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Decoding the Language of UPSC

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    21st Feb, 2023

In UPSC Civil Services Examination, the syllabus plays the role of a lighthouse when it comes to discerning the real picture of the exam. Given the kind of questions asked in the examination, it is not surprising to see beginners and veterans failing to understand the expectations of the UPSC. In an attempt to conclude, it boils down to decoding the language of UPSC. Then the question arises, what is embedded in the language of UPSC? It is nothing but the ability to figure out the approach of UPSC while framing questions from core areas mentioned in the syllabus.

AT GS Score, to some extent, we have been successful in comprehending the language of UPSC for the benefit of the aspirants. Unlike the common perception that UPSC has a proclivity for framing difficult questions, which are often out of syllabus, and unconventional is a misnomer. This interpretation has an inherent flaw in itself and doesn’t depict the true picture.

The examination demands that the aspirant must get familiar with the expectation of the examination and only then start building up. UPSC tends to look at the topics mentioned in the syllabus with the others.  We at GS score enable the student to understand this thought process which is followed by the UPSC. We do so by arranging the scattered blocks, to create a meaningful structure. Our approach is to break down the question asked in previous years and then do the analysis and, in the process, we see how the language of UPSC becomes a tool in itself to further simplify the paper.

How can the economy be a game-changer in the paper?

Although UPSC is known for not adhering to a particular pattern, through the detailed analysis of GS Paper-III, the growing relevance of the Economy section has been discovered. During the last few years, the economy section has assumed high importance. The same is evident in the number of questions asked in this section. On average 7-9 questions have been asked by UPSC from the Economy section in GS-III.

Our team at GS Score has been trying to ensure that while making our students prepare for this section, we must not only equip them with the content but also make them inculcate the habit/temperament to understand the question in the right manner. Because ‘understanding the question right’ is the first step of the process called ‘answer-writing’. 

We try to nurture the right answer-writing aptitude, which UPSC looks for in a student. Our efforts are to make the learning process more spontaneous and applicative based than restricting it from being solely a laborious activity. When we say that it can be a game-changer in the paper, that is to highlight both the quantitative (number of questions) and qualitative (to what extent the answer is justifying the question) aspects of the paper. It is no longer a secret that the economy section has a definite inclination towards current affairs. This is where it throws a challenge of understanding & interpreting the questions and holistically covering the required dimensions while answering them. Every inch of a room that this section offers to do justice with, brings it close to being a game changer. 

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