No consolation prizes for participating in UPSC so Change the habits or Change the game

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with respect to, a Reader’s comment posted on Pub Ad paperset

….I have to say something and please don’t mind when I say so, your attitude smacks of academic elitism and this can be very evident in the words you choose to express yourself (noobs, JBPS et al). We all are aspiring to be IAS officers and it is not becoming of an aspirant to feel that we have risen above individuals who know less than us. This is only going to deteriorate if and when, one gets selected into IAS….”

My reply

I appreciate your inputs and I admit my tone was crude, bitter and rude. But the hidden intention was never to mock or ridicule any particular individual but to shake up readers so they can introspect whether they’re also belonging to the same no0b/JBPS group and making the same mistakes or not (i.e. taking the UPSC-competition lightly, being lethargic in preparation, not doing immediate followup action in books and pdfs).

Most people appear in UPSC because

  1. They don’t know what to do in life, just blindly following what papa, friends, relatives say. Graduation is over so now let us give UPSC.
  2. They’re unhappy with the their graduation field /job and don’t want to continue further- IT, MBBS, MBA, Most of the Engineers, and Pharmacy-walla (myself included in this category.)

And hence, UPSC has become a national hobby among young people and the number of aspirants for Government jobs, are increasing every year thanks to the deteriorating situation of Indian Economy.
I interacted with many of them in both my real and online life, and it seems people have the misconception that

“Public Administration is an easy and scoring subject.”

The problems

  1. Those preparing in isolation (Small towner and working professionals), usually underestimate the level of competition in UPSC. I did the same mistake in my first attempt, and it cost me dearly.
  2. Whether you pass or fail, every attempt in UPSC takes away one year of life and all the opportunities that were available during that one year. (i.e. starting your own business, changing to private job that paid better but demanded more work etc.etc.etc.)
  3. and after failing in initial attempts, a person usually starts thinking like a “defeated gambler” thatSince I invested so much time, energy and money in this game, let me give one more attempt.
  4. After failing in prelims, mains or interview, initially they become very resolved and hardworking for the first few months, but then again the same lethargy appears again-thik hai, chaltaa hai. abhi PDF download kar letaa hu, abhi book purchase kar letaa hu, abhi newspaper cutting kar letaa hu, baad mein dekh lenge.
  5. Since they’re preparing in isolation, the study-routine is extremely mood-dependent. Because There is no pressure such as completing the homework in school every day.
  6. Then second attempt, then third attempt, then fourth attempt….One day you wake up and realize that world has moved over, all your school and college batchmates are settled properly in their jobs and business, and you’re still stuck giving UPSC and similar stupid exams with no light coming from the other end of the tunnel. Your parents, girlfriend/wife, relatives, best friends and secret enemies- behind your back everyone wishes that you changed the field.

But the moment you try to change the field, then comes

The Road blocks

  1. Clearing UPSC prelims or mains or even reaching upto interview stage-doesn’t count as work experience or Extra-curricular activity for MBA/ Post-grad interviews. They look at your mark-sheets and see you as “five point someone” minus the fantasy part of 3 idiots.
  2. The same clowns from your batch, whom you loathed and despised throughout the school and college years- have become “Senior executives” in the same private company where you’re applying for a stupid 9 to 6 job of Rs.7500 per month (fixed, no TA/DA), just because they got a fancy Post-graduation/MBA paper-degree and you don’t.

Ofcourse Failure in UPSC doesn’t mean end of life. Each of us would end up making money either in Government or private sector – have “Gaadi, Bunglaa, Izzat” if not right now may be ten, twenty years later . But the mental frustration that one has to suffer by repeated failures in UPSC, is avoidable in many cases, if you take precautions.

That’s why I suggest to every UPSC player- either change your habits or change the game. Introspect and examine your level of preparation – are you really “preparing for the exam” right now, or merely collecting books, newspapers, magazines and PDFs to make a personal library at home?

