(Notification) UPSC: CAPF (AC) Examination, 2015


Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant Commandants) Examination, 2015


No.11/4/2014-E1(B) : The Union Public Service Commission will hold a Written Examination on 12th July, 2015 for recruitment of Assistant Commandants (Group A) in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) viz. Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police
(ITBP) and Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

The Examination will be held in accordance with the Rules for the Examination published by Ministry of Home Affairs in the Gazette of India dated 25th April, 2015. The date of holding the examination as mentioned above is liable to be changed at the discretion of the Commission.

The tentative number of vacancies to be filled on the results of the examination is as follows :

(i) BSF 28
(ii) CRPF 94
(iii) CISF 37
(iv) ITBP 107
(v) SSB 38
Total 304

Age Limits :

(a) A candidate must have attained the age of 20 years and must not have attained the age of 25 years on 1st August, 2015, i.e. he/she must have been born not earlier than 2nd August, 1990 and not later than 1st August, 1995.

(b) The upper age limit prescribed above will be relaxable.

Minimum Educational

Qualifications: A candidate must hold a Bachelor’s degree of a University incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section-3 of the University Grants Commission Act, 1956 or possess an equivalent qualification.


Candidates (excepting Female/SC/ ST candidates who are exempted from payment of fee) are required to pay a fee of Rs. 200/- (Rupees Two Hundred Only) either by depositing the money in any Branch of SBI by cash, or by using net banking facility of SBI, State Bank of Bikaner & Jaipur/State Bank of Hyderabad/ State Bank of Mysore /State Bank of Patiala/State Bank of Travancore or by using Visa/Master Credit/Debit Card.

(Current Affairs) Sports | April - 2015


Poland wins Hopman Cup

  • Poland has won its first ever Hopman Cup title, beating the USA 2-1 in the final. Agnieszka Radwanska showed why she should be considered among the favourites for the Australian Open later this month by beating the world No. 1 Serena Williams in the final.
  • The world No. 5 Radwanska teamed up with Hopman debutant Jerzy Janowicz to beat the US pairing of Serena Williams and John Isner 2-1.

Avinash emerges champion in National junior snooker

  • Avinash Kumar continued his giant-killing spree to win his maiden National junior snooker title at the BRC. The 20-year-old Delhi cueist won all his round-robin semifinal league games, losing just three frames.
  • “He played spectacular snooker. His extraordinary show has caught the attention of everyone in this National meet,” said former World billiards champion Manoj Kothari.
  • “We will try and get him scholarship from one of the oil companies,” he informed. Avinash, whose parents migrated to Delhi from Patna, did not drop a single frame.
  • Playing his second league game against Hritik Jain from Madhya Pradesh, Avinash was thrashed 1-63 in the opening frame. “I came to the venue late and hardly had time to warm-up,” he said.
  • “Though I won the second frame I was still not be able to focus well. I got my rhythm back in the fourth and there was no stopping me.” Avinash lost the first frame to S. Shrikrishna of Tamil Nadu 11-72 in the final league game only to take the next four in a row.

(Current Affairs) Person in News | April: 2015

Person in News

H.S. Brahma

  • H.S. Brahma, the seniormost Election Commissioner, will succeed V.S. Sampath as the next Chief Election Commissioner of India. Mr. Sampath will demit office after turning 65.

  • Mr. Sampath paid a farewell visit to President Pranab Mukherjee. In just under six years in the Election Commission, first as EC then as CEC, he helped conduct two Lok Sabha elections and at least one round of Assembly elections in every State.

  • A 1973-batch IAS officer from the Andhra Pradesh cadre, he held several important positions in the Union government, including as Secretary, Rural Development and Power, before being appointed an Election Commissioner in March 2009.

  • Mr. Brahma, who hails from Assam, is also an IAS officer from the 1975 batch of the Andhra Pradesh cadre. Like Mr. Sampath, he too held the post of Power Secretary before being appointed Election Commissioner in August 2010.

