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9 Step Strategy To Prepare For The UPSC Interview

9 Step Strategy To Prepare For The UPSC Interview


Read your DAF (Detailed application form) carefully. Focus on each and every word that you have written on your resume. Google these words and look for any resemblance with current affairs.


In UPSC CSE each topic can be correlated with any other topic. So remembering the entire prelims and mains syllabus (Both static and current part) is a highly recommended.

For e.g. Questions asked about education can be related to women and from there to public administration to ethics. Like about the institutions in which you have studied and their history. Any recent major event related to them. Remember few points in favour and against to the present education system in India. Few points on girls education, women empowerment, equal opportunities etc. Hence we will move from individual to societal to state to national to global to universal level.


Try to put yourself first as an individual and then build upon different dimensions like social, economic, political, geographical, scientific, literature, hobbies, historical, any particular life event from which you have learnt something about the big picture of life, your role model- who and why ethics and morality that you follow etc. Try to be very specific with respect to the words written in DAF. Lastly be thorough with your graduation subject and optional.


Repeat the same for your state. Like if there is any river, port, park, the sanctuary of national importance. Important places of tourism and recent government schemes to promote it, population, sex ratio, different major social, economic, political problems in your state and how you intend to portray a solution for the betterment of the same, any famous cuisine of the state etc. Try to put them under same horizontal and vertical parameters as in prelims and mains syllabus of UPSC.

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Importance of Economic Survey for UPSC Exams

Importance of Economic Survey for UPSC Exams

Economic Survey is an annual exercise done by the finance ministry and prepared by the chief economic adviser. It comes one day before the general budget is announced in the parliament. Since this document is prepared by the government and its various agents, therefore, its importance is paramount for any government examination and especially civil services.

Here we are outlining, why to read economic survey?

  • Every year 8-10 questions directly come from economic survey. The exactness is so striking that even word by word matching is present.
  • For the Mains GS-3, current part of the syllabus related to economic and to some extent social developments can be prepared from the survey.
  • It contains very important and relevant data which can be directly quoted in the GS papers, essay and even in some humanities optional.
  • It provides a big picture of the various sectors, segments, regions and their contribution to the GDP.
  • It helps in understanding the macro parameters of the economies and get a government point of view upon conflicting issues.
  • It also discusses challenges to the economy in the short term and the long term. Moreover, it provides some suggestions which must be noted and prepared well for the possible similar issue based mains question.

Importance of Yojana, Kurukshetra Magazine for UPSC Exams

Importance of Yojana, Kurukshetra Magazine for UPSC Exams


UPSC examination has very huge syllabus of which many topics can be related to the debates and issues going on in the recent times. Recent times does not mean not a year, it varies from past 1 to 3 years. There are always questions in the mind of the aspirants that how to cover so many arrears? What should be the authentic source for data related to such topics? How to present those insights?

Why to study these Magazines?

  • They are representing government point of view on issues and also provide data and analysis for the same.
  • You will get the idea about Essay writing in different ways. For Example, if you go through any such magazines, you can see that same topic has been analysed in multiple perspectives by various people of diverse background. Therefore, these magazines are very good source for essay preparation.
  • In a year, there are 12 months and therefore there are 24(12+12) magazines one need to go through. In these you will get at least 35-40 topics covered. Therefore at least 25% of your mains preparation especially for the General Studies can be done. It means this bunch can prepare for on an average a whole GS paper.
  • You can also find out information about recently launched government schemes, government initiatives, policy initiatives etc.
  • Even you read just the Gist of yojana, kurukshetra magazines; you will be getting good quality data for the mains examination.

(Getting Started) Increase Your UPSC Prelims Score by Option Elimination Techniques

(Getting Started) Increase Your UPSC Prelims Score by Option Elimination Techniques


UPSC Civil Services Prelims is just a days away and aspirants across the country are now focusing their attention on it. As anyone who has looked through enough topper interviews as well as gone through previous years’ questions will know, not all questions in UPSC prelims can be answered directly from knowledge. Some need deliberation. Almost half of the questions require one to eliminate the improbable answers and choose the one that remains. 

