MOTIVATION: You Can Still Clear Prelims

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Despite putting lots of efforts, you might be having doubt about clearing this year’s prelims exam. You are not alone. Most people get this fear. Most people get these self doubts (We know it because we speak to lots of people and receive lots of mails)

Always remember – in this journey, you are not alone. Even if you have revised everything, because of uncertainty that’s hallmark of UPSC, you will be little worried about how the paper is going to be set on D-Day – Will it have more current events based questions? Will it be more factual – oh I am very weak with facts!? Will it be more analytical? Will it have more questions from art & culture part – which I have skipped? Will it have more environment related questions – which even after repeated reading appears vague and unfamiliar?

Should you succumb to these fears and worry about your performance?

Absolutely not. On the day of exam, it’s not the ‘test of knowledge’ that makes you eligible for Mains. It’s your common sense, calmness and confidence that helps you cross the hurdle.

There are people who read for 2-3 months and clear prelims. There are people who solve thousands of quality questions from good test series just one month before prelims and nail it. These people rely more on confidence and commonsense.

At this moment, you have enough knowledge to clear prelims (if you are preparing for 6 – 12 months). All you have to do is revise everything you have read till now and focus more on staying calm and confident. You must start enjoying your days from tomorrow. No matter where you stand now, you must stay relaxed (in your mind). Anxiety can cost you few precious marks in the exam and throw you out of the race.

Some brilliant people who can top this exam often fail at prelims stage. In our opinion, it’s more to do with mindset and attitude on the day of exam. Some take too big a risk. They attempt too less or too many questions because of overconfidence.

Some of them might become nervous and forget to fill roll number; or might enter wrong booklet code, or fill bubbles in wrong order! Minor mistakes like this will cost you whole year. 

Therefore, start working on these small things. Take print of OMR sheets and practice them beforehand. Solve as many question papers as possible. Be prepared. While preparing next 38 days, try to enjoy every minute. Yes, it’s a pressure situation. But it’s also a moment where you will experience increased efficiency and productivity in your preparation. Enjoy this phase and stop thinking about what would happen on 7th August.

How you face adverse situation defines you. You must take it as a challenge and face this situation. It’s those who face challenges with a smiling face often win those challenges. They are well prepared through lots of practice, and when the moment comes, they will win challenges because they will have won their fears in their mind.

Never give up hope and never let your mind become victim of unknown fears.  

Now is the time to bury all your fears. Don’t let all the pressure from all quarters of your life affect you. Ultimately you are giving this exam for your own interest – so listen to your own conscience. Whether you fail or succeed, it’s you who has to truly experience your feelings. Others respond to your feelings, but they won’t experience them. A relative who’s putting pressure on you and your parents won’t care if you fail or succeed. They will talk about you anyway. Don’t care. You don’t owe anyone anything. Your pain is yours. Your happiness is yours. People come and go, but it’s you who has to go through all hurdles alone. 

This struggle in yours alone. Own it. But own it responsibly. Not by putting lots of pressure on you. The more you enjoy what you are doing, better will be your chances of success.

Sleep well. Smile always (this helps your loved ones more than anything you ever do to them). And on the day of prelims, try to enjoy each and every moment. 

Remember!  you know the answer and it should come out. It comes out only when you are not scared of anything – not even UPSC! (once you are IAS, you are IAS – you will forever forget anything even remotely related to UPSC – unless you remotely harbor a desire to become its chairman or member!)

In case you think you still unprepared, there is still time. Work hard. You can still clear prelims. Try to give everything you have. Don’t worry about competition. As long as you are giving your best, you will always have a chance to succeed – even if you start today. It’s all in your mind. As Buddha said (and did) long ago, you become what you think of.  If you make up your mind now to push the limits, you might go on to get a top rank. 

Wish you all the best 🙂




  • Across

    Love you Insights

  • annjins

    Thanku insights👍

  • Kanta Verma


  • Manoj

    Thank you Insights……
    You always show up when we are in need….

