It is the mother of all exams in India and every year lakhs of people from fresh graduates to those in plush jobs get down to prepare for the UPSC examination. While some aim to bring a positive change in society by qualifying for the exam, some tirelessly prepare for years to lead a life of ease in a government accommodation with all the lush facilities. Qualifying the UPSC exam is no mean task. There are people who take the exam year after year yet fail get past the interview every time. Your parents are worried about what you're doing with your life and you have collected study material from every coaching institute you have come across. If you thought you were the only one facing all of this, you're not alone. Here are 11 things every UPSC aspirant goes through while preparing of the exams.
This year’s topper says he studied for 20 hours every day, last year’s topper said he studied only 14 hours! How many hours are you supposed to spend preparing for this exam every day?
Why do they want to introduce CSAT now? Every one you know is busy asking you if you’re going to protest against it. You were already worried about your lack of preparation and now you’re confident you won’t qualify this year.
‘Go to Delhi, they have the best coaching institutes for IAS.’ Every one you meet will tell you how Delhi is the mecca of all UPSC aspirants even though you’re okay preparing for the exam in your own city.
You may have cleared the prelim exam in your third attempt but you’re still looking forward to your next couple of attempts because you can never be sure of the interviews!
You spend most of your time making notes from all the books and study material you’ve bought. If books weren’t enough, you also read The Hindu and make notes like it’s a guide. You don’t read those notes for weeks after you’ve made them.
‘It’s the best job in India.’ A red beacon car is all your parents want to see. After a couple of attempts your parents will start giving up on you. ‘Why don’t you apply for a job here?’
You buy magazines and coaching materials like you have a disease. You spend half your time reading how to succeed in IAS exams and the other half reading success stories that make you feel like a nobody.
Your relatives will tell you stories of how their kids and their packages while you’re busy reading IAS coaching forums.
You have read so much that you can now form an opinion about everything and everyone around you has started believing you’re going crazy.
‘Oh, are you still preparing for IAS?’ Every friend you know from college will ask you the same question. You’ll see your friends jumping ahead of you in their careers and hear things like, ‘IAS isn’t for the faint-hearted.’
You want to bring a positive change in the country. When you pick up the newspaper every morning you instantly know what policies you’re going to implement to curb crime and corruption.