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IAS RANK 156: Saurabh Kumar Agrawal, 3rd Attempt, Geography Optional
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did you underline your answers in GS and optionals? does it increase marks? @cheetah
Congratulations… Please also indicate about optional test series…
sir it is still not clear to me if you have any model answer for that, will you please upload here thanks in advance
Congratulations sir could u plz provide detailed strategy of ethics paper and geography optional paper as geography optional remained low scoring this year.
Hello @cheetah. I’ve given my 2nd mains. But got pretty low in Geo optional. I spent much time preparing P1. got 65 in 2013 and 43 now. to understand where iam going wrong could you please upload an answer of urs[test series wala]. I used to get 80-90s in ALS test series last time. I havent attempted any of Geo thought questions nor i used Geo thought and Theorist names in the answers. As a guesstimate would that have costed my marks? As for as diagrams i’ve included plenty. Thanks
Hi Saurabh many congratulations… could u plz share a sample of your handbook of diagrams n maps..it wud be of great help fr geog optnl aspirants…also did u refer to any particular source for contemporary issues/current evnts in geog.?
congrats sir, i have few doubts regarding geog optional:- which test series did you join for Geography optional? did you read any magazine for geography currents/ contemporary themes ? any good source for RDP, ? plz reply thanks!
case studies are mere examples explained in detail. like when we talk of biodiversity, dedicate a para on western ghats, its flora and fauna in answers of tribal areas, include a case study of bastar region, its difficulties. in answers of hill area problems, take clues from north east. again it depends on demand of question. no “one fits all” strategy.
Congrats for your success! You have one of the best marks in geography optional this year. How many questions did you attempt in paper 1? Any tips or source on handling questions like denudation chronology; zonal point of view question , …I couldn’t write satisfactory answer for them.. Thanks
I have heard a lot of toppers say that they include case studies in their GS answers. What does it actually mean?
PS Sorry if my ques sounds non-sensical
Sources I have mentioned in above interview. Regarding strategy, practice a lot of question. Innovate diagrams and maps. Try to include geographical angle in your answers like examples, case studies. Write to the point, dont bluff around. Most important is time management, try to complete the paper in the given time frame. Rely on books, not on coaching stuff. Prepare short notes for important topics that u think are exam-worthy. Prepare a hand book of diagram and maps
Forumias didn’t have option for uploading marksheet in the interview. Here I m attaching it.
Why ForumIAS is not posting marks of candidates whom it is interviewing.
If possible plz provide ur detail strategy for geography optional and soft notes
Sorry,forgot to include book list for prelims, here they are: History-spectrum for modern history, tn board ncert and nitin singhania notes(not much helpful) for art and culture, geography-11th and 12th ncert, G C Leong Economics-sriram ias printed notes environment-shankar ias notes and Erac Barucha polity-Laxmikanth S&T- Read basic concepts from internet Current affairs-The Hindu and vision ias CA notes
Sorry, forgot to include book list for prelims, here they are: History-spectrum for modern history, tn board ncert and nitin singhania notes(not much helpful) for art and culture,
geography-11th and 12th ncert, G C Leong
Economics-sriram ias printed notes
environment-shankar ias notes and Erac Barucha
S&T- Read basic concepts from internet
Current affairs-The Hindu and vision ias CA notes
Practiced test papers for both GS and aptitude.
Lexicon by chronicle ias and subba rao(particulat topics). Analysing the things is the key.
Wow !! Remarkable success!! Congratulations !! You are so privileged to have a big brother as your godfather. What study material did you used for GS-4 paper?