MythPeople used to say that luck is needed for this exam.
Truth Success is99% preparationand1% luck. So don’t let that 99% thing slip from your hand. Do study sincerely, and you will be rewarded with that 1% luck.
MythYou need to burn midnight oil for 3 years to crack this exam.
Truth We completely agree that there is no substitute for hard work, but you should focus on doing the right work or smart work first. Have a winnable strategy for preparations which highly prioritises your entire syllabus.
MythOne topper in an interview said that she studied 20 hours every day for 365 days. Is this true?
Truth Consistency is the most important factor in Civil Services Examination. If qualitative studies are done or one year, devoting 6 hours a day for 6 days a week consistently is sufficient. Good sleep is very necessary to prepare well for this exam. It keeps you in good health.
MythSome say this exam is like a vast ocean and questions are asked from outside the syllabus, even from extraterritorial sources. Is it?
Truth No. Again wrong. UPSC strictly adheres to the syllabus. Though sometimes it seems like questions are asked from outside of the syllabus, they are actually in some ways related to it. The questions are based on basic principles and their application, factual information and current affairs. One should understand the principles and then strive to find their applications in day-to-day life. Reading newspapers and magazines and periodicals on economic, political and social issues keeps one updated with current developments and policy changes.
MythLakhs of aspirants give this exam and only few get into IAS. I am scared.
Truth Though lakhs of aspirants apply and write this exam, the real competition is between only 5000-8000 serious aspirants. Those who study systematically and consistently, get into service. If you do the same, you will be one among them. Don’t have fears even before you start. You must enter the race and work hard to win it.
MythI am Hindi or non-English medium candidate. I am at a disadvantage as compared to English medium candidates.
Truth The language you choose is not a handicap, rather, lack of confidence and non-availability of study materials is. Every year numerous students from non-English background are clearing the civil services exam. You too can. Also, you should always select the language you are most comfortable in expressing yourself. So please don’t opt for English as medium of examination if you aren’t comfortable in it...
MythIt is very difficult for students with non-engineering background to clear this exam.
Truth Though the engineering background gives the students a little edge over others when it comes to CSAT exams, but that’s about it. In the end, the one who puts in the hard work and gives his best performance ends up in cracking the exam.
MythI am nearing the age limit in my category so it’s too late to attempt the exam.
Truth So long you are eligible to apply for the exam; you have a chance of clearing it. The most interesting fact about IAS selection in recent years is the increase in average age of successful candidates. So it’s never too late to attempt the IAS exam provided you have a definite plan and will power to make it through.
MythIf you choose an optional subject which is less popular, you will have higher chances of cracking the exam.
Truth This is a very popular myth among the students appearing for UPSC exams. But the reality is the number of candidates to be selected for a certain optional is directly proportional the number of students who opted for it.
MythThey say there is corruption in recruiting IAS officers. Is it true?
Truth This accusation is completely false. The whole examination is so opaque that you have to trust it blindly. There may be loopholes in how an UPSC member is appointed, but there is never corruption involved in the recruitment of civil service officers. The steel produced is pure. You can trust it.
The secret of the champions is that they always visualize the result in advance. And they visualize until they are completely certain that they can achieve the seemingly impossible task ahead of them. So tap into the power of faith and belief that you can do it, this will push you to dedicate yourself completely towards breaking through the exam.