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downs and is a highly uneven track to traverse. Before taking a decision about Civil Services as your career, it is expedient to check up oneself and remain determined after wards. The first and foremost thing to decide while aspiring for Civil Services is the judicious choice subjects for the Prelims and the Mains. This is the most important and first step of your journey and should be accomplished most carefully as coming things hinge on it and a wrong decision may prove to be disastrous. Careful analysis of syllabus, previous years’ papers, your calibre, requirement of subject (Visionary, Numerical, Theoretical), comfort level with the subject and past trends should be done. Advice from seniors and fellow candidates should also be sought. To avoid dithering in choice at later stage, initial deep thinking and consultations are a must. Having decided the subject, it is advisable to stick to your choice even if the perception of others about it is not favourable. Preparation for General Studies can be done hand in hand while preparing for Optional papers. Good mix of study hours for General Studies and Optionals makes study enjoyable and it becomes easy to sustain for long hours without losing interest and enthusiasm. Before Prelims result, one Optional can be exhaustively prepared so as to have an edge during study for the Mains and also to ease out burden during these busy days. General Studies, though does not have any limits, yet syllabus as outlined by UPSC gives quite good understanding of the question paper. General tendency about General Studies paper is to devote much more time on unproductive readings which, in reality yields little returns. Concentrate on what is more probable, followed by probable, then less probable if time permits. Even if you do not cover less probable ones, you are not at much o floss. So, be secure and study systematically. Being a regular reader of newspapers n magazines gives good command and writing skill, hence, this should be made a habit. Trend now-a-days has shifted more towards current issues, hence a thorough awareness of recent happenings is mandatory. one you achieve the threshold in General Studies, more efforts should be put on Optionals (Especially in Prelims) as it is more scoring and is the hub of success. For Mains, syllabus is quite beautifully elaborated and we know beforehand the study topics. Ready reference material as published in some magazines is of great help. I believe that the preamble of UPSC Question Paper are the instructions on the front page of the paper. Give some time in reading the instructions and follow them. By doing this, you are averting a possible source of error which could creep in if you do not read them. Follow the world-limit as prescribed at the end of the question to the extent possible. Try to confine your answer within that limit, never exceed it. The art to express many contrasting views in a confined word space comes through practice, so practise some previous years’ question papers. Be your own while writing, never try to imitate anybody. Your expression needs try to be limited yet comprehensive while writing General Studies paper.
elaborate on this outline after wards. I did not have plenty of time as against my fellow candidates. Work hard as there is no short-cut to success and hard work never goes unrewarded. Economics. To ensure. Always observe interview etiquette and be honest. Be self confident but not complacent. unless asked to do so. Devote initial 40-46 minutes on preparing rough outline. adopt such strategy which you are comfortable with and which fits into your constraints. see that no vital step is left in between. A lot depends upon the Almighty. adopt step0by-step approach. take a balanced approach and write what ever good comes to your mind at the moment. you could show that your approach is flexible an amenable the world is yours. I studied History Polity of Spectrum Series books. therefore one should be expressed only if asked so. Approach to Optional paper is not universal and is individual specific. What one can effectively write in 3-hour duration is good enough length. If at any point of time. I has to evolve and finetune my strategy to cover up such a huge Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics syllabi apart from General Studies & essay. Science & Technology and Geography through MnM Series books which I found quite useful. Students sometimes ignore basics and it costs much. flicking round the issue should be avoided. All would agree that personality is a life-time asset and expecting miraculous alterations in personality in a span of a few days or weeks is not possible. Those interviewing are highly experienced persons and know much better than us. I am working with maruti Udyog. Remember. My essay consisted of approx 2500 words. your imagination can reach zenith but with a purpose. polite. All this sequential and systematic answering comes through a lot of practice and analysis of standard answers. honest. Before proceeding. convincing an modest. have patience and be optimistic. Since. . Arrogance. so pray often. Next 2 hours for writing inflow and last 15-20 minuets for review and corrections. “How to write an answer” is equally vital for Mechanical Engineering/Mathematics paper as it is for General Studies & Essay. take a balanced approach and write whatever good comes to your mind at the end. Conclusion should be drawn only at the end. Of the question put is not clear t you. It is not the factual knowledge but your views which are on test. Yet. never start giving history of an issue. Only those people learn who have urge to change an willing to accept new ideologies. elaborate are satisfied with the rough work. rearrange them if necessary and once you are satisfied with the rough work. state all the assumptions involve and try to give minutes plausible details. efforts can be made to overcome major deficiency and polish p views and opinions. There is no standard word-limit yet. politely ask for more information. no one is omniscient and non-awareness of something should be admitted with politeness. as these steps are the links and missing or weak links can never ensure good strength of the answer. Simulate the actual examination hours at home to judge your performance and to plug any loopholes. motivated. work out the sub-titles. never divert from the main topic. so be careful about it. It is better to say ‘No’ than to bluff around. In addition to Competition Success Review and standard books. For the Personality Test one should better form a group of 3-4 people as the preparation for Interview cannot be done in isolation.In Essay paper. rigidity.
