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Given the fierce competition, the extensive and complicated syllabus, and the unpredictable nature of the UPSC, there is some truth to the claim that passing the UPSC exam is a much more difficult task than imagined.

On the other hand, winning this UPSC battle becomes much simpler for those who work hard in the right direction, under a strategy, followed consistently. Remember! UPSC demands absolute perfection in terms of execution.

If you are not enjoying the process of working hard for UPSC prep, it is time to evaluate your prep and simplify it.


Now, Absolute perfection is impossible to achieve in a single day. And for this reason, the adage “Only practice makes a man perfect” is true. However, this statement varies for all UPSC candidates because only perfect practice makes a difference.

Mantri Maurya cleared IAS on his 4th Attempt. He was relentless about improving himself in order to serve the country he loves dearly.

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What Does Hard Work Mean?

Given an example, taking the UPSC-CSE with 50%, 60%, 70%, or even 85% syllabus coverage will not ensure your success. If you have only finished half of the syllabus, there are many competitors who have revised 3X times. It means they have done 300% preparation for the exam.

To catch up with the competition you have to put in extra hours, extra effort, and a lot of dedication. Day in and day out, you have to cover the syllabus, make linkages, analyze and practice.

And you have to do this for a major part of a year. Consistently. Like a machine.

Why do 99.99% of Aspirants fail to do so?

In the pursuit of success in the UPSC exam, it is not hard work that is the key ingredient separating the winners from the rest, but consistent hard work in the ‘right direction’.

Therefore, it is crucial for an aspirant to adopt a work ethic that emphasizes persistence, determination, and a relentless pursuit of excellence. 

Despite understanding the importance of studying hard and consistently, many UPSC aspirants struggle with burnout. You might have tried to study for UPSC for 10-12 hours/per day for a week or so, only to be unable to continue the following week.

Burnout occurs when aspirants push themselves beyond their limits, leading to physical and mental exhaustion. This can result in a lack of motivation, decreased productivity, and an inability to focus on the task at hand.

The reasons for burnout can vary, including poor time management, lack of a well-structured study plan, unrealistic expectations, and inadequate self-care. To overcome burnout and achieve success in the UPSC exam, it is crucial to address these issues and find a sustainable way of maintaining consistency in your preparation.

Remember, your mental and physical wellness is your entire life, whereas UPSC-CSE is only a step in your life. If you are not enjoying working hard for UPSC-CSE, it is time to consider how you might simplify it for yourself.

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How does Samanvaya Mentorship work? Introducing 3 layers of mentorship: Get IAS or UPSC ranker as your mentor

1. We’ll schedule your 1-1 session with an IAS mentor who will get on a detailed on-call discussion around your UPSC prep situation. Understanding your challenges, strengths, weaknesses, time availability, your learning style, etc.

Knowing yourself is very important to do a year-long exam like UPSC-CSE. Why do you want to be an IAS Officer, when you can apply for any other job? Which subjects are your strengths, and which are your weaknesses? What part of the syllabus presents an opportunity to score higher? What are the threats i.e. How is your preparation compared to other aspirants?

There are no one-size-fits-all answers to these questions. What might be your strength, would be a weakness for another. If not preparing for CSAT is your threat, then the same need not be applicable to another aspirant. UPSC-CSE appears to be a competition against others but at its core, it’s a competition with yourself. It’s pushing yourself to be better than what you used to be before. Also, these are very important questions that one needs an answer to, not once but many times during their preparation

What will be Addressed in Your Free 1-on-1 Counselling Session?

1. How you can align your UPSC-Preparation in time available to you? (Working professional/college aspirant has diff time availability than a full time aspirant and so on..)

2. Based on this, when would be the best time for you to attempt UPSC-CSE

3. Tailor made strategy, timetable and targets for you.

4. Booklist, FREE resources. What kind of Optional you must choose?

5. How to prepare for Prelims & Mains in the same day?

6. Any personal issues you are facing which you would like to share with us.

7. Giving confidence and motivation boosters.

8. Areas you should work hard and areas you can work smart

2. You are directed and given access to relevant resources and an invite-only Telegram group, where you can ask your daily doubts, discuss your test-prep questions and have real-time, live sessions on news and op-eds, and find your optional groups.

3. The third and the most personalized tier is the 1 on 1 mentor allotment who stays with you through the course of your UPSC preparation – always-on chat and on scheduled calls to help you assess, evaluate, and chart the next milestone of your IAS 2023-24 journey.

We will also connect you to a UPSC ranker or IAS, who will mentor you in this journey.

Layer 1: You will be assigned a dedicated in-house mentor who will keep track of our progress from the start till your final interview.

Layer 2: Sajal Singh sir and the team will be constantly with you through various programs like Samachar Manthan, Prelims, Essay, etc.

Layer 3: A UPSC IAS ranker (one who has cleared this exam) will be supervising your progress as your super mentor.

Super Mentors like Areeba (AIR-109), Mantri (AIR-28), Soham, and IPS Shubham will help you to make strategies as per your need and devise a timetable that suits you.

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Who should fill Samanvaya?

  1. Working Junta? If you are preparing for IAS 2023-24 and working simultaneously, we can help you design a timetable that fits right into your hectic schedule.
  2. First-time prep? If you are in the last year of college or thinking of dropping a year and preparing for IAS 2023-24 full-time, we can help you pick the right books and craft a practical & personal strategy.
  3. UPSC Veteran?

You just have to take 5 minutes out and fill out this form: Samanvaya For IAS 2023-24

Once done, we will call you within 24 hours or so.

What The Hindu opined about Civilsdaily Mentorship

Karishma Nair, AIR 14 was also Sajal sir’s student
AIR 65, Pranav mentored under Sajal sir for UPSC 2020

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