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CSE 2022: Plan/ Strategy/ Daily Routine

P.S. Obligatory New Beginnings Pep Talk


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Thanks for starting this thread, mate. 

In March, when the mains results came, I was quite shattered to be frank. I was fully expecting to clear the mains stage at least, and half expecting to get my name somewhere in the rank list, at least at the bottom. However, the result was on unexpected lines. When you devote so much of your time and energy to something, and it consistently gives you nothing in return, it’s draining. It took me all the strength in the world to stand back up on my feet again post my repeated failures at prelims in 2019. I found the strength I needed to do that from this platform. I found a mask I named Patootie. Yet, it is so much harder to find that the second time around, after you’ve been knocked down. This exam is ruthless, and it owes you no debt, no matter how much you think it does. 

So, when I failed mains last time, my immediate course of action was self preservation. I needed to find myself a job. I needed to find myself again. I know how clichè that sounds, because I also agree there is never one you. You keep changing, and your experiences keep moulding you into the person you are at any given point in time. I guess, I needed to find out who I was, outside the scope of this exam. I did not want to tell people I was preparing for an exam. I wanted to feel like anything but a failure, who took on more than he could chew. I wanted to feel worthy again. 

So, I found a job. I consider myself extremely lucky. And I have performed reasonably well at my job since. I like some of my work, and can live with most of it. It offers a good life. Yet, I am somehow drawn back to this platform and you people, over and over again. I can’t simply shake this off. 

When@whatonly and@AJ_ cleared the paper, I felt that joy in my heart and wondered how their lives would have been like at that very moment. When@MaeveWiley wrote a frustrated and heartfelt post today, I felt every bit of it too. When I read @D503’scomments, I somehow always feel connected with their experience. This community understands and feels, and somehow, I feel there’s a part of me that I can reveal here that one who is not intricately connected with the exam would never understand. 

At this point, for me, it is not even about the job for me. I want to clear the exam. It is as simple as that. It is an intensely personal struggle and it has been for at least the past 2 years. Good thing is, I finally feel that I can truly give my best again towards that goal. The time for austerity is done, now is the time for audacity. “Audacity of hope? “

I missed the mains cutoff by 5 marks.  When I was telling my mom about it over the phone, I broke down crying. I didn’t know that I felt that emotional about it any longer, given I hadn’t touched my books properly for over 9 months. Since I failed to clear mains, I was nowhere close to where I needed to be to get the service of my choice. However, I did feel robbed at that moment. I don’t know why, can’t put my finger on it. However, as time passed, I realised it was the best possible outcome. Maybe I did a few things right. I don’t know what they were and even if I did identify them, whether they would work again. Yet, somewhere in my marksheet, I’ve found my will to try. 

This forum carried me the last time I was active on it. I’m just trying to stand up again, and I didn’t know where else to go. Thanks for this thread, mate. 2022. Maybe, just maybe. 


I really wish 2022 is the magic year for you. :)

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I am starting now, should I target CSE 2022?because only 7.5 months are remaining.

Yes.

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Next 9-10 days aren't going to be too productive for me. I am moving to a new city. Before that I need to meet up a few people— my newly manufactured cute nephew, my nani, and some of my school friends. So, I will be travelling. And my first week in new city too will demand a lot of time like looking for a place and all the related stuff. I am also kindda trying to chillofy after prelims thingy. But I don't want these days to be total waste. So, I should just start. 

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Day 1 (12/10/21): Target To-dos

  • Organize all the PSIR notes, handouts, everything I have
  • Ethics 2 Classes + related notes
  • Hannah Arendt (1/2)
  • Prelims Post Mortem: Economy Questions

Other Stuff:

  • Walk + Audiobook
  • Visit Dermat 
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Next 9-10 days aren't going to be too productive for me. I am moving to a new city. Before that I need to meet up a few people— my newly manufactured cute nephew, my nani, and some of my school friends. So, I will be travelling. And my first week in new city too will demand a lot of time like looking for a place and all the related stuff. I am also kindda trying to chillofy after prelims thingy. But I don't want these days to be total waste. So, I should just start. 

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Day 1 (12/10/21): Target To-dos

  • Organize all the PSIR notes, handouts, everything I have
  • Ethics 2 Classes + related notes
  • Hannah Arendt (1/2)
  • Prelims Post Mortem: Economy Questions

Other Stuff:

  • Walk + Audiobook
  • Visit Dermat 

Prelims 2021 Post-Mortem: Economy

Total Questions: 14 >>>11 Correct, 3 Wrong 

Wrong Questions: UCBs, FDI, Financial Markets

I don’t think I need to change my source for the economy. Every single question can be answered with basics, Vivek Sir’s book & telegram channel. There are some chapters that I did not revise well & that cost me two questions. And the UCB one was posted in the telegram channel too. But I did not follow it well. I procrastinated on my telegram readings for too long and only in the last two months, I tried to cover the current affairs of the entire year. A saner strategy is to do the economy every single day. Also, the questions require one to understand the mechanics of how things work. So, if something is in the news, I must try to understand the economic logic behind it. There is some need for a little factual information as well but Sir’s book would cover it.

Every question I was sure of is correct. Every question I was doubtful about & did a wild guess is wrong. Do you see a lesson here?

Lessons for 2022: For economy, multiple revisions of Vivek Sir’s book, Study the telegram news everyday, go deep into the economic logic of a news or static portion when you don’t get a feel of the topic by primary reading. Don’t be reckless in ticking questions. My fall in this attempt is a lot due to over-attempting & many wild guesses. Also, did caffeine in my body make me extra reckless? 

P.S. I went on a caffeine overload as I was not able to get even an hour of sleep at night.


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sbhatisaid

Should we make a thread where we can share and discuss (and thus internalise) interesting anecdotes /news/facts/examples/case studies etc. which we can use in ethics, essay and other GS papers? 

Yes. 

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Next 9-10 days aren't going to be too productive for me. I am moving to a new city. Before that I need to meet up a few people— my newly manufactured cute nephew, my nani, and some of my school friends. So, I will be travelling. And my first week in new city too will demand a lot of time like looking for a place and all the related stuff. I am also kindda trying to chillofy after prelims thingy. But I don't want these days to be total waste. So, I should just start. 

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Day 1 (12/10/21): Target To-dos

  • Organize all the PSIR notes, handouts, everything I have
  • Ethics 2 Classes + related notes
  • Hannah Arendt (1/2)
  • Prelims Post Mortem: Economy Questions

Other Stuff:

  • Walk + Audiobook
  • Visit Dermat 

What all got done?

  • Organize all the PSIR notes, handouts, everything I have >>>This is half done
  • Ethics 2 Classes + related notes >>>Completed 1 Class; Did not read any notes though
  • Hannah Arendt (1/2) >>>Did this for one hour; Should have done more
  • Prelims Post Mortem: Economy Questions >>>Done

Other Stuff:

  • Walk + Audiobook >>>Half an Hour of Walk + Audiobook (Difficulty of Being Good)
  • Visit Dermat >>>Did not go as I was sleeping when I had my appointment

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A large part of the day went in packing stuff & feeding the dopamine hungry monster in me (Forum, Youtube, Reddit). So, I set up a time dependent block on Forum now. Will slowly expand the block to cover other distractions as well. But this is still a chill time & I don't want to rush things up. Jitna bhi hua is okay. 

As I was packing the stuff that I need for the next year, I saw how many of the books I've bought for UPSC are useless to me. 2/3rd of the UPSC books I own haven't been opened for a year. In the initial stages, I had this book hoarder mentality, an irrational hope that I would be able to study everything under the Sun. I am happy that I am taking lesser UPSC books to Bangalore.

Also, I will miss my non-fiction collection. It has travelled with me wherever I went for the last 7-8 years. But I am taking bare minimum stuff. So, they will have to stay home. 

Total Hours Studied: 3 Hours 15 Minutes


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Tomorrow, I have personal obligations in the evening. So, taking that in mind:

Day 2 (13/10/21): Target To-Dos

  • Ethics 2 Classes 
  • Hannah Arendt SR Notes 
  • Prelims Post Mortem: A&C + A&M
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Targets for 13/10/21

  • Optional- Paper 2, Topic-4 (Finish first reading/revision)
  • Ethics in public administration (half)
  • Answer Writing

Sorry for barging in here guys. The crowd seems much vibrant here. Couldn't resist.  Just tell me to stop whenever you feel like .
Have a good day you all :) 

Why would you say that? You are always welcome. And good day, mate.

