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Mains 2020: Doubt and strategy discussion thread

I don't know what to say, really. Prelims is over. The discussion as regards the authenticity of answer keys is the most futile discussion. So, I am creating this thread as a necessary and much-needed diversion. Three months to the biggest battle of our professional lives begins now. All comes down to how we heal and grow from now on, and either, we heal or we're gonna crumble. Day by day

We're in a toxic environment right now, fellas. Believe me. And, we can stay here, get the s**t kicked out of us, or we can fight our way back into the light. Mains is the road ahead for everyone of us notwithstanding our current predicament. So, let's continue to fight and not let our guard down.

Yours faithfully
AzadHindFauz


Civil Services (Main) Examination, 2020 is to be conducted on 8,9,10,16,17 January, 2021.

Resources-
1. Topic wise questions compilation from PYQs- https://forumias.sgp1.digitaloceanspaces.com/community/comments/PYQ4951601966911.pdf

2. Previous years' question papers collection- Essay, GS I, GS II, GS III, GS IV, PSIR

3. New emerging technologies fodderhttps://intelligence.weforum.org/topics


5. This is a website by CSE 2019 selected candidates. Contains a lot of info on test series/answer writing and also has GS notes. Must go through! => http://demystifycse.in/   

6. World history notes of Shreyans Kumat Rank 4, UPSC CSE 2018: https://drive.google.com/file/d/153rNAe4nHkTVolSnM7ZCwIrVfCNr-652/view  

7. Download Anudeep Sir's hand made notes from here. From GS 1 to GS 4, everything: https://anudeepdurishetty.in/how-to-conquer-gs-in-upsc-mains-explained/

8. Ethics keywords' definition table: https://forumias.sgp1.digitaloceanspaces.com/community/comments/EthicsDefinitionTable33715989392954061602608482.pdf

This will keep you going-
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I second your thoughts :) 
Dora-the_Explorer, AzadHindFauz
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Thank you. I needed this 
AzadHindFauz,
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Thank you :)

Here’s the sorted question papers from 2014. Couldn’t find official ones from before then. PSIR and Marathi included. 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1A4COH_r4pYXZHfVH0MFNWT0q_NJB1TF1


Working now. :)

Rise from Ashes, GaryVee and 4 others like this
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nice!!! maybe we can make one for psir... quite a few gaps to be plugged in there as well.
AzadHindFauz, whatonly and 1 others like this
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Thank you :)

Here’s the sorted question papers from 2014. Couldn’t find official ones from before then. PSIR and Marathi included. 

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1A4COH_r4pYXZHfVH0MFNWT0q_NJB1TF1


EDIT: Whoops upload error. Uploading properly.

Thank you for this. Edited the post with your link.

whatonly,
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MarcusA said

nice!!! maybe we can make one for psir... quite a few gaps to be plugged in there as well.

@whatonly Could you please create one?

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@whatonly Could you please create one?

Yup on it 

AzadHindFauz, MarcusA
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Hello peeps. :) 

Where were you? 

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Hello peeps. :) 

Where were you? 

Apun idharich tha bro....bas silently observing mostly...:)

AzadHindFauz, Patootie
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PYQ.pdf

               Last 35-40 years Mains PYQ arranged topic-wise in minute details.
I'd suggest you all get the printout! Can be a brilliant guiding document! :)

Aurora, GaryVee and 18 others like this
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PYQ.pdf

               Last 35-40 years Mains PYQ arranged topic-wise in minute details.
I'd suggest you all get the printout! Can be a brilliant guiding document! :)

Thank you! Ekdum mast hai!

AzadHindFauz, SergioRamos
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PYQ.pdf

               Last 35-40 years Mains PYQ arranged topic-wise in minute details.
I'd suggest you all get the printout! Can be a brilliant guiding document! :)

Looks great! This thread was much needed, lot of negativity and chaos being spread around in the prelims thread. So much so that I banned myself from the forum on mobile to avoid reading the clutter.

Do let know what you guys are doing for answer writing practice!

Maybe we can help each other :)

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I love it. Will definitely need your help, my people! Like @AzadHindFauz said, this time is crucial af to put it in a crude manner. Let's do this.

I'm on a personal day till tomorrow. 

Today is about anniversary celebrations with my love, and lying down on my Mother's tummy. (It is the best pillow ever.)

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PYQ.pdf

               Last 35-40 years Mains PYQ arranged topic-wise in minute details.
I'd suggest you all get the printout! Can be a brilliant guiding document! :)

Thanks for this gold, mate. 

SergioRamos,
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PYQ.pdf

               Last 35-40 years Mains PYQ arranged topic-wise in minute details.
I'd suggest you all get the printout! Can be a brilliant guiding document! :)

Looks great! This thread was much needed, lot of negativity and chaos being spread around in the prelims thread. So much so that I banned myself from the forum on mobile to avoid reading the clutter.

Do let know what you guys are doing for answer writing practice!

Maybe we can help each other :)

Same. Too much. Even after I ranted about it. Even after sane people kept telling not to do that. But I guess the sheer number of visitors we have and the mental agony everyone is going through mean you cannot stop it. I simply won't visit anymore. 

Have answers to write. 

Quotes to collect. 

Data to mug up. 

Mains to crack. 


Let's do this. 

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Looks great! This thread was much needed, lot of negativity and chaos being spread around in the prelims thread. So much so that I banned myself from the forum on mobile to avoid reading the clutter.

Do let know what you guys are doing for answer writing practice!

Maybe we can help each other :)

Agreed! The number of new people also brought out the introvert in me. Was mostly observing silently like @Sherkhan1428 said. 

Even if its futile, when we are not in the safe zone, we try to help ourselves by debating the answer key even if the exercise is futile. Been there, done that. But now, the time is for moving on. Mains is the road ahead. I'll do the best I can on this thread, to the extent I can, both in terms of my content-wise inputs basis my understanding of the exam and generally in keeping spirits high.

And man, I love you guys. Thank you for this thread.

Naadan_Parinda, Dora-the_Explorer and 7 others like this
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@Patootie Happy anniversary!! Enjoy your day :D

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