[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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              @farejul Will we get video explanations for Sim 1 and 2 (18th Sept and 22nd Sept tests)?

              Video has been uploaded to your portal. kindly check.


              Sorry for the inconvenience.

              Yes. Got. Thanks.
              I can't view the ranks either. Could you check once...

              Check once again

              3.1k views

              @farejul Will we get video explanations for Sim 1 and 2 (18th Sept and 22nd Sept tests)?

              Video has been uploaded to your portal. kindly check.


              Sorry for the inconvenience.

              Yes. Got. Thanks.
              I can't view the ranks either. Could you check once...

              Check once again

              Perfect. Thanks.

              3k views

              @farejul @Neyawn  

              In today's test Q.39, I think Statement 2 is not a provision in constitution. If not so, in which article - 'more backward' phrase is there?

              3.1k views

              @farejul @Neyawn  In today's test Q. 97, I think Statement 2 is wrong because Arunachal and Nagaland have adopted English. Please clarify.


              3k views

              Dear Students,

              Given below the corrigendum for today's test Simulator 2 of SFG Level 3.

              Question 39:  

              Q.39) Consider the following statements with respect to the provisions of Reservation in the Constitution of India:  

              1. The Right to reservation is a Fundamental Right.  

              2. The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  

              3. The backwardness of a community can be determined solely based on their economic wellbeing.  

              Which of the following statement given above is/are incorrect?  

              a) 1 and 2 only  

              b) 2 and 3 only  

              c) 1 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   


              Explanation:  

              Statement 2 is correct: In the Indra Sawhney & Others Vs. Union Of India case (also known as Mandal case), the Supreme Court of India held that the powers under Article 16(4) permits states to classify backward classes into backward and more or most backward classes. However, this classification is permitted only on the basis of the degrees of social backwardness and not on the basis of the economic consideration alone. If backward classes are classified into backward and more or most backward classes, separate quotas of reservations will have to be kept for each of such classes. 

              Although the term more backward and most backward is not used in the Constitution of India, it is implicit that such provision exists as ruled by the Supreme Court. As Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution, its judgements must be read along with the provisions of the Constitution of India. The question intents to ask general provisions of reservation, because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution.   

               

              Question 97: 

              Q.97) Consider the following statements:   

              1. Both English and Hindi can be used for all the official purposes of the Union.   

              2. State legislature can authorize its laws to be in any language other than English.  

              3. All proceedings of the Supreme Court are undertaken in English language only.   

              Which of the statements given above is/are correct?   

              a) 1 and 3 only  

              b) 1 and 2 only  

              c) 2 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   

               

              Explanation: 

              Statement 2 is correct: According to the Constitution, until Parliament provides otherwise, the authoritative texts of all bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations and bye-laws at the Central and state levels are to be in the English language only. However, a state legislature can prescribe the use of any language (other than English) with respect to bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations or bye-laws, but a translation of the same in the English language is to be published. Hence, although a state can prescribe any language, other than English, for its business, the English translation must be published along with it. 


              The term other than English should not be interpreted as exclusion of English as a language in the state legislature. Also, the operative word is can, which means, the states have the power to use any other language, that doesnt mean the states are under any compulsion to use any other language.  

              DM,Shailputri
              2.8k views

              Dear Students,

              Given below the corrigendum for today's test Simulator 2 of SFG Level 3.

              Question 39:  

              Q.39) Consider the following statements with respect to the provisions of Reservation in the Constitution of India:  

              1. The Right to reservation is a Fundamental Right.  

              2. The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  

              3. The backwardness of a community can be determined solely based on their economic wellbeing.  

              Which of the following statement given above is/are incorrect?  

              a) 1 and 2 only  

              b) 2 and 3 only  

              c) 1 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   


              Explanation:  

              Statement 2 is correct: In the Indra Sawhney & Others Vs. Union Of India case (also known as Mandal case), the Supreme Court of India held that the powers under Article 16(4) permits states to classify backward classes into backward and more or most backward classes. However, this classification is permitted only on the basis of the degrees of social backwardness and not on the basis of the economic consideration alone. If backward classes are classified into backward and more or most backward classes, separate quotas of reservations will have to be kept for each of such classes. 