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Prelims 2021 Post-Mortem: Art & Culture + Ancient & Medieval

Total Questions: 12 >>>5 Correct, 6 Wrong, 1 did not attempt

Wrong Questions: Bhavabhuti, different territories emerging from erstwhile empires, Harshavardhana, Nuniz, Invaders and Chronology, St. Francis Xavier

Did not attempt: Dholavira

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My sources for this portion were Nikhil Sir's Art & Culture course videos + Handouts (did half of them multiple times, did not even touch half); TN NCERT selected reading for ancient; Medieval Satish Chandra (could only do this once and only half of it).

Almost everything that I answered correcrly is due to Nikhil Sir. There was a slide for Chandraketugarh.  There was a slide on Chausath Yogini temple and I also have a flashcard for that. There was also a slide for bhavabhuti. But I didn't revise or even read the ppts from the later portion of the classes because I am an absolute idiot. The material is huge, something like 80 handouts. But I think they must be done well. I must do them slowly as well, relishing the beauty of Indian Culture rather than approaching it like any other subject. I have begin to love the subject, shouldnt be too torturing. That is only how I will be able to study and remember these things. 

Nuniz question was total out of my material. Even my handout on travelougues does not contain it. I did 3 pure history based question wrong because I really haven't understood the trajectory of Indian history well. Like, I understand every topic in silo & that too not too well. Like, If MBT is ruling delhi, I am awfully bad at telling what exactly is happening anywhere else at that time. 

Xavier question was my mistake. It was discussed by Sir. I did not pay attention. Also, need study Christianity & Islam (if there is anything more than mere Sufism to the story) separately as among the religions of India. That  should have been my approach. 

Even Dholavira one was discussed by Sir. What is wrong with me?

I could answer Mitakshara one as it was discussed in Polity & not through pure A&C sources.

Lessons for 2022:

No need to change the sources. Do all the handouts really well to the point of internalizing stuff. Also need to do Ancient and Medieval well. Need to understand the trajectory & get an actual feel of the subject. So, at least a few revision of R.S. Sharma & Satish Chandra.

Also, I attempted the questions I had no right to touch. Serves me right for being a guesshole. So, It's time to stop being so reckless about logical guesses. 

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Hello Fellow Hustlers, 

I have started a thread https://www.forumias.com/post/detail/Strictly-Prelims-2022-The-Random-Repository-1634105452  in an attempt to beat the "randomness" of the prelims! [Time will tell if we actually can]  

I have seen some very heartbreaking posts made by people, on how the randomness of the paper has made their years of struggle seem worthless! We all read the standard books and current affairs, and anything that comes from their can be tackled. It is the randomness against which we don't seem to have a weapon. I hope that this repository becomes that weapon.

Richard Dawkins says "the only alternative to randomness is Intelligent design" and I hope that we all can together beat that randomness or atleast put up a fight against that randomness

Please check out the thread and contribute if you like :) 

Not related but posting it because I want to. :D

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Hello Fellow Hustlers, 

I have started a thread https://www.forumias.com/post/detail/Strictly-Prelims-2022-The-Random-Repository-1634105452 in an attempt to beat the "randomness" of the prelims! [Time will tell if we actually can] 

I have seen some very heartbreaking posts made by people, on how the randomness of the paper has made their years of struggle seem worthless! We all read the standard books and current affairs, and anything that comes from their can be tackled. It is the randomness against which we don't seem to have a weapon. I hope that this repository becomes that weapon.

Richard Dawkins says "the only alternative to randomness is Intelligent design" and I hope that we all can together beat that randomness or atleast put up a fight against that randomness

Please check out the thread and contribute if you like :) 

Not related but posting it because I want to. :D


Why do I feel you have a repository of videos :p Keep'em coming! 


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Prelims 2021 Post-Mortem: Art & Culture + Ancient & Medieval

Total Questions: 12 >>>5 Correct, 6 Wrong, 1 did not attempt

Wrong Questions: Bhavabhuti, different territories emerging from erstwhile empires, Harshavardhana, Nuniz, Invaders and Chronology, St. Francis Xavier

Did not attempt: Dholavira

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My sources for this portion were Nikhil Sir's Art & Culture course videos + Handouts (did half of them multiple times, did not even touch half); TN NCERT selected reading for ancient; Medieval Satish Chandra (could only do this once and only half of it).

Almost everything that I answered correcrly is due to Nikhil Sir. There was a slide for Chandraketugarh.  There was a slide on Chausath Yogini temple and I also have a flashcard for that. There was also a slide for bhavabhuti. But I didn't revise or even read the ppts from the later portion of the classes because I am an absolute idiot. The material is huge, something like 80 handouts. But I think they must be done well. I must do them slowly as well, relishing the beauty of Indian Culture rather than approaching it like any other subject. I have begin to love the subject, shouldnt be too torturing. That is only how I will be able to study and remember these things. 

Nuniz question was total out of my material. Even my handout on travelougues does not contain it. I did 3 pure history based question wrong because I really haven't understood the trajectory of Indian history well. Like, I understand every topic in silo & that too not too well. Like, If MBT is ruling delhi, I am awfully bad at telling what exactly is happening anywhere else at that time. 

Xavier question was my mistake. It was discussed by Sir. I did not pay attention. Also, need study Christianity & Islam (if there is anything more than mere Sufism to the story) separately as among the religions of India. That  should have been my approach. 

Even Dholavira one was discussed by Sir. What is wrong with me?

I could answer Mitakshara one as it was discussed in Polity & not through pure A&C sources.

Lessons for 2022:

No need to change the sources. Do all the handouts really well to the point of internalizing stuff. Also need to do Ancient and Medieval well. Need to understand the trajectory & get an actual feel of the subject. So, at least a few revision of R.S. Sharma & Satish Chandra.

Also, I attempted the questions I had no right to touch. Serves me right for being a guesshole. So, It's time to stop being so reckless about logical guesses. 

Kaun nikhil sir? If possible can you share the handouts?

Nikhil Sheth, Level Up IAS

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Tomorrow, I have personal obligations in the evening. So, taking that in mind:

Day 2 (13/10/21): Target To-Dos

  • Ethics 2 Classes 
  • Hannah Arendt SR Notes 
  • Prelims Post Mortem: A&C + A&M

Need to go out. Won't be back till late night. Only 2 hour of PSIR done, spent rest of the time taking nap or random surfing.

Also, I will be mostly travelling for the next few days. So, not much will be done. I will try to not make it a total waste of time though.

I will post daily to dos again when I am in the new city. A new Day 1 again. Will post what all got done at the end of the day though till then. Trying to chill, meet people & getting ready for more intensive study. 

Also, need to sit down and chart out a concrete plan for time to come. 

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Friends, I need some help in making a dependable plan for 2022 attempt. I appeared in 2021. I had done basic books for prelims around 4-5 times. In few FLTs I gave, the maximum I scored was 84. 

I've gone through my optional once but haven't done much of answer writing. 

As of now, I'm thinking of being mains focussed till feb'22, and give last 3 months to pre'22. 

I'm not sure about the number of months to be kept reserved for prelims at the end in my case. 

Giving this year's paper, I felt even if I had given it one more month, I would have scored the same. 

I need some guidance on this.@Neyawn  can you pls find a few minutes to help me on this. 

Thanks! 


Or if others can share their rough strategy for next 7-8 months that will be very helpful to me.@nerdfighter or anyone else. 

Not the right person to consult mate. :)

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Friends, I need some help in making a dependable plan for 2022 attempt. I appeared in 2021. I had done basic books for prelims around 4-5 times. In few FLTs I gave, the maximum I scored was 84. 

I've gone through my optional once but haven't done much of answer writing. 

As of now, I'm thinking of being mains focussed till feb'22, and give last 3 months to pre'22. 

I'm not sure about the number of months to be kept reserved for prelims at the end in my case. 

Giving this year's paper, I felt even if I had given it one more month, I would have scored the same. 

I need some guidance on this.@Neyawn  can you pls find a few minutes to help me on this. 

Thanks! 


@Neyawn I too feel the same. Like, I don't think a little more prep could have helped me in the exam. If I had given the paper in August end, I feel like I would have scored the same. So, should I still be giving 5 months on Prelims as you write? 

