Fear of Prelims: It Will Only make Things Worse. Please Overcome It.

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2015 Prelims might be your first or second or even last attempt at realizing your dream of becoming an IAS/IPS/IFS officer. In four days you will be getting ready to give your best shot at this exam. You might be feeling nervous right now. You might be confident as well.

But one thing is true: you will feel that you don’t remember anything right now. Even though you have read so many things, you might feel you don’t remember even 10% of it. Funny thing is that people who went on to get a rank in Top 10 felt the same. Some of our students who topped this year told us the same thing – repeatedly at each stage of this exam.

The toppers, those who get a rank in top 25 will never know beforehand they would get such a great rank.  They might have dreamed of it, just like you do now and then in day-dreams, but they would have never thought it would be realistic to achieve such a rank. This is because of the uncertainty factor. Despite uncertainty you must work hard and inch towards your goal. When you feel like quitting, you never know you might be just few inches away from being a topper. Therefore never quit.

But the present fear (if it is haunting you) is not because you do not remember what you have studied. This fear is the result of uncertainty that you are about to face in coming days: you do not have an idea about the cutoff; you do not know if the paper is going to be very difficult this time; you do not know how much of the things you have read might actually come in the exam; you don’t know what to do after prelims; you don’t know how to correct your strategy this time (because last year it didn’t work); you don’t know how many questions you need to answer in Paper-1 to cross the cutoff marks. Uncertainty is endless. Looking at life itself, we don’t know what is awaiting us tomorrow. Whatever shall happen, will happen.

Having said that, should this uncertainty be allowed to affect you?

The biggest factor which decides success in prelims is your attitude. If you are fearless, confident and calm, you will clear this exam hands down (provided you have read for this exam). Even after good preparation if you are feeling low, please cheer up. Low confidence, fear and anxiety won’t help you in any way. You have to clear prelims. August 23 is the day you have been preparing for all these days. Will you let your fear conquer you and defeat you?

No matter how bad is your exam preparation, go and give the exam (if you are contemplating to postpone it even after spending whole year preparing for it).  Believe us, despite your perception that you haven’t prepared well, you are well prepared to clear prelims. All you need is mad confidence.

One absolute truth is that this exam is neither life nor death for you or for your loved ones. No matter what is the outcome, the real people who care about you will always be with you. Even if they have to wait for so long to see you succeed, real people in your life will wait. If you fail, they will not desert you. But failure is difficult when you can succeed by making few minor corrections in your exam preparation.

If fear of failure is worrying you, give it a damn. Some day you will win. You will see every one thronging you for your attention. Hitherto unknown people who used to talk on your back will tell you that they are your close relatives and knew that you would become great in life when they first saw you in the cradle. Enemies who wished you all the failures will start sending you gifts. People with power and money will be on your doorsteps for your acquaintance. When you succeed, the whole world wants to be with you (or around you).

But at this stage, it is your own battle. It is a lonely battle. No matter how many motivational articles you read, no matter how many people try to cheer you up, in the end it is you who has to stand up and face all difficulties to emerge victorious. Feeling low? Don’t look outside for help. Remember your goal and work towards it. Don’t waste time in searching for solace. It is within you and you must rely only on it.

Do not worry about the result. Take a deep breath and face this exam. Honestly it won’t be as difficult as you think it is once you realize that the biggest difficulty we face in life is life itself and not these exams. To be honest, your situation is lot better than millions out there.

You will definitely do well in exam. Just remember that those two hours are the moments to enjoy and not the ones to be dreadful of.

The beauty of prelims exam is that you will be surprised to know that you can answer seemingly difficult questions from nowhere. The knowledge is hidden somewhere in your head and it just comes out when you look at the question. But your mind should be calm and enjoy this exam process to experience this feeling. It is not possible to know correct (exact) answers to more than 30-40% questions. Only through application of common sense and logic you can score more marks. A calm mind ensures this.

Because fear is your greatest enemy, kill it now itself. Act like a rebel. Let the world talk all nonsense about you. Despite your efforts and sacrifices, there will be people accusing you of doing something wrong. Listen to them but don’t react. People who listen to your critics will not be ready to listen to your side of the story. Don’t mind.  Your success is the only best answer to all your critics. Have faith in your abilities and work towards your goal.

