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Mains 2019 Preparation and Discussion Thread

Let us try to consolidate all the guiding articles spread across various threads at one place so that our energy is not wasted.

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My focus this month is on Optional, GS4, and answer writing for GS1, whose major components we have already studied for Prelims.

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@DaredevilI'm in same confusion. As per my understanding MK Yadav teaches all the topics. Generally 1 teacher cannot be good at all the subjects.
Other option I am considering is QIP of GS Score and there is also an online crash course of Vajiram priced 16k.
These will start in a week's time. Some enlightened souls need to help here.

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@madeyeThanks I also feel the same. But, I am ok with current affairs. Its answer writing and value addition to answers that is a concern.

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@DaredevilAs clueless as you are man.

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Mains Answer Value addition approach

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UPSC | Top Scorer General Studies | By Priyank Kishore | AIR 274 CSE 2018

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@panbhi26967It is going to consume 43 x 3 hours. Almost 15% of the time left. Really risky to join.

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@maheshkadam735603
Bhai keep searching
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I have tried many pens. Finally settled on Reynolds 045 because it is thinner and has slightly more friction. But it is not as pleasing to the eyes as Teramax.
For speed I think if you can think fast you will write fast. So work on content and Ques. Also keep practising writing daily for 1-2 hours. No other option.

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@John_TitorI am trying to finish very selectively the topics I feel I am weak in like Agriculture, Governance, etc. 1 quarter's material per month.

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@PSYBhai agar June mein achcha chunk syllabus ka nhii cover kiye to guaranteed MAins to nhii clear hoga, personal experience. 30 days left for results. Push yourself for these 30 days.

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@Akkku
If the notebook you are writing on is too thin (like a testbook), then probably this can happen. V5, V7 even Teramax have another problem that their ink spreads if a drop of water or sweat falls on it. Be careful while using them.

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Too much silence. How are you guys coping with the stress and anxiety? And last week ka kya action plan hai?

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@ManchesterUnited
Good approach. I scan a few topper/ good copies every day to add to the "ARSENAL" of presentation. Going through my own copies to re-evaluate how better I could have presented, working on Ease of reading for examiner.
For GS I am preparing solutions only. Then reverse engineering the problems and challenges. Works very well for polity.
Also trying to concise topics like globalization, urbanisation into 1-2 pages so that it becomes easier to revise quickly Progress on ths front is slow though.

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@CaesarFor Economy you can use models like- C, I, G, Im, Ex; 1st and 2nd generation reforms, Land, labour, capital, enterprise; & 10 EODB parameters to extract 5-10 points for each sector, industry, etc.
Agri is Swaminathan recommendations
Security, Disaster, Environment only current
Science is unpredictable, but do IR 4.0, nano, biotech, space

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@CaesarGS4 paper quality was low. For rest papers were above normal A4 sheet quality and quite smooth

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By the way, I'm able to complete GS4 paper on time. But essay is taking 3.25 hours. Any suggestions to improve?

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Does the syllabus ever get completed?

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@Kira0705I heard a term "organic writing". What is that? Why do such terms appear a week before the exams? Kaun hamari phirki le rha hai!

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@Rand_Al_Thor110 and above, I think.

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@Kira0705Yeah brother. But simple itself is very complicated to define?

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Courage and AI one.

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Aaj 15 min to bas paper padhne mein chala gaya!

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@STTough hi tha Bhai. 2-3 question ke basis par paper assess karna objective nhii hai.

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@Kira0705low rainfall, rainshadow areas, lack of perennial rivers, poor soil retention capacity. Bas isi pe ghumaya hai. Ek bar stressed areas, ek bar above average areas

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Disqualification ka matlab disqualified for being chosen as bhi ho sakta hai na?

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@K_9We are in the dark. As long UPSC does not release model answers or topper copies, every explanation, even by coaching centres, is at best guest work. UPSC might even be revising their own criteria every year.

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@BehemothWith essay along predictable lines (add 15 marks), and this year's gs2 becoming last year's gs1 (in unpredictability, no impact), cutoff should cross 790.
Of course if optionals surprise it may fall.

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@John_TitorBhai tumhare muh mein ghee shakkkar agar aisa ho toh.
But, I think last year cutoff fell because many good aspirants who had earlier scored 130-40 in essay, got 90 or less. And only 40% UR seats this time.

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@ShubzMap was very easy. Paper 1 was tough and more thinking was required. Modern to kuch zyada hi aasan puch liya. World history was tougher.

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@ShubzBhitargaon, Banawali/ Bhirrana, Muziris, Chopani Mando, Burzahoam/ Gufkral, Ropar, Kaushambi, Ujjain , Lothal, Girnar, Nashik/ Panheri caves, Halebidu, Tanjore, Amravati, Hathigumpha, Nalanda, Kili Gul Muhammad/ Mehrgarh, Newasa/ Inamgaon, Damodarpur, Sanaganakallu (bluff)

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@ShubzBas bhai kuch kehna mat, aaj khush rehne do.

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@MikeMujhe Medieval compulsory tough laga.