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Friends, I need some help in making a dependable plan for 2022 attempt. I appeared in 2021. I had done basic books for prelims around 4-5 times. In few FLTs I gave, the maximum I scored was 84. 

I've gone through my optional once but haven't done much of answer writing. 

As of now, I'm thinking of being mains focussed till feb'22, and give last 3 months to pre'22. 

I'm not sure about the number of months to be kept reserved for prelims at the end in my case. 

Giving this year's paper, I felt even if I had given it one more month, I would have scored the same. 

I need some guidance on this.@Neyawn  can you pls find a few minutes to help me on this. 

Thanks! 


Or if others can share their rough strategy for next 7-8 months that will be very helpful to me.@nerdfighter or anyone else. 

Not the right person to consult mate. :)

Okay. 

I just don't want to start blindly thinking whatever I do will work, because it didn't this time. 

Thanks anyway. You spread positivity, that has helped me at times. And, now that I'm trying to be vocal on this platform. I must thank you :) 

Thanks, man. That brings a little happiness to me. :)

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One of my seniors responded to one of my messages as :  "Yes we are going to do that. One day lo cheptham. "

I have absolutely no clue what the last sentence means. My senior is from South India.. Can anyone tell me what it means ? 

That's Telugu btw!

Not that this info is gonna be of any use to you :p maybe now you can tell people you know one word of Telugu ;)

And that is one more random fact in case UPSC decides to ask us. :D

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Is there any good PSIR test series for 2022 other than Shubhra?
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fresh start with the same old questions, help me in deciding

  • Evernote vs OneNote
  • Goodnotes5 vs Notability
  • Anki vs Quizlet
  • Serif vs Sans Serif 

Anki anyday. Quizlet used to have spaced repition before. It was then at least thoda comparable. Last year, they removed it because they just couldnt handle it and they refunded every pro member who wanted to opt out.

Also Anki gives a lot of other types of cards. And quizlet is just conventional cards. Anki is a powerful force after adding some addons. 

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fresh start with the same old questions, help me in deciding

  • Evernote vs OneNote
  • Goodnotes5 vs Notability
  • Anki vs Quizlet
  • Serif vs Sans Serif 

Also Serif vs Sans Serif. Serif for a wall of text, Sans Serif for titles. 

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So many groups that things are getting posted here and there :(

Jahan shrradha ho, wahan post kare :) 


Shraddha Kapoor?

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sbhatisaid

@nerdfighter English august? 


Yes.

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Hi, friends

I haven't been alright since the 10th. Before this, when failure struck, I have never really questioned my abilities. But this week has been different. One day, I thought about quitting this process altogether. The other day, I have decided to throw away my sim card, burn all the bridges and become a hermit. I know I may sound a bit melodramatic but that's how it is. All I have been wanting is to cry for the past week. Thankfully, some of the people around me have been there for me.

I think I won't log in or post here on forum for the forseeable future. I think I need to be alone for a while. I wish you all the very best for your endevours.

Bye. :)

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Hey, I use a deck for each topic in each subject. For example, today I made cards for Simon Commission and Boycott movement. Instead of typing long answers, I click a  photo  of the relevant page.  I make Questions from mains pov,  and use the subject name as a tag.  I just started using Anki, so I don’t know how it’ll work out eventually

While there is no one way to use Anki, these are some of the stuff that I can tell you can go be improved/ done differently.

One deck for each topic for each subject isn't too helpful. This is something I am writing by my own experience and through my experience interacting with Anki community on Reddit too. In the beginning, I had one deck for each subject. That too was too much. The more random the sequence of cards we get to recall, the better. Right now, I have one deck for GS- Pre, one deck for GS-Mains (only stuff that goes into it are stuff to learn from final consolidated notes for each topic), One for PSIR, except IR & one for IR. One more stuff for Dumping when I don't want to categorize the information at the moment. Also, I have read that Anki may start acting weirdly with too many decks and may affect the scheduling of card recall.

Now, every card has to be given appropriate tags so that you can edit/view cards you need. So, a simon commision card should be given tags like MIH, GS1, Freedom-Struggle.

Also, flashcards are better when each card carries minimum information possible. This is called as, as you can guess, minimum information principle. That quickens reviews and that is also a better way to study because flashcards are for remembering the factual stuff. Now, the paragraphs that you are copy pasting can be pasted in the extra 'remarks' tab that is given to you. This can be helpful to refer stuff without actually going to source material. So, suppose today, I read some op-ed in the hindu. And it says, x report says that there are y number of people suffering from something. You make a reversible basic card ( which will make two cards):

Side 1: X report on something ???

Side 2: Y number of people suffer from something (Source???)

Or 

Side 1: Data on something

Side 2: X Reports says Y......

Here, you will be asked to revise both the sides by presenting you the other side. In the tab remark, you paste the paragraph from the op-ed so that you get the context if you are lost. 

Alternatively, you can use cloze deletions too. 

About two decades ago, a guy called Piotr Wozniak formulated what are called the Supermemo rules for Knowledge Formulation. Do go through them once in a while to constantly remind yourself that you may be making your job more difficult by breaking those rules. I have made thousands of cards only to delete them after a point because they became so unwieldy. And it will take so much time to review them too after a point.

https://supermemo.guru/wiki/20_rules_of_knowledge_formulation


My top advice would be to fastidiously follow minimum information rule, tag everything nicely, learn what kind of information is best for which kind of cards (like there is an addon called overlapping cloze that can be used for mugging up lists, quotes). Less the decks, the better it is. Make cards on desktop/laptop, review on mobile (enable touch gestures).

Also, if someone has taken the leap to make the best use of Anki & are a little lost, I advice you to go through the 4 hour skillshare course on Anki by Ali Abdaal. You make skip most of it, but you will find something that can make your life easier. It is available on torrents for free. If you don't find it, DM me maybe.

https://www.skillshare.com/classes/Learn-Anything-With-Flashcards-The-Ultimate-Guide-To-Anki/1530220171

That said, rules are meant to be broken, everyone is different, no size fits all. What I just wrote is conventional wisdom.


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Can anybody tell me the link & password to 2022 YPT group?
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Targets for 21st November 2021:

  • Rights, Equality & Justice from SR Notes
  • GS 2: Point 2, 3 & 6 (1/2)
  • Ethics Class
  • Noosepaper
  • Anki No Due
  • Answer Writing
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Targets for 21st November 2021:

  • Rights, Equality & Justice from SR Notes
  • GS 2: Point 2, 3 & 6 (1/2)
  • Ethics Class
  • Noosepaper
  • Anki No Due
  • Answer Writing

  • Rights, Equality & Justice from SR Notes >>>50% of this completed
  • GS 2: Point 2, 3 & 6 (1/2) >>>50% of this completed, need to get this done tomorrow, have a test the next day
  • Ethics Class >>>Done
  • Noosepaper >>>Done
  • Anki No Due >>>Done
  • Answer Writing >>>Done (Should have written more than 5, wrote just 2)

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Where did the time fly?

  • Had to go out for dinner, this wasn't planned
  • Did Economy Current Affairs for two hours, which wasn't planned. 

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Also, while reading about Dash Committee, I came up with this joke. 

What do you call it when a Sufi Shaykh lends some money to another Sufi Shaykh?

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Peer-to-Peer Lending :D 

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Targets for 23rd November 2021:

  • Write Polity Mains Test
  • Revision + Current before the test
  • Laxmikanth revision of relevant topics for tommorow's prelim test
  • Solve PYQs related to above relevant topics
  • Newspaper
  • Anki No Due
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Targets for 23rd November 2021:

  • Write Polity Mains Test
  • Revision + Current before the test
  • Laxmikanth revision of relevant topics for tommorow's prelim test
  • Solve PYQs related to above relevant topics
  • Newspaper
  • Anki No Due

I was very tired by the end of the evening. So, I had an early dinner and slept. That means I can study all night now.

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Mains test done, Newspaper Done, Anki No Done, Everything else partly half-assedly done.


