Understanding the question is critical. There are one or more task words given in questions which you must address in your answers. Some task words are:
Candidates must remember to stay focused on the question, its demands, time/year mentioned and all other details very strictly.
Both stages after the Prelims test not only the knowledge but also the communication skills of the candidates, i.e., Mains tests the written communication and Personality Test, or Interview tests the verbal communication.
Candidates must ensure that it is effective, flow or chronology of content is logical and should not be repetitive.
Key to effective written communication is that thoughts must be carefully structured and articulated in a manner that the examiner would be able to comprehend with ease.
Precis writing enables a candidate to write large amounts of information in limited number of words. It is an exercise in compression of information in a manner that all essential points are presented in a manner that the examiner may easily identify and comprehend them.
Through the course of preparation, a candidate accumulates large amounts of information pertaining to multiple domains and naturally may find it difficult to articulate it within 250 words in an answer. Therefore, precis writing is imperative and helps concise information and present it in a manner that fetches higher marks than the competition.
Candidates must start their answer by introducing the topic/s mentioned in the question along with the accurate context.
Introduction of the topic must be followed by the current situation with regards to the topic and each observation or statement should be validated using examples, facts, figures, diagrams and other supporting tools. This ensures you get an edge over the competition.
Each paragraph or point must be in link and/or in continuation of the previous paragraph or point.
Paragraphs are usually written to describe or explain or define the context or point and the various factors or stakeholders or similar multiple point should be presented first in a bulletized list before further explanation of each point.
Recommendations and suggestions given in your answer must be substantiated using facts. Therefore, inferences, gut feeling or assuming the examiner knows or understands your point does NOT work.
The examiner must be convinced logically to ensure you score more than the competition.
The points given in this article may seem basic but are the most common reasons for candidates not clearing this examination!
Unique questions are designed for testing the aspirant’s depth of knowledge and the ability to form the required analysis and conclusion
We go even beyond knowledge testing by asking aspirants to interpret facts, evaluate situations, explain cause and effect, make inferences, and predict results, outcomes, consequences and repercussions.
Process of formulating the highest quality questions is focused on very strongly. It is this process that enabled us to shed light on questions worth 450 out of 1000 in Mains 2018!
Unique’s test questions are constructed in structure that enables us to be as accurate as possible with the construction of each question. Words can have many meanings depending on colloquial usage and context in the UPSC CSE.
Candidates are tested via each task word used by UPSC and other key challenges put forward by UPSC are also presented to ensure comprehensive preparation to face the examination.
Topics and subject wise tests are followed by full length General Studies tests. Each test is formulated keeping in mind:
Interlinkages between topics and subjects is imperative to form the right analysis which in turn helps you reach the right conclusion. This progressive journey is completed through carefully curated question sets.
“Unique Questions” are a perfect synthesis of current affairs and conventional topics as per the latest trends of UPSC CSE.
All of the extraneous topics are completely ignored. This can be very hard to accomplish, but we avoid throwing in those give-away distracting questions as it detracts from the test’s validity.
We ensure interlinkages between History and all other subjects with what is happening in the country and the world today.
It can be difficult to meet the UPSC standards in terms of writing answers. Thus, we at Unique give students sample answers prepared by the experts and examined by senior faculties in lines with UPSC’s checking and marking scheme.
Aspirants are strongly suggested to pay close attention to the writing styles, presentation of information, coverage or key points, conclusion and all other minute details as they differ as per the needs of each question.
No big news here, right! Most of the coaching centers in the market formulate the same question every year only by altering the words here and there. We don’t use combinations of same questions every year, instead we create large pools of questions for each test every year and the final questions are shortlisted by the academic team which comprises of:
The schedule is provided along with prescribed books and additional sources for each topic and Subject. We suggest only the most authentic and easy to study sources.
While preparing for each test the aspirant is able to revise with ease and test themselves to able to identify strengths and weaknesses.
Detailed discussion classes are held after each test by the senior faculties to ensure focus on imperative details and resolution of arisen doubts.
Along with the test discussion, group discussion are encouraged to invoke thoughts and identify further insights.
We do help our students especially online test takers with a team of dedicated experts who will solve their queries and will help them with explanations if required.
1 on 1 sessions can be scheduled by mailing us on firstname.lastname@example.org along with your roll number and contact details.
For every test we will provide detailed synopsis of your performance and suggestions on where to improve and how. Your copies will be evaluated as per the UPSC marking scheme only and we will work strongly on your: