[Mains Revision] Urbanization- Problems, Remedies; Poverty-Population, with Answer writing Practice

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India Yearbook
  1. Prologue
  2. ML1/P1: Urbanization-Problems, Remedies
  3. ML1/P2: Urban Governance: Smart City, Amrut, Rurban after Prelims
  4. ML1/P3: Poverty-Meaning, Estimation, SECC-2011


Here starts the mains revision series- only selected topics will be covered

  • GS1 | 2: urbanization, poverty and hunger, Women and health, youth, skill, Education; HDI, MDG, SDG
  • GS2: E-Governance, Role of civil services, pressure groups
  • GS2: IR- Economy: Central Asia | SCO, China crash, Yuan devaluation, TPP-updates
  • GS3: Banking-Finance related things from Eco. Survey; Investment models: hybrid annuity, Swiss challenge.
  • Lecture Videos available under: Youtube.com/user/TheMrunalPatel
  • Powerpoints Available under Mrunal.org/Download

ML1/P1: Urbanization-Problems, Remedies

Urbanization, Problems & Remedies for UPSC Mains

  • GS1- Mains Answer writing: “Though urbanization is considered to be a catalyst for economic growth, so far India has not been able to tap its full potential.” Discuss. (200 words)
  • 4 mental frames that a mains player should avoid- Statistician, bookie, perfectionist and think tank.
  • Definition- urbanization, rurbanization, cities, smart cities.
  • Urbanization is good because it creates Agglomeration economies.
  • Urbanization as a location factor for industries in Dhaka Textile, Bangalore IT and Karachi Finance industry-
  • Role of Urbanization in (1) Labour market pooling (2) Knowledge spill over (3) Intermediate input sharing
  • Europe- Hot Banana from London (UK) to Milan (Italy)
  • 3 Macro Reforms in Urban-Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Development goal (SDG) related to urbanization.
  • Congestion forces against Urban agglomeration economy and its remedies.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/_cb_9WsJkWo

ML1/P2: Urban Governance: Smart City, Amrut, Rurban after Prelims

Smart Cities, Amrut and Rurban mission

  • GS2- Mains Answer writing: In India, the efficacy of urban administration has not improved with the pace of urbanization. Examine the reasons & suggest remedies.
  • 3 deficits in urban administration: (1) empowerment (2) resource (3) accountability deficits; 14th finance commission recommendations for improving financial resources of Urban local bodies.
  • Smart city- selection process, smart city plan (SCP), investment pattern in SPV and organizational structure.
  • Features of Smart cities- revision.
  • Amrut, Swatchh Bharat Mission (SBM), Rurban Mission- new updates, 14 parameters.
  • Self-Study: Globalization- impact on Indian society.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/tkKObrYq4HI

ML1/P3: Poverty-Meaning, Estimation, SECC-2011

Poverty issues for UPSC Mains Paper 2

  • GS2-Mains Answer Writing: What is poverty? Give a brief account of the poverty estimation methods in India and discuss the unique features of SECC-2011. (200 words)
  • Definition and meaning of Poverty
  • Sustainable development goal#1: end poverty in all its forms everywhere
  • Sustainable development goal#10: Reduce inequalities within and among nations
  • Brief overview of Poverty estimation methods in India- Tendulkar, Rangarajan
  • Socio-Economic-Caste-Census-2011: organizations involves, parameters tracked
  • Deprivation Indicators in SECC-2011: automatically excluded, automatically included and seven-indicators in between
  • SECC-2011: potential applications and criticism.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/T2A5VdVQYPw
In next lecture: Hunger, Health, Women, Youth, Skill.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books
  2. Environment by ShankarIAS
  3. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  4. Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (Hindi | English)
  5. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  6. Bipin Chandra: Post Independence
  7. Fast-track to Arithmetic Rajesh Verma
  8. MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  9. Disha’s Topicwise Paperset (Hindi | English)
  10. School Atlas
  11. Mains: Language papers
  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

So far 41 Comments posted

  1. satyajit

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    Sir will u provide the video lectures for 2016 batch

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  3. Vivek Hooda

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  6. Jude_Prudence

    Mrunal bhai returns!!! The brightness of the new projector and the screen made me so happy. Now it feels like a real lecture. Hope you have uploaded at least 480p ( preferably 720p) this time. Thank You. Ab kuch Mains wali feeling aayi. Good ol days, eh!

  7. arti

    How to download powerpoints? I cant find them in the specified folder..

  8. M.patel

    sir you upload culture ppt.
    thanks a lot..
    . there have no video lec. of this ppt. it is self study ???

  9. B K Shah

    Thank you sir. it is like hearing you after a century….thanx again

  10. shahid

    Whr s th power point sir.pls answer anyone

  11. i

    sir plz release study plan 4 mppsc mains..aspirants r awaiting.

  12. arshi

    which site is best for ias exam preperation?

  13. Student

    Mrunal Sir Please upload the PPT’s of this lecture.
    I did not find any PPt of this lecture in the link given

  14. Aamir

    Last year I revised all ur revision lectures on the dooms day n they were too useful. I actually got good marks in gs, specifically gs 3 it was 98. But this time u hv neither provided text of lecture nor it’s ppt so it would b difficult to revise them again in 15 minutes. If feasible plz share ppt. V all would b very much obliged. Thanks once again. What u do actually require more hard work than a serious aspirant. I mean it.

  15. Prabu

    Sir Can you put the summary in English please. So It’ll be very helpful for non hindi students.
    Thanks in advance.


    sir, i am reading ur notes regularly and i think if i continue ur online guidance so i dont think that i need class anywhere.
    thank u sir…

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  21. T kumar Das

    Sir pranam
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  22. PsycheD

    It breaks my hindi-illiterate heart that these lectures are not in English :'(

  23. bhaz

    please upload powerpoints for these lectures

  24. shapt

    Thank you sir ! You are god for me and for many aspirants like me

  25. yo

    every1 is overjoyed!!! the much awaited series is finally here!!

  26. yo

    sir please provide a tentative lecture plan so that students appearing for mains can plan accordingly.

  27. goutham

    sir please provide ppt link..

  28. satya

    What about Remaining Ethics Lectures sir???

  29. praveen_r

    Sir, thanks a lot for coming back. Can you please provide the topics list, in case you arn’t planning to cover them. Sir. 20-25 topics de dijiye har paper se, will be of gr8 help.

  30. arjun

    thank you sir.

  31. arjun

    can any one from Gujarat help me about students accommodation in the city/ PGs/ room sharing ? I am preparing for CS2016 and willing to stay in Gujrath. share me your contact details.
    This is Arjun
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    Dear Sir,
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    Thanks a lot sir for us work

  35. Vilas

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  36. Ritvik

    Mrunal Sir, thank you for your lectures but please provide ppt links of ML1 and ML2 as it is very difficult to make notes at this time.

  37. Sachin

    Mrunal Sir,

    Ca’t able to find the powerpoint slides of this lecture on the provided link. Can you please guide me on the same.

  38. vanashree

    power points for these lectures pls…..

  39. Kishor

    where will get the powerpoints of these leactures?

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