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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

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Test 4 (03/04/2021) - CSAT - Q14

Shouldn't the answer be option 'c' ?

The passage has the following line : "When two or three different systems claim that they contain the revelation of the very core and center of truth and the acceptance of it is the exclusive pathway to heaven, conflicts are inevitable."

@forumiasacademy @Thinker @root - not sure which handle to tag. 

@Neyawn Sir, sorry to tag you for this. Can you please direct the concerned person to these queries ? Till last year SFG @Thinker was really active in responding, not sure who is incharge right now.. can you please ask the concerned person. Thank you. 

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@cot_ainok Many answers appear to be wrong.


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@root Can we pin this thread. It is not visible and had to scroll down a lot to find it, unlike previous SFG Discussion threads that were quite active. 

Yes we can do that. Have you tried adding it to My Space ?

That way you will see it at the top under My space tab.

cot_ainok, gaugau24
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Test 5 Q12. 

Option 2 - "A High Court has a power of judicial superintendence over all the tribunals functioning within its jurisdiction."

Shouldn't this be wrong as it is not "All" - exception is military tribunals ??

ArchAngel96, thepolicydreamer
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What is the maximum strength of lok sabha ? It was 552 but should it be 550 Now since Anglo indian nomination was not extended ?
CSLWARRIOR,
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root said

@root Can we pin this thread. It is not visible and had to scroll down a lot to find it, unlike previous SFG Discussion threads that were quite active. 

Yes we can do that. Have you tried adding it to My Space ?

That way you will see it at the top under My space tab.

I was asking for pinning for everyone on the common feed, just as you did right now. Thank you. @root can you also please direct any faculty who is involved with SFG to clear doubts on this thread? Till last year @Thinker used to do it, not sure who to tag right now. Thank you. 

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Test 5 Q12. 

Option 2 - "A High Court has a power of judicial superintendence over all the tribunals functioning within its jurisdiction."

Shouldn't this be wrong as it is not "All" - exception is military tribunals ??

No No No!

No!

You do not test the logical truth value of statements like that. When you consider statements such as those, please try to see if the statement is "generally" true. Can we say that the statement is true ?

For example,

(1) All Executive orders of the Union are issued in the name President.


Now that is generally true, But you will see that some govt orders  ( GO) will be issued by Secreraty sometimes not naming the President.

This is a very beginner mistake.

If you start testing the logical truth value of a statement then you will always find one exception and will be annually surprised that UPSC is not considering that exception. 


I am not making this statement with respect to this question. Generally follow this rule.

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root said

@root Can we pin this thread. It is not visible and had to scroll down a lot to find it, unlike previous SFG Discussion threads that were quite active. 

Yes we can do that. Have you tried adding it to My Space ?

That way you will see it at the top under My space tab.

I was asking for pinning for everyone on the common feed, just as you did right now. Thank you. @root can you also please direct any faculty who is involved with SFG to clear doubts on this thread? Till last year @Thinker used to do it, not sure who to tag right now. Thank you. 

We are working on this.

cot_ainok,
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Picassa said

I am not sure if this is the right thread to raise doubts related to SFG-2 questions but in today's test (Day_2) Q11


Which of the following laws cannot be invalidated even if they violated Fundamental Rights?

1. Taking over of any property by the State.

2. Amalgamations of two or more Public Sector Companies.

3. Premature cancellation of mining leases by the State government.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a 1 and 2 only
b 2 and 3 only
c 1 and 3 only
d 1, 2 and 3


It says ans to be D, but Laxmi says that state govt laws w.r.t 31-A are not immune from JR unless they are reserved for Prez consideration and have received his assent. 
So ans should be "A" IMO. 

Refer to Page 7.26 column 2 of 6th edition lakshmikant

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Umm what I meant was this. See red box. 

Or maybe am understanding it wrong 

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in questions like these , we know that Lok adalat aims to settle question both pre litigation and those pending before courts , but as only is not written, option a seems correct. Is this way we have to navigate through these questions . @neyawn even the earlier question you said , was on the same lines. pls shed some light. 

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I like apples AND grapes. 
Ques: Do I like apples ?
Ans : yes

Ques is about incorrect option and D is clearly wrong as no appeal lies against sorder of LA. It is final and binding. 

So final ans D 


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Picassa said

I like apples AND grapes. 
Ques: Do I like apples ?
Ans : yes

Ques is about incorrect option and D is clearly wrong as no appeal lies against sorder of LA. It is final and binding. 

So final ans D 


No , No .. that I know, just asking for future references as most of times , if i see such statements I m confused regarding whether include the exception as well if 'only' is not written .. neyawn said the same thing...i thing i also should follow the same rule..go for more generalistic statements.

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Definitely go for general rule. Especially true in application based ques of SnT , Env etc. 
Although in polity upsc does not play on such statements (not that I can recall now) but better to go for genral as Neywan said . 


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Picassa said

Umm what I meant was this. See red box. 

Or maybe am understanding it wrong 

Yeah.. I get your point. The box talks about another level of check before giving immunity to such laws. But point a and b are also mentioned in the same para (a and c). So even a can't be the answer. We're left with D only.

Seems the question has been framed in a rather broader sense.

Correct please if I'm getting it wrong.

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Yes exactly. 
I wanted to write same. Even A can't be ans. 

Maybe someone else can clarify this, till then let's accept this in broader sense. 


s918973, Tamanna_17
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Test 7, Question 3

1st statement is wrong in this question. For the removal of VP, we need an effective majority (majority of all the 'then' members) Article 67 , and not an 'absolute' majority.

It.s a typo in Laxmikanth. Kindly rectify the answer. @forumiasacademy @root 

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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’?

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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:

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