Are You Scared of UPSC Prelims – 2015?

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We recently received few emails where aspirants have expressed their fears about preliminary exam – 2015. Any new change will not be accepted without apprehensions and fears. The new changes brought by UPSC to the civil services preliminary exam have given rise to many speculations regarding the nature of question papers, their difficulty and competition levels etc.

If someone spreads a rumour that UPSC is going to increase the difficulty level of General Studies paper (Paper -1 ), it is definitely going to have some impact on aspirants who perceive that they are weak in this paper. If someone says that competition will be tough due to increased number of applications; or due to the increased number of attempts and age relaxation, then it might disturb some aspirants who have taken this exam as life and death situation.

But the question is: do these changes really matter? Should you be worried? Scared? Anxious?

No. Whether you are a fresher or an experienced aspirant, you should not worry about speculations. You should not worry about the changes too. Welcome these changes. Face them head on. Prepare so well that let UPSC ask any type of question, of any difficulty level – every challenge it throws at you should become a cakewalk.

Please clearly remember One Fact. The real competition is between only few thousand candidates. One million people apply for this exam, but only less than ten thousand people actually ‘prepare’ in such a way that they actually have a greater chance of getting a rank.

You are one of them provided you are seriously preparing for this exam in such a way that there is no room for uncertainty in getting selected to civil services. What does ‘serious preparation’ constitute then?

  1. Have you read basic books?
  2. Have you revised basic concepts?
  3. Are you revising what you are reading or writing?
  4. Are you practising for this exam – both for prelims and mains – i.e. solving MCQs and writing answers to model questions?
  5. Are you regularly studying and practising Optional subject?
  6. Are you reading newspapers regularly and analysing current issues with your own views?
  7. Are you consistent in your daily routine?
  8. Are you rectifying your mistakes?

If your answer is Yes, you might be the next topper in UPSC civil services exam. Above things constitute real exam preparation. Only few thousands do this kind of preparation and finally get selected.

Coming back to the question of preliminary exam – 2015, we have around 55 days to go. Where do you stand now? How to approach it now considering very few days remain?

First, consider yourself one among these extremely serious few thousand aspirants. You are going after a rank. You should not write this exam for the sake  of getting ‘experience’. You are here on a mission. Remember all those sacrifices – of yours and your parents’. Every penny, every minute and every calorie of energy spent during your exam preparation should not be a waste.

As a first step, consider that you are a tough competitor. A strong purpose is what propels you forward. It brings seriousness.

Now, without wasting time, start revising basics. If you are reading this, chances are more that you are not entirely a fresher who is going to start your preparation today. If you are one of this kind, still consider this suggestion. This will be useful in your next attempt.

Do not read too many materials. Revise what you already have. In case you are finding it difficult to manage your preparation, please go through our new initiative: Insights Self Study Guide (read Feedback here). We have given you a definite timetable to follow. If you follow it religiously, be sure of scoring good marks in Paper-1.

Considering too less time, the above initiative will definitely infuse both purpose and seriousness which is required to gain good confidence.

What about all the rumours?

As said earlier, you must face them head on. We are giving both easy and tough questions in the above mentioned new initiative. They should help you face different kinds of questions in real exam.

It is rumoured that the question papers will be difficult this year. Our belief is that the papers will be of same difficulty level as last year’s. And the word ‘difficult’ is subjective. If UPSC asks too many facts or too many questions on S&T or ecology topics, this might be difficult for some and easy for others. Therefore, a holistic preparation is required where you need to make yourself familiar with all aspects of exam syllabus.

To be ready to face a difficult challenge, you must practice a lot. Practising also includes revision. Please revise everything NOW itself. Then solve the questions we are freely posting on our website.

How about competition?

Let one more million aspirants write this exam. Ultimately the battle is between only those few thousands who really struggle every day every minute and prepare well for this exam.

It is not easy to be consistent. Every one will not be consistent. They become vulnerable to various factors and lose focus. You are not one of them. If you think you are one of them, immediately bring back your focus on this exam. Remember why you started this journey.

Remind yourself how a failure to clear prelims would cost you so dearly. Scary right? Don’t be skeptical and say that you have too little time. Don’t postpone your plans (or fears) for next year/next attempt. (Some aspirants, even after spending 2-3 years in this exam preparation, think that they can write better next time. And many times repeat same mistakes. And same feeling revisits them during next attempt when exam is nearing!)

If you start now and be consistent, you will still be part of the race. What is stopping you from working hard and smart? It might be lack of confidence or unknown fear. For a week do preparation as outlined above, your fears will be gone.

