Lets recast the question in to a more useful format. Because you want more than to just prepare for the UPSC exam while working, you want to crack the IAS exam. With flying colors, I am sure.
If you are a working professional, your strongest competition are the people who prepare for UPSC exam full-time, have joined coaching institutes and have no job or professional duties.
‘Clear IAS’ and ‘Crack IAS’ are synonyms for ‘outperforming your competitors’.
They are desperate to clear the exam AND are working hard to do everything in their power to outperform YOU.
Let’s call this set of people-Full-timers.
There are thousands of full-timers and only approximately 1 thousand posts to be filled every year by the UPSC. So, you can bet that Full-timers form the bulk of the successful candidates.
This article is for the people who are NOT full-timers, either because of jobs or any other reasons whatsoever.
I admire the seriousness, courage and risk-taking ability of the full-timers. It takes a rare person to put their whole life at a standstill in pursuit a singular goal.
Admirable as this may be, It is important that you know that just because some people CAN deploy all their time in pursuit for a competitive goal ,which like you, they also aspire for, does not mean that you are less deserving than them.
You may be exactly the kind of person the UPSC is testing for!
But what we do know for certain is that you will face some unique challenges.
This article is the combined wisdom of the people who have ACTUALLY cleared the exam while working full-time.
I interviewed many colleagues to gather enough data to understand all the challenges faced by working people who prepare for the UPSC exam.
In this series of article, I want to analyse your challenges and introduce a powerful system that will tilt the odds in your favor.
Challenge number # 1 is Obviously lack of Time as you prepare for the UPSC exam.
Lets see how much time you really have every week for UPSC exam preparation.
Assuming you have a 9-5 job, which means spending 8 hours at an office every day. Six times a week.
You spend about 50 hours at work each week.You must be logged in to read further Login