It is universal truth that as long as your efforts are sincere, honest and consistent, success will be yours. No one can stop you.

You have sincerely prepared for this exam. Again don’t doubt it because there were certain pitfalls. Everyone faces them. Every topper has faced it. Sincere preparation is the one where you have invested time, money and energy toward achieving your goal. Have patience and faith, your efforts will bear fruit. August 23 is the day when your real journey begins. You want to start this journey with a smiling face and with confidence. First step should be optimistic. Even if you see darkness, the first step shows that you have faith in what you are doing. As they say, faith can move anything.

You may be about to become a topper. If you do well in prelims, you can go on to get a great rank. You never know. As said above, toppers never knew that they would top this exam. Don’t be surprised to see your name in the final list next year. Just don’t give up on anything. Isn’t it exciting?

There is something big coming on Insights after Prelims. You can realistically dream of getting a rank. Getting a rank will be real, but getting a great rank, say in Top 100, depends on your consistent efforts and leap of faith. We are not promising you to provide everything.  Before your hard work which ultimately gets you where you want to be, our efforts are miniscule. We will just try to bring the best out of you. To repeat from above: it’s a lonely battle out there.

So, do well in prelims.  Fears will kill your chances. Be relaxed and face Prelims.

Next three days, read or revise as much as possible. Sleep very well (7 hours). Take care of your health (most important). It is ok to not to read everything (nobody can read everything). Stay fit, stay healthy and stay cool. Imagine how good you will feel when you go for probationary training as an IAS?IPS/IFS officer trainee? It is so good. You definitely want to go there. Forget everything that is negative.

This journey is exciting. You should really keep it this way.


  • Gajendra Singh

    Thank you very much ??

    • Wish you all the best.

      • Gajendra Singh

        Thank you once again ??

  • Sneha Chatterjee

    It’s a cherry topping… 🙂

    Insights thanks is nt just sufficient.
    Lucky enough to have a mentor like u

    • Thank you. Wish you all the best.

  • Anand

    absolutely stunning! haven’t read a better motivational write up anywhere so far…

    • Thank you Anand. Wish you all the best.

  • Suvarna

    Much needed vinay sir. Thank you 🙂

    • Wish you all the best. Do well.

  • LearningMan

    Thanks a lot insights.

    You really understand the feelings of aspirants.
    Feels like elder brother is guiding us.

    • It is our pleasure. Wish you all the best.

  • Rama Raju

    Thank you sir much needed article.your efforts to aspirants are price less

  • Aditi

    Amazingly written 🙂 Thank you for all your efforts to reach us with the best possible words to keep us going 🙂 This is going to be the best exam for everyone out here..:) Hopefully 🙂

    • Thanks a lot. Yes, hopefully everyone does well in exam. Wish you good luck.

  • Kapil

    Thanks sir

  • Sujeet Kumar

    Thanks insight. I m really fearful in this time due to previous failure. Thanks for ur motivation.

  • Madhu sudana Naik

    thanks a lot….was going through anxiety,dullness,confidence,anger and many mixed emotions since a week. all this vanished after reading your article. thanks a lot

  • Rajveer Singh

    @insight How many questions from current affair will come in pre

    • We don’t know. But they won’t be more than 10-15 questions. Revise basics. Wish you all the best.

  • Navya

    Just awesome! This article has certainly boosted my confidence which was very much needed at this hour..You guys are just wonderful…Thank you so much for the article. We INSIGHTSians are never going to give up till we have a guide like you:)

    • Thank you. We are blessed to have aspirants like you as our visitors. Wish you all the best.

  • ORN

    already excited about that “something big” !!

    • Even we are excited. Wish you all the best for Prelims.

  • SKB

    Thank you for this piece

  • G T

    Much Needed words @ this crusial time …
    Thank you vinay sir ..

  • mamta mishra

    wow sir..inspired amazingly even though m not giving exam this tym but still a spark is ignited well enough for evryone.
    thank you vinay sir and team insight.
    and all the best to all the warriors of this lonely battle

  • priya

    hi Sir, u r a very positive person..u greatly inspire me…thanks 🙂

  • G T

    Much needed words @ this crucial time …
    Thank you vinay sir

  • Rajesh

    Thanks Insights. Inspiration and motivation got doubled by your words 🙂

  • Yash Agrawal

    Thanks a lot vinay sir….your guidance and exceptional motivation is essential for us at this time.

