[OFFICIAL] SFG 2021 | Level 3 | The Last SFG for Prelims 2021 | Details and Important Announcements | Updated 1st August @6:30 PM - ForumIAS

[OFFICIAL] SFG 2021 | Level 3 | The Last SFG for Prelims 2021 | Details and Important Announcements | Updated 1st August @6:30 PM

SFG 2021 - Level 3 : The Last SFG for Prelims 2021

Dear Students, 


As we enter the 3rd year of SFG – Select Focus Group – one of our most innovative programs for successfully cracking the Prelims Examination. Based on your feedback, we continuously innovate and update our programs, keeping in mind the dynamic nature of the Civil Services Examination, the rising standards of Civil Services preparation, and increasing competition – partly because of capacity development and fast-paced self-learning programs like SFG. 


Note: Please subscribe to the "SFG 2021 - Level 1, 2 & 3" channel for all the updates related to SFG 2021.

https://forumias.com/channel/SFG-2021-7th-Jan

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Update #8

Instructions for attempting the SFG 2021 - Level 3 tests:

https://go.forumias.com/538

The tests will go live strictly at7 AMand will get auto-submitted at8 AM.

Update #7

Results declared for SFG 2021 - Level 3

Results for SFG 2021 - Level 3 has been declared, please check if you are selected for Select Focus Group (SFG) or Reserve List Group (RLG).

Ranklist for SFG 2021 - Level 3:https://go.forumias.com/529

Payment link for students selected in SFG (Select Focus Group) - Rs. 2400 + GST (18%) per month

https://go.forumias.com/530

Payment link for students selected in RLG (Reserve List Group) - Rs. 2900 + GST (18%) per month

https://go.forumias.com/531

Note: Deadline for accepting the fees is 31st July by 5 PM. After that fees will not be accepted

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Update #6

Registrations for SFG 2021 - Level 3 are now closed. If you have missed the registration for any genuine reasons, you can fill up this form below, and our team will reach out to you. No phone calls or emails will be entertained apart from the form below.

Click here:https://go.forumias.com/528

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Update #5

Instructions for attempting the SFG 2021 - Level 3 Entrance test:

https://go.forumias.com/527

The test will be conducted in Online mode on 25th July at 09:30 AM in the morning.

Update #4

The detailed exam plan (Calender) for SFG 2021 - Level 3 is now available. 

You can see the detailed plan - https://go.forumias.com/sfglevel3-calender

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Update #3

Syllabus of Entrance test for SFG 2021 – Level 3:Candidates can expect 30 questions distributed across History, Polity, Economy, Environment, Science & Technology, International Relations and Geography. Further 10 questions will be from Current Affairs of May, June and July months of 2021 and 10 questions from CSAT.

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Update #2

Entrance Test Date - 25th July 2021

Registration Link - https://go.forumias.com/525

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Update #1

SFG 2021 Level 3 - Calendar Released - 20th July | 08:00 PM

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SFG – How it works 

              • Select Focus Group (SFG) is a small group of students who are selected by ForumIAS every year for coaching them to clear the UPSC Prelims Examination. Every single candidate selected and retained consistently in the group with Top ranks has cleared the Prelims examination in the past.
              • 100 Students will be selected for the Select Focus Group, through the SFG Entrance Test, who will be required to report at 7AM every day 6 days a week to write an hour-long test based on a pre-planned syllabus, followed by a discussion on the same. 
              • Candidates who are unable to make it to the SFG will be maintained in a Reserve List, who can also write the tests. 
              • Tests are conducted daily and results are provided within 8 hours of test with a Name and Rank list for candidates and parents to evaluate their daily performance. 
              • All candidates writing the CSE 2021 are eligible to apply for the entrance test. 


              SFG Level 3 - The Last SFG for Prelims 2021 


              The SFG Level 3 is a 40-day capsule program with the following objectives:


              • Developing problem-solving skills for solving analytical, conceptual and thought based questions. 
              • Developing skills to solve questions based on the application of the reading that they have done for Level 1 and Level 2. 
              • Mastering the art of handling questions from unknown areas and applying concepts from their wider reading which is relevant for the Civil Services Prelims Examination. 
              • Developing time management skills, and being through with the syllabus 
              • Providing a reliable, time-bound framework for revision just before the examination. 

                

              Application Procedure 


              • The program will commence from 2nd August, admission to which will be entrance based. The Entrance Test will be conducted on 25th July. The results of the Entrance Test will be announced the next day i.e. 26th July. 
              • Admission to the SFG and RLG are based on the rank of the candidate in the merit list of the SFG Entrance Test. Students can apply for the program by registering for the Entrance Test by paying a fee of Rs. 500+ GST. Candidates can register by visiting https://go.forumias.com/525. The candidate must appear for the entrance test on the designated date and time, subsequent to which he/she will be admitted to the Select Group or the Reserve List. 


              • The candidate must pay the program fee as per the group he/she is allocated. 

