What kind of part-time work should I do while preparing for UPSC in Delhi? I am a science graduate.

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Jack Newman



What kind of part-time work should I do while preparing for UPSC in Delhi? I am a science graduate.

Hello there,

It is good to know that you are interested in earning money along with studies. I believe that while preparing for the UPSC exams, you should opt for freelance jobs like content writing, data entry, and more.

This will save you switching time and give you more time to prepare and win.

I hope this helps. Good luck.

I don't know if this will help answer your question, but nonetheless.

In 2012, I was in my last year of graduation. I wanted to write the UPSC CSE but was afraid not to. He had always been good at general knowledge specific to India, but knew little else to the contrary. I decided to attend my college placement cell interviews just to be on the safe side.

At the beginning of 2013, one of the largest companies in India offered me a job. The pay was excellent and the work would not exceed 10 hours a day, even on the worst of days. I thought about UPSC and came to the conclusion that since

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I don't know if this will help answer your question, but nonetheless.

In 2012, I was in my last year of graduation. I wanted to write the UPSC CSE but was afraid not to. He had always been good at general knowledge specific to India, but knew little else to the contrary. I decided to attend my college placement cell interviews just to be on the safe side.

At the beginning of 2013, one of the largest companies in India offered me a job. The pay was excellent and the work would not exceed 10 hours a day, even on the worst of days. I thought about UPSC and came to the conclusion that since I would be joining only after the preliminaries, I should accept the offer and be financially independent.

It was my last semester and I had a job. Relaxing was the only natural thing to do. UPSC's setup started with half an hour a day and went down to zero within a month. Soon May came and without any expectations, I went ahead and wrote the preliminaries.

Work and a new city kept me busy until I completely forgot about UPSC. One fine day in August, I learned that I had passed the preliminaries. This presented a problem. My initial plan had me quit at this point to prepare full time for Mains. But then I looked at the enormity of the syllabus and decided there was no way I would clear the mainnet in December, just 90 days to go. My boss was extremely kind and reduced my workload believing that I needed time to prepare. I spent all that time having fun. In my mind, I knew I wasn't making it. Why waste time studying? Truth be told, it was impossible to take a book on Indian economics and make sense of it after 10 hours of work.

I got off work the weekend before the exam. I studied for a day and wrote the Mains. While there were probably reasons to be hopeful, I pushed those thoughts out of my mind and focused on work. I would resign in April and then prepare well for the 2014 exam.

In March 2014, I was informed that I had cleaned the network. He was, to put it mildly, euphoric. My passion for UPSC had returned. Here was the proof that it was made to decipher it. I resigned immediately. The interview should be very straightforward anyway. And even if I didn't get the IAS, I would take everything that I got and prepare well for the next exam. My interview on April 30 was decent and I was sure it was.

In June, I realized that I had not made the Final List. The score sheet revealed that he had lost by 4 points. Scores that could have come from studying a couple more days for my elective. Or probably take an extra week off work. Or making use of those 3-4 hours that used to arrive after work. Or to answer those two questions that I couldn't, in the interview.

It is October and I have also passed the preliminaries this year. Will I have more luck in 2014? I do not know. But what I do know is that if you are passionate about UPSC, don't hold on to what you have because you are afraid to take the plunge. The exam takes a lot of work and a lot of luck. There is nothing you can do with luck, but if you are going to commit your hard work by working full-time elsewhere, it will be a difficult task to achieve. Obviously, there are people who have achieved both. And they would be in a better position to answer how they did. It certainly didn't work for me.

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Anything from 7 months to 5 years.

During my IAS training, I met with batchmates who made the top 100 for less than 1 year of preparation. And also batchmates who have been preparing for 5 years and ended up with a rank in the 300 rank and thus exhausted all attempts without obtaining the desired service.

So you will see that there is no fixed recipe or time frame with which you can crack this exam. I myself was able to pass the exam with rank 51 only on the second try.

So the question arises: what is the right time for preparation? According to me, it's * one year *. Having said that, I must

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Anything from 7 months to 5 years.

