TEST SERIES GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-I

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-I

ANSWER PRESENTAION SKILL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (APSIP)

TEST SERIES FOR MAINS (ONLINE)

MARKS COVERED 250

Strategy discussion

The GS 1 paper of the UPSC Mains 2017 was really a tough kind of paper. What would be the best method to prepare for the GS 1 considering the paper targeted comprehensive study?
IAS MAINS ANSWER WRITING 1, WHAT CONSTITUTES A GOOD ANSWER
IAS MAINS ANSWER WRITING 2 DIRECTIVES TO QUESTION & TAIL WORD MEANING

Target group

Students who have done their coaching classes but are in urgent need to undergo transformation and mentoring. This course is for such students who leave Delhi for their hometown as well as who want to join separate GS Paper I test series (for enrichment & better presentation).

Aim:

To help students command the subject concept wise, material wise, for PT, Mains & essay. To help fill in the gaps left in their preparation. This course aims to generate and develop coherative knowledge to subject and also try to develop writing practice before mains examinations.

Key feature of the course

  • Develop command over the subject.
  • Developing proper understanding of the questions.
  • Writing and expression empowerment.
  • Intra and Interdisciplinary approach.
  • Developing proper understanding of questions and stepwise requirement for writing true to UPSC nature questions.
  • Relevant coverage of Newspaper, Economic and Political weekly, Frontline, Yojna and Kurukshetra.
  • Mastery over handling questions of, Mains.
  • A team of most experienced faculty under the mentorship of K. Siddhartha, an Earth. Scientist (www.ksiddhartha.com) to offer you an opportunity to have a complete command of the aforesaid topics.

Components

  • Concept development
  • Test Conduction
  • Subjective test
  • Test discussion
  • Model Answers.

People behind

The programme is under the guidance of Sri K. Siddhartha, who will set the mindset, attitude and tone of the examinee as per the UPSC guidelines.

  • Academic Head- Dr S. Mukherjee, Director ENSEMBLE
  • Chief Examiner-Dr Brajendra Narayan
  • Examiners- Dr Pandey ex UPSC examiner
  • Examiners- Dr A. Padmannabhan
  • Chief of Administration- Akhilesh Kumar

MODUS OPERANDI

  • Student can attempt the Test anytime after they go live. That means, even if you join in late - you can attempt the previous tests and send them for review.
  • All test papers would be available on the ensemble.net.in website’s main forum.
  • You are requested to write your answers starting with the question numbers in A4 sheet paper or UPSC standard answer sheets
  • Scan your answer sheets using the Cam Scanner App and make a PDF file.
  • Send the PDF file to ensembleias@gmail.com with a subject header - [Mention the TS Number - Name] See the screen shot.
  • You will get a personal feedback within 7 days of your submission
  • The model answer will be made available on the ENSEMBLE’S website after a few days (7) of the test commencement.

PREDEFINED SCHEDULE
The students will be given a schedule, which will be followed diligently to cover the syllabus in comprehensive and holistic manner. The schedule will be having topic sub-topic wise classes and test at regular basis on pre-decided dates. Topics and resources to refer and prepare from will be given in advance.
CONFINED AND LIMITED SOURCE
Whatever the candidates may have studied in the past, the course will minimise their efforts either by pruning what they have studied or by suggesting them what they can study now. This will be by the availability of electronic books or other book/books that they will be offered.
DOUBT CLEARING SESSIONS
We will regularly have a doubt clearing session in the form of, ASK ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN’ with a live discussion session with the candidates.
WHAT WILL BE THE IMPACT OF THE COURSE
By doing this course you will finish the syllabus in comprehensive and holistic manner and have lot of writing practice. There will be 15 tests that will be conducted. 13 tests will be topic wise. The rest 2 will be composite and comprehensive tests on General Studies Paper I.
What the students will get?

  • All website linkages and online resources that the UPSC uses for preparing Model answers.
  • 9 test before prelims + 6 test after prelims.
  • All model answers.
  • Recorded discussions of the answers after Prelims exams.
  • An Interactive online problem solution session if desired by the students.

Participation Fee
Rs. 12000/-

THEME AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE COURSE

General Studies- I: Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society. 

TESTS

TOPIC

EXPECTATION OF UPSC

WHAT TO DO?

GENERAL ADVISORY ON HOW TO PREPARE

PRE TEST SUGGESTIONS

1.

Salient Features 0f World’s Physical Geography. 

Bureaucracy to be world citizens, cosmopolitan citizens. Have a global outlook.

Develop a global perspective

Academic

Be thorough with whatever one has studied., Strengthen basics, and start looking for interrelations.
World Geography,
India, A Concise Geography in electronic form.

2.

Distribution of Key Natural Resources Across the World (Including South Asia and The Indian Subcontinent);

Bureaucracy to be world citizens, cosmopolitan citizens. Have a global outlook.

Develop a global perspective

Academic and applied

Be thorough with whatever one has studied., Strengthen basics, and start looking for interrelations.
World Geography,
India, A Concise Geography in electronic form.

3.

Factors Responsible for the location of Primary, Secondary, And Tertiary Sector Industries in various parts of the World (Including India)

Bureaucracy to be world citizens, cosmopolitan citizens. Have a global outlook.

Develop a global perspective

Academic and applied

Do

4.

Important geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, tsunami, volcanic activity, cyclone, etc.

Bureaucracy to be world citizens, cosmopolitan citizens. Have a global outlook.

Develop a global perspective

Academic, Observational with a high degree of application based awareness

Do

5.

Geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes

Bureaucracy to be world citizens, cosmopolitan citizens. Have a global outlook.

Develop a global perspective

To be Academic, and Civilised
Citizen of the world.

Do

6.

Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

Heritage Management, Wants you to be a part of Nation Building.