We are not saying these things just for the sake of saying them. These are practical solutions. We have received feedback that following a systematic timetable has boosted many aspirant’s morale.

Only thing that distinguishes a successful candidate from the unsuccessful one is: Consistency.

As we said in one of our previous articles, if you start now, your journey must end up at Mussoorie, at the doorsteps of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.

When you have got an opportunity to realize your dream, realize it. If not, regret will be your constant companion for life.

You will be a topper one day. You just have to believe this and do things right. Wish you all the best 🙂

 

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  • anya

    Thank u so much Insights. A much needed article during these days. Although followin the ssg by insights, have been undergoin some.unknow anxiety and fear. After readin this.article.am.very very relaxed. Kudos team. And thank.you for the much needed support.

  • shobha ranganathan

    No words to praise u insights…thank u …

  • Nikhlesh Katare

    Awesome

  • Abhi Ram

    Competence matters than confidence——Thnaku insights…….

  • ravi teja

    super sir its really help full you are a good motivater please continue motivation until exams sir its boost our energy and keep ours on track

  • ORN

    The crux of the article is Nothing is more tougher than mental toughness…
    Thank you Insights for re-energizing us.

    • Name

      What scared??? Insights should be scared of losing out to iasbaba.com , the next big thing in civil services. Try gettting your home straight

  • satya

    Your words always reenergized the readers…Thanks for
    standing firmly through out our preparation…

  • AP

    Thanks a ton for the valuable motivation and most importantly at the right time..

  • Yashaswi S. Chauhan

    Though you have received fewer mails regarding fear psychosis….but believe me you have answered to many more including me !….
    Thanks a lot Insights.
    And it’s my first post 🙂

  • ravinder singh

    thanks for reminding me my ” MISSIONNNN”

  • manoosonly

    thank you so much..

  • Manish Agrawal

    A vey good initiative !!! Really boosted my confidence level

  • kavitha

    right article at right time thank you sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much

  • Sh_writes

    As you said you are not saying these things just for the sake of saying them.Thank you Insights

  • Buddha

    Thanks a lot Insights.. you know each nuke and corner of this journey…

  • Powerpufgurl

    Dear Insight, Thank you.?

  • Mayuresh Pawar

    Apart from studies this is what was needed…to boost the confidence of an aspIrant……Only true mentor can do it…..Thanks a lot

  • tarun udar

    Superbbb .. thank you insights once again !!!!

  • gamma

    every word is correct. i am a constant follower of insights. i religiously follow the routine ,give tests but dont do writing practise. my marks are not improving in the test series as well as the in the prelims mains integrated approach . i too am feeling like dropping this year because i have never scored more than 50 in the gs paper. this is my 3rd attempt and i am dying to succeed. life appears a hell . my mind also is getting entangled between every concept. its feel good to read this but my conscience is drowning me towards negativity. please help me

    • bhagat singh

      There is a movie named peaceful warrior.. That taught me two things …no one is that life is a journey and journey is all that matters ,not the destination .
      No two is following ,ask you’re lf this
      Where are you…the anwer is…. here
      What time is it ….the answer is ..now
      What are you..the answer is ..the moment
      So you are here,now and are the moment ,so respect the moment ,give it your 100% ,leave the trash out of your mind and you will see that you are enjoying what you are doing and your performance will improve and one day with constant practice ,you will become a peaceful warrior
      Tan q

  • VIKAS Gahlot

    Don’t have words to actually thank you for your several wonderful initiatives.. U r no less than a Messiah…

  • JS

    Thank you insights for giving inspiration and helping bring clarity in our actions, for reminding us to review our actions.

  • jagga jasoos

    Thank you so much … a very well balanced article in terms of reality check and motivation.

  • arun

    Thankyou again insight for your wonderful and superb article.

  • Asmita

    After failing in Pre 2014,I lost my confidence but with your strategy and test series I hope to clear this year itself. Inspite of strict working hours, with your new initiative I am able to keep my revision on track along with my job.
    Thanks Insights!!

  • Subhadeep Basu

    though I am not going for this year; still it’s really inspiring to keep my preparation moving….

  • chirag parashar

    Thank u sir

  • vikrant jaiswal

    I don’t have words to express my views. when you enter and take decision to crack world 2nd toughest and India’s first toughest exam then the word sounds like where i’m, Am I able to do this. and from here negative energy start to work but you know guys virus antidotes available in market.And lots of thanks to INSIGHTS for killing my viruses. full of energy full of passion full of dedication and honesty will take you bottom to the TOP.
    REGARDS
    VIKRANT JAISWAL

  • Tushar

    Insightsonindia has always provided the right input at the right time.
    Highly motivating article.
    Thank you.