              Note:   Admissions to the SFG / RLG Group will only be on the basis of the merit position of the candidate in the entrance test. The Entrance Test will be held on 25th July. Candidates must register for the SFG Entrance Test by visiting https://go.forumias.com/525. No admission will be granted to the candidate without appearing for the Entrance Test. 

              Fee Structure and Details: 


              The course duration is about 40 days and fees will be charged after your selection to the SFG/RLG list. Fees for the full duration of the program is to be paid before 1st August. 




              Important Dates:


              SFG 2021 Level 3 - Calendar Released - 20th July | 08:00 PM

              Entrance Test – 25th July 2021 | 9:30 AM 

              Result of Entrance Test - 26th July 2021 | 05 PM

              Last Date for Fee Payment – 1st August 

              Program Commencement – 2nd August 


              -- 

              Wishing You Success, 

              Always, 

              ForumIAS Academy 

              Neyawn,ssver2and25 otherslike this
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              Same. My Lowest score till date :(
              Was decently confident but either ques were way to factual from small topics or were asked in much detail or I was grossly under prepared. 

              I even got basics wrong like Ajivika and couple more which added to the debacle. :/

              I found this too. I have most no of 'silly' mistakes today (questions I knew answer too but got confused). Ajivika was one of them.
              I guess the options were made smartly for today's test. Overall wasn't too bad...I have seen worse. 

              @sjerngal Like u said to me the other day, hold on!

              THE_MECHANIC,
              3.7k views

              @farejul Please try upload the test discussion video by noon.

              3.5k views

              @farejul Please try upload the test discussion video by noon.

              Sorry to say, It will take time. kindly we request your patience. We will try our best to upload it as soon as possible

              3.2k views
              Today's Test was full of zombies !
              sjerngal,bossbabyand1 otherslike this
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              In the present context, consider the following statements:

              1. Unemployment rate is higher in rural areas as compared to urban areas in India.

              2. In rural India, unemployment rate is higher in males as compared to females.

              3. In India, working age population ratio has shown a declining trend in last decade.

              Which of the statements given above are incorrect?

              a 

              1 and 2 only

              b 

              1 and 3 only

              c 

              2 and 3 only

              d 

              1, 2 and 3


              Please explain how to solve this question (using logic)?

              I marked 'D'. Based on a news piece that rural unemployment among women is increasing as more no of males have migrated back to rural areas -->increase in rural income -->women confined to homes. So, unemployment among women is increasing, among males is decreasing. Hence, all statements incorrect.


              Also, is it expected of us to know whether a scheme is central sector, centrally sponsored or core of core? Has anyone prepared a list?

              2.8k views

              In the present context, consider the following statements:

              1. Unemployment rate is higher in rural areas as compared to urban areas in India.

              2. In rural India, unemployment rate is higher in males as compared to females.

              3. In India, working age population ratio has shown a declining trend in last decade.

              Which of the statements given above are incorrect?

              a 

              1 and 2 only

              b 

              1 and 3 only

              c 

              2 and 3 only

              d 

              1, 2 and 3


              Please explain how to solve this question (using logic)?

              I marked 'D'. Based on a news piece that rural unemployment among women is increasing as more no of males have migrated back to rural areas -->increase in rural income -->women confined to homes. So, unemployment among women is increasing, among males is decreasing. Hence, all statements incorrect.


              Also, is it expected of us to know whether a scheme is central sector, centrally sponsored or core of core? Has anyone prepared a list?

              What you read is a temporary phenomena and upsc will always avoid to ask questions that are dynamic in nature. 

              Generally, female unemployment of males is higher in rural areas in comparison to females because of obvious reasons. 

              Also, no need to learn all the schemes through the lens of central sector/sponsored. But you should be aware of Important schemes like ayushman bharat, swacch bharat etc

              THE_MECHANIC,Shailputri
              2.8k views

              In the present context, consider the following statements:

              1. Unemployment rate is higher in rural areas as compared to urban areas in India.

              2. In rural India, unemployment rate is higher in males as compared to females.

              3. In India, working age population ratio has shown a declining trend in last decade.

              Which of the statements given above are incorrect?

              a 

              1 and 2 only

              b 

              1 and 3 only

              c 

              2 and 3 only

              d 

              1, 2 and 3


              Please explain how to solve this question (using logic)?

              I marked 'D'. Based on a news piece that rural unemployment among women is increasing as more no of males have migrated back to rural areas -->increase in rural income -->women confined to homes. So, unemployment among women is increasing, among males is decreasing. Hence, all statements incorrect.


              Also, is it expected of us to know whether a scheme is central sector, centrally sponsored or core of core? Has anyone prepared a list?

              What you read is a temporary phenomena and upsc will always avoid to ask questions that are dynamic in nature. 

              Generally, female unemployment of males is higher in rural areas in comparison to females because of obvious reasons. 

              Also, no need to learn all the schemes through the lens of central sector/sponsored. But you should be aware of Important schemes like ayushman bharat, swacch bharat etc

              Then, in the general context, unemployment in rural should be more due to which people migrate to urban areas. Here, qns asks in present context so that would account for changes in pandemic, no?

