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What worked for those scoring 120+ in Pre-2017 & Future ideal Path?

Friends, for benefit of all Kindly share what worked for you in Prelims -2017 to score Better.
Also please share what did not work (except luck) in case scoring low.

What approach should a newbie appearing in 2018, adopt?
Pool in your wisdom please.
Humanity is above all.
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  • Educated Guess or in Layman terms Called as Tukkebaazi

    Jaan Tere Naam

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  • With few Qstns debatable..
    I am hovering around 120 again
    121 in 2016.
    What worked for me is-
    Hobby of reading Extra UPSC- curriculum books.....
    e.g. biography of Nani Palkhiwala
    (All insights into so called subjective Polity Qstns ☺️ )
    And doing Current affairs in last one month....
    Humanity is above all.
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  • edited June 20
    copy pasting my comment from another thread-

    2016-150.**
    2017-143.**(shankar)


    Krieger
    7 days ago Flag
    http://www.climatefundsupdate.org/listing

    learn only the multilateral ones. B)

    global climate change alliance questions .



    Krieger
    9 days ago Flag
    10.all terms related to application of biotechnology should be done
    from Wikipedia-for example bioremediation,biopiracy etc

    Krieger
    10 days ago Flag
    ArpitGoel said:
    Hi friends, please suggest some important locations/regions for world geography mapping based questions
    Thanks in advance...:)

    "middle east(WANA) se maximum probability,eastern europe next by probability,south east asia 3rd position going by probability,chinese seas at 4th position and antarctica occupies 5th spot in my evaluation for map based questions".


    Krieger
    10 days ago Flag
    one question may be related to gharials .,dolphines or ganga river.


    Krieger
    13 days ago Flag
    check the animals on Pashupati seal(indus valley)-

    Krieger
    7 days ago edited June 12 Flag
    u mean isse kam ya isse jyada? :| generally itte hi rahte hain.aise i can telll from where there will be 3-5 questions in polity-
    1 from- either FR or DPSP or FD
    1 from-panchayati raj system
    2-3 from parliament chapter

    B)

    other previous comments of one month-
    "Socio religious reform movements-this is the most probable area"
    "Tiger reserves,tiger counting methodology"- m stripes .
    "5.Intangible world heritage list from India" - sankirtan one
    "7.Coastal Ecosystem-Very Very Important"
    8.WTO related –specially related to agriculture,phyno sanitary
    measures,subsidy boxes,doha round etc
    "Diseases in current affairs"-zika one.
    and the priority list in polity which he had mentioned somewhere-
    1.The Preamble
    2.The Directive Principles of State Policy
    3.Fundamental rights
    4.Fundamental duties
    5. President chapter
    6.Parliament chapter


    Point is right strategy can help u see from which direction questions are coming.from just asking name of schemes in 2015 to moving to asking detils of atal pension in 2016 one could see it that they will ask secific details of govt initiatives,devoting just one full day to govt schemes solely,small n big ones could have got one many questions right.the paper was not unpredictable,if it would have been so unpredictable my analysis would have gone wrong but as u can see i have mentioned the exact questions which i had guessed on basis of my analysis of previous years question papers,and there r just those ones which i had mntioned here from my notes,there were mny more where i hit the spot correctly.though the paper was difficult because many questions were not straight forward and had confusing options,but getting close to what upsc will ask is itself a big deal.now i knew the probable areas of map bsed qustions,focussed accoridngly and got them right.one may call it luck also. :) i had guessed one question from fd,fr,dpsp,preamble,and as u can see there were lot many questions in polity from these topics only,though bit analytical.
    Diploma Holder In HCSA v3.0
    (Hyper Complex Statistical Analysis version 3)
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  • dugong,crab(2014)---dolphines(2015)---olive ridley---kharai cammel(2016)-------???what next? obviously gharials(2017) or salt water crocodiles ( marine animals ) :mrgreen:
    Diploma Holder In HCSA v3.0
    (Hyper Complex Statistical Analysis version 3)
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  • swine flu--------ebola-----------what next? obviously zika :mrgreen:
    Diploma Holder In HCSA v3.0
    (Hyper Complex Statistical Analysis version 3)
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  • copy pasting my comment from another thread-

    2016-150.**
    2017-143.**(shankar)


    Krieger
    7 days ago Flag
    http://www.climatefundsupdate.org/listing

    learn only the multilateral ones. B)

    global climate change alliance questions .



