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UPSC: Detailed Application form (DAF) for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2014

Union Public Service Commission

Detailed Application form (DAF) for Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2014

(1) The Main Examination in the scheme of the Civil Services Examination, 2014 for the services and posts mentioned in preamble to the Rules will be held from 14th December, 2014.

(2) The Centres and the dates of holding the Main Examination are liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission. While every effort will be made to allot the candidate to the Centre of his choice.

(3) Candidates are also advised that the hard copy of the DAF to be submitted by them should be printed on single/one sided page.The printout of the complete application form must reach the Under Secretary (CSM),Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi- ll0069 on or before Tuesday, 18th November, 2014, 5:00 P.M.

(Final Result) BPSC: 28th Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination. (Advt. No. 01/2012)

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Bihar Public Service Commission

Final Results: 28th Bihar Judicial Services Competitive Examination. (Advt. No. 01/2012)

Finalised Vacancy Position for Visually Impaired Category, for Civil Services Examination, 2014

UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

Finalised Vacancy Position for Visually Impaired Category, for Civil Services Examination, 2014

As per the directions of Hon’ble High Court of Delhi issued on 19.08.2014 in CM Nos. 7898/2014 and 9583/2014‐ Sambhavna Vs. UOI and others, it is hereby notified that a total of 13 vacancies have been kept reserved by the Cadre Controlling Authorities of respective Services participating in the Civil Services Examination, 2014 as against a total vacancy figure of 1364.   It may also be mentioned in this connection that two services viz. Indian Police Service and Assistant Security Commissioner in the Railway Protection Force are exempted by the appropriate Government from the purview of the PWD Act, 1995. The above position has duly been authenticated by the DoP&T – which is the Nodal Department for Civil Services Examination.   

CGPSC Interview Schedule State Service Exam - 2012

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Chhattisgarh Public Service Commission

CGPSC Interview Schedule State Service Exam - 2012

Exam Name: CGPSC State Service Exam

Year: 2012

(News) UPPSC is planning to make the pattern of Combined State Upper Subordinate Services Exam main or PCS (mains) exam similar

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UPPSC is planning to make the pattern of Combined State Upper Subordinate Services Exam main or PCS (mains) exam similar


Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is planning to make the pattern of main papers of Combined State Upper Subordinate Services Examination or PCS (mains) examination similar to that of Civil Services examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

The Commission has already sent a proposal regarding this to the state government for approval in September.

Sources said that if UPPSC gets approval from the state government, then the pattern would be implemented from 2015 onwards.

It may be mentioned here that the pattern of prelims had already been changed with the introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) pattern in 2012.

Scholarship for Minority Communities Students clearing Prelims Conducted by UPSC/SSC, State PSC in 2014


Ministry of Minority Affairs


Scholarship for Minority Communities Students clearing Prelims Conducted by UPSC/SSC, State Public Service Commission (PSC) in 2014

Ministry of Minority Affairs invites application for financial assistance from candidates belonging to notified minority communities viz. Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and Parsis who have cleared Preliminary examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), Staff Selection Commission recruitme (SSC) & State Public Service Commissions etc. (PSCs) in the year 2014 fornt to Civil Services Group 'A' & 'B' posts.

(Time Table) UPSC : Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2014

UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

UPSC Mains Examination, 2014 Time Table

Date/Day

Forenoon Session (9.00 A.M. to 12.00 P.M.)

Afternoon Session (2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M.)

14.12.2014 (Sunday) Essay English
15.12.2014 (Monday) General Studies Paper - I General Studies Paper - II
16.12.2014 (Tuesday) No paper  
17.12.2014 (Wednesday) General Studies Paper - III General Studies Paper - IV
18.12.2014 (Thursday) No paper  
19.12.2014 (Friday)

Optional Subject Paper - I

{Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Anthropology/  Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/
Commerce & Accountancy/Economics/ Electrical Engineering/Geography/ Geology/History/Law/Management/ Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering/ Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/ Political Science & International Relations/Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/Statistics/ Zoology/Literature of Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/Konkani/Maithili/Malayalam/Manipuri/Marathi/Nepali/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit/San
thali/Sindhi (Devanagari/Arabic Script)/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/English}

