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Sometimes in life,we tend to self-sabotage or delay the successful accomplishment of a task. As a #UPSC student or even otherwise,one needs to be self-aware in order to avoid certain traps/traits.

Here are 10 ways that you may be sabotaging/delaying your success:

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UNDER-CONFIDENCE:
Being plagued by self-doubts, we may constantly wonder if we possess the abilities to succeed. This stops us from channelling all our energy & focus into our goals.

ANTIDOTE:
Have faith in yourself first. Trust yourself. Remember confidence is half-success!
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities!Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.”- Norman Vincent Peale
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Giving the #UPSC exam or doing anything tough or out of our comfort zone, transforms our personalities for the better. We become resilient & learn to face life fearlessly.

For this reason, here are the 10 ways the #UPSC CSE exam transforms one for the better:

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KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:

We gain immense knowledge about India & the world. From polity, economy, S&T to history, geography, security & IR.

“No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire.”
L. Frank Baum
THINK & ANALYSE :

We learn to analyse every issue from multiple dimensions & reach a BALANCED conclusion-incorporating the view points of all sides fairly.

“Reading furnishes the mind only with materials of knowledge; it’s thinking that makes what we read ours.” John Locke
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अबतक कहानियां तो बहुत मिली लेकिन ऐसी नहीं।
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ये किशोरी लाल जी हैं।दलित समाज से आते हैं। अपनी पत्नी, दो बेटी और एक बेटे के साथ दिल्ली के अशोक नगर में रहते हैं।किशोरी जी बचपन से क्रिकेट के शौक़ीन थे।अच्छे प्लेयर हुआ करते थे।अपना प्राइवेट क्लब भी शुरू किया था।
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पहले डिस्ट्रिक्ट बाद में स्टेट लेवल पर क्रिकेट खेला।लगातार 20 साल तक। भारत का शायद ही कोई ऐसा राज्य हो जहाँ इन्होने क्रिकेट टूर्नामेंट ना खेला हो।बहुत तगड़ी टीम थी इनकी। मॉडर्न स्कूल बाराखंभा रोड में कपिल देव और यशपाल शर्मा के अगेंस्ट में क्रिकेट खेला।
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लोग कहते थे-किशोरी क्रिकेट खेलना शानदार सिखाता है।किशोरी जी ने क्रिकेट की कोचिंग देनी शुरू कर दी।250 के करीब बच्चें आते थे।इनके द्वारा ट्रेन्ड किए हुए लड़के स्पोर्ट्स कोटे से कई सरकारी नौकरियों में गए।कुछ PTI टीचर बने। दिल्ली पुलिस में गए।वकील बने।कुछ की नौकरी DDA में हुई
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How do we increase our chances of succeeding at any task in life? What are the essential traits one needs to develop in order to clear the #UPSC exam or to accomplish any goal in life?

These are the five essential traits needed to succeed at any task in life - Thread 2:
1. LOVE what you’re doing :
Be passionate about your goal!

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”- Maya Angelou
2. BE OPTIMISTIC:
Look at the bright side of things & be positive. If you have got low marks in a test/failed to accomplish a task,think of how much you’ll get to learn from your mistakes & improve!

