UPSC mains examination is scheduled to be held from December 3 to 9, 2016. The candidates who successfully passed preliminary exam has been preparing for this moment over the past one year. The mains phase of UPSC examination checks a candidate’s knowledge of the topics in the syllabus as well as his/her analytical ability.
A candidate’s ability to perceive and analyse situations from multiple angles to arrive at a conclusion is of utmost importance to succeed in the mains. Here are some useful last-minute tips that will help you get that extra edge.
How to write better:
Analyse: Pay close attention to the word directives given in each question. These directives give an indication of the style in which the examiner would like you structure and write it. A detailed analysis of directives is recommended.
Avoid jargons: Always keep the answers simple. The candidates often use multiple jargons while writing answers which tends to dilute the exact message. This exam demands complex concepts to be explained in simple language. The main focus should be to craft answers which will articulate the message in the best possible manner.
Brief introductions: The ‘introduction’ part of the answer should be kept crisp and to-the-point. Remember, it is meant to give the reader a glimpse of the answer and not the whole story. It is highly recommended that the candidate write a brief background on the theme of discussion. It is best kept when kept short.
Cite provisions: While writing answers for Polity (GS-Paper 2), always link back to the provisions in the constitution, by citing the articles wherever necessary.
Be structured: Remember that well-structured answers fetch more marks in the examination. So, if there are specific parts that need to be answered, ensure you list the points under various sub-headings.
Use diagrams: For questions that can be made illustrative, for example in ‘Geography’ and ‘International Relations’ sections, it is a good idea to sketch out schematic diagrams, rough maps wherever the case may be. This would uniquely differentiate a candidate’s answer from the crowd
Relevant citations: It can be beneficial to scan through Prime Minister’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme for some current policy level highlights. This can be of particular help in GS-2, GS-3 papers and even in essay writing.
— Clearly read the instructions printed on the question paper
— Before attempting the question paper, check whether all questions have been printed sequentially or not
— Strive towards attempting maximum questions possible
While this is touted as one of the toughest examinations in the world, a well panned and thought out preparation approach can help candidates crack it. Candidates need to take adequate rest during the entire length of the examination. A calm, positive and motivated mind during this entire process will help candidates write better and ensure success.
The article is authored by Riku Sayuj , Faculty at BYJU’S and IIM Ahmedabad alumnus