Optional Subject Paper - II

{Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Anthropology/  Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/ Commerce & Accountancy/Economics/ Electrical Engineering/Geography/ Geology/History/Law/Management/ Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering/ Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/ Political Science & International Relations/Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/Statistics/ Zoology/Literature of Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/
Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/Konkani/Maithili/Malayalam/Manipuri/Marathi/Nepali/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit/ Santhali/Sindhi(Devanagari/Arabic Script)/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/English}

20.12.2014(Saturday)

Indian Language

{Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/Konkani/Maithili/Malayalam/Manipuri/Marathi/Nepali/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit/
Santhali/Sindhi (Devanagari/Arabic Script)/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu}

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(Time-Table) UPSC: Indian Forest Service "IFS" (Main) Examination, 2014

UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

(Time-Table) Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2014

Date & Day

 Forenoon Session (9.30 AM to 12.30 PM)

Afternoon Session (2.00 PM to 5.00 PM)

22-11-2014 (Saturday) General English General Knowledge
23-11-2014 (Sunday) No Paper No Paper
24-11-2014( Monday) No Paper No Paper
25-11-2014 (Tuesday) Botany Paper I Botany Paper II
26-11-2014 (Wednesday) Physics Paper I Physics Paper II
27-11-2014 (Thursday) Zoology Paper I Zoology Paper II
28-11-2014 (Friday) Mathematics Paper I/Statistics Paper I Mathematics Paper II/ Statistics Paper II
29-11-2014 (Saturday) Chemistry Paper I Chemistry Paper II
30-11-2014 (Sunday) Agriculture Paper I/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Paper I Agriculture Paper II/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science Paper II
01-12-2014 (Monday) Geology Paper I Geology Paper II
02-12-2014 (Tuesday) Forestry Paper I Forestry Paper II
03-12-2014 (Wednesday) Agricultural Engineering/Civil Engineering/Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering Paper I Agricultural Engineering/Civil Engineering/Chemical Engineering / Mechanical Engineering Paper II

(Corrigendum) 80-2014-Assistant Commissioner [Food] cum Designated Officer, Gr-A


MAHARASHTRA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION


(Corrigendum) 80-2014-Assistant Commissioner [Food] cum Designated Officer, Gr-A

(Notification) UPSC: Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Examination - 2015

Union Public Service Commission

(Notification) UPSC: Special Class Railway Apprentices (SCRA) Examination - 2015

No. 5/1/2014-EI(B): An examination for selection of candidates for appointment as Special Class Apprentices in Mechanical Department of Indian Railways will be held by the Union Public Service Commission on 18th January, 2015 in accordance with the Rules published by the Ministry of Railways (Railway Board) in the Gazette of India dated the 11th October, 2014 at the following centres:

Exam Centres:

Educational Qualification:

Age Limit:

(Result): UPSC: Indian Forest Service Examination - 2014

UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

(Result): UPSC: Indian Forest Service Examination - 2014

On the basis of screening test held through C.S(P) Examination, 2014 on 24.08.2014, the candidates with the following Roll Numbers have qualified for admission to the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2014.

The candidature of these candidates is provisional. In accordance with the Rules of the Examination, all these candidates have to apply again in the Detailed Application Form (DAF) for IFoS (Main) Examination, 2014 which would be available on the website of the Union Public Service Commission www.upsc.gov.in. All the qualified candidates are advised  to fill up the DAF-IFoS and submit the same ONLINE for admission to the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2014 to be held from 22nd November, 2014. The DAF will be available on the website of the Commission from 17-10-2014 to 31-10-2014 till 23.59 Hrs.. Important instructions regarding filling up of the DAF-IFoS and submitting the same ONLINE to the Commission would also be available on the website. The candidates who have been  declared successful have to first get themselves registered on the relevant page of the website before filling up the ONLINE Detailed Application Form. The qualified candidates are further advised to refer to the Rules of the Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2014, published in the gazette of India (Extraordinary) of Ministry of Environment of Forests dated 31-05-2014, which is also available on the website of the Commission. After submitting the duly filled DAF ONLINE, the candidates are required to take out a print out of the finally submitted DAF separately and will have to send the printed copy of the DAF duly signed in ink by the candidates alongwith all relevant documents wherever applicable as enclosures including the prescribed fees of Rs.200/- addressed to the Under Secretary [(IFoS], Union Public Service Commission, Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, New Delhi-110069, so as to reach the Commission's Office latest by 07-11-2014. The envelope containing the print out of the DAF submitted ONLINE should be superscribed “Application for Indian Forest Service (Main) Examination, 2014.”. It can also be delivered at Union Public Service Commission counter by hand till 07-11-2014 (17.00 Hrs.). It may be noted that mere submission of application form does not, ipso facto, confer on any right for admission to
the Main Examination. The admission certificate alongwith the time table of the Main Examination will be uploaded on the Commission’s website to the eligible candidates 2-3 weeks before the commencement of the examination. Changes, if any, in the postal address after submission of the DAF may be communicated to the Commission at once.  Candidates are also informed that marks, cut off marks and answer keys of screening
test held through CS(P) Examination, 2014 will be uploaded on the Commission web site i.e, www.upsc.gov.in only after entire process of the IFoS Examination, 2014 is over i.e. after  the declaration of final result of IFoS Examination, 2014.

