Common Mistakes Made by UPSC Aspirants During Preparation, Analysed and Solved by SprintUPSC

Common Mistakes Made by UPSC Aspirants During Preparation, Analysed and Solved by SprintUPSC

SprintUPSC is an engaging and analytics-driven test platform with high-quality content for UPSC aspirants. With over 12000 questions covering 230+ topics and 35+ gold standard books, SprintUPSC is the only practice platform you need for clearing UPSC Prelims.
Irrespective of the fact that a UPSC candidate is self-studying or taking coaching, they are likely to make some common mistakes. To solve the pain points of UPSC aspirants and present them with a unique practice platform, a Chandigarh-based startup DeepLearn Solutions, founded by Simranjit Singh, Arshdeep Bahga, and Amit Sareen launched their first product SprintUPSC, in 2020, which also won the E-Learning Startup of the Year award for 2020.

SprintUPSC not only provides unlimited personalised customised tests unlike any IAS Test series or any other Civil services preparation test series available today that only provide 20-30 IAS mock tests, but this award-winning product does so book-chapter wise and topic wise for each subject!

Known to address the pain points of UPSC aspirants, SprintUPSC has come with the 10 most common mistakes that the candidates tend to make, and how to solve them for the UPSC Prelims 2021:

1. Not checking the syllabus thoroughly

The UPSC syllabus is humongous, which is why the candidate must check it thoroughly to cover each and every aspect of it and not just rely on notes and study material of institutes. Not only the subjects and topics, one must be aware of the UPSC Exam pattern where many aspirants go wrong if they blindly follow the IAS mock test series or other Civil Services test series that may not have upgraded themselves with the changing patterns in UPSC exam over the years. The syllabus is updated each year so the IAS aspirants must keep their eyes open to get the latest information from a reliable source.

2. Not revising

IAS aspirants really need to be thorough with the syllabus and the right technique to do well in the IAS exam. Memorising is not enough, a candidate needs to instil the concepts in their brain as only then they would be able to reproduce them in the exams. Multiple revisions and regular practice are crucial to inscribe the concepts and to be able to apply them in the exam.

3. Not taking mock tests

Studying alone for hours would not give an IAS candidate the correct insight into their preparation unless they test it. Mock tests give IAS aspirants simulation of the exam environment and also help them gauge their knowledge. Taking tests on SprintUPSC platform while revising topics, subjects or books is not only a great way of testing an aspirant’s knowledge, but they also get real-time feedback from the state-of-the-art, metrics-driven tech-engine along with the All India Rankings where over 50000 users are using the same to test their position. This will help the aspirants guide where they lag and where they need to put in that extra ounce of effort. You can register on the App for free at –SprintUPSC

4. Piling up multiple books

UPSC aspirants must understand that collecting multiple books for a single subject is not going to help them in any way. The objective is not just to read the books rather imbibe and memorise the knowledge imparted therein. The correct approach is to zero-in on a specific set of books that cover all the topics for a single subject. There is no need to waste money over too many books or study materials and surround yourself with its pile. In the UPSC IAS exam, quality weighs more than quantity.  

5. No time management

This is probably the worst mistake, and if not made, the most effective tool in the UPSC exam preparation. It is crucial that all the subjects and topics are scheduled for studying and evenly spread across the preparation span. Constant, quality study-time must be invested to crack the UPSC exam and make it to the IAS selection list. The aspirants can refer to SprintUPSC’s subject strategy to help distribute time better.

6. Choosing irrelevant optional subjects

SprintUPSC recommends aspirants to not be a part of the flock while selecting optional subjects. A thorough analysis of the syllabus is a must before selecting one the aspirant is most comfortable with. The candidates make the mistake of selecting the most opted subject or the one selected by previous year’s toppers. However, it may not be suitable for all. So, students must explore their strong subjects and choose accordingly.

7. Reading irrelevant news in the newspaper

Reading newspaper is probably the first advice aspirants get if they aspire to become an IAS, IPS or IFS officer. However, very few sources would tell how to effectively read a newspaper and not waste your time. The candidates must be smart enough to find the right topics from current affairs, as well as those related to subjects to gather relevant information.

8. Not having a mentor

There is a famous quote by Benjamin Franklin “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”. Mentors do the same in an aspirant’s life by involving them in learning and helping them achieve their goals at a higher level. Mentors help provide unparallel insights to push the aspirants to their limits by being their idols. Their constant motivation and guidance help prepare better.

9. Juggling multiple things

Most candidates often end up grasping at straws when it comes to clearing IAS Prelims, hence facing failure and requiring multiple attempts to clear it. The utmost focus of the aspirant should be on the UPSC exam preparation and that too through practice. The level of the exam is towering so one really needs to be focused and one-pointed.

10. Lack of constructive group studies

Studying alone is preferable as everyone has their own learning curve. However, a constructive group for studies can boost an aspirant’s morale and keep monotony at bay. Not only that but it also helps a student to test the waters and gives an idea where they stand with respect to their peers. Aspirants should make study groups to be aware of the latest information, study and share knowledge constructively. SprintUPSC also provides discussion forums within the app where the aspirants can post questions and get answers or discuss important topics among themselves.

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