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Blogs and sites by UPSC toppers

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some ias toppers, upsc aspirants leave important info for preparation and guidelines on blogs etc. by them or by others. Not all of them could be fully authentic and useful but you can go through a quick list below; add more in comments. JUst copy paste in web address bar if link does not work. Also see this doc prepared by somebody who has listed all experiences published by ias toppers. This info from some web community on upsc (credit to them):

1.http://princedhawan.wordpress.com/
2.http://brotherhoodwins.blogspot.in/
3.http://mysecretofsuccess.blogspot.in/
4.http://theiasdream.wordpress.com/
5.http://kshitij-tyagi.blogspot.in/
6.http://chakresh.com/

 

From the Google doc uploaded by someone:

  • cse 2010 Marks
  • saikrishna
  • Public
  • Administration Sociology http://saikrishnabvs.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/my-upsc-interview/
  • Shashi Uban
  • Tripathi 1st Interview 216
  • Gokul Physics Pub Ad http://gokul1988.wordpress.com/2011/04/12/my-civil-services-interview/
  • Debating, Travelling,
  • Blogging img khan 1st intv 212
  • Vinod pol sci Geo http://www.orkut.co.in/Main#CommMsgs?cmm=23492063&tid=5602410303741414494
  • Alee http://alee-mycivilserviceinterview-30032011.blogspot.com/
  • cheelu Geo Philo http://untoldventures.blogspot.com/
  • hari kumar http://civilserviceinterviews.blogspot.com/
  • rajashekhar,
  • dhanashekhar, sudha tamil geography http://civilserviceinterviews.blogspot.com/search/label/CHALAM%20BOARD
  • ragapriya,
  • raguramarajan,
  • muthukumar, prince
  • israel socio psycho http://civilserviceinterviews.blogspot.com/search/label/IMG%20KHAN

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India Year book is not available online now

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Publications Division has stopped putting up full text of the India Year book as it did until the year 2010 edition.

Now they give you a teaser of 5-6 pages only. From the financial point of view, it is a good move for the publications division. But for students looking for a pdf online copy of the India year book it is certainly a bad move and India year book will be missed. Others looking for old editions of India year book can still find it on the web.

Economic survey and other documents continue to be available online; government knew it can get more money by stopping online publication and availability of India Year Book as it is a favourite among students.

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December 20th, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Is the era of 60 marks questions in upsc over?

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UPSC in mains 2010 rarely asked a 60 marker question in most (or all?) subjects. Students are discussing that the era of 60 markers could be over in upsc. See discussion below or check this link:

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Is the erra of 60 marks question over??

I did see some long answer questions in 2009, but there was none in 2010. At lease this is true for pub ad and sociology. what about other?We should reflect upon how will this change the question writing and time management strategy?

The trend is definitely towards the elimination of 60 markers. both pub ad and anthro had no 60 markers last year. in fact some 60 mark questions in pub ad had 3 sub questions of 20 marks each. this seems to b the general trend in most subjects.

Even in economics and pyschology one could have chosen not to write 60 markers. Same thing happened in pub ad in sociology in the past. It was a gradual elimination of 60 markers. So, it may be same in other subs also

geo had 1 in 2010
none in pubadmn..infct pub admn had alot of 20 markers..so 4 pubadmn a detaild study nd undrstndng of evry concpt ndd whole syllabus is all d more imp..40-20,20X3, r d more likely patterns
still i fell subjct like geo may still get 1-2 60 markers per papr..
in 2010 i personally knew dat dere vll be just 1-2 questns for 60 marks,,it was expctd..
dis year too d trend vll continue
but 1 side of d story is dat upsc is always in a mood to surprise students in mains or infct at ne level..so in my opinion dere has been a steady movemnt of upsc papr setters away frm 60 markers…so just to get us by a surprise dey may again inculde 60 markers
so may be a SUBJECT WISE approach is d best one on dis issue..as i feel dat pubadmn still vll be more like 30-30,20-20-20,40-20 questns but deres a scope for 60 markers in geo..in geo it cant be ruled out copletely

 

In Mech Engg, there were too many parts…Figuring out what choices to make is in itself a 60 mark question

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August 2nd, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Is psychology not a safe optional subject now?

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There is an online discussion going on about the Pscyhology optional in the UPSC mains after the recent mains results. You can follow it online for more, excerpts follow:

psychology now a disaster

Guys psychology now has become a disaster subject
ps put up scores
me paper 1-147 paper2-145

 

many have scored above 400……still i think dis yrs result are disastrous.

shame on you for advocating against psychology.
having been the victims, you should figure what went wrong.
its not the subject but the content one represents i believe.
if one writes the same stuff as the other thousands do…they cant expect to score well.

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May 31st, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Important topics in DD Basu’s polity book

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ONe of the very important books for UPSC preparation, it is recommended by all. There are no more important topics in it as all the topics are important. See an online discussion on it:

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This book is to be thoroughly studied and assimilated ! it teaches u not just WHAT but HOW of answering and approaching polity questions ๐Ÿ™‚

the questions are application oriented these days…gone are the days of factual questions….this year also i bet the pattern would be analytical and opinion oriented.what ever you read you should understand it and be in a position to apply it in the exam.

no doubt u get application oriented questions bt still sm straight ones too can surely come …….so apart from basic understanding of all comcepts …u do need to cram sm facts !!!!!

the best way will be to try to correlate all current affairs with sm or the other topic of polity/economy/history/social/geog/science etc issue…
i knw its nt easy bt i suggest u revise current affairs after revising all other topics……
like :
1) commonwealth can be correlated to many issues of social relevance, polity, sports, geography, international relations etc etc

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May 31st, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Discussion on environmental issues for CSAT and UPSC prelims

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See this thread online for the discussion and preparation

Environmental issues…………

Came across this site dealing with the topic….seemed to be quite relevant….please keep adding to this thread by posting relevant resources..
http:// www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/

And specially, when environment continuously becoming a major part of prelims,mains and even interviews questions, this thread can be bookmarked as the resource pool of all the concerned information related to environment.