  • He will hold office for only a very short period, until he turns 65 on April 19 this year. Mr. Brahma has also held posts such as Joint Secretary (Border Management) in the Union Home Ministry. He also worked as Special Secretary & Additional Secretary in the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA).

(News) Tamil Nadu puts up poor show at UPSC exam

Tamil Nadu puts up poor show at UPSC exam Nadu has registered a below-average performance at the UPSC (Main) examination, with only 263 from the state among the 3,308 candidates who have qualified for the final round of personal interviews.

The civil services examination results were declared on Sunday, and personal interviews will be held on April 27. Comparing this year's number with the 2014 exam result, where TN had around 267 candidates qualifying, there is a dip in the number of students selected for the interviews and subsequent selection for various civil services.

"In 2010 we had a landmark count of more than 350 candidates being selected for the interviews. Now the numbers have come down. The main reason could be the change in the examination pattern," said R Sathya, founder of Sathya IAS Academy in the city.

(News) 45 students qualify for UPSC’s interview from SPIPA


45 students qualify for UPSC’s interview from SPIPA was a day of pride and celebration for 45 students of SPIPA who qualified for the personality test that is all set to commence from April 27, 2015. A total of 115 candidates from SPIPA passed the UPSC conducted prelims examination. Out of 115, 45 cleared mains and are selected for the interview. Out of the qualifying 45, 4 are girls, 23 from general category, and 13, 1 and 8 from SC, ST and SEBC categories respectively.

SPIPA students have always shined at UPSC exams and the successful candidates give the credit to the grueling training process that every student imbibes, to be successful in one of the prestigious examinations in the country.

Sharing the success mantra of SPIPA, Mr. Vipul Mittra, Director General, SPIPA said “It is a proud moment for us as 45 students of the institute have qualified for the personality test. The filtration process of UPSC has always been mainlined at a higher level wherein students with great personal skills and confidence have made their way through. At SPIPA, the students are groomed accordingly by providing a holistic approach towards tackling the examinations. The training modules are set in accordance to the needs of the students.”

(Current Affairs) Awards and Prizes | April: 2015

Awards and Prizes

Sarabhai award for SHAR director M.Y.S. Prasad

  • M.Y.S. Prasad, director of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota Range (SHAR), has been selected for the Vikram Sarabhai memorial award to be presented by the Indian Science Congress Association (ISCA) at a function to be held soon.

  • Dr. Prasad is selected for his outstanding contribution to R&D in the field of space science in his long and chequered career at the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Prior to Dr. Prasad, those who received this award were former ISRO chairmen Dr. Satish Dhawan, Dr. K. Kasturi Rangan, Dr. G. Madhavan Nair and Dr. K. Radhakrishnan.

  • The ISCA, which is a premier scientific organization of the country established in 1914 in Kolkata, has been giving this award in alternate years.

(Current Affairs) Science & Technology, Defence, Environment | April: 2015

Science & Technology, Defense, Environment

Country’s highest zoo attempts to save high altitude herbivores

  • The initiative taken by Darjeeling’s Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) in conserving high altitude herbivores that have been on the path of extinction, has served to stem the rapid decline in their numbers.

  • Some of the animals that have been included in the conservation programme of PNHZP, the countries highest altitude zoo located at over 7,000 ft, are the Blue Sheep, the Himalayan Tahr, the Himalayan Goral and the Markhor.

  • All the four herbivores have been placed in the Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, which denotes that the species are ‘threatened’. The conservation of these animals is also crucial for the Himalayan ecosystem.

  • “All the four herbivores are the main prey of the much endangered Snow leopard. A decrease in their numbers will naturally affect the existence of the elusive mountain cat,” Upashna Rai, the biologist in the PNHZP told.

  • Conserving these herbivores serves the dual purpose of protecting the snow leopard as well. The PNHZP is also involved in the global conservation and breeding programme of the snow leopard.