  • Dixita Mistry

    I got the point. Thankyou….

  • Vibhu

    Thank u for this.

  • Abhishek Gupta

    Thank you!

  • MIP

    Thank u sir…it’s booster dose?..if possible provide it every week..thanks a lot..

  • mrunal

    Tonnes Thank you 🙂 …. I m following the new initiative its very good. Very well planned .

  • HT

    Thank you sir

  • NARENDRA

    Thank u so much.

  • Yo Yo Choti Singh

    Nice shot sir g… And guy few lines which has been constant motivator for me in this journey ..must listen audio or just read them on net ..KOSHISH KRNE WALO KI KBHI HAAR NHI HOTI..LAHARO SE DARKAR NOKAA PAAR NHI HOTI..NANHI CHINTI JAB DANA LEKAR CHADTI DIWARO PR ,GIRTI SO BAR WO FISLTI H..PR AAKHIR MEHNAT USKI U HI BEKAR NHI HOTI..KOSISH KRNE WALO KI KBHI HAAR NHI HOTI…”HARIVANSH RAY BACHHAN “…

    One thing I understood after my journey in this mission is that-THIS EXAM IS NOT ABOUT THE LIFE OR DEATH..IT’S JUST ABOUT A NEW LIFE -MORE BETTER,MORE INFORMED,MORE VALUEFULL AND MORE BEAUTIFUL…4 U Onlyyy.. Prepare for the worst case scenerio u will always get definitely a better one…ATB.. GET SET GOoooo…Race between You and Yourself has begun…YO YO 🙂

  • RT

    Thank you almighty..

  • Puja

    Thanks Insights. You are like God to upsc aspirants. You perfectly know what to say at what time. Personally I feel insights is like our childhood teachers and guardians who not only guide us what to do, how to deal problems, but monitor also regularly like class teachers. You are so selflessly doing the work for us. This article is a Million GW confidence power boosters to me. Thanks a ton….. surely you will make this journey like cakewalk…. 🙂

  • runner4life

    Thanks insights for energizing our spirits..:)

  • Shailendra

    Thank you Insights Team. Whenever I find myself (I’m not the only one, I guess) in the ocean of confusion, fear, hopelessness, you come up as a beacon to show the way and lift our spirits. And yes, “Tough times never last, tough people do”. Thanks once again.

  • Anwar

    Much needed article at this point of time…..thanks a lot insights

  • anu

    thankyou so much insights..from 3 – 4 days i was really lost abt the pattern of exam…there was a fear inside me…. i was not able to study at all…but today i again felt that yes i can do it…its just because of you…you are really unique insights…..your support is very precious for us…when no one can understand our problem…you are always there to support us..really thankful to you insights…from today i will again start with that initiative prelim+ mains…i will try to cover all of uncompleted task in these two days of revision ….again a BIG THANKYOU insights…… 🙂

  • Sneha Chatterjee

    Thanks a lot Insights.Feeling rejuvenated.?
    Just give the best and leave the rest…

  • Gauri Parashar

    Thank you Vinay Sir and Team Insights. You are like a big brother for all of us. Thank you for motivating us again and again 🙂

  • Pradeep kumar

    You have been part of many of our life for the past few years.You always restored us when we were down & helped us keep going in this long journey.
    I should admit, as you said lack of consistency is the one single reason for the failures am facing in this exam.Going forward with my 2nd attempt with lots of ups & downs in the past one year, will try to be more consistent in the next 50 days..Words cannot express my gratitude to you sir…Very happy to get in touch with people like you through this journey sir.At times felt astonished How Human beings could do such selfless service for others…Sir you are true source of Inspiration for all of us not just this exam, but for the rest of our life too sir…Thank you so much.

  • vinay

    thankyou sir.. very helpful for me..

  • Dev

    A big bang on the back of the head at the right time.. Thanks a lot

  • Mithilesh Ranjan

    Thank you ! Sirji ! This article is very enthusiastic and motivative for my preparation.

  • Mithilesh

    Thank you ! Sirji ! This article is very enthusiastic and motivative for my preparation. ..

  • Dikki

    There is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer. Thanx sir

  • Muhammed Haneef

    Beyond words to explain..?

