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More advice on writing answers in UPSC Exams or long-answer, conventional papers.

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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 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.

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March 21st, 2015 at 7:00 am

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How to write long answers in UPSC main and other exams

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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:
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Intro-
Causes
1….
2….
3…
Consequences
1…
2…
Strategy
1..
2…
Conclusion line.
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So what is stopping you from writing a clear answer that examiner can easily read and navigate!

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March 21st, 2015 at 6:59 am

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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.

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March 21st, 2015 at 6:58 am

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More Photos from BPSC exam centres

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These pics are believe to be of 15 March 2015 BPSC exam; authenticity unverified. Bihar education needs an overhaul.

bihar education BPSC exam in open

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March 21st, 2015 at 6:40 am

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Some BPSC Exam centres didn’t had enough space for candidates?

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See images below; believe to be of the recent 15 March 2015 BPSC exam. Centre unknown; in Bihar; authenticity unverified.

bihar exam halls missing Bihar no place to sit in exam

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March 21st, 2015 at 6:37 am

Supreme Court to hear petition for postponement of UPSC Pre scheduled 24 August 2014

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Today at 11 am, Supreme court is hearing the petition for postponement of UPSC Civil Services Examination scheduled 214 August 2014. In Court no. 2. Students esp those protesting against the various biases in CSAT have already assembled at the court premises.

See image below; the SC official paper on this.

supreme court PIL csat

 

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August 23rd, 2014 at 10:02 am

For Students: Tenant Assistance Form for old Rajinder Nagar

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This is a message by some people and it is being published as sent. It will be useful for UPSC aspirants and other students seeking renting help, landlord feedback, information on rent, prices, trends, warnings etc in Rajinder Nagar and also other places like Ziasarai, Bersarai, Munirka, Mukherjee Nagar etc where students live and seek rooms (if such spread sheets are created later).

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Hi,
I live in old rajinder nagar.The student ecosystem is very good here except for few problems in renting a room.I prepared a community-owned,community-moderated spread sheet to help the students coming with their suitcases to Delhi.This may not completely solve the problem.With proper nurturing this could be a step in right direction to make this place more student friendly.

Please share the link on your blogs,websites,social media profiles.

Thanks.

 

If you have trouble viewing or submitting this form, you can fill it out online:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1KhKfYJSOg3CFnEIZ8Is-wM2T2PFkm-w0ECUgvuLoJFk/viewform?sid=783ae5de1009c577&token=kqKBaz4BAAA.PHNBqic9CgBplM5dMTjCYA.23E_0v-pW8YKDsZ6oLIF0g

 

Tenant assisting Form for Old Rajinder Nagar,New Delhi

This is community-owned,community-moderated Spread Sheet.I plead you not to spam it.Spread Sheet Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AvzGoMEJTIkRdGwtaFo0V1lFSDNtMmxJY3lqRkYyZ2c#gid=0

Why this spread sheet?
1.We don’t need those leeches, called brokers.
2.To let the new occupant know the problems that bothered the leaving tenant.This helps the new tenant to bargain the rent amount.
3.And finally to realise the power of community action.

Leaving tenant:Please care to fill this form if you are planning to vacate your room.

Entering tenant:If you found a room through this portal or otherwise,please care to update this spread sheet-so,that other people don’t find the information on this portal redundant.

There must be few more areas like old rajinder nagar, New Delhi where renting business is thriving and tenant is always at the receiving end.I encourage you to search for similar spreadsheets or make one if you feel necessary.

Based on response I vow to improvise this solution.

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May 4th, 2013 at 9:09 am

Join Shukla for Court Case against upsc 2013

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See Shukla’s posts on an online forum. See link and image below. Feel free to help him and join him.  Link for online discussion See the image below for his no.

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When did UPSC notify introduction of essay in 1992

If somehow, from the ARCHIVAL SECTION of some NEWSPAPER office, this information can be obtained- that on which particular date before 1993 exams, (when 200 marks essay paper was introduced, changing the scheme for the first time after 1979), the PMO accepted the essay proposal, PTI advertised these changes and UPSC gave press release. If it comes to be a date on or before 1992 December, UPSC will certainly lose the case in the court. Its not the change in syllabus that is problem, but the manner in which it has been brought is problem. The preparation cycle for a student starts from October-November previous year, and UPSC kept students in suspense.The comparision can be established only if the date of INFORMING in 1992-93 through the Press Trust of India, is available before 1993 exam. One way to know this is RTI to DOPT/PTI/UPSC, and the alternate way is going to the  ARCHIVAL SECTION OF POPULAR NEWSPAPER in which that news would have been published. PLz suggest some idea.

