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How to write a good answer for Mains 2017

edited August 1 in Tools & Technology
Dear Friends,

I have been going through the answers that people write on Mains Marathon and other websites. While I have seen that a lot of people are writing much better answers on the free platforms, I wanted to pitch in, especially for first timers, who may not be so aware of it yet, as to what is a good answer.

I have uploaded tried to locate good answer written by some candidates who have secured 430+ marks in 2016 ( where 400 marks were an average ) as well as 400+ marks in Mains 2015 and 2014 .

You can see that there is a certain pattern in which they approach the paper, and it is common across all years , at least since the time V Haritha Kumar Topped the exam.

While it may not be common across all candidates who have secured under 100 rank, I would say that more than 60% of them would have the same things in commonality.

I am putting it after (a) my interactions with @louislitt and @ mittalisethi last year in 2016 when they wrote tests and (b) secured under 100 ranks after writing in such a style and structure , thus proving that structure is important too - and a certain way of writing helps more than other ways.

While the quality of arguments and points may vary in these copies, a certain structure has been followed. I am putting this after an elated Himadree who has secured under 400 rank this year pinged me saying the thing about following a structure helped.

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Please check this out here

http://blog.forumias.com/how-to-write-a-good-answer-that-ensures-a-good-score-420/

Let me know in comments what your observations are regarding the answers. Because , we may all look at the same picture, and yet see different things.

P.S. Bringing in some Mains Orientation on The Forum, moving away from the "buy & sell" culture that is evolving. I hope other members contribute too.

P.S. 2 Himadree, If you are reading this too, it will be great if you could sum up any of your optional strategy . of GS Strategy in an article. That will be answer writing practice too :tongue:

P.S. Moderators may make this a temporary announcement if they deem right.
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Comments

  • thank you sir
  • Thanks sir :)
    •~dangal dangal~•
    If those who think to achieve,
    Have a firm and focused mind,
    They will realize what they thought of,
    And even as they have thought of.
    Thirukkural
  • @Neyawn....
    Your articles and posts have helped many aspirants. Thank you for this one too.

    I would be thankful if you could write an article or post about approach to ethics paper covering theory and case study part.Also,a structure in case study,from your side,would be immensely helpful.

    Thank you.
  • Writing on forum blog has helped me tremendously in improving my writing skills , structuring of answer and thinking in right direction.
    Review by forum and other members has been very helpful. Due to constantly in 'answer writing mode' now i frame whatever i read in probable question and answer. Thanks for such a selfless initiative.
    Your articles are always motivating, crisp and super realistic. Waiting for the next one.
    •~dangal dangal~•
    If those who think to achieve,
    Have a firm and focused mind,
    They will realize what they thought of,
    And even as they have thought of.
    Thirukkural
  • Observations

    - One thing that stands out is 'confidence' while writing(few cuts and overall flow).
    - Simplified introduction.
    - Their brilliance can be observed in the ability to modify 'body' as per the requirement of questions. I mean, points ,
    flowcharts , paragraphs are ingrained.
    - Simple English. Normally short sentence.
    - Conclusion is not always present.
    - Multiple dimensions.
  • @Neyawn What is that mains answer writing video every topper is talking? I hope someone could send me the link :)
  • Thanks a lot @Neyawn :)
  • edited August 1

    @Neyawn What is that mains answer writing video every topper is talking? I hope someone could send me the link :)

    http://forumias.com/portal/video-answer-writing-tips-for-mains-how-to-begin/
  • @Neyawn I think this is the right forum to acknowledge your brilliant answer writing video which I saw last year.

    I didn't get a rank this year, in fact I couldn't even clear mains. However I diligently followed your tip on partitioning the paper in 2 columns in some of my answers in general studies. This simplified the analysis, improved the structure of answer to and simultaneously reduce the time required to write the answer. My decent marks in general studies has some imprint of your answer writing tips.

    I hope that you continue to make more such enlightening videos in future on answer writing tips.
    Attempt # 3 | Statistics optional | RBI Grade B Officer
  • @Neyawn introduced me to the "definitional apprpach" of introduction, made life pretty easier last year.
    MGP helped last year, have joined again.
    The angels are lost in perpetual contemplation of an infinite glory.
  • IWRA said:

    @Neyawn introduced me to the "definitional apprpach" of introduction, made life pretty easier last year.
    MGP helped last year, have joined again.

