What are some dark sides of UPSC Exam?
We had always heard from people about the UPSC Exams being the toughest exams to crack as it requires a lot of determination and for many, years of practice. “Are UPSC Exams really tough?” is the real question to understand. The truth is that it is a tough task to crack these exams. But tougher a victory is one gets more satisfaction on conquering it.
The syllabus for UPSC Exams is very lengthy and one has to study a wide range subjects. The success percentage in clearing UPSC Exams is discouraging as it is less than 1%. The selection process of IAS Exam is designed in such a way that only the best candidate from the country is selected. It is clear that the exam is tough to crack, and is not assailable for many or one can say it is not everyone’s cup of tea. A lot of dedication, proper strategy and direction is required by the candidate trying to cope up with the heavy syllabus of UPSC which is not possible for everyone.
The traditional classroom model of teaching with teacher-student direct interaction was the only option till before a few years back when YouTube rose like a revolution and brought forward a concept of E-Learning, it was not in reach of everyone specially the economically weaker sections of the society. The use of technology over the last decade almost in every field has been revolutionary and same trend has been seen in the Educational Sector too. But the UPSC exam pattern and syllabus have not seen any major structural changes over the years. This technological revolution has changed the way we look at things and changed the way we want our children to study. First the advent of Internet proved to be a blessing as we got a tremendous source of knowledge with unlimited potential, but this had some constraints as this knowledge did not reach a big part of the society.
UPSC- It’s Darker Side
• It is a tough task to crack these exams and most of the students thinking of giving it a try cannot.
• The syllabus for UPSC Exams is very lengthy and one has to study a wide range subjects.
• The success percentage in clearing UPSC Exams is discouraging as it is less than 1%.
• The selection process of IAS Exam is made tough in such a way that only the best candidates from the country are selected, where many get left out.
• The exam is tough to crack, and is not assailable for many or one can say it is not everyone’s cup of tea.
• A lot of dedication, proper strategy and direction is required by the candidate trying to cope up with the heavy syllabus of UPSC which is not possible for everyone.
• The availability of knowledge online was not in reach of everyone specially the economically weaker sections of the society.
• The UPSC exam pattern and syllabus have not seen any major structural changes over the years nd is now getting outdated.
• The digital shift to online classes for UPSC has alienated economically disadvantaged students who don’t have access to the technology digital lessons require and are unaffordable for them.
• The internet exposure has put students to risk of “Online Sexual Exploitation and grooming”, as predatory adults look to exploit such weak elements of the society on Internet.
• More than half of the total student population of the world do not have access to household computer or smart phone and around 43% have no internet connection at home.
• Even with the students having access to internet connections, not all get good speeds from the internet operators in different geographic locations of our country.
• Many students don’t have access to devices like laptops, smart phones or money to keep the internet connection going.
• There are also security concerns regarding cyber crimes as there might be hacking of data by hackers which in turn may have some very serious consequences.
• Increasing exposure to screen gadgets may pose serious consequences in the form of threat to mental health of the students.
• Many students find it difficult to deal with the psychological impact of not clearing the exam and collapse because of the pressure.
• The time they spent on the preparation of UPSC is lost and the impact on the student can be devastating.
• Many students make it an obsession to clear the UPSC Exams and even after trying their best for a long period of time, when they find no success, it may lead to develop a suicidal tendency in his mind which could prove to be fatal as is seen in many cases.
UPSC Preparations are difficult for sure, but it should not be made an ultimate aim as the chances of failure might be very high for many. There must be a simple approach towards the chances of failure. One should develop a mindset such that he must be ready with a backup career option even before starting to prepare for UPSC Civil Services. Also, one should keep it pre-planned that in case of failure for the first time, what number of attempts he will be trying for after that. This makes it easier to deal with the mental pressure as you have everything decided in your mind, which will lead to a positive approach.