awareness about the grand career in civil services, a huge chunk of students are considering it as a primary career option and planning their career path by the civil services. Gone are the days of last decades, where only art graduates used to opt for the career in civil services. The statistics of the situation are changed now. A student from various fields like engineering, medical, law, etc. is considering UPSC as a better career option.

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Top 10 probable questions on demonetization in UPSC Mains!

I am sure you all must have heard enough noise about demonetization and many of you must have spent considerable amount of time standing in some or the other queue. This issue, being a radical step, is of obvious importance in Civil Services Mains. Here we are presenting top 10 probable questions, that might be asked on demonetization in the Mains Examination. Instead of wasting your time in admiring or cursing politicians, try these questions out!

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Black Money: An economic and social evil

"Black money is the money on which appropriate taxes have not been paid to the government. It is generally obtained illegally and thus kept away from declaration. It is an economic menace as it deprives the government of the legitimate share it deserves in the taxation. This blocks the circulation of money and leads to its accumulation of money, which remains unaccounted.

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UPSC Mains 2016: GS Paper 1 Solution

Have you appeared in Civil Services Mains 2016 conducted by UPSC? Are you planning to appear next year? Here is the detailed hints and structures of answers of all the questions of General Studies Paper 1. Read on!

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The curious case of Cow Vigilantism in India

The 2015 Dadri mob lynching case shook the nation to its core. A 52-year old Muslim man was put to death, and his son was seriously injured by an angry mob of cow vigilante. This attack was carried out on the suspicion cooking cow meat at his home. With this incident, the cow protection groups have once again surfaced to many other different regions in India, which resulted in many such events of savage beating and torturing to people from other communities in the name of cow and religion.

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Uniform Civil Code

This article talks about the current status of the Uniform Civil Code (UCC) in India and the debates around it. Firstly, one needs to deconstruct the term Uniform Civil Code and understand what it means. The debate around UCC had been alive for more than 60 years now. UCC is a set of codes or a set of rules (generally speaking, a set of laws) that are uniform for all citizens in India irrespective of their caste, religion, gender etc. Indian legal system has two kinds of laws- criminal and civil. Criminal laws deal with laws for committing a crime like murder or theft and so on. Civil laws talk about the matters of marriage, divorce, inheritance and family. To have UCC will mean having same civil laws for all the citizens of this country.

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Video Revolution in UPSC: Watch and learn!

Exam preparation is a tricky domain. You can never be sure about which way to go, what to read and what to leave or which method is the best to remember. Especially if the exam is something like the civil services exam which has a big syllabus which concerns many subjects. Students preparing for UPSC exams can always be in a fix about which books to read, how to prepare notes and more importantly, how to remember everything that they read.

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Understanding Balochistan from India’s perspective

The age old issue of Balochistan was surfaced recently when India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the reference of Balochistan in his recent Independence Day speech. Mr. Modi has previously given a statement saying, Pakistan should answer the world for the atrocities they have committed in Balochistan and Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. With the direct reference to the issue of Balochistan from the from a paramount podium of the Independence Day Speech, Indian Prime Minister undoubtedly stirred the global diplomatic equation. Some welcomed this move of our Prime Minister, and some people criticized it. In this article, we will understand both of the sides and analyze the possible outcome.

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Everything you should know about UPSC Civil Services Exam

I want to become IAS/IPS."</em> You might have heard this sentence a lot of times before from your peers, cousins or toppers. Now, you must be wondering what it means exactly? What is the full form of these terms? These terms are related to the civil services in India. A statutory government body Union Public Service Commission(UPSC) conducts the Civil Services exam every year to select civil servants for various government departments. For example, Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Police Service (IPS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Revenue Services(IRS) and many other All India services.

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What is NSG?

Founded in 1974, Nuclear Suppliers Group(NSG) is a group of nuclear supplier countries to prohibit abundant usage of nuclear material which in turn might be used for the production of nuclear weapons. To prevent Nuclear Proliferation, NSG oversees the export of nuclear material, equipment, and technology across the globe.

