GEOGRAPHY FOR PT- COURSE

QUESTION AND ANALYSIS OF 2017 PAPER GS PAPER 1

GS Paper 1 was a not actually a conventional mix of traditionality and modernity in selection of topics. The topics may look like traditional and modern but the answert to these questions defy any such differentiation.
There were several sections from which questions were asked as usual.
A brief break up and its analysis is given here.

Art & Culture  (1)

How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of the Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times?
The question does not indicate anything, no trend needs to be deciphered, rather the students have to start gearing themselves up for next year thinking that the UPSC is going to reverse this part.
There was just one question from this portion (Some may call it highly unpredictable) The question on Gupta Numismatic Art was difficult to answer only because of the information content but also because of the type of moulding of language that was involved. The question on understanding and knowlege of history of Gupta period, its meaning what were the political and economic reasons like some wars such as a possible invasion like the huns and decline in trade with Roman empire, made the Gupta empire weak which reflected in decline in mineral gold content in coins too. It was not easy to answer and was also not a NCERT level analysis, although content could be easily found in NCERT.

Pre Modern India (1)

Clarify how mid-eighteenth century India was beset with the spectre of a fragmented polity.
The question on fragmented polity was simple in the sense that it can be easily answered. But only if the topic was known and its linkage with Modern India well understood. The question is an indication of the fact the students shouldn’t forget the linkages between Modern India and pre modern India events either in India or even with the events that take place in the world.

Freedom Struggle (4)

Why did the ‘Moderates’ failed to carry conviction with the nation about their proclaimed ideology and political goals by the end of the nineteenth century?
1. The question on Moderates and their strategies has been asked frequently in Civil Services in the past. The meaning of the question is very comprehendible, what is to be written is equally structured but how is it that is to be written is a difficult job.
Examine how the decline of traditional artisanal industry in colonial India crippled the rural economy
2.  Decline of traditional artisan industry was indeed a simple topic that will be present in any source or any book on History. Its not too much of an effort to find its answer.
Highlight the importance of the new objectives that got added to the vision of Indian Independence since the twenties of the last century.
3.  The question on the importance of the new objectives and how it added to the vision of Indian Independence since the twenties of the last century was straightforward as far as the chapter was concerned but the transition in language and the moulding of expression was what was more significant to present in the answers. Generally, by looking at the topic, the students say that the topic is simple. This approach is to be abandoned now and the students should indeed look at the way the question is asked.
The women’s questions arose in modern India as a part of the 19th century social reform movement. What are the major issues and debates concerning women in that period?
4.  Women’s question on social reform movement is one topic that the UPSC has been asking almost every year in one form or another. The student is required to undertand issue concerning women during liberation struggle.

World History (1)

What problems are germane to the decolonization process in the Malay Peninsula
The question on decolonization of Malay Peninsula is one question that the students will consider as bolt from the blue. Partly that will be right as well, as the students mostly prepare for their chapter and syllabus rather than train themselves for developing an insight into the topic.  Any chapter on decolonisation will include examples from SE Asia, Africa and Latin America, and it was simply one example.

Post Independence India (1)

Distinguish between religiousness/religiosity and communalism giving one example of how the former has got transformed into the latter in independent India
The question on differentiation between Religiousness and communalism was in the offing since a lot of talk was on Kashmir issue being a communal problem rather than any other problem and that people must separate their emotions of religiousness from communal overtoones. Religion doesn’t teaches them to be communal. The topic may be in a book, the description may be in a chapter, but the insight and the language had to be developed by the candidate themselves.

Geography (9)

