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How did you feel at the beginning of your UPSC (CSE) journey?

Taking the first step will always be the most significant one. You might be having countless doubts and inhibitions about the uncertain future that you have to face after you take the step, but at the same time, you now dare to start something new. The same thing happens when ...
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Eligibility Criteria for EWS

You know that the central government has recently passed a bill for the reservation of EWS in government jobs. But there are some confusions regarding that eligibility issue. Today we shall discuss them one by one. About the EWS category This category is strictly for general category candidates. For those ...
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OBC Reservation Eligibility

Other Backward Classes (OBC) are socially and educationally backward classes in India. OBCs are distinct from Scheduled Classes (SC) or Scheduled Tribes (ST). The Central Government of India maintains a list of castes/communities to be considered as an OBC. However, only if you belong to Non-Creamy Layer OBC, you will get ...
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Excerpts from my book – Rats, Cats and Diplomats

Santosh Kumar, IFS   Diplomatic License I was called for an interview in Delhi. The day before I was to appear for the Union Public Service Commission, Harsh Gupta, the friend with whom I was staying, casually asked me whether I had photographs for the occasion. What photographs? I squeaked ...
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In the National Interest – A Strategic Foreign Policy for India

Santosh Kumar, IFS   A grand external strategy would require that interactions between different strategic objectives be examined to arrive at the right balance. There is clearly a possibility of a trade-off between some interactive objectives, and even between components of an objective. We now discuss some of the more ...
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