Marks and Ranks.. truth is education is about them. R.I.P. Plato’s work on education!

A keen follower of trends in current academic scenario has some point here .. 


I would be busy with books for Services!

I would be busy with books for Services!

I personally thank you for showing interest to view this blog…(which is one among millions! One among very few TO ponder though!!!) I had had many and many discussions, with most of them failing to make a conclusion or should we go further, produced NOT even a single fruit. And when I had at times decided to go for the kill on parallels they’d left the ‘scene of original debate’ and showed ZERO-RESILIENCE with a sharp U-TURN which had initiated the presentation of this e-version on how education is being gambled! 

Well, I do not wish to collide with toppers in this section, but collude with those who wish to encourage competitive excellence rather than an ON(E)-DAY glitterance after being termed as a ‘Run-getter’( can’t align Tendulkar in this phrase ) upon scoring 550s, 550+ etc,.at 10th Standard and 900-950s, 900-950+, at Intermediate or +2 . And I take the advantage provided by BITSAT, annually conducted by BITS after it went through a thorough analysis of “why students with those TOPPER tags can’t (rather aren’t performing) perform ‘at least’ academic rituals, if not getting 8 / + CG per semester?” Getting a mere 6 / 7 CG doesn’t suit their marks’ bandwidth @ Inter/ +2!

Study, silly boy!

Study, silly boy!

This’s an important point to be noted down. And see the difference…Students who notched better positions OR missed by a whisker @IIT-JEE and AIEEE dominated the proceedings at BITSAT, Didn’t they? Then Marks are for what? …. Only to rank ourselves with our sheer mediocrity (rather by eminent institutions which thoroughly screen and admit suitable students) on par with ‘Hard laborers’ who churn out mid-night oil to crack one of the best in the business, the IITs, probably NITs, and BITS-like institutes(acknowledged all across Asia and even by professors of acclaim in this planet) ; and when it comes to our state business (State entrances) probably CBIT, M S RAMAIAH (Bangalore) across Southern corridor, and institutes of repute across India like DCE, NSIT of UOD, Delhi. Marks determine the candidate’s suitability (rather efficiency or brilliance coupled with exceptional zeal) to compete with the dynamics of already proven LAWS/ EQUATIONS provided in quality-packed, thought-provoking TEXTS. Marks do not certify a student’s originality and logical skills. This’s my concluding remark. 

Children should be allowed to spend time on imagining theirs

Children should be allowed to spend time on imagining theirs

And it’s not all over if you don’t get entry into IIMs/IITs/NITs….They give you insights into how practical you should be in acads., NOT in life (?!!!)….for I have seen many people with attitudinal malaise, this cannot be countered because those ‘big guns’ don’t lend ears to these remarks….Yup! For attaining glory there are numerous careers…You have some 3 to 4 decades (STILL!) of valuable time and space to use and render service to the society you are taking breath in……at least to your native land or in the long run to your own ‘soul’! 

 IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW WE LOOK AT THINGS….Wait, meanwhile, MHRD decided to count marks secured at Plus Two for reckoning at JEE. Only for this purpose, they created a separate stream called “JEE-Advanced”.

NOTE: All Topper tags aren’t flawed geniuses; ONLY thing is that they need that extraaa mental toughness to compete nationally and a way to think laterally. 

A Cup for cricketing world … 2011. Pre-tournament analysis

Sharing old document on World Cup cricket 2011…

Cricket World Cup 2011

It is less than a year from now for the toss to go up at Sher-e-Bangla stadium to decide which team bats first in the 10th cricket world cup. The mega event returns to the subcontinent once again. The cricket world cup 2011, jointly organized by the boards of India, Srilanka, and Bangladesh, is set to electrify lovers of cricket with no single team emerging as the clear favorite and given the track record of the previous world cups, it’s premature to arrive at a team at this point. ODI Cricket world cup (CWC) is still the hottest prize despite the T20 format making inroads into what was once a mere game now turned into a religious festival often teased by political interests.

Globalization of the game appears to have discounted originality of the game but spectators have their own reasons to cheer about! Sticking to basics, discipline, thinking, nerves of steel, and a slice of luck are what any team needs to outsmart better teams at crucial stages.

No ‘Supers’! Skippers, relax a bit…..

The game’s governing council introduced the concept of ‘super 6’ and ‘super 8’ in 1999, 2003 and 2007 to see that teams and captains think a lot before employing a tactic. The result of 1999 world cup semifinal thriller between Australia and South Africa held in Edgbaston was a result of a thinking captain who never gave up. Field restrictions adopted by the ICC aimed at improving balance between the two teams. Power plays continued to be in the game while the super sub moved away from the scene.

The format during Feb-Mar 2011 world cup is pretty much similar to the one we had in 1996 where two teams of the same group played each other once before going to the quarterfinal stage. ICC decides to increase the number of sides from the 2007 edition besides retaining all the Test playing nations.

