Thursday, September 17, 2015

Free Coaching for minority communities, SC and OBC Students

1.  Please see  for SC and OBC

2. Coaching Division, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, invites applications from eligible candidates of all statutory minority communities of the country for its financial assistance to compete for appointment to Civil Services in the Union and the State Governments. The scheme is meant to increase the representation of the minorities in the Civil Services.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Free coaching for Group-2 exam in Hyderabad

Free seminar on Group-1,2,3 exams by Sakshi on 22 Aug. 2015

UPSC aspirants who didn’t appear in 2011 to get extra chance

Central Administrative Tribunal has come to the rescue of those civil services aspirants who applied but did not take the premilinary examination in 2011 due to the introduction of CSAT, by asking UPSC to provisionally allow them an additional attempt this year.

Owing to last year's protest by UPSC aspirants demanding change in the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) or Paper II of civil services preliminary examination, the government had decided to give an extra chance to the students who had appeared in the prestigious exam in 2011 on the ground that CSAT had been unfair to the Hindi-medium students.

Some of the students, who did not appear even after applying in the UPSC fearing the newly introduced CSAT, moved the CAT seeking an additional attempt, saying they should also be treated at par with those who had appeared in the premilinary examination in 2011.

The order came from the principle bench of CAT in New Delhi where students referred to the order passed by another bench and sought an additional attempt. "The applicants herein may also be permitted to participate in the examination provisionally without prejudice to the rights and contentions of the parties in the OA (Original Application) on merits.

"It is made clear that their participation in the examination would not create any right or equity in their favour and the results of the applicants herein would not be declared till further orders by the Tribunal," a bench headed by Justice A K Bhardwaj said.

The bench passed the order after noting the submission made by UPSC counsel who had said that he had informal conversation with concerned authorities who had informed him that the petitioners who have obtained stay and seeking permission to appear in the examination were being granted provisional permission.

Avinash Mani Tripathi, a lawyer associated with the case, said this order applies to all those students who had applied but opted out from the test. A total of 4,72,290 candidates had applied for civil services preliminary examination 2011, of which 2,43,003 had appeared.

The pattern of civil services preliminary examination was changed from 2011 onwards. Previously, Paper I used to be on general studies and candidates were to choose an optional subject for Paper II. General category candidates were permitted six attempts, according to the notification by UPSC for civil services examination, 2014.

UPSC Civil Service Preliminary exam is scheduled to be conducted on 23 August, 2015 at various exam centres.

source : PTI

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

itcsa awareness session on civil services exam-2015 -Full video

Dear All,

Please find the you-tube links for the videos of ITCSA seminar Dt. 19-7-2015 @ AV College,Hyd.

TV10 programme on ITCSA activities PART-I

Full video of awareness session PART-II

Full video of awareness session PART-III

Friday, July 24, 2015

Photos and Video of Awareness Session Dt. 19th July 2015

10tv సివిల్ సర్వీస్ పరీక్షలపై అవగాహన సదస్సు  

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Awareness Session on Civil Services Exam -2015

Press Note

Awareness Session on Civil Services Exam -2015

'Indian Telugu Civil Servants Association' (ITCSA) & 'Prajahitha' are jointly organising an awareness session on civil services exam-2015 for the benefit of aspirants.

Date: 19th July 2015

Time: 10 am to 1 PM 

Venue: Auditorium of A.V College of Arts, Science & Commerce,Domalguda,Gagan Mahal, Hyderabad-500029

Speakers: About 30 toppers who cleared Civils (2014) and many senior civil servants from various services are attending the event. 

