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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Is it possible to clear IAS prelims in 3 months?

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YES it is.
If you are willing to dedicate around 12 hours of serious study, you can do it
CSAT: Many candidates, especially from non-science or non-engineering background fail to clear CSAT’s cutoff . Do not neglect this paper if your quant/maths is weak. Try some coaching institutes’ mock papers to judge your ability. Give 3 hours daily for CSAT if it is not prepared. if you are good at it and easily score 140+ marks in coaching’s mock in CSAT paper, you dont need to worry much. Dedicate this time to GS and but practice some mock in last 1 month.
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The HINDU Notes – 20th February 2019

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Ordinance to curb Ponzi schemes gets nod

•The Cabinet on Tuesday approved the promulgation of an ordinance with regard to the Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, to protect investors from Ponzi schemes.

•The Lok Sabha had passed the Bill on the last day of the Budget session, but could not get the approval of the Rajya Sabha.

•The proposed ordinance will tackle the menace of illicit deposit-taking activities launched by rapacious operators, who at present are exploiting regulatory gaps and lack of strict administrative measures to dupe poor and gullible people of their hard-earned savings, an official statement said. It has provisions for punishment and disgorgement or repayment of deposits in cases where such schemes nonetheless manage to raise deposits.

๐Ÿ“ฐ Govt. provides ₹361 cr. more for mid-day meals cooking cost

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RRB NTPC 2019 Notification for Recruitment for 1.3 lakhs vacancy ( NTPC, Para Medical, Ministerial, level 1)

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Click here to Download RRB NTPC 2019 Notification for Recruitment for 1.3 lakhs vacancy ( NTPC, Para Medical, Ministerial, level 1) 

Application Start Date

Name of the CategoryApplication Start Date
NTPCFebruary 28th, 2019 at 10.00 am
Para-Medical StaffMarch 4th, 2019 at 10.00 am
Ministerial and Isolated CategoriesMarch 8th, 2019 at 10.00 am
Level 1 PositionsMarch 12th, 2019 at 10.00 am
The candidates will have to wait for the official notification to get more information on education qualification for each positions and the eligibility and age criteria for desirable candidates. The application fee for general candidates is Rs. 500 and for candidates from reserved category is Rs. 250.

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UPSC IAS 2019: How to fill Civil Services Prelims Application Form?

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Every year UPSC conducts Civil Services Exam at Pan India level for filling the administrative positions in different All-India Services and Central Civil Services including IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS, and IRTS. The selection process consist of three stages—Preliminary Exam (Objective Multiple Choice), Mains Exam (Written) and Final Interview. Eligible candidates can start filling the Online Application Form for Civil Services Prelims 2019 Exam from 19th February, 2019 till 18th March, 2019 (6:00 PM)Below are the Important Dates of UPSC IAS 2019 Exam:
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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UPSC CSE Prelims Previous Year Question Paper Download

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Daily Current Affairs, 19th February 2019

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1) Rajnath Singh Launches Pan-India Number 112 For Women Safety
•Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi launched a range of citizen safety initiatives in New Delhi. It includes the Emergency Response Support System, ERSS, for women safety in 16 states and Union territories. The service has already been launched in Himachal Pradesh and Nagaland.

•Persons in distress can dial a pan-India number: 112. Under this system, all the stateshave to set up a dedicated Emergency Response Centre, ERC. A citizen may Press the power button on a smartphone thrice quickly to activate a panic call to ERC. In case of a feature phone, long press on number 5 or 9 on the phone keypad will activate the panic call.

2) Rajasthan Assembly Passes Bills Scrapping Minimum Qualification For Local Polls
•The Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan passed the Rajasthan Panchayati Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Rajasthan Municipality (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to end the minimum education criterion for panchayat and civic polls candidates.

•The previous BJP government had introduced the minimum qualification of class 10 for Zila Parishad/Panchayat member election, and class 5 or 8 class for the post of sarpanch.

3) 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 Held At Sonipat, Haryana

•Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh, inaugurated the 4th Agri Leadership Summit 2019 at the India International Horticulture Market (IIHM) in Ganaur, Sonipat district, Haryana. It was a 3-day summit. The theme of the summit was “Entrepreneurship & Agri-Business; Agri Allied – A Promising Sector and Agri Service- Direct Marketing”.

•President Ram Nath Kovind addressed the closing ceremony of the summit. He launched Digital Kisan Platform. He also conferred Krishi Ratna Puraskar on Vice Chancellor K. P. Singh of Haryana Agriculture University, Hisar and honoured 9 farmers with the Kisan Ratna Puraskar.

