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Myths about UPSC Exam Busted!

The Civil Services Examination (CSE) conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is spread over a whole year, partitioned into three amazingly focused stages, wherein each stage requires different approaches and failure at any stage can prompt one’s disappointment. This sounds alarming as more than seven lakh aspirants sit for the exam every year.

The crux: The three phases of the common administrations examination require a legitimate and cautious preparation technique as in any phase to attain success.
Thus, before beginning their arrangement for UPSC Civil Services Exam an aspirant must aim to clear all possible doubts or dogmas related to it.

While starting their preparations, numerous aspirants have fractional or very muddled information about the exam, its small things, proper procedure and planning technique.

With limited or half knowledge and loaded with fear, huge numbers of the aspirants begin having confidence in myths gliding around.
Once an applicant comprehends the UPSC Exam design, its fundamentals, and the planning system required at that point cracking this becomes a simpler affair.

The myths that cloud aspirants busted : 

#1. You need to be an academic topper
This is a myth beyond repute. The myth that one has to be a topper during school, graduation is wrong. This is keeping in tune with the fact that marks do not define capabilities and intelligence. Being an average student is okay permitted one works hard. Thus this dogma that one needs to be a ranker has to be removed from students minds.

#2. You need to know everything
The notion that one needs to know everything to be a civil servant is misplaced in every term. It builds stress and makes one wonder if that is even possible. Yes, the syllabus is vast and the current affairs change but that does not mean one should know everything. Stick to the syllabus and correlate current affairs to gain conceptual clarity and overall understanding.

#3. You should have the memory of a machine
One does not need to be a factopedia to clear the civil services. There is a view that there are mostly factual questions and memorizing them is important. For example factual data in history is not actually part of the exam, it is the issue/event that finds mention in questions.

#4. You need to attend coaching
Another opinion that most people have is the veracity and importance of coaching classes. These classes charge high fees and the intake of students is massive which leaves no time for personal assessments and understanding. Self study has also come up as a good way to understand the exam and attempt it.

#5. You should attempt every question
There is no need to attempt every question in prelims. Your accuracy and understanding of concepts are what matter the most. This has been floating in the aspirant circle as a hack to get more marks by confusing the strategies of aspirants. One can mark an MCQ if he has a well read base and a good reasoning. This comes with practice.

#6. You need luck to clear this exam
Luck is subjective. We hear a lot of people saying that one must be really lucky to clear this exam. Though luck is important, hard work is what matters and will make you shine in this exam. Persistence, patience and pure hard work alone can guarantee success.

#7. You need to study non-stop
One does not need to study for too many hours. Concentrated study for an averagely required time that does not affect your sleep, mental health or interest in studies is more effective. Taking short effective breaks during long hours of study is important to refresh oneself.

#8. Nothing is repeated
This conception that nothing comes from the previous years papers is highly overrated. We all know the efficacy of previous years questions and their role in helping question formation and attaining conceptual clarity. Prelims have a certain percentage of repeated questions and even in mains there is topic and issue relevance.

#9. You need to read too many books to gain perspective
This is a myth that can cost your career and dreams. Reading too many books on the same topic is a waste in the name of a perspective. Sometimes aspirants end up buying a book for only a single topic and read it. This confuses them and they lack clarity on future steps. This will create problems during revision as multiple sources will cloud your memory.

#10. You can’t write, you can’t clear

Some aspirants are not very good writers. Though it is essential to be able to write lucidly, it is not like practice and determination cannot help you write. UPSC does not ask for bombastic or flowery language or except us to become literature experts. So practicing how to write crisp answers is the key.

In all, this exam will require patience, will power and dedication. Developing the right personality and mindset for it is equally important.

All the best.

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