[Result] November Writing Competition + Revision notes for everyone: culture, geography resources, bitcoins, bilateral and more

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  1. Prologue
  2. Platinum
  3. And the winners are
  4. Gold
  5. Silver
  6. Bronze
  7. Optional subject/Misc.
  8. Download link
  9. Epilogue


  • Here comes the result for the Writing competition of November 2013. Zip file containing all entries, given at bottom of this page.
  • Thanks to the entries received over these three months, following topics of the mains syllabus are covered in an exam-oriented, revision friendly manner:
    • (GS1) Indian culture, impact of globalization on Indian society, Post-independence consolidation and reorganization; geography-natural phenomenon, resource distribution
    • (GS2) Polity-various bills, amendments, comparing Indian constitution with other countries, Representation of People’s Act; Bilateral relations and groupings; Yearbook topics: planning, SHG, development, e-governance etc
    • (GS3) sci-tech, nanotech, robotics; infrastructure, policies, schemes; disaster management, EIA; security related: non-state actors, money laundering, border management etc.
    • (GS4) thinkers, corporate governance, good governance etc.
  • All the entries are in MS-word, so you may add/edit/merge/update them as per your requirements to make “killer revision notes”.
  • Again, as a result of these notes, the collective savings of manhours, electricity and internet bandwidth=it’d run into lakhs of rupees. Therefore, I consider this competition a great success. And will continue it for upcoming months as well.


(In alphabetical order of writers.)

Social Sector Initiatives. Compilation various schemes. Comes handy for quick revision before GS3. If you continue updating this with pib.nic.in, becomes a killer note for even future prelims and mains. Goodwill entry=hence not considered for Prize. Abhishek Sharma
India Pakistan relations. Gives a chronological account and analysis of the events since the time of independence and how they’ve shaped India’s foreign policy. Aditya Ravi Chandran
Economic Survey 2012- a brief summary of all the chapters for quick revision and possible MCQs. Gali Vinod Simha
National Action Plan for Climate Change (NAPCC) – and salient features of various missions under it. Gali Vinod Simha
North Eastern India and Economic Development. Has covered various angles- tourism, power, transport, FDI, extremism etc. Mirant Parikh
Bitcoins. Explained the mechanism, benefits of the bitcon system. should help even in the IBPS interviews. Namit
E-governance-NeGP and Mission Mode Projects (MMP) at central / state / integrated level. Their salient features covered in 2-3 lines each, hence handy for revision- even under Public administration. Neeraj Kumar
Distribution of non-metallic minerals and energy resources: India and World. Nisha Vats
Indian Literature through Ancient, Medieval and Modern times. Rohit Nandakumar
Culture Notes. Exhaustive list of many two markers about dance, painting, architecture, music. He had won prize for this topic earlier. This is his updated / expanded v2.0 note on the same topic. Sandeep Yadav
Rights issue-Domestic Workers, Slavery Index. Gave a neat presentation on factors/causes behind modern day slavery of women and children and the measures to combat it. Shrey Khanna
Indo – US Issues: Civil Nuclear Liability, HFCs etc. plenty of fodder points for GS2 (Goodwill entry) Shivaram
Science Reporter: compilation of current affairs from September 2012 to October 2013. Plenty of two markers and possible MCQs for prelims. Shri Kant Yadav
Space Mission in 2013. Covered all Indian and foreign launch missions in this calendar year. Susmitha Sudharshan
Energy resources. Covered with policy-features-schemes angles. Comes handy for GS3/Infrastructure. Vishal Verma

And the winners are

Based on jury voting, Winners are picked only for distributing the book prizes. Else all of above are top-winners in their respective subject.

First Prize Indian Literature through Ancient, Medieval and Modern times.There is lot of web-resources on literature of India but Rohit’ article stands out for its chronological, brief yet exhaustive coverage, makes it easy to revise and remember. Rohit Nandakumar
Second Prize India Pakistan relations. Gives a chronological account and analysis of the events since the time of independence and how they’ve shaped India’s foreign policy. Btw same Aditya already covered India’s relation with Bangladesh and Afghanistan in previous months’ competitions. So go through those zip files as well. Aditya Ravi Chandran
Third Prize Distribution of non-metallic minerals and energy resources: India and World. There are plenty of geography books in the market, but content on ‘resource distribution’ is too scattered. Nisha has gone through pains of compiling it in compact tables. Should also help in geography optional as well. btw, same writer also covered metallic minerals in September zip, do go through it as well. Nisha Vats

Congratulations to these winners, I’ll contact them one more time to confirm their address and then prize books will be dispatched.


In alphabetical order of writers.

