The Leap of Faith – For Mains 2022 + Case Studies Toolkit PDF

So far, all of mankind – about 7 billion people –  have not been able to send one single man to Mars. In fact, we even have trouble landing on Mars. But here is the thing. Assuming, if Elon Musk were to land a man on Mars – and let us say – that may… Continue reading The Leap of Faith – For Mains 2022 + Case Studies Toolkit PDF

Invitation : Prelims Revision Classes with ForumIAS | Delhi | Offline Only

Last week I reached out to some of ForumIAS Community Members. I, in fact shared an article on the 19 things to keep in mind for Prelims 2022. The Prelims is a tricky examination. Most of us have reached a point where nothing is getting in our head. Reading black font on white paper makes… Continue reading Invitation : Prelims Revision Classes with ForumIAS | Delhi | Offline Only

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Quick Edit : 13+ Suggestions for the Personality Test / IAS Interview

Commission is not looking for entrepreneurs, businessmen, traders, social activist, stock market traders for joining service, not is it looking for people who have worked across / touched diverse sectors without depth. World is full of such people who have done half of this and half of that, but nothing fully and with dedication so… Continue reading Quick Edit : 13+ Suggestions for the Personality Test / IAS Interview

The Psychology of the Personality Test + 16 Suggestions for IAS Interview Candidates

by Neyawn   Last week, I e-met Dheeraj. “Sir, he said, I am having a major problem.” “And what is that Dheeraj?” I asked. “Problem is I have my Civils Interview in August, and I have also gotten call for IFoS Interview, though dates are not out for that yet.” “They are good problems to… Continue reading The Psychology of the Personality Test + 16 Suggestions for IAS Interview Candidates

Getting the Best out of Mains 2020 Results – and handling failure

A few hours ago, the Union Public Service Commission declared the Civil Services Mains 2020 results. The finality of the PDF – and I can say that from my vicarious experiences if not personal experiences – take some time to sink in. Especially if we have not been able to make it to the list.… Continue reading Getting the Best out of Mains 2020 Results – and handling failure

Mains 2020 – Answer Writing + Suggestions for The Last Week

We have reached the part of our Mains preparation where we just want to write the exam any moment now. The last week before the Mains is particularly jittery – if you are writing your first Mains. And if it is your third Mains or more, and you have set in “this too shall pass”… Continue reading Mains 2020 – Answer Writing + Suggestions for The Last Week

A month to Prelims – Making the most of last 40 days

We have reached the point in our Prelims preparation which we call the “last leg.” This part of your life is called sustaining the hard work. This is also the point that a lot of people feel like giving up. Just like that. Putting the hard work of a year down the drain. We are… Continue reading A month to Prelims – Making the most of last 40 days

The Inspiring Story of Himanshu Gupta – Rank 27, Philosophy Optional, 1st Mains + Interview

I first met Himanshu sometime at 8AM when he was writing SFG Tests early in the morning. I saw him again at Forum Essay classes and then again at GS 4 classes, smiling – sitting in the front rows. He always smiled, no matter what. ( He and Reecha Ratnam- the Hindi Medium Topper this… Continue reading The Inspiring Story of Himanshu Gupta – Rank 27, Philosophy Optional, 1st Mains + Interview

Prelims or Mains Prep? Time Allocation and Management before Prelims 2020

I often wondered how it feels when you can’t move a step forward, neither take a step backwards. These are called crossroads of life – where we don’t know which direction to go. With the Covid-19 induced delays in the exam, many people are at the crossroads of their Civils preparation. In fact, some people… Continue reading Prelims or Mains Prep? Time Allocation and Management before Prelims 2020

60 Days – Prelims Preparation in times of Corona

Picture (c) Osnat Tzadok We are living at a pivotal point in human history. Times like these are testing times. It reminds me of a close friend, a senior, mentor and a guide to me.  About a decade ago. She always wanted to be an Indian Foreign Service Officer. It was her childhood dream. That… Continue reading 60 Days – Prelims Preparation in times of Corona

Preparing for Phase 2 of the Interview + Invitation for Group Mocks + Download Interview Transcripts

