THE UNPREDICTABLE TURNOUT
Nothing should hinder the unrelenting journey of a UPSC aspirant towards success. His/her efforts need constant attention and unwavering focus to eventually reach their destination.
Covid-19 came so quick and abrupt, we didn’t even have a chance to fully anticipate the deadly pandemic. Before we knew, we are all locked inside our homes, unable to continue our normal routines. All the learning and educational platforms across the country got capsuled into the virtual medium. The e-learning platform sure has its own benefits and drawbacks. Whatever it may be, this seems to be the only way to continue learning under the roaring global crisis.
DISCIPLINE AND CONSISTENCY
The key to success for any UPSC student is four major elements- discipline, planning, patience, and consistency. Every learning process buds from its most basic step- creating a timetable. Although the future scenario of lockdown can be scary and unpredictable, we can come up with our own schemes. After all, who is better at adapting to change other than a UPSC aspirant?
Believe it or not, this lockdown season can be a boon in disguise. This is a quite peaceful time for students to spend some quality time on studies without distractions. Students have to follow a regular plan to complete the intended syllabus in time and give their best shot in the exam. It takes years of arduous preparation and practice to crack the exam. Even then, the outcome depends on your will to be patient. However, without a doubt, things are a little different now.
The entire planning schedule should be altered. The good news is we seem to have more time in our hands for in-depth preparation. Of course, it depends upon how productively we choose to utilize that time. The first thing to do is not get carried away by the panic around COVID-19. Don’t let the news make you lazy or careless. Don’t think that everything is changed forever and get on the what-to-do bus. Instead, change your strategy and create a new timetable. Accumulating credible materials is an important part of the UPSC preparation scheme and we must continue to practice this with full conviction.
Online classes can pose some difficulty in regions without good internet connectivity or power supply. Our best chance in such scenarios is relying on paperback materials and networking with friends. Other than that, online classes can be of great help in preparing for exams.
WILL THE PRELIMS BE POSTPONED?
It is crucial for the students to take the rumors and speculations only at face value. In the current scenario, no one can even give a definite amount of probability on whether the exam will be postponed. The only option here is to embrace uncertainty and continue studying. Always pay attention to the news medium, to learn about new notifications. Often a time of crisis can create the most confusing circulation of information.
We must remain calm and patient and only pay attention to credible information. We must focus our attention to online classes and personal preparation. And above all, remember that the victory of a battle is decided not during the battle but right before it.