1 thing I wish I knew before I began my UPSC preparation | IAS 2024


Many years ago, I missed the UPSC final list by 8 marks. My score in optionals was amongst the highest in India, my interview score was second highest.

A few years later, I’m in Istanbul - discussing with one of India’s entry level diplomats, whether it makes sense for him to leave services and do an MBA.

1. India changed : We aren’t a 20th century economy anymore. With the advent of liberalization - state control of power shifted from Civil Servants to specialized professionals.

Current JS of Civil Aviation is an MBA from IIM A and was a partner at KPMG. There are 100 others like him who are laterally hired and contributing immensely through their work

2. Working for Society : If Sunder Pichai had cleared IAS- he would be working as a collector in Noida. Impact he has created is insurmountable to one he could possibly create while being in services

It is extremely critical that exceptional people join IAS, but for those who couldn't should know that entry through an exam isn’t the only route in 21st Century India to make a difference.

Many youngsters preparing for IAS in India quit their jobs, take multiple years of sabbatical, and thoroughly screw up their 20s - in anxiety and depression with a hope of getting into civil services (that has a yearly cycle, less than .5% success rate, and an archaic curriculum).

There is no better way to screw up your life than prepare for government exams in India (without any backup plan).

From a career in the United Nations to social impact, to getting laterally hired - you can do a million things to create a large-scale impact.

Do write to me, if you are crumbling under pressure because of a few bad decisions you made in your 20s. . Life is definitely more than an exam that the British created to recruit loyal servants.

Step1️⃣: Watch a series on UPSC/Plan B here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HVu6nfcRCY&list=PLwp_p-lSQcmuh7XpgDLiGG0F5XZago8Yh&index=4


Step 2️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/naman-shrivastava-922335148_iits-ias-activity-6936714884734738432-F6NT?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

Step 3️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6824985116704575488/

Step4️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6698938772278538241/?updateEntityUrn=urn%3Ali%3Afs_feedUpdate%3A%28V2%2Curn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6698938772278538241%29

Step 5️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/naman-shrivastava-922335148_whats-wrong-with-indias-civil-services-activity-6684276622440366080-3zwB/

Step6️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/naman-shrivastava-922335148_upsc-ias-jobs-activity-6725686252202405888-Briy/

Step 7️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/naman-shrivastava-922335148_ias-upsc-activity-6726766819157266433-001j/

Step 8️⃣: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/naman-shrivastava-922335148_jobs-activity-6937402481693921280-EXG7?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop

I wish you all the very best,


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