UPSC NDA 2020: Preparation hacks to score more; check paper pattern.

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UPSC NDA 2020: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) will conduct NDA 2020 on April 19, when young defence force aspirants across the country will battle it out in the two-paper exam to qualify for the SSB. This will take candidates to the next step of joining the National Defence Academy’s Army, Navy and Air Force wings for 145th Course, and 107th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC). Registrations for the exam ended on January 28.  Next, the NDA admit card for the UPSC NDA and NA (I) 2020 will be released in online mode, three weeks prior to the exam.

Understanding the exam pattern and knowing the NDA syllabus will open doors to success in this exam. For selection, candidates will be judged out of 1800 marks, where 900 marks are assigned to the written test and 900 marks to SSB.

Written exam of NDA consists of two papers. Paper 1 is of Mathematics, with 120 questions of 300 marks, and Paper 2 the General Ability Test (GAT), which contains 150 questions of 600 marks. The duration of each paper is two-and-a-half hours. It is recommended to go through previous years’ NDA question papers to get a good idea of the type of questions that are asked.

Multiple choice questions are asked in the written test and candidates can choose the mode of answering either in Hindi or English. There is a provision of negative marking in NDA; for every wrong answer, one-third of the marks allotted to that question are deducted. No marks are deducted for the questions left unanswered.

Thus, GAT questions fetch 4 marks for correct answers, and 4/3 is deducted for incorrect answers. And in Math paper, candidates get 2.5 for correct answers, and 2.5/ 3 is deducted for incorrect answers. This marking scheme will be useful to calculate marks after the exam, while going through the NDA answer key.

GAT comprises of English and General Knowledge that includes physics, chemistry, history, geography, current events. Candidates who are able to clear the written exam, on the basis of NDA result of the written exam, will be called for SSB.

Now, let’s have a look at some of the important preparation tips for NDA 2020. It is important that candidates start preparing for the exam as soon as possible, without waiting for the exam date to come any closer.

Whatever sources candidates are referring to, or whatever mode they are opting, everything should revolve around the topics given in the syllabus, which should remain the central point for NDA 2020 preparation.

Maths needs practice and good understanding of the basics. It is recommended that the preparation of Mathematics as well as English and science portions of GAT should be done through NCERT books of class VI to class XII. Candidates should also focus on learning tips and tricks to answer questions in Mathematics, asked in objective form.

To prepare for English, candidates should read newspapers and magazines daily, and also focus on achieving clarity in basic grammar rules. While reading, if they are unable to understand the meaning of certain words, then they should create a separate list of these. Once they are done with the reading, they should try to understand the meaning as well as the usage of these words.

Candidates should be able to identify their command over a particular topic and the number of questions asked from it. Accordingly, they should move forward with their preparation. It is not necessary to learn and practice each and every topic.

Bangalore Bus Conductor Clears UPSC Exams By Studying For 5 Hours Daily.

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A 29-year-old bus conductor managed to do what many others fail to do, by clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) mains.

Madhu NC, a conductor with the Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC), cleared the mains by studying for 5 hours every day before and after his 8-hour-long strenuous job as a conductor.

According to Bangalore Mirror, Madhu had cleared the prelims in June 2019 and the Mains exam in January 2020. He is preparing to appear for the interview on March 25.

Madhu is also the first in his family to go to school. Still, he had to start working at the tender age of 19 as a conductor. Later, he completed his graduation and post-graduation through distance learning. Originally from Malavalli in Mandya, Madhu has a Masters in Political Science.

The report added that Madhu received guidance from his boss, C Shikha, the managing director of BMTC. She is an IAS officer and is currently helping Madhu prepare for the interview.

Once he passes the interview, Madhu plans to give up his current job and become an IAS officer.

He has previously appeared for the Karnataka Administrative Services (KAS) exams in 2014 but failed to soar clear. In 2018 also, he appeared for the UPSC exam unsuccessfully.

His subjects were Ethics, Political Science, Maths and Science. Interestingly, he did not take any coaching classes but decided to study on his own. He used to take guidance from his seniors at the BMTC head office and watched YouTube videos.

