Do's and Don'ts Checklist for the UPSC Prelims 2022

By Aarna Tiwari|Updated : June 2nd, 2022

Do's and Don'ts Checklist for the UPSC Prelims 2022 should be kept in mind before appearing for the UPSC Prelims 2022. The Prelims 2022 is scheduled for 05 June 2022, Sunday. The UPSC Prelims is the first hurdle of the UPSC Exam, the other two being the UPSC Mains and the Personality Test or the Interview. The UPSC Prelims 2022 will be conducted across several centers in India. 

Aspirants appearing for UPSC Prelims 2022 should not lose hope now before the exam as whatever was needed for the preparation of the UPSC Exam, has been done and revised. Do not lose your cool now and have confidence in yourself.

Through this article, we will be highlighting the Do's and Don'ts Checklist for the UPSC Prelims 2022, Instructions for UPSC Prelims, Things to Take for UPSC Prelims, and whether Watch is allowed in UPSC Exam or Is Digital Watch Allowed in UPSC Exam. Go through the article to avoid any last-minute rush or mishap.

Things to Take for UPSC Prelims

UPSC Prelims is the first step of the UPSC Exam. The UPSC Prelims is said to be the most difficult and the trickiest of all three stages of the UPSC Exam. Though preparation of the UPSC Prelims Syllabus and UPSC Mains Syllabus is done in an integrated manner, the IAS Prelims needs more of a smart study approach. The UPSC Mains tests the candidates on their knowledge retention and critical thinking skills. 

The Prelims 2022 is just around the corner. A fully prepared and confident candidate must by now have completely revised the UPSC Syllabus, along with the basic UPSC Books and NCERT Books for UPSC.

Before appearing in the UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam, a candidate must go through the list of Things to Take for UPSC Prelims:

  • Print the E-Admit Card issued by the UPSC for the UPSC Prelims.
  • Carry two-three Black ballpoint pens on a safer side.
  • Carry a clipboard to the UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam Centre, as sometimes due to worn-out furniture available at the Centre, the OMR sheet gets torn.
  • Carry with you, a valid Government issued Photo ID Card and two passport size photographs.
  • It is always suggested to carry a water bottle to the exam center, and at least keep drinking water between the exam. Water relaxes the mind and helps in concentration.
  • In the recent times of COVID, it is necessary to wear a mask and carry a small transparent bottle of sanitizer to the UPSC Exam Centre.

Instructions for UPSC Prelims

It is very important to read all the instructions printed on the UPSC Admit Card well before the Prelims 2022 to avoid any last-minute rush and difficulty.

The instructions printed on the E-Admit Card issued by the Commission state that:

  1. Check the e-Admit Card carefully and bring discrepancies, if any, to the notice of the UPSC immediately.
  2. Mention your Name, Roll Number, Registration ID, and Name & Year of the Examination in all the correspondence with the UPSC.
  3. Bring the e-Admit Card (print out) along with the (original) Photo Identity Card, whose number is mentioned in the e-Admit Card, in each session to secure admission to Examination Hall. E-Admit Card must be preserved till the declaration of the final results of the Civil Services Examination, 2022.
  4. You are responsible for the safe custody of the e-Admit Card and in the event of any other person using this e-Admit Card, the onus lies on you to prove that you have not used the service of any impersonator.
  5. Candidates should note that any omission/ mistake/ discrepancy in encoding / filling in details in the OMR answer sheet, especially with regard to Roll Number and Test Booklet Series Code, will render the answer sheet liable for rejection.
  6. Please note that entry into the Examination Venue shall be closed 10 minutes before the scheduled commencement of the Examination i.e. 09:20 AM for the Forenoon Session and 02:20 PM for the Afternoon Session. No candidate shall be allowed entry into the Examination Venue after the closure of the entry.
  7. Candidates are advised to enter the Examination Venue well in time for frisking.
  8. Candidates should note that they shall not be allowed to appear at any other Examination Venue except the Examination Venue mentioned in the e-Admit Card.
  9. Read the 'Special Instructions for candidates admitted to the Examination' given in the 'Rules for the Examination' available in Examination Notice and the 'Poster' containing instructions displayed outside the Examination Venue.
  10. Your candidature for the Examination is provisional.
  11. Candidate should not be in possession of or using any mobile phone (even in switched off mode), pager or any electronic equipment or programmable device or storage media like pen drive, smartwatches, etc., or camera or Bluetooth devices or any other equipment or related accessories either in working or switched off mode capable of being used as a communication device during the examination. Any infringement of these instructions shall entail disciplinary action including a ban from future Examinations.
  12. Use of normal or simple wristwatches by candidates is allowed inside the Examination Rooms/ Halls. However, the use of watches fitted with any special accessory that might be used as a communication device or smartwatches is strictly prohibited and candidates are not allowed to take such watches into the Examination Rooms/ Halls.
  13. There will be a penalty (Negative Marking) for wrong answers marked by a candidate in both the question papers of the Examination.
  14. Answers other than those marked by Black Ball Point Pen will not be evaluated.
  15. Candidates are advised not to bring any valuables/ costly items and bags to the Examination Venue, as safekeeping of the same cannot be assured. The Commission will not be responsible for any loss in this regard.
  16. Candidates who do not have clear photographs on the e-Admit Card will have to bring a photo identity proof and two passport size photographs one for each session for appearing in the Examination with an undertaking.
  17. Candidates, who have opted for their own scribe, may note that their own scribe will be allowed for the Examination only with a separate e-Admit Card for such scribe. The e-Admit Cards for the own scribes will be issued separately.
  18. Wearing of mask/face cover is mandatory for all candidates. Candidates without mask/face cover will not be allowed entry into the Venue.
  19. Candidates, however, will have to remove their masks for verification, whenever required by the Examination functionaries. The candidate may carry his/her own hand sanitizer (small size) in a transparent bottle.
  20. Candidates to follow COVID 19 norms of 'social distancing' as well as 'personal hygiene' inside the Examination Halls/Rooms as well as on the premises of the Venue.

