Assuming that you are considering the option of joining Believers IAS Academy and acknowledging the usual obvious skepticism any aspirant would have, we do not want to extend that further. Here is the Civil Service 2021 strategy that we are going to execute:
What is the first step? You have to see UPSC. Know what it is. So let’s analyse the syllabus not through random websites but through the official notification released by UPSC. We will extensively study the syllabus structure. Then? Obviously you have to get to know UPSC better. The only way you can hit him/her up is by picking up the traces left by UPSC. We mean, the question papers. That is the most authentic source of analyzing the UPSC pattern. We will be spending a couple of sessions to really know what UPSC is. To know what knowledge they expect the future officers to have. A detailed analysis of question paper archives is very much necessary. We will make you have that deep engagement with UPSC.
Connecting the dots in the right sequence
We will cover two subjects at a time. As we finish both, the next sequence will be something that is in connection with the former. This specific sequence is to make you understand better and to avoid unnecessary ambiguities. For example, Geography will be covered before we go into Environment and Ecology so that you don’t get confused while locating Ecological hotspots. Or let’s say, dealing with Economics in the beginning will ease things up when you get to International Relations. This will make understanding better as you won’t be losing touch with the subject.
- Initially, the coaching will be inclusive of Mains and Prelims training. This will last for about 7 months.
- This will be followed by Optional classes for 3 months.
- Later, prior to the preliminary exam we will run a special 2 month crash course exclusive for Prelims. This will focus on your knowledge testing, ability to eliminate options in MCQs, analytical abilities, reading speed and so on which is vital for Prelims (CSAT and GS).
- Once Prelims is done, the qualifying students will go through a Mains exclusive training system that will focus on answer writing skills. We will make you adept in time management, answer structure, and keyword usages.
- Once the Mains is over there will be Interview training by our educators and retired Officers.
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice
- Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure.
- Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
- Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries.
- Separation of powers between various organs dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.
- Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
- Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
- Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
- Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act.
- Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
- Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
- Role of civil services in a democracy
- Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Science & Technology:
- Developments and their applications and effects in everyday life Achievements of Indians in science & technology;
- Indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
- Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
Month 2 & 3
- Salient features of world’s physical geography.
- Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
- Distribution of key natural resources across the world including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent; factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world including India.
- Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
- Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
- Economics of animal-rearing.
- Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
- Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions
- Land reforms in India.
- Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
- Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
- Investment models.
- Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
- Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
- Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
- Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
- Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism.
Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
India and its neighborhood- relations
Environment & Ecology:
- Basic biology chapters (NCERT)
- Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.
- Disaster and disaster management.
Month 6 & 7
History and Society
- Modern Indian history include the significant events, personalities, issues during the middle of the eighteenth century until the present
- Various stages and important contributors and contributions from different parts of the country in ‘The Freedom Struggle’
- Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country
- History of the world includes events, forms and effect on the society from 18th century like world wars, industrial revolution, colonization, redrawal of national boundaries, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc
- Salient aspects of Diversity of India and Indian Society
- Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and remedies
- Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism.
- Effects of globalization on Indian society.
Indian Heritage and Culture
- Covers the salient features of Literature, Art Forms, and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
- Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate
- Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude:
This paper includes questions to check the candidate’s attitude and approach to issues relating to integrity, probity in public life and his/her problem solving approach to various issues and conflicts faced by him/her while dealing with society. Questions may utilise the case study approach to determine these aspects and covers area:
- Ethics and Human Interface- Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships
- Human Values- lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values
- Attitude- content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behaviour; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion
- Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections
- Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance
- Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world
- Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration- Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance
- Probity in Governance- Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information; sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption
- Case Studies on above issues
Month 8, 9 and 10:
Month 11 and 12:
Prelims GS MCQ paper handling:
- Current events of national and international importance.
- History of India and Indian National Movement.
- Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
- Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
- Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
- General issues on Environmental Ecology, Biodiversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
- General Science.
CSAT Paper handling:
- Interpersonal skills including communication skills
- Logical reasoning and analytical ability
- Decision-making and problem solving
- General mental ability
- Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)