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April 28th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

UPSC 2013 Pattern Change and the Extra Attempt Debate and discussion

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UPSC has released the 2013 CSP Notification. As expected, there has been changes in the Main exam pattern. Students are debating whether more attempts will be given to all candidates as probably happened in 1979 and year 1990. You can read more on the links below.

Sample of a letter by some student to DoPT:

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“On 5th March, UPSC have notified changes in the Mains Pattern of the Civil Services Exam. While I welcome the changes ushered in by the Commission, I am saddened by complete neglect of the majority stakeholders in this process, the Civil Service aspirants.

The changes brought about are not incremental but are substantial and these are advantageous to only a section of the aspirant community. Many students would be at a disadvantage as the new pattern does not provide a level playing field to them and it impinges on their right to equality.

Students from Regional language background would be at a major disadvantage in Paper-I as many would require to put in extra efforts to work on their English language. It would be detrimental to their final rank in the Merit List. Already many of them find it difficult to get through the Preliminary stage due to emphasis on English Comprehension.

Also, a few students would be in the age group of 28 plus and some would be even 29, which means that they ought to take this exam this year itself as there would be no flexibility. Even if you increase the attempts for these students it may not work in their favor as they would not have the cushion of time to write the exam the next year as they would go beyond the age limit of 31 years.

In 1979 and 1990 the pattern was changed and DoPT had taken into cognizance the interest of the student community. In 1979, the students were given four fresh attempts while in 1990 the upper age-limit was 31 years. And so I would request you to please consider raising the upper age-limit to 31 years and also giving fresh attempts.

Sir, considering the amount of time and money that students put in during their preparation for exams, I would request you to take up this issue urgently.

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See the DoPT rule notification It is mentioned that "Unless covered by any of the exceptions that may from time to time be notified by the Central Government in this behalf, every candidate appearing for the examination after 1st January 1990, who is otherwise eligible, shall be permitted four attempts at the examination".

Follow this Link for full discussion. And join students petitioning the DoPT or PMO or UPSC. Do it while you can; the system needs more improvements than you think it does. It is a lucky draw exam already given the way it is conducted.

More from the discussion:

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I think we should ponder on the following cases too and request DoPT to consider them:

1) A few students would be in the age group of 28 plus and some would be even 29, which means that they ought to take this exam this year itself as there would be no flexibility. Even if you increase the attempts for these students it may not work in their favour as they would not have the cushion of time to write the exam the next year as they would go beyond the age limit of 31 years.

Solution: Make the upper age limit 31 years along with an extra attempt.

2) Students from Regional language background would be ata disadvantage in Paper-I as many would require to put in extra efforts to work on their English language. It would be detrimental to their final rank in the Merit List. Already many of them find it difficult to get through the Preliminary stage due to emphasis on English Comprehension.( Students from the southern states especially as Hindi is not their savior in  CSAT). Students from CBSE, ICSE stand to gain again from this new patter.

Solution: Students would need more time to be prepared for these mammoth changes brought in by UPSC. So again the age limit to be extended to 31 along with an extra attempt.

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March 6th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Coaching Warning: Inspiration IAS and Rajnish Tomaro and others

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Some upsc aspirants iscussing how they have been cheated by these coachingwallahs. Please note that we are only publishing the extract/images of the discussion. Please follow the link for the full thread.

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  • Warning about coaching class

mujhe pata hai iske liye aalag thread hai fir bhi yaha likh raha hu taaki har koi padh le aur fasne se bache…

mera experiance bata raha hu….kisi ek k bhi kaam aaye to usake 50000 bach jaenge… maanana hai to maano..

Inspiration IAS saabse bada fraud hai aur jaise maine ye likha uske chamche mujhe galat saabit karne ki koshish karenge…maine 5000 advance diye the aur paper discussion me baitha tha …..40 min baad bahar aake jhagda karke 5000 vapas le aaya….agar fir bhi mera kehna galat lagta hai to jara niche diya hua para padhiye..

Pub. adm. is U Know na very U Know na funny and serious U Know na subject…U getU Know na 330 U Know na anytime,,,,no tension atall U Know na …..

agar ise aap 3 ghanta jhel sakte ho to aaram se jaiega….ya fir use DEMO class mang le.

Dusara hai Rajnish tomaro jo mere 19500 kha gaya….use sach me kucchch bhi nahi aata…

mai is topic pe koi discussion nahi expect kar raha hu….janhit me likha hai….nahi patata to ignore karlo…

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August 12th, 2012 at 10:01 pm