[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 #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

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Picassa said

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 
4. Personally being objective, impartial and upholding integrity and dignity of office 


Only one reason. Judicial Process means to go as per law and be guided by it. 

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@Neyawn Thank you!! Marked your advice for future reference :)

Regarding NHRC:
1. Human Rights as per section 2 of the HR Act, 1993 include mostly rights mentioned in the Constitution [Fundamental Rights]. This implies Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over such matters. NHRC would simply act as another body since power of Supreme Court [or High Court] cannot be curtailed. 

2. Also, there are several other bodies with clear functions focusing on a particular section of the society and their rights. For instance, NCSC, NCST and NCBC. There may be overlapping of functions and jurisdictional issues. 


ssver2,
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@Neyawn in my view over the following discussion, the pardoning power can be called a executive decision because :

- It is a decision taken by the president which is actually made by the executive (not an discretionary power) 

- it is under an executive capacity because there is no whatsoever direct hearing of the accused (very impt for judge to make an decision) , not going into too much of details of the case - just an exercise to uphold morality and maybe say humanity(in case a person who is from disadvantaged community)

why it shouldn't be called an judicial decision?

- the procedural aspect of judiciary is missing in these decisions by prez - direct hearing , judgment based on witness and proofs etc 


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@Neyawn on the question of NHRC , by giving the constitutional status , following issues could arise :

- overlapping of jurisdictions with the other national commissions already existing - like the NCBC and NCST , which is actually better placed as dealing with particular community. 

(but not sure of the one of the SC , as mentioned by @Joeyisthebest , because the other bodies like NCBC and NCST are also consitutional bodies , which are also dealing with the grievances of the specific communities - same rights as well , that couldn't be one of the reasons for the purpose of not granting it a constitutional status else no body would ever be consitituted as SC is there for all the kinds of grievances)

ssver2,
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@sstarrr So, I think there is some difference between the functions and duties of NCSC and NHRC, at least at present. 

Section 2(d) of the Human Rights Act, 1993 defines Human Rights as: The rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants and enforceable by courts in India.

Section 12 of HR Act: 



By giving NHRC constitutional status, it can in a way inquire on its own with respect to human rights which are essentially fundamental rights. However, Supreme Court and High Court already have jurisdiction with respect to it. Therefore, I think it will just be another body. Please read (a) and (b) of Section 12. 

Differentiating it from NCSC/NCST: These are constitutionally mandated to safeguards accorded to respective groups under the Constitution or for any deprivation of rights. But this cannot be equated to fundamental rights. 

Of course, this is a personal view and I may be wrong here. 


ssver2,
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@sstarrr So, I think there is some difference between the functions and duties of NCSC and NHRC, at least at present. 

Section 2(d) of the Human Rights Act, 1993 defines Human Rights as: The rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants and enforceable by courts in India.

Section 12 of HR Act: 



By giving NHRC constitutional status, it can in a way inquire on its own with respect to human rights which are essentially fundamental rights. However, Supreme Court and High Court already have jurisdiction with respect to it. Therefore, I think it will just be another body. Please read (a) and (b) of Section 12. 

Differentiating it from NCSC/NCST: These are constitutionally mandated to safeguards accorded to respective groups under the Constitution or for any deprivation of rights. But this cannot be equated to fundamental rights. 

Of course, this is a personal view and I may be wrong here. 


Umm,

Think you are the Cabinet Secy. You have to get work done from departments and ensure that law is followed, Judiciary orders are followed and no judges are offended ( or else they will call you )

Now tell me who is the head of NHRC. Think along seniority and whose order you have to follow.

ssver2,
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@sstarrr So, I think there is some difference between the functions and duties of NCSC and NHRC, at least at present. 

Section 2(d) of the Human Rights Act, 1993 defines Human Rights as: The rights relating to life, liberty, equality and dignity of the individual guaranteed by the Constitution or embodied in the International Covenants and enforceable by courts in India.

Section 12 of HR Act: 



By giving NHRC constitutional status, it can in a way inquire on its own with respect to human rights which are essentially fundamental rights. However, Supreme Court and High Court already have jurisdiction with respect to it. Therefore, I think it will just be another body. Please read (a) and (b) of Section 12. 

Differentiating it from NCSC/NCST: These are constitutionally mandated to safeguards accorded to respective groups under the Constitution or for any deprivation of rights. But this cannot be equated to fundamental rights. 

Of course, this is a personal view and I may be wrong here. 


