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- IAS is considered to be the top-notch civil service of India
- IAS members are deployed in various public-sector undertakings
- There are many mobile applications that can come handy while preparing for IAS exam
I.A.S stands for ‘Indian Administrative Service’. It is the administrative arm of the All India Services. The service is considered to be the top-notch civil service of India.
The IAS (Indian Administrative Service), IPS (Indian Police Service) and the IFS or IFoS (Indian Foreign Service) comprise the three arms of the All India Services. Candidates from these administrative services serve the central Government as well as other States. IAS members can also be deployed in various public-sector undertakings.
At par with countries which follows the Westminster system of government, the IAS is part of the permanent bureaucracy of the nation and is an inseparable element of the executive of the Government of India. The bureaucracy is supposed to remain politically neutral and guarantees fair administrative continuity to the ruling party.
Civil Services Exam
IAS exam is held through Civil Services Examination (CSE). It is a nationwide competitive examination in India conducted by the Union Public Service Commission for recruitment to various Civil Services of the Government of India. There are a number of mobile applications for civil services exam online preparation.
Civil Services Exam Pattern
Till 2010, Civil Services Exam pattern was based upon the recommendations of the Kothari Commission (1979). It consisted of two examinations, one on general studies worth 150 marks, and the second on one of 23 optional subjects worth 300 marks. The pattern got a revamp in 2011. The preliminary pattern was sustained with only minor changes once every ten to fifteen years.
Every year many aspirants prepare hard and try their luck in clearing one of the toughest exams of India. But due to the complexity of the exam, the success rate becomes very narrow and only a handful of people are selected after the gruelling selection process.
Following are the number of exercises which can be taken into practice to crack the IAS exam:
- English Dictionary: Dictionary is the foremost component for the preparation of IAS exam. One can not read between lines unless he/she understands the whole meaning of the lines completely.
- Thesaurus: It will help you to learn new words, to refer to when you are writing an essay and struggling to find fitting words
- Civil Services Prelims Papers: Prelims Papers sorted by years will help you to analyze the paper pattern and take calculated decisions while preparing for IAS exam.
- Aptitude and Logical Reasoning: It is one of the most significant parts of the IAS paper. By practising hundreds of aptitude, reasoning and English vocabulary questions will settle you in a very organized way.
- Indian Constitution: Indian constitution comprises a principal aspect of every IAS exam. Thus, going through the whole of Indian Constitution will always cement your base stronger.
- Wikipedia: As we all know that Wikipedia is the key station for any knowledge. It will surely help you to gain a better understanding of any subject.
- World Atlas: World Atlas will help you with countries, capitals, economies and other details. Every minute details related to the globe should on one’s fingertips if he/she wants to after I.A.S all guns blazing.
Apart from the above-mentioned practices, one can always rely on their smartphones. Here are some of the top mobile applications that can be downloaded and come handy in guiding the IAS aspirants to achieve their goals.
- Online Tyari
Online Tyari is a leading web and mobile app platform which helps in preparing for different competitive exams. It partners with coaching institutes, independent tutors and publishers to provide the latest study materials to aspirants. For more details, visit the website.
ClearIAS is rated among the top websites for IAS preparation. It provides free online study materials, guidance, toppers’ interviews, online mock exams, etc. Clear IAS is also an Android application now. For more details, visit the website.
Civilsdaily application offers a lot of general knowledge and current affairs topics for IAS and UPSC preparation. It provides news in a simplified manner for aspirants. It also publishes daily flashcards and compiles them under different topics on the website. For more details, visit the website.
Unacademy is India’s largest free education initiative. It makes high-quality educational videos that are free for everyone. The digital application bestows the best explanation of every educational topic in all languages. The Unacademy application is also available on Google Play store. For more details, visit the website.
This website is for every newbie who wants to give the exams a shot. Mrunal Patel is well-known for breaking down complex ideas and explaining things to public service aspirants in the simplest manner. Mrunal wasn’t able to clear the UPSC exams but he channelled his energy into teaching other aspirants. He also gives video lectures on Youtube. For more details, visit the website.
- Pratyogita Darpan
Pratiyogita Darpan is one of India’s leading magazines for UPSC aspirants. It is available in both English and Hindi and is widely read. It covers current affairs and interviews of prominent personalities. It now has a free app on Google Play store, where the entire magazine is available to the user. For more details, visit the website.
Byju’s is an education organization that focuses not only IAS aspirants but also those who want to crack other competitive exams. Byju’s started training UPSC aspirants in 2011. It uses fun and unique teaching methods and is a popular online classroom used by IAS aspirants. It has a paid app. For more details, visit the website.
This website is one of the widely used portals by civil service aspirants. The community comprises more than 5.5 lakh members. It promises to provide the latest information to aspirants and has a large base of users from rural areas. It also has an app. For more details, visit the website.
IAS100.in is an online portal for UPSC exam preparation. It has various courses online for civil service aspirants. It also has a distance learning program. The application is also available on Google Play store. For more details, visit the website.
- Mapboard Lite
Mapboard Lite is a smart study tool for Geography students, civil services aspirants and learning enthusiasts. With eight ready-to-edit blank maps, it lets you practice map drawing and allows you to make notes on the go. It also works in offline mode.
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High drama was witnessed in Kanpur Dehat for over an hour when a man, upset over his wife's alleged affair with a local man, climbed the tower with his children and threatened to commit suicide. The incident took place on Monday near Gandhi Nagar in Akbarpur, when the man threatened to commit suicide after throwing his kids down from a height of nearly 40-feet. Chaos prevailed around the area and the locals informed the police that rushed to the spot.
