[Quote Book 2010] For Civil Service Aspirants- Time Management, Study tips, Failure and more

[Quote Book 2010] For Civil Service Aspirants- Time Management, Study tips, Failure and more

  1. How to prepare for this Exam? How to Study
  2. Strong Determination
  3. Time management,
  4. Excuses, Excuses
  5. Jealousy & Hatred
  6. Failure in Prelims / Mains / Interview
  7. For History people
  8. While writing Essay remember

[Quote Book 2010] For Civil Service Aspirants- Time Management, Study tips, Failure and more


How to prepare for this Exam? How to Study


It’s a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get.
Arnold Palmer

that means more revision and test-papers you do, you’ve more chances of cracking prelims.

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I’d spend six sharpening my ax.
Abraham Lincoln

that means more test papers & revision before prelims!

Do what you can with what you have where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

its not necessary to go to Delhi for coaching and It is ABSOLUTELY unncessary have Vajiram’s Notes – original or xerox :D.

Do not confuse motion and progress. A rocking horse keeps moving but
does not make any progress.

Alfred A. Montapert

means try to understand what you’re reading instead of just flipping the pages or cramming it down. because

Knowledge becomes wisdom only after it has been put to practical use.

you can never solve Mental ability questions in prelims by cramming down probability formulas.
you’ve to actually practice some sums.

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

In the beginning you might feel like You’ll never remember a thing in History or learn any economy or locate any geographical place, and will think about skipping the topics but only after rounds of revisions You gain strength, courage, and confidence.


Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.
Michael Jordan

that means if you can’t understand what is capital account convertability or Centre-state tax list then atleast try to know a few basic things about it rather than completly skipping the topic.


Do not wait for extrordinary circumstances to do good;
try to use ordinary situations.
Jean Paul Richter

this is for those who think they’ll finish all revision /syllabus right before one week of exam, when they’re under full stress & ‘mood.’

Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one it makes you that much stronger. If you do the little jobs well, the big ones will tend to take care of themselves.
Dale Carnegie

that means try to clear the basic concepts first.
you can’t ‘explain the impact of Revenue administration in British India on present inter-state disparity & migration’ unless you understand the basic things about Ryotwari/Mahalwari/Jamindaari subsystems of
Revenue administration in British times.

Strong Determination

Once I was attending a Seminar of K.Siddhartha (the Ensable coaching sir of Geography ),
so, he asked the audience What’s the most important thing for success in Civil service Exam?
I had stood up and answered that “it is Strong determination”, some other guy stood up & said its ‘Positive thinking’ & many other gave different answers ..but then he said everyone is wrong!
His gave the answer ‘Attitude’ or something but I still believe its Strong determination. ? so,

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there.
Josh Billings

today you think you should give GRE and goto America, tomorrow you think you should give IELTS and go to UK / Australia and on third day you decide to give UPSC, fourth day thinking about CAT and so on — won’t take you anywhere- Decide now what you want to be in your life, and stick to the plan.
(its good to have backup plans but the backup plans shouldn’t be allowed to suck you into becoming lazy and careless regarding your primary objective.)

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