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10/27/2014 Mrunal [Tips] Nine Types of Questions in UPSC Mains Exam: How to write answers?

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[Tips]NineTypesofQuestionsinUPSCMainsExam:Howtowriteanswers?
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1. 9typesofQuestionsinMainsExam
2. BreaktheQuestionin3parts
3. 7stepsanswerwriting
9typesofQuestionsinMainsExam
InUPSCCivilserviceMainsexam,byandlargeyoullfacetheseninetypesofdescriptivequestions:
Questionisinstructing
youto
Whatshouldyoudo?
Discuss
Giveboththepositiveandnegativepoints(prelutionandconclusionare
must)
Describe
focussshouldbeonlyonthatparticularsubjectmatter(forex:e
governanceonly)(prelutionismustbutconclusionisyouroptional)
Explain
theanswershouldbebasedonansweringindetailWhy,How,forwhat,
ofthatsubjectofthequestion.ie.,wehavetogivealltheimportant
points.(prelutionandconclusionaremust)
Distinguish
answershouldbebasedonHowthesujectofquestiondiffersfrom
otherthings.(onlyprelutionismust)
Differentiate
thereshouldbedetailedcomparisionanddistinguishing(assaidabove)
thesubjectofquestionwithothers.(onlyprelutionismust)
Examine
theanswershouldconsistofthehowgood,whatdisadvantages,what
impactofthesubjectofquestion.
Enumerate
firstlistoutthealltherelevantpoints,thenexplainonebyone.(prelution
andconclusionaremust)
Reason
Findoutwhatisthecorrectreasonforthesubjectandexplainoneby
onewithoutsideheadingbuthighlightingthepointwithdotsor
numbers.(onlyprelution)
Analyse
trytogiveyourviewwithfutureimpactandgoodsandbads.(both
prelutionandconclusionaremust)
BreaktheQuestionin3parts
Firststepisbreakthequestionintoitsconfigurationparts.
Forexample,considerthisquestionaskedinGeneralStudies(Mains)examof2004
DiscusstheegovernanceinIndiancontext
Letsstarttheprocessofbreakingthisquestion.
a. Focusontopiconegovernance(subjectofquestion)
b. Howtodointhecotextofindia(baseofquestion)
c. Whattododicussingthepositiveandnegativepointsofview(toolofquestion)
7stepsanswerwriting
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1. Findouttheconclusivetheme,whenyoureadthequestionatfirst.
2. Writeshortlywhatismeantbyegovernance(shouldbeideal/neutral)
3. Directlygotothediscussionneutrally.
4. Trytobeginwiththepositivepoints
5. Giveanegativepointonlyafterapositivepoint.Thisshowsyoutotheevaluatorthatyouareon
thecorrectwayoftheansweringthequestionandunderstoodthequestionperfectly.
6. Carefullykeepthewordlimit
7. Attheend,giveafinishingtouchwiththepositivepoints.Whybecause,theevaluatorprovide
marksonlyattheendoftheanswer,ifyoudoso,itwillmakeagoodimpressioninthemindsof
theevaluator.Thenwewillgetmoreandplusmarks.
8. Drawaconclusioninaccordancewithyouranswer.Donotgiveyoursuggestionbutgivethe
existingfactwithcurrantcontextofIndia.Worthnotingwhenhandlingaquestion(whatyouare
askedtodo)
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