[Write2Win] Result of February 2014 competition, Free zip notes for everyone

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  1. Competition is stopped from now on
  2. Platinum
  3. Gold
  4. Silver
  5. Optionals
  6. Rejected Entries, Name not in the list
  7. Download
  8. Epilogue

Competition is stopped from now on

This time ~40 entries made it to the final zip file. (After eliminating the cut-paste-bullet “jugaad” articles from Hindu/idsa/epw etc.)
I blame myself for this low amount of participation, because:

  1. Earlier I had promised author pages for 10 high quality articles, but then reverted back on my own policy -Because some people (who earlier wrote good articles) had suddenly resorted to mass-spamming jugaad articles to reach the 10 article limit quickly.
  2. This time, I had not declared any book prizes specifically. As per the revised rule of Feb-competition. (Because explicitly mentioning book prizes in advance, was creating one type of bad incentive, attracting those jugaadi writers.)

But given these two changes in the rules, (some) talented writers would have felt demoralized, thinking “Why should I contribute, if there is no guarantee of a book, author page, money or fame?”

Therefore, less number of entries. Their thought process is justified. I would feel the same, if I was in their place.

The whole mess at Mrunal.org is similar to the Muhammed bin Tughlaq shifting capital from Delhi to Daultabad-Both in terms of changing the site theme, as well as changing the rules of write2win competition. I had some super-high-utopian expectations about this competition, but then it did not work out, So I tried to tweak the rules (for February) in hope of achieving it, but then you can see how my decision has backfired by low number of good entries. (+ in upcoming months- with State service exams and SSC, the number of entries most likely to decline even further.)

  1. I don’t have a big team of moderators to crosscheck the plagiarizers and weed out bogus quality articles. All these months, I had to do most of that work on my own, resulting in the loss of many productive hours (which could have been utilized to write more articles by myself.) The sad truth of life is- 50000 subscriber ki site hai, lekin harr kaam khud karnaa padtaa hai. Nobody comes to help in the time of need because they’re busy with their studies/job.  All I get in my inbox is queries about cutoffs, booklist and result dates- rarely someone offering to volunteer.
  2. I’ve to be concious about copyrights and plagiarism because in past I’ve received legal notices and police complaints despite having no fault of my own. This whole write2win thing is making me more vulnerable to such attacks, especially because of those jugaad writers.
  3. The Muhammed bin Tughlaq angle- My utopian/idiotic/perfectionist ideas are not aligned with what others want/deserve/provide.

Therefore, after considering these factors and conferring with my three trusted lieutenants (Shiva, Palas and Chandradeo), I’ve decided to stop the Write2Win competition at Mrunal.org
This article contains the last zip file of the competition series. I’m sorry, my heart is no longer in this project.
It doesn’t mean I’m ungrateful to all those who had contributed. Some exceptionally high quality work has been contributed in each of these competition. And in the process, I met many talented players, made new friends. So, all is not lost.
It also doesn’t mean the whole community work initiative is scrapped off from the internet. forumIAS.com has launched a separate portal for this type of activity / crowdsourcing:
http://my.forumias.com/writing-can-be-rewarding/

Platinum

[Listed in Alphabetical order of author name]
Aditya Ravi Chandran Bilateral Visits Part II-Sept to Dec 2013 (note: He had submitted first part in Jan competition)
Ajaya Kumar Padhan India Japan bilateral relations
Akshay Dhadda Current Account deficit
B BABLOO Current Compilation Jan 2014
Dipak Patel Polity Current-EOC, Pre legi- scrutiny, Death sentence, Janlokpal
Divya V Prabhu Tribes of India-quick revision for Prelims
JAYA VASANTHA KUMARAN.S Women Empowerment-comprehensive list of all measures, schemes
Lohit Lala Harappa Revision note
Namit World History WW1 and WW2
Raman Bhattad India’s  Relationship with Scandinavian Countries
Shrey Khanna Indian Health Care System-Weaknesses, Schemes and the way ahead
Swapnasarit Sahoo State Reorgnization-It all started with 29
Yash Chaudhary Power crisis in Union Territories-why

As per the revised rule of the Feb-2014 game:

  • Platinum/gold/silver category will be declared, but bookwinners will not be mentioned separately.
  • Jury has decided the winners, I’ll email them asking about their address and giving them a list of the books I’ve. They will give preference, I’ll send prize accordingly, without creating a public show about it.