My sole point was to say if we say that a particular body cannot be created just because SC is having jurisidicton over that matter , then in my view no body would ever be created because essentially SC is there for all our grievances , you belong to any group , any community if you feel ur any rights have been violated just approach the SC.  

I do understand that NHRC is diff from other bodies but overall they function to safeguard the basic rights of groups. Again I may be wrong but yeah personal view. 

ssver2, Joeyisthebest
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Neyawn said

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Umm,

Think you are the Cabinet Secy. You have to get work done from departments and ensure that law is followed, Judiciary orders are followed and no judges are offended ( or else they will fall you )

Now tell me who is the head of NHRC. Think along seniority and whose order you have to follow.

ex-CJI. (2019 amendment also made it possible for an ex-SC Judge to be chair). In the real world, an ex-CJI with constitutional mandate would be at very high position in hierarchy. But legally speaking, her past role as CJI poses no significance, no? 


I read somewhere that a powerful lokpal can disturb the balance of power among three branches. Similar argument can be applied for a constitutional NHRC with wide powers.


Let's also discuss that GS-2 question: Do you think imparting constitutionality to the National Commission for Women would ensure greater gender justice and empowerment in India?

And what concrete benefits would 102nd amendment ensure (except that now concurrence of Parliament is required for amending OBC list)?

Random fact: while most non-constitutional bodies submit report to CG, CVC sends its to President. But what real world consequence this distinction has (report to CG/Prez)?

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@Neyawn Head of the NHRC can be former CJI or Judge of Supreme Court. So in a way he is senior to the sitting judges of the Supreme Court [Not as per order of precedence]. So there may be a tussle between the chairman of NHRC and the Supreme Court, is this what you are trying to say? Because once NHRC is given a constitutional mandate, an ex-CJI will be senior as well as a constitutional post and hence his orders can be treated as good as orders of SC! Don't know if this is the right line of thought. 


ssver2,
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s918973 said


not a provision of 73rd 

s918973,
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@Neyawn Head of the NHRC can be former CJI or Judge of Supreme Court. So in a way he is senior to the sitting judges of the Supreme Court [Not as per order of precedence]. So there may be a tussle between the chairman of NHRC and the Supreme Court, is this what you are trying to say? Because once NHRC is given a constitutional mandate, an ex-CJI will be senior as well as a constitutional post and hence his orders can be treated as good as orders of SC! Don't know if this is the right line of thought. 


His orders cannot be treated as good as SC, but it creates parallel institutions with protocol issues.  You do not want to have a problem of State within State. 

ssver2, Joeyisthebest
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@Neyawn yes that. Not exactly at par with SC orders because of the constitution. Thank for this! It was good food for brain :)


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Wrt question no. 1 in today's sfg test, 

onsider 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.

Statement  1 should be correct. Because, the statement talks about elected members of parliament vis a vis nominated members of parliament. Taking it forward, it says 'only' elected members of parliament and not elected members of only parliament. The placing of word only makes the whole difference to the statement.  Had it been the latter, the statement would have been wrong.

The solution set provides that statement 1 is wrong. 

@forumiasacademy  could you please help clarify this doubt?

Thanks!

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Q. 3 today's test. Removal of VP , shouldn't it be effective majority? But the keys say absolute majority? @Neyawn @forumiasacademy 

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Sheep said

Q. 3 today's test. Removal of VP , shouldn't it be effective majority? But the keys say absolute majority? @Neyawn @forumiasacademy 

Same doubt...it should be effective majority ( majority of the then members of the house)

@forumiasacademy  please clarify

Thanks!



Sheep,
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Sheep said

Q. 3 today's test. Removal of VP , shouldn't it be effective majority? But the keys say absolute majority? @Neyawn @forumiasacademy 

Same doubt...it should be effective majority ( majority of the then members of the house)

@forumiasacademy  please clarify

Thanks!



I just saw the keys. It has been corrected.

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@ssver2 Yes. Clearly shows the importance of pen and paper based exam. 


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Q.12) Consider the following statements:
1. For removal of members of SPSC (State Public service commissions), the Governor has to refer the matter to High court for an enquiry.
2. For removal of members UPSC (Union Public service commissions), the President has to refer the matter to Supreme Court for an enquiry.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
Ans) b

Issue with the question:
President has to refer the matter to SC only in certain cases. In majority cases of removal, he doesn't have to refer the matter to SC.

"For removal of members UPSC (Union Public service commissions), the President has to refer the matter to Supreme Court for an enquiry." - statement would be false.


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