Pursuit of felicity: Handling emotions during UPSC Preparation

Human beings are emotional creatures who can be rational, instead of the other way around as most people would like to believe. Our life and all our actions are driven by emotions. Our friends, our career, passion, our way of life are all decided by our emotions. Our emotional decisions are later of course justified through understanding and logic but not first hand. This article will elaborate on how you can control your emotions during the IAS Exams.

Handling Emotions During UPSC Exams

Difference between Logic and Emotions

The first response to any question is fraught with emotional outbursts and often without thinking of the meaning of the answer we are about to give. Applying thought and logic takes time while emotion is immediate, if not spontaneous. it is crucial to understand our emotions and learn how to handle them properly. It is important as most of us believe that we are living our life logically and you expect life to respond according to our logic, while all the time we are simply emotional. It is important to know the difference between applying logic and emotions because both are used in different scenarios of life.

To know more about the IAS Syllabus, click on the linked article.

It so happens often that while we are logically present, we are emotionally absent from those around us. This creates a lot of friction and animosities in our relationships both at home and at work. While you seem to be perfectly right in saying what you have said and doing what you have done logically, emotionally you might have not connected with the people. It just doesn’t matter how sound the argument is in a logical sense, if you cannot understand and respond to people’s emotions, then it is of little use. Even working as an IAS officer you are expected to respond to people and empathize with their problems.

Logic is comparatively simpler than emotions therefore we use it too often and end up in trouble. The only experience teaches us how to handle emotions.

Importance of being Emotionally Stable?

Happiness is a valuable term in today’s society. Being emotionally stable is even more important. These two things are absolutely interconnected. If you are not happy from within, you can never be emotionally stable and different people have different reasons to be happy.

To know more about the UPSC Exam Pattern, visit the linked article.

Here are a few things you can do:

  1. Give more time to yourself. At the end of the day, develop a habit of talking to yourself. tell yourself all the good things that you did, and also all the not-so-good things and how you can do better.
  1. Give more time to your family. Your family will be there with you in your hard times. These people will never forget to come to have your share of the cake of your success.
  1. Be more focused. All social media tools are nothing but mere options to pass your time delightfully but you have no time to pass! It’s high time you give yourself due importance.
  1. Create a strong and positve support base
  1. Don’t pay attention to rumours or to what others have to say about you.
  1. Try and help anyone you encounter (those in need of real help)like old and disabled people. Try and visit an old age home/ blind home/ orphanage and you will realize how blessed you are.
  1. Always be positive, and most importantly
  1. Keep smiling.


As a wise man once said “Don’t just have career or academic goals. Set goals to give you a balanced, successful life. Balanced means ensuring your health, relationships, mental peace are all in good order. There is no point of getting a promotion on the day of your breakup. There is no fun in driving a car if your back hurts. Shopping is not enjoyable if your mind is full of tensions. Don’t take life seriously. Life is not meant to be taken seriously, as we are really temporary here.” Keeping this in mind, do not panic even if your preparations are not going your way. There are ample opportunities to learn from your mistakes with the right guidance and perseverance. Keeping a cool head and a lock on your emotions when necessary will sail you through any difficulties.

To understand how much you have prepared for the exam, attempt the IAS Mock Tests. Upon doing so you can truly assess what are your strengths and weaknesses.

For more related articles click on the links given below:

Related Links

Daily News IAS Eligibility UPSC Current Affairs Quiz
UPSC 2020 UPSC Syllabus UPSC Current Affairs
UPSC Monthly Magazine NCERT Notes for UPSC IAS Toppers


Leave a Comment

Your Mobile number and Email id will not be published. Required fields are marked *