As we enter the 4th year of SFG – Select Focus Group – one of our most innovative programs for successfully cracking the Prelims Examination. Based on your feedback, we continuously innovate and update our programs, keeping in mind the dynamic nature of the Civil Services Examination, the rising standards of Civil Services preparation, and increasing competition – partly because of capacity development and fast-paced self-learning programs like SFG.
We hope you are in the pink of health in these Covid times. As the Covid numbers are on the rise again and government restrictions are being imposed in various places, we have decided to conduct SFG Level 2 in Online Mode until further notice so that your health and the health of your family members is not put at risk.
Update # 11
The All India Open Simulator Test 0 will be conducted at 7 AM on Sunday for SFG Students. This will be a part of the SFG Test. Its score will be taken into account for determining SFG and RLG for the Daily / Weekly / Monthly Rankings. You can write the Test, just the way you attempt your SFG Tests.
Update # 10
Please fill the following form in order to report questions in which you have doubt of an error in the question or the solutions. If found valid, we will issue a corrigendum and also inform you of the same.
Click Here to fill the form.
Update # 9
Instructions for attempting the SFG tests- https://go.forumias.com/325
Update # 8
Results for SFG Level 2 Entrance Test 2 has been declared, please check your respective mails for the same.
Payment for students selected in SFG – Rs. 1300 + GST (18%) per month
Payment for students selected in RLG – Rs. 1900 + GST (18%) per month
Note: SFG 2021 – Level 2 will be starting from 31st March 2021
Date of Entrance Test 2 – 21st March 2021, 10:00 AM – Concluded
The SFG 2021 Level 2 tests will be held in ONLINE MODE. If the situation improves by 22nd March and the Government allows the functioning of coaching institutions, the course will be available in OFFLINE MODE as well.
The Entrance Exam will be held on 21st March in online mode
The test will be conducted in Online mode at 10 AM in the morning.
Please click on the link for instructions regarding attempting the test.
SFG Level 2.0 will include CSAT tests along with GS and Current Affairs Test, as requested by candidates.
It is expected that you prepare for it in advance instead of waiting for the day of the test. In SFG Level 1, we expected you to read the books for the first time, if you are a fresher – plus we have the luxury of time as well ( 5 months + ) In SFG level 2, we expect you to have read the books and should be using the plan as a revision plan.
The detailed exam plan for SFG 2021 – Level 2 is now available.
You can see the detailed plan here – https://go.forumias.com/sfglevel2-calender
Commencement Date of SFG Level 2 – 31st March 2021
Result of Entrance Test – 2nd March 2021, 5 PM
To register for Entrance Test – Click Here
Date of Entrance Test – 28th February 2021, 10:00 AM
The test will be conducted in Online mode at 10 AM in the morning. This will be the last entrance test, and no admissions will be granted without clearing the entrance test.
- Those of you who registered earlier by paying the entrance test fee but could not attend the test, can write the second test, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They need not pay again, but must inform us by 25th february, 5PM. After that, they will need to register again afresh by paying the registration fee.
- Candidates who are not able to make it to either SFG / RLG can re-apply by registering again and attempting the second entrance test.
Please click on the link for instructions regarding attempting the test.
Note: The test will close at 11:00 AM
SFG – How it works
- Select Focus Group (SFG) is a small group of students who are selected by ForumIAS every year for coaching them to clear the UPSC Prelims Examination. Every single candidate selected and retained consistently in the group with Top ranks has cleared the Prelims examination in the past.
- 100 Students will be selected for the Select Focus Group, through the SFG Entrance Test, who will be required to report at 7AM every day 6 days a week to write an hour-long test based on a pre-planned syllabus, followed by a discussion on the same.
- Candidates who are unable to make it to the SFG, will be maintained in a Reserve List, who can also write the tests. Candidates who couldn’t clear the cutoff and are unable to make it into both SFG and RLG can register for the 2nd Entrance Test.
- Tests are conducted daily and results are provided within 8 hours of test with Name and Rank list for candidates and parents to evaluate their daily performance. On the basis of rankles, about 50% of bottom performing students from SFG are migrated to the reserve list on a weekly basis, and an equal number of students from reserve list (RLG) are moved into SFG.
- The decision of the management in this regard is final and not subject to dispute. Please note that this migration is done not keeping in mind the overall merit list but moving away bottom 50% from SFG and picking up an equal number of people from RLG.
- Thus those who may be getting more than RLG students, but are bottom 50 in SFG will be moved to RLG.
- Every month, the bottom 20% or so non-performing students are eliminated from the program to maintain the quality of competition.
- All candidates writing the CSE 2021 are eligible to apply for the entrance test.
- This year we introduce some changes as to how we conduct the SFG exam. Please note that changes that we bring are always in response to the examination pattern, the student feedback and our own learning with respect to how to best enable a serious candidate to clear the exam.
SFG Level 2 (Advanced)
- SFG Level 2 is for people who have completed the reading and revision of the basic books and are now ready to take on the exam. The objective of the SFG Level 2 is as below:
- Developing problem-solving skills for solving analytical, conceptual and thought based questions.
- Developing skills to solve questions based on the application of the reading that they have done for Level 1
- Mastering the art of handling questions from unknown areas and applying concepts from their wider reading which is relevant for the Civil Services Prelims Examination.
- Developing time management skills, and being through with the syllabus
- Providing a reliable, time-bound framework for revision just before the examination.
Admission to the SFG and RLG are based on the rank of the candidate in the merit list of the SFG Entrance Test. Students can apply for the program by registering for the Entrance Test by paying a fee of Rs. 500+ GST. Candidates can register by visiting https://go.forumias.com/280.
The candidate must appear for the entrance test on the designated date and time, subsequent to which he/she will be admitted to the Select Group or the Reserve List.
The candidate must pay the monthly fee as per the group he/she is allocated.
Note: Admissions to the SFG / RLG Group will only be on the basis of the merit position of the candidate in the entrance test. The entrance Test will be held on 28th Feb. Candidates must register for the SFG Entrance Test by visiting https://go.forumias.com/280. No admission will be granted to the candidate without appearing for the Entrance Test.
Fee Structure and Details:
The course duration is of about two months and fees are charged on a monthly basis. Fees for the full duration of the program cannot be paid at one go.
- For students selected in SFG – Rs. 1300 + GST (18%) per month
- For students selected in RLG – Rs. 1900 + GST (18%) per month
Fees are to be paid once the candidate is selected for the program. A fee of Rs. 118 is to be paid additionally for the I-Card by all students.
Wishing You Success,