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Mains 2020 : Essay and GS Discussion, Issues, Difficulty Level, Way ahead

Hello All, Essay paper is done. Question was a bit weird, at least part A where quotes were also not famous types. How did people approach the essay paper, which topics did you write on ? Did you use whitener anywhere? Did you do rough work ?
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I messed up case studies section brilliantly. Took 25 mins to solve the 1st one and then went guns blazing to complete the paper on time. Bye bye mains 2020.

Starting with case studies can lead to disaster if the paper setter decides to play with them

GaryVee,thistooshallpass
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Essay : difficult... 135 will be new 160

GS1 : same difficulty level as of 2019

GS2: difficult

GS3: same 

GS4: difficult

What do you guys think  ? 

Totally agree with u....also out of 4 gs paper one will become the whipping child of upsc in terms of marking so that makes things even worse

GaryVee,
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Essay not that different I guess. Section A was more vague but I felt section B was easier than last time.
GS 1 marginally more difficult, because of history (I'm a history optional guy and still I was shocked to see questions Persian literary sources in gs paper😂)
GS 2&4 exceptional papers. Mind blowing. GS 2 was difficult as it was more conceptual.
GS 4 I'm not really sure which subject it's related to. More suited to psir people I guess
GS 3 section A was extremely lengthy I feel. I mean a few of the question might have well been asked for 15 marks to cover all aspects. Still I would say lengthier but easier than last year(no cyberdome this time)


GaryVee,SergioRamos
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Also did the last 2 questions of GS 3 answer sheet have 4 pages each ?
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Also did the last 2 questions of GS 3 answer sheet have 4 pages each ?

Yes yes! I was so confused. It actually ate up those precious seconds in the exam hall. I thought there was something wrong in my QCAB. Glad to see that mine was not the only one. 

GaryVee,
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Shubzsaid

I messed up case studies section brilliantly. Took 25 mins to solve the 1st one and then went guns blazing to complete the paper on time. Bye bye mains 2020.

Starting with case studies can lead to disaster if the paper setter decides to play with them

I started with section A itself actually and completed most of the questions except Q 6 which I thought of attempting at the end. 


Then moved to case studies. Probably I was in a hangover from section A, I had to read and re read it multiple times, the 1st question, and there was so much information in it. It became difficult to process. 

GaryVee,
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Shubzsaid

Essay : difficult... 135 will be new 160

GS1 : same difficulty level as of 2019

GS2: difficult

GS3: same 

GS4: difficult

What do you guys think  ? 

Totally agree with u....also out of 4 gs paper one will become the whipping child of upsc in terms of marking so that makes things even worse

That is probably my biggest nightmare that the paper that went better than the rest gets guillotined. In a moment of madness UPSC decides that giving more than 90 in that paper would amount to blasphemy. 

GaryVee,Shubz
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I started with case studies..worst decision of mains 2020.
GaryVee,peterparker
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I messed up case studies section brilliantly. Took 25 mins to solve the 1st one and then went guns blazing to complete the paper on time. Bye bye mains 2020.

Ditto ! 25 mins on ques 7 only  and then somehow went to that Ethics in Weapons Trade question, in the first reading, it felt like another  bouncer !

GaryVee,
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Muje toh gs3 sabse ajeeb laga.Have written very vague answers. Aur gs4 me jaise hi mein case study pe pahucha, I jad two options. Either do 3 case study of 250 words or do 6 case study of 150 words, and I ended up doing 5 case study of 150 words and 1 of 100 words.

Personally felt gs2 most lengthy 


P.s. munna mbbs in me asked in every paper: ye govt ko government likhna zaruri hai kya?

Ps2: is bar agar mere essay me top class marks aye, toh I might have cracked the upsc code of essay kingship. Feeling aa rahi hai aisi.

GaryVee,BDand5 otherslike this
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Irrelevant story for case studies. Most part of story was irrelevant for answer. Didn’t go well 😔
GaryVee,
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Messed up section A essay. Wrote lot of irrelevant content 🥺
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Messed up section A essay. Wrote lot of irrelevant content 🥺

Which essay bro

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GS 1-3 went fine... GS 4 Section B few cases studies like the first one then noora village one etc.... Screwed them as time was less (I started with Section A, after initially seeing case studies), couldn't write much in 1-2 case studies.... They were complex, paragraph were unnecessary like comprehension.... 
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Irrelevant story for case studies. Most part of story was irrelevant for answer. Didn’t go well 😔

That Ministry of commerce in 1st case study, I am still confused. Was it required to be mentioned? That just seemed out of place. 

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@Tokyo human being and being human.


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Does writing 90-110 words in 2-3 , 150 marker count as complete attempt or incomplete? 
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@AureliusM yeah traditional stakeholders approach not worked 😐


GaryVee,gohilvishal912
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@kohliwag what example did you write..how did you interpret that you say it is wrong. What is the correct interpretation?


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@AureliusM yeah traditional stakeholders approach not worked 😐


I used the stakeholder approach only but didn't mention that which didn't seem relevant. I don't know. I have messed up Case study 100%.

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