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Psychology Optional

I didn't find a thread for Psychology Optional, so starting a new one!

Please do mention your resources, strategy and any good test series, if you're taking one

My resources

Paper 1

1. Robert Baron and Cicarelli

2. AK Singh


Paper 2

1. Smarak Swain 

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Hi.

The sources I am following are not very different from yours. Those are the standard books of choice for a majority of psych optional people. 

What I am doing right now is compiling all of that into my own notes under the different heads mentioned in the syllabus. 

Regarding test series, I haven't joined any. Options are limited. For now, I am focussing more on solving PYQs for sections that I finish reading. 

I am planning to continue giving priority to Optional for two more weeks before Prelims takes precedence. 

What is your strategy? How are you managing your time between prelims and optional? And have you taken any classes?


Oasis, Kasturi22
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Does anyone has previous year question of upsc till2019 mains...in chapterwise formate?
GaryVee,
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My strategy is more or less the same, I will be completing the syllabus by July end, so probably will solve PYQs in August and September. 

I am not making any notes as such, I just copy paste short questions at the back of each chapter and key words given in the text to Super Memo software and study in that only 

So far, the results have been good!

Probably from August, we can start sharing our answers to PYQs in this thread!


Oasis, GaryVee
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@GaryVee  are you using pathak sir notes?

GaryVee,
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In quora, there's a person named Dinesh Yadav. He scored around 311 in psychology optional and wrote a very answer for psychology optional strategy. Do read it if you get time. 

There's a pdf of the same, but I am not able to find it in my desktop right now. 

Just google - Dinesh Yadav + Psychology Optional + UPSC

GaryVee, shubham543
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In quora, there's a person named Dinesh Yadav. He scored around 311 in psychology optional and wrote a very answer for psychology optional strategy. Do read it if you get time. 

There's a pdf of the same, but I am not able to find it in my desktop right now. 

Just google - Dinesh Yadav + Psychology Optional + UPSC

Thank yoooou sir !!!

Oasis,
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PSY said

Does anyone has previous year question of upsc till2019 mains...in chapterwise formate?

@Oasis @PSY @Kasturi22 These are topic-wise PYQs for Paper 2.

PYQs_P2_NEW.pdf

Oasis,
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@Kasturi22 I am also planning on solving PYQs as and when I am done with a section. This will be more beneficial than any test series, in my opinion.

Yes, keywords are very important. So are the classical studies. I am also noting them down, In Ciccarelli, there is a separate section dealing with Classical Studies in many chapters. It would help to summarise them and note them down separately so that they can be referenced in any answer that are related to those concepts.

After going through the standard books, it is also a good idea to go through the NCERTs. Those will add an Indian perspective to our answers. I have gone through them before, but that was in another lifetime. 

How comfortable are you with your prelims preparation? I don't know how long would I be able to sustain my optional preparation w/o messing with my prelims.  


Oasis,
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Oasis said

@GaryVee  are you using pathak sir notes?

No. They are voluminous. I don't feel the RoI is worth it. For some sections, which are not properly covered in the standard sources, you can refer to them if you want to. But,, again, I would prefer to cover them from online sources as that will be more up-to-date and relevant. 





Since we are talking about it, if there are any topics/chapters that any of us is finding hard to cover from standard sources, we can list them out here and see if others know of better sources to cover those topics.

Oasis,
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Yes. I have read his answers before. He has also mentioned sources to cover the topics that are not comprehensibly covered in Baron, like language and communication skills and so on. 

Oasis,
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@GaryVee That would be a good idea!!


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