  • Thank you guys you’re just mind reader I was going through same thoughts and my phone beeped with a mail and boom smile on face and confidence in mind 🙂
    Thank you again !! 🙂

  • Simrat Chamkaur

    Gosh! You’re like the wisdom fairy telling me exactly what I wanted to hear. Thank you Insights! I shall sleep well tonight and give it all and more. God Bless!!!

  • nitika bhatia


  • Tanu Singhal

    Since 3 days.. I was feeling really exhausted and too confused.

    Just as we start giving up, Insights picks us up and gives a pat on back and asks us to start once again.
    Thanks Insights 🙂

    • ESWAR

      Dear, all the best to u

      • Tanu Singhal

        Same to you 🙂

        • abhinav

          all the best

          • Tanu Singhal

            Same to you 🙂

  • Cheeku

    much needed… thanku …:)

  • Fighter

    Thank you Insights !!!

  • Dipu

    You know exactly what goes in our heads and hearts . Thanks Insights. Thanks a lot. To all the co-aspirants – ” Karmanyevadhikarste , ma phaleshu Kadachana”

  • Bhavika

    Insights team know exactly what and when to say.We are “Blessed” to have you.Thank you☺😊

  • horizon

    Thanx insight..
    Love you

  • The Concerned Writer

    Its great to have a mentor like you…

    Its just like having a personal buddha to show light when everything is dark and scary.
    All the best tho all those who are freshers and wishes to those who missed it by few marks in their previous attempts.

  • mth_im

    at this stage ur motivation is ;like sanjeevani thanks for ur support and guidance …

  • donotgiveup

    thanku very much:)

  • PK

    Thank you sir

  • Saicharan

    Thank you so much insights.

  • Aspirant

    Buckle up guys! “Winter” is here. 🙂
    Make no mistake, “Dead” is coming.
    Thanks Insights.

    • Mowgli

      Sir, where can i get all the current affairs compilations that you posted on this site.
      I didn’t downloaded then (my mistake).
      Please let me know how & where to get compilations, should i provide my mail id ?
      Anyway.. Good luck to you (Y)
      Cheers !

  • Akansha

    Thanks a lot Insights!!

  • Shankar Kinagi

    thank u insights

  • Kush Jain

    Thank you 🙏

  • Suraj Nayak

    Just at the perfect moment. From Sunday onwards , after giving my UPSC CAPF [AC] exam, i was becoming bit ignorant and negligent…All due to the over confidence that CAPF paper went well , so i can easily clear CSE Prelims also.
    Thanks Insights for pulling me down from 7th heaven.

  • Ash

    Thanks a lot Insights..:)

  • Nikhil Bhaskar

    Perfect timing .. u guys know exactly what’s on our mind !!

  • shweta mishra

    Thank you insights… u always help us in the very crucial hours…

  • Sharad Chitalkar

    Thank you so much Insights. Profound article. Much needed.

  • Fast track

    Thank u sir… great motivation… thank u for channelising all energy in a right way…😃

  • Alag

    Yes what you think you become ..Thank you insights

  • Avnish

    Insights on india is same as my parents ….

  • Sandeep Kumar

    I don’t know what happened to me.. I didn’t perform well in my last mock papers and getting fear of failure.. Thinking too much about 7th August … Even counting how many days left.. But now after reading this .. Counting how many days I have to enjoy.. Thank you for giving motivation not only me but to many more like me..

  • Yashaswi Ponia

    Have just started taking the prelim series after a long preparation and scored only 50% in the first two tests…. Mood was completely off!! Then appear this motivated article…. Thank you insight!! Now watching a movie, as another fight is starting from tomorrow onwards….
    Jab tak todunga nahi tab tak chorunga nahi..

  • Vijayant


  • Oppenheimer

    thank you team for your constant endevour to keep us motivated… 🙂
    Sharukhan once said (though not a fan 😛 ) ” Hum jeete hai to ek baar, marte hai to ek baar, aur pyar (being IAS officer) krte hai to ek baar” 😀

  • Arun nt

    Wow .Its a wonderful article.Ha ha the author of this article seems to know psychology for sure.

  • ishika kapoor

    from last few days i m feeling very much scared n confused as it is there so much to study….but by ur motivation m feeling relax now thankyou insight!!

