With the dates for the Civil Services exam approaching aspirants have entered into the mayhem of stress. The preliminary exam is to be conducted on 31st May 2020 i.e. Sunday and the mains exam will be held on 18th September 2020 i.e. Friday.
While every candidate is already well versed with the syllabus and the pattern of the exam, there is still an ever-growing dilemma and there are some common doubts among the students as if they are well prepared or not, given the enormity of the study material for the civil services exam.
To help tackle your preparation anxiety and reduce your exam stress, by helping you prepare better, we will be sharing with you some most common doubts among UPSC aspirants and their possible solutions.
Here is a list of the 10 most common doubts among the UPSC aspirants
1) – The beginning – When is the ideal time to start preparing for the IAS exam?
Only practice can make an IAS aspirant perfect, the sooner you start your preparation, the better it is. A minimum of one year should be considered but many candidates start preparing before a year. This has its own advantages as the syllabus to be covered is of the size of an ocean.
2) What should be the daily strategy to prepare accordingly for the Civil services 2020 exam?
Since the subject study of the UPSC stream is vast and the duration is less. Many students start prepping as soon as they are done with their schooling years. However, there can be a different strategy chosen by others. Many times, students usually start preparing for the IAS exactly one year before the examination date. This gives an ample amount of time to target the optional subjects, their academic knowledge and the hold on particular topics.
In order to target current affairs, experts suggest inculcating the daily habit of reading the newspapers. After a certain period of time, say 5 months, start referring to previous years’ question papers. This will give an idea of the questions a candidate is expected to tackle.
Follow your daily strategy every day, if you want to be an IAS officer.
3) The time duration, the UPSC aspirants should be studying for every day?
There is no clear cut study to measure the amount of time required to finish mugging up the IAS syllabus. However, aspirants are advised to cater to at least 10 hours of studying sessions every day. Every IAS topper followed the ideology of study hard and work smarter. Focus on the quality, instead, of quantity. This way many won the race and achieved their dreams.
This notion of studying 10 hours every day is not a compulsory set timing. But, over time, the aspirants need to focus, concentrate, and dedicate themselves completely to their tables. Thus, burn the midnight lamp.
4) How can the students deal with mental anxiety and fatigue?
Always ask yourself, why you started in the first place. UPSC aspirants need to know the answer. Having a clear mindset towards the whole cause will not only make the journey interesting but will also encourage and motivate the inner self.
Whenever such thoughts prevail, reading and listening to motivational videos can remove the monotony. At the same time, it will help in understanding the journey better and clear. Moreover, try having a creative session where the student is learning through creative means of visual media.
5) How to stop delaying and tempering the whole preparation of the Civil Services 2020 Examination?
Being a human, procrastination is bound to happen. In reference to the above point, whenever such a situation arises, just expand your IMAGINATION! Imagine yourself in a position that you always wanted and the pleasure you will derive from it.
Think of all the reverence that a person will receive after attaining such a designation. So, imagine and start working as harder and smarter as possible. The ignition occurs only when the engine is fueled.
6) The student should write the UPSC examination in which language?
The UPSC council allows the candidate to appear for the Mains examination in two languages; Hindi and English. At the same time, they can write in their mother tongue too.
The council does not make any biased marking on the basis of languages. The candidate is free to choose the language he/she is comfortable with. The only thing that matters is the idea underlying the prospect. Therefore, being clear and concise would do the trick and maximize the score.
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7) How to memorize everything while prepping for UPSC Prelims and Mains?
Remember the motto of “study hard and work smarter”.
Never leave anything for the last moment. The students who face problems while memorizing learning materials should engage in reading, listening, and then writing. The very first attempt might be boring but soon the aspirant will notice changes. With daily practice, the topics you studied a day before will stay along with the ones you are targeting.
Always keep in mind, it’s not an EASY TASK AT HAND!
8) How to handle the disappointment?
Patience is the only key to success. Out of the numbers who apply for the UPSC exams, very few crack it at the first attempt. Well, this is reality and students have to face it. To tackle such disappointment, be confident and true to yourself. Keep hitting the iron until and unless you do not see a dent in it.
Practice meditation from time to time. This is your journey, instead, of running from it, embrace it.
It’s easier said than done, we all know. However, you do it and prove your ‘scared self’ wrong.
9) What to refer to for subject study for the Civil Services 2020 Prelims?
NCERTs are the books that are recommended by the experts themselves. This will help in clearing all the concepts related to the UPSC. Moreover, it will form a deep foundation of knowledge in one’s mind.
Side by side, keep the practice of learning and writing answers on a daily basis to curb the problem of memorizing. For current affairs, The Hindu is considered to be one of the best options to stay up to date with the prevailing economic and political scenarios.
10) What if, I am not the one to be the one?
The human mind differs from one body to body. It’s very complicated to understand how one starts questioning his/her own self. It often leads to this common doubt among aspirants.
Stop playing mind games. Whenever such a situation arises, put yourself in front of the mirror and start reiterating the whole purpose with which you started. Keep doing it until you find yourself again behind the books. Sometimes, there is no clear solution for everything.
- Read a book, listen to music, watch a movie, meet friends, or do something that energizes you.
- Create your own motivation
These are some of the possible common doubts that hinder the destination to be achieved. However, the UPSC aspirants should not become a victim to such questions. Instead, find ways to focus on what they started.
It’s hard but not impossible.
We wish you Best of Luck for Civil services 2020 examination.