9 Dec 2018

PRELIMS TEST SERIES 2019

PRELIMS TEST SERIES 2019

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Starting from January 13th, 2019

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The prelims test series will begin on JANUARY 13th 2019. 

We know that prelims is a major hurdle for many aspirants. Even the most experienced candidates face the heat of prelims. If this first hurdle is not cleared, all your hundreds of hours focus on structuring your answer and building content for them goes in vain. In the recent years UPSC has made prelims even more tougher,  thanks to Market driven Test Series, 2017 and 2018 are the best proofs of this. In this entire rush for claiming and predicting questions, you the aspirants have been a big causality.  With all these inputs and years of experience as both aspirants and trainers at various institutes like M. Puri IAS and Insights on India.

Our test series has been designed keeping in mind the changing nature of prelims exam.  Some of the lessons and patterns that we have deduced are

  1. Past two years (2017 & 2018) papers have been focusing on static portions predominantly. In 2016 current portions dominated.

Ex:Q. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Parliament of India can place a particular law in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution of India.
  2. The validity of a law placed in the Ninth Schedule cannot be examined by any court and no judgement can be made on it.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

 

  1. Current affairs question when asked have not been direct. Students who have been just doing the compilations without going through the newspapers first have suffered heavily.

Ex: Q. Consider the following statements:

  1. In the first Lok Sabha, the single largest party in the opposition was the Swatantra Party.
  2. In the Lok Sabha, a “Leader of the Opposition” was recognised for the first time in 1969.
  3. In the Lok Sabha, if a party does not have a minimum of 75 members, its leader cannot be recognised as the Leader of Opposition.

             Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

 

  1. Aspirants who have just relied on test series without conceptual understanding have not been able to clear the exam.

Ex: Q. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee Report has recommended a debt to GDP ratio of 60% for the general (combined) government by 2023, comprising 40% for the Central Government and 20% for the State Governments.
  2. The Central Government has domestic liabilities of 21% of GDP as compared to that of 49% of GDP of the State Governments.
  3. As per the Constitution of India, it is mandatory for a State to take the Central Government’s consent for raising any loan if the former owes any outstanding liabilities to the latter.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

                               

  1. In the prelims exams UPSC was checking to what extent an aspirant is sticking to the Syllabus prescribed by UPSC and not deviating by reading irrelevant portions.

 

  1. Many tangential dimensions from the syllabus were asked, which were never focused on earlier.

 Ex: Q. He wrote biographies of Mazzini, Garibaldi, Shivaji and Sri Krishna, stayed in America for sometime and was also elected to the central assembly. He Was

  1. Aurobindo Gosh
  2. Bipin Chandra Pal
  3. Lala Lajpati Rai
  4. Motilal Nehru

 

  1. In some questions Mains syllabus has been integrated with prelims syllabus, like agriculture.

Ex: Q. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 replaced the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.
  2. The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) is under the charge of Director General of Health Services in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

 

  1. In 2018 paper UPSC has also played on the Judgemental capabilities of an aspirant
  • How many questions an aspirant has to attempt in this paper?
  • What questions should not be touched?
  • What questions when left is unpardonable

The so called experts of the market who give standardized guidance suggested students to attempt a minimum of 95 questions which goes against the very logic of students judgment based on the assessment of the toughness of the paper in the exam hall. So generic advices do not work.

 

  1. Government related knowledge is getting high relevance in recent years.

Ex: Q. As per the NSSO 70th Round “Situation Assessment Survey of Agriculture Households”, consider          the following statements:

  1. Rajasthan has the highest percentage share of agriculture households among its rural households.
  2. Out of the total households in the country, a little over 60 percent being to OBCs.
  3. In Kerala, a little over 60 percent of agriculture households reported to have received maximum income from sources other than agriculture activities.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 2 and 3 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Features Of Our Prelims Test Series

  1. In total there will be 20 tests ( 16 GS + 4 CSAT)
  2. Out of 16 tests on GS-1, 12 would be module based and the rest would be comprehensive simulated tests.
  3. Each test has graded questions with increasing levels of difficulty. This will assess your concepts well and prepare you for any challenges which UPSC may throw.
  4. Each test will be followed by test discussion on the same day by the Faculty itself. The faculty will not only solidify your understanding of the subject but also share tricks to tackle tougher questions

Finally comes the most personalized part of the course. One on one guidance through appointments with the faculty themselves. Why is this necessary?

  1. We understand that despite tests and test discussions aspirants will still have doubts specific to him/her.
  2. Appointments with the faculty will further give you second chance
  3. To get your concepts cleared
  4. Test related doubts solving
  5. Strategy related to prelims
  6. To discipline your preparation and maintain consistency!!

Because we at MANIFEST believe in attacking the thought process!!

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