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Death Penalty for Rape: The Judicial Position

In December 2012, a gruesome gang rape of a 22-year-old girl in Delhi shook the country within. Across the country, people with different backgrounds, class, gender, age, regions &amp; religions gathered on the streets and gave voice to their protest. Due to massive public outrage, this case had become the priority of government as well as our judicial system. Because of this case, the issue of rapes in India was thoroughly discussed by media and common citizens. The general social sentiment was towards changing the law to make rapes capitally punishable. i.e. capital punishment for rape.

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Citizenship Amendment Act: A detailed discussion

The recently proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 was in the news when Rajya Sabha appointed 10 of it’s members to the joint committee of parliament to go through and analyze this bill thoroughly. The bill is under the scrutiny of the opposition as well as the Intellectual fraternity of the country. In this article, we are going to discuss the original Citizenship Act and the proposed amendments by the current union government. We will also analyze the bill with a perspective of Indian Constitution.

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Dilemma between IAS/IPS and IFS?

Serving ones country is the most proud profession anyone can have. You can serve your country in hundreds of ways but tough job is to be part of the system and then changing it from with for the betterment of entire nation. With this thought in mind many people opt for civil services.

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SC calls for an ‘out of court settlement’ of the Ayodhya Dispute

A Supreme Court bench recently suggested an ‘out of court settlement’ of the decades long Ayodhya dispute. When approached by Subramaninan Swamy to take a decision on the dispute, the SC said that because of the sensitivity of the issue (Hindu vs Muslim), the rival parties should reach a mutual agreement on the 2.77 acres land.

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Colourable Legislation w.r.t. Aadhaar Card

The Aadhaar card, initiated in 2010 by the UPA government, is a unique identifier. Every Aadhar card has a unique 12 digit number. It was primarily introduced to make subsidy and other benefits more efficient and to avoid the leakages in those processes.

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What is the measurement of crime, or that of justice?

It has always been debated in India and abroad alike, that countries should have harsh punishments in order to curb heinous crimes such as rapes and murders. Despite the apparent cruelty that persists, the questions which come to one’s mind are that, ‘why can’t we have harsh punishments for crimes like rape and murder?’, ‘what is justice?’, ‘does a heinous crime deserve a heinous punishment?’

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India’s rank in United Nations Human Development Report

Looking at India’s rank in the Human Development Report issued by the United Nations, it is hard to say that India is growing considerably. It is also hard to believe that India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world, given the data released by the UN HDR.

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Goods and Service Tax - Explained

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) is definitely one of the most important tax reform in the history of India which was closely tracked by each and everyone. This is meant to bring together the state economies and create a single taxation system in the entire country for all goods and services

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Issues surrounding EVMs

A gift given to us by the Indian democracy is that of universal suffrage. On the one hand ‘equality of voting right’ gave us freedom to choose a party to govern the nation, states and local bodies, and on the other, more importantly, made us equal citizens, in an unequal society.In the past, there have been many efforts to subvert the right to vote freely. Physical intimidation and Booth Capturing were the most common methods that were used during the paper ballot era.

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UPSC Mains Answer Analysis and Tips

Following is one of the answers written by our student. This is a very well written answer and hence is being shared with all of you. Nothing has been changed or modified from the original answer. However, there is always some scope for improvement.

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The Sagar Mala Project

The Sagar Mala project is a strategic and customer-oriented initiative of the Government of India to modernize India's Ports so that port-led development can be augmented and coastlines can be developed to contribute in India's growth. The aim of this project is to develop port infrastructure in India. It should result in quick, efficient and cost-efficient t0 and fro transport from the biggest and busiest ports. This involves linking the rail/road ways with the ports, thus providing connectivity to ports; development of newer regions along the lines, multiple ways of transport— including railways, inland waterways, coastal road ways etc.

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UPSC Prelim 2017 Practice Questions

UPSC Pathshala will be providing practice questions for the forthcoming Preliminary exam. These questions are made by keeping in mind the complexities and depths of the syllabus. We will be adding more and more questions everyday to this blog. Please make sure you solve these regularly.

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10 Most Probable Questions for the 2017 Prelim exam.

The prelim exam is fast approaching. And it is time for you to revise and solve as many questions as possible.