    Krieger
    9 days ago Flag
    10.all terms related to application of biotechnology should be done
    from Wikipedia-for example bioremediation,biopiracy etc

    Krieger
    10 days ago Flag
    ArpitGoel said:
    Hi friends, please suggest some important locations/regions for world geography mapping based questions
    Thanks in advance...:)

    "middle east(WANA) se maximum probability,eastern europe next by probability,south east asia 3rd position going by probability,chinese seas at 4th position and antarctica occupies 5th spot in my evaluation for map based questions".


    Krieger
    10 days ago Flag
    one question may be related to gharials .,dolphines or ganga river.


    Krieger
    13 days ago Flag
    check the animals on Pashupati seal(indus valley)-

    Krieger
    7 days ago edited June 12 Flag
    u mean isse kam ya isse jyada? :| generally itte hi rahte hain.aise i can telll from where there will be 3-5 questions in polity-
    1 from- either FR or DPSP or FD
    1 from-panchayati raj system
    2-3 from parliament chapter

    B)

    other previous comments of one month-
    "Socio religious reform movements-this is the most probable area"
    "Tiger reserves,tiger counting methodology"- m stripes .
    "5.Intangible world heritage list from India" - sankirtan one
    "7.Coastal Ecosystem-Very Very Important"
    8.WTO related –specially related to agriculture,phyno sanitary
    measures,subsidy boxes,doha round etc
    "Diseases in current affairs"-zika one.
    and the priority list in polity which he had mentioned somewhere-
    1.The Preamble
    2.The Directive Principles of State Policy
    3.Fundamental rights
    4.Fundamental duties
    5. President chapter
    6.Parliament chapter


    Point is right strategy can help u see from which direction questions are coming.from just asking name of schemes in 2015 to moving to asking detils of atal pension in 2016 one could see it that they will ask secific details of govt initiatives,devoting just one full day to govt schemes solely,small n big ones could have got one many questions right.the paper was not unpredictable,if it would have been so unpredictable my analysis would have gone wrong but as u can see i have mentioned the exact questions which i had guessed on basis of my analysis of previous years question papers,and there r just those ones which i had mntioned here from my notes,there were mny more where i hit the spot correctly.though the paper was difficult because many questions were not straight forward and had confusing options,but getting close to what upsc will ask is itself a big deal.now i knew the probable areas of map bsed qustions,focussed accoridngly and got them right.one may call it luck also. :) i had guessed one question from fd,fr,dpsp,preamble,and as u can see there were lot many questions in polity from these topics only,though bit analytical.

    In 7 se 8 question koi bhi bana sakta tha it was very common and does not required so much what about controlversial and philosphy based poltical question

    Jaan Tere Naam

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  • copy pasting my comment from another thread-

    2016-150.**
    2017-143.**(shankar)


    Krieger
    7 days ago Flag
    http://www.climatefundsupdate.org/listing

    learn only the multilateral ones. B)

    global climate change alliance questions .



    Krieger
    9 days ago Flag
    10.all terms related to application of biotechnology should be done
    from Wikipedia-for example bioremediation,biopiracy etc

    Krieger
    10 days ago Flag
    ArpitGoel said:
    Hi friends, please suggest some important locations/regions for world geography mapping based questions
    Thanks in advance...:)

    "middle east(WANA) se maximum probability,eastern europe next by probability,south east asia 3rd position going by probability,chinese seas at 4th position and antarctica occupies 5th spot in my evaluation for map based questions".


    Krieger
    10 days ago Flag
    one question may be related to gharials .,dolphines or ganga river.


    Krieger
    13 days ago Flag
    check the animals on Pashupati seal(indus valley)-

    Krieger
    7 days ago edited June 12 Flag
    u mean isse kam ya isse jyada? :| generally itte hi rahte hain.aise i can telll from where there will be 3-5 questions in polity-
    1 from- either FR or DPSP or FD
    1 from-panchayati raj system
    2-3 from parliament chapter

    B)

    other previous comments of one month-
    "Socio religious reform movements-this is the most probable area"
    "Tiger reserves,tiger counting methodology"- m stripes .
    "5.Intangible world heritage list from India" - sankirtan one
    "7.Coastal Ecosystem-Very Very Important"
    8.WTO related –specially related to agriculture,phyno sanitary
    measures,subsidy boxes,doha round etc
    "Diseases in current affairs"-zika one.
    and the priority list in polity which he had mentioned somewhere-
    1.The Preamble
    2.The Directive Principles of State Policy
    3.Fundamental rights
    4.Fundamental duties
    5. President chapter
    6.Parliament chapter


