These pics are believe to be of 15 March 2015 BPSC exam; authenticity unverified. Bihar education needs an overhaul.
1. Think of your answer as a structure, a fortress. Build your arguments. Write what is asked in the question. Follow a roadmap, logic, a sequence, order: an answer is a coherent whole.
2. DO NOT write what you know and want to. Write what is asked. Very important. Don’t be tempted to stuff your answers with all your knowledge, data and points if it does not match the need of the question.
3. Read question carefully and think for some moments before jumping to write. Think what it is actually asking. It is easy to jump to writing thinking you know it. You get marks for writing what is asked; not for what you know.
4. Keep hand writing clear and legible. Your examiner is checking dozens of copies every day. Don’t make it hard for him with bad handwriting.
5. Make your answer look physically good too. Use points, paragraphs, examples, current case studies etc. Make it look like an arrangement. Underline major points (especially where a new section of answer in a long answer begins). You may also use a highlighter but the colour may fade by the time it reaches your UPSC examiner; so underlining with pen is better. Think from the point of view of your examiner. Make your copy really stand out from the competition. Make the examiner look and appreciate your copy. You have done the hard work; make it obvious to him or her. Check some mock copies yourself and then you will realize how important this is.
6. You cannot afford grammar and spelling mistakes. So work on that if you need to. A future civil servant is expected to be comfortable with use of language.
7. Take it from someone who is evaluating many answer sheets on a regular basis: it becomes very boring and tiring if you are not following the above principles. There is no revaluation possible with UPSC. You have only one chance in a year to impress your examiner. So give your all. Give the best effort to produce a good answer sheet: structured, aligned answers in good language, grammar and suitably underlined. So that the examiner has less strain and more satisfaction in checking your copy.
8. Blue colour ink is better than black. Avoid fountain pen use; use blue ball pen. Ink Pen may leave marks and smudges when kept in storage boxes in UPSC premises.
READ Q CAREFULLY, WRITE WHAT IS ASKED.
Please read Q carefully and write clearly. Answer writing is not just writing all you know. But writing in the form it has been asked. Read model answer and approach.
Break it in paras. Give it a look that suggests that different points/thoughts are in different paras. It is very boring to read one long para for one answer. Improve on this or your examiner will not like it. No paras means less structured answers. You have points and logic but you are still losing. So think how you can make your answers also look physically better.
You write it like a story even if relevant to the answer. Try to be sharp and write in a format most suitable for the question. Use more paragraphs to structure your writing.
UPSC will have limited space for answers in the answer sheets now. So stop writing and cancelling it. No such luxury now. Think clearly and write; don’t waste your space.
You could have given many examples and made it a rich answer. There is so much to write on this topic.
More developed logic. Try writing things in order, in organisation, one thought after the other, so that the flow is maintained. That sends good impression. Think what’s ansked and how a good answer to it should be. Hard to do so much in exam hall; so practice more.
UPSC will have boxed/defined space for answers now. So be careful, prevent wastage. No unlimted pages.
Wrong spelling! You must be readng the Hindu newspaper. At least don’t make spelling mistakes with as many words which it uses (which is not much really) as those are the words we mostly use.
You dont’ write what you know. You write what’s asked.
If you don’t limit yourself then you will have a hard time when UPSC gives answer sheets which as marked places for answers. You can’t write indefinitely.
Practice writing in blank pages. Your lines are going uphill from left to right!
BAD SLOPPY ENGLISH
Bad language or sloppy English will not fetch you good marks. So write short, crisp, clear sentences.
UNDERLINE MAIN POINTS
Your UPSC examiner may be bored to death checking copies day in day out. Make your points stand out.
Just writing is not enough. Presentation is also as important.
WRITE IN POINTS
How good it would have looked if after intro you had written it in points like this:
So what is stopping you from writing a clear answer that examiner can easily read and navigate!
1. Think of your answer as a STRUCTURE, a fortress. Build your arguments. Write what is asked in the question. Follow a roadmap, logic, a sequence, order: an answer is a coherent whole.
2. DO NOT write what you know and want to. Write what is asked; Very important. Don’t be tempted to stuff your answers with all your knowledge, data and points if it does not match the need of the question.
3. READ Q CAREFULLY and think for some moments before jumping to write. Think what it is actually asking. It is easy to jump to writing thinking you know it. You get marks for writing what is asked; not for what you know.
4. LEGIBLE HANDWRITING. Your examiner is checking dozens of copies every day. Don’t make it hard with bad handwriting. UNDERLINE MAJOR POINTS (especially where a new section of answer in a long answer begins).
5. MAKE YOUR ANSWERS LOOK PHYSICALLY GOOD TOO. Use points, paragraphs, examples, current case studies etc. Make it look like an arrangement. You have worked hard; let it show in your answer sheet. Presentation is important too.
6. You cannot afford GRAMMAR and spelling mistakes. So work on that if you need to. A future civil servant is expected to be comfortable with use of language.
7. BLUE colour ink is better than black. Avoid fountain pen use; use blue ball pen. Ink Pen may leave marks and smudges when kept in storage boxes in UPSC premises.
See images below; believe to be of the recent 15 March 2015 BPSC exam. Centre unknown; in Bihar; authenticity unverified.
Chaatra Adhikaar and another Manch has students in Delhi and elsewhere agitating for reforms in UPSC CS examination.