From thew standpoint of number of marks, this was the biggest section having the highest allocation of marks.
How does the Juno Mission of NASA help to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth .
The question on JUNO Mission is current affairs based and made major headlines few months back. So Geography started getting Current as well from this point onwards.
Inspite of adverse environmental impact, coal mining is still inevitable for development”. Discuss
The question on adverse effect of coal mining may look like a normal question which can be answered by newspapers or some environmental magazine, but it is not. The answer required a comparative deep analytical presentation of why despite adverse impact, coal mining is still preferred, it also required deep understanding of comparative environmental impacts of other sources as well. Amalgamation of various components of environment vs development is significant content for anlysis incorporation here.
Mention the advantages of the cultivation of pulses because of which the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses by United Nations
The question on pulses was asked for it was in news and because of the degree of simplicity it went on to wear. It was very answerable in the most conventionable manner. Indeed, It is a combination of Current Affairs with Geography with Agriculture.
How does the cryosphere affect global climate
The question on Cryosphere was Straightforward, but not easy to answer at all as it talked about the impact cryosphere has, not the melting of cryosphere has on environment. The answer to this question is very technical and required a real deep understanding of albedo, inversions, katabatic winds, stabilty and regional climates. The question was asked in geography optional in 2012 and offered a lot of scope to the candidate for making a mistake. The answer is not published anywhere in text till now.
Account for variations in oceanic salinity and discuss its multi-dimensional effects
On Oceanic Salinity, there were two components. One was the reasons for salinity difference. This is something that everyone studies at the basic level during their initial days of preparation. The second part was on its multi-dimensional effects and this required a real deep understanding of the topic. Till now no GS book is equipped to answer this topic correctly. The multidimensional effects required candidates to discuss 1. Changes in the physical properties of water, and its consequences for something like monsoons, 2. osmotic pressure, 3. Climatic and Weather Changes, and 3. Biotic effects like it has on Euryhaline organisms or  Stenohaline organisms.
Petroleum refineries are not necessarily located nearer to crude oil producing areas, particularly in many of the developing countries. Explain its implications
The question on Petroleum refinery as to why they are are not necessarily located nearer to crude oil producing areas, particularly in many of the developing countries and its implications is a knowledge filled topic, requiring some real deep studies and perspective development. The topic  was not available anywhere in any book or any site before examination.
In what way can floods be converted into a sustainable source of irrigation and all-weather inland navigation in India
The question on flood  required a good application of mind. It had nothing to do with floods which keep coming regualrly in certain parts of India and is not a current affairs based topic. The topic was asked on the basis of seminar on local wisdom and how the modern methods of flood control had not been helpful, and why do we need to go for traditional local wisdom which can control floods without any environmental damage and at the same time aiding navigation and irrigation as well. It was a very deep understanding based topic and the solution to floods has not been approached in that manner at all till now on any portal or any site. Moreover this answer was not to be written in points at all.
What characteristics can be assigned to monsoon climate that succeeds in feeding more than 50 percent of the world population residing in Monsoon Asia
The topic has nothing to do with mundane characteristics. It required linking every characeristic along with with its cropping pattern, intensity of cropping, crop diversification, livestock issues, irrgation or non irrigation approach as well as determination of agricultural season. No NCERT will help the candidates. What will help is conceptualisation of monsoons and its insightful interlinkages.
In the context of the diversity of India, can it be said that the regions form cultural units rather than the States? Give reasons with examples for your view point
Whether regions form cultural units other than states is an interesting facet and therefore of medium to high difficulty in terms of language and expression, Factually, the topic is so easily found and in every type of sources. Every one thinks that they can write an answer on this topic, but how is that they structure it,  is what is very important. The topic is easy, and easier the topic the more difficult it is to write. This was one such topic that tested the candidates ability to write a fluent language. Anyone writing in pointwise form is gone.

Social Issues (3)

The spirit of tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part at the present. Elaborate
The question on “the spirit of tolerance and love is not only an extraordinary feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part during present. The question has been asked to test the cndidates ability of undertsanding of the Hindu society, understanding of Indianness which is talked about so much now in the world and about Dr Shashi Tharoor’s endorsement of Arnold Toyanbes’s statement, “It is already becoming clearer that a chapter which has a western beginning will have to have an Indian ending, if it is not to end in the self destruction of the human race”. So unless the candidates have actually known the proceedings of discussion or evinced interest in the statement which is now being recognised more and more by the Westerners, their insight will be missing.
What are the two major legal initiatives by the State since Independence addressing discrimination against Scheduled Tribes
Major legal initiatives for STs is a GS Paper-II question. Students having read Polity books of Laxmikant or Pylee or even Social Issues or even gathered material from portals or Social Welfare sites of Govt of India will be answering it easily.
The growth of cities as I.T hubs is a new question, innovative question on innovative topic with a potent mixture of Economy, Sociology and Geography. It looks like a standard question from Urbanism and urban issues. But, this question now defines the trend of interrleated and intearctive question approach with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approach.

