What was your approach in the exam I wrote all, I only focused on the questions where I could answer perfectly, I just not to high quality points to reach the word limit etc. Where do you stand on this? I always tried to attempt all the questions. I think it is relatively easy to get extra marks by attempting all questions even if you have very little idea rather than trying to write perfect answers of selected questions. In case you are completely unaware of question exp : Mcbride for me in , you can skip but if there is even little idea, you must write.

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There will be some questions about which you will know too much. You can give minutes extra for that answer but not more than that otherwise you will suffer in some other question. Just remember that every question is of same mark and thus has same importance. Finally manage you time on per answer basis rather than on hourly basis. There is sufficient space available in the answer sheet. Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?

I used both formats as per the demand of the question. For example paper 1 was mostly in bullet format while paper 2 was mostly in paragraph format. You can use any format but make sure that you give as many examples as you can. That makes your answer specific and to the point. Always remember that there is no such thing as small example or big example.

For instance it is better to write that we need to reform mgnrega in order to improve rural employment than to write nothing. Yes I followed this approach because this format makes your answer look complete and sometimes if you have fewer points than introduction and conclusion can make your answer of average quality at least in some cases.

As an introduction I either mentioned background or gave some statistics. As a conclusion I mostly focused on suggesting some innovative solutions Q5. Did you draw any diagram in any paper? You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen? Blue pen Mains Optional Subject Q. I had history as my optional and I chose it simply because I had interest in this subject.

If a new player wants to pick this subject, would you advice for it or against it? You are most likely to score well in that particular optional if you justify your interest with the hard work Q. S Sharma, 2 hemanth jha printed notes, 3 ignou material. There is no fix source for maps. You have to see the pattern of the last years questions so that you can limit the sites somewhere around You can access them if you feel the need of it. Paper 2 Modern India- 1 plassey to partition by shekhar bandopahyay 2 baliyan notes this is where I learned how to write history answers World history- 1 9th and 10th old ncerts 2 11th and 12th old ncerts written by arjun dev 3 vision ias study material 4 baliyan notes best source to understand the writing style of this portion Q.

OR can one simply rely on the books and be done with this subject. I think the above suggested sources are sufficient. Also the world history part can be better understood through documentaries and youtube videos.

Yes, one more thing there is a wonderful website to understand the world history. How many months did it take to finish the core optional syllabus? I had failed the prelims of my first attempt in Only then you can translate your knowledge into good score in mains exam. Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional?

In which format- electronic or paper? Yes I maintained self-notes in paper format for revision of optional. I also underlined the books or other notes in such a way that I can study it in the end. For modern india and world history if you are referring to baliyan notes then you can add extra points right there only rather making whole set of new notes.

Be smart in notes making exercise. Your observation about the difficultly level of mains vs previous papers. Rather examine it in the form of pros and cons of that statement with little background of the event as introduction.

How did you prepare for the interview? This was the first interview of my life so I was very nervous about it. Make a group a people and prepare your DAF word by word. Watch youtube videos for understanding international events I prepared events like USA elections, brexit from youtube. Also it is very important to read transcripts. This will give you the idea that they are asking same questions again and again and thus you can consolidate your preparation as per the demand.

Did you attend any mock interviews by coaching classes? Do you believe it is necessary to attend such mock interviews? I did attend the mock interview at vajiram and samkalp because I had zero experience on this front. Similarity and difference with official interview is very subjective. Some are similar while others are not. Mock interviews should be attended to enhance your confidence.

Where did you stay for the interview? Any words of wisdom about Medical checkup? Describe the formal-dress worn by you in interview. Shirt, pant and tie. Some people wore blazers as well in the heat of may. During the interview Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board? C Gupta Sir Q2. How long was the interview? Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview. Earlier some toppers only tell me their question but not their answer.

Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions? Was it a stress interview, did they ask any uncomfortable questions? If yes, how did you handle it? It was entirely factual with lots of names and dates being asked by them. He even said that I should know about these things and looked at me somewhat angrily.

I kept on smiling and remained confident. I think this gave me good marks despite not answering most of the questions of the chairman and also despite fumbling times. Upsc staff is very cordial. Even if you fail to bring some document they will give the time to submit it at a later date. Before the interview it is natural to be nervous. It worked for me and may work for you as well. CSE Marksheet Q1. Please attach both prelim and final marksheet Prelims mark sheet-.

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