UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) conducts the CSE (Civil Services Examination) in three stages that is Prelims, Mains, and Interview. In the three stages of the examination the Mains plays a key role in scoring, and which supports the candidate to get good rank as well. The real UPSC CSE is falls in Mains contains 85% of the weightage. To make sure whoever appearing for the Mains keep the below
points in your mind.
Writing is an art, the candidate should put right effort, regular practice, and proper guidance to perform well, answer writing categorised into three sections:
Do understand the question fully and correctly, it helps the candidates to develop a basic mental framework, don’t wait for the answer to come to you, gather the information, facts, and ideas, don’t overstretch your imagination- good understanding of the issue.
To structure the answer candidate supposed to follow three steps:
Problem, issue, definition, and data, one line version of the answer. If the space permits – verdict, statement & judgement it should be 3 sentences.
Simple sentences bring together all the main elements of the answer, positive opinion, last sentence would be the general statement reiterating with the introduction.
The ABC of answer writing – Accuracy, Brevity, and Clarity. Most important thing is the word limit of your answer writing –
Three rules of thumb –
Other than that – Stick with word limits, develop a good writing speed, consume less time as possible, do not try to reach perfection in answer.
To begin with do open-book answer writing, and then move on to answer writing from your memory.
How to develop answer writing?
Discard the use of complex language, use the language universally understood, write an easy and simple understand sentence, and develop templates for your answer
that you can recall at a short notice.
Directives and Meaning:
Same as discuss and be careful with the reasoning to arrive at conclusion.
In addition to the evaluate, bring out value of the topic, same as evaluate, but you can lean towards either the positive aspects or negative, depending on the topic.
Meaning: Give Evidence in support of what is being said that is cite reports, facts, and events etc. same approach as Elucidate