4) Iran’s First Semi-Heavy Missile-Equipped Submarine Fateh Unveiled
•Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani unveiled the first Iranian made semi-heavy submarine named ‘Fateh’ (‘Conqueror’ in Persian), capable of being fitted with missiles, as per the reporting on Iran’s state TV.

•It has subsurface-to-surface missiles with a range of about 2,000 km (1,250 miles)and is capable of reaching Israel and U.S. military bases in the region.

5) International Annual Desert Festival Held In Jaisalmer
•The 40th International Annual Desert Festival held on the sand dune in Jaisalmerwith thousands of tourists participating in the colourful event. The 3-day festival, which exhibits the rich cultural heritage of the desert state, commenced with a colourful procession from Gadsisar lake fort.

•It had interesting events like Mr. Desert and Ms. Moomal competitions, mustache competitions, turban tying, musical and cultural performances, among others. Folk artists also gave their enthralling performance.

6) India’s First ‘Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ Inaugurated In Kolkata
•Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma inaugurated India’s very first ‘Fulldome 3D Digital Theatre’ at the Science City in Kolkata, West Bengal. It is fully funded by the Ministry of Culture at a cost of Rs 20 crore. The Science City is operated by the National Council of Science Museums under the Ministry of Culture.

7) IAF Carried Out ‘Vayu Shakti’ Exercise At Pokhran
•Indian Air Force conducted mega exercise ‘Vayu Shakti’ in Pokhran, Rajasthan. The exercise was carried out day and night where the IAF showcased firepower capability of indigenously developed platforms and efficacy of missiles.

•For the first time, the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALP) and the Akash surface-to-air missile were deployed in the military exercise. MiG-29 fighter jet also participated in the exercise. The capability of Griffin Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) a laser-guided bomb system was also showcased in the exercise. The honorary group captain of the IAF, Sachin Tendulkar was present during the exercise.

8) RBI To Pay Rs 28,000 Crore As Interim Dividend To Government
•The Reserve Bank has announced that it will transfer an interim surplus of 28,000 crorerupees to the central government for the half-year ended 31st December 2018. The central bank follows a July-June financial year and usually distributes the dividend in August after annual accounts are finalised.

•With this interim transfer, the government will get a total of Rs 68,000 crore from the central bank in the current fiscal. The RBI had transferred Rs 40,000 crore to the government in August 2018.

•This will be the highest receipt from RBI in a single financial year for the government, exceeding the Rs 65,896 crore it received in FY16 and Rs 40,659 crore in FY18. A committee headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor Bimal Jalan has been set up to review RBI’s economic capital framework.

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UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination Syllabus 2019

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The Preliminary Examination for Civil Services Examination of Union Public Service Commission  is also popularly called CSAT or Civil Services Aptitude Test. The CSAT is actually the second paper of General Studies that was introduced in 2011.
The preliminary examination of UPSC is for screening purpose only. The marks obtained in the UPSC prelims examination amount to a qualification to take the UPSC Main examination and will not be counted for determining a candidate's final order of merit.
Syllabus of Paper I (200 marks) Duration : 2 hours
  • Current events of national and international importance
  • History of India and Indian National Movement
  • Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
  • Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
  • Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc
  • General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation General Science
Syllabus for Paper II-(200 marks) Duration: 2 hours
  • Comprehension
  • Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
  • Logical reasoning and analytical ability
  • Decision-making and problem solving
  • General mental ability
  • Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)
Note 1: The CSAT aptitude test or Paper-II of the Civil Services (Preliminary) examination will be a qualifying paper only with a minimum of 33% to be secured to sit for the Civil Services (Mains) exam.
Note 2: The questions in both Paper-I (current affairs) and Paper-II (aptitude test) will be of multiple choice, objective type for 200 marks each and the time allotted for each paper is two hours
Note 3: It is mandatory for the candidate to appear in both the papers of Civil Services (Prelim) examination for the purpose of evaluation. Therefore a candidate will be disqualified in case he or she does not appear in both the papers of the (Prelims) exam.

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UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019 Notification

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UPSC Civil Services (IAS) & IFoS Prelims 2019 Notification & Online Registration: 

Click here to Download UPSC Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination 2019 Notification

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Click here to Download UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination Syllabus 2019
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) released the UPSC Civil Services 2019 Notification and IFoS (Indian Forest Service) Exam 2019 Notification today at its official website The candidates willing to apply for UPSC Prelims 2019 can now complete their Online Registration at the UPSC's apply online portal,
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The HINDU Notes – 19th February 2019

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๐Ÿ“ฐ Quash Kulbhushan Jadhav verdict, says India

India also attacks the “farcical” military trial of Jadhav, who was found guilty and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2017.