  • Rajan Prasad

    Come onnn ! Rock onnn !

  • satyajit

    Thanks vinay sir your very great you say all think in above think is happened with me and I think this happen only with but it is common to not recall
    So I’m feel relaxe and as possible as maximum revision I’ll do thanks sir
    And in test I score 126 in test 29 is it good ?

    • Your score is very good. You will do well in Prelims for sure. Keep it up.

  • Neha Mani Tripathi

    Deeply inspired and obliged for such an enlightening article..you are a life-saviour..much thanks..:)

    • Thank you. Wish you all the best for exam.

  • IAmRC1

    Thnx sir…giving my first attempt. I m not afraid but having mixed feelings …i have given my everything during prep ..now its time to harvest the crop. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS!

    • We are sure you will clear prelims. Your confidence tells us that. WIsh you all the best.

  • prashant

    Thanx a lot ….m feeling now relaxed….

  • NewDawn

    All the best to all aspirants 🙂

    I hope you will Rock it and Make it…share your stories here for 2016 aspirants like me.

  • Manasa Kulkarni

    You are just AWESOME… U come at right time with Right thought to boost us, bring us on track… Thank YOU so much INSIGHTS!!

    • Thank you Manasa. WIsh you good luck.

  • K Ravi

    Thanks a lot Sir for your such beautiful words and beautiful motivation. We are lucky that we got such a nice mentor. I also eagerly waiting for your Mains 2015 new upcoming schedules. Which will come with strict dead lines and tight schedule for next three and half months.
    Thanks once again for mentoring.

    • You are welcome. Please do well in prelims. Mains journey will be exciting.

  • ursaviourhere

    The moment we r about 2 fall, INSIGHTS appears suddenly 2 put us on track… 😀

    • When you trust us so much, it is our duty to do as much as possible to assist you in your exam preparation. Thank you. Wish you all the best.

      • Krishna Krish

        Thankyou Insights and Vinay sir.. 🙂

      • Arshad Khan

        Insights are most humble!
        I salute the group for what they are coming up everyday!!

    • raj

      all the best ,,,,,

  • Manjula Subramanian

    A truly kickass article to keep one super motivated! Thankyou! 🙂 Good luck to everyone!

  • anu

    thankyou so much vinay sir… your continuous support and guidance is priceless… its just becoz of you that i am able to cover up NCERTs …

  • mns

    Sir thank you so much…each and every word of the article meant a lot to me… I have prepared for the day and will give my best…thank you again..for always being there to guide us:)

  • Amar-Prem

    Dil se Jo baat nikalti Hai, asar rakhti hai.

  • Omkar

    Thanks sir!!!….fear of not remembering anything was haunting for some days…. Thanks for uplifting mine and others confidence
    All the best for the EXAM guys:)

  • Shailee Sukhdeve

    1st attempt…and i find insight as my guru…watever the result is good or bad…ill give my best..without any fear..

  • Vk

    Thank you very much sir…

  • varun

    How many questions one should at least attempt.. Plz some point on this.

  • satish

    Nice article insights! perfect timing . . . much needed . . . . …

  • Brownbrumby

    Koshish karne walon Ki kabhi har nahi hoti !
    Be positive n keep cool.. ?
    Best of luck guys n thnx a lot Insight..

  • varun

    I have solved all your test series from 1 to 33. I know it is difficult to guess questions from those test series that will come in Upsc exam but according to you how many questions you are expecting in current exam directly or indirectly .
    Sorry it seems like a foolish but I am asking in anxiety.

    • Yes it is difficult to guess. But because we have touched upon almost all areas, we believe that nearly 40 – 45 questions can be directly or indirectly related to the questions we have asked in our test series.

      Another 40-50 questions will come from topics which you have read during your preparation as per the test series schedule or before that (it is obvious as you have read all relevant materials) These will be unrelated to questions asked in our tests.

      Another 10-15 questions – only UPSC will know from where it frames them 🙂

      • Between, wish you all the best for your exam and thank you for solving all our tests.