Evince Interest in the topic. Evince interest in art and architecture. Feel proud over the heritage including mythology. Travel important places.

  • Visit School Books.
  • Collect matter on trends in Literature and forms
  • Think of visiting some cultural centres.

 

India: Heritage and Culture.

7.

Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- Significant Events, Personalities, Issues

  • Understand the evolution and Problems of the Indian Middle Class.
  • How history shapes views and attitude, pride shape up the country’s thinking.

Link History with Present

Study India's Struggle for Independence by Sen. Identify issues in history. Separate contributions of personalities.

J. Bandopadhyay
S. Sen.

8.

The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

Understand the country, Remove Regional bias in thinking.

 

Try to understand the country through some Field Study Trips.

J. Bandopadhyay
S. Sen

9.

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

  • How the present society and its psyche is shaped.
  • What all has that makes up a nation and how certain phenomena have played and are playing a role in the modern India.

Think how cinema, agriculture, industry, transport, fashion, cuisine has consolidated the country.

  • Newspapers and magazines.
  • Variety of selected non-fiction books.
  • Material consolidation.

Web links and SSS

10.

History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries.

Understand the world events that have shaped the present world and the relations between countries. How some of the world

Develop the chronology of events and its contemporary aspects.

Develop interrelationship ability between world events and India.
Require study and linking of growth of mercantilism and age of explorations with world events.

Arjun Dev

 

SSS

11.

Colonization, Decolonization, Neocolonisation

Understand the mindset that governs the people of the world, governs their relationships between countries, their identities, and its present manifestation if any.

Be observant about our surrounding and feel if our identity is intact or has been held ransom to some country.

Develop observation power.
Draw definitive conclusion about India's present state and the reasons behind that state.

 

12.

Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

Knowledge, and Understanding

Develop a scholarly ability

Discussion among groups, Updated Links

Book on World Economy Kostbade, Stutz  and Muller

13.

Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.

Understanding the country, respect it, accept it.

Start Respecting and accepting the diversity

Enhanced Group communication, Learn to build Social capital.

To be updated

14.

Role of women and women’s organization

Understand Gender issues

Develop understanding of the  problems faced by women. See the world from their angle.

Attitudinal, and Informative
Theoretical Training: Know government's programme and plan of action; conceptualise Women's specific problems

To be updated
Newspapers and K. Siddhartha sir blog.

15.

Population and associated issues

Develop an understanding of how big the problem is?

Develop perspective on whether the problem is an actual problem or not, or whether the population can pay any dividend.

Academic

Newspapers and K. Siddhartha sir blog.

16.

Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

Urban Governance

Develop perspective

Analytical

Cities, Urbanisation and Urban Systems.

17.

Poverty and developmental issues

Know the reality of poverty and related aspects. Understand the core issues facing the country. As an administrator, understand the meaning of development.

Read more and more

Simple Coaching

Economic and Political Weekly
Newspapers and K. Siddhartha sir blog.

18.

Effects of globalization on Indian society

Where India can be marketed, World Issues. How India can synergise with the world. How India and world both can gain from each other.

Observational enhancement

Improve Observation, Field Study Trips, Some on site studies for practical learning, Integrate academics with writing knowledge, and study different dimensions of it.

Economic and Political Weekly
Newspapers and K. Siddhartha sir blog.

19.

SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT, COMMUNALISM, REGIONALISM & SECULARISM

Develop empathy. Have a clear cut understanding of the differences between these concepts and how are they related to empowerment.

 

Academic training of differentiation between various terms and its applicability as well as impact.

Economic and Political Weekly
Newspapers and K. Siddhartha sir blog.

20.

COMPREHENSIVE TEST

 

 

 

 


TEST SCHEDULE

ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT

CATEGORIES OF TOPICS

TEST DATE

POINTERS &
TEST DISCUSSION
UPLOAD DATE

TEST COPY
DELIVERY
DATE

SALIENT FEATURES OF WORLD’S PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. 

9 FEBRUARY

16 FEBRUARY

23 FEBRUARY

DISTRIBUTION OF KEY NATURAL RESOURCES ACROSS THE WORLD (INCLUDING SOUTH ASIA AND THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT);

16 FEBRUARY

23 FEBRUARY

2 MARCH

FACTORS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOCATION OF PRIMARY, SECONDARY, AND TERTIARY SECTOR INDUSTRIES IN VARIOUS PARTS OF THE WORLD (INCLUDING INDIA).

23 FEBRUARY

2 FEBRUARY

9 FEBRUARY

IMPORTANT GEOPHYSICAL PHENOMENA SUCH AS EARTHQUAKES, TSUNAMI, VOLCANIC ACTIVITY, CYCLONE ETC.

2 MARCH

9 MARCH

15 MARCH

GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES AND THEIR LOCATION- CHANGES IN CRITICAL GEOGRAPHICAL FEATURES (INCLUDING WATER BODIES AND ICE-CAPS) AND IN FLORA AND FAUNA AND THE EFFECTS OF SUCH CHANGES.

9 MARCH

15 MARCH

22 MARCH

Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, LITERATURE and Architecture from ancient to modern times.

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- SIGNIFICANT EVENTS, PERSONALITIES, ISSUES

JUNE-JULY

 

 

The Freedom Struggle - its various stages and important contributors/contributions from different parts of the country.

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.

JUNE-JULY

 

 

History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries,

JUNE-JULY

 

 

COLONIZATION, DECOLONIZATION, NEOCOLONISATION

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society.

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Salient features of Indian Society, DIVERSITY OF INDIA

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Role of women and women’s organization

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Population and associated issues

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Urbanization, their problems and their remedies.

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Poverty and developmental issues

JUNE-JULY

 

 

Effects of globalization on Indian society

JUNE-JULY