I managed to come out with flying colours despite all these hiccups’ kudos to good planning. There are many ups and downs during the course. Profound Faith In God. To cite my example. I was advised sometimes even to quit the job. my faith in Almighty. You are your own best judge and you know which areas are weak and need reinforcement. General perception around the Civil Services aspirants regarding Mechanical Engineering is highly discourage yet I took it and got success. Believe in yourself. self confidence and inner strength are the two basic requirements for anybody to appear in this examination. it is when a person’s qualities are on test and they emerge as winners who have these qualities.I would like to quote Swami Vivekanand (often my eldest brother reminds me of it): Arise awake and rest not till the goal is achieved. I have read somewhere that winners are those who manage their hardships effectively and do learn from our mistakes makes us successful. Strong Will Power and Dogged Pursuit Do Bear Fruit. It is the ‘downs’ which need to be tackled more vigorously and skillfully. So never get carried away by others. hard work and God’s grace. . Yet. I was often told that it is just impossible to think for IAS while working. Never feel depressed. parents’ blessing.
mother has a dream or it is a pressure from your social circle or family that you have to be a shining star in the firmament of civil Services but you are planning. my advice to you would be to reconsider your decision for making Civil Services as your goal. whether it is a competitive exam or a sundry struggle in day-to-day life. The first step towards success is to choose your goal honestly and thereafter to make dedicated efforts backed by strong determination t achieve it. then proceed towards your goal in right direction and. By right direction. If there is something more valuables than time. Those who keep faith in their capabilities. the first quest ion that you should put to yourself is: Whether you want to become the same of which you are making efforts. I mean that if you want to ensure your success in Civil Services. the reason being that the lack of constant and hardwork leading to initial setback or failure to achieve the desired success engulfs the whole personality into darkness. Preparation for civil Services demands right time-management. Subject-selection should be always based on your interest in the subject. believe me no obstacle on the way can ever waver you from your path. I mean that incases you are selecting Civil Services s your career. I never agree with those who think failure s synonymous with lick. This is a wrong method of subject-selection. availability of study material and your ability to understand the nature of the subject as a first reaction. Always use authentic and dependable study material brought out by standard publishers. You must be quite serious in the selection of your subjects. instead of wasting the interlude between . In my opinion. don’t waste your energy. better evaluate your deficiencies in the subject and try to remove them.Ms. an aspiration or a goal but to muster courage to convert it into reality is surely a difficult task. but they do the things differently” . Take a decision on the basis of the nature of your Optionals whether extensive or intensive study is required. It is very easy to inherit a dream. Every sweat of your brow through hard work bears the splendour of your bright career and this ensures your Golden Tomorrow. Manju Rajpal. IAS Topper Among Women 2000 “Winners don’t do different things. Therefore. Some subjects are considered scoring and that the chances of success therein are rated quite high. I have seen many candidates studying a lot which is hardly necessary. By honesty. keeping in view the moral disequilibrium and fall in performance level as a result of such frequent change of subjects. There are no roses always strewn on the path of those moving towards their goal in life. it is better to stick to your original after rectifying your drawbacks. if father desires. quite a different a career for you. till you have the high aim of standing first or coming out victorious therein. If the decision to join Civil Services is your own.these lines appearing in the Preface of Shiv Khera’s Book “You Can With” touch the very fathom of success or failure in life. for your job satisfaction. then assess your suitability in the context of your capabilities to see whether you passes the requisite self-confidence. We have t take exam/test at every step f life. it is ‘Time’ only. shape their future with their own deeds. the pinnacle of success remains a distance dream. If your decision is backed by an honest assessment of positive aspect of your capacity or capability. strong determination and commitment. Therefore. instead the thorns in the way is the biggest truth of life. Therefore. Therefore. then it is desirable to make a right selection of study material. dedicated efforts.
