SFG 2023 Level-1 | Entrance Test - 13th November 2022 - ForumIAS

SFG 2023 Level-1 | Entrance Test - 13th November 2022

SFG 2023 Level-1 | Program starts - 26th December 2022

Dear Students,  

ForumIAS Select Focus Group (SFG) is a program designed on three parameters of a) discipline, b) rigorous and c) revision. Many of students who joined ForumIAS SFG were able to cross the Prelims hurdle for the very first time. While many students who write mains and appear for interview join SFG for a quick revision of prelims syllabus. 

SFG has been able to keep up with dynamism of UPSC paper by striking a rich balance between static and dynamic content as well as ensuring conceptual development of every subject. Our performance can be validated with more than 2000+ selections in 2022 through our SFG Test series, we are hereby announcing SFG LEVEL 1 for the 5th year as one of our most innovative programs for successfully cracking the Prelims Examination.

SFG will be starting from 5th December, and this is the optimum time where one facing the prelims hurdle should get cracking on their Prelims preparation.

The Select Focus Group test series has been designed exactly to the demand of the Prelims examination. In Level 1 we will focus on: 

1. Developing the  art of solving prelims questions helping consolidate and revise knowledge base.  

2. It will  cover all the NCERTs as the primary source, in addition will also supplement questions from the secondary source mentioned in the timetable.

3.  Focus ondeveloping analytical acumen through interlinked and  multi - dimensional questions. 

4.  Focusing onpattern and difficulty which is  similar to UPSC prelims paper 

5.  We will be covering comprehensivelyboth  static and current affairs portion  for Prelims 2023. 

6.   5 Previous Year Questions  will be covered in each test, to accustom the students towards the type of questions asked by UPSC. 

22nd November Update:

Dear Friends,

SFG 2023 Level-1 Entrance Test-2 will be conducted on 11th December 2022 at 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Interested candidate can register for Entrance Test-2 on below link:


17th November Update:

Dear Friends,

The result of SFG 2023 Level-1 Entrance Test has been announced. If you participated you can check it on your registered mail id.

In case you have not received your score on your mail, please check junk/spam folder of your mailbox or mail to Mr. Farejul at  farej@flaviant.com.

You can also call us at  9311740914  and  9311740948.

16th November Update:

1. Important Update Regarding SFG 2023 Level-1 Starting Date  Click Here

11th November Update:

1.Important Update regarding the Clarification on Last time to register for SFG 2023 Level-1  Click Here  to know more

2. Click Here  to download the Admit Card for Entrance Test of SFG 2023 Level-1

10th November Update:

Important Update regarding the Test Centers for SFG 2023 Level-1 Entrance Test Click Here  to know more

31st October Update:

New Date of SFG Entrance Exam for candidates of IFoS Mains and Other Exams Click Here  to know more

27th October Update:

Clarification regarding SFG enrolment for CGP & Eklavya 2023 students,  Click Here 

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 5 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 the test with Name and Rank list for candidates to evaluate their daily performance. On the basis of ranks, 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 2023 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.   


Important Dates and Updates:  

Registration for Entrance Exam Starts: 4th October 2022 | 8 AM.

SFG 2023 Noticeboard: https://blog.forumias.com/sfg/

Registration for Entrance Exam Ends: 11th November 2022 | 5 PM  

Hall Ticket and Exam Instructions: 12th November 2022 | 5 PM 

Entrance Test: 13th November 2022 | 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Entrance Test Results: 16th November 2022 | 10 PM

SFG Program Starts:5th December 2022 | 7 AM

SFG Program Starts: Now the Program will start from 26th December 2022

*If you have any clash with any other exam, you will get an opportunity to write the second entrance exam. Only those students will have opportunity to write 2nd entrance who will email other exam hall ticket to  farej@flaviant.com.

*SFG is available in both Online mode and Offline mode at Hyderabad, Patna, New Delhi Centers.

* The SFG 2023 Level-1 will be conducted at ForumIAS Delhi, Patna & Hyderabad Centers.  Click Here  to know more


Application Procedure  

  • The program will commence from 5th December 2022, admission to which will be entrance-based. The Entrance Test will be conducted on13th November 2022in both online and offline mode. The results of the Entrance Test will be announced by 16th November 2022.  
  • 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.700+ GST.Candidates can register by visiting  https://academy.forumias.com/sfg/  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.   
  • 100 students will be selected for SFG - 50 from online mode and 50 from students who gave the test in offline mode in Delhi, Patna, Hyderabad and  20+ other CentresThe remaining students will be selected for RLG. Students can switch from online to the offline mode or vice versa before attempting the first test. The ranklist of online and offline students will be published separately. 
  • The candidate must pay the program fee as per the group he/she is allocated.   

