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How can I improve my answer writing skills?

edited June 2015 in Preparation FAQs
I practice daily on insights on india, yet my answer writing skills show no improvement
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  • i joined the test series last week and have been practicing for the last 5 days
  • i practice writing 10 questions daily
  • which year will you be appearing for upsc and where have you joined coaching?
  • I think I have answer for ur query and its- practice. Persistent practice is the only remedy.
    ATB
    Stay Humble.
  • Persistent practise is no remedy ... U can write bullshit persistently and it wil remain bullshit even in your mains answer sheet ...

    BAN ALL INSIDERS
  • Persistent practise is no remedy ... U can write bullshit persistently and it wil remain bullshit even in your mains answer sheet ...

    Bhai I meant to suggest persistent practice with constant evaluation.
    Stay Humble.
  • edited June 2015
    Thank you @Pethick Lawrence for such a comprehensive answer. Was 2014 your first attempt?
    I'll be attempting civil services in 2017. For now i have started answering questions on insights but it is not more than 7 to 8 questions a day, which I hope will suffice.
    Did you join any test series or coaching institutes ? If yes then which ones?
    How many years before the exam did you seriously start preparing?
  • @Pethick Lawrence
    for this year I've joined khan study group cause I can't attend any weekday programme since I have college on weekdays. Khan study circle was among the few institutes offering weekend programme so i decided to join it.
    For next year I have decided to just devote my time for self study, test series and optional.
    For the time being this seems my action plan.
  • @ poojakumar I have read in psychology books that only way to improve creativity is smoking marijuana aka weed / ganja. Give it a try. It's most pleasant experience you can have. Babji ki booty. :)>- :))

  • Hi i am a beginner in preparations. Do you guys join any inst. which focus on to enhance quality writing???
    Preparing for 2016
  • bhai jaldi karo lukmaan sir ka writing skill developmwnt programme start ho gya GS k liye....ab toh yeah online bi hai
    http://neostencil.com/course/salamuddinansari_21514/
  • Thank you @Pethick Lawrence for such a comprehensive answer. Was 2014 your first attempt?
    I'll be attempting civil services in 2017. For now i have started answering questions on insights but it is not more than 7 to 8 questions a day, which I hope will suffice.
    Did you join any test series or coaching institutes ? If yes then which ones?
    How many years before the exam did you seriously start preparing?

    Are you finished with all the basic books? If not then writing 7-8 answers a day will only be a futile exercise. In my opnion writing answers in comment sections of any website is only good for the beginning. Dont make it an end in itself. Expand your knowledge first.

    The only good practice of answer writing one can have is by writing tests in time limit. Writing 7-8 answers in insights is a sheet wastage of time if you are aiming for 2017. Writing an answer from the comfort of your home without a time limit wont help you at all. Only write answers in test series once you get to know the basics of answer writing.

    No one write brilliant answers in GS. Everyone tries to write as much above average answers as possible in 3 hours. There is no time for eloquence in GS. Stop wasting so much time on insight. Expand your knowledge. You have ample time and you can achieve many things with that. All the best.
    IRTS (2015), ITS (2014).
  • I think writing skills are overemphasised after 2013 without any reason - upsc is more about knowledge than writing skills - while reading books and newspaper try to maintain your own hand written notes + mains test series after prelims will suffice your writing skills. (This is my own experience)
  • moderator on forum are really very smart and making all fool or they don't know what to restrict or what not.
  • I am also victim of this forum review... ha ha ha... enjoy....
  • edited January 2016
    its true that in ~7 mins only incredibles can show there answer writing skills,that too with maintaining qualitative balance.IMO in upsc answer writing skills means that what u have written must be understandable,concise,less flowery,and most importantly just "simple".being a medical student i know the examination psychology,may be you all.that urs mind is in panic situation during examination,u will remember only those things that u have learnt previosly,you can't able to discover new thing,words,articulation in that panic situation.....beacause u have ~7 mins only.
    "revision is just like a paan leaves
    if it wudn't be turned continously it wud have rotten

    similarly... if the revision has n't been done repeatedly it wud have forgotten".

  • @john snow--- "Writing 7-8 answers in insights is a sheet wastage of time if you are aiming for 2017."

    bro what are you talking about.
    I am regular follower of insight.In fact,I am following the daily writing programme for last 2-3 months.
    I have found huge differences in my answers.
  • edited February 2016

    @john snow--- "Writing 7-8 answers in insights is a sheet wastage of time if you are aiming for 2017."

    bro what are you talking about.
    I am regular follower of insight.In fact,I am following the daily writing programme for last 2-3 months.
    I have found huge differences in my answers.

