How do I decrypt the UPSC CSE on the first try under any circumstances?

Updated on : December 3, 2021 by Adonis Fuller



How do I decrypt the UPSC CSE on the first try under any circumstances?

"Under any circumstances" is a pretty big and broad criterion. Anyway, I will try to answer this question. I passed CSE twice, in 2014 with the 144th place and in 2015 with the 201st place obtaining the IPS level rank both times (which was my second preference after IAS). My circumstances were more challenging, I think, during my first attempt:

  1. I was in the last year of university studying in a 4-year electrical engineering Btech program at IIT Delhi

2. During my third year, I had opted for an academic exchange program to Taiwan. It meant that I missed several required courses and labs that had to be done in

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"Under any circumstances" is a pretty big and broad criterion. Anyway, I will try to answer this question. I passed CSE twice, in 2014 with the 144th place and in 2015 with the 201st place obtaining the IPS level rank both times (which was my second preference after IAS). My circumstances were more challenging, I think, during my first attempt:

  1. I was in the last year of university studying in a 4-year electrical engineering Btech program at IIT Delhi

2. During my third year, I had opted for an academic exchange program to Taiwan. It meant that I missed several required courses and labs that I had to do in the last semester. So, unlike many of my friends, last semester I didn't relax.

3. I started my preparations only in fourth year.

4. I decided to opt for sociology as an elective in which I had very little prior knowledge.

5. My GPA was bordering on 9 and I didn't want to push it below that.

To be clear, I am not saying that my circumstances were the most challenging. Far from it, when I see my lotmates from various services, I feel less and less deserving. It is a great opportunity given to me by the Almighty. But I would like to give a generic overview of what I did and what helped me.

1.

Be clear about your goal - motivation is the main criteria here. If you come here for fallacious reasons like making more money, one day or another you will be demotivated. For me it was my childhood dream and I never felt that I could choose an alternative path.

2.

Form a timeline: I decided that I will try to be in the clearing stage of the preliminaries between September and October 2013 to have a fair shot at the 2014 mainline. I worked towards that goal and wanted to cover as much ground as possible .

3.

Analyze - Start by reading online about the people who passed these exams. Take a look at your strategy. Special attention should be paid to the section where they analyze what they did in the attempt in which they were unsuccessful. Also analyze your own ability. How much can you memorize? What is its holding capacity? Are you a visual learner or a reader?

Four.

Be flexible: This test is not just a knowledge test, but a values ​​test. Accept that you will need to change during preparations. You have to prepare yourself to fill some of the key positions in the administration of the country. For example: I never took notes during my JEE preparation or during my university. In fact, my total notes during my college years must have been a single record: P, but when I analyzed, I realized that it would help me to review quickly and therefore I took extensive notes of everything. Even the books and then I never looked at the textbooks and just went through my notes.

5.

Form a concrete strategy: What textbooks will you read? How will you read them? How will you organize the material? All of these things must be answered on the basis of an individual assessment. Be honest and form a realistic strategy.

6.

Stick to your commitment: Once you've formed your strategy, stick with it no matter what. Never compromise. Read what you decided you would read. If you decided to read yojana every month, you have to. If you miss it, make yourself read it next month. I have read 60 70 newspapers after the accumulation because I made a commitment to read two newspapers a day. Never compromise what you decided yourself.

Here are some additional tips to help you stick with your strategy:

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Fill empty spaces: I used to travel around 2 hours to train almost every day (going back and forth) from IITD to Old Rajinder Nagar. I used to have a lot of what I call "empty spaces", that is, riding the subway, and so on. Always check something or read some random but relevant text during this time. I read so many books during that year of preparation following this method.

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Don't make coaching an end in itself: If you feel that a particular class is unhelpful, avoid attending. Don't have too much fun instead, read the same topic at home. People tend to believe that since they have paid money, they need to "extract everything." You have paid money to gain knowledge and not attend classes. Remember the end purpose.

I don't think coaching is essential to pass this exam. In fact, it tends to make everyone the same by offering the same perspectives. Expand your horizon. Focus on the strategy you made rather than what the coaching teaches. Coaching focuses on volume, but you are an individual who aspires to a very individualistic role in government. Be independent!

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Periodic evaluations: test regularly, if you find a relatively weak topic, read a standard text about it. Don't overthink and don't strategize. Just pick up a book and start reading. Brute force to enter the list. This will also ensure that since you are focusing on a relatively weak subject, all subjects will become stronger over time. It's a good sign if your relative weakness keeps changing. Show that you are working on yourself.

Four.

Don't make it a horrible experience: I read some answers here I wanted you to study from 3pm to 5pm a day. I don't believe in this. In addition, they also wanted the applicants to close their social life and even ask their parents not to bother you (I know that in my case that would have ended with a lot of scolding). Friends should also be discarded. You are preparing to be an official and not to achieve nirvana. Don't put too much emphasis on penance. Rather enjoy the experience. I attended my hen party and had regular plans with my friends when necessary. They were also kind enough to change their plans according to my needs. I even sat down for placement just for the experience. I never left Facebook for an extended period. Whatsapp never deactivated. I think I would become mundane if I did such things. Enjoy responsibly. Remember that it is your fight, commit to it. The time left is for you. Don't feel guilty for enjoying it.

6.

The optional dilemma: don't go by market rumors. Make a short list of the options you consider taking. Read the basic materials in it and decide based on your own interests and abilities.

5.

Accept their conditions but never give in to them - I have spoken to many people and not just IAS / IPS / IFS / IRS who have beaten all odds to succeed. Embrace your reality and, as Lord Tyrion of House Lannister says, wear it as armor. Never do it as an excuse. Accepting your conditions is the first step toward overcoming them, but never make yourself believe it can't be done. Make yourself worthy of your goal. If you want to become a civil servant, change your value orientations to become sincere, disciplined, and committed. The point of the exam is to mold you, the test is done to make sure you did what is required. See the exam as a journey and your conditions as obstacles. Do not think too much or feel helpless, rather believe that everything can be done. Think less, work more! If some friends keep talking about how difficult the test is, stay away from them! Talk to your friends to talk more about eating and healthy living.