  • aseem

    waoo..one of the best articles i have ever read on motivation..I thank the team of insights for helping all the SERIOUS aspirants..with your initiatives the task has become easy..thank you God bless you all !!!!

  • pr39048

    Thanks Insight for such insightful article at an opportune time. I have a question, if you can guide me. I am feeling pressure for revision and hence, stopped preparing for the optional now. I am 1st timer with little optional preparation, but since, I am scared of pre and just 50 days to go, I just can’t think of anything but Pre and have stopped Mains prep, except for reading Editorials from your daily questions section.

  • rash

    Hello vijay Sir…. Are you a BSG member??

  • SatchaFunkilus

    This article was a true psychological rejuvenation . Thanks for the constant support Insights . You’ve been one of the best friends an aspirant can have . Learning has been redefined profoundly . Back to books .

  • khatri

    this is my first comment on this site. i am working in district court so getting time
    to prepare for civils is tough but when i get in touch with your site, i realised that it is possible to get there. thanx from the bottom of my heart for all the good things you
    are doing to aspirants like me who dont have time for coaching.
    above words of you have brought a sense of passion in me to realise my goal to become an ias officer, you are truly my mentor. if i become successful in this exam this would only because of your continuous efforts to motivate us.
    thanx again

  • BST

    Dear INSIGHTS team,

    You people are doing really great job and helping most of the aspirants to achieve their goal..The above article which you posted is really enlightening. You definitely reduced the burden on the aspirants and are showing the right path.
    I request you to kindly write an article on how to reduce negative thoughts and be consistent..I knew that you had written about it in above article but if you write about it in a detailed way in a separate article it would be really really helpful.
    I don’t know whether you people accept it or not but still I request you do so as it is really beneficial …

    THANK YOU

    • Thank you BST. We will try to come up with such article at frequent intervals 🙂

      • BST

        Thanks for the reply sir its very nice to get such an awesome reply!!!

  • Manju

    Dear Sir,

    Your initiative has given confidence to thousands of aspirants like me who are preparing at home. You have shown us the way. You have made us feel confident that we too can be in the race.
    Your timetable has really reduced half of my burden. I was reading all through the day, but at the end of the day was feeling as if i haven’t gained anything. But your initiative has taught me how to study, which even coaching institutions wont do.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Naina Agarwal

    Sir it was a true motivation i was actually tensed regarding what to do and what not to do . Thankyouuu..:) 🙂

  • Niranjan P

    refreshed

  • SAMAIRA

    Thanks Insights…it really injected confidence and positive energy 🙂

  • Kausik Ays

    Nice article.. Thanq

  • jjkr

    hi, i hv sum different situation , i hv to give my academic exams which are going to start from 1- 20 July, which is a long gap ,i m unable to understand what i hv to do now , skip or continue……. this article motivate me to start preparation but my academic exams are also so essential. what i have to do???

  • Anjul Chugh

    I believe I am the best and I deserve the best
    Thank u Insight team really a motivational message. God bless you

  • Emerson

    Your words are magical sir. They are reinforcing the faith which I was struggling to keep on myself all these days. Thank you very much.

  • lbsnaa16

    a much needed boost! thanks Insight 🙂

  • preeti

    Sir u are just amazing…..insights hv become lifeline of IAS aspirants……thankuuu…so
    much

  • ak

    thakyou insights!

  • Lakhan Nagar

    Keep running if you want to survive…!!!!

  • saurabh

    Thank you sir for your enthusiastic article which make me alive again n inspire for continuity and hard work…so thanks

  • kunal

    Thanks for the boost………..Was feeling very dejected after mains 2014 results and daily schedule went haywire…Coming back to the game now……..Thanks insights …………thanks once again

  • SWbor

    Thank you for showing the path from becoming an aspiant to a serious candidate

  • g srinivas

    This article is morale booster thank you insight

  • Rahul

    A much needed article. Thank you insights.

  • Meena

    Though I’m not the one fearing the upcoming exam, these few words have brought back the devil in me to fight and rip off the exam , Keep it going now and then , thanks 🙂

  • Deepak

    Thanks Insights !!!!

  • Jiwanjot Kaur

    Really motivating…every time I read a post on insights it induces a new zeal n strength to work more for my LBS dream…. Insights keep up the good work… Such post r really essential for maintaining “consistency”
    So keep posting such articles
    Thanks from the core of my heart

  • Acanthus

    Thanks a lot for your motivational article . Your are just cleared dobuts , fears and so on by this motivational article . The aspirants who may be under pressure , once they read it and will find it doubts and fears demolisher.