Is Watch Allowed in UPSC Prelims Exam

The UPSC allows the usage of a simple analog wristwatch during the UPSC Prelims 2022. The use of watches fitted with any special accessory that might be used as a communication device or smartwatches is strictly prohibited. Anyone found using them will be debarred from taking the UPSC Exam.

Other than that, every center of the Prelims 2022 is mounted with a huge analog wall clock so candidates can see the time and speed up their answer marking. The invigilators at the centers also inform about the time left before the completion of the Prelims 2022.

Is Digital Watch Allowed in UPSC Prelims Exam

UPSC does not allow the use of digital watches during the UPSC Exam as they can be a source of communication during the UPSC Exam. Each candidate, before entering the Examination Centre is required to submit all his valuables at the help desk and each candidate is scanned to avoid carrying of any electronic device or digital watch to the examination center.

Do's and Don'ts for the UPSC Prelims 2022

Keep these points in mind before appearing for the UPSC Prelims 2022:

Do’s for UPSC Prelims 2022

Don’ts for UPSC Prelims 2022

■ Download the UPSC Admit Card well in advance.

■ Visit your UPSC Exam Centre a day or two before the Prelims 2022 to estimate your arrival time and get accustomed to the surroundings and routes.

■ Carry a valid ID Card, 2 passport size photographs, and 2-3 black ballpoint pens.

■ Always carry a writing pad.

■ Keep a bottle of sanitizer with you, along with a transparent water bottle.

■ Don’t panic now, whatever you have prepared is more than enough, and have confidence in yourself.

■ Do not carry any valuables or mobile phones to the examination center as the Commission holds no responsibility for keeping them safe.

■ The UPSC prohibits the wearing of digital watches in the UPSC Exam, so avoid wearing that.

■ Do not wear fitted clothes, or hard sole shoes. Though not mentioned in the UPSC Admit Card, it is always suggested to wear comfortable clothing during the exam.

 

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Do's and Don'ts Checklist for the UPSC Prelims 2022 FAQs

  • Though Prelims 2022 is just around the corner, one can try for the UPSC Prelims 2023 attempt. To prepare for that, keep the basic points in mind such as preparing a solid UPSC Preparation Strategy, and micro-manage your UPSC Syllabus with the Optional Subjects for UPSC. Go through the UPSC Previous Year Questions to understand the UPSC Exam Pattern Better. Select your resources wisely and stick to them and keep revising them from time to time.

  • To prepare for UPSC at home or without coaching, it is suggested you refer to the article “How to Prepare for UPSC without Coaching” to get a complete idea.

  • UPSC Majorly asks for about 12-18 months of the Current Affairs in its exam. Current Affairs can be covered through newspapers, monthly Current Affairs Magazine, Current Affairs Videos and some government published magazines.

  • Yes, UPSC does repeat its questions in the UPSC Prelims. The UPSC Syllabus has not changed for many years for Prelims, so the paper setters tend to repeat the questions, either making it dynamic in nature or keeping it static.

  • The major Do's and Don'ts Checklist for the UPSC Prelims 2022 are:

    • Print the E-Admit Card issued by the UPSC for the UPSC Prelims.
    • Carry two-three Black ballpoint pens on a safer side.
    • Carry a clipboard to the UPSC Prelims 2022 Exam Centre, as sometimes due to worn-out furniture available at the Centre, the OMR sheet gets torn.
    • Carry with you, a valid Government issued Photo ID Card and two passport size photographs.
    • It is always suggested to carry a water bottle to the exam center, and at least keep drinking water between the exam. Water relaxes the mind and helps in concentration.
    • In the recent times of COVID, it is necessary to wear a mask and carry a small transparent bottle of sanitizer to the UPSC Exam Centre.


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