Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Essay Paper Tips

Hi,

I never prepared separately for essay because if you are well versed with your GS syllabus, then you can easily attempt an essay on any topic. 

However, your essay should be well structured (in terms of introduction, conclusion, thought flow, exploration of dimensions and original thinking). 

Further, it is estimated that essays are checked by people from literature background, so your grammar and language also matters a bit. 

Finally, since most of the people select the same topics for essay (and may even write the same stuff as well), you may need to differentiate your essay and make it attractive. You may do it with the help of relevant quotes, suitable facts and figures, some anecdotes, diagrams and illustrations and so on. There are no fixed rules of writing UPSC essays. Try to be as innovative as possible.


Best of Luck!
Nitin Sangwan

32 comments:

  1. Hi Nitin Sir, congrats for your result.
    Your answers for 2014 mains really helped. Writing all GS 2015 answers would be time taking for you now.
    Can you do a post comparing your 2015 GS vs 2014 GS answers, what you felt gave you better marks this time, what works for GS in UPSC.
    Thanks a lot. -Manas.

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  2. HI Manas,

    Since a lot of time has passed since I wrote Mains 2015, it will be very difficult to recall and write those answers now.

    Why I got better marks is due to better preparation, especially in culture and history of paper 1. I also modified my answer writing style a bit. This time, I tried to make my answers more appealing by including more examples, draw a few diagrams, writing to the point and so on.

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  3. Dear Sir,

    Congratulations for your enormous success. I pray to God that you get more success and recognition at your new job too.

    I am a working professional(IT-TCS) hence get only 6-7 hours for studies and that too by putting in lot of hard work. I have been preparing for civil services seriously from April, 2016. Next attempt will be my last attempt due to my age.

    I have never given UPSC exam and this is my first attempt. I have chosen Sociology as my optional. Sir, your guidance are very helpful especially your notes.

    I am building upon these notes, reading NCERTs and enriching your notes. Your notes have given me a hope that I could clear UPSC prelims. I am following The Hindu online very selectively and trying to listen AIR news and Spotlight, and making notes of 2-3 issues daily. Still my confidence is low right now as I have started very late.

    UPSC has diluted the power of Prelims Paper 2 so hope of science graduates like us has shattered a bit.

    Please sir can you guide me how can I clear the IAS in this attempt or next last one. I know that clearing this time will be tough and next attempt is my last. I got every tips from your blogs but can you please tweak the strategies especially for me considering my situations.

    I have delayed plans to get married. There is a huge pressure upon me of my family to get married but I know that this is going to be a Do or Die situation for me. Marrying at this point can disrupt my studies.

    Please sir do reply. I need your words of wisdom at this stage. I will follow your guide wholeheartedly.

    Thank you.
    Satnam Singh

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    1. Hi Satnam,

      I understand your situation pretty much as I too had 2 chances when I started my preparation (though I got 4 eventually, as attempts were increased in wake of change of pattern). However, 2 chances are good enough (I too made it in 2nd chance).

      Secondly, for you I would like to suggest that prelim should be the biggest priority for you. Read the past years' papers as much as you can and solve them for getting an idea about type of questions that UPSC asks.

      Secondly, since very less time is left, try to take as much leaves you can. Since you have worked for a long time, you must have many accumulated leaves. Utilise them. If you exhaust them, go without leaves. First attempt is the foremost important as you are full of enthusiasm during this attempt.

      Thirdly, spare less time for current events and more on the static portion. This is because, you have less certainty kind of questions being asked from the current section.

      Fourthly, I would suggest that (since you have started in April, read the monthly supplement of current affairs from November 2015 to till today of any popular institute like VISION IAS). I know this can be a bit cumbersome, but you have to really burn midnight oil if you want to get through.

      Finally, just believe in yourself and put in your every single second into it and you will get through.

      Nitin

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    2. Dear Sir,

      Thank you very much for your time. I will work according to your suggestion. I was also preparing the Sociology subject along with prelims but as you suggested I am going to halt everything and will focus on Monthly Current affairs and static part.

      I want to remain in contact with you through mails. Please could you share your email id. Mine is satnam05@gmail.com.

      Thank you once again.

      Satnam Singh Dhillon.

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  4. HI sir....THank you very much for your valuable materials and suggestions which help us a lot.

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  5. Hi Sir,

    I will be writing this year’s CSE. Sir, could you please share all the mocks (for pre) of last year which you attempted, especially of Vision IAS.

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    1. Hi,

      I am sorry for the late reply, but I never took some specific test series. I read whatever I got from internet.

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  6. Hello Nitin Bhai,
    I have started preparation for 2017. I already went through some of the books like Lakshmikant and old History books of Ancient and Modern times. and I am following Indian Express.
    But what i think i am struggling with right now is the inability to give a good start to any question regarding any topics and transition for one view to another within the question. Also of writing answers using appealing and more concise words.