Generalisations that can be drawn out of Paper 1

To begin with the paper is quite lengthy because of dimensions it has covered.
The questions are straight but subtle and have numerous traps for the candidate. All the questions do not test the candidate’s ability to know facts, rather they keep a tab on the candidates’ ability to write good expressive language, mould the language, and vary the structure and organisation of the writeup instantly in the exam hall.
The arrangement of questions in paper has changed.
The paper has covered most of the untouched topics. The lesson it offers is, “Never leave a topic considering it to be less important”. Complete coverage of the syllabus is very essential.
Thinking that too much amount of time will be spent on Art & Culture will be counter productive, will be actually counterproductive as one never know that in 2018, you are asked five questions on that.
The relative weightage of geography has increased to 50%. Geography has to studied in a manner that needs to go much beyond NCERT and Goh Cheng leong. Some related events in newspapers especially has to be paid special attention which can be even remotely related to Geography.
The Question Paper was very innovative, very thought-provoking and would have been really enjoyable to answer by gathering and amalgamting all insights.
Surprisingly there is some current affair topic in the paper which can be conceptualised only in hindsight.
The paper has a trap by dividing questions in the  word limit of 150 and 250 and considering the time factor one will not be able be write all answers.
This time paper is not grouped topic wise as has always been the case. So one is readily surprised.


Reading UPSC mind: Analysis and Interpretaion

 

Questions

Analysis

What was the intent of UPSC to ask this question

What the examiner expected out of this answer

Type of question that can be asked in 2018 on the basis of this type of question.

1.

How do you justify the view that the level of excellence of Gupta numismatic art is not at all noticeable in later times?

Though question can be found in any book on culture but the topic of numismatic of Gupta period needs to be conceptualised and compared considering other periods.
Important in this case  is a precise answer in 150 words

Whether the candidate evinces interest in Culture and related aspects of Culture

Insight, Deep understanding, and linguistic organisation to represent the answer

Indian Cinema has come a long way in Cinematography. What has been the changes that has taken place in the cinematography of Indian Cinema post Sholay. Briefly describe the themes involved.

2.

Clarify how mid-eighteenth century India was beset with the spectre of a fragmented polity.

This is a simple straight question which can be found in modern history books.
This type of question hasn’t been asked by UPSC till now.

Whether the candidate understands that it was we, the Indians who paved the way for the British to come and rule over us. Fragmentaion at any point of time is not good and always is inimical to the unitary spirit of the country.

The emphsis on the word “how”. This required observationand its depiction in the answer.

The battle of Plassey was not an isolated event, rather a global event connected to French Revolution. Analyse.

3.

Why did the ‘Moderates’ fail to carry conviction with the nation about their proclaimed ideology and political goals by the end of the nineteenth century?

The topic is general but need to be put precisely and to the context in short.
Close and analytical reading of modern History is needed.

To know whether the candidates can understand and carry out their interpretation in the context of any change required in their perspective.

Explanations and analysis of incidents that helped the moderates to realise that their method of achieving freedom was not the only method, and some changes in their philosophy and thinking as well as methodology that was required.

Why and how do you think the suspension of Civil Disobedience Movement was beneficial to the freedom struggle in the long run?

4.

What problems were germane to the decolonization process of Malay Peninsula.

Though the question is straight but it is quite surprising. One who has read shall score others may write general answer which will definitely get below average marks.

Whether the candidates have actually evinced interest in the topic and understood the concept of decolonisation throughout the world.

Expects the candidates to write an answer on the basis of their inference and insight that they gained while learning decolonisation.

The arbitrary nature of decolonisation of Africa is best reflected in the form and shape of political boundaries. Explain.

5.

How does the Juno Mission of NASA help to understand the origin and evolution of the Earth?

Topic for paper is random and one cannot guess it. One need not worry as mostly people would guess and conceptualize.
This question need to be attended at last if one has not read.

Whether the candidates are able to link up a current affairs topic with their static preparation of syllabus of Geography.

The topic is about origin and evolution of Earth, not Juno mission actually. A very deep conceptual understanding was required in order to link the topics.

How has the Orion mission helped not only the understanding of the origin and structure of tropical cyclones, bur also its control and management.

6.

