Civil Service is a tough nut to crack. Some people diligently prepare but give up after initial failure and some stick to their goal. The story of Anand Vardhan, from the Siwan district of Bihar, is one of perseverance and belief.
Anand Vardhan, after facing failure thrice, tasted the fruit of success in Civil Services exam in his fourth attempt and secured the AIR 7 in the UPSC Civil Services exam in 2016.
Explaining what it takes to clear he said that UPSC is looking for a complete person. What it means that though the preparation is tough and there are numerous study materials available which one might want to go through, an aspirant should also focus on developing their personality. He says, "If you have a hobby pursue it, if you have a passion pursue it. At the end of the day you do not need to be hard on yourself."
He said that he follows Tennis and he had put this as his hobby and was asked questions about Tennis in his interview. So it is important to pursue your hobbies.
Addressing the question if someone should quit their job or not to prepare for the exam, he said that it is subjective to every individual. A person should make this call based on their unique situation.
It is clear form his example, that failure should not deter one from achieving their goal and failure should be treated as stepping stones to success. Another takeaway from his example is that though one should not shy away from hard work and diligent studies, it is also important to retain all such aspects of your personality which define you as a person.
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