COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID IN UPSC PREPARATION

This article talks about the mistakes that might deter an aspirant from cracking the examination in one go. The following enumerates the mistakes and the ways to address them:

#LACK OF A CLEAR STRATEGY

WAY TO ADDRESS:

  1. Know the entire syllabus by heart and align it along with preparing micro notes of the entire study material.
  2. For Answer writing: As a beginner, refer to topper’s solved answer booklet, study their approach to questions and the structuring of answers. Remember that thinkers and their quotes are your key tools to writing a good answer. Approach reading in question-answer format so that the topics penetrate into your memory. Identify your strong points and strengthen them and in the weak areas, just accumulate some basic data like facts, statistics and quotes so that while writing the paper there is no wastage of time in thinking.
  3. For Interview: Create a self-reflection and have a people centered approach of values that are essential as a Civil servant.

#ACCUMULATING UNNECESSARY MATERIALS

WAY TO ADDRESS:

  1. Rather than the art of accumulating it is necessary to have the art of replicating. Instead of reading a lot and accumulating a scholarly material it is needed to restrict the data targeting it to the need of the exam.
  2. After reading a lot of material, when you see the question in the exam you tend to write a lot, consuming more time but with less material it becomes easier to put down those points on paper then.
  3. Notes must be made in such a way that you do not have to go back to the original material again, making it the sole material to revise before the exam.

#INSUFFICIENT REVISION

WAY TO ADDRESS:

  1. Making of notes is incomplete without rigorous revision. While revising internalize the concepts seeing its application in daily life.
  2. Revision will make you clear-headed, precise and sharp. Speed of writing and completing the paper is equally important so practice in a time bound environment so that you are able to complete the paper fully. Don’t neglect revising the solutions after giving the tests.

#FEAR OF EVALUATION

WAY TO ADDRESS: Self-Evaluation of answers

  1. Gives clarity to the subject matter.
  2. You will know which all areas you are missing out and
  3. By reading the solution of that test paper you will understand your weak areas to focus upon along with how much weightage is given to certain areas according to the pattern of examination.

#UNHEALTHY PEER DISCUSSION AND IMITATION

WAY TO ADDRESS:

  1. While in a peer group discussion we tend to discuss which all topics and materials not covered, but we must focus on what has been done just before the exams.
  2. Go for inspiration not imitation. While imitating you lose your own sense of writing, originality and innovative thinking. This is the one particular element that differentiates your paper from others.

#DEALING WITH FAILURE

WAY TO ADDRESS:

  1. While going through the period of uncertainty after a failure and another year of preparation the question will be there, “Am I meant for this service?” You can only proceed if you know “Why I want to do this service?” Reflecting upon the purpose that attracts you to civil services process becomes the best sustaining factor for years.
  2. Apart from just attempting one after the other exam doesn’t solve the problem of failure but analyzing what went wrong and implementing it in the next attempt does.

FINAL NOTE: This process is long; this process requires a lot of you. Consistency, discipline and a single minded focus is needed along the way to achieving success.

HAVE A RUTHLESS IMPLEMENTATION!

 

Published by

Officers IAS Academy

See more updates in following link Best IAS Coaching Center in Chennai.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes:

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>