    Point is right strategy can help u see from which direction questions are coming.from just asking name of schemes in 2015 to moving to asking detils of atal pension in 2016 one could see it that they will ask secific details of govt initiatives,devoting just one full day to govt schemes solely,small n big ones could have got one many questions right.the paper was not unpredictable,if it would have been so unpredictable my analysis would have gone wrong but as u can see i have mentioned the exact questions which i had guessed on basis of my analysis of previous years question papers,and there r just those ones which i had mntioned here from my notes,there were mny more where i hit the spot correctly.though the paper was difficult because many questions were not straight forward and had confusing options,but getting close to what upsc will ask is itself a big deal.now i knew the probable areas of map bsed qustions,focussed accoridngly and got them right.one may call it luck also. :) i had guessed one question from fd,fr,dpsp,preamble,and as u can see there were lot many questions in polity from these topics only,though bit analytical.


    Good Anaysis
    You're a Warrior, damn it.
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  • edited June 20
    maut ka tamasha-
    unke liye dimag bhi to hai jo hum centre par sath lekar jatey hain?if u have done the probable areas nicely u r in a better position to handle philosophical questions and the ones from polity in a better manner than the rest of he crowd.agar exact questions hi sare areas se guess kar leta to mere 200 na a jatey?there is a reason y i m 60 marks below 200.we should not get the easy or factual direct questions wrong atleast,gharial me bahut logo ne galat answer mara hai ,as per my discussion outside centre.map based questions were not that easy if we are not thorough with the areas.global climate chaange alliance would have not been easy for me had i not read it.sankirtan kisi ne details nahi padhe honge to uke liye easy nahi tha.few schemes ki hawa bhi nahi lagti agar unke sub points nahi padhe hote.last year atal pension nd fasal bima were a signal ki do all sub points of schemes nicely.rashtriya garima abhiyan wala questionlast year which i got correct by tukka was a signal that do not- so- prominent schemes also.
    Diploma Holder In HCSA v3.0
    (Hyper Complex Statistical Analysis version 3)
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  • 130s in 2016 and 130s in 2017 prelims also

    1. The questions are just extension from 2015 and 16 prelims.(from options or questions)
    2. Maximize attempt . Atleast 85 to get selected.
    3. Donot overkill by focussing too much on english in the statement.
    4. Answer at first instance come from unconscious and is correct mostly.
    5. Revise revise revise
    6. Newspaper and general awareness on day to day life is must apart from current affairs modules.
    Just do it.
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  • @Aristodemus
    2018 ke liye kiya karein Log ye bhi guess maar daalo bhai.
    Kisi ka bhala hoga is thread se.
    Humanity is above all.
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  • edited June 20
    Caliburn said:

    @Aristodemus
    2018 ke liye kiya karein Log ye bhi guess maar daalo bhai.
    Kisi ka bhala hoga is thread se.

    kaun kaun se marine animals bache hain :mrgreen: koi nayi disease aney do africa me,koi naya communication technology evolve hone do,koi nayi renewbale source of energy market me aney do,then i will make a bettr guess.ab biofuels ,batteries ,lifi wifi bluetooth,nfc(commuincation technoloies)ye sab upsc prelims ke favourite topics hain,ghum fir kar ek do saal me a jatey hain,i had solved many years PYQs to get an idea . i had written socio religious reforms is very important,har saal ek do question a jatey hain,last year keshab chandra wale question ke baad i knew ki examiner spectrum ke alawa bhi koi book pdhta hai,so did it nicely,ab bhakti sufi movements wale PYQs ncerts se solve nahi hote,so i did from other books.there r some chpaters in ncerts from where questions are picked directly,i did them properly.ek do saal pehle kalariyepattu aya tha,usse pehle shayad sattariya aya tha,so i prepared that segment nicely,intangible heritage list,claasical dances etc i did nicely,so sankirtan i got right.reports to sab ko pata tha upsc puchhti hai n i guess that was the easiest question his time.preamble se 2015 me direct question tha,is baar do questons a gaye,padhna bas ek para hi hai,small chapter hai,ensuring someone 1-2 correct answers.baaki i m not in a position to do bhala bhai,i just shared what i had done with some proof.some logical guesses also do wonders.now himalays and western ghats are favouite areas of upsc in india.one should do them nicely.options were not easy but atleast the areas shuld be covered while preparation even if one got them wrong in exam.thats my point.
    Diploma Holder In HCSA v3.0
    (Hyper Complex Statistical Analysis version 3)
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  • Pin said:

    130s in 2016 and 130s in 2017 prelims also

    1. The questions are just extension from 2015 and 16 prelims.(from options or questions)
    2. Maximize attempt . Atleast 85 to get selected.
    3. Donot overkill by focussing too much on english in the statement.
    4. Answer at first instance come from unconscious and is correct mostly.
    5. Revise revise revise
    6. Newspaper and general awareness on day to day life is must apart from current affairs modules.

    +1
    You're a Warrior, damn it.
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  • Caliburn said:

    With few Qstns debatable..
    I am hovering around 120 again
    121 in 2016.
    What worked for me is-
    Hobby of reading Extra UPSC- curriculum books.....
    e.g. biography of Nani Palkhiwala
    (All insights into so called subjective Polity Qstns ☺️ )
    And doing Current affairs in last one month....

    this was the type of thread i was talking about..last year 3-4 bandho ne aisi threads banyaa tha wo mains mein ludak gaye aur phir pre de rahe hey. just ask ppl to post their strategy dont disclose ur marks here. nazar lag jayega sach mein.
    ·
  • Pin said:

    130s in 2016 and 130s in 2017 prelims also

    1. The questions are just extension from 2015 and 16 prelims.(from options or questions)
    2. Maximize attempt . Atleast 85 to get selected.
    3. Donot overkill by focussing too much on english in the statement.
    4. Answer at first instance come from unconscious and is correct mostly.
    5. Revise revise revise
    6. Newspaper and general awareness on day to day life is must apart from current affairs modules.

    +100
    Especially the 4th point
    Got 3 wrong for intellectuals type analysis of questions rather than gut and instinct
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  • Treated aptly Bhai...

    Caliburn said:

    @Aristodemus
    2018 ke liye kiya karein Log ye bhi guess maar daalo bhai.
    Kisi ka bhala hoga is thread se.

    kaun kaun se marine animals bache hain :mrgreen: koi nayi disease aney do africa me,koi naya communication technology evolve hone do,koi nayi renewbale source of energy market me aney do,then i will make a bettr guess.ab biofuels ,batteries ,lifi wifi bluetooth,nfc(commuincation technoloies)ye sab upsc prelims ke favourite topics hain,ghum fir kar ek do saal me a jatey hain,i had solved many years PYQs to get an idea . i had written socio religious reforms is very important,har saal ek do question a jatey hain,last year keshab chandra wale question ke baad i knew ki examiner spectrum ke alawa bhi koi book pdhta hai,so did it nicely,ab bhakti sufi movements wale PYQs ncerts se solve nahi hote,so i did from other books.there r some chpaters in ncerts from where questions are picked directly,i did them properly.ek do saal pehle kalariyepattu aya tha,usse pehle shayad sattariya aya tha,so i prepared that segment nicely,intangible heritage list,claasical dances etc i did nicely,so sankirtan i got right.reports to sab ko pata tha upsc puchhti hai n i guess that was the easiest question his time.preamble se 2015 me direct question tha,is baar do questons a gaye,padhna bas ek para hi hai,small chapter hai,ensuring someone 1-2 correct answers.baaki i m not in a position to do bhala bhai,i just shared what i had done with some proof.some logical guesses also do wonders.now himalays and western ghats are favouite areas of upsc in india.one should do them nicely.options were not easy but atleast the areas shuld be covered while preparation even if one got them wrong in exam.thats my point.
    Humanity is above all.
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  • edited June 21

    Caliburn said:

    With few Qstns debatable..
    I am hovering around 120 again
    121 in 2016.
    What worked for me is-
    Hobby of reading Extra UPSC- curriculum books.....
    e.g. biography of Nani Palkhiwala
    (All insights into so called subjective Polity Qstns ☺️ )
    And doing Current affairs in last one month....