  • The Darjeeling Zoo has taken the initiative of breeding these high altitude herbivores and is also involving the other high altitude zoos in breeding and conservation of the species.

  • It has provided to each of the main zoos of Sikkim and Nainital one pair of the Blue Sheep and the Himalayan Goral as a part of an exchange programme.

4th navigation satellite launch in March 2015

  • The fourth navigation satellite of the country is getting ready for launch in March, and it will be another step forward for India in evolving its own navigation satellite system and not depend on the Geographical Positioning System (GPS) service of the U.S.

  • Cryogenic propulsion systems on board PSLV-C27 rocket that will launch the satellite are being developed by scientists of the ISRO Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in Tirunelveli district.

  • S. Ingersol, group director of the complex, told, “Totally, seven satellites are required to be launched to complete the configuration under the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) and already three had been launched.

  • Dr. Ingersol said launch of the remaining four satellites would be completed in one year and after that India’s dependency on the U.S. for GPS service would be significantly reduced. “This will trigger the much-needed development in geographic information systems.”

  • The Mahendragiri complex was developing the second and fourth liquid stages needed for the launch vehicle. “Advance research by ISRO scientists has made India go for launching heavier satellites of three to four tonnes from our own soil,” he said.

TB rate going down, but not fast enough to meet WHO target

  • India is unlikely to reach the WHO target of elimination of tuberculosis (TB) by 2050 going by the rate at which incidence of the disease is declining in the country.

  • “Incidence of TB in India is declining at the rate of about 2 per cent per year. However, in order to reach the TB elimination target by 2050, the rate should be 19 to 20 per cent per year,” WHO Representative to India Nata Menabde told.

  • She, however, said that on using available strategies and technologies effectively, along with universal health coverage and social protection, the country could achieve a reduction of TB incidence rate of 10 per cent per year by 2025.

  • “To hasten the decline of TB incidence beyond that would require new tools such as new effective vaccines, new points of care, effective diagnostics and new effective shortened treatment regimens,” she suggested.

  • Additionally, social determinants of TB such as under-nutrition, overcrowding and poor ventilation in slums and clinical risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, smoking etc should be addressed simultaneously, she added.

  • Citing the WHO Global TB Report 2014, Ms. Menabde said that India has already met the Million Development Goals (MDG) target of 50 per cent reduction in the prevalence of TB by 2015 compared to 1990. “India is also well on track for reducing TB death by 50 per cent by 2015,” she stated.

  • Ms. Menabde, however, said there was a need to improve the quality of care provided to TB patients at private clinics and hospitals as most approached such facilities for treatment, especially in urban areas.

  • “At least one-half of the TB patients in India, especially in urban areas, approach private sector for TB care. But the quality of care in the private sector in most situations is not satisfactory.

  • “There is a need for wider dissemination of ‘standards for TB care’ to the private sector, targeted approaches to engagement with them and more stringent implementation of mandatory notification of TB cases.

(Download) UPSC: Combined Medical Services Exam, 2014: - "General Ability, General Medicine & Paediatrics Paper - I"


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Combined Medical Services Exam, 2014

General Ability, General Medicine & Paediatrics Paper I

Exam Name: Combined Medical Services Exam

Year: 2014

File Size: 945 KB

File Type: PDF

1. A patient with small cell lung carcinoma has symptomatic hyponatraemia (serum sodium 127 mmol/ L). The most likely etiology is:

(a) Fanconi Syndrome
(b) Cushing’s Syndrome
(c) Metabolic Syndrome
(d) Syndrome of inappropriate ADH

2. Regarding Gilbert’s syndrome, which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a) Jaundice becomes severe with time.
(b) Hyperbilirubinemia increases after fasting.
(c) Inheritance of disease is autosomal dominant.
(d) Liver histology is normal.

3. Which of the following is an uncommon cause of autonomic dysfunction?

(a) G B S (Guillain Barre Syndrome).
(b) Porphyria.
(c) Diabetic neuropathy.
(d) Neuropathy associated with Vitamin B12 deficiency.

