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Demythifying the IAS Exam

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The Indian Administrative Exam (IAS Exam) is one of the most competitive exams in the country. Millions of prospective candidates attempt the exam but only a few make it past its hallowed gates.

Thus it should be of little surprise that these exams have acquired nearly a mythical status, which in some cases might hinder the preparation process of aspirants. This article will demythify some of the common myths associated with the IAS Exam. To know more about IAS Hindi ,visit the linked article.

Most Commonly known myths about the IAS Exam

Myth #1: The UPSC IAS Exam is the toughest 

Not entirely true. Every exam can be cracked with the right approach. The IAS Exam has a very long process but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the toughest exam. The UPSC Syllabus, though vast in its scope, can be covered with a systematic approach in place. In short the right strategy and approach can make even the most difficult exam seem easy 

Myth #2: More study time = more marks

It is commonly thought that the more time (as in 15-20 hours) spent studying for the IAS Exam will give more marks. This is a fatal misconception. IAS Toppers and teachers who coach for the exam suggest that studying for 8 hours a day is sufficient enough. It’s not the quantity but the quality that matters in the preparation process. 8 hours of focused study will work more wonders than 15-20 hours of focused study.

Myth #3: IAS candidates must know everything about anything and everything

It is a common perception that the IAS candidate must have a knowledge of everything under the sun. That is not true. Firstly the UPSC syllabus is straight-laced and can be followed in a lucid manner. In addition these topics can be prioritised based on the importance to the nation and society. The syllabus can even be covered by standard books, news events and other allied materials. The emphasis is on the fact that the IAS is a generalist service; only a general understanding and conceptual clarity of subjects is required.

Myth #4: Academic achievements are necessary

It is commonly thought that one has to be an academic topper to perform better in the IAS Exam. This not the case as there are a plethora of examples where candidates who were average students in their schools/colleges have scored the highest marks in the UPSC exams. Thus it is of little importance whether or not one is an academic topper to perform better in the exams.

Myth 5: A lot of books must be read

It is not necessarily that tons of books are needed to read in order to ace the exam. The exams test a candidate on concept clarity of the topics and clearly they can translate that knowledge by applying its principles. All the IAS toppers and teachers suggest reading a standard book tailor made for a specific topic. Selecting the right books will make all the difference between victory and defeat.

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