CS Marks

Pretty disappointed with my marks. But it may help all who may have seen my answers and probably help them in their journey.

As for me, I have joined a job. Would write CS again though.

हरों से डर कर नौका पार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

नन्हीं चींटी जब दाना लेकर चलती है,
चढ़ती दीवारों पर, सौ बार फिसलती है।
मन का विश्वास रगों में साहस भरता है,
चढ़कर गिरना, गिरकर चढ़ना न अखरता है।
आख़िर उसकी मेहनत बेकार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

डुबकियां सिंधु में गोताखोर लगाता है,
जा जा कर खाली हाथ लौटकर आता है।
मिलते नहीं सहज ही मोती गहरे पानी में,
बढ़ता दुगना उत्साह इसी हैरानी में।
मुट्ठी उसकी खाली हर बार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

असफलता एक चुनौती है, इसे स्वीकार करो,
क्या कमी रह गई, देखो और सुधार करो।
जब तक न सफल हो, नींद चैन को त्यागो तुम,
संघर्ष का मैदान छोड़ कर मत भागो तुम।
कुछ किये बिना ही जय जय कार नहीं होती,
कोशिश करने वालों की कभी हार नहीं होती।

–हरिवंशराय बच्चन



21 thoughts on “CS Marks

  1. best of luck this time, u need to work on your optional more
    rest needs slight improvement. u just need writing practice and to focus what exactly the question is demanding


  2. This leaves me perplexed. I had been benchmarking my answers with your model answers.
    I can tell that you have good command over writing.
    Have you come up with reasons for falling short? Please advise as I see a negative gap between your answers and the marks awarded.


    1. No Idea!
      I was shell shocked by non-qualification for few months. I can only say maybe other wrote better which appealed to examiner better and I am short on luck.

      Other reason can be in mains GS papers it is expected to write in simple language, I think writing technically in GS3 and GS4 (especially) was my undoing. And optional just came as spoil sport.


      1. I also appeared for UPSC-2014 with Management as optional but couldn’t qualify. I am again appearing for UPSC-2015 but now I feel that Management is not the best optional to take. I have seen electrical engineering guys scoring above 270 in their optional combined. I feel the way first paper was set it is difficult to get such high marks in management.


      2. Maybe so. Management may have been targeted as there are no toppers in top 100 from management. But now since we have taken this optional there is no option but to persist with it.


  3. Hi, I became a fan of you after reading your answers felt very bad to hear that even i told my friends that you could become an ias officer. If i become a devil’s advocate i would like to make some comments , plz dont take it in a negative way…

    1) Most times you interpreted the question wrongly for eg:: in what ways navy mutiny they asked but u explained about quit india and other things

    2) in economy most of your answers are not hittting the question for eg :; migration and ethnic confilicts and demographic dividend completly deviated from the question asked

    3) in Ethics mostly u have used words like deontology , thelology and inspiring persanality also not known even to examiner and in case of women safty they have asked the innovative steps but u listed out all general and known things

    4) In essay your factual information is too good but not covered many dimensions for eg: examination method more focus on its negatives and so many examples in that process different dimensions missed and in sports essay many unnecessary things u have written

    so in all there in no doubt that u have excellent knowledge but the problem is not hitting the question properly perticularly in gs3 . in gs4 as u said be general and in essay write multiple dimensions and avoid writing anything not related to question, even many more observationns i can tell but i am so lazy in typing but i opened up now just i admire you a lot ……….


    1. Thanks a lot for your detailed feedback. I know there are deficiency in my answers.Will work on them this time around. Do let me know more if you have time.

      I am little overwhelmed by your admiration, I don’t think I deserve it.

      All The Best in your preparations and exams!


