#3 Civil Services and a Job – Chasing your dreams while working.

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I wrote this contributory article at insightsonindia.com, and I am reproducing it here on my blog. This is in continuation to my previous posts.

I work from 9 to 5 in my office. I have to work to be financially independent. I have to work to support my family. I am too old to study anyway. So many people are sitting at home and studying, it is not even possible for me to do this.

I work from 9 to 5 in my office. So actually I value my time so much more. I should have less anxiety, less insecurity since I am financially independent. I have people around who I can talk to when I need to. I am old, and therefore, I comprehend and understand a perspective in a much mature way. I know other people are sitting at home, but I have my strong points, and I must focus on them.”

If there was to be a short version of this article, the difference between the thought processes above is all one needs to observe, understand and adopt – if one is preparing for the Civil Service Examination(CSE) with a job.

In the last few days, every third query email that I read asks me the same question – Can it be done with a job? So I thought this is a very pertinent question, especially since the age limit is increased now, and many working professionals want to write the exam. Since I cleared the exam while in a job, here are a few things I want to put across: Continue reading

#2 Civil Services and The Real Game: Conquering the battle in the Mind

I want to tell my readers at the outset that this post, this article in continuity of the last one, is not supposed to be your motivation. It should not be. And there is a reason for it.

There is a lot of difference between Motivation and Discipline. Motivation may start you off, help you on a given day, in a given moment; but Discipline – the Habit, my darling, is what me and you should be looking for, striving for, working for.

“Inspiration is for amateurs”, said Chuck Close, “the rest of us just show up and get to work.” Last week, I was reading a query sent to me by a gentleman – via email – in which he told me that this was his fourth attempt to the exam, and asked how should he take out the fear of failure out of his mind? Aah, that, my mind said in a nostalgic tone. I think this is a question that a lot of us had/have, but we deal with it in different degrees of resilience.

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#1 Civil Services and You: What drives you?

A very famous quote of Jim Carrey goes like this:

‘I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.’

Let me begin by telling you something that I have learnt in the 30 odd years of my life and from the books of Psychology – you do not know yourself as well as you think you do.

Freudian theories are discredited today, but the idea of subconscious remains. You have a part of the brain that is manifest and a part that is hidden from your own knowledge. The latter affects the former, and thus, your desires are moulded by your latent fears, insecurities and sometimes embarrassing desires.

Not only that, we are in a constant state of flux. You might want something yesterday, get it today but not need it tomorrow. We are ever changing, ever moulded by things happening around and to us.

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The First Inkling

This blog marks my humble foray into the world of Civil Services – a world that right now is romantically mysterious with spells of dark magic and angelical charm alternating back and forth in the eyes of my imagination.

But I go back to being a teacher as of now – a profession that I deeply love. As a teacher from the past 5 years, I have come to love the process of learning from students. Things that those who learn can teach you!

My teaching role, thus, so as to remove all notions of humility, is as much motivated by selfish reasons as it is by social ones – the ones involving giving back to those who are writing the exam after me. I plan on learning from everyone as much as I make them learn. And isn’t that, my friends, the wholesome, crumpled up philosophy of a good life?

To begin with, I will be starting a series of articles I would call “Civil Services And..”. I have a few things that I feel are extremely important to be simplified about this exam, and I will deal with all of them. If there is something you would like me to address, please please be brave and type it here. Allow yourself to graciously fill in the blank of “Civil Services and ..” Be a hero to yourself, and then, my friend, come let’s save the world!