Answer Writing Tips for Mains

Observe the Question to spot the “Core Idea” around which the entire answer revolvesGlance at the syllabus sheet repeatedly so as to have the topics and ideas imprinted on your mind.

Think of 4/5 points about the core idea from the resources one has prepared fromNo wonder it is important that every word in the syllabus sheet must be prepared atleast once for recollection of a minumum of 3 points . It would be great if you have 4/5 points on the day of the Main Examination.

Frame an appropriate introduction for about 50 words. – Introduction can span of length of about half a page.

A good introduction is one that acts as a window to the body of the answer – Ensure that the examiner gets a peek into what he can expect in the body of the 250 word answer when he goes through your introduction. . A good introduction increases the curiosity of the examiner as to what lies before him.

The Body of the answer has one purpose only – to make the examiner understand your thoughts. Adopt the best possible method of communicating your thoughts – with examples, with diagrams and flowcharts.

The ‘directive’ word sets the tone of the answer – Comment, Examine and Discuss carry individual feel and tone to them.

  • Comment questions need not intrigue the examiner. – It has to have a tone of your personal opinion on the question. The opinion can be strong or weak depending upon the number of facts and arguments to justify.

  • Examine type of questions can raise further questions in the mind of the examiner as he goes about reading your answer.This usually involves bringing in both sides of views.

Ensure the word limit is not breached. – It is better to fall short of the word limit than to exceed limits and to run out of time. You may not get even half a mark more by writing more than the word limits. The objective is to write in a succinct manner within the limits.


“Brevity is the soul of wit”

Conclude well – It is easier to write a good introduction than it is to write a decent conclusion. A conclusion is not a summary of the preceding paragraphs. Conclusion is the convergence of the thoughts that were scattered in the previous pages. A conclusion often has the potential to be perceived as the best point in the answer.