“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”Oscar Wilde
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We’re here with thread 3 on how to #AceTheMains in the #UPSC exam. #Upscprelims2022 was a screening test only & the marks obtained in it aren’t counted for determining the final order of merit.The real test is the Mains stage with 1750 marks. How to write a great answer?A thread
As per the 71st annual report released by #UPSC, 574980 aspirants appeared for CS(P) including IFoS(P),11474 candidates appeared in CS Mains 2019,2302 made it to the interview & finally 922 were recommended. To be one among the 2000+ candidates, your answers must stand out. How?
1. USE TIMELINES:
Whenever you’re showing a chronology of events (Eg.: independence movements or the evolution of art in GS1 or how a doctrine evolved in GS2 or how technology progressed,etc.) draw a simple timeline- showing the progression of years & associated events. Simple?
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Have you ever felt unappreciated in life?Do you feel that your good work goes unrecognised?As a #UPSC aspirant,do you sometimes feel that no matter how much sincere efforts you put in(every year), a rank is the only determinant for being appreciated? How to handle this? A thread:
Quite often in life,we may feel under-appreciated,unvalued or feel that our efforts aren’t recognised in relationships,tasks that we undertake or at work. This leads to lower productivity, lower morale, decreased motivation & a sense of unhappiness. What is the antidote to this?
1.COMMUNICATE!Don’t assume. Talk about how you feel to the concerned people,seek their feedback. You’ll be surprised at how often they don’t realise that you may be feeling this way. Effective communication is the key to sorting out most issues.Speak up & listen to their POV too.
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Do you ever feel under-confident in life? That you may not be ‘good enough’ to achieve a goal that you had dreamt of? As a #UPSC aspirant,do you get overwhelmed about the huge competition? With each passing attempt,is your confidence getting eroded? How to be confident? A thread:
Cambridge dictionary defines confidence as “the quality of being certain of your abilities,having trust in people,plans & the future.”We would love for certainty regarding our future,right?That we’ll clear the exam & things will go exactly as planned.But does that happen often?No
Are you uncertain about your abilities? Do you constantly doubt yourself? When you see others do well at something that you’re struggling with, do you lose confidence? The antidote? Stop comparing yourself to others. You are unique. We all have different starting points in life.
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What is the most important trait to succeed at any task in life? Is it hard-work,talent or luck? You can increase your chances of cracking the #UPSC exam or any task by learning & unlearning things constantly. Here’s a list of few traits that will help one succeed faster.A thread
1. CLARITY : Be clear about your goal. Know ‘WHY’ you want to pursue something. Introspect your reasons & intent for undertaking a task. Do it because YOU want to. Work with an end goal in mind. Be clear, the rest will follow.

“Clarity affords focus."-Thomas Leonard.
2. PLAN:Make a plan with practical targets & stick to it.Break down each task into smaller micro-targets.This ensures that you don’t get overwhelmed by the big task ahead of you.
“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”Warren Buffett
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We’re here with thread 2 on how to #AceTheMains in the #UPSC exam. #Upscprelims2022 was a means to filter out aspirants,the marks aren’t counted once one qualifies.The real game which determines your rank is the Mains stage with 1750 marks. How to write a great answer? A thread:
1. Read the question. Sounds basic? You’ll be surprised at how many misread the question,fail to read all parts of it or just don’t understand what is asked. Read it twice & keep circling back to it while writing your answer. Be relevant & answer what is asked. Not many do that.
2. Your best guide, again? The #UPSC syllabus copy! Write down a simple 3 line definition of every topic & add them to your notes. This will greatly help in giving an introduction quickly in any answer, rather than wasting time thinking during the exam. Time is scarce & precious.
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Meme analysis of Fundamental Rights (polity)

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#UPSC2022 #upsc
ARTICLE 13 : LAWS INCONSISTENT WITH OR IN DEROGATION OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

Article 13 to other laws ,regulations etc inconsistent with FR: Image
ARTICLE 14 : EQUALITY BEFORE LAW

Suppressed people enjoying article 14: Image
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We may encounter several trials & tribulations as we traverse through life. As a #UPSC aspirant, one may face several such situations: financial hardships,we may be besieged by self-doubts, face judgements if success is delayed, etc. How must we face hardships in life? A thread:
“In the middle of difficulty,lies opportunity.”-Einstein

