The Questions after Pulwama and Balakot

There is a debate ongoing after the recent airstrikes on the alleged terrorist targets in Balakot in Pakistan. However, the debate is largely political. For the purpose of UPSC preparation, we will look at the questions these incidents have thrown up and how they have fundamentally altered India’s foreign policy doctrine vis-a-vis Pakistan. The Pulwama

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IAS Exam Interview Preparation Tips

The civil services IAS interview conducted by the UPSC is not just another interview. Many people consider it THE interview to clear. Scoring well in the IAS interview requires a combination of knowledge, smartness, alertness, and other qualities that are detailed in this complete guide to the IAS interview. What is expected of a candidate

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IAS 2013 – Notification, Eligibility, Syllabus and More

UPSC has notified the Civil Services or IAS (Preliminary) Examination 2013 on 5th March 2013. There are approximately 1000 vacancies in the 2013 Civil Services Examination. The Prelims will be held on 26th May 2013. Online application of forms will commence from 5th March and concluded on 4th April 2013 (11.59 P.M). Candidates have to

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New IAS Mains Pattern from 2013 Notified

After a long delay of more than 30 days, UPSC has finally notified the Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 and along with it introduced far reaching changes in the IAS Mains pattern. There are approximately 1000 vacancies in the 2013 civil services exam. The Prelims pattern and syllabus is the same as before. So let’s

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Civil Services Exam 2012 Written Results Announced

UPSC announced the result of Civil Services (IAS) exam written (Mains) results today on 22nd February 2013. About 2674 candidates qualified for the interview which is about 2.5 times the total vacancies this year, listed as 1037 in the 2012 notification. Personality Test (Interview) will commence from 4th March 2013. As the number of vacancies

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Free Live Webinar: Which Books to Refer for IAS Prelims

I’ve conducted a few webinars before on Prelims preparation that have received excellent response from aspirants. And this Sunday on 23/12/2012 at 6 PM I will be conducting a webinar on which books to refer for Prelims along with tips to read the most important books like what is important, what is not so important,

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It’s Official (almost) IAS Mains Pattern is Not Changing in 2013

Update: Find out here about the new IAS mains pattern. In case you have been wondering whether the Mains syllabus will change in 2013 or not, it’s now certain that it will not. According to Minister of State  for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension V Narayanswamy, UPSC has submitted certain changes in the Civil Services (Main) Examination

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What is Crony Capitalism? Economy Learning Series

Crony refers to friendly or close relationships. So crony capitalism is favouring businesses close to you at the expense of others. Crony capitalism has been in the news recently owing to certain domestic and international developments. In India, the Kingfisher airlines episode highlighted the close ties between the government and Kingfisher with the former doing

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