Mains Answer Writing

An Open Answer Writing Initiative by GS SCORE

HOT SPOT: SPOT THE ERROR IN YOUR ANSWER, An "Open to All" Answer Writing Initiative by GS SCORE

Marking pattern of the Mains examination has revealed one fact that the selection and rejection band of GS marks in the examination is very narrow. Mains examination questions unfold many things - about word limit, approach to the questions, analytical demand of the questions and many turns and twists attached to most of the questions in the form of common instructions. However, as far as knowledge and information is concerned most of the competent candidates are at par.

Then the big question is what makes few candidates superior to the others as far as selection criteria is concerned? Is this answer writing ability? ‘HOT SPOT’ – an answer writing initiative with GS SCORE faculties will help you to realize & understand what and how of effective writing and key to improve quickly.

7 Days Answer Improvement Cycle

  • Day 1: Questions will be uploaded on the portal on the schedule date.
  • Day 2 and 3: You have to write your answers on an A4 size sheet leaving margins on both sides based on UPSC pattern and after that, you have to click a picture of it (Use CamScanner and ensure good quality images) and upload (in JPEG format) in the comment section of the same question.
  • Day 4 and 5: After evaluation, copies will be re-uploaded on the same thread on 5th day. Based on these answers and feedback, aspirants can ask their doubts in the comment box and our experts will guide.
  • Day 6: Discussion of the question and answer improvement session of evaluated copies will be conducted by faculty.
  • Day 7: One to one answer improvement session with faculty through Google meet will be conducted.
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HOT SPOT #1: Essay by Manoj K. Jha


  • Attempt one essay
  • The test carries 125 marks.
  •  Write each essay in about 1000-1200 words.
  • Any page left blank in the answer-book must be crossed out clearly.

Essay #1. Beware the Barrenness of a Busy Life

Essay #2. Market is not an enemy, but a friend of the poor.

(Examiner will pay special attention to the candidate's grasp of his/her material, its relevance to the subject chosen, and to his/ her ability to think constructively and to present his/her ideas concisely, logically and effectively).

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Subject: Economy


  • Introduction: the current situation around the world
  • Scope of online education in India
  • Discuss national policy & it’s role in online education sector
  • Government initiatives to promote online education in India
  • Significance of online education in India
  • Challenges in India
  • Conclude accordingly
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Subject: International Institutions


  • Introduction: About USCIRF
  • Working of USCIRF
  • Major responsibilities
  • Why in news? (Recent reports or any development)
  • India’s stand
  • Conclude accordingly

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Subject: History


  • Introduction- brief introduction of Basavanna
  • His major contributions
    • Anubhava Mantapa
    • Vira Saiva movement
  • Conclude accordingly
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Subject: Constitution


  • Introduction- Brief introduction of the landmark judgement
  • Background of the case
  • The doctrine of basic structure
  • The judgement
  • Significance of the judgement
  • Conclude accordingly
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Subject: History


  • Introduction- discuss the initial movement
  • How it led to massacre?
  • Aftermath
  • Conclude accordingly
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Subject: Biodiversity


  • Introduction- define illegal wildlife trade
  • Why is it in news?
  • Wildlife trade in India
  • Why the trade is growing at a higher rate?
  • What is the role of wildlife trade in deadly disease (COVID-19)
  • Implication of the trade
  • Regulation of wildlife trade
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Subject: International Relations


  • Introduction- the current situation
  • OPCW’s report
  • About nerve gas agents
    • How it was found?
    • Its effects
  • Regulation of chemical weapons
  • OPCW’s role
  • Conclude accordingly
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Subject: Geography


  • Introduction- define seismic noise
  • Why seismic noise is reducing now?
  • Significance of lower noise
  • Conclude accordingly

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