10 Common mistakes you commit during UPSC Preparation


Civil service examination is one of the toughest examinations in our country. UPSC conducts the examination yearly. So right from the beginning, one has to avoid the mistakes which are commonly done during preparation.

There are three stages in Civil services examination. The first one is preliminary examination which is a screening test, the second one is mains and finally the interview.

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

1.Time Mismanagement

Time is a very important factor in UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation.If a person doesn’t utilize  Civil service aspirant should use their time effectively.The time table to be followed should be a detailed one.And yes,this doesn’t mean one has to study the entire day. Certain amount of time should also be alloted to recreational activities so that mind becomes fresh after long hours of study. Social media should also be used  in a constructive manner.

“The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is driven by it–Schopenhauer”

  1. Don’t say no to revision

IAS aspirants are not supposed to say no to revision. Sometimes it might happen with the students that in order to cover new topics,revision suffers.This finally ends up with tension, poor performance, and failure.Revision should not be ignored at all. Also,a habit of making notes should be developed for revision.Without proper revision,one cannot crack this exam.

“The more you leave out, the more you highlight what you leave in.” ― Henry Green

3.Choosing wrong optional

Earlier ,according to the UPSC Exam pattern,there used to be two optional subjects.Now,only one optional subject has to be chosen.This is a very important question for the aspirants which optional subjects should they chose in order to score maximum scores.Also,which optional subjects are easy to handle along with the subjects to be studied.

Such an optional  subject should be chosen  which you like to explore and study. The choice should be based on your liking.Also,such an optional can be chosen which one has already studied at the time of graduation,post graduation or school days.Mark trends should not be followed,as an optional  might have proved advantageous for some aspirants, but you have to do justice with your favour and preferences.

“Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” –Steve Jobs

4.Say yes to mock test

Mock tests are significant for a directional preparation because they give a candidate a chance to improve their knowledge.Also, through these exams , a candidate can decrease his mistakes and build self- confidence. Mock tests actually tell you in which areas you need to improve.It will tell you, where are the gaps in your knowledge? The results of the mock tests give you the idea of your weaknesses and strengths so that you can work accordingly.

5.Poor Newspaper reading strategy

Reading all the content of a newspaper takes a lot of time.This should not be the strategy of a serious IAS aspirant.A newspaper contains both relevant and irrelevant news as per Civil Services Exam pattern.Film gossip,sports news,etc can be avoided for sure.Selective reading should be done in order to save time.

“The newspaper is a greater treasure to the people than uncounted millions of gold.”- Henry Ward Beecher

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6.Ignoring previous year papers

Previous year question papers are the unavoidable part of UPSC preparation. When you solve the previous years’ question papers,you get the idea of exam pattern.Repeated questions also get revealed and you understand which topics are more important according to the current trends of UPSC IAS Exam.Thus make sure that you don’t avoid previous years’ question papers.

“Exams test your memory, life tests your learning; others will test your patience.” ― Fennel Hudson

7.Selective sources of books

UPSC Examination mainly focuses on checking your common sense along with basic knowledge of the subjects. Your opinion regarding atopic matters. Choose relevant sources and stick with them rather than collecting a lot of books and transforming your place into a library.

“A book lying idle on a shelf is wasted ammunition. Like money, books must be kept in constant circulation. A book is not only a friend, it makes friends for you. When you have possessed a book with mind and spirit, you are enriched. But when you pass it on you are enriched threefold.”

― Henry Miller

8.Constructive group study

If you have an enthusiastic peer group those who are preparing for Civil Services, it is highly recommended to do group study. Some intellectual discussions actually add to your knowledge.If you study in a group, it helps one to understand the topic more precisely and easily.Also, since different people have different opinion,when you discuss,you analyse the topics with different perspectives.

“It does not matter where you go and what you study, what matters most is what you share with yourself and the world.”― Santosh Kalwar


9.Lack of focus and observation

UPSC examination is a long journey. It needs hard work, perseverance, observation, patience and focus. During preparation, candidates undergo great stress and depression. In this age of the Internet, smartphones, the social media, the problem is even bigger. If the candidate is not sure about his/her goals, they will end up someplace else.Studies should be directional one and proper focus should be there on your goal.Only then,you can accomplish it.

“To acquire knowledge, one must study;but to acquire wisdom, one must observe.”― Marilyn Vos Savant

10.Mugging up media conclusions

Whenever you get to know any information,you must check its authenticity.all information flowing in media should be properly checked with government sites and realities. Only a detailed educated analysis based on socio-economic- cultural spheres enables one to create a sensible opinion which UPSC expects from candidates.

“Memory is not wisdom; idiots can by rote repeat volumes. Yet what is wisdom without memory? -Martin Farquhar Tupper”

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