Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam, 2015 - Exam Date

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sectional cutoff is there?

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Dear Puys, the UPSC has released notification for UPSC - CSE 2015. To know more about the changes in exam pattern, cut -off, and exam dates click here -

Guys, please clarify my doubt. I have OBC certificate dated 2012. While applying is it k with the same. Can I obtain a new one later?will upsc  accept? 

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I am appearing for first time in CSP exam. Can anyone suggest the expected cutoff for GS -1 paper, based on earlier cutoffs in GS papers?

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what is d last date of upsc interviews of 2014?

when can we expect results of 2014?

how many candidates have applied for cse15

I have applied for cse-2015 but wont be sitting for examination ,would that be counted as an aatempt?

I have made one mistake while filling form. Its a typographical error regarding marks obtained in Graduation degree. Will there be any problem on that.


The Sahitya Akademi (India's National Akademi of Letters) celebrated 60 years of promoting Indian literature in March this year.  It not only recognises Indian writers and poets who have immensely contributed to literature but also organises hundreds of workshops, seminars, lectures, discussions and symposia, all across India to bring the country's diverse reading community together.

Instituted in 1954, it supports a total of 24 Indian languages including English, Bodo, Kashmiri, Sanskrit, Hindi, Manipuri, Nepali, Urdu, Punjabi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, among others. While scholarly work of authors is eligible for grants issued by the Akademi, the Sahitya Akademi Award bestows a cash prize of Rs 100000 to authors with outstanding literary merit.

Its annual literary festival, Sahitotsav 2015 (Festival of Letters 2015) held in Delhi from March 8-14, 2015 was a grand affair as the Akademi completed 60 years of existence on March 12.  Special programmes (including performing arts) were held and around 170 authors participated in the event.

Literary Highlights

A total of 24 authors and poets were honoured at the event. Eight books of poetry, three essays and short stories each, and five novels were shortlisted for the award this year.

Celebration of Literature

The Samvatsar lecture, the event's highpoint was this year delivered by noted critic and political scientist, Ashish Nandy. He delved into factors that pose a threat to the world's cultural diversity. Some of the other highlights were Purvattori i.e. a programme wherein distinguished writers from the northeast addressed and interacted with the audience.

'Yuva Sahitya', an illustration workshop for children and 'spin-a-tale', a panel discussion on what topics to write children's stories on, were also major attractions. 'Writers' meet' conducted on March 9 saw the award-winning authors talk about their creative journey.

Find below a list of authors, poets, novelists from across India who were honoured:

    Author                                                          Language

Arupa Patangia Kalita                                 Assamese

Utpal Kumar Basu                                        Bengali

Urkhao Gwra Brahma                                   Bodo

Shailender Singh                                           Dogri

Ashvin Mehta                                               Gujarati

Adil Jussawalla                                            English

Ramesh Chandra Shah                                 Hindi

G.H. Nayak                                                  Kannada

Shad Ramzan                                              Kashmiri

Madhavi Sardesai                                       Konkani

Asha Mishra                                                 Maithli

Subhash Chandran                                   Malayalam

Jayant Vishnu                                               Marathi


Nanda Hankhim                                            Nepali

Gopalkrushna Rath                                        Odia

Jaswinder                                                     Punjabi

Rampal Singh Rajpurohit                          Rajasthani

Jamadar Kisku                                              Santali

Gope Kamal                                                  Sindhi

Poomani                                                          Tamil

Rachapalem Chandrashekara Reddy           Telegu

Munawwar Rana                                              Urdu

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Current affairs forms an important component of several competitive exams such as the UPSC Civil Services Examination, SSC CGL, Bank PO & PSU entrance tests, etc. Therefore, understanding terms/concepts/events that are in the news is critical for aspirants. We at PaGaLGuY bring you this series of articles in which we shall explain some of these important concepts/events for you.In this article we will be dealing with Ecological engineering and its benefits.

