How to write a good answer in UPSC Exam

In fact, writing good answer is an art. it needs consistent practice apart form wide knowledge of subject. As far as UPSC as concerned, it always seeks "Intellectual Traits" in the writing of civil aspirants. The inherent meaning of this term refers that in what way and how much your answer is different from others.

And it could be possible upto a great extent by adopting following tips

  • Simplicity of Language
  • Clarity of Thoughts
  • Logical Flow of Language
  • Proper Arrangement & Structure of Answer
  • Word limit should be maintained
  • Use of appropriate figures, graphs & data
  • Answer should be penetrating

Specific Terms Used in the Questions

In the main examination various words and terms are used to decide the ambit and dimensions of the answers. A majority of students do not care it and as a result the get poor marks. So, it is my kind advice to them that they must take it into account before writing answers. Such terms are being given below:

Analyse: In fact, it one of the scientific techniques of writing answers. Here, each and every aspects of the question or the statement are taken into account. Every aspect is first discussed then examined and lastly concluded. But at the very end all the aspects are clubbed together with due coordination as whole.

Argue: Here, arguments of given in favour and against of the different parts of the questions. It is tried to be a balanced approach as far as possible. But it could be more negative or positive according to the requirements of the question.

Comment: Here, the personal view of the aspirants is necessary. It is different from the term "Argue" a balanced approach is expected including both negative and positive aspects of the statement. Though, one can give conclusion either for or against but not to any one side. Hence, fact, data and incidents or examples could be referred.

Critically Examine: Here, final conclusion or judgement is absolute necessary. An aspirant could be in the role of critic. It means that he/she doesn’t be either for or against but with respect to some specific aspects he/she can go in favour or against.

Discuss: In such a question or statement a candidate is free to give or provide as much details as he/she thinks fit for the question. He/she doesn’t require to examine or to explain the question, only the details of the different parts of the questions is sufficient.

Elucidate: It requires explanation. A candidate has to give relevant facts and figures according to the demand of question without making any difference with it. One should keep in mind that to elucidate means to convince the statement.

Explain: It consists the similar meaning of Elucidate. But, here one has to be confined within the area of the statement.

Examine: Where there is a term like ‘Exam’ their must be result. One shouldn’t be neutral or indecisive in such a question. It requires close interpretation with a view to bring out the facts considering merits and demerits. But clear conclusion should be drawn in either direction.

Elaborate: Here, the complete picture of the question or statement is require to be presented the main objective is to expose the clear meaning by providing basis, background and related details.

Illustrated: A candidate has to maintain the flow and direction of the statement. He/she required to provide relevant data, facts, point and examples to explain the statement.

Justify: If a question or statement refers to any result or decision, a candidate has to justify it with the help of merits and demerits. One has to adopt a logical way to make a justification.

Review: In fact, it is an expertise approach on the given topic. Every ins-and-outs to the statement could be presented here, and lastly the result is produced.

Simplify: The main objective is to make the statement as much easy as possible. Hence, meaning, definition, examples and other details are given.

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