(Result) UPPSC: Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (Prelim) Examination 2014

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Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission

Combined State/Upper Subordinate Services (Prelim) Examination 2014

Exam Name: Combined Upper Subordinate Prelims

Year: 2014

CATEGORY MARKS OF LAST SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
GENERAL 275
SCHEDULE CASTE 249
SCHEDULE TRIBE 211
OTHER BACK WARD CLASS 272
HORIZONTAL CATEGORY
DEPENDENT OF FREEDOM FIGHTER 264
PHYSICALLY HANDICAPPED  
PH (PBLD) 224
PH (PDEF/DEAF) 239
PH (OA/OL/BA) 279
EX-SERVICE MAN 263
FEMALE 258

(Current Affairs) Sports | September: 2014

Sports

Germany Lift FIFA World Cup 2014 title

  • Germany’s Mario Götze kicks in second half of extra time to win 1-0 against Argentina in final of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Germany became the first side from Europe to win a World Cup in South America.
  • Lionel Messi Of Argentina was awarded Golden Ball, which is given to best player of the tournament.
  • This was Germanies fourth world cup, last coming in 1990 against the same opponent. This is the first World Cup for unified Germany, the previous three having been won by West Germany in 1954, 1974 and 1990.
  • Argentina last won world cup in 1986, which was played in Mexico.
  • Manuel Neuer of Germany won the Golden Glove, award for best goalkeeper.
  • James Rodriguez of Colombia won the Golden boot award for most number(6) of goals in the tournament.

(Current Affairs) Person in News | September: 2014

Person in News

  • Emotional Reunions (Free Available)

  • Pinky Anand appointed ASG (Free Available)

  • Nobel laureate, activist Nadine Gordimer dies (Free Available)

  • Syrian President Assad sworn in for third term (Free Available)

  • Jakarta Governor Widodo wins Indonesian presidential election (Free Available)

  • Exoplanet with 704-day-long Year Found (Free Available)

  • MH17 black boxes handed over to British experts (Free Available)

  • Sachin Tendulkar bats for clean water with Livpure (Free Available)

  • Iraq Elects Fuad Masum as President (Only for Online Coaching Members)

  • PM launches engagement platform (Only for Online Coaching Members)

  • UPSC row: Rajnath apprises Modi (Only for Online Coaching Members)

  • Construction of bridge with world’s tallest pillar begins (Only for Online Coaching Members)

  • White Tigress Gives Birth to a Black Cub (Only for Online Coaching Members)

Emotional Reunions

  • “It’s our second life,” said a relieved Sona Joseph as she arrived at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) along with her twin sister Veena Joseph and 44 other Indian nurses on special Air India flight, AI 160, from Erbil in strife-torn Iraq.

  • In what came as a relief to the Modi government after days of planning a rescue mission in Iraq, the plane carrying 183 evacuees, including workers from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, touched down safely at Kochi though five hours behind schedule.

  • Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who was at the airport with a host of leaders and officials, attributed the successful evacuation to the concerted and coordinated efforts of the Ministry of External Affairs, the State government, and the Indian embassy.

Pinky Anand appointed ASG

  • Senior Advocate Pinky Anand has been appointed Additional Solicitor-General in the Supreme Court.
  • She is the second woman lawyer to be appointed ASG after senior advocate Indira Jaising.