  • RM

    Thanks Insights 🙂

  • vijayakanth

    I realize my mistake. It is very useful.

  • Krishna Koushik

    Virtual Boostup…. strong support as lik parents 🙂 Love u INSIGHTS

  • magesh

    This posting is boost the level to sky..thanks for insights to motivate the all UPSC aspirants

  • gamma

    i was feeling like suiciding when i scored only 46 in gs . i think how will i get 120 when i am scoring so less. its not only about motivation its also about performance. if you know very well that you are not performing good then you need to worry. i got exhausted so much. since 2012 i have been studying . no life at all. the whole day i study but still the output is zero god knows how to be perfect. my mind gets puzzled now . i dont have this feeling to move like this in life. i started with a positive approach now i dont have guts to sustain in this competition. people crack jokes on me that i am a failure but i ignore . how someone feels when someone is very good in studies but still not able to crack this exam. when i read i feel as if every thing is going overhead. how to improve this situation

    • Dear Gamma,

      Please stop worrying. Best score in our test ranges from 70-90. Did you solve all tests? Have you read about our tests? They are designed to help you understand concepts, touch all areas and to help you know which are all the important topics to be covered.

      We have repeatedly told not to worry about scores. Solve them to cover entire syllabus in shortest time possible. Your state of mind depends how you look at this exam. If you are scoring 46, then revise all the questions and answers where and why you have got them wrong. Build up your concepts. You still have time. Believe us, 55 days is lot of time to do lots of things.

      Please remember that you are not alone here. Stop worrying about what others say. They always talk about you whether you succeed or fail. There will always be detractors.

      Also stop thinking about why others succeeded or failed. Try your best with positive mindset and leave the rest to fate. You will at least be happy that you tried your best.

      Start solving quizzes and tests. Learn as much as possible now and give your best. Wish you goodluck. 🙂

      • gamma

        thanks i will try my best to come to my expectations

      • Jeeves

        Sir, you mean 70-90 marks or the no. of questions that are correct?

  • gamma

    i took coaching from vajiram and ravi . stayed in delhi for two years. i joined aspire ias also for newspaper but that proved disaster for me . i got demoralised. in both my attempts i scored 173 marks. no help from any teacher inspite of taking coaching . i was all alone during this phase of life. i dont want to continue this i am really serious about cracking this exam but my hopes are now answering . .

  • gamma

    one .good part is that i have cracked cds exam but there the cut off was very low. i am totally fed up. i dont want to lose this time.i problem is that i never get satisfied with my performance but the reason behind this is the marks which never shows that i studied seriously. i dont understand when someone is so serious , reading the relevant books then how can that person score so low. where is my fault.

  • Govi Pathak

    Thanks, much needed

  • Akhil

    Thank you for your moral boosting article insights. I’m seriously following your study plan it’s really very useful

  • Indian

    Thank a lot for the motivation, I really needed it.

  • @ashni

    Thank u insights. lbsnaa is my ultimate goal. god bless ur team…

  • CHANDAN

    thank u insight for such a nice and motivating article.ur new intiative is helping aspirants like me.by completing the daily target and giving the quiz self confidence is increasing day by day.
    once again thanku for this great initiative.

  • Ankit

    I am in the race from last year. But having doubts to continue. Now much clear with a vision

  • Captcha

    Thank You Vinay Sir 🙂

    I’d sent you a mail yesterday itself(containing 20 points reg my preparation) and here you are posting this piece the very same day. A doubt still remains. Is it okay to give 70% of the time left to mocks considering even some basic books such as Laxmikanth are pending. My overall coverage for Prelims I feel is ~60% with no revision(so effectively 10% I suppose). At the risk of sounding pessimistic, here’s the dilemma – Either read more so as to be comfortably placed for Mains/next year OR Practise more so as to at least have a chance of writing Mains.

  • when going gets touch , touch gets chocolate. likewise, its our mind which should be toughened considering only Ias exam preparation leaving rest aside, only then we can taste the success, the feel on the day we get our name in the top rank list. for this Insights is doing wonders by make things very simpler. Thank you so much team doing this wonderful job.I wish i could see you all one fine day.

  • HS

    Thank you so much Insights..you are truely a guiding light.
    Your motivating words are always most awaited

  • Jeeves

    Thank you INSIGHTS for the boost! It gives immense confidence after reading your articles. The test series is very good but your articles on self-confidence are awesome! Please keep it up. You are not just providing educational support but MORAL support too which is one of the most important ingredients. Way to go!

