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The Civil Services (Main) Examination is perhaps the most arduous and challenging stage, that confronts an aspirant, during the entire selection process. It is in fact the very dynamic nature of the mains written exam and the shear quality of competition that it offers, which makes it the toughest nut to crack. Since 2013, when an amendment was made to the main exam syllabus, its prominence has only grown. It ushered in a new era wherein the General Studies along with the Essay paper outweighed the hitherto dominance of the optional papers. In fact one optional paper was removed and four new GS papers were introduced. The marks attached to the Essay paper were also increased so as to make it a game-changer. However this amendment created a new kind of challenge- “The Challenge of Answer Writing”.
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Today an aspirant has to write, more or less, four thousand words in a single GS paper, within a given space and time constraint. In other words an aspirant, attempting all the questions, in the given time frame of three hours is expected to write on an average two hundred words per question. This roughly translates into approximately eight minutes per question. Within these eight minutes an aspirant has to think, comprehend the actual demand of the question, decipher the true import of the various key words used in the question, understand the underlying context and the command used in the question, structure the arguments and then present it in a systematic, coherent and cohesive manner. This is no easy task and hence answer writing practice becomes imperative. Thus answer writing is an indispensable part of the entire mains preparation.
However blindly writing answers without getting a good and regular feedback on the written answers is not very useful and may not augur well in the long run for the aspirants. Keeping in mind the importance of daily guidance and feedback EDEN IAS presents its Daily mains answer writing program- STEPS!!!
Nearly all the aspirants realize the importance of answer writing. They understand that it is the key to success. However most of the aspirants either develop an indifference towards answer writing or do not understand how to make a start. The common practice among most of the aspirants is to join a test series and practice along with it. Test series, though helpful to some extent is no panacea. In fact it suffers from certain limitations. Answer writing is an art which can be best developed when approached step -by-step. It is this approach that creates all the difference. Since 2013 there is a qualitative improvement in the level of questions that are asked. The Content, The Structure and The Presentation are perhaps now the three pillars over which the entire edifice of answer writing rests. To develop these qualities one has to practice daily. Gone are the days of weekly tests, it is the era of Daily Answer Writing.
Step is an abbreviation for STAY ON TRACK AND ENRICH YOUR PREPARATION. It’s a daily mains answer writing program conducted by The EDEN IAS. Under this program aspirants from all over India and abroad, who are preparing for UPSC Civil Services Examination are invited to write daily answers by getting themselves enrolled under STEPS. It is conducted online as well as offline. It covers conventional areas of all the four GS papers, as well as current affairs on a daily basis. Essay writing is also an integral part of the steps program. The answers that are written by the aspirants are evaluated by the EDEN team of experts, which consists of EDEN IAS Faculties from DELHI who have rich experience in guiding civil services aspirants over the years. The results are announced on a weekly basis along with evaluated answer sheets and feedback comments from EDEN IAS. The best copies are uploaded on the official website of EDEN IAS every Sunday along with individual score cards. To every enrolled student under the STEPS program Model Answers for the questions that were asked during the week will be provided along with a current affairs enrichment booklet.
The program commences every Monday and runs till Sunday. An aspirant can join the program by enrolling himself/herself anytime. The detailed structure of the program is as follows:-
DAILY MAINS ANSWER WRITING TESTS WOULD BE CONDUCTED FROM EVERY MONDAY TO SATURDAY. SUNDAY WOULD BE THE DAY OF RESULT AND FEEDBACK. THIS PROGRAM SHALL BE ACTIVE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. AN ASPIRANT CAN JOIN THE PROGRAM ANY DAY HE/SHE DEEMS FIT.
THE QUESTIONS WOULD COVER ALL THE FOUR GS PAPERS, THE ESSAY PAPER AND CURRENT AFFAIRS.
MONDAY TO THURSDAY ARE ASSIGNED TO THE CORE SECTIONS OF THE FOUR GS PAPERS WHEREIN QUESTIONS WOULD BE ASKED FROM ALL THE CONVENTIONAL AREAS OF THE SYLLABUS. FRIDAY WOULD BE THE DAY OF ESSAY WRITING CHALLENGE. SATURDAY WOULD COVER QUESTIONS ON CURRENT AFFAIRS. THE RESULTS ALONG WITH EVALUATED ANSWER SHEETS WOULD BE SUPPLIED TO EVERY ENROLLED STUDENT ON SUNDAY. THE DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOLWS:-
Students can write their answers online or offline as per their convenience. The offline daily writing tests would be conducted on Eden IAS test centres. Where as for online tests students can register themselves with the Eden IAS with the help of its official website.
Every SUNDAY the students would be supplied their evaluated answer sheets for the tests that they have appeared for during the week, model answers would be given for all the tests that were conducted during the week. The evaluated answer sheets would cover feedback comments and expert guidance on the art of answer writing.
The students would also get a current affairs booklet every Sunday that would summarize the current developments of the preceding week along with detailed analysis.
Best answer copies during the week would also be regularly uploaded.
The marks obtained by the students in all the tests during a week would be added to generate their scorecard. On the basis of their score medals would be conferred upon them. The score card and the medals would be a ready reference available to every aspirant to measure his/her progress. The TOP 50 students every week would be conferred with the EDEN-gold medals.
NOTE: – Students who would remain consistent with their writing and would recursively do well in the tests shall be eligible for scholarships offered by the EDEN IAS. For this the EDEN IAS would maintain a database in the form of a ledger.