Challenges make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. Life of a civil servant is hectic and it is considered as the most challenging profession. There are lots of responsibilities revolving around him. He is supposed to face the problem of Political Interference, Corruption, and Frequent Transfers etc. As it is a 24X7 profession one has to be enthusiastic and stress-free to frame policy as well as to take a decision. One of the best ways to lead a stress-free life is to pursue your hobbies.
All hobbies produce psychological benefits. It generates positive feelings and boosts creativity, which enhances the ability to focus and concentrate. It also increases happiness, reduces stress and enhances work performance. Concentration creates hormones to retain interest, focus and spark enthusiasm.
Let’s rewind your life. When you were a kid, there were lots of opportunities for pursuing built-in hobbies. Our parents make us for drawing classes, Karate lessons or summer camps. In school, our teacher gives extra credit for those who do extracurricular activities. In college, we cannot think about a life without volunteer activities, arts, and other innovative experiments. When we leave these and start preparing for UPSC exam, we intentionally block the opportunities to pursue hobbies and ultimately it leaves us. But now, the heat waves of the Civil service main exam have come down. The worries about how to face interview will be still there under the deepest core of mind.
What are the possible questions asked by UPSC?
Candidate should be thorough with his/ her DAF. The interview board panel members are well experienced in testing the personality of a candidate. So, the best policy is to remain, to be honest about your bio data. Thoroughly prepare about the hobby you have mentioned in your examination form. Search for popular terms and the basic understanding of that particular hobby, recent happening in that area etc. Current affairs play an important role here. One can expect question linked with current affairs. This assesses how dynamic the candidate in his life.
If reading is your hobby then they may ask – Who’s writing you like most? Which are your favorite novels and why? Do you read a recent novel which might be more popular? What is that book deal with?
Even you can expect some technical questions also. For example, if your hobby is photography they may ask you what is the difference between SLR and DSLR is, what is Al Servo? Define Bokeh? What type of photography you do? Are you Paparazzi? Who is Daniel Berehulak? Does a picture destroy or create life?
Apart from the direct question, they may ask you, what you would do when you are bored?, what will you so during your free time?, What will you do when you are alone?. These are some tricky question where they want to check your honesty.
Interviewers ask these to assess the real character hidden to know that you would be a good fit for the role personality-wise, as well as by your mains examination marks, skills, and knowledge. One should be honest while answering these questions. It is a great way to impress the panel.
Importance of hobby
Happiness consists more in the small conveniences of pleasures that occur every day, than in great pieces of good fortune that happen but seldom to a man in the course of his life. Young people have a great choice of occupations for their financial happiness but not their mental pleasure. Hobbies open a door to opportunities. It molds a man into a living creature.
Hobbies play an important role in enriching your perspective. You are opening a new book; once you start to pursue a new hobby. It is an opportunity to learn new things to enhance your mental efficiency. The more you know, the more you grow. The more you grow you act wisely. Hobbies detract focus from job stress and personal issues. Engaging in enjoyable activities generates self-confidence and motivation, which helps to carry positive performances in aspirant’s personal and professional life.
Hobbies belittle the focus from professional stress as well as personal issues. Engaging in amusing activities kindle self-confidence and keep motivated. The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.
There are things you enjoyed as a kid that you might still enjoy as an adult. Sometimes you might have an awesome coin collection, loved to crawl on a couch with a book and paint crazily. Those are all things you could pick up again as an adult that would make great hobbies.
One’s personality plays an important role in choosing hobbies. Some people are creative while other wants to be adventurous. Analyze your personality and think about the things you already like and how it can be expanded. Sometimes you may not hit the apt activity for you right out of the gate, but you can have a lot of fun exploring what’s out there. Don’t be afraid to try new things, and soon you will have a hobby that provides you with a lot of fun and an answer to UPSC interview panel.
Do it daily
A hobby, a day keeps the doldrums away. If you are starting a new initiative in your life, it takes time. After the Civil service main examination, you will have a lot of time in your hands. The best part is that still you have time and most of us are not using well if you don’t have time, start to save the time you spend on social media or watching Television. Carve out a half / an hour daily for your explore your interest and spend it effectively.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”-
– John Quincy Adams
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