IAS Gyan


Importance Of Consistency In UPSC CSE Preparation

29th June, 2020 Prelims

UPSC Civil Services exam is considered to be the mother of all exams in India. Every year a million aspirants apply for this prestigious exam whereas less than 0.1% of them make it to the final list.

It is seen that many aspirants who have excelled in their academic life, have been toppers throughout, no matter how much talented they are fail in this exam or taste success after a very prolonged and stressful journey. One of the most important reasons for this is that there is no consistency in their preparation for this exam…


What does it mean to be consistent?

What are the consequences of being consistent?

  • Giving 6 to 8 hours daily for preparation for one year is better than giving 12 to 14 hours for few days and then changing the plan.
  • It instills traits like disciplineconfidence.
  • It helps in completing the syllabuson time and aspirant can get enough time for revision.
  • It helps in devoting time for self-improvementand extra-curricular activities.
  • An aspirant who is consistent with the above mentioned tasks will not come under undue pressure in real exam conditions and he/she will be able to better time management.

HOWEVER, truth is that it is easier said than done. More often than not, aspirants start procrastinating and begin to be inconsistent and irregular with their preparation. This is a consequence of various factors like self-doubtlack of self-confidence and lack of motivation. This leads to tasks being piled up resulting into mental breakdown.


How to develop consistency?

  • Having self-beliefin one’s capabilities is very important.
  • Aspirant should try to make the preparation joyful and interesting. Otherwise, they will soon lose interest and start postponing things.
  • Having a well prepared plan. This should be created considering various factors. Every aspirant has a different learning style. Rather than aping plans of toppers it is beneficial to prepare own plan.
  • Initially aspirants can begin by taking small steps, setting smaller targets be it in terms of the syllabus to be covered or the number of sittings or the time to be devoted.
  • Once they develop confidence they can gradually increase the limits.
  • Following proper sources and having proper guidance.
  • Fixing self-accountabilityis very important.

The best solution lies in self-introspection and then taking corrective measures rather than blaming and complaining on factors that are outside one’s control. Being consistent will not only help the aspirants ace the civil service exam but also help them lead a life of contentment and happiness!!!