Finally just a side note. I generally avoid glorifying the exam. All those who have given it accept that there is enormous subjectivity in the exam. Don't put too much stakes on a single exam. It is part of life, therefore always have a plan B ready. No one in this world can guarantee that a person will pass away, it requires more than the right preparations, call it destiny or divine intervention, whatever you want. But enjoy the fact that this exam is sure to make you a more conscientious, confident, and disciplined individual, and if you do, you will be an asset to society and the country, whether you are a civil servant or not.

Here is my story that can guide you to clean civilizations on the first try

In 2013, My circumstances: -

  • I was at a job where I needed to work from 8 am to 8 pm with a 3 hour break.
  • He took 4 to 5 classes per day in addition to solving student doubts and preparing exams and study material.
  • IAS preparation started around 50 days before preliminaries
  • The marriage was arranged next year in May ... you can understand the previous ceremonies and many mental disorders because of it.

Generally in 2013–2014 (Busy work + Pre-marriage problems + IAS preparation). I took too many tasks and a lot less time. But since I never wanted to give up my good pay

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Here is my story that can guide you to clean civilizations on the first try

In 2013, My circumstances: -

  • I was at a job where I needed to work from 8 am to 8 pm with a 3 hour break.
  • He took 4 to 5 classes per day in addition to solving student doubts and preparing exams and study material.
  • IAS preparation started around 50 days before preliminaries
  • The marriage was arranged next year in May ... you can understand the previous ceremonies and many mental disorders because of it.

Generally in 2013–2014 (Busy work + Pre-marriage problems + IAS preparation). I took too many tasks and a lot less time. But since I never wanted to quit my high paying job for civil preparation. I tried to manage my time well

  • Spend 7 to 8 hours total studying focusing first on the preliminaries. I only aimed for the clear preliminaries that year.
  • I got through the preliminaries pretty easily getting 282 out of 400 points as I was pretty strong on the CSAT part.
  • Confidence increased significantly and thus the preparation of the UPSC network began the day the preliminaries ended.
  • 6 months to go online
  • I wrote most of the Vision IAS test and tried to parse them.
  • The GS part wasn't that strong as I started preparing too late for civilization. So, I tried to focus on the static parts of GS
  • Prepared Chemistry is optional in the next 4-5 months ... I was able to do it only because I had been teaching chemistry for many years to IIT JEE applicants.
  • I always kept a positive attitude as I had nothing to lose even if my attempt was in vain.
  • I gave the first UPSC network in December 2013 and tried to do my best.
  • March 2013, the network results were declared and I deleted it on the 1st try. It was an amazing and amazing moment for me.
  • I gave a UPSC interview on May 13, 2014 ... exactly 10 days before my marriage: D ...
  • So many things were happening simultaneously, I couldn't focus much on interview preparation and due to various distractions over the last month. I didn't get my name on the final list.

As my story has as much flavor of success as of failure, I could advise you correctly on what to do and what not to do: -

  • Try to start UPSC prep as soon as possible ... don't delay in UPSC prep. Many of my close friends have wasted many important years of their youth preparing for UPSC.
  • Join a good workout and get on your way with the UPSC syllabus and questions in mind.
  • Decide optional based on your interest and not on what people recommend. If you are good with your optional, you will always get a great score.
  • Avoid distractions as much as possible (social media, negative news, marriage: P, love or lust)
  • Take good care of fitness
  • Always keep a safety backup career plan in case the UPSC plan fails ... it will always give you the moral support
  • You can take part-time teaching as a job ... as you will earn sustainable income ... and teaching will increase your understanding and other skills ...
  • Minimum material required and maximum revision of the same material. Don't make your house a library
  • Good series of tests and analyzes
  • The most important thing is not to lose focus until the interview is over. I lost my focus after cleaning the network and now I am writing this answer on Quora

I wish you all the best to be successful on the first try.

Hello ... I would like to share my experience as I prepare so that I can help you in your preparation. Also my circumstances were unique that no one had experienced, that's where my journey comes from.

Right now I am working as a DC. Many of my co-workers are on quora, so I am becoming anonymous.

Let me start my journey.

My teammate and I (now my spouse) at TCS had a background in mechanics. We were doing some computer work that was not suitable for hands that worked with fire and grease. Therefore, we made the decision to quit the job, as it was not our cup of tea. At that time while we were tr

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Hello ... I would like to share my experience as I prepare so that I can help you in your preparation. Also my circumstances were unique that no one had experienced, that's where my journey comes from.

Right now I am working as a DC. Many of my co-workers are on quora, so I am becoming anonymous.

Let me start my journey.

My teammate and I (now my spouse) at TCS had a background in mechanics. We were doing some computer work that was not suitable for hands that worked with fire and grease. Therefore, we made the decision to quit the job, as it was not our cup of tea. At that time, as we were traveling to the hometown by train through the ghat section around 3am, the train suddenly stopped. We came to know that there was a landscape and that the train cannot go any further. Since it was the time when everyone would sleep soundly, it was difficult for RPF to handle people in that state and moment. Everyone was furious, they were blaming the government, etc. Now the bad moment of our life happens, that is to say, already., Exactly the entrance of an official of ias. Within . 5 hours buses were arranged for us directly to our hometown. He boarded all the buses himself and apologized for the inconvenience. From that moment on, the burning desire to become an ias officer began in us. I, my teammate, quit our job and since we were fundamentally strong in mechanics, we planned to prepare without coaching as an optional subject. But to save costs, we plan to stay in a single room. It was a somewhat strange decision. We did not say this in our house. We just say that I have a roommate who is also preparing for ias. But not if the roommate is "he or she" (they definitely would not have agreed since we are of Orthodox origin). We started preparing for the exam at the end of May. Everyone in the town thought we were couples. But we were hardly preparing for the exam. It was very difficult in the initial phase as not many examples can be solved in easy notes that were written. But we reviewed some ntpel videos for topics that we found difficult to understand. We also followed the step of teaching each other that we were strong. It was also difficult for me to control my desire as there are only 2 of us in the room. But the burning desire within was greater than all other desires. Finally, at the end of November, we managed to successfully complete the study program. Then comes a real nightmare. There are 2. It was very difficult in the initial phase as not many examples can be solved in easy notes that were written. But we reviewed some ntpel videos for topics that we found difficult to understand. We also followed the step of teaching each other that we were strong. It was also difficult for me to control my desire as there are only 2 of us in the room. But the burning desire within was greater than all other desires. Finally, at the end of November, we managed to successfully complete the study program. Then comes a real nightmare. There are 2. It was very difficult in the initial phase as not many examples can be solved in easy notes that were written. But we reviewed some ntpel videos for topics that we found difficult to understand. We also followed the step of teaching each other that we were strong. It was also difficult for me to control my desire as there are only 2 of us in the room. But the burning desire within was greater than all other desires. Finally, at the end of November, we managed to successfully complete the study program. Then comes a real nightmare. There are 2. But the burning desire within was greater than all other desires. Finally, at the end of November, we managed to successfully complete the study program. Then comes a real nightmare. There are 2. But the burning desire within was greater than all other desires. Finally, at the end of November, we managed to successfully complete the study program. Then comes a real nightmare. There are 2.