1. Shri. C M SAIKANTH VARMA - 18th Rank - How to score high marks in Mathematics Optional subject
2. Shri. Mohammad Roshan             - 44th Rank - Importance of Interview in civil service exam
3. Shri. RAJA GOPAL SUNKARA - 49th Rank - Mains General Studies Paper IV (ethics) & Anthropology optional
4. Shri. Krishna Teja Mylavarapu    - 66th Rank - How to cope up with failures & general Essay
5. Shri. SATISH REDDY PINGILE - 97th Rank - How to score marks in Sociology optional
6. Shri. Rakesh Chintagumpula        - 122nd Rank - Preparation for Public Admin. optional subject
7. Shri. RAHUL RAJ P S                - 375th Rank - Indian Constitution- A source of inspiration
8. Shri. D. Rahul Venkat                 - 386th Rank  - Importance of writing practice&peer groups for mains exam
9. Shri. SATYA RAJA SEKHAR G - 623rd Rank - How  to deal with Social issues in Mains GS paper
10. Shri. Ravi teja vasamsetty            - 684th Rank - How to prepare for Prelims exam
11. Shri. BBGTS Murthy                   -772nd Rank - Preparation for Telugu Litt. optional subject
12. Smt. Balalatha Mallavarapu - Senior civil servant - Tips for Prelims-2015 (new pattern)
13. Many others on preparation Tips& Book lists to deal with various optionals and General studies etc.
As the speakers give valuable inputs to the aspirants, it is a golden opportunity for all civil services aspirants & beginners for gaining insights into the CSE new pattern & syllabus and also for knowing how to succeed in each stage of the exam and clear civils in minimum possible attempts.

Entry is free for all.

About ITCSA : ITCSA is an informal group of like-minded Civil Servants hailing from Andhra Pradesh/Telangana, who are presently working in different parts of India and abroad. The association uses web-based Google Group named 'ITCSA' as the major platform for interaction among it's members.  One of the major aims of ITCSA is to guide budding civils aspirants by organizing awareness sessions, interactions and Mock interviews etc. Anyone can interact with ITCSA members at: or

Tuesday, July 14, 2015


Dear friends

As I promised and always intended, I am uploading here all my online notes for various papers of the IAS / UPSC exam. You may find some overlap here and there and some unstructured portions as well, but please forgive me for that. It has been a long journey with a lot of distance to cover so quality may have been compromised in some notes. Anyways, my idea here is to give all I have and help as many as I can in their journeys. Also, if anyone has any doubt or query regarding or whatever and wants to communicate with me, I am open for communication here in comments and also on my email: … If I can inspire and help even anyone of you to their destination, I would believe my purpose would be served. I promise I would reply to each and every single query, though it may take some time.

Gaurav Agrawal.

Rank in CSE-2013  AIR-1

GS Paper Notes

GS Paper 2 Notes:

GS Paper 3 Notes:

GS Paper 4 Notes:

Social Issues Notes:

S&T Notes:

International Affairs Notes:

Internal Affairs Notes:

India's Neighbors Affairs Notes:

Environment Notes:

Culture Notes:

Polity Notes:

Geography Notes:

Interview Preparation Notes

History Optional Notes (+ Ancient and Medieval culture part of GS Paper 1 + World History part of GS Paper 1 + Modern India part of GS Paper 1)

World History Notes:

Modern India Notes:

Medieval India Notes:

Ancient India Notes:

Economics Optional Notes (+ GS Paper 3 Economy Part)

Micro Economics Notes:

Macro Economics Notes:

International Economics Notes:

Indian Economy Notes:

Developmental Economy Notes:

PDF Format

Click here to download in pdf format. Thanks to Jaideep Saharan for saving them in pdf and hosting on his google drive.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Telangana and Andhra bags good ranks in civils 2015

Results of the Civil Services examination-2014-15

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) on 04-07-2015 declared results of the prestigious Civil Services examination. All the four top ranks have gone to women candidates, two of them from the national capital.

Ira Singhal from Delhi who topped the examination this year became the first physically challenged woman to top the Civil Services examination in the general category. Renu Raj stood second and Nidhi Gupta, who is also from Delhi, secured the third position. Vandana, who got the fourth rank, is the topper in the Other Backward Class (OBC) category.Ira and Nidhi are Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise) officers in Hyderabad, whereas Renu Raj is a doctor, hailing from Kerala.

A total of 1,236 candidates, including 590 in the general category, 354 belonging to the Other Backward Class, 194 of the Scheduled Caste and 98 of the Scheduled Tribe, have been recommended for appointment in various services, the UPSC said.

A total of 1,364 posts are to be filled through the civil services examinations. Out of this, 180 candidates have been selected for the Indian Administrative Services (IAS), 32 for the Indian Foreign Services (IFS), 150 for the Indian Police Services (IPS) and 1,002 for the Central Services Group A and B.

