The major areas of Central Government where UPSC applies are Finance Department, Health and Welfare Department, and Operations Department. The candidate needs to undergo thorough and rigorous preparation before you sit for the UPSC examination. Thus the candidate should sit for mock and prelims before going for the final examination. Mock and Prelims help you prepare better for the final tests that you would face ahead. Mocks help in understanding the question pattern and helps you predict the kind of questions that can appear in the final examination.
Following are a few underlying reasons why UPSC aspirants should take more UPSC Prelims examination and mock tests-
Practicing helps in achieving perfection
Throughout our childhood, we have heard our teachers repeat the phrase Practice makes a man perfect. The phrase is true in all walks of life. It applies to the preparation of the UPSC examination. UPSC is not like a board examination where you would mug up chapters and then get questions on the requisite syllabus. The study component of UPSC is very vast and wide with many practical implications. Practice and solve Mathematical problems. Solve more MCQ’s from the logical reasoning portions. Buy recommended books on general knowledge and study subjects like Indian and World History. Moreover, you should also be thorough with the current world and economic affairs. Since there is no scope of the syllabus for UPSC, all that you need to do is practice the subjects in the curriculum.
To score more marks
The purpose and objective behind any examination are to score more marks. Scoring more marks in UPSC will increase your chances of qualification. In UPSC there is intense competition among the students. This happens because there are a large number of students appearing for the examination. Since there is huge competition, whatever more you score would add to the cutoff. It will increase your chances of getting called up for a final personal interview.
A new approach to learning
It has already been mentioned that the scope of learning in UPSC is vast. There is no syllabus or set study pattern. One single student can’t know everything about a subject. Thus when you solve mocks and prelims, you get an idea about the different questions. Moreover, you get to know better ways and methods to solve a single problem. While taking preparation for UPSC, you will learn about newer subjects as well. For example- you are not well versed with Indian history. While preparing for UPSC examinations, you will prepare yourself for topics on Indian history. Thus you will gain an idea about the Indian Independence movement and the associated events.
Understanding the examination pattern and trends
The most significant thing that takes place by appearing for mocks and prelims is that you get a taste of the examination and question pattern. You can prepare as much as you want theoretically. But practical implementation during the examination is what matters the most. Understanding the topics is one thing. Comprehending what questions might come from those topics is a different question altogether. You must understand that mere studying of the topic would not do. You must understand the questions that come in the examination. Moreover solving those questions would help you understand the examination pattern. For example- you must know the marks that are allotted to the questions in the examination. For that, you need to practice more sample UPSC examination papers.
Solving mocks and prelims help in self-analysis and evaluation. When you solve a question paper, you understand how many questions you correctly answered. Moreover, you can also understand the answers that went wrong. Thereby you can identify the areas where you need to work on. This self-evaluation is very important and it only takes place if you appear for mocks and prelims.
Appearing in Mocks and Prelims helps in boosting your confidence. Once you make the mistakes, you won’t be repeating them further. Therefore when you do appear for the final examination, you are mentally prepared to handle adversities. Moreover, it boosts your confidence.
Therefore a study of the above reasons would give you an idea of why you should sit for more prelims and mocks before appearing for the final UPSC examination.
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