UPSC CDS 1 2020 Result declared at for OTA: Direct link, steps to check UPSC CDS exam result.

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The UPSC CDS 1 2020 Result has been declared today, January 29, and candidates who appeared for the examination for Officers Training Academy (OTA) can check the result on the official website of UPSC — A total of 267 candidates qualified in the UPSC CDS exam final result along with the UPSC interview. The recruitment drive was to fill 225 posts of men and 15 posts of women in the Short Service Commission.

This UPSC CDS result lists the candidates who have finally qualified on the basis of the results of the Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2019 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission and Interviews held by the Services Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence for admission to the Officers Training Academy, Chennai, for 111 th Short Service Commission Course (for Men); and to the Officers Training Academy, Chennai, 25th Short Service Commission Women (Non-Technical).

The Short Service Commission Course will start in April 2020.

The results of Medical Examination of candidates have not been taken into account in preparing this merit list. The candidature of all the candidates is Provisional.

Verification of date of birth and educational qualification of these candidates will be done by the army headquarter.

Marks of the candidates will be available within 15 days from the date of declaration of the UPSC CDS 1 2020 results on the Commission’s website for 30 days.

Candidates can check out more details on the official UPSC website.

Read on to know the steps to check the UPSC CDS exam result for 2020 and the direct link for the same.

UPSC CDS 1 2020 Result: Steps to check UPSC final result

Step 1: Go to the homepage of UPSC and on the right side, click on the link to check UPSC CDS 1 2020 Result titled Final Result: Combined Defence Services Examination (I), 2019 (OTA)’.

Step 2: Check out the new pdf file that opens showing your result.

Step 3: Save the pdf file or print it for future reference.

UPSC CSE Personality Test 2020: Civil Services (Mains) Interview e-summon letter released at

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The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released the e-summon letters for the candidates who have qualified for Civil Services Personality Test 2019.

The call letter has been issued for the candidates who have passed the UPSC Civil Services (Main) Examination 2019. Aspirants can download the letter from the official website

The UPSC CSE Main Examination 2019 was conducted from September 20 to 29, 2019. Only those candidates who have qualified the UPSC Civil Services (Mains) are invited for the Personality Test. The interview carries the weightage of 275 marks with no minimum qualifying marks. The schedule for UPSC CSE Personality Test 2019 is available on the website.

It can be directly download from the link . The interviews will be conducted in several schedules between February 17 and April 3.

According to UPSC, the qualified candidates should bring original certificates of age, educational qualifications, community, economically weaker section, Person with Benchmark Disability (PwBD) and other documents such as TA Form, etc.

UPSC Civil Services (Mains) results 2019: Steps to download call letter

Step 1: Visit the official website at

Step 2: Click on the link ‘e-summon for various examinations of UPSC’

Step 3: Go to ‘Download’ link for Civil Services (Main) Examination 2019

Step 4: Enter the roll number, date of birth and captcha to log-in

Step 5: Your e-summon letter will appear on screen.

Step 6: Download the letter and print a hard copy for future reference.

UPSC Recruitment 2020: Apply for 134 vacancies @, check direct link here

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UPSC Recruitment 2020: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has released an official notification inviting all the interested candidates to apply for Assistant Engineer, Medical Officer/ Research Officer, Anthropologist, Assistant Library and Information Officer, Scientist ‘B’ and other vacancies.

All the candidates can apply for 134 vacancies till February 13, 2020 on the official website, the link for which is

UPSC Recruitment 2020: Vacancy details

Total posts: 134

Name of the post:

