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Mains 2021 - Strategy, Doubts, Resources etc

Hi peeps! 

Prelims result will be declared in 2-3 weeks. We may make it, we might not. Speculations will continue till then.

This thread is for those who want to move on. For those deciding to focus on the next phase of their prep; perhaps the most crucial one. We have less number of days this time (only about 85 days left). Let's collaborate and make the most of this time.

Here are the links to previous year's threads. Do go through them. There are gems in there.

https://forumias.com/post/detail/Mains-2020-Doubt-and-strategy-discussion-thread-1601963441?page=1 - In the description of this thread, you'll find links to paper wise threads of last year plus some handy resources.

https://forumias.com/post/detail/CSE-2021-Plan-Strategy-Daily-Routine-1602556617  This is the 2021 daily routine thread 

https://forumias.com/post/detail/CSE-2022-Plan-Strategy-Daily-Routine-1633964267?page=1 This is the 2022 daily routine thread created by@nerdfighter.

In both these threads, you are free to post your daily targets and hold each other accountable. Or just lurk there and be motivated by the effort people are putting in day after day. 

https://forumias.com/post/detail/Anecdotes-Facts-Examples-for-GS-and-Essay-1634039128 - This thread is created by@sbhati.Do contribute your facts and examples there. We can together build up a collection more than enough to conquer Mains.

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@Celeborn thanks you
also can you tell me how to preapre case studies: from scratch. i have no idea about those 120 marks. whats the structure, how to write them, format and from where to practise. TIA


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someone pl suggest a source for examples of ethics definitions in paper 1. definitions are ready but not examples. also how to prepare case studies. i havent written any yet and i have lokman material with me

You can also refer to Abhijeet sinha's onenote. GS4 is a gem from his notebook. 

Muffin,
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@Purplesunbird i already have part 1 notes. it may be good for value addition. but how to start with case study. i mean to practise?


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@Capedcrusader1 you can check out atishmathur for case studies. 


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@Purplesunbird ok ill look into it on youtub


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Hello Friends. This is regarding Philosophy Optional. 

Are any friends preparing for Philo here on this thread? The Previous Year Papers can be a real pain to find and deliberate answers to. Is it possible to collaborate on PYP answer writing etc especially in Philo 2? Interested ones please reply here or DM.


Thanks.

plmokn25688524,
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Hi 

can someone give me feedback on Forum’s Essay guidance program? I’ll be grateful, thank you 

Mainly feedback about if it’s worth taking? Because I think I’m not so good at philosophical ones..so should I take it or just stick to the 4 Essay Tests given in MGP+? 

plmokn25688524,
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Any review on ShankarIAS Mains test series? If somebody has taken it in the past. 
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@aa12 if you’ll be listening to the classes then it would be beneficial. Just the material and feedback in itself wouldn’t be sufficient imo. The classes provide good value additions and the feedback is also good. If you have the bandwidth to allocate for more essay writing then go for it.


Muffin,aa12
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@Capedcrusader1 can you plz tell me where to access DAF for mains 2021? When is the last date? Plz do reply.


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@necromancer can you plz tell me where to access DAF for mains 2021? When is the last date? I didnt find it anywhere on upsc website.plz plz do reply.


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https://upsconline.nic.in/

hasn’t been released yet but when released it will be available on this link


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@Celeborn thanks you
also can you tell me how to preapre case studies: from scratch. i have no idea about those 120 marks. whats the structure, how to write them, format and from where to practise. TIA


My case studies aren't strong so I'm not the best person to guide you. I relied on Anudeep Durishetty's articles + book for the basic structure and formatting. However I feel I need to improve on that. 

If you're just starting out, please do check some standard Ethics notes from any well known teacher/institute. Look into topper's copies. And once you understand the basics, practice more and more (either from test series or PYQs). 

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@necromancer thank you so much.Can you plz drop a reminder when it is released.I fear I might miss.Bcoz I missed seeing my prelims Marks of last year.Dont even know how.Plz do remind me.Thank you so much.


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@necromancer Alright, thank you! Great help 


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can someone explain Ecowrap report of SBI that claimed informal sector has contracted to 20% ? it left me in great confusion when i read an article about it.  The report talks about size of informal sector in India's GDP which is 20% of Formal sector now according to same report. How does it correlate with formalisation. Doesnt it show that informal sector which employs 80% of population is in doldrums and struggling , and doesnt it higlight the extreme level of inequality if 80% people are working in a sector that's producing only 20% of GDP? Should it be a matter of jubilation or serious concern ?
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Any idea when UPSC releases DAF form ?
plmokn25688524,
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i haven't done disaster management portion yet. what is the resource for the same, given we have paucity of time? 
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@palindrome7 Better to go with forum .They are no.1 in india with respect to mgp,trust me.
Only one word I want to say they are impeccable in every aspect.
Baki u take a call.


palindrome7,
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Any idea when UPSC releases DAF form ?

EPFO result came on 8th October. Its DAF came on 1st November. 

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