 Here are some updates with respect to the SFG Entrance Test:

  •      The test will be of 1 hour's duration. It will have both GS and CSAT questions.
  •   There will be 50 questions. For every correct question, there will be 2 marks, and for incorrect questions, there will be a negative marking of -0.67
  •      It is expected that candidates will have gone through the basic books and are aware of the concepts across different subjects.  
  •    For GS part, you can expect a judicious mix of questions from Polity (10 Questions), Economy (9 Questions), Modern History (9 Questions) and Indian geography (6 Questions). For Current Affairs (6 Questions), questions will be asked from the last 3 months from August, September and October of 2022.
  •    For CSAT part, a total of 10 questions from Reading Comprehension, Reasoning, and Aptitude will be asked. The previous year's question paper from 2013 can be used as a reference point for preparing these topics.
  •    The entrance test will challenge your problem-solving aptitude within the given time constraint.

Note: Admissions to the SFG / RLG Group will only be on the basis of the merit position of the candidate in the entrance test.

No admission will be granted to the candidate without appearing for the Entrance Test.    


DM,Uno dos tresand17 otherslike this


Reaction of those who just wrote mains 2022 ! 

Naadan_Parinda,D503and26 otherslike this


I took the test online, and found some discrepancies in Q31. and Q32.

There is no passage for 31 and 32 in the online portal.

In comparison, the pdf shows the passage, but I only opened it after completing the exam.

Kindly look into this.

indiagaurav,crikeymateand10 otherslike this

Bhai aise comments mat karo… merko dar lag jaata :P. I hope you’re fine mentally. If not, kindly share with all of us. We all are in the same boat :)

D503,Tina1997and10 otherslike this

Scared souls like me who couldn't clear Prelims 2022:

Foucault1,vaishali20vand8 otherslike this

Why the sudden change in sfg program schedule@Neyawn and@farejul 

Monk,Ndklongand6 otherslike this


Please keep the Timing as 8am. Please so that people from other parts of Delhi can also reach. Please!@Neyawn @farejul 

We have given it a lot of thought, and every year, we do want to revise it. But then it has cascading effect of creating new problems. Also, if we dont make you study by 7AM, we have lost the day.

We know we may be able to get more students with convenient timings, but that sacrifice of sleep and comfort zone is needed. 

No sacrifice, no victory!

DM,iti3and4 otherslike this
Why is the date being shifted for SFG from 5th of December to 26th? The schedule is being changed after the entrance exam has been conducted. We have already made arrangements for our stay at Delhi. Please don't change the schedule which had already been posted two months back. Thanks in advance.
Monk,Diehardand4 otherslike this
@Pepethefrog we all have been struggling everyday, 
Starting from waking up in time to think what are we doing ? I dnt know about other but everyday i go through an existential crisis ! 
But phir bhi sham hote hote lagta hain kuch toh kar liya , raat taak stretch kar lete hain !! 
I dnt know how people are motivated evryday.
Toh sab same feel kar rahe hain
U r not alone

D503,vaishali20vand4 otherslike this

@farejul With the new program start date, have two questions:

1. How can one take the entrance test now that it suits their timelines?

2. Would SFG Level 2 still be there? If yes, when?

Joeyisthebest,Monkand3 otherslike this
Pre shifts a week...SFG a month :(
Foucault1,MichaelScarnand3 otherslike this
@DM Noted/Gaath Baandh Li. One more question in Level 1 should I focus on mentioned NCERTS or skip em to read Std Books. I do not want to skip but then I also do not want to end up wasting time/failing again by covering NCERTs for 3 months.

Haven't covered NCERTs or STD Books even 1 time. 2 attempts down. Only covered coaching notes once.

Haven't covered NCERTs or STD Books even 1 time. 2 attempts down. Only covered coaching notes once.

---- bina kuch soche samjhe start ur prelims preparation right from today itself. 

Because u have not covered ncert + standard book both till now. 

Prelims hai to sab kuch hai. Note---If you feel your preparation for Mains is majorly lacking, you have two choice – either take a drop and prepare full throttle for it – and take responsibility for taking such a drop and time – or focus on clearing the Prelims with a margin such that you are able to immediately start preparation for the Mains after the prelims. People have – in the past – and in the future, will clear Mains only by studying for 3 months or so – by committing themselves 100% for it.

DM,crikeymateand3 otherslike this

As said by@Lawstice every term in question was familiar but sare galat bhi ho sakte :p

Sab aata tha par kuchh nhi aata tha!🤣😭

Summarising SFG tests in a sentence 

Bajrang Lonikar,MichaelScarnand2 otherslike this
Please release the rank list. How will we know how we have performed with respect to other students.?
adi5manit330,INS_Sharduland2 otherslike this

@farejul what was the cut off marks for getting into sfg group? 

adi5manit330,iti3and2 otherslike this

Messed up optional 2022 after above average gs papers ! probably out of race ..but it was 5 attempt ! no idea to go for final one or for other exam to secure back up as i have none !! 

D503,vaishali20vand2 otherslike this
@TomiokaGiyu had the same issue. 

MichaelScarn,ConquerDailyand1 otherslike this


I took the test online, and found some discrepancies in Q31. and Q32.