Food Security related Points. Exhaustive fodder material. Comes handy for GS3. A.Sunil Kumar
Maldives Election Crisis, and India’s stand on it. Aditya Sangotra
Cyclone Phalin, Helen, Haiyan and basic theory on clouds Arun Chettiar
NIOS Culture Notes. Bharat Chaudhary
Hindu November locations. (Goodwill entry) Chandra Deo
India and its neighbors. Debalina Biswas
Good governance (Goodwill entry) deepak patel
TB- explained various types, diagnosis methods and government initiatives. Divya Prabhu
Industrial development and stakeholders-NGO, charity, SHG. Some neat fodder points for the Mains GS2. Dr Sukhmani Sangha
Culture Revision Notes. Gali Vinod Simha
Biotechnology and TRIPS. Also gave brief account of IPR and patents. Should help for profile based interview questions as well. George Sinha
Rights issue: Domestic Workers. Discussed the news, schemes, initiative, bills related to this topic. Indrajeet Singh
Centralized Monitoring sys (CMS) and NCTC Indrajeet Singh
ISRO-Mars Orbiter Mangalyaan. Manish Zole
North East Development. Covered various schemes and measures. Marudavanan.S
Government Budgeting. Also explained the GST. Neeraj Gaur
Reforms needed in various sectors: SEBI, FMC, CPCB etc. some good fodder points for GS2 and GS3. NEHA NINAWE
White label ATM and Brown Label ATM. Useful even for the upcoming IBPS interviews. NITHESH GARUDADRI
India’s relation with GCC. Tableted the details for ready reference in GS2.  (goodwill entry, not considered for prize) Raman Bhattad
Arab spring- has it failed? Briefly narrated the factors that lead to Arab spring, and the current political situations in those countries. Sandeep Nair
Globalization and its impact on Indian society. Neat summary. When combined with previous entries, would become a killer note for Mains GS1. Sharad Durgawad
Internal Security Challenges to India. Narrated the extremist movements in various parts of India, and the measures need to be taken. Sharad Durgawad
India’s relations with Asia pacific. Plenty of fodder points about India’s foreign policy/approach towards each of those countries in recent times. Sunil Reddy


These articles could have been in Gold/platinum/even prize winners, but I/jury felt that:

(Without meaning even an ounce of disrespect to any individual)

  1. They could have added some more angles/ issues/ fodder points AND/OR
  2. They could have compressed/structured/simplified the article a little bit more.

But that doesn’t take away the fact these articles are really good and useful for the exam. So my respects and salutations for their effort and their spirit of sharing.

Names in alphabetical order:

Mughal Architecture. Covered keeping both GS and optional history in mind. Aadhar Sharma
Juvenile Justice system. Some good points for Group Dissuasion/Essay. Abinaya Sakthivel
Constitutional bodies. Compiled the FAQs posted on the official sites Aditya Prasad
Disaster management: suggestions for Uttarakhand like tragedy. Akshat
ISRO: Mars Mission. Akula Sudhakar
Constitutional amendment acts, List of Aruna S.
India-Indonesia relation, recent visit of PM Atul Yadav
Capitalism (goodwill) Deepak Patel
Earthquake,Tsunami,Volcano,Cyclones (for GS1) Deepti Rawal
Public grievance redressal mechanism(PGRM) Dhrumil Soni
120th Amendment bill-judges appointment Hepzibah Beulah
Transnational Surrogacy K.Manikandan
E-waste and a case study related to it. Ketan R. Gawade
Democratization of UNO Kollabathini Siddhardha
117th Amendment Manish Raj
Linkages between development and spread of extremism Nava Bharavi Pampana
Statutory Regulatory And Various Quasi Judicial Bodies(only list) Neeraj Gaur
Solar cities and Akshay Urja shops Nishant Kugasiya
disaster  Management Priyanka Gupta
E-governance-opportunities, challenges & strategies Raj Singh Yadav
Center State Relations Rajshekhar Gidnavar
Emotional Intelligence Ramanjeet Gupta
TB: types, diagnosis, government initiatives. Sharmi Krishnan
Organizations: OPCW, ASEM, ICC etc. for GS2 Sumeet Mahendra
ISRO: Mars Mission Sumeet Mahendra
Computer-basics. Udhayakumar B
Nuclear Liability Law Vandana Parmar
Present Voting system: Challenges and Solution Viswanath BNS


Would have been in higher category if they had been less essay-ish and more revision friendly, as per the competition rules. Again I say that without meaning an ounce of disrespect to anyone. These are good reads, provide nice fodder points for the exam, therefore your gesture of gesture of sharing knowledge with the community, is appreciated.

Names in Alphabetical order:

Media in Combating Corruption Anwar Ali
E-technology to the aid of farmers Ayush Rai
Hunger Essay Jyoti Dilip Raijada
Empowered Corruption Nilaya Shankar
Corporate sector and environment protection Priya Singh
Borrowing Earth from Children Rakeshsingh Rajput
Death Penalty vs core objectives of Criminal Justice system Sandeep Nair
Stolen Childhood Santosh Kumar Behra
Indian Urbanization Vishwajeet kumar singh

Optional subject/Misc.

Should help the aspirants for the respective exams.

