- No. of entries received
- Goodwill Contributions
- Other Notable Entries
- Rejected entries
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- A writing competition was held in September. (Last date to submit was 25th September 2013)
- All good entries combined in a zip file- Download link at the bottom.
- Prize was 3 books for the winners. But books were merely an excuse, the primary objective of this competition was to get exam oriented revision friendly notes for the benefit of entire community.
- Because UPSC has included many new topics the Mains syllabus but no standard reference books are available. One has to go through news report, government PDFs and googling by himself.
- But If each of the ~15,000 candidates of Mains keep digging same topics individually- While all the pro-arguments for ‘self-study’ aside-this is a waste of countless hours of youth life, internet bandwidth, electricity and eyesights (that are damaged from looking at computer screen for long hours).
- of course market is flooded with truckload of coaching material, but nothing beats the quality of a revision note prepared by a serious aspirant.
- Hence, I consider this competition a success because the high quality entries received- collectively they should save atleast a few days of research-digging-googline for the given topics.
|Subject||No. of entries|
|Current affairs compilation||3|
|Geography, Environment, Biodiversity||9|
|Yearbook, FYP related||10|
|Total legit entries||123|
|Rejected for Bogus quality/Plagiarism||15|
Following entries are included in the zip file but not considered for prize because
- He/she said I don’t want any books, just contributing for the benefit of other aspirants. OR
- He/she had submitted article long time before the competition was held.
List of such articles:
- Bilateral Investment Protection Agreement by Aruna
- Current News compilation by Tripti
- (i) Environment Impact Assessment (ii) Human Resources by Nikhil Sonawane
- Investment Models for GS 3 by Rakesh Singh Rajput
- Quantitative Easing by the US Federal Reserve by Anant Mittal
- Street vendors bill by Aditya
- Urbanization notes by Sumit Kumar
- Watershed Development by Prasad MV
- Cyber Security from CERT compiled by Rahul Koppati
- Wetland and its conservation; India Sri Lanka; NCPCR-issue over selection of chairperson by Dipak Patel.
If I had sufficient books, I’d have given them to all 12 of the following candidates. They’re all worthy of the prize because their write-ups are good enough to save hours of reading-research-googling of those topics. These are direct, To the Point, Exam oriented neatly written articles.
According to alphabetical order of authors’ names. Serial number doesn’t mean ‘rank’ because it near impossible to compare two good articles written on two different topics :)
||Naxal problem and solutions. He provided structured coverage the origin of Naxal/Maoism/LWE movement, its present status and solutions.|
||Effects of Globalization on Indian Society. He touched every aspect horizontally and Provides ready to use points if the essay related to Globalization is asked in Mains.|
||Important bills: food security, land acquisition, PFRDA, and real-estate: salient features, merits and demerits. Neat compilation, comes handy for quick revision-easy to read and remember.|
||REPRESENTATION OF PEOPLE ACT, 1951. He covered both salient feature and current issues related to this act, with coverage from Hindu. Should serve well, for an otherwise hard to find topic of GS2|
||White label ATMs and Islamic Banking. He made a layman friendly note on these two topics. Should serve well for even IBPS MCQs|
||Resources distribution India and World. She tabulated the scattered information of metallic minerals found in India and abroad, from NCERT, NIOS and various books of World Geography.|
||Crisis Management from 2nd ARC- He summarized that lengthy report in 15 pages.|
||INCLUSIVE GROWTH and related points from 12th FYP. Should provide decent fodder points for GS3|
||INDIA Afghanistan. He made a pretty comprehensive and neat revision note. Provides holistic perspective and vital info. Should serve well for both mains and interview.|
||Transfer Pricing and safe harbor rules. He explained them in a layman friendly language.|
||Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways. Provided important points, distribution for them. If you continue updating this with newspaper articles, particularly economy section, then it’ll become a killer revision note.|
||Contribution of Thinkers from India and World. He provided 100 words notes for Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Voltaire, Rousseau, Ram Mohan Roy, Periyar, Vivekanand, Gandhi and Ambedkar. If you continue updating this file with more thinkers and more data, it becomes a killer revision note for GS4.|
- It was extremely difficult to decide the winners among these 12, because each one had written on different topics- and it is illogical to compare articles on two separate subjects,
- but since I have only 3 books to give, I had to pick three winners.
