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14 Sep 2018

Busting 6 myths about the UPSC Civil Services Exam

Busting UPSC myths

The Indian Civil Services exam, commonly referred to as the IAS exam, is conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) each year.

The popularity of the exam has given birth to hearsay. Thus, there are many myths floating around, about the highly competitive exam, which students tend to blindly believe in.

Here's busting some of the most common myths about the UPSC exam.

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Busting UPSC myths
Myth 1: IAS aspirants must know everything about everything

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Myth 1: IAS aspirants must know everything about everything

A popularly held UPSC myth is that aspirants need to know everything about everything under the sun, which is far from the truth.

The point is that UPSC is a generalist exam, and one requires general understanding and conceptual clarity of all the subjects and topics prescribed in the syllabus. That's all.

So, you don't need to be an expert, just a genuine learner.

Myth 2: You need to be a 'topper-material'

Although being a topper through your school and college shall help you build confidence and score better, but it is in no way, the gateway to success. As long as you can develop general awareness, logical reasoning, and writing skills, you can crack the exam.

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16 hours rule?

Myth 3: You must study 16 hours everyday

Let's be honest here- it is practically impossible for one to study 16 hours a day, considering that 6-8 hours sleep is also needed to stay healthy.

The key here is to focus on quality, rather than the number of hours.

One should study hard and smart, with regular breaks, and should not put much pressure on themselves.

Relaxation and recreation are equally important.

Myth 4: Going to a coaching institute is a must

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Myth 4: Going to a coaching institute is a must

This is not true for everyone- one may or may not require coaching.

In today's scenario, there's a lot of preparation resources, study material, and guidance available right at your fingertips, with so many UPSC support websites and apps coming up.

Furthermore, going to coaching can be an extremely costly affair.

So, rely on self-study as much as you can.

Myth 5: You must cram up umpteen facts

One must know that cramming up facts is never the answer. The UPSC does not test your factual knowledge, but your understanding of topics, conceptual clarity, and analytical skills. However, a general knowledge of some basic, building-block facts must be there.

No. of questions

Myth 6: You should attempt maximum number of questions

It's just another of those 'hacks' and 'shortcuts' people keep coming up with, to cracking the UPSC exam.

Truth is, scoring mechanisms don't work this way- you cannot become a topper by answering as many questions as you can, since there's negative marking, and you may end up with a terrible score.

Getting maximum of your answers right comes from years of reading and hardwork.

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Most asked questions

How to prepare for civil services in BA 1st year?

Please specify the websites and Apps to prepare for the UPSC exam.

When should a MBBS student start preparing for the UPSC exam?

Is world economics included in the UPSC economics syllabus?

I'm in the 2nd year of my graduation. How should I prepare for the UPSC exam?

Which is the best book to prepare for maths optional in UPSC?

How to start UPSC preparation in class 12th?

Is it important to know about prominent awards and honor winners for the UPSC exam?

How to make notes of current affairs for UPSC?

Is it possible to clear the UPSC exam by studying hard for a whole year?

How to Prepare for UPSC by Self- Study?

I'm in class 12th. How should I prepare for the IAS exam? Do I also have to take coaching classes?

Is it possible for an average student to crack UPSC?

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How to prepare for civil services in BA 1st year?

Asked on 17-09-2018 by Disha Kushwaha

Answered by NewsBytes

To prepare for the UPSC exam, you need to follow these steps: (1) Read thoroughly your NCERT books of class 8th-10th as they will provide the basic details on any topic, (2)Read NewsBytes daily to stay updated on national, international events, (3) Improve your writing speed by attempting as many mocks as possible per day, (4)Stay focused and always practice hard.

Please specify the websites and Apps to prepare for the UPSC exam.

Asked on 16-09-2018 by Mohammad Faisal

Answered by NewsBytes

The following are the websites which are useful while preparing for the UPSC exam: (1)ClearIAS.com, (2)byjus.com, (3)cleariasexam.com, (4)iasscore.in, and (5)jagranjosh.com. The Apps which are useful while preparing for the UPSC exam are (1)BYJUs, (2)ClearIAS, (3)JagranJosh, (4)Vision IAS, and (5)NCERT for UPSC.

When should a MBBS student start preparing for the UPSC exam?

