Below, we are sharing the filtration of wisdom from many of the super-achievers in the IAS and IFoS Examinations. We hope that the freshers who are just starting the preparation, will find it helpful.

1. Whatever be the field, perseverance is important towards a focused goal. From dawn to dusk, your focus should be unwavering with a burning desire to achieve it, with no room for distraction.

2. A positive approach is crucial for success. Negativity can play spoilsport. Have belief in yourself and work hard with a plan and positive outlook. Success will be yours.

3. Hard work has no substitute. You have be relentless. This is the reason for the success of toppers. You must never give up and strive day and night for success.

4. One exam doesn’t determine life’s success or failure. Failures are often the stepping stones for success. You should make efforts to learn from mistakes so that timely, corrective measures can be taken.

5. Patience is imperative for success. Sometimes we often fail despite making a real effort. This is where patience is required. You should not get disheartened by failure, rather see it as taking a step closer to success.

6. Don’t resort to rote learning, understanding the concept is the key. Understanding concepts is crucial for effective answer writing. Knowing the Whys and Hows should be the goal, the rest will follow. Once you understand the concept, the interest in the subject will grow and you will be prepared for any kind of question.

7. Revision has great importance. Even if you have understood the concept, a lack of revision often plays spoilsport. There are two ways of revision. One is to keep revisiting facts and concepts. However, a better way is to answer questions of different kinds so that you get to use new concepts and facts.

8. Many students lay emphasis on selected topics. This is not advisable. In an exam, you never know which topic will account for questions. Therefore, focus should be on the entire syllabus.

9. Time management and regularity are essential. No day should go without practice. Without practice, all efforts can go down the drain. Famed musician Beethoven said that if he did not practice for a week, no musician would detect a glitch in his performance, but his guru would certainly detect where he missed the mark. He said that whether anyone else caught a weakness or not, he himself would know and feel the impact of not practicing for even a day.

10. For any exam, studying the questions asked in previous years is quite helpful as it gives you a feel of the pattern and requirements.