5 habits that will help you crack UPSC examination

“We first make our habits and then our habits make us” perfectly suits a UPSC aspirant. What sets of habit you develop during your preparation stage will define your success in the Civil service exam. UPSC CSE exam demands a disciplined life and a committed approach toward exam preparation. These are important characteristics of a successful candidate, which can only be developed if you follow certain essential habits.

This article talks about five essential habits that will help you in your UPSC preparation journey and make you a successful aspirant.

  1. You must develop a detailed routine and a consistent approach

Importance of daily routine cannot be underestimated in an exam like UPSC CSE. You should plan your schedule in such a way that you are able to keep track of your progress. You should break the syllabus into daily, weekly and Monthly targets. This is utmost essential as the syllabus is huge and you need to keep track of topics that have been covered and those left. So that you do not miss out on the syllabus.

With a daily routine, you develop a consistent approach towards preparation, which is an important trait of a UPSC aspirant. Consistency helps you in the perfect execution of your plan, avoids backlog and haphazard learning during the last few days of exam. Thus it helps avoid stress and develops confidence.

  1. You should develop habit of making notes

Notes making helps us break the topics into digestible forms, which we can easily grasp even in limited time. This helps in quick revision and multiple revisions, which is not possible if you keep reading the books again and again. Also, not everything is relevant in the books you study and so you should skim out important stuff as per the demand of the exam. This will save a lot of time and help you focus on important topics.

Similarly, for current affairs, you should make notes while reading the newspaper, this habit will keep you updated and you do not need to rush for shitty replication of newspaper in bookstores.


  1. You do not have to read everything under the sun

UPSC every year notifies the syllabus of the Civil service exam and it has a purpose that you should read relevant topics given in the syllabus. Not everything under the sun is your syllabus, so stick to the syllabus and learn what you do not need to read. Do not just rush to the bookstore and buy all the study material available for a subject. Try to follow a minimum number of essential books, preferably only one book for one subject.  This will save time and improve your knowledge retention.

  1. Maintain a healthy body and mind

A healthy mind dwells in a healthy body and for UPSC you need both. There is no point working hard all through the year if you fall sick during the exam due to your poor health habits and this happens to many aspirants. So, you must commit time to your daily routine for exercise and meditation.

For doing exercise you do not need to join a gym, a simple walking and running with some freehand exercise will serve your purpose.

During UPSC preparation stress and mood swing are natural but it affects your daily routine and increases your backlogs. To minimize this meditation is a good practice, it keeps your mind calm and focused. A simple 15 – 20 minutes meditation can do wonders for your preparation. Do inculcate this habit in your daily routine.

  1. Practice to hone your writing skills

After all the hard work and study, final results of UPSC CSE entirely depends on your Mains exam score. The mains exam is subjective in nature where you need to write the appropriate answer as per the demand of the question, all your knowledge will be of no use if you cannot present the answer within the prescribed time limit in the desired way. This is where the importance of practicing writing skills becomes necessary. You can join mock tests to improve your writing abilities and understand the demand of UPSC exam.

The set of habits discussed are the winning combination, which will make you a successful person in whatever endeavor you make. The habits developed during the exam will mold your personality and approach towards life. These habits will also help you once you become an officer and will give you a glorious and fulfilling career.

Best of Luck!!

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