Thread to Clarify Doubts, Seek Guidance from 2021 Batch Civil Servants - ForumIAS

Thread to Clarify Doubts, Seek Guidance from 2021 Batch Civil Servants

Hi, everyone! Starting this thread, so we can all seek specific guidance from, clarify our doubts from friends who successfully cleared CSE 2021. Please feel free to ask any and all questions, however trivial, so we can collectively benefit.


It's opportune time for this, as with Pre 2022 ending in a few hours, friends giving Pre this year can also benefit from their Post-Pre Preparation Experience.

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@sjerngal  @Pam123 @AzadHindFauz @TheFinalStand @CSLWARRIOR @Arsene @Bubba_gump @Apollo11 @impatientoptimist  @whatif1997, and requesting them to enlighten us plebs on tricks & trickeries of preparation.

Edit: Adding@Newton981 (AIR 107)

curious_kid,DMand21 otherslike this
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@Pam123 @CSLWARRIOR @sjerngal  please enlighten on how to cover current affairs for mains especially if we didn't cover magazines for current affairs for pre.....how to cover mains specific current affairs within 3 months??

Abhinandan,Shikhar_Mogha
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@Pam123 @CSLWARRIOR @sjerngal  please enlighten on how to cover current affairs for mains especially if we didn't cover magazines for current affairs for pre.....how to cover mains specific current affairs within 3 months??

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For mains Current affairs I joined ForumIAS' Current affairs class. It's excellent. Concise notes, Value added and dipin sir will help you to remember the content in class itself.


Neyawn,DMand12 otherslike this
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For mains Current affairs I joined ForumIAS' Current affairs class. It's excellent. Concise notes, Value added and dipin sir will help you to remember the content in class itself.


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Shikhar_Mogha,
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This is the second best thing to happen to the Forum. Kindly keep helping guys :heart:

curious_kid,DMand14 otherslike this
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@CSLWARRIOR was confused between dipin sir & mains 365, i think i know now how to proceed.


CSLWARRIOR,
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@sjerngal @Pam123 @AzadHindFauz @CSLWARRIOR @Arsene @Bubba_gump @Apollo11 @whatif1997 @impatientoptimist 

could someone guide me for anthropology optional?

I have completed paper 1 & paper2 (except some portions of p2) and have made short notes of these

& had given anthropology test series in june 2021 - august 2021 ( had left some test of paper 2 ).

From october 2021 till present , i have not read anthropology.

I am confused as to how to start, what to do, which test series to take etc. 

Could anyone of you help ?

I started revising paper 2 from my notes on june 6, but after that day i did not proceed (reason being i am not able to structure as to what to do & within which duration).

Tagging all of you, as i don't know which optionals you guys had.

Any advice from your side would be beneficial.

Thanks in advance.

morsmodre,
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Hi guys,

Messed up pre big time, scoring only 80, selection unlikely. Missed some straight forward questions due to lack of revision and some brainfade during the exam. I have a few questions:

Q 1) My mains portions are not at all covered and neither do I have notes made for them. So I have decided to enroll in a mains test series (offline), wrap up these mains specific portions by December and optional with notes along with some answer writing. Commit to full fledged pre prep after that. Is this a good way to go about it?

Q 2) I am struggling with current affairs in general. Saw most of you guys have gone with monthly magazines, but I find doing that less rewarding. The current affairs bits that stick with me organically are those that I did on a daily basis, but haven't found a daily source that is as good as Vision when it comes to presenting/ wording stuff, can you guys suggest a daily source (except insights)?

 Q 3) Did you guys make notes of Laxmikanth, spectrum etc? I find revising from the texts itself difficult in the last few weeks of the exam, any tips on that front? Is it advisable to make notes of such texts?

Q 4) How did you make use of mains PYQs? Did you write answers for them, what did you compare against?

Q 5) How did you make incremental improvements on the answer writing front? While comparing topper copies, did you answer the same questions in their copies and check what you could have done differently?

Thanks for your time in advance!

discoFighter,khyali_pulaoand2 otherslike this
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Q1/5: Join AWFG: U will be able to prepare the mains topics as Forum will provide u list of questions. It will also help in incremental change in answer writting.