4. Peripheral Eosinophilia is not a characteristic feature of:

(a) Hypersensitivity pneumonitis.
(b) Allergic aspergillosis.
(c) Tropical eosinophilia.
(d) Loeffler’s syndrome.

5. Salicylate intoxication in adults usually causes:

1. Severe respiratory alkalosis.
2. Mixed metabolic acidosis respiratory alkalosis.
3. Hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis.

Select the correct answer using the code given below

(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

(Download) UPSC: Combined Medical Services Exam, 2014: - "Surgery, Gynaecology and Social Medicine Paper - II"


Union Public Service Commission

Combined Medical Services Exam, 2014

Surgery, Gynaecology and Social Medicine Paper - II

Exam Name: Combined Medical Services Exam

Year: 2014

File Size: 1.95 MB

File Type: PDF

1. A 40 year old man presented with a flat 1x1cm. scaly, itchy black mole on the front of thigh. Examination did not reveal any inguinal lymphodenopathy. The best course of management would be:

(a) FNAC of lesion
(b) Incision biopsy
(c) Excision biopsy
(d) Wide excision with inguinal lymphadenectomy.

2. Indications of TURP for Benign Hyperplasia Prostate (BHP) include

1. Urinary flow rate of less than 10cc/second
2. Residual volume of urine >100cc
3. Serum level of prostatic specific antigen>10nmol/L
4. Trabeculated Urinary bladder

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 2 and 4
(d) 1, 3 and 4

3. Ankyloglossia in a patient with carcinoma tongue is staged as

(a) T1
(b) T2
(c) T3
(d) T4

4. Which is the most commonly used chemotherapy regimen in the adjuvant treatment following modified radical mastectomy in the estrogen receptor negative 35 year old female with breast cancer?

(a) Cyclophosphamide + 5 – Fluro-uracil
(b) Cyclophosphamide + Methotrexate + 5–Fluoro-uracil
(c) Cyclophosphamide + Adriamycin + 5–Fluro-uracil
(d) Adriamycin + 5–Fluro-uracil

5. Consider the following statements:
The clinical features of tension pneumothorax include

1. tracheal shift to contralateral side
2. absent breath sounds on the affected side
3. low output circulatory failure
4. peripheral cyanosis

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 4
(d) 1 and 4

(Current Affairs) Economy & Energy | April: 2015


C allowed Sahara group to raise “junior loan”

  • The Supreme Court allowed the Sahara group to raise a “junior loan” of $650 million from a foreign lender to pay Rs.5,000 crore and bank guarantee of same amount for the release of Subrata Roy and two directors on bail.

  • A three-judge bench led by Justice T.S. Thakur said the amount, raised as loan against its three overseas hotels located in London and New York, would be parked in Aamby Valley (Mauritius) Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sahara group’s India-based Aamby Valley Limited.

  • However, the court said Sahara Group should also clear up with the Reserve Bank of India if there were any impediments under the Foreign Exchange Management Act in case of transfer of the loan amount from its Mauritius subsidiary.

(Current Affairs) India and The World | April: 2015

India & The World

India is world’s second most trusting nation: Survey

  • Moving up the ranks, India has emerged as the second most trusted country in the world in terms of faith reposed on its institutions even as globally trust levels have fallen, says a survey.

  • As the world’s rich and powerful gather in the Swiss resort of Davos, a study by public relations firm Edelman has found that general level of trust in institutions among college-educated people around the globe are at levels not seen since 2009 in many of the markets it surveyed.

  • Trust in institutions in India has improved sharply in 2015 with the country moving up three notches to the second place among 27 nations.

  • While the number of “truster” countries are at an all-time low of six in 2015 including UAE, India, China and Netherlands, the number of “distruster” countries has grown significantly to 13 including Japan, Russia, Hong Kong, South Africa and Italy.

  • Brazil, Malaysia, France and the US are among the 8 “neutral” nations as per the trust index, the survey said.