  1. Test series: we used to score a lot less. It was like impossible. We plan to rejoin TCS. But again that night he remembers and we begin to correct mistakes. Brands began to improve.
  2. Weather: it was winter and at night it was around 10 ℃. We were shaking. However, we used to study until 4 a.m. We used to have sex to keep warm.

Then comes exam month. Preparation reaches the maximum level. I remember that the last 10 days before the exam we barely slept 5 hours. But 3 days before the exam we slept soundly and had sex. I can say that it refreshes us. Before going to the exam we gave her a deep French kiss. During the initial 10 minute exam, simply read the quiz. Just keep thinking and saying "yeah, I know this answer." It was a bit easy compared to the test series.

Later, about 3 months after the exam, we found out that we had passed the preliminaries. We were on cloud 9. We forgot that there are still 2 rounds of battle left. I began to enjoy how we are already king and queen of the kingdom.

Later, about a month after the results, another shocking news came. You may have guessed it. Yes… my teammate, roommate, bedmate started vomiting…. We went to the doctor. While in the car, he said he missed periods in the previous two months. Hearing that I started to sweat and even my hands were shaking. However, the doctor confirmed that she was not pregnant. It was due to some problem in her menstrual cycle that she was given a tablet. Later, as we drove back, we realized that God had given us a chance. Therefore, we began to prepare very hard for the main dishes. We used to write and practice for conventional paper. It really was a very difficult and boring phase. But it is a big problem for us dealing with sex. Even though we had strong determination, we couldn't control it when the testosterone peaked. I can say thanks to Durex. Later came the main courses. Only 10 days for the network. We are attempting a series of tests and cannot get the expected grades. But I was confident that we will do it as the same thing happened in the preliminaries. I can say that the day before the exam you do not go to anything. Just chant some mantras or even try new positions in sex like we did. Main was a bit easy compared to the preliminaries, as we were very good at writing essay-type responses. we couldn't control it when testosterone peaked. I can say thanks to Durex. Later came the main dishes. Only 10 days for the network. We are attempting a series of tests and cannot get the expected grades. But I was confident that we will do it as the same thing happened in the preliminaries. I can say that the day before the exam you do not go to anything. Just chant some mantras or even try new positions in sex like we did. Main was a bit easy compared to the preliminaries, as we were very good at writing essay-type responses. we couldn't control it when testosterone peaked. I can say thanks to Durex. Later came the main dishes. Only 10 days for the network. We are attempting a series of tests and cannot get the expected grades. But I was confident that we will do it as the same thing happened in the preliminaries. I can say that the day before the exam you do not go to anything. Just chant some mantras or even try new positions in sex like we did. Main was a bit easy compared to the preliminaries, as we were very good at writing essay-type responses. But I was confident that we will do it as the same thing happened in the preliminaries. I can say that the day before the exam you do not go to anything. Just chant some mantras or even try new positions in sex like we did. Main was a bit easy compared to the preliminaries, as we were very good at writing essay-type responses. But I was confident that we will do it as the same thing happened in the preliminaries. I can say that the day before the exam you do not go to anything. Just chant some mantras or even try new positions in sex like we did. Main was a bit easy compared to the preliminaries, as we were very good at writing essay-type responses.

We finally got to know that we had both done it over the net. The first thing he said was "f ** k me". I can tell that we were a horny couple.

But the real twist was here. As the elders said, God never gives a second chance. You guessed it right. She started vomiting again. I was sure it could be due to an oval cycle problem. But at the doctor's clinic. The doctor invites me to his cabin and shaking my hand he says "congratulations, you're going to be a father."

Totally screwed up. I do not know what to do. We pay the bill and head straight to the room. We argued for 1 day and we made the decision to let us have a baby. Whatever it may be.

Later comes the interview, it was pretty easy as he was good at deciphering interviews. Even the panel is very friendly. I have arivnd saxena panel. They were supportive. I scored 130 in the interview. It was the fifth highest of our lot.

But the sad part was my teammate. She vomited during the interview. He scored around 100 in the interview. But we can say that the upsc board is very supportive. Chaiman himself called the medical team and the interview continued as she felt comfortable.

Finally on a good day. While we have sex, the mobile beeps and I verify and it is a message that the results of ias are out. Everything that had been raised returns to its normal position :). The heart begins to beat like a Royal Enfield bicycle. We plan to verify our results simultaneously through different mobile devices. 1,2,3, set, set.

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeee ,,,,,,,, we made it. I had Air -21 and she had Air-70. We kissed. I had an amazing blast that night: (((……… ..

At this time we were parents of a child ... I mean the "preparation child".

This was my journey to become ias..I mean, under no circumstances ever give up your dream. Have some faith in God.

Always follow your dream. Never let anything take your sleep away. Face life as it comes. And also the famous Vivekananda's quite "get up, wake up, don't stop until you get it"…. At this time I also had the opportunity to work as a subordinate to the same ias officer whom I met on the train that night ......

All the best guys ………

Well, I passed the exam on my first try and I did it immediately after completing my clg in May 2018, so I think my experience will help you.

I started attending vajiram and ravi coaching classes in my 3rd year of engineering and my CGPA at that time was 6.8, now I had to travel 2 hours a day, spend 2.5 hours in coaching classes and go back to my university. was to attend classes religiously and at the same time I wanted to make sure my CGPA hit 7 (which is a tough task in 3rd year and that too with training and all)

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Well, I passed the exam on my first try and I did it immediately after completing my clg in May 2018, so I think my experience will help you.

