Multiple attempts and revisions can be a daunting task during which an aspirant might lose interest and choose a different career pathway. Losing so many crucial years of life to UPSC exam preparation poses a lot of future challenges in a candidate’s life. The struggle does not lie only while preparing for it but also after that if the candidate fails to achieve fruitful results.
Addressing the above pain-points, a Chandigarh-based startup DeepLearn Solutions, founded by Simranjit Singh, Arshdeep Bahga, and Amit Sareen launched their first product SprintUPSC, in 2020. The SprintUPSC app was not only an instant hit among the IAS / UPSC and State Civil Services Preliminary exam aspirants and went viral but the team also won the E-Learning Startup of the Year award for 2020.
It is critical to understand the problems faced by an aspiring candidate to become a civil servant and serve in the country’s highest administrative services. Below are the common challenges faced by most UPSC aspirants and how Team SprintUPSC advises them to solve these.
1. How to get started
It is not easy for a person to understand the pattern and marking scheme of the various papers involved in the UPSC Prelims exam. One can be torn between various subjects and topics. The question of where and how to get started haunts most of the UPSC aspirants for a long time until they find a plausible answer. SprintUPSC has just the right resources to get them started: UPSC Resources
2. Number of Papers to clear
The UPSC exam pattern is divided into two phases – Prelims and Mains. These phases have different qualifying and cut off based exams of different subjects. All UPSC rank holders tell that preparing well for all the subjects and cracking all the exams in a limited time period is only possible with extremely high levels of dedication, hard work and practice. One can only achieve this if one has a clear picture of what really needs to be done.
3. Mammoth Syllabus
With recommendations from so many online and offline IAS coaching institutes, one can be overwhelmed by the syllabus. UPSC Candidates can prepare well if they have all these in front of them at the click of a button, which is exactly what SprintUPSC does for them: UPSC Exam Syllabus.
4. Unavailability of smaller unit mock tests
Most UPSC aspirants simply cover the syllabus relying on notes or videos, without analysing their strengths and weaknesses subject-wise. Smaller units of practice tests help in gauging the candidate’s knowledge. SprintUPSC provides exactly this for the IAS aspirants. Unlike all other IAS test series or UPSC mock test series that only provide 20-30 fixed tests, SprintUPSC provides an unlimited number of personalised custom tests book-chapter wise and topic wise for each subject, in both Hindi and English, from a question bank of over 16000+ questions created by subject matter experts covering 230+ topics of the UPSC exam syllabus from over 35+ books. SprintUPSC test series is truly practice-all-you-can from tests as small as a single topic or a book chapter to full-length tests based on the users’ choice.
5. Devoting time
While having a full-time professional career or studying in college, aspirants tend to get impatient to get over the vast UPSC exam syllabus. However, this test is just the opposite and seeks patience and persistence. SprintUPSC recommends preparing well, revising and practicing subject/topic wise every day. Without regular practice, one can forget as much as seventy percent of what one has learnt.
6. Self-studying or coaching?
The candidates can be indecisive about whether to get coaching or self-study for the exam. While some of them opt for coaching, others resort to self-study. However, it is a candidate’s choice to find an effective way of studying in order to succeed and work towards a bright future. Each person has a different way of learning to get an optimised learning graph. Candidates need to find out what works best for them rather than blindly following what others are doing. However, no matter where or how an aspirant studies, practicing will still be an onus on the aspirant, which can easily be solved by using the SprintUPSC app available on Google Play store as well as Apple IOS App store.
7. Setting schedule and time table
As mentioned earlier, the UPSC syllabus seems never-ending. Curating a time table to cover all over 230+ topics of multiple subjects can be downright difficult. UPSC rank holders have reiterated multiple times that just covering the topics isn’t enough and one must do multiple revisions to memorise and grasp the concepts. The schedule should include study or preparation time as well as ample time for practice through tests. Practicing and testing oneself regularly helps set clear goals and achieve success.
8. Handling failures
Multiple attempts in the UPSC exam can demotivate a person. A candidate must remember, failing once or not being able to clear an exam is not the end of the world. Not only there are so many other State Civil Service exams that can be attempted using the UPSC Exam preparation, but there are also many other government and private exams that can be attempted. One should keep reading positive books, articles, blogs and try and stay positive while doing one’s best.