How should one handle a UPSC interview? How fair/unfair is the interview procedure? Is there an ideological bias in selection of candidates? If yes, how do I manipulate my answers?
Imagine you are in love with a girl called government. You want to marry her but well, her father is a senior (and quite experienced) civil servant. You want to ask for her hand. How will you behave in a family dinner?You must not appear to be ignorant of the flaws of the government but you must tell them you love her with all her flaws and in fact marrying you will make her better.After all its parents, so please do not come out as an overconfident idiot.Like all parents, members have some quirks. Do not try to scratch there too much. But after marriage, you do not want to be bullied around by your in laws, so do not relent easily. Smile humbly and agree to disagree.All family members are important but two are extremely important. The chairman(father) and the lady member(the mother). Impress them and jointly they will overrule what other members think of you.There will be some uncle who would be given task to roughen you up a little because their daughter has her mood swings. Keep calm. They want to check whether you can handle her at her worse.Do not bluff. Nobody likes a liar. Remember they know way more about their daughter i.e the government than you do. You have met her on dates, they have seen her grow in front of their eyes.Respectful sense of humour and wit, always appreciated. Do not be monotonous and boring.Do not sound desperate. Smile but not like an ignorant immature and finally appear in control of the situationUltimately, its not any single answer which matters but overall environment and experience of the interview. Since the family has called you for dinner, they know you are good enough as far as material aspects are concerned, now they want to look beyond it into your attitude.P.S.:Just a brief background here. I got 157 in my first attempt in interview. I had scored very well in mains but lost out in interview, got IPS. Second time I got 176 and in this attempt I got 193. So it seems I have some locus standii on this topic.Lady aspirants should replace the gender terms with male ones and it would hold true for them.Sometimes even after your best effort, you might not be able to impress the girl’s parents. Its divine thing. Come back again and do not leave the love of your life.
Where can I find large datasets open to the public?
Large data sets mostly from finance and economics that could also be applicable in related fields studying the human condition:World Bank Data. Lots of years. Lots of Countries Countries | Data. Lots of of data variables (Topics | Data - Indicators | Data - Catalog), years and Countries.Your Window Into U.S. Federal StatisticsFRB: Data ReleasesFederal Reserve Economic DataOur government also likes to stay globally informed and is willing to share some of that data: CIA -The World FactbookHuman Development Reports - United Nations Development Programme - Public Data ExplorerConsumer Price IndexUnveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. - (http://www.gapminder.org/)Data PlotterPossibly looking at the Human Capital Report 2015 has Rankings of human capital index has various measures of education and productivity capabilities.International TradeInternational Historical Statistics (by Brian Mitchell)Data: Aggregate trade (current value), bilateral trade with main trading partners (current value), and major commodity exports by main exporting countries. No data on trade as share of GDP is readily available.Geographical coverage: Countries around the worldTime span: Long time series with annual observations – from 19th century up to today (2010)Available at: The books are published in three volumes covering more than 5000 pages. 11 At some universities you can access the online version of the books where data tables can be downloaded as ePDFs and Excel files. The online access ishere.Data from the 19th century onwards for countries around the world is available in the International Historical Statistics (IHS). These statistics – originally published under the editorial leadership of Brian Mitchell (since 1983) – are a collection of data sets taken from many primary sources, including both official national and international abstracts.Penn World TablesData: Real and PPP-adjusted GDP in US millions of dollars, national accounts (household consumption, investment, government consumption, exports and imports), exchange rates and population figures.Geographical coverage: Countries around the worldTime span: from 1950-2011 (version 8.1)Available at: Online hereFeenstra, Robert C., Robert Inklaar and Marcel P. Timmer (2015), “The Next Generation of the Penn World Table” forthcoming American Economic Review, available for download at www.ggdc.net/pwtCorrelates of War Bilateral TradeData: Total national trade and bilateral trade flows between states. Total imports and exports of each country in current US millions of dollars and bilateral flows in current US millions of dollarsGeographical coverage: Single countries around the worldTime span: from 1870-2009Available at: Online at www.correlatesofwar.orgThis data set is hosted by Katherine Barbieri, University of South Carolina, and Omar Keshk, Ohio