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Adi Shankaracharya

[History] Adi Shankaracharya & National Philosophy Day, Joytiba Phule’s 125th Anniversary, Komagta Maru Apology & More

PROLOGUE History & Culture in News National Philosopher: Adi Shankaracharya Jyotiba Phule: 125th Birth Anniversary Komagta Maru: 102 years & Canadian Apology Nirankari sect Dead in News Books in New: Economy related Music Movies States in News Gujarat for GPSC Other States in [...]

[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 [...]

[Strategy & Studyplan] Public Administration Mains Paper 1 & 2 (Hindi / English) for UPSC IAS Exam Recommend Booklist

For those totally newcomers, wanting to prepare Public Administration in Just 2-3 months. Why Public Administration is Popular? Challenges/Obstacles/Problems in Preparation Types of Question: Static vs Dynamic Static Questions in Public Administration Dynamic Questions in Public Administration Gemstone Mining from SRB Back-breaking Move Innocent [...]

[Aptitude] Family Trees & Blood Relations: Logical Arrangement Made Easy

Introduction Dataset #1 Step 1: Gender and Generation table Step 2: Checklist Questions based on the Family-Data Dataset #2: UPSC CSP’2000 Step #1: Gender and Generation table Step-2: Run the checklist Step-3: Solve the Question Do eliminate wrong options Keep a Watch on [...]

[Strategy & Inspiration] How Visually Challenged Candidates prepare for UPSC Civil Service Exam

I had asked Mr.Balanagendran  to write an article on how visually challenged candidates prepare for the civil service exam. It is my personal requests to all readers- please DO read the two paragraphs titled Free Training for Softwares Barriers to Preparation: The Cost Factor And [...]

Prabhakar Ranjan

[Toppers Interview] Prabhakar Prakash Ranjan (AIR 339 / CSE 2011) shares his journey and Booklist for Geography & Public Administration

Introduction Name PRABHAKAR PRAKASH RANJAN Roll number 306327 Rank (CSE 2011) 339 Optional Subjects Geography Public Administration Medium for Mains Exam English Mains Examination Centre Delhi Number of Attempts 2 Details of Graduation and Post-Grad. Integrated Post-Graduation in Information Technology (IT) from ABV-IIITM, Gwalior Schooling (Medium) English Extracurricular activities, hobbies, achievements etc. National Talent Search Examination (NTSE) Scholarship GATE Scholarship NCC – A Certificate Blogging, Reading Novels, [...]

[Strategy & determination] Safi got Rank 55 without coaching or leaving the job on his first trial

Myth#1- you can’t get selected on your first trial Myth#2- you can’t get selected without going to some big coaching classes @ Delhi Myth#3- you must quit your job to concentrate for this exam Myth#4- Management is an unpopular and non-scoring optional subject And [...]

[Science] Thalassaemia,Hemophilia,Leukemia & the Basics of Blood

What is bone marrow? Why is bone marrow important? What do red blood cells (RBC) do? Why do red blood cells have red colour? What is anemia? What is Thalassaemia? How does a person get thalassaemia? Treatment Of Thalassaemia What is Sickle cell [...]

[Toppers Interview] Sridhar PN (AIR 267 / CSE 2011) first attempt, Anthropology & Public Administration

Introduction Essay Your Study plan CSAT (Paper I) General studies CSAT Paper II (Aptitude) Mains Examination Compulsory Language papers General Studies paper I General Studies paper 2 Anthropology Public Administration Marksheet Introduction Name Sridhar P N Roll number 311458 Rank (CSE 2011) 267 Optional Subjects Public Administration and Anthropology Medium for Mains Exam English Mains [...]

[Toppers Interview] Abhishek Kumar Tiwari (AIR 69 / CSE 2011) gives History & Political science strategy

First attempt, no coaching and Abhishek Tiwary walks away with 69th Rank. And today he shares his journey and preparation tips for both History and Political Science, for the benefit future UPSC aspirants. Introduction Essay Your Study plan CSAT (Paper I) General studies CSAT [...]

ASEAN Regional Forum

[Diplomacy] India and ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF): Meetings & Outcomes

What is ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF)? Working of ARF What is Track-1 and Track-2 Diplomacy? 3-stage Confidence Building process ARF Member states ARF process is three-tiered Four Intersessional meetings of ISMs Vision Statement for ARF for 2020 Hanoi Plan of Action (POA) India [...]

[Culture] Festivals of India: Characteristics, Features & Importance

Characteristics of Indian Festivals? Seasonal in nature Seasonal Festivals are Agro-based Worship of Animals Worship of Fire Same time but different Names Involves Dancing Involves Processions Artificial / Non-religious Festivals Appendix: Major Festivals of India Bihu: three types, Makar Sankranti, Lohri, Onam, Pongal [...]