During my IAS training, I met with batchmates who made the top 100 for less than 1 year of preparation. And also batchmates who have been preparing for 5 years and ended up with a rank in the 300 rank and thus exhausted all attempts without obtaining the desired service.

So you will see that there is no fixed recipe or time frame with which you can crack this exam. I myself was able to pass the exam with rank 51 only on the second try.

So the question arises: what is the right time for preparation? According to me, it's * one year *. With that said, I must mention that this year should be a dedicated year. Nothing else matters, everything else can wait.

Must eat, drink, sleep UPSC. While traveling, you should listen to AIR news alerts, while you eat, you should watch the great RSTV debate, while you go to bed you should review everything you read today.

You cannot afford to attend every friend's birthday, every cousin's wedding, every festival. You cannot afford to waste time on social media or WhatsApp. Of course, this does not mean that you cannot relax. You should sleep well, exercise, meditate, listen to music or whatever you like. But the pleasure should be such that it does not distract you from your ultimate goal. If spending time on Facebook is your thing, this could backfire. You may be busy thinking about how your friend is on vacation in Coorg while reading about Coorg greenery!

And now the trick, if you keep thinking that every day is an ordeal, you may have some problems. Just don't worry about the result. I remember when I wrote my principals and was waiting for the results for the interview, I was very restless. To such an extent that I began to mentally review my answer sheets. As a result, I underperformed in my interview.

Thinking about the results will only add anxiety to your already anxious mind. So when you embark on your journey, remember to work smart with a strategy and never think about the results.

I have written my fight and strategy in my book '71 to 51 ′ (available on Amazon) on how I managed to get 51st after failing badly on my first try. It will also tell you not to repeat my mistakes and solve the exam in one go. https://71to51.quora.com/71-to-51-My-new-book

I passed the civil services exam and now work as an IAS officer.

Time management is key to passing the IAS exam.

This was my schedule. 8 to 10 hours a day.

People say that IAS raters study 15-16 hours a day. That is false. This is humanly impossible.

1.1. Wake up at 6:00 and cool off. The early morning is good for me. So there is little disturbance. I can concentrate.

Then study for 2 hours. I used to study the most difficult subjects in the morning. Like politics, geography, history.

1.2. Then at 9.00 AM Breakfast. Never skip breakfast. Don't compromise your health during preparation. A little break

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I passed the civil services exam and now work as an IAS officer.

Time management is key to passing the IAS exam.

This was my schedule. 8 to 10 hours a day.

People say that IAS raters study 15-16 hours a day. That is false. This is humanly impossible.

1.1. Wake up at 6:00 and cool off. The early morning is good for me. So there is little disturbance. I can concentrate.

Then study for 2 hours. I used to study the most difficult subjects in the morning. Like politics, geography, history.

1.2. Then at 9.00 AM Breakfast. Never skip breakfast. Don't compromise your health during preparation. So, a little break.

1.3. From 10 to 12 pm I study my optional, that is. History. Every day you have to dedicate 2 to 3 hours to an optional subject. The optional score decides your final ranking. I went on to secure the second highest place in history.

Those taking the 2020 upsc exam must give 2 hours to optional until March.

1.3. From 12 to 2 Bath, lunch and little rest.

The afternoon nap used to give me energy.

1.4. From 2 to 3:30 a.m. Newspaper. I preferred Indian Express to Hindu as it writes in a balanced way: both from the government's point of view and from the activists' point of view.

I often used to read Vision IAS magazine at this time.

1.5. From 4 to 5 practice the questions from the previous year.

It helped me a lot to make my strategy.

1.6. From 5.30 to 6.15, exercise and yoga. Health is important.

1.7. From 6.30 to 9.30 for 3 hours straight, I used to study static subjects like history, geography, politics or optional.

1.8. 9:30 dinner and a little review before going to sleep.

On weekends I used to go out for 2-3 hours for small gatherings or outdoor dining.

Those who are coaching can maintain this schedule by replacing their classes with study time slots. Stay focused in class.

