10 Basic Tips and Tricks to Prepare for UPSC Exam or any Competitive Exam

Competitive exams are a window through which youngsters can gain employment or entry into academic institutions in the country and even abroad. In India, the competition is generally very high due to the large number of candidates that take up the various exams. Generally, the seats and vacancies are far too less to cater to the large demand. So, it takes a specialised focus on the part of the candidates to crack the various exams. The civil services exam is according to some, in a different league altogether because of its tough nature and the vast syllabus involved. Although each competitive exam is different from the next, there are some general tips that are common for all such exams. In this article, you can get a few handy tips and tricks that will help in your exam preparation.

Tip #1: Say bye to procrastination

It is important that you chart out a study plan and then stick to it. Do not procrastinate. Time is valuable and generally scarce when it comes to preparing for a competitive exam. Also remember that time once lost cannot be retrieved. So, avoid putting things off.

Tip #2: Learn smart ways

Competitive exams demand candidates to answer a lot of questions in a relatively short time. Therefore, it is important that you study a few tricks and short-cuts to solve problems in s shorter time span. In the IAS exam, this is particularly important for the CSAT paper.

Tip #3: Speed up

Picking from where we left off in the previous point, it is essential to work on improving your speed of answering. In objective type papers, you must work on your speed of reading questions, knowing short-cuts, eliminating wrong answers and avoiding negative marks (if there is negative marking). In the IAS mains papers or any other written exam, you must enhance your writing speed by practice alone.

Tip #4: Previous test papers

It is imperative that you solve previous years’ questions papers of the particular exam. This will not only help you understand the demands of the exam, but will also greatly increase your speed of answering the paper. You can also better time your answers if you do this.

Tip #5: Be positive

Throughout your preparation time and also while actually taking the exam, you must keep a positive mind. Being negative will hamper your performance. If you are positive, your mind will have clarity and confidence, and this will improve your recall and thinking abilities. You should de-stress and relax once in a while during your preparation. This will help your mind rejuvenate and be sharper.

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