These days candidates post questions on different discussion forums, search online and inquire on blogs about IAS Examination and as to how should they prepare for IAS examination. Aspirants have some knowledge about the examination but they pick up few myths or wrong information from different unreliable and random sources. In this article we will Bust a few myths and provide you with correct information related to the IAS examination.
Myth 1: You should study 15-20 hours a day to crack IAS examination.
It is nearly impossible to work consistently for 15- 20 hours at a stretch. What is needed is clear focus and smart work. Consistency and focus are the keys to crack any difficult exam be it IAS Examination. You don’t need to toil hard mindlessly for 15-20 hours or beyond that for the preparation. Just be consistent, focused and stay motivated.
Myth 2: You need to be in Delhi as it is considered Mecca for IAS aspirants.
You don’t necessarily need to be in Delhi for the preparation of Civil Services exam. These days study material and books are available on Flipkart, Amazon and on other E- Commerce websites on net. Online test series are available to prepare for the exam. Take PrepLadder’s Online Test series to check your level of preparation. Just be meticulous and earnest wherever you are and try to be in touch with others preparing for the same exam.
Myth 3: Candidates need to go through all the NCERT Books for Prelims.
There are particular NCERT books that one needs to go through and not all the NCERT Books. Focus on only the important books and then test yourself to know where you stand after going through or while going through these books.
Myth 4: IAS Examination is impossible to crack in the 1st attempt.
This is a very common myth heard from here and there but the above statement is totally false. IAS Examination requires a set approach to crack it and achieve success. More than 900 candidates crack this examination every year and get selected into various services. Such aspirants are like you and me and they have amazing stories to tell us as to how they cracked the exam. Their success has nothing to do with 1st or 2nd attempt.
They inform us that IAS is a very much doable exam. Consistency, hard work, smart time management and investment of patience can help you sail through in the very first attempt. Candidates who plan well and execute even better and are confident make through it.
Myth 5: If I am preparing for IAS, I have to bid Good Bye to Social Life!
Everyone has the right to leisure after tonnes of hard work. You must not stop going out. If you need a break, start studying weekly in study groups. Aspiring candidates can utilize their time effectively on social media and they can prepare while being online for the examination. You can join various preparation groups while preparing online.
Myth 6: I am Hindi or non- English Medium candidate. I am far behind and at disadvantage as compared to the English Medium Candidates.
No, you are not at disadvantage when it comes to selecting the medium of answering the paper. Dearth of confidence and non – availability of study material is to be blamed for the reason of disadvantage and not the language you want to give the examination. Give the examination in the language you are most comfortable with.
Myth 7: I am nearing the age limit in my category so it’s too late for me to appear in the examination.
As long as you are eligible to give the exam you have a fair chance of clearing it as well. Somebody I know cleared and got through IPS at the age of 35 (when the age limit was 35 years in the SC category). Another example I could share with you is of my Friend’s brother who made through (reputed Central services Examination), if atleast he couldn’t clear IAS. He cleared it at the age of 30 (i.e. when the age limit was 30 in the General Category).
So it is the will power and determination that matter and not how late you are appearing for the exam.