4.51 lakh appeared

The preliminary examination was held on August 24 ,2014 at 2,137 venues in 59 centres. About 9.45 lakh candidates had applied, but 4.51 lakh appeared for the examination. Of these, 16,933 were declared qualified for the main examination, the official said. The main examination was held in December 2014, with 16,286 having appeared for it, he said. The result of the main examination was declared on March 13 ,2015. As many as 3,308 candidates were declared qualified for the personality test, and 3,303 appeared for the test held from April 27 to June 30,2015.

"In terms of the number of candidates and the number of centres or sub-centres, this was the biggest examination ever conducted by the Commission," the official said.

Monday, July 6, 2015

list of 21 fake universities in 9 different states

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has released a list of 21 fake universities in 9 different states. It released a public notice to this extent. This list is as on June 2015.

What is the issue?
Section 22 of the UGC Act of 1956 makes authorizes only a University established by a Central/State act or an institution deemed to be university under Section 3 of the UGC act or an institution empowered by an act of parliament, to grant degrees.

Section 23 of the said act also prohibits the use of word 'University' by any institution other than a university established as per the above mentioned norms. The UGC has identified 21 such institutions that are unrecognized. It has warned the public that these are fake universities and are not entitled to grant any degree.

The List
Below is the complete list of the 21 identified universities.

S NoName of the Fake UniversityState
1Maithili University/Vishwavidyalaya, DarbhangaBihar
2Varanaseya Sanskrit VishwavidyalayaDelhi
3Commercial University Ltd, DaryaganjDelhi
4United Nations UniversityDelhi
5Vocational UniversityDelhi
6ADR Centric Judicial University, Rajendra PlaceDelhi
7Indian Institution of Science & EngineeringDelhi
8Badaganvi Sarkar World Open University, BelgaumKarnataka
9St. John's University, KishanattamKerala
10Keserwani Vidyapith, JabalpurMadhya Pradesh
11Raja Arabic University, NagpurMaharashtra
12DDB Sanskrit University, TrichiTamil Nadu
13Indian Institute of Alternative Medicine, KolkataWest Bengal
14Mahila Gram Vidyapith/Vishwavidyalaya, AllahabadUttar Pradesh
15Gandhi Hindi Vidyapith, AllahabadUttar Pradesh
16National University of Electro Complex Homeopathy, KanpurUttar Pradesh
17Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Open University, AligarhUttar Pradesh
18Uttar Pradesh Vishwavidyalaya, MathuraUttar Pradesh
19Maharana Pratap Shiksha Niketan Vishwavidyalaya, PratapgarhUttar Pradesh
20Indraprastha Shiksha Parishad, NoidaUttar Pradesh
21Gurukul Vishwavidyalaya, MathuraUttar Pradesh


The notice also says the matter of Bharatiya Shiksha Parishad, Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh is subjudice.

Source : 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Don't submit original documents during Counselling and Admission

Don't submit original documents during Counselling and Admission; Register complaint for UGC guideline violation

What do you do in the midst of counselling sessions if an institute holds back your original documents after allocating a seat to you (Thus, effectively blocking your chance to attend other admission counselling processes)? How should you reclaim your original certificate right after verification during the counselling and admission procedure?

Simple Solution:



The institutes violating UGC norms also face cancellation of UGC approval to their programmes.

View this letter that Careers360 has sent to all Universities/Institutes seeking their confirmation on compliance of UGC guideline on 'non-retention' of original documents during counselling.

Why this is Important?

With counselling sessions and admissions beginning in different Engineering, Medicine and Law colleges, you must be readying to attend multiple counselling sessions to find your best-fit college. But, most of the times, it is not a smooth process.

There are many institutes who either hold back your original documents once you block a seat during counselling session or make original document submission a prior condition to seat allocation during their counselling process. A few others make submission of original documents mandatory for completion of admission process. This blocks your chances for exploring admission opportunities through other counselling processes as you do not get your original documents for verification which is must for seat allocation anywhere.

This usually comes as a jolt to candidates who fortunately get multiple counselling and admission options based on their good performance in qualifying exams or entrance tests.

What you must know?

So, is there any guideline for academic institutions in this regard?

In the first place, you must know that you do neither need to submit your original documents during counselling nor before 'actual starting of an academic session' as per the guidelines by University Grants Commission (UGC), the regulatory body for Universities and also for institutions affiliated to different universities. UGC prohibits institutions from retaining School/Institution Leaving Certificate, mark sheet, caste certificate and other documents in original. 

