Life Beyond IAS-An Open Letter to Aspirants


Of Civil Services Examination and happiness…an open letter to aspirants



So, UPSC result 2014 is out!!  Now some of you are selected and many are dejected thinking their life is finished, right?

Let’s talk about the realities. Today I am here to discuss the blatant truth. Let’s not hide it and talk about it…..

You know this is the biggest problem. We love to make sweeping assumptions. It makes our task easier, isn’t it? Otherwise, how on earth it is even imaginable to address the entire fraternity of Civil Service aspirants through a single letter or lecture or monologue. But we love doing that. Deep within our hearts we know that out there in a dingy room of Rajinder Nagar/Mukherjee Nagar or any place on earth sits a hapless candidate browsing through multiple websites, hopping in between from facebook to PIB, from Youtube and random online retail websites to Wikipedia.

The person sitting in the next room is equally or even more desperate. May be after spending three hours on the internet he will move out of his room and make a visit to the nearest bookshop, immerse himself in the pile of xeroxed copies and emerge with a thick compilation of current affairs only to disown that within two days. You see that frantic desire in their eyes, sort of a search for the ultimate solution that shall keep them afloat in competition and sail them through the rapids to reach their destiny.

While we successfully decode their desperation, we simply fail to understand a simple fact that all their desperation is not borne out of the same reason. Some grow frustration because they are unable to clear even prelims in their third or fourth attempt while some feel agitated because despite appearing for the interview in all their previous attempts they don’t find their names in the final list. Yet others may have different reasons. It may be their girlfriend refusing to commit until they clear the exam or it may be their parents asking them to marry and settle down in their native villages. Despite all these differences and diversity we seek redemption by applying a one size fits all solution. Do this, read that, study Hindu in this manner, must buy that magazine, join this institute, make notes, discuss in groups, practice answer writing, don’t lose hope, do hard work……GOSH!!!! Aren’t we always ready with our piece of advice?

I shall not therefore do injustice to you and to myself. While I type my words, I don’t know who you are, where are you from, where do you study, what is your strength, what are your weaknesses, what is your set of problems, have you just had a break up or the teacher in the class mocked you because you thought Kathak and Kathakali were the same! Yet I take the liberty to tell you something. What I intend to say is truth. This truth is about you, about your friends, about your preparation and about your future. What ensues may not apply to super humans out there but for mortals like me and you they fit perfectly.

Try to remember the last book or the notes that you purchased from the bookshop or ordered online or even saved that pdf from any website. You thought you had just found a treasure. While you flipped through the pages your eyes glittered like gold. Oh! That book had all that you wanted. Immediately you prepared a plan to finish that book in 5 odd days, make notes out of that and put to shame your friends with your newly acquired knowledge. You started out with full of energy, you bought a notebook and started as per your plans.

Then you realized it was taking longer than you had anticipated. You do the course correction, reset your targets and extend the deadline to 10 days. On the third day you find the exercise monotonous. You go out with your friends to the juice corner, try to flaunt your knowledge by asking a question from the topic you had just read. But you are taken by surprise as to how one of your friends answers the question articulately. You bombard him with more questions but he manages them all. In fact he knows more than you on that subject. You feel dejected as you find that there is nothing exclusive or special about your knowledge. You curse yourself and when you return to your room you don’t even bother to study. You feel that there is some lacunae in your preparation.

You want to be the talk of the town. You want your friends to praise you for your analytical abilities and immense knowledge but that doesn’t seem to be materializing now. You then start remembering your school/college days when the entire class used to clap for you. Boy! you were something those days. You remember the teacher coming to your parents and telling them about your potential and suggesting them to make you prepare for the civil services. All that looks like a dream to you now.

It has been so many days that anyone has appreciated you. In the coaching class also you feel like one of the grains constituting a giant heap of sand. You think you have lost your charisma. This feeling sinks deep within your heart and you experience a hollowness in you. The phone rings. It’s your mother that side. She immediately understands that you are upset about something. After multiple inquiries you simply pretend of a headache. She shows concern and asks you not to study so hard and take rest. You have no clue as to how you would start again. And then, all of a sudden the picture of that front bencher guy pops up in your mind. How good he was in communicating with the girls! The kind of English he uses in the class, even the teacher stammers to answer his questions. No doubt, a true intellectual he is! You start wondering is it even possible to compete with such people! You are scared of the fact that only 1000 seats are there this year. Everything starts to appear so difficult, so distant.

