IAS exam is one of the toughest to crack in the country. The exam is conducted in three stages- the prelims, the mains and the interview. While the prelims involve objective style question paper, mains are about testing your writing skills.
For those who have cracked the prelims, it is time to put all your effort in the mains. Here are some tips which will help you ace the written examination of IAS:
- Work on your handwriting- Most of us are not really in a habit to write in college, which has an impact on our handwriting. It is important that you start practicing your writing skills much before the written examination. You need to write in a legible manner in order to stand a good chance to get selected.
- Practice your thought organizing skills- The written examination is a test of your comprehension skills and how you organize your thoughts to write a cohesive essay. Practice writing essays on different topics in order to be fast with your thought organizing skills.
- Underline important points- It is always better to underline the important points in your paper. Examiners have to go through a lot of papers. Underlining important points attracts their attention to the best parts of your paper, thus improving your chances of success.
- Write in small paragraphs- The human mind finds it easier to read a long essay written in short paragraphs than a long essay written in one huge chunk. Break up your essay into short paras to make it easier for the examiner to read through it.
- Work on your speed- The written examination is as much a test of your knowledge as it is of your speed. You get 3 hours to write strong essays which are high on content. Work on your speed to make sure you complete your paper while maintaining the desired quality.
- Use a good pen- This may seem like a trivial tip, but it is nevertheless necessary. Use a good pen for writing your exam. Do not use an ink pen as it is prone to smudges and do not use a pen which constantly stutters, as it will make you waste a lot of time.
- Go through the instructions- Most candidates tend to skip the section. However, that is not advisable. Before you begin your paper, read through the instructions carefully.
- Indulge in selective reading- If you have joined a coaching institute, or you have been taking tips from your seniors, you would probably have been suggested with a huge list of books to read. However, it is always better to do selective reading and assimilate whatever you read.
- Work on your vocabulary- A good vocabulary allows you to write a sentence in much lesser words. Thus, you save on time and the word limit as well. Apart from that, with a good vocabulary, you frame crisp sentences which have a larger impact than longer ones.
- Work on your spellings- A well written essay with spelling mistakes isn’t going to get you anywhere. Work on your spellings in order to get them right on the D-day.