  • nimesh kumar

    Thank you!

  • Man Of Steel

    Thank you Sir:)

  • nivedita

    Thankuuuuuuuu insight for such a highly needed post.

  • Thanks a ton…this was classic :- “once you are IAS, you are IAS – you will forever forget anything even remotely related to UPSC – unless you remotely harbor a desire to become its chairman or member!”; 😀 😀

  • Sheryl

    Just in the nick of time….thumbs up for lone warriors….

  • Vishal Rana

    Thanks Insights.much needed motivation

  • Thank you.
    Please Keep us motivated.

  • PunchTantra

    We shall overcome this year…Jab tak suraj chand rahega Insightsonindia ka naam rahega..thanks for pumping up Insights

  • Nitish

    Thanks a lot Insights. This helps even if it was not much needed 🙂 A big THANKS and hats off for all your efforts. You keep us going!

  • rajashree

    thank you so much sir………………

  • Present2016

    Thank u insight

  • Mayuresh Pawar

    Thanks..was much needed…..

  • Vijayakumara

    Simply wonderful I will definitely mention this before press…… Thank you insights

  • Urvashi

    Thanks a lot. This was exactly what I needed at the moment! 🙂

  • Ambarish

    At a time when all my confidence was deflated, this has just injected me with confidence and a sense of purpose. Thanks for the wonderful words Insights it has already brought a smile on my face… I am going to enjoy these 38 days to the fullest….. Thanks once again

  • sher shah

    its now 1.04 am and i am reading science and tech,feeling exhausted, and in fear. This post was the “need of hour”.Thanks Insight.

  • khatri

    Thank u very much sir for all your guidance and motivation


    thank u insights… I owe a lot to u people.. I really needed this one .. 🙂

  • G.

    The days of people clearing by just studying 2-3 months are 2 years back when aptitude test was counted. Now the remaining test is the test of knowledge and vast reading plus big ratta which is only possible for Buddha to do in only few months.


      Yah! Sahi kah rahe ho dost 🙂

    • Some people can push boundaries. 🙂

      • Leo

        Sir, it is true. Things can change even in a months time as you say so. I hope it does for me too. I found Insights link only a month back. And from then on have been trying to cover accordingly from all what I have missed. Enrolled in the Test Series too. But after everything, I went into a major depression for a day or more when I didn’t get a good score. I attempted too many and lost marks. Some things I am still studying which are new. My only access to materials is internet apart from the basic books, as I’m preparing from a very remote location. I don’t know what I should do now.

        • As of now the best bet is to solve 2-3 good quality test series repeatedly. They cover almost everything and can be revised fast. Wish you all the best.

          • Leo

            Thank you from the heart. I will try my best.

  • Dr_preeti

    Thanks a lot Sir … For the inspiration 🙂

  • aashna benjamin

    Good morning everyone…a beautiful write-up to kick off the day….good day all

  • IndianSuperhero

    thank you again for charging us fir battle,,,!

  • Ujjwala

    Priceless words…. Energy booster

  • An eye for detail

    I am a beginner for last one week I seriously started reading with news paper completing one news paper itself taking me 2-2.5 hours after which I am really exhausted to go for any another news paper . When I see mains questions i c posted by IOI I could not abe to answer except some since remaining questions are covered from other news paper like livemint and Indian express.

    Bored with this vast information coverage Thinking why I did not selecte some other course. Don’t have clear idea whether I succeed or not .

    Can someone who are head omef post some light on it ?

    • It takes at least 3 months of patience and consistent efforts to gain basic understanding of issues. In one week you can not gauge much. One week is too less to think about quitting!

      It’s too early to start writing answers. First for 2-3 months try to understand issues, read NCERT books and try to enjoy whatever you are reading. Later you start writing answers.

      • An eye for detail

        Thank you sir ! How about news paper coverage of The Hindu is enough. Should I go for any another one ?

        • The Hindu is enough as of now. Once you improve speed of comprehending issues, you can selectively read other papers (links given under Secure). As of now focus more on enjoying and understanding stuff.

          • An eye for detail

            Sure sir . I will check it out . Thanks for immense support.