Gold

[Listed in Alphabetical order of author name]
Aakash Bajpai Judiciary-problems with
Arun Chettiar Time speed Distance; Permutation Combination
Ashish Sharma CMS vs NETRA
Dinesh S. INCOME TAX- CAN INDIA DO AWAY WITH it
Dipak Patel Crisis-Bangladesh And Ukrain
Hunny Sharma Crisis-Thailand, CAR, Venezuela, Ukrain
Hunny Sharma Coastal security
JAYA VASANTHA KUMARAN.S Science for SSC: vitamin, digestive system, circulatory system
Karan Rajpal Panchayati Raj & schemes
Kishore Sutradhar Syria crisis-understanding
Mani Kandan Ukrain issue
Neha Srivastava Maritime Silk Road
Pushpender Singh UKRAINE ISSUE
Ramanjeet Gupta Motivation and Time Management- in Practice
Saurabh Jawade Wakf Property Measure to strengthen
Shaashi Ahlawat Spectrum Allocation
Udita Gaurav Indian philosophy and heterodox sects for CSAT

Silver

When I/jury member(s) felt that

  1. Writer could have added some more angles/ issues/ fodder points AND/OR
  2. Writer could have compressed/structured/simplified the article a little bit more. AND/OR
  3. Writer could have won essay competition in certain magazines that give 1200-1500 rs. as price. But our competition format were different. Rules specifically mention we were not looking for scholarly essays here.

but they’ve direct/indirect utilities in MCQs/Descriptive/interviews. So my respects and salutations for their effort and their spirit of sharing.

[Listed in Alphabetical order of author name]
ADITI NIGAM How To Read News for UPSC CSAT
Anil Kumar Singh Journey of India to Development
Mahek Siddiqui Need of codification of Muslim law in India
Mohit Yadav Nanotechnology in Agriculture
Padam Singh Indians must value science
Pavan Kanuri How I Understand my religion
Shahid T Komath Old age pension, Water Management, Women electorate
SIDDHARTH SAHARAN The way of life- a poem
Suraj Pradhan analysis of IAS 2012 marks

Optionals

Arun Chettiar Psychology- Language topic for paper I
Pavan Kanvas anthropology great and little traditions; nms complex;sacred complex; sanskritization; universalization and parochilization

Rejected Entries, Name not in the list

Some entries have been rejected, when I or Jury member(s) felt that:

  1. Effort not visible. Merely lifted passage from here and there and created bullets-without making it laymen friendly, revision friendly.
  2. Very Amateur and shallow writing.
  3. Plagiarized work from another author/blogger.
  4. Doubtful case of copyright violation. When I emailed you seeking elaboration, you’ve not given clarification about the ‘source’.
  5. Sent article to my any other email id except Mrunal dot help.

However if you think you didn’t belong these 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.

Download

Server #1: Zip file (8MB)

https://files.secureserver.net/0sjso116KvAd6B

if above link doesn’t work –it means you’re using some javascript blocker addon or your office/college network admin has banned that server.

Server #2: To view docs online on google docs: click ME

For the zip files of past competitions (September, October, November, December, January), visit Mrunal.org/write2win

Epilogue

  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 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. Competition is stopped from now on. Please donot send any more articles to my email id.

The sad truth of life is- 50000 subscriber ki site hai, lekin harr kaam khud karnaa padtaa hai. Nobody comes to help in the time of need.

 

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155 Comments on “[Write2Win] Result of February 2014 competition, Free zip notes for everyone”

  1. good.. from here on atleast people will start doing their own work and enjoy the pain of preparing notes and not relying on someone else’s…

  2. Dear Mrunal, I wrote this mains exam and this competition articles has benefitted me very much in the exam. if you are stopping this because you can’t handle it, I an

  3. Sir, Dont stop as it is really helping and I have read many new topics from this, even people articles copy paste will cover all points in single source. with this basis we can cover topics more comprehensively, because reading understanding topic from different sources takes more time which is lagging for working persons. I am requesting to continue this so that even current affairs topics covered very thoroughly.

  4. Dear Mrunal, I have written this mains and the articles here helped me very much. if you are stopping this because you can’t handle it alone, I am offering my services to you . this is atleast I can do to help future aspirants.

  5. we are always indebtfull to u 4 what u r doing 4 us GOD BLESS U

  6. Respected sir, It is really sad to know about the future of write2 win but sincerely speaking the work currently you are doing is commendable and indispensable esp. for those who deserve but dont have streamlined their strategy and away from big coaching as i am . Hats of to ur philanthropy.

  7. Dear Sir
    How about this that from the topics you receive, you select a particular one that you feel is extremely important from exam point of view and after adding a few informative lines that you feel are lacking / clubbing together with other participants’ materials on the same topic you put in on your blog like you used to earlier ( i mean with the same frequency). The rest of the topics can be shared via the zip file. This would help to unclog the vast amount of information that we receive in one single day into equitable distribution over a period of whole month. Also, very similar topics that have already been published/you have shared with the readers earlier would be presented in a single file/or your blog,like it used to be.
    Thanks and Regards

  8. hatsoff to your initiative..