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10 Practice Questions for UPSC Prelim 2017

We've come up with 10 new questions for today. This will be a daily activity till your Prelim exam. The idea isn't merely to solve questions, because no one can predict what will be asked by the UPSC. The idea is for you to go and study these topics which might have been ignored, knowingly or unknowingly, so that you can answer more questions surrounding them.

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Practice Questions for 2017 Prelim exam

Your daily dose of 10 questions is here. However, I advise you to take not more than 10 mins to solve these 10 questions, since the real exam will be much more difficult, given the number of questions, the time limit and all the pressure around you.

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Practice Questions 19/4/17

We have come up with newer questions for you today. Like always, I will stress on the importance of solving these questions in 10 minutes. This is specially for the first timers.

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Practice Test 21/4/17

Today's test consists of more Current Affairs' questions than usual. This will help to evaluate your newspaper reading so far.

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Practice Questions 24/4/17

Today's questions contain more of Environment and Geography, followed by History and Politics. I'm repeating myself by saying that the topics of these questions are more important than the questions. Understand of a topic thoroughly is of utmost importance.

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Practice Questions 25/4/17

We are hoping that everyone taking these tests are paying attention to the topics related to these questions. In the Civil Services Exam, questions are never repeated, and neither can anyone guarantee what will be coming in the actual question. Nevertheless, your preparation has to be thorough, and this effort is in the same direction.

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How to begin UPSC preparation at an early stage?

If you have chosen to read this, then I presume that you wish to begin your UPSC preparation at an early stage. I believe that the process of preparation for this exam can be life changing for many. By starting early, you give yourself extra years to relish the education, the learning, the experience and the maturity, which this process will impart

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Practice Questions for Prelim 2017 2/5/17

Today's practice questions are based on General Knowledge, Economics and Current Affairs.

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Manipur Economic Blockade

The State of Manipur faced a blockade for nearly two months in 2016. What transpired was a sheer pity as this incident went unnoticed. An entire state had been blockaded and was being starved off its basic essentials.

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TRAIN THE PEN: SECRET TO CRACKING UPSC

In the long and tiring process of Civil Services Exam, most of the students keep themselves engaged in the higher intellectual purposes of studying everything they could get their hands on. In this intellectual caste system of sorts, the lowest pedestal is given to the thing, which fetches the maximum marks in the eventual selection process. I am pretty sure, most of you would not have been able to guess it even now. I am talking about the writing skill!

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Practice Questions for Prelim 2017 4/5/17

Today's questions are based mostly on Polity, along with Economics and General Knowledge.

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Practice Questions for Prelim 2017 5/5/17

Today's questions are based mostly on Government Schemes and Projects. You will be able to answer this if you have been tracking Current Affairs regularly. Government Schemes and Projects are many in number and tedious to remember. Please go through these topics if you haven't carefully and also the ones which are not included in these questions.

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Bharat Stage Emission Standards

The Government recently announced the Bharat Stage-IV (BS-IV) grade transportation fuel all across India. This move is to keep a check on the CO2 emissions. Not very long before this, the Supreme Court imposed a ban on the sales and registration of BS-III engined vehicles from the 1st of April.

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How do I practice answer writing for UPSC Exam?

9 minutes. 540 seconds. That is roughly the amount of time you are going to spend in reading this article.This is also the exact amount of time you will need to finish one answer in the UPSC Mains. The one answer, which carries 12.5 marks. What you may score on that may range from a zero to around 10. To get a zero, you have to be absolutely ignorant about what has been asked. If it is the case, no one can help you. To score a 10, you need to be a master of that specific problem, almost like as if you have been thinking about that and working on that since you were born.

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Practice Questions for CSE Prelim 2017 8/5/17

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Justice C.S.Karnan vs The Supreme Court

On the 8th of February 2017, for the first time ever, a sitting high court judge was hauled up before the Supreme Court to answer for a contempt charge. A seven-judge bench of the Supreme Court issued contempt notice to Justice C.S. Karnan of the Calcutta High Court.

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 9/5/17

Please Note: None of these questions have NEGATIVE MARKING. While counting your scores, if there are any wrong answers, please deduct your marks accordingly to get the actual score.

