What is Not Important to Read, If You are Appearing in UPSC Prelims Exam
UPSC is India’s toughest and prestigious exam, so aspirants left no stone unturned to give their best shot. This is the reason that a lot of the students face failure in the exam for wasting time reading unimportant and unnecessary topics. This is because the syllabus is so vast and deep. So, here are some useful tips that help you to save your time for investing in reading the important topics only.
Reading Things Outside Your Syllabus
While studying some topics, sometimes you may go outside the scope of your syllabus. This is quite common for the UPSC syllabus as the subjects are so generalized that it is very important to set the scope of your syllabus. This is especially the case with the subject of General Studies when you are reading newspapers, you limit your knowledge otherwise there will be no end of it.
To better explain our idea of this article, we are dividing the UPSC syllabus into 2 areas. One is the core areas like General Studies, Mental Ability, Geography, Modern Indian History, etc. And the second one is Fringe Areas like sports and business news, the freedom struggle of India in detail, etc. A candidate should cover both the areas but should less inclined towards the Fringe areas and should leave it for the last minute preparation. Read here some more tips here -
Avoid Reading Several Books For a Single Topic
You don’t want to take the risk of leaving any of the important topics in the exam. Of course, nobody wants that. But in that case, you forget to set the upper limit of what to read and what not, which is very essential. Sometimes, students to secure good marks refer to so many different books on a single topic. This leads to unnecessary confusion among them and ultimately a waste of time. The best planning is to refer to the maximum of 2 books for one topic. You may take suggestions from your seniors and toppers which is the best book for respective topics.
Do Not Collect Junk From Websites
Today the easy access to the internet makes us feel like without the internet and websites nothing is possible. From cooking to shopping, we take the help of the internet which is of course not at all bad but when it comes to the preparation of a crucial career like IAS, we would suggest to avoid count on websites and the internet. Refer to good books and rely on that. Yes, you may take the help of the internet for resolving your doubts regarding some subject but don’t completely prepare your syllabus from online notes.
Not All News is Important
It is the common belief of the UPSC aspirants that reading the newspaper is very important and that is 100% correct but an aspirant has to choose wisely which news they should read in-depth or which they should not. According to the expert faculties in this field, sports and business news are not so important however reading the headlines is enough. Similarly, reading criminal news is also a waste of time. The best is to read national and international news and that too in context with the country. Reading local and regional news is also useless in prelims. Also, when it comes to entertainment news from Bollywood and Hollywood, it is not at all relevant and better to ignore it completely.
History is the Vast Subject
Ancient and medieval history of India is not as important as the history of freedom struggle in India. So, give less focus on the former topic and consider the latter one important. There are a lot of books available topic wise and subject wise also. Toppers have recommended that you should always refer to the NCERT books for the basic and precise idea of the subject.
Focus on the Quality Not Quantity
What is important in competitive exams like UPSC, the quality of your studies, time is taken for revision and the clarity of fundamental concepts rather than the volume of books and magazines you go through. You should not complicate the topic gathering bulk of information from varied sources instead prefer limited study material and build conceptual learning.
You must have read or heard that famous proverb, "Practice makes men perfect". That’s true but a few of us follow it. For UPSC exams, it is suggested to avoid learning new concepts at the eleventh hour. Instead, it is suggested that aspirants should only revise what they read in the past. According to the research, the human brain starts forgetting things as soon as it recognizes it. Hence continous and proper revison retain your preparation and you can channelize them in a fruitful way.