I started attending vajiram and ravi coaching classes in my 3rd year of engineering and my CGPA at that time was 6.8, now I had to travel 2 hours a day, spend 2.5 hours in coaching classes and go back to my university. was to attend classes religiously and at the same time I wanted to make sure my CGPA hit 7 (which is a tough task in 3rd year and that too with training and all)

Since I started my preparation, things started randomly, due to lack of time I started to plan things, before going to coaching I never attended my class at IIT on time, I used my mobile in cls and I listened to cls it was something rare.

But little by little time became very valuable and I had to change all these habits at my university. For UPSC, I used to complete the newspaper reading while I was waiting and waiting in long lines at Vajiram. to use every part of it (Labs: used to complete them ahead of time and go out for training as most labs were used to complete around 5 and my training starts at 5. Classes: whenever there was one boring class, I used to take my upsc books. Traveling: I remember all those bus trips, subway trips and airports where I would sit alone and read)

Things did not change overnight, the first exam I faced in my clg after joining the coaching, I did very badly and if I performed that way my CGPA would have reached 5.0, but I thought I should give it a little longer and that's the way it is. It started to change slowly and by the end of the fourth year, second half of January 2018, I ended up getting CGPA 7.56 (CGPA hardly changes after that). When I thought things were going my way, 2018 was completely different for me.

I reached a low point in my personal life. I felt that something had crushed my dignity and I felt vulnerable, sad, angry. Added to this, my university was ending in May and for the last 2 years I burned all the time in the library. This added fuel to the fire and there were different things on my mind. I wanted to be with friends at least for the last few days, but I couldn't as I had the preliminaries in June.

I dropped out of college in April without even attending my departmental photography. I missed the hostel day, my friends' placement parties and all, and landed in an apartment in Hyderabad.

This 6-month phase (APRIL-OCTOBER 2018) was the most difficult phase of my life, I was not in a position to enjoy anything in my life and I started reading all the time I have, so as not to be thinking. about all these things.

I rarely left my house and for 3 months (after the preliminaries) I read like hell. I rarely used to speak to anyone (not even my family). Also, one day things got out of my control.

The moment my phone had 8 missed calls, I knew something was wrong I received a message saying that my friend had died in an accident, all I could do was cry at recess and do my studies as usual, this It was the hardest thing. What I have done To tell yourself that everything is fine and do your duty and then go back in the break time and feel the pain.

I made my life so miserable for those 6 months that UPSC became more than just an exam for me. I sat for those long hours a day increasing my weight that I used to feel while walking. Those 6 months I used to dream of the day every day. when I would have a chance to lead a normal life

I don't know that the above things worked or not. In my test series I never completed all the work (I used to ask 17-18 questions) and I never practiced writing 2 articles per day.

But the day I went to the main net, I was not nervous. I was expecting it. I was hungry for a performance. I completed all the questions in all the jobs that I failed to do in the test series. I rated the main network and got a call. for interview.

The results of the day arrived, nothing was unusual. I went to the library in the morning, came home for lunch, and then went to play tennis at 5 in the afternoon. When my result came out, I was playing tennis and it was my mother who told me the result. he was ranked 699 at age 22.

I went to play tennis even though I knew the results were going to come that night, not because I was confident, it was just because I agreed with things, that is, being on the list and off the list. I am more balanced as a person and I have great respect for time. So I focus on the things I plan for the day and stop worrying about the things that were not in my control.

Now, going into part of under any circumstances, I mentioned what I had to face and there are many people who faced more than this to pass this exam.

But one truth I learned after all this process is that humans have a layered personality. I couldn't have done anything I said above if I just cried in pain or found comfort in others.

I was pushed to an extreme where I had to break through my layers of comfort and explore the strength within me. I had to dig deeper into myself to be able to represent something that I dreamed of.

I thought, I was stronger when I was with my people, I was wrong, I was stronger when I fought alone, I thought I was happy when I had everything in life, but believe me, that feeling of happiness that one has. , when we know that we have fought for everything and avoided everything that was presented to us, it is one of those feelings that we can bet our lives on.

So you only need one thing to pass this exam on the first try. That's more of you. In any of the attempts, I think the only thing that can make a difference is you.

As you mentioned the crossover exam under any circumstances, I have written this. But if you were looking for a strategy, sorry.

I hope this helps.

I am in a good position to answer this, not because I passed the exam on my first try. But because I have improved in the last 5 years learning from the mistakes I made.

I always wonder how some people are able to pass the exam on the first try, while others take 4, 5 or 6 attempts, even though they both have the same intelligence. What I realized is that most applicants who have cracked it on their first try have guidance. Either their brother / sister has already passed the exam or their parents are civil servants or have really strong contacts that can guide them. Because

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I am in a good position to answer this, not because I passed the exam on my first try. But because I have improved in the last 5 years learning from the mistakes I made.

I always wonder how some people are able to pass the exam on the first try, while others take 4, 5 or 6 attempts, even though they both have the same intelligence. What I realized is that most applicants who have cracked it on their first try have guidance. Either their brother / sister has already passed the exam or their parents are civil servants or have really strong contacts that can guide them. Because the first 1-2 years of the applicant go through discovering how this process works, what the strategy should be, etc.

Self-aware people like me make mistakes, learn from them, and get better, and therefore try more. But even if you don't know anyone who can guide, I think I can help you with this answer.

Since it is difficult to give a detailed strategy on how to prepare, since each individual has their unique journey ... I will try to give a general summary of how to solve it on the First try.