Asked on 16-09-2018 by hema rao

Answered by NewsBytes

The best time for an MBBS student to start preparation for the UPSC exam is the 2nd year of the course. It will take time to get familiar with the topics and a whole year to prepare intensively before appearing in the examination. If you'll start in the 2nd year, you'll get plenty of time to read every topic thoroughly.

Is world economics included in the UPSC economics syllabus?

Asked on 15-09-2018 by AJAY KUMAR

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, world economics is also included in the UPSC economics syllabus. The ratio of Indian economy and world economy is not defined because it changes every year.

I'm in the 2nd year of my graduation. How should I prepare for the UPSC exam?

Asked on 15-09-2018 by Akanksha Kumari

Answered by NewsBytes

To prepare for the UPSC exam, you need to follow these steps: (1) Read thoroughly your NCERT books as they will provide the basic details on any topic, (2)Read NewsBytes daily to stay updated on national, international events, (3) Improve your writing speed by attempting as many mocks as possible per day, (4)Stay focused and always practice hard.

Which is the best book to prepare for maths optional in UPSC?

Asked on 15-09-2018 by Amaresh Karampudi

Answered by NewsBytes

You can have various books on various topics such as for Linear Algebra- AR Vasistha, for differential calculus- DC Agarwal and AR Vasistha, for Solid Geometry- PN Chatterjee, and for Dynamics and Stats- Krishna Series. Like this, there are books available for each topic.

How to start UPSC preparation in class 12th?

Asked on 15-09-2018 by Priya Kumari

Answered by NewsBytes

You can start UPSC preparation in class 12th by following these steps: (1) Read thoroughly your NCERT books as they will provide the basic details on any topic, (2)Read NewsBytes daily to stay updated on national, international events, (3) Improve your writing speed by attempting as many mocks as possible per day, (4)Stay focused and always practice hard.

Is it important to know about prominent awards and honor winners for the UPSC exam?

Asked on 15-09-2018 by pallavi more

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, it is necessary to know that who won prestigious awards and honors for the UPSC exam. It is not only asked in the written examination but also during the personal interview. It's a part of current affairs and preparing current affairs is a must for the civil services exam.

How to make notes of current affairs for UPSC?

Asked on 15-09-2018 by Haseeb Ansari

Answered by NewsBytes

You can cover current affairs by reading NewsBytes daily along with other newspapers. Also, you can easily make notes by following these simple steps: (1)Divide the current affairs into various topics such as politics, economics, technology, defense, and sports, (2) Make short and manageable notes to have a last moment revision, and (3)Write only things which you feel is important for you to memorize.

Is it possible to clear the UPSC exam by studying hard for a whole year?

Asked on 14-09-2018 by abdur rehman ali

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, it is possible to clear the UPSC exam by studying hard. It is up to the candidate that how much he/she prepares for the exam. It is not necessary that only a topper can clear the civil services exam. Only hard work and dedication will help the candidates to crack UPSC exam.

How to Prepare for UPSC by Self- Study?

Asked on 14-09-2018 by Tushar Ranjan

Answered by NewsBytes

You can prepare for the UPSC exam by self-study by following these simple steps: (1)Go through the UPSC syllabus to know what you have to cover and how you'll do it, (2)Make a timetable and strictly follow that, (3)Make notes by reading NewsBytes and other newspapers daily, (4)Read the NCERT book from class 8-10, (5)Stay focused but also take breaks to relax your mind.

I'm in class 12th. How should I prepare for the IAS exam? Do I also have to take coaching classes?

Asked on 14-09-2018 by Jagdish Dhiman

Answered by NewsBytes

To prepare for the UPSC exam, you need to follow these steps: (1) Read thoroughly your NCERT books as they will provide the basic details on any topic, (2)Read NewsBytes daily to stay updated on national, international events, (3) Improve your writing speed by attempting as many mocks as possible. No, it's not necessary to take coaching classes. You can also practice by yourself.

Is it possible for an average student to crack UPSC?

Asked on 14-09-2018 by Biswanath jena

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, it is possible for an average student to clear UPSC exam. It is up to the candidate that how much he/she prepares for the exam. It is not necessary that only a topper can clear the civil services exam.

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