While candidates prepare for several months for UPSC IAS Examinations, it is always important to effectively be able to explain the same in your answer sheets. We at safalta.com have explained several ways to writing a good answer in UPSC IAS Exam.
Candidates are required to understand that the UPSC IAS main exams have questions that are descriptive in nature, allowing candidates to be tested in various levels. The time limit for the essay paper is 3 hours and does not have a word limit. The optional paper on the other hand have questions that are required to be answered in specific word limits of 20 words, 150 words and 250 words each. Candidates should always keep in mind that managing time is key to a successful paper. Candidates should be wise and closely adhere to the word limit and in the process save time to answer the rest of the paper. A lot of times, candidates are confused in the style of approach for answering a particular question. Students are confused with regard to adopting the paragraph format or the point of style of answering questions. Here, candidates are required to keep a keen eye on the questions asked, though there is no particular style set. Questions that ask candidates to list advantages or give reasons for/ against etc, it is advisable to answer in the point format where as on the other hand if the question asks you discuss, analyse or critically examine, it is always advisable to answer the question in the paragraph format.
Understanding The Question
Candidates should spend considerate amount of time in understanding what a question demands from the candidate. It is always advisable to spend significant time in understanding the question as it helps to answer the question more concisely.. Whether the question asks candidates to discuss, explain, elucidate, critically appreciate or give reasons for and against, the answers should be written accordingly. It is also important to work within the time frame provided. Students are always advised to practice writing long answers during their preparations, so they are already prepared for writing long answers. Often, students get tired and lose focus on the answer before completing it. Students should always remember to present facts and concepts in an interesting manner and should not read like a passage from a book. Candidates are advised to use simple english language while answering the questions and to avoid exaggerated english or flowery language, which could mislead the reader.
Once the candidate has presented his/her facts and concepts, it is simply half the battle won. It is important for candidates to understand that every answer must have a clear and logical frame which presents information in a clear and concise manner to be able to hold the examiners attention. The rule of thumb involves, that every long answer should have an introduction, a body and a conclusion. It is extremely important for the candidate to realise which section belongs where. It is aways advisable for the candidate to give a thought to the layout of the answer, before starting work on it. A candidate should also realise the effective part of the question. The effective part of the question is different from the layout which involves the introduction, body and conclusion. The effective part of the question is the perspective or angle which the question demands. For example, a question asking for views would mean the candidate is required to state his opinions and a question asking to enumerate would mean represent in numbers, all the while keeping the facts intact.