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Tips for General Studies Papers in IAS Exam

General Studies papers are the most important part of Civil Service Main exams. These are the diciest among all the papers of Main exam. Nevertheless aspirants need to score good marks in both papers of GS to clear this stage. So they should take extra care while writing answers for GS. UPSC conducts GS test on the first day of the Main exam. So you have to face the Boxing Day test before any rehearsal or practice match. This is particularly true for the first-timers in Mains.

So here are some useful tips regarding how to handle GS Papers inside the exam halls.


After getting the question papers don’t start writing. Before writing anything read the questions carefully for 5 munities.

Choose the area or questions in which you are very much comfortable.

Read the question properly. There is chance of misreading the question. So take extra care of it.

Before writing long answers in GS, plan your answer indicating points which you are going to include in it. Devote at least 1 or 2 munities in planning each answer.

Don’t beat around the bush. Straight foreward write the exact answer form the very first sentence. First sentence of your answer must cater to the demands of the questions.

Stick to word limits, as this will save your valuable time to complete the whole paper within the stipulated time. Divide the total marks by total time and allot time for each answer.

But as you are not a machine, there can be plus- minus 1 or 2 minutes in some answers. For 35 marks of statistics you can take at maximum 30 munites.

Write simple and easily understandable sentences. Don’t write complex and too long sentence.

Write answers in small paragraphs of 3 to 4 sentences.

Start each answer with a new page. Don’t forget to draw a line at the end of answer.

Don’t forget to fill the table at the front page of the answer booklet.

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