In spite of adverse environmental impact, coal mining is still inevitable for development.” Discuss.

Question is simple and pertains to importance of coal energy.
One may overwrite if one is not  precise.

Whether the candidate is able to understand and link the problems of environmental damage and the necessity of coal minning and the lesser impact of coal minning, (if he/she knows) on environment.

Structure and organisation of the answer and the crucial links with the use of language towards a definite conclusion which may be against the concepts of the candidate, The use of the words ‘but’, ‘if’, ‘despite’ etc…are very important

Despite the possibly dangerous environmental impact that lithium as a by product of nuclear fusion may have, mankind may have to still go for fusion as a source of energy as the final frontier. Discuss.

7.

Mention the advantages of the cultivation of pulse because of which the year 2016 was declared as the International Year of Pulses by the United Nations.

Question is simple but to score in it, answer needs to have content which has to be arranged properly.
Focus need to be on advantages of the cultivation of pulse covering- economic, environment, social and health dimension

Simple typical UPSC type  traditional question

Well informed candidate and who is conversant with current.

 

8.

How does the cryosphere affect global climate?

A Geography optional question.

With so much talk about global warming and climatic change, do the candidates undesratnd the role of ice cap, ice sheet, and ice cover over climate?

To know whether the candidate has been able to explain ‘how’. This means that the mechanism is very important. The explanation of mechanism will require a crystal clear understanding of albedo, CO2 liberation and absorptive mechanism, as well as micro climatic modification. Remember most of the students will write the impact of melting, that was not to be written.

How will a rise or fall in the sea level affect climate and its mechanism?
How does Arctic vortex affects the heat balance and water avaiability in temperate regions?

9.

In the context of diversity of India, can it be said that the regions form cultural units rather than the States? Give reasons with examples for your viewpoint.

Social Geography question with which one is aware but needs to present it in short.
The question has asked for examples so this means that question is straight.

To see the observation power of the candidate and the dimensions of his/her thinking

The phrase on which the examiners will be probing the candidates will be ‘context of diversity’, ‘can it be’ meaning that it is slightly argumentative. After deriving this conclusion, the emphasis on reasons for anomalies between state boundaries and linguistic groups, religious groups, iconographies, prevalent motifs and their uses and so on….were to be analysed. Also how the candidates’ logic it out.

In the context of evolution of literature, explain with examples and reasons as to why and how literature started reflecting society in a non judgemental manner.

10.

What are the two major legal initiatives by the State since Independence, addressing discrimination against Scheduled Tribes (STs)?

Surprise factor and question from untouched topic which is generally ignored.
Marking for this question shall be objective. One cannot play with words for this.

Very Simply approached GS question in a typical UPSC manner.

Whether the candidates are well informed or not.

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Questions having word limit 250

Elaborate answers but adhere to time limit

 

 

 

11.

The spirit tolerance and love is not only an interesting feature of Indian society from very early times, but it is also playing an important part at the present. Elaborate.

The reference is to intolerance debate.
The societal impact
needs to avoid repetition and answer is to be substantiated with examples
Answer dimension to have temporal aspect  if possible

Do the candidates show the traits of objectivity?
Do the candidates differentiatetheir emotions?

Are the candidates able to link this notion with whatever that is happeneing now amidst all insinuations?
The language and its flow, expression. The examiners will be specifically looking for any negative expressions a candidate may use while flowing with the answer.

The notions of beauty, truth, love, traditionality and modernity are all imbibed in various festivities and gatherings of Indian society. Explain why and how it has made the Indian society sustainable.

12.

Examine how the decline of traditional artisanal industry in colonial India crippled the rural economy.

Questions pertain to economic impact of British rule in India. Topic is simple.
Numerous dimensions to be included with examples and repetition be avoided.

Very Simple approached GS question in a typical UPSC manner.

Whether the candidates are well informed or not.

 

13.

Highlight the importance of the new objectives that got added to the vision of Indian independence since twenties of the last century.

Question is conceptual and pertains to post independence period. The
Answer has to have points with examples.
Writing skill for generic topic is being tested here.

A thorough chronological analysis of history from 20s to independence

The catch word is ‘importance of new objective’, rather than what was the new objective, meaning why was different and what made it important.

Anlyse the significance of new policy shift of Congress towards economic strengthening of India that helped them know the true nature of British rule. To what extent was this shift was instrumental in helping India attain freedom.

