UPSC aspirants are most motivated to clear the UPSC exam while giving their first attempt, which is not an impossible task, but this dream does not get fulfilled for many applicants. Some UPSC aspirants lose their hopes just after the failure of the first attempt and decide not to give it another try. UPSC is one of the hardest exams conducted in India for the recruitment of officers for civil services. People need to understand the seriousness of UPSC exams and its application, which means even failure in UPSC exams, are lessons, and not a step back. If you are thinking of giving up on UPSC exams, then you should think once again. Failure does not decide and should not alter your dedication to your dream. Here are the three main reasons why you should again give a try to UPSC after failing in the first attempt
- Make failure your lesson
Failing in your first attempt in UPSC is pretty common; you are not the only one. One thing that failing does the best is that it teaches us where we went wrong. Take your lessons from failure and do aof what you did wrong or what more you can do. Now you know that you need to put more efforts into the attempting of the exam. Taking your failure positively will help you a lot in future; don’t let your first attempt lessen your willpower. Take advantage of things you know now.
The best thing is that you get a clearer understanding of exams and preparation. Now you know that you need to put more efforts. Failing the first attempt has given you the experience you lacked during your first attempt now you should channelize this experience to your benefit. Take notes on how you can improve your performance, time management, improving skills, writing style, etc. and make the best out of the given situation.
- Give our dream another try, take advantage of opportunities
Many applicants of UPSC exam comes with the same dream of attempting UPSC and aspiration to serve our country through civil services. Many of these dreams shatter by the failure of their first attempt. If you would read the success story of toppers, you will read that many of these officers were once in your position who failed during their initial attempts. Some of them failed for 4-6 times, not being able to make the cutoff or getting rejected at the interview level. But what kept them all together is their determination to fulfil their dream.
You must not let go of your aspirations, desires, and dreams just because you feel that you have tried enough. If the world is giving you multiple opportunities to fulfil your dream, then you must also serve your dream by applying again. Big dreams get fulfilled when you overcome the hardships and face failures. Failures should be greeted with the willingness to work harder towards success.
- Importance of UPSC and its preparation
UPSC exam gives the experience of a lifetime. The syllabus of UPSC covers a vast range of topics and teaches you many things. One needs to understand the importance of the syllabus and its preparation.exam will prepare you for certain other competitive exams, and if done punctually and honestly, it will teach you time management, discipline, and many more things. You should now take this failure in an optimistic way and attempt again since now you know more. UPSC is not a children’s play which could easily be cleared by anyone, that’s why you are allowed to take multiple attempts to understand the seriousness of its syllabus and what UPSC serves you. Make use of the opportunity to give it a try again after your first attempt, for the importance of civil services.
Some successful officers clear UPSC in the first attempt, but most of them try again after failure. The cutoff of the paper keeps changing and just because you weren’t able to cross it once doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it again. Thus, dedicating yourself again to preparation is the key. Failing in your first attempt gives you more time for preparation and now more determination. If UPSC provides the opportunity of multiple attempts, then people should take full advantage of these multiple opportunities, as much as you can. Start the preparation again for your UPSC exam again and do not let one failure take your moral down, failures are stepping stones to success; it justifies that you are closer to clearing the exam since you have time to gather more knowledge.
Anish Passi is the Director at, which is a unique platform for Test Preparation where you can access live classrooms of the best teachers in India, from the comfort of your home. He is an Engineer from McMaster University, Canada and an MBA from IIM, Ahmedabad. He previously founded Testcafe and has extensive experience in the Education industry.