  • KK

    Simple and beautiful ..:) thank u , insight 🙂

  • ruth kipgen

    God bless you sir. Truly you are awesome.You are always there when we need you the most. Thank you for your commitment 🙂

  • Vikram Prashar

    This article has been written with utmost deliberation and keeping in mind the fears, anxieties and problems faced by many aspirants. This is true that the competition is among the few thousands. But this is also true that a few more thousands lag behind due to factors mentioned in this post such as consistency and “next year syndrome”. Even I am the one who faces these problems. This article will be certainly helpful to those thousands who are just below that mark. A great article indeed and kudos to team #InsightsonINDIA.

  • CS Aspirant

    Truly inspirative article….the most needed one of the time….i thank from the bottom of my heart for your consistent and selfless efforts to see us successful in getting the service we desire..

  • Ester

    I hope you will be rewarded for your selfless efforts one day. I am thankful that you walk along all the way with us in our journey. your help will be forever remembered and your tips will never be forgotten.Thank you so much.

  • Kushagra Singla

    Thanks !
    This really raises the confidence.

  • Akshay

    thankss !

  • muruli bn

    inspiring and reality oriented sugestion thank u very much sir

  • jyant gautam

    i really likd dis line “if you start now, your journey must end up at Mussoorie, at the doorsteps of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration.”

  • Shamik

    This article gives me a real boost..Thankx INSIGHT..

  • Thank you MIP. You are such a constant motivator for us 🙂

    We will try to do it every week. Every one of us need motivation.

    • MIP

      We are feeling blessed ???..

  • isha

    thnx………………..induced new courage n determination to work better than before …… 🙂
    FAILURE NEVER STOPS U.ONLY THE FEAR OF FAILURE LEADS YOU TO QUIT.

  • Roy Ranveer

    2014 was my first attempt,,my interview went so horrible tht I couldn’t concentrate on prelimns of this year,,before reading this article I was thinking of joining bank Po and take a break of one year,,but now I m going to prepare seriously for 23 August..I m just 21 yrs old and I should nt take a break I m too young to ask for a break…thank u insight for motivating me.

  • prerna

    Thanks once again Sir for boosting confidence 🙂

  • nsathya1990

    The points on serious preparation are indeed very good.
    ‘Consistency’ is what matters.
    Thank You Insight IAS.
    No words are enough to express my gratitude.

  • Adarsh Kumar S

    A very good initiative by INSIGHTS. I am following your study plan diligently and its working wonders. I wish if you could make a comprehensive plan like this for general optional subjects like PUB AD also, so that we can start preparing optionals as well in a sytematic manner. I am asking for this help mainly because PUB AD is a subject taken by students who actually dont have a background related to it. So we are always confused regarding what,when,how and from where to study. As you know without Optionals its impossible to clear IAS, therefore i request you to kindly provide a study plan for general optional subjects so that INSIGHTS turns out to be an A-Z destination for IAS aspirants.

    • Thank you Adarsh.

      We will do our best to come up with such an initiative. One fear which is holding us back is – it is not possible to do this for all optionals. Utmost we can do this for Geography, Pub Ad, Sociology and Anthro. Let’s see 🙂

      • Adarsh Kumar S

        Thank you for giving me a ray of hope :-). I know its not possible to provide plans for each optionals but the four you had mentioned above are very popular. Kindly do consider this plan and keep us updated. Self study initiative is such a great platform and adding optionals will complete it from all angles. Waiting !! 🙂

      • BODHI VRIKSHA

        can add pol sc too?

      • Abhishek V

        sir history please please (totally static syllabus= past year question can be given with lot of utility) 🙂
        we members can keep up the spirit in optional section after pre once you start it. Give us a platform if not possible to give all the questions.
        There are lot of good members around here who have contributed greatly to this site by honest and helpful reviews not treating this as a rat race/throat cut competition etc. etc.
        I have firm believe that such members will try best to add utility to your work, reduce your burden and providing best inputs. You are already doing a lot for us 🙂

  • p.s.

    Thankyou INSIGHTS . Inspiring . . . ../

  • deeep

    Thanks a lot …….

  • ananth

    super

  • ANSHIKA

    Hi , Insights though i have been doing all the mentioned points but not point 5 , i havent done with optional and i am scared now, my optional is sociology 🙁 So should i give it next year?

