“If you want to fly, you have to give up all the stuff that weighs you down.”
The UPSC exam cannot be cleared by fluke. No amount of luck can help you get the IAS tag. It is not that you need to be super-intelligent to crack the exam. But you have to study consistently, devotedly, systematically and with the right approach. You must have read a lot about what to do in order to crack the so-called “Mother of all the Exams”. This article talks about the three things you should avoid to succeed in the UPSC civil services exam. Read on!
Repeating your mistakes/doing what hasn’t worked in the past for you
“History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce.” – Karl Marx
In the UPSC Exam, one size fits all cannot be adopted. The strategy for preparation will vary from person to person. Therefore, it is advisable to have a fixed goal to complete the syllabus but be flexible with the strategies. If something does not work for you, and it did for somebody else, do not hesitate to change your strategy. Repeating the same mistake will cost you a lot of time, which you cannot afford to lose during preparation.
Choosing short-term comfort over long-term reward
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want will be the sacrifice.”
IAS examination is not something that cannot be cracked. It is very much possible, if and only if you have the determination to make a few sacrifices and stay committed to your goal. The examination is a long process and would require you to have a lot of patience and discipline. Choosing Short term comfort over long-term reward would be the biggest mistake you could ever make. Short term sacrifices will totally be worth the long-term outcomes.
To know more about the UPSC Syllabus, check the linked article.
“Don’t let small minds convince that your dreams are too big.”
It is good to foresee the difficulties that might come your way and be prepared for it. This does not mean, you must expect the worst every single time. Negative thoughts are mentally exhausting and will hamper your UPSC preparation. Every time you feel like giving up the routine studies, think about why you started. Do not stop until you have reached your goal. Be prepared for the worst, but always expect the best. Staying positive will definitely help you during the preparation.