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UPSC CSE NOT-SUCCESSFUL-YET PAIN STORIES !

Share your pain , frustration, regrets and future plans here. Once you vent out your feelings now, you will definitely feel better. This will also motivate others to write about their experience post-failure in CSE attempts. So that people get to know that THEY ARE NOT ALONE ! Try it. 


#Sharing_is_Caring #Hum_Hongey_Kamyaab_Ek_Din !! 

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NWSsaid

Let me share my painful story:

Year 2010 ->Passed out from a top NIT

October 2013 ->left a highly paid job and came to Delhi to prepare for Civil Services

Gave 6 attempts back to back from CSE 2014 to CSE 2019

Wrote Mains in all the attempts

Gave Interview in CSE 2016 and CSE 2019

Missed Final list narrowly in CSE 2016,also missed Reserve list by 2 marks

On 4th August 2020, i was not able to find my name in the final list again. Not able to accept the reality till now. For CSE 2019, i had given all. Wrote more than 60 tests (joined multiple test series of GS,Essay, & Public Ad) and consistently scored good marks in all the test series. Moreover, i used to get better rank/score than this year's topper (AIR-1) in Pawan Kumar Sir's Public Ad test series.But all my hardwork has become meaningless. Life has become very difficult. Since i belong to obc so still i have attempts left but no courage left inside me. It seems Yeh andheri raat kabhi khatm nahi hogi:confused:

@NWS ,@Yo_Yo_Choti_Singh , @Neyawn 
About to fall on the same path. My journey started since 2017. Thinking about getting back to IT asap for backup. What do you people suggest?

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Candidates who have the experience of clearing or guiding students who have cleared the preliminary examination consistently, what would you recommend - solving + two revisions of 1 test series or solving + one revision of 2 test series?

More than revising test series focus more on revising ur books, if possible

kdhiman01,
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Agogsaid

@Philosking Not bad idea👍


Good to know. Btw, r u too somehow in this situation?

Harold_finch,
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NWSsaid

Let me share my painful story:

Year 2010 ->Passed out from a top NIT

October 2013 ->left a highly paid job and came to Delhi to prepare for Civil Services

Gave 6 attempts back to back from CSE 2014 to CSE 2019

Wrote Mains in all the attempts

Gave Interview in CSE 2016 and CSE 2019

Missed Final list narrowly in CSE 2016,also missed Reserve list by 2 marks

On 4th August 2020, i was not able to find my name in the final list again. Not able to accept the reality till now. For CSE 2019, i had given all. Wrote more than 60 tests (joined multiple test series of GS,Essay, & Public Ad) and consistently scored good marks in all the test series. Moreover, i used to get better rank/score than this year's topper (AIR-1) in Pawan Kumar Sir's Public Ad test series.But all my hardwork has become meaningless. Life has become very difficult. Since i belong to obc so still i have attempts left but no courage left inside me. It seems Yeh andheri raat kabhi khatm nahi hogi:confused:

Bhai I know you must be going through a rough phase. In my opinion, you can consider the following-

  1. Keep preparing for UPSC CSE if you believe that you can still do it. Many have passed the exam when they were beyond 30 years old.
  2. Give a shot at State PSC
  3. You can  decide to come out of this vicious cycle. Many have succeeded after not getting through(or dropping out of ) Civil Services Exam


Also don’t take too much of pressure.I am damn sure that 7 years of UPSC preparation must have transformed your personality. UPSC or no UPSC,  you will certainly fly high in your life. As Anupam Kher often says- Kucch bhi ho sakta hai.

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Do not Ctrl+f with names. 

Namesakes only make it worse. 
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NWSsaid

Let me share my painful story:

Year 2010 ->Passed out from a top NIT

October 2013 ->left a highly paid job and came to Delhi to prepare for Civil Services

Gave 6 attempts back to back from CSE 2014 to CSE 2019

Wrote Mains in all the attempts

Gave Interview in CSE 2016 and CSE 2019

Missed Final list narrowly in CSE 2016,also missed Reserve list by 2 marks

On 4th August 2020, i was not able to find my name in the final list again. Not able to accept the reality till now. For CSE 2019, i had given all. Wrote more than 60 tests (joined multiple test series of GS,Essay, & Public Ad) and consistently scored good marks in all the test series. Moreover, i used to get better rank/score than this year's topper (AIR-1) in Pawan Kumar Sir's Public Ad test series.But all my hardwork has become meaningless. Life has become very difficult. Since i belong to obc so still i have attempts left but no courage left inside me. It seems Yeh andheri raat kabhi khatm nahi hogi:confused:

@NWS ,@Yo_Yo_Choti_Singh , @Neyawn 
About to fall on the same path. My journey started since 2017. Thinking about getting back to IT asap for backup. What do you people suggest?

I had also started in 2017. And I am now nowhere with 2 mains and 1 interview. However, I have learnt a lot during this period and I can not allow myself to go it waste. So I will write the cse again with the areas where I think I have to work like the mains part. So, I will suggest you to give at least one more attempt with your full vigour. It is just a matter of 5 months and its done. 

I know its difficult, but we have to rise and defeat this.