The magic strategy

  • Being with a senior applicant who has at least given main courses. If you go to Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, etc. For UPSC preparation, preferably be roommates with serious senior applicants.
  • If you have basic intelligence and can read on your own, please do not enroll in any basic course (if your age is over 21, otherwise it is better to join a basic course). Instead, join a good series of network tests.
  • Give the one year electrical network test series very seriously and religiously. Strictly follow the schedule. You will cover most of the topics in this test series.
  • Attend optional classes simultaneously. If your elective classes are completed before November. Review the syllabus in 1-2 months.
  • Starting in January or February, start your preliminary preparation.
  • Begin your preliminary preparation with basic books and current affairs.
  • Stop preparing main dishes 3 months before the preliminaries and focus only on the preliminaries.
  • Attend a test series from a reputable institute and buy other institute test series on the market.
  • For the past 3 months, try a test every day. Don't worry about the marks. Focus on learning from the mistakes made when solving MCQs.
  • If you follow this, you are more likely to get through the preliminaries and compete with your roommates who have already spent 3-4 years in preparation.
  • After the preliminaries, immediately review your optional in 15 days and join a series of optional tests.
  • While completing the Detailed Application Form (DAF), please follow the guidance of the people who scored high in the interview, as the direction in which the interview is headed depends on your DAF.
  • Practice writing responses extensively with your friends.
  • After your main courses, begin your interview preparation. Please note that the interview is not a test of your knowledge, but a test of your personality. So practice trust, honesty, calm, and good sense… instead of reading a lot.

All the best.

Starting the engine:

First, please read the entire exam program carefully. Understand the differences and similarities between the Preliminary and Major curriculum. Then, review the question papers from the previous year (pre + red). Don't start reading books without going through this process. It is important because it will keep you on the right track. The syllabus for this exam is huge, so you can't afford to read irrelevant stuff.

The 1st gear:

Now the first book you need to read is the NCERT. The NCERTs will cover almost all the basics of most subjects. Read NCERT fr

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Starting the engine:

First, please read the entire exam program carefully. Understand the differences and similarities between the Preliminary and Major curriculum. Then, review the question papers from the previous year (pre + red). Don't start reading books without going through this process. It is important because it will keep you on the right track. The syllabus for this exam is huge, so you can't afford to read irrelevant stuff.

The 1st gear:

Now the first book you need to read is the NCERT. The NCERTs will cover almost all the basics of most subjects. Read NCERTs for classes 6-12. Sometimes the UPSC asks questions directly from these books, so don't ignore them (unless you don't have much time).

NCERT you should read: -

History; Geography; Polity (class 6-12)

Economy (class 9-12)

Artistic culture; Sociology (class 11-12)

Science (class 6-10)

Biology (selected chapters from class 11-12)

For History you can also consider Tamil Nadu board books (classes 11 and 12). They are also very good.

The 2nd gear:

Now, together with the NCERTs, start reading a daily newspaper. This is one of the most important things to do to prepare. You can read one from The Hindu or The Indian Express. Do not read any other. Make newspaper a daily habit. You will need to take notes, but don't try to do it for the first few weeks. First you have to learn to read the newspaper. Not all information and news in print are important. A good understanding of the syllabus and the nature of the questions asked in the previous year's exam will help you here. Political news may not be important, but the constitutional provisions that support it will. For example, what happened between BJP and PDP at J&K is not important, but the constitutional provisions for J&K are. Similarly, what the leaders of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu say about the Cauvery River dispute is not important, but the provisions for the interstate water dispute, the power of the Supreme Court on the issue, the fundamental rights position is. Here even the geographical position and characteristics of the river Cauvery are important. So first, learn to read the newspaper, and then move on to taking notes.

Another thing is that you do not ignore the editorials. They are of utmost importance. They give you the facts and perspective to understand the matter. But there will be some articles from a particular point of view (right or left). You do not need to adopt a mindset in any way. Learn to stay neutral because that's what UPSC tests with a candidate. Now this whole process of reading the newspaper and taking notes in the future will be time consuming, but don't worry because as you go along, it will slow down.

Note: Do not start reading the NCERTs and the newspaper as relevant only to the preliminaries, but start with the main syllabus and then go to the preliminaries. You will notice that most of the preliminary syllabus has already been covered in the main section.

The 3rd gear:

Now your next step would be to choose and cover your optional topic. Optional is extremely important because it scores 500 points on the main exam. Getting a good score on optional not only guarantees your selection, but also improves your ranking. Choose your optional carefully. Make a short list of the subjects you are comfortable with and then review the syllabus and question papers from the previous year and then decide which one. Then quickly plan and complete the entire syllabus. Read according to the nature of the questions asked.

The fourth gear:

Along with the option to start preparing for the GS. Now is the time to review the reference books. Start with one topic at a time or with several (do it in the way that is most comfortable for you). Take notes because they will help you review quickly. It is important to take your own notes instead of copying, borrowing or buying from the outside, because by taking notes yourself you will learn and remember for longer.

Again, making good quality notes requires practice and a good understanding of the syllabus and the questions being asked. (That is why the first step is crucial).

Note: Learning and remembering are equally important because if you have learned everything accurately but cannot remember them when sitting in the exam room, then learning is useless. Regular review helps you remember longer notes, and good notes provide quality review.

In the meantime, learn the technique of writing answers and practice regularly because your answer will be the only way to present your knowledge. Understand the difference between keyword as comment; elucidate; to elaborate; argue; criticize, etc.… being asked in the exam. You can also join any online test series to put yourself to the test.

Also, don't ignore the essay. Write an essay every week or every ten days. Please note the time limit. You will be asked to write 2 essays with a word limit of 1000 to 1200 in three hours. Also collect the important quotes and lines that you can use in your essays.

The fifth gear:

Now 3-4 months before the preliminaries begin to prepare solely for it. Look for more factual information in both the current and static parts, but don't ignore the conceptual information in its entirety because UPSC also asks questions that require conceptual knowledge in the preliminaries. Run mock tests and try to solve as many MCQs as you can. Also solve preliminary question papers from previous years religiously. Sometimes UPSC repeats the questions. Also learn the elimination method to solve the questions for which you do not know the answer precisely. Also read from additional important sources like yojana, economic survey; watch discussions on rajya Sabha tv; any major blog on the internet, etc.

Review is the key in this exam. Read-Review-Repeat that's the process. Review each topic as much as you can. Also, do not put too much pressure on the exam. Do not compare yourself with others. Always maintain good confidence. Good confidence gives you a good memory to remember things when you need them. Even in the exam room, if you don't know the answer to a particular question, don't panic. Try to solve it with the knowledge acquired throughout your preparation.

Keep your balance in these 5 gears and you will soon switch to the 6th, which will be the training program at LBSNAA.