We have reached a point where nearly half of our friends have appeared for the Interview. About one half of the students are now still waiting for the interview. If you are one of those whose interview is not yet done, here are some likely scenarios, and here is how to deal with them. #1… Continue reading Preparing for Phase 2 of the Interview + Invitation for Group Mocks + Download Interview Transcripts

The Secret Ingredient to Last 30 days of Prelims + Winning the ENDGAME

Charles Dickens famously wrote – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The run-up to the Prelims perhaps can be best described as above.[1] Being 30 days away from Prelims is like being at the edge of the cliff. You are afraid of the fall, and yet you have to… Continue reading The Secret Ingredient to Last 30 days of Prelims + Winning the ENDGAME

Two Cents : How to clear Civil Services with a TOP Rank and AVOID exhausting attempts

I met a teary eyed girl sometime in 2017. She was a friend of Prajit Nair, a popular ForumIAS Member. She was hard working, meticulous, confident and clueless. “Neyawn”, Prajit said, ” Please help her out if you can. Almost everyone in our friend circle has cleared the exam except her. She is very demotivated… Continue reading Two Cents : How to clear Civil Services with a TOP Rank and AVOID exhausting attempts

U.K. clears Mallya’s extradition to India

British Home Secretary Sajid Javid has signed the extradition order for fugitive business tycoon Vijay Mallya for his extradition to India. Two years ago, the Indian Government requested the extradition of Vijay Mallya to the British High Commission in India. Vijay Mallaya is the erstwhile chairman of United Sprits, who has been declared both a… Continue reading U.K. clears Mallya’s extradition to India

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Why People Fail to clear Mains? And how not to repeat it next year.

It usually takes the morning after, for the Mains results to sink in. Sometimes, between 3 to 5 days –  when you actually are able to fully realise the implications of what just happened when UPSC released that damn PDF  on their website that did not have your roll number. And then you cry. Sometimes… Continue reading Why People Fail to clear Mains? And how not to repeat it next year.

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[Strategy] The Post Mains Agenda – Preparation for Interview & Ahead

There are two tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want. The other is – getting it. In a few weeks from now, it is expected that the Civil Services Mains 2018 results will be declared. And the outcomes, unlike most things in life – are going to be in binary. You will… Continue reading [Strategy] The Post Mains Agenda – Preparation for Interview & Ahead

The Last Miles to Mains – Making the most of your time

Darius, the Persian Emperor, fallen to the Greeks, and in his death bed, tells his son Xerxes. “Only the Gods can defeat the Greeks.” For days Xerxes mourned until one day, Artmesia[1]  tells Xerxes Your fathers words were not a warning, but a challenge.If only the Gods can defeat the Greeks, you could be God… Continue reading The Last Miles to Mains – Making the most of your time

Fighting Depression in times of the Pandemic & Civils Examination

  The COVID-19 pandemic, the consequent delay in exam calendar, and finally the proximity to the exam has wrecked havoc with preparation of several people. This is the point of high anxiety. Exam pressure. Feeling as if we have done nothing. Everything we have studied suddenly looks new. Especially for those who have been preparing… Continue reading Fighting Depression in times of the Pandemic & Civils Examination

Answer-Writing Practice: Read this to avoid Mistakes

Answer writing is the main tool & practicing is the key for perfection in mains examination. The article below addresses some of the Unanswered Questions of every aspirant regarding Mains Answer writing. How is it different from answering our university papers? What should be done to score high? How should we start as a beginner? How to… Continue reading Answer-Writing Practice: Read this to avoid Mistakes

The Last Week before Prelims – Performing on the D Day

I envy ants. I saw one yesterday, stealing my food. It picked up a large, fully cooked grain of rice, through an insurmountable wall that separated my workplace from my colleague’s. Halfway through its journey, the rice fell. A lot of other ants passed beside it, pretending that nothing happened. But this one, did not.… Continue reading The Last Week before Prelims – Performing on the D Day

Mains ( And Prelims ) Marksheet : Getting the Closure out of your Marksheet

Yesterday was an important day for those people who appeared for CSE 2017. The UPSC, albeit reluctantly, came up with the marks-sheet of those who wrote the Civil Services Examination 2017. This is one is for those of you who made it. And those of you who did not. We often try to find patterns… Continue reading Mains ( And Prelims ) Marksheet : Getting the Closure out of your Marksheet

