Can I become an IAS officer/Can I become IAS?/How to become an IAS?
- Manage time
If you want to be successful in the IAS exam, time management is the most crucial part of your preparation. You only have about 12 months from the time of starting your preparation in May/June to the actual Prelims in June next year, therefore it becomes essential that you plan in advance about your schedule, you can break down this period into smaller parts between paper 1 and paper 2, keeping adequate time in hand for revision & taking mock tests. Even on daily basis you should divide your preparation time between Paper 1 and Paper 2, devoting more time to Paper 1 since it is scoring and will determine your chances of qualifying for the Mains exam. Apart from this you also need to read the current events from newspapers and magazines on a regular basis. Manage your time accordingly.
- Watch, read, breathe news!
For an IAS aspirant, Newspapers should be their best friends. One of the biggest challenges as far as current affairs are concerned is that the UPSC syllabus expands every day. There is a new newspaper everyday and something happening somewhere in the world is on our television. No matter what,there is no turning away from it. In addition to developing a habit of reading newspapers and watching the news daily, you should start identifying the important topics and stories that you should place your focus on. Before you start with newspaper reading, ask yourself what you should read and why should you read it and from where should you read it. This might help you to cut down the amount of reading you need to do and also aid in the collection of important information on a daily basis.
- Practice concentration exercises
The are a lot of concentration exercises which you can use to retain more information in your brain and increase the time span of your focus e.g. what you can do is, read a passage in a book you have never read before. Then try to recite it verbatim. Practice this for 5 minutes a day and enjoy the results which follow after a few months of effort. 6. 83% of our sensory input comes from our eyes. To truly concentrate on something, shut your eyes and you will remove major distraction. However, this is only one of the exercises there are many more for you explore.
- Spend productive time on the internet
Information Technology has revolutionized everything, and it hasn’t out IAS exam preparation arena either. The availability of a plethora of information at your fingertips is a boon for every IAS aspirant. No longer are libraries, classroom coaching or teachers are needed to clarify the doubts. Even though, books or teachers can never be replaced, what we mean is that there are online alternatives available for many candidates. As internet penetration has increased in our rural areas, many promising candidates have started to appear in the UPSC Civil Services Exam with a better orientation and preparation. This digitalisation is essential for the future of a better India.
- Be committed!
The journey to IAS is a long and tough one and the only thing that will help you achieve your goal is your commitment towards it. During this long and tiresome journey aspirants are often faced with many challenges and problems which may waver their faith in themselves and the cause. Many candidates have also quit after devoting more than 5-7 years to IAS preparation due to societal pressures and continuous discouragement. However, despite the challenges every year a bunch of aspirants crack the exam backed by their willpower to overcome all odds. This is only possible if you develop a high level of self-belief and commitment.