    Bro evn i joined.likd their realistic f/b esp asif sir
  • edited August 1
    Is MGP available in online mode for out of station students too??

    @Neyawn
  • Tsuki said:

    Is MGP available in online mode for out of station students too??

    @Neyawn

    Yes it is
    CSE 2016 Indian Police Service ( IPS )
  • @Neyawn sir can't forum start a essay writing initiative like mgp..it would be very helpful especially to those who are baffled by the marketing of some so called coaching institutes... please ponder over it.. i will be first to join
  • lexdelhi said:

    @Neyawn sir can't forum start a essay writing initiative like mgp..it would be very helpful especially to those who are baffled by the marketing of some so called coaching institutes... please ponder over it.. i will be first to join

    An essay writing initiative will be very helpful. I will join it.

  • @Neyawn thanx gud initiative. :)
  • lexdelhi said:

    @Neyawn sir can't forum start a essay writing initiative like mgp..it would be very helpful especially to those who are baffled by the marketing of some so called coaching institutes... please ponder over it.. i will be first to join

    Albus said:



    lexdelhi said:

    @Neyawn sir can't forum start a essay writing initiative like mgp..it would be very helpful especially to those who are baffled by the marketing of some so called coaching institutes... please ponder over it.. i will be first to join

    An essay writing initiative will be very helpful. I will join it.

    Not exclusively but mgp + includes 5 -6 essays too.
  • Falcon_23 said:

    @Neyawn What is that mains answer writing video every topper is talking? I hope someone could send me the link :)

    http://forumias.com/portal/video-answer-writing-tips-for-mains-how-to-begin/
    Thanks @Falcon_23
  • Albus said:



    lexdelhi said:

    @Neyawn sir can't forum start a essay writing initiative like mgp..it would be very helpful especially to those who are baffled by the marketing of some so called coaching institutes... please ponder over it.. i will be first to join

    An essay writing initiative will be very helpful. I will join it.

    +1. Section-wise essay test series with 2 comprehensive. Plz @Neyawn
  • @Neyawn sir how to plan for remaining days..
  • Essay test series must be started by forumias. Even 3 tests would be fine.
    @Neyawn ..see to it.
  • Hi.....can someone please suggest me effective solution to the answer writing i feel ....
    We know that syllabus is a wast one of all GS and the i have geography. Ideally i must have completed at least world history and optional but i have been able to do only a quarter of my optional and some tit bits of GS.
    And while i want to start answer writing practice now but then feel kind of inhibited-ness. Reason being that i feel that let syllabus be finished once and then answer writting because then things automatically structure in mind.
    But from past 2 attempts, getting only average or may be below average marks.
    How should i manage the two things.
    Please suggest the method.
  • Tsuki said:

    Is MGP available in online mode for out of station students too??

    @Neyawn

    What is MGP? Plz give it's long form.

  • tanya7777 said:



    Tsuki said:

    Is MGP available in online mode for out of station students too??

    @Neyawn

    What is MGP? Plz give it's long form.

    Its Mains Guidance Program
  • Thanks for the valuable inputs @Neyawn :)
    ehh what's up doc!!!!

    Pre -4, mains -2 , interview - 2, Rank -None
  • Hi.....can someone please suggest me effective solution to the answer writing i feel ....
    We know that syllabus is a wast one of all GS and the i have geography. Ideally i must have completed at least world history and optional but i have been able to do only a quarter of my optional and some tit bits of GS.
    And while i want to start answer writing practice now but then feel kind of inhibited-ness. Reason being that i feel that let syllabus be finished once and then answer writting because then things automatically structure in mind.
    But from past 2 attempts, getting only average or may be below average marks.
    How should i manage the two things.
    Please suggest the method.

