Know 6 Tips to develop Critical Thinking Skill for UPSC


Critical thinking is one of the important elements that is expected from the aspiring candidates of UPSC who want to be a future allied civil servant. To solve the nation problem, critical thinking is required as this will enable you to have a look at the pros and cons of any solution/idea before applying it. (i.e. to look at every nook of the problem and it’s possible solution and then apply it for the benefit of our people).

UPSC does not put your knowledge to test but in fact it puts your ability to tests. Alternatively it tests whether you are able to think multifacetedlly to any issues or problem of a society and are capable enough to solve it efficiently.

This article not only leads you to develop the skill of thinking critically but also enables you to write an original answer easily in UPSC Mains. As many aspirants face the issue regarding how to write answers with ease and how to inarticulate the thoughts to write an original piece to fetch good marks among the pile of answer sheets in UPSC Mains.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking involves the objective analysis and evaluation of any issue or situation to form unbiased judgment. This type of quality can be inculcated with time. This skill is not only needed in writing answers in UPSC Mains and in Personality tests but is also required in your profession as a civil servant officer. Analysis or evaluation, open-mindedness, problem solving skill, interpretation and inference are the key elements of critical thinking.

6 Methods To Develop Critical Thinking – For UPSC Mains

One of the winning factors that can make you stand out from the crowd and can crown you is the ability to think critically in UPSC Mains. The points are listed below that will not only help you to develop critical thinking but also give an edge to your UPSC Exam.

  1. Dig out the answers: Instead of believing or accepting everything as it is, try to reason out behind any fact or belief. Try to question why and how about anything before accepting it will help your brain to evolve and figure out the reason behind anything which enables it to frame an opinion in accordance or will help you to come up with the solution. The more you practice to dig out the answers the more you exercise your brain to evolve and will help you to structure an effective judgement after going through its every nook.
  2. Counter your views: Take  debatable topics one by one and have a debate with yourself. In general, counter your views will enable you to be unbiased towards any issue or a situation.
  3. Analyse and Research about the available information: First of all analyse and check the available information and dig out to research more to expand your knowledge or information.
  4. Simultaneously think divergently and convergently: Both the thinking go hand in hand simultaneously that enable you to be a critical thinker. Divergent thinking enables you to find out every possible outcome of an issue. Use convergent thinking then to scale down the solution and single out the most suitable one.
  5. Interact with different groups: Another important thing is to interact with people of different cultures, age groups etc. to acknowledge their perspectives. Since everyone are different in one way or another, their thinking is also diversified and they have their own view point on different topics. This will enable you to look at the situation with their view angle and hence enable you to avoid partisanship notions or resist bias. Henceforth enable you to be the one who respects others viewpoint while having their own and are able to be unbiased towards any situation.
  6. Make your Inference: Acknowledge others’ outlook or viewpoints towards any current issue but try to make your inference. In short, avoid being satisfied with others’ conclusion on any piece of information or news in trend. Instead think of yourself and put your personal input into it. This will aid you in thinking analytically and critically.

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
– Einstein
Einstein noted that knowledge gained from different sources will enable you to answer the questions and your thoughts will be revolved around it unless you give colors to your thought process. As imagination or innovative thinking will expand your mind to think beyond the reading knowledge and this will not help you in clearing UPSC or any exam but will help you in every stage of your life as well.


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