Select Questions after utmost thought and instead of making hurry in answering the questions. Therefore. In prelims. it is risky to attempt it with guess work or on the basis of wrong information. it is better to understand their true content. Whatever you are. keep in mind that the members of the Board are more experienced than you. Have faith in life and have positive outlook towards various developments.(No mater whether you take only a few steps. keep in view that no Training institute can improve your personality completely although some of these Institutes provide an avenue to be helpful through well-planned preparation and Group Discussions. In General Studies. then only you can attempt the Question Paper in a reasonably logical way. excellence and analytical presentation via effective writing. thereby you acquire the moral prop to face difficulties To sum up:. an attempt of focus your personality is to invite risk.completion of prelims exam and its results. logical and fact-based and to the point answer are desirable. Keep your selfconfidence intact while appearing for the Prelims and the Mains. make constant efforts to develop your expressive power. Go on your chosen pathwith positive state of mind. At the same time. assuming that you would be successful in the exam. You can even change your destiny) you will find that a stone” thrown up with right intent could make a hole in the sky”. one of the criteria for selection for Civil Service is that how for a candidate succeeds in expressing himself through originality of thoughts. While selection topics in the Essay Paper. During Interview. prepare at least one Optional. . keeping faith in yourself. Then at the time for General Studies and the other Optional. During interview. while it may be alright to answer objective questions on the basis of intelligent guesswork but in the Mains. if you do not know the answer to a particular question. have a balanced view of the questions put to you. therefore. Your destination will reach you automatically: O grumbler with your forethought and planning. always be careful that it should contain not only factual or informative data but there should also be analytical presentation. An indepth study of the subject is desirable but there is a world of difference between “knowing all” and “effective presentation of requisite knowledge”.
and have regular discussions. 5. 6. 2. So always aim at the Mains. e. This should be done in a very modest way and it should not appear as if you are boasting. you will end up as a loser because there is hardly any time left for a thorough preparation. (iii) Never make any sweeping statement (iv) Accept your mistakes boldly. etc. Revision is a must : Always remember “anything you could not revise prior to the examination is as good as not having prepared at all” So always make sure that you’re able to revise whatever you’ve prepared just prior to the examination.Santosh Kumar Misra. in History. Don’t go by any stories doing rounds in your campus corridors.g. ‘Dare-to-Bare’ Attitude for your Personality Test : Given the extremely short time (2530 minutes) in which your personality is assessed. 2001. Focussed Approach And Faith In God Are Instrumental In Achieving Your Goal . (ii) Have no biases for any Board . General Do’s & Don’ts for the Interview: (i) Be utmost respectful to the board. Practice and Practice (Especially for maths) : Go through the unsolved papers of the previous years and solve them. it is your responsibility to bring out your very best in front of the board. The risk in baring yourself in front of the board is that you will also be exhibiting your weakness. IAS Topper 2000 (2nd Rank) 1. Here is how I recommend going about it: (i) Start in December 2000 (ii) December 2000-February 2001: Finish your Optional (i. So do it in a pre-planned and wellplanned way. Polity. Focus on Mains : Always target the Mains Exam and make passing the Prelims a critical but incidental objective. 3. Practice. 8. Suggested study Time-Table: Say you are appearing in Civil Services Examination. .Hard Work. Overall : Be patient and maintain your pace. If you always focus on Prelims result and don’t think of Mains till the Prelims result are out. Don’t lose heart and work hard. the Optional other than the one you’re taking in the Prelims. it helps to keep your tempo up. So form a small group with your friends. Have a Small Group : Preparing alone is extremely boring and at times frustrating. They are usually very senior and learned people.e. Speed is of utmost importance in this examination 4. This examination is all about tenacity and perseverance. 7. Your efforts are bound to succeed.. Try to monitor you speed.