              THE_MECHANIC,
              2.7k views
              @Shailputri if you go by logic 
              Like we  read feminization of agriculture- so rural areas ->mainly dependent on agriculture->more females are employed as compared to males ->so it is correct you eliminate this and you will get your answer 
              In questions -having options like these ,this technique works ( of definitely knowing one statement correct/ incorrect)


              THE_MECHANIC,Shailputri
              2.6k views
              @Shailputri if you go by logic 
              Like we  read feminization of agriculture- so rural areas ->mainly dependent on agriculture->more females are employed as compared to males ->so it is correct you eliminate this and you will get your answer 
              In questions -having options like these ,this technique works ( of definitely knowing one statement correct/ incorrect)


              "Present context" was confusing for me. Else i would have gone by this logic. 


              Economics me I tend to overthink. I did a similar mistake earlier wrt MSP increase and interest rate/GDP. I need to rectify this. 

              Rashmirathi,THE_MECHANIC
              2.5k views
              @Shailputri I used to do same but now I am rectifying these mistakes and I remember@Neyawn sir had said in one of his articles think simple and like first timer 


              sjerngal,THE_MECHANICand1 otherslike this
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              @Shailputri I used to do same but now I am rectifying these mistakes and I remember@Neyawn sir had said in one of his articles think simple and like first timer 


              Right. How are you rectifying? Solving more economics questions?

              2.5k views

              In today's test, q11, shouldn't first statement be wrong, DPC (243ZD)came into existence through 74 th amendment, not 73rd. The 73rd and 74th amendments are two different amendments, not a combined one.

              Shailputri,Purplesunbird
              2.1k views

              In today's test, q11, shouldn't first statement be wrong, DPC (243ZD)came into existence through 74 th amendment, not 73rd. The 73rd and 74th amendments are two different amendments, not a combined one.

              Though statement 1 is not completely true, 2nd statement is definitely wrong. Therefore marked 'd'. Had there been 'only 3' option, would have marked that instead. 

              Neyawn,Rashmirathi
              1.9k views

              In today's test, q11, shouldn't first statement be wrong, DPC (243ZD)came into existence through 74 th amendment, not 73rd. The 73rd and 74th amendments are two different amendments, not a combined one.

              Though statement 1 is not completely true, 2nd statement is definitely wrong. Therefore marked 'd'. Had there been 'only 3' option, would have marked that instead. 

              This is exactly how I would fight doubt and confusion  in the paper. You don’t have to know everything, you just have to know the right things. You just made my day, thank you!

              ssver2,DMand7 otherslike this
              2.1k views

              @Shailputri @Neyawn Thank you. I didn't read other statements, directly marked (c).

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              Though statement 1 is not completely true, 2nd statement is definitely wrong. Therefore marked 'd'. Had there been 'only 3' option, would have marked that instead. 

              This is no rationale for statement 1 being right. It is either true or false, not being partially true. If DPC wasn't mentioned in 73rd AA then the options are wrong. I checked online, couldn't find anything conclusive to way DPC has provisions in 73rd AA as well. The IGNOU notes link which was provided in the solution contains this statement verbatim but no further explanation was provided there as well. 

              @farejul @Neyawn  please clarify if statement 1 is correct or not. 

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              Though statement 1 is not completely true, 2nd statement is definitely wrong. Therefore marked 'd'. Had there been 'only 3' option, would have marked that instead. 

              This is no rationale for statement 1 being right. It is either true or false, not being partially true. If DPC wasn't mentioned in 73rd AA then the options are wrong. I checked online, couldn't find anything conclusive to way DPC has provisions in 73rd AA as well. The IGNOU notes link which was provided in the solution contains this statement verbatim but no further explanation was provided there as well. 

              @farejul @Neyawn  please clarify if statement 1 is correct or not. 

              How it is not right ? What is your logic ?

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              How it is not right ? What is your logic ?

              Because 73rd AA doesn't contain any provision regarding DPC. You can't even find any keywords related to District planning commission, it was only in 74th AA. 



              People who've set the question paper just picked a line from IGNOU course material without any background check to it. 





              https://legislative.gov.in/constitution-seventy-third-amendment-act-1992



              https://legislative.gov.in/constitution-seventy-fourth-amendment-act-1992 


              Check yourself DPC provision exists only in 74th, not 73rd.

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              @calvinhobbes  your concern is valid. The question could have been better framed. But one has to look at the larger picture here. UPSC in its question booklet also clearly states " In case you feel that there is more than one correct response, mark the response which you consider the best. In any case, choose ONLY ONE response for each item."
              Although chances are rare but it might happen in actual exam also. In dubious questions like these ,one will go for the most appropriate option.
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              @appyphany  can we not justify incorrect framing of questions with the argument of "bigger picture". There's no bigger picture in factual things. It wasn't in 73rd but 74th only. 



              Bigger picture scenario is valid while talking about a pollutant present in trace amounts, the potential of biotech/AI. Since there are no binary elements in them. But here it is. 



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