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Targets for 24th November 2021:

  • PMP Polity Handouts 8-16
  • Ankify the above
  • Anki Review (at least 1 hour)
  • Polity PYQs relevant for the test
  • Polity Prelims Test
  • Essay Test
  • Remaining Portion of SR notes on Justice & Equality
  • A bit of August CA
  • Noospaper
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Targets for 24th November 2021:

  • PMP Polity Handouts 8-16
  • Ankify the above
  • Anki Review (at least 1 hour)
  • Polity PYQs relevant for the test
  • Polity Prelims Test
  • Essay Test
  • Remaining Portion of SR notes on Justice & Equality
  • A bit of August CA
  • Noospaper

  • PMP Handouts >>>Done
  • Ankify them >>Partly Done
  • Anki Review >>Not Done
  • PYQs >>>Did not get time; Handout revision itself took a lot of time
  • Polity Prelims test >>>Done
  • Essay test >>>Done
  • SR Notes >>>Was supposed to do now; but calling it a day
  • A bit of August CA >>>Done
  • Noosepaper >>>Not done

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In addition to whats counted on forest, I sat through two hours of paper discussion and about an hour of current affair lecture. 

Just going to have dinner and sleeep. 

Also, I am writing really shitty essays. It is so difficult to disappoint me but I still manage to do it every day. First essay is usually half decent, and even as begin the second essay, I write it like I am doing some big favour to the universe. The second essay is usally full of shit. May God Bless me.


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Targets for 25th November 2021:

  • PSIR: Complete the remaining reading of SR Notes for Rights, Equality and Justice
  • PSIR: Rights >>>  Value Addition, Consolidation
  • August Economy Current Affairs
  • Anki No Due
  • Noosepaper
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What do you do when feeling low?

I talk to people who I know believe in me. Not the ones who speak all nice just to make you feel nice but those who truly believe in you.

I sleep  sometimes. It solves the issues magically somehow. 

I do things that make me feel alive like writing. I sit down and write what I am feeling. That can be a good way to understand the roots of your blues. Just trying to be honest with yourself helps. But also, be kind to yourself.

And sometimes, the problem isn't our inability to understand but a deep sense inside that we aren't being understood. Some days ago I sat down and just watched one of my favourite movies, the lunchbox. I felt the same feeling of being understood as I felt when I watched it in 2013. It was as if the movie was giving me a warm hug.

I listen to songs. You feel a little less burdened with the weight of your pain when you know people have gone through the same pain and they have recorded that pain so beautifully in words. Like, there is this song called "Man Bawra" from the movie Gippi. The line goes like, "meri yaadon ki khuli chaadrein gathri baandhe na". That so nicely encapsulates my obsession with nostalgia. And I feel okay when I listen to it because now I am not alone.

There may be things that do the trick for you. Find those things, Do those things. It's okay to keep an hour for yourself.

Sometimes, even studying helps. Even 2 hours of intense focus of study shows you what you are capable of and that helps too. 

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Aazaadsaid

What do you do when feeling low?

I talk to people who I know believe in me. Not the ones who speak all nice just to make you feel nice but those who truly believe in you.

I sleep  sometimes. It solves the issues magically somehow. 

I do things that make me feel alive like writing. I sit down and write what I am feeling. That can be a good way to understand the roots of your blues. Just trying to be honest with yourself helps. But also, be kind to yourself.

And sometimes, the problem isn't our inability to understand but a deep sense inside that we aren't being understood. Some days ago I sat down and just watched one of my favourite movies, the lunchbox. I felt the same feeling of being understood as I felt when I watched it in 2013. It was as if the movie was giving me a warm hug.

I listen to songs. You feel a little less burdened with the weight of your pain when you know people have gone through the same pain and they have recorded that pain so beautifully in words. Like, there is this song called "Man Bawra" from the movie Gippi. The line goes like, "meri yaadon ki khuli chaadrein gathri baandhe na". That so nicely encapsulates my obsession with nostalgia. And I feel okay when I listen to it because now I am not alone.

There may be things that do the trick for you. Find those things, Do those things. It's okay to keep an hour for yourself.

Sometimes, even studying helps. Even 2 hours of intense focus of study shows you what you are capable of and that helps too. 

And you do write good brother. Just reading your comment made me feel a little more at ease within this buzzing mind of mine, not to mention your ever present Murakami quote above . Those lines always slow me down.

Also wanted to thank you for mentioning Anki, been using it for around a month now and it seems it solves a very important gap in my preparation.


Thanks, dude/ dudettes. :)

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Targets for 25th November 2021:

  • PSIR: Complete the remaining reading of SR Notes for Rights, Equality and Justice
  • PSIR: Rights >>>  Value Addition, Consolidation
  • August Economy Current Affairs
  • Anki No Due
  • Noosepaper

Very unproductive day. Not able to focus at all. Will call it a day or it will be just me sitting and and staring at screen.

August Econ CA almost done, Rights 70% done, everything else not done at all.


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Hello all..I know this thread is just for sharing some "educational stuff"...But somehow I felt I really need to share this with you guys..!! ( Some of you may find it relatable)

You know what people.. have told you all back on track ..will be regular ye wo everything..But I am not able to do jitna Krna chahiye mujhe iss time.. My life is a complete mess right now..

I have no control on my emotions..Anger.. happiness..upset.. (everything is just mixed..)

Frustration is at its peak..Have planned a lot but what am I doing?? My day starts at 9 but when I ask myself daily at 11 ki aaj kiya kya tumne to bas newspaper aur thodi bahot aur padhai..

Feels like I am lost somewhere..Fact is " kuch bolne ka bhi mann nahi"..ye likhne se pehle bhi I thought a lot but lga ki aap sab se kaisi sharam..:) 

Why have I lost all the positivity??why am I not calm? Why am I not able to focus even if the book is right infront of me..!! 

( Well this is one of the reason of not being on YPT cz I am not in my senses I guess) 

I just want stability right now but nothing is going good.. bad times or what GOD KNOWS..

BUT I have written what all is going on.. can't say I want help cz it's all in my mind..I guess need to help myself..!! 

Itna hi kehna tha bas..:) 

       - STILL LOST...:) 

This thread isn't just for educational purposes. It's for us (soviet anthem intensifies).

Firstly, It is not like you are going to be super productive every day. The point is to come back, keep the momentum and try to clock respectable amount of hours that actually adds marks to your final total. But the low is envitable. Keep a lower target for tommorow but achieve that. That itself will give you some confidence & start what one productivity writer called a "success spiral". 

About the the lack of calm and all. For me, I feel all this when I let too much of the world encroach upon my preparation. For me, in such times what works is this: go complete offline for some half a day and get some work done. I have felt so calm after this. Also, all notifications to be kept off, if you are getting distracted use blockers, block people who add nothing but negativity to your life or at least delete them from the contact list. 

Also, I wanted to say this in the morning itself, but I love the energy in your everyday posts. I know what it is, maybe it is the Caps lock that you so aggressively use but the energy is quite infectious. 

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Targets for 1st December 2021:

  • Satish Chandra: Delhi Sultanate, Vijayanagar, Bahmani Kingdom & Bhakti Movement (Study, Notes & Ankify)
  • PSIR: Justice (Complete Notes Consolidation, Ankify)
  • Write 5 Answers on the above
  • IR Current Readings (2 hours): New Cold War & related stuff
  • Anki Review 1 Hour
  • Newspaper
  • Declutter Room, Desktop and Mind. 
  • Sleep before 12.


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Targets for 2nd December 2021:

  • Medieval India, ideally all of it, butat least 70% of it
  • All Art & Culture Handouts overlapping with Medieval (Ideally all of it, but at least 70% of it)
  • Write 10 answers on the above
  • Anki Review 1 hour

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This is going to be a long long day but I really need get things done. All the best, everyone.

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How are you guys going about essay preparation? Is it better to start preparing it right now or is it better to build content in GS first and then practice essays? What do you guys think?

I may not be the best guy to answer this as I have never written a mains. But I have written over 20 essays and saw myself improving thoda sa everytime. 

I think when you are writing essays you are essentially practising effective expression of your thoughts. For that, whatever content you have should suffice. I think more unwritable topics, more absolutely "mere paas iske liye koi content nahi hai" topics" you practise writing, the better. With more content, the essays will improve. But at least, you have a head start at putting your thoughts in order and expressing. Even diary entry should help. Even writing 500 words every once in a while on a topic in news you feel passionately about should help. Even writing about how a song makes you feel should help.

Content is a different thing. 

It's like those junkyard wars that we used to watch on net geo bachpan me. We all are adults & have a lot of content. Use that junk to make something. That process of making something out of junk itself is the best practise in creating products. And when those junkyard warriors are given state of art equipments and best materials, they will do magic. And so will you if you are good with expression and your content improves till we write mains.


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Is it just me or has the music thread somehow disappeared?
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@nerdfighter Bro it is disappeared..
I just checked..but found it nowhere..!


