Moderation: The Key to Success in UPSC Exam

“The true master lives in truth, in goodness and restraint, non-violence, moderation and purity.” – Lord Gautama Buddha


The UPSC exam prelims is soon going to be knocking at your door (IAS Prelims would be held on 2nd June 2019). If there is one advice that should be followed by all the IAS aspirants, it is ‘moderation’. Lord Buddha talked about the wisdom in moderation more than 2000 years ago. Even in your IAS preparation, this is a golden tip for those struggling to make sense of the whole process which can be daunting and exhausting. No doubt, what makes the UPSC exam this intimidating and difficult to get through is its vast and diverse IAS syllabus, coupled with the fact that it takes almost a year of preparation to sail through the three stages involved. Check out the UPSC exam syllabus and pattern here.


Read on for a few tips on practicing moderation in your UPSC exam preparation.

  • Don’t go on a book-buying spree

Be moderate in your approach to collecting the right IAS study material. Resist the temptation to buy all the books available in the market. Not only will it be a financial burden, it would also lead to frustration since you would not be able to finish them anyway. Go through BYJU’S website and read about the best books for every exam. Acquire only those.


  • Don’t go overboard with your late-night studies

     Another area requiring moderation is your late-night studies. It is okay once in a while to indulge in this. But as a rule, avoid pulling all-nighters. Wake up early and study. There are many negative effects of sleep deprivation on your physical and mental health.


  • Don’t fantasize about your IAS future all the time

Visualization is indeed a good motivation technique, but too much of it can backfire. You end up living in a make-believe world, wasting precious time meant for your UPSC preparation.


  • Don’t turn an ascetic during your IAS preparation

Many people argue that in order to clear the tough IAS exam, a candidate should cut himself off from society and immerse totally in his IAS preparation. This is not an advisable move. Human beings are social beings and no one can live in isolation for too long. It may lead to depression. Also, taking routine breaks during your studies is a good way to beat stress and revitalize for further studies. Be involved in studies for sure, but don’t go overboard.


  • Don’t stress yourself

Taking an exam, especially the IAS exam is a stressful affair. But don’t be too hard on yourself. Sure, people do produce good results when put under some kind of a pressure. It can bring the best out of them. But, too much stress is a recipe for disaster. Practice some stress relieving exercises and beat stress.


Follow the above-mentioned steps. Remember, everything in moderation would fetch you good results. Too much of a good thing is also bad! Practice moderation, and let there be no moderation in your final marks!


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