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Mains 2019 Preparation and Discussion Thread

Now that 1 week is over, it is time to shift focus to Mains. With barely 103 days left there is no time to waste.

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@ManchesterUnitedHave that doc for the past 6 months, it's criminal I could never read it.

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Any model essay of any institute for
5 trillion economy
India as space power

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@AkkkuWould be elated if essays would come on such topics!

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Friends taking risk by not reading 365...
Following current affairs topics are what I found necessary for the mains and I prepared on them only....Please Review

GENERAL STUDIES 1

  1. Recent trends in dalit movements
  2. Women in science and technology (eg ISRO )
  3. Relevance of Nehru in present times
  4. Gandhi and tagore similarities and difference
    https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/O0n5AddJzKqk30y0QJouVP/Gandhi-and-Tagore-Friends-and-intellectual-rivals.html
    https://www.news18.com/news/india/greatest-indian-debate-mahatma-gandhi-and-rabindranath-tagore-on-nationalism-1533331.html
  5. Polar vertex
  6. How treaty of versailes responsible for ww2? 100 years of treaty of versailes
    7.colonialism in china and hong kong issues
  7. How madden julian oscillation impact indian monsoon
  8. Why most of cyclones occure between october to december on indian coast
  9. automobile industries location distribution in India

will update more.

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@Behemothmaybe one topic of population projections(E.S. & UN report) & increased urbanisation

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@CaesarYES Yes ...population reports and even eco survey chapter on population.

365 is so mainstreamed now, but I have skipped it. What do you think?

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GS 1

  1. Urban congestion issues
  2. Mob lynching
  3. Southern annular mode

GS 2

  1. india rcep
  2. saarc n bimstec
  3. india south korea
  4. new cold war (usa china) and inf treaty supension between usa and russia
  5. some key words - taiwan- new southbound policy, korea- new southern policy , indonesia- global maritime falcrum, india -sagar and act east policy, japan -open indo pacific strategy ...connect them.
  6. rti act (Information is power in todays world. so information sharing is actually power sharing.Thats how it empowers people.If information not shared with public, it will not only hamper political empowerment of commoners and accountability but also create political elitism.)
  7. lokpal and ombudsman in india
  8. cbi and cvc
  9. parliamentary vs presidential
  10. nhrc
  11. sedition debate
    12.need for judicial restraint, judicial activism/overreach/adventurism
    ex- ARUN gopal vs union of ind case- firecracker judgement
    mc mehta vs uoi casebs 4 vehicle
    subhash kashinath mahajan case- sc st act
    k balu vs tamilnadu case -liquor ship on highways case etc
    13.anti defection and free speech
  12. role of opposition
    15 evaluation of parliamentary control on executive
  13. election commission issues
  14. role of primary health care (kerala role model)
  15. ipc 377
  16. education reforms
  17. bills passage in parliament without much consulation and debate
  18. why poverty still persists ( one of the reason is social mobility is very low in agricultual economy)
  19. sdg target and its evaluation etc.
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@BehemothEven if you skip Mains 365 the topics have remained same to about 95pc!
You might have read from a different source but same topics as in mains 365.

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@ManchesterUnitedIs there any thread for hot topics for GS and essay ??

Can we use black gel pen ?

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I am having an issue in differentiating structure with keywords. I end up writing pros and cons format for discuss, analyse, critically analyse, comment, examine.

The only change I make is depending on tone of question and words like critically, change the balance of pros and cons.
P.S: I have referred the vision document already

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@titanium17As per my experience whatever the keyword is they do expect us to write pros,cons,way forward!
But it gets tricky when it comes to discuss!
In forum tests they have been regularly asking me to discuss am clueless about how to discuss!

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@ManchesterUnitedsaid inMains 2019 Preparation and Discussion Thread:

@VikaI have listed 170-180 topics from questions might appear
So I am preparing model answers to them in concised way paperwise so that it would be easy to look at it the day before exams!
Plus revising my own mains test series copies and paying attention to the comments they comeup with!
Do share if you have any more productive ideas

Hey bro,
Do u mind sharing your list , I have been following up on Vajiram's list and another hot topics list but I m still feeling heavily incomplete
Maybe a look at fellow aspirants list could ease some pressure

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@IASVkWhere is the Vajiram List ??

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Friends for gs 3 topics

  1. how bank consolidation is critical to achieve 5 trillion dollar economy?
    2.why there is progressive decline in size of land holdings in india?
    3.e waste
  2. what are the the problems and solutions for small and marginal land holders?
  3. crispr/cas9 and gene editing
  4. why chandrayaan 2 landed on south pole? gs 1 topic as well
  5. bitcoin- ban or regulation
  6. integrated defense staff
  7. paris agreement from india's perspectives and challenges therein
  8. aplm act replacing apmc act
  9. changing dimensions of terrorism
  10. link between money and terrorism
  11. space treaties and debris issue
  12. need for a new industrial policy
  13. why fdi contracted in india
    to be updated ...these are the topics I am going with.
    Friends check them once.
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@Behemothmaybe 5G, 4th I.R., DNA Bill, LDN, Comp Aff

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@CaesarYes ..u are right.

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Should we prepare the world map too for gs 1?

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@ManchesterUnited

Guys, How many marks are considered good in Forum IAS essays ?
I got 119, is it good or average ?

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Does the syllabus ever get completed?

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