              Although the term more backward and most backward is not used in the Constitution of India, it is implicit that such provision exists as ruled by the Supreme Court. As Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution, its judgements must be read along with the provisions of the Constitution of India. The question intents to ask general provisions of reservation, because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution.   

               

              Question 97: 

              Q.97) Consider the following statements:   

              1. Both English and Hindi can be used for all the official purposes of the Union.   

              2. State legislature can authorize its laws to be in any language other than English.  

              3. All proceedings of the Supreme Court are undertaken in English language only.   

              Which of the statements given above is/are correct?   

              a) 1 and 3 only  

              b) 1 and 2 only  

              c) 2 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   

               

              Explanation: 

              Statement 2 is correct: According to the Constitution, until Parliament provides otherwise, the authoritative texts of all bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations and bye-laws at the Central and state levels are to be in the English language only. However, a state legislature can prescribe the use of any language (other than English) with respect to bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations or bye-laws, but a translation of the same in the English language is to be published. Hence, although a state can prescribe any language, other than English, for its business, the English translation must be published along with it. 


              The term other than English should not be interpreted as exclusion of English as a language in the state legislature. Also, the operative word is can, which means, the states have the power to use any other language, that doesnt mean the states are under any compulsion to use any other language.  

              State Legislature can authorise its laws to be in any language other than English- but isn't it limited toofficial languages of the state, which can be declared only after Presidential direction? Whereas the question mentioned 'any language'...


              Need some clarity here. I also read somewhere Presidential direction is not compulsory (altho Laxmikanth mentions direction is needed). What is the final word then?

              2.8k views
              @farejul   Q39 "because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution" is not logical explanation. There is a difference between 'reservation in India' and 'provision of reservation in constitution of India'.

              Q97. 

              https://rajbhasha.gov.in/en/constitutional-provisions.

              There is a difference between 'other than English' and 'if other than English, translation is required'.

              2.6k views
              @farejul   Q39 "because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution" is not logical explanation. There is a difference between 'reservation in India' and 'provision of reservation in constitution of India'.

              Q97. 

              https://rajbhasha.gov.in/en/constitutional-provisions.

              There is a difference between 'other than English' and 'if other than English, translation is required'.

              Brother, the question is :

              Q.39) Consider the following statements with respect to the provisions of Reservation in the Constitution of India:  

              1. The Right to reservation is a Fundamental Right.  

              2. The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  

              3. The backwardness of a community can be determined solely based on their economic wellbeing.  

              Which of the following statement given above is/are incorrect?  

              a) 1 and 2 only  

              b) 2 and 3 only  

              c) 1 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   

              Explanation:  

              Statement 2 is correct: In the Indra Sawhney & Others Vs. Union Of India case (also known as Mandal case), the Supreme Court of India held that the powers under Article 16(4) permits states to classify backward classes into backward and more or most backward classes. However, this classification is permitted only on the basis of the degrees of social backwardness and not on the basis of the economic consideration alone. If backward classes are classified into backward and more or most backward classes, separate quotas of reservations will have to be kept for each of such classes. 

              Although the term more backward and most backward is not used in the Constitution of India, it is implicit that such provision exists as ruled by the Supreme Court. As Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution, its judgements must be read along with the provisions of the Constitution of India. The question intents to ask general provisions of reservation, because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution.   


              In such questions , please do not restrict yourself to the context set by the tone of teh question. Evaluate independently if "The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  " and not that does the constitution say that "The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  "

              Use this for your mocks and exam, you will avoid missing a lot of questions. Try to see what is the demand of the question, not exact wordings. Dont fall for the wording trap. Avoid any sort of overanalysis.

