[OFFICIAL] Upcoming Programs for CSE 2021 & 2022 | Updated 14th June - ForumIAS

[OFFICIAL] Upcoming Programs for CSE 2021 & 2022 | Updated 14th June

ForumIAS - Upcoming Programs for 2021 & 2022
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Upcoming Programs for CSE 2021:

  1. Mains Guidance Program (MGP) 2021 - Cohort 8: Starts 15th June 2021 - Click Here
  2. Prelims Test Series 2021 - Batch 4: Starts 13th June 2021 - Click Here
  3. Mains Guidance Program (MGP) 2021 - Cohort 7: Starts 30th May 2021 - Click Here 
  4. Current Affairs for Mains 2021: Starts 8th June 2021 - Click Here
  5. Essay Guidance Program 2021: Starts 4th June 2021 - Click Here 
  6. Ethics+ Classes 2021 - Batch 2: Starts 24th May 2021 - Click Here
Upcoming Programs for CSE 2022:

  1. Mains Guidance Program - Cohort 2: Starts 20 June - Click Here
  2. Current Affairs Program - Starts 06th July - Click Here
  3. Prelims-cum-Mains Foundation Course for 2022 - 9th July - Click Here
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Are there any plans for Anthropology ATS for next 2 months?

necromancer, HealDWorld
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@Neyawn Can there be less intensive MGP before pre? E.g i would like to write 8 sectional before pre and 12 flt post pre rather 12 - 8 ratio as given in MGP cohort 7.

What happened to cohort 8? 8 + 8 format

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@Neyawn Can there be less intensive MGP before pre? E.g i would like to write 8 sectional before pre and 12 flt post pre rather 12 - 8 ratio as given in MGP cohort 7.

What happened to cohort 8? 8 + 8 format

I enrolled for it, but they have postponed it now to 15th of June. Waiting for final confirmation though.


Are you also looking for GS 1, 2 and 3, 4 in that order? 

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Okay. I believe GS 4 test (both) should be in june itself , rest can follow anyorder. Though preferably, gs3/gs1 at end so that there is significant overlap with prelims

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who will be taking essay classes? 

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who will be taking essay classes? 

Essay Themes will be covered by Piyush Sinha Sir, old faculty of ForumIAS for essay in 2018-19. You can request for first class handout for the first theme by writing to helpdesk@forumias.academy.

Mentorship for essay will be provided by team of Akanksha Ma'am, Amit Bhati Sir. 

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@ForumIAS-Academy The demo classes of the course does not feature Piyush sir. Can I watch him take classes somewhere online?


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@root @Neyawn could someone help me with regards to which CA class batch to join? I had a query regarding number of previously covered videos present, relevance for Mains prep of the two courses started in Feb and June '21.

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@Neyawn you guys should do a less intensive MGP overall. I mean MGP should be there but also something less taxing. Just my opinion.

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@root @Neyawn could someone help me with regards to which CA class batch to join? I had a query regarding number of previously covered videos present, relevance for Mains prep of the two courses started in Feb and June '21.

Accidentally deleted the comment, trying to edit it.

Edit: Received a call from Forum, clarified my queries perfectly. Kudos on the quick resolution process!

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@root @Neyawn could someone help me with regards to which CA class batch to join? I had a query regarding number of previously covered videos present, relevance for Mains prep of the two courses started in Feb and June '21.

Accidentally deleted the comment, trying to edit it.

Edit: Received a call from Forum, clarified my queries perfectly. Kudos on the quick resolution process!

Glad :)

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@Neyawn you guys should do a less intensive MGP overall. I mean MGP should be there but also something less taxing. Just my opinion.

Like? We are all ears.

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Neyawn said

@Neyawn you guys should do a less intensive MGP overall. I mean MGP should be there but also something less taxing. Just my opinion.

Like? We are all ears.

I meant the MGP program one joins in June is thought to be a 5 month thing. And then you are either supposed to cover all the tests that you missed or you are supposed do your prelims prep in that time. I just think for someone like me, 5 months is too short a time to do the entire GS. There are a lot of tests where time isn’t proportionate to the syllabus you ask us to complete. In defence, the forum can say that you can always cover these tests after the 5 month thing. But it would be great if the test schedule itself takes this into consideration. Because studying for the topic on the set date is so much more motivational that trying to cover your backlog. The push just isn’t that great. 

