How to Force Yourself to Study Seriously for UPSC Civil Services Exam

“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”  –  Chinese Proverb

The decision to take the UPSC civil services exam is made with a lot of thought and consideration. It is after all, deemed to be the toughest exam in India and clearing it takes a humungous amount of planning and effort. Once you have taken the decision and actually start your studies, the enormity of the task ahead of you hits you on the head like a rather heavy hammer. Your initial days might go on smoothly but somewhere along the way you might start feeling lazy every time you sit with a book. You look for reasons to put it off. The very thought of studying irritates you. Well, if you are one of those people who do this often, it would be prudent to change your ways if you are serious about clearing the IAS exam.

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This article suggests tips to force yourself to study when you are feeling a lack of interest towards it.

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Why do you feel lazy to study?

You want to study for the UPSC civil services, but you cannot because your mind is distracted towards other less strenuous activities. You are distracted by the sound of the TV or the voices of friends and family. You are even drawn towards your cosy bed for a quick siesta. If you want to crack the civil services exams, you have to overcome these and concentrate better.

Tips to force yourself to focus and study:


Just don’t procrastinate. Stop whatever you were doing and start your studies. Will yourself to do it. Your mind will wander in the beginning but it will calm down and focus if you stick to it.


Maintain a schedule of things to do including your IAS studies. Follow it to the core.


A good way to make sure that you stick to your plan is to tell others about it. Request them to ask you if you have finished your task by a certain date or time. This way, you will be jolted to complete your studies for the day because you have to answer your friend or parent the following day.


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Avoid contact with the things you know will distract you. Keep your phone off or in another room, if you can’t keep your hands off it.


Your study room should be comfortable, well-lighted and ventilated. You should physically feel good before you start studying. You won’t feel motivated to study in a stuffy, unclean environment.


After you’ve completed a particular subject or section, reward yourself with something that you enjoy. This will be a motivator.


Make the following two lists and place it where you can see it in bold every day:

i) What you will gain

List out the things you set to gain if you study.

ii) What you will lose

List out what all you stand to lose if you don’t study and fail to clear the IAS exams.

Just a glance at the above lists should encourage you to sit and study and achieve your IAS dreams.

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FAQ about Force Yourself To Study For UPSC

How many hours a day should you study for UPSC?

A lot of people recommend studying for about 15 hours per day during the IAS exam preparation time. It doesnt matter how many hours you spend on studying. How much smart work one has done matters the most. Here smartwork means sticking to the syllabus, interlinking, revisions etc.

Can I crack UPSC by self study?

Yes, with a right approach and strategy, UPSC IAS Exam can be cracked by self study.

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