#CareerBytes: Things to avoid while preparing for UPSC IAS exam

Ramya Patelkhana


#CareerBytes: Things to avoid while preparing for UPSC IAS exam

18 Apr 2019: #CareerBytes: Things to avoid while preparing for UPSC IAS exam

The UPSC Civil Services Examination (CSE), also known as the IAS exam, is one of the toughest exams and cracking it is not easy without the right preparation.

It is a demanding exam and many candidates do not get qualified because of flaws in their preparation.

Here are a few things aspirants should avoid while preparing for the UPSC IAS exam.

#1: Studying without having a proper plan should be avoided

Aspirants should avoid preparing for UPSC IAS exam blindly, without having a proper plan. Not planning the preparation process is a huge mistake.

UPSC CSE involves a vast syllabus and they should create a timetable so that they have enough time to study the entire syllabus properly.

They must have a solid study plan, covering all subjects and topics and adhere to it.

Fact: #2: Avoid books irrelevant from UPSC exam perspective

Apart from books for different subjects, IAS aspirants need to go through books for general reading, learning about various topics/issues, and improving communication skills, reasoning/analytical ability, and decision-making skills. However, candidates should avoid read irrelevant books, such as fiction, to avoid wasting time.

#3: Avoid reading unnecessary subjects and irrelevant news topics

IAS aspirants should also avoid reading unnecessary topics or subjects that are not in the syllabus, which are irrelevant for the exam.

They should also avoid books that are of an advanced level as they might consume unnecessary time.

Aspirants must also not waste time on irrelevant news topics like entertainment, sports, business, etc. unless it is something important.

#4: Avoid distractions while preparing for UPSC Civil Services Exam

IAS aspirants should avoid distractions while preparing for UPSC Civil Services Examination. Candidates must especially avoid spending too much time online unnecessarily and also limit the use of mobile phones.

However, they can take help of apps and websites for exam preparation. Aspirants should avoid studying for long hours continuously without taking breaks and can also use mobile phones for relaxation in between.

Fact: #5: Should avoid wasting time and utilize it properly

IAS aspirants must utilize their time properly and avoid wasting time on unimportant topics, books, and activities. Lack of proper time management is a mistake to be avoided. They should avoid delaying practice/revision sessions as it could hamper the preparation and increase their burden.