Strategy for the Preparation the
I would like to remind what I have referred earlier that – “Winners do not do
different things, they do things differently’. Herein, the requirement is to
understand the psychology of the examiner which is possible by putting yourself
in the examiner's shoes. What you would like in any answer sheet are required to
be visualized....... and those are namely ….... clarity of though, lucidity,
good content, well expressed language, in short, GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILL
(Written Communication), so that the answer script could represent itself.
The reason why I began with writing skill is that it is the most important in
the preparation for the Main Examination. There are many intelligent students,
well versed with knowledge about their subject matter and yet they do not score
in the Main Examination. But the question is Why ? Of course, luck and destiny
is there, but another reason is lack of writing skill.
Thus Civil Services Examination requires a two-pronged strategy to hit the
target CONTENT and WRITING SKILL. Now I will wish to analyze both the components
(A ) CONTENT involves the following elements:
Analyzing and manipulating the facts.
Something new, in terms of the knowledge base inter-linkages or
Conceptual understanding of the subject is most important. Give a layman’s
interpretation to the concepts and relate it with mundane example for long term
memory. Facts – After conceptual understanding, the second step is memorizing
the important facts. For example , some important theoretical aspects are to be
memorized to attempt any question related to the spatial analysis of the matter.
Something New – New diagrams, new ideas, original ideas, new content, latest
reports, inter linkages etc. must be incorporated.
However, one has to be cautious that a balance is maintained and the ideas are
not too radical and should be well integrated with the answer.
(B) Writing Skill involves:
Be precise and effective.
Writing should be legible and neat.
Grammatical errors must not be committed.
Simple and expressive language should be used.
Neat diagrams, flow charts should be used whenever it is required to give
precision to your answer.
Writing skill does not mean a decorative language, having extra-ordinary
vocabulary. It means that the ideas should be well expressed in a lucid manner.
Simple but a expressive language is the demand i.e. the answer sheet should
speak out everything for itself with requisite words, depends on the nature of
the subject matter. There should be no ambiguity in the answers at all.
Writing Skill comes through practice and is also based on your knowledge
treasure and conceptual understanding. This only can give flow and lucidity to
your answers. The conceptual understanding will make your answer well organized
Thus, writing skill and content both should complement and supplement each
other. Writing skill has its base in content and content needs writing skill to
be well expressed.
By: Dr. Smar Ranjan
Associate member, IIPA - New Delhi
Faculty: Career Plus