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UPSC Civil Services Interview on 14 April 2011

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The government recently declared Ambedkar Jayanti (14 April) as a gazetted holiday. The UPSC had announced its Personality test (Interview) schedule before this notification.

The UPSC has clarified through a notification taken out recently that the civil services interviews will happen on 14 April 2011 as scheduled. All the best to the candidates.

You can see the PDF file of the notification by UPSC on the link at the UPSC website.

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April 11th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

Code for English as medium in CS (Mains)- error in UPSC Preliminary notification

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The UPSC has published a corrigendum according to which it has admitted that the code for English as medium of examination has been mistakenly not printed in Annexure II(B) of the Civil Services Preliminary Examination notification 2011 published in the Employment News. The code for it is 20. The UPSC Corrigendum published on its site reads

“Reference is invited to this Commission’s Notification for Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2011 published in the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar dated 19.02.2011.
The candidates, who are applying for the above Examination through Offline mode, i.e. through Paper Application and are opting for ‘English’ as a medium for the written part of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2011 are advised to use Code 20 in Column 21(V) of the Application Form-E. This Code has, inadvertently, not been indicated in the Table under APPENDIX-II (B) at Page 65 of the said Examination Notification appearing in the above issue of the Employment News/Rozgar Samachar.”

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March 17th, 2011 at 10:08 am

Is there any proposal for change in the Mains exam pattern as of now?

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This is a question that many are asking but there are no definite answers. The popular opinion is that the two options are likely to go in another 3-4 years but not as of now.

One person says, quoting a teacher, that “he proposal for changes in mains will take another 2 to 3 yrs i.e 2014-2015 to implement.they are still in preliminary stage”.

See the pic below taken from a forum discussion

orkut - Urgent! Is there any proposal for change in mains-_1299987529545

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March 13th, 2011 at 9:16 am

Download India Year Book 2011

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India year book 2011 published by the Publications Division is a compendium of information relating to the country and will be very useful for students, researchers and anyone interested in knowing about India.

The book is priced at more than 300 Rupees (MRP) but is also available free of cost at the website of the publications division for downloading in pdf format. Presently it seems that the book is only available in the English language and the Hindi version may be posted later.

This book is a wealth of authentic, official information on India and should must be used by students, interview aspirants and foreigners and observers wanting to know more about India.

The UPSC aspirants study this book more than any other group of people.

You can visit the website of the publications division to download the book.

UPDATE: DOWNLOAD LINK NEW  Download the India Year Book from this link on mediafire. (tip by bnpsingh).

UPdate: See this link to download if the mediafire link does not work.

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March 13th, 2011 at 9:08 am

UPSC Interview preparation and discussion by Uttar Pradesh Students

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It is sometimes wise to discuss for interview preparations according to your home state and some questions in the interview will be based on your home state. If you are from Uttar Pradesh you can follow this link to discuss various issues related to the state of Uttar Pradesh that will help you in your preparation of the UPSC Civil Services and other interviews.

A number of issues are being discussed in  forum and you can join them. For example: Bundelkhand, law and order, Building statutes etc.

Building parks and installing statues is not against law. Caste politics is not forbidden in law. Keeping the state underdeveloped is not illegal. So do we have to support such actions?
No, they r not asking u to give an opinion from legal perspective (unless specifically asked). They are asking you to analyze the policies in terms of their welfare potential, their social impact etc. Thus, in my opinion we very much criticize the wrong policies of the govt. I am not asking you to criticize some person but the processes and policies.

– comment by Kaushlendra

All I wanna say is UP was earlier first cadre choice of Top rankers so why u think they are quiet if as per u everything is wrong in UP ??????????
When we sit for IAS interviews , we must stop acting like anti-government pro – media Bhartiya Junta and must put ourself in shoes of a Public service Officer seeing everything from Optimistic perspective and not critical outlook as if u become officer , you have to defend government actions unless situation is worse when u rise upto bad acts of politicians.
There may be 100 wrong things in UP but then 1o good thngs are also shaping up like "Greater Noida" is coming up as World Class City , so r we forgetting it here ?????
Why always form anti-govt outlook everywhere ????
Dont forget , this interview is going to be for a member of Governmet and not for Masala Hungry Media House !!!!!!!!!!
I hope u got my point my friend…..
Problem is everywhere and UP is still a lawful land like others , we must appreciate that …….Things are not yet Dabangg like – says Jain Digvijay