        • varun

          Thank you very much sir for your excellent test series.

  • NIK

    wow article…..thank you sir……………..

  • aspirant

    Thnk u sir..I feel wonderful to be associated with this great forum

  • IM

    much needed article!!….thank you so much!!

  • RM

    “To serve mankind is to serve God.” n You people are True saviour.
    Thanks a ton for such a selfless service.

    • You know nothing is selfless 🙂 Between thanks a lot for kind words. Wish you all the best.

  • Gauri

    Thank you Vinay Sir and Insights for always being there when we need you the most. Failure or success doesn’t matter, what matters is that you made us to work hard and hard. Only you pushed us to try our best and then get the best.
    Thank you so very much 🙂

    • Thank you Gauri. Wish you all the best. We are sure we are going to see your name in The List.

      • Gauri

        Thank you Sir 🙂

  • gautham

    What do we give back .. Thanks a lot, Team Insights.

    • A great Rank for yourself and a great service to this country 🙂

      Wish you all the best.

  • jordan

    thank u so much ….it was really needed to cheer up….no matter how much experience one has in this exam!!!

  • Tyler

    A really nice article, put a smile on our faces. Was so messed up distinguishing the khayals, bhangas ,bhavanas and Bhavai. Thank you.

  • rupak mishra

    Thanks ?

  • Shubhashish Rai

    When I was feeling down you came to my rescue and pulled me up to continue working until the goal is reached. Thanks a lot Team!

  • vijay

    This article is like a an pain killer of negative things & low feelings u r a great man Thnx insight for motivating in a last min.

  • Visha Sakthi

    feeling like heaven really Really an Insight for us …thank u so much for ur cheer up words sir..hats of to u sir…

  • The shy poet

    By the time I came to the end of this article, I realized I had moist eyes. Thanks a lot Vinay Sir. May God give us strength to reach our goal. Thanks for everything sir 🙂 You’re a messiah!

    • Thank you. We are just doing our duty. Wish you all the best.

  • Dheeraj

    I guess we are not alone.Thanks a lot, Team Insights

  • Yoshita Kalla

    Thank you INSIGHTS for such an inspiring article. While reading this, i felt it was all about me, i found it so close to my life and situation and i am sure this would have happened to everybody else who has read it. Thank you very much again, i really feel more confident now. 🙂 🙂

  • Ambalika

    Thank you so much Insight.. I was feeling so low since few days.. this is a great booster.

  • ashwiniavate

    Thank u insight

  • naveen

    It has brought a big cheer in the mood after reading these magical lines and words…thank you very much insights…your positivity is contagious and reaching us all through this forum….geared up to kick start my journey

  • neha

    Thank you insights for encouraging.

  • Aditi1386

    Thank you Vinay Sir!! I can certainly make way for mad confidence. This post is amazing!! 🙂

  • Psychopath

    Wish I can repay You With a descent Rank this time

  • Animesh BM Tripathi

    Thank You Vinay sir and the whole Insights team..Thanks for you effort, guidance and above all the 33 Tests that you had given us. Indebted I am.
    Thanks for your wishes., and yes very rightly said ‘it is our attitude that ultimately makes us or breaks us’.
    One last word for you before Prelims.
    G.R.A.T.I.T.T.U.D.E 🙂

  • sonali bhardwaj

    dear insights,
    most of the time i feel that u are very close to my heart, whenever i fall,u come and rescue me.(i m not saying u are god,not even saying u more than my parents but yes u are the companion for all lonely person in this lonely battle)
    how u came to know that this is the battle of loneliness have u ever faced this thing ? because this thing cud only b understood by those persons who passed this phase or r u astrologer who can predict whatever we feel.
    i dont know what i will b tomorrow but yes whatever,and whenever i will b u will always there(in my heart)
    for me this is not only the inspirational article but a reality.

    since i dont know any other word except thanks so thank u very much but srsly its not thanks wala thanks its something more which cant express in words.

    • Thanks a lot. We are happy that our words mean something to you. We too were aspirants once, hence we understand your ordeals. Through some of our initiatives we try to address some of your these ordeals. Hope they are helping you as well. Wish you all the best for Prelims.