That one visit to the juice corner ruined your day. From a hungry, confident aspirant, you have just become a listless and disheartened soul. The world has turned upside down. That one visit triggered a series of negative bouts in your mind and heart. Ask yourself this simple question – is it wisdom? Is is wise to wash away all your confidence and enthusiasm so easily? You see yourself slipping away in the swirling waves of negativity helplessly. My dear friend! You need to stop doing this to you. With all my experience I can safely declare this trap of negativity as the biggest hurdle of an aspirant’s life.

We are all grown ups and not school kids. A sincere candidate will always find the best strategy to study and deliver. But even the brightest and the best aspirants are destined to be doomed if they are not able to cope up with this negativity. Be rest assured that an unhappy and frustrated soul can never qualify this examination or for that matter any test of life. You must learn the art of being happy before you embark or reembark on the path to your goal, be that Civils or anything else.

Stop getting disheartened by the looks of those random citizens with big beards or that girl from Stephens. A grown beard or sophisticated English is no guarantee of good marks in CSE. I have seen people too loud and extra confident about their preparation but flunking eventually. I have also seen the modest ones doing exceedingly well at the same time. We try to imitate the stereotypes we think are worthy of selection in this examination. In this process, we lose our own identity and persona. We stop cultivating our hobbies and think that the only way to succeed is to become a frustrated monk. The feel good factor is lost in the shabby corners of Rajinder Nagar. You desperately wait and dream of the day when you would see your name in that holy list. You try to save all the joys and fun for that day thinking that moment would define rest of your life. Alas! If this were true.

You might be thinking that your selection is the panacea for all your troubles and the climax of the long ordeal you have been subjected to. But life is never as simple as a ‘lived happily ever after’ thing. You know, the joy of being selected remains for a while and when the party is over, you again have your own set of problems. You may not be satisfied with your service or cadre or posting or training. You will again start cursing your fate – had I got 20 more marks, I would have gone into the IAS or had the board been more generous to me I would have gotten home cadre instead of Manipur.


With my experience, let me tell you that this cribbing never stops. Your happiness is intrinsic to you. Externalities can only affect your life momentarily. Life goes on irrespective of who you are and what people think about you. Believe me the grass looks greener on the other side but the reality is different. The life of a bureaucrat is as frustrating as yours or even more. The IAS fraternity cries about cadres and postings, the IPS guys complain about work life balance, IFS recruits show discontent about the lack of facilities abroad, IT employees talk of smaller support staff, Customs and Excise taxmen fear about dilution of power after the introduction of GST and what not. You see everyone has his share of problems even after getting selected. The same holds true for all the other jobs in this world. Clearly, CSE is not the ultimate solution to all your worries. We prepared and you are all preparing to invite bigger worries.

In scenario like this, the only thing that saves you is you yourself. Do whatever you want to but try to maintain a balance in your life. An austere life is no guarantee to success. Don’t loose your prime youth in undue worries. Don’t become premature uncles and aunties at such young age. Work hard, play harder. Never feel guilty in attending a party or playing cricket. Watch movies with your friends, visit your family members, go on date with your partner. Half the job is done if you succeed in making yourself a cheerful and happy soul. People say CSE is half hard work and half luck, I say its one third hard work, one third luck and one third your ability to divorce negativity and remain joyful.

Guys you have got a great opportunity and it has come your way in the form of this platform where you got to interact and guided by the real experience holders. Nothing differentiates between you and us. We are the same as you are. Differences are created by the efforts we have put in. Who else can guide you when you are guided by defaulters within you, who make plans, strategies and commit but falls prey to him/herself or other diverting individuals or institutions (not to mention the names- you are learned enough).

It is the time and opportunity for you to take this platform to the next level of new learning experience. Leave your inhibitions, forget about your past efforts and come join us for the sake of qualitative and innovative learning. Your support and participation is the key for the tireless back-end work IASbaba will be doing till you are there. Let’s make a difference and show the world. Who you are? What you can do? Let’s clear the air that has belittled you. you are no small!!!



