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… 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 »


GS Prelims Mock Test Series 2015

The GS Prelims Mock test series 2015 is now available as a set of 1000 MCQs containing all the 10 mock tests with answers and detailed explanation at a discounted price of Rs 350 only. These questions are still relevant for the upcoming UPSC prelims exam in August 2016. The idea is to make you practice 1000 quality questions that will make you ready for the Prelims exam in August 2016. The tests will help in practicing, revising and covering topic/ideas which may have been… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 26 : Geography

1. The seismic weaves helps in understanding the interior of earth. Which of the following about seismic waves is/are correct ? 1. P waves travel with fastest speed and are most destructive. 2. S waves cannot pass through liquid. 3. The surface waves (L) are analogous to light waves. Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 2 only c) 2 and 3 only d) 1 and 3 only 2. Consider the following statements : 1. A positive… Continue Reading »


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