      • sonali bhardwaj

        thanks for writing me back insights…by the way onee more thing that i am eagerly waiting about big which u r going to give us after pre..

  • Shaurya

    Thank you insights! I have gained a lot of knowledge, confidence and faith following the essence of your strategy. I believe in myself.

  • HS

    Thank you so much Sir for your words at this moment.. It means a lot

  • Rajesh

    thanks a lot insight :)”It is universal truth that as long as your efforts are sincere, honest and consistent, success will be yours. No one can stop you.”

    • Thank you and wish you very good luck.

  • Anwar

    Thanks alot insights…..

  • Himanshu

    Thank you sir.

  • r agrawal

    Thanks a lot buddy …no word for your effort man…you really really great ….love you

  • akanksha jha

    thnks a lot insight for these motivational words….it was really needed during this phase…i was feeling like i was in a dark room sorrounded by darkness,,,,suddenly u people gave a ray of light……thanks is a small word for ur motivation…..thnks……:-))

  • Shamik

    Thankx for these words..it give a lot of oxygen to me…Thank you Insight.

  • rahulbose0204

    INSIGHTS TEAM is like a psychological expert. They know when to fuel in high octane confidence in exhausting time.


  • Missionimpossible

    thank you insights…..upse students are not the loving people they are fearing people…..

  • Tan15

    Thank you insight and vinay sir for a motivating article and excellent test series.

  • kavitha

    The best thing about INSIGHTS is that they make us work hard and hard even at very difficult situation (esp 4 me) and unlike any other institutions (in my opinion) they don’t just give articles or materials to study THEY MAKE US STUDY ( self study guide), I started my real preparation ONLY because of INSIGHTS. without INSIGHTS i thought i was not going clear my prelims even this year (this is my second attempt)….i don’t know how to show my gratitude …. THANK YOU VINAY SIR AND INSIGHTS….

    • Thank you Kavitha. Your comments on all our posts act as motivation for us too.

      Wish you all the best.

      • kavitha

        THANK YOU SIR……………….

  • santoshgupta_108

    Thank you so much Sir!!!
    When everything looks like an unending darkness, you come to be the saviour.
    After facing this year’s interview and not making it to the final list, was shattered and it took some time to gather. Just before 4-5 days before exam, it felt like everything is slipping out of hand and last 4 years hard work will result in failure, the feeling was so intense that I could not share it with anyone. But here you are infusing the new current of energy and hope. I am up and going for one more time, thanks to your constant support since 2013. This one is for you Sir, hats off 🙂

    • We are pretty sure that this year you will make it. Wish you all the best. Glad our article helped you at this stage. Thank you.

  • Fazil Mohd

    I have a doubt, and it is very very base and dumb. Thing is i didn’t even look at paper-2 ever since it was made qualifying and i was reasonably sure about doing well in it. So now my doubt is, are there any changes, however minuscule in paper-2 ? or is it the same format as last year with no changes?. Could someone pls tell me this

    • It will be of same format as it was last year. As far as we know, UPSC hasn’t announced any changes.

      Wish you all the best.

  • pr39048

    “It is not possible to know correct (exact) answers to more than 30-40% questions. Only through application of common sense and logic you can score more marks. A calm mind ensures this.”

    We are indebted for all you have done.

    • Thank you. Wish you good luck.,

  • Deep

    I almost cryd. Thank you Insight.
    Don’t have words to express my gratitude.
    Thank u very much.

    • Thank you too. Please do well on August 23. We are sure you will. All the best.

  • Gave me goosebumps. Specially the paragraph: “No matter what is the outcome, the real people who care about you will always be with you. Even if they have to wait for so long to see you succeed, real people in your life will wait. If you fail, they will not desert you. But failure is difficult when you can succeed by making few minor corrections in your exam preparation.”
    …made me almost cry. Thank you for such a straight-from-heart wonderful article. You are awesome. 🙂

    • Thank you. Your comments are always motivate us (we seldom express our gratitude though). Wish you all the best.

  • vani

    really, great mentor sir……………….thanks a ton.

  • JS

    Thanks a lot Vinay Sir and Insights, you made us realize our potential and guided us.

