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Online group for upsc interview preparation

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UPSC aspirants have come up with a Google group for upsc interview preparation and it could be helpful for preparation.

after a lull of two months -Nov and December, it’s time for action. We have 2 and half months left for interviews , if things go as they did last year. I have the nice experience of being in the google group for mains preparation and want to replicate the same for interview too. So Anyone  who is expecting a mains call and willing to contribute can join the group. What  is the plan : we need to cover1.all current affairs from December  2011 to March 20122.  hobbies- we will collect database of qns for hobbies of each member, like if only one person is having hobby related to kabaddi, then others will pour with their questions. 3. qns related to home state and cities4. Graduation subjects-  Engg/Science etc. 5.  Focus on International relations 6. discussion on major national events 7.  Famous books and themes    

Don’t know how genuine it is: do see this thread for more. Don’t reveal your mail id easily to others is all we can suggest.

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January 27th, 2012 at 9:15 pm

On Salman Rushdie, Fundamntalism, banning books

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Check this discussion if you are  a civils aspirant and want to know more on Salaman Rushdie recent issue, banning of books etc. it could be helpful for your essay and GS preparation.

What did Salman Rushdie wrote about Islam??

I dont know. Ignorant.
But I am sure that 99% people opposing are also ignorant.
Only God knows when will Islamic society will come out of the slavery of ultra-conservative Maulla/Maulvi/Clerics.
If somebody knows; pls tell.

Jan 21 (6 days ago)

@ BROTHERHOOD  bro d prob is not wid islamic society….look at what d hindu society did 2 M.F.Hussain….all societies can b dogmatic…d issue here is artistic freedom vs literary censorship…..very recently ( 2- 3 mths ago)  dere was a heatedd controversy whn oxford publications stopped printing AK Ramanujan’s essay on Ramayana. Ramanujan’s essay is a secular approach 2wrds d interpretation of Ramayana…but apparently many sections of ppl r not ok wid it….so d question is where is d dividing line n how far can creativity b allowed 2 go ….

Jan 22 (5 days ago)

In a TV debate, one spokesperson of Samajwadi Party, who proudly claimed that he along with Kushwant Singh were the first to recommend the book be banned in India, claimed the book used the f word and other abuses on the Prophet(peace be upon his name!)

Jan 22 (5 days ago)

india was d 1st country in d world  2 ban Satanic Verses ….literary cansorship is a sensitive issue but sumtimes it becomes unreasonable….take for example movies…d movie Khap was banned in Haryana…now dont u think dis movie was a must watch fr sum khap leaders n deir blind followers …so ironically  haryana needed  more dan any other state what it put a ban upon

Jan 22 (5 days ago)

last year Rohinton Mistry’s book Such a Long Journey was removed frm Bombay University’s sylabus cos it contained sum negative comments on Shiv Sena….so lots of crazy things have been happening in d field of censorship…i feel very strongly abt it…

Jan 22 (5 days ago)

Wikipedia is so helpful 🙂 (abt Satanic verses) (Salman Rushdie’s fourth novel)

Jan 22 (5 days ago) I have read satanic verses. available online freely. nothing derogatory in there.hussain  is definitely different matter(he was wrong that is why he apologised.hindus should have forgiven him). Salman is good writer and most of those people who oppose him have not read him. Those who have read do not object.

Having a discriminatory law in 21st century speaks a lot about hypocrisy , even if it is revoked later.
India and West are different , if they consider right to use abusive or obscene language as a part Right to Freedom of Speech and Expression then its their problem…….we don’t need to follow whatever they do
Our stand is that we won’t allow allow abusive language and obscene content….
Stretching liberty to extreme will lead to anarchy
What you consider as a "Simple Point" , is considered to as an invalid argument by the Judiciary.
As I said earlier to Brotherhood, if you have a strong logical argument then please go to Supreme Court and ask them to change interpretation of the term "Secularism" by what you suggest….
Such arguments in past have been completely rejected in toto , by the Court
You mentioned Ramanujam’s case , the case is an example of Hypocrisy of "super-intellectual" liberals of DU,
Students also have a liberty not to be forced to study any text which hurts their sentiment….. If someone wants to read Ramanujam’s essay at his home he is free to do so , but "super-intellectual" want students to be forced to read , even when it is controversial ….. there are many other better and non-controversial things which could be made a part History syllabus



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January 27th, 2012 at 9:12 pm

The Royal Commission upon Decentralization

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In India the Provinces came into existence first and the Central Government came much later. What was then known as the Supreme Government could emerge only under the Regulating Act of 1773. Following the transfer of power of governance from the East India Company to the Crown in 1858, the power and functions of the Central Government in India began to expand steadily making the provinces more and more dependent on it. Governmental administration was becoming growingly centralized. Centralisation touched new heights under Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India during 1894-1904 and 1904-05. Departments after department, service after service was over-hauled. Principles were executed and standards were set causing excessive concentration of authority in the hands of Central Government. The Central Government had imposed detailed financial and administrative restrictions on the provinces, which fettered them in their plans of individual development. As a result, administrative behaviour got marked by loss of touch between officials and the people.

