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Mains exam not only demands our memory and intelligence but also endurance. If you lack previous practice, writing relentlessly for 6 hours a day and doing it for 5 days will lead to mental and physical exhaustion. The only way to overcome this is to practice enough before the final exam. 

Remember, you need to develop the ability to quickly read questions and organize your answer in your mind in just 60 seconds. And now you will be able to write a mark-leaving answer in 7 minutes

Perfectionism is your enemy. If you keep referencing countless sources to make “perfect notes”, if you keep putting off your mock tests to write the “perfect exam”, this mindset will lead you to ruin. Getting a good score in Mains means attempting questions with some excellent answers, some good ones, and many above averages. So instead of waiting for that elusive perfection, start imperfect and then keep improving.


Masterclass Concluded on 28th August, (Sunday) at 7 PM.

The awesome masterclass concluded. Still you have an opportunity to grasp the outstanding tips on ‘what are the best strategies to prepare for IAS Mains answer writing ’, ‘how to read & what to read, And how to write a UPSC Mains answer in 7 mins.


Important points were discussed in the recorded video?

1. How to write a UPSC Mains answer in 7 mins?

You will never feel satisfied with your mains preparation and always have a nagging tendency to just keep studying and delay writing answers or skip the upcoming exam. So, how to overcome this reluctance through conscious effort? Suppose you can’t finish the syllabus before a mock test, you can postpone your exam by a day or two, but don’t skip it completely.

2. How to develop a process during practice sessions to gradually reduce the time from 20-30 mins? 

General studies claim only a peripheral understanding of a broad set of topics. So it is very important that you try to acquire minimum adequate knowledge on various subjects instead of obsessively focusing on one subject.

3. How to start practicing daily? 

If you’re really confused about how to start or where to start answer writing for mains, you must attend this masterclass. We will elaborate on how to check the past five years’ question papers to understand the breadth and depth of questions that UPSC usually asks. This will give you a better view of what is necessary and what is not.

4. What are the different parameters and factors one must consider while tackling a UPSC Mains question?

 For all subjects, should you need to focus on current affairs over it, especially for GS-2 and GS-3? For all 4 GS papers, What is the nucleus? Etc. will be discussed.

5. How to make notes so one can write a UPSC answer from them?

In GS, there will be very few questions where you have no clue. Even if you only have a vague idea, that will save you. So, how to make curated notes with those generic points from that you can write answers from different angles?

6. When to use a diagram, case studies, and examples in an answer?

In GS papers, a map/diagram/case study is the most effective tool for your illustration. But random use of them won’t fetch you marks. So, when to use them, how to practice it enough that you are able to draw and label it in under 60 seconds.

7. Different types of frameworks for a UPSC Mains answer.

With 1000 numbers across four letters of mains, GS feels like a giant, impassable mountain. So, you have to be ready for the worst. In our super masterclass, we cover what is the perfect approaches for certain directives like ‘discuss/ critically discuss’ etc.


About Rajat Tripathi:

Rajat is currently serving in the Accounts and Finance Service (CSE 2019). He completed his chemical engineering and, joined Mckinsey & Co. right out of college. Worked there for six years in their oil and gas division. Was fortunate enough to travel to several countries.

He was able to clear the exam on his first attempt while working full-time with Mckinsey.

Apart from helping students with main answer writing, essay, and ethics case studies, he can also help needy students formulate study plans, manage time and guide full-time working candidates on how to best use online material to crack the exam.

In his free time, Rajat enjoys listening to music and cycling.


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