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[OFFICIAL] SFG 2021 | Level 2 | Details and Important Announcements

SFG 2021 - Level 2 | Starts - 31st March | Details and Important Announcements

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.


Important Updates:

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


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

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Updates #15 

SFG-2021 || Level 2 || Month 1 || Ranklist and Payment Link


Candidates are required to pay the fee by 28th April, for SFG and RLG as per the below rank list.

Ranklist for 1st Month: CLICK HERE

Payment for SFG Renewal (2nd Month): Rs. 1300 + GST (18%) per month 

Payment for RLG Renewal (2nd Month): Rs. 1900 + GST (18%) per month

From 28th April candidates who have not paid the renewal fee, will be removed from the course. 

After 29th April, fees will not be accepted on any ground whatsoever. Students will be removed from the course permanently.

It is likely that if you do not renew on time, you will miss a few tests. Also, after a few tests, you will not be allowed to join, because it defeats the whole purpose of (a) doing a program completely and (b) inculcating discipline.

We hope you understand.


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Updates #14

Prelims 2021 Reorientation Sessions for SFG Students



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Update #13 

All India Open Test - Simulator 0: Instructions

Timings : 07:00 AM to 09:00 AM

  • How to write the Test? To check the instructions, Click Here 
  • You can write the Test at the designated slot. If you are unable to write the test at the designated slot, you can write it anytime after 02:30 PM (April 11).
  • Solutions and Video discussion will be uploaded by 9 PM on 11th April.

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Update #12

The All India Open Simulator Test 0 will be conducted at 7 AM on Sunday for SFG Students. This will be a part of the SFG Test. Its score will be taken into account for determining SFG and RLG for the Daily / Weekly / Monthly Rankings. You can write the Test, just the way you attempt your SFG Tests. 

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Update #11

Application SFG Level 2- 2021 Doubtful questions/ Report an Error

Please fill the following form in order to report questions in which you have doubt of an error in the question or the solutions. If found valid, we will issue a corrigendum and also inform you of the same.

Click Here to fill the form.

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Update #10

Instructions for attempting the SFG tests- https://go.forumias.com/325

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Update #9

Info: SFG Level 2 to be conducted online until further notice.

As the Covid numbers are on the rise again and government restrictions are being imposed in various places, we have decided to conduct SFG Level 2 in Online Mode until further notice so that your health and the health of your family members is not put at risk.

If you have any queries, you can reach out to us at helpdesk@forumias.academy.

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Update #8

Results for SFG Level 2 Entrance Test 2 has been declared, please check your respective mails for the same.

Payment for students selected in SFG - Rs. 1300 + GST (18%) per month

Payment for students selected in RLG - Rs. 1900 + GST (18%) per month

Note: SFG 2021 - Level 2 will be starting from 31st March 2021

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Updates #7

Date of Entrance Test 2 - 21st March 2021, 10:00 AM - Concluded

The SFG 2021 Level 2 tests will be held in ONLINE MODE. If the situation improves by 22nd March and the Government allows the functioning of coaching institutions, the course will be available in OFFLINE MODE as well.

The Entrance Exam will be held on 21st March in online mode

The test will be conducted in Online mode at 10 AM in the morning.

Please click on the link for instructions regarding attempting the test.

https://go.forumias.com/321

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Updates #6

SFG Level 2.0 will include CSAT tests along with GS and Current Affairs Test, as requested by candidates.

It is expected that you prepare for it in advance instead of waiting for the day of the test. In SFG Level 1, we expected you to read the books for the first time, if you are a fresher - plus we have the luxury of time as well ( 5 months + )  In SFG level 2, we expect you to have read the books and should be using the plan as a revision plan. 

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Updates #5

It is expected that students appearing for Level 2 have either

(1) done with SFG Level 1 complete series OR
(2) done the basic books multiple times.

In case you have missed participating in SFG Level 1, it is now available as a test series that you may subscribe to separately. It is expected that you finish it substantially, if not completely. You can enrol for it by visiting

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Updates #4

The detailed exam plan for SFG 2021 - Level 2 is now available. 