  • Abhi

    Outstanding! The content covered and the articulation is truly admirable.
    It has everything to pick yourself up when you are dejected.
    Great writing man!

  • Manoj

    mind blowing…You simply destroyed the negativity by negativity…. feeling rejuvinated. thank you Vivek sir…

  • IWRA

    This is a piece not only for UPSC but for life itself.Glad to be here.

  • Yadu Nandan

    Wow! wonderful article .You said what i am.Time has come to throw out the negativity,stick to your own strategy and never lure by new materials either books or pdf.

    • Thanks Yadu.Burn the negativity in you!

  • dhiliptcs

    Excellent one !!

  • Akhil

    Thanks a ton big brother 🙂

  • Pepper

    wowwwww… amazing flow.. full of realities.. any1 cn connect himself or herself to this article… vivek u r doing a great job… n m sure some district is lacking your amazing creative and innovative skills and approach towards their’s issues…

  • mahadeva swamy

    really extrordinry heart touching , experienced talk… bro ur rite… v shud feel that all is wel even in not wel condition coz happynes is reflection of our heartfeelings and mind status… thank u…. keep it up.. jai india

    • Thanks Mahadeva Swamy.Your words inspire us!

  • Ranjeeth

    a gud feel after reading this…..Feel so fresh and energetic……..Thank you Vivek…….

  • ammu

    Brilliant….well thought n articulated….

  • Vageesh jajur

    commenting in between half away of my reading, this is the article ; every IAS aspirant should read.

    Really eyes opening article, now i can say that , even if didn’t make through IAS , i will be happy.

    • Thanks Vaggesh.Am glad it helped you.Just added some karma points to me!!

  • JacK

    Thank You Vivek Brother !! You perfectly reflected the feelings ( After results) of Failed aspirants or those who are in the journey of preparation ! Thanx for such a beautiful words 🙂 Keep on Sharing your words..Yes they are valuable !

    • Thanks Jack Brother.Would be interested in knowing your real name 🙂

      • JacK

        S.Rahul 🙂

  • Ab

    Really inspiring. .you opened my to the reality sir.,thank you. .

  • Shivam Agrawal

    After reading this piece, it’s for sure that no aspirant will fall prey to the senseless and inefficient advises of those who have not even prepared for this exam. Only an experienced campaigner knows, what’s are the intricacies of IAS exam and what life is really like after becoming IAS.

    • Hope so Shivam!Thats the intention.

      As gita puts it
      “Yada Yada Hi Dharmasya
      Glanirva Bhavathi Bharatha,
      Abhyuthanam Adharmaysya
      Tadatmanam Srijami Aham”

      • Abhishek V

        paritranaya aspirantanaam
        vinashaya cha coachingaam
        result sansthaapanarthu
        sambhavaami sessione sessione

  • akash ryan

    Brilliantly written sir…very insightful… It’s happiness inside that really decides our outcome in every aspects of life.

    • Thanks Akash! Satya Vachan!!

  • Vikram

    A wonderful article…must read for everyone in the pursuit of happiness….

    • Yo my friend.Also the movie is an inspiration.How Chris gardner overcomes all those challenges!! Kindly watch it (am sure you would have )

      • Vikram

        I must congratulate you on this wonderful initiative. Baba ji…. I hope you will show aspirants the light of knowledge and help them achieve triumphant.

  • himanshu

    problem with me is that i always remain happy… actually I don’t know that my happiness is because I’m careless or what.

    • Then you are gifted Himashu.Wish I can learn from you.To be Happy is being blessed.Trust me in this!!

  • sharadchandra

    Very nice article.

    Thank you Vivek sir.
    Thanks IASbaba…

  • Madhav

    Haha..This is exactly what was required.This is exactly what an aspirant does .We people stay in awe of the exam through out our preparation cycle and this is where we invite uncertainties,pressure etc and lose our presence of mind(which is an integral part of everyone’s life),wit,humour . It really frustrates me when I see people going into a shell,creating mindlocks hence losing their real self despite knowing that upsc appreciates one’s ralness and not fabrications.I could go on and on and on but this is funny.

    • Thanks Madhav! You have understood the true gist of my thoughts!

      • champa rajendran

        baba… u saved me from drowning

    • MANAN

      Madhav, hi is ur prep going were right NCERTs are the saviours..