    No need for that. Have you ever wrote a full test of 3 hours for GS? You ll improve more if you write such tests. Writing from comfort of home with unlimited time is only good if you are unable to even frame senetences properly.
    Once you learn this, you will be better off writing tests. That's the real deal.

    GS has changed after 2012. Small answers (150-200 words), very limited time. Just writng in concise to the point manner is needed. Nothing else. When GS had 30-40-60 markers, then such answer writing mattered.

    Following people may, still, continue writing on Insight:-

    1) Having very poor command over English.
    2) Those who generally fails in understanding the context of the questions.
    3) Very new in preparation. 3-4 months. Don't know how to write for this exam at all.
    4) Thos who dont make notes of Current Affairs and write answers so that they may remember the points.
    IRTS (2015), ITS (2014).
  • answer writing skills does not matter what matter' is quality of points and arguments and how much different they are than others that matters.examiner is smart enough and will give marks for only solid and logical points you make.
  • To have good answer writing skills u have to have good reading skills like me
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    To koi aisa daav khelo ki jindaggani chit hojave.
  • Krk said:

    To have good answer writing skills u have to have good reading skills like me

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  • edited February 2016
    JohnSnow said:

    @john snow--- "Writing 7-8 answers in insights is a sheet wastage of time if you are aiming for 2017."

    bro what are you talking about.
    I am regular follower of insight.In fact,I am following the daily writing programme for last 2-3 months.
    I have found huge differences in my answers.

    No need for that. Have you ever wrote a full test of 3 hours for GS? You ll improve more if you write such tests. Writing from comfort of home with unlimited time is only good if you are unable to even frame senetences properly.
    Once you learn this, you will be better off writing tests. That's the real deal.

    GS has changed after 2012. Small answers (150-200 words), very limited time. Just writng in concise to the point manner is needed. Nothing else. When GS had 30-40-60 markers, then such answer writing mattered.

    Following people may, still, continue writing on Insight:-

    1) Having very poor command over English.
    2) Those who generally fails in understanding the context of the questions.
    3) Very new in preparation. 3-4 months. Don't know how to write for this exam at all.
    4) Thos who dont make notes of Current Affairs and write answers so that they may remember the points.
    @JohnSnow Sir test series are too costly like Vision and GS score. Parents are saying first clear prelims then join.
    What is the best possible solution u could suggest?
    Never Out of Fight
  • @JohnSnow Is possible to prepare for mains after pre and start answer writing then and get a post?
  • JohnSnow said:

    @john snow--- "Writing 7-8 answers in insights is a sheet wastage of time if you are aiming for 2017."

    bro what are you talking about.
    I am regular follower of insight.In fact,I am following the daily writing programme for last 2-3 months.
    I have found huge differences in my answers.

    No need for that. Have you ever wrote a full test of 3 hours for GS? You ll improve more if you write such tests. Writing from comfort of home with unlimited time is only good if you are unable to even frame senetences properly.
    Once you learn this, you will be better off writing tests. That's the real deal.

    GS has changed after 2012. Small answers (150-200 words), very limited time. Just writng in concise to the point manner is needed. Nothing else. When GS had 30-40-60 markers, then such answer writing mattered.

    Following people may, still, continue writing on Insight:-

    1) Having very poor command over English.
    2) Those who generally fails in understanding the context of the questions.
    3) Very new in preparation. 3-4 months. Don't know how to write for this exam at all.
    4) Thos who dont make notes of Current Affairs and write answers so that they may remember the points.
    @JohnSnow Sir test series are too costly like Vision and GS score. Parents are saying first clear prelims then join.
    What is the best possible solution u could suggest?
    Buy Vision question papers from ORN Delhi. It will not cost more than 20/ a test. Start attempting it in 3 hours. Get it checked from some teacher or senior aspirant who has good experience of last 2 Mains.

    These are available online in some websites too. Follow Material for exam in Facebook. Roman Saini is one of the admin and it generally uploads material here:
    http://www.xaam.in/p/material-download.html?m=1
    IRTS (2015), ITS (2014).
  • @JohnSnow Is possible to prepare for mains after pre and start answer writing then and get a post?

    Possible? Yes.
    Recommended? No.

    Do completr Optional before Pre and have a good practice of writing tests of your optional too. Complete at least World History, India since independemce before Pre.

