How to approach questions in GS paper

The syllabus of general studies is so vast that even a well prepared student will find it difficult in examination hall to get any question in the format he has read about the topic . This makes the paper a little tricky and needs somewhat intelligent strategy of approaching question .

One should first go through whole paper and find out the questions which he thinks he knows very well and start answering those . I will recommend to answer large questions first as in large questions one can express his knowledge in better way . Other thing is that if one answers short questions first , he may end up giving more than needed time to short question resulting in time crunch at the end of paper .

Now how to actually write the answer :

Long Answer type question ( 10 marks and above)
First thing first , read the question carefully and understand what its actually asking and don't take this point  lightly , many people do mistake here only . Also try to explore all dimensions of the question .Then recall what all you know about the topic , and filter out what is needed . 

For factual question no need of introduction or conclusion. 
For analytical type: for 10 and 15 marker there is no need to write introduction , for 20 marker and above one can give very short introduction (not compulsory ) . Conclusion is must.

If you know nothing about the question try to relate it with what u have read and apply common sense . For example if problems in  nigeria is asked one can thinks of normal problems of Africa like hunger malnutrition etc . Further its oil rich still poor means concentration of wealth etc etc

Short answer type (2 & 5 marker )
Here two cases are possible . First one may know the topics very well and other is that one may know very little about the topic . In first case write the most important things in point format and try to stay in word limit . And in second case write what so ever u know even if u think that it seems irrelevant .

Best of luck , and do comment for any further query .

7 comments:

  1. please suggest us something regarding time management, like if we have less time to attempt all questions then which kind of questions(in terms of marks), one should attempt.

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  2. in case u r in crunch of time answer short questions first(only if u know about them) in minimum possible words ....then try to answer all other questions in consice manner even if u r forced to answer 20 marker questions in 80-90 words go for it so that u can write some point for all question u know . But do remember in case of shortage of time , dont attempt those questiosn about which u r not sure abt

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  3. i think u should come up with a good post on 28th to give the right push and cool off some nerves.what do u say?

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  4. @ammu i will for sure ...most probably on deepawali day ....

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