A Mains Test Series that begins in June & ends somewhere in March and that gives me amble time to create short notes for final examination. For me, the utility of a test series is that it creates artificial deadlines to finish off topics but the deadlines shouldn't be unrealistic. I am not saying that they are unrealistic, its just that I am slow guy. IMO, MGP feels great for someone who is doing the syllabus for the second time & is ready to make those exam-ready short notes. 

Also if you are giving us 7 months for prelims, there is something else you can do. Say there are topics that are common to pre & mains. Modern India, geography, economy, etc. Maybe keep a 10-11 month long test series which has prelims tests for these topics as well. That way these subjects aren’t given a short shrift either. That is just how I approach the exam. 

I joined MGP in June & I did not write a lot of tests (due to various personal reasons that kept me in a sub-optimal productivity phase till Feb.). You must be getting a lot of people like me. Maybe the fault lies in my laziness or my fear of tests, but I would appreciate something more laid-back, something that takes into consideration that there is an optional to take care of (my optional classes would take like 4 hours of my day till Feb) & there are just shitty days. MGP feels like bootcamp where there is no place for anything else. Maybe its just me who needs to get adjusted to the pace required by the exam, but if you see any merits in my argument, give it a thought.

Don't get me wrong. I feel it's the best in the market. The keyword pdf of forum has itself helped me so much in reorienting myself. But give something else to slow guys like me. 


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I meant the MGP program one joins in June is thought to be a 5 month thing. And then you are either supposed to cover all the tests that you missed or you are supposed do your prelims prep in that time. I just think for someone like me, 5 months is too short a time to do the entire GS. There are a lot of tests where time isn’t proportionate to the syllabus you ask us to complete. In defence, the forum can say that you can always cover these tests after the 5 month thing. But it would be great if the test schedule itself takes this into consideration. Because studying for the topic on the set date is so much more motivational that trying to cover your backlog. The push just isn’t that great. 

A Mains Test Series that begins in June & ends somewhere in March and that gives me amble time to create short notes for final examination. For me, the utility of a test series is that it creates artificial deadlines to finish off topics but the deadlines shouldn't be unrealistic. I am not saying that they are unrealistic, its just that I am slow guy. IMO, MGP feels great for someone who is doing the syllabus for the second time & is ready to make those exam-ready short notes. 

Also if you are giving us 7 months for prelims, there is something else you can do. Say there are topics that are common to pre & mains. Modern India, geography, economy, etc. Maybe keep a 10-11 month long test series which has prelims tests for these topics as well. That way these subjects aren’t given a short shrift either. That is just how I approach the exam. 

I joined MGP in June & I did not write a lot of tests (due to various personal reasons that kept me in a sub-optimal productivity phase till Feb.). You must be getting a lot of people like me. Maybe the fault lies in my laziness or my fear of tests, but I would appreciate something more laid-back, something that takes into consideration that there is an optional to take care of (my optional classes would take like 4 hours of my day till Feb) & there are just shitty days. MGP feels like bootcamp where there is no place for anything else. Maybe its just me who needs to get adjusted to the pace required by the exam, but if you see any merits in my argument, give it a thought.

Don't get me wrong. I feel it's the best in the market. The keyword pdf of forum has itself helped me so much in reorienting myself. But give something else to slow guys like me. 


"Don't get me wrong."

Absolutely not.  I should be able to have a detailed reading of your email later at night, as I have a couple of calls to make/take. Some of the things that come to my mind are

#1 GS 1 has the same marks as GS Paper 2, 3 or 4. But if you see, you could actually take at least 10 days to 2 weeks to just do World History, but it does not have that much importance in the actual exam. If one were to give GS Paper 1 adequate time, it may spread to 45 days just for Paper 1 - and even upto 2 months for some people- given the amount of known syllabus one has to cover in GS Paper 1 - that is World History, Post Independence, Art & Culture, Modern History, Society, Geography etc.

