Certain resolutions can boost your productivity and change your life! This is particularly true for UPSC CSE aspirants.
Here are 10 Resolutions for IAS/IPS Aspirants which can work wonders in the new year!
10 Resolutions for IAS/IPS Aspirants
Resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something.
As future civil servants, IAS/IPS aspirants are expected to have strong willpower to take bold decisions and stay focused on them.
This year, we discuss 10 resolution ideas for you to become more productive.
1. Invest more on 3Ts – Textbooks, Test Series, and Techniques
The core concept of the ClearIAS TTT Approach is to invest in 3 ‘T’s – Text-books, Test Series, and Techniques.
Don’t be reluctant to invest your time, money and energy in the 3Ts. These three ‘Ts’ are the tools for you to succeed in UPSC Civil Services Exam.
If you are not investing enough in these resources now, you will have to spend more time, money, and energy in the subsequent years.
Earlier you realise this, the better.
If you need a single source from which all the ‘3Ts’ can be accessed, download and install the ClearIAS Learning App. This will save a lot of time and effort of yours.
2. Be more organised
In the online age of IAS preparation, the most difficult thing is to be organised. You get thousands of forwards from Whatsapp, Telegram, Facebook, and so on. But once materials accumulate, it turns counter-productive.
Organise your online materials neatly in different folders for easy navigation. Keep your books and surroundings neat. Make a proper ‘To-Do list’. And most importantly, follow a timetable.
3. Give priority to topics mentioned in the UPSC CSE syllabus
Take a strong resolution that you will stick to the UPSC CSE syllabus. Going behind everything under the Sun will exhaust you very soon.
Stop downloading everything you see on the internet. Take a printout of the UPSC syllabus – Prelims, Mains and Interview, and paste it on your walls.
4. Stop procrastinating
The biggest barrier that keeps most people from reaching their goals is the desire to relax and do something fun instead of working hard. Learn to prioritize. Be punctual. That will create wonders.
5. Utilize your free time more effectively
If you get free time while waiting for a bus or travel by train, you can read ClearIAS notes from your mobile. Or you can take ClearIAS Online Mock Exams. You can learn a new topic by solving 1 MCQ. Every bit of knowledge matters!
6. Start practising mock exams daily
Photostat copies of mock exams won’t help like timed mock exams. So don’t rely on them much.
Take at least two ClearIAS online mock tests every week, simulating exam conditions. Revise already taken exams and previous year questions for at least 1 hour daily.
If you haven’t enrolled for ClearIAS Online Prelims Test Series, enrol now!
7. Read more books
If you haven’t finished NCERTs yet, finish them at the earliest. NCERT books, NIOS books, IGNOU books etc are very easy to study and has authentic information. At least finish NCERTs by next month.
Then invest more in standard text-books. As it is clear from recent trends, you need extensive reading to score well in UPSC Prelims and Mains. Get books which will save you time. You can buy books from this list of recommended UPSC books.
8. Develop Exam Skills
Exam skills are crucial for success in Prelims, Mains, and Interview. Knowledge alone is not sufficient.
For Prelims, learn at least 20 ClearIAS Intelligent Elimination Techniques.
For Mains, learn how to write a great answer. Good writing skills are necessary for UPSC CSE Mains. Make it a habit to write model answers of previous year UPSC questions, and get evaluated by peers or experts. Writing improves your clarity of thinking.
For Interview, improve communication skills. Practice speaking quality English. Read newspapers and listen to the news – AIR, and RajyaSabha TV. Develop a good vocabulary. This helps a lot.
9. Stop the habit of checking your mobile phones frequently
Mobile phones are the biggest distraction for UPSC aspirants. Stop checking for WhatsApp or Facebook messages every minute. Keep your mobile phone away while studying from books. Snooze all unnecessary notifications/alerts except those from UPSC Apps. This would improve your productivity significantly.
Take a resolution that you will spend time on social media only for a maximum of 30 minutes per day in the new year.
Use mobile phones mainly for learning purposes (Eg: ClearIAS Learning App).
Usually, aspirants read and lot but revise little. But the key to a powerful memory is revision.
Revise whatever you study in a day before you go to bed. Also revise the same, the next day before you start. Also, make sure you revise on weekends and month-ends. This will work magic, and you become an expert in whatever you studied.
Wish you all the best!
The future is your story to write. Make next year the best one.
We wish you a blessed and healthy new year!