7 Common Mistakes To Avoid In UPSC Civil Services Main Examination

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) conducts the Civil Services Examination (CSE) to shortlist the candidates for various services such as Indian Administrative Service (IAS), Indian Forest Service (IFS) and Indian Police Service (IPS). To get selected for the All India Services (AIS) along with other Group B services, aspirants have to appear for the year-long selection process starting with the Preliminary exam.

 

Aspirants who qualify in the Preliminary exam and stand above the cut-off score will be called for the second phase, i.e., Civil Services Main Exam. It is not an easy task for aspirants to appear for the conventional papers because of back to back examination. Candidates should not commit any mistakes in the descriptive papers which can make them out of the competition. The Commission had issued a document regarding general mistakes committed in conventional papers. Avoid these mistakes in Civil Services to stand out in the examination.

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Irrelevant Matters Written In Answer Booklet

Irrelevant Matters Written In Answer Booklet

Candidates should avoid writing irrelevant matters in both question bank and answer booklet. No religion symbols/ name/ numbers/ slogans are not allowed in the booklet.

Avoid Matters Irrelevant To Answers

Avoid Matters Irrelevant To Answers

One should hit the bulls' eye while answering the questions. They should not give any confusion to evaluator by writing matters irrelevant to answers.

Do Not Disclose Identity
 

Do Not Disclose Identity

At any part of the answer booklet, test-takers should not disclose their identity such as name, roll number, religion, caste, etc. One should also avoid writing his name, roll number or signature anywhere in question-cum-answer-booklet (QCAB).

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Avoid Writing In Mixed Language Medium

Avoid Writing In Mixed Language Medium

It is not encouraged to write the answers in a mixed language medium. If a candidate wishes to write in the local language, he/she should opt while filling up the Civil Services Main DAF.

Do Not Write Partly In Ink And Pencil

Do Not Write Partly In Ink And Pencil

Many believe that changing the colour will highlight the point in the answer booklet. But this is not allowed in UPSC conventional papers. Writing partly in ink and partly in pencil is not allowed.

No Appeal To Examiner

No Appeal To Examiner

The direct/indirect appeal to the examiner is not allowed in the answer booklet. This behaviour will affect the other parts of the papers.

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Unreadable Handwriting

Unreadable Handwriting

It is not mandatory to possess decorative handwriting. It should be in a readable way. Avoid bad/illegible handwriting.

Correct Way To Fill QSCAB First Page

Correct Way To Fill QSCAB First Page

  • Name of Examination - Civil Services (Mains) ....(year)
  • Medium of Examination - English
  • Roll Number -
  • Name of Examination - Civil Services (Mains) ....(year)
Perfect Way To Cancel Attempted Answer

Perfect Way To Cancel Attempted Answer

To cancel any written matter in the answer booklet, one should strike the content and convey the same to the examiner.

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