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IAS : General Studies , Public Administration , Sociology , Geography , Philosophy , Psychology Mock Test Papers 2012 , Current Affairs , Science & Technology and Essay Mock Test paper 2012

September 12, 2012

New : All INDIA IAS MAINS TEST SERIES 2013 (INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM : Distance Learning / Classroom / online ) – ANSWER WRITING EVALUATION PROGRAMME – General Studies , Public Administration , Sociology , Philosophy , Geography , Psychology , Hindi Literature , Essay :Mains Test Series 2013 ( Module V )

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Sociology Mains Test Series 2012 

Sociology Test 7 ( Full Length )

Sociology Test 8 ( Full Length )

Public Administration Mains Test Series 2012

Public Administration Test 7 ( Full Length )

Public Administration Test 8 ( Full Length )

Psychology Mains Test Series 2012 

Psychology Mock test 5 

Psychology Mock test 9

Philosophy Mains Test Series 2012

Philosophy Test 7 ( Full Length )

Philosophy Test 8 ( Full length )

Geography Mains Test Series 2012 

Geography Test 7 ( Full length )

Geography Test 8 ( Full length )

General Studies Mock Test Papers 2012 

General Studies Mock Test 4

General Studies Mock test 5

General Studies Mock test 6 

General Studies Mock test 7 ( Full length paper I )

UPSC Answer Booklet for Mains Exam ( GS & Optional Subjects )

Current Affairs Notes 2012

July Current Affairs 2012

Science & Technology ( Science Reporter )

Science & Tech : part 1

Image : Science & Technology : Current Affairs

Current Affairs : The Hindu – Summary ( March 2012)

Current Affairs : The Hindu -Summary ( January 2012) 

Essay Mock Test paper 2012

Essay Mock Test 1

Essay Mock Test 2

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INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM 

Distance Learning / Classroom /Online : 2013

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( Answer Writing Skill Development )

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Module IV – 17 Mock Test Series programme 2013

Starting from 9th September 

General Studies Mains Test Series 2013 (update very soon )

Public Administration Mains Test Series 2013

Sociology Mains Test Series 2013

Philosophy Mains Test Series 2013

Psychology Mains Test Series 2013

Geography Mains Test Series 2013 

Essay Enrichment Programme 2013

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UPSC – IAS : TARGET 2013 – INTERACTIVE PHILOSOPHY MAINS TEST SERIES 2013 – INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM ( 17 Mock test ) – Module I

January 29, 2012

TARGET 2013 – INTERACTIVE PHILOSOPHY MAINS TEST SERIES 2013

( INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM )

Program Objective

This is a comprehensive and intensive ‘interactive’ distance learning program focusing on sincere IAS Aspirants who will appear in Civil Service Exam 2013. Our experts provide step by step guidance to aspirants for understanding the concepts of the subject and preparing them for effective answer writing.

Approach & Strategy     

Our simple, practical and focused approach will help aspirants understand the demand of UPSC exam effectively. Our strategy is to constantly innovate to keep the preparation process dynamic and give personalized attention to individual aspirants based on factors like core competence, availability of time and resource and the requirement of Civil Service Exam. Our Interactive Learning approach (Email / Telephonic Discussion:  Experts with Aspirants) will continuously improve aspirant’s performance and move their preparation in the right direction.

ADMISSION  OPEN

Starting on : May 5 , 2012

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VERY IMPORTANT STRATEGIC DOCUMENT

Philosophy Mains 2013 – Approach , Strategy , Answer Writing , Schedule & Reference ( Strategic Document : How to Prepare Philosophy Mains Paper

Download (Registration form)        word file                PDF file

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Answer Booklet:  Philosophy Toppers (Aditya Pratap Singh , Rank 166 , Marks : 374  (Paper I : 212 )

Analysis / Approach – Philosophy Mains Paper ( 2010/2011)

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PHILOSOPHY Mains: Questions Trend Analysis (2009 – 1995)

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Part I : Paper I ( Western Philosophy )– PHILOSOPHY  Mains ( 2009 – 1995 )

Part II : Paper I ( Indian Philosophy ) – PHILOSOPHY Mains ( 2009 – 1995 )

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Very Important: Strategic Document

Target 2013: General Studies Prelim – How to Prepare General Studies Prelim [ INTERACTIVE GENERAL STUDIES PRELIM TEST SERIES 2013: MODULE I (35 MOCK TESTS + Current Affairs Notes ]

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UPSC – IAS : TARGET 2013 – INTERACTIVE SOCIOLOGY MAINS TEST SERIES 2013 – INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM ( 17 Mock test ) – Module I

January 27, 2012

TARGET 2013 – INTERACTIVE SOCIOLOGY MAINS TEST SERIES 2013

( INNOVATIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEM )

Program Objective

This is a comprehensive and intensive ‘interactive’ distance learning program focusing on sincere IAS Aspirants who will appear in Civil Service Exam 2013. Our experts provide step by step guidance to aspirants for understanding the concepts of the subject and preparing them for effective answer writing.