Just go through them and try to pick as many facts as you can.(iii) March & April 2001) : Devote fully to the Preparation of Optional 1 (i. (vii) Complete the Optional-1 where you left it at the time of Prelims. You should be in touch with magazine like Competition Success Review. Understand the questions before answering them and clarify the points if you did not understand them.1 and General Studies from June. Many a time what happens is that your answer is misinterpreted. all you need is a collection of Competition Success Review issues from December to May. Prepare the topics you could not do in your lst attempt and try to cover any.2001 & September .20001 Prelims point of view July. Also solve the previous years’ General Studies Prelims and Model Papers published in competition Success Review.2001 Revisions During revision or otherwise in nay spare time you should go through al the issue of magazines like Competition Success Review (of that particular year) and it will be extremely rewarding.. the subject you’ll opt in the prelims) thoroughly.2001 Optional . so do not hesitate in clarifying it. you should be fully prepare to tackle the Mains once again (hopefully you won’t need it. (v) For General Studies in Prelims. (xi) From January 2002 you should start preparing for your round two.2001 March 2001 Optional 0 1 from April . take a break for say a month or so. (iv) May 2001 should be spent exclusively for Prelims. Interview: Interview preparation does not require one to stuff oneself with facts.2000 January – 2001 Optional February. Just keep reading Newspaper/Magazines (Hindu & Frontline’s international events are a good combination). I can guarantee that. still it pays to be prepared). truthfully and with modesty. A selective and precise coverage of syllabus is required. Speak honestly. (viii)Give second half of July and August to your Optional -2. ability to analyse and to critically examine an issue is what actually counts. (xii) In March the results come out and immediately afterwards you should start your interview preparation. (vi) Take a break after the Prelims for 10-15 days. new areas where you feel you were weak. This should be done by the middle of July. Relax and re-energise yourself for the last four months of the year-long battle. Framing your own . once again. By March 2002.2 August. Time Table For The Preparation Of Civil Services Examination : 2001-2002 December. Facts you may not know and there is no harm in saying so to the Board but you must be able to think laterally and analyse all dimensions of the topic under consideration. (x) After your Mains are over.2001 General Studies October.e. (ix) Prepare all your General Studies including current events in September and leave October for Revision.2001 Mains point of view May 2001 Optional .
Otherwise also it is extremely helpful in making a correct choice of words while answering a question. if you don’t feel confident.questions and answering them (especially recording them on to a tape and listening them) is a very useful technique. .
one has to practice writing good essays. The first attempt ought to be the best attempt. Keeping focussed is often a tall exercise but with the help of our family and few reliable friends we can always recharge our betteries and stay on course. So it is always advisable to brush up one’s grammar and vocabulary. Many of the questions can be answered through intelligent guesses. Interview : A civil servant is not born. One should not attempt the first Prelims as a trial. : The subject is more important than G. General Studies. English paper and Language paper are no easy sailing affairs. Remember. practise with the help previous years’ papers. Equal importance should be given to all papers. He/she need not be an expert. keeping paper cuttings. complete the syllabus and then one month preceding the Mains. Prelims: A three-month exclusive preparation for Prelims is a must. All papers should be prepared simultaneously. do not write more than 500 words. regular map reading and group discussions are a must. Our arguments should not resemble rhetoric but should be persuasive. Vinod K. Mains : On an average atleast 6 to 8 hours of study a day is a must.S. the whole syllabus should be thoroughly studied. Taking . First. One should always stick to the word limit. Preparation for Mains should not be on the basis of past years’ Questions papers only. But he is not made one overnight. This dictum should guide every IAS aspirant throughout the 3 stagesPrelims. Explain all the differing and opposing schools of thought and with logical reasoning explain your viewpoint. revise. Making notes. one should aim at projection an optimistic outlook. one has to go through NCERT books and the Hindu and Frontline. re-revised and mastered. Target : 95/120 to 115/120 (Subject).S). The study should begin with understanding of the first principles and the basics. he/she has to be an average man/woman of pleasing nature and personality with a flair for leadership and administration. For the subject paper. No part can be afforded to be overlooked. first complete all mental ability questions and then go onto the rest. P. One should refer only to the standard text-books and noted classics in the concerned subjects. Good Planning.Hard Work. No part can be afforded to be overlooked. I believe. a genius or a super-specialist. For General Studies. Writing and presentation skills count for much. spend more time on the subject. I feel that it is the performance in General Studies paper that tilts the scales. Target : 1150 to 1250/2000. Humility is a quality that has no peers. positive Approach and Faith In God Ensure Success.Jacob. I could not succeed in my first attempt (1998) because I failed in Hindi compulsory paper. My observation has been that he candidates are extremely thorough with their Optionals and level of knowledge is improving s the years pass by. Hence. Choice of Optional should be the first step the choice should rest solely on aptitude and bent of mind. In case of long answers. makes or mars your chances. A 10 to 14 months programme is a must for this Exam. Never take an aggressive stand while attempting your Essay papers. I used to take off and Sundays but used to spend 2 hours reading the Hindu even Sundays. hence. 90 to 100/150 (G. Hence General Studies alone makes or mars one’s chances. Preparation should be focussed on the Mains 3 months solely devoted to Prelims. Likewise.S. Mains and Interview. IAS Topper 200 (5th Rank) A civil servant is one of the most balanced and normal personalities in a country.
