Common Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For UPSC Examination

Common Mistakes To Avoid While Preparing For UPSC Examination

Union Public Service Commission conducts a Civil Service Exam every year to recruit eligible candidates who aspire to have a stable career as an officer in the reputed civil services in India. UPSC is one of the most competitive examinations in the country. Every year around 3-5 lakhs of candidates appear for the preliminary stage, but only a few would make it through. 

There is an ample number of mistakes that the candidates commit while preparing for the UPSC exam. Therefore, it is important for the candidates to learn from their mistakes and make sure they don’t repeat the same in order to achieve the best results in the exam. 

Thus, we have come up with this article, to guide the candidates with the common mistakes they should avoid while preparing for the UPSC exam and read the best UPSC IAS Books available.

Skipping UPSC Syllabus

UPSC Syllabus plays an important role in the preparation. Understanding the syllabus ahead of the preparation gives clarity and saves a lot of time for the aspirants preparing for the exam. UPSC Syllabus covers all the important topics relevant to the exam preparation and from where questions will be asked. Thus, the candidates will be able to avoid irrelevant topics that are never asked in the exam. With the help of the syllabus, they will be able to prepare and follow a concrete study plan during the entire preparation. 

Not Solving Previous Year Question Paper

USC Previous Year Question Paper is one of the important study materials to be referred by the candidates during the preparation. Skipping the previous year’s question paper is one of the common mistakes committed by the candidates and thus they fail to gain familiarity with the exam. It is advisable to download and solve the previous year’s question paper of at least 5 years from an authentic website and then verify the answers with the official UPSC Prelims Answer Key to understand the marking scheme in a better manner. And the plus point of solving the previous year’s question paper is that the candidates will analyze and understand the type of questions along with difficulty level and marks weightage asked previously in the exam. Thus, practicing from the previous year’s question paper will strengthen the overall UPSC preparation of the aspirants.

Not Reading Newspaper

Reading a newspaper is one of the important aspects of UPSC preparation. One of the common mistakes committed by the aspirants is that they fail to inculcate the habit of reading newspapers and watching the news on a regular basis. Nowadays, newspapers are available both in print and online. Candidates should read the newspaper at least for 30-45 minutes daily. It is important to cover the important topic from the newspaper and if it’s not possible then they are advised to follow daily news analysis for the important content. 

Preparing from Too many books

No doubt, the UPSC Syllabus is quite vast and lengthy and there are a variety of books available on the market and online. But it doesn’t imply that the candidates have to refer to too many books for the preparation. Referring too many books or sources for one topic can create confusion on the concept. Therefore, it is advisable to refer to one or two books for one topic.  Candidates should start their preparation from NCERT books to build a strong grip on the basic concept and then move ahead with the advanced textbook for better preparation. 

Selection of the Wrong Optional

Selecting the wrong optional subject is one of the common mistakes committed by the candidates in their preparation. The marks obtained in both the optional papers are considered while preparing the final merit list. Hence, the candidates are advised to select the optional subject for UPSC in a careful and cautious manner. They need to ensure that the reason behind choosing the optional subject is not silly, but is based on the interest in the subject and other aspects like availability of books, study material, and availability of classes for that specific subject.  


Chetan Sharma is a professional digital marketer and blogger at heart. He owns multiple educational blogs like Selina Concise and many others.

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