This is where Option Elimination Techniques come into play.

Top 5 Option Elimination Techniques

There are quite a few techniques one can use. These techniques are effective in solving UPSC papers. However, keep in mind UPSC likes to be unpredictable and shake things up quite often, so practice each of these techniques only when you are sure you can accept the fallout.

  1. Extreme Choices Are Seldom Right

Whenever an option mentions either “always”, “never”, “all”, “any” “drastically”, “enormously”, “exponentially” or conveys any such extreme stands, there is a good chance that the option is incorrect. Unless such an option is based on a historical or scientific fact, you can rest assured it is not the option you need to choose. 

  1. Deliberately Complicated Statements Are Most Probably Wrong

Some options given will deliberately use complicated jargon or have long-wounded sentences that serve no purpose. Given that answers are usually either facts or logical conclusions, these kinds of statements are meant to confuse aspirants. Such options are usually incorrect.

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  1. Options With Unnecessary Numerical Values Included

Look at this from the point of view of an examiner. The easiest way to provide a wrong option is to take an otherwise correct fact and slightly change the numbers. So until and unless the options have very obvious statistics, chances are it is going to be incorrect.

  1. One Of Two Opposite Choices Should Be Right

If two options are mirror opposites of each other, one of those will possibly be right. Even if you are not sure which one is correct, being able to shortlist 2 out of 4 options increases your chance of marking the correct answer from 25% to 50% automatically.

  1. One Of The Most Similar Choices Can Be Right

This again comes back to the mindset of the person setting the paper. The easiest way to shape incorrect options is to mimic the correct one and alter it partly. So chances are, of the 2 or 3 similar-sounding options, one would be correct. This again brings up your chance of choosing the right one up from 25% to 33% or 50% even.

Practice These Techniques With Caution

How Intelligent Guessing Works

Please remember the key – blind guesswork is not the answer, intelligent guesswork with proper logical backing is. UPSC awards 2 marks for a correct answer and deducts 0.66 for an incorrect answer. So, 3 incorrect answers cancel out the one answer you have correctly marked. This is why option elimination is considered a fair practice. However, taking random guesses will drastically bring down your chances.

Also, do not attempt these techniques directly in the exam hall without having tried them out in mocks. The reason is not everyone can make guesses 100% accurately. You need to know your accuracy before you attempt these techniques. You also need to practice them beforehand to understand exactly how they work and how to employ each technique properly. Otherwise, it is as good as blind guesswork.

Practice these techniques with the right blend of knowledge and logical reasoning, while knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and you will surely find your prelims score increase significantly.

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Model Questions for UPSC PRE CSAT PAPER SET - 41

Model Questions for UPSC PRE CSAT PAPER SET - 41

1. A CEO was delivering a speech in front of the employees. In this speech, he is giving special focus on the need of ‘good employees’. According to you a ‘good employee’ should be one who

(a) Comes to the office before time
(b) Finisher the work assigned to him on time
(c) Waster a lot of time in office.
(d) Comes to the office on time.

2. Newly recruited employees have recently joined the office the appropriate behaviour of a controlling officer towards them should be.

(a) Not to indulge in fostering cozy Relations
(b) To advise them to work with responsibility
(c) To introduce them to all and advise them to work cooperation
(d) To make them feel comfortable.

3. You are a Team leader and you have to distribute a task between the team members. What should be the criteria of distribution?

(a) Knowledge of work
(b) Efficiency
(c) Honesty
(d) Modesty

4. On fine day, due to an accident, you were late for your office. Boss shouted at you for coming late your reaction should be

(a) Keep your calm and after your boss calms down, you would tell him the reason for being late
(b) Interrupt your boss and tell him the reason for being late.
(c) Not to get excited soon and listen patiently
(d) Leave the job at once as it hurted your ego.

5. You are in customer care services. A customer calls you with a query. He explains something using amusing words. How will you respond to the customer?

(a) Use the same words as the customer.
(b) Ask the customer what he means.
(c) Tell the customer to use correct terminology
(d) Hang up the phone.

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