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Missing to go through previous years
Aspirants do not realize the importance of previous year papers in preparation according to the latest trend followed by the UPSC
Previous year papers make the aspirants aware of the paper pattern, important topics and a lot more which in a way guide them in the right direction.
It will boost your confidence and help in time management.

Piling up irrelevant books
Do not skip basic books and fundamental concepts. We start reading some high five books and tend to skip the basic.
It is preferable for the aspirants to seek advise from their seniors, experienced mentors or reliable sources before going for a book purchase.
Please revise what you have read instead of referring to newer resources.
 Even in case of optionals do not go for more then to or three books

Writing skills deficiency
Deficiency of writing skills can hinder the score in the mains exams as it is the criteria for the selection process that includes writing essays.
Aspirants should focus on exam pattern oriented writing rather than improving writing and typing skills.

Choosing a wrong optional paper
Optional paper should be chosen in such a way that one should be comfortable in and something that you enjoy reading.
If possible, one should choose the subject in which he/she has done graduation in , which will give prior knowledge of the subject.
One should not choose optional subject based on the subject scores and marking trends.

Reading the complete newspaper
There are three segments in a newspaper from an exam point of view – Events (that gives facts and figures), Issues (provides views and reviews that helps in developing an individual’s understanding and opinion on contemporary subjects.) and Gossips.
The newspapers has many things which is irrelevant to the examination like celebrity gossips and local news.
Try to sieve out important information which corresponds with your main syllabus and work on that.

Improper analysis of your strengths
Please give regular tests. More than 60% of your preparation lies on giving tests.It will also help in time management.
Invest in a good test series and give tests as many as you can.
Proper self introspection plays a vital role in scoring well. An aspirant must know his strengths and weaknesses.
Knowing weakness and strength would help the candidate to keep a consistent grip over the strong areas and to improve the weaker section.

Regular revision
Practice makes a man perfect. Unfortunately! Somehow, the applicants fail to implicate it in the real life.
To retain the information stored during the preparation it is necessary to revise consistently.
Instead of buying too many books and getting too much knowledge about the stuff revise what you have done and it will help you immensely.

Not utilizing technology properly during examination
Usage of social media during preparation can be very harmful.
Try to maintain a limit on the amount of time and emotions investing on social media.
Technology can be very beneficial if implied in the constructive way.

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