UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation is a testing time for every prospect who wants to get into the officer class of the Indian bureaucracy. The commission keeps changing its questionnaire and syllabus to suit the needs of the modern-day of the 21st century. While preparing for the intensive exams, it is important to study. But what is equally important is to get a grasp of the way this exam is conducted. Mock tests are a great way to make sure you’re ready for the examinations. If you weren’t convinced why mock tests are important for UPSC exams, we have a few reasons to convince you otherwise:
- Mocks tests take exam fear away
If you read our previous blogs, we told you to take a visit to the examination center to shed a little bit of nervousness. Mock tests are another way to help your mind train itself for the actual examination. The more prepared your mind is, the better decisions you will be able to take while taking the actual examination. The mind may see some questions for the first time, but with your practice, it will surely recognize the pattern. This will help you prioritize the sure-shot answers before the doubtful ones. You will be able to filter the questions to be skipped as well with a calm head.
- Helps you prepare for everything
UPSC exams have some patterns and some erratic behaviour. The test is a well-thought amalgam of new style and old style questions. There is no specific formula to predict the occurrence of a particular topic or a specific question. It is in the best interest of every UPSC aspirant to ensure they’re prepared for anything and everything. The more mock tests you take, the more your mind is trained to sniff out familiar questions and not panic when faced with unfamiliar ones.
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- Helps you gain confidence
As your mind is ready to tackle everything thrown at it with reference to the UPSC test, one tends to grow bolder and bolder when approaching even a rather tricky question. This is akin to a bowman practicing every day to aim for the bull’s eye at all distances. As days pass, the bowman eventually becomes an expert marksman. The mind is very similar in that aspect, only this time you’ll be doing for the UPSC examination.
- Time management is important
As your preparation moves towards completion, your ability to solve is expected to keep improving. However, what also needs to improve is your speed. In order to score maximum in the exam, you don’t need just accuracy; speed is equally important. Managing most of the paper within the given time frame with correct answers with accuracy is what separates the toppers from qualifiers. Solving test papers with a timer right beside you will help your mind train for the speedy work you will be required to do in the examination hall.
More and more practice would mean you’ll be able to take a look at, attempt/leave/solve all the questions that appear in the examination within the allotted time. The more you attempt everything successfully in time, the better your odds become.
- Self-assessment helps one improve
Writing down an exam paper and then finding out where you were right and where you went wrong is a very important step a lot of UPSC aspirants tend to miss. Self-assessment gives you important insights to know what your strength is and what is not. This does not mean you must judge yourself harshly when your answers turn out to be not as good as what was expected. The mock tests are meant to give yourself the time and mindset to give it your best and not be bogged down by the pressure. Every test you take points you in the direction of improvement.
- Tests Help You Learn Important Concepts Faster
This may seem a little counterintuitive at a glance. When you try to learn a concept, you learn it best when you read it once, try to learn/understand as much as you can and then test it straight away in an exam-type environment. This is because exams are designed to test your understanding of a concept. Let us say you’re trying to solve a mathematical problem in a test. When you learn a particular mathematical concept and then try to solve it with multiple other problems. It is this time when you get a clear picture of how well you understood the concept behind solving the problem. If you did, great. If you didn’t, you know you need to get a better grasp.
How We’re Helping Students Prepare for UPSC Examination
We, at Analog IAS Academy, are committed to helping every aspirant give their very best shot at the UPSC and bring home laurels, and have a great career in the Public Service Commission of India. Analog IAS Academy is conducting a test series for 2020 Mains exams for General studies and optional subjects with the same motive in mind. Please visit this link to know more.
The test series with include a detailed key with explanation per test. Question paper as well as the answer evaluation will mirror the standards of the UPSC. Your evaluated answer scripts will best be returned to you on the same day. The academy is also offering one-to-one mentorship during the return.
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