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 10/5/17

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 11/5/2017

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Uniform Civil Code

The government has again stirred a controversy by restarting the debate on the Uniform Civil Code. The Law Commission is being requested to examine the issue and make relevant changes &amp; recommendations. The Shayara Bano case challenged the age-old practices such as Triple talaq, halala and polygamy.

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UPSC Pathshala Practice Questions for CSE Prelim 2017 17/5/17

These questions are mostly based on the Current Affairs from July 2016 to April 2017.

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017

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What after Demonetisation?

It has been a while since the much debated step of demonetisation of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denomination notes was taken by our vigorous Prime Minister. There were, and still are mixed emotions regarding demonetisation. It has certainly managed to give a setback to terrorism financing, black money, fake currency and more such anti-national activities.

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017

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Mock Test for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 20/5/17

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 22/5/17

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 23/5/17

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 - 24/5/17

The following questions are based solely on Current Affairs from July 2016 to May 2017. To keep a check on time, please solve these questions in or under 10 minutes.

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Practice Questions for UPSC CSE Prelim 2017 26/5/17

These questions are mostly based on Geography, Science and General Knowledge. There is no negative marking. Please read these topics if you haven't already. Questions can't be guaranteed to be exactly the same in the exam. ALL THE BEST!

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Strategy for UPSC CSE Preliminary Exam

This exam consists of two objective papers which are of 200 marks each. There are about 100 questions for the Paper I and about 80 questions for Paper II. The Question Papers come in English and Hindi, both on left and right side of the questions paper respectively.

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Urban Myths: Women Empowerment in India

Definition of empowerment according to the Cambridge Dictionary is </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">“the process of gaining freedom and power to do what you want or to control what happens to you”.

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Gorkha Movement in India

Recently, there has been an uproar with respect to a demand for a separate state of Gorkhland near Darjeeling in West Bengal. The current Gorkhlanad movement is a fight in search of identity. They(Gorkha people) believe that only a separate state can give them this identity, which is true to some extent given the circumstances. It has little to do with development of their land and people. Lack of development often provides people a reason to revolt. Mixing these two things, identity and development, isn't a very good idea as it is seems to somewhat fool the people. This would simply amplify the movement, something which is uncalled for, especially when it is about a particular sect of people, that too in India.

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Final Mock Test for 2017 Prelim Exam

This is the final Mock Test by UPSC Pathshala for the 2017 Preliminary Exam aspirants. Please take this test in real time i.e. 2 hours. However, there is no negative marking in this test, please take a note of this. Your marks may vary because of negative marking in the actual exam. ALL THE BEST!

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The Indian Education System

Education is a continuous and seamless process. There are no boundaries, time limits for any kind of education. Age limits are there for competitive exams, but then education doesn't end there. Neither does it end with a person's graduation, or Masters, or a PhD, nor does it begin in the first standard, as it is widely perceived. This was even pointed out by the late Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. He said "India needs to change its education framework completely."

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2017 UPSC Prelim Question Paper GS 1 - Solved

Following is the 2017 Prelim GS 1 Paper with the correct answers marked in bold.

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President of India Election: What you need to know?

The President isn’t directly elected by the citizens of the country. The elected Members of the Parliament (the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha) and the elected Members of the Legislative Assemblies of the State (Vidhan Sabha) give their votes for the election of the President of India. This forms the electoral college for the election of the President.

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India's 'Modi'fication

During his campaigning, Narendra Modi marketed himself as a reformer. Rather, the only reformer in the country. In my opinion, he comes across as a strong Hindutva-vadi in the guise of a social and economic reformer. The appointment of Yogi Adityanath as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh supports this fact. Modi is more of an administrator than a reformer.

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Can a working professional ever become an IAS officer?

There is no doubt in the fact that the exam needs hard work and a large dollop of luck. Historically, IAS is touted to be the toughest exam we have in the country and people put in their blood and sweat for the preparation. It is believed that candidates migrate to Delhi to prepare full-time for IAS, spending hours every day and a huge amount of money in terms of fees and other expenses.

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One thing nobody teaches you in UPSC - Answer writing!

