As we know that the UPSC prelims examination is over and it’s time to gear up for the next battle which is UPSC Mains Examination. This stage of the selection process is most crucial and in fact the deciding factor whether you will get the service of your choice and for that matter whether you will make it to the list or not.
Before jumping into the preparation mode one should get hold of the two most important paddles that will help you in sailing through this examination. Those two paddles are the syllabus and the previous year question papers. When you see the syllabus as given on the official website, it might be daunting for some to see that the syllabus in itself runs for a good 2-3 pages (excluding optional). At this moment PYQs will be your guiding light. The syllabus will draw the arena for you and the PYQs will help you draw the core area for your preparation. Not only this but there are various other points that make practicing PYQs important, some of them are listed below:
Advantages of solving PYQs:
Previous year question papers provide the candidates with a chance to practice questions that might come in the exam hall. This gives a sense of confidence to the students. They feel that since they have answered these so they can easily perform well in the final test as well. This is extremely important for the aspirants because it drives them into the tough atmosphere of the UPSC Mains examination.
Predicting similar topics
Most of the exams have some questions that are common or similar to the previous year question papers. Aspirants can gain knowledge about these by preparing the solutions from last year papers. Sometimes, the students can gain knowledge about the questions that get repeated or with some other dimensions. On other occasions, they can know about similar types of questions. Both of these are extremely beneficial for the candidates. When analyzed closely you will find that there are certain themes that are the favourite spots for UPSC. Like the Revolt of 1857 was asked in 2016 again it was asked in 2018, in geography every year 1-2 questions are related to either climate change or disaster management.
Keeping the above points in mind GS SCORE has come up with an initiative named ‘Mains PYQ Explained’ which will reduce your burden of doing everything on your own and will help you in making your preparation more efficient. T
he features of this course are:
1. In-depth analysis of past 6 year papers
2. It will also include-
3. In-depth discussion of Important themes from the syllabus
4. Trend analysis of questions asked
As said by George S. Patton Jr.-“He who sweats more in training bleeds less in battle”. So prepare yourself to do all that you can to achieve the dream that shines in your eyes.
Verifying, please be patient.