[Q] mains answering the question with different phrases like Discuss, Critically analyse, Evaluate, Elucidate

Q. Can you clarify the meaning and approach one should follow while answering the question with different phrases like Discuss, Critically analyse, Evaluate, Elucidate etc. -Pratap Following is Copy paste from Sivaharimani’s thread on IO forum How to Write Answers The civil services main exam consists of descriptive [...]

[Update] My distant Education degree is valid for IAS Exam or not?

Update on my earlier blogpost regarding Distant Education Learning degree and its validity for IAS / other Government  jobs. Here is the update, [Thanks to Kenneth Lyngwa’s email throwing light on this]   In short if you’ve got a degree from some Distant Education course, you need [...]

[Essay Tip for Newcomers] What to write & What not to write in Mains IAS exam?

Think for Thirty Minutes What *NOT* to write in an Essay? Provokative Essays Don’t get Personal (Cong.vs BJP) Quoting the Famous Quotes Padding with Fodder Material Suggested Reading Reading Books as a Hobby Related articles This is what I learned from my seniors and [...]

[Never-ending GS Syllabus] and your chances of success in civil service exam

Written for those who feel stressed about General studies and their chances of success in civil service exam, We’ve 5 category of players for each topic- Let us take a topic for example: Geography: earthquake, tsunami and volcano.   JBPS no0b guy /Lord Curzon: He doesn’t know the difference [...]

[Strategy] 100 Days to go before CSAT, Where are you?

this is an old article: new article with more details= given on separate page, click me Preparation Status:Reality Check The 100 Days Strategy Plausible Strategy Quantifiable Strategy REACHING THE PRIME THE FLOODS of readymade Material THE CLAIMS AND ADVERTISEMENTS REAL NIGHTMARE: Not YET To those [...]

[Strategy] Five Rules: How to prepare for UPSC without leaving job?

Rule #2: You’ve to stop feeling guilty about it Rule #3: You’ve to study in minutes, not in hours Rule #4: “Net-surfing” doesn’t equal to “studying” Rule #5: You’ve to do “follow up” instantly Rule #1: Rule #2: You’ve to stop feeling guilty about [...]

[Strategy] How to prepare Current Affairs from Newspapers in Less than one hour for UPSC IAS IPS CSAT Exam

This article is in response to many panic mails that I receive, “help! It takes more than 4 hours just to read The Hindu.” Why is it important to read the newspaper? Can’t I just use Chronicle, Civil Service Times or Pratiyogita Darpan? What are [...]

[Study-plan] India and World, International Relations for GS (Mains) Paper 2, Essay and Interview along with Free Study Material

Why should I prepare International Affairs? Step 1: Gather the material Step 2: Prepare the Mental Framework Based on Location Based on Phases Dynamic portion: Two parts How to approach the Dynamic portion? Supplimentary Reading Appendix: Official Syllabus 1. India and the World [...]

[Tips] Nine Types of Questions in UPSC Mains Exam: How to write answers?

This article was originally written by Sivaharimani on ioforum way back in 2007. 9 types of Questions in Mains Exam Break the Question in 3 parts 7 steps answer writing 9 types of Questions in Mains Exam In UPSC Civil service Mains exam, by and large [...]

[Strategy] How to spend 9 Months? To those failed in CSAT 2012 and want to reappear in 2013

First Task: Back up plan Other competitive Exams PG Degrees via Distance Learning Why IGNOU’s Distance Learning Programs? IFS, IES, Statistical Services Pick up some Activity Second Task : UPSC attempt for 2013 August to November 2012 January to May of Next year [...]

Mrunal's Auto Notemaker for PDF files & The Hindu

[Tech] Mrunal’s Auto NoteMaker for The Hindu & PDF files: Grab Data by Mouse, Make Notes without typing!

Imagine that you’re reading a newspaper or book. All you’ve to do is just keep highlighting important lines and phrases, and someone automatically copies them and prepares a separate note for you, in other words an Auto Notemaker! Convenient, time saver, miraculous. And yes, it [...]

[Tech] How to read The Hindu Online, Efficiently via Google Reader

UPDATE: May-27-2013: Since Google decided to shutdown google reader from 1st July, This article has become obsolete. Please click me to read the new technique/trick on how to use feedly instead of Google reader. How to read Hindu Online, Efficiently? Ans. Well, one way is their [...]