The government has imposed strict lockdowns in different parts of the country. There have been widespread rumors about the latest scheduled dates of UPSC Prelims. However, under the current circumstances, it has been difficult for the government to devise a date. We understand how difficult it is preparing for UPSC prelims in lockdown.
The lockdown has dented the hopes of the UPSC aspirants. With offline classes coming to a halt, no previous years’ question papers are available in the market. Moreover, the coaching centers have also been shut down owing to the strict guidelines of the Covid safety protocol. Thus the UPSC Prelims has become a far-fetched dream for many. But being a positive individual, you should have the willingness to look at the brighter side of things. With the lockdown imposed, you have got more time to prepare for the examinations. You can strategize a timetable that will facilitate you. Following are how you can keep yourself motivated during this lockdown-
Redo the Entire Syllabus
Owing to the lockdown, you are sitting at home constantly. With uncertainty surrounding the UPSC Prelims, you have the time to re-do the entire UPSC syllabus from the beginning. You should look to identify the areas that you consider the toughest. Analyzing your weakness by constantly investing time in the process would help you evaluate your faults as well. There are some topics in the UPSC Prelims which do require consistent revision. These include the Indian Economy, Indian Budget factor, and Current Affairs. Therefore revising these topics during the lockdown will help you form an idea about the requirements of cracking the category of questions that come from the aforementioned topics.
Practice for the D-Day
With the strict lockdown imposed, the question of offline study does not arise. Since you are unable to visit the coaching centers, you will not get access to the offline time-series study materials which contained the questions that have come in UPSC Prelims in the past. Therefore you should maintain a strategy that will help you shift from offline to online form of education. Enroll yourself in various online courses for UPSC Prelims preparation. Appearing for the online mock tests of UPSC would help you focus more and thereby will strengthen your preparation for the examination. Moreover, if you appear for online mock tests, you will get an idea about the questions that generally come in the UPSC Prelims examination.
Join Relevant Social Media Groups
Under previous strategies staying active on social media was not considered an ideal activity for a UPSC aspirant. It deviated his concentration level as he would be indulged in social media applications for long hours. But owing to the lockdown situation, when the internet and WhatsApp is the only avenue to gather information social media has assumed tremendous significance. Thus try and join UPSC candidate groups on WhatsApp and Telegram. These groups provide resource materials regarding Important questions from previous years and sample answers. They also provide you with free resource materials like notes, exam structure, and marks distribution patterns comprising a list of important questions for UPSC Prelims.
Devise Suitable Work Plans
It may sound redundant to many but maintaining a suitable schedule goes a long way in guaranteeing success during difficult times. It is not a standing instruction to follow the work guidelines on a traditional basis. At times when the situations are extraordinary, like in the case of the lockdown you can alter your strategies according to your requirement. The maxim of “Early to Bed and Early to rising” does not work under all circumstances and for everyone. Just remember that studying is all about creating a comfort zone for yourself. Therefore be flexible with your study routine. Do not overburden yourself with unnecessary expectations. There will be times when you feel you need to dial out from your studies. There will be instances when you would suffer from a mental blockage. Do not be harsh on yourself under such circumstances. Remember that it is a natural part of life to fail and try again. Therefore consider this lockdown situation as a boon for your UPSC Prelims preparation. Stay focused and put in more concentrated effort to extract the best results.
Turn your Loneliness into Solitude
Get creative, watch good movies, read novels, pen down your thoughts, meditate, exercise, and get to know yourself to the fullest. Probably you’d find at the end of the present crisis, a much better version of yourself.
Stay Safe and Healthy
Last and most important, include meditation and some sort of at-home physical exercise in your routine to fight anxiety during this crisis. Mental peace is an extremely important part of your preparation. Maintaining it amidst the chaos all around is very significant as that will give you the necessary balance in life. Therefore utilize the time of this lockdown to sharpen your skills. Implement your knowledge and hold yourself in a better position to generate good results in the UPSC Prelims. Keep yourself strong, both physically and mentally, to ensure you can cope with the stress and still deliver your best.
The country is gasping under the stress of the Pandemic with the medical infrastructure collapsing like ninepins and the health and sanitation frontline workers trying their best to avoid the crisis. Therefore amidst all this, try and keep your focus on UPSC Prelims and thereby concentrate all your efforts towards achieving success in the aforesaid examination. This lockdown is going to sustain for an indefinite period as the damage caused by the Pandemic is required to be restrained. Therefore you are getting enough time to revise your UPSC Prelims in lockdown. Keep your focus on studies and you are sure to emerge triumphantly.
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