You can see the detailed plan - https://go.forumias.com/sfglevel2-calender


Commencement Date of SFG Level 2  – 31st March 2021

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Updates  #3


Payment Links For SFG/RLG - Level 2 First Month

Payment link for students selected in SFG - Rs. 1300 + GST (18%) per month

Payment link for students selected in RLG - Rs. 1900 + GST (18%) per month

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Updates #2

Result of Entrance Test – 2nd March 2021, 5 PM

Please check the result of SFG 2021 - Level 2 Entrance Exam which scheduled on 28th Feb. 2021


Please check your Score and Rank whether you are selected for SFG or RLG.
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Updates #1

Date of Entrance Test 1 - 28th February 2021, 10:00 AM - Concluded

The test will be conducted in Online mode at 10 AM in the morning.

Please click on the link for instructions regarding attempting the test.

https://go.forumias.com/308

Note: The test will close at 11:00 AM

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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. Candidates who couldn't clear the cutoff and are unable to make it into both SFG and RLG can register for the 2nd Entrance Test.
  • Tests are conducted daily and results are provided within 8 hours of test with Name and Rank list for candidates and parents to evaluate their daily performance. On the basis of rankles, about 50% of bottom performing students from SFG are migrated to the reserve list on a weekly basis, and an equal number of students from reserve list (RLG) are moved into SFG.
  • The decision of the management in this regard is final and not subject to dispute. Please note that this migration is done not keeping in mind the overall merit list but moving away bottom 50% from SFG and picking up an equal number of people from RLG.
  • Thus those who may be getting more than RLG students, but are bottom 50 in SFG will be moved to RLG.
  • Every month, the bottom 20% or so non-performing students are eliminated from the program to maintain the quality of competition.
  • All candidates writing the CSE 2021 are eligible to apply for the entrance test.
  • This year we introduce some changes as to how we conduct the SFG exam. Please note that changes that we bring are always in response to the examination pattern, the student feedback and our own learning with respect to how to best enable a serious candidate to clear the exam.


SFG Level 2 (Advanced)

  • SFG Level 2 is for people who have completed the reading and revision of the basic books and are now ready to take on the exam. The objective of the SFG Level 2 is as below:
  • 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
  • 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


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/280.


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 monthly fee as per the group he/she is allocated.


Note:   Admissions to the SFG / RLG Group will only be on the basis of merit position of the candidate in the entrance test. Entrance Test will be held on 28th Feb. Candidates must register for the SFG Entrance Test by visiting https://go.forumias.com/280No admission will be granted to the candidate without appearing for the Entrance Test.


Fee Structure and Details:

The course duration is of about two months and fees are charged on a monthly basis. Fees for the full duration of the program cannot be paid at one go.

  • For students selected in SFG - Rs. 1300 + GST (18%) per month
  • For students selected in RLG - Rs. 1900 + GST (18%) per month

Fees are to be paid once the candidate is selected for the program. A fee of Rs. 118 is to be paid additionally for the I-Card by all students.

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Wishing You Success,

Always,

ForumIAS Academy

curious_kid , prashantshukla and 25 others like this
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Yup agree on this one. Ans is most likely wrong 


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DHARNA said

Consider the following statements, with reference to the election and impeachment of the President:

1. During election of the President only elected members of the Parliament take part whereas during impeachment both the elected and nominated members of Parliament take part.

2. The sum of the value of votes of all MLAs is equal to the sum of value of votes of all MPs.

3. The process of impeachment is a purely executive process done by the legislators.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

 2 only
 2 and 3 only
 1 and 3 only
 1, 2 and 3


If I read part1 and part 2 of statement 1 it appears correct in general sense. Shouldn’t it be wrong when the word ‘only’ is placed after ‘parliament’ instead of before ‘elected’?

Yeah.. even i feel the statement could have been framed in a better manner.. in it.s correct form it is a bit misleading.. 

DHARNA,
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DHARNA said

Consider the following statements, with reference to the election and impeachment of the President:

1. During election of the President only elected members of the Parliament take part whereas during impeachment both the elected and nominated members of Parliament take part.

2. The sum of the value of votes of all MLAs is equal to the sum of value of votes of all MPs.

3. The process of impeachment is a purely executive process done by the legislators.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

 2 only
 2 and 3 only
 1 and 3 only
 1, 2 and 3


If I read part1 and part 2 of statement 1 it appears correct in general sense. Shouldn’t it be wrong when the word ‘only’ is placed after ‘parliament’ instead of before ‘elected’?

