In most likely scenario age limit won’t be reduced. Few reasons to support that hypothesis:
Commission can’t take this decision alone. They have to get the approval from government. Right now government is facing too much heat on unemployment issue. They will not take risk of reducing age limit and depriving opportunity to this section, which is in significant proportion. For government it is easy to just maintain the status quo.
State election is due in 2022, any change which is implemented in coming years will have direct impact on voting pattern. Not even students their families will also vote against this decision
Age reduction by X years: Least Chances
Although it is not politically feasible, but lets say they reduce the age limit by X years. Even then each segment, which misses out from current scheme of things will get at-least 2 compensatory attempts on the lines of UPSC.
Same BJP govt, faced lots of issues in 2014 when similar changes were made in UPSC. Finally they agreed on compensatory attempts. So they will not repeat same mistake again. In case they go ahead with changes, they will definitely give at-least 2 compensatory attempts.
In nutshell, if you are serious about clearing PCS exam, don’t pay head to these news, everyone is safe for at-least 2 attempts. Don’t waste time on these diversions. Channelize your energy towards PCS 2020 preparation.
We have incorporated the said pattern in our test series. Read below post to view samples from already conducted mock papers.
Syllabus covered and question split of Mock Paper#1
We are sharing a few samples from Mock paper#1 to give you the glimpse of the quality mock question practice you are missing:
Indian History question:
Question#14: Rabindranath Tagore in 1908: ‘I will never allow patriotism to triumph over humanity as long as I live’. Comment on Rabindranath Tagore’s unique approach to nationalism.
History of Uttar Pradesh
“Question#1: In ancient times, control over Ganga-Yamuna doab has determined the strength and longevity of any empire”. Analyse
“Question#2: Discuss role of Agra in Indian freedom struggle movement”
Post Independence Section
Question#5: Recently inaugurated “statue of unity” has created a lot of buzz among politicians and intellectual fraternity. In that context, discuss the contributions and shortcomings of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
Question#10: Comment on the below-mentioned statement; “In the context of Indo-China War of 1962, it was a war China won only to lose” Also explain how did America come to rescue of India?
Question#8: Outline main features of Dravida style of Temple architecture. Substantiate with example.
Culture of Uttar Pradesh:
Question#20: Variety of languages spoken in Uttar Pradesh is also the representative of the rich culture it possesses. Comment.
World History Section:
Question#13: Briefly describe about Kurds in middle-east region of Asia? “Separate Kurd state is not a distant reality. It is very much due in near future.” Comment on this statement in the wake of their fight with ISIS.
Question#19: Cuban missile crisis brought the world on the verge of next world war. Discuss why did USA & Cuba fall out? Also analyse the factors which helped to normalize the strain between these two countries
Question#1: Recently, UP Police’s encounter has been in news. Much has been talked about the campaign’s objective and effectiveness. Simultaneously functionality and perception of Police Department has also been put on public debate. In that context critically comment on below statement:
“Even after independence, our police force is colonial in its structure, as well as values”
Question#4: “Ruckus forces adjournment of Parliament for 18th straight day – April 2nd 2018” Statements like these have been common in recent times. Do you think parliamentary process w.r.t. bill passage needs modification? Analyse.
Question#10: Ram Temple in Ayodhya has become a burning issue again. Right now matter is in Supreme Court. If government brings ordinance for early construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya ahead of general elections 2019, discuss its implications.
Question#12: Odisha has joined 7 other states that have Legislative councils. Are these legislative councils waste of public money? Analyse.
Question#14: Comment on recent SC judgement on Sabrimala Temple Issue. Why did Judge Indu Malhotra had different view from others.
Question#19: What is Separate Statehood? Do you think division of Uttar Pradesh into smaller states will improve its situation? Discuss.
Our Full Length mock Paper (MIX), conducted in the November -2018
Question#1: Uttar Pradesh has 2nd highest maternal mortality rate in India. Critically Analyse “Janani Suraksha Scheme” in the given context.
Question#2: Uttar Pradesh has achieved high enrolment ratio of children in primary school. But issues like high absenteeism and lower enrolment in grade 6 and above are hampering the learning outcomes. Discuss.
Question#3: What role can Uttar Pradesh play in improving international ties with Nepal? Analyse it in the context of growing influence of China in Nepal.
Question#4: Discuss the role and importance of Uttar Pradesh in “Namami Gange Project”
Question#5: India’s Development is not possible until rural India is developed. In this context discuss how rural development agenda can be made more inclusive?
Question#6: Discuss how the design of MNREGA program makes it more successful than other rural development programmes.
Question#7: Unemployment has gone up in recent days, in this context analyse if reservation in government jobs can improve the situation.
Question#8: Critically analysed how green revolution has impacted agriculture sector in India.
Question#9: Arms race has heated up recently. What role Untied Nation can play in Disarmament? Discuss.
Question#10: Discuss feasibility of Prime Minister’s grand vision of doubling farmer’s income by 2022.
Question#11: In-spite of having better health infrastructure Uttar Pradesh governments are by and large unable to prevent deaths of children in Gorakhpur region. Discuss its causes and remedies.
Question#12: What do you understand by seasonal shifting of pressure belts? What impact does it have on the formation of various climatic regions across the globe?
Question#13: Discuss important factors responsible for the origin and modification of ocean currents?
Questions# 14: Highlight important factors those affects the location of nuclear power plants. Along with it discuss the benefits of building nuclear power stations on floating platforms.
Question#15: With increasing urbanization in India, the land usage pattern is undergoing major changes. Comment.