      1. My admiration is not for only ur answers but ur character that i perceived from ur articles and quotes. In ur earlier comments u mentioned no idea why u dint qualify for the exam and mgmt is targeted but all these are excuses as the problem lies somewhere. I dont know whether u are a boy or girl as i consider my bro/sis. Plz dont take it in negative way because i failed in English I have even more rights blame someone or other but does make any heip. As i said earlier i am so bad at typing if u wish to discuss anything plz call this no. 8285288612 we will try to sort out the problems by analysing each and every question in gs and essay( after prelims only) …. This is all in the interest of cracking Upsc only …hope u take in right way………….brother/sister


      2. All we are left in the end are excuses! 🙂
        I am not giving up will try again and I don’t rationalize failures.
        I know I need writing practice for all.
        Thanks for your feedback.

        We can collaborate after prelims.


  4. Your marks in Essay, GS1, GS2, GS2 are good if not excellent.
    In GS4 you should have 20 more (Which many have did)
    In optional you should have scored 60 more (which this year trend suggests)

    632+80 = 712
    So, if you tweak your strategy a bit to score more in optional and GS4, you can get through easily


    1. Thanks for your feedback.
      I think writing with heavy words misfired big time for me GS4. I had adopted this technique after CSE 2013 Air-3 said he adopted same and it yielded great marks.
      Optional was big downer, I need to work more on it.

      ATB to you for your prep and exams.


      1. I too felt the same after reading your ethics answers. You wrote Deontology, etc. I think it is better to write it in simple words and on pragmatic terms rather than giving high funda philosophical thoughts. One of my senior scored 105 in ethic without any reading. So, I think only writing matters here. Your answers are quite good. I do read them on insights whenever you write.

        Focussing Optional + essay + GS4 is the right strategy I feel.
        My first attempt this time. Lets see how it goes.

        And keep writing in insights


      2. Hi

        I too have management as my optional.

        I know its a bit late but can you please post an analysis on why did the examiners not award you more marks.

        How many did you attempt?


      3. Attempted all in P1, left 15 marks in P2.
        I believe reason for poor marks in management was lack of writing practice for me. Other than that probably examiners are looking for more theoretical answer than what O wrote.
        Which attempt is it of yours?


  5. Bro mine is also Management as my optional …I wan talk to you plz get back to me … I am staying in Delhi ..I am from banglore I would like do make some strategy wrt to MANAGEMENT this we’ll crack UPSC get back my no 8147932632


  6. Hey I just started my preparation 4 months ago. I am nothing in front of your answer writing skill and need serious guidance about it. Please give me your no. so that we can talk. I am in contact with many successful candidates but seems like success have gone in their heads thats why they dont give genuine guidance. With your humble and down to earth attitude which is reflected in your answers i feel like i have lot to learn from you.
    My email is akshaybharate@gmail.com please mail me your no.
    Thank You


  7. It doesnt mean you dont have any qualities. You just fell short by small margin and few tweaks here and there and you will get through. Comparing me you are far better thats why I asked it. Btw please tell about the importance of revision. I am from engg background and i used to study for 20 days before the exam.But my revision was at the best. Moving from unit 1 to 6 after completing each i used to remember previous one and only after revision i used to go for next. Will it work for UPSC ? Is it possible to revise,revise,revise and revise and revise and remember like graduation ? My friends are saying its impossible but i know i cant write anything without it. Please give some tips. My first basic reading and coaching will end in December and by Jan i will go for answer writing and revision. Its like MUGGGING up everything (Not sentences but key words and phrases)with full UNDERSTANDING.Is it ok ?


    1. UPSC looks for synthesis and your own ideas. If you take a look at GS questions all ask for your opinion or analysis on current issue. Hence just mugging up won’t help. Form your own ideas about the important issues. As administrator you are required to take decisions from information available hence in exams too you are expected to do the same.
      Other than that main examination has different writing approach from graduation exams, hence I feel graduation study tactics won’t work here. Moreover mains syllabus is extremely vast hence remembering all those things just before exam is extremely difficult.

      Other than that form your own approach based on practice tests and teachers feedback. ATB


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