[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 


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              Wishing You Success, 

              Always, 

              ForumIAS Academy 

              Neyawn,ssver2and25 otherslike this
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              Viz Q33

              246A. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in articles 246 and 254,Parliament, and, subject to clause (2), the Legislature of every State, have power to make laws with respect to goods and services tax imposed by the Union or by such State.

              (2) Parliament has exclusive power to make laws with respect to goods and services tax where the supply of goods, or of services, or both takes place in the course of inter-State trade or commerce.

              (https://cbic-gst.gov.in/constitution-amendment-act.html)
              (https://taxguru.in/goods-and-service-tax/power-states-levy-collection-gst.html)

              I.E CONCURRENT POWER OF TAXATION

              As far as saying only Union and State have power to levy tax, please refer Schedule 6 of the Indian Constitution. 
              Eg. The Regional Council for an autonomous region in respect of areas
              within such region and the District Council for an autonomous district in
              respect of all areas in the district except those which are under the authority
              of Regional Councils, if any, within the district, shallhave power to levy and
              collect taxes on lands and buildings, and tolls on persons resident within
              such areas.
              4.2k views

              @farejul 


              Viz Q33

              246A. (1) Notwithstanding anything contained in articles 246 and 254,Parliament, and, subject to clause (2), the Legislature of every State, have power to make laws with respect to goods and services tax imposed by the Union or by such State.

              (2) Parliament has exclusive power to make laws with respect to goods and services tax where the supply of goods, or of services, or both takes place in the course of inter-State trade or commerce.

              (https://cbic-gst.gov.in/constitution-amendment-act.html)
              (https://taxguru.in/goods-and-service-tax/power-states-levy-collection-gst.html)

              I.E CONCURRENT POWER OF TAXATION

              As far as saying only Union and State have power to levy tax, please refer Schedule 6 of the Indian Constitution. 
              Eg. The Regional Council for an autonomous region in respect of areas
              within such region and the District Council for an autonomous district in
              respect of all areas in the district except those which are under the authority
              of Regional Councils, if any, within the district, shallhave power to levy and
              collect taxes on lands and buildings, and tolls on persons resident within
              such areas.

              4.1k views

              @farejul 

              The corrigendum released isn’t satisfactory:

              Q.27. The new categories introduced do not necessarily have to be from BPL category. Source:


              Only if they don’t belong to the above 2 categories do they have to be BPL. To me that’s what is implied from the above explanation given on the official site.


              Q.33. The link shared in the corrigendum itself clearly contradicts the explanation provided:



              The power is with the legislatures. Unless they delegate it, local governments have no inherent power. Unless a law is passed by the state legislature, no tax can be levied. Even if local governments want to levy a tax, the state must pass a law first providing them the power to do so. In this case, saying that the power to levy taxes lies only with the Union and State legislatures isn’t incorrect.

              Tomorrow will be released further explanation.Kindly we request your patience

              necromancer,
              4.1k views

              With today's test, my worst ever SFG week ends (avg score around 40%). Somehow remembering if PIDP is implemented by RBI or NPCI and KVK is 100% funded by centre or not, RODTEP is administered by finance or commerce ministry and REPLAN is related to plastic or transfat is not my cup of tea. I tried to improve but every next test has only broken my previous worse record. On top of it I find general statements like ' farmers will not be charged any cess or levy for the sale of their produce' and 'Both reforms promoted the consolidation of land-holdings' out of context and unable to eliminate options based on them. Test-takers are scoring good so there is lacunae in my in-depth understanding only. Just that I do not know where to begin! :confused:

              Babayega,satorand2 otherslike this
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              I remember reading once in news that Kerala state govt included drinking water into 'Essential comodities list', and hence capped the price of packed drinking water. They said Rs 20 was exploitative.

              https://www.financialexpress.com/opinion/price-cap-on-water-bottle-how-it-might-prove-a-serious-health-risk/1867550/


              I have also read at many places that only central govt can amend the list.

              Can anyone please explain what is actually the case?






              3.5k views

              With today's test, my worst ever SFG week ends (avg score around 40%). Somehow remembering if PIDP is implemented by RBI or NPCI and KVK is 100% funded by centre or not, RODTEP is administered by finance or commerce ministry and REPLAN is related to plastic or transfat is not my cup of tea. I tried to improve but every next test has only broken my previous worse record. On top of it I find general statements like ' farmers will not be charged any cess or levy for the sale of their produce' and 'Both reforms promoted the consolidation of land-holdings' out of context and unable to eliminate options based on them. Test-takers are scoring good so there is lacunae in my in-depth understanding only. Just that I do not know where to begin! :confused:

              Even for me, this week was bad. I would suggest not to worry much. Just keep economics revision planned closer to prelims.


