Strategy is most
personalized & dynamic aspect of civil services
No single strategic plan is applicable to all
the students and at all the time. However, It is
possible to plan out certain steps (during
preparations) which are strategically important.
Smart decisions/mistakes at these steps decide
destiny of the candidate.
Choosing Civil Services as a career goal:
Assess your potential, interests,
circumstances, time resources & financial
sustainability so that you can reach a firm,
determined & practicable decision.
Selection of Optional Subjects:
This is door to selection. First shortlist
the optionals on the basis of your academic
background, syllabus, past your Question papers
and marking Trend.
Then, use any self evaluation facility
preferably section wise general studies tests
(if applicable in case of optionals
(shortlisted) or college level subject tests to
know your general level of knowledge as well as
inclination towards shortlisted optionals. Do
not make a hurry. It's a vital decision.
Selection of medium of exam:
Select the medium you can best express
yourself with an eye on availability of standard
books & study material.
Importance of General Studies:
"No doubt, optional decide your selection.
But it is General studies that determines your
Rank." G. S. with its contribution to Essay &
Interview encompasses a spam of nearly 50% of
total marks of mains examination.
Taking Your First Attempt:
Do not hurry in taking your first attempt.
Take it when you feel well prepared because once
you are Trapped in vicious circle of
examinations, little time remains available for
Taking Your Further Attempts:
If you have done well at
attempt, it is better to maintain the tempo.
But, If you have not performed well or some sort
of imbalance is diagnosed (though overall
performance was good) then it is better to quit
one or two attempts to buy time for
There is nothing more powerful than an Idea
whose time has come:
Study, learn, think, write and speak with
the ethos of the time.
It is very important to use advanced technology
& thoughts to make a difference.
The biggest mistake was made by he who did
nothing because he could do only little:
Don't quit when things go wrong, as they
sometimes will. You can never tell how close you
are to success. It may be near when it seems so
Mirror Yourself (Key for decision making):
Regular self evaluation is your best
guide/PATHPRADARSHAK. Self evaluate yourself
with some independent, free & standard platform.
Bigger the sample the lesses is the error." So
choose the platform which provides you larger
comparison sample (i.e. All India
In the Real battlefield:
This is where circumstances change every
seconds : Any well knitted plan/strategy may be
garbage here within minutes.
Time management & appropriate selection of
questions is key to success. This can be
achieved by self evaluating yourself regularly
in virtual examination conditions.
Recommendatory in nature only.