I’ve designed a Blank Answersheet for practing GS and Aptitude questions at home.
Print it once, photocopy it 10-20 times as per your requirement. Use it to solve old papers, mock-questions given after each topic in your GS / CSAT Manual or any other books.
You can never learn aptitude by merely studying the examples and formulas, you’ve to practice the questions by yourself at home. So use these blank answersheets for it.
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Aukaat, Accuracy and Aim
Consider the case of this Amateur player:
He is too obsessed with cut-off marks thanks to his previous experience in other competitive exams. He just keeps asking coaching class ‘sirs’ and Veterans and anyone he can find online, about the ‘cut-off’.
Given his preparation levels, it is beyond his ‘aukaat’ (औकात) to tick more than 50 correct answers in each paper, but thanks to the advice of Sirs and Seniors, he has setup an imaginary cut-off number in his mind: 70 attempt.!!
He goes inside the exam hall, ticks 50 correct and then keeps pushing his luck and guesspower to reach that imaginary cutoff number 70.
Now this isn’t Kaun Banega Crorepati, UPSC’s answer options are designed in such a meticulous way that when you’re in doubt, atleast two of the given answers will appear correct and the moment you tick an answer based on guesswork- most of the time it’ll turn out to be an incorrect answer.
So, This gentleman’s score is doomed to fall down under, thanks to the negative marking. He was better off sticking to his fifty.
Each year the difficulty level and trend of UPSC is different so just because someone cracked the exam with ** number of correct answers last year, doesn’t mean you’ll be able to replicate the same victory with same number of attempts (and with same level of hardwork). So donot pay much attention to cut-off marks.
Your Aim must be
“I’m going to study hard and tick as many correct answers as I can, without any guesswork.”
So No. of Attempts is important but equally important is the Accuracy.
Don’t setup an imaginary cut-off number in your mind.
When you try enough mock-questions, your brain gets trained like a circus animal, you wouldn’t dare to tick answers based on guesswork no matter how tempting it is, and thus you’ll save yourself from the negative marking.
Technical (and Hence Boring) Details
Number of Questions
In CSAT-2011, the question setup was as following
- Negative marking = one third of the mark award for a correct answer.
- Paper I (General Studies) has 100 Q x 2 marks = 200 Marks. (Neg -0.66)
- Paper II (Aptitude) has 72 Q x 2.5 marks = 180 Marks (Neg -0.83) + 8 Questions on Decision Making, that donot have any negative marking= Total 200 Marks.
According to previous RTI replies by UPSC
There is no separate cut-off for each paper. i.e. 200+200=400 Marks merit list.
Q. U SAID PAPER I HAS 100 QUESTIONS, THEN WHY YOUR BLANK ANSWERSHEET HAS 245 ANSWER-BOXES IN IT ???????????????????
Ans. My blank answersheet has 245 boxes, So that you can use it to solve the 200-500 mock-questions given in General Studies manual after each topic = Optimum use of Printed Paper.
Q. BUT I’VE 600 QUESTIONS AFTER HISTORY TOPIC IN MY General Studies
MANUAL! PROVIDE BLANK ANSWERSHEET WITH 600 QUESTIONS IN IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Ans. *Please* apply the common sense. 1-200 can be used to answer 201-400.
Q. Why have you not provided the space to calculate marks and negative marks?
Ans. There are boxes given to calculate Total number of Attempts + Accuracy.
How many marks are awarded or deducted for each question is irrelevant during the practice session at home.
Q. What was the cut-off for CSAT 2011?
Ans. UPSC in the RTI reply: We’ll release the data only after the entire selection process for 2011′s Exam cycle is over (i.e. in April-May 2012).
Q. What was the cut-off for Preliminary Exam in 2011?
Ans. For answer CLICK ME
End of discussion on cut-offs.
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