The most dynamic and interesting papers of UPSC Mains exam are Paper II and Paper III, which requires extra efforts from candidates' end to develop brisk and accurate thinking on topics and to develop an ability to handle uncertain questions in the paper. With the CSE Mains 2016 just around the corner it has become more important to be ready to face any type of questions and put special efforts on current affairs based papers like Paper II and Paper III.
General Studies Paper II is one of the dynamic papers of the UPSC IAS Mains Exam and it require an empirical study habit during IAS preparation. Particularly, this paper looks complex but not a difficult nut to crack. However, an aspirant with better understanding of questions asked in each section can perform better in this paper. The IAS Main Examination is likely to start from December 2016 and as I mentioned in my earlier write-ups that candidates need to be more focussed at this stage. Now at this point in time, it is more difficult to cover entire syllabus rather they should follow a proper strategy in order to maximise their performance in the UPSC Main Examination 2016. A candidate should ignore their traditional way of learning and also they should analyse of the marks obtained by the All India Toppers last year by which they can frame their daily routine accordingly. Here, we have suggested following points which should be in mind of an aspirant at this stage:
A. A Proper Revision: An aspirant should revise the topics which he/she had studied earlier. Do not try to run behind the new topics and new notes. Some students often try to go through new events or current affair’s topics during last leg of preparation which may prove to be a waste of time.
B. Improve Writing Skills: Try to memorise and make habit of writing the bullet points of the respective topics which you have covered earlier will enhance your level of confidence and writing skills as well. A proper structure or format of writing answers could be developed if a candidate has done lot of writing practices before entering the examination hall.
C. Make Outline of the Topic: Before attempting a question or topic which he/she is going to write during their preparation, a candidate should make outline of the whole topic on primary basis. Such habit of drawing outline of topics enables aspirant to save their time for other questions and there will be minimum chance of forgetting valuable points.
D. Put Clear Views: While attempting a question, the views of a candidate must reflect clear understanding of the topic and they should also try to put their own remedies for that. An examiner would never like to challenge your understanding of complex theories, so the approach of a candidate should be to write what has been asked in the question instead of writing how much you he/she knows about the topic.
E. Proper Connectivity: A proper connectivity of various points and issues you raised in answer should be there. The prescribed remedies of those issues should also be there in your answer before summing up your answer.
F. Do not chase for Facts and Figures: As per the pattern of the UPSC IAS Mains Exam, there is no need to memorise the facts and figures. It is better to use diagrams in support of your views and avoid putting unnecessary facts and figures. This will make your answer more attractive and there could be a better chance to get good marks.
G. Do not Avoid any Question even if you don’t know the answer: If you are not able to find out the exact clue about any question, it’s better to read the question again and again and follow your commonsensical approach to write the answer.
H. Do not get biased with your views: It is important to keep yourself unbiased while writing your answers. Any biased approach of putting views may impact negative on the examiner. Always try to write pros and cons simultaneously along with the prescribed conclusion, it will reflect your answers different from other candidates.
Through this article, our emphasis is to provide better guidelines to those appearing in IAS Mains Exan for the first time or those who missed their chance to perform better in their previous attempts. Sincere efforts will surely work out for the aspirants who follow a well planned strategies and study plan throughout their IAS preparation.