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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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Has anyone taken concept classes (those with MGP++)? Please share your experiences. TIA.

Ok, so I was part of cohort 1. For someone who does not knows which areas to focus on for mains perspective it is a good deal.

Classes will consist of in depth explanation of basic topics and sub topics for eg preamble, green revolutiony, blue economy, personal vs private relationship in ethics etc. They are short videos concise in nature and explaining the basic concepts (approx 30 mins).

This ss is for reference.

TheSherlock,GAURAVPSingh
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Guys, can you suggest any good test series for essay practice? Heard good things from Shabbir sir’s Edukemy but would like to know your reviews on it. Thanks. 

I had taken his classes last year. In my opinion someone who has structuring problem for essay and there is no natural flare of writing I think he can help one develop structure of essays.

For good content he is not the one and if you can write decently well he might kill your natural instincts so another no for test series as well.

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Which test series to join for essay and ethics ??

Any suggestions please ??

In ethics ..which one is better lukman or atul garg or any other ??

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Any strategy or study material for handling philosophy type essay...

I am very bad in philosophy type essay...

Please suggest other measures to improve this 


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@ThePhenom Thank you so much bhai....can I DM you?


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Is there any good source to read daily current affairs from mains perspective ? Like that of the monthly magazines ? 
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I had taken his classes last year. In my opinion someone who has structuring problem for essay and there is no natural flare of writing I think he can help one develop structure of essays.

For good content he is not the one and if you can write decently well he might kill your natural instincts so another no for test series as well.

OK makes sense. Going though the brochure somewhat made me feel that this would only complicate my essays. Thank you though. 

ThePhenom,
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Any Maths Optional  group for CSM -21

https://forumias.com/post/detail/Mathematics-Optional-Group-UPSC-2021-1611883506?page=3#comment_78535

Check this thread. You can post your doubts wagera here 

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Hello everyone.

I am looking to join an essay test series. Can anyone suggest which one to go for?There were few yes/no for Shabbir Sir.

Other options are Lukmaan, Forum, Vision and Shubhra Ranjan IAS. I had joined TriumphIAS test series last year. My argument for change is that Vikas sir will give similar comments. Want to get an alternative feedback.

Also, there was an essay thread for writing weekly essays. If anyone else is willing, we can revive it again.

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People who're writing MGP, can we make a common drive folder for each other's answer copy collection? 

It would be a good exercise to take something good out of each others answers. Anyone who's interested to join? 

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@ThePhenom what would you suggest for good content for essays then?


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@ThePhenom what would you suggest for good content for essays then?


I really cannot answer that question. Two reasons, first I have never written mains so I don't know whether my sources and strategies are good enough and second there is no one source.

I am preparing theme wise googling and reading multiple essays on themes. Topper's essays, good copies, fodder material from test series (forumias, shubhra mam's, shabbir sir's) and then my own knowledge of newspaper reading, book readings and notes I made all the while. Also anudeep sir's blog.

Also, consider this coming from someone inexperienced do take note of it.

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Any one who has refered rushikesh reddy air95 notes can I completely rely on them for constitution and polity or do I need to supplement it with other notes

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Can anyone share their experience and review MK Yadav QEP program for Mains content enrichment (static/current)? Is it advisable to join it along with Dipin sir's Current affairs classes? I really need to improve my mains GS marks. Kindly guide.
Omen,Anduin
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@whatonly @Arrokoth 

this is my second attempt. i cleared preliminary for the first time. could you please suggest a good way to prepare for mains gs answer writing. i can not afford in enrolling in a test series. 

what i had thought is - doing ncert q and a for gs 1 - history, geography.

society - pyqs writing

not sure how to go about for gs 2 and 3.


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@whatonly @Arrokoth 

this is my second attempt. i cleared preliminary for the first time. could you please suggest a good way to prepare for mains gs answer writing. i can not afford in enrolling in a test series. 

what i had thought is - doing ncert q and a for gs 1 - history, geography.

society - pyqs writing

not sure how to go about for gs 2 and 3.


Get Mains TS papers from a website I'm messaging you. Compare them with model answers. That way you'll be set for GS 2, 3

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@Purplesunbird good idea. Also, mgp good copies are not being updated after tests. Any clue ? 


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 i have taken dipin ca classes till now very good courses.. However i am thinking to take Insightsias value addition courses for gs 1 and gs 2.. Will it be beneficial? Any idea about how will be the course ?https://instacourses.insightsonindia.com/course-packages/265
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Can some good soul please shed some light on How is GS Score (Dr. Sudhir Kumar) for anthropology ? Both the test series and the advance course. Thanks. 
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