How To Break The Cycle Of Failure In UPSC Prelims
UPSC has announced that Prelims 2021 will be conducted on 10th October 2021 due to the ferocious second wave of Covid-19. This has provided 100 more days to the aspirants to prepare for UPSC prelims this time.
As you know out of 10 lakh people who fill the forms for UPSC, only 5 lakh appear in the prelims out of which only 12000 clear prelims. Thus almost 98% fail prelims.
Most of the people fail prelims every year. Some twice, some thrice, some 4 times and some even 6 times. You must also have heard of people who qualified Prelims in all 6 attempts and that too with very high marks.
So what separates those who clear prelims every year from those who fail every year?
How to break this cycle of failure in prelims every year?
What is the perfect strategy to help us clear prelims with a comfortable margin?
In this article, we will answer all such questions to help you ace prelims in this attempt only.
Limiting your sources:
Reading one book 10 times is more beneficial than reading 10 books 1 time and remembering nothing from it. You don’t have to run and buy every new book, current affairs booklet or coaching class available in the market. You have to choose one and follow it diligently.
Revising weekly, monthly and quarterly is going to help you retain stuff. This will help you in eliminating wrong options in the exam.
Having a regular routine of study, a time-table, a plan according to your strengths and weekness is going to help you more than any book or youtube video ever can. The progress won’t be visible early, but surely it will happen over a period of time.
Reading is a different thing and performing in the exam is a totally different thing. You have to practice in the exam conditions to help you hone your skills. Buy any mock test series form market or from any coaching, and solve it. See how much you scored, where did you lose marks, what are your weak areas etc.
Solve 50-70 prelims tests and read their solutions to augment your knowledge base.
Previous Year papers:
Solve past 10 years prelims questions. You will find a pattern of UPSC picking up certain topics from syllabus. Also, UPSC repeats or slightly changes previous year questions in their exams. Solve them. Solve CDS, NDA, CAPF, IES etc to know What UPSC is focusising.
Read past 12 months current affairs diligently. Also focus on the important themes of past 2-3 years. All these can be found easily on the magazines of various coaching institutes.
Revise them 3-4 times.
Read polity, economy, geography , history, art and culture, environment etc from the recommended statndard books- NCERTS or Various authors like Laxmikanth. Read them 4 times.
Number of Question attempts:
This will vary from individual to individual. However, try to attempt over 80 questions in prelims. You will get your accuracy after attempting 50 mock tests. Use elimination smartly and don’t overdo it to lose marks in the wrong answers. Negative marking will hurt your chances. Blind guesses-tukke- may help a few but it is more likely to help lakhs fail the pre.
In our next article, we will talk about how to break the cycle of failure in mains exam.
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