BEST OF LUCK…

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I have my attempt at UPSC in 2023. And the truth is that I have not started studying anything. But what I did was read some topper blogs, watch videos, and come up with my own strategy from there. I arranged my book list, my strategy, what I will and will not follow, will I join the coaching or not, will I prepare from Delhi or from my home ?.

These are the few things that I think that if followed correctly, you have a chance to see your name on the final list.

1. Knowing the Study Plan is the most important thing. Once you know the syllabus, it will be easier for you to read current affairs. Know the curriculum

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I have my attempt at UPSC in 2023. And the truth is that I have not started studying anything. But what I did was read some topper blogs, watch videos, and come up with my own strategy from there. I arranged my book list, my strategy, what I will and will not follow, will I join the coaching or not, will I prepare from Delhi or from my home ?.

These are the few things that I think that if followed correctly, you have a chance to see your name on the final list.

1. Knowing the Study Plan is the most important thing. Once you know the syllabus, it will be easier for you to read current affairs. Knowing Syllabus will help you to differentiate between the part that you should read and the part that you should not read. The learning curriculum is the very basic first step.

2. Stick to your book list. The list of books that you have decided for yourself should stick to it. Never be swayed by the vast amount of material available at ORN. Do not try to copy other sources. 90 percent of the book list is the same for all applicants. You need to take care of the remaining 10 percent and you need to be inflexible enough to stick with that.

3. Read the newspaper regularly, with the utmost attention. Most of the questions are asked about current affairs, in the initial stage you can take the help of the IASBABA, INSIGHTS ON INDIA, they provide every day a newspaper summary that you can read to understand better. And after the end of the month covering Actualidad coverage with any reputable coaching magazine like Vision IAS. These magazines will help you clarify basic facts and concepts and review better.

4.If you are starting from June, you should definitely complete your standard books in February so that you can review well for the preliminaries and start practicing for the simulations.

5.Any aspiring UPSC can start writing the answer after 3 months of preparation, it can be a big plus if you start writing the answer from October on platforms like IAS Baba or Insights. Writing responses is the key to getting through the net.

6. Solve the questionnaire from the previous year so that you can see the trend of UPSC and the topics that are asked the most.

7.For the preliminaries, deliver at least 60 drills, so that you can analyze your weaknesses and strengths. It will help you to know how well your divination works, how many questions should you answer? Giving simulated roles will help you a lot.

8. For the majors, covering all the quarters indicated in the study plan. You must know the meaning of each term that is given in the syllabus. For the net, try not to leave stone unturned. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE writing responses. Write sectional tests and full tests. Be mentally prepared to work hard!

9. Avoid social networks throughout your preparation, avoid anything that distracts you. Don't take chances on these things.

10. Be able to resist the temptation to go out, to watch television. You must prepare yourself mentally and emotionally. You should enjoy the trip and be prepared for gloomy days too.

11. You must beat all the blues that arise from your preparation. Be consistent, patient, and hardworking.

12. Take advantage of the time between the preliminary exams and their result.

13. Don't forget to focus on topics like essay and ethics. Covers everything.

14.Your optional can decide your rank, choose the option wisely, play an important role. 300+ in optional and you can see your name in the final list.

fifteen . Be confident at every stage of preparation. Trust the process. Trust your resources and hard work.

16 Interview: - Be an authentic person, don't brag! Prepare DAF sincerely. And calm down!

I hope all the UPSC applicants top the list with great success.

You can send me a message if you have questions about the preparation!

If anyone wants to break UPSC CSE in any circumstance, they should know the following "CIVIL SERVICE OFFICIALS".

  • N. Ambika - IPS Officer (must read) - Married at the age of 14 and was blessed with two children at 18.
  • Rakesh Sharma, AIR608 CSE2019 - Visually impaired.
  • Sparsh Gupta, AIR562 CSE 2018 - Visually Impaired
  • Anu Kumari, AIR2 CSE2017- Mother of a 4-year-old boy

No amount of impediment can stop you and if there is any, it is only and only you are yourself.

Now let's talk about those alleged circumstances one by one:

  1. Family Responsibility Factor: - Some of you are arguing that I
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If anyone wants to break UPSC CSE in any circumstance, they should know the following "CIVIL SERVICE OFFICIALS".

  • N. Ambika - IPS Officer (must read) - Married at the age of 14 and was blessed with two children at 18.
  • Rakesh Sharma, AIR608 CSE2019 - Visually impaired.
  • Sparsh Gupta, AIR562 CSE 2018 - Visually Impaired
  • Anu Kumari, AIR2 CSE2017- Mother of a 4-year-old boy

No amount of impediment can stop you and if there is any, it is only and only you are yourself.

Now let's talk about those alleged circumstances one by one:

  1. Family's responsibility factor:- Some of you are arguing that you have to consider family responsibilities due to some exceptional reasons at the same time when you are preparing for CSE. My friend always remember, problems are the part of life and problems will come sometimes in greater intensity while sometimes in lesser. All you need to enjoy the journey and tackle those problems with your full enthusiasm. Always remember God gives problems to those on whom he has trust that this guy will overcome with this difficulty and make a differences in society.
  2. Make Study a 'Habit':- If you succeeded in making study a Habit than believe me no one can stop you from wining. For this you just need to think. For example, if you are a working professional and you are also aspiring IAS than once a day while you are in your office surely started feeling tired than you Will definitely Start imagining that you have to study after the office. While such a thought strike in your mind just engage yourself in anyother activity and diverte your mind. And than after your office take a rest a suddenly start studying without thinking anything. Do this for 25–30 days I know it's hard but if you did believe me Study will definitely become your habit.
  3. There is no IDEAL timetable:- Discipline is the first Buzzword in CSE preparation. So you need a timetable. But always remember obeying timetable differ P2P. I know Tina Dabi, AIR1, CSE 2015 once in an interview she claimed that she used to make timetable for next 4 to 5 months, on the other side I know some Toppers who makes timetable which they called TARGET OF THE DAY and they tried to follow it. Remember covering 80–85% of your timetable or target is enough. I'm mentioning this because some peoples have the view that timetable means only making Row and column and writing subjects day wise. No it's totally a myth, just set target for a day but it should be realistic, never committ that you will cover 15chapters of Spectrum because it will be completely unrealistic, and try to cover it and if you are covering 80–85% only than it's enough for CSE preparation.
  4. Develop CSE-friendly Attitude:- Minal Karanwal, AIR35 CSE2019. Once in an interview she remarked that She failed in her previous attempt just because of her attitude towards CSE, despite one year of good preparation with enough completion of syllabus. So by CSE-Friendly I mean that neither you should take CSE lightly, as post of an IAS can be for aspirant who had ordinary background in academics but not for ordinary thinking, nor you should take CSE as world's toughest exam because with this attitude you will never be able to clear it. Remember UPSC is a Process not just merely an exam.
  5. Make a habit of Smart work:- You can take thousands of example every year. Every year there are too many aspirant who are preparing hard from 1st year of their graduation but still failed to crack CSE even in 2 or 3 attempts on the other hand every year hundreds of seats were secured by engineers especially IITians this is just because of their smartness towards tackling the the most difficult part of any exam i.e. its syllabus. This proved that UPSC wants aspirants who are smart workers instead of Hard worker.