For both public and private colleges, it is mandatory to follow the UGC guideline. There is also a Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) notification and a Karnataka High Court (HC) direction to the institutes in this regard.

What exactly the UGC guideline says?

The UGC has been notifying to institutes that retention of original documents limits the admission options for candidates and therefore the same is not permissible for the institutes.


"The Commission is of the view that the institutions/universities, by way of retaining the certificate in original, force retention of admitted students which limits the opportunities for the candidates from exercising other options of joining other institutions of their choice. However it would not be permissible for institutions and Universities to retain the School/Institution Leaving Certificate, mark sheet, caste certificate and other documents in original," says a UGC notification of April 23, 2007.

Another UGC notification of June 2011 says that "by way of retaining the certificates in original and forced retention of admitted students, (institutes) are limiting the opportunities for the candidates from exercising other options of joining other institutions of their choice. As such, it is not permissible for institutions deemed to be universities to retain the School/Institution Leaving Certificate, mark sheet, caste certificate and other documents in original."

Still, if an institute insists on original document submission, you can show them the UGC notification regarding the strict guidelines. Click here to download this UGC notification, which directs institutes to 'not retain' original documents required for verification purpose during counselling and admission.


Despite this, if an institute does insist on original document submission, you can register your complaint with Careers360. We will immediately take this forward and intervene into the incidents of UGC guideline violation. For, this cause, you can register your complaint by filling in this complaint form regarding your original document submission.


Your identity will be kept secret and we seek to present your complaint with college authorities so that they officially announce that UGC guidelines are being followed in letter and spirit and that they are not asking candidates to submit their original documents despite a seat is allocated to them during the counselling and admission process.


Why Now?

The month of May-July is the time during which class XII board results are also declared along with different entrance exam results and ongoing counseling and admission processes. Thus, a better option may knock you anytime despite you have blocked a seat during earlier admission counseling. But, in most of the cases, you will be required to bring along your original documents for verification during counseling. Thus, possession of your original documents throughout the counseling sessions is of utmost importance for finding your best-fit institution.

For your ready reference, we bring here list  of  Institutions in complete 'compliance' with UGC guidelines on non-retention of original documents like Class X certificates, School Leaving Certificates etc. We have written to University/College authorities asking them to confirm whether they are in compliance with the UGC guidelines on this particular subject. The institutions from where an official confirmation on complete compliance of UGC guideline is still awaited, is listed separately.

Click here to see the complete list.  We will keep this list updated with official updates on UGC guideline compliances.

Source :

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Not just Maggi, more than 400 other products are rejected by FSSAI

Not just Maggi, more than 400 other products are rejected by FSSAI including ones from Tata Starbucks, Kellog's etc

After the well known instant noodles brand 'Maggi' was in the news for three major violations of the Food Safety & Standards Act (FSS Act), it now seems that this is not limited to Maggi. Data available with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), more than 400 products are rejected as on 30th  April, 2015. The list of products include products from some well known brands like Tata Starbucks, Kellogs, Ranbaxy, Amway, Venky's etc.

The 'Maggi' Issue

It all started with the sampling and testing of Maggi by the office of Commissioner of Food Safety, Uttar Pradesh and recognizing the serious food safety concerns. The FSSAI then advised the Commissioners of Food Safety in various states to draw samples of Maggi and get the same tested from authorized laboratories.

Three major violations have been noted by the FSSAI

  • Presence of Lead detected in the product in excess of the maximum permissible levels of 2.5 ppm.
  • Misleading labelling information on the package reading "No added MSG", and
  • Release of a non-standardised food product in the market, viz. "Maggi Oats Masala Noodles with Tastemaker" without risk assessment and grant of product approval.

Samples Tested & found adulterated every year

As per the data released by the FSSAI, the percentage of food samples found adulterated is on the rise. In 2011-12, 64593 samples were tested out of which 8247 samples (12.8%) were found adulterated. This percentage went up to 14.8% in 2012-13 and to 18.8% in 2013-14. Out of the 72200 samples tested in 2013-14, 13571 samples were found adulterated. Surprisingly, the number of prosecutions launched has been decreasing since 2011-12. While prosecutions were launched in 83% of the adulterated cases in 2011-12, this percentage went down to 56.3 in 2012-13 and went up to 75.4% in 2013-14.