For university students and working professionals:

  1. 2-3 hours in the morning
  2. 2-3 hours at night
  3. On weekends he opts for long hours of study.
  4. Time management is key.

To guide aspiring upsc I have a YouTube channel. A link has been provided in the comment section.

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"When you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities."

First ask yourself why UPSC? second, how much do you want it?

If you come from a poor or lower middle class background, if you have parents who depend on you and if you are not financially stable. Please don't even think about quitting a job. Instead, think about how you can solve it with work. a lot of people have done it, so even you can.

Even if you quit work and start preparing, the insecurity of the future will always be on your mind and in turn will affect your confidence and

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"When you focus on problems, you will have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you will have more opportunities."

First ask yourself why UPSC? second, how much do you want it?

If you come from a poor or lower middle class background, if you have parents who depend on you and if you are not financially stable. Please don't even think about quitting a job. Instead, think about how you can solve it with work. a lot of people have done it, so even you can.

Even if you quit work and start preparing, the insecurity of the future will always be on your mind, and in turn, it will affect your confidence and readiness.

Having said that, now you must sacrifice many things like sleep, social media, meetings, start saying no to everything until you clarify it.

Prepare yourself when you are mentally ready for all of that. Never look back once you start it.

Your friends may be enjoying and getting hikes and promotions, but always remember that you have a bigger goal and that you are honestly working towards it and just try to be average at work and the best at your preparation.

Now, coming to the preparations, use Google, Telegram and YouTube. I am not going to share the book list as you will get it if you search online.

Worry brings nothing, confusion brings nothing, procrastination brings nothing, if you can do something about it, do it, if not let it go.

So stop thinking and being confused and start acting.

If you really want it, you will get it 😊

All the best, you will get it.

Hello there,

happy to hear that. Your enthusiasm and desire will lead you to success.

Let's do it ...

Seriously, one should have to study for 8-10 hours at least for UPSC. Since you are limited in time, you must divide your study into two parts.

  • Update current affairs
  • Essential preparation for upsc of other books.
  1. To Update News you must dedicate at least 2 hours a day. Here you cannot commit, since a person who studies 8-10 hours a day also contributes 2 hours to Actualidad. Update it daily. For that, you can use the following study materials.

News - Newspapers and magazines

  1. The hind
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Hello there,

happy to hear that. Your enthusiasm and desire will lead you to success.

Let's do it ...

Seriously, one should have to study for 8-10 hours at least for UPSC. Since you are limited in time, you must divide your study into two parts.

  • Update current affairs
  • Essential preparation for upsc of other books.
  1. To Update News you must dedicate at least 2 hours a day. Here you cannot commit, since a person who studies 8-10 hours a day also contributes 2 hours to Actualidad. Update it daily. For that, you can use the following study materials.

News - Newspapers and magazines

  1. The Hindu / Dainik Jagran.
  2. The Indian Express / Dainik Bhaskar.
  3. Frontline
  4. Yojana
  5. Kurukshetra
  6. Any current monthly magazine.
  • The remaining 2-3 hours will be for the following study materials and books to read for UPSC. Start reading the topics one by one and from the core books (NCERT) to the main course books listed below.

Indian economy and social development -

  1. NCERT- Economic books for classes 9 to 12.
  2. Indian Economy by Sanjay Verma
  3. Indian economy by Ramesh singh

History, Art and Culture -

  1. NCERT- History Book Class 6-12.
  2. Ancient Indian History by RS Sharma (Old NCERT 2003 Edition)
  3. History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT 2003 edition)
  4. Modern History of India by Bipin Chandra (Old NCERT 2003 Edition)
  5. Indian History - Spectrum
  6. India's Struggle for Bipin Chandra's Independence
  7. Indian Art and Culture - Nitin Singhania

Indian and world geography

  1. NCERT- Geography books class 6 to 12.
  2. Certificate of physical geography by GC leong
  3. Indian Geography by Khullar
  4. Savinder Singh Physical Geography
  5. Orient Blackswan Atlas / TTK School Atlas / Oxford School Atlas.

