Mentor, McGraw-Hill/TMH writer Ramesh Singh
GS COURSE for IAS 2014-15
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Ramesh Singh with the Former ISRO Chairman, Padma Vibhushan, Mr G Madhavan Nair in Trivandrum at the Natonal Agneepath Prize distribution ceremony before delivering the Expert Lecture on "GS, Essay and Art of Writing" on 31st Aug, 2013.
Ramesh Singh delivered a 90 minutes Lecture on "GS, Essay and Art of Writing" in Thiruvanathapuram on 31st August, 2013 at Eduzone Civil Services Academy [ in CSE-2012 the institute had two All India Ranks- 1st & 2nd, Ms Haritha Kumar and Mr Sriram V. ]
Given below is the article by Ramesh Singh (titled as the "New strategy" ) which got published in the Times of India, Education Times, N Delhi, 12th Aug, 2013, page- 32.
by Ramesh Singh, Times of India, N Delhi, 12th Aug, 2013.
Significant changes have been made to the Civil Services (Main) exam,which require a refined strategy and perspective to ace the most competitive exam in the country
The new syllabus for the Civil Services (Main) exam has resulted in an overhaul of the existing scheme of the examination. In one of the significant changes, the weighting of General Studies (GS) is now double than the optional paper. Also, the weighting of the Essay Paper has been increased to around 15% of total marks in the scheme i.e. it is now equal to one full paper of GS or one paper of an optional subject. There are other significant changes in the existing sections of the GS as well. All these changes require a new strategy and perspective while preparing for the examination.
As far as the changes are concerned, unlike the earlier scheme of GS, the different sections have now been tagged together as per their similarities. This may seem a big change but a closer analysis indicate that this is not so. Take the case of the GS Paper III for example. The old section, 'Economic Interaction of India with the outside World' has been renamed as 'Economic Development' and developed as GS Paper III but it has been prefixed by Technology and suffixed by Biodiversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. Many questions falling in this new domain have been already asked in the last one decade. Already, the topic Indian economy has a distinct connect with technology and environment as has been the case for every other economies of the world. The only change is that the world is now becoming more concerned regarding technology choices it should make. Therefore, there is a pronounced emphasis on the issue with clear reference to other topics in the syllabus. This technology link and its applications should be considered while writing the answers in the main examination. Other topics to which the answers should be linked include biodiversity, disaster management, wildlife, security concerns, etc.
Changes made in the Essay Paper are perhaps the most significant. The weighting of the Essay Paper in the main exam has been increased from 10% to around 15%. Technically, the paper now seems to be equal to just one paper of GS or half of an optional subject but in reality, it makes a big difference.
(Singh is the author of Indian Economy, published by McGraw Hill Education)
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