The recent Civil Services (Main) Examination 2011 again reflected the changing trend in question paper pattern which was visible in CSE 2010 paper as well. The most noticeable change is that 60 marks questions are practically out of vogue and have given way to increased number of 30, 20, 15, 10 mark questions.
This move caught many candidates surprised and the traditional approach towards examination left many dissatisfied as they were not able to adapt themselves with concise answer writing as the situation demanded and at the same time as paper become lengthy with more questions to address, the time management went for a toss.
UPSC has been always in inventive mode and this particular change is going to have long lasting impact and a lot of smart play that used to come in to play, would go away. Now, with more questions having smaller denomination, it would be difficult for candidates to be choosy in study and it would be unsafe to ignore any part of the syllabus.
Issue many candidates are raising is that this move will make things more difficult. What I feel is that this is nothing but frustration. You have been given a syllabus and where does UPSC talk about being selective.
The other important aspect is that 60 markers use to put many in advantageous position if, fortunate to find question for which you are well-prepared. Otherwise, it used to smash up your plan for paper. Now, it is a balanced set up; it has certainly increased the load; but, it would help you if you have a sound preparation.
Single rescuer that can be of assistance is that one need to change the way Civil Services Examination preparation is done. The complete syllabus deserves attention and your basics need to be clear. Understanding of concepts, applications and being updated with the contemporary developments only can ensure higher marks.Last Update Wednesday 18th March 2015