you should stay focussed. Remember. one should spend atleast 2 hours a day in reading the newspapers.Q.hoc or quick.) is as important as I. Q. we should never try to give ad. Remember. patient and in a proper frame of mind. Emotional Quotient (E. calm.part in debates and extempores is a must. One should be prepared for analysing any issue of current importance. stalling for time is a very good way of overcoming a problem.fix solutions. But. .L. he who rules the mind is greater than he who rules the city. hence. I even took classes in Law in my M. In Civil Services Examination.
the number of aspirant increasing. graduation study. Start the practise of regular reading of a newspaper.this year around three lakh students has appeared. it must be atleast a year before you ought to be appearing for the Prelims. IAS Topper 1999 It is indeed a pleasure to write this column which I remember to have been very particular in reading. consulting the previous years’ question papers. I started on with some optional subject study . All the strength and success that you want are within yourself. the collection of the reading material becomes crucial. You have to be self-motivated.Tech studies. is way ahead of many such contemporary periodicals. Th study of the previous years’ Test Papers together with solution is very useful to understand the trend and type of questions set and how to answer them. I was single-mindedly concentrating on my goal. before jumping into th fray. etc. the university level books are consulted for they match the style of the Paper. then deed. I managed to devote the Whole one month . once I decided to go for this Exam. I was not able to give a lot of time exclusively for this Exam. “Stand up. this also was favourable and encouraging which did later prove beneficial . work. be bold and take the whole responsibility on your shoulders and know that you are creator of your own density. Here again Competition Success Review. Apart from this.S.Ms. Time Management & Hard Work: Secrets Of My Success . Competition Success Review is indeed providing an appropriate guidance to student aspiring for the civil Services. I decided about it. After the self-convincing choice of optional. Also because I was getting more number of days in between G. Bhawna Garg. I had Maths and Chemistry as my optionals. I must candidly admit that this column has been greatly helpful in ensuring my success in this premiere exam. But still. and not anyone of them being less important than other. So despite the fact that there was hardly any guidance available for chemistry as against Physics. a very different kind of approach is required. I used to make a time schedule and a work schedule for the next day and also note down my time analysis and work progress if that particular day and introspect my shortcomings and possible improvements.taking one topic at a time but main emphasis was on General Studies especially Polity and Modern History. By this column.Chemistry papers (atleast 10 days break in between). I was regular with The Hindu and I found it fairly useful. -Maths and then Math.” Once having decided about going in for the exam.Dedication. For the Civil Services Exam. Due to the demanding B. Then comes the stage as to what is required to be done. one must consider all the pros and cons of the situation. With the number of vacancies dwindling each year an the competition getting tougher and at the same time. aptitude. I would like to remind the aspirants the words of Swamy Vivekananda. There are three stages in this Exam Preparation -Though. You can decide about it based on your own interests. The criteria to choose Chemistry as against Physics was entirely based on my self-analysis because I have more liking for the subject plus by better scoring abilities in it. This went on till April ’98 When I gave my Final Semester exams. In between. By September ’98. Also the choice of the optional is very crucial. it need not necessarily be t popular choice. At times I had to compromise with my B. I decided sometimes in January 97 during my sixth Semester at IIT Kanpur.Tech study.for I got sufficient time for last-minute revision. by publishing answer to the latest such test papers in various Competitive exams including civil Services as a regular Feature.
