Not Cleared Prelims In 4 Attempts What Should I Do Next ? Clear Doubt

Not Cleared Prelims In 4 Attempts What Should I Do Next ? Clear Doubt

This was my 4th attempt in UPSC and I am unable to clear the prelims even this time. What should I do now?

But you can get AIR 1 in the next attempt. I know few of my friends who could not clear prelims even in their 6th attempt. I myself cleared IFoS prelims in 6th attempt only. When I started my UPSC journey in 2012, I got only 06 marks in my first prelims. But consecutively I kept improving and cleared prelims in 3rd attempt, mains in 4th attempt, got 832nd rank in 5th attempt and getting into IAS in 6th attempt. So I suggest If you still have age/attempts left, then do the following.

Not Cleared Prelims In 4 Attempts What Should I Do Next ? Clear Doubt

Not Cleared Prelims In 4 Attempts What Should I Do Next ? Clear Doubt

  • Try to find out what differentiates between a topper and those who are failing in it.
  • Go through upsc syllabus and past years papers again.
  • Read NCERT books and few selected books. Revise them again and again.
  • Eliminate every distraction. E.g.Whatsapp, Social media, friends(?)…
  • Read newspaper daily. Make your own notes.
  • Learn how to attempt an objective exam.
  • Have faith in you.

What differentiates between successful and unsuccessful candidates:

  1. Toppers go through CSE Syllabus and question papers to understand the pattern and demand of the examination.
  2. They read newspaper religiously every single day without fail.
  3. They know what to read and what not to read. Minimum resources and maximum revision is the mantra for success in CSE.
  4. They never ignore basic resources such as NCERT books, Laxmikanth, PIB, PRS etc.
  5. Toppers solve test papers before actual exam. Be it Prelims or Mains.
  6. Toppers do answer writing practice for GS Mains and Essay.
  7. Toppers usually attempt all questions (even with average answers).
  8. They don’t do PhD on one topic. Toppers try to touch all topic but not too deep.
  9. They chose their optional based on their interest and not based on what popular wave or scoring pattern.
  10. Most toppers mode of preparation is Self Study. They don’t depend too much on coaching institutes. In reality, we have at least 1000 IAS coaching institutes but only 180 people can become IAS.
  11. They don’t compare their marks with others. They compete with themselves and not with others.
  12. Toppers do better time management. Their unit of time is minute unlike days or hours in case of less serious candidates.
  13. Toppers log off from social media, avoid going to parties too often. They avoid all distractions which come in preparation.
  14. Toppers focus on their work i.e. preparation rather than results, cut off, number of seats, optional removal and so on.
  15. Toppers get motivated by inside rather than outside.

All the Best. Keep learning.

Not Cleared Prelims In 4 Attempts What Should I Do Next ? Clear Doubt

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