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An aspirant told me that it is compulsory or preferable to make an outline in all the subjects and I'm a little confused because there are certain questions that can be answered directly, to the point. Making an outline would leave a bad impression to the examiner.

Example: Differentiate between Women Studies and Gender Studies.

What type of outline would you make for it? It is a simple question which can be answered to the point.

Kindly, let me know if my understanding or approach to the methodology adopted to answer such questions is wrong, and what is the right way then?

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1) Introduction
2) Definition of women studies
3) Definition of Gender studies
4) Difference between both studies
4.1 - Difference 1
4.2 - Difference 2
4.3 - Difference 3
4.4 - Difference 4
4.4 - Difference 5
5) Critical Analysis
6) Conclusion

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I would also recommend making an outline for all the questions before you start them-at least in rough. I made all of mine on the last sheet of the answer book. As soon as I got any question paper I would make a quick rough outline-more like a mind map- in the first ten minutes for at least 5 questions then would chose the four I felt are the strongest. I don't think it ate up much of my time and in fact while writing made sure that I didn't deviate and remembered to include all the key points.

I didn't include the outlines in the actual body of the paper unless I felt that the outline I had come up with was out of this world and would add something to the overall appeal of the question.

For the specific example you have given above I would make a simple mind-map of all their differences that come to mind at that moment. I'll of course add to the list I originally come up with while writing or might even subtract some that don't make sense but its a good way to begin the paper-shows you right off the bat which questions you attempt will be stronger then the others.

Also note that this question, i.e. differentiate between gender and women studies, actually did come in 2019 but has several other parts to it like historically tracing the need for gender studies as a distinct subject and also its scope and significance in Pakistan. So there are in fact enough parts to make a thorough outline which would also serve the dual purpose of making sure you don't miss a part of the question since a lot can be written on each individual sub-section alone.
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1) Introduction
2) Definition of women studies
3) Definition of Gender studies
4) Difference between both studies
4.1 - Difference 1
4.2 - Difference 2
4.3 - Difference 3
4.4 - Difference 4
4.4 - Difference 5
5) Critical Analysis
6) Conclusion

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That is exactly what I mentioned in the question and it is one of the main reasons why people don't score well even when they know the answer.

The question is asking for difference between two disciplines, why would you define it separately first and then differentiate them? And what will you write in the introduction and conclusion? This question does not require any introduction and conclusion, It is literally a waste of paper and unnecessary information.

Also, this type of questions are best answered in the form of table where you get to differentiate two attributes side by side.
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Brother you are damn right...No need to right intro and conclusion..outline will also be waste of time and space...Go for the table or diagram in this question..m sure you will get 8-9 marks out of 20...

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I would also recommend making an outline for all the questions before you start them-at least in rough. I made all of mine on the last sheet of the answer book. As soon as I got any question paper I would make a quick rough outline-more like a mind map- in the first ten minutes for at least 5 questions then would chose the four I felt are the strongest. I don't think it ate up much of my time and in fact while writing made sure that I didn't deviate and remembered to include all the key points.

I didn't include the outlines in the actual body of the paper unless I felt that the outline I had come up with was out of this world and would add something to the overall appeal of the question.

For the specific example you have given above I would make a simple mind-map of all their differences that come to mind at that moment. I'll of course add to the list I originally come up with while writing or might even subtract some that don't make sense but its a good way to begin the paper-shows you right off the bat which questions you attempt will be stronger then the others.

Also note that this question, i.e. differentiate between gender and women studies, actually did come in 2019 but has several other parts to it like historically tracing the need for gender studies as a distinct subject and also its scope and significance in Pakistan. So there are in fact enough parts to make a thorough outline which would also serve the dual purpose of making sure you don't miss a part of the question since a lot can be written on each individual sub-section alone.
Kindly tel me, do we need to make headings when writing answers in all of the papers?
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Kindly tel me, do we need to make headings when writing answers in all of the papers?
Yes it is recommended to facilitate the examiner.
No headings in the essay though.
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