But go to GS Paper 4, we can do it in 2 weeks or even 10 days , given the less "known" and "identified" syllabus we have for the subject.

But MGP Tests planned as per the time taken to cover the tests syllabus and NOT the weightage or significance of the paper, may screw with the mind of a lot of people , especially given that many people  ( who have not studied the syllabus ) may not see the point you are making. 

And Forum anyway has a poor reputation of not able to attract freshers, who have more energy towards the accomplishments of goals.


 I see the point you are making. You would like me to code a customized plan? You could choose your test papers and write them at convenience at a given time.

Like, I want to write my Test 1. Then I choose 20 questions from different parts of the syllabus? And make my own question paper? And get the solutions and question paper and maybe generate a QCA as well?

Then when I want to write my Test 2, I can choose from the pool ( I can only choose the topic and wont be able to see the questions or else, I am likley to choose all easy questions ) , which allows me to choose questions from  the pool that have not been selected yet by me?

If I were to code something so personalized, would you like to export your paper at anytime or would you like to set a date in future when you would like to attempt the test?


venkataharish,
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Neyawn said

Neyawn said

@Neyawn you guys should do a less intensive MGP overall. I mean MGP should be there but also something less taxing. Just my opinion.

Like? We are all ears.

I meant the MGP program one joins in June is thought to be a 5 month thing. And then you are either supposed to cover all the tests that you missed or you are supposed do your prelims prep in that time. I just think for someone like me, 5 months is too short a time to do the entire GS. There are a lot of tests where time isn’t proportionate to the syllabus you ask us to complete. In defence, the forum can say that you can always cover these tests after the 5 month thing. But it would be great if the test schedule itself takes this into consideration. Because studying for the topic on the set date is so much more motivational that trying to cover your backlog. The push just isn’t that great. 

A Mains Test Series that begins in June & ends somewhere in March and that gives me amble time to create short notes for final examination. For me, the utility of a test series is that it creates artificial deadlines to finish off topics but the deadlines shouldn't be unrealistic. I am not saying that they are unrealistic, its just that I am slow guy. IMO, MGP feels great for someone who is doing the syllabus for the second time & is ready to make those exam-ready short notes. 

Also if you are giving us 7 months for prelims, there is something else you can do. Say there are topics that are common to pre & mains. Modern India, geography, economy, etc. Maybe keep a 10-11 month long test series which has prelims tests for these topics as well. That way these subjects aren’t given a short shrift either. That is just how I approach the exam. 

I joined MGP in June & I did not write a lot of tests (due to various personal reasons that kept me in a sub-optimal productivity phase till Feb.). You must be getting a lot of people like me. Maybe the fault lies in my laziness or my fear of tests, but I would appreciate something more laid-back, something that takes into consideration that there is an optional to take care of (my optional classes would take like 4 hours of my day till Feb) & there are just shitty days. MGP feels like bootcamp where there is no place for anything else. Maybe its just me who needs to get adjusted to the pace required by the exam, but if you see any merits in my argument, give it a thought.

Don't get me wrong. I feel it's the best in the market. The keyword pdf of forum has itself helped me so much in reorienting myself. But give something else to slow guys like me. 


"Don't get me wrong."

Absolutely not.  I should be able to have a detailed reading of your email later at night, as I have a couple of calls to make/take. Some of the things that come to my mind are

#1 GS 1 has the same marks as GS Paper 1. But if you see, you could actually take at least 10 days to 2 weeks to just do World History, but it does not have that much importance in the actual exam. If one were to give GS Paper 1 adequate time, it may spread to 45 days just for Paper 1 - given the amount of known syllabus one has to cover.

But go to GS Paper 4, we can do it in 2 weeks , given the less "known" and "identified" syllabus we have for the subject. But that would screw the mind of a lot of people , especially given that many people  ( who have not studied the syllabus ) may not see the point you are making. 

But I see the point you are making. You would like me to code a customized plan? You could choose your test papers and write them at convenience at a given time.

