Mistakes To Avoid During UPSC CSE Preparation
The Union Public Service Commission will conduct the UPSC IAS 2021 Prelims examination on June 27. More than a million candidates apply for this prestigious exam while only 900 qualify it.
Thousands of serious aspirants commit many trivial mistakes which cost them the prestigious job even though they may have the same level of intelligence, hard work and sincerity like any IAS officer.
Here are mistakes to avoid during UPSC IAS preparation
Not Knowing the UPSC syllabus
Most of the candidates rely on social media, Facebook, twitter, telegram, YouTube interviews and various coaching websites to know what to read and what not. However, less than 10% aspirants actually download and read the syllabus prescribed by the UPSC. Hence, students waste their time in reading unnecessary stuff and ignore the real portions of the syllabus. So download the official syllabus now.
Not Analyzing Previous year question papers(PYQs)
It is observed that UPSC repeats the themes of the questions asked in previous year exams. But most of the aspirants get lost in the hype created by the social media and coaching industry around current affairs and neglect the core areas from where UPSC has been asking questions. See PYQs asap.
Neglect of Basic books and NCERTS
Aspirants think UPSC asks very high lvel questions which can be answered only from very expensive books of authors and coaching materials. Most of them do not realise that UPSC always asks questions from basic books like ncerts, newspapers and various government reports. It never goes for any foreign author or coaching book.
Lack of Time-Management
As is often repeated, every person on this earth has 24 hours. Similarly, every aspirant has 24 hours, what they do in those hours ultimely decides their result. Successful candidates utilize their time well: they manage various subjects like optional, GS, answer writing , solving tests and watching debates. They tend do avoid distractions and go for a disciplined routine. Unsuccessful candidates try to be jack of all trades and ignore crucial aspects of the syllabus, unable to manage their time and energy.
Using too many sources
Using 10 books for history, 3 for economy, 4 newspapers, 3 monthly magazines etc is a recipe for disaster. No candidate ever has cleared this exam by referring to multitude of sources. An aspirant must keep her sources minimum, like, 1 newspaper everyday, 1 monthly magazine, 2 books, basically NCERTs for history and various govt reports.
Lack of revision
Candidates often go on accumulating more knowledge without revising earlier read stuff. This leads to poor memory and lack of cognitive skills. Ultimately, the student is unable to recall the stuff in examination. Hence, timely revision[- weekly, fortnightly and monthly- is a must to remember the important stuff.
Not attempting enough tests
Whether prelims or mains, you have to actually practice in the real exam like condition to stimulate proper response and check your performance. What usually happens, a candidate keeps on reading and reading stuff but does not attempt even mock tests for Prelims or writes enough answers for Mains. This leads to a lack of practice and the aspirant ultimately fails to perform on the exam day.
We at BYJU'S Exam Prep provide various quizzes, current affairs articles, editorials and other lectures to help you hone your skill, however, every aspirant must be aware of these mistakes and try to avoid them to crack UPSC CSE in their very first attempt.