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13 Mar 2019

#CareerBytes: What not to read for UPSC CSE Prelims exam

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE) is one of the toughest exams and its preparation process is a demanding task.

It is conducted in three stages: Preliminary examination, Main examination, and Personality Test.

While preparing for Prelims, aspirants must be aware of what to study and what not to study to avoid wasting their precious time.

Here's what candidates should avoid studying for Prelims.

#1

Reading about topics that are not in the UPSC syllabus

Reading about topics that are not in the UPSC syllabus

Before starting the preparation for Prelims, candidates should know the topics given in the UPSC syllabus. This will help them cover the entire syllabus and avoid unnecessary topics or subjects that are not in the syllabus, which are irrelevant for the exam.

Also, they should prioritize topics as per the weightage and the latest questioning trends rather than studying them blindly.

#2

Do not read too many books for the same topic

The UPSC syllabus is huge and covers a lot of concepts and topics. While candidates are required to have an idea about all the topics, they should avoid studying too much in depth.

Some books are of an advanced level and will consume unnecessary time; so, these should be avoided. Also, candidates shouldn't read too many books or resources for a single topic.

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#3: Avoid books that are irrelevant from UPSC exam perspective

Apart from books for different subjects, aspirants should also go through books for general reading, learning about diverse topics and issues, and improving communication skills, reasoning and analytical ability, and decision-making skills. However, candidates should not read irrelevant books, especially fiction, to avoid wasting time.

#4

Do not read unnecessary material provided by random websites

Do not read unnecessary material provided by random websites

While preparing for Prelims, candidates can take help of websites that provide study material, previous question papers, test series, current affairs, and other exam preparatory material.

However, they should understand that the Internet is a vast ocean and wisely choose the resources which they feel are important for Prelims. They should avoid following too many websites and random sources while preparing.

#5: Avoid reading news not related to Prelims syllabus

Reading newspapers and magazines is an indispensable part of UPSC preparation; they help candidates know current affairs, learn about diverse topics/issues, and improve knowledge. However, aspirants must avoid reading irrelevant news topics, including entertainment, fashion, crime, art, sports, business (unless it's relevant) among others.

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Does the UPSC Prelims exam repeat questions from the previous year?

Does the UPSC syllabus change every year?

What is the syllabus of UPSC?

Can you suggest some economics books for UPSC preparation?

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Does the UPSC Prelims exam repeat questions from the previous year?

Asked 2019-03-15 16:17:03 by Namrata Biya

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Yes, there are chances that UPSC will repeat its questions in Prelims as well as in Mains from the previous year.

Does the UPSC syllabus change every year?

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No, the UPSC syllabus does not change every year.

What is the syllabus of UPSC?

Asked 2019-03-14 22:22:54 by SUJATA KUMARI

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The syllabus of UPSC is divided into two parts: Prelims and Mains. In Prelims, two compulsory questions of 200 marks each will be asked, i.e. General Studies 1 and General Studies 2, which will comprise of subjects like History, Politics, Social Development etc. In UPSC, the Mains consist of nine papers, i.e. two optional subjects, four general studies, one essay, and one English paper.

Can you suggest some economics books for UPSC preparation?

Asked 2019-03-14 17:45:45 by Amrutha Ammu

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The books you can study to prepare economics for the UPSC exam are (1)Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, (2)Indian Economy Key Concepts by Sankarganesh K, (3)Datt and Sundaram's Indian Economy, and (4)Indian Economy by Uma Kapila.

Is it enough to read NCERT books to crack civil services Prelims exam?

Asked 2019-03-14 13:48:20 by Rishika Rani

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No, NCERT is not enough to prepare for CSE-Prelims. You should read other general aptitude books also. The important topics you should read for Prelims are (1) Plans and policies by NITI Aayog, (2) New Aviation policy, (3) Latest bills and Acts, (3) Latest schemes by central and state governments, (4) Details about budget, Rafale deal and GST, and (5) Latest terrorist attacks.

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