The UPSC 2017 prelims is behind us and now all the focus is on the UPSC mains which is scheduled to be held from 28<sup>th</sup> October this year. Clearing the UPSC mains exam requires Armour of a different kind as compared to the prelims exam. In the IAS Mains exam, there are nine descriptive papers you have to tackle. Merely knowing the answer is insufficient if you want to fare well here. You must also know how answer writing in the best possible way so that you convey the required message and also stand out among the rest of the pile.

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History of India-China border standoff

It is an old news that India-China are currently engaged </span><span style="font-weight: 400">in a face-off at an area close to Sikkim—the tri-junction between India, Bhutan and China. But it is not just from today that India and China are having strained relationships.

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Why are toppers opting out for Online UPSC Preparation?

There has been a plethora of research on how Online Education has taken over the internet in all ways. While the traditional method of classroom learning has always been the choice,Online UPSC Preparation is in the current limelight.

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Calendar of a Successful Candidate at UPSC Exam, 2018

Preparing for UPSC Exam is a job in itself. We all have been accustomed to the strategies adopted in the colleges to crack the exam, popularly known as “one night games”. Unfortunately, the replication of the same strategy in UPSC Exam is a sure recipe for disaster. How? Let us have a look!

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Studying Sociology for UPSC

The Civil Services Examination is a life changing exam. Irrespective of the result, the preparation changes you entirely. It is always advisable for a candidate to pursue this examination with the aim of learning things as well. This aspect keeps one motivated in the rather long process of UPSC preparation.

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Why is Online UPSC Preparation important for Remote areas?

Online Education has taken over the world and it is no new news. Likewise, Online UPSC Preparation has become a major tool is preparation for Civil Services. There are a number of students who appear UPSC every year.

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List of books and a sample Calendar for CSE 2019

UPSC Civil Services Exam is one of the toughest exams for government posts/services. It tests your thorough as well as wide-ranging knowledge. To achieve, 100% success, you need to prepare for this exam very thoroughly, with 100% dedication, focus, sincerity, positive attitude, and hard work. On the same lines, we have made a sample Calendar for CSE 2019. Also, we are attaching a list of books for you to follow.

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UPSC Exam Paper Pattern

In the recent five years, there have many major and minor changes in UPSC Exam Paper Pattern and syllabus. So, in all those changes, only the CSE Mains exam has been affected. Hence, there has been no change in the number of attempts.Also, age limit and exam pattern for preliminary exam.

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7 quick Reasons for you to prefer Online UPSC Preparation

Having a clear vision for your UPSC Preparation can be tough at times. On the off chance that you comprehend what you need your UPSC Preparation to seem as though, you’ll have a positive objective to work towards your results.

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Challenges for the new Defense minister after the recent shuffling

Elevation of Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman as the new Defense Minister is an assertion of many opinions on part of the ruling dispensation. Some may look at it as a weapon of Women Empowerment too. Personally, on the grounds of being a woman, I am happy to see a woman leader take the charge. But, on the grounds of being a concerned citizen, one cannot really ignore the fact that there are a number of challenges ahead for the new Defense Ministry.

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Cut off in UPSC Exam

UPSC exam is the process of selecting eligible candidates for the three services of the Indian Government namely IAS, IFS, and IPS. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) published the cut-off marks for the exams in 2016 on their official website. Cut off marks are the minimum qualifying marks required to get through to the next round. UPSC uses the term Minimum Qualifying Marks instead of cut-off marks

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IAS exam age limit and number of attempts

IAS stands for Indian Administrative Service. It is one of the three All India Services. Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services Exam (CSE), to recruit IAS officers.

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The Rohingyas Issue

Recently there has been a lot of debate surrounding the Rohingyas of Myanmar. In order to get to the bottom of this debate, firstly we need to answer a few questions.

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How to read English Comprehensions in CSAT

The dictionary meaning of comprehension is “the ability to understand”. But this special ability has several dimensions which have different layers. The first dimension is understanding vocabulary in the given context. The second dimension involves the ability to identify and understand ideas. The third dimension is identifying supporting details, whereas the fourth dimension is identifying relationships between ideas. The fifth dimension involves identifying facts, opinions, and inferences. The sixth dimension involves identifying purpose and tone and last but not the least the seventh dimension involves recognizing arguments and their common structures. These seven dimensions are key to effective reading skills. So, how should one study comprehensions for CSAT?

