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Core-General Studies

For All competitive exams


1.Priority topics, study resources
2.Notes making
3.Q & A session / email/Whatsapp
PRINCIPLE FOCUS AREA
APPROACH
BY – Dr. Harravisher Singh Kahlon
1. Polity GA | GK | GS
2. Economy 6/8 Pillars
3. History @MCQ
4. Geography and Agriculture stage
5. Environment & Biodiversity
6. Science
7. International Relation (CDS,
CAPF)
8. PIN, Awards, Sports (Hardly in
UPSC)
GENERAL STUDIES
SCIENCE
1%
C.A(PUNJAB)
PUNJAB 13% 15%
C.A(NATIONAL)
PCS -2013
5%
C.A(INTERNATIONAL)
13%
HISTORY
13%
POLITY
13%
GEOGRAPHY
9%
ECONOMY
18%
MISCELLANEOUS
Current Affairs
1. National- polity,
admin, Development
2. Economy
3. Science-Tech
4. International
5. Sports, PIN
Polity Books DD Basu, Kashyap, MV Paylee

Laxmikanth
9 out 11
Direct in CSAT 2014
and PUNJAB PCS-2013
History, Evolution
FR-FD, DPSP

Laxmikanth
Union
States
PRI, ULB
Bodies

INTRODUCTION
Polity : Parallel Study
1. President, VP 1. Governor
2. PM, Cabinet 2. CM
3. Parliament 3. SLA/Vidhan Sabha
(Budget, 4. High court
Committee)
5. State PSC
4. SC
6. 7th Sch. State,
5. UPSC Concurrent
6. 7th Sch. Union
History, Evolution

FR-FD, DPSP

Laxmikanth
Union

States

PRI, ULB

Bodies
By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Polity
7. FR, FD, DPSP, Alien
8. Amendmentss, J&K, 5 &th Remaining
Blocks
6 , 42 ,44 , 118
th nd th th

9. Finance commission =>


Planning Commission
=>NDC => Economic
Survey]

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Polity
10.Local Governance [PRI,
ULB] Remaining
Blocks
11.Bodies: Statutory,
Constitutional- str,
functions, Person in
news
12.[British India acts,
reforms => History]
By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History, Evolution (freedom struggle)

FR-FD, DPSP

Laxmikanth Union

States

PRI, ULB

Bodies
By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
UPSC CDS(I)2014: NCERT Political science
Political theory ____.
1. deals with the ideas and Principles that shape
Constitutions
2. clarifies the meaning of freedom, equality and justice
3. probes the significance of principles of rule of law, By-
separation of power and judicial review Dr.HAR
RAVIS
Correct Statements are: HER
SINGH
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 1 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1,2 and 3 (Class11, Page6)
1. Skip 2. Attempt 3. Mark n Review
Polity
13.NCERT Political science,
Sociology Additional
After
14.MCQs: Laxmikanth, GS Laxmikanth
Manual, previous papers
LATER
1. Bills, Act: PRSindia.org
2. Parliament Handbook (if time
permits)
By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
2014: National Development Council includes
Q2. Which one of the following is the largest
Committee of the Parliament?

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
A. The Committee on Public Accounts
B. The Committee on Estimates
C. The Committee on Public Undertakings
D. The Committee on Petitions

1. Skip 2. Attempt 3. Mark n Review


Find correct statements
A. The President shall make rules for the more
convenient transaction of the business of the

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Government of India, and for the allocation
among Ministers of the said business.
B. All executive actions of the Government of
India shall be expressed to be taken in the
name of the Prime Minister.
C. Both Correct
D. None correct
1. Skip 2. Attempt 3. Mark n Review
Types of MCQs
1. 2TF, 3TF, 4TF, 5TF (LAXMIKANTH by heart)
2. Bodies: Procedure, function, jurisdiction

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
3. Match the following: years, articles,
functions
4. Person in news (PIN)

1. Skip 2. Attempt 3. Mark n Review


CURRENT?
1. EVM Totalizer, VVPAT
Mrunal.org
2. Twin nominations /Polity
3. Indelible ink, Deposits
4. Leader of opposition
5. Lok Pal Selection, JAC
1. Polity GA | GK | GS
2. Economy MCQ
3. History
4. Geography stage
5. Environment Biodiversity
6. Science (SSC, CDS, CAPF)
7. International Relation (CDS,
CAPF)
8. PIN, Awards, Sports (Hardly in
UPSC)
How to approach Economy

