Insights Offline Guidance Program – 2019 (OGP-2019): Unique Approach to Civil Services Exam Preparation
IMPORTANCE OF THE OGP-2019 TIME TABLE
“A person who is failing to plan is planning to fail.”
This is not just relevant but forms the crux for success in Civil Service Examination (CSE). Hence, one needs to be clear from Day 1 till the results are out as to what he/she should do. This timetable for OGP-2019 exactly does that. It clearly shows what day what TOPIC should be covered. This kind of long term vision is what the timetable is based on.
STRUCTURE OF THE TIME TABLE(OGP-2019)
At the first look, without any explanation OGP-2019 timetable becomes tough to decipher it(you can download it below at the end of this post). But, the structuring of the schedule is perfectly ordered. In total, the programme has 35 weeks of classes before prelims. These weeks are ordered in the following pattern:
- These 35 weeks are divided into 5 sections of 7 weeks each.
- Every Seventh week is meant for REVISION. You will have enough time to revise and give revision tests without the burden of extra syllabus to study. This helps in proper revision of syllabus multiple times. This helps you remember what you study all along the course.
- The following is the structure of each section
|Week 1||week 2||week 3||week 4||week 5||week 6||week 7|
|3 classes||2 classes||3 classes||2 classes||3 classes||2 classes||1 class|
|PT||PT||PT||PT||PT||PT||RT + MT|
PT: Prelims test for that week
RT: Revision Prelims test for Week 1 to Week 6
MT: Full length Mains Test for Week 1 to Week 7
3 Classes: Usually History, Polity and Current Affairs
2 classes: Usually Geography and Economy
The Unique feature of OGP-2019 is going to be integration of Core Tests. These tests are very intense tests that seek to fortify your concepts, improve Mains answer writing speed, quality and structure of your answers. Through core tests, you will be in a position to write quality answers months before actual Mains.
From 2019 onwards, Core Tests are going to be conducted ONLY for OGP students.
Our entire attention will be on OGP students. We are not going to conduct multiple guidance/answer writing programs which might take away our attention from OGP students.
- Core Test: January – 2019 and February – 2019
It includes Topics covered from JUNE to DECEMBER.
- Revision test: February (Last Week) to Prelims
It includes comprehensive Prelims Tests of the entire course.
- Post Prelims
Mains oriented classes and Mains answer writing
(Check attached Timetable for Details)
FEATURES OF THE TIME TABLE
- UPSC syllabus based
Most students call UPSC “Unpredictable” simply because they read books and NOT books which help finish the syllabus. UPSC has prescribed a SYLLABUS and has asked to finish from whichever source you want to. So a person just doing LAXMIKANTH will never come across a term “SEPARATION OF POWERS” and hence his coverage remains incomplete. OGP timetable is based on syllabus coverage. If you observe the time table closely, every topic of the syllabus is covered.
- Unique ordering of the topics
THE ORDERING OF SECTIONS AND TOPICS IS NOT ARBITRARY.
They have been logically placed. Just for an illustration let us take History section:
In Week 1 World History is being taken and in this only 20th century topics will be done and then comes Modern India followed by Culture (Ancient and Medieval).
20th century World History is being taken first as it is for Mains and not Prelims and more importantly it is a backgrounder for International Relations. As we move further, Culture will be picked only in December as it is important for Prelims and is highly volatile.
- Thematic and Structural integration of the topics
This is the most unique feature of OGP-2019 Timetable
What does thematic integration mean?
- Integration of topics across sources
Let us take Geography topic as an illustration: Indian Vegetation and Climate
In prescribing the pre- reading, doing the class lecture all the sources will be integrated at once. Students need to read topics across books and not books in one go.
For the above topic:
Reading 1: Class VI chapter 8
Reading 2: Class XI chapters 4 and 5
- Integration of All India Prelims Mock Test Series
This timetable intelligently integrates syllabus of our All India Prelims Test Series and classroom teaching/pre-reading. There is absolutely no clash between what you read for class and what you prepare for weekly full length prelims mock tests. This is extremely important as you will have plenty of time for optional preparation and also this boosts your confidence on weekly basis.
Of course there will be ONLINE Prelims Test series as usual. But OGP students will give tests offline and get ranks every week. Their ranks will be compared with thousands of online students.
- Integration of classes
In a particular week, care has been taken to integrate various topics across disciplines:
Federalism topic of Polity and Inter-State Water Disputes of Geography have been placed in the same week.
What does Structural integration mean?
This is a unique integration of Pre-reading, Class Test, Class Lecture, Test Discussion, Sunday Prelims test of that week, Wednesday mains test of 7th week and Sunday Revision test of 7th week.
In order to understand this let us take week 1 as a sample:
Week 1 in the timetable covers History and Polity. Let us look at the structure of one Class:
Class 1: Polity-Constitution (Making, Preamble, Amendment and Review) + Indian Union and UTs
- Pre Reading: Class IX Chapter 3 (Democratic Politics 1), Class XII Theme 15 (Themes in Indian History part III) and Respective chapters from LAXMIKANTH.
