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[STEP 3: Part 2] AWARE (Answer Writing REdefined)-Understanding Directives/Keywords (Examine, Analyse, Comment) in UPSC Mains Answer Writing – Master the Art by Mohan Sir!

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Dear Students,

AWARE (Answer Writing Redefined) is a new initiative on how to Master the Art of Answer Writing for UPSC MAINS.

In this Series, Mohan Sir (Founder, IASbaba) discusses about the 7 Steps to Master the Art of Answer Writing.

Now that the foundation to Answer Writing is laid down –

10 Myths about Answer Writing,

How to Start Answer Writing? & the 1st Principle of Answer Writing,

The next step (3rd STEP) is to understand –

Part 1 – The 5 Unique Ways of Writing INTRODUCTION & CONCLUSIONHow to Structure UPSC Mains Answer?

Part 2 – Understanding Directives/Keywords (Examine,Analyse, Comment…) in UPSC Mains Answer Writing| 

[VIDEO] Watch, Part 2 of STEP 3, which simplifies the Directives/Keywords with examples!

TIMELINES: KEYWORDS/DIRECTIVES Explained with Examples!

01:40 – 1.) Comment 04:29 – Should you give both sides of the argument always?

05:32 – 2.) Discuss

07:46 – 3.) Analyze

09:44 – What do you mean by Critically Analyse, Critically Examine, Critically Comment?

12:35 – 4.) Examine

14:42 – 5.) Illustrate

17:10 – 6.) Evaluate/Assess

19:43 – 7.) Explain/ Elucidate/ Elaborate/ Describe

19:54 – Importance of Whys and Hows in Mains Answer Writing

23:04 – 8.) Substantiate/Justify

25:19 – 9.) Enumerate

25:50 – 10.) “Why?” “How?”

27:01– 11.) Miscellaneous

– Compare; Differentiate; Contrast; Distinguish

– Throw more light , Argue, “Give your arguments”, “Do you agree”, “Bring out the relationship between..”


For the 1st STEP – 10 Myths about Answer Writing – > CLICK HERE

For the 2nd STEP – How to Approach/Begin & the 1st Principle of Answer Writing -> CLICK HERE

For the 3rd STEP (Part 1) – 5 Unique Ways of Writing INTRODUCTION & CONCLUSION -> CLICK HERE


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