              2.6k views

              How many marks did you all get in simulator 1? I got 93 marks, they seemed fine considering the difficulty of the paper but the percentile was disastrous. 
              1st rank had 180+ marks so obviously that isn't credible and no ranklist either. Maybe looking at the scores of people here might give a rough idea. 




              Also,@farejul  does this signify average marks for the top 50 percentile? If yes, there seems to be some mathematical error. These average marks seem inflated. I noticed a similar issue in open mock too. Despite being in top 5 percentile, my marks were wayyy below the top 50% marks. 



              2.4k views

              How many marks did you all get in simulator 1? I got 93 marks, they seemed fine considering the difficulty of the paper but the percentile was disastrous. 
              1st rank had 180+ marks so obviously that isn't credible and no ranklist either. Maybe looking at the scores of people here might give a rough idea. 




              Also,@farejul  does this signify average marks for the top 50 percentile? If yes, there seems to be some mathematical error. These average marks seem inflated. I noticed a similar issue in open mock too. Despite being in top 5 percentile, my marks were wayyy below the top 50% marks. 



              I think it's top 50 ranks. 

              2.3k views

              Dear Students,

              Given below the corrigendum for today's test Simulator 2 of SFG Level 3.

              Question 39:  

              Q.39) Consider the following statements with respect to the provisions of Reservation in the Constitution of India:  

              1. The Right to reservation is a Fundamental Right.  

              2. The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  

              3. The backwardness of a community can be determined solely based on their economic wellbeing.  

              Which of the following statement given above is/are incorrect?  

              a) 1 and 2 only  

              b) 2 and 3 only  

              c) 1 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   


              Explanation:  

              Statement 2 is correct: In the Indra Sawhney & Others Vs. Union Of India case (also known as Mandal case), the Supreme Court of India held that the powers under Article 16(4) permits states to classify backward classes into backward and more or most backward classes. However, this classification is permitted only on the basis of the degrees of social backwardness and not on the basis of the economic consideration alone. If backward classes are classified into backward and more or most backward classes, separate quotas of reservations will have to be kept for each of such classes. 

              Although the term more backward and most backward is not used in the Constitution of India, it is implicit that such provision exists as ruled by the Supreme Court. As Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution, its judgements must be read along with the provisions of the Constitution of India. The question intents to ask general provisions of reservation, because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution.   

               

              Question 97: 

              Q.97) Consider the following statements:   

              1. Both English and Hindi can be used for all the official purposes of the Union.   

              2. State legislature can authorize its laws to be in any language other than English.  

              3. All proceedings of the Supreme Court are undertaken in English language only.   

              Which of the statements given above is/are correct?   

              a) 1 and 3 only  

              b) 1 and 2 only  

              c) 2 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   

               

              Explanation: 

              Statement 2 is correct: According to the Constitution, until Parliament provides otherwise, the authoritative texts of all bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations and bye-laws at the Central and state levels are to be in the English language only. However, a state legislature can prescribe the use of any language (other than English) with respect to bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations or bye-laws, but a translation of the same in the English language is to be published. Hence, although a state can prescribe any language, other than English, for its business, the English translation must be published along with it. 


              The term other than English should not be interpreted as exclusion of English as a language in the state legislature. Also, the operative word is can, which means, the states have the power to use any other language, that doesnt mean the states are under any compulsion to use any other language.  

              State Legislature can authorise its laws to be in any language other than English- but isn't it limited toofficial languages of the state, which can be declared only after Presidential direction? Whereas the question mentioned 'any language'...


              Need some clarity here. I also read somewhere Presidential direction is not compulsory (altho Laxmikanth mentions direction is needed). What is the final word then?

              A state legislature can prescribe the use of any language other than English with respect to bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations or bye-laws, but a translation of the same in the English language is to be published. Here, the term any language other than English should be interpreted as a language other than English can be used by state legislature. It is implicit that a state will most likely use one of its official languages for this purpose.  

