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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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I need some help in PSIR. Feels as if I have not yet learnt writing language of the subject. And was adequately punished in marks assigned.

Also Is some strict checking being pursued in PSIR ? Found one analysis in which average marks was in mid 260s

Please check DM :)

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I need some help in PSIR. Feels as if I have not yet learnt writing language of the subject. And was adequately punished in marks assigned.

Also Is some strict checking being pursued in PSIR ? Found one analysis in which average marks was in mid 260s

The more number of times you revise the better your hold of the subject will be. Also try and identify the keyword from your notes and revise those multiple times

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I need some help in PSIR. Feels as if I have not yet learnt writing language of the subject. And was adequately punished in marks assigned.

Also Is some strict checking being pursued in PSIR ? Found one analysis in which average marks was in mid 260s

The more number of times you revise the better your hold of the subject will be. Also try and identify the keyword from your notes and revise those multiple times

Thanks, will try this time. There was too much beating around the bush in the exam !!

LetsGetThisBread,
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Any alternative for Shubhra Maam Crash course videos or test discussion videos ? I scored only 62 last time in PSIR paper 2 

Jai Shree Ram !


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How do you guys read newspaper for PSIR ?
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https://forumias.com/post/detail/PSIR-group-to-crosscheck-answers-1656122174

For those needing help with analysing and practising PYQs. 

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@Porus @AzadHindFauz @whatonly @sunnykumarroy658377 

I'm preparing for the 2023 attempt and I'm super confused which test series to opt for, SR or GS score?

- I've done my graduation and masters in political science and IR so subject understanding is not a big issue here, its more about answer-writing practice which is exam-oriented 

-Need timely evaluation for submitted tests. I am planning to cover up my optional atleast once by December because I'm really concerned about prelims, already having flunked earlier  

-SR has two writing modules, there's a crash course (a 3 month thing) and an answer writing test series (year round), but they give postal notes with the latter which I do NOT want.  Any suggestions on how I could go about this?  

-GS Score seems lax on the timely evaluation front, although the faculty themselves check the paper it seems?

Going for both test series would be an overkill so I have to stick it out with any one  

Would be grateful if you could help out, and please pin anyone else who you think could provide some suggestions, thanks a lot!



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how was the paper this time?

Were the conventional resources sufficient for answering the questions?

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Hello guys,
I just got done with CSE Mains.They went fine and like most people I'm too uncertain about the result. In hindsight, I do believe there's a lot of scope for improvements. So, after relaxing for a while I'll be resuming with the prep. I am thinking of making a group of 3-4 people at max who could prepare together. It has it's own advantages specially in terms of peer reviews and revisions.
As they say- 'If you want to go fast, go alone but if you want to go far, go together'.
So, let me know if you're interested.
PS- My optional is PSIR.
HeNeArKr,
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@SpockJoin it with no qualms. Joined it, and even while the results are pending for me this year's mains, I think I was able to do my level best at this stage with Nikhil sirs help. He gives timely evaluations and his advices make a lot of sense.


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@Ann2410 have attempted all questions satisfactorily??
How you felt about papers?


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Hello, can anyone let me know how is the PSIR answer writing module series of SR ma'am?
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@mansiiii Depends on where you are in your preparation. If 2023 is going to be your first attempt, it might be a good idea to join. However, you need to be more specific in your query as to what you are looking for - a course to aid your first reading or a course to solidify your answer writing or something else maybe. You can DM for a longer query, or if you need some samples which might help decide. Good luck!


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@mounikamouni24_h944I was able to complete both the papers. I felt it was a little unconventional, more on the analytical side rather than what is generally expected of PSIR, as we had seen earlier. Now they are asking to the point questions.

I think I have done what could be done and written the best I could at this point. Of course, there are things I could have done better, but at this moment, I am happy with my attempt. Now I am leqving everything to UPSC and the Almighty.


D503,crikeymate
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@Ann2410 I left one 15 marker as a blank..
And another 15 marker just wrote 1.75 page in paper1..

Could it impact my score heavily?
Is it ur first attempt


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@mounikamouni24_h944 with the kind of questions asked, nearly everyone has done some creative writing of 20-30 marks. Yes leaving a 15 marker costs you anywhere between 4 to 9 marks so you are looking at a potential damage of 7 to 12 marks overall. One could hope that Essay and GS4 would make up for it. Good luck! :)

Sorry I realized after replying that you directed your question to Ann2510. Still leaving it here just in case it helps.

Ann2410,
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@LuckyKat my doubt is....whether it can impact my scores more than that due to scaling factor


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@LuckyKat my doubt is....whether it can impact my scores more than that due to scaling factor


That would depend on your total score, but the answer is a definite yes. I am no expert but this is how someone explained working of Bell curves to me. I may be wrong but unless your total is at median, scaling would impact you.

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@LuckyKat do u have any idea of scaling factor for original score for PSIR...like whether more than 1 or less 


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@LuckyKat do u have any idea of scaling factor for original score for PSIR...like whether more than 1 or less 


No I do not, sorry!

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