14.

Account for variations in oceanic salinity and discuss its multi-dimensional effects.

Simple geography question, that is in complexity application based and takes into account the issue of ocean salinity

Whether the candidate has got a concept or not

The examiner will be very fastidious with the focus, the candidate has to give on multidimensional effects, and that’s not easy. Either the candidate knows it or not. This answer cant be speculated.

What are the reasons for planetary wind circulation and its effect on energy, biotic life and habitation.

15.

Petroleum refineries are not necessarily located nearer to crude oil producing areas, particularly in many of the developing countries. Explain its implications

This is a trap. Here it is not asking reasons but implications. Many may overlook it in 1st reading.
Numerous dimensions and presence of mind is needed

To know whether the candidates have superficial information and gaps which cant be linked or whether they are able to logic it out.

Explanation of what has been the reasons that wean away a refinery from oilfield location to any other location with a probing eye on  “implications’

Despite the best locations for Iron and steel units near to raw materials of coal and iron ore, steel manufacturers are seeking and had had coastal locations. Explain it with examples and reasons.

16.

In what way can flood be converted into a sustainable source of irrigation and all-weather inland navigation in India?

Question pertains to use of local wisdom in water management and how have we managed our water resources till we acquired a colonial mindset..
Analysis aspect is needed for it taking into account geographical, economic, environmental and social factors

The basic intent of asking this question is to see whether the students are able to understand this question or not. Its a specific solution oriented question which looks at the twin objective of sustainability but at the same time aiding irrigation and inland navigation.

How the candidates are able to link sustainable solutions of flood control with something very  innovative, and whether it caught the attention of candidates during their preparation or not, whether they have been sharp enough to segregate and identify these solutions. Requires a real quick thinking.

Thermal pollution and eutrophication are two prime sources of pollution of water bodies. What are the solutions you can think of to achieve the twin objective of power generation and fertiliser production on a sutainable basis.

17.

What characteristics can be assigned to monsoon climate that succeeds in feeding more than 50 percent of the won population residing in Monsoon Asia?

Characteristics of monsoon to be discussed and its effect.
Dimension is needed but not repetition.
Equally important is presence of mind

To trap the candidate. The trap is out of many charcteristics, what characteristics one choses that will only meet the objectives of feeding people.

To see whether the candidate is specific in his choice of characterics and that too by forging the linkages with food production

To what extent the characterics of monsoon are responsible for floods and droughts in India.

18.

The women’s questions arose in modern India as a part of the 19th century social reform movement. What were the major issues and debates concerning women in that period?

Simple question but needs to be organized well.
Issues and debates to be written and substantiated with examples so that it doesn’t become too generic.

Simple UPSC style question

 

Despite adverse situations, some women did manage to get education. What were these fields and how did it impacted women empowerment if at all.

19.

Distinguish between religiousness/religiosity and communalism giving one example of how the former has got transformed into the latter in independent India.

Pertains to current times.
Religiousness and communalism to be differentiated explicitly
Needs to conceptualized well with example
Greater chances of student being repetitive.

Ability of candidate to understand communal problem and are they able to separate their emotions of religiousness from a communal overtoones. Does Religion teaches them to be communal

Use of very precisse language and expression skills to answer, since this is a sensitive chapter.

Distinguish between literacy and education and show how despite having attained a higher level of literacy our abilities to be educated has diminished and so has been the abilities to unlearn and relearn. Comment

20.

“The growth of cities as I.T. hubs has opened up new avenues employment but has also created new problems. Substantiate this statement with examples.

Multi-dimensional question.
Economic, social, health aspect
Few points can be thought of but presence of mind is very important.
Can kill time  while answering, so the students need to be cautious

 

 

While MRTS has facilitaed urban congestion problem, it has been making life very mundane and non creative


 

Merely because the topics are mentioned in the NCERT doesn’t allow that topic to be qualified as being asked from NCERT. Books provide you with insight. Higher level books do give you deep insights, a food for thought and train your language too. The questions asked are way above the level of NCERT,  not in terms of facts but in perspective, undertanding and deep insights that the students get.
UPSC is not asking from what you have read, what cheap tution centres coach you, and what is conventionally given as fact in some popular books. Questions are being asked over and above the chapters. The earlier the students understand it, the better it is for their career. Anyone saying that everything can be managed by NCERT is either duping the students, misguiding them or are oblivious of the challenges the UPSC now poses for the candidates.
The students have to grow up now or else they will keep complaining throughout their life that UPSC is unpredictable.
READ BETWEEN THE LINES, “UPSC IS ASKING YOU TO “LEARN FROM” TEXTBOOKS, NEW BOOKS, BUILD NEW PERSPECTIVE, RATHER THAN “STUDY” MUNDANE GUIDE BOOKS, NOTES AND KEYS.

