When it comes to the UPSC exam, there are a lot of general misconceptions, rumours and myths surrounding it. These can become obstacles while planning and preparing for the exam, causing anxiety and fear in the minds of the aspirants. Here are some UPSC Exam myths busted by SprintUPSC, a leading and unique book-chapter wise practice platform for UPSC Prelims that has brought practising to the fingertips of aspirants:
UPSC EXAM IS FOR IAS, IPS AND IFS SERVICES ONLY
No! UPSC exam covers an array of services that include All India Services and Central Services Groups A and B, such as the Indian Forest Service, Army Personnel Service, Revenue Service, Audit and Account Service, Postal Service, Railway services. For a detailed list of recruitment to applicable services through the UPSC exam, a candidate can visit the UPSC official website and download the latest notification/exam PDF or visit the Wikipedia page Civil Services Examination (India).
THERE IS NO ACTUAL SYLLABUS
This is incorrect. UPSC exam has a syllabus which it strictly adheres to. It can be easily found at the official UPSC website in the exam notification PDF under Section III (SYLLABI FOR THE EXAMINATION)
A CANDIDATE MUST BE A GRADUATE TO APPEAR FOR THE EXAM
Students appearing for final year exams or awaiting final year results can also apply for the Preliminary exams. However, a candidate must produce a proof of Pass Bachelor Degree to apply for the Main exams. The detailed eligibility criteria are available on the UPSC official website at the exam notification PDF.
IT IS MANDATORY TO BE GOOD IN ENGLISH
The UPSC exam does have one compulsory English language paper in the MAINS, but all the other papers can be written in the regional language an aspirant is comfortable with.
A CANDIDATE CAN TAKE THE EXAM 3 TIMES ONLY
This is a huge misconception. The maximum number of attempts for General and OBC candidates are 6 and 9 respectively. SC/ST candidates can attempt unlimited times until their age limit. In case of a disabled candidate, if he/she is General or OBC, they are allowed 6 and 9 number of attempts respectively while disabled SC/ST candidates can attempt an unlimited number of times until the age limit. The maximum age for General, OBC, SC/ST and disabled candidates is 32, 35, 37 and 42 respectively. For more details, you can check the official UPSC website, exam notification PDF or read SprintUPSC blog on the UPSC exam phases, Eligibility Criteria and Syllabus.
CALCULATORS ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE EXAM
Scientific (Non-Programmable type) calculators are allowed but only in the MAINS. The use of calculators is not permitted for UPSC prelims. Accurate guidelines are available in the notification PDF issued by UPSC on their official website
A CANDIDATE MUST ATTEMPT MAXIMUM NUMBER OF QUESTIONS TO CLEAR THE PRELIMS
This is a highly inaccurate statement and thought process. Attempting questions which an aspirant is not sure about can lead to negative marking, lowering of score, and consequently their rank. Candidates should rely on their knowledge and skill, which only come with a lot of practice, rather than guesswork. Do not go by myths, check the UPSC marking scheme.
READING MORE BOOKS CAN HELP IN MASTERING A SUBJECT
To master a subject, or for that matter, even a topic, one must be thorough with the basics and have a strong foundation, which can be achieved by imbibing the same from the recommended standard books. This helps in gaining a comprehensive knowledge of the subject/topic. Once candidates think they are thorough with the subject/topic, rather than shifting to more books on the same, they should save that time and effort and put those into analysing the areas where they need improvement and work on them. The UPSC exam is about an all-round performance. Mastering only a couple of subjects/topics won’t take a candidate through.
ONLINE PREPARATION IS NOT EFFECTIVE ENOUGH
Well, this is a personal choice and a question of self-trust, determination and discipline. No one can answer this for an individual other than the aspirants themselves. All the information and practice a candidate needs is available at the tip of their fingers in the comfort of their home, online. So, availability-wise, it’s not an issue; an aspirant can very well completely study online, take tests, test the waters with their peers as to where they stand, and even have AI analytics do a thorough investigation of their performance and preparation for them, to help and guide them through their UPSC exam preparation. A candidate just has to go and grab it.
In fact, SprintUPSC is one of the best platforms that aims to aid the UPSC Exam preparation online. Practising subject book-chapter/topic wise through various test modes from a question bank of over 19000+ questions (as on today) and competing with 70000+ users is a great way to prepare for the UPSC exam. It is a one-of-a-kind UPSC mock test series or practice platform helping aspirants prepare better, measure their performance, take real-time tests, practice previous years papers, practice month-wise current affairs, take daily challenges and much more.