- After much headache and deliberation (with help of jury)……the three winners are……(but know that others were also awesome in their own styles.)
|1st||Naxal problem and solutions. He provided structured coverage from origin of this movement, its present status, challenges and solutions. Should serve well for Essay, Mains, Interview and any Group discussions.||A Sunil Kumar|
|2nd||Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways. Provided important points, schemes, project. If you continue updating this file from newspaper articles, particularly economy section, then it’ll become a killer revision note.||Ringthing Hongchui|
|3rd||REPRESENTATION OF PEOPLE ACT, 1951. He covered both salient feature and current issues related to this act, with coverage from Hindu for GS2. Should serve well, if you continue updating this with all the new developments happening- for a larger issue of ‘political reforms’.||Karthik.R|
I’ll contact them one more time to confirm their postal address and then gift books will be dispatched.
Following aspirants also submitted remarkable entries. Exam-oriented revision friendly notes. My respects and appreciations.
Names in alphabetical order. Serial number doesn’t mean ‘rank’ because it near impossible to compare two good articles written on two different topics.
||HIGHER EDUCATION IN INDIA for GS Paper II. He gave a comprehensive coverage on Higher education related bills, bodies and issues.|
||SYRIA Surrender Your Chemical Weapons. He summarized the ongoing Syria chemical weapon crisis and India’s stand on it.|
||Intellectual Property Rights(IP), Biopiracy and Breast Cancer. A nice compilation from TheHindu, Should help for GS3.|
||Irrigation. He gave quick points for each of Tank irrigation, Canal irrigation, Well and tube-well irrigation: their advantages and disadvantages|
||NSEL CRISIS. She neatly summarized the crisis, and allied topics e.g. Share vs Commodity market. Should serve well for even for the IBPS MCQ and interviews.|
||Linkages between development and spread of extremism. He briefly mentioned how various government polices (or the lack of it) creating the breeding ground for extremism and suggested the solution. If you continue updating this with current affairs- becomes killer revision note for mains + interview.|
||Contribution of Thinkers from India and World. Gave the list of thinkers and allied points. Again Gurleen + Sikandar Khan +your own digging=killer revision note for GS4.|
||Role of media and social networking sites in internal security. This is a newly added topic of GS3. He listed various cases in which Media was misused to stirrup internal trouble and how it can be used to fight naxals. Continue updating this file with current affairs- should serve well for both Mains + interview.|
||UNSC and Permanent seat for India. He discussed why India should get it and what points can be raised to oppose our entry.|
||Current Affairs Compilation: May, June, July and Till September 25 from Hindu, Pib.nic.in.|
||Economics of Animal rearing: challenges and remedies|
||PIB Revision Notes. Mainly centered around health and sci-tech related topics.|
||CORPORATE GOVERNANCE. He gave the list of framework, definition, issues, and recent initiatives. should help in GS4|
Another set of good writers. Names in alphabetical order. Serial number doesn’t mean ‘rank’.
||Groups and Agreement for IR. He made a neat table of 19 groups and agreements. You should continue updating this file with more regional groups and agreements=killer revision note for GS3.|
||Disaster Management. Provided neat tables and points.|
||G20 SUMMIT. He listed the points about 2013 summit’s outcomes.|
||RBI, functions, various banks and terms for getting new license. He gave the summery points for these topics|
||DAMODARAN REPORT on Regulatory Environment for doing Business in India. He summarized the major recommendations.|
||India Sri Lanka-13th Amendment|
||Corporate Social responsibility. He gave pros-cons-suggestions for this provision under Companies Act|
||social innovation, and inclusive growth|
||Rupee depreciation. He summarized the causes and impacts of the weakened rupee. Nikhil Sharma|
||Manufacturing Revolution – Need of the Hour.|
||Quantitative easing and its effect on World Economy. He summarized it in a layman friendly language.|
||Internal security-State non-state actor. New topic in GS3 syllabus. He discussed how state/non-state actors hurting India from three angles: Nepal-Bangla, Pak and China.|
||Will India go back to 1991 situation? Suggest some measure to rescue the economy from its current state of economic turmoil. He provided points for this issue.|
||Agriculture – Some challenges in modern India. He provides overview of the obstacles faced by farmers.|
||GMO, Biotechnology Regulatory Authority Bill and some allied topics. Should help for GS3|
||Investment models. He gave brief overview of various models, their examples and limitations|
||Irrigation projects, schemes.|
||Globalization and its effects on Indian society. He provided the negative and positive aspects.|
These are good reads, they provide decent fodder points hence for the exam, I appreciate your gesture of sharing knowledge with the community.