Generally. Also signing the Attendance sheets and certain few announcements being made by the invigilators at intervals may be distracting and time-consuming. Prelim is just a qualifying Exam. I just studied the Brilliant Notes on Maths and read the NCERT books on History. Work out the time plan for the Exam beforehand for the Exam . The next two months. After my Prelims . in the Hot Summers. each for the three subjects. But keeping my expectations low. maintain a diary.4 days’ rest break. be consistent and work zealously. I got the previous years’ solved Test of Mathematics to develop a good speed and maintain it as well. Dress comfortably. I felt that I was out of the race. the high caliber essays for Civil Services published by CSR proved immensely useful in giving me an insight of the methodology to attempt the next 15 days for Math Paper exclusively and then the next 10 days for the Chemistry Paper. This was a bit demoralising and at times. I knew that revision is very important.just to study Indian Polity . At first. The night before the Exam for two papers during a day can be very exhausting and during the second exam. (Each day I would aim at attainable limits of 10-12 hours of study time. The execution step is the last but he most cautious one. I worked mechanically till the last. The work limit prescribes for the GS paper should be largely conformed with. With just two months before the Exam. Be calm and positive. I prepared a work plan for the next 5 months. I started on for Prelims from mid-March.) be calm and positive. there may be a tendency of lethargy creeping in quite unwittingly. be disciplines and sincere. I couldn’t do any special study for the Essay paper. Still I devoted one full month of May exclusively for it to avoid any risk so that later I can prepare comfortably for the Mains without having any apprehensions about my clearing the first stage. my tendency during the Practise Test was to complete the paper 10 minutes earlier than the scheduled time (Duration: 2 hours) for in the Exam Hall. you must take light diet during the Exam days. go for some physical work-out for 30-40 minutes in the evening to refreshing myself. i. Have good sleep. still it was only by August end that I could finish off my syllabus once. So a sufficient gap in between the Exam proved really beneficial to me. During the crucial six months duration after the Prelims.the subject I feared the most in GS and its in-depth study instilled self-confidence in me for an otherwise tough subject for me.. The generally accepted strategy for this Exam is that one must have studied the whole syllabus for the Mains before the Prelims or at least before its result is out. Reach the Exam centre well in time. one can never be sure of the comfortable conditions. still I was determined not to let my spirits go down (Swami Vivekananda quotations and anecdotes never let me down). Geography and Spectrum Guide for Current Affairs. You should be so dedicated that no external coaxing should be needed to sit and study for long hours have faith in yourself and the Almighty and your concentrated sincere effort will never betray you. for it helps in good time management as well.taking a 3. by July end. I revised Maths wholly followed by Chemistry and then GS till the General Studies paper on 30th October. so my eyes were always directed on the Mains. I feel that you must have a very systematic approach. so some deep breathing to maintain your cool and be charming during the interview. I divided into three slots of 20days. But I must admit that it wasn’t the case with me.e. However. and sustained my consistency and without letting any negative thoughts overpower my mind.
general concepts of Public Administration. I feel that the first attempt should not be taken lightly for the enthusiasm and the dedication for the first time may be difficult t sustain on for the next time. your hobbies. Still you must acquaint yourself with your home State. I myself could not make a group and go for any mock interview but I think this may prove helpful especially to those who feel less self-confident and have some difficulty in communication. Economy. .for with the decreasing number of the seats each year and increasing competition. I solely relied on this important feature in Competition Success Review.your whole personality counts. “Facing the Interview Board” published by the Competition Success Review helps prepare oneself accordingly. district your college. However. On the whole. then two hours of writing (on 200 words) and later 15 minutes of overhauling. Here again. For the Essay paper about 45 minutes can be given for planning out. Group Discussions and Mock Interviews are equally important. also you can brush up the Mains GS material like Polity. History. Interview preparation is not just a matter of a few days . etc. reading certain articles like.pattern is very well known. good knowledge base gives you an upper hand. an alternative job security can give one more selfconfidence and thus a wholehearted effort is possible. Also one must keep his options open while going in for this exam . With good wishes and good luck to all future aspirants of this coveted service. But along with good communication skills and self-confidence. Interview is more of a psychological test than just content based. etc. I did not join any Academy either.