State University.World Bank – World Development IndicatorsData: Trade (% of GDP) and many more specific series: trade in merchandise, trade in services, trade in high-technology, trade in ICT goods, trade in ICT services – always exports and imports separately. Also export and import value index and volume index.Geographical coverage: Countries and world regionsTime span: Annual since 1960Available at: Online at http://data.worldbank.orgUN ComtradeData: Bilateral trade flows by commodityGeographical coverage: Countries around the worldTime span: 1962-2013Available at: Online hereUNCTADstatData: Many different measures, including trade by volumes and valueGeographical coverage: Countries around the worldTime span: For some series, data is available since 1948 – mostly annual, sometimes quarterly.Available at: Online hereEurostat – COMEXTData: Trade flows (also by commodity)Geographical coverage: Europe (EU and EFTA)Time span: Mostly since 1988Available at: Online hereAlso, the Eurostat website ‘Statistics Explained’ publishes up-to-date statistical information on international trade in goodsand services.World Trade Organization – WTOData: Many series on tariffs and trade flowsGeographical coverage: Countries around the worldTime span: Since 1948 for some seriesAvailable at: Online hereCEPII database on the World EconomyData: Many different data sets related to international trade, including trade flows by commodity geographical variables, and variables to estimate gravity modelsGeographical coverage: Countries around the worldTime span: Some series go back to the 1990s.Available at: Online hereNBER-United Nations Trade Data, 1962-2000Data: Export and import values and volumes by commodityGeographical coverage: Single countriesTime span: 1962-2000Available at: Online hereThis data is also available from the Center for International Data.Smaller historical trade data setsData on UK bilateral trade for the time 1870-1913 was collected by David S. Jacks. It is downloadable in excel format here.For the time 1870-1913 21,000 bilateral trade observations can be found in Mitchener and Weidenmier (2008) – Trade and empire, available in the Economic Journal here.Data on UK, Germany, France, and US between mid-19th to 20th Century can be found here.Data on Developing Country Export – in 1840, 1860, 1880 and 1900 – by John Hanson is available here.Data on trade between England and Africa during the period 1699-1808 is available on the Dutch Data Archiving and Networked Services. It was compiled by Marion Johnson.Applying these same sources to Education quality in developing countries:Education Index multiple sheets of excel data is available at Human Development Reports or you can use their tool to explore the data Human Development Reportsalso google has access to explore the data Google Public Data Explorer additional indexes in this HD report that you might be interest in are: Human Development Indexand Adult Literacy Index and Gross enrollment ratio.The World Bank has Literacy rates Adult literacy rate, population 15+ years, both sexes (%)in addition to lots of other data: World Bank Data. Lots of years. Lots of CountriesCountries | Data. Lots of data variables Topics | Data - Indicators | Data - Catalog | The World Bank.Our government also likes to stay informed and is willing to share some of that data: CIA -The World FactbookPossibly looking at the Human Capital Report 2015 has Rankings of human capital index has various measures of education and productivity capabilities.Unveiling the beauty of statistics for a fact based world view. - (http://www.gapminder.org/)Data Plotter - has Average Test ScoresPenn World Tables - Data: Real and PPP-adjusted GDP in US millions of dollars, national accounts (household consumption, investment, government consumption, exports and imports), exchange rates and population figures. Feenstra, Robert C., Robert Inklaar and Marcel P. Timmer (2015), “The Next Generation of the Penn World Table” forthcoming American Economic Review, available for download at www.ggdc.net/pwt
How do I know how many people I need to fill out my survey in order for the data to be reliable for a market need research analysis?
It depends a lot on the question you want answered. Some statistics (and answers) need a more solid backing and a higher percentage to be valid. You should look into some basic statistics concepts like confidence intervals. It should be understandable if you've taken some college level calculus. What confidence intervals is is that based on your results, and the number of results you have, you can tell with X amount of confidence that this is the right answer. Of course it can't apply to everything, but that's the general point.
What is your approach to filling out the bio section of your Quora profile?
This is such a good question I wish I'd asked it myself.I am thinking to find the right answer ...... here it is:I have a mix of creative and serious.The serious element is to give an idea of who I am and where I'm coming from.But I'm one of those creative autistic persons ... yes, we exist.That is why I have different bio sections with a humourous twist.Such as: "Chrys Jordan, has posted questions on Quora about questions on Quora."That's autistic humour.I notice many other people have jokey bios.