Same Doubt, reading it S1 as a general statement one can forget to read 3rd statement. and mark "D"

DHARNA,
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@PixkaSaA During the test I felt Aaj forum ki side se andhadhun firing hoye ja rhi hai😂


UK01,
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Le Forum to all those who were confident for today's test 



Shan_tanu, DHARNA
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UK01 said

DHARNA said

Consider the following statements, with reference to the election and impeachment of the President:

1. During election of the President only elected members of the Parliament take part whereas during impeachment both the elected and nominated members of Parliament take part.

2. The sum of the value of votes of all MLAs is equal to the sum of value of votes of all MPs.

3. The process of impeachment is a purely executive process done by the legislators.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

 2 only
 2 and 3 only
 1 and 3 only
 1, 2 and 3


If I read part1 and part 2 of statement 1 it appears correct in general sense. Shouldn’t it be wrong when the word ‘only’ is placed after ‘parliament’ instead of before ‘elected’?

Same Doubt, reading it S1 as a general statement one can forget to read 3rd statement. and mark "D"

+1

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Picassa said

Lag gaye aaj toh bhai. Today i have some doubts :grin:

Q3 - VP can be removed by a resolution passed by an absolute majority of the Rajya Sabha.

It should be "efective majority" or as Laxmi says special majority of the then members which means "total membership - vacancy". It is same for speaker. 

Q5 

Pardoning power is executive in nature.

IMO power is executive power but it is definitely judicial in nature. The two are different things. Just like impeaching Prez is legislative power but it is judicial in nature. Ques is asking nature of power. 


CVC report to Prez + States having more subjects to tax + not more/less than 1/3rd women reservation were creations of a devilish mind + my own hasty reading in 2-3 ques + flunked in CA as not started it = Got destroyed today :grin:

Will Bounce Back Better :sweat_smile:

Just some food for thought. What could be the reason that pardoning power is said to be in exercised in executive capacity and not in judicial capacity.

Think and tell. Take a guess. Don’t Google or research, just think. What could be the possible benefit ? And what could be the possible harm in designating it as a judicial power .


Mains people should be able to answer this.

BattingBaba,
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My take that
It is to prevent a faulty/hasty decision that concerns with R2Life under 21. Depriving anyone one of R2Life must not be by a process that isn't fair, just and reasonable. 

It basically ensures a system of checks and balances among the organs of govt.  


Benefit of pardoning could be 

1. Accused gets to make a frsh start. 

2. Idea that "every saint has a past, every sinner a future" is upheld. 

3. Give scope for corrective justice which is better than retributive justice. 

4. In general, most democratic nations allow for such provisions . 


BattingBaba,
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Picassa said

My take that
It is to prevent a faulty/hasty decision that concerns with R2Life under 21. Depriving anyone one of R2Life must not be by a process that isn't fair, just and reasonable. 

It basically ensures a system of checks and balances among the organs of govt.  


Think more. Forget Laxmikant. Think about a reallife situation. What if we have a situation where someone is pronounced guilty- lets say a foreign citizen and we cant send him to the gallows, or its bad PR for our country, but justice says we gotta hang him.

How would a Prime Minister like to handle this situation?

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Yes agree. Kind of like Italian Marines case. To preserve friendly relations with other state would be another reason to make it exec power.
It could also be used to satisfy public sentiments prevailing in society wrt a certain case. As judiciary will only decide on merit of case based on rigid procedures. 


I understand that power is with executive but nature is still judicial na. 


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 The sum of the value of votes of all MLAs is equal to the sum of value of votes of all MPs.

Can someone explain this statement as well ?

All I know is 

Value of vote of each MLA differs from state to state.

Value of each MP is the same.


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 The sum of the value of votes of all MLAs is equal to the sum of value of votes of all MPs.

Can someone explain this statement as well ?

All I know is 

Value of vote of each MLA differs from state to state.

Value of each MP is the same.


In Presidential election, States and Union have equal representation. So, vote value of all MLAs combined is equal to vote value of all MPs

ArchAngel96,
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@Neyawn President/Governor does not act as a court of justice while exercising pardoning power. It is an act of grace/mercy exercised by the executive to uphold the political morality. 