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The Public Service Commission

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In 1858 Queen Victoria assured equality of opportunity to Indians in the matter of public employment. English had already been made India’s official language and arrangements for its teaching initiated. Educated Indians were in search for jobs. Yet no Indian could enter the country’s higher Civil Service till 1884 despite Queen Victoria’s solemn proclamation, which naturally aroused discontentment among Indians. To redress the accumulating grievances, the Government of India set up the Public Service Commission in 1886 under the ‘president ship’ of Sir Charles Aitchison.


The Aitchison Commission – as it was known – was charged with the responsibility ‘to devise a scheme which may reasonably be hoped to possess the necessary elements of finality and to do full justice to the claims of natives of India to higher and more extensive employment in the public service.’ The Commission was mandated to direct its attention mainly to the question of the conditions under which the natives of India should be employed in the posts which are ordinarily reserved for the covenanted service and to questions relating to the admission of natives of India and Europeans respectively to those branches of the un-covenanted service, which are directly engaged in the executive and judicial administration of the country.

Besides the President, the Aitchison Commission consisted of fifteen members and a Secretary. The Indian members were Romesh Chunder Mitter, (Raja) Udhai Pertap Singh, Sayyid Ahmad, Kazi Shahbuddin, Salem Ramaswami Mudaliyar and Krishnaji Lukshaman Nulkar. The Commission included a trained English lawyer of judicial experience, five members (excluding the President) of the covenanted Civil Service. Their personal experience of the actual working of district administration had been sufficiently varied and extensive to entitle them to speak with authority upon the subject matter of the inquiry for their own provinces. There was a representative of the non-official European and the Eurasian community respectively, a member of the un-covenanted Civil Service, and six national members selected from various provinces. Its large membership was deliberately designed to make it representative of the society at large. It included members belonging to various communities– Hindus, Muslims, Europeans and Eurasians; it provided representation to the un-covenanted service as well as to different classes and modes of thought in India the over all motive being to command the maximum confidence of the society.

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The Fifth Report from the Select Committee of the House of Commons on The Affairs of the East India Company

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The East India Company, established in the year 1600 for the purpose of trade in India, found itself in the role of an administrator or ruler in 1765 when it acquired the Diwani (that is the right of revenue administration) from the then reigning Mughal Emperor Shah Alam.

The East India Company discovered itself into a new role which the British Parliament (The House of Commons) set up its Select Committee to examine along with the revenue administration in ‘our India possessions’. The first four reports prepared by the Select Committee discussed the various establishments created by the East India Company for the internal administration of India offering some account of the nature and history of those establishments and of the circumstances under which they grew to their present scale. These establishments were divided into four departments Political, Military, Revenue and Judicial. The Fifth Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons on the Affairs of the East India Company submitted on 28 July, 1812 is exclusively devoted to the establishments directly concerned with the revenue and judicial departments. The authorship of the Fifth Report is attributed to Samuel Davis and Officer of Engineers and who in 1784 had accompanied Turner on the latter’s Mission to Tibet as far as Bhutan .

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January 20th, 2012 at 9:56 am

Discussion on scaling in UPSC

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Be assured, UPSC does scaling in the Civil services examination.

There is this extract from a discussion; you can follow the link at bottom for more.



Refer to this case in Delhi High Court. Prashant Ramesh Chakkarwar vs Union Public Service Commission & … on 5 October, 2010.
26. From a cumulative reading of the aforesaid decisions, the factual/legal position which emerges can be summarized as under:-
I Moderation and scaling of marks are two different techniques used by examining authorities for achieving common standard of assessment of marks.
II UPSC does not apply the method of scaling of marks in evaluating the answer-sheets of the candidates pertaining to Civil Services (Main) Examination and confines the application of the said method in evaluation of answer-sheets of the candidates pertaining to Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination.

