You Must Develop These 5 Habits To Be Successful In IAS Exam!
Success in the IAS exam is not only a matter of luck. A lot depends on how you prepare and plan for it. Developing a few habits will take you a step closer to your target. The syllabus of the IAS exam is vast like an ocean and you won't be able to prepare for it in a few weeks or months with the mindset of preparing for college exams or school exams. IAS is one of the toughest exams in the history of Indian competitive exams. Well, there is no doubt that IAS aspirants will do their 200% best to crack this exam in the first attempt but along with the good preparation, there is also a need to cultivate some habits that help in realizing your dream to be an IAS officer.
For cracking UPSC in the first attempt, the most important thing is a mindset. You can't be an IAS officer unless you change your mindset. Only by becoming a bookworm, you can't be a successful and perfect IAS officer. Here are the 5 Habits every UPSC aspirant should develop to be successful in the IAS exam.
Read, Read, and Read!
Reading not only means to simply go through the textbooks and reference guides meant for UPSC exams but a lot more is also required for thorough knowledge. You can read anything anytime anywhere. Don't just limit reading books related to syllabus instead also read other books like magazines, business outlooks, sociology, etc. Reading a lot will help you in many ways. You won't just get a lot of knowledge and information but it will also develop a habit of fast reading and understanding at the same time.
Fast reading and good comprehension ability enable you to complete the syllabus in less than planned time. Besides reading, cultivating analytical skills will also be a plus point. Analytical skills are very important for making your answers personalized and stand out from others. Reading habit helps in building multiple perspectives for a single situation so that you would be able to write impressive answers.
Many students have immense knowledge but their friends, relatives, and teachers still wonder how they can fail. The reason is their poor writing skills. No matter how much you know, it is all in vain if you are not able to present it correctly, relevantly, and attractively.
Writing skills are very important for cracking UPSC exams. If you also struggle with your exam writing skills, let us help you out with this. Every aspirant should first read the questions carefully. Then interpret the meaning of the questions and try to understand the correct perspective for answering it. Then start writing it. Write the answer in a format that starts with an introduction, is followed with a body of content, and then is given a valid conclusion. For practicing your writing skills, you should set a target that you will write say 1000 words daily. This is a must-have habit among all the UPSC aspirants.
Yes, discipline is very important for living a balanced life and the same rule applies to the preparation of UPSC exams as well. Plan your schedule and follow it in a disciplined way. In fact, not just studies, students should keep up good and proper discipline everywhere. Also, make sure that you study regularly. It is a common habit among students that they speed up studies only a few days before exams. This is not at all a good habit and proves injurious to your dream of becoming an IAS officer. All UPSC students should regularly prepare for their exams. Never leave a single day in which you haven't studied.
If you find it difficult to focus, you may keep a distance from distractions like phones and keep reminding yourself that IAS is your dream.
Put Your Knowledge to Test
Knowledge should always be tested. What you are studying is in the right direction or not, you should regularly take tests to check this. Attempting mock test papers is definitely a very good habit. You may take tests either topic wise or chapter wise but take it regularly say every week or once every two weeks. Hunting in dark will take you nowhere. You should keep assessing your performance level consistently and check if you are improving or not.
Study only what is necessary. Developing this habit helps you in preparing more subjects in lesser time. Today where there is no lack of study material, you should know what to learn and what not to. Studying clutter is just a waste of time and energy. When you learn only limited and relevant stuff, there are more chances that you retain them longer. You can also take suggestions from fellow students.