Self-Confident. Also do a very systematic study. try to write an essay on post topics covered in the Civil Services. Compare them and see what types of questions are repeated every year. This will make you understand which topics need intensive study. Try to have a feel as to what constitutes important portions of the syllabus and what is irrelevant. Maintain a daily routine of studying in a manner suited to you and stick to it. Remember you’ll have to do both intensive and extensive study of Optionals. The syllabus in the Civil Services is very hazy and vast with no clearly-defined boundaries. proper approach and excellent guidelines are indispensable. it might happen that you end up reading things which are connected with the syllabus but are practically irrelevant from your preparation point of view. no matter what happens. This single decision has the potential to alter your life. Information from any source relevant to your goal is always welcome. I think this whole preparation should last about 12-15 months. Planning And Systematic Study : Stepping Stones To Success – Amit Negi. so that you may avoid them and save your precious time and energy. Some time when you are free. Besides making it easier to remember. Try to choose subjects in which you have some background knowledge. So it is necessary that you get a feel of what the examiner expects from you. This will ensure that you have sufficient time to revise. So planning at every stage of the examinations important. This is important as this will enable you to view things in a balanced perspective and avoid taking extremes. which are not important from the point of view of examination. Always keep an open-mind. Also if possible one should make short notes for Optional Paper as well as General Studies. in Mathematics and Physics one can make a formula note-book in which one should write all the important formulae and their derivations. So it is imperative that you must have interest also in your Optionals. Work out your study schedules in a planned and orderly manner. Only choose those subjects which are scoring and also with which you are comfortable. This will also enable you to identify unnecessary portions. So. This analysis will give you an in-depth insight into the paper and the examiner’s mind. For example. Discuss with your friends. Always do a planned and systematic study. This . It is always useful to maintain a note-book to jot down all important developments happening in the National and the International scene. Work out your syllabus and finish it in an ordered manner. Choose your Optionals carefully and with due care. talk to them and listen to their views. Try to from boundaries of the syllabus. such notes are also very useful and handy during revision stages and save a lot of time. Plan your whole preparation well. For this keep a copy of syllabus and side by side keep the previous year’ papers. So plan your preparation in such a manner that before the prelims you should have completed your both Optionals and General Studies right up to the Mains level. This will expand your knowledge base and also expose you to different views. Make it a habit to go through magazines (especially competition Success Review and General Knowledge Today) and newspapers regularly and read as many as possible. Your Optionals are the things which can make all the difference. IAS Topper 1999 (2nd Rank) To achieve glorious success in the Civil Services Examination.
You might go in for a walk in the evenings. Always pause a bit before answering even if you know the answer. Thus you can develop your writing skills and make sure that you can cover lengthy papers. You will need this energy at the time of your Examination. Be consistent in your views. take sleep as required by your body and mind. Remember in the Civil Services. So channelise your preparation in such a manner that you don’t burn yourself out before the Examination.e. It is always better to peak at the time of Examination. Improve your communications skills by giving mock-interviews. your response to some situations. The Board will check certain traits in your personality such as your honesty and integrity. Remembers hours do not count. Ask your friends to grill you. Remember that without a good health. Do not worry much about the compulsory Hindi and English language papers. you will not be able to concentrate on your studies and your whole idea of the Civil services will go haywire. some of them have been preparing for the last three or four years. Build up reserves of energy in yourself. i. Try to find loop-holes in your arguments and plug them. Be polite and courteous. in time. You will coolly pass them. Do not get nervous whenever necessary. Form your views on various subjects in a very logical and rational manner supported by data whenever necessary. especially GS Paper-1. Do not give a hasty reply. also maintain a hobby which relaxes you during your preparation like listening to music etc. So. your mental alertness. Remember. and you don’t need to waste your time preparing for them. Discuss with your friends. Don’t go by the claims of other persons who say that they study more than 18 hours a day.will expose you to your lacunae as well as make you understand the things involved: writing a good essay. Remember. Take mock-interviews. you know yourself better. Quality of hours put in is more important than quantity. your knowledge base. your speed and accuracy. from a group of friends who have offered the same Optionals. One of the reasons for their failure is their writing skills. your acumen. just don’t change your views because of . so do your study according to your needs. These will also open you up. for Interview read as many newspapers and as many magazine as possible. Take due care of your health. Interview is of a personality test. Most of the people appearing for Mains Examinations have a lot of knowledge. For Interview. Do not get nervous before the Interviews. even then such candidates are not selected sometimes. Don’t be too much argumentative. you should develop your writing skills. it is your preparation. It is always better to do study when one’s mind and body are fresh. The attitude that I will write directly in the Examination should be done away with. your views on varied topics and also your knowledge base. You should use your energy and time in an efficient and effective manner. Do not get depressed if you are unable to achieve their targets. They are not able to present all the information present in their mind in a coherent and logical manner as expected by the examiner. this helps in easy grasping of things a swell as in retaining them. Answer in an orderly and logical fashion an always look into the eyes of the interviewer while answering. so that you can face pressure from the Board easily. This will expose your weaknesses and give you an idea about the extent of your preparation. So. writing skills matter a lot. Not only the easy you should also attempt previous years’ Optionals Papers and General Studies Papers. you are the one who will appear in the examination.
