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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.



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.


Updates #14

Prelims 2021 Reorientation Sessions for SFG Students


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.


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. 


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.


Update #10

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


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.


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


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.



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. 


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

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


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


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.

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.


Note: The test will close at 11:00 AM


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.


Wishing You Success,


ForumIAS Academy

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s918973 said

Yes Sir, I do.

If you have any doubts regarding the paper , please try to ask on the same day before 12PM. Team daily posts corrigendum , ranklist and solution on this channel. If you still have doubts and your query is not answered, I can only suggest you to mail at helpdesk@forumias.academy. Thanks


How do we conclude that there are 6 steps in total?

I wasted so much time on this set  but 0 result 😅
Found test to be really time consuming. Maybe I was out of touch or what but upsc ka itna tough nai hota. Nevermind I flunked. Tauba tauba aaj ke din ki start hi kharaab ho gayi  😑
Ab RLG 🥲


I have a querry. 

Is there a noticeboard where daily, weekly rankings are being published ?

If yes, someone please share the link. 



How do we conclude that there are 6 steps in total?

Considering no one at step 1.

and sequence of steps: p>q and s>R (these are all together 4 steps)

Then P & R must be odd i.e after 1st step odd steps are 3 & 5 (which is P&R) and S>R Means 6>5 so there is 6 steps altogether.

Quiet complex one and time consuming passage. 

I'm not sure anything exist like that.

But for a single view with all updates (of every test). one can direct access channel link. 

Hmm. Ok. But yahan koi list nai h iss type ki . But anyways thanks :) 
Also do you know which chapters are exactly included in the part "consolidation of India" for Monday's test ?

Also for 21st April test, the syllabus excel sheet has a blank. Don't know what that means . 

@PixkaSaA It’s okay :) Whenever I perform bad in any of the test, I say this to myself that I committed mistakes today only not to commit them again in real examination. At least I get to know about my weak areas. And seriously I was the happiest when I saw CSAT included in the schedule since I am among those people who were sure of clearing GS but flunked in CSAT that too by 4.16 marks (2.5+ 1.66) 

ek question extra galat hone ki keemat tum kya Jano  upsc vale babu :p

I can understand that brother. 
I went from 138 to 72 to this yr ~100 (expecting).
After last to last yrs poor performance, I solved 1 year upsc paper for practice and score improved . So I was expecting today's paper to be cakewalk. But chalo ab next week accha karenge 🙃

How many attempts have u given before? Can u tell your marks?

I am curious because, u are scoring very well in almost all tests.

I gave cse 2020 (scored ~82 in gs1).

Arey bhai aise samajh lo, I've failed in prelims more times than you have given attempts 😅
Iss saal 105 kuch aaye honge. 

Also, where do you see the ranklist? 

OMG it's down there. I only used to see top posts and think where are they . My bad. Thanks anyways. 


@FORUM @Jack__Sparrow for tommorows test, what chapters from spectrum constitutes "consolidation of india"


@FORUM @Jack__Sparrow for tommorows test, what chapters from spectrum constitutes "consolidation of india"


SFG level 2 Tests are not chapter or book based tests. Consolidation of India may indicate the consolidation of India from princely states . You can refer to any text of your choice , or even the Internet.


@forumiasacademy Where is the ranklist of today's Simulator 1?

What is the latest edition of spectrum ?
Can anyone send me schedule for sfg level 2
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