The success in this UPSC civil services exam depends on many factors. These factors can be categorized as related to Skills, Abilities, Emotions and Attitude. Firstly you must upgrade your skills with respect to solving MCQs, writing answers, writing essays, presentation of answers in General Studies and Optional papers, retention of vast amounts of information in a structured way and communication skills(to do well in Personality Test).
Secondly, you must constantly improve your abilities such as working hard under pressure, enduring the long process without draining your energy, staying disciplined and updated on a regular basis, self-control with respect to avoiding going for multiple strategies or sources, sticking to a plan, and ability to talk about any issue with precision and relevance etc.
Thirdly, you should have control over your emotions. You should cultivate the quality of equanimity. Getting frustrated, scared, anxious or angry because something is not going in your favour doesn’t work. Also small successes your experience in this journey should not get into your head. Neither the past successes. You should develop an attitude of detachment with the outcomes. Only through equanimity you can bring true focus on the process and on your goal.
Collectively, skills, abilities and emotions play a critical role in shaping one’s attitude. Your attitude for this exam decides the outcome. Your attitude should be an ambitious one guided by a clear strategy and rooted in humility. Confidence must be a constant companion. As you know confidence is proportional to incremental improvements in the qualities mentioned in the above three paragraphs. The right attitude can be developed and sustained in order to succeed in the civil services exam and also in life.
Unfortunately very few can improve in all the above aspects on their own. You need a strategy or a long term plan to improve your skills and abilities. You will need a mentor or a guide to help you deal with emotions. With sincere efforts you can transform yourself into a better person so that you will not only score good marks in Prelims and Mains stages, but also score well in the interview stage.
In order to improve, you must start with ambitious yet achievable targets.The Mission-2020 plan that we are giving you will give such targets and help you to stay focused on your goal as well as on your attitude.
The InsightsIAS Mission-2022 Plan have three ambitious Targets for you:
- Prelims Mission 110
- Mains Mission 900+
- Interview Mission 200+
These Targets under the Mission-2022 connote the Marks that you must strive to score in each stage of UPSC civil services exam-2022. If you are able to achieve these Marks in each stage, you will 100 percent get your desired service within one attempt.
But the road ahead to achieve these targets is not going to be easy. This requires immense dedication, discipline, determination, hard work, perseverance and faith. This we will try to ensure from our side by not only giving you a plan but also by engaging you through regular interactions and motivational posts.
This Plan integrates all the three stages of the exam to ensure your overall development of attitude. Inclusion of Interview related aspects is the novel feature that you will find in this Plan.
Prelims Mission 110
Irrespective of the background you come from, you should start your journey with a target that you must achieve to win this race. You must score 110+ in Paper-1 of UPSC civil services Prelims exam. And 90+ in CSAT paper (though the qualifying Marks in 67+). This is to ensure that you don’t waste even a day after Prelims to start preparing for Mains. Most candidates score marks very near to the cutoff (above or below) and waste time fearing the outcome of the Prelims exam.
To achieve 110+ in Paper-1 and 90+ in Paper-2, you must do the following:
- Strong foundation of basic knowledge guided by the syllabus
This will be achieved by completing Mission- 2022 Daily Targets. Every day you will be given a fixed syllabus to complete. On that syllabus we will be posting both MCQs and Mains questions (as part of Secure-2022). You must read the related texts, especially NCERT books and then give these daily quizzes. At the same time you should analyse and revise these quizzes on a daily basis to ensure maximum retention.
Those who have a strong foundation of static parts – conceptual clarity, retention of key facts & examples, ability to relate static with current issues will be able to score good marks in Paper-1 of Prelims exam.
- Solve questions on a daily and weekly basis
Coupled with the above, you must enrol to a test series and ensure that weekly revision of daily targets is done and a test is given. If not a test series, you can buy question banks and solve questions on related topics. Practicing tests from the very beginning will give you the opportunity to make many mistakes and learn from them. Never keep tests pending till the end. That’s suicidal.
Solving MCQs on a regular basis helps you get better at intelligent guessing and elimination skills. Our Daily initiative of Static Quiz must be solved every day as part of this plan. The questions under Static Quiz will be based on the topics given in the Timetable we are giving you.
- Current Affairs from One Source and through MCQs and Secure
On our website we post so much current affairs. If you can read our Daily CA and solve Daily CA Quizzes, you don’t have to go for another source. Every aspect of CA is covered through all our initiatives. From Mains perspective we have Secure and Editorials too. Add to this the New Initiative of Qued (Questions from Editorial) MCQs. It’s only out of insecurity that most aspirants go for multiple sources and end up revising none.
The smartest thing you should do is to simplify the exam preparation by sticking to one source and revise it multiple times. Helps build strong pictorial memory of facts and concepts thereby helping you in quick recollection of answers in the exam hall.
