Here is how the 2017 toppers prepared for their UPSC
The Civil Services Exam is conducted every year by UPSC in order to recruit the IAS, IPS, IFS, and IRS officers. Around 10 lakh students apply every year for these vacancies. The vacancies that are available are only a thousand. This means that for one vacancy, thousands of candidates compete with each other in order to get that one dream position.
In order to achieve the dream of topping the UPSC exams, the candidates have to prepare themselves with a lot of dedication. Many of the toppers of the UPSC exams have rightly mentioned that hard work has no replacement.
It is important to keep in mind that the candidate should not be disheartened if they do not succeed at their first attempt. Success and failure is an important part of the game. The thing that matters the most is the time taken to prepare oneself for the examination
Tips from Toppers
The toppers of the UPSC examinations, 2017 have shared certain tips and tricks that should be followed by the UPSC aspirants, if they want to get a positive result too. Listed below are the tips that should definitely be considered by the students who are preparing for the UPSC exams, 2018.
- Dedication and Hard work
There is a common thing that prevails between the candidates, which is that the ones who are topping the UPSC examinations are extremely intelligent. It is believed that they hardly have to study anything. The truth is that it has nothing to do with how intelligent a person is. Intelligence is definitely required, but dedication and hard work matter a lot.
Support from the family and the friends and also the mentors is also a necessity. There are times when the candidate starts feeling depressed. These are the times when they should be supported the most and made to believe that they can do it.
- Understanding the exam pattern and syllabus
The candidates who are getting ready for the UPSC exams need to have a complete understanding of the syllabus of the Prelims examination and the Mains examination. They have to understand that the syllabus is not same.
The syllabus is the most important thing in preparation of UPSC as it helps in providing a proper direction to the students. They will also gain a proper understanding of what they should prepare and what they should not in the examination.
The toppers of UPSC 2017 stated that they followed the complete syllabus of the UPSC examination when they started preparing for the exam.
- Importance of Guidance in UPSC preparation
As already mentioned, the aspirants of UPSC need a proper guidance as well as support for preparing for the examination. This is mostly for the IAS interviews. The IAS interview is considered to be the toughest part of the Civil Service Examination.
In this interview, the knowledge of the students is not tested. Rather, the personality is tested. The toppers state that they have taken guidance from various mentors and experts for preparing the interview. They have even taken complete guidance in order to prepare for the IAS exam.
- Solve previous year question papers
The IAS toppers also state that it is important to practice the question papers of the previous years along with the mock test question papers. It will allow the aspirants to understand where they are weak and which parts are their strength.
The toppers have mentioned that they have been a part of institutes or followed the online portal test so that they could prepare for their examination. The mock test papers are necessary for both the Prelims and the Mains. In the prelims exams, it allows the students to rectify all the mistakes and in the mains, it helps to improve the writing skills.
- Answer writing practice
The Civil Service Exams depends on writing quality answers. The writing style of the aspirants does not change overnight. The aspirants should practice writing the answers regularly before appearing for the exam. The toppers of UPSC admitted that despite having the knowledge, they could not crack the examination because the answers that they were providing were not of high quality.
The toppers of UPSC also believe in preparing their own study material instead of referring to materials provided by the institutes or friends. If you make your own notes, studying becomes simpler and easier.