Marking pattern of the Mains examination has revealed one fact that the selection and rejection band of GS marks in the examination is very narrow. Mains examination questions unfold many things - about word limit, approach to the questions, analytical demand of the questions and many turns and twists attached to most of the questions in the form of common instructions. However, as far as knowledge and information is concerned most of the competent candidates are at par. Then the big question is what makes few candidates superior to the others as far as selection criteria is concerned? Is this answer writing ability? Essay 1.
In the pattern of the UPSC exam, you have to write around questions with each answer demanding words for the nine papers of the IAS Mains exam. In the three hours you get for each paper, it is no mean feat to draft and frame answers for the questions and be able to finish it. Each answer requires a format in that it should have an introduction, body, conclusion, subheadings, etc. Quality of the answers matters a lot as it is for one of the most prestigious posts that the candidate is appearing.
I will reproduce the essay below. I have scored in Essay. Little girl Sunita watches her richer counterpart shop bright new clothes for the upcoming festive season. She cravingly stares at them while breathing in the smokes off cars running by her shabby tent on the footpath. Sunita is a victim of consumerism.
This course has highlighted some important aspects in writing such as verb tenses, complex and compound sentences, conjunctions, parallel structure, and sentences variety,nevertheless, the videos were all helpful.