Mistakes to avoid while preparing for UPSC

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30 Sep 2018

8 mistakes to avoid while preparing for the UPSC exam

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

The exam is considered one of the toughest in India, but with thorough preparation and strong determination, one can crack it.

Here are 8 common mistakes one must avoid while preparing for the UPSC Civil Services exam.

Mistakes (1)

Mistakes to avoid: Shoddy planning; Confusion about coaching

Mistakes to avoid: Shoddy planning; Confusion about coaching

Planning: UPSC preparation is a long-term process. That's why planning is the foremost step to cracking the exam. Set realistic micro-goals, and strive to achieve them. Bad planning can ruin your preparation, while smart planning will take you places.

Coaching: Students usually take up extreme notions about taking coaching. However, truth is, coaching may or may not help. One must find out for themselves.

Mistakes (2)

Mistakes to avoid: Not considering all stages equally; Ignoring NCERTs

Stages: A lot of UPSC aspirants tend to put all their focus on the Mains examination. However, the exam has three stages- Prelims, Mains, and Interview, and all these should be taken seriously. In many instances, top candidates get eliminated in the interview round.

NCERT Books: It's an absolute blunder to ignore the NCERT textbooks, as they are vital for getting your basics right.

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Mistakes (3)

Mistakes: Not practising question papers; Spending unnecessary time on newspapers

Mistakes: Not practising question papers; Spending unnecessary time on newspapers

Not practising: Aspirants who devote all their time on preparation alone, and not on practising question papers are setting themselves up for failure. Practising mock tests and past years' papers helps one get the knack of paper pattern, difficulty levels, and time management.

Newspapers: Although reading newspapers is important and advisable, but doing too much of it is essentially a waste of time.

Mistakes (4)

Mistakes: Not preparing for interview; Being nervous or overconfident

Not preparing for the interview: The last stage of the UPSC exam i.e. Personality Test can either make or break things for you. Prepare well and seriously for this round to leave no stone unturned.

Being nervous: Despite hard work and persistent efforts, nervousness on the day of exam is bound to shatter your dreams.

Overconfidence: Confidence will help, overconfidence not so much.

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Is cursive handwriting necessary in UPSC exam?

Suggest some books to prepare for upsc in Hindi medium.

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How to start preparing for the UPSC examination by self-study?

Can I choose chemistry as an optional subject in UPSC Mains?

How to prepare for the other exams of UPSC?

What is the minimum age limit to apply for the UPSC exam?

Where another the other four mistakes?

I am in class 5th. How should I prepare for the IAS exam?

How to prepare for the UPSC exam?

Can we prepare for the UPSC exam at home?

Is mathematics necessary for the UPSC exam?

Is it necessary to attend the IAS coaching?

How can I prepare for the UPSC exam? Is it necessary to take the coaching?

What are the optional subjects in the IAS exam?

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Is cursive handwriting necessary in UPSC exam?

Asked 2018-10-10 19:02:51 by Jyoti mangalpalli

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No, it is not necessary to write in cursive in the UPSC exam. You can write in regular handwriting as well as cursive handwriting for the government exam as per your convenience. There's no such hard and fast rule.

Suggest some books to prepare for upsc in Hindi medium.

Asked 2018-10-05 19:00:13 by Kartik Rajput

Answered by NewsBytes

The list of UPSC preparation books for Hindi medium candidates are as follows (1)Indian history books (Hindi) by Bipin Chandra, Vipan Chandra, (2)Bharat Evam Vishwa ka Bhugol by Majjid Hussain, (3)Bharat Ka Samvidhan by D.D.Basu, (4)Bhartiya Arthvyavastha by Ramesh Singh, (5)Samanya Adhyayan by Mc Graw Hill Education, and (6)Manorama yearbook- Hindi edition.

What is the best optional subject for the IAS exam?

Asked 2018-10-04 09:56:24 by Neela Goudar

Answered by NewsBytes

The optional subject differs from candidate to candidate. It depends on the field of interest of the candidate. You can choose an optional subject by following these simple procedures, (1)Go through the list of all optional subjects, (2)Choose your favorite subject, (3) Select 4-5 subjects of your choice, (4)Go through the syllabus of these subjects, (5)After comparing the syllabus, choose the final subject.