Sad day for the nation. :(

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It was a wonderful excerpt, amazed by the personality he was, the way he communicated and definitely want to read more about him. 

I guess I am also in the same phase of days dark and nights darker, but I guess its getting better with time.

I guess when one keeps going, days do start becoming brighter. Each day is a new struggle, mentally and physically. Its same for all of us. 

Take your own sweet time, give your mind the rest it deserves, give it time to heal if something's bothering and then get back to work. All the best. 

About sharing stuff one thing has been bothering me since a long, want to just share - So after our ex-CJI released his book, saw his interviews. I was astonished by the way he communicated, he was aggressive and offensive, we just don't expect people from such high positions to communicate in this manner. Anyways that's not bothering. 

So I decided to read about the sexual harassment case, and not just going by whether the allegations were true or not, what bothered me was the way it was handled. The woman was denied lawyer to represent her, there were no external members, the proceedings taken forward without the participation of the victim and of course the verdict was given. There was just one member who objected to women not being the part and that was Justice D.Y Chandrachud ( he gives me hope, some of his recent judgements are my favourite, I remember smiling once while reading his judgement, as he just gave me hope, that things could be better, can't remember the case though) 

The below article mentions that, after refusing advances of the Gogoi, the woman did not ring the bells immediately and at the right time, she did it after her husband and brothers-in-law were were removed from their job. Why were all of that happening at the same time? She removed from her job, then her husband and their her brothers-in-law. What struck to me was that A man's ego was so hurt with that refusal of advances that he had just tried to destroy the life of the powerless woman? If male ego is such deep rooted and seen even in men of that stature and position, being highly educated, then what can we expect from the normal people?

The issues is in conditioning of child, parents refuse things children ask more so if they are men, they think its their right to ask things and get things. When they get a NO, they are not used to it, and then we see what we see all day. 

Yeah, too much of ranting, but it was there. I hope we make this place a safe space for women soon! 

https://thewire.in/law/supreme-court-justice-sacrifice-sexual-harassment-allegations-ranjan-gogoi

Read this for a better understanding of what I wanted to say. 

This discussion compelled me to come back to forum :)

Totally agree with what you have written about Justice Gogoi. The NDTV interview was such an eye opener although it was out there in the open since long time, to see him give voice to it and confirm everything that was said, is shocking.  I think it is fitting that privilege motion has been moved against him in the RS. 

Nemo judex in causa sua -No one should be a judge in their own case is one of the basic principles.  Convened a special bench and headed it himself ?How intimidated the woman must have been in those proceedings ? Why does the procedure allow for this to happen even ? No, we are not going into the merits of the case here. The procedure was definitely problematic. Can nothing be questioned because it might undermine the independence of judiciary ?

Join you all in looking at Justice Chandrachud with hope. Whenever I am bored of studying from the book, I listen to his speeches. They are well articulated and sensitive towards the marginalised sections.

An excerpt from one of his speeches - 

"The film(The Great Indian Kitchen) charted out the compounding indignities that the bride faced in unpaid and thankless labour that was exerted in domestic chores and cooking. The denial of her ambitions to work a job of her choice, and finally, the harsh isolation and associated untouchability when menstruating. The movie poignantly engaged with the news of the Supreme Court judgment and juxtaposed it with the livid reality of this woman who was not asserting. She was not asserting the right to go on the pilgrimage but was fighting a much deeper battle as her existence was diminished by her gender. This is a stark reminder for how mere legislative or judicial intervention does not automatically upend the inequities that are entrenched in our society."

I would recommend this Malayalam film if you haven't watched it yet. It was so close to reality that I had tears in my eyes in many instances. 

 

I think of Gogoi and it makes me want to puke. Disgusting. I know the power of words like 'disgusting' and how as aspiring civil servants, we should not be this strong in our opinions. But I reserve the word for this one case. And then he goes on to justify all he did in the name of some higher purpose. Gautam Bhatia has several posts on Gogoi's tenure. Giving a link to one post.


https://indconlawphil.wordpress.com/2019/11/17/a-little-brief-authority-chief-justice-ranjan-gogoi-and-the-rise-of-the-executive-court/

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It was a wonderful excerpt, amazed by the personality he was, the way he communicated and definitely want to read more about him. 

I guess I am also in the same phase of days dark and nights darker, but I guess its getting better with time.

I guess when one keeps going, days do start becoming brighter. Each day is a new struggle, mentally and physically. Its same for all of us. 

Take your own sweet time, give your mind the rest it deserves, give it time to heal if something's bothering and then get back to work. All the best. 

About sharing stuff one thing has been bothering me since a long, want to just share - So after our ex-CJI released his book, saw his interviews. I was astonished by the way he communicated, he was aggressive and offensive, we just don't expect people from such high positions to communicate in this manner. Anyways that's not bothering. 

So I decided to read about the sexual harassment case, and not just going by whether the allegations were true or not, what bothered me was the way it was handled. The woman was denied lawyer to represent her, there were no external members, the proceedings taken forward without the participation of the victim and of course the verdict was given. There was just one member who objected to women not being the part and that was Justice D.Y Chandrachud ( he gives me hope, some of his recent judgements are my favourite, I remember smiling once while reading his judgement, as he just gave me hope, that things could be better, can't remember the case though) 

The below article mentions that, after refusing advances of the Gogoi, the woman did not ring the bells immediately and at the right time, she did it after her husband and brothers-in-law were were removed from their job. Why were all of that happening at the same time? She removed from her job, then her husband and their her brothers-in-law. What struck to me was that A man's ego was so hurt with that refusal of advances that he had just tried to destroy the life of the powerless woman? If male ego is such deep rooted and seen even in men of that stature and position, being highly educated, then what can we expect from the normal people?

The issues is in conditioning of child, parents refuse things children ask more so if they are men, they think its their right to ask things and get things. When they get a NO, they are not used to it, and then we see what we see all day. 

Yeah, too much of ranting, but it was there. I hope we make this place a safe space for women soon! 

https://thewire.in/law/supreme-court-justice-sacrifice-sexual-harassment-allegations-ranjan-gogoi

Read this for a better understanding of what I wanted to say. 

This discussion compelled me to come back to forum :)

Totally agree with what you have written about Justice Gogoi. The NDTV interview was such an eye opener although it was out there in the open since long time, to see him give voice to it and confirm everything that was said, is shocking.  I think it is fitting that privilege motion has been moved against him in the RS. 

Nemo judex in causa sua -No one should be a judge in their own case is one of the basic principles.  Convened a special bench and headed it himself ?How intimidated the woman must have been in those proceedings ? Why does the procedure allow for this to happen even ? No, we are not going into the merits of the case here. The procedure was definitely problematic. Can nothing be questioned because it might undermine the independence of judiciary ?

Join you all in looking at Justice Chandrachud with hope. Whenever I am bored of studying from the book, I listen to his speeches. They are well articulated and sensitive towards the marginalised sections.

An excerpt from one of his speeches - 

"The film(The Great Indian Kitchen) charted out the compounding indignities that the bride faced in unpaid and thankless labour that was exerted in domestic chores and cooking. The denial of her ambitions to work a job of her choice, and finally, the harsh isolation and associated untouchability when menstruating. The movie poignantly engaged with the news of the Supreme Court judgment and juxtaposed it with the livid reality of this woman who was not asserting. She was not asserting the right to go on the pilgrimage but was fighting a much deeper battle as her existence was diminished by her gender. This is a stark reminder for how mere legislative or judicial intervention does not automatically upend the inequities that are entrenched in our society."

I would recommend this Malayalam film if you haven't watched it yet. It was so close to reality that I had tears in my eyes in many instances. 

 

Justice Chandrachud in an absolute nerd-crush of mine. This is one Justice Chandrachud quote that I had kept in my notes for the clarity and freshness in his writing. This is from BK Pavithra-II case. A breath of fresh air on the discourse of Merit and Efficiency.


“Article 335 cannot be construed on the basis of a stereotypical assumption that roster point promotees drawn from the SCs and STs are not efficient or that efficiency is reduced by appointing them.  This is stereotypical because it masks deep rooted social prejudice.  The benchmark for the efficiency of administration is not some disembodied, abstract ideal measured by the performance of a qualified open category candidate.   Efficiency of administration in the affairs of the Union or of a State must be defined in an inclusive sense, where diverse segments of society find representation as a true aspiration of governance by and for the people.

