6 common mistakes committed by every UPSC CSE aspirant
There is an ample number of mistakes which are committed by applicants in UPSC exam. These mistakes do not let applicants score high and somehow lead to unpleasant results.
Every year, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Exam in three stages: Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Every year, the Preliminary exam, which is qualifying in nature, is taken by around 5 lakh candidates. In Prelims, students must appear for two papers: GS Paper-I (9:30 to 11:30 am on June 3) and GS Paper-II (2:30 to 4:30 pm) Qualifying in Prelims makes one eligible for the Mains.
The entire process of the UPSC exam can prove to be strenuous and mentally taxing. Most aspirants will not make it. But those who do, besides working hard, tend to have one thing in common: they had planned for all eventualities, and had worked towards tackling the challenges they faced.
So, a well-designed and flexible strategy is key to success in this exam. In the days remaining, work on targets that will improve your performance in the Prelims and give you a headstart.
Here is a list of 6 common mistakes which applicants commit during their UPSC Civil Services Exam.
1. Writing skills:
- Deficiency of writing skills can hinder the score in the mains exams as it is the criteria for the selection process that includes writing essays.
- The lack of writing skills would be inefficient for a candidate to clear the selection process.
- An aspirant should know the facts and should possess a fluent flow of knowledge in a skillful manner. Apart from this, aspirants should focus on exam pattern oriented writing rather than improving writing and typing skills.
2. Reading the newspaper:
- A newspaper is a bundle of knowledge and is efficient in yielding a high result.
- ‘What and how to read’ should be clear in the mind of the aspirant in the context of a newspaper.
- There are three segments in a newspaper from an exam point of view – Events (that gives facts and figures), Issues (provides views and reviews that helps in developing an individual’s understanding and opinion on contemporary subjects.) and Gossips.
3. Unaware of the previous years:
- Aspirants do not realize the importance of previous year papers in the preparation according to the latest trend followed by the UPSC.
- Previous year papers make the aspirants aware of the paper pattern, important topics and a lot more which in a way guide them in the right direction.
4. Time- management:
- Proper time management is really required to clear the examination. An aspirant devotes several years for UPSC preparation while the poor management of time leads to unpleasant results.
- Time is one of the most important things to be kept in mind while attempting a paper. The fine line between urgent and important should be clear in the mind of the applicant.
5. Improper analysis:
- Proper self introspection plays a vital role in scoring well. An applicant must know his strengths and weaknesses. While in reality, candidates miss to analyse their inbuilt capabilities which often leads to lack of zeal during preparation.
- Knowing weakness and strength would help the candidate to keep a consistent grip over the strong areas and to improve the weaker section.
- We all are well aware of the saying, “Practice makes a man perfect.” Unfortunately! Somehow, the applicants fail to implicate it in the real life.
- In order to keep a hold on the information gained during the preparation, it is necessary to revise frequently.
- Reading ‘something new‘ and revising the ‘old one‘ should be in parity. The both should go hand in hand.