The Preliminary Examination 2015 Paper 1 (General Studies) in first look gives an impression more of factual inclination and real test of your information relating to contemporary developments and awareness.
A large number of candidates just prepare them to face some extra-ordinary question that UPSC may come up with and to face these effectively, candidates remain involved with intense preparation. Nothing wrong in it; this is a tough examination and one should be prepared for surprise elements.
When I sit to analyse today’s paper, as the trend is Preliminary Examination 2015 Paper 1 is on similar track that UPSC has been following for last 3-4 years.
The first impression I get and questions gives a feel that it is quite easy and straight. But, as my observations are, conventional approach sometimes makes things tricky as while attempting an answer to simple-looking things your conceptual knowledge comes into play.
I will like to point out that sitting relaxed we just comment and pass judgment on paper being easy or straightforward but, think of candidates sitting in examination hall who actually attempt these questions in intense environment. Most of you will agree that exam-pressure is such that even well-prepared candidates commit silly mistakes while attempting simple questions.
While sitting outside, we may say anything about Preliminary Examination but, with such stiff competition and this time, many candidates getting another chance to appear in this examination is enough to make thing really threatening for fresh candidates.
In such backdrop, saying that Prelims can be decoded and it is an examination that can be cracked effortlessly is just not the right way to look at it and certainly not a correct approach.
If you look at the questions, there are some very easy questions like H1N1, NITI Aayog or Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojna; but, looking at complete paper, it is not a paper that can be termed stress-free. There are equal numbers of questions that are twisted and require intelligent answers.
Moreover, it is not the first time that there are some straight questions; it is always like that and examiner tries to balance it out while preparing such objective type tests.
I maintain my words that I have used about Preliminary Examination on earlier occasions that you need an effective preparation to face such creative and innovative work that smartly measures your intelligence and awareness of world around.
Emphasis is more on Current Affairs
Yes, you may say so. But, you will find people dividing these into specific areas and accordingly analysing it constituent-wise.
All I would like to say is that it is a balanced paper. I will not go in details that any particular constituent get preference or any was neglected as this churn is part of strategy each year and each time candidates keep on figuring out leaning towards some constituent or other.
The phrase that is being used extensively for Civil Services Examination preparation is ‘Integrated Approach’ and I am sure this strategy would have paid rich dividends to candidates.
In the end, I would say that this time, the performance evaluation is dependent on this paper as Paper II has been made qualifying. Accordingly, candidates would have given thrust on preparation which will have made it look handy for them.
All the best!