Our benchmarks will define our outcomes.  If this benchmark of efficiency is grounded in exclusion, it will produce a pattern of governance which is skewed against the marginalised.  If this benchmark of efficiency is grounded in equal access, our outcomes will reflect the commitment of the Constitution to produce a just social order.

Hence, while interpreting Article 335, it is necessary to liberate the concept of efficiency from a one sided approach which ignores the need for and the positive effects of the inclusion of diverse segments of society on the efficiency of administration of the Union or of a State.   Establishing the position of the SCs and STs as worthy participants in affairs of governance is intrinsic to an equal citizenship.   Equal citizenship recognises governance which is inclusive but also ensures that those segments of our society which have suffered a history of prejudice, discrimination and oppression have a real voice in governance.   Since inclusion is inseparable from a well governed society, there is , in our view, no antithesis between maintaining the  efficiency of administration and considering the claims of the SCs and STs to appointments to services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of a State.”

“Administrative efficiency is an outcome of the actions taken by officials after they have been appointed or promoted and is not tied to the selection method itself. The argument that one selection method produces officials capable of taking better actions than a second method must be empirically proven based on an evaluation of the outcomes produced by officials selected through both methods.

Arguments that attack reservations on the grounds of efficiency equate merit with candidates who perform better than other candidates on seemingly “neutral” criteria, e.g. standardised examinations. Thus, candidates who score beyond a particular “cut-off point” are considered “meritorious” and others are “non-meritorious”. This is a distorted understanding of the function “merit” plays in society.

A “meritorious” candidate is not merely one who is “talented” or “successful” but also one whose appointment fulfils the constitutional goals of uplifting the members of the SCs and STs and ensuring a diverse and representative administration.”



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Watched the gogoi interview on NDTV. Puked again.
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"Of course, my conscience is clear." 
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Watched the gogoi interview on NDTV. Puked again.

Areey. You wanna feel better seeing gogoi, see Zee Media's interview, you will love him. He is so cute, intelligent and the 'educated elite'. 

And guys a recommendation from my side , there is a program by a digital media outlet called newslaundry , named "Newsance", watch it. I think you guys will love it. Its available on YouTube.

God, the way journalistic standards have fallen in our country! Reduced to become mere mouthpieces of a particular political party/ideology they adhere to. Precisely the reason I appreciate the way Srinivasan Jain conducted the interview with the ex CJI. Asking all the right questions that someone had to ask him.

Was watching some of the Newslaundry videos, thanks for the recommendation . Where was it all this while, how am I finding this so late ! They are hilarious, sarcastic while also dealing with some of the pressing issues in media and the world with responsibility which we seek from the mainstream channels. 

Believe me I am saying this thing with very zimmedari. But if we look into the history, majority part of journalism has been always like that. And the people we see as exceptions are somewhat part of it. The same has been reiterated by Mark Tully, and Josy Joseph in various forms.

I recommend you to read (if you have time) Feast of Vultures and The Silent Coup, both written by Josy Joseph, for starters.


True, like Ravish like to reminds us, there has never been a golden period of journalism. 

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Watched the gogoi interview on NDTV. Puked again.

Areey. You wanna feel better seeing gogoi, see Zee Media's interview, you will love him. He is so cute, intelligent and the 'educated elite'. 

And guys a recommendation from my side , there is a program by a digital media outlet called newslaundry , named "Newsance", watch it. I think you guys will love it. Its available on YouTube.

God, the way journalistic standards have fallen in our country! Reduced to become mere mouthpieces of a particular political party/ideology they adhere to. Precisely the reason I appreciate the way Srinivasan Jain conducted the interview with the ex CJI. Asking all the right questions that someone had to ask him.

Was watching some of the Newslaundry videos, thanks for the recommendation . Where was it all this while, how am I finding this so late ! They are hilarious, sarcastic while also dealing with some of the pressing issues in media and the world with responsibility which we seek from the mainstream channels. 

Believe me I am saying this thing with very zimmedari. But if we look into the history, majority part of journalism has been always like that. And the people we see as exceptions are somewhat part of it. The same has been reiterated by Mark Tully, and Josy Joseph in various forms.

I recommend you to read (if you have time) Feast of Vultures and The Silent Coup, both written by Josy Joseph, for starters.


True, like Ravish like to reminds us, there has never been a golden period of journalism. 

Haven't followed politics or mainstream journalism for a while, but couldn't stop getting sucked into this discussion.

I remember some person exhorting students to sever India's North East at an anti CAA protest meeting (don't remember his name. Sharjeel Usmani probably). Watch that video. Then, watch Ravish Kumar's NDTV news story on this incident. He smartly crops the video in the beginning, which entirely changes the essense of that statement.

Then there was Modi's reference to 'Abki baar Trump Sarkaar' at an event with Trump. Hindu, IE, NDTV carried opinion pieces on how this statment threatens bipartisan consensus in US on good relations with India. Yet, anyone who listens to Modi's statement, and is aware of Trump's use of that slogan in 2016 would understand that Modi's statement was in past tense. He wasn't endorsing Trump at all.

My point being, Ravish Kumar, NDTV, Newslaundary (AAP's pimps), etc are competent and manipulative crooks, who are adept at hiding their bias. Those at ZeeNews, IndiaTV, Dainik Jagran etc are incompetent crooks. Their bias is as visible as daylight.

With ZeeNews et al you know you are being served bullcrap. With NDTV et al, you get sucked into the bullcrap they are selling, and form opinions you wouldn't have otherwise formed, if you had access to a neutral primary source.



I agree with you. I did not say NDTV guys are some neutral or fair. I just quoted Ravish. About 3-4 years ago, I would have countered you. But we ought to recognize everyone is pushing their own agenda. Some are good at make it look natural, some aren't. 

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Even after promising to pay for cab and food, I could not persuade a single person to come with me to Bangalore Lit Fest. Going Alone now.

No Nation for Culture. 

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Even after promising to pay for cab and food, I could not persuade a single person to come with me to Bangalore Lit Fest. Going Alone now.

No Nation for Culture. 

This is actually very disappointing. Doesn't even feel like a fest. 

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Failing in prelims gave me a good jolt. That shame I felt on the night of October 10th after I tallied my answers with answer keys, it had some good utility. But that shame is fading away and I miss it. 

Last two months weren't bad but they weren't great either. But then, when I set such unrealistic targets, I think nothing will ever be great enough. A lot more could have been done but the past is like that google doc for which you have no editing rights, only have viewing rights. And even the data you are allowed to view is being corrupted every single second.

I have been sick for the last few days with suboptimal productivity irking me like a think blanket with thousand holes on a cold night. Used it as an excuse to read some other stuff. This also gives a good completion point to the first phase of my 2022 attempt. 

For the next two months, I am trying to mix pre and mains. PSIR has to be done, tests to be given including some backlog tests, ethics & GS FLTs. In addition, one prelims revision of core subjects & solving any pending prelims tests. That should be the second phase. 

To declutter the mind, I must first declutter my physical space. So, will do a little safai, especially of my desk which is suffering under the weight of everything I have studied in the past two months. Like, its some kind of archeological thing. The top-most layer of the books tell you what I have studying recently. The bottom most books are those that I was studying sometime in the last few months but just didn't care enough to revise. 

Have been trying to stay away from telegram-- my final frontier of distractions. The mann (the mind) has been less chanchal (turbulent or hyperactive) & as the old bollywood song goes, less random. Might as well throw away my phone in the dustbin. 2022 me padhai ke siva karna hi kya hai?

New beginnings :)


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Justice Chandrachud fan club, unite! :D

@sstarrr 

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Hey Folks.. New to this community(Joined SFG/ RLG 2022)...


Can anybody suggest one point source for Compilation of Essays Asked in CSE ( Just the Questions ) of atleast Last 15-20 years ? would be highly appreciated....Thanks

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Targets for 15/01:

  • Fine Arts NCERT Class 12th (Study, Notes, Anki)
  • Ethics 2 Classes
  • Anki Review (30 Minutes)
  • 5 Issues 



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Targets for 15/01:

  • Fine Arts NCERT Class 12th (Study, Notes, Anki)
  • Ethics 2 Classes
  • Anki Review (30 Minutes)
  • 5 Issues 



  • Fine Arts NCERT Class 12th (Study, Notes, Anki) >>>60% done
  • Ethics 2 Classes >>Done
  • Anki Review (30 Minutes) >>Done
  • 5 Issues >>Done
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When the going gets tough,the tough gets going 


I'm thankful to the universe for  another year ,another birthday . Thankful to the people who made me strong,thankful for the failures which make me grounded ,thankful to my parents for letting me pursuing my dreams ,thankful to the wonderful people who are there for me in all my ups and downs . 


