Day 2 – Analysis (UPSC Mains 2016)

Sustaining the momentum of dynamism and unpredictability, the Union Public Services Commission today conducted the Mains Examination (General Studies I and II) with an offbeat approach.

Analysis (Day 2) | GS Paper I : Click Here for the Question Paper

The reviews of Paper I were quite definite i.e. in favour of the examination being quite predictable and comfortable, whereas Paper II gave mixed reviews due to the unconventional and factual approach. Let us throw some light on the structure of the examination.

Starting with history section of Paper I, one can understand that it was either taken out from the NCERTs or it was attached to a current topic. For example – the second question was directly taken out from the NCERT, whereas the 5th question had a touch of current events. Geography section was attached with both static portion that had dynamism attached to it, and the international current events portion which was masqueraded as a part of Geography. The question of Globalisation was quite anticipative, in lieu of an anti-establishment wave in Europe and the political blame-game over Globalisation. We have had this discussion at length in our Institution. A rudimentary observation suggests that tried to cover all the topics in the syllabus with respect to the events of today. Therefore, strict adherence to the syllabus is a pre-requisite.

Analysis (Day 2) | GS Paper II : Click Here for the Question Paper

Moving on to the Paper II, it got a mixed response from the students due to a change in style and dynamism in the question pattern. The examiner has tried to accommodate all the points of the syllabus in the examination with a touch of current events. The portion of international events has focused merely on the neighbourhood studies and multilateral organisations. It was quite disappointing because our institution broadened the horizons of our students by brainstorming regional, national and international issues through a thread of patterns. The legislation that passed the litmus tests of both houses of the legislature were not given due importance.

The examiner tried to cover the syllabus with proportionate allocation of topics with due diligence to contemporary scenario. Specific cases of Article 31-B of the Constitution (I.R. Coelho v. State of T.N., 2007) and UNESCO’s MacBride Commission report concerning issues of mass media were incorporated into the examination. Both of the issues were offbeat yet related to the contemporary issues of society.

Analysis (Day 2) 

In the nut-shell, the UPSC is diversifying its outreach by incorporating dynamic events through the channels of static portions mentioned in the syllabus. Therefore, it is advisable for the aspirants to have a thorough understanding of the syllabus and to develop a keen sense of observation towards the happenings around the world. It is also advisable for the students to start diversifying the sources of news and understand the topics with a ‘third eye’ i.e. – relating current issues to the static portion of the syllabus.

We, at RMISG understand the vagaries attached to the preparation phase, therefore, an ethical approach guides us that our whole faculty would develop a keen sense of observation (a ‘third-eye’ approach) within the aspirant through our successive and regular focus on contemporary issues attached with static syllabus.

You would develop a remarkable capability to jump from the modern times to the medieval times and then after sailing through the ancient oceans, you will come back to the modern day in the same set of travel thread.

We certainly do not believe in spoon-feeding and motivating aspirants to cram general information. This examination requires you to be vigilant, assertive, discursive and self-confident and we have enshrined this philosophy in our blood. Hence, this is more than just an examination of knowledge and management skills. So, you have to be the agent of change, we will only put the spotlight for you to perform perfectly on the stage. Come and feel the difference between an RMISGan and an ordinary aspirant.

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