1. Having inferior complex that you are not from good college, have less marks or started preparation late or did not take the coaching or your optional is not related to your graduation
Forgot about what you have achieved till now (DAF mains ke form me to bhar dena please). Only thing that matters now is how determined you are to crack this exam. You can easily find students from a government school at LABASNA while those from India’s most prestigious universities may end up in Rajender Nagar for years.
2. Inconsistency in preparation.
Consistency is very important, some aspirants 15 hours on one day, get frustrate, human being is not machine, we need rest other wise over efficiency too will eroded. so do not get frustrate after 2-3 spikes. Daily 8-10 hour study with efficiency in right direction are enough.
3. Relying too much on internet because you found yourself wasting a lot time.
Internet is gaining the edge not loosing the edge, it is double edge sword, even we do not realize when reach from big picture to big boss.That is different things that some guys have habit of studying online otherwise books cannot be replaced by any source.
4. Spending too much time on facebook. and other forums.
UPSC preparation does not demand isolation but even after starting preparation addiction to facebook very dangerous, Similarly IAS forums are very important specially for those who are far away form delhi coaching addas but aspirant get addict to it, unanimity provides them platform to elicit all the frustration they have related to UPSC preparation and UPSC related life and us. Use these sources prudently.
5. Reading too many sources for single topic.
No need to love any topic, show loyalty towards that whole syllabus and all the topics have their own importance marks wise. We are here to crack the exam, so there is need to cover full syllabus comprehensively.
6.Reading form too much sources and not compiling them.
If you are reading from too many sources, you need to compile the notes form all the sources, like you are studying many books for history like bipin chandra, spectrum, grover. can we revise from all these books in exam time, probably no, so compile them.
7. Not making proper notes of newspapers
Newspaper reading is utmost important activity, newspaper cover paper 2 and paper 3 completely and these days current affair question in prelim also so better make you own notes online or cut article and arrange them separately.
8. Purchasing too many books for single subject.
Believe us, it do more haram than good
|1.||Wasting time, which you could have used in reading other topics, it takes more time to read new books|
|2.||More books more frustration|
|3.||More money from home more pressure on you.|
|4.||Problem in revision in last time, as It is easy to read same book which have read many times earlier than many books once.|
9. Joining too many coaching institutes
Coaching walas cannot help you to crack this exam after an extent, when we go in fair or famous market, vendors keep asking us sir ye lo, coaching institutes print pamphlets and make attractive advertisement 10000 mein mock bhi, daily answer practice bhi, we gullible and innocent aspirants feeling problem in sci tech like topic having desire to fulfill parents dream get in their trap and waste both time and money. Only read what you think is relevant. Be very selective.
10. Not doing answer practice
No book or coaching institutes can give you ready made answers of UPSC questions. They are dynamic and analytical. students who always feel “Sab pada hai par yaad nahi rehta” will also find it helpful in organizing your thoughts. So the more you practice such questions, the more confortable you will be in writing the ans on the d-day.
11. Not reviewing previous years questions
Even the best of American agents did not attack Osama in Abottabad without a detailed layout of his hideout and information. How can we reach the destination without having map and knowing what kinds of roadblocks we may have while going on track, certainly we will be directionless, and our attempt will be like unguided missile.
12. Not having Plan B while preparing for ias exam.
It is personal opinion of onlyias.com, earlier toppers used to say in magazines that I never thought about not clearing the exam and did not have back up, please do not do that. Be practical. Every year lakhs appear for the exam but only few are selected, didn’t mean others were not hardwoking enough. But there are multitude of factors that facilitate your success and you can’t control all. So work hard for Plan A but do have Plan B.
13. Isolating urself from external world
Some people think ki apne aapko kamre me band karke padhenge to IAS ban jayenge. This kind of people have more tendency to go in depression, do not isolate yourself, its just exam, have some important people in your life with whom you share everything and upsc ki frustration nikal sako
14. Became ascetic
Some people immerse so much into study that they start eating less and start taking bath once in three days to save time (and disturbing others studies with their smell), upsc never asks you stop taking baths, keep your surrounding neat and clean, its gives up positive vibes.
