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PSIR - Strategy, resources & discussion

Hi peeps. Let’s do this!

1. Previous papers from 2009 (both papers are in the same PDF):here

2. Topic-wise PYQs: here 

3. Look for PDFs of books here: b-ok.cchttp://libgen.rs/archive.org

4. Model answers from SR:here 

5. OnlyIAS notes, if you need extra matter for a few topics:here 

6. SR notes, typed:politicsforindia.com

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@AzadHindFauz you had shared the link. around November end 2019. on Quest.


I even asked about the paper. It's Cartridge paper. I'm too lazy to buy that so I'm still on Evernote, font size 8 verdana. #nostalgia

AzadHindFauz,Hitman2021
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@AzadHindFauz you had shared the link. around November end 2019. on Quest.


I even asked about the paper. It's Cartridge paper. I'm too lazy to buy that so I'm still on Evernote, font size 8 verdana. #nostalgia

Haha, I remember now. I use the Cartridge paper solely for this purpose. The soil rate of A4 is damn high.

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whatonly,
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@whatonly I would recommend GS Score's test series because the course instructor, Piyush Choubey, checks it himself. Yes, just as others have suggested, their admin is pretty bad, but that doesn't matter much with the test series + Choubey has been quite accessible so far. He checked one of my tests quickly after I got in touch with him for feedback.


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Is VISION IAS also doing PSIR test series now?

I saw an advertisement on their youtube channel.



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@whatonly I would recommend GS Score's test series because the course instructor, Piyush Choubey, checks it himself. Yes, just as others have suggested, their admin is pretty bad, but that doesn't matter much with the test series + Choubey has been quite accessible so far. He checked one of my tests quickly after I got in touch with him for feedback.


Thank you! I ended up joining the crash course myself after spending too much time trying to decide, but might be helpful to someone else here :)

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Hey guys, does SR have any other material for the PT meaning & approaches other than what’s in the notes?
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Caesarsaid


Thank you! This will be very helpful. 

Has anyone gone through Shivshankar Menon’s paper for the Brookings Impact Series? Was it useful? It was on India’s foreign affairs strategy in general. Seemed a bit vague and general at first glance, but there might be some nuggets.

Hitman2021,
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@whatonly no idea about that. But he had an hour long conversation with Brookings on a similar topic. 


whatonly,
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Little old though
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250+ is the new 300 :(
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Caesarsaid

250+ is the new 300 :(

I’m aware that there has been scaling across subjects, but has the marking been even harsher for PSIR particularly? 

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@Caesar Whats the highest in 2019?


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@Villanelle What is the highest score in psir in 2019?


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@Aurang_mirasudar Sorry. I have no clue.


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I scored just 

112 in Paper 1 

96 in paper 2 

Friends please suggest how to improve it?

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@Villanelle Okay..if u come across do let know..overall i think marks have reduced Drastically in this optional In 2019.


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PSIR Analysis- 2020 topper marks - Initial Observation and Analysis
Paper I- Navneet Mann (#33) - 146
Paper II- Navneet Mann (#33) - 149
Amongst the toppers, overall Navneet got the highest score (146+149= 295)
Some who couldn't clear mains/interview have individually scored better in either papers:
Paper I- 159 (Anonymous) 

General Analysis:
Overall score is really low compared to its past year scores (few exceptional scores would go above 320), and also with respect to scoring of other optionals this year. 
Keep in mind though, that all Optionals this year have been scored conservatively, psir seems to be more so. 
From the few marksheets I saw, Paper II has seen really low marks compared to Paper I. 
Ethics has been exceptionally rewarding this time. 

Take away( especially for those new to psir): Every year is a different story. Would be unwise to evaluate reliability of Optional from one year's performance alone. Individual paper marks suggest that  excellent content is getting rewarded. One just has to maintain consistency across both papers to ace the score.
I mentioned Ethics because PSIR gives content advantage for the Ethics paper. So that's a silver lining for you all. 

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Learning for Myself:

Personally, I scored 117 in both papers (Total - 234). Was expecting better score than last mains (129+134=263), even though I wasn't able to complete my papers. So would have to focus a lot more on just consolidating on my optional (Proper note making) , writing practice to complete the papers and just hoping Leviathan is merciful next time :) 

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