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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Download Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2018 Official Question Paper

Sunday, June 03, 2018

UPSC Prelims 2018 Paper II Answer Keys


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UPSC Prelims Answer Key 2018 with Explanation


UPSC Prelims Answer Key – GS Paper 1 (All Sets)

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

UPSC Guide - How to read newspapers effectively

Are you an UPSC aspirant? Here’s an interesting article on reading newspapers brought to you by Oliveboard, an online exam preparation platform for government and banking exams.
Regularly reading the newspaper is an indispensable part of the UPSC Civil Services exam preparation. In fact, newspaper reading is an integral part of exam preparation, be it the UPSC CSE or other exams such as CAT, IIFT, SBI PO, IBPS PO etc. This improves your general awareness and help you score higher in the GK section of the exam. If you are reading the newspaper in English, it boosts your English preparation along with GK.
‘The Hindu’ is the most widely recommended newspaper for UPSC aspirants. Here are few tips on how to read newspapers effectively.
     1. Rely on 1 good newspaper and that should be enough
     2. Spend no more than 5 minutes on the front page
   3. Focus on issues and not news. As for example: The news is boy faces trouble for talking to a girl. Here, the issue is moral policing
  4. Read selected editorials – Areas of interest, Agreements, Political Events, Scheme Announcements by Government bodies, Economy
    5. Maintain notes, understand the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’
Watch this video to learn to read newspapers effectively in less than 3 minutes!

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Key changes likely in Civil Services exam [ Source The Hindu ]


Key changes likely in Civil Services exam [ Source The Hindu ]
Baswan Committee recommends reduction of upper age limit, removal of optional paper

•The Civil Services examination that selects the top bureaucrats in the country is likely to see major changes that includes reduction of upper age limit and removal of an optional paper in the mains , to ensure level-playing field for all the aspirants.

•The recommendations were made by the Baswan Committee, which is yet to be made public. However, sources said it has been forwarded to the Department of Personnel for taking a final decision on the same and its consequent implementation. It is widely believed in the official circles that the above two key recommendations may be accepted.

•The suggestion to remove the optional paper is being considered a major reform for which the Baswan Committee depended on the feedback from aspirants, who overwhelmingly supported it when the committee sought their responses online.
•Most aspirants feel it would be a game-changer as there is a huge difference in the award of marks in the optionals, while some subjects have innate advantages. “The availability of coaching and study material, and the scheme of awarding marks, make some subjects more popular,” agrees Vikas, an aspirant.

•The trainers of Civil Services’ aspirants feel the removal of optionals may work to the advantage of urban youngsters since it would test their general knowledge and would be on other governance-related subjects like public administration and law.

•The languages that are quite popular for scoring high, may lose relevance now, feels Gopala Krishna, director of Brain Tree. He says literature and popular optional subjects would lose relevance too.

•On the positive side, however, it would provide a level-playing field for all the aspirants since the cross-domain movement would reduce drastically. In fact, the Alagh Committee report in 2000 also suggested the same. It recommended that the optional subject be removed from the mains while continuing the same in prelims. It also suggested that the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) be introduced.

Khanna Committee

•At last, the CSAT was introduced after the Khanna Committee report recommended the same in 2010. However, it was made just a qualifying exam after an uproar that urban aspirants and those educated in English medium had an edge in the CSAT.

•The upper age limit has always been based on political expedience than the technical considerations. For many years, the upper age limit was 30 years for general category candidates, 33 years for OBCs and 35 years for SC and ST candidates. This was increased to 32, 35 and 37 respectively with additional attempts in 2014 by the then UPA government after an uproar over CSAT.

•“The government is expected to effect the reduction only after extending a sufficient window to the existing aspirants. Changes in the pattern can be effected by the UPSC any time without any advance notice and may be given along with the notification,” says Mr. Gopala Krishna.

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