Approach & Strategy     

Our simple, practical and focused approach will help aspirants understand the demand of UPSC exam effectively. Our strategy is to constantly innovate to keep the preparation process dynamic and give personalized attention to individual aspirants based on factors like core competence, availability of time and resource and the requirement of Civil Service Exam. Our Interactive Learning approach (Email / Telephonic Discussion:  Experts with Aspirants) will continuously improve aspirant’s performance and move their preparation in the right direction.

Download Programme Structure ( PDF file : 10 Pages):

VERY IMPORTANT STRATEGIC DOCUMENT

Sociology 2013 – Approach , Strategy , Answer Writing , Schedule & Reference ( Strategic Document : How to Prepare Sociology Mains Paper

ADMISSION  OPEN

Starting on : May 5 , 2012

Download (Registration form)        word file                PDF file

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Vision IAS – Download – Toppers / Good -Mains Answer Booklets of General Studies and optional subject

IAS : Approach / Analysis / Sources / Strategy – Sociology Mains Paper I ( 2011 ) 

Analysis & Approach : IAS Sociology Mains Paper 2010-2011

Our Toppers Answer sheet of Vision IAS Mains Mock Test Papers

Analysis Sociology Mains paper I – 2000-2005

Analysis Sociology Mains paper I – 2006-2010

Our Toppers: Sociology IAS Mains Test Answer Booklet ( Tanvi Sundrial , AIR – 6 )

Download : Answer Booklet of Sociology Mains Test ( Tanvi Sundrial )

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Very Important: Strategic Document

Target 2013: General Studies Prelim – How to Prepare General Studies Prelim [ INTERACTIVE GENERAL STUDIES PRELIM TEST SERIES 2013: MODULE I (35 MOCK TESTS + Current Affairs Notes ]

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UPSC : IAS DISTANCE LEARNING – All INDIA IAS MAINS TEST SERIES 2011 – ANSWER WRITING EVALUATION PROGRAMME – General Studies , Public Administration , Sociology , Philosophy , Geography , Psychology , Hindi Literature :Mains Test Series 2011 ( Module III – 8 Mock Tests : 7 August)

August 1, 2011

INTERACTIVE DISTANCE LEARNING

ALL INDIA IAS  MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011 ( 8 Tests )

ANSWER WRITING EVALUATION PROGRAMME

MODULE III ( Starting on : 7 August )

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IAS GENERAL STUDIES  MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011

IAS PHILOSOPHY MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011

IAS PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011

IAS SOCIOLOGY MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011

IAS GEOGRAPHY MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011

IAS HINDI LITERATURE MAIN TEST SERIES PROGRAMME 2011

Note : Class room Test Series is available at New Delhi Center [ Vision IAS , 1st Floor , B 1/2 , Ansal Building , Behind UCO Bank , Dr. Mukherjee Nagar , Delhi -110009 )

Timing : Saturday & Sunday ( 9 AM to 12 PM and 2 PM to 5 PM )

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Number of Mock Tests    :  8

Nature                                 : Flexible

– Date of dispatch / Mock Test can be rescheduled on the demand of the aspirants.

– You can stretch Main Test Series Programme 2011 till 30 Sept 2011(Last Mock Test).

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What you will get:

– Mock Test Papers & answer sheet ( 8 Tests )

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– Answer format ( Synopsis ) of Mock Test paper

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General Studies IAS Mains :  Very Useful Resource

Philosophy IAS Mains : Very Useful Resources


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Geography IAS Mains : Very Useful Resources

Psychology IAS Mains : Very Useful Resources

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Our Toppers Answer sheet of Vision IAS Mains Mock Test Papers

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11 Lessons on Change : Azim Premji

August 26, 2007

11 Lessons on Change : Azim Premji

         download  :www.gowrikumar.com/insp/pdfs/Azim_Premji_on_Change1.pdf

“While change and uncertainty have always been a part of life, what has been shocking over the last year has been both the quantum and suddenness of change. For many people who were cruising along on placid waters, the wind was knocked out of their sails. The entire logic of doing business was turned on its head. Not only business, but also every aspect of human life has been impacted by the change. What lies ahead is even more dynamic and uncertain. I would like to use this opportunity to share with you some of our own guiding principles of staying afloat in a changing world. This is based on our experience in Wipro. Hope you find them useful.

First, be alert for the first signs of change. Change descends on every one equally; it is just that some realize it faster. Some changes are sudden but many others are gradual. While sudden changes get attention because they are dramatic, it is the gradual changes that are ignored till it is too late. You must have all heard of story of the frog in boiling water. If the Temperature of the water is suddenly increased, the frog realizes it and jumps out of the water. But if the temperature is very slowly increased, one degree at a time, the frog does not realize it till it boils to death. You must develop your own early warning system, which warns you of changes and calls your attention to it. In the case of change, being forewarned is being forearmed.

Second, anticipate change even when things are going right. Most people wait for something to go wrong before they think of change. It is like going to the doctor for a check up only when you are seriously sick or thinking of maintaining your vehicle only when it breaks down. The biggest enemy of future success is past success. When you succeed, you feel that you must be doing something right for it to happen. But when the parameters for success changes, doing the same things may or may not continue to lead to success. Guard against complacency all the time. Complacency makes you blind to the early signals from the environment that something is going wrong.

