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How to Write Essay Introductions in UPSC Mains, Explained

By | January 19, 2020

The movie Inglorious Basterds opens with a glorious scene. The shot doesn’t reveal much about the story or the characters, but it’s so engrossing that once you watch it, you are hooked. That scene accurately captures the importance of a great introduction to a film.   Introduction to an essay is like an opening scene to a movie. It… Read More »

The Steel Frame: A History of the IAS

By | August 2, 2019

The following is an interview with Shri Deepak Gupta about his new book, ‘The Steel Frame: A History of the IAS.’ Sir joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1974, and among his many accomplishments, he is known for his leadership role in driving the ambitious National Solar Mission. Besides his distinguished career in the IAS, he also served as the… Read More »

10 Days to Mains: Don’t Be Intimidated. Be Inspired.

By | September 16, 2018

The centre court at Wimbledon is a remarkable place. Throughout Wimbledon’s history, on the day of the finals, this hallowed arena has been witness to something extraordinary. Many young, promising players who were expected to win the title simply buckled under the searing pressure. They were just too intimidated by the occasion. On the other hand, the place… Read More »

How to Ace Anthropology Optional: Deep Dive into Paper II

By | July 3, 2018

Note: I’ve published a total of 3 blog posts on Anthropology. The first article primarily talks about my booklist and the basic approach I followed. The second discusses topic wise detailed plan for Paper I. This is the third and final one among the series, and it deals with topic wise detailed plan for Anthro Paper II. 1.1 – Indian… Read More »

How to Ace Anthropology Optional: Deep Dive into Paper I

By | June 20, 2018

Note: On Anthropology, there are a total of three blog posts, of which this is the second one. The first one primarily talks about my book list and the basic approach. This is the second article among the series and it deals with topic wise detailed plan for Paper I. The third article talks about the detailed plan… Read More »

How to Ace Anthropology Optional: Book list and Basic Plan

By | June 17, 2018

Note: There a total of 3 blog posts on Anthropology. This first article primarily talks about my book list and the basic approach I followed. The second and third articles deal with topic wise detailed plan for Paper I and II respectively. Marksheet Book List These are the sources I referred to for my Anthropology optional. There is… Read More »

Coaching for the Civil Services Exam: Is It Necessary?

By | May 23, 2018

This is a perennial question I get asked the most. And it’s understandable too. Many aspirants who begin their Civils preparation are clueless about this exam’s demands and most cannot simply afford to go to Delhi and take coaching. There are a lot of doubts and misconceptions regarding whether to take coaching for Civils Services. So let me… Read More »