How to start preparing for the UPSC examination by self-study?

Asked 2018-10-02 08:35:56 by Sahana Vasanth

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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 6th-10th, (5)Stay focused but also take breaks to relax your mind.

Can I choose chemistry as an optional subject in UPSC Mains?

Asked 2018-10-02 08:33:00 by Sahana Vasanth

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Yes, you can choose chemistry as an optional subject for UPSC Mains. If you're with a science background and you have a good command over chemistry, only then you should select it as your optional subject in IAS.

How to prepare for the other exams of UPSC?

Asked 2018-10-01 08:11:46 by Meena Ali

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You can prepare for the other exams of UPSC by following these simple steps: (1) Read thoroughly your NCERT books as they will provide the basic details on any topic and it is helpful for all exams, (2)Read NewsBytes daily to stay updated on national, international events, and (3) Improve your writing skill and speed by attempting as many mocks as possible per day.

What is the minimum age limit to apply for the UPSC exam?

Asked 2018-09-30 22:00:17 by Simran Mansoori

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The minimum age required to apply for the UPSC exam is 21 years. The maximum age differs as per the categories. For general category, it is 32 years, for OBC candidates- 35 years, SC/ST candidates- 37 years, and for PH candidates- 42 years.

Where another the other four mistakes?

Asked 2018-09-30 20:06:51 by Nayan Dey

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The eight mistakes are given in the article. It is included in the sub-parts of the broadly mentioned four mistakes. With every point, the writer has mentioned a separate mistake.

I am in class 5th. How should I prepare for the IAS exam?

Asked 2018-09-30 19:41:54 by Renu Sharma

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You have a lot of time to prepare for the IAS exam. You can easily start preparation by (1)Reading NewsBytes daily, (2)Reading other English newspapers daily and following its stories, (3)Sharpening your current affairs and general knowledge, (4)Increasing your writing speed by solving previous year question papers, and (5)Improving your English language.

How to prepare for the UPSC exam?

Asked 2018-09-30 18:02:17 by Ravishankar Hanchinal

Answered by NewsBytes

You can prepare for the UPSC exam by following these simple 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.

Can we prepare for the UPSC exam at home?

Asked 2018-09-30 15:16:33 by Priynka Singh

Answered by NewsBytes

Yes, you can prepare for the UPSC exam at home. You can do that 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, and (4)Read the NCERT book from class 8-10.

Is mathematics necessary for the UPSC exam?

Asked 2018-09-30 12:55:10 by Silvika Singh

Answered by NewsBytes

Mathematics is not necessary for the UPSC exam but it is one of the optional subjects. You can choose it as your optional subject if you're good at mathematics. This will also help you to score more in the exam.

Is it necessary to attend the IAS coaching?

Asked 2018-09-30 11:35:16 by gokulraj ravi

Answered by NewsBytes

No, it is not necessary to attend the IAS coaching as you can also start preparation at home. You can do 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 daily, and (4)Read the NCERT book from class 8-10.

How can I prepare for the UPSC exam? Is it necessary to take the coaching?

Asked 2018-09-30 11:31:47 by Inazuma fan

Answered by NewsBytes

No, it's not necessary to take the coaching classes as you can prepare for the UPSC exam even by self-study by following these simple 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, and (3) Improve your writing speed by attempting as many mocks as possible.

What are the optional subjects in the IAS exam?

Asked 2018-09-30 11:30:11 by MAYA GANGADHARAN

Answered by NewsBytes

There are over 25 optional subjects in the IAS exam. These subjects include agriculture, animal husbandry and veterinary science, anthropology, botany, chemistry, civil engineering, commerce and accountancy, economics, electrical engineering, geography, geology, history, law, management, mathematics, medical science, philosophy, physics, political science and international relations, psychology, public administration, sociology, statistics, zoology, and 22 government recognized languages of India.

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