  • Aditi

    Wonderful words framed in the most crucial time. Feeling short of word for this article sir. Keeping someone motivated is an art and you are master of this art 🙂 Thanks KV sir !

    • Thanks Aditi! There is no one helping no one here.We all are in the same boat of life!

  • Bilal Ahmad

    Thanks Vivek Sir, for this wonderful article….

    • Thanks Bilal.I hope it brings peace and propels you on your journey!

  • Abhishek V

    this make me irresistibly ask the question… you have really read geeta. Is not it?

    • 😛

      Does it matters? I have read Quran, Geeta, Bible, Upanishada and Veda’s too 😀 😀

      It depends on connecting your free flowing thoughts

      • Abhishek V

        I have read Quran, Geeta, Bible, Upanishada and Veda’s too 😀 😀
        well same here and much more. but this one has become a particular favorite…

        And different verses were echoing on different paras while reading thats why I asked such question on online platform.

        • Just playing on abhishek 😛 I know you have good intention behind that question.Glad it bought peace to your soul!!

          • Abhishek V

            I wish I could sit down and talk about my favorite book with a learnt one… but other books are calling… swadharam hannyate shrestham…
            maybe next july 🙂

          • :)We will for sure.In LBSNAA !!

  • Nishant

    “You are no small.” My spirit is back on. Thank you Vivek Sir.

    • 🙂 Yes you are NO SMALL…Show the world…

  • These days,I am even afraid of being motivated.
    I fear tests,I fear pens,I fear talking about syllabus with people even.
    Anything related to competition “haunts” me.
    Because by experience I know failure is to follow after every motivation,every test and every discussion.
    Not a simple failure,but a failure like India’s failure before China.
    Failure by a HUGE margin.
    Self abuses follow,deep depression follows,inferiority complex follows.
    These are the days of HELL and that is the reason I fear competition.
    It reminds me of my low IQ,low concentration,low grasping power and how badly those god gifted masterpieces will beat the hell out of me in a competition.
    This reminds me how slow my Maths and reasoning is and that my mind makes more errors than them.
    Your article cut me open.I found solace(at least and at last ,somewhere).
    It partially describes me.I know it is temporary but I felt relieved a bit,after SO long.
    I don’t remember when was I happy last time.
    I don’t know whether you truly meant what you wrote or is it just to motivate people,
    but sincerely I want to say,this article of yours was FANTASTIC.
    It sometimes feels good to know that your life is not as senseless as you deem it to be.
    Though you still remain senseless.
    Being cautious,I refuse to get motivated and won’t say the usual stuff like “I’ll do it” or “1st rank” because with every new attempt there is one more potential failure attached.
    BUT I would like to tell you that this article is fantastic and I mean it !
    You just gave a helpless person a faint silent smile ,after so long!
    Thanks for that 🙂

    • There are two kinda people. One who motivate through words and second, who not only motivates through words but through action. IASbaba’s work, if motivates you to achieve quality learning experience, then how can you say ” I don’t know whether you truly meant what you wrote or is it just to motivate people” ….

      Your answer lies in our work, our dedication, our tireless effort from dusk to dawn. Timely articles like this is just a reminder. A reminder for you whom we love so much. We love all our followers equally and for them our work is just a tribute to all those devoid of quality materials and guidance 🙂 We will try our best to sustain this as long as you are there

  • Ashish

    Thank you baba for inspiration! 🙂

    • Thank you Ashish …keep up the hard work

  • Al Qaeda

    Are sirji kya post likha h, ab to sidha Pradhan mantri banunga

    • Next PM ..AL Qaeda 😛
      Great…You are what you strive to be. So, you can what you ought to be 🙂

      • Al Qaeda

        Fuck Al-Qaeda,
        I used to like names of terrorist organistion during my school days of 11th and 12th class..:D


    ias babaji, this article was was much needed…WORK HARD,PLAR HARDER.NICE THOUGHTS

  • gs28

    This is right that what I needed. Thanks a lot.

  • JustAnotherPixelinUniverse

    To quote ‘Jab We Met’, “Thank You Babaji !!” 🙂

  • neeraj negi

    thank you admin … you are truely a fantastic baba… i didn’t qualify pre in 2014 as first attempt.. was dicouraged, dejected , feared of second attempt.. by following this site for nearly 1.5 months it again restores my confidence…. this post and everyday test helps me a lot… thank you …truely thankyou….

