Some people say that studying hard is the only way to clear the examinations. However, this is the biggest myth.
You don’t need to study hard to clear the exams. You need to study smart to clear the IAS examination.
Civil Services Examination is indeed considered the mother of all the exams. Is it really that tough? There are so many UPSC aspirants who cleared this exam in their very first attempt.
Even some aspirants didn’t take proper IAS coaching. Then how they manage to clear the toughest exam with such ease.
These questions always revolved in my mind and I decided to decode the success of the IAS exam.
Long study hours
The amazing thing I found in my research is that you don’t need to study for 16-18 hours to clear this exam. I am not just saying it for the sake of it.
Only 5-6 hours of strategic study is more than enough to clear the Civil Services Examination.
The other important thing I found is that you always don’t need coaching.
You should only opt help of IAS coaching for weak subjects. Subjects like History, Geography, English etc can be studied at home.
Attitude matters the most
One thing, in particular, I found very interesting is that only an IAS gets selected as IAS. You may be thinking about whether I have gone crazy or what.
But, this is the reality of it. UPSC doesn’t create IAS, they hire them. You should have an IAS like attitude to get selected in the exam.
Your attitude towards anything decides your result. You should have a positive outlook in every situation.
Because that’s what makes you different from any other candidates. The IAS personality test is nothing but to check your attitude.
I also found that many brilliant students got rejected in the final interview despite securing good marks in Mains.
UPSC asks tricky IAS interview questions and you should be able to handle them without showing any discomfort.
Don’t stress too much
Every exam is similarly tough as UPSC because you don’t know what questions will be asked.
Though, I agree that UPSC syllabus is vast but always remember UPSC syllabus comprises what you have studied since your 6th grade.
Many candidates lose hope by hearing that it’s impossible to crack UPSC. Believe it or not, this makes a psychological effect on the UPSC candidates.
If you are planning to prepare for UPSC then you should avoid negative people around you.
Make a plan and start studying. Don’t give too much attention to people who have not even dared to dream about this.
They are simply not worthy enough to give attention to.
After all, it’s an exam and almost 1 M students take it every year. But don’t worry about the competition, half of the students don’t even turn out on the examination day.
I hope that you find some sort of help from this article. All the best for your UPSC preparation.