Follow these 7 tips to overcome the common challenges in the UPSC exam – Education Times

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Follow these 7 tips to overcome the common challenges in the UPSC exam

Given the lack of familiarity with the UPSC examination and the folklore surrounding it as the toughest competition, students tend to get bogged down by the tremendous exam pressure. This leads to a waste of time for IAS aspirants during the preparation phase. Another major concern is that several months is wasted in adopting an exam strategy through trial-and-error methods.

Therefore, it is critical to understand the prevailing problems faced by UPSC aspirants so that they can avoid common pitfalls. It has to be noted that the ultimate UPSC exam preparation strategy depends on the aspirants’ uniqueness. However, the shared expert guide will help them to approach the UPSC examination with a goal-oriented perspective and cut down the anxiety and uncertainty.

Picking the tough syllabus
Aspirants should never confuse the examination’s depth and the job’s glory. If they consider the examination extremely tough, their journey becomes more complex, as candidates lose confidence and cannot perform their best. Understand this simple fact that the UPSC examination depth is equivalent to the classes IX-XII basic syllabus. So, the mindset for the same has to be changed.

Covering the mammoth syllabus
The examination requires candidates to be knowledgeable about something out of everything. Consequently, they must cover the selected syllabus smartly and not try to plumb the depths of the subject.

Besides, there is a vast pool of available supplementary reading materials and a massive information glut in the market. So, aspirants should opt for NCERT books (from classes VI to XII) to acquire the desired clarity in subject fundamentals. Moreover, candidates should never neglect the previous year’s question papers.

Be consistent
Candidates can lose track/focus for multiple reasons including social, physiological, or academic. Therefore, aspirants need to create a balance in a single-minded manner. Often, they tend to over-read about careers and exams, hampering their originality and confidence and thus, the students become demoralized.

Avoid jargon in answers
The language issue has been another big problem faced by many aspirants. They think jargon and complicated or flowery language can help them stand out. But, on the flip side, answers have to be written in precise and simple English without any grammatical mistakes.

Conventional preparation strategy
When candidates carefully read the questions in the preliminary, it is clear that 40% are fact-based and quite open to memorizing and recalling. So, students should stick to a conventional preparation strategy similar to the class XII board syllabus.

Careful with optional subject

Considerable confusion exists in exercising the choice of optional, as many candidates feel misguided and confused. So, choosing the right optional subject in the civil service examination is immensely crucial. Also, dependence on teachers and coaching should be minimal, but you are lucky if you get a good teacher.

Don’t be casual
Many aspirants believe that their first attempt is a trial attempt, and then they will have a fair idea of the exam pattern, in their next attempt. Students should strictly avoid such a casual attitude; if they are serious about the exam. Additionally, aspirants must always take luck as a bonus and not the base.

(The author is the founder, SRIRAM’s IAS)

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