Officially entering into another year. I wish this year would be a great and memorable year for me . Past few days  not being regular in studies due to certain incidents and health issues. Thanks for the people in YPT who nudged me .will be back today.


Today's target 

Optional test 

GS 3 - ans writing 

Newspaper 



Happy Birthday, mate! 

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@nerdfighter happy birthday Mate! More power to you.


7 more months to go!

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Finished all the targets (almost) except 10 pages of backlog, will finish it tomorrow. Today's match was just another instance of what we can achieve if we work towards it come what may. I have always been team Federer but Rafa never fails to inspire!


Targets: 

  • SFG: Test + Analysis 
  • SFG Prep 
  • Polity Revision (1/2) 
  • SFG Backlog 
  • Newspaper


Will also have to figure out a plan tomorrow for the next four months. You don't realise how time flies and you're back to where you were before the blink of an eye. Have a good day people!

Did not start polity, finished rest of the targets. A good November had followed a very unproductive December, In January I have picked up a little pace but there's a long way to go if I have to be at my best. Hoping this new month helps us all bring out our best, only four months to go now!


Targets: 

  • SFG: Test + Analysis 
  • SFG Prep 
  • Polity Revision (1/2) 
  • CA - December 
  • Newspaper 

Good Going, Bhai. Have a great February!

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What does it mean? I have certificate dated 31.12.2020 i.e, FY 2020-21 only.

The relevant financial years are for ascertaining your non-creamy layer status. That requires financial records of last three years. That means your OBC certificate should be a newly updated one authorized in the last one year i.e. After 1st April 2021. What you have won't be valid, as far as I aware. 

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Hii people! 
Is there anyone who is preparing from home completely alone….. idk i feel this isolation is taking a heavy toll on me. Is it only me or anyone of you have experienced similarly?

Hey, I felt quite very much the same around Feb-March last year. For me, posting my daily to-dos on 2021 thread helped a lot. I felt like I was part of a peer group. Made some really good friends on the way. It can be very difficult finding a peer group in tier two cities. And if you just post here asking for people to be part of a peer group, that too won't help much as most people think the other people aren't as serious as them and the group would only bring them down. So, maybe just start by posting regularly and updating your progress. 


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I'll try to be regular here till prelims. Pakka.

To-dos for 04/03/22 (Day 1/93):

  • Shankar History Sectional
  • Econ & Polity CA (Jan + Feb '21)
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (1/2) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj.
  • CSAT 25 MCQs (Quant)
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I'll try to be regular here till prelims. Pakka.

To-dos for 04/03/22 (Day 1/93):

  • Shankar History Sectional
  • Econ & Polity CA (Jan + Feb '21)
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (1/2) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj.
  • CSAT 25 MCQs

Are you in the 4th March prestorming batch ?

Yes.

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I'll try to be regular here till prelims. Pakka.

To-dos for 04/03/22 (Day 1/93):

  • Shankar History Sectional
  • Econ & Polity CA (Jan + Feb '21)
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (1/2) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj.
  • CSAT 25 MCQs (Quant)

Spent about 2 hours on something unplanned from PSIR. Some topics from Economy CA took longer than expected. 

What all got done?

  • Shankar History Sectional >>>Done
  • Econ & Polity CA (Jan + Feb '21) >>>>Almost Done
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (1/2) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj. >>>About 30% Done only
  • CSAT 25 MCQs (Quant) >>>Not Done :(
  • PSIR >>>UAE, Executive

Felt very lethargic after dinner. So, couldn't study without first taking a long walk, listened to an audiobook.

Hours Clocked: 8 Hours 

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To-dos for 05/03/22 & 06/03/22 (Day 2 & 3/93):

  • Vision Polity Section 2
  • Analyze Yesterday ka Mock
  • Econ & Polity CA (March + April '21)
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (Remaining Part) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj.
  • CSAT 25 MCQs (Quant)
  • Scheduled Revision
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To-dos for 05/03/22 (Day 2/93):

  • Vision Polity Section 2
  • Analyze Yesterday ka Mock
  • Econ & Polity CA (March + April '21)
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (Remaining Part) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj.
  • CSAT 25 MCQs (Quant)
  • Scheduled Revision

Woke up pretty late after wasting most of night in random surfing. Will try to finish today's targets till tomorrow end. 

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why do people here have unachievable targets on a daily basis?

they are unable to complete them and feel disappointed at the end of the day.

isnt it wise to have small targets, achieve them first in one part of the day folllowed by doing other parts in the rest of the day. then reviewing it finally. this will hold accountable at all times and not just at the end of the day.

That is a good idea. I usually overestimate how much discipline I have when I start my day & underestimate the time a thing requires. That is usually the reason why I am unable to complete my targets. But there is always hope that this day will be different. So, I continue. 

On unachievable targets, it's usually not a choice. Things are always lined up like some upcoming test. So, that drives the to-dos mostly. 

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To-dos for 05/03/22 & 06/03/22 (Day 2 & 3/93):

  • Vision Polity Section 2
  • Analyze Yesterday ka Mock
  • Econ & Polity CA (March + April '21)
  • Laxmikanth Part-III (Remaining Part) + MCQs from Laxmikanth Obj.
  • CSAT 25 MCQs (Quant)
  • Scheduled Revision

All done except CSAT MCQs. 

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To-dos for 07/03/2022 (Day 4/93):

  • Economic Survey Lectures + Notes (1/3)
  • CSAT FLT (Shankar)
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To-dos for 07/03/2022 (Day 4/93):

  • Economic Survey Lectures + Notes (1/3)
  • CSAT FLT (Shankar)

It has been very lethargic, almost sleepy three days & I haven't been writing down hours clocked here out of sheer shame. Will try to do that compulsorily from tomorrow. 

Things that go done today:

  • Economic Survey Lectures + Notes (1/3) >>>Done
  • CSAT FLT (Shankar) >>>Did not write it; will try to write it before 11th March; Just not able to get into the CSAT mood somehow


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To-dos for 08/03/2022 (Day 5/93)

  • Economic Survey Lectures + Notes (2/3)
  • Geo + Env + S&T CA (January '21)
  • Polity Sectional Vision 
  • CSAT 20 MCQs
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To-dos for 08/03/2022 (Day 5/93)

  • Economic Survey Lectures + Notes (2/3)
  • Geo + Env + S&T CA (January '21)
  • Polity Sectional Vision 
  • CSAT 20 MCQs

Things that got done today:

  • Economic Survey Lectures + Notes (2/3) >>>Done but a little less than expected
  • Geo + Env + S&T CA (January '21) >>>only env ca done
  • Polity Sectional Vision >>>done
  • CSAT 20 MCQs >>>done
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Updates for 09/03/2022 (Day 6/93):

Wasn't able to login since last night for some reason. Forum constantly asked me to register when I was trying to login.

Anyway, I am setting a target for the whole week, instead of daily. Will continue with weekly or come back to daily thing if it works.

Targets for 09/03/2022 to 15/03/2022 (Day 6/93 to 12/93):

  • Econ Static Revision
  • Econ CA (Jan '21 to Feb '22)
  • ESI + Budget
  • Geography (1/4)
  • Econ 5 Sectionals
  • 150 Quant MCQs
  • S&T Booklets (till Computer & IT)
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Could not revise environment sincerely, gave the test instead. This week will be all about getting rid of backlogs. 


Targets: 

  • SFG: Test + Analysis 
  • Newspaper 
  • Finish Agriculture 
  • Environment Revision 
  • Miscellaneous tidbits 


@Jammu good to see you here. Really appreciate the wake ups. All the best :)

February was good for the first 20 days and then it all went haywire. Need to ensure consistency. Had massive inertia to do anything yesterday so I did the SFG test, newspaper and substitute agriculture with studying the budget. No progress on environment. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Agriculture 
  • SFG Test Analysis 
  • Environment (if tired, substitute with ES)
  • Newspaper 
  • Plan for the month


Hoping for a much better march. All the best everyone!

Did not find time to do environment, will try to finish it by tomorrow now. Other targets done. 