Micro

Macro
Economy
Indian

International
Not Essential for Economy
Economy: Dutt Sundaram, Uma Kapila

Budget Speech
Economic Survey
Economy
1. NCERT Class11 India’s
Eco. Development BASICS
2. NCERT Class 12 Micro +
Macro (SELECTIVE)
3. SELECTIVE: notes

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
youtube.com/user/TheMrunalPatel

Videos
+
PowerPoints
How to approach Economy

Monetary Policy & FI


Micro

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Fiscal Policy
Macro
Economy BoP + Foreign Trade
Indian
Industries, infra.
International
Sust. + HRD

PIN, Biz GK
Economy
Financial
Intermediaries
Economy
1.Banking=> RBI=> Mon. Policy, Jan
Dhan, New license, White label Circular Flow
ATM, vs. NBFC of income=> FI
2.Finance=> SEBI => ord., Sahara,
3.Insurance=> IRDA, FDI
4.PFRDA, EPFO- UAN
How to approach Economy

Monetary Policy & FI


Micro

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Fiscal Policy
Macro
Economy BoP + Foreign Trade
Indian
Industries, infra.
International
Sust. + HRD

PIN, Biz GK
Economy
1.Budget, Railway budget
2014 Fiscal Policy
2.Budget Polity angle
Laxmikanth
3.Tax provisions, collection
order, Gross vs NET
4.Schemes-subsidies
Economy
1.Deficit formulas
2.FRBM-Targets Fiscal Policy
3.Tax reform: DTC, GAAR,
VAT, GST, BTT, Money
laundering
4.Disinvestment, CPSE-ETF
How to approach Economy

Monetary Policy & FI


Micro

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Fiscal Policy
Macro
Economy BoP + Foreign Trade
Indian
Industries, infra.
International
Sust. + HRD

PIN, Biz GK
Economy
1. BoT, Trade deficit
BoP, Foreign
2. Import, export, trade Trade
partners
3. CAD, figures, target
2014, reforms
4. Forex reserve –
components, ranking
Economy
5. FDI, FII definitions, BoP,
Mayaram, Convertibility Foreign Trade,
6. QE, Fed Tapering, Their Investment
impact
7. World Bank, IMF, ADB,
WTO, BRICS BANK
8. Trade pacts: DTAA, BIPA,
FTA
How to approach Economy

Monetary Policy & FI


Micro

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Fiscal Policy
Macro
Economy BoP + Foreign Trade
Indian
Industries, infra.
International
Sust. + HRD

PIN, Biz GK
Economy
GDP share of various
Industries,
industries infra
Companies Act: ID,
women director, e-voting
Unorganized sector, law
WPI, CPI, IIP
Economy
Ports: major, minor; Railways
basic (gauge) Industries,
Bodies: CCI, TRAI, AAI, NHAI, infra
structure-function
SEZ, land acquisition salient
features
Geography angle: industries,
corridors
How to approach Economy

Monetary Policy & FI


Micro

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Fiscal Policy
Macro
Economy BoP + Foreign Trade
Indian
Industries, infra.
International
Sust. + HRD

PIN, Biz GK
Economy
Definition, who?
Sustainable
MDG, HDI-2015, India’s Development +
performance HRD
Census 2011, ranking
Schemes for weaker section: POST-
Budget-2014
Background: Investopedia,
Arthpedia, Ramesh Singh, Sanjeev
Verma etc.
How to approach Economy

Monetary Policy & FI


Micro

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Fiscal Policy
Macro
Economy BoP + Foreign Trade
Indian
Industries, infra.
International
Sust. + HRD
CAPF; CDS; SSC; RBI, IBPS PIN, Biz GK
Interview
1. Polity GA | GK | GS
2. Economy @ MCQ
3. History
4. Geography
stage
5. Environment Biodiversity
6. Science (SSC, CDS, CAPF)
7. International Relation (CDS,
CAPF)
8. PIN, Awards, Sports (Hardly in
UPSC)
Old NCERT New NCERT (2007)

History (India, History (Art,


World) =>Tamilnadu ; culture, religion)
GS Manual Geography
Geography (USSR)
Economy (11, 12)
Economy (academic)
Science
Science
Pol.Sci., Socio
Old NCERT on flipkart.com
Orient Blackswan
Bipan Chandra: History of Moden India

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Satish Chandra: History of Medieval India
Arjun Dev: History of the World
Oxford:
RS Sharma: India’s Ancient Past
How to approach History

Ancient

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
Medieval
CSAT
CAPF, CDS Modern (Freedom)
SSC-CGL
Post Independence
StatePSC
World
History
Tamilnadu Class 11 and 12
Mrunal.org/Download)

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Revision table Prelim + Mains
Quick reference + MCQs