    this was the type of thread i was talking about..last year 3-4 bandho ne aisi threads banyaa tha wo mains mein ludak gaye aur phir pre de rahe hey. just ask ppl to post their strategy dont disclose ur marks here. nazar lag jayega sach mein.
    2-3 select bhi ho gaye hain us thread se,but disclose nahi kiya hai :mrgreen:
    Diploma Holder In HCSA v3.0
    (Hyper Complex Statistical Analysis version 3)
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  • Jumping up
    Humanity is above all.
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  • @Caliburn since u mentioned in the other thread that Nani palkiwalas book gave u insights into philosophical polity questions. Could u pls share Ur ans to these questions?
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  • edited June 24

    Caliburn said:

    With few Qstns debatable..
    I am hovering around 120 again
    121 in 2016.
    What worked for me is-
    Hobby of reading Extra UPSC- curriculum books.....
    e.g. biography of Nani Palkhiwala
    (All insights into so called subjective Polity Qstns ☺️ )
    And doing Current affairs in last one month....

    this was the type of thread i was talking about..last year 3-4 bandho ne aisi threads banyaa tha wo mains mein ludak gaye aur phir pre de rahe hey. just ask ppl to post their strategy dont disclose ur marks here. nazar lag jayega sach mein.
    2-3 select bhi ho gaye hain us thread se,but disclose nahi kiya hai :mrgreen:
    lag nahi raha bhai...wosab gham mein chalegaye hein...any how wo nikaallenge exam kabhi na kbhi thotalented hein wolog sirf badluck chalraha unka.
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  • Caliburn said:

    @Aristodemus
    2018 ke liye kiya karein Log ye bhi guess maar daalo bhai.
    Kisi ka bhala hoga is thread se.

    kaun kaun se marine animals bache hain :mrgreen: koi nayi disease aney do africa me,koi naya communication technology evolve hone do,koi nayi renewbale source of energy market me aney do,then i will make a bettr guess.ab biofuels ,batteries ,lifi wifi bluetooth,nfc(commuincation technoloies)ye sab upsc prelims ke favourite topics hain,ghum fir kar ek do saal me a jatey hain,i had solved many years PYQs to get an idea . i had written socio religious reforms is very important,har saal ek do question a jatey hain,last year keshab chandra wale question ke baad i knew ki examiner spectrum ke alawa bhi koi book pdhta hai,so did it nicely,ab bhakti sufi movements wale PYQs ncerts se solve nahi hote,so i did from other books.there r some chpaters in ncerts from where questions are picked directly,i did them properly.ek do saal pehle kalariyepattu aya tha,usse pehle shayad sattariya aya tha,so i prepared that segment nicely,intangible heritage list,claasical dances etc i did nicely,so sankirtan i got right.reports to sab ko pata tha upsc puchhti hai n i guess that was the easiest question his time.preamble se 2015 me direct question tha,is baar do questons a gaye,padhna bas ek para hi hai,small chapter hai,ensuring someone 1-2 correct answers.baaki i m not in a position to do bhala bhai,i just shared what i had done with some proof.some logical guesses also do wonders.now himalays and western ghats are favouite areas of upsc in india.one should do them nicely.options were not easy but atleast the areas shuld be covered while preparation even if one got them wrong in exam.thats my point.
    Great Analysis. . . . And at least A Checklist Before We step In The Exam Hall In 2018
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  • Thoda luck, thoda open minded preparation strategy.
    But why?
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  • Comprehensive reading but from less no.of sources but good 1s is must.
    Ministries and their websites.
    Exam me situation awareness.
    Paper ke according question ke strength pe solve karna chahiye.
    Revision should be efficient.
    Many people know watevrr asked in paper atlesst for 60 70 questions but sometime you will not be able to recall some facts if yiu havnt read it in last 30 days.
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  • Experience and logical elimination :D
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  • A legit advice to revise more in last 4 weeks.
    Otherwise it is as good as not read.
    Waha BC dhundhla dhundhla sa yaad reh jata hai aur even after elimination 2 options ek samaan sahi lagtey hain phir....
    Hope_009 said:

    Comprehensive reading but from less no.of sources but good 1s is must.
    Ministries and their websites.
    Exam me situation awareness.
    Paper ke according question ke strength pe solve karna chahiye.
    Revision should be efficient.
    Many people know watevrr asked in paper atlesst for 60 70 questions but sometime you will not be able to recall some facts if yiu havnt read it in last 30 days.

    Humanity is above all.
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