This one is from one of their public postings: “कई दिनों की लगातार दौड़ धुप के बाद विभिन्न मंत्रालय ,सांसदों व् दलों के प्रमुख को ज्ञापन सौपने के दौरान हमे आशावादी आश्वासन मिला है उम्मीद है निर्णय हमारे हक़ में होगा। कुछ ज्ञापन मुहर और हस्ताक्षर के साथ।”
These images take from public posting of Chattra Adhikar manch list in detail the points they want to make about C-SAT and step motherly treatment of Hindi/vernacular students in UPSC CS.
The following is an extract from the Orkut discussion group that is now not there. What is copied below is just portions of the discussion (march 2012). You will get an idea of how even the UPSC slips so often (unless you defend them by saying it is deliberate).
He asked–which “organization” is there in india for natural
disasters–i said NDMA…he said NO…it is national disaster management
committee.Lolz – Digvijay.
This is really SAD ……. I don’t even feel like typing “LOL”, “ROLF” etc …..This is actually Sick ……we are investing 2-3-4 years of our Life leaving 7 figured corporate jobs just to do something for the society so that we actually do something for our country, nt just cry, yell, abuse …….. In the end what we get is – facing such interviews and be victimized by lack of knowledge of people at the helms of affairs ……Way to Go !
–Dont get booged down by borard members remarks…its a strategy by demI was also asked 7 hypothetical questions, all my answers were logically correct(said all after intreview n now wen am in service)..but board said “NOOOOOOOOOOOO”…I REMAINED COOL, CONIFIDENT…….have the courage of conviction…I was guided…i did so….final score 210…yr 2007- Sankalp
-chairman,he asked just 1 technical ques frm my engg.background..apart frm opinion oriented ques.I left that delivery by saying -sorry sir i m nt able to recall.But as i dont hav ny job experience in last 5years(4upsc attempts,3interview)..he generalized on just 1ques– u have forgotten ur engg.Bull shit…why i need to study engg.concepts for civils, n if i dont have a job then i m ineligible for CSE!!! In one member’s ques i told the board that i m a generalist now n wid my answers they must hav seen it.Then,i gave him every explaination that initially my graduation subjects were nt there n i prepared them on my own(which is true,though strange) n then i m in the loop for past few yrs. Also,that i m nt in touch with conceptual part of my engg though applied aspects r knwn to me.But he didnt asked nythng further n made an opinion after just one ques.Only one word was picked from my form/summary sheet–BTech…nothng else was asked,apart frm one light ques that my interest is in sports.Though members were flat on my answers…but i dont knw whether chairman will b “able” to appreciate them or not. In d end again he asked what is ur backup–i said sir i m hopeful.he said u must have been hopeful in last couple of times,suppose u fail this tym then–i said sir,hypothetically if such an undesirable situation will arise,then i will be dejected but i hav to face it n even engg.line is open for me apart frm state civil services.so,in case,these were the stress ques then its ok…i will be 190+..but if he was narrow then around 165. – by someone who identified as MP.
-Dude …Look u r missing the point ……I m nt saying that members dnt have knowledge but passing false info to someone is nt at all healthy …….he is trying to say NDMA is nt the authority for Disasters in India but it’s committee …….even if he wanted to object to it ……he sould have investigated more , nt saying “NO”..this is nt a healthy practise ………this year , many candidates have been openly declared as “CORRUPT” by board due to their inability to convince board on Why IAS ….I understand ..that’s strategy …but calling right info as wrong is nt good …..
Anyways ….dude if u r in Service …–by Digvijay
—Vijay Singh Board: 19th march , first person in afternoon session. 1. M1-You like watching television, what you watch on tv?2. M1-What is your current source of information, if you don’t watch TV?3. M1-What sites you browse on internet?4. M1- who you will rate as the number 1 civil engineer? 5. M2- how will your knowledge of civil engineering will help you as an administrator? 6. M2-what is your opinion on interlinking of river project?7. M2-We can protect environment if we guide it along the road? 8. M2- Who is the professor at IIT Delhi who teaches meditation?9. M2- What is the difference between the type of yoga taught by patanjali and those taught by ramdev & ravishankar?10. M3-what type of education system should we have in India? 11. M3- do you like reading books?12. M3-which one was the last book you read13. M3-what is the name of the main protagonist?14. M3-what you learn from his character?15. M4-tell about any one good project you did as an NSS Secretary?16. M4- was there no map of campus from before? 17. M4-what is spic macay? 18. M4-what is the name of IIT delhi prof who heads it?19. M5- what is there in the budget this time? 20. M5- Is service going to affect poor, how?21. M4-what qualities of Visvesvaraya should an administrator have?22. M1- have you been to Bihar recently?23. M1- what change you see in Bihar?24. M1-what about roads?25. M1- do you believe that if political will is there transformation can be brought about in a very short span of time? 26. M1- what lesson does it have for the people?
– By Gaurav Prakash–.
Anyone who keeps an eye on reputed publications like Economic and Political Weekly (EPW) and other journals (including international ones) will know that now UPSC takes out lines, phrases, words, themes from here and places them in questions.
You can see that even in a paper like Philosophy.
Time to stop running after coaching institutes and do your own research and studies if you haven’t already. Model answers are also often prepared from that text only obviously. So embrace the reputed publications in your areas; don’t run after run-of-the-mill texts, textbooks, coaching stuff.