Develop an attitude of fearlessness.Treat every setback as an opportunity to learn & grow. If you have failed to clear the #UPSC exam or missed accomplishing any other goal, don’t get disheartened. Instead, learn from it!
Troubles are like tests: life may throw puzzling questions & situations at you in order to stress you out,but you must face them boldly & conquer them. By doing this, you will pass the test & get promoted to a better & bigger version of yourself. Face every test in life bravely.
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Now that #UPSCPrelims2022 is done & dusted,it’s time to head back into the preparation mode with renewed vigour after a well-deserved break.Irrespective of the cut-offs, if you’re giving this or the next #UPSC attempt,it’s time to prepare for Mains. How to ace the mains?Thread 1:
1. Read the #UPSC notification. Didn’t expect that, did you? They clearly mention the demand of the exam. “The main exam is intended to assess the overall intellectual traits and depth of understanding of candidates rather than merely the range of their information and memory.”
2. Approach to Study? “The questions are likely to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, and ability to analyse.” Focus on understanding an issue in all its facets, the context behind it, & know how to interlink & analyse it from multiple dimensions.
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Have you got into the habit of delaying your happiness?As a #UPSC aspirant or even otherwise in life,we tend to believe that only when we accomplish a task,we’re entitled to feel happy.“If I clear #UPSCPrelims2022 or get X job,only then I can be happy.”Why do we delay it?A thread
Is happiness dependent on external factors?When we make our happiness contingent on getting that job,rank,salary or relationship-we are ensuring that we will never be in a state of happiness permanently.Why? Coz we will always want more-the next promotion,a bigger car,more money.
Don’t allow yourself to be dictated by the ‘ifs’, ‘whens’ or ‘buts’ in life or wait for an outcome in the future to be happy.Aspirants pin all their hopes on the #upscresult every year,delaying their happiness constantly.While we wait for an outcome,life continues to pass us by.
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Sometimes in life, we feel afraid that we’re falling behind. Especially for #UPSC aspirants who have been in the cycle for quite a long time-the stress of being unemployed, the uncertainty associated with the exam & being economically dependent on others can be painful. A thread:
Watching our peers,who may have chosen other career paths progress professionally, enjoy a social life, etc. can make us feel like we’re falling behind in life. What is the antidote to feeling this way? We must stop comparing ourselves with others. We are all different & unique.
We all make different choices in life & traverse different paths. Life is neither a race nor a competition. We are the architects of our future-designing & building our own unique masterpieces. There is no one best way to live life,there are no right or wrong choices in a career.
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Yesterday,we read the heartbreaking news about the aspirant who decided to end his life coz he couldn’t clear #UPSC. For those of you facing multiple failures in the exam or in any other sphere in life,please remember an exam doesn’t define your identity or self-worth.A thread
An exam is just a task we undertake in order to progress to the next grade or to get a job. It is not bigger than you or your life. It never will be. Do not base your self-worth on clearing #UPSC. Failing to clear it does not make one ‘useless’. It is just one avenue of service.
Repeated failures at anything can indeed be painful. But carry an attitude of detachment,do not let an outcome shatter you. If you do not accomplish one task, remember that there are thousands more that you have already accomplished & will accomplish in future. Focus on the good.
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Today lakhs of aspirants will be writing the #UPSCPrelims2022. For many, it will be their first attempt,but for many others it will be their Nth attempt. No matter which attempt-most will be engulfed by similar feelings of fear & nervousness. Why? Due to the uncertainty.A thread:
Why does uncertainty unsettle us?We are the happiest when we get an outcome we expect with everything in life.We want the assurance that we will achieve any task that we undertake,else we may feel that there’s no incentive to invest in it. But uncertainty in outcomes is certain.
Trying & failing at something doesn’t mean that one has wasted time(#UPSC aspirants who have been in this cycle for a long time may have heard it several times that they’ve wasted their ‘prime time’). Instead,we must view an experience through the prism of learning,not outcomes.
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Quite often in life we unwittingly surround ourselves with people who bring us down in myriad ways-through words,thoughts & actions. A #Upsc aspirant(especially one who hasn’t tasted success yet)-faces barbs about their unemployed status & failures. How to #ShutTheNoise? A thread
Virginia Woolf had said-“The eyes of others our prisons; their thoughts our cages.” Don’t be shackled & held back in life by the prisons & cages they create for you & especially by the ones that you create for yourself in your mind-through your self-doubts & negative thoughts.
If it’s constructive criticism, embrace it, else reject it outright. Whenever you encounter somebody doubting your abilities or mocking your failures, you must filter them out from your life & thoughts. Walk away- both mentally & physically. Recognise your self-worth & value.
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How to bounce back after a failed UPSC Attempt?

Two days ago, when #IAS results were declared many dreams were shattered, and a few ‘lives' were made.

Life isn’t a zero-sum game.

Here's some practical advice your #UPSC coaching centers will never give you.