I never said everything is bad in UP. What my point is that if we can’t dare to pinpoint the mistakes in policies, how we are going to bring improvements in the system. Remember our role as an administrator is not just to implement the policies but we also play a role in formulation of policies.
I have criticized the policy of wasting money on parks, statues and not having enough fund to implement crucial Acts like RTE. Since I ,as an administrator , can criticize it, I will be able to suggest a better way to govt . For example, I will suggest her that you build 100s of schools and install your statue in each of school, I will advice her to build 100s of hospitals and put her statues there, I will request her to build 100s of small scale industries and put all elephants and statues there.
So in my opinion we don’t have to work blindfolded, like law.- Kaushlendra

This will also be useful for anybody looking for some discussion on the state of Uttar Pradesh for various reasons. See the link

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March 13th, 2011 at 9:01 am

Interview call letters for CS Mains 2010 personality test are being sent

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The UPSC is sending the call letter for the personality test for the Civil Services Mains (Personality Test) 2010 now. The results of the civil services Main examination 2010 were declared in the evening of 4 March 2011. On 11 March 2011, a friend of a candidate received the interview call letter in Delhi so you can safely assume that they have started sending it. The people from the NCR region will be interviewed first, as is usually the case.

If you are wondering how the UPSC calls people for interviews this comment by someone in a forum may be useful:

the interview is based only on roll numbers and medium….distance does’nt matter(as long as you are in remote areas for which upsc gives extension of time for submission of forms in prelims n mains).so the initial roll numbers(up to 6000) whether one is in north,east,west or south will hv int in the first week….so start preparing.

So even an OBC candidate in the roll no 9000 to 10000 has his interview on 23 March 2011.

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March 13th, 2011 at 8:54 am

Profile and brief bio of UPSC members

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If  you are a UPSC Civil Services (IAS exam) aspirant and want to know the biography and other details of the present UPSC members to prepare for your upcoming Civil Services Exam interview and other interviews conducted by the UPSC then you can download the pdf made by Ghanshyam Thori. Ghanshyam has uploaded the pdf file on Rapidshare and we are putting it below so that  you can download it. It is genrally advisable to know at least something about all UPSC members as each interview panel is headed by one UPSC member. You can click on the save button (floppy button in adobe) and save it or enlarge it and read it. If you can’t see it below then click this link to download the pdf file Profile_of_UPSC_Members.pdf

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January 20th, 2010 at 10:09 am

Lok Sabha Secretariat has uploaded wrong download link for the Protocol Officer examination

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While this post is being written the Joint Recruitment Cell’s notification link for the ‘examination for recruitment of Executive/legislative/committee/protocol officers and research/reference officers in Lok Sabha secretariat’ is not working. The parliament staff have uploaded a wrong download link and it does not work.

The protocol officers/research officers in the parliament is an important post and many apply for it. It is shameful that the parliament staff are so careless with it! Please note that if you can download it from the link then they may have corrected the error.

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Is clearing the UPSC Civils same as winning a lottery?

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The following extracts are from a discussion on the Orkut forum (the page may have been removed if the link gives an error) few days ago. It discusses among other things how the UPSC Civil Services Exam (IAS exam) is unpredictable, the subject score trends etc. Please note that all views below are the views of the UPSC aspirants in the said forum. Follow the link to see the authors if the page exists. Please note that it is a discussion and you may have problems understanding it; follow the link if the page is there.

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January 12th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

UPSC Civil Services Main examination will start from 29 October 2010

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UPSC has just released the Examination schedule for the year 2010. If you are still wondering when the UPSC CS (Main) exam will start, the answer is 29 October 2010 and will last for 21 days. Of course, this is subject to change as written in the disclaimer (which is very rare). See the snapshot below saved from the UPSC website few moments ago.

It also has the dates for other UPSC exams such as the CDS, NDA, IES, Geologists’ exam, Central Police Forces Exam, Indian Forest services etc.

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January 9th, 2010 at 11:11 am