There is no doubt that IAS Exam is one of the toughest recruitment tests in the world. Aspirants need an immense amount of dedication, commitment and the right preparation strategy in order to crack the much coveted civil services examination. However, despite hours of dedicated studying, referring all the right study materials and books as well as following a strict rigorous schedule, many IAS aspirants fail to develop the basic acumen necessary to clear the civil services examination. The main problem faced by such aspirants is of developing the right perspective that is needed for IAS study.
What is the right ‘Perspective’ for IAS Study?
Aspiring to be an IAS officer means to dream of being the best among the best and in order to do so it is very important to develop an outlook that is not limited or constricted to a few facts and figures. The right perspective means looking at everything around you from a holistic viewpoint and finding out co-relation between them and how they impact each other in general. The best way to understand ‘the perspective’ for IAS preparation is through the butterfly effect phenomenon of the chaos theory. In simple words, it means looking at every event, fact or information in relation with the other associated factor and determining its end effect or impact.
For instance, all the IAS aspirants daily read newspapers to be abreast with the current affairs in political and social spheres. However, merely reading the newspaper from the perspective of a common man will only help you gather basic information. But as an IAS aspirant, you are expected to look above and beyond the facts and figures, you are expected to find out how is this scenario going to play out in long-term and what impact is it going to have on the nation as a whole. A simple news item about government policy change should be looked upon from the impact it is going to have at political, social as well as the geographic levels as well as how it is going to affect the general citizens of the country.
How to develop the right perspective for IAS study?
There is no one single defined way in which you can develop the right perspective to look at things differently. In fact, many aspirants are more than happy in just gathering information, which may help them clear the IAS prelims exam, but when it comes to the IAS main examination, the right perspective becomes very important.
Developing the right perspective to look at anything around you is a long-term process and won’t happen overnight. It takes an enormous amount of commitment and dedication the part of IAS aspirant. The first step in developing the IAS study perspective is by making a conscious effort to go out of your way and devote extra time and effort to dwell deeper into topics you are studying and relating them to the contemporary happenings as well as evaluating their impact on the society today.