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S. No. Entry scheme Age limit (i) National Defence Academy 16½ to 19½ years (ii) Combined Defence Services 19 to 22 years (iii) Technical Graduate Course Entry 20 to 27 years (iv) National Cadet Corps Special Entry
[Short Service Commission (Non Technical)]
19 to 25 years (v) University Entry Scheme 18 to 24 years (pre-)
19 to 25 years (final year)
(vi) Short Service Commission (Non Technical) 19 to 25 years (vii) Short Service Commission (Technical) 20 to 27 years (viii) 10 + 2 (Technical Entry Scheme) 16½ to 19½ years (ix) Army Cadet College (from Other Ranks) 20 to 27 years (x) Special Commissioned Officers (from Other Ranks). 28 to 35 years.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
How to read English Newspaper?
- Ravi Kiran Edara, IRS
1. Useful articles on 'How to read Newspaper' available at below web links: https://thesupermanreturns.wordpress.com/2014/07/04/how-to-read-newspapers/ http://mrunal.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.html#221
2. Focus on first page headlines, National and World news, editorial and Op-ed/perspective pages
3. Concentrate on 'HOW' it is said rather than 'WHAT' is said.
4. Take help of Oxford Advanced Learners' Dictionary which emphasises on 'USAGE' of words with example sentences. Initially, one may also refer to Sankaranarayana English to Telugu/English dictionary (e.g., Vikram Publishers etc.)
5. Make notes with 'PHRASES' & 'SENTENCES' and not mere 'WORDS' (See examples below). Revise the notes regularly every week.
'Get smart on diesel cars' (The Hindu, Editorial, 15-12-2015)
The National Green Tribunal's decision to bar the registration of new and old diesel vehicles in Delhi till its next hearing on January 6 comes as a blow — though a temporary one for now — to passenger vehicle manufacturers. Automobile-makers have, in recent years, been building and scaling up their production capacities for diesel cars, driven by the surge in demand for diesel-powered vehicles as the fuel was subsidised and far cheaper than petrol. The differential between petrol and diesel prices has narrowed substantially since the government commenced the deregulation of diesel pricing in 2013...SUVs, that are ubiquitous status symbols in the National Capital Region and beyond, now constitute 50 per cent of the auto industry's passenger car sales. That vehicular exhaust from diesel cars, SUVs and freight trucks has been identified as one of the major contributors to the alarming levels of particulate matter in Delhi's atmosphere is well-established. The tribunal has asked the Delhi and Central governments to decide whether a more permanent injunction prohibiting the registration of diesel vehicles in the NCR would be advisable...
Letters to the Editor
(for the article 'Never-ending Commercial Breaks' by Edara Gopi Chand published in The Hindu editorial page on 5-4-2013)
Great job Hindu in publishing this insightful analysis on thus controversial topic! When your rival media houses with vested interests are chickening out to even talk about this or present only one side of the coin, it is bold on you to present the consumer interest point of view! It goes to prove that The Hindu doesn't hesitate to call spade a spade! The self regulation mechanism has not worked and has not prevented unscrupulous channels taking consumers for a ride. It is such a pain to watch the prime time news programs, because of endless dose of advertisements! Somebody has to bell the cat!
TRAI, hoisting broadcasters' on their own petard and recommending revised regulation on the limitation of advertisements on television channels to 12 minutes per clock hour, has brought the concerns of the viewers to the fore. One, as a viewer, becomes piqued by incessant number of advertisements which gnaws one's watching experience. Let us take the example of IPL, the sheer volition with which the broadcast is done, with abrupt advertisements floating, just makes the whole experience mundane and makes one pugnacious. One, as a viewer, has no choice but to sit there as a lame ducks and resort oneself to what has been shown on TV. One is thankful to the author "EDARA GOPI CHAND" for raising this issue which was lurking inside many peoples' hearts.
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
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Thursday, February 18, 2016
7 Days Duty TM: How to read the Hindu Newspaper for UPSC Prelim cum Mains preparation?
- Here starts my first lecture for the new year and new prelims- brief analysis of last year's prelim-GS paper and how to read thehindu newspaper for UPSC?
- Often candidates outside Delhi, underestimate and neglect thehindu for preparation of their general studies and thereby hurting their own chances of getting good ranks in civil services exam.
- PowerPoint available at http://Mrunal.org/download
- the difference between a UPSC lover and a UPSC killer
- the syllabus and analysis of general studies for preliminary and Mains examination
- how to approach science and technology for prelims cum Mains preparation
- overview of the MCQ asked from public health topic in UPSC 2015 preliminary exam
- how to cover the public health, pharmacy and medicine related News from the Hindu, for UPSC prelims and Mains
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/bJ87N_ZpFCo
- within science and technology topic, how to approach information technology (IT), space and defense, agriculture inherently related topics from the Hindu newspaper
- how to prepare ISRO related topics for UPSC prelims, mains and interview
- how to meticulously prepare the defense innovation and joint exercises
- how to prepare the theoretical portion of science and technology from NCERTs and general studies manuals.
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/d1P5RAn3JpM
- Environment & Biodiversity: five subtypes of MCQ asked in UPSC 2015 Prelims
- Relevance of the Hindu newspaper preparation of environment for prelims and Mains
- Why read India yearbook?
- Why read NIOS and NCERTs for wildlife, flora, fauna and pollution related MCQs in UPSC prelims?
- How to approach physical, Indian and world geography for Prelims and Mains? How to cultivate map reading skills?
- How to approach economy, banking, finance for prelims, mains and interview?
- How to approach Indian polity and Constitution? Relevance of M. Laxmikanth, India yearbook, the Hindu newspaper and Prsindia.org
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/d5jaw2EyfI8
- how to prepare Indian culture, ancient and mediaeval and modern India and world history?
- Importance of NIOS, Tamilnadu textbooks, Spectrum and Bipan Chandra.
- Why old NCERTs are not relevant except for World history?
- Analysis of MCQs asked from history and culture topic in UPSC 2015
- Approaching international relations (IR), diplomacy and diaspora topics for Mains. Analysis of the IR/grouping questions asked in Prelims-2015.
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/a839lzLqiTs
- Why read thehindu newspaper for UPSC civil services IAS/IPS exam?
- Understanding the PMIF framework: Prelims, mains, interview or fodder?
- How to analyse the news on frontpage from prelims, mains and interview perspective?
- How to fasttrack page 2 to 7 which are littered with coaching ads and Delhi crime?
- How to fast track page 8 to 9 where hardly few centimeters of space is given to "The NATION"!
- Why read the columns, letters to editors and the editorials, and how to make notes out of them?
- Sample editorial – "All in the spirit of equality"- how to digest it for UPSC prelims, mains and interview perspective.
- How to eliminate useless news from the perspective pages i.e. page 11 and 12.
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/iw9RRWjZ_eE
- How to read the economy, banking, finance pages in thehindu newspaper for UPSC point of view.
- Why it is useless to follow day to day sharemarket and IRDA-RBI-SEBI notifications?
- Why read the open page in Tuesday edition?
- Why ignore sports pages, except during high profile mains / interview related news?
- Sample news: Lodha Committee- how to prepare it for prelims, mains and interview.
- Why should we read last page about "Life"?
- How to follow the PIN- persons in news, dead in news, places in news, books, authors, awards and diaspora news in the hindu?
- Why Government advertisements are important?
- Why should we read the speeches of president and vice president?
- Few tips on magazines, notes making, time management, repeated failures and career backups
Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/Ii-kDrIo8dM
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