CSAT (paper 2 of prelims) made qualifying

The paper 2 of the UPSC Civil Services preliminary exam will be qualifying in nature, atleast for the 2015 exams. The following is from the Press information bureau report – The Government has approved the following in respect of Civil Services Examination: • An Expert Committee would be constituted to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time namely, eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of Civil Services Examination. • Till such time the Government takes decision on the recommendation of the above Committee, the… Continue Reading »

Tackling the compulsory language paper in UPSC mains

Every year about 10-12 percent candidates are unable to qualify the compulsory language paper in UPSC mains. It is also called paper A in UPSC mains. This means all their hard work goes in vain as their other paper’s marks are not taken into account. Worst part is they cannot even know their marks of other papers. It is thus strongly suggested that compulsory language paper should not be taken lightly.   Structure of the paper  The type of questions asked are – 1. Essay –… Continue Reading »

Digilocker website

What is exactly the DigiLocker website created by the Government of India? Is it authentic and working? Consider this – You are going for an interview. You need to produce your original certificates at the time of interview. Now, if the venue of interview happens to be out of your town, there is this problem of safety of your original certificates. When I went for my interview to Delhi, I was unable to sleep properly during the journey as I was worried about my certificates.… Continue Reading »

Prelims MCQs Quiz 29 : Geography (Census Report)

This is a special quiz on Census 2011, reports of which has been slowly released in last few years. It is an attempt to make an otherwise facts laden report interesting with the help of questions. Remember, in UPSC facts/data are not important, but trends are. An interesting and surprising statement formed on the basis of data is what UPSC gives as questions. 1. The office of the registrar general and census commissioner conducts the census in India. It is under which ministry/body? a) MOSPI… Continue Reading »

Concepts – Fiscal deficit, deflation and devaluation

What is Fiscal Deficit? A government has many expenditures like salaries & payments of staff, funds for various schemes, loans and grants that it makes, contingency expenditures like those of disasters and compensation etc. Similarly it has many revenue sources like – interests it receives on loans given, revenues from disinvestment, revenues generated from selling resources like spectrum, oil, minerals etc. These type of revenues do not create any debt as government do not have to payback anything to anyone. For eg. revenues from spectrum… Continue Reading »

How should one prepare for Indian polity?

Preparing Indian Polity, or for that matter any subject/topic of UPSC  comprises of  3 steps. 1. Base book reading For Indian polity, the base book is of-course, M. Laxmikanth You can buy the book here –  Buy Indian Polity Book Online at Low Prices in India Start with any chapter, that interests you. Don’t worry too much about remembering articles of the constitution, acts, amendments etc in the beginning. If any topic becomes too complex to understand, skip it to read something simpler. Slowly and… Continue Reading »

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