The UPSC Civil Services exam is arguably one of the toughest exams in the country, but it can be passed with the right direction, focus, and dedication, noted M. Surya Teja, AP squad’s 2020 IAS topper.
At an interactive session organized by the Career Guidance Cell in the JKC College Auditorium, Surya Teja said rowing harder won’t help if the boat is going in the wrong direction.
“While hard work is a prerequisite for preparation, the right method for selecting standard books and NCERT textbooks is very important,” he said.
While shedding light on the scheme of the exam, Mr Surya Teja said that the exam is conducted in three stages – prep, main course, and interview – and it takes about a year to complete the entire process. Knowing the exam pattern and curriculum, grasping and analyzing current affairs well, getting the right kind of material and online sources, and practicing mock tests are some of the other important parts of preparing, he said.
He advised students to show up for the exam early in their life as this would make their preparation stress free. Maintaining the reading habit and jotting down important points is an effective study and memory aid that will prove extremely helpful in the long run.
Headmaster I. Nageswara Rao said that once students have made the right decisions based on their interests and skills, they can pass any exam.
V. Pala Prasada Rao, Associate Professor of English, coordinated the program and SRK Prasad, Director of PG Courses, was present.