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One stop thread for working Professional - balancing full time Work vs UPSC Preparation

Hi Guys,

UPSC preparation is in itself challenging, however, it becomes a pain when someone has to manage it with their full time work. It's like living in worst of 2 worlds.
Like many aspirants I have also been juggling the two but I have been doing this for sometime with the help of few enlightened folks like @mango_dolly sir. Many people have PMed during my preparation about how to manage both. That's why I am opening a new thread for guidance and discussions on work and UPSC preparation specially in these crucial 5 months

PS: Mods in case if there is no other FTW vs upsc preparation. Kindly don't close it :)
The Law of Detachment - be equanimous to both victories and defeats

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  • Please go ahead...
    it will matter in the end...definitely..
  • edited May 2017
    My learning from experience with CSE so far
    1. Play dumb- Show you are trying but unable to get complex work done done
    2. If in Private sector don't disclose your Civils plan with anyone
    3. Always be out of Manager's radar
    4. If you are from Tier 1 colleges - stop following what your batchmates are doing which company and what CTC - limit your social media presence
    5. Don't be too aggressive in your career --> if you are a MBA grad Join IT and ITes industry that too a bulk hiring company rather than core industry or other sectors
    6. Maximize the peace time from Dec to March - write answer, revise, plan, make concise notes
    7. Don't get frustrated if are unable to give more hours for study even people in their full time preparation can't manage more than 8-9 quality hours
    8. Before quitting the job - you should have proven yourself atleast once by either making it mains or interview of the previous year - quitting before Prelims for any job that pays more than Rs 40 K/month could be a foolish step
    The Law of Detachment - be equanimous to both victories and defeats
  • edited May 2017
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    Currently reading : No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald
    Last read : Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova
  • How many productive hours do you guys get at your disposal? My morning hours are invariably linked with job, and I can't study at night. ~_~
  • 5 hrs on weekdays and 10 hrs on weekends
  • 5 hrs on weekdays and 10 hrs on weekends

    5 hrs how?
    thats commendable!
    it will matter in the end...definitely..
  • kashmir said:

    5 hrs on weekdays and 10 hrs on weekends

    5 hrs how?
    thats commendable!
    Mann marr ke padh ta hu.naukari bhi nahi chod sakte kyunki exam ka bharosa nahi hai
  • edited May 2017
    Wakaao said:

    How many productive hours do you guys get at your disposal? My morning hours are invariably linked with job, and I can't study at night. ~_~

    depends on mood :s
    Currently reading : No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald
    Last read : Unstoppable by Maria Sharapova
  • kashmir said:

    5 hrs on weekdays and 10 hrs on weekends

    5 hrs how?
    thats commendable!
    Mann marr ke padh ta hu.naukari bhi nahi chod sakte kyunki exam ka bharosa nahi hai
    subah uth k ya raat ko jaag k?
    kaise manage krte ho yar?
    kuch sikhao
    it will matter in the end...definitely..
  • what are the best jobs to do during UPSC prep?
    or
    which jobs will offer much time for UPSC prep?
  • be Gangadhar in office and Shaktiman at home while preparation .
    stay close to office . try to write a blog to explain a topic in office . this way you will be engaged googling and finding relevant information . if in a hectic job then just move away and find easier job , no point juggling prep and job
  • I work in PSU. I want leave for mains. Pls suggest innovative ideas.
  • I work in PSU. I want leave for mains. Pls suggest innovative ideas.

    Backpain reason,medical leave.. So that even in case they send you for second opinion. You can fake
  • I work in PSU. I want leave for mains. Pls suggest innovative ideas.

    Depends on no of days. Stress migraines/back pain/sciatica


  • My learning from experience with CSE so far

    1. Play dumb- Show you are trying but unable to get complex work done done
    2. If in Private sector don't disclose your Civils plan with anyone
    3. Always be out of Manager's radar
    4. If you are from Tier 1 colleges - stop following what your batchmates are doing which company and what CTC - limit your social media presence
    5. Don't be too aggressive in your career --> if you are a MBA grad Join IT and ITes industry that too a bulk hiring company rather than core industry or other sectors
    6. Maximize the peace time from Dec to March - write answer, revise, plan, make concise notes
    7. Don't get frustrated if are unable to give more hours for study even people in their full time preparation can't manage more than 8-9 quality hours
    8. Before quitting the job - you should have proven yourself atleast once by either making it mains or interview of the previous year - quitting before Prelims for any job that pays more than Rs 40 K/month could be a foolish step
    Thanks. I have been into prep for about a year while working and learnt almost every point you've mentioned the hard way. Especially point 1 2 3 4 and the last 2.

    The thought of quitting the job came quite often when I couldn't finish my targets week after week. Now those thoughts have settled and although Im nowhere near ready to crack UPSC at present level of prep, that doesn't concern me much, I make slow but steady progress daily.

    Have managed to cut down/cut off many of my daily activities, a few which i thought was essential, almost a necessity a few years back. Football, movies, music, still keep in touch with such things, but not at an obsessed level. Games and outings have made way for financial, investment planning and exercise. Non-fiction books are being added to my shelf more now. The editorial, business and national pages keep me busy now, and i don't have to force myself into these.


    Anyway, i admittedly am into in a fairly easygoing workplace, with minimal stress and almost negligible commute, and can go through news and articles at work, spare a few hours for exercise and cooking with a few hours left for prep in the evening before sleep. I would request other working aspirants to let us know what time schedule do you follow, do you slog it out at night, or are you an early riser ? I know situations are different for everyone, this is just for the sake of discussion.
  • edited February 1
    @upsc_cracker
    Depends Bhai
    Sooner or later u will have to choose between Civils or job
    In private sector you can be under radar for 1-2 years if u are smart you can get thru
    Otherwise sooner or later u will be caught and mess up
  • @upsc_cracker
    Depends Bhai
    Sooner or later u will have to choose between Civils or job
    In private sector you can be under radar for 1-2 years if u are smart you can get thru
    Otherwise sooner or later u will be caught and mess up


    He did say "Join IT and ITes industry" , there you can conveniently keep working sparingly while laying low, there are many such projects available with minimal work, many managers would be more than willing to not disturb you if you don't ask for a hike.
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