Practice, Practice and Practice. Everyday.
Only through practicing writing answers everyday, keeping in mind the different directive words, the demand of the question and the word limit, you will be able to write fast and think fast in the exam hall.
Before entering the exam hall, your mind should be trained to quickly identify the nature of the question. In the 3 hours you get, more time must be spent on thinking about the answer, not on questions.
A thorough practice before the final exam also saves you from panics in the exam hall.
Most aspirants go to exam hall without knowing the subtle differences between directive words and end up giving a very general answer that would fetch only average marks.
Top rank is possible only if you answer more number of questions and more accurately.
Basic Anatomy of an Answer :-
Introduction is a must. It is the best part of the answer where you tell the reader what is awaiting him in next few paragraphs. You must state your thesis in a clear statement. Introduction is not a summary of your answer. It leads the reader to your answer in clear manner.
In the next paragraph, you start arguing based on the thesis in the introduction and directive word of the question. Throughout the answer, you must remember the directive word.. ( like Examine, Evaluate, Comment/Critically comment, Analyze & Discuss ) To understand these words check our blog here.
Split your answer into few small paragraphs containing one single idea that is a continuum of the previous paragraph and an indicator to the next one.
Remember, you should read the question after each paragraph.
The introduction and all the paragraphs should lead to a logical conclusion. Don’t repeat the question or introduction in your conclusion. Also there is wrong perception that your conclusion should ‘suggest’ something. No, the conclusion to your answer must stem from the body of your answer. It cannot be a separate part in the answer.
Don’t use jargon. Don’t be verbose. Don’t use flowery/ornamental language. Simplicity wins the hearts. Be precise and effective. Make the examiner happy.
I would like to say that, when you answer a question, you ‘answer’ it. Don’t dump the facts, don’t exhibit superfluous knowledge and end up getting mediocre marks.
Finally, I would like to present some of the key & simple things I followed/implemented in JPSC Mains answers for each paper in GS part.