    Thank you very much 🙂

    • Thank you too. Wish you all the best.,.


    thanks for such a wonderful article sir.last few days fear of uncertainty was haunting someplace inside the mind,but reading this article feeling relaxed and calm. thanks u insights and vinay sir that whenever we need the good dose of motivation u provide us the best always.

    • Thank you Chandan. Wish you all the best. Maintain sam motivation and confidence, and do well.

      • CHANDAN

        thank you very much sir

  • Jyo

    Thank u insight..really great inspiration and motivation..these articles and insight website keep us always motivated and on track..I was struggling to find out a way to keep myself consistent..very happy tht within a week I m back to studies..thank u soooo much..

    • Motivation is too important for all of us. Stay motivated and do very well in exam. Wish you very good luck.

      • Jyo

        Thank u sir…

  • Gayatri

    Thank u so much sir.. I was feeling the same. After reading this I am feeling that you are always there to support us. I was feeling very down and I was feeling like I have not prepared well and I don’t remember anything. but now I am feeling a positive energy.Thanks a lot sir for being with us:)

    • We are trying our best to support you in any way we can. Happy to know that you are feeling positive after reading this article. Wish you all the best.

      • Gayatri

        Thank u so much sir. I know this thank you is not enough for whatever you did for us. We are privileged to have a mentor like you. Thanks for being with us and supporting us.

  • Khushbu Mehta

    Just what was needed… Thanks …. thanks a lot INSIGHTS… May God bless you for such great advice… great timing… Really feeling relaxed!!

    • Thank you and wish you all the best. .

      • Khushbu Mehta

        Thank you so much sir…

  • Prasad M

    This article brought immense positive vibes in me.I am feeling exactly same as you mentioned there(low and anxious) but not anymore. Grateful to you Insights!

    • Happy to know that this article helped you. Wish you all the best.

      • Prasad M

        Thank you Sir and team members

  • ankita

    Every time i read your articles(MORALE BOOSTERS!) I have tears in my eyes ,,each word takes me in a state of trance and a mystical feeling seeps in …for all those crazy aspirants VINAY SIR u are a MESSIAH!!! u are too modest and humble to deny it but trust me its cent per cent TRUE.just cud not stop myself from writing ….

    • NJ

      Yes. you are right. The same happens with me, but never expressed here.

    • Thanks a lot. It feels great to know that you can connect to our articles. Wish you all the best for prelims.

    • theBIGdream

      so true.. !

  • NJ

    Thank You so much Vinay Sir and team members. Getting confidence back.

    • Maintain the confidence. You are going to do very well. Wish you all the best.

  • Charithra

    Thank you insights.This is Just what was needed at this moment ? Thank you for the most understanding and motivational words.

    • Thank you and wish you very good luck.

  • PS

    “the biggest difficulty we face in life is life itself and not these exams. To be honest, your situation is lot better than millions out there.”

    really appreciate these lines.

  • PS

    good to see so many people who r going to fight the battle on 23rd boosting each others confidence on this platform..great work insights.

    • Thank you. Yes, this community feeling is what motivates us. Wish you all the best for prelims.


    thank u sir…

  • thank u insights!!!!!!!

  • Yash

    thank u INSIGHTS for all the support..surely this article made me feel more confident..and m eagerly waiting for prelims and giving my best shot…

    • Wish you good luck. You will do well. .


    Thank you sir….

  • Shashi Kumar

    thankyou sir.

  • Krishna

    one of the best motiv article. Tears rolling in..! Now we will face the exam without fear..! Thank you sir

    • Wish you all the very best!..and thank you

  • Tuks

    Thanks a lot for such a wonderful article…..While reading I could not stop tears in my eyes………thank you once again………

    • Welcome and wish you all the best

      • Tuks

        Thank you very much sir……

  • Himanshu Joshi

    “Isn’t it is a bliss to get thorough stand from inside and insight”-the blend of belief and faith.Thank you @vinay sir #insight for all your kind words.
    At this stage We can all say -“Bring it on” 🙂

  • Rajashekhar

    YES….thank you insights.NO MORE WORDS FOR YOUR service

  • Venkatesh Jinukala

    thank you insights…

    we need this much of motivation in our journey. it gives us something like boost by knowing someone is there to motivate us.