  • Chandu RedE

    You can’t win a game if you don’t even play it.

    Thank you INSIGHTS. 🙂



  • KAutilYA

    Nice….amazing…no words for for thanks..😄

    Thanks a lottt VINAY Sir Ji….Aapne meri ichcha puri kardi..😁

    Also thanks to all INSIGHT TEAM…😄

    all d best to all INSIGHTians…enjoying CSE Monsoon..😄😁👍👍

  • BST

    Thanks you so much insights for such an awesome and energetic post.

  • ajit parate

    I can only say that , on the right time for right people . All the best to all of you and thank you insights .

  • Deep

    Thank u Insight.

  • Basavaraj Shedbal

    Mind changing at right time , thank you Insights team

  • Niketan

    Insights ……u giving us a positive and sportive energy to go with prelims thanks for the same and …….love u insights

  • A much needed post! This will surely help all those who are stuck in dilemma of what to read, what not, how to revise! Keep coming with these motivational pills, respected sir! 😀

  • Abhijeet B

    @ InsightonIndia sir feeling very anxious now a days. Not scoring more than 90 marks in test series going on should I move on? Should I only focus on concept building & confidence & will not look for marks that I’m scoring now? I’m making more than 20 no of questions wrong in every tests ,how should I reduced that..plz help out..!!

    • You still have got 30+ days. Revise all our tests 2-3 times. Go through solutions many times. As told in the article, be relaxed and try to enjoy. Worrying doesn’t help.

      Between, 90+ is a good score. Lats year topper Artika Shukla (4th Rank) used to score 80 – 90 in our tests, but scored 126 in actual prelims.

      Don’t worry. Focus on revision. You will definitely clear prelims.

      • Abhijeet B

        Thanks @InsightsOnIndia:disqus for your valuable feedbacks & boost up words…I will follow your piece of advice…!!

      • Subhash Rabindra Jha

        Sir, Could you please provide a compilation for Daily Quiz (between March, 2016 and June 2016). Will be of immense help. I am sure all of us will be able to answer a few questions if we revise the daily quiz. And, every question counts, as we all know.



  • Bunty kumar

    Get ready aspirants i m going to top this year

    • sanchit gautam


      • Bunty kumar

        Ty sir if u have confidence and u r fearlessness then u can do anything in this universe

      • Bunty kumar


    • India First

      Congratulations !

      I mean, that’s the spirit. Good luck bro 🙂

      • Bunty kumar

        Ty bro if u have confidence and u r fearless thennu can achieve anything in this universe

  • Anjana

    Love you Team! 😀 You always know the pulse of students! We needed it badly

  • sanjeevini singode

    Much needed motivation. Thanks a ton.

  • SAN

    Inspiration is nothing but insight’s with me….

  • mission 2018-19

    Thank u soo much sir…!!! Well said👌

  • Siddhartha Singh

    Thank you very much Insights.

  • Leo

    Thank you 🙂

  • Sunil Kumar

    That was much needed push! Thanks, Insights. You are a lifesaver.

  • So what we need is ‘Coca Cola’ – Confidence Calmness Commonsense & laughter!
    Done! Will manufacture in mind 😉

    • Very nice 😀 Make sure it’s sugar free!

      • Sure. No problem, even if I were diabetic, we have the brand new BGR-34 😉 haha.

        • 🙂 Is it Baba Guru Ramadev (BGR)? product? Just kidding!

          Wish you all the best!

          • Who knows? Behind the door inspiration 😛 May be!
            Thank you @INSIGHTS 🙂

  • B K Shah

    Much needed… Thanx sir….

  • channe v

    thankyou sir..


    Thank q insight.

  • Sunshine

    👆🏻upsc csp 2016- admit card out- available here.