    • If you spend at least 2 hours daily for Optional every day from today, you can complete one whole paper. There is always time to do these things – just plan well and follow it without fail. Please don’t take tension. You can still do well this year. Have faith, enjoy studies and prepare well. Wish you all the best!

      • ANSHIKA

        Hi, Insights i am a working person and can manage only 5 hrs a day how do i divide time? Also wanted to ask in ur test series i manage to get only 50 questions correct , isnt that too low?

        • sri

          even i am working but i cut my sleep time . 🙂

          • ANSHIKA

            How many hrs do u sleep ? And how many hrs do u study?

            • sri

              i reach by 7 pm. study til 1 am. 6 30 to 8 max in mrng..

  • Zenith

    We often see motivators who motivate for a while.We see them for some time and then they vanish like vapour in thin air.But it is rare that someone motivates us on a constant basis.The greatest trait of any successful organization or any individual is being down to earth.I read in one of your comments that ‘you too need motivation from us”.This is what makes you different.Acknowledging and learning from others who might be lower than your level.Following this site since almost 2 years.It has blessed me time and again and rarely failed to ignite me.Thank you INSIGHTS.You are a great blessing for us!!

  • Sp Rajan

    Best motivating essay to propel our preparation to success

  • Venkatesh Jinukala

    it is really useful to me. of course iam waiting for this type of article for so long, but iam self motivating myself. thank you for boosing me. thank you once again…

  • shubh rules

    awesome.really inspirational.thnks insight

  • Rajesh Reddy

    thank you for your encourgement.I am a physically disabled candidate (with both limbs) may i know my chances? kindly reply me

  • Aakash Ambulkar

    I have just completed my graduation and I’m preparing for IAS . I’m totally confuse now . some says u should take a coaching , some says self study is must before taking coaching .

  • pravin k chaudhary

    A boost for condiadates……thank u Very Much…..for ur most usefull right direction on a bright journey

  • Krishna

    very helpful article sir. My feedback is please do not post the individual questions for secure-2015. At one go it is ok placing all questions in one single page. As it will be increasing fear among us of piling up individual emails and not able to complete daily task.

    Thank you.

  • struggler

    Humraah chalo mere ya raah se Hatt jao…..
    diwar ke roke dariya Kahaa rukta hai……(lines said by Big B in a press conference when he was getting connsist connsistent failures in late 90’s)…he proved it now it’s our turn.

  • Ashish

    “INSIGHTS of the people , by the people , for the people.”
    Thanks 🙂

  • Swapnil S Karanjkar

    Thankyou very much. It was very inspiring article.

  • Panda.

    “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing – that’s why we recommend it daily” – Ziglar. Thanks team Insights for providing continuous motivation through your well written and analysed articles. Service provided by you through your initiatives surpasses all the top coaching centres combined. You are redefining the way of our preparation. Hope this time most of the candidates who will get their service will be a student of Insights. ‘Thank you’ is a very small word to express our gratitude for your hard work and perseverance. Kudos to your team

  • chandolu manikanta

    Really inspiring. You cleared all the doubts and inhibitions that the candidates have.

  • vishal

    dear sir , i have done big mistake , i didn’t prepare current affairs , i put it for last but now i m seing this becomes huge , what i have 2 do , m doing basic core GS but today i realize, plz tell me from which month have to cover , plz reply me asap. thanks

  • akash

    Very nice ..

  • jithin

    only two words from me “thank you”

  • Chironjoy Saha

    For aspirants like us not in Delhi facilities, i have one word for this website : “GOD”
    It is inspiring and motivating to see such great help in preparing this humongous task which is simplified here in parts covering every bits and strips of the syllabus. Being a fresher it feels like THIS IS POSSIBLE. (just need to complete what is given here)

    Thanking you might not suffice in this great deed you are doing for us.

    #focus

  • AJ

    simply great sir……….

  • jason

    Thank you for this wonderful article.

  • VIKAS SAHU

    Thank you so much.Let me use these days consistently and efficiently to get into IAS.Thank you so much.

  • 2n

    i usually find it hard to stay motivated but insights help me every time i fall and lose confidence. i may not have achieved something yet but i believe i can do it with INsights…thank you

  • King

    Thank you very much sir for this article it boosted my confidence…

  • sumit Kumar

    thanku sir

  • PT

    good motivation after all insights

  • thanx insights it’s very inspirabel,motivated guidence..

  • Hare Krishna

    thank you insight..
    i am working and hardly get 5 hour to study . now i try cut my sleeping time and unproductive time for studying . few days are left for pt.. once again thanks for motivating and keep motivating .

