Civils Mains examination in the last week of October 2010 | Expected questions, time allotment, steps for success in the Civils Mains Examination

October 13th, 2010| Education.

Civils Mains examination in the last week of October 2010 | Expected questions, time allotment,  steps for success in the Civils Mains Examination

Civils Mains Examination is going to began in the last week of October.  Nearly 2 lakh candidates appeared for the Preliminary Examination held in May.  !2,284 candidates qualified for the Mains exam.  Here are some tips to taste success in the Civils Mains Examination.

Civils Mains Examination does not just test the educational skills of the candidate.  It also observes the skill of the candidate to present his knowledge clearly.  The candidate should understand this prepare for the mains accordingly.  Success is not difficult if the candidate use available time properly to a maximum extent.

Civils Main Exam consist 9 papers.  All the questions are essay type questions.  These exams are held for duration of 20 days.

Qualifying papers: Marks secured in Modern Indian Language, General English Paper are not considered for ranking.  But it is necessary to score minimum qualifying marks in these sections.  This paper contains essays, translations, précis writing, sentence formation, idioms and meaning etc.

Candidates who do not have the habit of writing Telugu should practice it at least for half an hour daily.  Concentrate more on translation, idiom and précis writing.  More marks can be scored in these sections than in essay writing.  It is better to answer all the questions.

General Essay:  Most of the students got very less marks in this section in the previous year.  Choose a proper topic and analyze carefully for maximum marks.

Some topics which can be expected in the question paper this year

  • E-governance as a tool to remove economic and social inequality.
  • Religious orthodoxy, a threat to integrity and secularism of India.
  • Is India becoming a capitalist state like China?
  • Human resources as an investment for development.
  • Women in politics.

Spend first 10 minutes of the exam to choose a topic.  Write the information you had in ideas forms.  Place them in a perfect order and then expand each idea.  For example essays on e-governance can be written like this –


  1. Importance of government reforms
  2. E-Governance as a tool for reforms.
  3. What is E-Governance and its sections
  4. Experience of various countries with E-Governance and the benefits of E-Governance for common man.
  5. Experiments with E-Governance in Asia.
  6. E-Governance in India.
  7. Limitation and future of E-Governance

Types of questions that can be expected

Three types of questions can be expected

  1. Fact based Essay questions: These questions require the knowledge of facts. Number of these questions is decreasing gradually.
  2. Opinion based Essay questions: Number of this type of questions is increasing.  A quotation will be given and the candidate will be asked to write comments on it.
  3. Short Notes: This type of questions allow scoring good marks.  Answers should be written in 20 – 30 words.

Identify the important areas in the compulsory papers.  Follow this method for optional also for good results.  Vacancies in Civil Services are more in numbers.  This is an advantage for the candidates.

Steps for success

  • Prepare the plan according to the available time
  • If there is a gap between the first optional and the second optional, the candidate can stop the preparation of second optional.
  • More marks can be scored in short answer questions than the long answer questions which require 125 – 250 words.  So attempt the short questions in more numbers.
  • Answering the questions is not sufficient.  Explain the logic behind each conclusion.
  • Allot time to each question basing on marks given to each question.
  • Answer as many questions as possible. Examiners find it easy to give average marks in various areas than maximum marks in one area.
  • Use flow charts and diagrams to answer the questions.
  • Follow the limitation of words.
  • No candidate can answer all the questions.
  • It is necessary to secure more than average marks in various papers than maximum marks in one paper.

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