UPSC examination is one of the most prestigious and toughest exams in the world. Every year more than 8 lakh aspirants take this exam but only a few hundred of them are able to clear it. Its vast syllabus and unpredictable nature makes it even more challenging. In this article, we will discuss everything that you need to know on how to prepare for UPSC exam and achieve your dream of becoming a civil servant.
The Civil Services Examination is conducted in three stages; Prelims, Mains and Personal Interview. Minimum educational qualification required is graduation from any recognised university of India. Age limit is 21-32 years (relaxation as per government norms) and maximum number of attempts allowed is 6 for general category students
"The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do." — Michael E. Porter Success in this examination depends on making the right decisions at right times. Right Strategy and guidance plays a very important role in the selection of IAS examination. A strategy is like a make or break factor that will determine your chances of selection in IAS examination.
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Impossible is nothing and neither is the Civil Services Examination
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN IN THIS ARTICLE?
SOME OF THE PROBLEMS FACED BY THE WORKING PROFESSIONALS
IAS WITH JOB: MYTH VS REALITY
UPSC Civil Services Examination is considered an extraordinarily "arduous" task which can be cracked by people who are born toppers, those who study day and night (24x7 hours) and have no social life. For a working professional who is believed to have very less time to study, UPSC CSE is considered nearly impossible.
However, in reality, there lie several plus points for a working professional if he is preparing for the Civil Services Examination.
Dr Shena Aggarwal, former UPSC topper was working while preparing for UPSC, so it is neither new nor unbelievable for a working professional to understand that s/he can prepare well and better than others for the Civil Services Examination.
NO TIME FOR DEMOTIVATION:
A UPSC aspirant who is also a working professional would have a lot to do both professionally and academically. He would have no time to feel dull, lazy, pathetic, and unpleasant and other bad vibes which a full-time UPSC aspirant has to go through.
S/he would always be in work mode, filled with confidence and always stay motivated. This way s/he can counter the most powerful factor which leads to several failures in UPSC examination.
UPSC IS NOT A COMPETITION FOR THEM
A working professional would always see Civil Services Examination as a board exam rather than a tough competitive one. S/he would have no time to be afraid of the enormous numbers that sit for the CSE exam every year.
UPSC would always be a platform for them to unlock their hidden potential and study for the examination in a comprehensive manner. Their ultimate aim is to give their best to harness the best results. Therefore, they would give their least attention to unnecessary apprehensions.
THEIR HEART AND SOUL BELONGS TO CIVIL SERVICES EXAMINATION
Work is Worship. For a working professional who is also preparing for UPSC, study and work both are his/her topmost priority. He would always be very clear on why he wants to clear UPSC examination. S/he would always study with utmost dedication with no second thoughts or plans in mind. A working professional would always have a laser-like focus which is crucial to clear this examination.
NO WORRIES FOR A WORKING PROFESSIONAL
A working professional would be financially secure and independent. He would not have to worry about his future and does not have to be dependent on others for his daily bread. He has several back up plans in his lot and so he can freely focus on his UPSC preparation with a positive attitude.
THEY CAN COMPLETE THEIR TARGETS IN TIME
Working professionals are skilled in meeting their targets on time. They can make use of this skill of theirs in meeting daily study targets in UPSC preparation and thus never feel left behind and burdened. This will keep away the unnecessary stress from him.
THEY HAVE A WELL-PLANNED STRATEGY
A unique strategy is a must-have to clear the UPSC examination. Working professionals excel in planning and organising and thus finishing the task in time. They can apply the same in their UPSC preparation and devise a strategy suitable to their time constraints.
THEY VALUE TIME
Working professionals understand that they have a very limited amount of time for completing the entire syllabus. So, they try to utilise every minute they get for studying the most in the minimum amount of time.
Working professionals are not unnecessarily concerned about the ranks, cadres or services they will be allotted. So, their complete focus is on the preparation part.
A JOB BREAKS THE MONOTONY
Studying 24x7 becomes monotonous after a while. Efficiency keeps on decreasing year after year. Generally, 2 good attempts are given with full energy. It becomes difficult after it. If you are working you meet new people outside the UPSC universe and it helps in breaking the monotony and freshens up your mind. this way you can restart your UPSC journey with the same level of confidence.
IAS TIMETABLE/STUDY PLAN FOR WORKING PROFFESSIONALS :
Everything above will work ONLY if one can spend at least 3–4 hours daily and 20–24 hours during weekends (Sat/Sun). The whole effort is to strike a balance between work and study.
Working and preparing at the same time can be a great fulfilling experience in life.
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