The decision to prepare for the IAS exam is often easy for many since the position of an IAS holds the highest respect among the majority of the people. However, the follow through is quite difficult. Several aspirants are often left disillusioned within weeks of beginning preparation while others quit as soon as the going gets tough. The exam requires a certain level of commitment and dedication that is often hard to cultivate. Here are 10 personality traits that you must develop to be a successful IAS aspirant:
1. Be Driven
This means that you should be passionate about clearing the examination and becoming an IAS officer. Do not prepare if your forced to, rather make a careful decision whether you really want to. This drive will be the difference between your success and your failure in the exam.
2. Be Disciplined
Follow a particular timetable and stick to it. Answer writing must be practiced daily. There should be no delays in attempting mock question papers. A dedication of 2 hours of study requires entire two uninterrupted hours and not one with breaks and distractions.
3. Be Adaptive
Any changes in syllabus or any break in regularity should condition you to adapt to the given situation and respond accordingly. This will help you maximize your efficiency. This trait comes in handy during the Mains exam when one is often pressed for time and has to take decisions on the order in which the questions should be attempted.
4. Be Responsive
You will be getting a lot of feedback for your practice answers and tests. Learn from it and try to incorporate the best ideas in your answers. This will help you improve continuously and adapt the best from all that is given.
5. Be able to think Critically
Critical thinking is the hallmark of an IAS aspirant. The ability to think critically not only serves well in the answer writing but in the entire preparation. It will help you decide what is essential and what isn’t from the perceptive of the exam. This is crucial as there is no end to study material for this examination.
6. Be humble
Humility is not only the number one trait required of a civil servant but the most desirable trait in any human being. Preparing for the exam doesn’t make you superior in any way. This knowledge will be of use only if you are wise enough to use it for the betterment of the people and not for their belittlement.
7. Be Aware
This means not only awareness of the world and society in general but of your own individual self. Only you can judge your strength and weaknesses accurately. A good judgement in this regard will enable you to form a study plan suited to your level.
8. Be Fearless
The exam requires a dedication that is only matched by the service that comes after your selection. Long periods of study and occasional failures will lead to the growth of self-doubt. You should have the emotional capability to set it aside and just focus on your goal. This fearlessness is also essential for those who are afraid to write an answer fearing that it will not be what UPSC requires. Do not forget that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step. If you don’t take the first step of starting answer writing, you will not be able to face the Mains papers.
9. Be Honest
There is no doubt that the exam will test your abilities to the extreme. You should be honest with yourself as to your ability to meet the demands of the exam and its preparation. Do not fool yourself into thinking that I will study it at the last minute. There is no useful input at the last minute and panic may derail your performance in the exam.
10. Be Tough
It does not only mean physically but mentally as well. The strain of the exam may often get to you with the prolonged duration of the exam. You should be able to handle it at each step of your preparation. This often requires the support of your family as well as peers. Moreover, physical toughness too is essential. Do not fall prey to bad habits that may result in poor health and destroy your ability to sit for the exam.
The journey of the IAS exam is often described as a fight with one’s own demons. It is only when these demons are bested that you can transform into someone who can succeed not only in this exam but any other challenges that life throws at you. We hope that these tips will help you create a better self while you prepare to achieve your dream of becoming an IAS.