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Should you have a Plan B while preparing for IAS ?

In early 2014, when I started my #IAS preparation one thought constantly interrupted my mind - What will I do, if I don’t end up clearing civil services?

1. Game of Luck - Out of 1 million who register for #UPSC, around 90 make it to the coveted IAS. Believe it or not, UPSC is a game of luck - after a point of time.

An exceptionally talented friend scored 165 in the interview, while I scored 205 - not because I was better prepared, but because he was stuck with a wrong board on a wrong day.

2. 2 Years Gap - 3 stage exam requires a minimum 1 year to prep before first attempt.

It becomes extremely difficult to justify lack of practical skills and 2 years gap either for MBA Admissions or next employment, if you decide to pivot after 2 years.

My team at GGI has designed an invite only WORK STUDY fellowship for UPSC aspirants who are opting for a gap year.

It is completely unacceptable to see India's youth spending 3-4 years in Delhi, fighting depression during their most productive years - all because of ill informed guidance and GoI's inability to create good quality jobs.

If you are interested in learning about GGI's MBA Scholar program, you can learn here.


Author- Naman Shrivastava, Cofounder Global Governance Initiative, Ex- United Nations, Former Government of India Advisor

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