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

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(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


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

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

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(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

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(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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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

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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.

(Current Affairs) India and The World | September: 2014

India & The World

China’s Xi invites Modi to visit, calls for ‘early’ border settlement

  • In Fortaleza to attend the BRICS Summit, Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi met for 80 minutes – extending beyond the scheduled 40 minutes.

  • China’s President Xi Jinping on Tuesday invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit China in November and called for a “negotiated resolution” to the boundary dispute “at an early date”.

  • China had invited Mr. Modi to attend the APEC leaders’ meeting in Beijing in November. However, with scheduled SAARC and G20 meetings that same month, the visit may take place at a later date.

  • Mr. Xi called for a “negotiated solution to the border issues at an early date”

  • Prime Minister Modi said that maintaining peace and tranquility on the border was essential for resolving the issue and India is willing to peacefully settle the boundary issue through exisiting mechanisms and friendly negotiations.

  • The Prime Minister also referred to India and China’s common civilisational heritage, and links through Buddhism, and called for both countries to do more together to tackle their common challenge of fighting terrorism.

  • The Chinese President said he wanted both countries to launch “a batch of exemplary projects” in infrastructure, such as railway construction, to enable more balanced and sustainable trade. The rising trade deficit in China’s favour, reaching $ 29 billion last year, was raised by Mr. Modi.

  • Mr. Xi also said China welcomed India to join its initiative to set up a new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank as a founding member, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

India, Russia begin naval drills in Sea of Japan

  • Two countries fielded an impressive array of warships and aircraft during the Indra-14 exercise, will work together to check piracy, render assistance to ships in distress and counter the threat from submarines.
  • India and Russia have commenced naval manoeuvres in the Sea of Japan which coincide with their growing energy ties that could, in the future, include transit of oil through the Arctic route.
  • Russia’s guided missile cruiser Varyag and destroyer Bystry are participating in the exercise, in which the Navy is showcasing INS Shivalik, a modern stealth frigate, and INS Ranvijay, a Rajput class destroyer.

(Current Affairs) Economy & Energy | September: 2014

Economy

RBI Committee for Indices on Labour to Improve Decision-Making

  • Seeking to address data gap problems, a Reserve Bank of India panel, made a case for compilation of separate indices on producer price, labour force, urban wages and household indebtedness with a view to improving monetary policy formulation.

  • To address major data gaps in monetary policy-making, the committee recommends the compilation of various indicators, such as producer price index, services sector output and price index, labour force survey, urban wages, retail sales, construction activity survey, and surveys of household indebtedness through co-ordination with the relevant government agencies.

  • The panel, headed by RBI Executive Director Deepak Mohanty, said: “with increasing integration with the global economy and the growing complexity of the economic structure, information needs have increased considerably and data gaps are being experienced in various domains of central banking.

Highlights of the Budget:-

  • Arun Jaitley retains fiscal deficit target at 4.1%, outlines roadmap-

  • Government will retain the fiscal deficit (Total expenditure- Toal government non debt creating revenue) target for 2014-15 at 4.1 per cent of GDP and brought down to 3.6 per cent in 2015-16 and 3 per cent by 2016-17. There are many challenges to lowering fiscal deficit like low frowth, High interest rate, subsidy burden etc.

  • The CAD, which is the difference between inflows and outflows of foreign exchange, was brought down to 1.7 per cent of GDP in 2013-14, from a record 4.7 per cent in the previous year, because of actions taken by Government, RBI and Sebi.

UPSC Extends Age Limit to 37 Years for IAS aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir

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UPSC Extends Age Limit to 37 Years for IAS aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir


In a major relief for civil services aspirants from Jammu and Kashmir, the Government has extended till next year-end the upper age limit relaxation for the residents of the state to take the examination.

According to the notified changes, people of the state can write central civil services examination till they attain the age of 37 years.

The latest notification by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), which conducts the prestigious test, states that the lower age limit is 21 years and the upper bar is 32 years (as on August 1, 2014) to appear in central civil services examination.

"The Central Government has decided to extend the age relaxation to all persons who had ordinarily been domiciled in the state of Jammu and Kashmir during the period from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 1989 for a further period of two years beyond December 31, 2013," the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said in an order.

The Gist of Kurukshetra: September 2014


The Gist of Kurukshetra: September 2014


Agriculture Development -–The Road Ahead

Agriculture needs technology infusion to accelerate the production so that food is accessible to the common man. According to ‘The State of Food and Agriculture 2013’ of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, 12.5 percent of the world’s population (868 million people) are undernourished in terms of energy intake. Of these people, 852 million were reported to be citizens of developing countries.

According to the estimates of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), agricultural production would need to grow globally by 70 per cent by 2050 and more specifically by almost 100 per cent in developing countries, to feed the growing population alone. Pace of technology infusion should be fast. The study found that malnutrition accounted for a loss of 5 per cent of the world Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by way of lost productivity and expenditure on treatment. On the other hand, money spent on reducing malnutrition boosts earnings with a benefit-to-cost ratio of almost 13 to 1.

Biotechnology

Use of biotechnological tools in agriculture could make food crops high yielding and more robust to biotic and a biotic stresses. This could stabilize and increase food supplies, which is important against the background of increasing food demand, climate change and land and water scarcity. In 2012, 170 million hectares (ha) by more than 17 million farmers in around 12 per cent of the global arable land were planted with genetically modified (GM) crops, such as soybean, corn, cotton, and canola, but most of these crops were not grown primarily for direct food use.

