Abhijeet Yadav, who finished 653rd in the 2017 civil service examination, succeeded after five long years of trying. For candidates who would appear for the UPSC civil servant exam during a pandemic, Yadav has summarized the five-year journey of his preparation and the things he learned from it.
In a Twitter thread, he shared his experience and explained how he had prepared for one of the toughest tests. Like many other aspirants, Abhijeet could not even make the UPSC CSE preliminary rounds clear in the first two attempts. With full determination he went on and made it on the third attempt to crack the prelims, but did not get through the net. On his fourth try, he reappeared for the main line but couldn’t get through.
Although this could have broken the mood of any aspirant, it was Yadav’s first lesson. He said the first lesson is to get used to failure, but at the same time learn to choose yourself. “Statistically, most people who show up for this exam will fail. But at the same time you will understand what hard work means. You will develop courage and perseverance. You will learn to get up after failure, “he wrote.
The second lesson was that physical as well as mental and emotional well-being is very important to long-term success. “Focus on staying healthy. Your physical health determines your mental and emotional wellbeing. These in turn determine your performance during your studies for UPSC or for any other project in general. Build your health for long-term success. “
In the third lesson, he talked about enjoying the process and not stressing yourself too much. “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Learn to enjoy the process and not focus too much on the result. This will make it easier for you to study and will not stress yourself too much if you fail. And if you’re selected, your head won’t explode like a balloon. Keep your feet on the ground, “he wrote
He also tweeted that skills built during UPSC CSE preparation will help aspirants whether or not they pass the exams. The preparation develops patience, courage, a fire to grow and a vision to change the world in a positive way.
I spent 5 years of my life on the UPSC trip. These were my results: • 6 attempts • 4 main lines • 2 interviews • 2 selections (653 in CSE 2017; R-list in CSE 2018)
= A thread about 10 lessons I learned =
– Abhijeet (@abhiwhy) April 2, 2021
“UPSC Prep is a mini-course in dealing with life itself. It teaches you about the role of chance in life’s endeavors, big dreams must be followed by big deeds.
Most people are all talking no action, don’t trust people blindly, “he wrote to the IIT Delhi graduate.
“You could be punched in the face (metaphorically) while watching someone else succeed without a scratch. Do not compare yourself to others, they are on their own journeys. The only comparison that matters is with your former self, “he said, adding,” It’s hard to live up to everyone’s expectations. Just live your own. “
As the UPSC CSE 2021 exam approaches, these tips are sure to keep aspirants motivated. While Abhijeet was about to enter the services, he learned a lot about life with the subsequent failure. He is currently building a platform called ‘Pensil’ to help independent educators teach online.
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