Pesticides are touted to be one of the best solutions to deal with pest attacks. Howover, for the past few years, Indian farmers have also had to deal with pests including insects, fungi, nematodes etc. that are resistant to such remedies. Result: crop failures and more use of chemical sprays to keep pests at bay.

Why is Ecological engineering relevant?

Pest infestations have resulted in excessive crop losses in not only India but across the world. China, the world's largest producer of rice, loses thousands of tons of the crop yield due to pests especially Planthopper. Crop failure causes price rise and usage of chemical pesticides poses severe threats to human health and soil quality. Though pests cannot be wiped off totally, biointensive methods like ecological engineering can reduce their attacks.

Role of NIPHM

The concept promoted by Hyderabad-based National Institute of Plant Health Management (NIPHM), has proved to be an effective organic method to reduce pest infestations. It focuses on application of ecological know-how instead of wholly relying on technology-driven solutions. This includes, attracting natural enemies/predators of pests by growing plants and cash crops, increased use of organic fertilizers, growing leguminous plants to nitrogenise soil etc.

NIPHM along with the Directorate of Plant Protection Quarantine and Storage, Haryana has carried out efforts to take this concept to farmers across India through on-field training, workshops etc. It has published in-depth reports on use of ecological engineering for crops like castor, cardamom etc. They advocate Agro-Ecosystem Analysis (AESA) based Integrated Pest Management (IPM) along with ecological engineering.

Pros and Cons

In May this year, this technique was introduced to rice farmers in Erode district, Tamil Nadu by NIPHM experts. Farmers reported that pest population halved after adopting this approach and increased predation of pests by natural enemies like ladybird beetles, lacewing flies, spiders etc. They also asserted that input costs have reduced immensely thanks to less or no application of chemical pesticides.

Natural attractants i.e. compatible crops grown around the field attract natural enemies of pests. For example: carrot, maize, variety of beans, mustard etc. Natural repellents are plants that repel pests. For example: peppermint. These secondary crops are additional sources of income for farmers.

The disadvantage is that the success of this technique relies on frequent monitoring of crops, disease symptoms and pest activities, thereby relying on farmers' decision making and expertise. Though cost-effective, it can be time-consuming.

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GreekCrisis explained in #Bollywood Style!!

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Hows the move of E- Admit Cards for UPSC Prelims 2015?

Are there any benefits from it?

Differences between NITI and Planning Commission :
While Planning Commission enjoyed the powers to allocate funds to ministries and state governments, NITI Aayog will be an advisory body, or a think-tank. Under Planning Commission, States' role was limited to the National Development Council and annual interaction during Plan meetings and the commission reported to National Development Council that had state chief ministers and lieutenant governors of UTs. But Niti Aayog's Governing Council has state chief ministers and lieutenant governors as the all powerful body. Under Niti Aayog states are consulted while making policy and deciding on funds allocation. Final policy would be a result of that consultations unlike under Planning Commission when policy was formed by the commission and states were then consulted about allocation of funds. While Niti Aayog is a think-tank and does not have the power to impose policies, Planning Commission decided policies for states and tied allocation of funds with projects it approved, a methodology driven by "one size fits all" concept.

Has anyone seen the notification regarding change in venues? "It says


All Candidates for the Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, 2015 appearing from IMPHAL Centre, who were allotted the venue ANANDA SINGH HIGHER SECONDARY ACADEMY, NEAR OLD CHEKON, IMPHAL EAST-795001 AND whose Roll No. fall within the Roll No. Break-up 0681544 to 0782031, may kindly note that their venue has been shifted to MODERN COLLEGE, POROMPAT, IMPHAL EAST - 795001. Such candidates are requested to appear in the examination at the changed venue."........

so my roll no falls within the bracket given in bold, but I gave my centre as delhi and even now upon re-downloading my admit card, my venue center is still delhi. 

Anyone facing the same problem? Help please!!!!!

Expected marks in Paper 1...

As per Career Launcher :

On the basis of difficulty level, accuracy and attempts category wise cut-off is expected as follows:
General/Open category: 115 ± 3
OBC: 110 ± 3
SC: 100 ± 3
ST: 95 ± 3