    Between Pre and Mains, mostly focus on current affairs and giving about 10 GS test and same for Optional + Revision
    IRTS (2015), ITS (2014).
  • I completely agree with @JohnSnow @Pethick Lawrence n other fellows
    in addition to that i would recommend u to diversify ur reading sources. see what happens whether its forumias or insights, both have members which are civil service aspirants and our reading sources are restricted to some standard books,NCERT, Hindu etc ; so more or less we all have same perception on issues n topics concerning CSE (exceptions are always there, I'm talking about aspirants who are not so good in articulation)

    what u can do is have a discussion with ur peers(who are not taking this exam) on different issues, it will help u in fetching diff views over the same topic ,read as much as u can(since u will be taking exam in 2017 so u can read additional sources as well) n make notes of whatever u read plus i am great fan of balaji viswanathan on quora, he writes fabulous answers n give u a panoramic view over diff issues; if u wish u can read his answers but i would like to give u a word of caution- restrict urself to balaji or any other endorsed writer as quora has many misleading elements too :D

    u have to sell ur answer n u need to make it different from others, ur answer may not be the best but atleast diff from the rest(in a +ve way :) ).
    hope it helps, ATB :)
    Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
  • I want some specific suggestion regarding answer writing-

    Q. Livestock rearing has a big potential for providing non-farm employment and income in rural areas. Discuss suggesting suitable measures to promote this sector in India.

    Do I need to write - "Suitable measures for promoting livestock are :-" or is there a better way to begin the answer?

  • I see the CSE exam process has 3 parts development-

    1)Building a BASE - Involves reading from multiple sources. Minimal writing. Reading all standard books/notes. Improving Language skills like vocab. And a lot of mugging up..and then keep those thing mugging up several times until it is etched in your mind..


    2) Understanding- this is the most critical part. It involves lesser reading but more writing. This is the most appropriate time to start writing. Those who do before this stage lose on cost benefit ratio angle and those who don't do it now lose on Lack of practice angle in xam. This is the time when you start understanding difference between News and Views. It is the time when you take maximum time to write a question especially its Intro (bcz if you start writing in first step itself you just COPY-paste someone others lines or Good English of newspaper !!).. so IMO this should be appropriate time to start writing regular answers..best if within time limits ..even if time limits badly missed then also keep writing.. More importantly i suggest you write more static questions and less current affair questions during this period. Your syllabus and previous year papers should be your guiding lamp.

    Here i suggest you to aim at one thing mainly.. TO WRITE ATLEAST 2-5 QUESTIONS ON EACH AND EVERY WORD MENTIONED IN SYLLABUS ON A4 AIZE SHEET PER QUESTION ..i repeat Each and Every word in Entire Syllabus.. take help of previous year papers/seniors/coaching teachers or online web etc


    3) ANALYSIS stage- it is last and most difficult as well as never ending stage.. this is all about reading newspaper , watching debates, discussing issues and writing most regularly within strict time limits ..with only single thing in mind... WHAT I can do to increase even a single mark per paper ?.. the real fight..to be Better than yesterday as well as to be better than Other competitors.. okk i stop here..

    Qki is stage k baad ya during walo ko gyaan ki koi jrurt nhi hoti extra..everyone here treads on a different and Unique route..


    One last point- Once you pass a stage and transverse to next one..you never know because in this exam EVERY STAGE ALTHOUGH STARTS AT A PARTICULAR POINT BUT NEVER EVER ENDS AT A PARTICULAR POINT..means in 3rd stage you always travel thru 1st and 2nd ones ..but Mostly Subconsciouslyyy.. ;)

    HARI OMMM.. RADHE RADHE.. UPDESH SMAPT :) ATB
    Being IAS... 4 U Onlyyy... :-)
  • edited February 2016
    Suber said:

    I want some specific suggestion regarding answer writing-

    Q. Livestock rearing has a big potential for providing non-farm employment and income in rural areas. Discuss suggesting suitable measures to promote this sector in India.

    Do I need to write - "Suitable measures for promoting livestock are :-" or is there a better way to begin the answer?

    @Suber

    1st- We need to discuss Livestock rearing has a big potential for providing non-farm employment and income in rural areas.
    How it is true, give some data , geography,climatic conditions, these days size of farm small ,so livestock can give some extra income too etc
    Then identify some limitation how to overcome them which can promote this occupation in India.4-5 point on measures to promote in 2-3 line would do.
    So its possible to answer this Q in 150-200 words. This is my take , I would request @JohnSnow @Pethick Lawrence and other people with mains exp please give your inputs too.
  • Suber said:

    I want some specific suggestion regarding answer writing-

    Q. Livestock rearing has a big potential for providing non-farm employment and income in rural areas. Discuss suggesting suitable measures to promote this sector in India.

    Do I need to write - "Suitable measures for promoting livestock are :-" or is there a better way to begin the answer?

    There are two parts to the question.
    1. Discuss the potential of livestock rearing.
    2. Suggestions to promote this sector.
    Each part should be addressed separately, and in order.
    IAS 2016 batch.
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