  • Medical Officer/ Research Officer (Ayurveda): 37
  • Medical Officer/ Research Officer (Unani): 7
  • Anthropologist (Cultural Anthropology Division): 1
  • Assistant Library and Information Officer (Tamil): 1
  • Assistant Engineer (Quality Assurance) Armament (Ammunition): 11
  • Assistant Engineer (Quality Assurance) (Electronics): 39
  • Assistant Engineer (Quality Assurance) (Armament-Weapons): 14
  • Assistant Engineer (Civil): 2
  • Scientist ‘B’ (Documents): 6
  • Scientist B (Chemistry): 2
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Neuro-Surgery): 4
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Plastic Surgery): 2
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Urology): 4
  • Specialist Grade III (Gastroenterology): 1
  • Specialist Grade III (Plastic Surgery & Reconstructive Surgery): 3
  • Principal Library and Information Officer: 1
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Endocrinology): 3
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Gastroenterology): 5
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Gastro-Intestinal Surgery): 1
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Nephrology): 5
  • Senior Divisional Medical Officer (Neurology):7
  • Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Special Education (MR/ID):2

UPSC Recruitment 2020: Educational qualification required

Medical Officer/ Research Officer (Ayurveda):

A degree in Ayurveda from a recognised university or Statutory State Board or Council or Faculty of India Medicine recognized under the Indian Medicine Central Council Act, 1970 (48 of 1970)

Enrolment on the Central Register of Indian Medicine or State Register of Indian Medicine.

Anthropologist (Cultural Anthropology Division):

Master’s degree in Anthropology of a recognised University with more than fifty percent papers in Cultural Anthropology in final year examination.

Note: Qualifications are relaxable at the discretion of the Union Public Service Commission for reasons to be recorded in writing in case of candidates otherwise well qualified.

Three years research experience in Anthropology.

Assistant Engineer (Civil):

The candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering from a recognized University or equivalent.

Equivalent means degree certificate issued by Indian/Foreign University recognized by Govt. of India which has been treated as equivalent by Govt. of India.

Experience: Two Years’ experience in Civil Engineering work.

Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Special Education (MR/ID):

Master’s degree in any discipline with not less than 50 per cent of marks.

MEd degree in Specific Disability (Mental Retardation/ Intellectual Disability) area with not less than 55 per cent of marks or an equivalent grade B+ in 10-point scale of UGC. OR An equivalent Degree from a foreign University recognised by Rehabilitation Council of India (RCI).

Fore more details on other posts, all the candidates can check the official notification here.

UPSC Recruitment 2020: How to apply

  • Log on to the official website,
  • Select the post and click on ‘Apply Online’
  • Read all the instructions carefully and click on proceed
  • Fill in the application form in the prescribed format
  • Upload all the required documents
  • Pay the application fees
  • Click on submit

Direct link:

Important note:

Candidates must upload the following documents/certificates relating to educational qualification, Date of Birth, Experience (preferably in prescribed format), Desirable Qualification(s) or any other information, as claimed in the online application, in a single pdf file in such a way that the file size does not exceed 2 MB and is legible when a printout taken. For that purpose, the applicant may scan the following documents/certificates in 200 dpi grey scale.

Application fee to be paid:

Candidates are required to pay a fee of Rs 25 only either by remitting the money in any branch of the SBI by cash or by using net banking facility of the SBI or by using visa/master credit/debit card.

Important dates to remember:

  • Closing date for submission of online recruitment application (ORA): February 13
  • Last date for printing of completely submitted online application: February 14

UPSC NDA/NA 2020 application to be closed soon, check details at

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The forms of Union Public Service Commission National Defence Academy, Naval Academy or UPSC NDA/NA 2020 would soon be closed. The last date to apply for the UPSC NDA/NA 2020 examination is January 28. Interested candidates can apply the form online.

Where to apply?

Candidates who are interested for UPSC NDA 2020 examination can apply at

Those who want to withdraw their applications can cancel their applications by February 11, 2020.

Who is eligible for UPSC NDA 2020 examination?

Unmarried male candidates born earlier than July 02, 2001 and not later than July 01, 2004

Nationality: A candidate must be unmarried male and must be :

(i) A citizen of India, or

(ii) A subject of Bhutan, or

(iii) A subject of Nepal, or

(iv) A Tibetan refugee who came over to India before the 1st January, 1962 with the intention of permanently settling in India, or

(v) a person of Indian origin who has migrated from Pakistan, Burma, Sri Lanka and East African Countries of Kenya, Uganda, the United Republic of Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Zaire and Ethiopia or Vietnam with the intention of permanently settling in India.

