How To Stay Motivated Throughout Your UPSC Preparation Journey

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water”-Rabindranath Tagore.

Before embarking on the challenging journey to become a Civil Services Officer (IAS/IPS/IFS), every aspirant acknowledges and accepts that they have to devote more than one year to crack the coveted UPSC Civil Services exam.

Not only do aspirants have to study a vast and diverse syllabus with perseverance, but they also have to sustain motivation at all times, which is the most crucial driving force to crack the Civil Services exam, one of the toughest exams in the world.

If we talk about the UPSC Civil Services 2020 examination, a total of 10,40,060 candidates applied for the examination, out of whom 4,82,770 appeared. As many as 10,564 candidates qualified for appearance in the Written (Main) examination, and out of them, 2,053 qualified for the personality test (interview), from which 761 candidates were recommended for appointment. 

It is not hard to conclude that the competition is immense as only 761 candidates cracked the exam.

To succeed in the Civil Services exam, one should have long-term motivation, and that is what we will equip you with! In this article, we will provide you with some simple yet effective tips to stay motivated during UPSC exam preparation.

Tips to Stay Motivated for the Civil Services Exam

Civil Services exam tests your persistence and self-belief every day. If at any time during your preparation, you find low motivation levels, consider the following  tips to bring back the lost energy:

Be your Motivation

Yes, you read it right! Self-motivation is the key. You won’t be successful without it. If there is one person who has the power to make the impossible task a possible one, it is you!

Don’t wait for the external motivation to crack the Civil Services exam, be your own inspiration.

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Set short yet realistic targets

Get a significant boost to your motivation levels by achieving short targets. Setting short-term goals and achieving them will instil great confidence and make the cumbersome preparation process a simpler one.

Always remind yourself of your strengths

Appreciate your strong areas and always remind yourself of them when in self-doubt. Be a smart aspirant by recognizing your strength and regularly use it to become successful.

If you are good at current affairs or good at answer writing, always say that you stand a chance to crack the exam.

Set the Right Environment

Long study hours are a routine for any Civil Service aspirant. Hence, make sure that you have a comfortable and neat study space. You don’t want to study in an unorganized room with a shabby environment, right?

Practice Self Evaluation

Ask yourself if what you are doing today is getting you closer to where you want to be tomorrow.

It is always a wise idea to examine yourself to figure out your progress in your exam preparation. Solve previous year questions papers, attempt mock tests, test series, like the one available on PrepLadder to test the knowledge acquired.

By doing so, you will get a reality check to your preparation by working on your weaknesses. When you see significant progress in your preparation, it will motivate you to perform better.

Take Short Breaks during Studies

Have you ever got stuck in a problem, decided to take a break, and then later found that the answer magically came to your mind? If so, you know the power of strategic breaks to refresh your brain that help you to prepare effectively.

Taking small breaks is extremely important as studying continuously at once is not feasible for UPSC aspirants. Short breaks act like Refreshers. So, to make your study sessions more productive, consider taking short breaks! 

Eliminate Negativity

Cutaway from all the potential negative factors and sources. There may be times when negativity will find its way to creep in gradually, but you have to be alert and focus on your long-term goal!

You have power over your mind- not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength- Marcus Aurelius.

Take care of your health (Mental & Physical)

Preparing for the UPSC exam doesn’t mean neglecting your health. Be fit (mentally & physically) and get adequate rest for a productive study session. Moreover, you can and should try meditation and practice yoga for a calm mind. 

A balanced diet and staying active are prerequisites for maintaining health in optimum condition and reducing stress. Good health will assist you in getting the desired results.

Seek Inspiration from UPSC Toppers

There are several remarkable examples where candidates from a humble background with all the odds against them cracked the Civil Services exam with flying colours.

For instance, Ira Singhal. Her physical disability could not stop her from cracking the 2014 CSE exam and bagging AIR 1 in it. Her determination was as strong as a diamond. Hence, reading UPSC toppers motivational stories from time to time can do wonders for your preparation.

We hope the tips mentioned above will instil positive emotions and provide you with the required energy and focus to ace the UPSC Civil Services examination.

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All the best for your exam.

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Raminder Singh

Raminder is a Content Writer at PrepLadder. He is working to provide students with informative articles and the latest updates about UPSC and GATE exams.