    • We are happy to know that IASbaba has done a bit to boost your confidence. 🙂 Keep working hard

  • manisha

    Thank you very Much Sir!

  • Rajesh

    Baba ki jai ho 🙂

  • bhuvi

    Great morale boostup speech……thanks

  • Lokesh


  • flyash

    Baba ji. krupa aani shuru ho gyii

  • dugong

    Thank you.. Your article is soothe for my disheartening soul..

  • Krishna Krish

    Truths unveiled 🙂

  • saajan kumar maurya

    much needed post….:)

  • lalit kumar

    thank you so much for putting such a effort to write wonderful article..
    fascinating post…true words of wisdom for aspirants..wish such advice must have been in the classrooms of coaching in delhi…preparation could have been much enjoyable and aspirants less negative in approach…

  • Ankit pathak

    Very sublime experience while reading sir ! Lots of hope with this beautiful site ias baba . I have complete faith in this site , I am a new player for upsc 2016 and believe to clear with the help of ias baba . For my upcoming days u people are my guru and mentor . Thanks a lot

  • Manjeet Gupta

    After such a long time, I have read something to which I could relate to ….and your advise resonates with my belief system which I have acquired in years of UPSC preparation….

  • siddhu

    this post will transform my way of approach and augment my preparation with a new spirit…
    thank you sir…

  • 11thKid


  • Hardik Satasia

    Oh my god,seriously after a long time read something that actually matters and that actually connects to an aspirant of this exam..thanks a ton

  • Chandu RedE

    Thank you BABA. This meant a lot for me to restart my journey.

  • kavitha

    Really sir this is true iam trying for the past but dint get my time to pass out prelims even now there are 2 attempts left what should i do and what not .to go to an ias institute or read in home to prepare by going to job or not fully lost hope at last .to go to an academy there is no finanacial support rather to go for job and study. going to job and studying is like a rock iam keeping in my back. no concentration in the job always thinking runing here and there that i want to pass this year prelims what should i do now whether to prepare or just to leave that is my faith to god or??????????????? plz help

    • We are coming with our 2016 integrated plan.
      that will take care of all your needs.
      Don’t worry.

  • Umesh Kumar

    Very Inspiration Sir.. Thank you for the post..

  • anurag pathak

    Truly inspirational..

  • np

    love u baba! 🙂 #Energy

  • Rajkumar Chharunsh

    Thanks for the motivation sir..

  • Crime Master GoGo

    This is the most amazing article i have read. Thank you Baba ji and Joining this journey with you. 🙂

  • selva

    Very inspirational and frank(true) speech

  • pranav pratik

    Bas kariye baba…. Ab rulaenge kya.. 🙂

  • Chasing Tom

    Now I am happy, really happy…………
    failure is within us…………….
    enjoy then learn then enjoy………..make life simple………..kya baat kahi hai babaji…………wah

  • sejjul vinzuda

    Thank you sir
    I suggest to all my friends read this book –> 7habits of highly effective people..not read understand it..if u r thristy n I tell that this is water which has hydrogen n oxygen, how its important for us,how rain start which is source of water etc…what happen??? Is your thirsty satisfied??? You have to drink water for that..SAME thing apply with this book. Not just read but drink it!! your life will change..

  • Tanu Singh

    Absolutely inspirational.

  • wara 36

    that juice corner line really blown my mind sir and one more thing sir, do all IRS officers are similar in motivating others? why i am telling this because you are just talking in the same way like my brother does who is an IRS officer too ..any ways love your site to the core and i am ready for the challenge need your wishes sir thanks!!!

    • Hehehe…We are just trying to slap the reality that has been ignored by aspirants who have become nothing more than herd. IASbaba is a group of people who have excelled in their fields most importantly in practical life. We welcome you on behalf of IASbaba 🙂 Best wishes are always with you! Keep up the hard work

      • wara 36

        Thanq sir your time and contribution means a lot for our aspirants

  • d’sailor

    Hats off to your team..for such seamless efforts..Just remembered me that essay topic…Be d change u want to see in world..surely with this pace ur team will shake the Rome of UPSC..Thanx sir!!!

