Competing with lakhs of participants and clearing all the three stages of the UPSC examination feels like crossing over a hill but in reality it is very much possible to climb and conquer if fed with ingredients in proper proportion.
Let us see how you can tackle answer writing by measuring those ingredients properly which is imperative to the success or failure of your blueprint, methodology and implementation.
This reading brings to you the essential components and affirmations as said by the experiences and results of the aspirants who have already crossed the hill.
Ashish Tiwari AIR 6 (CSE 2015)
“Believing is something; if you can’t believe then you can’t do it.You can’t lie to yourself .You must be assured that, yes I am going to clear it”
“I remember when I joined the 12 tests between preliminary and mains; I got 1 mark in one question. I knew I had written all waste, because I didn’t understand the question, I wasn’t in right frame of mind. It was ethics paper and for attempting ethics you should have clear frame of mind.”
Abhilash Mishra AIR 5 (CSE 2016)
Said by his friend, quoted by him “this exam is a game of chess .In the game of chess the king is the most powerful thing, but Queen has the most power. Compared to UPSC the king is the content, queen is the presentation. So present your answers very effectively and that will happen when you go for lot of answer writing.
Shweta Chauhan AIR 8 (CSE 2016)
“I felt like it is the wastage of time so I left it.
The result was that I got into 573 rank. I did not realize that my fault was that I wasn’t practicing answer writing. Then again the same thing continued and I got 474 rank.”
“Teachers gave me the feedback that this strategy is wrong and this strategy is right, this structure is wrong, this structure is right. So I analyzed myself better and I think that was the major reason that I could score this rank this time”.
Suharsha Bhagat AIR 5 (CSE 2014)
“They all say that if you want to learn, learn from your mistakes. But somewhere they forget to mention that we should learn from other people’s mistakes too.”
“Try to see as many questions as you can .In the beginning it will be slow and you may find it very boring and all that, but trust me, when your mental framework is ready then you will enjoy writing answers”
“…thinking part is generally missing. People read, people write, but they don’t think.
Unless you think, unless you analyze what in the question is being asked about, your marks will not reflect in that.”
Abhijeet Sinha AIR 19 (CSE 2017)
“I always used to think, somehow, I will clear it, it will be done. Especially economics option I was like I know it.It is not very difficult but when you start writing that and you start putting that into paper, it is not really an easy exercise and that is why the mains test series, the prelims test series etc. become extremely important.
Students are very enthusiastic too in writing test, but when they go into test writing, then they feel very reluctant what to write. They think OK I will write in exam itself, what is the point in writing it here.’’
Artika Shukla AIR 4 (CSE 2015)
“A lot of people I have met had not even finished the paper. It is very big.
How much ever you study, you can learn whole spectrum, you can learn all of economics, whole Current affairs, and it will not be more helpful than solving about 20 Test papers.”
“To understand how to write the answers this is where the test series has helped me and which is why I say test series is the most important investment that you can make.”
Sagar Kumar Jha AIR 13 (CSE 2017)
“When I wrote it in 2015, I had solved 0 Test paper and my score was 96 while the cut off was 107.
In 2016, I solved 5 test paper and my score was 109 while the cut off was 116.
In 2017, I solved 60 test paper and my score was 120 while the cut off was 105.33.”
Siddhartha Jain AIR 13 (CSE 2015)
“If I give you a book and tell you to read it and answer the questions I ask. There may be many things that you can miss and many things will not penetrate your understanding.
But from the same book if I give you 100 MCQs and ask you to solve it and later I discuss the MCQs with you. Next day when I ask a student how much is your retentive power, how much you remember?
The person who has given the test will remember more.”
“What my aim was that I become so comfortable by giving test and when I give the mains test, UPSC then it should not be different for me from the other test that I was giving. I should be so comfortable with that.”
Tina Dabi AIR 1 (CSE 2015)
“Test series has a proper schedule .Every week there is a test.If you follow that very rigorously, religiously then things becomes very easy. So what I did was, I used to follow the schedule of test series”
Gaurav Agarwal AIR 1 (CSE 2013)
See in my first attempt, I did not seek any external feedback. So I was not able to understand whether I was writing good answers or not .Right in the start of the second attempt I joined the test series.
If you join a test series and you send your answers to somebody to evaluate and all then you get a feedback, you get on your face a feedback-2 marks out of 20, then you think of improving”
Start writing answers
Practice, practice and practice: one very important ingredient to clear UPSC Examination.