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Monday, August 2, 2010

Tips for Chemistry Paper-1

Hi friends,
I would like to tell a few points about the preparation of Chemistry paper-1 which may be helpful in increasing the score in Chemistry paper-1....use arts optional based approach in Science subjects like preparing model answers, remembering the derivations etc...
  • Prepare all the 15 chapters of Chemistry paper-1, don't leave any chapter completely(although i left main group Chemistry) but it may be counterproductive to leave any particular chapter..
  • Make synoptic notes of all the chapters, this helps in quick revision of the entire syllabus..
  • Try to bring some innovation in ur answers, don't rely solely on Puri Sharma & Pathania and Brilliant notes for Chemistry paper-1...
  • try to include more diagrams and analysis in your answers (show the baby steps in ur answers)...there is lot of subjectivity in the answers of the questions of Chemistry paper-1. For the same question of 20 marks, marks may vary significantly based on the quality of answers...
  • Make Chapter wise lists of questions that were asked in previous year's Civil Services Exam and Forest Service Exams...This will help in analyzing the trend of the question that are being asked...
  • also make a chapter wise list of all probable questions and most difficult questions, prepare model answers of such questions.
  • Every day prepare model answers to some of the previously asked questions of Chemistry paper-1 ( please prepare them in UPSC format sheets)...
  • Practice all numerical that have come in the previous CSE and IFS exam papers...keep in mind the sign convention to be used in thermodynamics and also the units to be used in Clausius Clapeyron Equation...
  • For Structures like NaCl, CsCl, etc practice in U.P.S.C format sheets and make a scale so that these structures looks nice in the answer sheet...
  • Some of the key points to kept in mind during examination:
  1. Choose the optional questions wisely, take some time to decide the questions( do not get tempted by the numericals, try to avoid them because if final answer of numerical is wrong then hardly any mark will be awarded on that question)
  2. It is not necessary to begin with the compulsory questions, start from the question that u know the best and move in the decreasing order of quality of answers rather that attempting questions in a serial order...
  3. Please make diagrams with Pencil and try to use two different colored pens Black and blue(do not use red or green colored pens).. a little improvement in presentation may improve score by 10-20 marks...Please avoid cutting in the answer sheets and hand writing should be clear & legible....
  4. Do not spend more than 12 minutes on a 20 marks questions....roughly a 20 mark question should not stretch more than 2.5 pages...
  5. Do not write any thing which has no relevance for that particular question....

2 comments:

bombay said...

There is much difference in your physics and chemistry marks, what do u feel where the things went wrong , secondly how much marks were you able to attempt in both the papers, I am preparing physics as one optional and mathematics other my biggest confusion is regarding write up which are the thing should be kept while writing answers , for there is constraint of time limit in examination and the length of paper doesnt give to think .Is possible for you to upload your answer script?

Pratyush Bag said...

ear Abhijit Sir,
I am Pratyush Bag, from Bargarh(Odisha).. I’m going to appear in the civil services examination next year,2014, with chemistry & geography as an optional subjects. I’m basically from a science background & have done my graduation in BCA. Since school, Chemistry is one of my favorite subject, that made me to take it as an optional subjects for mains. In your blogs, you have suggested quite enough books, but it’s not possible for me to buy or go through all the books at a time, so please suggest me 2/3 books which is easier to understand & where I can grasp knowledge in lesser amount of time. I’m not so good in physical part of chemistry..