ICC has to take a considerable time before settling down to the implementation of the Power Plays (PP). Both teams have an initial 10 over period, termination of whose period would mean that each team has one PP of a maximum 5 over period to choose in the remaining 40 over period. During power play the fielding side has to deploy 3 men outside 30 yard circle and two men in close catching positions (Initial PP allows only two outside 30 yard circle).

World Cup in India after 15 years…..

The Wills World Cup 1996 held in the subcontinent is considered as the trendsetter because it opened flood gates for sponsors to dictate the game much like an Oxford Economics professor did to the Indian economy way back in 1991. Jagmohan Dalmiya, president of the PILCOM was a proud mascot when he successfully organized the opening ceremony of the world cup that accounted for almost Rs. 4 cr at Eden Gardens. The 1992 limited over international (LOI) world cup in Australasia introduced multi colored clothing and matches under lights. The Australian and the UK boards ruled the ICC efficiently until then but not like the Indian board which considered commercial progress as the game’s success!

It’s been a success story since then. The way the event is conducted has witnessed many changes. Corporate brand ambassadors, top industrial guns competing to sponsor grounds, clothes, event promotion, media cooperation, to name a few, witnessed rapid strides. Individuals, teams, winners, records, and green turfs made way to players off the ground, organizers, and sponsors. Commentary boxes, media boxes, match presentations, Live telecast hogged the limelight.

The 2011 ODI World Cup edition in the sub continent attracted many corporate houses as the event was awarded to Asia’s power house after the voting for host ended in South Asian Test playing nations’ favor.

Infrastructure gets boost…..

The grounds which are going to host World Cup matches are surely lagging behind their European and Australasian counterparts. Match environment at MCG, SCG, Lords, Oval or Basin reserve would be different when compared to the ones at Eden Gardens, Chepauk, or even much talked about the final venue Wankhede. Pavilions, Official complex, Media box, permanent stands, drinking water facilities, ultra modern light towers, recreational facilities, and many more issues are the ones where the boards appear to have concentrated hard this time around. This is really a good time for the ground managements to think about creating world class facilities. Of the five regarded as top class venues-PCA-Mohali, VCA-Nagpur, Eden Gardens-Calcutta, Rajiv Gandhi International cricket stadium-Hyderabad, Dr. YSR ACA-VDCA Stadium-Vizag; the final two are stripped from the itinerary. Sri Lankan board made several efforts to get their venues a well deserved facelift while Bangladesh too did their best.

Security concerns…..

And it is not that “All is Well” with this World Cup. This part of the region is facing stiff challenge from perpetrators. This is why the cricket control has taken enormous care in ensuring the safety of the visiting teams and officials. Many of us are already aware of the fact that ICC has to painfully remove Pakistan, another nation which won the cup in 1992 in Australia, from hosting the carnival in 2011. There are certain issues still remaining which need sensitive and sensible care by the governments of India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh and see that dastardly attacks on the lines of Lahore attack on Sri Lankan players do not trigger turmoil in the cricket fraternity.

And with few months of exciting cricket left in India and in Australia, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and in other venues, it’s anybody’s guess and game in March 2011. Cricket lovers, enjoy the passion! This could well be Tendulkar’s final participation in the cricket world cup. The “most worshipped player in the world of cricket” might just tear apart the opposition. This is also Muttiah Muralidharan’s last attendance at the world cup.

Any predictions? MS, Punter, or Sangakkara to lift the World Cup at Wankhade on 2, April 2011!

ICC Champions Trophy 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009. CT 2013. ICC, please think it over.

Update June 24, 2015. 

Champions Trophy has been retained for the reasons best known to the ICC. The success of the last edition seems to have had positive impact on the decision makers of game, and with England and Wales Cricket Board preparing itself to organize the big ticket edition the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019 after CT 2017 cricket’s passionate lovers can really expect fireworks as one fondly remembers the resurgence of a tiring Australian side on the back of game changing performances from Steve Waugh and Shane Warne in the super sixes and semi final. 

2004 Champions Trophy had produced classic thrillers as a stubborn Pakistani side surpassed a gutsy special from Dravid-Agarkar and a fiery first spell from Irfan Pathan. Edgbaston in Birmingham had lived up to its reputation of being one of game’s thriller producers after The Gabba and the WACA in Australia, and Chepauk in Madras. For the most part in the final, England looked like it would have the crown 12 years after its major title clash appearance at the MCG in 1992 when Wasim Akram took the game away from them. But West Indies thought otherwise with a calypso to stun the world! 

