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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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Congrats @Oasis  @GaryVee , I am out...

Don't worry. You'll rock next year. 


Prepare for mains (at least optional) as if you were to appear this year. I did the mistake of wasting my time after 2019 prelims failure. 


This time there's even lesser time, so take a few days and get going. It was my 3rd attempt and had flunked my last two prelims, so I can understand what you might be going through. Feel free to DM me anytime, if you need anything. 


All the best! :blush::blush:

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Congrats guys. All the best for mains. I am preparing for next year. Please suggest me some good online practice test series . 

How you guys are making notes of paper 1

Thanks! 


The bets practice tests for Psychology are PYQs. Try to attempt those after you finish studying a topic. 

You can make notes for Paper 1 after going through one standard book (Baron, Ciccarelli, Passer & Smith, etc) and then keep on adding from NCERTs,  other books, internet search, PYQs, etc.


I am currently doing the same.

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@GaryVee Thanks... I will take a few days off and will decide what should be the future course of action... If I decide to continue on this UPSC journey, I will definitely study psychology and few topics of GS papers and make some notes for quick revision also till February... But, I have already given the last 2 years to this exam, so have to decide whether to continue or not...
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how are you managing @GaryVee ?? Are you going through the books rn or you have prepared notes? it seems theres too little time to make notes!

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Oasis said

how are you managing @GaryVee ?? Are you going through the books rn or you have prepared notes? it seems theres too little time to make notes!

@Oasis No, I don't have pre-preared notes. I am currently going through a book and making notes out of it. I know it's time-taking, but then if we don't do it, how are gonna revise in the 5 day gap? That will make all the difference. 


If you have  read the books a few times, try to summarise the points under different headings, in short. But this works only if you can expand those keywords later!

I also have Jitin Yadav's notes with me. They are extremely concise, but expanding  them into a 200-250 word answer, if you haven't recently read the original text, might be a challenge. 


So, that's why I am reading the book and then noting relevant things down. After this is done, I'll add some pointers from his notes (he has compiled his notes from various soruces: Baron, NCERTs, Mukul Pathak notes, etc.)


What other option do we have? Making notes and then attempting PYQs seem to be the only feasible strategy right now. I am also feeling the pressure. Too little time, so much to do.

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AIR 9 Psychology 306 has shared his strategy and notes https://ravijainupsc.wordpress.com/2020/09/23/psychology-notes-answer-script/
Might be of some help to you guys 


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AIR 9 Psychology 306 has shared his strategy and notes https://ravijainupsc.wordpress.com/2020/09/23/psychology-notes-answer-script/
Might be of some help to you guys 


Thanks for sharing. Have watched this.


There's another interview of his on Enserio Education, which is more detailed. That's also helpful.



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What test series will you guys be joining? Asking for a friend.
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Sk123 said

What test series will you guys be joining? Asking for a friend.

I won't be joining one. Will rely on PYQs and last year's tests (and model answers) of Enserio Education (Ankit Pathak), which he has uploaded on his website.

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GaryVee said

Congrats! I am also IN. :grin:

Congratulations.. 😀

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Congratulations.  Sorry was busy with office work.. didn’t check forum..

Well. I’m not sure really what’s ahead.. missed 2019 prelims by 2 marks and now might be in the same range

Probably need to sit down and  introspect where I’m going wrong.. 

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GaryVee said

Congrats! I am also IN. :grin:

Congratulations.. 😀

Thank you!


Your result was unexpected. Please prepare for mains for the next couple of months, so that in the next attempt (if you do intend to write) when you write mains, you're more ready than anyone else. 


All the best.

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GaryVee said

Congrats! I am also IN. :grin:

congrats !


lagat hai iss baar psychology wale kuch kamal karengen final list me !

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Titan55 said

GaryVee said

Congrats! I am also IN. :grin:

congrats !


lagat hai iss baar psychology wale kuch kamal karengen final list me !

Thanks! 🙂

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I went through the comments and as @GaryVee  said, our only option is to go through PYQs, keep them in mind, and prepare notes from the books. Having said that, it is a tad bit difficult to gather all the necessary points in the notes  in a mere 250 words. 
But yeah, if anyone knows about a good enough test series for psychology, do let us know! 

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I went through the comments and as @GaryVee  said, our only option is to go through PYQs, keep them in mind, and prepare notes from the books. Having said that, it is a tad bit difficult to gather all the necessary points in the notes  in a mere 250 words. 
But yeah, if anyone knows about a good enough test series for psychology, do let us know! 

Are you appearing for Mains 2020?

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there is test series floating around in telegram by Some Manish ( aspirant turned Mentor). 

I think I also saw VimarshaIAS advertising test series, but it was costly, have to check 

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