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@Philosking It would be better if you evaluate the purpose of the backup. If you feel that you are exhausted and waste the majority of the time, then its best to get a viable backup. 
Personal Experience: I started to feel that UPSC CSE is a game of confidence as well, especially prelims. If you feel that things are moving in the right direction for you then go ahead and prepare. Otherwise, a backup is always a wise thing to do


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Sultansaid

NWSsaid

Let me share my painful story:

Year 2010 ->Passed out from a top NIT

October 2013 ->left a highly paid job and came to Delhi to prepare for Civil Services

Gave 6 attempts back to back from CSE 2014 to CSE 2019

Wrote Mains in all the attempts

Gave Interview in CSE 2016 and CSE 2019

Missed Final list narrowly in CSE 2016,also missed Reserve list by 2 marks

On 4th August 2020, i was not able to find my name in the final list again. Not able to accept the reality till now. For CSE 2019, i had given all. Wrote more than 60 tests (joined multiple test series of GS,Essay, & Public Ad) and consistently scored good marks in all the test series. Moreover, i used to get better rank/score than this year's topper (AIR-1) in Pawan Kumar Sir's Public Ad test series.But all my hardwork has become meaningless. Life has become very difficult. Since i belong to obc so still i have attempts left but no courage left inside me. It seems Yeh andheri raat kabhi khatm nahi hogi:confused:

@NWS ,@Yo_Yo_Choti_Singh , @Neyawn 
About to fall on the same path. My journey started since 2017. Thinking about getting back to IT asap for backup. What do you people suggest?

I had also started in 2017. And I am now nowhere with 2 mains and 1 interview. However, I have learnt a lot during this period and I can not allow myself to go it waste. So I will write the cse again with the areas where I think I have to work like the mains part. So, I will suggest you to give at least one more attempt with your full vigour. It is just a matter of 5 months and its done. 

I know its difficult, but we have to rise and defeat this.

It feels good to hear this :)

Sultan,
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@Philosking It would be better if you evaluate the purpose of the backup. If you feel that you are exhausted and waste the majority of the time, then its best to get a viable backup. 
Personal Experience: I started to feel that UPSC CSE is a game of confidence as well, especially prelims. If you feel that things are moving in the right direction for you then go ahead and prepare. Otherwise, a backup is always a wise thing to do


Good to know.
The fact is, its hard to maintain pragmatic confidence; specially for late comers after few years of work. With age comes the burden of expectations from society.

Brave,
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same situation with me guys ...my journey started since 2016 .....this year i thought i would be able to clear this exam but unfortunately i  failed in mains ...
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What advice would you give for an aspirant,
Who is just starting his prep for 2021 attempt 
Who is not from IIT or IIM etc
Who is 21 yrs old and about to quit his job, he is not interested in doing ( Call center job in a MNC) 
Do share mistakes that have to be avoided at any cost from your experience


DrMadhan,
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What advice would you give for an aspirant,
Who is just starting his prep for 2021 attempt 
Who is not from IIT or IIM etc
Who is 21 yrs old and about to quit his job, he is not interested in doing ( Call center job in a MNC) 
Do share mistakes that have to be avoided at any cost from your experience


Do not leave your job. 
No matter how much you hate it, i repeat don't resign.

And if you are worried about shortage of time due to job, I would quote a famous saying, Work Expands to fill in the time available. The lesser time you have, the more efficient you become in getting things done. 



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How do people here keep up their motivation levels ? I genuinely admire this level of perseverance.. getting ready to sweat for 50 more days after the demotivating result.

I am just 1 year into this full time preparation and with motivation level so low that I barely get done 30% of what I can and have done before.

I just need advice on how to buck up again after I've already (harmfully) slowed down in the race.


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@introvert  Learn the "principles of UPSC preparation" as soon as possible. Mere learning will take us nowhere. Bear in mind the "why" of every fact you read. Understand the design of the exam and adapt it to your own style. This costed me like 3 years. 

Give your everything to this goal for the next 1-2 years. Keep yourself sane though.  Start Cultivating the hobbies about which you'll be talking in your Personality Test. 

You need not be from IITs IIMs...Don't let anyone intimidate you.

About the job...21 is pretty young to be stuck in a job you don't like. But the luxury of quitting should solely be based on your family situation. If your job doesn't let you focus, muster the courage to quit it. Do bear in mind the long and uncertain road though.

One other mistake you should avoid is , letting others influence your goals and prep. Listen to experiences but follow only those that suits you and your personality. Everyone is unique and not everything works for everyone. This includes coaching centers and their spoon feeding. Just use them as a guide.

All the very best.