Kindly go through the "Climate Bulletin" part in the following website..one stop destination for environment related news published in important dailies..
http://know.climateofconcern.org/
TERI website may also be referred to during the course of preparation..
http:// www.teriin.org/index.php
TERI projects hold particular relevance…
http:// www.teriin.org/index.php?option=com_ongoing

In order, the most abundant greenhouse gases

In order, the most abundant greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere are:
water vapor
carbon dioxide
methane
nitrous oxide
ozone
chlorofluorocarbons
In addition to the main greenhouse gases listed above, other greenhouse gases include sulfur hexafluoride,
hydrofluorocarbons and
perfluorocarbons (see IPCC list of greenhouse gases).
Some greenhouse gases are not often listed. For example, nitrogen trifluoride has a high global warming potential (GWP) but is only present in very small quantities.

Carbon market

Kyoto provides for a ‘cap and trade’ system which imposes national caps on the emissions of annex I countries. On average, this cap requires countries to reduce their emissions by 5.2% below their 1990 baseline over the 2008 to 2012 period. Although these caps are national-level commitments, in practice, most countries will devolve their emissions targets to individual industrial entities, such as a power plant or paper factory.

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May 31st, 2011 at 7:11 pm

UPSC Prelims 2011 preparation thread online

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If you want to prepare online for the UPSC civil services 2011 including for CSAT and current affairs then you can see this thread where candidates are discussing exam related things.

LET’S HELP EACH OTHER – PRELIMS 2011

ALL GUYS/GALS GIVING PRELIMS 2011 WITH CHANGED SYLLABUS , LET US HELP EACH OTHER BY POURING IN QUESTIONS/IMP INFO HERE ON ANY TOPIC WE FIND RELEVANT FOR UPCOMING EXAM PAPER 1 (GS) .
VARIOUS CATEGORIES ARE :
1) CURRENT EVENTS
2) INDIAN POLITY/GOVERNANCE
3) ENVIRONMENT ECOLOGY/CLIMATE CHANGE
4) ECONOMY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
5) S & T
6) HISTORY
7) GOEG
CMON FRIENDS , LET THE RAIN OF QUESTIONS AND IMP INFO BEGIN.

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May 31st, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Pali literature marks in UPSC IAS 2011

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See the marks obtained in Pali literature by candidates being discussed in an online forum.

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PALI LIT. Marks

My frnd got,
Paper I: 144
paper II: 164
total: 308.
not recommended.
please share your marks in PALI Lit.

Pali 163+ 151
not recomm.

MARKS IN PALI

I – 128
II – 137
TOTAL – 265
NOT RECOMMENDED

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May 23rd, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Help each other with Prelims preparation 2011—GS preparation

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You can see this link if you want help with UPSC prelims preparation. Excertps follow:

 

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LET’S HELP EACH OTHER – PRELIMS 2011

ALL GUYS/GALS GIVING PRELIMS 2011 WITH CHANGED SYLLABUS , LET US HELP EACH OTHER BY POURING IN QUESTIONS/IMP INFO HERE ON ANY TOPIC WE FIND RELEVANT FOR UPCOMING EXAM PAPER 1 (GS) .
VARIOUS CATEGORIES ARE :
1) CURRENT EVENTS
2) INDIAN POLITY/GOVERNANCE
3) ENVIRONMENT ECOLOGY/CLIMATE CHANGE
4) ECONOMY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
5) S & T
6) HISTORY
7) GOEG
CMON FRIENDS , LET THE RAIN OF QUESTIONS AND IMP INFO BEGIN.

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May 23rd, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Cost of living in Delhi to prepare for UPSC exams

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A lot of students come to Delhi (hub) for UPSC IAS preparation. You can see this discussion if you are planning to come to Delhi for cost of living, rent, food expenses etc. Take our advice and prepare from where you are. Donโ€™t come to Delhi unless you are very rich for coachings and inspiration. See this thread for the discussion. Life is not good in places like Mukherjee Nagar, Munirka, Jia Sarai etc. ; stay away.

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Cost of living in Delhi

Hi guys… i am planing to move to delhi after prelims.. any info regarding how much a single room with decent amenities like table, chair, cot, attached bathroom would cost would be highly helpful in planing my finance. I would like to stay in old rajinder nagar..
those who who are already in delhi now, kindly spare a sec and reply…

 

room rents in old rajinder nagar vary from 4000/- (sharing) to 10000/- (individual).
brokers charge 15-20 days rent.
1 month deposit + 1 month rent in advance + 50-60 percent of rent to broker . these r the initial costs.
food = 3000/- approx.
misc expenses + electricity = 1000/- approx
other than that landlords are full of crap in old rajinder nagar and they will fleece you for money
it would be better if rooms are found in karol bagh , patel nagar, pusa campus or inderpuri ( all areas 2-3 kms from ORN)

 

Are there any conditions like minimum number of months of stay?? bcoz with this cost i can stay a maximum for three months. I hope landlords will not object to it and create a problem..do they?

a room 2-3 km away frm mukhrjee nagar or rajindar nagar…….. how much it cost and how much time for transportation ?
and wht abt food ?? tiffin ache hote h kya ??
kitna cost pad jata h for good food ??

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orkut - Cost of living in Delhi_1305964664944

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May 21st, 2011 at 1:29 pm