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UPSC CSE Mains 2021 Preparation Strategy: Steps to Boost Your Marks in Essay Papers

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UPSC Prelims 2021 exam was recently concluded. The UPSC Prelims 2021 paper was on the tougher side of the spectrum and left many aspirants disheartened. Many prestigious institutes including Adda 247 have released prelims 2021 cut-off (expected). To see your prelims 2021 score, click here.

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Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts Civil Services exam each year in three phases- Prelims, Mains and Interview. Candidates who qualify UPSC Prelims are invited for writing UPSC Mains examination and candidates who qualify Mains are asked to appear in the Interview. UPSC Prepares a list of selected candidates based on the Mains and Interview marks of appearing candidates.

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UPSC Mains 2021 exam is scheduled to take place from 7th January 2021. Given the limited amount of time available for the UPSC Mains preparation, it is vital for the aspirants to plan their UPSC mains preparation strategy accordingly.

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UPSC CSE Mains 2021 Preparation Strategy- Steps to Boost Your Marks in Essay Paper

Essay Paper in UPSC Mains Examination consists of 250 marks (out of 1750). The importance of the essay paper is not due to its weightage in the total marking scheme of the UPSC Mains examination, rather due to its mark fetching potential for the aspirants. Aspirants, in the past, have secured as many as 174 marks in the essay paper. This is sometimes more than two GS Paper marks combined of aspirants. Another good thing about Essay Paper is that it won’t take much of your time to prepare for this paper.

In this context, we are going to suggest few steps to boost your marks in the Essay Paper of the UPSC CSE Mains 2021 Examination. These are-

  • Allocate dedicated time for the Essay paper

Aspirants often ignore essay paper as they think they can easily write them. Surely, they are right but only able to write an essay is not the goal here, rather it should be to secure the maximum possible marks in the essay paper. With a little bit of dedicated preparation, aspirants can easily secure good marks in the essay paper.

  • List Probable topic which can come in the UPSC Mains 2021 exam

The essay paper in the UPSC Mains exam consists of two sections with four essay questions in each. Aspirants have to attempt one essay from each section (a total of two). Essays of one section are often based on social, economic and political issues and in the second section essays have a philosophical tone. Aspirants must prepare a list of probable topics from each section and prepare accordingly in order to secure good marks.

  • Write At least a few Essays from Each Section

After preparing a list of essays from each section, aspirants must write a few from each category of essays in order to have a better understanding. Answer writing on 1-2 Essays from each section would be enough for having a better understanding of the topics.

  • Prepare short notes of relevant facts, quotes and anecdotes for broad categories of Essays

Facts, Quotes and Anecdotes play a very important role in enriching the essay answers. Aspirants must prepare short notes of quotes for each section-philosophical, social issues, political and security issues. etc. For example, aspirants must have few facts on women, education, marginalized class-related information written in a crisp manner. Similarly, quotes should also be written and memorized before the exam, so that aspirants can use them wherever required.

All the Very Best to all the Civil Services Aspirants who are sweating day and night to make their dream of becoming a civil servant a reality.

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