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How to write answers in UPSC Main exam?

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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.

Written by upsc aspirants

March 21st, 2015 at 6:58 am

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  1. underlining will carry negative marks


    20 Apr 15 at 3:19 pm

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