  • Aditya

    well..this is something phenomenal…motivation with reality check..i will rate it equivalent to steve jobs speech and rocky balboa’s speech to his son in his movie rocky

  • umesh bhati

    Thanks for motivation sir

  • miracle

    Success is not the key to happiness. In fact Happiness is the KEY to success.
    Life is never as simple as a ‘lived happily ever after’ thing.

    I always needed this type of explanation from someone. It’s true, totally true no exaggeration at all.

    Thanks KUMAR VIVEK.

  • Venkatesh Jinukala

    thank you sir, it really helped me a lot


    Thank you,
    It’s true that source of happiness lies within us and being content is a real challenge.

  • Varsha Manjunath

    That was an eye opener!
    I was almost deceived by all the negative stuff I was receiving from my relatives, friends and other people who know nothing about UPSC exams!

    Thankyou so much.
    I will be much more stronger and smarter with the preparation.

    Thankyou IASbaba for everything!
    You are the guide to lakhs of aspirants out there just like me who get swayed away now and then by the people who belittle us.

    It’ll be my second attempt this 2016.
    And I bet you ,I’ll come out successful and let only positivity in my life.

    Thankyou again.
    I’m ever grateful to you.. IASbaba and Kumar Vivek Sir.

  • Neha

    It is the real truth. .. Just as for new aspirants which get caught in the negativity. …Bt tanx a lot sir.. . Motivating just like a ray of sun.. .

  • yogesh

    thanks sir for inspiring us…jab tak todenge nai.chhodenge naii

  • Madhu Babu

    very inspiring writeup


    nice article

  • lord voldemort

    I m extremely proud and happy for having such a beautiful learning source by my side even before I began preparing for CSE.
    its serendipity!!!
    And the article is stupendous.

  • Lakshita Goyal

    Babaji…tussi great ho….

  • Undaunted

    i was just going for sleep half heartedly as i couldn’t complete my daily target , not even read hindu and feeling very guilty, with all accumulated guilt i opened my inbox and found this article. it gave me huge relief for atleast this night. thank u sir. i owe u today’s peaceful sleep. thanks again

  • MAS

    Thanks a lot for this article sir.
    I don’t know why but I couldn’t stop myself from crying while reading this.
    It felt like talking to a best friend. You Sir, are a true motivator !! 🙂

  • RJ

    Your advice is motivating .

  • pankaj dixit

    thanks a tonn

  • Hari Rathi

    WOW …My sister is prep for upsc from last three years, just bec i was gng through this website and i opened the link BEYOND IAS . but now i feel that anybody can be an ias officer ..just be happy AND sincre for ur prep
    thnks dude for ur inspirationl talk.

  • Merida

    This is so good. Thank you so much for writing. 🙂

  • amu

    so kind of u…. 🙂

  • Rathn

    No words…very very inspirational.Thanks a ton ton sir…sahasra sahasra pranap babaji and kumar sir.

  • the protagonist



    No words,these are the facts,satisfied life is important than any thing. Keep motivate us to reach summit heights,thank you thanx a lot ,,,,,,,

  • Abhishek Pawar


  • JaiMataDi

    this was very much needed..
    thanks a lot kumarji.. 🙂

  • khan alia

    Thank you sir

  • sapna

    i am very glad to read this article n felt some one is always there to provide a real motivation for the the mother of all the exam that is life thank you sir

  • Xavi

    very much needed for me 🙂 thanks 🙂

  • megha

    all we need is someone to assure us that we are not the ONLY ONE and we can pull through!!!
    for that kumar vivek sir and iasbaba team thank you so much.

  • white elephant

    no words to express. you found that school guy in me again who had lost himself in doing job and then executing daily targets, worrying about abhi yeh baki hai abhi woh baki hai, are woh bhi karna hai and with all this when the late night arrives and its time to sleep, time to face question- did you completed your target today- oh yes only current affairs is remaining, i made notes and did ncert target. then second ques- what you gained? what is the productivity? i stay mum…no answer no words. third ques- do you have anything in your mind that you studied today? the same mum, no answer no words. the same story repeats next day.
    by this article you taught me what i was,how i used to prepare earlier,and the school guy in me. you stopped me from repeating me same today. thank you sir, thank you baba. i wont loose myself now. thank you so much.
    i found the lifeline here. thank you 🙂