(Current Affairs) International Events | September: 2014

International Events

India among Jihad Targets of ISIS

  • Ibrahim Awwad al-Badri, commander of the insurgent group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), has vowed war against several countries, including India, in a Ramzan speech released online.

  • The reference to India, the first in an ISIS manifesto, raises new concerns for the safety of the almost hundred of its nations trapped in Iraqi cities controlled by the Islamist group, which is battling the governments of Iraq and Syria.

  • The Ramzan speech by Mr al-Badri — also known by the pseudonym Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi — calls on believers to take up arms during the month of penitence, and “terrify the enemies of Allah and seek death in the places where you expect to find it, for the dunya (worldly life) will come to an end”.

  • “Muslims’ rights”, Mr. al-Badri states in his speech, are forcibly seized in China, India, Palestine, Somalia, the Arabian Peninsula, the Caucasus, Sham (the Levant), Egypt, Iraq, Indonesia, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Ahvaz, Iran (by the rafidah (shia)), Pakistan, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco, in the East and in the West.

(Current Affairs) National Events | September: 2014

National Events

Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha made a frontal attack on the Centre

  • Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha made a frontal attack on the Centre for unilaterally segregating senior advocate Gopal Subramanium’s name for elevation as a Supreme Court judge without his knowledge and concurrence.
  • Speaking at a farewell function for Justice B.S. Chauhan on his superannuation, the CJI said “the segregation of Mr. Gopal Subramanium’s name was done unilaterally by the Executive without my knowledge and concurrence which was not proper.”
  • Referring to the appointment controversy, the CJI said: “This is one subject which is non-negotiable. At no cost the independence of the judiciary will be allowed to be compromised. I will not hold my office if I feel that the independence of the institution of the judiciary has been compromised. I failed to understand that the appointment to a high constitutional position has been dealt with in a casual manner.

Central govt. extends validity of industrial licences

  • The Modi Government, announced its first step towards greater ease of doing business by addressing the industry’s demand on the simplification of the process for the extensions of industrial licences.
  • In a new Press Note, the government extended the period of validity of industrial licences from two years to three years and relaxed the requirement for companies to have to go back to the Licensing Committee for the extensions. The extensions will now be done with the approval of the Joint Secretary concerned of the administrative ministry.
  • The new guidelines will apply to those cases where even three years after the issue of the industrial licence, the licence holder has not commenced production. The renewals would be allowed for a period of two years.
  • The Press Note also clarified the preconditions for the extensions. These include: Land should have been acquired, either under ownership or on lease for a minimum period of 30 years and the orders for plant and machinery for the project should have been placed. Certificates from an appropriate local body such as the Municipal Corporation stating construction on the project has commenced will also be required.

J&K visit: Development, security to top Modi’s agenda

  • Development and security will top Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s agenda on his visit to Jammu and Kashmir, which comes just a month after he was sworn-in.
  • The Prime Minister is making a short one-day visit, but touching both Jammu and the Kashmir Valley, with stops in Jammu, Katra, Srinagar and Uri, inaugurating a railway line, a power project, addressing a gathering in Katra and addressing the troops in Srinagar. However, there will be no political outreach as in the past. There are no official meetings with the Chief Minister, his cabinet, or any public gatherings in the Valley.
  • The Prime Minister’s agenda isn’t the only departure from the past. He will be stopping in Srinagar for a couple of hours only, to address a ‘Sainik Sammelan’, speaking to a group of soldiers posted at various places in the State. He will also hold a security review meeting with corp commanders.

Modi is the third most followed on Twitter

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an avid user of social media, is the third most followed world leader on micro blogging website Twitter, next only to U.S. President Barack Obama and the Pope.
  • Mr. Modi, who overtook Indonesian President S.B. Yudhoyono on Thursday, has 5.09 million followers. Mr. Obama has 43.9 million followers, while the Pope has over 14 million and Yudhoyono has 5.08 million.
  • This shows how Mr. Modi has been actively using Twitter to connect with the masses reinforcing the tool of digital diplomacy in a larger context making the social media platform a powerful channel for communicating and engaging with all Indians across the country.

(E-Admit Card) UPSC: Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2014

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E-Admit Card: Combined Defence Services Examination (II), 2014

Delhi University FYUP Row: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - September 2014


Delhi University FYUP Row


The FYUP Row is part of several ongoing protests against the implementation of certain controversial reforms at the University of Delhi. The protests intensified between 2013 and 2014, when a new four year undergraduate programme was started by the administrative authorities at the university.

In June 2014, the University Grants Commission (UGC) sent a legal notice to the management, directing the university to immediately scrap the four year programme and revert back to the earlier three year undergraduate degree, as it found the four year programme to be in violation with the National Policy of Education in India.

The programme was structured such that it would be inter-disciplinary, which was not the case in the traditional honours programme. The syllabus of the four year undergraduate programme consisted of eleven compulsory foundation courses, which included the following:

  • Language, Literature and Creativity I
  • Information Technology
  • Business, Entrepreneurship and Management
  • Science and Life OR History of Science (for Visually Impaired Students)
  • Indian History and Culture
  • Building Mathematical Ability OR Mathematical Awareness (for Visually Impaired Students)
  • Governance and Citizenship
  • Philosophy, Psychology, Communication and Life Skills
  • Geographic and Socio-Economic Diversity
  • Environment and Public Health
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