Question#16: The evolution of temple building in India can be attributed to factors such as changing form of worship, improvement in the skills of the craftsmen and the increase in funding provided by kings and rich merchants. Examine.
Question#17: Jyotiba Phule was not only a remarkable social activist but also a gifted writer. Examine the contribution of Phule in advocating the emancipation of the marginalized sections of Indian society.
Question#18: Comment on Japanese Industrial Revolution. And how it changed the power equation among existing powers?
Question#19: Ethics is the first line of defence against corruption while law enforcement is remedial and reactive. Examine the statement with suitable examples.
Question#20: Is there a conflict between morality and freedom? Discuss with reference to Kant’s view on categorical imperative.
These are the one of the recurring questions and doubts we are getting on frequent basis from fellow aspirants in tonnes.
Let’s treat it like a disease
First we will look into the symptoms.
Then will analyse them and,
Find out the root cause of it
Then we will move to cure and find right medicine to treat it
First thing first, we are not considering non-serious aspirants who are preparing for namesake. Also we won’t be touching hard work, motivation, focus, concentration and other soft aspects related to competitive exam preparation. We believe serious students are motivated enough and working their asses off to crack this examination.
We are trying to solve issues of those serious aspirants, who are putting max possible efforts, and even then not able to crack. We want to help this section of aspirants.
See, to crack highly competitive examination like PCS we need three things:
And lots of practice
Like 3 jewels of Buddhism, treat these 3 points as ultimate code to crack any competitive examination.
Today we will deal with 1st point i.e. “Right Strategyto Crack UPPSC Prelims 2018”
Let’s start with some data. UPPSC prelims pattern changed in 2016. Since then only GS Paper 1 is used to determine rank in preliminary examination.
2016 UPPSC prelims cut off was ~141 (Gen category)
2017 UPPSC prelims cut off was ~128 (Gen category)
Significant drop was observed in PCS 2017’s cut-off marks, as paper was bit factual & tricky.
Now in 2018 cut-off marks will drop even further. But this drop in cut-off marks is relative and due to negative marking. So now one has to prepare even harder to score well during prelims.
So what should be our strategy to crack this hard nut?
To answer this we would like to draw your attention on:
“Importance of analysing previous paper”
“keeping pace with recent preliminary nature papers conducted by UPPSC”
If we look into the previous papers of UPPSC 2015, 2016 & 2017, one can easily comprehend the weightage given to each portion of the syllabus.
So our strategy is primarily based on this analysis. To crack UPPSC Prelims 2018, one need to prepare entire syllabus as per below mentioned order & devote time/energy proportionately:
The most important portion is “Current Affairs & Economy”. Approximately 40 questions are asked from this portion
Then comes “Science, Environment & Ecology”. This section gets almost 35 question’s You have to prepare this on priority as well
Then comes Geography/ History/Polity. These 3 combined gets 60 questions weightage and split of questions among these 3 are almost equal. So based on your interest you can start with any of these
Last but not the least comes UP special, Census, Schemes & Agriculture portion. These combined makes remaining 15 questions of the UPPSC GS Paper 1
Along with this weightage knowledge, it is also very important to keep in mind the nature of questions being asked from these sections. Just knowing how many questions come from each section won’t fetch you good marks.
To get an overview please go through previous years questions papers. And to incorporate recent trends, changes in question patterns, keep track of various examinations conducted by UPPSC in recent time. Keeping RoI on time/energy in mind below mentioned papers must be analysed and practiced to crack UPPSC Prelims 2018:
Last 10 years papers of UPPSC Prelims
PCS Mains 2017 GS paper 1 & 2, conducted in June 2018
AFO GS Mains papers, conducted in Sep 2018
Tonight, we will leave you guys with these thoughts. Will discuss “Sources” and “Practice” related stuff in next article.
Do let us know in case of any query/issue w.r.t. your UPPSC prelims 2018 preparation. We will be more than happy to help you out.
In previous article we discussed about the strategy to clear uppcs prelims 2018.
In this article we will deal sources to be used by english medium aspirants. Have attached 2 images regarding the same.
Now comes the last but not the least “practice part”. To solve this problem we have created a quality test series.
How will this test series help you in clearing PCS prelims:
Content Preparation: We need to prepare whole syllabus and build a solid knowledge base. Selective study will not take you through in this cut throat level competition. Content preparation is similar to manufacturing weapons, which can help us in prelims war.
Revision: It is equally important. Just imagine a scenario, where you are going into a war but forgot to carry your weapons. Not revising properly is exactly like that. Aspirants put months and months in understanding those concepts aka creating weapons but due to lack of revision, they just forget their arsenal at home, hence bleed in war.
Practice: Most important aspect of your prelims preparation is “practice”. No matter how much you have read, no matter how good your weapons are, if you have not put efforts in practice, if you don’t know how to operate those weapons you are doomed. Its like writing on the wall.
PCS 2018 prelims examination will be conducted on Oct 28th, 2018: Lets maximize our outputs in the remaining 5 DAYS.
These mocks will:
– Streamline your revision
– Improve your understanding of concepts
– Provide holistic coverage of prelims syllabus
– Increase your time management skills
– Improve your option negation skills
– Help you in figuring out optimum attempt level (This becomes very important because prelims 2020 will have negative marking)
150 questions in each paper (Sectional split will be as per UPPSC PCS pattern)
– 60 Questions from History/Geography/Polity
– 40 Questions from Current & Economy section
– 30 Questions from Science, Environment
– 20 Questions from UP, Census & Schemes
Current Affairs – will be part of each paper
last 12 months of current affairs will be covered. August 2019 upto August 2020.