Oct 27, 2021
Be your Motivation
Set short yet realistic targets
Always remind yourself of your strengths
Set the Right Environment
Practice Self Evaluation
Take Short Breaks during Studies
Take care of your health (Mental & Physical)
Seek Inspiration from UPSC Toppers
Civil Services exam tests your persistence and self-belief every day. If at any time during your preparation, you find low motivation levels, consider the following tips to bring back the lost energy:
Yes, you read it right! Self-motivation is the key. You won’t be successful without it. If there is one person who has the power to make the impossible task a possible one, it is you!
Don’t wait for the external motivation to crack the Civil Services exam, be your own inspiration.
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Get a significant boost to your motivation levels by achieving short targets. Setting short-term goals and achieving them will instill great confidence and make the cumbersome preparation process a simpler one.
Appreciate your strong areas and always remind yourself of them when in self-doubt. Be a smart aspirant by recognizing your strength and regularly use it to become successful.
If you are good at current affairs or good at answer writing, always say that you stand a chance to crack the exam.
Long study hours are a routine for any Civil Service aspirant. Hence, make sure that you have a comfortable and neat study space. You don’t want to study in an unorganized room with a shabby environment, right?
Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.
It is always a wise idea to examine yourself to figure out your progress in your exam preparation. Solve previous year questions papers, attempt mock tests, test series, like the one available on PrepLadder to test the knowledge acquired.
By doing so, you will get a reality check to your preparation by working on your weaknesses. When you see significant progress in your preparation, it will motivate you to perform better.
Have you ever got stuck in a problem, decided to take a break, and then later found that the answer magically came to your mind? If so, you know the power of strategic breaks to refresh your brain that help you to prepare effectively.
Taking small breaks is extremely important as studying continuously at once is not feasible for UPSC aspirants. Short breaks act like Refreshers. So, to make your study sessions more productive, consider taking short breaks!
Cutaway from all the potential negative factors and sources. There may be times when negativity will find its way to creep in gradually, but you have to be alert and focus on your long-term goal!
You have power over your mind- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength- Marcus Aurelius.
Preparing for the UPSC exam doesn’t mean neglecting your health. Be fit (mentally & physically) and get adequate rest for a productive study session. Moreover, you can and should try meditation and practice yoga for a calm mind.
A balanced diet and staying active are prerequisites for maintaining health in optimum condition and reducing stress. Good health will assist you in getting the desired results.
There are several remarkable examples where candidates from a humble background with all the odds against them cracked the Civil Services exam with flying colours.
For instance, Ira Singhal. Her physical disability could not stop her from cracking the 2014 CSE exam and bagging AIR 1 in it. Her determination was as strong as a diamond. Hence, reading UPSC toppers motivational stories from time to time can do wonders for your preparation.
We hope the tips mentioned above will instil positive emotions and provide you with the required energy and focus to ace the UPSC Civil Services examination.
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Raminder is a Content Manager at PrepLadder. He has worked in several aspects of the education industry throughout his career and has assisted numerous candidates in cracking major competitive exams.