Like, I want to write my Test 1. Then I choose 20 questions from different parts of the syllabus? And make my own question paper? And get the solutions and question paper and maybe generate a QCA as well?

Then when I want to write my Test 2, I can choose from the pool ( I can only choose the topic and wont be able to see the questions or else, I am likley to choose all easy questions ) , which allows me to choose questions from  the pool that have not been selected yet by me?

If I were to code something so personalized, would you like to export your paper at anytime or would you like to set a date in future when you would like to attempt the test?


What I am suggesting is way less ambitious actually.

I get that the amount of time given to each test should be commensurate with the marks that portion fetches. So, I totally love the fact that GS4 is given as much time as GS2. I would not want you to tinker with that.

But however less number of questions a subject carries, when you are studying a new subject it requires some minimum number of days in orienting yourself to that subject. This is especially true for the beginners. Like, you cannot expect me to pick up Art & Culture for 3 days & then pick up Post-Independence for 3 days and not look at it ever again. Same for environment & disaster management. I just want that the span of the tests should increase. It shouldn't be a 5 month thing. Waise bhi, I end up restarting a lot of these missed subjects because I half-assed or quarter-assed them in the first place. And if GS-I is done well in 45 days, I don't have an issue with it if at the end of it, I have exam ready notes or whatever mechanism I use to make me exam ready. Heck, I would even give more than 60 days to GS-I if I get to complete MIH, Geo, Art & Culture for prelims as well. I mean its not that illogical a thing if you consider how much time a normal aspirant ends up giving to a subject till the end. 

What you suggested, the customizable thing would require some thinking. Actually, a lot of thinking. I would actually not prefer that I am in control of the date on which I can write. I want to be accountable to you. I, a normal UPSC aspirant, is not that disciplined. IMO, it stops working after a point for most of us. There are always shiny new things. I want coercion of some sorts. I want you people to give me a timetable to write tests but the only request is that they should be well paced. Again, it is just a request on behalf of sloww guys like me. Most of the guys would do just fine with the way things are.

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Unrelated but also a little related to the above conversation. I have a Masters in Product Design & I have worked on the subjects of personal productivity & educational technology for more than two years. So, I can't help but bring those lenses of a product designer when thinking about designing anything. By design, I do not mean the aesthetics of a thing but the structure of it, the incentives involved, etc.

So, one thing that you can add in MGP is ))

Also, I must tell you I see immense potential in the discussion forum. I've been part of this community for a month now & I feel I finally have some peers. I've learnt from them a lot of things. This is my Panopticon lite. We keep each other accountable on

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Neyawn said

Neyawn said

@Neyawn you guys should do a less intensive MGP overall. I mean MGP should be there but also something less taxing. Just my opinion.

Like? We are all ears.

I meant the MGP program one joins in June is thought to be a 5 month thing. And then you are either supposed to cover all the tests that you missed or you are supposed do your prelims prep in that time. I just think for someone like me, 5 months is too short a time to do the entire GS. There are a lot of tests where time isn’t proportionate to the syllabus you ask us to complete. In defence, the forum can say that you can always cover these tests after the 5 month thing. But it would be great if the test schedule itself takes this into consideration. Because studying for the topic on the set date is so much more motivational that trying to cover your backlog. The push just isn’t that great. 

A Mains Test Series that begins in June & ends somewhere in March and that gives me amble time to create short notes for final examination. For me, the utility of a test series is that it creates artificial deadlines to finish off topics but the deadlines shouldn't be unrealistic. I am not saying that they are unrealistic, its just that I am slow guy. IMO, MGP feels great for someone who is doing the syllabus for the second time & is ready to make those exam-ready short notes. 

Also if you are giving us 7 months for prelims, there is something else you can do. Say there are topics that are common to pre & mains. Modern India, geography, economy, etc. Maybe keep a 10-11 month long test series which has prelims tests for these topics as well. That way these subjects aren’t given a short shrift either. That is just how I approach the exam. 