    Please suggest some solution. I had also written like 15 tests of vision last year and got 400 exact marks in GS which are average. Now i want to improve my score. This is the time i think is best to practice but again feel the urge of completing syllabus first which is leading me to same method i followed last year.
    Someone please guide me.
  • Hi.....can someone please suggest me effective solution to the answer writing i feel ....
    We know that syllabus is a wast one of all GS and the i have geography. Ideally i must have completed at least world history and optional but i have been able to do only a quarter of my optional and some tit bits of GS.
    And while i want to start answer writing practice now but then feel kind of inhibited-ness. Reason being that i feel that let syllabus be finished once and then answer writting because then things automatically structure in mind.
    But from past 2 attempts, getting only average or may be below average marks.
    How should i manage the two things.
    Please suggest the method.

    Please suggest some solution. I had also written like 15 tests of vision last year and got 400 exact marks in GS which are average. Now i want to improve my score. This is the time i think is best to practice but again feel the urge of completing syllabus first which is leading me to same method i followed last year.
    Someone please guide me.
    :)
    hi, i can answer a part of your query. i think its probably everyone's q.
    completion of syllabus vs. writing an exam. many aspirants including me of tend to do the former. but achievers do the latter. completion of syllabus is a myth. and it serves just as an excuse to be away from writing. to reverse this mental tendency we can do following things:
    *opening the day/perperation time with writing an answer
    * write those answers which intimidate you
    * using answer writing initiatives like secure, mmarathon
    * my way is: i first write without reading the news article.. then read the article.. then again i write it. in first writing i make as many mistakes as possible. while writing the second time i will take care to avoid those mistakes
    of course am not regular in writing, its really very bad thong for an aspirant to procrastinate writing practice bcs in other words its like procrastinating our success.
    the unanswered part of ur query:
    dude u r already at a good score i.e., 400s keep doing wht u did to achieve this and jst go thru toppers pprs. orelse do one thing.. take toppers answer sheet, select a qsn for those answer scripts and u answer it first and check for the deviation from toppers answer(caution: am not saying that toppers answer is the best. but u will get new insights in answer writing). i hope i partly answerred ur query.. all the bst fr ur mains.
    if u find any other better methods tofine tune ur writing practice then please do share with me. bye :)
  • Hi.....can someone please suggest me effective solution to the answer writing i feel ....
    We know that syllabus is a wast one of all GS and the i have geography. Ideally i must have completed at least world history and optional but i have been able to do only a quarter of my optional and some tit bits of GS.
    And while i want to start answer writing practice now but then feel kind of inhibited-ness. Reason being that i feel that let syllabus be finished once and then answer writting because then things automatically structure in mind.
    But from past 2 attempts, getting only average or may be below average marks.
    How should i manage the two things.
    Please suggest the method.

    Please suggest some solution. I had also written like 15 tests of vision last year and got 400 exact marks in GS which are average. Now i want to improve my score. This is the time i think is best to practice but again feel the urge of completing syllabus first which is leading me to same method i followed last year.
    Someone please guide me.
    :)
    hi, i can answer a part of your query. i think its probably everyone's q.
    completion of syllabus vs. writing an exam. many aspirants including me of tend to do the former. but achievers do the latter. completion of syllabus is a myth. and it serves just as an excuse to be away from writing. to reverse this mental tendency we can do following things:
    *opening the day/perperation time with writing an answer
    * write those answers which intimidate you
    * using answer writing initiatives like secure, mmarathon
    * my way is: i first write without reading the news article.. then read the article.. then again i write it. in first writing i make as many mistakes as possible. while writing the second time i will take care to avoid those mistakes
    of course am not regular in writing, its really very bad thong for an aspirant to procrastinate writing practice bcs in other words its like procrastinating our success.
    the unanswered part of ur query:
    dude u r already at a good score i.e., 400s keep doing wht u did to achieve this and jst go thru toppers pprs. orelse do one thing.. take toppers answer sheet, select a qsn for those answer scripts and u answer it first and check for the deviation from toppers answer(caution: am not saying that toppers answer is the best. but u will get new insights in answer writing). i hope i partly answerred ur query.. all the bst fr ur mains.
    if u find any other better methods tofine tune ur writing practice then please do share with me. bye :)
    Thank you for sharing this.
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