              Who recognizes the official language for a state -  

              According to Article 345 of the Constitution, the Legislature of a State may by law adopt any one or more of the languages or Hindi for all or any of the official purposes of that State: 

              Article 347 also provides that, if the President is satisfied that a substantial portion of the population desire to use any language spoken by them to be recognised by the State. Then he will direct that such language be recognised by the State. 

              Thus, both the State legislature as well as the President of India have the power to recognize the official language of a state.  

              sjerngal,Shailputri
              2.2k views

              Dear Students,

              Given below the corrigendum for today's test Simulator 2 of SFG Level 3.

              Question 39:  

              Q.39) Consider the following statements with respect to the provisions of Reservation in the Constitution of India:  

              1. The Right to reservation is a Fundamental Right.  

              2. The State can categorize backward classes as backward and more backward for the purpose of providing reservation.  

              3. The backwardness of a community can be determined solely based on their economic wellbeing.  

              Which of the following statement given above is/are incorrect?  

              a) 1 and 2 only  

              b) 2 and 3 only  

              c) 1 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   


              Explanation:  

              Statement 2 is correct: In the Indra Sawhney & Others Vs. Union Of India case (also known as Mandal case), the Supreme Court of India held that the powers under Article 16(4) permits states to classify backward classes into backward and more or most backward classes. However, this classification is permitted only on the basis of the degrees of social backwardness and not on the basis of the economic consideration alone. If backward classes are classified into backward and more or most backward classes, separate quotas of reservations will have to be kept for each of such classes. 

              Although the term more backward and most backward is not used in the Constitution of India, it is implicit that such provision exists as ruled by the Supreme Court. As Supreme Court is the ultimate interpreter of the Constitution, its judgements must be read along with the provisions of the Constitution of India. The question intents to ask general provisions of reservation, because the commission generally doesnt ask for specific articles of the constitution.   

               

              Question 97: 

              Q.97) Consider the following statements:   

              1. Both English and Hindi can be used for all the official purposes of the Union.   

              2. State legislature can authorize its laws to be in any language other than English.  

              3. All proceedings of the Supreme Court are undertaken in English language only.   

              Which of the statements given above is/are correct?   

              a) 1 and 3 only  

              b) 1 and 2 only  

              c) 2 and 3 only  

              d) 1, 2 and 3   

               

              Explanation: 

              Statement 2 is correct: According to the Constitution, until Parliament provides otherwise, the authoritative texts of all bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations and bye-laws at the Central and state levels are to be in the English language only. However, a state legislature can prescribe the use of any language (other than English) with respect to bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations or bye-laws, but a translation of the same in the English language is to be published. Hence, although a state can prescribe any language, other than English, for its business, the English translation must be published along with it. 


              The term other than English should not be interpreted as exclusion of English as a language in the state legislature. Also, the operative word is can, which means, the states have the power to use any other language, that doesnt mean the states are under any compulsion to use any other language.  

              State Legislature can authorise its laws to be in any language other than English- but isn't it limited toofficial languages of the state, which can be declared only after Presidential direction? Whereas the question mentioned 'any language'...


              Need some clarity here. I also read somewhere Presidential direction is not compulsory (altho Laxmikanth mentions direction is needed). What is the final word then?

              A state legislature can prescribe the use of any language other than English with respect to bills, acts, ordinances, orders, rules, regulations or bye-laws, but a translation of the same in the English language is to be published. Here, the term any language other than English should be interpreted as a language other than English can be used by state legislature. It is implicit that a state will most likely use one of its official languages for this purpose.  

              Who recognizes the official language for a state -  

              According to Article 345 of the Constitution, the Legislature of a State may by law adopt any one or more of the languages or Hindi for all or any of the official purposes of that State: 

              Article 347 also provides that, if the President is satisfied that a substantial portion of the population desire to use any language spoken by them to be recognised by the State. Then he will direct that such language be recognised by the State. 

              Thus, both the State legislature as well as the President of India have the power to recognize the official language of a state.  

              Got it! Thanks.

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              where to check cutoff for simulator? @farejul 

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