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How to crack IAS Mains

“Fortune favours the brave”

UPSC prelims results are out and the die has been cast for those 15008 students writing Civil Services Mains 2015. Celebrations must have started for all those who are writing mains, after all, being among 3% students is no mean task, and yes you should reward yourself.

However, mind must be agog with plenty of more questions like:

What to do in coming 60 days?

Really, there is too much to cover that too in such short span of time! (4 GS papers and Optional subject)

Is there any mantra for coming 2 months, what are they?

This time mains is little less prepared, may be next time L

First thing first, IAS examination is still one of the most planned and conceptual examination conducted under the sun, a sound analysis of mains paper of 2013 & 2014 would tell you that the basics of the examination are still the same, weightage might shift to certain areas of syllabus but overall all the areas are important. As per our understanding the areas less covered in prelims would be covered in mains in December.

What UPSC says about mains examination?

“The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyze, and take a view on conflicting socio‐ economic goals, objectives and demands. The candidates must give relevant, meaningful and succinct answers.”

UPSC expects you to have a basic understanding about an issue or concept with an ability to analyse with your own sense of judgment and view point taking on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demand. Here it means that you should be clear, coherent, precise, succinct and should be able to convey your thoughts and personality in a meaningful way.

Well it means, stick to the basics, write to the point with contemporary relevance.

Still the basic questions remains, what should a civil services aspirant do in 60 days?

Time is less and hence at this point going for detailed and comprehensive books is a complete no, if majority areas are not covered then one should focus on NCERT texts and IGNOU if required. Complement it with current affairs since January 2015. Some pointers for students who are giving mains examination:

Memorise the syllabi verbatim, it means go through mains syllabus again and again Always remember, USPC expects you to prepare within the ambit of syllabi Go through past 5 years of papers since 2010 just to develop a filtering system Focus on most basic texts and materials like NCERT and complement it with newspapers and current affairs notes to get a sense of contemporary relevance
Try to structure whatever you study during this period and complete a topic comprehensively (Remember half-hearted approach never helps) You can make your notes handy for quick revision in the end
Go for a piecemeal approach in terms of revision (15 minutes every day)
We are living in age of information overload with plenty of books and notes, here utmost caution is needed, while sticking to the basic stuff and consolidate it accordingly
Answer writing is the key for the mains preparation, try to write at least 500 words on an average every day
UPSC is a generalist examination where “brevity is the soul of wit” is the mantra needed, even if you study around 5000 words about a topic or concept still you are required to express it in around 200 words, hence stick to the basics.

We will be coming up with a practical and working strategy for each GS paper and Public Administration (optional subject) in our articles and videos.

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