Other reasons why it doesn't fall under judicial capacity- 
1. President is not required to record any reasons for his decision (courts/tribunals are generally asked to give reasoned decisions)
2. President is not only the head of the executive but also of the state. In such a situation the power is given primarily to correct any undue harsshess or error committed by an organ of the state (judiciary in this case). 


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@Neyawn PLZ TELL HOW CAN "JUDICIAL POWER" BE "EXECUTIVE IN NATURE"?

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Picassa said

Yes agree. Kind of like Italian Marines case. To preserve friendly relations with other state would be another reason to make it exec power.
It could also be used to satisfy public sentiments prevailing in society wrt a certain case. As judiciary will only decide on merit of case based on rigid procedures. 


I understand that power is with executive but nature is still judicial na. 


You have answered what are the benefit of having it as an executive power. Now tell me what is the harm if President exercised judicial power over the judgement of the Supreme Court?

Also, what do you mean by application of judicial mind or judicial process?

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@Neyawn President/Governor does not act as a court of justice while exercising pardoning power. It is an act of grace/mercy exercised by the executive to uphold the political morality. 

Other reasons why it doesn't fall under judicial capacity- 
1. President is not required to record any reasons for his decision (courts/tribunals are generally asked to give reasoned decisions)
2. President is not only the head of the executive but also of the state. In such a situation the power is given primarily to correct any undue harsshess or error committed by an organ of the state (judiciary in this case). 


Great! You have said "why it doesn't fall under judicial capacity"

Tell me why it SHOULD NOT fall under judicial capacity.

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@Neyawn Reasons why pardoning power should not fall under judicial capacity:
1. Constitution has established Supreme Court as the apex institution of justice delivery. Giving President (or for that matter any other office) to change the decision of apex institution as a judicial function will be unconstitutional. 
2. If power of President falls under judicial capacity, it would no more be an act of mercy/grace. It will have to follow laws, rules and decide mercy petitions on the basis of facts, evidences etc. This again nullifies the entire purpose of pardoning power, it will be more like reviewing the decision of apex court. 
3. President is the head of the State and the executive. Article 50 clearly talks about separation of judiciary and executive. Giving the head of executive judicial power will be unconstitutional. It will affect the system of checks and balance under Indian governance system. 


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@Neyawn Reasons why pardoning power should not fall under judicial capacity:
1. Constitution has established Supreme Court as the apex institution of justice delivery. Giving President (or for that matter any other office) to change the decision of apex institution as a judicial function will be unconstitutional. 
2. If power of President falls under judicial capacity, it would no more be an act of mercy/grace. It will have to follow laws, rules and decide mercy petitions on the basis of facts, evidences etc. This again nullifies the entire purpose of pardoning power, it will be more like reviewing the decision of apex court. 
3. President is the head of the State and the executive. Article 50 clearly talks about separation of judiciary and executive. Giving the head of executive judicial power will be unconstitutional. It will affect the system of checks and balance under Indian governance system. 


Yes Yes Yes!

You don't want a Supreme Court over a Supreme Court!

Brilliant! You made my day!

Henceforth, please follow the rule of asking "Why" people who wrote the Constitution did things the way they did!

And overall if you focus on "why things should" or why something is done, you will get brilliant points even for your Mains.

Okay, now think and tell me if NHRC is given a constitutional status, in the current set up what problem could it create ? :)

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Harm if Prez exercises judicial power over court
1. Undermines constitutional dictum that SC is final interpreter of const. Lowers authority of court
2. Over use = denial of rule of law (basic structure) which is miscarriage of justice. 
3. Political / Executive tyranny and against seperation of power doctrine. 

Application of judicial mind to me is 
1 Being fair just and reasonable 
2. Upholding principles of natural justice. 
3. Following due process (legal and constitutional)
4. Personally being objective, impartial and upholding integrity and dignity of office 


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Neyawn said

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Yes Yes Yes!

You don't want a Supreme Court over a Supreme Court!

Brilliant! You made my day!

Henceforth, please follow the rule of asking "Why" people who wrote the Constitution did things the way they did!

And overall if you focus on "why things should" or why something is done, you will get brilliant points even for your Mains.

Okay, now think and tell me if NHRC is given a constitutional status, in the current set up what problem could it create ? :)

Okie. Get it 🙂👍

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