Civil Service Examination is considered one of the toughest examinations in the country. It is a comprehensive tests of one’s personality. The wide variety of subjects you study as part of general Studies and Optionals prepares you for accepting a lot of diversity once you are into the service.
1. Clarity of Thoughts
First and foremost, the aspirants should have clarity as to why they want to choose Civil Services as a career choice. Clarity of though and deed are very important to achieve success in life in any field and more so for students as aspiring for Civil Service.
2. Choose your Optionals Carefully
Once you have choose a career in Civil Service you should be prepared to toil consistently for a minimum of two years and also prepare yourself for more, if necessary. As far as the Civil Services Exam, is concerned, there are no good Optionals and bad Optionals nor are there high scoring or low scoring Optionals. It is a level playing fields for every Optionals, provided you have a genuine interest in it and availability of quality coaching in an added advantage, provided you put in he required hard work.
3. Don’t change you Optionals
You need to be very careful while choosing optional subjects but once you choose them, you should, as far as possible, stick to it. Frequent change of Optionals would only make confusions more confounded.
4. Reinvigorate Yourself
Unlike other examinations, in the Civil Services Exam, the role of the student in paramount. Coaching institutes can only guide but all the hard work is left to the student. There are times when one might feel downcast and short of confidence. It must be borne by all aspirants that in an examination which goes on for year and demands consistent hard work such phases are common. One should not get dejected, instead, one should take a break and come back reinvigorated and with fresh enthusiasm.
5. Stop blaming others
Never blame others for your failures. One should first look inward and try to rectify one’s shortcoming. By trying to camouflage one’s shortcoming one does more harm to one’ preparation. Every attempt is very crucial. Do not give frivolous attempts without preparing for the examination. One should have adequately prepared for both the Optionals before taking one’s Preliminary Exam.
6. Follow the trend of Questioning
One should follow the trend of questioning for Prelims and Mains and go through the past few year’s question papers. One should be positive and optimistic as far as solutions to different problems are concerned. It will in turn reflect in one’s answers and create a good impression upon the evaluator.
7. Practice Writing
Writing Practice is a must for Main Examination and good quality of the language would add flavor to it.
8. Communication Skills
As for the preparation of the personality test, one should keep in mind that one can’t improve one’s communication skills overnight. It is a long term process. One can only fine-tune it . One should try to be oneself as far as possible. One doesn’t lose marks for saying ‘I don’t know’, though not for every question. The Board will appreciate one’s sincerity. Also, one should never bluff or self-contradict and don’t argue irrationally and always have a balanced option about every questions.