  • Integrity

    Thank you insights for most valuable words

  • preet

    great much needed support
    thanks for guidance 🙂

  • Abhijeet B

    Alert to all aspirants: Civil Service(Prelim) Exam ,2016 Admit Card released & available @

    Final Countdown begins now:-

  • Affu

    Thank you insights,feeling much better after reading this write up and just happened to see admit card and this article at the same time,read it and was not nervous “oh ab toh admit card bhi aagaya”!
    On a lighter note,i do harbour the desire of becoming member or chairman of UPSC,imaginations relieves some pressure and imagining oneself older,wiser than what one is now and interviewing a young aspirant as one is now is fun:-)

    • We sincerely hope you become UPSC Chairman someday. We are in need of honest administrators. Anyway you are on your way. Keep it up. Wish you all the best 🙂

      • Longliveproletariat

        Sir please upload insight mag june 2016 current affair compilation. …. It’s getting late Sir please

        • Isha

          Do you have may month’s compilation?

          • Longliveproletariat


            • Isha

              Can you please provide the link?

              • Longliveproletariat

                Google. …insight on india downloads ….sab hai wahan….nahi milta….Let me know…

                • Isha

                  Yeah I got it earlier that day itself, thanks.
                  I didnt know that the link was updated (downloads section).

                  • Longliveproletariat

                    Ok good

      • Longliveproletariat

        Sir please upload July 2016magazine. Till 15 july separately. …..(obviously by 20th july) because paper will be set by this time for sure…..Please sir else I will have to d/l daily event individually. ….
        By the sir Thanks a lot for prompt reply.. (june mag) Thank you sir

  • Chandler

    I’ll be there for you

    (When the rain starts to pour)

    I’ll be there for you

    (Like I’ve been there before)

    I’ll be there for you

    (‘Cause you’re there for me too)

    Theme song of FRIENDS seems to be apt here..
    Thanks INSIGHTS TEAM for being in our life.;)

  • raghava.dandu

    please give sample OMR sheet to practice tests…

    • sanchit gautam

      plz visit

  • aastha bamaniya

    woofff… u r a booster!!! 🙂

  • Snow

    last time i lost with 10 marks due to anxiety , attempting few questions … everything what insights have told i did exactly opposite .. but this time i guess i am on right track 🙂 thank u for this words .

  • C.S.Naik

    thanks a lot Insights.

  • mausam

    guys help me please … mai kaafi confused hoon … 1. i missed mppsc 2013 final list by 7 marks was my 1st attempt..bihar mains on door ,,,, from 8 july (though protests are going on ) i am not prepared for it also nicely . upsc my dream …. bhi is chakkar mein chhut raha hai … though i had studied but i coudnt revise due to this bpsc paper , if i write bpsc it will be over by 23 july ,,,, maine upsc ka koi revision tak nahi kiya … 3 saal se life jaise bekaar ho gayi hai ,,,, iam just fed up of life ..personal life turmoil side by side … please guys kya karun mai ,,,, i couldn’t decide ..what decision should i take ..please help me

    • Charm

      Why are you so confused?

      First things first, as you have cleared bpsc prelims, and you have been preparing for it give the exam with full confidence, do not think about anything else. ‘A bird in hand is worth two in a bush.’

      Then comes the question of upsc just go with your instinct, as far as i can understand you are preparing from past 3 years, koi bi din beaker ni jaata, its just your perceiving it from a negative prism… After you give your bpsc mains, you analyse yourself, you should be confident enough to give upsc prelims, remember its just a qualifying paper, you don’t have to top in it. 🙂 If you are really tensed, then leave it this year, because the only things which can stop you from clearing is fear, low self confidence and negativity.

      Forget about your unsuccessful mppsc attempt. It is past tense.

      Personal life is what you want from it. Be clear, stand with yourself, cause you are the person who you are going to live with throughout your life.

      I know, standing outside and giving suggestions is easy, but I just hope you focus on your positive sides, and do well. In the end we all have to fight our own battle.
      Smile. Contemplate. Decide.

      All the Best. 🙂

      • mausam

        thanxx dear ..ultimately i decided to go 4 upsc ,,, taken risk … jab apni hi rajya sarkar student against ho ..thn why to waste talent ,,,, though it was so rough

        • Charm

          I am glad you took a call 🙂
          All the best.. 🙂

  • kannan

    Thanks insights!!! Thanks insights team… Feeling motivated…😃😃😃

  • Naveen Shekhar

    Timely article,Sir..
    Hope we all make you proud on the D-day ..!