- Class Test: Based on the pre-reading
- Class Lecture: Newer dimensions of the same topic and advanced level issues of the topic not covered in the book.
- Test Discussion: Answers of the objective questions, reasoning behind them and the art of answer formatting of subjective question.
The same pattern follows for other classes of the week and similar portions will be prescribed for Sunday Prelims Test. Once a major chunk of syllabus is covered over 7 weeks a Full Length Mains and Revision Prelims Test on the same topics are held. (* 7th week will be having only Ethics Workshop and rest of the time will be given for self-study and Tests)
Finally, students are expected to write CORE TESTS and REVISION TESTS from January onwards based on syllabus covered till that time.
This way it is structurally integrated.
- Unique Role of the Teacher
Now the question is when the Pre Reading is given to you and same will be dealt with in the class, how will it help? Here comes the role of the teacher in the class
What will he/she do?
- The students reading a topic will be different from a teacher’s understanding. The teachers lecture will give a UPSC relevance to the topic. It will improve their art of learning according to UPSC standard by listening to the class.
- The teacher will be giving various dimensions of a topic which a student may not be able to visualize. For instance in Culture, students may know Music and Religion independently, but the teacher here will link both.
- The teacher will be covering advanced level topics which are not given in books, like a topic called “Politics of Developed and Developing Nations” in IR. Most leave this topic simply because they read book and not the syllabus. Hence, many could not even think of MacBride commission (Mains 2016) which was asked from this topic. Such topics will be covered. A good teacher is one who goes beyond books and OGP-2019 recognizes this.
- The teacher will be making inter linkages of a topic across subjects like a Polity class on Social Justice (Paper II) will make a cross reference to Society topics of Social Empowerment (Paper I) and vice versa to make it an integrated study.
- The most important part of the class is the Test Discussion. A student may be knowing many things but cracking UPSC is a completely different ballgame. In order to crack UPSC, one needs to put one’s knowledge within 150 to 200 words. Test discussion will exactly do this. It will help in forming your answer with right content, within the right structure in the specified time.
- Unique initiative of Background and Linkages class which is generally called the Current Affairs class.
Studying current affairs separately as a subject is an incorrect way to do as there is no separate section of Current Affairs mentioned in your Mains syllabus and is only mentioned in Prelims syllabus. So what does it mean? It only means that every topic in mains has a current affairs aspect of it. And our Backgrounder and Linkage class is devised keeping this in mind.
- The Linkage part of the class is precisely for this. It will cover last 15 days current affairs topics linking them with the syllabus and the topics covered in the other classes.
- The Backgrounder part of the current affairs class. This hour of the current affairs class will deal with those topics which help in your understanding of Newspapers like Foreign Policies or Post Independent India.
- This class will be integrated with the online current affairs material (this will be dealt separately in introductory class).
This class will give you a holistic understanding of all topics by giving linkages and backgrounders.
- Sufficient Time for Self – Study
Our program hinges on the ability of student to do self study and feel empowered through rigorous classes, tests and guidance. In this regard, every student will get sufficient time to complete pre-readings, preparation for daily and weekly tests without compromising their Optional preparation. In addition, you will not feel burdened by classes. They add new dimensions and understandings (many times, revelations) to your existing knowledge (or the knowledge that you acquire through self-study). Our reading rooms give you unique competitive space where you will interact and take inspiration from extremely serious aspirants to improve your skills.
- Uniquely designed keeping in mind the importance of Revision
In CSE it is a well-known fact “Reading a book 100 times is more important than reading 100 books once”. By just following this timetable a student undergoes revision of the entire CSE syllabus at least 4 times.
Revision 1: on Saturday of every week you revise for Sunday Prelims.
Revision 2: Revision of topics for Full Length Mains Test and Prelims Revision Test of week 1-7
Revision 3: Core Test in Jan and Feb which includes portions covered from July to December
Revision 4: Revision timetable which starts at the end of Feb and runs till Prelims exams (Topics from July to Feb)
- The last but the most important feature of the timetable is its belief in Synergy and Guidance.
We believe that every student has the potential to comprehend topics from books but they lack two important things:
- Time to complete all sections in a year.
- Capacity to decide what to study and what not to study.
The programme caters to these needs of the students. The students are given enough time so that he/she gets basic understanding through Pre Readings and the teacher prunes them according to UPSC needs. In this way through Synergetic efforts the programme Guides the students to success.
Post Prelims – 2019?
Our entire focus will be on OGP-2019 students and we will have a new timetable to further improve your writing skills. This timetable will help you score highest possible marks in all GS papers and Essay. Faculty (including Vinay Sir) will be available(Only for OGP students) for Guidance and feedback till you write Mains-2019.
There are many other features that you will only experience when you choose to be part of OGP-2019. As we have kept saying many times, if you are looking for a program that pushes you to give 100 percent of your efforts and at the same time gives best content and tests, don’t think twice to apply for OGP-2019. (You can apply here)
Our offline initiatives have produced spectacular results each year. But OGP-2019 is a whole different game. It’s a culmination of all our experience and efforts. Come 2019, when CSE-2018 results are announced, you will have your final answer.
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