UPSC Myths Busted
UPSC aspirants develop misconceptions and myths during their preparation and this not only affects their preparation but their outlook towards life in general. So it is advised that the aspirants refrain from buying into myths and get affected in the process. Here are the most common UPSC myths:

Study Time of 16 to 18 Hours a Day

This is the commonest myth that does rounds in colleges and universities. The figures of 16 to hours intimidate many people from taking a call on even trying. Come on people, you need to know that quality doesn’t equal quantity and vice versa. You could study in 6 hours what an X or Y could do in 16 hours and 18 hours, respectively. It really depends on how effectively the time has been put to use rather than how many hours of time went into studying.

Two Optional Subjects

By now, you should be aware that you are supposed to choose only one optional subject. There is no need to prepare two optional subjects. Do not buy into this myth and if in doubt, check the UPSC government portal for clarification.

Study All Of The NCERT Books

There is no doubt in saying that NCERT books give strong basics about all the subjects. However, you need not sit and study all the NCERT books. If your basics are strong why even invest so much time in studying from scratch. You could perhaps do a good revision and it is still good.

To read as many books to clear UPSC is the biggest myth. Think of it – so many books in your shelf could create chaos for you. Stick to the needed resources and you should be a good game. By resources we also mean including news dailies such as The Hindu and The New Indian Express newspapers as well. Stay updated with the latest happenings in the current affairs and also political developments in India and rest of the world.

UPSC Is Impossible

This is laugh worthy to say the least. If UPSC is an impossible to crack of an exam, you wouldn’t see so many people clearing the exam after all. But since having a graduation is the minimum criterion whether or not one is serious so many take up the exam to rake up the competition. Furthermore, in the last few years there have been a drop in the intake and that has made the competition even stiffer. That shouldn’t impress you as an impossible exam. Former President APJ Abdul Kalam had once nicely put, ‘the word impossible itself says I am possible.

Non-English Medium Aspirants Are At Huge Disadvantage

Who said that? This is quite a de-motivating myth that’s been there for long. What you need to remember is that UPSC does not give advantage to some and leave others. It gives people the option of choosing the language for writing the exam. Further to put things into perspective there are many who aren’t fluent in English like you, so don’t panic and give up before even starting your preparation. There are many IAS success stories of people coming from the most rural backgrounds clearing the exam in great merits.

People That Clear UPSC Exam Are Kings

UPSC is the most popular exam for entry to Indian Civil Services. Definitely the achievers are looked up as celebrity figures, but people, they aren’t Kings in the society. Law makers or politicians are the real kings. Can an IAS Officer take a call on petrol or diesel price rise? Think about it, people!

Mock Tests Are Time Waste

Whoever said mock tests are a waste of time surely had not cleared the UPSC CSE, for sure. As a matter of fact mock tests should be an important part of the preparation for the CSE. It gives an idea of where you are and where you have to be to beat the competition.

Don’t Waste on Attempts With Less Preparation

As quoted by Norman Schwarzkopf, the more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war. This applies to UPSC attempts as well.

UPSC Exam Is A Game Of Luck

No. As you sow, so shall you reap! It holds good for any exam or any work. People who fail to put in their best resort to blaming the luck. There is no short cut to success than hard work. So be it.

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