February 2nd, 2019       Civil Services Preparation, UPSC

Remember the legend of PIED PIPER OF HAMELIN. He lures 130 children of the town away….The world of UPSC Civil Services Exam preparation is replete with such inducements, lures and false often exaggerated promises. The aspirants face many a dilemma. The tremendous prestige of the examination has created an aura about the examination and given rise to many half-baked truths, which heighten the sense of awe.

Is it important to buy tens of books for Busting The Myths a single subject to crack CSE? Do I have to say good-bye to social-life? Is it impossible to crack the exam without attending a coaching class in Delhi? Is success in this exam only guaranteed by luck and god’s grace? ……so on. Several such myths are circulated among lakhs of aspirants all the time. This clogs the mind of the aspirants and makes them sway away from their target.

An attempt is being made in this article to dispel certain popular “myths” by confronting them with the corresponding “realities” with perfect rational and scientific arguments.

Truth

# MYTH 1: EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND NEEDS TO BE GOOD

# REALITY: IITian with a decent profile on paper got 117 marks in the interview whereas rural background aspirants with very humble education get best of the marks in the exam. SO PLEASE GET THESE EXCUSES OUT OF THE HEAD.

# MYTH 2: IT IS THE TOUGHEST AND MOTHER OF ALL EXAMS

# REALITY: This is just another exam. The mother of all exams is Life. So, take IAS preparation as a phase in Life, not as equivalent to Life. It is a big rumour that Civil Services IAS Exam is the mother of all exams and one of the toughest exams in the world. NASA conducts entry level examination which is not only content wise rigorous but also physically taxing. CSE is tough but not in terms of content but uncertainty.

# MYTH 3: NEED AN IQ LEVEL OF 200!!!

# REALITY: Most toppers are just above average in intelligence. But what separates them is that THEY ARE MARATHON RUNNERS AND NOT SPRINTERS.

# MYTH 4: ONE NEEDS TO KNOW EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN

# REALITY: Undeniably, Syllabus is vast and undefined. The point is that UPSC is a generalist exam, and one requires general understanding and conceptual clarity of all the subjects and topics prescribed in the syllabus. One need not be an expert, just a genuine learner.

# MYTH 5: PRELIMS IS ALL ABOUT FACTS

# REALITY: UPSC IAS exam does not have the intention to check one’s factual knowledge. Instead UPSC assesses one’s understanding and conceptual clarity as well as analytical abilities.

# MYTH 6: ATTENDING COACHING IS A MUST AND SELF-STUDYING A SURE FAILURE

# REALITY: Aspirants can get all the resources required for the Exam on their desk with just one click. Candidates should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and their stance in self-study and coaching institute and choose accordingly.

# MYTH 7: DELHI IS MECCA FOR CSE PREPARATION

# REALITY: This is only smoke without a fire. Apart from good quality coaching institutes now being available in other parts of the country, digital media and the internet have helped many candidates gain access to good quality study material. Further any sincere and dedicated aspirant can get selected from anywhere provided he/she has done the requisite smart and hard work.

# MYTH 8: TO SUCCEED ONE NEEDS TO STUDY AT LEAST 16 HOURS A DAY

# REALITY: This is both unhealthy and unattainable. It is not the amount of time that one puts in, but the concentration and focus one put in while studying. The mind and the body need to be well rested to function to its fullest. Hence, time management and a right study plan are important in one’s preparation.

# MYTH 9: FLUENCY AND COMMAND OVER ENGLISH LANGUAGE

# REALITY: UPSC doesn’t demand superior English, it demands basic English knowledge. Further, UPSC also allows candidates to write in their regional language in Mains examination. Further it is good if one knows they are weak in language and have any opportunity to improve it. But remember one requires only this much hold on language which helps them to understand question and write logical and well meaning answers.

# MYTH 10: OLDER CANDIDATES HAVE LESSER CHANCE OF SELECTION

# REALITY: What matters is the understanding of a wide variety of issues, irrespective of the age.

# MYTH 11: ONE CAN MASTER A SUBJECT BY ONLY READING SEVERAL BOOKS ON THE TOPIC

# REALITY: Instead of reading many books one should go for selected resources and focus on revision from the same resources.

# MYTH 12: WRITING, PRESENTATION SKILLS CAN’T BE IMPROVED

# REALITY: Candidates should practice answer writing as this will help their memory power as well as their confidence level.

# MYTH 13: ONE HAS TO ATTEMPT/ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS

# REALITY: It’s just another of those shortcuts people keep coming up with, to cracking the UPSC exam. One cannot become a topper by answering as many questions as one can, since there’s negative marking, and one may end up with a terrible score. Getting maximum of the answers right comes from hard work.