You have to finish the whole course by yourself. At times you may feel tired and sick of further studying during the course of your preparation. the following four elements are the pre-requisites for success in the examination: (1) Hard Work . Just work day and night and go on and on. You should be in the surroundings of the people who could constantly motivate you and inspire you. but a good self-esteem matters. You will have to sacrifice something like movies.confidence.the fact that the Board is differing with you. You will end up in failure. (2) Dedication . Keep a group of close friends with you who are as determined t make it to the Civil Services as you are. . Remember that they are only testing you and often even try to provoke you. Give balanced answers and avoid taking extremes. They’ll provide you with the much-needed emotional support. good friends are always a source of inspiration and motivation. So to pep up your confidence level say t yourself everyday in front of the mirror that you can do it and you will do it.Dedication towards your duty always pays in life. If you don’t believe in yourself and your capacity to achieve then no matter how hard you try. talk to friends and parents. Be totally dedicated towards your study. This will make sure that if you are facing some problems in any subject then you can approach some one. but don’t throw the towel as yet. parties. No genie is coming to help you. Besides. I don’t intend to say that you should become over-confident. (3) Patience . at this stage of your life to achieve bigger things. Also while talking and discussing with them you’ll be exposed to different views.your self-confidence can make the whole difference. Maintain your cool and patience and go on. etc. So your self-confidence should be at a very high level. it requires a lot of patience to maintain your tempo.As the civil Services Emanation spans a whole one year right from Preliminary stage to the Interview stage. (4) Self.Remember that there is no substitute for hard work. To take out your anger and frustration. This will also ensure that you can vent out your frustration by talking to some one. Alongwith your preparation for the Civil services Examination.
there is no feels that there is a lot of available time. it always helps if one already such questions. Spectrum’s current affairs are good enough to score more than 325 marks if one has the ability to grasp them quickly. based on what I did. selected portions of Unique’s Guide and for Current Affairs. IAS Topper 1993 (3rd Rank) The first and the foremost step to achieve success in the Civil Services Examination is to aim high and have a belief in oneself.Deepak Tayal. In the prelims. It helps if one has read magazines and newspapers regularly but if he is unable to do so. The preparation for General Studies can be highly selective and one can easily see that there is a similar pattern in the questions asked in different years. But in general preparation can be broadly classified as long-term or short-time depending on the available time for preparation. One should rather than how scoring they are. One should have a natural inclination and aptitude towards these subjects. For such questions. This should be follolwed by preparation for the prelims. I think that the choice subject be based on interest and comfort level rather than how scoring they are. Preparation for Mains should begin soon after the Prelims is over and one should not waste time waiting for the Interview. There is no harm in taking extreme views if one is able to justify them. The first step involves a suitable choice of the Optional subject for the Preliminary Examination and the Mains. Here again the major thrust should be on preparing for optional subject more thoroughly and give them more time. one should begin with one of the Optionals for the Mains and try to finish as much as possible until about 15 days to 2 months depending on the comfort level for the Optional chosen for Prelims and whether one began with the same subject or not. he can do without them. the answer given should reveal a particular aspect of one’s personality and attempts should not be made to present a make-up appearance or politically correct answers. For History & Indian Polity. Of course. If one feels that he is confident enough to take his own. Most of the questions asked in the Interview are opinion-based.Motivation And Confidence Secrets Of My Success . Economy & Science and Technology. it depends on the Particular individual as to what he feels about the method best suited to him and his instincts. For a longterm. Once that is done. if one is following short-term preparation either because of lack of time available for studies or because he feels more comfortable with it. After this. it always helps if one already such questions. there is no cause for panic and one can do without them. there is no need to give undue emphasis to the General Studies and to waste time in order to attempt to cover everything. The most important thing to know about the Interview is that it is not a questionanswer session and what they are looking out for is different aspects of one’s personality. It always helps if the choice of Optionals for the prelims is one of the subjects chosen for the Mains. A quick study of different areas of the General Studies is enough if one has prepared thoroughly for the Optionals in which attempt should be made to score more than 225 marks. On the other hand. one is prepared to give it a go. As far as possible. One need not get carried away by the flood of books and coaching institute. A major part of the preparation should go towards the Optionals. there are some suggestions for books from my side. it always helps if .
one has to have faith and confidence in himself. the best approach is to think there and also to be seen thinking. If the candidate seems to be applying his mind in an effort towards reaching the solution. One should not make himself appear as having crammed be presented in a conversational manner. For the knowledge-based questions. An individual should be the best judge of what he thinks as the best way to prepare. One is not expected to know everything under the sun. the presentation of the answer becomes more important. He should not follow the crowd if it doesn’t suit his instinct. he is bound to success and excel. There is no need to panic for the Interview and even “I don’t know. Sir” should be said with confidence and cheerfulness. If it is a relatively new issue. whatever the stage might be.one already has some views on the issue and he can present them spontaneously. Finally. Once that happens. it is the best thing that can happen in an Interview. .
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