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Digital Detox

Give this scenario a thought, you wake up in the morning not by the sound of the alarm that you have set on your phone but by the crowing of a rooster, then you have your breakfast without updating the stories of your meal on Snapchat or Instagram. You read news not on your phone apps or e-paper but from a newspaper, you greet your neighbors not by sending a Good Morning text on WhatsApp but by casually visiting your neighbors.

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What We forget to do during preparations for Civil Service Examination

Following are things which are on every aspirant’s checklist:

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Preparing for Civil Services: Changes after UPSC 2017 Mains

I am sure many of you must have seen the question papers of the UPSC 2017 Mains examination. Though the jury is still not out on the difficulty level of the paper and visiting various blogs is getting one more and more confused instead of sorted, there were some very clear messages which were conveyed through the question papers.

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How to prep yourself for the UPSC Civil Services Examination

Civil Services Examination(CSE) is one of the most prestigious and most competitive examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission of India. Every year lakhs of candidates appear for prelims but only few ten thousands qualify the first phase. Approximate statistics for the year 2017 is 5 lakhs candidates appeared for prelims but only 13,000 candidates were qualified for Mains exam. Can you think of the reasons why there are lakhs of students who are unable to clear the first phase of examination? Let us discuss few pointers on how one should start preparing for CSE.

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Should optional papers be scrapped off from Civil Services Mains Examination Pattern?

The recent news on 17th November 2017 from Baswan committee appointed by the UPSC which recommended removal of optional papers along with a reduction of upper age limit, which is yet to be finalized. According to the news, most aspirants feel it would be a game-changer as there is a huge difference in the award of marks in the optional, while some subjects have innate advantages. The news also states the trainers of Civil Services’ aspirants feel the removal of optionals may work to the advantage of urban youngsters since it would test their general knowledge and would be on other governance-related subjects like public administration and law.

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Joy is the simplest form of gratitude

Joy is an expression of happiness, satisfaction, content, thankfulness and freedom and gratitude is the quality of being ready to appreciate and being thankful for the same. Ideally, joy should be the simplest form of gratitude but practically we do not express joy as gratitude very easily.

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Destiny of a nation is shaped in its classrooms

A very good Chinese proverb states that ‘ If you’re thinking a year ahead, plant a seed. If you’re thinking a decade ahead, plant a tree. If you’re thinking a century ahead, educate the people.’ If we today desire to have a better tomorrow for our nation, we need to start working on the building blocks of this nation and these building blocks are the children of this country. Abraham Lincoln once rightly said, “ The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next generation.”

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How to write a good essay?

An essay is a short piece of writing on a particular subject, usually in prose and generally analytic, speculative or interpretative that gives the author’s own argument. Essays are written composition about anything.

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How you are studying Current Affairs all wrong!

In Civil Services Examination, the lion’s share of the questions from General Studies are, in fact, from Current Affairs. Preparing Current Affairs’ section has always been a nightmare for most of the students. Any beginner ends up spending at least 3 hours every day in just reading and understanding the newspaper. If you start making notes, which is obviously important, the time you spend in doing it is almost 4 hours every day, thus leaving you with very little time to read other sources.

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Baswan Committee Recommendations

In the past few weeks a number of students have shared their concerns about the recent recommendations (not yet made public) of Baswan Committee regarding the modifications in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. There are rumors, which I get to see everyday on social media, which somehow has attained virality in terms of whatsapp forwards (even I received a few). I decided to write on it so that some clarification can be sent to all the students.

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Cryptocurrency: What is it?

Cryptocurrency is a digital currency for which encryption techniques are used to regulate its use and generate its release. Unlike, flat currencies like INR, USD, EUR etc - cryptocurrency is not regulated or controlled by any bank, government or centralized financial authorities. Instead, it relies on the power of internet to guarantee its value and confirm transactions.

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Benefits of Crash Course in UPSC

Crash Courses usually keep students in a dilemma about its rate of success for covering the syllabus in a short time. Let us discuss the benefits of Crash Course and understand how it can be efficient for CSE preparation.

