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IAS Main Exam 2012: Tips and Strategies for English and Indian Language Papers

Jagran Josh

IAS aspirants appearing for the IAS Main exam 2012 need to score good marks for getting high rank. Since the marks obtained in language papers are not counted while deciding the rank of any successful candidate, it leads to misconception that there is no specific strategy required here. However, it should be noted that if they don’t score the passing marks in language papers there answer sheets of other papers would not be examined. Therefore, language papers should not be taken lightly by the candidates. is providing you the pattern of questions for English and Indian language papers which will be of Matriculation or equivalent standard. The two papers carry 300 marks each and will be of 2 hours duration.

The pattern of questions in the IAS Main exam will be as following:

English Language

• Comprehension of given passages
• Precise Writing
• Usage and Vocabulary
• Short Essay

Indian Languages:

• Comprehension of given passages.
• Precise Writing
• Usage and Vocabulary
• Short Essay
• Translation from English to the Indian language and vice-versa.

Dos and Don’ts for English and Indian Language Papers

• Attempt first those questions in which you think you can score. Leave time-consuming questions and attempt them only when you have ample time.
• Do Comprehension part of the paper carefully. You can score maximum marks in this section.
• Avoid spelling and grammatical mistakes in your writing.
• Ensure that you handwriting is neat and clear.
• Don’t use figurative language and words unnecessarily.
• Attempt easy questions first. Leave the difficult ones.
• Represent your thoughts in a way which shows clarity. Avoid the writing style which is ambiguous.
• Express your ideas clearly and correctly in English/Indian language concerned.
• Read and understand the questions first before you start writing answers.

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