Q3: I made notes of Laxmikant and Spectrum. 50-60 pages of hand written notes, noting down only the tricky things.


Mettle,AzadHindFauzand5 otherslike this
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@CSLWARRIOR 

1.) I am a beginner, starting with reading Laxmikant etc when according to you should I join a mains test series?

I have doubts whether I'll be able to write good answers later and I should join it early. Could please help and give me some perspective for that.

2.) Should I start prelims only preparation from March or should start it from Jan?


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@Neyawn sir can we talk? Where do I reach out?

EUROPOL,
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@CSLWARRIOR 

1.) I am a beginner, starting with reading Laxmikant etc when according to you should I join a mains test series?

I have doubts whether I'll be able to write good answers later and I should join it early. Could please help and give me some perspective for that.

2.) Should I start prelims only preparation from March or should start it from Jan?


(Assuming u will be appearing in CSE 2023.)

1. U may complete the mains part: GS+Optional during this year, till December and start for Pre in Jan/Feb.
2. Start writing answers as soon as possible. U may join test series or use any free platform if u have peer group to review the answers.


PICERAS,Goingalloutand1 otherslike this
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CA for mains, one can rely completely on Dipin sir's CA classes. I also thought that I will do vision also or Epic magazine but believe me that's is practically impossible. Though Dipin sir gives class notes, one can make short notes of sir's classes for last minute revision.

Another benefit is that the effort that sir puts in will prompt you to work harder. 

Another good thing is that after going through the classes, you will gain enough weapons ( read content) that will help you in the war (mains examination). 

If one can religiously do the basic books/notes and add that with sir's CA classes, you can aim to be in the top percentiles as far as GS scores are concerned. 

PS: When I say religiously, make sure you revise these notes 2-3 times. 

Hope this helps.

Tina1997,sjerngaland2 otherslike this
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CA for mains, one can rely completely on Dipin sir's CA classes. I also thought that I will do vision also or Epic magazine but believe me that's is practically impossible. Though Dipin sir gives class notes, one can make short notes of sir's classes for last minute revision.

Another benefit is that the effort that sir puts in will prompt you to work harder. 

Another good thing is that after going through the classes, you will gain enough weapons ( read content) that will help you in the war (mains examination). 

If one can religiously do the basic books/notes and add that with sir's CA classes, you can aim to be in the top percentiles as far as GS scores are concerned. 

PS: When I say religiously, make sure you revise these notes 2-3 times. 

Hope this helps.

@impatientoptimist  Is there any Demo video for the same?

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CA for mains, one can rely completely on Dipin sir's CA classes. I also thought that I will do vision also or Epic magazine but believe me that's is practically impossible. Though Dipin sir gives class notes, one can make short notes of sir's classes for last minute revision.

Another benefit is that the effort that sir puts in will prompt you to work harder. 

Another good thing is that after going through the classes, you will gain enough weapons ( read content) that will help you in the war (mains examination). 

If one can religiously do the basic books/notes and add that with sir's CA classes, you can aim to be in the top percentiles as far as GS scores are concerned. 

PS: When I say religiously, make sure you revise these notes 2-3 times. 

Hope this helps.

@impatientoptimist  Is there any Demo video for the same?

https://academy.forumias.com/current-affairs-2023

morsmodre,
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https://academy.forumias.com/current-affairs-2023

For me its saying,"Sorry, Because of its privacy settings, this video cannot be played here"

Edit: got in working in a different browser

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@CSLWARRIOR @Pam123  More Questions:

1. How did you cover/ analyse PYQs: Year-wise, or Subject-Wise

2. Did you use any material for the same? Reading each one, then researching the options is taking disproportionate time.

3. If I analyse last 5 yrs GS 1 papers holistically, and cover the rest from a compilation (Ex, Disha), would that be a good strategy?

Morticia727,
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Can someone please guide .. what is considered a good score in Mains 2021 in essay, GS 1,2,3 and 4? Who are the highest scorers in each of these papers? Can't find any toppers marksheet anywhere...
sonder,
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