We all have heard of the famous “Arjuna’s Bird Eye” story. The story teaches us how to set priorities in life. Let me give the brief about the story.
Once, Dronacharya overheard Duryodhana accusing him of favouring Arjuna and ignoring the rest. To prove him wrong, Dronacharya placed a wooden bird on a branch and decided to put everyone through a simple test. He gathered all his subjects and asked them to strike the eye of the wooden bird. But before letting them set their arrows loose, he asked each one of them a question.
He first called and asked Yudhisthir, the eldest of the lot: ” What do you see there?” To which Yudhishthir replied, “I see a wooden bird, the branch and the tree, the leaves moving and other birds.”
Everyone else who followed also mentioned the same elements: tree, branch, bird, leaves etc. and Dronacharya asked them all to lay down their bow & arrow. When it was Arjuna’s turn, he confidently stated:
“I can only see the eye of the bird.”
Now, the purpose of reciting this story is to make the difference between serious and non-serious aspirant more clear.
The serious UPSC aspirant only focuses on scoring the best marks in the UPSC examination without paying any attention on anything else. They can only see their goal in front of their eyes. Serious aspirants are sincere about their career.
While talking about non-serious UPSC aspirant , they see everything around with a little focus on the main goal. They often think about-
- The service and the cadre they would get after selection
- The perks and facility they would get once selected
- The spouse they would get after selection
- The power they would enjoy after becoming an IAS
- The obstacles they would face in implementation of his vision
- The corruption and inefficiency in government departments
- Political interference in their profession
- The family life after they become a civil servant
- The misery of life if they don’t get selected
- The social prestige and pride of their parents after his selection.
The non-serious aspirants have too many things to bother about IAS even before they are selected for it.
If you are a serious UPSC aspirant, only think of scoring the highest marks in Civil Services Examination.
You would have enough time to think about the rest, once you are selected.