I joined MGP in June & I did not write a lot of tests (due to various personal reasons that kept me in a sub-optimal productivity phase till Feb.). You must be getting a lot of people like me. Maybe the fault lies in my laziness or my fear of tests, but I would appreciate something more laid-back, something that takes into consideration that there is an optional to take care of (my optional classes would take like 4 hours of my day till Feb) & there are just shitty days. MGP feels like bootcamp where there is no place for anything else. Maybe its just me who needs to get adjusted to the pace required by the exam, but if you see any merits in my argument, give it a thought.

Don't get me wrong. I feel it's the best in the market. The keyword pdf of forum has itself helped me so much in reorienting myself. But give something else to slow guys like me. 


"Don't get me wrong."

Absolutely not.  I should be able to have a detailed reading of your email later at night, as I have a couple of calls to make/take. Some of the things that come to my mind are

#1 GS 1 has the same marks as GS Paper 1. But if you see, you could actually take at least 10 days to 2 weeks to just do World History, but it does not have that much importance in the actual exam. If one were to give GS Paper 1 adequate time, it may spread to 45 days just for Paper 1 - given the amount of known syllabus one has to cover.

But go to GS Paper 4, we can do it in 2 weeks , given the less "known" and "identified" syllabus we have for the subject. But that would screw the mind of a lot of people , especially given that many people  ( who have not studied the syllabus ) may not see the point you are making. 

But I see the point you are making. You would like me to code a customized plan? You could choose your test papers and write them at convenience at a given time.

Like, I want to write my Test 1. Then I choose 20 questions from different parts of the syllabus? And make my own question paper? And get the solutions and question paper and maybe generate a QCA as well?

Then when I want to write my Test 2, I can choose from the pool ( I can only choose the topic and wont be able to see the questions or else, I am likley to choose all easy questions ) , which allows me to choose questions from  the pool that have not been selected yet by me?

If I were to code something so personalized, would you like to export your paper at anytime or would you like to set a date in future when you would like to attempt the test?


What I am suggesting is way less ambitious actually.

I get that the amount of time given to each test should be commensurate with the marks that portion fetches. So, I totally love the fact that GS4 is given as much time as GS2. I would not want you to tinker with that.

But however less number of questions a subject carries, when you are studying a new subject it requires some minimum number of days in orienting yourself to that subject. This is especially true for the beginners. Like, you cannot expect me to pick up Art & Culture for 3 days & then pick up Post-Independence for 3 days and not look at it ever again. Same for environment & disaster management. I just want that the span of the tests should increase. It shouldn't be a 5 month thing. Waise bhi, I end up restarting a lot of these missed subjects because I half-assed or quarter-assed them in the first place. And if GS-I is done well in 45 days, I don't have an issue with it if at the end of it, I have exam ready notes or whatever mechanism I use to make me exam ready. Heck, I would even give more than 60 days to GS-I if I get to complete MIH, Geo, Art & Culture for prelims as well. I mean its not that illogical a thing if you consider how much time a normal aspirant ends up giving to a subject till the end. 

What you suggested, the customizable thing would require some thinking. Actually, a lot of thinking. I would actually not prefer that I am in control of the date on which I can write. I want to be accountable to you. I, a normal UPSC aspirant, is not that disciplined. IMO, it stops working after a point for most of us. There are always shiny new things. I want coercion of some sorts. I want you people to give me a timetable to write tests but the only request is that they should be well paced. Again, it is just a request on behalf of sloww guys like me. Most of the guys would do just fine with the way things are.

---

Unrelated but also a little related to the above conversation. I have a Masters in Product Design & I have worked on the subjects of personal productivity & educational technology for more than two years. So, I can't help but bring those lenses of a product designer when thinking about designing anything. By design, I do not mean the aesthetics of a thing but the structure of it, the incentives involved, etc.

So, one thing that you can add in MGP is ))

Also, I must tell you I see immense potential in the discussion forum. I've been part of this community for a month now & I feel I finally have some peers. I've learnt from them a lot of things. This is my Panopticon lite. We keep each other accountable on

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Massive issues. I am trying to write something & a lot of text goes missing. Giving a link here to what I wrote. Kindly read it from here. @Neyawn 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Fs3xTnxC_nB0_nGSKQsPBlh61XXXqT8j/view?usp=sharing

chamomile,
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