Monthly Archives: May 2015


Application based question in polity for UPSC Prelims

We all read M.Laxmikanth for Indian polity. However, in last few years UPSC has asked questions in polity that were beyond the scope of the book. While the book contians legal and constitutional provisions, questions from actual implementation of acts, policies, provisions etc were asked. These are what I call ‘application based questions in polity’. For example, consider this from UPSC Prelims 2012 – Which of the following can be said to be essentially the parts of Inclusive Governance? 1. Permitting the Non-Banking Financial Companies… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 35 : Environment

1. Which of the following World Heritage Sites is/are also a tiger reserve? 1. Sundarbans 2. Nanda Devi 3. Manas 4. Kaziranga Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 1 and 4 only d) 1, 3 and 4 only 2. With reference to ground level ozone (GLO), consider the following statements: 1. GLO reach unhealthy levels on cold days. 2. They can be transported long distances by wind. Which of the statements given… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 34 : Geography

1. Tropical cyclones do not form over equator. This is because 1. Equator is a zone of wind convergence. 2. The temperature over equator is too high. 3. There are no fronts over equator. Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 2 and 3 only d) none 2. With reference to laterite soil, consider the following statements: 1. They are the result of intense leaching. 2. They are poor in organic matter. Which… Continue Reading »


Applying logic in UPSC General Studies Prelims

No, the heading of the post is not incorrect. You may think that logic is to be used in paper 2 (informally CSAT) and not in general studies. However, we can and we must use logic in general studies prelims paper as well. Given the vastness of UPSC syllabus, it’s just not possible to cover everything. Nevertheless basics can be covered and then we can apply logic to answer what may seem a difficult/advanced question. What I call logic here, is essentially a composition of three… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQS Quiz 33 : Science

1. Which of the following diseases have been totally eradicated from India? 1. Polio 2. Leprosy 3. Small pox Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 2 and 3 only d) 1, 2 and 3 2. Trans fat is used in food products to a) improve nutrition. b) raise good cholestrol. c) extend shelf life. d) none of the above. 3. Chloroform can be used as 1. reagent 2. cleaning agent 3. insecticide Select the… Continue Reading »


UPSC Civil Services Notification 2015 Simplified

UPSC released the notification for Civil Services Examination 2015. The full notification can be viewed here. In this post we are giving important points, highlights and summary of the notification. We are also including a FAQs to help the aspirants know about the application process and other requirements.   Highlights & Summary   1. Important dates  a) Date of prelims exam – 23rd August 2015 b) Starting date of online application – 23rd May 2015 c) Last date of online application – 19th June 2015… Continue Reading »


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