How to Score Better Marks in UPSC IAS Mains Essay Paper

Attempting the Essay Paper of UPSC Main Examination is not an easy task. A better strategy and study plan may result in achieving good marks in Essay Paper of IAS Mains Exam. Here we have provided some importants points for the students to keep in mind before entering into the examination hall:

Richard Brinsley Sheridan- a famous Irish-born playwright and poet quoted “Never say more than is necessary”. This quote has greater significance for the candidates  who are going to appear in coming IAS Mains Exam 2016. There will be 15 -20 thousand students to appear at this stage, so they have to think that how he/she has to present their answers that their sheet become different from others. By applying some of the techniques or success mantras can make their answer sheet different from others. Since the IAS Topper of last year had managed to score 160/250 which was quite very high score in Essay for that year. A candidate has to understand the subjectivity of Essay paper and the best approaches to attempt questions of this paper can be leading them as a high scorer. A candidate should keep these points in mind before writing an Essay as follows:

A. Not to Choose a different Topic: Sometimes many students trying to show they are smarter than others by choosing a unique topic which may be quiet unknown to him/her. This may result in low scoring. A student should choose a topic which is very common and where he/she can put their best efforts to present the answer.

B. Make Outline of the Topic: Before attempting the topic, a candidate should make outline of the whole topic which he/she is going covered in their answer.

C. Put sub-headings: A candidate should divide the topic under sub-headings either in bullet form or underlined which may result their answer more clear and visible.  By this way an examiner will find himself more comfortable to read and can assess your answer easily.

D. Avoid Facts and Figures: The UPSC Mains Examination have aim to assess your views and intellectual qualities rather than to check your memorising skills. So, it is  better to avoid putting the figures and facts because it may difficult to memorise all fact otherwise your answer will reflects wrong figures and facts. The  diagrammatic interpretation in your answer is most preferable because it makes your views more clear.

E. A Proper Connectivity: A proper connectivity of different points and issues you raised should be there in your answer. A proper remedy of those issues should also
 be there in your answer before summing up your answer.

The above suggesting measures are much helpful for the students to score better in Essay Paper of IAS Mains Exam. An improper strategy may lead to you to achieve a
below average marks.




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