- Daily, Weekly and Monthly revision
Without revising what you are studying you can not clear this exam. You may enrich yourself with new knowledge on a daily basis, but without consolidating the knowledge you have gained, retention becomes difficult. Therefore, the Mission-2022 will include Daily and weekly and monthly revision routine embedded in the plan. All you need to do is to impose your faith in the plan and try to be as punctual as possible. You can not always follow it. If there is a gap of a few days, don’t worry. Start again. But never give up.
Mains Mission 900
If you want a Rank in Top 75, you must score 900+ in Mains. We can broadly divide Marks of each paper as:
|General Studies Paper-1||120|
|General Studies Paper-2||120|
|General Studies Paper-3||120|
|General Studies Paper-4||120|
|Optional Papers 1 & 2||280|
To achieve such numbers in all papers, what is required is consistent writing practice from Day-1 and Week-1.
The knowledge you gain through studying textbooks and websites must be tested regularly. Learning to apply your knowledge in all the Prelims and Mains papers simultaneously will prepare you to any uncertainty that might come in your way.
As part of Mission-2022, the Secure Initiative will have static questions that will be based on the topics given under the timetable. Weekly essays will be based on the weekly topics too.
Every day we are going to ask you to write 1-2 Optional answers and 1-2 Secure answers. The number of answers which you should write will gradually increase every 15-30 days. For example, after 2 months you will be asked to write 3-4 Secure answers and 3-4 Optional answers.
In addition, Every Saturday you will get a Mini Ethics Test for GS-4 practice. And also weekly revision tests of GS+CA syllabus. On Saturdays you can revise all the weekly targets which you have met and in addition read the Ethics portion too. Combined, this will take care of overall Mains preparation from Day-1.
To ensure that you are not alone in this, we will engage with you with Weekly Discussion Threads to resolve all your doubts. And there will be regular motivational posts to keep you on track.
If you find things hectic, don’t stop following this Plan, Instead tweak it to make it suitable for your routine. For example, write only 1 answer instead of 2. Or solve less MCQs. But ensure that there is continuity and gradual increase in what you are accomplishing on a day to day basis.
This is an ambitious plan that requires 10-12 hours of dedicated preparation every day. Remember the Targets. Getting 110+ in Prelims or 900+ in Mains is not easy in one attempt. This requires hard work. There is no shortcut. All you need to do is invest your time and faith in this plan.
Mission Interview 200+
One thing that is prominently missing in UPSC civil services exam preparation among most candidates is the importance given to for personality development. Especially with a clear aim of scoring good marks in Personality Test(Interview). It’s difficult to score 200+ in the interview stage if you are not focusing on it from Day-1.
One important aspect that helps candidates to score good Marks in Interview is to prepare a strong Detailed Application Form(DAF) – to help the interview panel to ask you questions from diverse areas.
In addition to your Place, Optional subject, academic background you must have more in your DAF to get thoughtful questions to engage the panel intellectually. This can happen only by having meaningful hobbies or interests upon which you have a strong grasp. Pursuing these hobbies at least 1-2 years before you give an interview will give required depth to answer tricky questions in a real interview.
Of course, in addition you must possess qualities of humility, confidence, respectfulness, intellectual integrity, assertiveness, conviction, clear logical exposition, presence of mind, good comprehension skills, great listening power etc. Most of these qualities are already part of your personality. By pursuing hobbies and interests regularly, and by following a plan like Mission-2022, most of these qualities can be further strengthened.
You can start pursuing hobbies like:
- Writing or blogging on socio-economic-sultural issues (not political)
- Writing on specific themes like Disruptive Technologies, climate Change, Pollution, Economic policies, Development, Women empowerment, Weaker sections, Disasters, Security issues etc
- Watching documentaries on diverse topics of current importance
- Teach related hobbies like Ethical hacking, Coding, Start-ups, etc
- Social entrepreneurship, social service, NGO activities (weekly basis)
- Travelling, Trekking, visiting temples and monuments etc
- Meditation, Yoga etc
- Numismatics, Philately etc
There are many more activities you can do. But the first 4-5 hobbies mentioned above help you most. You should pursue these in addition to Yoga, Exercise, Meditation, Cycling, Gyming etc.
For this we have included 30 mins to 1 hour every day for you to pursue any hobby of your liking. Our request is that you should definitely follow this routine if you are serious about cracking this exam.
Pursuing hobbies helps you not only relax and destress, but also help develop a great personality. Helps your mental and physical health. All you need is discipline and self-motivation to pursue them regularly. In the Mission-2022 Timetable we will tell you when to stop pursuing them and when to resume.
The InsightsIAS Mission – 2022 intends to give you a clear direction for next one year as to what to do.
We very well know that it’s not easy to follow this plan. This requires extraordinary efforts from your side. This extraordinary effort is what will finally help you transform your personality to be able to crack this exam – not with a mediocre rank – but with a Top 75 Rank.
This starts on the 16th of August. You have 15 Days to prepare your mind for the tough journey you are going to start. If you are serious about getting into IAS or IPS or IFS, you have no shortcuts. What you have in front of is InsightsIAS Mission-2022.
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