Indian Constitution of Politics and Governance -

  1. NCERT- Class 9-11 Policy Books.
  2. Indian Constitution by M Lakshmikantha

Environment, Ecology and Biodiversity -

  1. Environment for preliminary civil services and electricity grid by Khullar
  2. Shankar IAS environment

General science and technology -

  1. NCERT- 6th to 10th grade science book class.
  2. NCERT- Biology book class 11-12.
  3. NCERT- Chemistry Book Class 11-12.

CSAT Preliminaries -

  1. NCERT- Math Books class 6 to 10.
  2. Verbal reasoning RS Agrwal
  3. RS Agrwal Nonverbal Reasoning

Some other important books

  1. The Wonder That Was India By AL Bhasham
  2. Geography of India by Majid husain
  3. Indian Government System for CSE by M. Lakshmikanth
  4. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  5. Environmental studies: from the crisis to the cure for Rajagopalan
  6. India Yearbook
  7. Manorama Yearbook.
  • Now before starting the preparations, do this first.
  1. Know the test: The knowledge test includes the test and the paper pattern, the syllabus, the study material (the best newspaper, magazines, books, etc.). This information is available in books such as IAS or UPSC Planner (available on the Internet). To do this, you can attend seminars if time permits.
  2. Plan your schedule as discussed above.
  3. Get up-to-date with today. For that, read newspapers and magazines.
  4. Micro Notes: While reading in this period, prepare micro notes, whether you are reading newspapers, magazines, or books. These notes will help you review quickly.
  5. Group discussion will help you last after completing your reading and micro notes. Please do not participate in group discussions before completing the preliminary preparation.

Good luck…

This led me to the day when I was contemplating the same thing. If I should leave the safety and comfort of my well-paid engineering job for something I'm not sure of.

I think you should consider your background before making a decision. If you have people who are dependent on your income, then it would be unwise to quit your job and keep them hanging. In my case, that was not an urgent concern.

If you have a friend, you should consult her before making that decision. I did, and I must say it was the wisest decision I made at the time. She is my whole wife

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This led me to the day when I was contemplating the same thing. If I should leave the safety and comfort of my well-paid engineering job for something I'm not sure of.

I think you should consider your background before making a decision. If you have people who are dependent on your income, then it would be unwise to quit your job and keep them hanging. In my case, that was not an urgent concern.

If you have a friend, you should consult her before making that decision. I did, and I must say it was the wisest decision I made at the time. She is my wife today. This is a decision that will affect both of you.

If you are not sure about yourself, take leave from work for some days and see if you still have it in you to study again. Sometimes the drudgery of daily work would compel you to look for greener pasture. It would only land you up in a similar situation even after you clear the CSE, only now you will have wasted the income that you could have earned for so many years.

Finally, be assured that there is no guarantee that you will clear this exam. Civil Service Exam is as much an exam of chance as it of hardwork. Anyone who is telling you otherwise is either too full of themselves or too shallow to comprehend reality. The only thing you can do is to work hard and smart and give it your best try.

Finally, let me just tell you how my decision to quit my job worked out for me. I cleared the exam in my third attempt. There were times when I thought I made a stupid decision; times when I thought I was not smart enough; times where I felt like the world was mocking me. However, somewhere deep down, I really knew that I had to do this now and I kept pushing against the wall. And guess what happened. That huge wall called UPSC gave way. The world became a happy place in one day, all the doubters became approvers, I was the smartest person (as far as those around me are concerned) and life became a lot more colorful.

As far as I am concerned, I just became stronger as a person and was in harmony with who I am as a person underneath. So after due consideration of all the above things, you still feel that you should leave your job, then you should. There is only one person who can make that decision for you.

It is you.

All the Best.

First of all, there is no such thing as “Failed” in the interview stage and thats why they prefer to call it rather “Personality Test”. Statistically also, there is no minimum marks that is needed to qualify the PT. The marks as awarded in PT along with obtained marks in the Mains, would determine your overall merit in the final selection list for UPSC CSE.