  • India, which last year saw the BJP-led NDA government storming to power at the Centre, stands tall.

  • According to the report, an “alarming evaporation of trust” has happened across all institutions, reaching the lows of the Great Recession in 2009.

  • Trust in government, business, media and NGOs in the general population is below 50 per cent in two-thirds of countries, including the U.S., U.K. and Germany, it said.

  • From fifth most trusted in 2014, India has now become the second-most trusted in 2015 with a score of 79 per cent in the barometer. The study has put India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s image on the first page.

(Current Affairs) International Events | April: 2015

International Events

John Kerry heads for India to attend ‘Vibrant Gujarat Summit’

  • US Secretary of State John Kerry headed for India to attend the Vibrant Gujarat Summit during which he will address investors to boost economic ties and meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss a broad range of bilateral and global issues, including climate change.

  • “The Secretary would be emphasising the importance and future potential of our economic partnership with India, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told.

  • “Obviously the discussion would be on everything from continuing to do more economically and technologically, given that United States and India, we believe, can reach greater level of prosperity together than we would achieve alone,” she said.

  • The three-day Vibrant Gujarat Summit will begin tomorrow in Ahmedabad. “He would also be reiterating throughout the trip, our shared commitment to address the challenge of climate change, promoting clean energy in the future. Prime Minister Modi has a strong track record in this regard,” she said, adding that the Obama administration sees this trip as a pivotal point in India-US relationship.

  • After a brief stopover in Munich to meet the Sultan of Oman, Kerry leading a high-level US delegation is scheduled to arrive in Ahmedabad. Soon after his arrival, he is expected to visit the Gandhi Ashram, meet members of the civil society and visit the Ford plant, which is expected to open shortly. He would address the Vibrant Gujarat Summit and hold a round table with top Indian CEOs.

  • Kerry is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Modi and hold another round-table with American CEOs participating in the summit.

  • Referring to the multi-fold increase in bilateral trade in the last 10 years, which stands now at about USD 100 billion, Psaki said the summit is an opportunity to further the goal that US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Modi have talked about in terms of increasing trade five-fold to USD 500 billion.

(Current Affairs) National Events | April: 2015

National Events

Coastal security is a challenge says R.K. Dhowan

  • The Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral R.K. Dhowan, said that “coastal security is a big challenge” and patrolling has been stepped in coastal areas in the past few months.

  • “In the last few months, we are on high state of alert and have deployed Navy units, ships, aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles in the coastal areas,” he said.

  • Speaking on the sidelines of the second Admiral R.L. Pereira Memorial Lecture function, Admiral Dhowan said dealing with non-state actors was always a difficult situation.

  • Asked about the boat allegedly carrying explosives for a possible terror attack near the Gujarat coast recently, he said: “Coastal security is a big challenge and we have a huge coastline of 7,516 km and extensive economic zone of over two million sq km.

  • There are nearly 5,000 merchant ships operating and over 2.4 lakh fishing boats in the area.” To maintain surveillance, the Navy had put in place the National Command and Control Communication System and Intelligence System, Admiral Dhowan said.

  • “Threat perception in the Indian Ocean region is wide and varied. There is threat of asymmetric warfare and other maritime threats that could emanate from the region for the country. India is fully concerned and is ready to defend its seas,” he said.

NFIR opposes FDI in Railways

  • The National Federation of Indian Railwaymen (NFIR) has vehemently opposed the Centre’s proposal for FDI in Railways and threatened to go on indefinite strike in June this year.

  • According to NFIR General Secretary M. Raghaviah, there is no need for FDI in Railways. “Government’s move to slowly hand over the Railways to foreign hands is like the entry of East India Company, which ruled the country later,” he said.

  • NFIR has offered the Railway Ministry to take loan from the Provident Fund of the Railway employees and repay them in due course for funding certain viable projects.

  • “NFIR is strongly against FDI in Railways and will oppose it tooth and nail,” Mr. Raghaviah told reporters on the sidelines of Zonal Conference of its affiliated unit Central Railway Mazdoor Sangh (CRMS).

