In the examination centre, be attentive and your attentiveness starts with reading each and every instruction given in the front page of the question paper. Therefore, read each and every instruction before answering the questions.
♦♦ The two hours time to answer is just sufficient to answer all the questions.
♦♦ As soon as you get the question booklet and the answer-sheet, it is advisable to begin answering after fulfilling the initial formality of writing your name, roll number, etc. and then go on answering.
♦♦ Do not stop at those questions which you find tough or confusing. This way you can be sure of attempting at least those questions about which you are confident in your response. You can come back to the difficult questions
♦♦ You must not have to attempt any of the question, which is doubtful or absolutely no idea, because UPSC has incorporated negative marking system.
♦♦ First, you should tick questions, you know correctly. In this way, you can count correct answers and check your capacity.
♦♦ Leave questions which are time- consuming or you are confused in two options.
♦♦ While preparing at home, you must practise those questions/problems which you do not know perfectly, though sometimes you may get right answers through guessing.

♦♦ At the time of practice do not put guess on some questions because such a tendency may be harmful in actual examination hall.
♦♦ Do not follow elimination process for choosing an answer, which was most prevalent in students before the negative marking.
♦♦ If you are not sure for your answer, leave them unanswered.

♦♦ First read the complete question carefully. If you know the answer while reading question, don’t jump to conclusion before reading all the alternatives.
♦♦ While attempting mathematical questions, many a times in hurry candidates read the wrong figure or don’t look carefully at graphs or diagrams which lead to wrong answers.
♦♦ If you get confused with any question, look for the clues in the question and the given alternatives. Re-read the complete question and try to reason out.
♦♦ In seemingly tough questions eliminate the most unlikely answers first and then try to work out the correct answer.

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