After about half-an-hour of convincing, the police managed to bring him and his children down. The man told the police that his wife's affair was going on with his neighbor. He had complained to the police, but no action was taken. Police said that as per the man, his wife had developed an illicit relationship with a man, living nearby their house. "As per the man, in his absence, his neighbor visited his house often. He said that he had reprimanded his neighbor many times, but to no avail," said the police.
The man had complained to the police, but no action was taken. | Pixabay
The man had also lodged a complaint with the police but no action was taken. On the other hand, Akbarpur police said that on the basis of the complaint, action for breach of peace has been taken against the neighbor accused of luring his wife. Circle officer (CO) Akbarpur Arun Kumar said that the police are trying to sort out the issue. "Whatever action is appropriate will be taken," the official added. (IANS/SP)
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The US forces continued their bombardment of buildings and institutions in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province, as part of their alleged manhunt of Islamic State (IS) fugitives, state news agency SANA reported. The US forces are shelling buildings and public institutions on Tuesday in the vicinity of the Sina'a prison in the Gweiran neighborhood in Hasakah "on the pretext of hunting down IS militants who fled the prison," said SANA.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. | Wikimedia Commons
The shelling came in tandem with waves of raids by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to homes in the surrounding areas, rounding up many civilians and taking them to unknown locations, the state news agency added. On January 20, IS inmates inside the Sina'a prison, which is controlled by the SDF, started a riot that was coordinated with IS militants from outside, who detonated the prison's gates with two booby-trapped vehicles, succeeding to free some prisoners.
The incident triggered clashes between IS and the SDF as well as US airstrikes on the areas, where the IS fugitives could have sought shelter in, Xinhua news agency reported. The clashes and airstrikes are still ongoing as the SDF has so far failed to contain the situation and storm the prison. The Syrian Foreign Ministry has slammed the US airstrikes as civilian casualties have been reported. Hasakah province is largely controlled by the US-backed SDF, while certain areas, particularly in the city of Qamishli, are still under the control of the Syrian government. (IANS/ MBI)
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The circulating avian influenza outbreaks, including in India, do not seem to pose the 'high' risk but surveillance and biosecurity measures are necessary to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds, a UN-backed scientific task force said. Throughout the past autumn and current winter in the northern hemisphere, multiple avian influenza outbreaks, caused predominantly by the H5N1 HPAI virus, plus other subtypes, including H5N8, have occurred in India, the UK, the Netherlands and Israel with the ever recorded mortality of the Svalbard barnacle geese in Solway Coast.
The Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, co-convened by the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Monday recommended that surveillance and biosecurity measures are reinforced to reduce spillover risk between poultry and wild birds. The Task Force has convened and produced recommendations and guidance for authorities and managers of countries affected or at risk. Wild birds, including globally threatened species, are victims of HPAI viruses causing avian influenza. Affected sites also include areas of international relevance for conservation such as protected wetlands.
More than 2,400 migratory water birds died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal last year because of avian influenza. | Unsplash
It is essential that authorities with responsibility for animal health apply the One Health approach for communicating and addressing avian influenza. That means recognising the health of humans, domestic and wild animals, plants, and the wider environment and acting with a coordinated and unified approach. The Task Force reminds authorities of their international obligations to ensure their response to the pathogenic virus does not include the culling of wild birds, nor actions that would cause damage to natural ecosystems, especially wetlands.
Ruth Cromie, who coordinated the work of the Task Force and the production of the statement, said: "Avian influenza represents a One Health issue threatening health across the board. The highly pathogenic viruses are still relatively new in wild birds and this winter's high levels of mortality remind us of their vulnerability and that working to promote healthy wildlife benefits us all." H5N1 is currently the avian influenza lineage most found in Africa and Eurasia in both poultry and wild birds. The wide range of wild birds affected include wildfowl, waders, gulls, cranes, grebes, herons, pelicans, gamebirds, corvids and raptors (diurnal and nocturnal), in addition to sporadic cases in mammals such as red fox (Vulpes vulpes), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra) and harbor Phoca vitulina and grey seal Halichoerus grypus.
Consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations. | Unsplash
In terms of human health, the currently circulating H5N1 HPAI viruses do not seem to pose the same zoonotic risk as the 'original' Asian lineage H5N1 (clade 2.2 and their derivatives plus clade 126.96.36.199b H5N6 viruses currently in China). In general, the risk can be considered low, recognising that some agencies now consider occupational exposure, e.g. those working on poultry culling operations, as low or moderate. In India, several instances of bird flu were reported in 2021. More than 2,400 migratory water birds, and almost half of them being endangered bar-headed goose, died in the Pong wetlands in Himachal Pradesh last year and that avian influenza (H5N1) was the cause.
Besides the bar-headed goose, the other species that died were the shoveler, the river tern, the pochard and the common teal. An 11-year-old boy died at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi last year due to avian influenza, country's first fatality. India reported the first outbreak of avian influenza in 2006. RSPB Scotland is calling for an emergency local moratorium restricting shooting on the Solway for the rest of the wildfowling season. It calls for urgent action to reduce the devastating impacts of avian influenza. New statistics from the most recent counts show that the UK is this winter experiencing the worst outbreak of this deadly disease on record, with migratory geese which 'over winter' on the Solway being the hardest hit.
According to RSPB Scotland, the latest population counts of the Svalbard barnacle goose show a drop in numbers from 43,703 in November last year to 27,133 in this month's count. This represents a decline of 38 per cent in the Svalbard breeding population of this species from winter 2020-21. CMS Executive Secretary Amy Fraenkel said: "Through late 2021 and early 2022 there have been numerous outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1, with severe impacts on migratory birds. "The CMS Secretariat responded by convening the Scientific Task Force on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds together with the FAO. We are pleased to share its advice and key recommendations for countries affected or at risk, and look forward to continuing our collaborative work to minimize risks to humans, poultry and wild populations of migratory birds." (IANS/SP)
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