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86 Comments on “No consolation prizes for participating in UPSC so Change the habits or Change the game”

  1. whatever you say, it is for the benefit of upsc aspirants. while preparing for upsc we generally neglect ground realities. It is commendable that you are awakening aspirants of the competion that lies ahead.

  2. I prepared hard for ssc along with civils….thought that i should not leave that chance….cleared tier II for interview…wrote mains this year..was my first attempt…will not clear for interview. what i fear is what if our motivation wears. we need friends in regular touch who are with the same goal. some friend came home and told that preparing for any hard exam while doing job only happens in movies..that really ran a chill down the spine..

  3. And Mrunal bhai…did not see any posts for SSC CGL…they are also good jobs..wish to see some…may be for interview coming up in dec

  4. Bhai i think the knowledge that we acquire while preparing should not go waste..i request friends who are in coaching field or preparing books and materials to share their experiences after they stopped making attempts or any positive ideas to put it to fruitful use for ourselves or others.

  5. I appreciate the way you have designed the matter for civil services aspirants……..keep on updating

  6. hi mrunal,
    I am an engineer working in a PSU and like you said above i come in second category with people who are not satisfied with their current job status ;).
    So now i am preparing for UPSC with electrical engineering as my first optional subject and im not sure what i should opt for as the second optional, as being a typical engineering graduate we didnt bother to look beyond our curriculum at any stage as we didnt need to. I would really appreciate if you can guide me with that.

  7. mrunal sir
    i strongly belive in hardworking but sometime my belief gets weakened and den i start killing my tym in thinking abt my future as unemployed but it is also true dat after sometym i regain my speed and start my preparation. but sir i loose some of my valuble tym in thinking some of the idiotic stuffs. plz show me a path dat hw can i overcome nd control my thinking habit.

  8. hi all!!
    Any very serious aspirants in visakhapatnam..lets crack this herculean task & get there
    please contact on ASAP
    Thank You
    Mrunal Bhai!!
    Google Reader shutting down,so any alternative to read the hindu as per you methodology
    Thank you once again..

  9. Sir, You are doing an excellent job. motivated a lot. please keep up the good work so that more aspirants like us can analyse ourselves. Thankyou so much.

  10. Thank U for all your efforts for Aspirants and Ur Guidance is much worthy for Aspirants who as no one around to Guide Wrt UPSC and ur efforts has Provided us Courage that YES! UPSC demands our sincere and serious effort and Understanding Rather than a Coaching Institute.

  11. very handsomely pointed out the loopholes as i am also preparing at my home, it is mood oriented preparation rather than target oriented……. i have got to know what i should not do from now onwards…….
    i will be very much grateful to you sir for showing us correct path

  12. life is full of mysery…and here murnal bro is right. untill and unless a person won’t point finger at our weakness we won’t introspect. just read the wrod noob and think that am i also the part of same crowd or i have guts to do something. if you are different then don’t be satisfied. the very horizone is success depends upon your hard work, passion, intergrity, determination and introspection. i appreacitate murnal bro…you use the write word…which somehow and sometime lets us deepen into the thought that are we bring changes in ourselves to be a differetn personality.

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  14. Every sentence in this page is truth and I guess every UPSC aspirant, new or old would appreciate the writer for bringing this to light.

    1. Mrunal sir,
      I would like to meet you…
      I have come to delhi and it is because of your efforts that i am clearing prelims ( by self study)
      Is it possible for us to meet sometime.. if yes contact me on my email id..

      thank you


  15. Mrunal sir,
    I would like to meet you…
    I have come to delhi and it is because of your efforts that i am clearing prelims ( by self study)
    Is it possible for us to meet sometime.. if yes contact me on my email id..

    thank you


  16. Hi Mrunal,
    I have gone through a series of articles written by you. I appreciate the analytical presentation of thoughts and do praise you for the keen observance you posses.

  17. Dear Mrunal Sir,

    I am a CA by professional and currently doing Job in a Company. I Want to pursue UPSC bt little bit confuse whether its correct time to start it or i should nt.. Plz suggest..

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