Answer Writing and Notes making strategy by Rajat Pant (AIR 90); GS Notes and Mains Last Minute Revision Notes attached

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I am Rajat Pant, AIR 90 (CSE 2018). As the mains examination is near, I am back with my mains strategy this time. This is the point in the timeline of this examination where all the aspirants can be divided into 2 categories. First, are the ones who could not clear prelims this year (Me in 2017). Second, are the ones who have cleared it (Me in 2018). Trust me; both of you are in an equally good position to crack this examination at most by 2020. I say it because I have been there in both of the above situations during my UPSC journey.

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Taming the beast – Answer Writing approach for Mains by Kanishak Kataria (Rank 1)

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In this article, I will be delving upon the importance of UPSC CSE Mains and share few tips which might help you perform (score) well in the examination.

Unless you dream big and are willing to work hard for it, do not expect to achieve big..
I averaged almost one refill per day after prelims result till I appeared in the Mains!
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The Holy Trinity of UPSC CSE: and other links- by Vikram Grewal (AIR 51)

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Drake would say ‘If you’re reading this, it’s too late,’ but Kurt would say Nevermind, we’ll go by the age old saying we were taught in school- ‘better late than never.’

You must have already made up your mind regarding what the UPSC Civil Services Exam is all about. You must be thinking it’s an exam for the bookworms or perhaps an exam for the alien nerds who just happen to know ‘everything.’ Some think it’s an epitome of Indian Parents’ aspirations imposed on their wards. Your friends might think it’s an exam which can be cracked by just the ‘good/bright/topper students from topnotch schools/colleges.’ Continue reading “The Holy Trinity of UPSC CSE: and other links- by Vikram Grewal (AIR 51)”

Strategy, mindset, and small preparation hacks for working aspirants- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)

All these hacks have been suggested keeping working profesionals in mind.

Strategy hacks:

  1. You have to plan your studies in seconds and minutes and not in hours.
  2. Utilize morning hours more compared to evening hours as the job stress and job fatigue factors are reduced in morning.
  3. Have a good peer group, preferably on telegram.
  4. In the morning download newspaper from The Hindu newspaper telegram group. Saves time.
  5. A new document to be read in a particular way. First is to get a gist of overall document and then go into micro details. Works Continue reading “Strategy, mindset, and small preparation hacks for working aspirants- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)”

PERSISTENCE PAYS IN THE END-Medha Bhushan,AIR 185

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I am Medha Bhushan and i have secured rank 185 in UPSC CSE 2018.This was my 5th attempt and i cleared it with History as my optional.I am a student of the humanities,having completed my graduation in history(honours).I am writing this blog to share my UPSC journey with all of you. Continue reading “PERSISTENCE PAYS IN THE END-Medha Bhushan,AIR 185”

Overcoming depression and feeling of lost out during CSE preparation: Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54, CSE 2018)

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I hope your mains preparation is going good. I am writing this post to help you out if you ever found yourself in a depressed situation or feeling completely lost out in this long journey. Continue reading “Overcoming depression and feeling of lost out during CSE preparation: Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54, CSE 2018)”

Mains Test Series Copies and Some Mains specific notes – Shreyans Kumat (AIR 4)

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Prelims and Mains have many similarities in terms of the syllabus. Sources for overlapping portions remained the same for me. I have already mentioned them in Prelims approach. But there are few areas which are specific to Mains. In this article, I am adding those aspects of the Mains exams in GS 1 and GS 4 which are not covered in Prelims.

Given that the cost-benefit out of some of such portions is very low, I am adding my full notes. This might help you devote more time in the note making of frequently asked areas. Also, I am attaching links to my General Studies test series copies.

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My journey : “PLAYING SAFE ON THE UPSC PITCH..!!” – TRUPTI DHODMISE (AIR 16, UPSC CSE 2018)

April 5, 2019… One of the most anxious day of my life..!! It was certain that UPSC CSE 2018 results would get declared by an evening..Yet, I could not concentrate on my work in the office that day due to nervousness. I got disappointed even results were not disclosed till 6pm.. I returned home at 6:40pm, got freshened up. I had tea with my husband Sudhakar while checking upsc website for number of times. At 7:15pm, we got that ‘most desired PDF’. Sudhakar opened it in his phone. I expected that he would use ‘search’ function to find my name. Instead, he started to look up from Rank 1. I asked him to use ‘search’ function. In the next moment he replied, “No need.. You’re AIR16.. Continue reading “My journey : “PLAYING SAFE ON THE UPSC PITCH..!!” – TRUPTI DHODMISE (AIR 16, UPSC CSE 2018)”

Useful Resources for CSE- Rank 10- Tanmay

From starting the preparation to various stages of the exam be it prelims, mains or interview as well as other relevant queries related to CSE, I have compiled all my answers here on quora

Answers to FAQs related to UPSC CSE (Shubham Gupta- AIR 6)

Here I have tried to make a compilation of all the questions that have been asked to me over the past two months or so, ranging from my own journey to certain philosophical aspects related to the exam and life before and after that. I feel these are certainly important so that a right approach and frame of mind is attained during the process. However, it doesn’t include the subject wise strategy for the exam; I will be coming up with that shortly.

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