III The method of moderation of marks propounded by Supreme Court in Sanjay Singh‟s case (supra) is similar to the W.P.(C) No.6586/2010 & Conn. Matters Page 38 of 43 one applied by UPSC in evaluating the answer-sheets of the candidates pertaining to Civil Services (Main) Examination.
IV The method of moderation of marks applied by UPSC in evaluating the answer-sheets of the candidates pertaining to Civil Services (Main) Examination has been approved by a learned Single Judge and a Division Bench of this Court.

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January 10th, 2012 at 8:11 am

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

ACP Ganga, So called, exposed on Orkut

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A guy (or someone selected in Civils?) tried to make easy money by lying through his teeth and luring innocent students on an online forum, providing youtube videos and then charging big money! He has been badly exposed; see below and the link:


  • I really appreciate your idea of providing video lectures for Public Administration. But, the fees you are extracting is huge (around Rs. 7000-8000). I remember you have promised that the DVDs will cost a bit more, but the online version will be cheaper. Surprisingly, both of your versions cost the same. I was really disheartened to hear this.
  • wtf

@ACP gagan.. yaar tum to bahut achhe coaching waale banoge… after all you are lying like them already!!
Your flash claims that you got 180+ in paper 1 in 2007, 2008, 2009…
but actually your marks in 2009 were as follows:
Roll No. : 101628
Civil Services (Main) Examination 2009
Subject Maximum Marks Marks Obtained
Essay(Paper III) 200 102
General Studies (Paper-IV) 300 121
General Studies(Paper-V) 300 115
Optional I, GEOGRAPHY Paper-VI 300 105
Paper-VII 300 147
Optional II, PUBLIC ADMIN.. Paper-VIII 300 151
Paper-IX 300 129
Written Total 2000 870
you got just 151 marks in paper 1 of Public Ad..
Please dont dupe ppl like this.. SHAME ON YOU!
And why dont you post your 2010 marks with roll no. and dob for ppl check


And see the amazing ploy of ACP GAGAN now…He is writing anything eg: n, t , s etc on all threads SO THAT this thread which exposes HIS REALITY goes down – away from the eyes of people!!!
Please contribute in keeping this thread at the top so that he is EXPOSED!!!

IF the man is really Gagan Deep Singh Purba then his roll no for cse 2010 is
“what “has already provided his marks of 2009….
and in 2008 he cudnt qualify PT….
following Gagans qualified PT in 2008
ACP– y dont u provide us with ur dob sothat v can ourselves check ur claims…

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December 18th, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Notes in Hindi for UPSC Civils

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For Hindi medium students and aspirants of UPSC this discussion could be useful if you are trying to find notes for prelims and mains:

Hindia Notes

koi baataayega ki hindi lit. k IGNOU k notes kahaan se mil sakte h


yaar yeh mere coachin notes hein jo meine coaching ke computer par se apne liye download kar liye the … aur mujhe kisi ne roka nahi kyonki sabko pata hai ki mein comp ke thru padhayi karna prefer karta hun

Dost janhit mein upload kar do kisi sharing wali site par.

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December 18th, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Difference in cut off for general and obc, sc , st in UPSC CS exam

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Someone has initiated a discussoin on difference in cut off for general and obc, sc , st in the UPSC Civils and you can see below and the link:

– Dec 6

difference in cut off for general and obc, sc , st

Dec 6

Mains (2010)
General : 904
OBC : 885
SC : 867
ST : 865
Mains+ Interview (2010)
General : 1134
OBC : 1116
SC : 1073
ST : 1067

After Reserve List

General : 1116
OBC : 1111
SC : 1072
ST : 1067

…. … – Dec 6

Reserve list for 2010 isn’t out yet so the cut-off mentioned is purely speculative…anyway,considering the trend of reserve list 2009 genl cut-off isn’t expected to fall below 1120….in 2009,cut-off fell by 13 marks in the 2nd list(genl)

– Dec 6

Mains (2010)
General : 904
OBC : 885
SC : 867
ST : 865


When could reserve list for 2010 come out ? What is the criteria apart form the marks?


General : 1116
OBC : 1111
SC : 1072
ST : 1067

if there r 24 seats for sc category , then cut should b less by 3 to 4 marks. isnt it?


how many seats for general category  cadre wise for 2011, i.e ias , ips, ifs, irs——-


wait for notification till feb. It is not decided yet.



It seems that you have some precise information!
1. Do you have any information about the number of ST candidates in the reserve list?
2. If there are four vacancies for ST candidates,as announced with the final result, then won’t it bring the ST cut-off by at least 1 mark?
3. Why most of the times the vacancies in reserve list under the ST category are not filled.
Thank You.

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December 18th, 2011 at 9:26 pm