(Success Story) UPSC 2020 TOPPER, AIR-25 Vaibhav Rawat’s Strategy For Cracking UPSC Exams
Vaibhav Rawat of Rajasthan has secured the coveted all-India rank of 25 in the Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination 2020. Vaibhav has always been a smart student, having passed out from the Indian Institute of Technology BHU and having previously secured rank 7 in the All India Science Olympiad. Vaibhav has previously worked in the Research and Development wing of technology giant Samsung. This was his second attempt at UPSC CSE and he has chosen Indian Foreign Services as his preferred service. His aim has been to represent India on a global stage and he now hopes to do that to the best of his abilities.
Vaibhav’s UPSC Strategy
At the very beginning of his journey, Vaibhav had researched well and made some key observations. Using these he devised a strategy. He shares the observations with fellow aspirants hoping it would benefit them the way it helped him.
The Syllabus Will Make or Break Your Preparation
UPSC is unpredictable. However, it is fair. The UPSC Syllabus is your guide. At face value, it might seem endless and vague. But each word in that document is the most important thing you will read when it comes to preparing for this examination.
Each topic mentioned will tell you what you need to cover thoroughly from your texts as well as Daily Current Affairs. The topics not mentioned need to be avoided like a plague. If you start studying everything under the sun, you will never be able to complete the topics that UPSC usually sets its questions. Being mindful of what you are studying is the key to success and the UPSC syllabus is what will guide you.
Study for All Three Phases (Pre + Mains + Interview)
UPSC is too vast and each phase is far too interconnected for you to study specifically for each phase. When preparing a topic, ensure you cover it from prelims, mains, as well as from an interview point of view.
For UPSC Prelims, ensure you note down relevant facts and revise them over and over again. The prelims question paper aims to test your retention power as well as your capability to use those facts and come to simple conclusions.
For UPSC Mains, deep understanding is important. But what is even more important is to be able to express that understanding on the page and within the set time limit. To achieve it, practice answer writing regularly. Do not wait to complete the syllabus before you write answers. Start as soon as you have some grasp over the subject matter.
For the UPSC interview, practice having balanced opinions backed by facts and statistics and expressing them firmly and yet non-argumentatively.
Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
The only way to stay motivated through this arduous journey is to ensure you keep reminding yourself why you are doing this. Remind yourself of your dream every day and tell yourself you are getting one step closer to achieving it. Vaibhav wishes all aspirants all the luck.
Best wishes to you all.
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