Optional subject Psychology: Free Will, Really? Aiman Reyaz
Optional subject Sociology revision notes Santosh Kumar Behera
Optional Subject Social Forestry for Geography Optional PaperII Raj Yadav
State PSC Andhra’s Economic Survey Gali Vinod Simha

Download link

(use first link- if you want to read online and second link if you want to download zip)
November Entries (size:14 MB)

  1. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0DPgaYAtDgmNnVIUFJHMS1zMmM/edit?usp=sharing
  2. https://files.secureserver.net/0s0hD65XQKXSoC

October Entries

  1. https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B0DPgaYAtDgmbzQ2N2RXVVQweVE/edit?usp=sharing
  2. https://files.secureserver.net/0sSWGE9zrrGfe9

September Entries

  1. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B0DPgaYAtDgmQUNCLXgtYzR6VUU/edit?usp=sharing
  2. https://files.secureserver.net/0sQhJCGsj77XvZ


  1. Thanks everyone for participating and sharing. And if anyone feels hurt for not getting his/her due recognition/ranking despite the contribution, then my sincerest apologies. 
  2. Irrespective of the platinum/gold/silver/bronze categorization, I thank and applaud you all, for your gesture of sharing knowledge with the community and look forward for more of your articles in future.
  3. Notification for December competition will be released soon
  4. Some entries have been rejected when I (or Jury members) felt that article was borderline to copyright violation of some book, or lifted too much from wiki/coaching material etc. without putting much effort.
  5. However if you think you didn’t belong that category and yet your article is not in above list, then probably I made some error while making the excel spreadsheets of author vs. subject. In that case, plz contact me via email and I’ll update the list.

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29 Comments on “[Result] November Writing Competition + Revision notes for everyone: culture, geography resources, bitcoins, bilateral and more”

  1. Thaknks for all the articles. Its really best article.I think you all are newspaper editor.

  2. Hi, i am appearing in Mains 2013. Kindly publish n share via email the top 3 articles in each catagory as u generally do. Not sufficient time to read each. Thanks MP.

  3. hello mrunal ji, can u give d link of 2 images(mind maps) of terminologies in govt reports that u had posted..i cant locate it on the site.

    1. Please share it with me too.

    2. mrunal ji, if u cud do it before the mains it wud be really helpful

  4. plz told me for upcoming bank po & ssc exam

  5. Hi,
    i am compelled to say THANK YOU Mrunal for all the effort and pain u have taken in preparing the notes esp. quick revision before Mains.It save a lot of time in revising.

  6. can anyone explain, to what extent WORLD HISTORY is important for those who take history as optional?? which optional paper(1 or 2) contain world history and what % of marks could it possibly take??

    1. It is almost 1/3 portion of history paper-2 in mains….
      a calculated guess is that world history will cover almost 80 marks in history paper 2 …and 15-30 marks in general studies paper 2
      hope i helped you

      1. thanks a lot gourav

  7. Hi,Is there any NIOS or IGNOU material for philosophy.I am going to appear in 2015.I digged lot of websites including NIOS but I didn’t found any useful material for that.Please help me guys in this regard and also I am in dilemma whether to take that optional(philosophy) or else can I opt for public administration(I have material for this from vajiram-and I came to know that more than 50% aspirants opting that optional and also scores in paper-I are less in 2012 result.I am unable to compete in pub ad so I want to shift to philosophy).If I get philosophy material I can compare my self with both subjects.2015 will be my first attempt.Basically I am B.Tech graduate.Thanks in advance.

  8. thanks sir

  9. I can not download from the above mentioned link…how can I read the docs?

  10. Hi mrunal sir,
    Yours Mrunals_WEB_AutoNoteMaker is not working properly.Please check that.


  12. an addition to regulatory bodies:
    Warehousing Development and Regulatory Authority established in 2010. imp b’coz of food security bill

    i am geting more difficulties due to lack of notes in hindi kindly provide me notes in hindi medium for IAS PRELIM.
    I will always thankful to you.

  14. hello sir,
    I request u n ur team plz post some guidelines about mpsc state service examination…

  15. thanks to all …. and a special thanks to Gali Vinod Simha(appreciated)

  16. Pls give study plan or study tips for 2014…

  17. Dear Mrunal Sir
    Thank you so much for all ur altruistic efforts. I can see this time, civil mains exam is clearly competed between two camps, those who follow mrunal and those who don’t. Wishing all fellow aspirants , best of luck for our battle tomorrow onwards and let the answer sheets speak for ourselves.

  18. @sruthi u can take pub ad because even in gs mains it helps n forget 2012 exam past is past now present pattern changed i mean marks before 600 now 500from both papers so don’t feel like that i recommend u to take syllabus n study for optional any institute material is like 50% work so u go through syllabus prepare urself becoz my optional zoology so i’m doing the same if my tips helps u follow or leave it n last but not least read kurukshetra magazine if u take pub ad as ur optional happily prepare for civils keep it Cool….

    1. thank you Mohith

  19. Mrunal ji u r doing an excellent work. I thank you and whoever involved in this work.

  20. Have to say.. Hat’s off guys..
    and thnx..

  21. how to send articles to mrunal

  22. MRUNAL SIR you are doing commendable job but I have one suggestion .Please provide links to the writing competition notes directly as you do to your own notes. It will be of great help.Because sometimes what we require is reference on one or two topics.




  24. Thank you sir

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