A Simple Trick To Scoring Higher In CSE

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Ask any Civil Services coaching in Chennai, and they will reiterate that the UPSC is a non-corruptible department. There has never been any leakage of question papers in the many years the exam has been conducted. Thinking of bribing a member of the Union Public Service Commission is foolhardy. No one has become an IAS officer just by paving the path with the greenback boogie. The ethos of the commission to stay true to the spirit of civil services is highly commendable. But just because there are no indirect paths to gaining an IAS post, it doesn’t mean that one can’t find loopholes.

Many consider the commission as an irrational body that is riddled with inefficiencies which can be taken advantage of. The process that is used to allocate marks for the mains exam is considered to be the most inefficient. And it is here that people take advantage to become future civil servants. While some of the loopholes that were present in the procedure have been duly addressed by UPSC, some are still unacknowledged. One example of the gap that the commission patched over is the IAS Mains examinations answer sheet evaluation.

There was a time when the answer sheets were mailed to the evaluators who could then check and score them at their convenience. It meant there was no foresight — the lack of supervision allowed for wrong scoring or biased marking. After many years of complaints, the system was overhauled. At present, all main exam answer sheets are checked within the UPSC premise, and the evaluators are under constant supervision. It ensures that fair marks are given to every candidate who sat for the test. There is no mistake or bias made on the part of the assessor.

Yet, there is one loophole that is still to be addressed by the UPSC and which can be used to gain more marks. The trick to getting a higher score in the IAS exam is to choose literature subject for the Mains’ optional paper. Do not select Mathematics, just because you love the subject or pick Electrical engineering as the optional because you have a degree in it. Literature subjects or humanities tend to be extremely scoring papers. They are safe options for a candidate because more often than not the paper has questions which are mentioned explicitly in the curriculum.

It means studying for such subjects is easier and scoring better is very much feasible. Furthermore, a lot of evaluators have soft corners for specific topics, and they award marks liberally to those who pick such subjects. Here, it is the human folly to be biased towards what is known that is being leveraged. Take advantage and select “soft” subjects. If you choose correctly, you might even end up with almost 100 marks. And every IAS aspirant knows that a touching 100 score can make a massive impact on the final merit list. It could be the difference that decides if you are selected for the interview or not.

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The 5 Personality Traits Of A Good IAS Offer


A highly successful IAS coaching centre in Chennai aptly put it. Becoming a great IAS officer is not all about studying hard for the competitive exam. It is also about developing the right personality traits that suit the post. Most times candidates ignore this advice and then face obstacles later on in life. So, come out of your comfort zone and begin to work hard on the following qualities just as you would with your study material.

  • Thorough knowledge of the nation is one of the musts of the UPSC exam. Many of the subjects tested are related to the country’s information. But theoretical knowledge is not the goal post. Every aspirant should also be aware of the diverse cultures and society that make our nation great. Respecting different religions, philosophies and languages that are spoken in India is a crucial trait in a civil servant.
  • Every mentor and teacher says it ad nauseam – read a newspaper daily if you want to clear UPSC CSE. While reading the leading newspaper every day is an admirable task, it is not enough. To get a balanced view of our motherland, you need to read the regional dailies. They offer a viewpoint of the other side and give an IAS aspirant a clear perspective of every issue.
  • The IAS exam is not about mugging facts and theorems and then vomiting them during the test. The UPSC CSE assess that real-life aptitude of a person. It checks how well you would perform when given with a problem that is faced by individuals on a daily basis. So, build the habit of learning in your own words instead of what is delivered in a book or taught in coaching. The best approach for it would be to write your personal notes and then prepare from them.
  • Having a cursory knowledge about subjects and topics doesn’t make a worthy IAS officer. Learning superficially will only cause you to fail in the UPSC conducted test. Though the curriculum of the exam covers almost every topic under the sun, it also demands in-depth knowledge of specific issues. It is important to dive deep because it gives you the wisdom to correctly assess the situations of the present society.
  • While being able to read, write and speak in English is considered a commendable achievement, one should not be ashamed if they don’t. India is a secular country, and the 8th Schedule of the Constitution recognises and supports many languages. Therefore, if you are not fluent in English, then take the UPSC exam in your birth-tongue. Choose the dialect you are most comfortable with to finish the Mains Exams. The Commission doesn’t discriminate between vernaculars and respects candidates for all corners of the nation.

These 5 behaviours are very subjective. They are based on the ingrained capabilities of a person. Cultivating them, accepting them and being proud of them will ensure that the individual succeeds not only as a civil servant but as a citizen of the world.