  • He said if the government wants to raise money for certain new projects, it would be appropriate on their part to decide the priority and viability of the project and utilise the PF to certain extent.

  • Mr. Raghaviah further said that a small amount can be taken from their salaries as loan for similar purpose. NFIR had discussed the issue of their opposition of FDI with Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and had apprised him of the lurking danger in FDI, he said.

  • NFIR, which represents a majority union, has accused the government of ignoring safety aspects in the Railways, and not filling vacant posts in the operating and allied departments.

  • Listing measures to augment revenue of the Railways, Mr. Raghaviah said passenger fare should be hiked and more facilities should be provided to them.

  • People are willing to pay extra provided you extend good facilities including catering, he said. Railways should discontinue paying Rs. 9,000 crore dividend to the Government, he said and questioned the facility of senior citizen concession.

(Getting Started) Public Administration an optional for success in Civil Services Examination

Getting Started for Public Administration Mains

Public Administration an optional for success in civil services Examination

Why only Public Administration as an optional ?

  • In year 2012 almost half of the candidates qualified finally for the Civil Services examination had Public Administration as an optional ( it has 2 in top 10, 6 in top 20, 21 in top 50, 44 in top 100 & 434 out of 910 selections) i.e success ratio was approximately 48 %, it was simply amazing. You can get detailed list of successful candidates of UPSC examination 2011 from optional perspective from this link :

  • Public Administration not only covers an optional but also almost 60% of General Studies syllabus in terms of content and marks allotted
  • Every year able to cover an essay from the ‘Polity ,Governance and Democracy’ section.
  • Interview has always been testing the candidates' suitability for Civil Service and Public Administration deals with the government in action or the Civil Service and that is what the civil service examination is all about.

In the light of recent changes in the syllabus of General Studies in year 2013 , Public Administration if opted as an optional subject is going to place a student with cutting edge and a student without this subject as an optional is going to lack that competitive advantage .

One actually would prepare for 1100 marks = (500 marks for Public Administration as an optional subject + more than 50% of the General studies (i.e. 400 marks) as discussed below + 200 marks of Essay).

Link Between Public Administration and General Studies II, III and IV – A Survey

Public Administration- I and II (500 Marks)

The topics indicated in General Studies Paper II, III, and IV covered within Paper – II of Public Administration (Indian Administration) and certain chapters of Paper–I Administrative Behaviour, Accountability and Control, Public Policy, Financial Administration, Administrative Law ,Development Dynamics, and Organisations .

General Studies – II (250 Marks)

  • Public Administration studies Constitution, Polity & Governance, Governance is exclusive area under Public Administration
  • 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.
  • Separation of powers between various organs, Dispute Redressal Mechanisms and institutions.
  • Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries
  • Parliament and State Legislatures - structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
  • 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.
  • Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.
  • Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies.
  • Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  • Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders.
  • Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
  • Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  • Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
  • Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
  • Role of civil services in a democracy.

For Any Query Related to Public Administration or This Programme call Course co-ordinator  - +91 7827687693 (10 AM to 7 PM)

(Reserve List) UPSC: Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2013


Union Public Service Commission

(Reserve List) Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2013

1. The results of the Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2013 were declared vide Press Note dated 12.06.2014 recommending 1122 candidates in order of merit for appointment to IAS, IFS, IPS and Central Services Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’ against 1228 vacancies.

2. The Commission, in accordance with the Rule 16 (4) & (5) of the Civil Services Examination Rules, was also maintaining a Consolidated Reserve List in order of merit below the last recommended candidate under the respective category.

3. As sought by the Department of Personnel & Training, the Commission has now recommended 105 candidates which include 89 General and 16 OBC, to fill up the remaining posts based on the Civil Services Examination, 2013. Particulars of these candidates are indicated below. The candidates so recommended will be communicated  directly by the DOP&T.

