Common Myths About IAS Exam

“The greatest power is the power to change lives. All that matters on your last day on Earth is the potential you’ve leveraged, the heroism you’ve demonstrated and the human lives you’ve graced.”

-Robin Sharma (The 5 AM Club)

Changing one’s own life is easy. But, changing the lives of people around – now that takes courage, conviction and grit. Ambitious youth take the IAS route to touch the lives of people. It is one thing to sincerely follow the policies and another to be a part of the policy making. This brings us to the question: “Is the IAS exam impossible to crack?” IAS exam is undoubtedly one of the most challenging exams, its syllabus is vast and it does require a good amount of your time and dedication. But it is a fact that hundreds of aspirants make it to the final merit list each year. If they can, so can you! They soak themselves in preparation and don’t pay heed to the hearsays of people. But there are several people, blogs and websites with partial knowledge that misguide the aspirants with their own understanding of what the exam is all about. These myths are obstructions to your preparation. Here are the common myths about the IAS exam that often do the rounds, busted!

  • MYTH 1: The UPSC syllabus is “Everything under the sun and beyond”

Is the UPSC Syllabus huge? Yes!

Should I know everything under the Sun to clear this exam? No!

UPSC has never asked a question outside the purview of the exam syllabus. The syllabus is indicative and NOT exhaustive. You must know where to stop reading, and how much you must know about a topic. That is where guidance from someone who knows the exam will help you. It becomes much easier to crack the exam when you have your preparation strategy chalked out and an expert eye to evaluate your preparation every now and then.

  • MYTH 2: IAS exam is all about rote learning and memorizing facts.

Think of the IAS exam as the beginning of your career as an IAS officer. Would you be able to produce pre-designed, memorised solutions to problems that arise in your district? Will rote learning help you contribute to policy making? Do not think of clearing the exam as an end in itself. It is a means to help you serve your country. UPSC selects those candidates with an analytical mind and rational decision-making ability. Your answers must reflect your ability to solve complex problems, make rational decisions and execute well-thought-out projects. It is essential to have conceptual clarity and develop analytical thinking skills. It is NOT about memorising facts and statistics, it is ALL about conceptual clarity. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • MYTH 3: You can qualify the examination only if you prepare in DELHI.

It is an undeniable fact that Delhi has become the hub of IAS aspirants but this does not mean one has to shift to Delhi to crack the examination. Begin to think like an administrator and do the cost-benefit analysis. Moving to Delhi for preparation would require you to incur expenses on your stay, get adjusted to the extreme weather conditions, keep measures handy to deal with the pollution and what not! There are countless examples of people from different states and cities clearing the examination by preparing at the comfort of their homes. The place of preparation, therefore, is not a determinant of your success in the examination.  Your seriousness and preparation strategy with the right guidance is your pathway to LBSNAA and your journey does not have to start from Delhi. In fact, the best place to prepare for this exam is your home. All you need to do is find someone willing to help you plan your preparation and guide you through your journey and evaluate your performance.

  • MYTH 4: One has to study for 14-16 hours every day to clear the exam.

Let us get real here. If you were to take up a 9-5 job, you would work for 8 hours. If you were to attend college, you would spend at least 8 hours taking classes, completing assignments. IAS preparation takes up exactly that much of your time, but with laser-sharp focus. It is not the number of hours that you put into studying that matters. One year of focus and alignment can put you FIVE years ahead in life. Don’t underestimate the power of consistency and desire. Have a study plan for 5-6 hours every day, stick to it. Constantly get your preparation evaluated. No force in the world can stop you from achieving your dream.

  • MYTH 5: Luck plays an important factor in clearing the exam.

Success is 1% Luck and 99% Perspiration. If you are determined enough to put in the hard work and study consistently, you definitely can achieve your goal. It is all about self-belief. Only those who do not put in the hard work blame their fate for their failure. More often than not, aspirants give up their preparation due to lost focus or lack of guidance. This exam is easier to crack if approached in the right manner. The importance of right guidance, revision and evaluation of your preparation cannot be emphasised enough. Get a mentor who can guide you through your preparation and help you stay focused. It could be a friend who has appeared for/cleared the exam, a coaching institute or any form of trusted online guidance.

Every aspirant starts preparing for the exam with partial knowledge, unaware of the realities and substance of the exam. It is completely okay to take some time to understand the syllabus, strategy to be followed and other nitty-gritty. Do not let these hearsays get in the way of your preparation.

We have busted the common myths surrounding the IAS exam. Now it’s time you bust your own apprehensions and self-doubts and get started!

Candidates can check the UPSC Eligibility Criteria at the linked article.


  1. Sir please tell me booklist for upsc cse

    1. Hi Ashish,

      From this article on UPSC books you can get the relevant info and download the booklist pdf for reference.