Documents required

Candidate should also have details of one photo ID that is Aadhar Card/Voter Card/ PAN Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ School Photo ID/Any other photo ID Card issued by the State/Central Government. The details of this photo ID will have to be provided by the candidate while filling up the online application form. The same photo ID card will also have to be uploaded with the Online Application Form. This photo ID will be used for all future referencing and the candidate is advised to carry this ID while appearing for examination/SSB.

Number of candidates

A total of 418 candidates would be selected for admission to the Army, Navy and Air Force wings of the NDA 145th Course, and for the 107th Indian Naval Academy Course (INAC) commencing from 2nd January, 2021.


  • Those who are interested in applying are advised to go through the official notification prior to applying the online application form
  • Also, it is important to note that the application forms will not be accepted after January 28, 2020, at 6 pm.

UPSC CDS 2020: Check important instructions.

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UPSC CDS admit card 2020: The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) had released the admit card for the Combined Defence Service Examination (CSD) I 2020 at its official websites, and The exam will be held on February 2 (Sunday). A total of 418 vacancies are to be filled through this recruitment process.

With only few days left to the exam, the Commission has released some important instructions to aid the preparation and easy conduct of the candidates.

Reporting time: Candidates need to reach at least 10 minutes before the admit closing time of gates, as per the latest notice. The reporting time, venue and other details will be mentioned in the admit card.

Issue in question paper: Candidates may submit representations, if any, on the questions asked in the Question Papers of this examination to the Commission through the “Online Question Paper Representation Portal (QPRep)”

UPSC CDS admit card 2020: How to download

Step 1: Visit the official website,
Step 2: On the homepage, click on the admit card link in the ‘whats new’ section
Step 3: You will be redirected to a new page
Step 4: Log-in using credentials
Step 5: Admit card will appear in dashboard, download

Errors in admit card: In case the photograph is not visible or available on the e-admit card, candidates need to carry three identical photographs along with them to the exam hall.

Exam pattern: The exam will be of  a total of 300 marks, where 100 questions each are asked from English, GK and elementary mathematics. Each question is of one mark and for choosing an incorrect option, negative marking of 0.33 marks will be deducted.

Training: As the applicants are aware, those who clear the exam, will be trained at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Air force Academy (AFA), Indian Military Academy (IMA), and Officer’s Training Academy (OTA).

UPSC IFS 2019 Interview Schedule Released at, Check here for Important Dates.

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According to the latest notice released by the Union Public Service Commission, it has published the P.T. Board Schedule for Indian Forest Examination, 2019.

On January 21st 2020, UPSC has announced the Interview schedule for candidates who are selected provisionally for the UPSC IFS 2019 exam. Therefore, the candidates can check the schedule by visiting the official website i.e.

The Interview session of the UPSC IFS 2019 will be conducted from 10th February 2020 to 14th February 2020 at:

Office of the Union Public Service Commission at Dholpur House, Shahjahan Road, and New Delhi‐110069.

Therefore, the candidates who have qualified for the Interview session can visit the official website and check the Interview schedule. The candidates will finally be selected on the basis of their performance in the Interview session.

After qualifying this round, the candidates will be selected for the post. The candidates should note that the UPSC is organizing this recruitment process in order to fill the vacant seats under the IFS Recruitment 2019.

The UPSC IFS interview will take place in two shifts. The first session of the Interview will be conducted at 9:00 AM while the second session will take place at 1:00 PM. However, the officials of the UPSC will announce the release of the e-call letter for the Interview.

The call letter for the UPSC IFS 2019 Interview session will be available from 24th January 2020. So, the candidates can visit the official website and access their call letters.

If the candidates come across any difficulty or other problems, they should contact the Office of the Commission immediately on any of these contact numbers:

011‐23385271, 011‐23381125, 011‐23098543 or Fax No. 011‐23387310, 011‐23384472

The candidates can also share their problems by sending it to the email id of An important thing to be noted by the candidate is that there will be no issue of the paper summon letters for the Personality Test or  Interview.

