I have done good amount of reading for optional and GS, though there's a lot more I ought to have done. But I think the critical factor in my failure in the two mains, and specially this years' was not so much a lack of content than it was the writing speed. In essays I wrote some 1600 words, in GS papers perhaps 3000 words. I think I need at least 33% improvement on this front.
Perhaps having an in-depth understanding would also help improve the speed of expressing the ideas. So perhaps though I can frame answers for almost all questions, I dont have the luxury to take as much time for thinking as I do. Is there any peculiar technique you guys employ here - like thinking as you write or first taking a minute to frame the answer and then write?
Or simply writing practice tests is the key, and the rest will come alongwith? I haven't committed myself to it till now apart from a few occasions here and there, and I feel very stupid in doing this to myself.
I don't think I am as incompetent as the marks coming out next year would indicate. But my attempts at civil services are making me feel utterly helpless and the goal looks beyond grasp. I am no way near it. What's the course correction?
A few things on my mind
- consistent note-making as a tool to internalise what I read more efficiently
- test series for mains-2018, but not sure whence to start with writing tests.
Confused. How quickly first attempt has turned into 4th. And I am still a novice. What's the course correction?