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UPSC Civil Services : 5 Myths Busted

20th September, 2020 Miscellaneous

UPSC Civil Services : 5 Myths Busted


A career in Indian Civil Services is considered to be a dream by most of the aspirants as well as the typical Indian Society. Authority and Power are the first two keywords that comes into the mind of anybody who is considering to try their luck in UPSC Civil Services Examination. However, it comes with great responsibility too.

Job security, Salary, Opportunity of a foreign-posting, Job Satisfaction are some important features of a career in Civil Services. Moreover, civil servants are vested with the noble responsibility implement all the developmental and other government policies.

Although UPSC recruits in various posts by conducting the Civil Services Examination, the most sought after ones are IAS, IPS and IFS (Foreign Service).  However, securing a job in one of these three posts demands to undergo a grueling, three-tier UPSC civil services exam which is considered one of the toughest competitive examinations.

Lakhs of aspirants appear for UPSC every year but only a few get selected.

Proper preparation for the examination is the most crucial step towards success. However often there is an absence of a calm mind to handle the examination pressure due to the myths floating around aggravates their fear results into a failure.

So aspirants it’s time to debunk these common myths you might be hearing and gear up to ace the journey towards your dream career. 

Myth 1: To Clear UPSC Civil Services Examination, an aspirant need to put many many years into Preparation.

Reality: An year’s preparation is enough. Yes !! You have read it right.

However it requires a Proper Guidance, Perseverance, Uncompromising Dedication and To some extent Luck. Preparation from an early stage is neither necessary nor it guides to a guaranteed success. There are many examples of aspirants clearing the examination in one go after just a year or even less than a year’s preparation.

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Myth 2: IAS aspirants must be aware of every topic/subject 

Reality: This is a Misconception. UPSC never asks anything beyond the scope of it’s syllabus. You don’t need to mug up everything under the sun. Instead, simply focus on the basic concepts, current affairs, and books by a few renowned authors. The exam demands a sound general awareness and analytical skills.

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Myth 3: At least 2-3 attempts are required.

Reality: This is just another misconception. There are so many aspirants who have cleared the examination in the very first attempt. Just keep it simple and focused on a single. Revise as many times you can and once you are done, take multiple mock tests to evaluate your weaknesses and work on it.

If you have religiously follow this routine, You are Ready to Fight and Win.

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Myth 4: Follow the Toppers’ strategies

Reality: Don’t do it. You may learn from their experiences, but definitely you must not copy them. It may be lethal. There is nothing such as an ideal preparation. Thus, it is crucial for the aspirants to follow their own rhythm and routine and make an informed choice when it comes to creating a preparation strategy. 

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Myth 5: It is mandatory to have a good command over English to ace the interview

Reality: UPSC Civil Services Examination assesses awareness and analyzing skills. While proper communication through language is necessary to portray your thoughts, but it hardly tests one’s language proficiency. The aspirants are allowed to attempt the paper and give the interview in almost 22 regional languages, as per their comfort level. So always go for the language in which you feel most comfortable.

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UPSC is nothing but another examination. Yes, it may be the toughest but there is no need to lose your sleep. The discipline, dedication, will power and Hard/Smart work win after all. It is a lengthy examination and consists of rigorous selection procedures. It requires a lot of perseverance. So don’t lose your confidence on the ground of some baseless myths, stay disciplined, determined and believe in your hard work to make through this journey smoothly.