  • AS

    Many of us have expressed the same feeling after going through this article. I was too left with the moist eyes and a sheer sensation inside. No one else understands us better than you Sir. Thanks for all your support….and wish you ALL THE BEST guys :))

  • limitless

    thank you very much sir……..it was much needed in this critical time.

  • Ester

    Thank you so much sir..:-)

  • DevNand

    Thank u insight..after reading this i feel better..

  • Born for ias

    thank you so much insights for elevating our spirits—we genuinely needed this.

  • vasanth prabhu

    thank u insights……….

  • Ankita

    Thank you, so much Sir.

    For your efforts and for constantly motivating us.
    Those gem of papers which you have created have helped me understand so much, I have gained so much knowledge in the past year. I can now proudly say that I have more knowledge then what I had same time last year…
    And the best part is that it has taught me the much needed virtue of ‘patience'(in exams) and ‘consistent hard-work’..

    Will be indebted to you always..


  • C Sharp

    Dear Insight (Vinay sir)
    The logic and the reasoning behind your every article is astonishing. I just decelerated my preparation thinking it is not possible now. You pushed blood of energy and hope into my veins. Thank u so much sir…

  • bonny shah

    The article worked like magic for me as I was feeling very low thank u insights for ur help ur saviour in veil

  • Kumar

    Thank you very much vinay sir. Your article is a great relief at this point of time. Now I am feeling relaxed…. Thanks a lot once again….

  • Ashish Devi

    really boosting article
    thnx insight

  • Dhrumil

    Thanks Team Insights for this mesmerizing and highly motivating stuff.When we feel its going to be dusk, Team insights make us believe “No its going to be Dawn”.

  • Shashank Kavi

    Its such a thing….whenever in doubt, login to INSIGHTS..You will be crystal clear with your thoughts…though self confidence, hard work and self motivation is of utmost importance, it is equally important for someone to constantly remind us of the potential which we have within us….a little pep-talk, a small motivational article can carry a stressed person a long way….THANKS A LOT INSIGHTS….EVERY ONE OVER HERE WILL BE GRATEFUL TO YOU….ALWAYS

  • Chethan

    All the Best Everyone.. 🙂

  • lazygoose

    I donno what to say insights.. inside me its all blank.. just neutral.. I donno what m feeling.. like however its gna be I will face it!

    • Please don’t worry. Have faith. Relax and give this exam. It doesn’t matter how much energy you have now, you have chosen to fight it and you must fight it out. If your mind is strong, you can still win this fight (mad confidence). Wish you all the best.

  • N.KD

    all the best everyone for 23 Aug…

  • Tashvin Singh

    Sir I M Totally New To Ur Heavenly website.. i started preparing from june this year.. i graduated last year only n now m working i bank as a clerk.. i need guidance from u that how to prepare notes from newspaper..

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  • Ashish Singh

    best of luck to upsc aspirants.My salute to their hardwork and exciting journey.For INSIGHTS only these three words SHAANDAAR ZABARDAST ZINDABAD .Thanks insights for your noble guidance.

  • ShiningStar

    Thankyou Insights. You are a true saviour. 🙂

  • PKK

    Thanks a lot Insights.This is exactly what was essential to be told to us ,You are a great mentor indeed.

  • anand kumar b m

    thank you insight…… feels better now

  • Paladin1311

    Thanks a lot Guru jee …lets rock the show 🙂 😀

  • Archana

    I’m late read the article 3 days after its posting. This is my last attempt. I’m not nervous or excited. Honestly I stooped reading for the last one week. Not over confidence may be I gave up. But as u said sir we should never quit . So I’m trying to be calm for my inner peace . It feels like I don’t anything. Preparation jn GS is endless so I don’t want to say I prepared well and I don’t agree that I dint prepare. Last year I was not ready to accept failure. But this year I decided what ever happens I’m ready to take it . I may nto be a govt representative but I do believe that my civil service preparation has already made me a Representative of humanity and definitely a good citizen by knowing by do’s and dont’s. Serving for humanity is definite in my cards but whether on behalf of govt or individual that would be decided on August 23rd.
    Vinay sir and insights team thanks a ton for your support though the journey started very short time ago. Thank u for your motivation. U made my day

  • SatchaFunkilus

    Brilliant words from the Insight Gangstas . real words . Thanks insights .