June 19, 2013

This is the most exciting cricketing venue ever. This is England and Wales. With England lying in the north temperate zone and westerlies being a major factor in consistent rainfall, the tracks here help bowlers who can swing. Adding to this is if the moisture goes off, batsmen need to contend bounce from genuine faster bowlers. The temperatures here are just around 20-25 degree Celsius. This is why sub continental teams face opposition not just from the opponent but from the fickle minded climate as well. Greener surfaces that encourage swing, aided by humid conditions, sometimes by cool breeze, like in Birmingham, are ideal conditions for testing a batsman’s back foot and stroke making ability. In the latter part of Summer, one eventually feels the surfaces are long separated brothers of Indian surfaces with added dust. This makes it ideal for practicing reverse swing, the art best known to Pakistani medium pacers like Imran Khan, Aquib Javed, Ata-Ur-Rehman, and Wasim Akram, as reverse swing operates exceedingly well with the help of humidity. Battle between ball and bat, ball and pad, pad and bat keeps a keen cricket lover on his toes here as the wickets are conducive to genuine swingers.  ICC champions Trophy 2013 in England and Wales is the last edition. For the first time in 2004, England hosted the event, touted as fiddler to regular One-Day World Cup held after every four years.


Optional Subjects will stay with Civils Main Written for 2013. 2075 Marks in place of 2300! Keep a copy of Syllabus with you!

Here are the excerpts of the Civils Changes notified by the Commission for Main Written 2013.

It is advised to be wary of the incorporated new elements in the examination syllabus. KEEP A COPY OF THE ENTIRE NOTIFICATION PRINT OUT with you until the Mains dates are over.

Scheme and subjects for the Preliminary and Main Examinations

A. Preliminary Examination

The Examination shall comprise two compulsory papers of 200 marks each.

NOTE (i) Both the question papers will be of the objective type (multiple choice questions).

(ii) The question papers will be set both in Hindi and English. However, questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level will be tested through passages from English Language only without providing Hindi translation thereof in the question paper.

(iii) Details of the syllabi are indicated in Part A of Section III.

(iv) Each paper will be of two hours duration. Blind candidates will however; be allowed an extra time of twenty minutes at each paper.

B. Main Examination

The written examination will consist of the following papers:


Section 1 Essay 200 Marks

Section 2 English Comprehension

& English Précis 100 Marks (REMOVED later and replaced with old pattern paper)

(Of Matriculation/ Xth standard level)


General Studies–I 250Marks

(Indian Heritage and Culture,

History and Geography of the World and Society)


General Studies –II 250 Marks

(Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International relations)


General Studies –III

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250 Marks

(Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)


General Studies –IV 250 Marks

(Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)


Optional Subject – Paper 1 250 Marks


Optional Subject – Paper 2 250 Marks

Sub Total (Written test) 1800 Marks

Personality Test 275 Marks.

Grand Total 2075 Marks

{Candidates may choose any optional subject from amongst the list of subjects given in para 2 below (Group 1). However, a candidate can opt for the literatures of a language, indicated in Group-2 below para 2, as an optional subject, only if the candidate has graduated in the literature of that particular language as the main subject}.


(i) Marks obtained by the candidates for all papers (Paper I-VII) will be counted for merit ranking. However, the Commission will have the discretion to fix qualifying marks in any or all papers of the examination.

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Civils Preliminary on 26 May, 2013. New Civils Mains pattern to concentrate on General Studies!

28, February 2013. Much awaited changes seem to have finally arrived at the centre stage with the UPSC finally getting the break through in fast forwarding Mains pattern like never before. UPSC sources say, local daily Sakshi claims, the nod for proposed changes has been given by the Prime Minister himself.

THE NEWS IS FINALLY OUT HERE …Civils Preliminary on 26 May, 2013.

UPSC notifies changes in the IFoS Preliminary. Merges it with CSAT. Exam date on 26 May

UPSC notifies changes in the IFoS Preliminary. Merges it with CSAT. Exam date on 26 May

Arun S . Nigavekar Committee was appointed to examine the Mains examination pattern and with it scope for sweeping changes proposed by YK Alagh Committee (refer Frontline Dec 17-30, 2005) and was asked to submit its report last year itself. Though it’s a bit early to comment on that “change”, we have some inputs from dailies Sakshi and Deccan Chronicle here in Hyderabad.

1. General Studies

Current GS Content and Total Marks (600) Forthcoming GS Total Marks (1000)
Paper I History+Geography+Culture+Miscellaneous 300 Marks Paper II History + Geography+ Current Events 250 Marks
Paper II Economy, International Affairs, Aptitude 300 Marks Paper III Political Science 250 Marks
Paper IV Economy + Science and Technology 250 Marks
Paper V Social Justice +Law+ Constitutionality 250 Marks

2. Optional Subjects

Current format – TWO subjects of candidate’s choice with two papers of 300 marks each – 1200 Marks

Forthcming – Only ONE optional Subject with two papers Paper VI and paper VII of 250 marks each500 Marks


3. Language Paper – English and any regional Language paper clubbed250 marks

(Note: The old paper is here to stay at least this Mains)

4. Essay removed

(Essay retained)

5. No changes in Personality Test

It is to be noted that UPSC is yet to release the new format on its site. We’ll have to see for the final changes.

Words in parenthesis reflect some changes after the GOI succumbed to furore by MPs.

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