•The first day of oral arguments in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International Court of Justice in The Hague concluded with India accusing Pakistan of “knowingly, wilfully and brazenly” flouting the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.

•India also attacked the “farcical” military trial of Mr. Jadhav, who was found guilty and sentenced to death by a Pakistani military court in 2017.

•It requested the court to annul the verdict of the military court and direct Pakistan to set Mr. Jadhav free on the basis of the “review and reconsideration” process that would be available to him in that country.

•The hearing took place without former Pakistani Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani, who was taken ill before the proceedings commenced and before he could be sworn in as an ad hoc ICJ judge.

•He is expected to take part in the proceedings on Tuesday.

•Speaking outside the court after the proceedings, Harish Salve, India’s counsel expressed his optimism that “justice will be done.” However, Pakistan’s lead counsel Khawar Qureshi QC said he had been “disappointed” by India’s arguments, insisting there was “nothing new,” in them, and that “fundamental questions” remained unanswered.

•The case stripped of “irrelevances’ put forward by Pakistan boiled down to these two main issues around the military court proceedings and consular access, Mr. Salve, told the Monday morning hearing. He said that the 2017 provisional measures introduced by the ICJ that required Pakistan to not execute Mr. Jadhav until the full proceedings could take place had saved “the imminent threat of life to an innocent Indian national” and had given “hope” to the whole country.

•He rejected Pakistan’s contentions that the circumstances of the case – and the fact that Mr. Jadhav is accused of espionage and the case relates to national security – made those consular access requirements redundant, and repeatedly accused Pakistan of using the case for domestic propaganda purposes. India also maintains that it is the 1963 Convention on consular relations rather than the 2008 bilateral agreement on consular relations that applies to the case, putting it firmly in the jurisdiction of the ICJ.

•The lack of consular access had been the prime focus of the 2017 hearing at which India had successfully sought provisional measures from the court requiring Pakistan to stay the execution of Mr. Jadhav pending the main hearings.

•On Monday, Mr. Salve also focused on the military court system in Pakistan, attacking the increased use of such courts to try civilians, in “opaque and secret” proceedings; 274 civilians – including “possibly children” had been convicted in Pakistan’s military courts over the past couple of years, he said, contrasting it with India which had “never considered amending,” the Army Act to cover civilians.

•In a detailed account of the events that had unfolded since March 3 2016, when Pakistan said it had arrested Mr. Jadhav in Balochistan, Mr. Salve noted not only the repeated lack of consular access, despite repeated requests from India but also the lack of information provided to it on the specifics of the trial process and charges against Mr. Jadhav.

•Instead, he accused Pakistan of engaging in repeated propaganda, and of using the case to build a narrative against India. “We have not seen the evidence against Jadhav, we have seen the doctored confession “over and over again,” he said.

•The high rate of “confessions” from those civilians who had been found guilty by military courts raised questions about the adequacy of safeguards within them, including raising the possibility of torture being used to extract confessions, and the “high risk of mistreatment,” he said.

•Rather than pushing for the court to order a review of the case in Pakistan, Mr. Salve argued that the evidence suggested that the review and relief mechanisms available to Mr. Jadhav and India were “highly inadequate.” Pakistan’s “military courts cannot command the confidence of this court and should not be sanctified,” he told the court, during the opening session that took nearly the entire three hours allocated to the proceedings.

•Mr. Jillani was taken ill ahead of the proceedings and left the court’s grounds by ambulance. He was therefore not sworn in as an ad hoc judge in the case as had been planned. It meant that the proceedings took place before the 15 ICJ judges, including former Indian Supreme Court Judge Dalveer Bhandari. However, at the start of the proceedings the President of the Court, Somalian judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf left open the possibility of him taking part in subsequent proceedings, telling the court at the start of the hearing simply that he “will not be sitting today.”

•On Tuesday, Pakistan will respond with its opening oral arguments, also set over a three-hour time period. This will be followed by two one and a half hour sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, where India and Pakistan will present their concluding arguments. There is no set time period for a judgment to be made, though typically such cases take around six months to be considered. Judgments are based on a simple majority decision, and in the case of a tie, the President has the casting vote. The decisions of the court are binding, final and non-appealable, though in exceptional circumstances certain recourses are available to parties, including requests for interpretation of the judgment.

•The ICJ is the main judicial arm of the UN, established in 1945 to deal with “contentious” cases submitted to it by member states and to give advisory opinions on legal questions referred to it, but is not a criminal court.
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