  • Harshit Ladva

    Bill Clinton , when he wrote his autobiography , he started it by paying a little homage to Alan Lakein. This guy , Alan Lakein , is known for one of the most powerful quotes of 21st century —

    Failing to plan is planning to fail.

    Guys , Please dont make the mistake of not following Insights Revision Plan. They are experts and know what they are doing. I made that mistake last year. Follow Insights plan to the T and we are good to go.

    Sharing some Unsolicited advice –

    Prelims consists of 7 subjects and many more topics. Don’t fall prey to any of the insecurities and focus on only 2-3 subjects.Beware of the tricks that your mind plays on you.

    Majority of my marks will come from – Geo , Freedom struggle , EnB , Polity , Current Events. Few others from Economics and SnT. Identify your strength and weaknesses from mock results. Focus on Strengths. Weakness can’t be weeded out within 1 month. Be pragmatic.

    Avoid subject wise mocks as their result will be misleading. Focus on full syllabus mocks. If you have excess time , solve upsc papers.

    Now everything is just revision. Read with a calm , composed and rested mind. Figuratively , things stick to your mind during revision. I have experienced this while revising NCERTs. Concepts are becoming more clear and can be easily interlinked now.

    UPSC asks in detail , background info. So prepare current affairs in detail . Don’t be afraid to google things you read in current affairs.

    If you have anything to share , that can be useful for exam and next 30 days , please do share.

    Remember , great success comes to those who do not yield.

  • chefu

    thank you so much team insights…i was waiting eagerly for your motivational post…thank you once again…its really very helpful 🙂

  • Arduous

    Thank u Insight….thank u very much…

  • Yaswanth Reddy

    very much needed at this moment

  • Sooraj Nalloore

    Thank you Insights for the timely action…I was feeling almost lost even though I have covered most parts of the syllabus.
    But after reading this I am feeling rejuvenated…………..


    for all those guys who have tried and failed in this exam before ,remember it took Sachin Tendulkar “SIX” attempts to get world cup ,so lets keep giving our best shot and never give up

  • ajeet

    thanks you insights ,it’s timely needed motivation..

  • Umesh Kumar

    Thanks for boosting my confidence..

  • Charanjot Singh

    That was a much needed push in these days…Thank you Insights

  • Kusuma N Swamy

    Nice post at right time 🙂

  • satyendra singh

    thanks big brother. really awesome . u always motivate aspirant even on the edge . this is the best part of urs. thank u so much .

  • Madhu(ILP3 – Madh901)

    lost 3 days due to this pressure and I am exhausted

    I am back now..
    Thanks a lot insights for sharing this…

  • ashish

    Thanks so much Sir!

  • saran

    Thank you Insights

  • Visham Vishesh

    Dear Insights, thank you so much for your motivation and also for providing awesome test series. I have been preparing for last 8 months. Im on the path of self preparation, Am following your schedule and it is helping. PLEASE PROVIDE A ROUGH SYRATEGY THAT HOW MANY more QUESTIONS TO ATTEMPT once we mark the “surely correct ones” to cross the threshold expected cut off. Im new, it would be a great help to shed some light to handle the question paper smartly to extract the best. Thank you

  • kabali

    I’m scoring pretty decent in Prelims test of Insight, always 110 plus (with negative marking). While in Vision test series I score between 95-105. Are Insights free mock too easy?

  • Tanu Singhal

    Hey Nandini..

    Yes had joined.. but since I m also pursuing LLB from du wasn’t able to actually go on with it.
    But then since June 1 I focused primarily on Insights , their teste and daily ques. Plus some parts of froum Ias nd Ias Baba..

    For mains I have joined the vision.. test series.. offline.

    And m sorry..I have no idea about this link or its schedule.

    But if u will be giving the paper next year.. just follow Insights regularly and religiously.. you will know what to do and what not.. that will help you to channelize your resources.. time. And schedule in a better way.

  • Lefty

    who is reading it after giving the prelims 😛

  • Ab8947

    Dear Insights, have subscribed for your test series but not getting any mails,,i guess there is some problem , please help me with the same. My id is [email protected]