Do’s and Don’ts for the UPSC Prelims 2023 – IAS Prelims Instructions Checklist

By Balaji

Updated on: February 28th, 2023

Do’s and Don’ts for the UPSC Prelims 2023 should be kept in mind before appearing for the UPSC Prelims 2023. The UPSC Prelims 2023 is scheduled for 28th May 2023, 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 2023 will be conducted across several centers in India. 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 2023, and the Instructions for UPSC Prelims. Go through the article to avoid any last-minute rush or mishap.

Table of content

  • 1. Instructions for UPSC Prelims (more)
  • 2. Do’s and Don’ts for the UPSC Prelims 2023 (more)

Instructions 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 Prelims 2023 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 2023 Exam, a candidate must go through the list of Instructions for UPSC Prelims:

  • Print the E-Admit Card issued by the UPSC for the Prelims.
  • Carry two-three Black ballpoint pens on the safer side.
  • Carry a clipboard to the UPSC Prelims 2023 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 with 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.

Do’s and Don’ts for the UPSC Prelims 2023

It is very important to read all the instructions printed on the UPSC Admit Card well before the Prelims 2023 to avoid any last-minute rush and difficulty.

UPSC Prelims Instruction PDF

Keep these points in mind before appearing for the UPSC Prelims 2023:

  • Download the UPSC Admit Card well in advance.
  • Visit your UPSC Exam Centre a day or two before the Prelims 2023 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.

Do’s for UPSC Prelims 2023

  • In recent years, the core topics portion of the UPSC preliminary examination has grown highly conceptual. Assess the types of questions that were asked by looking at the Previous Year’s question papers.
  • To avoid losing marks in those topics, be sure to review and recall whichever topic and subject you are studying. Without adequate review, you’ll probably enter the exam room more perplexed and receive a greater negative score.
  • Regardless of your level of preparation, make sure to take the UPSC mock exams. This will enable you to evaluate your level of planning, your capacity for timely completion, and the kind of fundamental errors you make.
  • In the last few weeks, many students make the mistake of choosing current events readings in an attempt to complete them. Study current events for a few hours each day starting right away, and don’t forget to revise it often.
  • Make sure you are preparing or practicing with a serious focus in the final weeks before the exam. You’ll train your brain to function at its peak during certain times.
  • Ensure that you’re there at the exam center 45 to 60 minutes before the scheduled time. The last-minute rush and stress of getting to the location could have a negative impact on your focus.

Don’ts for UPSC Prelims 2023

  • 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.
  • Students frequently overlook the fact that the OMR sheet is the most crucial component of the preliminary exams and that it takes time to complete. Make sure to fill out the OMR sheet well in time, if you don’t want to check it after each question.
  • Make sure to read through all the options and questions at least once. By carefully reading the questions and available options, you’re bound to encounter one or two questions that you can answer in the right way.
  • Don’t over-attempt. It can also be sufficient to attempt roughly 70 questions (in paper-I) well if the test appears to be particularly difficult and you have done well in your preparation.
  • 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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