Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For IAS EXAMS

While preparing for IAS exams, many candidates commit few common mistakes which have to be avoided. By circumventing these mistakes, the possibility of clearing the examination in the very first attempt is high.

Here are some common mistakes which aspirants do:

    • Amiss the syllabus prescribed by UPSC: Knowing the syllabus helps you to prepare in a planned way. Without knowing the syllabus, one may tend to prepare on topics which may never come in the examination. Hence knowing the syllabus ensures better studies. For an instant, if you find a question which you may think is relevant to UPSC exam but veritably it is not in the syllabus. Many commit this major mistake and as a result end up attempting the IAS exams many times.
    • More time is devoted to a single subject/topic: When preparing for IAS exams, candidates usually tend to spend more time on few subjects or topic because of its difficulty/facile level. By doing so, less time is devoted to other subjects and as a result complete preparation is not done. Manage time and prepare everything that is in the UPSC syllabus.


  • Buying too many books/study materials:


    • Many candidates buy too many books, but referring many books can be confusing and time consuming. Instead refer a single standard book. This way, confusion can be avoided and quality studying can be done.


  • No proper strategy for studies:


    • Generally it takes an average of 40 days to complete a subject. Initially many candidates kick start the preparation with great enthusiasm but eventually with difficulty level setting in, jump on to another subject hastily. By doing this, candidates tend to repeat studying the same topic several times due incomplete covering of the entire subject and as a result the entire syllabus is not prepared.

There are 3 levels of studying for IAS exams:

  • Basic level-


    • A candidate has to complete the entire preparation and maintain handwritten notes to highlight the important points. This helps to know the status of your understanding the syllabus, know your strengths and weaknesses.

Reading notes and referring standard books-

    • In this level, a candidate has to concentrate mainly on reading notes and referring standard books which are relevant to the syllabus.

    • Revising from exam point of view- When a candidate is at 3rd level of studying, one has to concentrate only on revision. Refer previous years’ papers and sample papers. Take mock tests online which helps to know your position and also helps in effective time management. You will get familiarized with the exam pattern too.


  • Not choosing the right optional subject:


    • Choosing the right optional subject is the most important decision. Many candidates go astray with this decision influenced by various factors. Always choose an optional which, you are inclined to and keep in mind whether about its scoring factor. For example, candidates from Engineering-MBA background can choose management and candidates from Literature/Arts background can opt for Sociology. Proper guidance is needed for wisely choosing the optional subject. Our experts at BYJU’s help you to choose the subject assessing your knowledge about the subject and score factor. Contact 9243500460 for free guidance.
    • Not reading newspapers:
    • Candidates do not read newspapers and instead prefer magazines. Newspapers play a very important role in the IAS examinations as the questions in Current affairs section are picked up from newspapers. Emphasize more on topics like important court judgments, world affairs, General science, Biodiversity and Ecology. Consider the topic ‘Earthquake’ and the recent reference to this, being ‘Nepal Earthquake’ a candidate needs to read more about it keeping in mind what is in the syllabus. Do not waste more time reading things that is not asked (like topics related to Crime) Watch out for more

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    • to know about proper newspaper reading technique for UPSC Exams.

    • Ignoring language papers and essay: Candidates tend to ignore Languages and essays thinking it do not need much preparation. But languages and essay are equally significant. To prepare for essay, go through magazine articles as it helps in improving your vocabulary and comprehension. To prepare for languages, go through newspapers as it helps to get a strong hold on it.


  • Do not practice writing:


    • With the lack of writing practice, one tends to take too much time while answering which in turn makes you consume more time during examination. Practice writing and make handy notes which are helpful to manage your time efficiently.


  • Lack of revision:


    Most of the candidates do not revise. Revising at least twice before examination helps to remember what has been prepared. By avoiding these common mistakes, one can easily prepare for IAS exams productively.

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