The Civil Services examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission is one of the most significant competitive exams held in the country. It provides the golden opportunity to serve the nation to the best of one’s abilities while promising a thriving and colorful professional career with many amenities spoken for. People from all walks of life are eligible to take this exam provided they have a graduation degree. The qualification and selection process, however, is an arduous one with only a limited number of people getting through.
With merely four months remaining until the main event, the candidates who have applied to take the exam are well within the process of preparing for it. The syllabus is a large one, and there is seemingly no end to a satisfactory preparation for the UPSC exam. But amidst all the dedication and discipline, it is important to pay heed to one’s health, both mental and physical, to avoid any unprecedented discrepancies when least expected.
Health is an important aspect of life at all times, and it does not serve to neglect one’s health while in the throes of dedicated preparation for the civil service exam. Similarly, one’s mental attitude must be given due attention so that a positive attitude may be cultivated about life, including the examination and its outcome.
Here are a few tips which will be helpful in keeping your body and mind healthy, with the approaching examination and the stress that accompanies it:
- Physical exercise
Studying for an exam is essentially a sedentary process that does not involve a lot of movement. Be it at home, or even at a local library, the day’s proceedings usually include sitting at the same position while trying to absorb as much as your brain will allow. The physical stagnation, however, often transforms into the mental, slowing down the capacity to intake information. Taking breaks in the meantime and walking around a little bit will help with the process.
Physical exercise early in the morning also helps cultivate a mindscape of sustained physical agility. Exercise will also help you work through all the nervous energy in your system and use it to keep your body healthy and effective.
- Ample sleep
One of the key characteristics of a healthy lifestyle is a timely sleeping schedule. Often, students preparing for examinations ignore the importance of restful sleep, compromising on necessary rest in the night to study for the exam.
While studying is important and is the call of the day, having a healthy sleeping schedule will only help you study better. Learn to suppress the anxiety and try and have a good sleeping cycle with four months to go for the exam.
Preparing a timetable is key to time management that will also help you keep your sanity in the wake of the tremendous pressures of the upcoming exam. While preparing it may be easy, following it is the tricky part. Stick to your timetable and cultivate the self-discipline that will be essential in all aspects of life.
A daily timetable would help you keep ahold of the study hours you put in on a daily basis, while a monthly timetable can make sure that you are proceeding with the syllabus as you should be. Merge the two to enable a stress-free environment while getting work done on time.
Self-reflection is important in the life of any individual, especially in the daily routine of a candidate preparing for a big exam. Some time for yourself will help you analyze how far you have come in your process. This retrospective can be pivotal in the building up of confidence of any individual.
- Mental attitude
It is through self-confidence and reflection that a positive mental attitude can be cultivated and sustained through the four months remaining for the exam, and through it. With a genuine understanding of yourself and your abilities, you can make sure to bring the very best of your talents to the surface for the examination. Confidence in yourself and your preparation will also get you through the bouts of nervous anxiety that often occur immediately before an important examination.
- Keeping your calm
It is extremely important to keep your calm not only during these four months but also during the examination. Appearing for the exam in real time, all you can do is give the very best you can for an occasion that you have been preparing for. Not panicking will help you with your paper and an attempt to keep calm in the face of anxiety is essential to the experience.
Follow these tips for the remaining four months and deliver your best in the UPSC exam for great results.