(Current Affairs) Science & Technology, Defence, Environment | September: 2014

Science & Technology, Defense, Environment

Mars orbiter Spacecraft to Reach Target in 75 Days

  • Exactly 75 days from Saturday, India’s Mars spacecraft is scheduled for a rendezvous with the red planet, Mars Orbiter Spacecraft has travelled 525 million km on its heliocentric arc.
  • In the last crucial milestone on June 11, ISRO performed the second Trajectory Correction Manoeuvre (TCM—2) on the orbiter as a mid-course correction to keep the spacecraft on course.
  • The ambitious Mars mission under a Rs 450 crore project was launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh onboard the Pollar Satellite Launch Vehicle on November 5 2013.

(Current Affairs) Awards and Prizes | September: 2014

Awards and Prizes

  • Russian award for Viswanathan Anand (Free Available)

  • President Pranab Mukherjee to award Gandhi Peace prize (Free Available)

  • Environmentalist Chandi Prasad gets Gandhi Peace Prize (Only for Online Coaching Members)

Russian award for Viswanathan Anand

  • Chess greats Viswanathan Anand (India) and Boris Gelfand (Israel) have been selected for the Russian Federation’s ‘Order of Friendship’ award.
  • The awards recognise foreign nationals’ contribution to expanding friendship and cooperation with the Russian Federation and to the development of economic, scientific and cultural ties.
  • Anand and Gelfand played the FIDE world chess championship match at the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow in 2012.

(News) Court Directs UPSC To Change Proforma For Differently-Abled Persons

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(News) Court Directs UPSC To Change Proforma For Differently-Abled Persons


The Court of Chief Commissioner for Persons with Disability has directed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to withdraw its “discriminatory performa”. It has directed the UPSC to refrain from asking differently-abled people to submit photographs showing their disabilities and to consider the ‘permanent disability certificate’ issued from a government hospital as a valid proof.

The action comes following an intervention by Satendra Singh, who has been working in the area of disability rights and had written to the UPSC against “its discriminatory policies”.

“Despite having a valid disability certificate, the UPSC asks all applicants to use their own format for disability certificate. This is against the existing guidelines but nobody challenged the UPSC. Moreover, the format asks applicants to paste ‘photo showing disability’, which is not only discriminatory but also infringement of right to privacy. An example – how can an amputee female attach her photograph?’’ asked Dr. Singh.

(Supplementary Final Result) UPSC - 253 Posts of APFC in EPFO

UPSC

Union Public Service Commission

Supplementary Final Result - 253 Posts of APFC in EPFO

ON PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION ADVERTISED 253 POSTS OF ASSIST ANT PROVIDENT FUND COMMISSIONER IN EMPLOYEES’ PROVIDENT FUND ORGANI SATION, MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND EXPLOYEMENT VIDE SPECIAL ADVERTISEMENT NO.  51/2012 ITEM No.03 (Vacancy No. 12045103714) DATED 14.04.2012.

The Gist of Science Reporter: September 2014


The Gist of Science Reporter: September 2014


Water Footprint: Time to Reduce the Impact

Water is essential for life. Without water neither would plants and animals survive nor would industries thrive. We all know and appreciate these facts.

But do we know that millions around that word trudge miles in search of water? Nearly 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, which is making their families sick? According to the United Nations, water use has grown at more than twice the rate of population increase in the last century. Yet, about one in nine people, lack access to clean drinking water, which kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.

Many countries in arid and semi-arid regions on the world (e.g., Central and West Asia, North Africa) are already close to or below the threshold for water scarcity. Environmentalists working in different parts of the world unequivocally claim that up to two-thirds of the world population could experience of the world population could experience water scarcity over the next few decades.

Pollution of water bodies is further limiting the amount of water available for use. Similarly, change in precipitation patterns s a result of climate change are adding to the pressures on our global water resources. The challenge humanity is facing today is how to conserve and manage this important natural resource. The United Nations declared the year 2013 as the International Year for Water Cooperation.

The Water Footprint

So what is this water footprint and how is it going to help solve the crisis? Many indicators are today being used all across the world to correlate resource consumption in economic terms. United Nations determines each country’s ratio of water consumption to water availability, that is, its use-to-resource value as one of the indices for calculating water usage by a country. The indicator has been used for long as a good gauge of overall pressure on water resources. However, not much has been gained in terms of conservation and management of this important ecological resource using these parameters.

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