  • Hitesh Sharma

    I just randomly clicked the link and to my surprise found treasure in this.. Thanks for such an amazing explanation.It helped me and i hope that it will help someone struggling hard with his inner self

  • fazulahmed

    As my fellow mate Hitesh said I too stumbled upon it accidentally but to my amazement which turned into contentment finally this piece of writing is marvellous and written with empathy. Each word speaks true picture of any stranded aspirant.
    I do appreciate the writer who very genuiely wrote about predicament faced during examination.
    One can very objectively analyse ingredients of success, book lists, preparation tactics etc. Most of those are unravelled facts and not so worth mentioning here.
    But what separates us or unique to veveryone is emotions and how we take things. Failure in upsc is normal rather I say getting selection is abnormal. So if one fails than she is normal but how she encounters those feelings ensue afterward.
    Remaining upbeat and hopeful are few virtues tested here or in any walks of life whichnare worth acquiring.

    I once again want convey my thanks to IASbaba. You people are doing great work and sure replacement for those coaching depots who charge exorbitantly for nothing.



  • Rai

    What a piece of writing…really loved it…never read an article til the end but this one, it has the flow. Very nice sir.

  • sruthi nagarjun

    Wonderful article. Loved it out and out..

  • Zoology वाले सरकारी बाबू

    Thank you so much… for today it helped me to start my energetic day…

  • Don

    baba ki jai Ho__/__

  • Debayan Chakraborty

    Extraordinary artice Sir! I am falling short of words to describe how beautiful I found this piece of writing. And most importantly, it was not much abstract or something with lot of rhetorics, but simple, lucid and highly practical and real. I found most of the sections so appealing to me. It was as if you spoke my heart out at many occasions. I feel it was kind of an eye opener as to how to lead your life while preparing. Thank You very much Sir.

  • Naseer Ips

    every line of your writing is directly hitting on my heart as a arrow saying”this is for you, this is for you only”, really every line is written for me only, i was treated with a great respect in my school as a “bright” student,everyone suggested me to start preparing for Civils ,but no one guided me to clear it, till now i was in dilemma to continue my war with this upsc (as i started this war 3 years back),but after reading your article ,i kept an end to dilemma and taking laxmikanth book into hand ,thank you so much sir for building confidence in me

  • Patil123

    Excellent Article Sir………..!!!!!!!!!

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  • tk

    Heart touching reality this article brings to forefront 🙂

  • anchal

    so encouraging .thanks

  • ILP- KUNA3885 (thevagabond85)

    Kuch bhi kaho “I don’t know who you are …” sounded like dialogue from movie Taken 😛

  • Optimistic wani

    fits to every aspirant…

  • aman patel

    live out of your imagination, not your history – stephen covey 🙂

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  • Rahul Sharma

    Should i leave my job to prepare for civil services? My parents are not supporting me for this initiative but i seriously want to prepare for civil services as a full timer for 2 years…

    • Neilam

      haha.. even as full timer also many donot get support ..
      if you have financial stability for 2-3years .. u should not worry but if not … I can tell nothing if more frustrating then depending on your parents for every month money specially when u dnt hv support …

      this journey is easy if when hv support of family first then friend and colleague, but it is not mandatory if you have SOUL into it you will do it while doing / not doing job also , without/with support ..

      but if you have good financial Balance like you need not worry 2-3years + surity that is Mr.unpredicatble upsc will not reject you , if do you can resume. some or other job .. you can leave

      or else donot… specifically if you have government job or no much support…

      be happy…read article..and study ! many people do with job also.. many …many people….
      cheers … aall the best.. 🙂

      • Rahul Sharma

        Thank you Neilam for your kind response..Good luck to u as well.

  • Pankaj Yadav

    sir my question is that i have done my schooling in hindi medium, but my graduation in english medium.
    so i am very confuse about selecting language(hindi or english) in ics mains, and i am average in both the medium hindi as well as english for answer writting purpose.
    and another question is that if i select english medium for mains, then can i speak in hindi during interview because i can understand english very well, but speaking fluvency is not not good.
    sir please suggest me. I am very confused..

  • AJ

    motivational speech by jach ma

  • Swati Jhandai

    Fabulously explained… i respect you… highly motivated and showed reality which is faced by us.

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