UPSC CSE (Main) 2022: Important Tips for Writing Last-Minute Answers to Score High


By Sarmad Mehraj

Here are five last mile pointers to help candidates navigate the UPSC CSE Written Segment (Main)

The Civil Service Examination, organized by the Union Civil Service Commission (UPSC), is one of the most coveted examinations for students aspiring to be recruited into the senior civil service of the Government of India. With UPSC CSE (main) due to start on September 16, 2022, here are some essential last-minute answer writing tips to approach the written exam with a clear and confident mindset.

Read the instructions carefully

Although you should be aware of how much time you spend on each answer, don’t rush when reading the questions. Follow the instructions on the exam paper and make sure your answer meets all question requirements. Sometimes not reading the instructions can cost you more points than a bad review. For example, if a question says “answer should not exceed 250 words”, you can also end the answer in 200 words. Don’t go over the word limit. The goal should be to answer all questions.

Be concise and punchy

Answers written with clarity and organization are important. Before you start writing your answer, carefully review the question and make sure you map out an appropriate answer format. Refine the wording, use bullet points instead of paragraphs, and make sure your writing flows smoothly. The writing should be legible and support your answers with diagrams, flow charts as much as possible. Responses that provide clear and concise descriptions and explanations have the greatest impact on reviewers.

Respect the word limit

The most common flaw in any written work is not sticking to the basics. The UPSC Mains exam consists of 9 descriptive papers completed over a period of five days. Candidates must write their answers in the booklets distributed in the examination room, and no additional sheets are provided. By reducing unnecessary words, candidates will not only be in a better position to complete the assignment on time, but it will also encourage reviewers to rate direct and precise answers more favorably.

Include visual aids

On the main UPSC exam, charts, tables, and graphs have the power to dramatically improve the quality and readability of answers. They are a quick and effective way to summarize information and demonstrate the candidate’s understanding. That said, remember to only include diagrams that add value to the solution rather than just decorating it. Diagrams should be added strategically to communicate the deeper nuances of your ideas to the reviewer in a streamlined format. When you are short on time during the last 30 minutes of the exam, diagrams can be used to convey the maximum amount of information in a limited space.

Use all available time

Although you should strive to complete your answers well before the end of the exam, it’s a good idea to use every minute of your exam time to check and double-check your final performance. Start with the answers that will give you the most points, highlight the important points in the answer and see if you can improve them. Then, if you still have time, review the remaining answer sets – you just might notice something that needs to be changed. Check if you have answered all parts of the question, covered all the main points and supported your answers with appropriate examples and reasons if necessary.

Stay on track with these last mile strategies to get the most out of your responses for the UPSC Mains 2022. Best wishes to all contestants!

The author is a teacher and Vice President, Product (UPSC) at BYJU’S.

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