So with these technique and with consistency+dedication and smart work you can also be in the list of CSE topper's.

Personally, it took me two years to make the final list. However, I still believe that cracking UPSC on the first try is very possible. Some of the brightest officers like Tina Dabi, Roman Saini, Anmol Singh Bedi, etc. have shown us that not only can you aspire to be on the final list on your first try, but you can also aspire to be your first. of the group.

My journey took a couple of years as I made a few mistakes and took a little more time to understand what the exam requires. After deep introspection, I would like to make the following suggestions to answer your question.

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Personally, it took me two years to make the final list. However, I still believe that cracking UPSC on the first try is very possible. Some of the brightest officers like Tina Dabi, Roman Saini, Anmol Singh Bedi, etc. have shown us that not only can you aspire to be on the final list on your first try, but you can also aspire to be your first. of the group.

Mi viaje se prolongó por un par de años, ya que cometí algunos errores y me tomé un poco más de tiempo para comprender lo que exige el examen. Después de una profunda introspección, me gustaría hacer las siguientes sugerencias para responder a su pregunta:

  1. Choose your optional wisely I gave my first attempt right out of college. I was a fresh graduate in mechanical engineering and I felt that I should take Mechanical as my optional as I was in touch with the subject. However, I eventually found it to be too bulky to revise during the three month period between pre and mains. So In my next attempt I switched to anthropology. I really enjoyed studying it and could also give time to GS papers.
  2. Keep your material concise the key is to study optimally and revise content again and again! Please chose the basic books- NCERTs etc. If you are consulting multiple books, make notes so that you have everything at one place.
  3. Focus on your optional right from the beginning so if you have one year to your prelims, finish your optional in first few months itself. 3 months before prelims, focus should only be on the prelims.
  4. Write answers regularly I wrote one answer everyday and one essay per month. Answer writing practice for optional is also very important. I regularly submitted answers to my teachers and took their feedback.
  5. Be very thorough with current affairs Read Indian Express/ The Hindu regularly. Try to form opinions about issues.
  6. Take your classes seriously Now that I look back, it sounds very geeky but I always sat on the first row in every class. I never sat with friends. I attended all my classes regularly And revised what was taught everyday. I felt lucky that I could go to classes. Not everyone can afford to stay in Delhi and prepare. So this kept me excited !

Having said that, I would like to say that success comes to you when you are truly ready, just at the right time. Give every attempt like it's your first. Please understand that its a challenging exam and do not get disheartened if it takes more time than you anticipated. All the best!

I don't know if I am the right person to answer this question or not because I could not pass this exam in all my 6 attempts despite being very close. But I think I have extensive knowledge about this exam because I gave it six years of my life. And I think I can at least guide applicants in what I feel has gone wrong with my attempts and preparation so that they don't make the same mistakes that I did. That way, your chances can be improved, although it is difficult to predict whether you will be able to pass this exam on your first try or even your last.

UPSC CSE is an examination of

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I don't know if I am the right person to answer this question or not because I could not pass this exam in all my 6 attempts despite being very close. But I think I have extensive knowledge about this exam because I gave it six years of my life. And I think I can at least guide applicants in what I feel has gone wrong with my attempts and preparation so that they don't make the same mistakes that I did. That way, your chances can be improved, although it is difficult to predict whether you will be able to pass this exam on your first try or even your last.

UPSC CSE is an exam of colossal magnitude and a “logistical challenge” in itself. Moreover UPSC is not called “Unpredictable Service Commission” in the aspirant community for absolutely no reason. Even if you prepare very well and do everything right (which is mathematically very improbable if not impossible), a lot of things can go wrong in this exam at any of the levels. The biggest problem with this exam is that even if you fail at the last stage and by say even 1 mark, you don’t get any consolation prize as in you have to start from the scratch again and it might happen that you may fail to clear prelims itself in this year even though might have gotten selected in the previous year (as it happened to a friend of mine who got IRTS last year and couldn’t even clear prelims this year).

You can read other answer in which I have delineated the mistakes I made in all the attempts and why I feel I couldn’t get through:

Atul Roy's answer to Why most IAS aspirants fail to qualify prelims and Mains?

Clearing this exam in the very first attempt depends on a lot of other factors many of which are not in control of an average aspirant. For example the biggest reason why people from ivy league colleges like IITs, IIMs etc clear this exam in disproportionate numbers is the exposure they get in their colleges. They have world class faculty, better study environments, and most importantly a vibrant and top notch peer group. So they generally don’t make the same mistakes the average aspirants make. I will give you an example. In my first attempt since I didn't have any idea of what to read, I used to read “ChronicKill” (Chronicle) magazine which was tremendous waste of time and energy. But at the same time I had a co aspirant from IIT Delhi (who eventually cleared in his first attempt) and he laughed at us for reading that magazine and never read it. He read basic books and NCERTs and cleared. Since there is so much study material available and so many different strategies floating around it becomes very difficult to know what to read and what not to. And in this exam it is very important to know what not to read even more than what to read.

Moreover people think that if someone cleared in the first attempt, everyone can. It may or may not happen. Because someone who clears in first attempt, may have been preparing for a long time before writing the exam e.g. Tina Dabi who had been preparing since 2011, or they must have been very well read even before writing the exam e.g. Prakash Rajpurohit or they might have been simply gifted e.g. Shah Faisal. And this might not be the case with every other aspirant.