Targets: 

  • Environment (1/2) 
  • SFG Backlog (1/2) 
  • Newspaper 
  • Miscellaneous 

Finished all the targets. Today seems to be a difficult day, will try to pivot from the bad start. 


Targets: 

  • Environment (2/2) 
  • Finish SFG Backlog (2/2) 
  • Newspaper 
  • Miscellaneous 

Going back to ambitious targets now or else I'll keep faltering. Today, I could not finish Environment (Barely touched it) but did the rest. Disappointing day nevertheless. By the way, thanks for the wake ups. Will try to do better tomorrow. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Environment (2/2)
  • Finish S&T Backlog 
  • Mock Test Analysis (if time) 
  • Economic Survey (1/3) 
  • Newspaper 

Finished environment, did newspaper and started S&T. Could not touch Economic Survey or the test. Have to figure out a way to be productive post 6 PM, losing a lot of time!


Targets: 

  • Finish S&T Backlog 
  • Economic Survey (1/3)
  • Mock Test Analysis (if time) 
  • Newspaper 


Win finally able to finish S&T. Now onto the final set of NCERTs. Going to take a different approach in terms of doing economic survey and hope that it works out, no point in finishing old backlogs only to get new ones. 


Targets: 

  • Medieval History (1/2)
  • Economic Survey (10 Pages) 
  • Newspaper 

All done. Could have done better but hopefully soon. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Medieval History 
  • Economic Survey (10 pages) 
  • Newspaper 

Bad day yesterday, just finished yesterday's targets. 


Today's plan: 

  • Test + Analysis 
  • Economic Survey (20 pages) 
  • Newspaper

Are you going through the actual Survey or some notes? 

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Could not revise environment sincerely, gave the test instead. This week will be all about getting rid of backlogs. 


Targets: 

  • SFG: Test + Analysis 
  • Newspaper 
  • Finish Agriculture 
  • Environment Revision 
  • Miscellaneous tidbits 


@Jammu good to see you here. Really appreciate the wake ups. All the best :)

February was good for the first 20 days and then it all went haywire. Need to ensure consistency. Had massive inertia to do anything yesterday so I did the SFG test, newspaper and substitute agriculture with studying the budget. No progress on environment. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Agriculture 
  • SFG Test Analysis 
  • Environment (if tired, substitute with ES)
  • Newspaper 
  • Plan for the month


Hoping for a much better march. All the best everyone!

Did not find time to do environment, will try to finish it by tomorrow now. Other targets done. 


Targets: 

  • Environment (1/2) 
  • SFG Backlog (1/2) 
  • Newspaper 
  • Miscellaneous 

Finished all the targets. Today seems to be a difficult day, will try to pivot from the bad start. 


Targets: 

  • Environment (2/2) 
  • Finish SFG Backlog (2/2) 
  • Newspaper 
  • Miscellaneous 

Going back to ambitious targets now or else I'll keep faltering. Today, I could not finish Environment (Barely touched it) but did the rest. Disappointing day nevertheless. By the way, thanks for the wake ups. Will try to do better tomorrow. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Environment (2/2)
  • Finish S&T Backlog 
  • Mock Test Analysis (if time) 
  • Economic Survey (1/3) 
  • Newspaper 

Finished environment, did newspaper and started S&T. Could not touch Economic Survey or the test. Have to figure out a way to be productive post 6 PM, losing a lot of time!


Targets: 

  • Finish S&T Backlog 
  • Economic Survey (1/3)
  • Mock Test Analysis (if time) 
  • Newspaper 


Win finally able to finish S&T. Now onto the final set of NCERTs. Going to take a different approach in terms of doing economic survey and hope that it works out, no point in finishing old backlogs only to get new ones. 


Targets: 

  • Medieval History (1/2)
  • Economic Survey (10 Pages) 
  • Newspaper 

All done. Could have done better but hopefully soon. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Medieval History 
  • Economic Survey (10 pages) 
  • Newspaper 

Bad day yesterday, just finished yesterday's targets. 


Today's plan: 

  • Test + Analysis 
  • Economic Survey (20 pages) 
  • Newspaper

Are you going through the actual Survey or some notes? 

Sectional of which Institute u r taking? 

Vision & Shankar right now. 

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I will suggest take FORUM ,leave shankar.

Doing Shankar offline, mostly for simulating exam conditions. Doing Vision at home from pirated pdfs. 

What is Forum? Is it some new coaching? :D

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DMsaid

DMsaid

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Could not revise environment sincerely, gave the test instead. This week will be all about getting rid of backlogs. 


Targets: 

  • SFG: Test + Analysis 
  • Newspaper 
  • Finish Agriculture 
  • Environment Revision 
  • Miscellaneous tidbits 


@Jammu good to see you here. Really appreciate the wake ups. All the best :)

February was good for the first 20 days and then it all went haywire. Need to ensure consistency. Had massive inertia to do anything yesterday so I did the SFG test, newspaper and substitute agriculture with studying the budget. No progress on environment. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Agriculture 
  • SFG Test Analysis 
  • Environment (if tired, substitute with ES)
  • Newspaper 
  • Plan for the month


Hoping for a much better march. All the best everyone!

Did not find time to do environment, will try to finish it by tomorrow now. Other targets done. 


Targets: 

  • Environment (1/2) 
  • SFG Backlog (1/2) 
  • Newspaper 
  • Miscellaneous 

Finished all the targets. Today seems to be a difficult day, will try to pivot from the bad start. 


Targets: 

  • Environment (2/2) 
  • Finish SFG Backlog (2/2) 
  • Newspaper 
  • Miscellaneous 

Going back to ambitious targets now or else I'll keep faltering. Today, I could not finish Environment (Barely touched it) but did the rest. Disappointing day nevertheless. By the way, thanks for the wake ups. Will try to do better tomorrow. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Environment (2/2)
  • Finish S&T Backlog 
  • Mock Test Analysis (if time) 
  • Economic Survey (1/3) 
  • Newspaper 

Finished environment, did newspaper and started S&T. Could not touch Economic Survey or the test. Have to figure out a way to be productive post 6 PM, losing a lot of time!


Targets: 

  • Finish S&T Backlog 
  • Economic Survey (1/3)
  • Mock Test Analysis (if time) 
  • Newspaper 


Win finally able to finish S&T. Now onto the final set of NCERTs. Going to take a different approach in terms of doing economic survey and hope that it works out, no point in finishing old backlogs only to get new ones. 


Targets: 

  • Medieval History (1/2)
  • Economic Survey (10 Pages) 
  • Newspaper 

All done. Could have done better but hopefully soon. 


Targets: 

  • Finish Medieval History 
  • Economic Survey (10 pages) 
  • Newspaper 

Bad day yesterday, just finished yesterday's targets. 


Today's plan: 

  • Test + Analysis 
  • Economic Survey (20 pages) 
  • Newspaper

Are you going through the actual Survey or some notes? 

Sectional of which Institute u r taking? 

Vision & Shankar right now. 

I will suggest take FORUM ,leave shankar.

Why do you say no Shankar? Any specific reason?

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Updates for 09/03/2022 (Day 6/93):

Wasn't able to login since last night for some reason. Forum constantly asked me to register when I was trying to login.

Anyway, I am setting a target for the whole week, instead of daily. Will continue with weekly or come back to daily thing if it works.

Targets for 09/03/2022 to 15/03/2022 (Day 6/93 to 12/93):

  • Econ Static Revision
  • Econ CA (Jan '21 to Feb '22)
  • ESI + Budget
  • Geography (1/4)
  • Econ 5 Sectionals
  • 150 Quant MCQs
  • S&T Booklets (till Computer & IT)

Weekly thing isn't going well. Have a Polity sectional to write today. Will come back and restart again with daily targets. 


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To-dos for 12/03/2022 (Day 1 of 84)

  • Money and Banking Static
  • May + June (Econ) Current
  • Quant 20 MCQs 
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To-dos for 12/03/2022 (Day 1 of 84)

  • Money and Banking Static
  • May + June (Econ) Current
  • Quant 20 MCQs 

  • Money and Banking Static >>>Half Done (Pretty Long Chapter; Though focus was top notch)
  • May + June (Econ) Current >>>Half Hi Done
  • Quant 20 MCQs >>>Not Done

Remaining stuff to be done tomorrow. 

Hours Clocked: 7 Hours (Could have been much better; Slacked off after 5 PM)

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