LIAS, Guwahati organized a few interactive & special sessions on APSC Combined Competitive Exam in the month of Feb 2019 at its LakshyaforIAS, Guwahati branch located at H.No. 18, R.G. Barua Rd, Bhaskar Nagar, Near Ivory Enclave, Guwahati, Assam 781021. The sessions were taken by Ms. BRISTY BORAH, ALRS 2018 (CCE 2016).
The free interactive sessions were open for all CCE aspirants.
Ms. Bristy Borah shared her strategy on how she achieved success and also discussed in lengths on APSC CCE exam pattern, syllabus, selection of right optional subject, time management tips, right preparation tips and ways to develop right administrative traits and also answered the various queries raised by the students.
She also stressed the importance of maintaining the right attitude and how sincere, intelligent hard work always pays dividends. In addition, she gave some valuable tips for scoring high marks in the General English paper (APSC CCE Mains). Her score in English was 238, which is considered a very high score.
Among the topics in General Studies, Medieval Indian history which includes The Classical Age, Pala Empire, Rashtrakuta Empire, Islam in India, Delhi Sultanate, Vijayanagara Empire, Guru Nanak, Mughals, Arrival of Europeans still continues to be a tough topic for most of the students.
So, many students tend to skip this topic and tend to miss out on the 3 to 5 questions which is invariably asked every year in the exam. It is also an important topic for the Mains. On the request of LIAS, Ms. Bristy Borah also conducted some intensive sessions on this difficult portion of GS and quite definitively managed to make the topic interesting and engrossing.
These subtopics were taught in a lucid chronological manner starting from the Sultanate to the Advent of the Europeans
Some of the topics that were dealt with are:
- The Tughlaq Dynasty (1320 -1325) AD – various features like “token currency”, agricultural reforms, medieval society, religious policy etc.
- The advent of the Mughals – situation in Central Asia and Babur led to the conquest of India, significance of Babur’s invasion viz., Battle of Panipat (1526), Battle of Khorasan, Battle of Chanderi (1528), Humayun, Battle of Chausa (1539), Battle of Kanauj, Sur empire.
- Bhakti Movement – origin, causes, features, famous personalities associated with the movement (Shankaracharya, Ramanuja, Namdeva, Chaitanya, Kabir, Mirabai, Namdev, Guru Nanak, its effects etc.
- The Rajput kingdom, Pratiharas, Battle of Tarain I(1191), Battle of Tarain II (1192), Battle of Chandwar (1194), Raids of Mahmud Ghazni (1030 AD) etc.,
- Art and Literature during that period
- Slave Dynasty (1206-1290) – Qutubuddin AIbak, Iltutmish, their market control reforms, cultural contributions with special emphasis on Amir Khusrau, various reforms introduced by Alauddin Khilji like Currency reforms, administrative division, land reforms, Dagh system etc.
- Salient features of Bahmani & Vijaynagar Empire, Sangam Dynasty, Saluva Dynasty, Taluva Dynasty etc.
Overall it turned out to be a very informative session appreciated by all sections of the candidates for making a difficult portion of General Studies comprehensible.
The entire team of LIAS, Guwahati thank her for the sessions and wish her the best in her future endeavors