Is it ok to give up a job for UPSC?

There are Questions which came into mind for working peoples or a one who are just got any other job.

  • What is it like to quit a job in IT industry and start preparing for UPSC?
  • Indian Administrative Service (IAS): Is it possible to prepare for UPSC exams while I am in job?
  • How does one manage a job in a software firm and UPSC preparations?

Here are numerous answer given by great minds on different  public forums. I collected them into this single post and hope you may like it and it will be beneficial in your way
of life ahead. 

This opinion shared by a Graduate. 

 You will not like this answer, but you're thinking the way I did at 18-19. This is what I have learned from experience, so take it with a pinch of salt.

1. This decision is immature, reeks of a suppressed rebellious streak and a highly escapist attitude.

2. I may or may not enjoy my work. That doesn't have anything to do with this question. I do it and that's what matters.

3. No.

See, we're all experts at convincing ourselves that what we're doing is not what we signed up for and that there's "something else" that suits us better and that we'll enjoy doing more.
It's like the socialist thought that our movies of old carried, wherein the rich man was constantly troubled because he had money whereas the poor fella had nothing to worry about. It was our way of convincing ourselves that we were better than other, developed nations. Where are we now?

Similarly, you don't want to study. So you're looking for options which will allow you to get on with life without studying. Or you probably have a bad CGPA and are trying to justify it to yourself and others.

Your reasons for trying for the Civil Services are as follows:

1. I won't have to work long hours
2. People will recognize my contribution
3. I find the job of an IAS better
4. It seems to be an easy to crack exam

The first reason is that you wan't have to work long hours. Not only is that a misconception, it's also a terrible reason to want to do something. At this stage, you should be looking to learn as much as possible, however long it might take.

I find the job of an IAS better. As opposed to? What do you know about what an IAS officer does every day? You'll spend a good 5-6 years of your life in a dilapidated village somewhere, solving disputes and managing MLA visits. More on that later.

It seems an easy to crack examination. The number of people appearing for UPSC is about the same as that for JEE - about 4 lakhs. The selections are about 1000, across services. IAS selections are about 100. By what metric is that an easy to crack exam? You are sadly mistaken. You do get to do stuff for society, but are you sure that's the reason you want to get into the services? The question itself, and your reasons for your choice suggest otherwise. Again, you seem enamoured by the respect an officer commands in society. Say these things in a UPSC interview and you'll be fortunate to be allowed to sit there.

Let's see some other things you've mentioned. You don't like the stuff your professors are teaching. You don't see how academics will be important for IAS. Riddle me this:

1. You don't like what your professors are teaching, so you're planning to stop studying. What if you don't like solving property disputes? Or planning MLA visits? You won't do it, right? You'd rather sit at home, not doing your job, since you don't like what it entails? All the best with that. 

2. You don't see how academics will be important for IAS? So, what, you'll just stop learning? What will be important for IAS? Go learn some of that, then. Quit IIT. Why do you want to waste 2-3 years of your life, having wasted a couple of them already? Go, take up a course in Humanities, since that will be of use in IAS and also give you enough time to prepare for UPSC. 

Everything you've written reeks of lethargy and immaturity, and it does not reflect well on your attitude towards life either. There is every chance that you will lose interest in preparing for IAS a month or two into it and tell everyone around you that there's too much corruption in governance and that you'd rather work for an NGO. This will never stop.

My advice to you would be, find out about the IAS if it has really caught your fancy, but stop escaping reality at once. It will come back to bite you really badly. Do something concrete. Study, because that's why you go to IIT. Don't get marks, if that's what bores you, but learn as much as you can, since you have a lot to learn. No one will every give two hoots about what you like and dislike, so either rebel and do something major or strive to excel where you are. Both require tremendous patience and courage. Don't let people tell you that you're going with the flow, if you choose the latterThings like that are said by people who're either extremely capable and have personally rebelled and made it big, or by people who have been avoiding facing reality themselves. 

Stop being lazy and telling yourself that there are other things out there, which you can do. There aren't, not with your attitude anyway, so get your act straight before it's too late.


I was in your situation 3 years back. I had  both good and bad times during this phase.

Quitting job was I think the easiest decision among the others that I took in the course of my preparation for the next 3 years.  At the start of preparation, you will have to get used to long study hours. It is difficult for working professionals because we tend to loose the habit once we enter a job and I think even when we enter an engineering college.

Once you get in the rhythm of long study hours, you will also see that you have to cut down your time on socialization. Your time spent on Facebook, Gmail, Twitter etc will have to come down from what it used to be while you were working. Hence it will help you if you join a study circle or stay in a PG where other civil service aspirants are staying. I studied alone and for days my social interaction used to be limited to my mother on phone, the maids and my husband. And it was frustrating. 

You have to battle with uncertainty. It is a very long process and one can get eliminated at 3 stages, What if you don't make it? Such questions will crop up in your mind since UPSC takes long time to declare results, but you need to have faith on yourself and stop thinking such negative thoughts. In stead you can start thinking about how you can improve yourself. In my case, I used to concentrate on how I can improve on my answer writing skills, how I can analyze questions etc.

Since you will not have your salary, you will have to forego quite a few things which you will see your ex-colleagues are doing. In my case I didn't feel much since my husband was supporting me. Nevertheless, be prepared for the news like - others buying houses, buying cars, going to vacations abroad, eating out at costly restaurants among other things. 

Even though all that I wrote above presents a gloomy picture of a life of an aspirant, it was not that bad. When you have a purpose in your life, a lot of obstacles can be overcome when you work towards the goal. You have to push your limit during the preparation and when you start doing that you will discover yourself anew. This preparation makes you learn a whole lot of new things not only about this country and its society, its administrative and political system, but about yourself, your emotions and your limits and it can only help you grow personally.

I think the toughest part of the preparation is the part when you get your results and decide to quit. I had to do it this year after the mains results got out and it still hurts. But it is quite the opposite for those who make it. I have a few friends who joined IAS and am seeing their lives changing forever. And even though I could not clear the exam, I do not regret it. Because I took the decision and did the thing which I wanted to do and I feel no repentance for not doing it.


A Experience Shared by girl who is working one of the reputed Banks in India. 

A very good question here, I had the same situation in front of me, few months back.
I was working with a very good bank, and honestly i was enjoying my job. it was a easy job, fun to do, work culture was great, but one fine morning i realized what the hell i was doing in a bank, when all that i want to do is administration, and then just like you, i kept asking questions, is it important to leave my job? 
considering the fact that i m not a brilliant student, just an above average one, i was told that UPSC mains examination was equivalent to combination of  three post graduation degrees which takes a normal course of 6 years, and i am supposed to do it in a year and half, so initially i decided to continue with my job, and forget the thing called IAS, but then somehow i convinced  "my not so focused mind" to take a chance, dedicate myself to this thing for a year or so, put in all my hard work and knowledge to this, and who knows may be i can crack it in the very first attempt, even if i don't, for a 21 year old, one year is not a big deal. 

So, it is a tough decision but one thing is unassailable, that there is no substitute for hard work, and hard work will definitely need time. but yes if you are too brilliant, may be it can happen with the job, but countering that i would say UPSC is a "donkeys examination" it comes with a lot of load, intelligence can help you understanding things easily but amount of time that has to be given cannot be compromised with.


  1. Anonymous7/14/2015

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  2. Anonymous7/15/2015

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