UPSC CSE preparation is very much like cricket, you don’t have to pull a sixer on every ball to win. Once in a while dot balls will fall. But that’s ok, that’s natural. Same goes for life. From time to time you are allowed to fail. Doesn’t matter what your past performance was, if you are determined enough, the game of life is still your’s to win. Every exam is designed to select a certain kind of people who are fit for the job. It is designed to indirectly test the qualities required.
Civil services exams like UPSC/JPSC/BPSC or even staff selections like JSSC which rely heavily on GS for its syllabus are no different. They are designed to select the suitable. Where you are today and where you have to be in order to clear the selection process are both fixed points. The first step of planning a exam preparation is knowing both. You must know where you stand today and where you have to be standing to clear the exam. Once that is known the rest is just a gradual process of evolution from here to there. That process is a golden, life changing and thorough enjoyfull. “Pleasures lies in travel rather than destination”.
But let me warn you against over-expectations. It’s not going to be magic at the snap of fingers, rather a process of slow, consistent and gradual development. Where you get better every next day than you were the day before. Put every next step ahead of last one and you are closer to the objective.
The process of preparation for civil services will show you every color of the emotion rainbow. The most important of them all is the down time that comes with tasting ‘Failure’. Nobody likes failure but that’s essential. Failure is how we grow, failure is what will help you evolve to required level. Nobody can learn how to ride a bicycle before falling a certain number of times. Don’t be afraid to fail. Accept it as a part of preparation. Infact, fail often, fail fast. That is the only way to learn fast, grow fast. Correct all the failures, learn from them and you won’t fail in same way ever again.
You can do it. You are meant to do it. Best Wishes and happy preparing for the UPSC CSE.