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How can I prepare Indian polity to secure maximum marks in UPSC Mains?

If you want to prepare your polity well then there are certain things you can see.

  • Read NCERT books from 9th to 12th thoroughly. When completed read M. Laxmikant. And then you can go for D.D. Basu or more.
  • Current affairs. This is the key. Regular policy article, NOT political. It will rich you content.
  • Answer writing practice is the key. That’s why you have to see the previous year mains question papers. Write every answer from years question papers, and you will get to know what you need for perfection.
  • Finally, revision. You have to revise every thing thoroughly. Every good scorer thus usually takes only one source, as Laxmikant. Revise it properly, in a manner that you can tell what’s on which page.

Gaining high marks only in polity won’t give you enough to qualify for this. It’s just a subject in a vast paper itself, and maximum 15% to 20% questions comes directly from polity. There are other subjects also, GovernanceConstitutionSocial Justice and the most important International Relationship. You will have to be good in all these subjects to secure a good result in General Studies Paper III.

There is a deluge as far as resources are concerned, both off-line as well as online. Read less and revise more. Proceed in this way:

1.Read the syllabus and previous year questions of polity — both prelim and Mains.

2. If you have good amount of time- Then begin with NCERT class 11 — Indian Constitution at work. Otherwise straight away begin with M laxmikanth book on polity. This will help you in building a strong base in polity.

3. Then you can refer- IGNOU MPS003 – this is a module provided under both public administration and political science in IGNOU notes. This is for standard issues having some sort of relation to post independence also and topics like poverty alleviation, Post 1991 reform period what has been India’s policy, why local governments are failing etc etc. These are basic issues, can be linked with current affairs as well.

4. Then Selective reading of 2nd Administrative reforms commission reports. Or summary of reports. These are for evergreen issues eg. RTI problem, terrorism governance issues etc.

5. Daily reading of either The Hindu or Indian express. This will help in covering current issues. If you want to prepare your own notes, prepare issue based notes.

6. You can watch a discussion show — The big picture on Rajya sabha Tv. It’s a half hour show , helps in forming good opinion on issues.

7. Watch Brainy IAS Video classes at my Youtube channel

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