# MYTH 14: HINDI BACKGROUND ASPIRANT IS AT A DISADVANTAGE

# REALITY: The language one chooses is not a handicap, rather, lack of confidence and non-availability of study materials is. One should always select the language they are most comfortable in expressing yourself.

# MYTH 15: IT IS THE BEST JOB IN INDIA

# REALITY: It varies from person to person. It depends upon what one’s motivation is and how much pressure on can take. But right now, focus should be on clearing the exam.

# MYTH 16: IT IS ALL ABOUT LUCK AND LUCK WON’T SHINE ON ME

# REALITY: Luck and chance play a role in varying degrees in any endeavour of life. It is impossible to clear this exam without toiling for a year. But some luck is definitely needed once many have equal knowledge base. THE HARDER ONE WORKS THE LUCKIER THEY GET.

# MYTH 17: A MILLION APPLY- I DON’T STAND A CHANCE

# REALITY: Though lakhs of aspirants apply for this exam but the real competition is among only a FEW THOUSAND serious aspirants. Those who study consistently with right strategy and through an appropriate source make into service.

# MYTH 18: UNIMPORTANT TOPICS CAN BE LEFT

# REALITY: There is nothing important/unimportant in CSE. UPSC has a tendency of asking questions from those topics which are not given their due importance. Do not leave any part of the syllabus unprepared!!!

# MYTH 19: ONE HAS TO HAVE MEMORY OF A MACHINE

# REALITY: One does not need to be a factopedia to clear the civil services. As earlier said, UPSC assesses one’s understanding and conceptual clarity as well as analytical abilities.

# MYTH 20: ONE MUST READ STANDARD BOOKS COVER TO COVER AND MAKE NOTES ON EVERY TOPIC

# REALITY: Apart from few important NCERTs and some books, nothing is required to be read cover to cover. Break down the syllabus in keywords and try to cover them from relevant sources and books. Also, making notes is important. But they shouldn’t become an end in themselves. They should help in understanding and in effective revision.

# MYTH 21: PREPARATION DEMANDS LOT OF MONEY

# REALITY: Only self-motivation and sincere effort/hard work are enough for cracking civil service exam.

# MYTH 22: RECRUITMENT PROCESS IS TAINTED/CORRUPTED/BIASED

# REALITY: UPSC recruitment is more transparent. UPSC gives details of all their recruitment in Annual report. The system has produced from all regions, religions, backgrounds etc.

Myths

# MYTH 23: ONE NEEDS TO BE A MONK WHILE PREPARING

# REALITY: One only needs to be self-disciplined. One need not go in hibernation. One should not socialise that often as it distracts but some unwinding only eases the stress.

# MYTH 24: IT REQUIRES MINIMUM 3-4 YEARS OF PREPARATION

# REALITY: One year of preparation, whole hearted attempt though, is all that it takes.

# MYTH 25: COMPULSORY LANGUAGE PAPERS ARE ONLY QUALIFYING- DO NOT NEED ANY PREPARATION

# REALITY: Instances are not lacking where aspirants who were seen as the most probable have failed to qualify in the language papers.

# MYTH 26: CHOOSE THE OPTIONAL ACCORDING TO TRENDS

# REALITY: Choose an optional after doing SWOT analysis on the basis of curiosity/likeability of the subject.

# MYTH 27: IAS IS NOT FOR WEAK HEARTED

# REALITY: It is true exam is tough but without adversities one cannot grow. Problems need to be seen as guidelines. TOPPERS ARE ALSO SCARED.

# MYTH 28: IF ONE FAILS HE IS THE BIGGEST LOSER ON EARTH!!

# REALITY: This is completely wrong way of looking at things. Nothing can be farther from truth. One should define oneself by what they love.

# MYTH 29: 200 BOOKS YET QUESTIONS ARE OUT OF SYLLABUS

# REALITY: UPSC sticks to the syllabus but the questions are twisted which require good knowledge base before attempting them. One can read only limited resources. So, one has to be very selective in what they read and revise it again and again.

# MYTH 30: NEED TO DREAM TO BE AN IAS

# REALITY: One only needs a relentless pursuit of what is in front of them.

In this world, till human being exists such kind of rumours and myths will survive in the mother planet. People tend to believe more in rumours than believing in themselves.

Believe in yourself and develop the self-confidence. Disregard all the myths, aim at the goal with a positive attitude, right preparation plan, and never give up mindset then see the wonders. One needs to enjoy the learning experience instead of becoming anxious and burning out.

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