Top 5 reasons for candidates not scoring well in the UPSC Civil Services (Main) examination:

Not understanding the demands of the question

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:

  • Comment: it is when you give your opinion and support it via an explanation.
  • Analyze: is to deconstruct the particular topic and present and explain its fundamental parts.
  • Critically Evaluate: requires you to express your opinion on the topic and provide suggestions (if any) with evidence and examples to support your views.
  • Elaborate: requires you to provide in-depth details and information pertaining to the topic in a descriptive manner. Use of reports, numbers, facts and figures are always recommended.

Candidates must remember to stay focused on the question, its demands, time/year mentioned and all other details very strictly.

Below average communication

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

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.

Poor structuring of answers

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.

Inadequate recommendations or conclusion

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!

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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!

UPSC’s task words and line of questioning

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.

“Progressive Testing” in terms of Difficulty Level and its Weightage

Topics and subject wise tests are followed by full length General Studies tests. Each test is formulated keeping in mind:

  • Progressive difficulty
  • Progressive analytical ability testing
  • Progressive learning and revision

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.

Perfect “Synthesis of Conventional Topics & Current Affairs”

“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.

Comprehensive “Model Answers” as per UPSC Standard & Guidelines

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.

Avoid “Repetition of Questions” and design Innovative Questions every year

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:

  • Ex-UPSC personnel
  • University professors
  • Unique Shiksha faculty members
Prescribed and Detailed Sources for each Topic & Revision Strategy

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.

Discussion and Doubt Clearing Sessions after Each Test

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.

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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 along with your roll number and contact details.

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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:

  • Writing skills
  • Structuring
  • Coverage and presentation of key points
  • Formation of opinion and its substance
  • Conclusions

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Academic Board

Unique Shiksha Mains Test SeriesSCHEDULE 2019 (General Studies)Hindi/English MediumAll tests whose dates have gone by can be taken on current date

Date Topic/Paper Syllabus
Friday, June 14, 2019 History

Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Indian National Movement, Contemporary, Heritage, Culture and World History

Friday, June 21, 2019 Geography

Geography & Disaster and disaster management. Disaster and disaster management.

Friday, June 28, 2019 Polity

Polity & Governance+ International Relation

Friday, July 05, 2019 Economy


Friday, July 12, 2019 Ethics


Friday, July 19, 2019 Ethics

Social issues & Justice, Science & Technology, Disaster Management, Internal Security, Social Isues & Justice, Science & Technology, Environment & Ecology

Friday, July 26, 2019 Essay Essay
Friday, August 02, 2019 G.S. Paper-I G.S. Paper-I
Friday, August 02, 2019 G.S.Paper-II G.S. Paper-II
Friday, August 09, 2019 G.S.Paper-III G.S.Paper-III
Friday, August 09, 2019 G.S Paper-IV G.S.Paper-IV
English (qualifying) English Take Home Test
Hindi (qualifying) Hindi Take Home Test
Friday, August 16, 2019 Essay Essay
Friday, August 23, 2019 G.S.Paper-I G.S. Paper-I
Friday, August 23, 2019 G.S.Paper-II G.S. Paper-II
Friday, August 30, 2019 G.S.Paper-III G.S.Paper-III
Friday, August 30, 2019 G.S Paper-IV G.S.Paper-IV
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