Used 2nd hand copies


Freedom Fighters (PPSC)
History : Mains GS1 (Post independence + world)
Bipan Jain Norman Lowe Arjun Dev

Useful notes
How to approach History

Ancient

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
Medieval
CSAT
CAPF, CDS Modern (Freedom) first
SSC-CGL
Post Independence
StatePSC Mains
World
EASY
CSAT-2015 General Studies

EASY

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
How to approach Freedom Struggle

Ancient 1857

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
CSAT Medieval Reformers

CAPF, CDS Moderate-


Modern (Freedom) Extremist
SSC-CGL
State Post Independence Gandhi
service British
World Reponses
Ancient | Medieval
Even before 1857
GG & their contribution Advent of
Europeans
1857 reasons,
consequences
Revolts: peasant, Tribal
(Mrunal./Polity =>Land
reform)
British Raj
1857: causes, events,
consequences 1857 &
Reformers after
Org. founders
Newspaper, books
Edu. Commission
(Hunter, Sadler..)
CAPF-2014
Who translated Dinabandhu Mitra’s play “Neel
Darpan” into English?

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A. Reverend James Long
B. Dwarkanath Tagore
C. Michael Madhusudan Dutta (correct,
Pearson)
D. Rabindranath Tagore

1. Skip 2. Attempt 3. Mark n Review


CAPF 2014 (3rd March Hindu)
In March 2014 mortal remains 1857 mutineers
were exhumed from a well at ____. These remains

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are of ____ soldiers.
Choices:
A. Jallianwala Bagh, 36 Regiment of Sikh
Infantry
B. Lahore, 75 Regular Native Infantry Regiment
C. Ajnala, 26 Regiment of Bengal Native Infantry
D. Satti Chaura Ghat, 19 Regiment of Bengal
Native Infantry
1. Skip 2. Attempt 3. Mark n Review
How to approach Freedom Struggle

Ancient 1857

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
CSAT Medieval Reformers

CAPF, CDS Moderate-


Modern (Freedom) Extremist
SSC-CGL
State Post Independence Gandhi
service British
World Reponses
British Raj
1. Congress: GK session,
President Modern:
2. Moderate, Extremist, Surat Moderates
split
3. Home Rule, Beasant vs Tilak
4. Swaraj Party, Nehru report
5. Provincial Ministries vs
Muslim League
British Raj
1. Leaders (Bhagat Singh)
2. org., newspapers Modern:
Revolution
3. Gadar-100 years (2013)
4. Conspiracy cases,
5. INA trial
6. RIN Mutiny
How to approach Freedom Struggle

Ancient 1857

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
CSAT Medieval Reformers

CAPF, CDS Moderate-


Modern (Freedom) Extremist
SSC-CGL
State Post Independence Gandhi
service British
World Reponses
British Raj

1. Champaran, A’bad, Kheda;


Gandhi
2. NCM, Khilafat, CDM, QIM,
Partition
3. Gandhi-Irwin, Gandhi-
Amebedkar, Gandhi-Bose
4. Other freedom fighters
(mains)
How to approach Freedom Struggle

Ancient 1857

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
CSAT Medieval Reformers

CAPF, CDS Moderate-


Modern (Freedom) Extremist
SSC-CGL
State Post Independence Gandhi
service British
World Reponses
British Raj
1.Reforms: Morley
British
Minto; Montague- Response
Chelmsford
2.Acts: 1909, 1919,
1935 & 1947;
(Laxmikanth)
British Raj
1. Anti-Reforms: Rowlett,
Jalliyanwala, Simon, British
RTC, Communal award Response

2. Partition: Linlithgow
offer, Wavell plan,
Cabinet Mission , Cripps
Mission, Mountbatton
British Raj
How to approach History

Ancient
History
Medieval
CSAT
CAPF, CDS Modern (Freedom)
SSC-CGL
Post Independence
StatePSC
World
Tamilnadu Class 11 and 12 (/download)

Ancient
Medieval

Freedom struggle
World History
Ancient + Culture
Tamilnadu Class 11 | old NCERT
New NCERT

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Lucent GK (Ready revision tables)
General Studies Manual (MCQ)
NIOS Culture (Download)
CCRTindia.gov.in
India Yearbook: Ch2
Ancient | Medieval
Harappa
What found where? Ancient: What
to prepare?
Causes of decline
Vedic age basic (Sabha,
Samiti, litt.)
Ancient | Medieval
1. Pillar doctrine Buddism
Jainism
2. Sect, kings, travelers DETAIL

3. Council
4. Places, monuments.
features
3 Mauryan Kings (victories, policies, Ancient | Medieval
arch.) Harappa
1. Chandragupta Maurya Vedic Age
2. Bindusara Jain-Buddhism
3. Asoka (pillar, messages)
+ Greek Envoys, Foreign Travelers
+ caves, art form, authors
IGNORE: Bimbisara- Ajatshatru,
Udayin, Shisunag & Nanda.
Ancient | Medieval
1.Pushyamitra Only 3 After
2.RudraDaman Maurya

3.Kanishka
(Buddhism)

Harravisher
Ancient | Medieval
1. Samudragupta &
Vikramaditya Gupta Age &
after
2. Harshavardhan & Huien
Tsang (TN)
3. Pala-Pallav-Pratihar-
Rahstrakuta (Culture)

By - harravisher
How to approach History

Ancient 2nd

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
Medieval culture
CSAT
CAPF, CDS Modern (Freedom) first
SSC-CGL
Post Independence
StatePSC Mains
World
CSAT-2015 General Studies

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Ancient | Medieval
can ignore in remaining exams
Religion Medieval
1. Sufi, bhakti, sikh
2. N.India: Kings (Administrative),
Poets, Mosques, Tombs,
Architecture
3. S. India: Vijayangar, Temples,
Europeans
History: Culture
1. NIOS (Mrunal.org/download)

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
2. CCRtIndia.gov.in
3. TheHindu (ASI restoration,
excavation)
4. Spectrum: Culture
How to approach History

Ancient 2nd

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
History
Medieval culture
CSAT
CAPF, CDS Modern (Freedom) first
SSC-CGL
Post Independence
StatePSC Mains
World
1. Polity GA | GK | GS
2. Economy 3/6
3. History
4. Geography Pillars
5. Environment Biodiversity
6. Science (SSC, CDS, CAPF)
7. International Relation (CDS,
CAPF)
8. PIN, Awards, Sports (Hardly in
UPSC)
By Dr Harravisher Singh
How to approach Geography

Physical

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Geography
World
UPSC
CAPF, CDS Indian
SSC-CGL
Agro.
StatePSC
Environment
books

Physical India

Harravisher singh
Spectrum
UPSC: Prelim + Mains
But wait till Mains-2014
over.
CSAT 2014: 4 / 10 directly from NCERT

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Physical Geography (NCERT)
Universe Science Class 8 Ch.17
Geography Class 6 Ch.1
Geography Class 11 Ch 2.
Earth Basics Geography Class 6 Ch.2 to 6
Geography Class 11 Ch.1, 3 & 4
Geology Geography Class 11 Ch.5 to 7
climate Geography Class 11 Ch.8 to 12
Ocean Geography Class 11 Ch.13 & 14
Disaster Geography Class 11 (Indian Geography) Ch.7
Science Class7 ch8
Science Class 8 ch15
Misc. Geography Class 11 Ch.1 & glossary
After NCERT is done 1. Goh Che Leong’s Certificate Physical & Human Geography book OR
2. General Studies Manual
3. Spectrum
World Geography

NCERT Class Chapter


7 7 to 10
8 1,3,5,6
12 (Human Geography) 1 to 10
World Geography: focus?
Mountain range in each continent & highest peak
longest, largest rivers: countries covered by them

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fresh water lakes; water falls : countries they belong
to (just top 3-5 names)
cold & hot deserts of the world: countries covered by
them
landlocked countries in Europe & Asia
Location of famous grassland (Veld, Prairies,
Pampas etc.), tribes (Pigmy, Masai etc.) & winds.
famous borders (e.g. Durand line, 38th parallel etc)
World Geography: What to focus?
Capitals of Middle East, European & South East
Asian countries

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famous cities-their nick names/specialty; on
which river they’re located
famous monuments / heritage sites (Angkor
Wat, Machu Pichu etc)
famous strait & which sea do they join (e.g Palk,
Berring, Gibralter etc)
Places in current affairs: Ukrain, Crimea, South
China sea, Gwadar port
Indian Geography
topic class chapters
6 7
India basic 9 1, 2, 4
11 1&2
9 3
10 3
rivers 11 3
12 6
10 1,5, 6, 7
Economic geography 12 7 to 12
9 6
Human Geography 12 1 to 4
1. Spectrum Geography OR Lucent’s GK Book
After NCERT is done 2. DR Khullar’s India: A comprehensive Geography OR
3. General Studies Manual OR
Geography
1. simultaneously refer Oxford
School atlas Indian
2. mountains, mountain passes, geography
rivers, borders, corridors
3. weather, cropping pattern
4. sanctuaries, national parks
5. Minute GK,
6. Mineral ranking

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER
How to approach Geography

Physical

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Geography
World
UPSC
CAPF, CDS Indian
SSC-CGL
Agro.
StatePSC
Environment
CSAT 2015: Agro.

