The civil services exam is one of the most competitive exams in India. Every year lakhs of candidates apply to prove their intelligence and determination to fill vacancies of the civil services departments. The Civil service officers enjoy various perks on the job. Moreover, everybody enjoys the level of recognition and prestige these officers get in Indian society.
The UPSC council publishes the civil service exams’ notice every year in the month of February. The moment, the notice regarding the UPSC exam comes out, the aspirants indulge in various strategies to serve their preparation. However, there is a huge line of difference between what is right and what is followed by the masses.
Here, we have presented a list of certain myths that generally conquer the mind of every UPSC aspirant. The aspirants, to understand the distinction between reality and myths should dive deeper and educate themselves. This won’t only help them in studying better but it will also save the enormity of time.
7 Civil Service Exams’ Myths and the Realities are:-
#1 The UPSC is the toughest brick for a mediocre
This is the most basic doubt that prevails inside the mind of every average student. In brief, this is one of the biggest lies is. Any student whether a topper or a backbencher can easily clear the UPSC exam with the correct strategy and technique.
Everybody is familiar with the preparation cycle for UPSC. It is something that takes time and a wide view to look into the vast IAS syllabus. But, this is the case for every big dream, an aspirant strives to achieve.
Truth be told, it’s easy and tackling for every determined student out there.
#2 Only 15-20 hours can show the results
A common phrase says, ‘every finger is of different size’. Understand the deeper meaning of this. Every aspirant has his/her own way and method of studying. For some, memorizing is the easier path, while for some, it’s the understanding that stands them out.
Similarly, going by the traditional approach, many students believe that it is mandatory to study for 15-18 hours every day. But, the experts suggest going for an 8-hour study cycle. This is tried and tested and gives results if done with efficiency and will power.
#3 The toppers are the knowledge storehouses
Well, in our words, they are mere humans who were determined and focused on their dream. It is a common notion that every IAS topper study everything and that is how they clear the exam. But, the toppers themselves say that it is not possible to taste every drop of knowledge out there. The IAS syllabus is vast and widening. Moreover, there are topics and sub-topics that keep changing every year.
The experts suggest going for the standard books and materials to get a general understanding of the concepts. The council clearly states that it doesn’t need the masters but the jacks who know everything in a reasonable quantity.
#4 The power of Professional Coaching classes
This does not have any truth in it. Every individual is different in himself. Some may need the help of experts to proceed, while some steer themselves with self-studies.
With advancements in technology, every student can get access to online classes and notes for study purposes. This directly eliminates the use of any coaching class. There have been cases where the toppers clearly implied the power of timely self-study over expensive institutional classes.
#5 Only English speakers can crack the UPSC interview
One of the most crucial doubts that discouraged many aspirants in this race. Many Hindi Medium and regional language speakers face this misconception.
History is a witness to the truth underlying this false statement. Many aspirants cleared the Interview round with flying colors in their mother tongues. Moreover, it’s not the test of language but the general ideas and principles in the Interview round.
#6 IAS- The most prestigious governmental position in India
When it comes to the salary and other perks received by the IAS officers, this surely isn’t the best position to have such a talk. Not only the work responsibility is high, but there is also hardly any time for a personal life. In comparison, there are many private jobs that avail of the remunerative benefits on a higher level.
Many a time, the IAS officers have to transfer to various rural and semi-urban areas. This can be far away from their expectations to serve on duty. Though there are recognition and respect, it’s the IAS officers experiencing the ultimate wrath on duty.
#7 The Civil services positions are fundamentally secure
Like any other governmental position, IAS officers too can be removed from their duties. Individuals believe them to be immune against all mishappenings and negative practices. However, there are certain cases every year that involve the removal of IAS/IPS officers due to their practices.
In fact, last to last year, one of the IAS officers posted in the state of Kerala was removed because of a drunk-driving murder case. Aspirants need to realize that even the President of India can be removed if not performing his/her duties. The Constitution of India allows it and this applies in every case.
It’s the karma that decides, not the power.
Above mentioned are some common myths that take the aspirants far away from their actual realities. We sincerely hope that we cleared most of the important suspicions in the aspirants’ minds.
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At last, for any information regarding the UPSC exam, the students should visit the UPSC online portal. Moreover, they can approach various experts of the field for further guidance, instead, of being driven by false claims.