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 »


Why isn’t India using their Thorium power to generate energy?

Why isn’t India using their Thorium power to generate energy? India is following a three-stage nuclear power programme (that was formulated by Dr. Homi Bhabha in the 1950s). The ultimate focus of the programme is on enabling the thorium reserves of India to be utilised in meeting the country’s energy requirements. So, the third stage will use thorium. This third stage will come only when the first two stages are completed. Lets see why – 1. Stage one centers on India’s indigenous pressurized heavy water… Continue Reading »


Useful mnemonics for the UPSC Civil Services Examination

What are some very useful mnemonics for the UPSC civil services examination?   Mnemonics help is memorizing facts. Therefore, they might not be much useful for UPSC CSE given the nature of questions that emphasize conceptual clarity. Nevertheless, few related tricks can be used. 1. For Schemes   There is this scheme called Bharat Nirman. It has 6 components under it. Waters; Roads; Housing; Telephone; Electricity; Irrigation. I memorized it using the term WRITE H – each alphabet denoting one component. A Question can be… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 28 : Environment

1. Methane (CH4) is one of the six greenhouse gases under the Kyoto protocol. Which of the following is/are sources of methane? 1. combustion of fossil fuels 2. wetlands 3. automobiles 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. Which of these pairs are correctly matched ? 1. Minamata convention : mercury 2. Stockholm convention : persistant organic pollutants 3. Basel convention :… Continue Reading »


The Interview process at UPSC

Those going for the interview (the first timers) have numerous questions about what all (and in what sequence) happens on the day of interview. This post attempts to give a step-by-step description of all the interview related formalities. Entry You have to report at the time given in front of the UPSC gate (shown in the picture). The candidates have to wait outside until the checking/verification process starts. Suggestion : Please bring an identification proof (mains admit card/ voter ID/ Aadhar card/ PAN card etc… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 27 : Economy

1. In India, which of the following is/are a mechanism of deficit financing? 1. borrowing from RBI. 2. borrowing from commercial banks. 3. issuing fresh currency notes. 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. International Development Association (IDA) is called the ‘soft’ window of the World Bank (WB) because a) it lends for software and It development b) taking loans from it… Continue Reading »


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