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Digital Learning

Digital learning is an innovative method that integrates technology with the process of learning. Digital learning can be implemented across any areas or fields of learning. With the advent of smartphones and computers, the processes of learning have evolved rapidly. Today, digital learning involves_x001f_—

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Ransomware: WannaCry, Petya?

Ransomware is a form a malicious software that locks up files on the computer, encrypts them, and demands ransom/pay to return the files back. It adds that, if you fail to pay within the given time, the ransom amount will be doubled, and if you still fail to pay, you will lose the files forever.

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Writing the UPSC Civil Services Exam in Hindi

Hindi, though not a national language of India, it is an official language of the country. Hindi also happens to be the mother tongue of more than 40% of Indian population. Indians, overseas, are known as Hindi speaking people. But, the recent statistics of CSE show a decline in number of candidates appearing the examination in Hindi language. English is also an official language of India and a lot of aspirants are switching from medium Hindi to medium English. The aspirants have the fear, that, they may not qualify the CSE in hindi medium and therefore switch to english medium.

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India's 'Soft Power'.

There has been considerable talk over the past few years about India as a “global soft power”. Political attention at the global level has focused largely on specific regions due to the potential for conflict or flexing of muscles by some powers. India is, undoubtedly, not in this league of exhibition of military might and is not seen as a player of such power politics as some other nations. However, in an era of greater globalization and efforts by others to dominate world affairs, India needs to refine its existing strategy by which it carves out its own rightful place in the world.

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Insolvency and Bankruptcy in India

One of the essential business supporting element is a mechanism to settle failed or bankrupt entities without causing damage to any players in the economy. Continuation of financially non-viable businesses leads to locking of funds and physical assets. Similarly, it may lead to stress for the lender who have provided loan to the distressed business entity. For this, a bankruptcy code in the form of set of laws for the resolution of failed entities/individuals is needed.

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3D Printing Technology

Three Dimensional Printing also known as additive manufacturing, uses materials such as plastics and metals, to convert products envisaged on computer aided design to real three-dimensional items. ‘Additive’ refers to the successive addition of thin layers between 16 to 180 microns or more to create an object.

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Union Budget - What? and Why?

Union budget is a comprehensive statement of the government's finances including spending, revenues, deficit or surplus, and debt, for the fiscal year that runs from April 1 to March 31.

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Fog Computing, an aid to Cloud Computing

Cisco Systems, which coined the term “fog computing,” and IBM (which prefers the term edge computing), both have ongoing initiatives to push computing back out to the edge of the networks, to the devices, routers and sensors where the Internet ends and the real world begins, blanketing our world with a fog of devices with the computing power to handle much of the data and processing we request of them on their own.

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Credit and Monetary Policy of RBI

Credit and Monetary policy is the macroeconomic policy laid down by the central bank. It involves management of money supply and interest rate and is the demand side economic policy used by the government of a country to achieve macroeconomic objectives like inflation, consumption, growth and liquidity. In India, monetary policy of the Reserve Bank of India is aimed at managing the quantity of money in order to meet the requirements of different sectors of the economy and to increase the pace of economic growth.

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PNB SCAM: Nirav Modi

Punjab National Bank(PNB) detected alleged fraud (PNB Scam) of Rs 11,500 crore at its Mumbai branch on 14th February, 2018. The alleged fraudulent transactions were reported to benefit a few account holders in apparent connivance of the some of the bank employees.

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Boost in Income of Farmers: Union Govt 2018

Agrarian distress as manifest from large number of farmers living below poverty line and unfortunate incidents of suicides can be addressed by enabling farmers to increase their income. With this understanding, the government is targeting to double the income of farmers by 2022. Union Government announced multiple measures for growth of income of farmers in the Union Budget 2018.

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Salient Features of Indian Political System

India, i.e Bharat, as stated in her constitution is a ‘Union of States’ and follows a democratic parliamentary system of governance. The well developed and fully evolved form of democracy that we witness today in India has taken a long span of time to be matured. It has seen both ups and downs, but has managed to survive successfully. We know that there are many factors which worked for the success of India’s democracy. But here we put light on merely the most cardinal factors which directly helped India to preserve their democratic government in the last few decades.

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