That is not to imply that this exam can not be prepared and cleared in the first attempt. It can certainly be done. I am below giving in brief the mistakes I committed and how to avoid them so as to better your chances to clear this exam in first attempt. If you want to know in detail you can read my answer I have mentioned above.

Here’s some of the mistakes one should avoid ( taken from my answer):

  1. Wishfully thinking and daydreaming that one would clear this exam. Most of the time one keeps on planning on what and how to read;thinking about what one would do after clearing the exam and what not, and not actually reading. This is detrimental.
  2. Not taking a holistic perspective of this exam. Taking all the different stages as disparate entities whereas this exam is an integrated exam.
  3. Being overconfident about one’s abilities. Even if you are/have been a topper throughout your academic or career, you still have to cover a mammoth syllabus which will take time and hard work. And in my opinion intelligence is hyped concept. So many Doctors, IITians & IIM grads fail to clear this exam every year despite putting in efforts. What is required is a very well planned strategy and a lot of hard work and belief in one’e abilities and not overconfidence.
  4. Mixing personal with professional. We all go through tough phases in life. But if you let it affect your preparation you are doomed. So one needs to be able to separate personal from professional.
  5. Choosing popular optionals. I took Geo and Pub Ad. Got butchered in 2012. Whereas a friend of mine took Physics and Maithili and became an IAS in 2012 (I had more marks than him in Interview and Essay and similar marks in GS). I am not saying that one should not take these optionals, but be ready for getting lower average marks than other not so popular optionals say Economics.
  6. Not making notes. Notes are absolutely necessary for revision and retaining information. So unless you have eidetic memory like Sherlock you’d be better off making notes.
  7. Only reading and not revising. Biggest mistake one can make. Because after a certain time information evaporates from the mind unless you revise it. So always revise at regular intervals.
  8. Unbalanced preparation. Focusing on one area at the cost of others. Cost me my 2015 attempt as I didn’t focus on CA properly.

There can be many other aspects that may bring you down. All you need to do is to be dedicated, hard working and have a well planned strategy for preparation. And avoid the mistakes others have made and you should be able to clear this exam in the very first attempt.

Note: I will update this answer if I come up with new ideas. Stay tuned.

I really liked this question as I started my CSE preparation with the same mindset and by God's grace I cleared the exam in my first attempt.

Coming to the question, few suggestions from my end would be:

- Cut to the chase.Firstly
, it is really important, I think that when applicants start their preparation, it should be with the attitude that their first attempt should be the best and the only attempt (at least until the final result is published, which may be your decision). change). I say this because once you feel like you only get one shot at CSE, you will tend to study more efficiently than you do.

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I really liked this question as I started my CSE prep with the same mindset and by the grace of God I passed the exam on my first try.

Coming to the question, some suggestions from me would be:

- Cut to the chase
First of all it's really important I feel that when aspirants begin their preparation it should be with the attitude that their first attempt should be their best and only attempt (at least till the final result is out post which your decision may change). I say this because once you feel that you have only one shot at CSE, you will tend to study with more efficiency than you could ever study had you been complacent thinking about the number of attempts. You may have heard this before that CSE is a test more of your attitude than aptitude.

- Not just an exam
It is equally important that you not treat UPSC CSE as just an exam. It is so much more than that. You must treat it as a devotional exercise - something that you not only give your heart and soul to but something that is profoundly sacred to you and hence you are willing to work hard not just as an aspirant but as a devotee who would not give in to distractions of any kind because what they've set their heart on is too holy and pious to be ignored for anything else.

- Means to an end
What makes UPSC CSE larger than life is not the glory of having cleared the exam but that of getting a platform to revel in true public service. I still choose to believe this is the only purpose with which one should want to prepare for this exam. Why it is all the more important is that during your days of doubts and despair, only this clarity will help you not to lose your mind. You will need to keep reminding yourself as to why you wanted to prepare for this exam in the first place. Once you realize that the exam is not an end but a means to an end, trust me your approach to studies will change and change for the good. That motivation will be your strongest weapon with which you shall enter the battlefield. It will also be the lighthouse that guides you in uncharted territory and helps you reach the shore safely.

- 'Great achievement is born of great sacrifice'
I couldn't agree more with this statement having had to do this myself. Greatness that comes not just with clearing the exam but with the work you do after that, requires some sacrifice. Your willingness and readiness to do so will be the deciding factor in your tryst with UPSC. These sacrifices can be big and small, the smalls ones may include giving up on your social life temporarily, etc and the big ones may include giving up on a job or better career prospects despite financial problems, etc. In my case it went as far as compromising with my health which of course is not advisable. But the underlying message is that you must be prepared to make sacrifices as is expected of a true devotee. This is important if you want to clear the exam in your first attempt itself.

- A healthy mind rests in a healthy body and vice versa
I think I don't need to elaborate much on this as it is pretty scientific. If you're not healthy, your efficiency levels will certainly drop. Considering that the preparation makes your lifestyle quite sedentary, it is important that you find time to pursue some activity that you may enjoy and it is equally important to maintain a healthy mind through meditation or any other practice that helps you maintain your cool. Your most important asset for clearing this exam is your body and mind and hence it is but logical to protect them and keep nurturing them.

- When life gives you lemons, you know what to do!
I think once you are able to develop the kind of mindset as illustrated in the above points, other practical considerations like minimizing your distractions, preparation of a study plan, maintaining consistency, etc. will come naturally to you. I say this with my own experience. Your inner drive will help you find solutions to problems and help you improvise. To give you an example, when I was not well enough to write tests for Mains, I made my sister write them for me while I was dictating the answers. That way even though I couldn't test my speed but at least I got my thought process evaluated. What I'm trying to suggest is that a lot of problems will come your way. It is important to not lose hope at such times and improvise. This will too come naturally when you take care of everything that has been said above.

Having said all this, I truly believe that aspirants should first assess their motive behind leaving everything else to sit for this exam. If your purpose can be served by an alternate career path, then you can refrain from investing so much in CSE as this exam is highly unpredictable. And for those who can relate to everything I said above, my best wishes to you in your endeavors which I know will eventually be for the good of the society.

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