UPSC Mains Exam includes 9 papers among which Paper-A is the first and compulsory Indian/regional Language papers. It is mandatory for all candidates to attempt this paper except candidates from the north-eastern states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Nagaland.
Hindi Language as the Indian language is a very popular choice. Almost 65% of total candidates of UPSC Mains choose the Hindi Language though in Indian only 46% of candidates come from Hindi speaking background or Hindi medium. One has to qualify this paper so that he/she will be able to know the ultimate ranking of other papers of UPSC Mains Exam.
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Among approx 11.5 Lakhs candidates, only 12000+ candidates successfully qualify for UPSC Mains. Most of the candidates give their full attention to the General Studies Papers and the Optional Subject Papers because both the compulsory papers are not included for the ranking of the Merit list.
No candidates should ignore this paper. Studies say that almost 10% of IAS Mains candidates fail due to neglecting and not securing the minimum qualifying marks in the compulsory Language Papers. If any aspirant does not secure the marks of the language papers, they will not know the marks or ranking of the other 7 papers of IAS Mains.
There is no specific duration for the preparation of compulsory language due to the variety of Indian languages. On average 11 - 14 hours for 4 - 5 months is necessary to study the Hindi language as the Indian Language Paper.
For those candidates whose mother tongue is not Hindi, it can take a bit more time but if your schooling has been in Hindi, then you will face no such difficulties though you have to improve your writing skills and gain enough potentiality to have a flair of writing.
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Candidates need to gain at least 30% or in other words 90 out of 300 marks in this paper to qualify. To prepare yourself for the Compulsory Hindi Language paper, here are _ steps that one easily can follow as a guideline:
Knowing the detailed syllabus will definitely help you divide it according to sections and study only those sections and put stress on important topics you need to understand to qualify:
The primary thing should be remembered that you don’t need to study for Hindi Literature, only prepare for the basic Hindi Language. For the candidates whose 1st language is English, they are not required to read Hindi newspapers to go in depths. All you have to do is qualify.
To save time for other papers of UPSC Mains, minimize the source of study and make it more compact. Here are 2 references :
While anyone preparing for the compulsory papers, one thing that should be in mind that candidates have no need to research topics or go in depths.
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Collecting Previous years’ questions can be hard sometimes for those who do not have good opportunities and due to the crisis of cost. Here we are providing links through you can download Question papers very easily as well as practice it as per requirements:
|Previous Years’ Questions||Link to Download|
|UPSC CSE 2019 Hindi Compulsory Paper||Download|
|UPSC CSE 2018 Hindi Compulsory Paper||Download|
|UPSC CSE 2017 Hindi Compulsory Paper||Download|
|UPSC CSE 2016 Hindi Compulsory Paper||Download|
|UPSC CSE 2015 Hindi Compulsory Paper||Download|
As we all know that Hindi is very popular as a compulsory paper for candidates of UPSC Mains, so the material will not be hard to find. Do not ignore this paper just because it is a compulsory paper. Keep a constant aim of gaining 110 - 130 marks, so that it would be easy for any aspirant to maintain their study and invest time for other papers too. No matter how hart the time gets, our advice will guide you to maintain your preparation in the Lockdown situation.
Ques. Is Hindi compulsory for UPSC Mains?
Ans. No, Hindi Language is not compulsory for UPSC Mains unless you choose it as the compulsory paper in UPSC Mains. You also can choose the medium of UPSC Mains and Prelims in Hindi.
Ques. How many options for compulsory subject papers are there in UPSC CSE Exam?
Ans. There are 18 compulsory options including English with is a mandatory option. As for the Indian languages, there will 17 languages from which you can choose as per your comfort such as
Ques. What is Paper A and B in UPSC?
Ans. In UPSC Mains, Paper A and Paper B are on Indian Languages and English. These are qualifying papers. The aim of these papers is to test candidates’ abilities to read and understand prose and to express their ideas correctly through their chosen language and English.
Ques. Is the English necessary for IAS Mains?
Ans. Yes, English Language is compulsory for IAS Mains Exam. The English language speaking is very important for every candidate.
Ques. Can I prepare for UPSC Compulsory paper at home?
Ans. As we all know that UPSC Compulsory paper A and B are qualifying papers. So, self-study is sufficient to prepare these papers. But keep one thing in mind that spending too much time these papers will not help you to rank better but don’t ignore these papers as well.
*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.