4. The candidature of following candidates bearing Roll No.041401 and 106100 is provisional.

5. The list of these 105 candidates is also available on the UPSC website i.e. http//

Selected Articles from Various News Paper: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - April 2015

Selected Articles from Various Newspapers & Journals

Gendered approach to sterilisation

In just less than a month after the Centre announced an ‘Enhanced Compensation Scheme’ for sterilisation services in 11 States having high Total Fertility Rates (TFR), more than 13 women lost their lives following botched up surgeries in a medical camp in Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. There seemed no apparent urgency to organize the sterilisation camp other than to meet the ‘targets’ set by the State government and the enhanced compensation, perhaps, was an incentive for the young women. But just that in India sterilisation, somehow, is understood as a permanent method of contraception only for women — safe and simple. Official statistics suggest that the governments — both at the Centre and States — promote female sterilisation disproportionately. Of the total sterilisations performed in 2012-13, as many as 97.4 per cent were tubectomy procedures. Similarly, an analysis by non-governmental organization suggests that in 2013-14, India spent 85 per cent of its family planning expenditure on sterilisation, the beneficiaries of which were mostly women.

On October 20 this year, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare decided to enhance compensation for sterilisations for 11 States which were one of the “main interventions’’ under the Reproductive Maternal Neonatal Child Health plus Adolescent (RMNCH+A) programme launched to meet the millennium development goals. It also added a new component of Post Partum Sterilisation (PPS) — done soon after delivery or within 7 days — to the package for which an extra amount of Rs.3,000 would be given, of which the woman would get Rs 2,200. This was in addition to the hiked compensation of Rs.1,400 from the earlier Rs.600, but restricted for women who came to the public facility for delivery. For vasectomy, the compensation has been hiked from Rs.1,100 to Rs.2,000. These States are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Uttarakhand, Odisha, Assam, Haryana and Gujarat.

An analysis done by the Population Council of India, Family Planning Association of India, Parivar Sewa Sansthan, and Common Health in a report on ‘Robbed of Choice and Dignity: Indian Women Dead after Mass Sterilisation’ suggests that in 2013-14, India spent 85 per cent of its family planning expenditure on sterilisation. In 2013-14, India spent Rs.396.97 crore on female sterilisation with the procedure being performed on over 39 lakh women. A chunk of this money — Rs.324.49 crore — was spent on incentives and compensation, and Rs.14.42 crore on the camps themselves. The amount spent as compensation was two-and-half times the untied grants given to Primary Health Centres for infrastructure strengthening. Less than 1.5 per cent of the annual expenditure on family planning went towards spacing methods and the remaining 1.5 per cent was spent on equipment, transport, IEC activities and staff expenses, it said.

GDP Measurement: Civil Services Mentor Magazine - April - 2015

GDP Measurement

The gross domestic product (GDP) is one the most important and most watched indicators for looking into countries economic health. It measures the total value of finished products nd services produced during a time period which is usually a year. There are three components in GDP figure Agriculture, Industry and Services. The share of the agriculture and allied sectors in GDP has been consistently declining. During the eight years between 1999-2000 and 2007-08, the share of agriculture and allied sectors in GDP declined by 6.4 percentage points, while that of industry and services increased by 1.9 and 4.4 percentage points respectively. At present share of agriculture, industry and services in the economy is around 14, 26 and 60 percent respectively. GDP growth rate is increase in value of finished products and services in percentage terms as compare to base year. If GDP growth rate is positive it is good for the health of the economy. There are three methods which are used for the measurement of GDP:

  • The Income Approach
  • The Expenditure Approach
  • The Production Approach

(Interview Schedule) Recruitment of Various Posts at Goa PSC- Advt.No. 35/2014-15, Advt.No. 120/2013-14 and Advt.No. 117/2013-14


(Interview Schedule) Recruitment of Various Posts at Goa Public Service Commission - Advt.No. 35/2014-15, Advt.No. 120/2013-14 and Advt.No. 117/2013-14

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