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@nikhilit20112751 Yes, thought it was a capital city only

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@nikhilit20112751 GS2 me 70-75 average jaega. Most will not cross 80. 90 above mein to top ho jaega. Ques were vague. Normal Polity IR se kaafi different tha. Historically it has been a low scoring subject as well.

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@dancingminionI don't know but I have this gut feel that they asked specific ques across all papers (even in my optional History) for a reason. It reduces the chance of getting any marks if we are not to the point. Conversely, for specific ques, even precise 1 page answers may end up getting more marks.

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@abhishek_pPaper 2 Section A was easy but writing an Optional level answer and not a GS one would be key. But Section B in both papers were tough- Sanskrit in Mughal period, European style and painting, Greek war of independence, etc.
Others like industrialization which is a continuous process, impact of varna on women were a bit difficult to prepare for beforehand. Also some 10 markers were asked as 15-20 markers and viceversa. Reprieve was a very easy map section. What did you find to be easy?

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@abhishek_pSame dilemma here. B'coz I have invested so much time in History don't want to leave it. But revising it is very very tough.

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@abhishek_pThe only thing is that I can study it even after a very long day and even with mental fatigue. It is very interesting.

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@ShubzI think with good description, as long as the sites are in the adjacent areas one can expect 1.5 or 2 marks if not 2.5. Many of the sites are too close to identify correctly.

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@ShubzWorld History was what I had focussed more on but the ques were trickier /tougher so had to attempt Modern. It looked very straight forward but writing an answer that fetches 1 or 2 marks more than competitors would be tough.
Familiarity with topic does not mean a good distinguished answer can be written. But everyone would face this problem. Do not overanalyze. Time to shift to the most unstructured part of the process.
PS: Did others also notice that they wrote Crtically Examine/ Answer in ques 1

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@abhishek_pIt is more about understanding the demand of ques and answering it and not being too factual. Effective communication in answer is also key.
I think if an unheard ques comes those who tackle it by being precise by applying limited knowledge score better than those who leave it because they have not studied it.

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@nikhilit20112751 Pahle hamesha critically examine hi raha hai. But iss baar Ques 1 mein "Critically Examine/ Answer the following question" karke pucha hai. But Ques 1 mein only statements diya hai, no ques.
It is in ques 5 that they asked a ques- pre Marxian Socialism, but upar Critically Examine likha hai. An observation.

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@nikhilit20112751 Wahi toh. Examiner bhi zyada soch ke ques set nhii kiya shayad. Some of the statements could not be critically examined.

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@corrigible_87Bhai 63 to aa hi jayenge. Don't get tensed.

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@PhagocyteThey had put within ' ' which means it might have had some very specific context. Probably used by SC in some case, the Law or PSIR guys may throw some light.

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Following is an absolutelyunsolicitedcomment.
@sat_009if you are being criticized then you are certainly doing something right. Its a good thing.
@kuttaMotivation and demotivation are natural part of UPSC journey. Venting your apprehensions through a public post often tends to alleviate stress. But these should not affectyour belief in yourself.

One should never judge one's own UPSC (Unpredictable PSC) performance without evidence (marks) let alone try to judge someone else's.
The purpose of creating this thread was to understand the thinking process behind writing an answer from different perspectives. In that process few of us may benefit from discovering where we lacked an insight into a question. How a question that appeared unanswerable to us may have been approached. Some value addition here and there which Coaching Wallas will never be able to provide because they never wrote the exam.
P.S.: Courage to accept and dedication to improve are the two key to success.

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@madeyeRemember the Schrödinger's Cat experiment and keep preparing for interview.☺

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@AdolfendraThat change can be for anything, tough to conclude.
Well going by past trends results generally comes out between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. So probably (no insider info here) tomorrow afternoon.?

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@AllMightAttack on Titan, Fullmetal Alchemist, FMA Brotherhood, One Punchman, Death Note, Seven Deadly Sins....

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Heart touching and true
Sab Sambhal Lete Hain Hum | Zakir Khan | poetry
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#EvenSakthLaundaCanCry

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@Hermione_Granger Into The Wild is a tragedy. It leaves one with a feeling of emptiness. Can't call it inspirational.

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@CaesarProbably if you watch art movies it may help. Or maybe the old ones like The Guide. Something more specific like genre based may be better than just "watching movies."
Can easily watch a few interviews of Indian directors to gain perspective in film-making. These insights may then be shared with the Board.
But in an interview you might not be asked as well.

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Multiple rounds of reflections, revelations and realisations have happened this time but result still eludes us.
Wo gaana yaad aa gaya ( just a metaphor)
Main kahi kavi na ban jaun tere pyaar mein ae kavita

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CSE 2018 interviews kis date se start hue the? Should we expect advancement of interview schedule by a week this time around?

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Quarter of a million views!!! And a deafening silence.

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@John_TitorIt is one scary read. Learnt a very crucial lesson from it that intellectuals will always be bullied. Also that a good person tends to be very critical of his actions and often doubts himself. Those opposed to him lack this.

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Kisi ka pdf download hua???

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