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1. Do NOT drop another year: Out of 1 million who appear for UPSC only around 80 become IAS officers. For no fault of yours, UPSC is a game of luck - after a point of time. (1)
2. Create a Plan B: It is a travesty that many Indians are wasting the most productive years of their lives by appearing/reappearing for such exams mindlessly (without any backup plan). A backup plan will keep you sane and will help you pivot into other impactful roles. (2)
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(1/5)शादी के बाद बरसों तक घरेलू हिंसा का शिकार हुईं शिवांगी गोयल उन औरतों के लिए मिसाल हैं, जिन्हें लगता है कि अब कुछ नहीं हो सकता। शिवांगी की सात साल की बेटी है। ससुराल में काफ़ी समय तक हिंसा झेलने के बाद, शिवांगी ने अपने माता-पिता के पास लौटने का फ़ैसला किया।
(2/5)शिवांगी ने तलाक़ के लिए अदालत में अर्ज़ी दी। इतना सब कुछ होने के बाद भी उन्होंने हिम्मत नहीं हारी। शिवांगी का बचपन का सपना था UPSC एग्ज़ाम पास करके प्रशासनिक सेवा में जाने का। वापस आने के बाद, शिवांगी ने अधूरे सपने को पूरा करने के लिए दिन-रात एक कर दिया।
(3/5)कड़ी मेहनत और शिवांगी की ज़िद का नतीजा है कि शिवांगी इस बार UPSC क्लियर करने में ना सिर्फ़ कामयाब रहीं, बल्कि ऑल इंडिया 177 रैंक भी ले आईं।
शिवांगी का कहना है कि वह उन महिलाओं को संदेश देना चाहती हैं, जो शादी के बाद घरेलू हिंसा झेलती हैं और सोचती हैं कि यही उनकी नियति है।
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Learnings from #UPSC 2021 Prelims answer key (thread!)
1. In S & T questions, contrary to popular belief that all of the above are correct, many questions were having different answers. So, rather than selecting all of the above blindly, use basic logical reasoning to arrive at a correct answer (if you don't know the exact answer!)
2. Economy - Questions were purely concept based.. Be thorough with the basic concepts in economy.
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What does life look like if you don’t clear UPSC?

5 years ago, I missed the #UPSC final list by 8 marks. My score in optional was among the highest in India, and my interview score of 204 was the second-highest.

A few years down the line, I’m in Istanbul..

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- discussing with one of India’s entry-level diplomats, whether it makes sense for him to leave the services and do an #MBA.

1. India has changed: We aren’t a 20th-century socialist economy anymore. (1)
With the advent of liberalization - state control of power has shifted from generalist civil services to specialized well trained professionals.

The current Joint Secretary of Civil Aviation is an #MBA from IIM A and was a partner at KPMG. (2)
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(1/5)यूपीएससी में हिंदी मीडियम के अभ्यर्थियों में टॉप करने वाले रवि कुमार सिहाग ने 18वीं रैंक लाकर साबित किया है कि हिंदी का परचम भी नतीजों में बुलंद रहा है।
यूपीएससी में 17वीं रैंक तक टॉपर्स अंग्रेजी माध्यम के अभ्यर्थी हैं। Image
(2/5)जबकि हिंदी माध्यम से टॉप करने वाले 18वें नंबर पर रवि कुमार सिहाग हैं। रवि कुमार सिहाग की ऑल इंडिया रैंक तो 18 है, लेकिन हिंदी माध्यम में इनकी रैंक टॉप की है। रवि ने यह परीक्षा कुल चार बार दी है और चार प्रयासों में से तीन बार सफल रहे हैं।
(3/5)राजस्थान के रवि उनके परिवार और गांव से पहले आईएएस बनेंगे। हिंदी मीडियम से ही ग्रेजुएशन कर चुके रवि ने कभी भाषा को किसी तरह की दिक्कत नहीं माना। कॉलेज की पढ़ाई के बाद, रवि ने साल 2016 में एक साल तक यूपीएससी की तैयारी की और चार बार परीक्षा दी।
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(1/12)इस साल के यूपीएससी नतीजे देश के सामने हैं। टॉप 3 में देश की तीन बेटियों का नाम गूँज रहा है। श्रुति शर्मा को इस परीक्षा में पहला स्थान, अंकिता अग्रवाल को दूसरा और गामिनी सिंगला को तीसरा स्थान हासिल हुआ है। इन तीनों की कामयाबी सिर्फ़ इनकी कामयाबी नहीं है,
(2/12)बल्कि मुश्किलों के आगे हिम्मत ना हारने वाले हर इंसान की कामयाबी का सबक़ इनकी कहानियों में छुपा हुआ है। इस परीक्षा को टॉप करने वाली दिल्ली की श्रुति शर्मा को दूसरी कोशिश में कामयाबी मिली, लेकिन हम सबके लिए असली कहानी उनकी पहली कोशिश में है।
(3/12)श्रुति ने पिछले साल भी यह परीक्षा दी थी, तब ना कहीं ढोल नगाड़े थे और ना बधाई देने वालों का जमावड़ा। क्योंकि श्रुति पिछले साल की कोशिश में महज़ एक नंबर की कमी से यूपीएससी के इंटरव्यू में नहीं जा पाई थीं। असल में श्रुति यह एग्ज़ाम इंग्लिश में देना चाहती थीं,
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