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Agriculture
NCERT class subject chapters
7 science 3&9

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
8 geography 4
science 1
9 science 15
11 geography (India) 6
12 geography (Human) 5
geography (India land & 5
people)
After NCERT Soil related chapter from Spectrum OR Majid
Hussain or DR Khullar’s book.
How to approach Environment

Physical

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Geography
World
UPSC
CAPF, CDS Indian
SSC-CGL
Agro.
StatePSC
Environment
How to approach Environment

Geograph Physical

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
y
World
UPSC
Indian
CAPF, CDS
SSC-CGL Agro. Theory
StatePSC Environment Contemporary
Current
CSAT 2014: environment

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
NCERT: environment
CLASS SUBJECT CHAPTERS
6 geography 8
7 geo. 1 to 6

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
science 7, 16 to 18
8 geo. 8
sci. 7 & 18
9 geo 5
science 14
10 Geo. 2
sci. 14 to 16
11 geo(Physical) 15 & 16
geo (India) 4&5
economy 9 (Sustainable development)
12 Biology 13 to 16
chemistry 14
Free Additional Reading

NIOS
NCERT (Only selected
chapters)
My personal notes
Current affairs related

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Environment
1. Definition, concepts:
biomagnification, algae bloom
Mrunal.org
2. Species: location, critically
endangered, difference (turtle,
cheetah)
3. Vulture-diclofenac

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Environment
1. Energy: max potential, shale gas,
CBM, ethanol blending
Focus areas
2. National action plan to combat
climate change (NAPCC)- mission-
components, targets
3. Treaties, summit (theme, target),
Hotspots, Wetland

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Treaties & summits

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
How to approach Environment

Physical first

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
Geography
World last
UPSC
CAPF, CDS Indian first
SSC-CGL
Agro. first
StatePSC
Environment first
1. Polity GA | GK | GS
2. Economy Last
3. History
4. Geography Pillar
5. Environment Biodiversity
6. Science (SSC, CDS, CAPF)
7. International Relation (CDS,
CAPF)
8. PIN, Awards, Sports (Hardly in
UPSC)
By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
NCERT Science
Class PHYSICS Chemistry Biology

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
7 4, 13, 14 & 15 5&6 1,2,10; 11 & 12
8 11 to 16 3 to 6 2, 8, 9 & 10
9 8 to 12 1 to 4 5,6,7 & 13
10 10, 12 & 13 1 to 5 6 to 11
11 1,5,8 1,14 2 to 5
12 15 14,16 4,5 then 7 to 16

Environment related &


Ecology and applied
NCERT Science
Class PHYSICS Chemistry Biology

By-Dr.HARRAVISHER SINGH
7 4, 13, 14 & 15 5&6 1,2,10; 11 & 12
8 11 to 16 3 to 6 2, 8, 9 & 10
9 8 to 12 1 to 4 5,6,7 & 13
10 10, 12 & 13 1 to 5 6 to 11
11 1,5,8 1,14 2 to 5
12 15 14,16 4,5 then 7 to 16
Ch7, p-Block element 44 pages
Science Tech
1. Space (Mangalyan, GSLV)
2. nanotech Current
3. Medical- ebola, malnutrition Affairs
4. clean energy
5. Computer Information
Technology
6. POLICIES
TheHindu: Thursday edition: but
Hardly anything in prelim/Mains
CSAT PAPER -II
Reading
PCS-2013 Comprehension &
PAPER -II Grammer
Quantitative
Aptitude

Logical & Verbal


Reasoning

Miscellenous
READING COMPREHENSION & GRAMMER (CSAT PAPER-
II 2013 )
ENGLISH COMPREHENSION

PUNJABI COMPREHENSION

ENGLISH GRAMMER

PUNJABI GRAMMER
QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE
LOGICAL & VERBAL REASONING

NUMBER SERIES

ANALOGY

CODING DECODING

SEATING/ RANKING
ARRANGEMENTS
SYLLOGISM

PUZZLE TESTS /VENN


DIAGRAMS
QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE -BREAKUP

PROBABILITY /PERMUTATIONS

RATIO -PROPORTIONS/ALLIGATIONS

TIME & DISTANCE

PIPES & CISTERNS/BOATS

PERCENTAGES/AVERAGE/PARTNERSHIP

AGES/WAGES/WORK DONE

DATA INTERPRETATION

NUMBER OPERATIONS, FRACTIONS & BASIC ARITHMETIC

0 5 10 15 20 25

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE -BREAKUP