Third, always look at the opportunities that change represents. Managing change has a lot to go with our own attitude towards it. It is proverbial half-full or half-empty glass approach. For every problem that change represents, there is an opportunity lurking in disguise somewhere. It is up to you to spot it before someone else does

Fourth, do not allow routines to become chains. For many of us the routine we have got accustomed to obstruct change. Routines represent our own zones of comfort. There is a sense of predictability about them. They have structured our time and even our thought in a certain way. While routines are useful, do not let them enslave you. Deliberately break out of them from time to time.

Fifth, realize that fear of the unknown is natural. With change comes a feeling of insecurity. Many people believe that brave people are not afflicted by this malady. The truth is different. Every one feels the fear of unknown. Courage is not the absence of fear but the ability to manage fear without getting paralyzed. Feel the fear, but move on regardless.

Sixth, keep renewing yourself. This prepares you to anticipate change and be ready for it when it comes. Constantly ask yourself what new skills and competencies will be needed. Begin working on them before it becomes necessary and you will have a natural advantage. The greatest benefit of your education lies not only in what you have learnt, but also in working how to learn. Formal education is the beginning of the journey of learning. Yet I do meet youngsters who feel that they have already learnt all there is to learn. You have to constantly learn about people and how to interact effectively with them. In the world of tomorrow, only those individuals and organizations will succeed who have mastered the art of rapid and on-going learning.

Seventh, surround yourself with people who are open to change. If you are always in the company of cynics, you will soon find yourself becoming like them. A cynic knows all the reasons why something cannot be done. Instead, spend time with people who have a “can-do” approach. Choose your advisors and mentors correctly. Pessimism is contagious, but then so is enthusiasm. In fact, reasonable optimism can be an amazing force multiplier.

Eighth, play to win. I have said this many times in the past. Playing to win is not the same as cutting corners. When you play to win, you stretch yourself to your maximum and use all your potential. It also helps you to concentrate your energy on what you can influence instead of getting bogged down with the worry of what you cannot change. Do your best and leave the rest.

Ninth, respect yourself. The world will reward you on your successes. Success requires no explanation and failure permits none. But you need to respect yourself enough so that your self-confidence remains intact whether you succeed or fail. If you succeed 90 percent of the time, you are doing fine. If you are succeeding all the time, you should ask yourself if you are taking enough risks. If you do not take enough risks, you may also be losing out on many opportunities. Think through but take the plunge. If some things do go wrong, learn from them. I came across this interesting story some time ago: One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally he decided the animal was old and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn’t worth it to retrieve the donkey. He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and begin to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone’s amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well and was astonished at what he saw. With every shovel of dirt that fell on his back, the donkey was doing some thing amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer’s neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and totted off! Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick is to not to get bogged down by it. We can get out of the deepest wells by not stopping. And by never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Tenth, 1n spite of all the change around you, decide upon what you will never change – your core values. Take you time to decide what they are but once you do, do not compromise on them for any reason. Integrity is one such value.

Finally, we must remember that succeeding in a changing world is beyond just surviving. It is our responsibility to create and contribute something to the world that has given us so much.

We must remember that many have contributed to our success, including our parents and others from our society. All of us have a responsibility to utilize our potential for making our nation a better place for others, who may not be as well endowed as us, or as fortunate in having the opportunities that we have got.

Let us do our bit, because doing one good deed can have multiple benefits not only for us but also for many others. Let me end my talk with a small story I came across some time back, which illustrates this very well.

This is a story of a poor Scottish farmer whose name was Fleming. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog. There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the boy from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the scotsman’s sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy farmer Fleming had saved. “I want to repay you, “said the nobleman. “Yes,” the farmer replied proudly. “I’ll make you a deal. Let me take your son and give him a good education. If he’s anything like his father, he’ll grow to be a man you can be proud of.” And that he did. In time, Farmer Fleming’s son graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin. Years afterward, the nobleman’s son was stricken with pneumonia. What saved him? Penicillin. This is not the end.

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The nobleman’s son also made a great contribution to society. For the nobleman was none other than Lord Randolph Churchill and his son’s name was Winston Churchill.

Let us use all our talent, competence and energy for creating peace and happiness for the world.”

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Open Educational Resource – MIT’s OpenCourseWare

April 19, 2007

You can accomplish anything in the life, provided that you do not mind who gets the credit”.-Harry S. Truman

What is MIT OCW?

MIT OCW :

  • Is a publication of MIT course materials
  • Does not require any registration
  • Is not a degree-granting or certificate-granting activity
  • Does not provide access to MIT faculty

    MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) is an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to put all of the educational materials from MIT’s undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, free and openly available to anyone, anywhere, by the year 2007. MIT OpenCourseWare can be considered a large-scale, web-based publication of MIT course materials.

    MIT OCW is a large-scale, Web-based electronic publishing initiative funded jointly by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon FoundationMIT, and generous support of the Ab Initio software company.

    Read more  at : http://tinyurl.com/28zxwg

    “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child”. – Gearge Bernard Shaw