  • mounica

    . Though I have been reading consistenly , my energy levels were low n I was finding some one who would give that extra push during these times. N this article has given the positive energy n made my bounce back…! Thank you insights. Really impressed by your work. Hope to see many more such good articles. Stay blessed.

  • Nazia Khan

    nice short of dose after getting to much frustration in upsc exam

  • Manish Singh Abhyuday

    Thanks a lot sir…

  • Gowsikhaa

    Thank u for the inspiring words!… I am planning to appear for the 2016 prelims. Have started preparing from last week. I have read lots of articles were the aspirants have mentioned that, they have started preparing long agooo. So i was a bit scared. Now i know, ‘Its never late!’.. 🙂

    • Yes, it’s never late. Once you start, your journey should continue and end with a rank in the list. Wish you all the best 🙂

  • Yamuna gowda

    There is a saying that nothing inspires you more than your self motivation itself, but this proves to be wrong here, this article is so inspiring that it never let’s you lose your heart, thank you so much for your incredible effort and your non-stop motivation to civil service aspirants sir.

  • shivanand rahutar

    No words to say about Insights. Tell me how can I thank You.
    You become Friend, Guide, Elder brother, senior at times when they are needed.

  • PranavSontakke

    Thank you for writing this post.. It is so helpful at this point of time

  • Sonali Rao

    Thank you for the encouraging words.
    Honestly speaking, i like that fear. not so much that it leads to anguish. but not so less that i end up ‘hoping’. But little fear is required in my case to get going , like pinch of salt in food.
    this is my first sincere attempt as i had taken the exam last year without preparing and i don’t know if i can be 100% confident this time.
    all i can do is study and have faith, faith that i can tackle the exam 🙂

  • Atikarsh Singh

    Hello sir . i just wanted to ask you that online test series for prelims 2015 available or not . i know that i am a bit late .can u provide me with all the
    Test series pdf available so far for 2015 prelims so that i can practice at home thanks do let me know [email protected] thnx

  • Atikarsh Singh

    Hello sir . i just wanted to ask you that online test series for prelims 2015 available or not . i know that i am a bit late .can u provide me with all the
    Test series pdf available so far for 2015 prelims so that i can practice at home thanks do let me know [email protected] thnx

  • rohit r

    yes,one can achieve anything, what he expected to do, by correcting his mistakes. The mistakes are not what we are doing as a mistake but it is forgetting to correct it. thank you insights.

  • Sneh

    thanks… I was feeling low today.. your article has just boosted me up… thanks a ton!!!

  • Life_death

    The best site for ias aspirants. Thanks insights for motivating us. 🙂

  • banupriya

    thanks insights,this article has given confidence and faith in my preparations to take up the exam more seriously

  • anshu

    thank you insights!!!

  • gourinath sharma

    thank you..

  • Amarendra Chowdary Edara

    Great one

  • rajesh

    “if you start now and be consistent,you will still be the part of the race” this is for me i think, for a person who just dreams a lot and works little, i will start now and will walk in the way you shown lets see what happens?

  • Ranjeet

    nice sir

  • om pranav

    Its undoubtedly a place where aspirants can follow the guidelines without giving a second thought. The content speaks for themselves. I am happy that insights has finally come up at our times and a bit skeptical that Insight remain so and doesn’t go commercial to large extent. The purity will have its dividends.

  • Dipankar Kumar

    thank you so much insight for such a wonderful motivation.

  • suraj

    loved,really motivating sir.

  • Rohith

    this arical gave some confidence to start for CSE preparation

  • Jasmeet Singh

    Awesome article sir. I could totally relate to it and thanks for reposting it just a month before prelims.

  • gautham

    Thank you Insights for providing us with the kind of motivation, all of us are in dire need of. Anytime I get demotivated or feel the need to just quit for a day or two, this piece gives the zeal n a fresh breath of air .. Thanks again 😀

  • vani

    great articles……thanks a lot……..

  • Tulika Nayak

    Really Useful!!

  • DarkHorse

    Helpful, motivating and like most of your articles Insightful. TY.

  • Mamatha D

    I’m a fresher who wants to sail the CSE successfully. In this process I came to know about a great source cum guide for the preparation I.e., insights. Just now I have started going through this website. I found that it is worth of following. But I just have one request that, I want to give my first attempt in 2016 but here are many strategies exclusively prepared for CSE 2015 So I hope that insights may soon help freshers like us.thank u.

  • sani

    tanq insights