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What advice would you give for an aspirant,
Who is just starting his prep for 2021 attempt 
Who is not from IIT or IIM etc
Who is 21 yrs old and about to quit his job, he is not interested in doing ( Call center job in a MNC) 
Do share mistakes that have to be avoided at any cost from your experience


@introvert 

Try to take time out of office hours atleast 4-6 hour and start studying

plz make a timetable or u can also follow insight/forumias mains timetable

read everything and understands a concept watch the classes if needed, merely reading line to line without understanding it will not take you anywhere 

classes are important no doubt,it will help u in understanding the concept khud padne se 11 classki geo and shankar ias nhi ayegi samaj,i did the mistake plz dont repeat that....although i am not telling you to join the Bajiram or Pision there are other classes/video too freely available on telegram (infact all pision classes are available on telegram  )

introvert,
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@Raillife bro regarding polity and geography,I am not having confidence ( variations in marks in sectional tests). On telegram vision ias & Shubhra Ranjan classes videos are available for both. Anyone watched those? I mean which is better for short time watching to clear some concepts. I know it's late now but atleast I can try. Anyone have any advice?


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@LeoMessi bro if you get M Puri sir videos on polity definitely watch them. All your doubts about polity will be cleared. But only problem is that they are very lengthy and difficult to cover in short span of time. For geography there's a channel by Amit Sengupta (don't know exactly), do watch his videos. Short and crisp. But he has not covered entire geography. 


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@Raillife bro regarding polity and geography,I am not having confidence ( variations in marks in sectional tests). On telegram vision ias & Shubhra Ranjan classes videos are available for both. Anyone watched those? I mean which is better for short time watching to clear some concepts. I know it's late now but atleast I can try. Anyone have any advice?


For 2020, don't go for any video as time is less if for 2021

Thn history prateek nayak unacademy wale

Gs 2 mpuri/Sidharth arrora

Gs 3 Mrunal

Gs4 lukmaan/atul girg

Also  u can refer amit Sengupta video for geo(as suggested by deadmen) he cover almost all ch of ncert 


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 Today marks 75th year of disappearance of Subhash Chandra Bose.... Yet most  people are unaware of exactly what happened to him...

Here is complete compilation of his death mystery !

https://www.quora.com/What-shocking-things-do-most-Indians-not-know/answer/Hrishikesh-Kashyap-1?__filter__=all&__nsrc__=1&__snid3__=959695298
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Hi All, I am not sure if I was the oldest here among the aspirants for 2019 but definitely not the youngest. 

Have been an upsc aspirant since 2011. Yes it's been 9 long years.

Brief about me-

Graduate from a decent national college in engineering 

Working professional in a reputed MNC in India

6 Prelims, 5 Mains and 4 interviews (no guesses on why the name now 😊)

3 years of teaching upsc aspirants, proud to have 2 of them clearing the exam in 2017 and 2018.

Hoping for another 3 to break the ranks in 2020. (Watch out 😋)

The Gyan-

1. Working in a private firm, you need to know how to manage your time both for preparation and work life balance.

2. For working people, discipline is the key and there is no substitute to it. My schedule transformed to waking up at 4 and scrapping away 2-3 hrs on weekdays for preparation and 10-12 hrs on weekends. Define weekly hours of preparation and move your way forward, last weeks acceleration is of little use

3. Always and always seek professional help in your preparation and areas of syllabus(most of us have not even read the actual syllabus completely- I did read it completely only after 3rd attempt). Joining classes for mains and optional is important - Don't think you can read and know it on your own in isolation. Study in a class and have a group to discuss your newly acquired knowledge.

4. Choose your optional wisely. I had geography as my optional (and I have taught 2 batches of students of it as well 😊). It wasn't my core +2 subject nor was it my graduation subject. Hence if you pick such an optional, join a class and seek coaching from a regular teacher. It will only help you as the person teaching you knows better on providing conceptual clarity and better understanding of the topic. Also his/her analysis of previous year papers is not something easy to find.

5. It's not about the number of books you read, it's about re-reading the same old multiple times. ( Golden Rule). Authors of any book cant change the facts on the ground, hence all books are good in terms of content. For conceptual clarity some are better, but for that refer point 4.

6. Dont plan multiple times on your strategy, just execute any strategy once. That's the most important thing to remember. We usually plan more than execution.

7. Maintain a work life balance - Dont over burden your self with preparation and think this exam is your life and only career option. Take breaks, they actually ease your mind to prepare better. Extended studying days develop mental fatigue and builds frustration. So take small breaks to meet your friends, go for a trip or something that your like.

8. Analyse the papers and even your mocks on what went wrong and what went right as well. Usually aspirants dont analyse their answers but only check their mark ( inclusive of prelims as well).

9. Know where to stop, many topics are always over prepared and few under prepared. You should have a balance of ticking off all the points of the syllabus. Any topic you read you should only have about 500 words of notes on it and not more. There can only be one question and one question only on a topic. Hence maintain a balance within the syllabus.

10. Key areas missed by many aspirants - 

a) Give mocks essays - atleast 5 to 6

b) Focus on ethics paper, it's not a book to read or knowledge to acquire in a couple of weeks but a process of atleast a month or two

c) Read newspapers of atleast two years before appearing.

d) Dont give multiple back to back attempts, take a break and prepare better. Then give it your last and best shot.

Overall, gyan as always thoda lamba hee hota hai.

Currently I have no regrets or feeling of sadness about the missed opportunity. Just enjoy the process it will transform you completely and you need to feel proud of your hardwork that you have been putting. 

Always there to assist and help anyone in their prep. 

Thanks if you have read it till the end. Hope it was of value to you.

Cheers

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