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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

Bajrang Lonikar,Saloni2607and88 otherslike this
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@Porus Bro but many toppers had PSIR optional in top 200 ranks.

How? Did they balanced it with GS score (esp ethics) and also due to similar scores in other optionals.

(relative performance.)


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Even AIR 6 had PSIR optional, she got 139+107=246. Though she really struck it out of the park with GS 2 (121) and Ethics (162). Quite unbelievable tbh. 


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Porussaid

Even AIR 6 had PSIR optional, she got 139+107=246. Though she really struck it out of the park with GS 2 (121) and Ethics (162). Quite unbelievable tbh. 


Thats huge in GS.

So GS and optional both are now important to be balanced. Fight for each mark.

What about essay score range. 

plmokn25688524,
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@Hitman2021 I actually haven't analysed how many from psir got selected this time. I can only hope that with time, their marksheets come out and one finds higher scores. Would restore some sanity. And yeah, that's what the logical conclusion would be, they covered up the flanks with GS, Ethics, Essay. All optionals have gone worse, but given the limited sample I've seen, it seems PSIR is one step behind :( 
I'm actually waiting for certain toppers ki marksheets (trupti, pari bishnoi). Since they're higher ranked, it'll give a better picture if PSIR got them up or brought them down


whatonly,Hitman2021
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Highest 

Essay- 160 (anonymous) - Anything above 140 very good score 

GS 1- 112 (#114) 

GS 2- 121 (#6) 

GS 3- 101 (#1) - Very conservative marking for all

GS 4- 162 (#6) - Very liberal marking for all

Optional Papers- Anything above 280- very good score. Extremely few got above 300 (Pub Ad, Anthro), that too in 300-310 range max. Certain optionals butchered this time (PSIR) 

Interview- 206 (#5) 

Blueberry,Monkey D. Luffyand5 otherslike this
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@Hitman2021 so some top rankers have scored in 140s hi. Like bunching around at 145. 


plmokn25688524,whatonly
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@Porus many people like Yashini maam,

Navneet mann maam etc have got good ranks. Seen interviews on Shubhra maam channel and gs score.

Lets see.

This year ethics is like GS 3 of 2017.

And I think people who got 100+ in all GS papers would have done an excellent job.

I know a person who got 120+ in GS 2 in 2017 this year in 80s in GS 1,2,3.

I Hope and wish you improve in all papers and get good marks in 2020.

Best wishes.

plmokn25688524,
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@Hitman2021 yes, I'd forgotten to mention her. Please do update here if you get to know their marks. Thanks. Good luck to you too :) 


Hitman2021,
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@Villanelle looks so.. even people who scored exceptionally well last year lost great deal of marks. 


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Porussaid

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 :) 

can you tell us what you think might have gone wrong in this attempt ? was it note-making,revision process or lack of it? or maybe over reliance on shubhra mams note?

will be highly helpful for us 1st attempters at mains.


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Not seeing very high scores in psir this year as previous years even though it has highest number of selections. 

My score has been 267 (125+142). Paper 1 was simple this year yet dont know why such low scores. 

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Porussaid

@Hitman2021 yes, I'd forgotten to mention her. Please do update here if you get to know their marks. Thanks. Good luck to you too :) 


Thanks. Will surely share their marks if I get them. (from blogs etc.)


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Not seeing very high scores in psir this year as previous years even though it has highest number of selections. 

My score has been 267 (125+142). Paper 1 was simple this year yet dont know why such low scores. 

seems like a great score for this year.. how are you planning to change your approach... also how much were shubhra mams notes part of ur prep?

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@Blueberry you scored pretty well, very few people got good marks in paper2


whatonly,
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Thanks for the analysis@Porus . Hope this year is really your year.

Porus,
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Those who have written mains before - did you find Paper 2 harder last year than previous years? It’s either that or the examiners’ expectations must have increased, right? Seems like that’s where the most scope for improvement is - makes sense considering it’s the least organised part of the syllabus, sources-wise.

That is the push that was needed for me to start taking it more seriously. 

plmokn25688524,
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Porussaid

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 :) 

can you tell us what you think might have gone wrong in this attempt ? was it note-making,revision process or lack of it? or maybe over reliance on shubhra mams note?

will be highly helpful for us 1st attempters at mains.


Brother don't go with preconceived notions. In paper2 last year there was very limited space to quote scholars, but many people did it anyhow bcoz that's what we are always told to do. Similarly, attempting all questions is not a sacred rule. People score good even after leaving 1-2 ques(not more than that). Lastly, understanding is very important. Paper2 is very analytical and very different from p1. Mugging up could help in p1 but not p2. And yes, pyq is very imp from optional pov, more than any other paper.

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@whatonly Its been definitely the area with highest potential for marks variation, historically. Also I’ve seen GS Scores students usually have the edge here (I maybe wrong) with scores as high as late 170s (not accounting for this year)


plmokn25688524,whatonlyand1 otherslike this
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@whatonly Its been definitely the area with highest potential for marks variation, historically. Also I’ve seen GS Scores students usually have the edge here (I maybe wrong) with scores as high as late 170s.


Makes sense! Especially given the fact that a significant number of students are likely following almost exactly the same source every year.

Do you know what GS Score does differently?

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@whatonly nothing much. I took classes from there only. Ma'am covers 2A better, piyush sir is good in 2b. Overall maam's notes are better, esp. 1B. 


whatonly,
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