The Inspiring Story of Pushp Lata, IAS Rank 80, and a Mother of Five Year Old child

Sometime in the February of 2017, Priyank called me up. He and a bunch of friends had appeared for umpteen interviews, with not so good marks . Some were in service with lower ranks, some did not make it the final list because of the interview. Priyank, for one, had a not-so-good score in a… Continue reading The Inspiring Story of Pushp Lata, IAS Rank 80, and a Mother of Five Year Old child

In Defense of Common Sense : Preparing for Prelims & Mistakes not to make

A wise man once told me – Remember failure is a great teacher. But if you don’t learn the lesson, life will repeat the lesson for you. We are about 2 months from the Prelims Examination. The screening exam that is supposed to separate the chaff from the grain. This is only partly true. For… Continue reading In Defense of Common Sense : Preparing for Prelims & Mistakes not to make

IAS Interview : Honesty and Simplicity is the key. Here is why.

“What will be your priorities as a District Collector of Central Delhi ?” I asked  “Sir, as District Collector, my priorities will be to focus on skill development, women empowerment, and bringing in transparency and accountability in the functioning of the government. I will also ensure that law and order is maintained to inspire confidence of women… Continue reading IAS Interview : Honesty and Simplicity is the key. Here is why.

The Morning ( and Days ) after Mains Results – For Both Have’s and Have Not’s

I met Himanshu a few years ago. He was remarkable when I met him, back then. Most aspirants – color their life in black and white – Getting Selected means success, everything else means failure. This categorization becomes rigid especially after every result. But Himanshu was different. When he thought he had failed, he would… Continue reading The Morning ( and Days ) after Mains Results – For Both Have’s and Have Not’s

DOWNLOAD PDF : UPSC MAINS 2017 RESULTS, 19th Feb Interview Begins,

Dear Friends, UPSC has released the list of candidates selected for the Personality Test.  2560 Students have qualified for the Personality Test. The expected date of the Interview is 19th February. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD UPSC MAINS 2017 RESULT Important Dates : E-Summon Letter : 18th Jan 2018 Interview Beginning Date : 19th February Cadre… Continue reading DOWNLOAD PDF : UPSC MAINS 2017 RESULTS, 19th Feb Interview Begins,

The Post Mains Guide to Interview Preparation and further preparation

I once met a farmer, It was the end of Harvest. And the sowing season was far away. “So now”, I said, “you will take a looong break, and make merry?” “No Saheb”, if we take any rest now, our hands and legs will rust. We need to prepare ourselves for the sowing season. For… Continue reading The Post Mains Guide to Interview Preparation and further preparation

The Last Minute Plan to Ace Mains ( And Motivate Yourself )

It is one of those 2 AM emails you badly want to write. For friends. Who are slogging each night. To ace the Civil Services Mains Examination with such a margin in the Mains score, that cracking the interview is a child’s play. As we walk into the exam zone, a territory which may not… Continue reading The Last Minute Plan to Ace Mains ( And Motivate Yourself )

The Two Months to Mains – Planning Days Ahead

Its the end of August. And the beginning of September. The time of the year, when you are caught between the heat of summer, the wet of the monsoons, and the chill of the winter. ( Its coming ). It feels much like the adolescence – the unknown vacuum between childhood, and adulthood, being neither,… Continue reading The Two Months to Mains – Planning Days Ahead

Writing a good answer to score better ( 420+ ) Part 2 + Video

Thank you everyone for your response to my last post. If if you have not yet read it, you may see my previous post below Discussion on how to write a good answer Some sample copies of candidates who wrote good answers and have secured ranks 56 , 43 and 87 I also sought answers… Continue reading Writing a good answer to score better ( 420+ ) Part 2 + Video

How to write a good answer that ensures a good score (420+)

Dear Friends, I see that a lot of you are attempting questions on the Mains Marathon, various Test Series / Other Platforms. Before prescribing what is a good answer, I would want you to go through the below links and download copies of candidates who have secured 400+ marks, not only in 2016, but also… Continue reading How to write a good answer that ensures a good score (420+)