Myth

  • 1.  IAS is very difficult examination


  • 2. Is for very intelligent students
  • 3. Requires enormous amount of hard work



  • 4. For this examination, enormous amount of data is required to be collected and a lot of books to be studied

  • 5. For preparing Civil Services Examination, one must join the best coaching institute of the country.

  • 6. One should prepare the Prelims first, followed by Mains and Interview in that order.





  • 7. Results of Institute are the best indication of the quality of the Institute and the choice has to be made on the basis of the results



  • 8. Often the senior unsuccessful candidates start playing an advisory role & the freshers tend to follow then advises.






  • 9. Many unsuccessful candidates blame UPSC, the pattern of examination on the method of evaluation.



  • 10. Some information (rumours) about the changes in examination/selection pattern is prevalent in the market.

  • 11. The advise of the seniors are very useful and needs to be followed.





  • 12. NCERT are a must to study








  • 13. What about material available in net.





















  • 14. How many newspapers should one study?















   Reality

  • It is as difficult as any examination and considering the dividends in terms of what if offers, the examination is not difficult.
  • Is achievable by above average students.
  • Extraordinary amount of hard work is required only when the direction is wrong and every now and then the direction correction requires time. Instead of hard work what is required is smart work.
  • Not too many books, but whatever books to be studied must be studied very well. The choice of books is important rather than the no of books.
  • One may not require the assistance of coaching, institute at all, if one is willing to learn and has a direction for preparation.
  • The order of preparation has to be reverse, first personality test, followed by Mains and then Prelims otherwise candidates may not get result, even if they qualify Prelims & Mains. Moreover, without an attitude, without a personality the candidate is likely to keep wavering off the course and will be subjected to losing direction, motivation and path.
  • Results are often manipulated and are part of marketing. The best teacher's quality people always lack marketing capability. Moreover, one subject cannot justify the success of the candidate as other optional, essay, G.S. all must be taken into account, which is hardly available in a single coaching institute.
  • The freshers must read all the basic books of Xth to XII level classes. Choose a good mentor and follow the directions given by him. This is true both for optional as well as G.S. The advise by unsuccessful candidates shows distinct biases, in suggesting and guiding they often hide a lot of facts and vent frustration more than giving guidance. The path followed by the successful candidates may not be the path required by the candidates who require suggestion.
  • The fault lies in the candidate who is exposed to the competition put forth by UPSC.It is the highest level of examination with its own evaluation method to select a good administrator for the country. Any candidate cannot be his own judge.
  • No one must believe such informations (rumours) unless an official declaration by UPSC is announced either on its official website/standard newspaper.
  • The seniors if competent are always likely to qualify. Incompetent seniors find fault with everything. Seniors cannot be substitute for teachers and their enormous experience. The best advisers are always reputed teachers, who will never advise ill. To choose noviceness over experience is the worst thing a candidate can do to himself or herself.
  • NCERTs are metaphor for any school book, the candidate must study. School books from class VI to XII help to form a base for candidates to fill in the gaps in their information and help them to refreshen their entire basics. Since school books have highest degree of retentivity, they are more than helpful, and NCERT here means any school book, and the candidates must only study their own school book, rather than change their text.
  • Taking Materials available from the net is good because—
    (a) It is freely available.
    (b) There are a lot of materials available.
    (c) Variety of materials on the same topics.
    (d) There are a lot of sites who claim to be giving variety of free materials.
    (e) Lot of video lectures are also available.
    Dependence on net based information and preparation from it is not good because—
    (a) There is no accountability of materials available on the net.
    (b) There is a lot of judgement involved regarding quality of material, the value judgement of which is not good.
    (c) It is very difficult to decide what's good and bad, what's readable and not readable.
    (d) It is helpful only when the students are very well read.
    (e) There are a lot of spurious materials available as well, which the candidates will find it difficult to decide between relevant and irrelevant.
    (f) Nothing is organised on the net. One has to be really above basics to handle and manage the information and obtain something meaningful.
  • As many newspapers, if one is preparing oneself. There are various types of newspapers and magazines- Newsnewspaper is Times of India. Features newspaper is Hindu, Patriot, Pioneer. Investigative newspaper is Indian Express. Niche newspaper is Economic Times. Utility newspaper is Hindustan Times. Similarly magazines are of various types- Newsmagazine are India Today, The Week. Features magazine is Frontline Niche features magazine includeYojana, Kurukshetra, Economic and Political Weekly, Focus, Seminar etc. Hindu is one type of newspaper with its merits and limitations, and the student should not confine himself or herself to only one newspaper. Once the students learn how to read newspaper, how to assimilate information and how to use it, newspaper studies and magazine cover are become easy.