IAS 2019: Let all efforts converge on the Goal; hope for the best

Many a times it has been observed that one who starts preparation an year before the Preliminary Examination, find it easy to handle.

Even after the recent changes, this much of serious preparation is must.

However, long term planning should ideally start at 10+2 level. A few candidates who are serious and are guided properly usually select those subjects in graduation which can help them in their future life and career plans.


 By:      On Tuesday 11th December 2018           Read In Hindi

Today, for a youth, it is first priority to seek career opportunities coming their way and they always look for a satisfying career that fulfils their dreams and desires.

For the educated and aspiring youth, top-of-mind career is ‘Civil services’ that they plan to take up.

For some, a flourishing career in ‘civil services’ is start and for many its career progression.

Every year lakhs of youngsters start their foray into Civil Services Examination with an aim to crack it in first attempt. “Success is the completion of anything intended.” In recent months you have read about the successful candidates in Civil Services Examination 2017 and would have been come across many success stories.

Believe in ‘Karma’

The words of Gaurav Agarwal (AIR 1; CSE 2013) that are relevant and stands true about Civil Services Examination preparation make an impact, “you should not look at result; believe in ‘Karma’; focus on your goal, give your best and hope for the best.”

It is an open competition and your relative performance matters. It is an endeavour that requires serious planning, hard-work in right direction and patience. Everyone tries to put in efforts; but, how you prepare, practice and then perform that determines your outcome.

The competition is getting stiffer and the examination more challenging; you can chart your strategies that can take you to top and with smart-work make efforts to put in the best you can and try to obtain a competitive edge over others that determines your place in merit-list.

When and how to commence Preparation

Many a times it has been observed that one who starts preparation an year before the Preliminary Examination, find it easy to handle. Even after the recent changes, this much of serious preparation is must. However, long term planning should ideally start at 10+2 level. A few candidates who are serious and are guided properly usually select those subjects in graduation which can help them in their future life and career plans.

It depends upon your own calibre and swiftness to adept also. There are numerous examples of successful candidates even, who cracked this examination starting six months before preliminary examinations.

For the beginners it is important to get ideas from as many people as you can. Today, the advice is in abundance as lots of successful candidates share their views and experience that help future aspirants to take some clue for making preparation-plans.

Learning, gaining knowledge and building on awareness

Whatever you read, don’t read it from question paper point of view only; if you do so, chances are that it may not work. You need to develop understanding and clarity about topics, interrelationship within or across disciplines and its applications.

UPSC is in an inventive mode and be it Prelims or Main Examination, the creativity shown in questions may surprise you when you encounter the questions from different perspective in examination hall. You have to have knowledge about topics inside out.

In the beginning, self-assessment is must; plan your activities by prioritizing your needs and formulate your strategy keeping in mind your strengths and weaknesses. Make the best use of time on hand and always look out for prospects that can help you to uplift your preparation level.

And if you fine tune your way of preparation, be it tough or tricky situation, you will adjust to the requirements and chances are you will come out as winner. 

All the best !

Last Update Tuesday 11th December 2018

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