  9. Sir..we can undrstnd ur problem..but pls reconsider ur decision. As I hv seriously read many beautiful articles from write2win comptn.

    1. donot force for reconsideration to mrunal sir, feels his difficulty.

  10. sir we are sorry we couldnt contribute to the competition.but dont stop ur initiative plzzz. ur initiative was very helpful & alwz will be!!!!!!

  11. Alas. Now we all know how easy to blame govt/administrators for policy reversal/paralysis and why there is implementation failure in india.

  12. Yes,I think its a good decision because we missed the old mrunal articles.

  13. sir, I am following this site since 1 year and in first few likes you mentioned that no one volunteers for help. I am in.

  14. if i can be of any help then you know my id. 24*7 @home 3 yrs

  15. Salute Mrunal Ji! Great Work but terribly feeling sorry.

  16. Respected Mrunal
    Kindly continue this initiative …although people might be sending copy paste articles but it still can be helpful if you can
    filter out relevant and uncovered topics with good content….i hope it will be relatively easy for a master like you and team.
    Kindly consider my request and atleast pls pls pls don not stop it

  17. Respected Mrunal
    Kindly continue this initiative …although people might be sending copy paste articles but it still can be helpful if you can
    filter out relevant and uncovered topics with good content….i hope it will be relatively easy for a master like you and team.
    Kindly consider my request and atleast pls pls pls don not stop it

  18. Sir, i’ve been reading the articles on this site religiously. & i’ve even been making notes of whatever i’m studying on GS. I wanted to add to this but didn’t add because they never added upto 3 pages. Whatever i can possibly of help, i’ll contribute. & Sir if possible can you kindly dedicate each portion of the GS Mains & Prelims to some selected group of students, who will/can upload there notes & everything on the site, which you & your moderators can edit & then upload on the site. I’m ever ready for whatever i can contribute. Thanks for giving us all this, which is priceless. thank you again,Sir.

  19. I feel sorry Mrunal sir and appreciated your work. One thing is unique at your website that you always guided the newbies in the right direction, independently and regardless about any publisher’s advertisement, coaching name, etc.

  20. I’ve been following ur website for the past 3 yrs & i must say that it has been a real gem for me as i’ve always found mrunal.org to be a ready refresher for nearly everything .Its really saddening to know that but we respect ur decision. But i earnestly hope that u continue to do what u are best known for…..thank u & regards!!!!

  21. Clearly an indication of the mindset of the Indian bourgeoisie which revels in the comfort of other’s hard work but always shies away from individual responsibility towards mutual growth. Adam Smith can be invoked here. The society will flourish only when the individual does what is best both for self and also for the society.

  22. since December i was thinking to stop depending on magazines as i could pickup article of mostly of my choice from vast variety of contributions, those name fame seekers ruined my chances. feeling sad.

  23. Sir, you r doing great job.These article are very useful .

  24. Need only ask! Just put up a small notice asking for volunteers and I for one am there. Help always finds those who deserve it man. And god knows you do! Thanks for the work and maybe we can keep this initiative going?

  25. mrunal bhai, we all do understand your mental state. i never miss visiting mrunal.org whenever i turn-on my machine. this monthly competition is in actual a path breaking move in itself. i’m ready to volunteer, if you find me able enough in doing so. i’ll share my profile for the same. and i request all senior aspirants..aa jao yaro apna bhai problem me hai:)

  26. Mrunal atleast give some rply what is your next step.will you continue or will stop.as lots of requests and pleas are coming pls decide.

  27. The sad truth of life!!!

  28. Hi sir,
    I am following ur site since last one year. i have been benefited from ur site without any contribution from my side. So, we are ready to contribute to it.
    If u leave this at this stage means we lost the battle with our enemy. This time U should come back with Big Big Bang.

  29. The possible solution to weed out “jugaad” articles is to not to declare any kind of prizes i.e. book etc.. this will stop jugaad writers to write such jugaad article for such prizes. and only good writer will write their noble piece of work for such a good cause. i request you to reconsider.

  30. Mrunalbhai and all who have contributed the articles, thanks a lot…. Mrunalbhai request you to kindly reconsider your decision. I appreciate the fact that you are overburden but let me know if I can be helpful, if you reconsider the decision. I belong to commerce and economics background. We are responsible for this mess not you hence onus is on us. But, anyway, great work by you and participants!

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