  • raj

    thanks for Insight who provide a best sources and most important motivation “fearless act”

  • Wolverine

    Read this Article for the 5th time today.
    Thank you Vinay Sir Thanks a lot

    • Thanks a lot. Very happy that it is helping you. Wish you all the best.

      • Wolverine

        Thank you Sir 🙂

  • Naina Agarwal

    Thankyou..insights..no matter what challenge upsc poses infront of us..we will conquer it…all d best to everyone..:) 🙂

    • Yes, you are going to do well. All the very best!.

      • Naina Agarwal

        Thankyou insights..

  • Shalini Gupta

    Thanku Insights! It worked 🙂

    • Wish you all the best. Happy that it worked.

  • Chandu RedE

    DOs and DON’Ts for the preliminaries 2015.


    1. EAT LIGHT food these two days.
    2.SLEEP WELL the night before the exam.
    3. If you can GO TO YOUR EXAMINATION CENTRE A DAY BEFORE, please do go and have a visit so that you may not be confused on the day of the exam.
    4. Be THIRTY MINUTES early to the centre.
    7. STAY COOL throughout the exam.
    8. BELIEVE in you and your effort you have put in the journey.
    9. TAKE BLESSINGS of the person(s) who believe in your abilities, mostly parents, sometimes teachers, friends or well wishers, it may be yourself too.


    1. Discuss about the toughness of the exam with your friends online/offline.
    2. Think about the cut offs.
    3. See the future/result (even before you have given the exam).
    4. Forget your hall ticket.
    5. Check your paper 1 answers in the lunch break or discuss about it with anyone else. (This may disturb you and effect your performance on CSAT)

    I wish you ALL THE VERY BEST.

    • Thank you & Wish you all the best..,

      • Chandu RedE

        Thank you sir.

  • raja

    from quitting as officer trainee due to medical reasons in Indian army, to failure in post graduate exams, in a relationship, not clearing prelims in previous 3 attempts, not clearing any exams ssc, Kerala public service, CPSUs and many others in 2012, 2013, Today I have done with CGL, Bank PO joined as a bank PO in BOB and resigned, will give my fourth attempt tomorrow. Now I am working in FCI as a management trainee, eveything is going on well. Look dear friends, I have teached other Aspirants likeyou in the last 4 years, in the meanwhile i am doing all these things. I am very much greatful to what Insight is doing. Supporting and providing you with the platform to learn and excel in life.

    All the best to everyone, and to insight keep up the good work. I am a regular follower of your articles and mrunals also. I will surely reach the final list of UPSC CIVILS , as I did in 2010 CDS(ii) OTA final list. Enjoy life everyone, no worries. Have a good time in the exam hall. I 2 will be giving it in Trivandrum kerala.

    • raja

      All the best to everyone…….

    • raman

      What should be the strategy for ncerts ??

    • Sandy Sandeep

      Sir. I am going to join as a po in Psb bank. I want to prepare for civils. Is there any chances to prepare civils while doing a job in bank.. Please suggest some ideas sir….


    Best of luck to everyone.

  • ksudha_6

    I was just wondering about how much more there might be to revise when this article calmed me down. 🙂
    Its been a long way and thank you for all the efforts you put to make it a lot more easier!

    • Wish you good luck. It is time to enjoy. WIsh you all the best.

  • Anshumati

    Salute to insight on India team……! It’s motivation make me courageous…..!

  • Jsstice

    Guys, in the prelims, on the attendance omr,I filled in my roll number instead of the answer sheet number, the invigilator said,the attendance omr was just a formality, and nothing will happen,anybody know , if it’s OK?insights,plz respond, I’m getting around 111 in gs 1

  • Nandan

    Some paragraphs in this ‘motivational’ article would creat unnecessary ego in the minds of civil service aspirants. None has told why we want to be civil servant. Is it merely for seeing success in terms of passing a top exam in the country?? A genuine civil service aspirant would look for how he can raise the value of that position rather than being egoistically taking pride in getting that postion. Please seed such thoughts in the minds of aspirants rather than motivating them to merely pass an exam. We need to look for humble aspects rather taking ill pride from passing this exam

  • Sumit Sharma

    The best article.