GENERAL STUDIES PAPER-I

ANSWER PRESENTAION SKILL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME (APSIP)

TEST SERIES FOR MAINS (ONLINE)

MARKS COVERED 250

Strategy discussion

https://www.quora.com/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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIGvVEXFLEo&t=2243s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=COdprCjz93I&t=4s

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. 

24 JANUARY

2 FEBRUARY

9 FEBRUARY

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

2 FEBRUARY

9 FEBRUARY

16 FEBRUARY

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

9 FEBRUARY

16 FEBRUARY

23 FEBRUARY

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

16 FEBRUARY

23 FEBRUARY

2 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.

23 FEBRUARY

2 MARCH

9 MARCH

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

2 MARCH

9 MARCH

15 march

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

 

 

Model evaluation sheet


Variable

GOOD

AVERAGE

IMPROVEMENT REQUIRED

Language.

ü

 

 

Expression.

 

ü

 

Structure of the answer.

ü

 

 

Organisation of thought.

ü

 

 

Objectivity involved in the answer.

ü

 

 

Comprehension of the topic.

ü

 

 

Problem solving ability.

ü

 

 

Focus and attention.

ü

 

 

Negativity tendency.

ü

 

 

Attitude whether learner or judgmental.

ü

 

 

Balance of perception.

ü

 

 

Simplicity of disposition.

ü

 

 

Comments by the examiner

  • Minor modification required
  • Avoid using short forms.
  • A comprehensive topic discussion and presentation

 

Marks: 8/12½


 

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MODEL EVALUATION SHEET AS PRESCRIBED BY UPSC _________________


Variables

Good

Average

Improvement Required/Comment

Language.

 

ü

 

Expression.

 

 

Make it consistent

Structure of the answer.

ü

 

 

Organisation of thought.

ü

 

 

Objectivity involved in the answer.

ü

 

 

Comprehension of the topic.

ü

 

 

Problem solving ability.

 

ü

 

Focus and attention.

ü

 

 

Negativity tendency.

 

 

Not manifest

Attitude whether learner or judgmental.

 

 

learner

Balance of perception.

ü

 

 

Simplicity of disposition.

ü

 

 

Comments by the examiner on…


VARIABLE

COMMENT

GOOD

REASONABLE

TRASH/QUESTIONABLE

Source matter

 

ü

 

 

Attitude

 

ü

 

 

Sincerity

 

ü

 

 

Knowledge and information processing capability

 

ü

 

 

Illustration

û

 

 

 

Scope of improvement

High

 

 

 

Ability to forge links in an interdisciplinary manner

 

ü

 

 

ONLY OBSERVATIONAL REMARKS
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MODEL EVALUATION SHEET AS PRESCRIBED BY UPSC


Variables

Good

Average

Comments

Where Improvement needed

Language.

 

 

 

 

Expression.

 

 

 

 

Structure of the answer.

 

 

 

 

Organisation of thought.

 

 

 

 

Objectivity involved in the answer.

 

 

 

 

Comprehension of the topic.

 

 

 

 

Problem solving ability.

 

 

 

 

Focus and attention.

 

 

 

 

Negativity tendency.

 

 

 

 

Attitude whether learner or judgmental.

 

 

 

 

Balance of perception.

 

 

 

 

Simplicity of disposition.

 

 

 

 

Comments by the examiner on…


VARIABLE

GOOD

REASONABLE

TRASH/QUESTIONABLE

Source matter

 

 

 

Attitude

 

 

 

Sincerity

 

 

 

Knowledge and information processing capability

 

 

 

Illustration

 

 

 

Scope of improvement

 

 

 

Ability to forge links in an interdisciplinary manner