UPSC Prelims 2020: Current Affairs- Details on Start Up India Tableau, Bru Refugees, PRAGATI and Hyperloop.

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Union Public Service Commission, UPSC is about to release applications for Civil Services Examination, CSE 2020 in February 2020 on Interested candidates may regularly check the official website for updates. The UPSC Prelims examination will be conducted on May 31, 2020. For those who wish to appear in the examination General Studies-1 paper is the greatest hurdle and the most important part of that paper are the current affairs. Candidates must know which news to pick and which to leave. To ease your preparation, you can regularly check this section for current affairs that are relevant for UPSC examination. 

Listed below are a few important topics of January 21, 2020. These include a Start-Up India tableau to be launched on Republic Day, the current agreement on Bru Refugees, PM’s meeting on PRAGATI and Maharashtra Government’s cancellation of Mumbai Pune Hyperloop Project.  Volume 0% 

StartUp India Tableau

Department for Promotion of Industry & Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry, DPIIT will be showcasing Startup India’s tableau in the Republic Day parade this year. The tableau is based on the theme Startups: Reach for the Sky and will showcase stages in the lifecycle of a startup. It will also denote the support a start-up receives from the Government and what innovations it brings to the life of people.  The program was started on January 16, 2016.

From the front, the tableau depicts a creative mind with the startup tree in the middle representing support to the startups. The staircase denotes the stages of growth and the rear wheel depicts sectors of the economy. The map depicts the spread of the startup and along with the wheel, it represents the width and depth of startup in the country.

Bru Refugees:

According to a quadripartite agreement recently, Tripura has been legally declared home to Bru tribes who were displaced from Mizoram in 1997 and were living in Tripura ever since then. The Bru people are spread in Tripura, Mizoram and southern Assam. These are also referred to Reangs in Mizoram and have their own distinct language and dialect thus making them one of the scheduled tribes of India.  


PM Modi had launched Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation on March 25, 2015, to address common man’s grievance. Pragati helps to monitor various programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as State Governments. Till now projects worth INR 12000 crore have been reviewed.  It is a multi-purpose and multi-modal governance platform.


In reference to Mumbai Pune hyperloop scrapped by Maharashtra Government, it becomes important to know what hyperloop is. It is an ultra-modern transport system that would have reduced the transportation time of these two cities to 25 minutes. This was the brainchild of Elon Musk. In this type of communication, a pod-like vehicle is propelled through a vacuum-like tube to match the speed of an aircraft.

UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) 2020 registration process to start from this date: Here’s how you can apply.

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PSC Civil Services Prelims 2020: The online registration process of Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 will start next month by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). All the interested, eligible candidates can apply for UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) 2020 registration on the official website of the commission, the link for which is .

UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) 2020: Registration details

The application process of UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 will start from February 12. The last date to apply for the same is March 3, 2020.

UPSC Civil Services (Prelims) 2020: Date

As per the examination calendar released by UPSC, the Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2020 will be ne conducted on May 31, 2020.

The UPSC conducts the civil services examination for recruitment to the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS) and other central services and posts in accordance with the rules published by the Department of Personnel and Training in the Gazette of India extraordinary.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020: Here’s how you can apply

  • Log on to the official website,
  • On the homepage, click on ‘various application form’ link
  • Click on ‘click here for part I registration’
  • Complete the application form
  • Pay the application form
  • Select the test centre and upload images
  • Click on agree to the declaration

Educational qualification required:

The candidate must possess a degree of any of universities incorporated by an Act of the Central or State Legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University or equivalent education.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020: Selection procedure

The UPSC Civil Services recruitment is a three-step process – preliminary and main examinations followed by a personal interview.

To be recruited, candidates are required to qualify in all the examination. The final selection would be based on Merit score of main and interview round combined.

About UPSC:

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is an organisation that works under the central government to recruit staff for various posts in the various ministries and departments, and in subordinate offices. The commission also conducts examinations for the recruitment in various departments of the state.

UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020: Important dates to remember

  • Start of online registration: February 12, 2020
  • Last date to apply online: March 3, 2020
  • Date of Preliminary Examination: May 31, 2020