In PT, you are given grades based on your performance in "interaction with the UPSC board." The board of UPSC consists of a president and other members who are often eminent personalities from various fields, such as administration, politics

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First of all, there is no such thing as "Fail" at the interview stage and that's why they prefer to call it rather "Personality Test". Statistically too, there are no minimum qualifications needed to qualify for PT. Ratings awarded in PT along with grades earned on the mainnet would determine your overall merit on the final selection list for UPSC CSE.

In PT, you are awarded marks on the basis of your performance in the 'interaction with the UPSC board'. The UPSC board is consist of a chairman and other members who are often eminent personalities from diverse fields such as administration, policing, academics, science and technology, defense, etc.

The Personality Test (PT) for UPSC CSE assess the personality and behavioral aspects of a candidate for top jobs in Indian administrative set-up. In my limited experience, I have realized the UPSC has been using following yardsticks for assessment of candidates:

  • Good understanding of current developments in the country and abroad (They expect people coming for Civil Services with high intellectual trait, awareness, analytical skills and no-nonsense attitude)
  • Consistency in the personality (good with hobbies, academics, profession etc.)
  • Ethical human being (Polite and humble, honest, flexible, non-tolerance for corrupt practices)
  • Value and respect for order, peace and shared prosperity.
  • Facilitator of good work.
  • Passionate about one's profession and knowledgable.
  • Efficient and quick adaptive of changes in different fields.

I feel as long as candidates are trying to exhibit competency on above yardsticks, he shall be awarded with reasonably good marks.

All the best.

There is no specific way for preparation in UPSC interview. But some topics which you should cover are as follows ..

  1. You should be updated with the current affairs of India and IR for atleast 4–5 months prior to your interview.
  2. Make a list of the main issues at that point in India and write down your opinion. Positive, negative both sides should be there and your suggestions.
  3. Prepare basic questions for your optional, sometimes on the board there may be members who specialize in that topic. So it is better to prepare in detail.
  4. Be very prepared about everything you mentioned in your DAF. Q
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There is no specific way to prepare for the UPSC interview. But some topics you should cover are as follows.

  1. You must be up to date with current Indian and International Relations affairs for at least 4-5 months prior to your interview.
  2. Make a list of the main problems at that time in India and write your opinion. Positive, negative, both sides should be there and your suggestions.
  3. Prepare basic questions for your optional, sometimes on the board there may be members who specialize in that topic. So it is better to prepare in detail.
  4. Be very prepared about everything you mentioned in your DAF. The question can come from anything and everything.
  5. Prepare adequate answers on some basic questions such as why CIVIL SERVICES, specifically if you are leaving another good job.
  6. Make suitable opinion in all the burning issues at that time, try to be original but at the same time positive. Positive criticism is well accepted.
  7. I used to go through the present UPSC members profile to see which are the field of their expertise. That helps sometimes.

Remember it is not the test of knowledge, even if you don't know more than a few questions but answer a few well you can get very good marks. It is my personal opinion that communication skills matters heavily in interview. If you don't know just say “I don't know sir / maam”. That's the best way.

I don't think Amy coaching institute can prepare you for interview. But you can attend a few mock interviews and group discussion sessions. But don't overwhelm yourself by mocks. I personally feel that maximum 3–4 mocks are more than enough.

Best of luck.

See .. Its really depends on your interest only. That which job suits you. Just keep this in mind. Any job you do, you must be able to manage 4 to 5 hours to devote on your daily studies.

Just decide it and make a good timetable to study each section of the exam. Just spend at least 1 to 1 and half hour time for each subject of banking exams.

Here, people can suggest you only and Implementation on that suggestion surely make the difference.

Make your practice on daily manner and prepare best. All the best!

I think working in any start up will be a better option. Since the start up is newly established so they are also in search of people, hence you can easily get recruited and side by side prepare for your examination as well. This will help to develop your skills as you will get to know how a company works and writing in your CV that you have worked in a start up will put a good impression.

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