Being an Indian we feel really proud when we meet or see an IAS officer and dream of becoming just like him/her. And the gateway to this designation is UPSC exam or commonly known as Civil services exam. It is the toughest exam in the country and has a success rate of 1 in 10000 and the rate is further decreasing every year. Here are some very common mistakes which are committed by the aspirants which turn out to be their biggest nightmare. Let’s discuss those and find out a way to avoid or surpass them.
Considering yourself less
It has been noticed that several aspirants from Hindi medium consider themselves low as compared to aspirants from English medium. Well our advice to them would be, don’t underestimate yourself because the UPSC gives you an option to give exam in Hindi as well. And as far as interview is concerned, it’s a good opportunity for you to challenge yourself and improve your English skills. The interviewer just checks your confidence and your fluency over any language you give interview in. Always remember you are no way less than any other person and the best person who can motivate you is no one except yourself.
Bad time management
Many students just start wasting time over lesser important topic or buy two-three books for one subject only. No, the things won’t go right this way. The best way to study is to go through the syllabus and mark the topics which you feel that require more effort from your side. First start with the NCERT and then move ahead with a standard book to get a deeper insight into the topics. Studying any book without studying NCERT book is useless. NCERT books helps to solidify your concepts and impart a fair understanding of all the topics. You just have to follow one book at a time.
Preparing for mains after prelims
Most of the aspirants start preparing for mains only if after the prelims results. This is really a bad approach. Prelims is just a qualifying exam but mains is your rank decider. All the aspirants should prepare for their mains as well as Personal Interview stage alongside of prelims. Suppose, you have tom give your exam in June 2020, then you should start your preparation in June 2020 of all the three stages. Last week of January is an ideal time to start focusing completely over your prelims.
This is the biggest mistake while preparing for UPSC. If you look at the previous year question paper, you will see that around 35-40 question come directly from NCERT. Moreover, NCERTs serve as your basic building blocks towards your IAS preparation. The concepts are explained in a very easy, interactive and lucid manner which helps in better understanding of all the topics and gain clarity of concepts.
Practice practice practice
Always believe that knowing a thing does not only suffice until you master it and get perfect into that. Suppose you have learnt certain short tricks for solving the mathematics problems and but you don’t know how to apply them, then your knowledge is wasted. It is always better to solve at least 10 problems of whatever new shortcut you have learnt. This will have dual benefit. One, it will help in you in memorization of the formula and secondly, you will know how to apply the same trick over different scenarios.
Ignoring reading newspaper
Focusing only over academics will not prepare enough to cross the first hurdle i.e. prelims. There is an equal contribution from current affairs as well. The best way from which you can gain the knowledge is TV and newspaper. You can watch debates and news channel over the TV which will help you being informed as well as in opinion formation. This certainly helps you in your written exam. if you are reading the newspaper circle out the things such as events, names, places etc and write them in a speared notebook. Try to connect the current scenario things with the past, this will help you in forming a clearer picture of everything.
Focusing only over the facts
This is a very common mistake committed by many aspirants. Guys please be clear that the UPSC exam is not at all design to test your factual knowledge. The main aim of the IAS exam is to test your conceptual clarity, analytical skills and deeper level understanding of the concepts. Yes, the concepts which are mandatory for your knowledge but the exam test the application of that concepts and not that concept alone.
Last but not the least, preparing for UPSC is a long journey so it’s really important to stay motivated at all the levels. Stay determined always. Good Luck.