15. not preparing according to syllabus, you go haywire
16. Doing PhD on any topic
strong command on one topic will not help to crack upsc exam, it takes time of other topic and also cost benefit of this is very poor, right to equality for other topic, that is different thing that everyone has their strategy like making some topic strong and just go through other topics but doing pdh is altogether different which will not help you.
17. not doing enough emphasize on essay
First we ignore essay completely and later repent citing its worth in mains exam, essay preparation cannot be isolated, while reading newspapers observe the writhing style of famous writer and note down good points and lines
18. counting hours while studying
litterally people count the hour for which they have studied,
19. daydreaming what will you do after becoming IAS.
Having dream is good thing but thinking about scnario of after dream is fullfilled and that accompanied by the wasting time activity is direct antonyum of geeta karam kar fal ki chinta mat kar. bhai pahle pad toh singham baad mein ban jana.
20. Arguing with other students near axis bank and batra cinema
this is favorite activities of some students while having tea, seems there is competition of winning who argue more and I am more knowledgeable than others,only Knowledge, that too scattered cannot help you to crack upsc
21. becoming complacent after first attempt
people loose enthusiasm after 1st attempt and start thinking now there is there a lot of time and they never pick the momentum again and start convincing themselves that there is huge role luck and there are lot of toppers who also cracked in later attempts.
22. just reading but not thinking
there is difference between reading and studying, you remember in small classes, teacher used to ask us one student stand up and start reading the chapter and that’s all, aise hi kaam chalta toh pandit ji b ias ki taiyari start kar dete sara din slok padte h
23. spending time on study but not studying
by keeping in front of us will not transfer data of book to our mind, we need to activate our bluetooth
24. watching too much videos, just to convince yourself that I am studying but to find later that those videos are of no use.
people see the related videos all the time convincing their heart that padai ka hi toh h,now tell that will be to watch 20 videos of 1914 world war for this topic,solution is to download and see important video
25. Focus too much on prelim in initially later to find that do not have any preparation for the mains
we have to win the war not battles, yes this battle is essential in winning the war but until your name does not come in final list, does not matter how many battles you win
26. studying while watching the videos on youtube or tv. again you are deceiving yourself, watching the video and meanwhile study for a min convincing ur heart and eroding the guilt that padhai bhi toh ki h.
27. Purchase and start studying after observing what others are studying.
This is very common in addas of delhi, you see people studying other source than you, you immediately go to market and purchase that material and start studying, that’s different thing that after studying for one or two days, you say actually ye jyada acha nahi h. If your books are fulfilling the demand of previous year paper and syllabus of UPSC why to waste time?
28.Not making micro notes
Make micro notes for revision, it is very necessary, UPSC preparation is like horse latitudes so throw your horses(means extra things or fodder material, not important for exam) to take your ship further.
29. Studying linearly without frequent self assessment, you may diverge from UPSC demand and proceed in wrong direction,so always keep previous papers and if possible join any topic series to know at times where you lack.Test yourself before UPSC tests you.
30. Reading every book madly from first page to last page.
Always try to go syllabus wise, do not waste time in unnecessary reading like some people suggest India after gandhi, certainly that is good book provided you have sufficient time, but that book is not like laxikant for polity.
31. Preparing for prelim and mains separately.
It is most common mistake of aspirants in first attempt, they read for prelim all the time and after taking prelim only realize that mains is different ball game so always integrate it together. Prelim is more about facts mains is more about analysis part.
32. Planning all the time but not executing it
I will read this, this is my schedule, will cover every thing till last of month, these things are pretty common, first make realistic plans and after that do not go by famous redtapism even before joining the service, action speak louder than words.
33. Discussing all the time with your friends that this exam is too much based on luck.
Luck matters in this exam, there is not doubt about that but we can minimize luck factor by our factors, we do not study but accuse the luck for failure, so be hard working and consistent, One day luck will also date with you.
34. Getting tensed and frustrated after listening roadside discussion.
you go in market near axis bank or Mukherjee bank, take tea from anil bhaiyya than listen what other people are taking about one say how many rivers flow through uganda and provinces of that country, you feel complex and think that people are studying a lot, I do not know anything. Certainly, people study strange things, have self confidence.