    Is this just the phase that everyone go through? Please guide me in any possible way you think is good for me.

    And Congratulations on your great success.

    I have downloaded your Economics, Culture and World History Notes.

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  7. Hi,

    I think this is because you are in the early phase of your preparation. First digest a significant part of syllabus and then attempt the questions. There is no point in answer writing with a half baked preparation. Answering the questions is the last thing that you should do.

    Nitin

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    1. Hi Sir,

      I will be writing this year’s CSE. Sir, could you please share all the mocks (for pre) of last year which you attempted, especially of Vision IAS.

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  8. Hi, I didn't attend any Vision IAS mocks.

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  9. First of all congrats for ur achievement sir..
    Sir,I'm the student of second yr engg.and I want to be a civil servant in upcoming yrs.I'm now in the early stage of preparation, so please tell me from where i've start to prepare
    -Sanket

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    1. The preparation recipe is same for everyone and I have listed out the basic book list for the beginners. Kindly follow that. Initially you may start from previous years papers. Read them to get an idea and then start reading a newspaper and some NCERTs.

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  10. Hi Sir ,
    Late Congrats! Sir, I am a student of 11th standard. My main aim is to achieve a good rank in CSE and work along with people. I will be very glad if you give me your valuable instructions for preparation. I know It is bit early, But In fact , I will love to study and work for it by anykind.It will be very helpful if you are giving a short guidance. :)

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  11. Hi Sir ,
    Late Congrats! Sir, I am a student of 11th standard. My main aim is to achieve a good rank in CSE and work along with people. I will be very glad if you give me your valuable instructions for preparation. I know It is bit early, But In fact , I will love to study and work for it by anykind.It will be very helpful if you are giving a short guidance. :)

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    1. Hi Afeef,

      I am glad to see your enthu. The preparation recipe is same for everyone and I have listed out the basic book list for the beginners. Kindly follow that. Initially you may start from previous years papers. Read them to get an idea and then start reading a newspaper and some NCERTs.

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  12. Sangwan bhai mujhe naib tehsil daar k exam k notes send kr deo ..meine exam dena hai es baar plz guide kr do I don't know exactly about this exam plz guide me ...thnx u ...nariinder39@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Narinder,

      I don't have such notes. I am not even aware about the syllabus of this exam.

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    2. But app ne toh exm clr kiya ths thesildar ka ..so I told u

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    3. Hi Narinder,

      Yes I was a Tehsildar, not Naib Tehsildar. Tehsildars, as you might be knowing, are recruited through HCS Exam. For Naib Tehsildars, there is a different exam. Both the exams are entirely different.

      Naib Tehsildar Exam is probably a single paper exam which has only objective questions.

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  14. Hai sir thanks for sharing your notes and strategies for preparing, Sir it would be helpful if you can share the essays which you have written during your essay writing practice

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    1. Hi Abi,

      I don't have a compilation of such essays. In fact, I wrote just 1-2 essays for practice and that too a long time back.

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  15. Sir hats off to your courage and will power that you managed to get high rank without leaving your job and just couldn't express more gratitude for the notes that you provided. Thankyou so much.

    Sir please clear my following queries.
    1. Does Newspaper suffice all and there is limited(negligible) need to read static part considering mains questions?
    2. Once we read all books mentioned by you what next should be followed to start mains preparation? Are Covering topics one by one and surfing through wikis for all topics is the right approach?
    3. What about Science and Technology and how notes are to be prepared for that?
    4. What is it that is most required and should be written in every answer like suggestion,conclusion , introduction, pros and cons, etc..or simply whah has been asked.
    5. What keeps you motivated all the time :) :)

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  16. Hi Anmol,

    Answer to your questions can be -

    1. Does Newspaper suffice all and there is limited(negligible) need to read static part considering mains questions?
    Static portion has always to be done, newspaper alone will not help. for example, on international issues, you need to have their background.

    2. Once we read all books mentioned by you what next should be followed to start mains preparation? Are Covering topics one by one and surfing through wikis for all topics is the right approach?
    Yes you can wiki the topics as per you need, but always keep your contents limited and revisable. Never gather too much of material.

    3. What about Science and Technology and how notes are to be prepared for that?
    I never felt a separate preparation is needed. Just keep reading newspaper meticulously.

    4. What is it that is most required and should be written in every answer like suggestion,conclusion , introduction, pros and cons, etc..or simply whah has been asked.
    S Write simply what is asked. Be crisp and to the point.

    5. What keeps you motivated all the time
    My goal.

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    1. Thanks sir and I really appreciate your courtesy and humbleness.
      God bless you Sir.

      Sir What will be the best way to utilize your notes? Like having gone through the books once then relying on your notes solely and updating it for the dynamic part?

      And sir one last ques. Is UPSC CSE that much scary as people talk about it?

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    2. The approach you are suggesting is fine.

      To the second Q, the answer is no. It is like any other exam. There are many tougher exams than this.

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