Names in alphabetical order. Serial number doesn’t mean ‘rank’.
|Abhijit Roy||Digital invasion of Privacy|
|Abhijit Roy||Are we Developing or Dependent Economy|
|ABINAYA SAKTHIVEL||WOMEN SAFETY IN INDA AND THE CRIMINAL LAW (AMENDMENT) ACT 2013|
|AGAM JAIN||GMO friend or Foe|
|AJIT KUMAR NAYAK||should juveniles be treated as adults in the criminal justice system|
|Akhand Sitra||Public Administration Keywords|
|Anjali||REDRAWING THE POLICE ADMINISTRATION|
|ANWAR ALI||A hole in Pain : POPULATION|
|Arjun Bopanna||Public Healthcare related issues|
|Ashok kumar panda||India and Central Asia current scenario|
|B BABLOO||GM CROP-features technology-Babloo|
|Bharath Kamaraj R||policies and politics of other countries on India’s interests-some recent news topics|
|Bharath Vaishnov||Tourism Keywords|
|Continue Dreaming||Inclusive Democracy|
|Dabhi Jayendrakumar Bharatkumar||Corruption in India|
|Dashrath Laxman Hembade||Need for federal foreign policy|
|Ishan Pendam||Political Philosophies & their effect on society|
|Jawed Iqubal||Indian Constitution in Nutshell.|
|Jaymin Patel||Food security|
|K.R.Chandra mouli||French Revolution|
|Kunal Raj||Higher education:challanges and government intervention|
|Mansoor Ahmad||Juvenile Justice|
|MOIRANGTHEM REAGAN SINGH||Air pollution|
|Naina Thomas||Juvenile Justice Act Controversy|
|Nikhil Sonawane||Human resource development & National Skill Development Mission|
|Nikita Sudhakar Tungare||Food security bill pros and cons|
|Nikita Sudhakar Tungare||Food security|
|Niti Srivastava||1991 again|
|P.Sankara prasad Reddy||E-governance|
|Pankaj Kumar Singh||Reasons for Hindu-Muslim Riots in India|
|PATEL SHWETA HARSHADBHAI||Global food security and Climate change|
|PAYAL AGARWAL||GAY MARRIAGE AND ITS POSSIBILITIES IN INDIA|
|Prashant Dayal||Environmental Pollution|
|Praveen Katiyar||Extremism and government schemes to tackle it.|
|PRAVIN KAUSHAL||Fighting Corruption|
|Prithvirajsinh Zala||Naxalism a basic overview|
|PUNEETA SHERWAL||Women Empowerment|
|Rahul Kejriwal||Linguistic diversity conservation|
|Rajesh||Liberalization and Globalization in Third World Countries|
|RAJIV SHAW||Women Empowerment and India|
|Rishi Varma||Indian Parliament, declining standards and required reforms|
|ROHIN KOTWAL||Child labour|
|Sachin Gupta||Is American Imperialism crossing its limits?|
|Sandeep Yamsani||What to write in an Answer|
|Satyendra Singh||Indo-Russia relations|
|Shaik Shabana||Internal security challenges|
|Shreegopal Totala||Food security|
|Shrey Khanna||Syria and Chemical Weapons|
|Sujeet Patil||CSR rule|
|Sujeet Suresh Patil||economic reforms of 1991|
|Tarun Kumar Sharma||Indian tribes and their development|
|V. Bharathiraja||NEW EMERGING WOMEN POWER, THE GROUND REALITIES|
|VIKRAM SINGH||CONTRADICTION IN INDIA’S FOREIGN POLICY TOWARDS WEST ASIA|
- Some directly copy pasted entire articles from other sites/blogs with zero value addition of their own.
- Some didn’t even write one and half page- and even that was highschool type amateur coverage. (rule required 3 pages minimum-exam oriented, revision friendly article)
- Where majority portion of the article was mere copy paste job from Wikipedia.
I’ve rejected such entries, didn’t include them in the zip file.
Contains all good articles
Server #1: Google docs (if you want to download the Zip file)
(on above link, click on “file”=>Download (ctrl+S) then it’ll allow you to download the zip file)
Server #2: My own (if you want to download the zip file)
This competition was organized mainly to get exam oriented revision friendly notes so that way everyone’s time is saved from having to dig the same topics from books and internet. So, again thank you all for participating. And if anyone feels hurt for not getting his/her due recognition/ranking despite the contribution, then my sincerest apologies.
The notification for next competition will be released soon.