“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn
It is common knowledge that clearing the IAS exam is not for the faint-hearted. The three-stage process involved in the UPSC exam requires grilling preparation that spreads over 12 months. And even after spending hours immersed in books, one can fail in the IAS exam at any stage. The UPSC devises comprehensive, analytic and tough question papers every year. Moreover, even if you pass the written exams, you still might falter in the interview round. Now, clearing an exam as difficult as the UPSC mandates you to make certain lifestyle changes. Read on for more…
- Early to rise…
If you are not in the habit of waking up early, start doing it now. The human brain works best during the wee hours of the morning. Rise early and freshen up. Also, when you start working as a civil servant, this habit will help you discharge your duties uprightly.
- Avoid lethargy
Give yourself the energy to work like there’s no tomorrow. Avoid lethargy and laziness at all costs. Will yourself to read and study. Have goals and achieve them by working hard and smart. A lazy attitude will not get you anywhere in life.
- Stop procrastinating
Procrastination is a weak habit that is a sign of failure. Do things right away and relax after you have finished your task. If you want to cover the vast UPSC syllabus, it is important to get rid of this habit.
- Love studying
To achieve success in any field, you must love what you are doing. To clear the IAS exam, it is important that you enjoy the IAS preparation process. You’ve got to love reading and studying. Instill a love for knowledge and see how you would be able to sit for hours devouring books. Practice daily, no ifs, no buts.
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- No late-night TV
This is a deadly habit if you are an IAS aspirant. You can watch TV but make sure to watch those programs that would aid you in your IAS exam. You can relax for a slotted time every day, but ensure to get back to your studies on time. It is better to watch TV in the evenings or mornings, but not late night before heading to bed. You will not be able to sleep properly leading to an upset next day.
- Forgo certain things
You will have to forgo certain things that you enjoyed like, as mentioned before, late night TV, hanging around with friends all day, chatting with your pal on the phone for hours, going on long vacations, etc. You will get the time to do all this once the results are out!
Get into the habit of debating on issues that affect people’s lives in the country. This will keep you in good stead for your IAS interview round.
- Eat right
As a habit, eat healthy. Avoid junk food as this does you no good. In turn, it can harm your health. Maintain a fit body and mind. Once you start practicing small things like eating healthy and exercising daily, it will become a habit. Good habits once formed are hard to break.
- Be sincere
This is perhaps the most important lifestyle change to be included if you haven’t already. Be sincere in whatever you do. Give it your all and success will ensue.