              Shailputri,
              3.5k views
              @necromancer See what I can comprehend applying my conventional wisdom is: 

              power of taxation lies with all bodies who are democratically elected by the people. this principle was established during AR and its main slogan 'no taxation without representation'
              1) local bodies do have the power to levy and collect taxes, and this power is granted by the constitution itself. however, constitution has kept local needs in mind and instead of having a monolithic plan for the entire country has adopted a flexible approach and empowered state assemblies to decide which tax local bodies can levy in their respective domain (voluntary provisions of 73rd and 74th CAA). So, state assembly enjoy the power to decide which taxes a local body can levy and not to decide whether local bodies can have taxation power or not.

              2) if we read about autonomous district councils under the 6th schedule they also have the power to levy and collect taxes.
              so, asserting that only state and union legislature alone enjoy legislative competence of taxation, according to me will be a very narrow interpretation of the question and its underlying principle.


              Mooknayak,
              3.2k views
              Best efficient source to cover the "trends" type question in economics-crops, production, gdp etc? Is it available anywhere in a single way platform or do we have to do window-shopping which takes a lot of time, and to me it sounds like a never ending struggle because frankly, trends can be asked of any obscure thing. How do we proceed
              2.7k views
              Best efficient source to cover the "trends" type question in economics-crops, production, gdp etc? Is it available anywhere in a single way platform or do we have to do window-shopping which takes a lot of time, and to me it sounds like a never ending struggle because frankly, trends can be asked of any obscure thing. How do we proceed

              https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/economicsurvey/doc/Statistical-Appendix-in-English.pdf


              This has everything you need.  Now all you need is to smartly go through the most important of the trends.. It is a very bulky pdf but read as per demand of UPSC.. I could not find anything so comprehensive and reliable in graphical format.. 

              Shailputri,
              2.6k views
              Best efficient source to cover the "trends" type question in economics-crops, production, gdp etc? Is it available anywhere in a single way platform or do we have to do window-shopping which takes a lot of time, and to me it sounds like a never ending struggle because frankly, trends can be asked of any obscure thing. How do we proceed

              https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/economicsurvey/doc/Statistical-Appendix-in-English.pdf


              This has everything you need.  Now all you need is to smartly go through the most important of the trends.. It is a very bulky pdf but read as per demand of UPSC.. I could not find anything so comprehensive and reliable in graphical format.. 

              Bhai, this is punishment 😕

              2.5k views

              madeyesaid

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              Bhai, this is punishment 😕

              You need to work smart here.. No need to go through all the entries. Hardly 10 pages would be useful..  Look at the index  and keeping PYQs in mind, just do the topics that UPSC asks.. 

              If you find a better alternative please suggest to me also :) 

              2.3k views
              @sjerngal thanks a lot. Though the caveat "smart" work scares me tbh. It's as vague as sedition 🤣🤣


              2.1k views


              What kind of question is this?? Is Shreya not the name of a girl(female)????

              2k views
              So many doubts in today's paper, especially Reasoning portion. Does anyone else feels the same or is it just me??
              2k views


              What kind of question is this?? Is Shreya not the name of a girl(female)????

              And in the very next question, Raj is assumed to be a boy :D

              I went back and changed the option of Shreya wala question from none to 3. :stuck_out_tongue_closed_eyes:

              2k views

              @farejul The marking scheme today is erroneous. 2 for correct instead of 2.5, please check

              sator,sjerngaland2 otherslike this
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              the question says 9km east, solution is obtained by using 8km. My answers were not matching and wasted much time in this.

              necromancer,
              1.9k views
              @sjerngal  No it is not. We cannot assume unless the gender is mentioned as "daughter","sister","mother". In some questions "Tina" will be "brother" of some person. It is deliberately framed that way to check gender bias and overall biasness of a candidate (hence an aptitude test) :P


              H_1_M,
              1.9k views

              satorsaid

              the question says 9km east, solution is obtained by using 8km. My answers were not matching and wasted much time in this.

              so true

              1.8k views

              @farejul The marking scheme today is erroneous. 2 for correct instead of 2.5, please check

              Ok, I will check and update you accordingly

              Shailputri,
              1.8k views
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