Sample examined, found aulterated and prosecutions launched by FSSAI - Maggi ban in India

Percentage of Samples found adulterated by FSSAI - Maggi ban in India

Which other products are rejected by FSSAI?

As on 30th April 2015, more than 400 proposals for products have been rejected on assessment of risk/ safety of the proposed products by the Product Approval & Screening Committee and the Scientific Panel. The list of products includes products of well known brands like Tata Starbucks, Kellogs, Amway, Ranbaxy, Venky's etc.

BrandNumber of Rejected ProductsList of Rejected Products
Tata Starbucks32Panna Cotta Pudding, Dark Caramel Sauce with Natural Flavour, Coffee Frappuccino Flavoured Syrup, Vanilla Flavoured Syrup, Hazelnut Flavoured Syrup, Raspberry Blackcurrant Juice, Honey Vanilla Flavoured Sauce, Mango passion Fruit Juice Blend, Bar Mocha Powder, Tiramisu Sauce etc
Forever Living Imports8Forever Vision, Forever Kids, Forever Pro-6 etc
Amway India5Nutrilite Cal Mag-D, Nutrilite Bio C, Nutrilite Iron Folic Tablets, Nutrilite Natural B Tablets etc
Herba life2Food Supplement – Nite works, Formula 2 Multivitamin, Mineral & Herbal Tablets, Herbal Calcium Tablets etc
Field Fresh Foods (Del Monte)3Egg mayonnaise/ Salad dressing variants, Hot Sauce ( Proprietary Food), Natural vinegar
Bausch and Lomb Eyecare1Ocuvite Soft gels
Biocon Limited2Bromelain, Trypchym
Biomax Network1Colostrum Protein Product( Receptol)
Dukes Consumer Care1Chocolate Made Using Vegetable fat ( 5 Products)
Ferrero India1Proprietary product Milky and Cocoa Spreads with cereals and milk chocolate
General Mills India (Pillsbury, Betty Crocker)1Choco Lava Cake
Girnar Food and Beverages1Kesavi Dry Fruit Masala Milk Premix
Goodrich Car bohydrate2Goodrich Cheez delite, Cooking Delite
Kellogg's India1Kellogg's Special K-Red Berries
Oriflame India3Wellness Multivitamin & Minerial women Tablets, Swedish Beauty Complex, Wellness Swedish Beauty Complex Plus
Ranbaxy Laboratories2Revital Capsule, Revital Senior tablets, revital Women Tablets, Revital Tablet
McCain Foods India1Battered Pepper and Cheese Bites
Venky's2Chicken Arabic Style Kofta, Crispy Chicken Burger Patty

 Other than these, there are many other pharmaceutical, nutritional products that are rejected.

Source : 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Making public data meaningful

           In this digital age, manufacturing content has become the easiest way to circulate one's agenda. How often have you come across articles that go around like ultimate gospel in the social media? Every minute. Don't even get us started about photo-shopped images that leave you at your wit's end. And a lot of times it is just too much information thrown at once and no way to comprehend it.

          The urge to figure out the fact behind each of these fake stories and a need to create a platform that would separate the wheat from the chaff  has resulted the birth of FACTLY. It's primary objective is to tell you the truth, the facts. FACTLY is a platform that brings you various aspects of life that directly or indirectly affects the common man but with ONE difference. Each news story on FACTLY is backed by factual evidence/data that is either available in the public domain or that is collated/gathered/ collected using tools such as the Right to Information (RTI).

For more info Please see : 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

UPSC releases notification for Civil Services Examination, 2015

The civil services examination is conducted by the UPSC annually in three stages-- preliminary, main and interview --to select candidates for prestigious Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS), among others.

This year, the preliminary examination will be held on August 23 in 71 centres at about 3,000 venues.

Candidates are required to apply through online mode on the Commission's No other mode is allowed for submission of application. Filing of online applications started on May 23 and will conclude on June 19 (till 11.59 PM), according to the notification.

Eligible candidates shall be issued an e-admission certificate three weeks before the commencement of the examination. The e-admission certificate will be made available in the UPSC website. No admission certificate will be sent by post, the UPSC said.

Every candidate appearing at the examination who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted six attempts at the examination, it said.

It is estimated that this year, the number of applicants for the preliminary examination would increase to approximately 13 lakh. In 2014, the number of candidates who applied for preliminary examination had exceeded 9.45 lakh...For full notification please see