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Mistakes That Can Make You Lose Prelims 2023

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    5th Dec, 2022


If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!

 ― Benjamin Franklin

It requires a lot of effort to succeed but it takes only one mistake to derail you. Every day a huge pile of current affairs is added to an aspirant’s desk. If you miss even a week, you will get derailed from your track. As they cover a handsome chunk of the UPSC syllabus. The UPSC's previous 15 years’ trends indicate that the probability of facing current affairs-related questions is high:

How To Avoid Making Such Mistakes?

To avoid making any mistakes you have to understand that Current Affairs is not a totally new subject but recent updates happening in the prescribed subjects. Current Affairs is all about developing context and linking it with the concepts from the Syllabus. But how identifying the relevant news and authentic resource and how integrating them into the notes without making any mistakes is the challenge.

To help you accomplish your aim, we have planned even the smallest details and developed the Prelims Current Affairs Plan, which consists of all the 2+ years of Current Affairs and will help you with the complete analysis of your strong and weak areas. 

Mistake 1: Constantly Procuring Multiple Resources

You will find a plethora of resources available online or in bookshops. Many aspirants buy multiple current affairs materials out of confusion and it leaves no room for revision.

Solution: Read A Monthly Current Affairs Compilation:

This could be your own newspaper notes compilation or any other magazine. Restrain Yourself To One Single Resource. Focus on the qualitative aspect and not on the quantity of the resources. 

Mistake 2: Not Attempting Mock Tests

Some Aspirants just focus on mugging up current affairs but refrain from giving mocks. 

Solution: Attempt the test: Practising Mock Tests is the only way you can retain what you have studied. Always attempt the test using a timer. Try to be attentive while answering the MCQs. One mistake can make you lose marks. You can also go for our  Monthly Current Affairs Tests that comprise all the Current Affairs of 2+ years in test format on a single platform and they are open to all.

Mistake 3: Missing Out On Post-Test Performance Analysis

Solution: Analyse Your Performance: Have a set of metrics to analyze your performance. You can keep a diary and analyze your tests based on these metrics:

  • Accuracy: Record the tallies of attempted, unattempted, and correctly attempted questions. This will give you an overall analysis of how much you know about a particular subject.

  • Attempt Analysis: Analyse your attempts based on ideal solving time, silly mistakes, etc. 

  • Topic Wise Analysis: Pick the micro-detailed syllabus of all the subjects and write the topics or the sub-topics that need improvement under it.

Our AI-based Monthly Current Affairs Tests make this task easy for you by generating a personalized report after every test involving all of these metrics and more. 

Mistake 4: Skipping To Analyse Your Weak Areas

Solution:  Work On It:  Once you have identified the topics or subtopics that are your weak areas, you can revise them and note them down. 

  • Every time you find any new update in a particular current affairs test, note them down subject-wise.

Mistake 5: Forgetting To Update Your Notes

Solution: Supplement Your Notes: It is this step where the final integration happens. By the end of all the tests, you will have a handful of topic-wise recent updates on all the subjects. At this stage, you just have to align them within your static notes on the same topic. When you will follow these steps, you will not just complete your current affairs thoroughly but also develop a different perspective to look at a piece of particular news or incident, which is also a part of the important skill sets that the UPSC looks for in a candidate.

We have come up with the perfect way to connect your current affairs with the syllabus on a single platform which will save the hustle of doing it all yourself. It is meant to serve as a simplifying solution to your Current affairs preparation for UPSC. You can check our Prelims Current Affairs Tests page for comprehensive coverage of monthly current affairs.

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