The UPSC Blog

Civil Services Exam, UPSC etc.

How to write long answers in UPSC main and other exams

without comments

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.

LIMITED SPACE
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.

GIVE EXAMPLES
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:
*******
Intro-
Causes
1….
2….
3…
Consequences
1…
2…
Strategy
1..
2…
Conclusion line.
******

So what is stopping you from writing a clear answer that examiner can easily read and navigate!

Written by upsc aspirants

March 21st, 2015 at 6:59 am

Posted in Must Read

Leave a Reply