The Preparation

This post is regarding my restarting and refueling my  civil services preparation.

Analysis of my present scenario:

I have been reading history, polity, economy and geography from NCERT previously which I enjoyed to read. But the problem with that is, in the new books the topics run like stories which gave me a good memory of stories but not the details. I have tried to solve some questions from the question bank, I could not remember the details for any of the question though I could easily tell the context in which the question is being asked. And i am getting just below average in insightsonindia tests where as my aim to qualify for prelims and to  get a chance to write mains stars with getting atleast 150 in these tests.

What to do and What not to do

According to the analysis given above, to qualify prelims I need to fill in the knowledge gaps…to do that I will complete question bank and analyse insights test series. For the current events I will follow insights and only insights for reading and writing practice and for some of the theory I will follow Mr. Mrunal bhayya…


I need to make a timetable and follow it strictly to not become too complacent in the preparation


The Risk

Oh an I forgot to mention about my finances during the period of my civils preparation. I, being the most stupidly confident am trying to make a living earning money through stock exchange. ….Yeah I know……I have only started trading 4 months ago….. and feeling as I mentioned above stupidly confident as having almost the same knowledge about trading as Jhunjhunwal or Buffet.   Well I do have some savings…..and I did earn 10% of my investment in 3 months…

I want to do some day trading too that is 1% of my investment every month i will try day trading…….Will first look at how the day trading is done virtually so that i would not loose all the money………..

GOOOOODDDDD give me some luck in both my endeavors….

The Decision

After profound thought and days of “thinking it through” I have decided to quit my phd and enter full time into preparing for civil services. Many doubts in my mind…

  • Is it the right age….Am I too old to take a risk
  • Am I loosing a good oppurtunity
  • How would my Guide feel
  • Should I tell my parents about this, I did tell my beautiful girlfriend
  • I know most people will say this is a stupid decision, but only they don’t know how I feel about doing something I didn’t like….In my defence I have tried to sail through the ocean of life on two boats Ph.D and Civils…. I gave on one ship.

From today I will write a blog on what I am thinking about issues and posts regarding civil services preparation…..

SSSsssshhh….please don’t tell anyone…..


Heuristic computation of correlations of higher order divisor functions — What’s new

This is a postscript to the previous blog post which was concerned with obtaining heuristic asymptotic predictions for the correlation for the divisor function , in particular recovering the calculation of Ingham that obtained the asymptotic when was fixed and non-zero and went to infinity. It is natural to consider the more general […]

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India is a country with rich natural heritage. The country has three biodiversity hotspots. (Western ghats, himalayas and Indo-burma region). The endemic species in the regions are protect by different conventions and wildlife laws. India is a signatory in CBD. So the laws made are in accord with CBD.
Convention on Biological diversity
The laws in India protect these areas, India is one of the countries that signed CBD(convention on biological diversity), whose objective is to enable countries to develop national strategies for the conservation of biological diversity. At present Nagoya protocol is adopted by CoP of CBD. This convention is a multilateral treaty and was opened at Rio Earth summit.
EnB Timeline Chart by Mrunal
Picture credit :: The one and only Mrunal bhai
Salient features of this convention are
  • The agreement covers all ecosystems, species and genetic resources.
  • Links traditional conservation efforts to the economic goal of using biological resources sustainability
  • In view of rapidly expanding biotechnology, Cartagena protocol on biosaftey   ( bio-safety protocol)addressing technology development and transfer and other  bio-safety issues.
  • The most discussed, sharing in fair and equitable way.
The governing body of this convention is CoP consisting of all governments that have ratified this treaty.
Indian makes laws to protect the rich biodiversity of the country. As per these laws, India has designated protected areas  in the country, as designated by IUCN.
  • National parks(120 national parks IUCN category II)
  • Wildlife sanctuaries(IUCN category IV, 500 animal sanctuaries 48 tiger reserves, project tiger, latest tiger reserve rajaji national park)
  • Biosphere reserves(IUCN category V )
  • Reserved and protected areas
  • conservation reserves and community reserves
  • private protected areas
  • conservation areas
The above are the protected areas in the country.

Absolute rights

A little late to the party but still relevant. A few months ago a person named Kanhaiya kumar was arrested for being anti national (whatever that means). Media as always supported him no matter what he did, (because of course he is against Modi). There is one point to note here —-> Every person agrees that if he was being anit India it is wrong. But again ofcourse free speech argument is always there. This gives us a vague idea as to how the democracy of India has progressed. India in all these years has never given any citizen absolute fundamental rights. I still don’t get why there should not be absoulte fundamental rights. Right to life  should be absolute fundamental right. In case of henious rape cases, we should think why should we let them go with such painless death. We are not giving them any kind of punishment if they were punished by death penalty.

India and our national movement is not a movement for independent nation but a movement for rights. It started as that and ended in making a constitution which has utmost emphasis on  Fundamental rights. Article 13 in Indian constitution states that if there is any amendment or law made which violates these fundamental rights then the law becomes invalid. If you look at all the rights that we have in the constitution every right has some loop which basically says it is not absolute and we are not even talking in the cases of emergency.

Basic Macro

This is my first post…if any body is reading out there please be patient… I have recently developed interest in macroeconomics with all the things going around in the world. So I started to review my basics to fully understand the basics of macroeconomics.

Macroeconomics deals with two fundamental problems

  1. Are people able to work, that is, are they able to get jobs : employment
  2. Are people able to buy things: Prices

These two problems are at the center of any situation in macro economics.

Adam smith in his book which was considered to be one of the first works of macroeconomics, has explained how if every one looks after the welfare of himself, there would not be much problem. The problem with this kind of thinking is that, if everyone looks after his own self interest there may be no market at all, even if there is market there will not be an equilibrium.

Until Great depression in 1920’s and 30’s people used to think the same. It took an event as the depression to change their minds. John Maynard Keynes was the one who prophesied that government should make necessary changes to skew the markets to go towards development.

Now back to the basics , Now the questions arise

  1. What is market?
  2. What is equilibrium?
  3. How can government intervene in the market?
  4. How does a market even form?

The answer to these question will be dealt with in the next post.

Until then chao….