8 things to follow in the UPSC Mains Examination

8 things to follow in the UPSC Mains Examination.

Here are a few tips that IAS Aspirants’ who are appearing for the UPSC 2017 Mains Exam should follow while attempting questions of each paper to boost their score.  These steps would also be useful for the IAS Aspirants’ who aspire to become a part of the civil services and planned to write the exam in any near future.

 

Step 1: Scan the questions and identify the keyword in the given questions


Candidates’ should scan the question thoroughly as just taking a glance at the question is not going to be of any help. While going through the question, candidates’ should determine at least a single keyword in the question that they are familiar with and each question will have at least two or three keywords. Once they identify the keyword then they can go full throttle centring their answer on that single keyword.

 

Step 2: Understand the demand of the question


Candidates should read the question at least twice and understand the demand of the question. Here’s some advice on how to attempt a question, first read the question thoroughly and then break the question into two parts

Here’s an example below given is a question asked in the UPSC 2013 Mains Exam.

Several foreigners made India their homeland and participated in various movements. Analyze their role in the Indian struggle for freedom. (200 words)

This question can be break into two parts, one is foreigners who participated in India’s freedom struggle and their role in the Indian struggle for freedom.

This is the best way to attempt the questions and meet its demand.

 

Step 3: Do not panic if the question is tough


Often candidates tend to panic when they come across questions that look tough. All we advise the candidates’ is not to lose their calm and always keep in mind if the question looks tough to them it will be tough to many others as well. Candidates’ should always remember that success in the mains exam depends not on answering the most obscure and unique questions but not on missing the easiest and most general questions. So, always keep in mind that a candidate’s success is in answering the simplest and most straight ward questions. 

 

Step 4: Draw diagrams, flowcharts, charts


It is always advised to candidates to include diagrams or charts wherever necessary. Candidates’ should not think that adding diagrams may look stupid or their drawing skill is not up to the mark as the marks offered in the exam is not for the drawing but for the presentation of the facts in their diagram.  It is always an added advantage also a trick to score better by adding diagrams as chances are there the examiner may just award marks just by seeing the diagram while not even reading the answer written.

Also, a note to candidates’ not to overdo by just giving diagrams as diagrams are just an additional in the answer and not an alternate to their answer.

 

Step 5: Do not go beyond the word limit or time limit


 Candidates should always ensure that they take approximately 7-8 minutes to answer a 10 marks question and approximately they should have answered 4 questions in 30 minutes. And, if not, they should pull up their socks and start writing fast and faster. Keeping this calculation in mind, candidates should answers 9 questions in an hour and 17-18 questions in 2 hours and should complete answering all the 25 questions in three hours.

 

Step 6: If all the questions in a row seem difficult


This may happen when candidates would have left a portion of the syllabus and that has been asked consecutively. If candidates encounter any such situation in the main examination, all we advise is not to fret, instead go through questions from the last i.e. from question number 25 and start attempting in the reverse order. Even if they are able to answer questions in a row then is recommend attempting answering in the descending order. We bet this strategy will work and make candidates feel confident and also ensure that they have not left any questions unattempted.

 

Step 7: Follow the Seven-Five-Three Rule to answer questions


This is the one rule what candidates’ should follow even while answer writing practice during main exam preparation. The rule is very simple and here, how it works.

Read the question carefully.

Answer the question in not more than seven minutes

Write five points in your answer in bullet-listing style

Explain the points in three dimensions, depending on the nature of questions.

  1. In Social, Economic, Political and Geographical perspective
  2. For, against, and conclusion
  3. What/Why/How

 

Step 8: Do not underestimate yourself during the exam


Finally, all we have to say to the candidates’ is to be confident and quick in thinking. As, the UPSC exam is unpredictable so are the candidates who make it to the final list, because most of the candidates who make it are with half your knowledge. Hence, all a candidate needs are to be positive and nerves of steel to handle the situation with calm.

 

These are the crucial 8 steps, which every aspirant writing the UPSC Mains Exam should follow to get an edge over the other aspirants.

 

Below given is the UPSC 2017 Civil Services (Main) Exam Timetable.

Date/Day

Forenoon Session 9.00 A.M. to 12.00 Noon

Afternoon Session 2.00 P.M. to 5.00 P.M

28.10.2017 (Saturday)

Paper‐I Essay

No Paper

29.10.2017 (Sunday)

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ No Paper ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

30.10.2017 (Monday)

Paper‐II General Studies‐I

Paper‐III General Studies‐II

31.10.2017 (Tuesday)

Paper‐IV General Studies‐III

Paper‐V General Studies‐IV

01.11.2017 (Wednesday)

Paper‐A Indian Language {Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/ Konkani/Maithili/Malayalam/Manipuri/ Marathi/Nepali/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit/ Santhali/Sindhi (Devanagari/Arabic Script)/Tamil/Telugu/Urdu}

Paper‐B English

02.11.2017 (Thursday)

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ No Paper ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐‐

03.11.2017 (Friday)

Paper‐VI Optional Paper‐I {Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Anthropology/ Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/ Commerce & Accountancy/Economics/ Electrical Engineering/Geography/ Geology/History/Law/Management/ Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering/ Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/ Political Science & International Relations/Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/Statistics/ Zoology/Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/ Konkani/Maithili/Malayalam/Manipuri/M arathi/Nepali/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit/San thali/Sindhi /Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/English}

Paper‐VII Optional Paper‐II {Agriculture/Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Science/Anthropology/ Botany/Chemistry/Civil Engineering/ Commerce & Accountancy/Economics/ Electrical Engineering/Geography/ Geology/History/Law/Management/ Mathematics/Mechanical Engineering/ Medical Science/Philosophy/Physics/ Political Science & International Relations/Psychology/Public Administration/Sociology/Statistics/ Zoology/Literature of any one of the following languages: Assamese/Bengali/Bodo/Dogri/ Gujarati/Hindi/Kannada/Kashmiri/ Konkani/Maithili/Malayalam/Manipuri/Mara thi/Nepali/Oriya/Punjabi/Sanskrit/ Santhali/Sindhi /Tamil/Telugu/Urdu/English}

 

Wishing all the best to the IAS Aspirants, who are writing UPSC 2017 Mains Exam.