      Warm Regards

  2. Please give me WBCS Syllabus in details .

    1. Hi, you can read and download the detailed WBCS Syllabus from the linked article.

  3. Hello sir i want to upsc book notes and upsc syllabus provide me sir please

  4. Sir please sociology optional for Upsc book list provide

    1. Hi,

      Please check here for the UPSC Sociology Booklist

  5. Sir please tell how to start upsc preparation ,the one who is in class 11th .And sources of it. 🙏🙏🙏🙏

    1. Hi,

      For appearing in the IAS Exam, you need to finish your graduation. Regarding UPSC preparation, you need to first go through the UPSC Syllabus. The exam is conducted in three stages – Prelims (Qualifying, 2 papers, objective type MCQs), Mains (counted for final rank, 9 theory papers including one optional subject) and Interview.
      To start with the IAS preparation, you should be thorough with both old and new NCERT books. After those, come the UPSC books for different subjects.
      Preparation strategy should involve making a timetable, and staying updated with current affairs..
      Other free resources:
      UPSC Question Papers
      UPSC Notes
      NCERT Notes

  6. Please give me syllabus of MPPSC

  7. Sir give me syllabus then I decide properly

  8. Sir please provide information for optional geography books and prelims books

    1. —-> UPSC Books – See books for Prelims and Mains, and download booklist
      —-> Geography Optional Strategy, Books

  9. Sir please give me a syllabus

    1. Hi
      You can find UPSC Syllabus 2020 in the linked article.

  10. In your app,almost every lecture is uploaded for free then why do I need to buy your tablet course?

    1. Hi Sadaf
      The tablet course offers a Tablet, an SD Card, Current Affairs, Study Material & All India Test Series (Pre & Mains) along with the lectures by India’s Best Trainers. So you can keep on practising with the help of test series and you get every information in one place.

  11. Hi. Sir
    Please Give me a List of NCERT 6th to 12th std books

    1. Hi
      You can refer to our page UPSC Books to get the list of important books an aspirant should keep handy while preparing for UPSC exam.

  12. Is there any posibilties that i can prepare for Both UPSC and RPSC same time??

    1. Hi Lilam
      Yes, you can as topics of subjects like History, Polity overlap with UPSC ad RPSC RAS syllabus. You can refer to our Free IAS Prep page to keep up your preparation.

  13. Is it mandatory to go through NCERT Books from 6th to 12th if i have done my preparation from standard books recommend for UPSC exam

    1. Hi,

      While it is not mandatory, NCERT books are recommended by most toppers as the foundation of UPSC preparation. You can refer the links below for detailed info and free study material:
      1. Download NCERT Books For UPSC
      2. IAS Toppers’ Videos and Tips
      3. Download UPSC Previous Years’ Question Papers

  14. Archana Vishwakarma

    Mppsc prelims k liye best books bta dijiye sir English medium

    1. Hi Archana
      Please check our MPPSC Preparation page to get the tips and list of books for the examination.

  15. As i am a working person, can you provide me the course detail and strategy for upsc.

    1. Hi Neeraj
      You can refer to the UPSC preparation strategy for working professional in the linked article.

  16. Sir please study material send me

    1. Hi Srinivasa
      You can refer to the study material for UPSC IAS Exam preparation from the links mentioned below:
      1. UPSC Notes PDF
      2. NCERT Notes

  17. How to make the notes for ias preparation and what is the best optional subject?

    1. Hi Kesar
      You can refer to our UPSC Notes Making Tips page to get the idea on how to make notes for the IAS Exam. To choose optional subject, you should go with your interest in the subject but to get an idea about the best optional subject for UPSC, you can refer to the linked article.

  18. Avito Anto Chamavalappil

    I am a college student doing B-tech Mechanical Engineering.
    Now I am completing the 2nd semester. Which books I should refer for UPSC exam preparation(IAS)?

    1. Hi,

      You can find all the relevant info in our UPSC Books section.
      For the optional subject in UPSC Mains, you can check the Mech Engg syllabus here.

  19. Sir, incase a person has cleared the main exam, but couldn’t get through the interview.
    What will happen?

    1. A candidate has to again sit for prelims if he/she wants to reappear for the exam.

  20. Which booklist for anthropology as an optional

    1. Hi Divya
      Get it here

  21. Which is the best optional subject?

    1. Refer to the linked article to know the best optional subject for UPSC

  22. how i start prepration for upsc

    1. Hi
      Check UPSC Syllabus first. Then take up NCERT books for basic reading. Move on to UPSC previous year question papers. Read a newspaper daily and make notes.

  23. Sir please list out the all NCERT Books that we have to read 🙏🙏

  24. Pllz, suggest the booklist for public administration’s optional..

    1. Hi
      You can refer to Pub Ad. Booklist for UPSC at the linked article.

  25. Sir can you tell me the books for UPSC exam which book is best

    1. Hi Priyanka
      We suggest you refer to best books for UPSC post at the linked article.

  26. Sir please suggest some previous year question papers

    1. Hi
      You can find UPSC Old Question Papers here

  27. Hi Sir/Madam i need book list of UPSC IAS Exam

    1. Hi
      Please refer to UPSC Books at the linked article.

  28. I want to get enrolled on IAS tablet course. If you can provide information regarding that. And any upcoming scholarship tests for the same. And I’m aspirant for year 2024

    1. Hi,
      Please reach out to us at tel:+919243500460

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