Common Mistakes to Avoid While Writing Answers for UPSC

Candidates preparing for the UPSC civil services Mains exam should know the importance of answer writing practice for scoring good marks in your exam. Answer Writing Practice should be a daily routine if you desire to clear the UPSC mains. And if it is neglected, the desires of your IAS dream can be forgotten. Here we talk about the common mistakes that can be avoided while writing answers for UPSC Exam.

  • Start Now:

The first mistake that is most commonly made is that the aspiring candidates start the practice for writing answers after the entire UPSC Syllabus is covered, which is wrong. The candidate should start as soon as possible and simultaneously practice while covering the syllabus. Success in the exam is not based on the amount of knowledge the candidate has but by the quality and quantity of the answers written in the booklet. Practice more so that you get better at it.

  • Quality and Quantity:

The UPSC exam is known for the amount of quantity that can be written in the booklet but if there is no quality, it is of no use as the examiner is not going to get fooled. UPSC assesses the ability and knowledge of the candidate in a way the knowledge can be expressed in the most effective manner. During the test, the candidate should not only take care of the required word count but should also answer accurately to the question that is asked. And understanding the shady meaning of the question will come only with practising previous years’ IAS papers.

  • Evaluate Yourself:

During the practice for writing answers for the UPSC Exam, the answers should be evaluated by a teacher or mentor or a guide. This way will help you realise the mistake and    correct yourself. The more you correct your shortcomings the better you become.

  • Holistic Answers:

While you are practising answer writing the answers written should be holistic answers. The answer should be neat and clear with relevant concepts and examples, it should be to the point and creative. Reading the newspaper regularly will help in increasing your vocabulary and writing skills.

  • GS papers versus optionals:

It is better that the usage of special words in the General Studies papers is avoided. The answers given should be balanced. Although, the answers in the optional subject papers can include technical terms and be personalized. As the examiner in the optional subjects are specialists. Hence, the differences of General Studies paper and Optional Subject Paper should be kept in mind while practicing writing answers.

With the help of these points in the article, the candidates will have a better understanding of the approach towards writing answers for UPSC. For more tips and guidance to crack the exam in an easy way, subscribe to our Byju’s youtube channel.

About the author:

Reuben Thomas Alex enjoys inspiring others through his writing and blogging. After his engineering, he has chosen to work with many students and to explore the opportunities of creating a better future in the field of digital education. He has been able to motivate many with his passion towards education in Byju’s-the Learning App.


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