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Mains 2021 - Strategy, Doubts, Resources etc

Hi peeps! 

Prelims result will be declared in 2-3 weeks. We may make it, we might not. Speculations will continue till then.

This thread is for those who want to move on. For those deciding to focus on the next phase of their prep; perhaps the most crucial one. We have less number of days this time (only about 85 days left). Let's collaborate and make the most of this time.

Here are the links to previous year's threads. Do go through them. There are gems in there.

https://forumias.com/post/detail/Mains-2020-Doubt-and-strategy-discussion-thread-1601963441?page=1 - In the description of this thread, you'll find links to paper wise threads of last year plus some handy resources.

https://forumias.com/post/detail/CSE-2021-Plan-Strategy-Daily-Routine-1602556617  This is the 2021 daily routine thread 

https://forumias.com/post/detail/CSE-2022-Plan-Strategy-Daily-Routine-1633964267?page=1 This is the 2022 daily routine thread created by@nerdfighter.

In both these threads, you are free to post your daily targets and hold each other accountable. Or just lurk there and be motivated by the effort people are putting in day after day. 

https://forumias.com/post/detail/Anecdotes-Facts-Examples-for-GS-and-Essay-1634039128 - This thread is created by@sbhati.Do contribute your facts and examples there. We can together build up a collection more than enough to conquer Mains.

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somebody, koi theek thak si reliable key bata do, jisme mistakes kaam ho (mistakes toh saab main hai :P:D) ..

maine abhi taak marks hi nahn count kiye hain ..


3 din beet chuke hain, aab chup chaap se mujhe marks count kar lene chayiye.. agar ho raha hai toh tayari main laag jaana hai ..


6th and last attempt hai apna waise bhi ..

forum is good baki vision mai bht mistakes hai ,shanker is also fine.


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Hi all, 

Could anyone assist me in getting a pdf of blank answer sheets that most accurately mimics the one we get at the actual mains exam?

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Hi all, 

Could anyone assist me in getting a pdf of blank answer sheets that most accurately mimics the one we get at the actual mains exam?

sells in any ORN shop ... there has to be limit on obsession with "most accurately" mimicing acutal mains exam paper.

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Can any 1 suggest any cost effective nt decent test series fr mains...vision n forum felt too high to me.....


Did any 1 heard about india bhai and somp mentorship...how is there test series prgm?

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which test series is good for ANTHRO?


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@Neyawn when can we expect AWFG??? 

I am looking forward to join it.. Will plan my revision accordingly. 

I am sure others also want to know. 

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sells in any ORN shop ... there has to be limit on obsession with "most accurately" mimicing acutal mains exam paper.

Have you appeared for Mains before? I'm just curious

THE_MECHANIC,
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Hi all, 

Could anyone assist me in getting a pdf of blank answer sheets that most accurately mimics the one we get at the actual mains exam?

you can buy them at IASprepkit.com

This is not an advertisement. I am only a customer. The paper quality leaves a little to be desired, but the measurements are accurate.

THE_MECHANIC,
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@Neyawn when can we expect AWFG??? 

I am looking forward to join it.. Will plan my revision accordingly. 

I am sure others also want to know. 

+1

THE_MECHANIC,
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@Neyawn when can we expect AWFG??? 

I am looking forward to join it.. Will plan my revision accordingly. 

I am sure others also want to know. 

https://blog.forumias.com/awfg21b2/

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 When can we expect Vision IAS Mains 365?Just wanna to make a better plan factoring everything for Mains.
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I am hoping to clear this year's prelims too (third attempt, if cracked, it will be my second mains). I got 111 in essay last time. I used whitener in that paper a lot but after coming out of exam hall I read on notice board that whitener isn't allowed. Could that have had any impact on my essay score (negative marking)? How to go to 130 and above in essay from 111?

I don't know whether using whitener should affect the marks. Might be true, might not be.

Last year I felt the marking was a little stricter than 2019. Maybe that affected your scores too?

As to how to get 130 marks and above, there are a lot of tips, right from the basics to the advanced. Did you get your tests evaluated anywhere last year? If so, were you able to identify any weaknesses/areas of concern? Do mention them here. The more specific your query, the more people will be able to help. 

If you are unable to diagnose specific problems with your essays, then do whatever seems useful among the following ->        

1) Understand the basics of essay writing, through sources like Anudeep Durishetty's book/any essay strategy video (likethis oneby Ayush sir)/any topper's strategy


2) Learn from topper copies and compare your essays to theirs


3) Get your essay evaluated (usually by joining some test series)


Doing this should give you a clear idea where you lack. Once you know that, post them here. Someone or the other can guide you with tips + tricks + strategies to improve.

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Hi all, 

Could anyone assist me in getting a pdf of blank answer sheets that most accurately mimics the one we get at the actual mains exam?

Model-Answer-Sheet2121602219585.pdf

This was uploaded last year by@discoFighter (Can you confirm whether this is accurate compared to UPSC booklets?)

GeneralStudiesPaper-I-121021.pdf

This is a specimen QCA booklet uploaded on UPSC website. You can go through it for an idea about pages per question, page length, width of margin etc. 



THE_MECHANIC,
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 When can we expect Vision IAS Mains 365?Just wanna to make a better plan factoring everything for Mains.

I don't remember the dates. On my laptop, I've saved the earliest file from last year on 12th Nov. So probably it was released at max 1 week before that. Based on that timeline, you can expect the first issue to arrive in early November with subsequent issues stretching up to mid December. 

THE_MECHANIC,MachineGunJoe
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@Neyawn when can we expect AWFG??? 

I am looking forward to join it.. Will plan my revision accordingly. 

I am sure others also want to know. 

https://blog.forumias.com/awfg21b2/

I didn't understand it. Without evaluation, how we will understand our mistakes and extra non-relevant things which we have written? Anyone, can you please elaborate?

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Hi all, 

Could anyone assist me in getting a pdf of blank answer sheets that most accurately mimics the one we get at the actual mains exam?

To anyone writing mains this/ next year, I noted the dimensions of official UPSC answer sheet in mains this year. Sharing this to avoid confusion. 

  • Writing space is 16.2cms wide X 20cms long
  • Total page dimensions are 24.1cms wide X 27.2cms long
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Ias hub QEP reviews? 
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 When can we expect Vision IAS Mains 365?Just wanna to make a better plan factoring everything for Mains.

If you want to relieve some burden then cover relevant issues of previous mains 365. Doing this won't hijack your gs preparation, waiting for mains365 to be released. 

MachineGunJoe,
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Is there any concession in MGP2021 for previous MGP students?
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Is there any concession in MGP2021 for previous MGP students?

Shayd 10 percent hota tha pahle, aab ka nahn pata.. 

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