Given the uncertainty factor in UPSC CSE & the fact that many aspirants give their first attempt after 2-3 years of self-preparation indicates the toughness of the exam. The fierce competition makes it a time-taking process to get through the examination.
So, it is advisable to work part-time to become financially independent & to also gain some valuable experience along the journey to becoming a civil servant.
## Giving Back
You are graduate & your family has invested quite a lot in your education. So, you must at least give something back monetarily to your family.
##You are Young
You are young & probably unmarried so this is the right time to save money & re-invest it (may be for pursuing post-graduation, coaching or getting skilled).
##Proper Utilisation of Time
It is hard & practically impossible to study for 18 hours for a long-term. Life has a lot to do with many other things than just studies. Relationships, family, your health & other things also play a vital role in making your life awesome.
So, it is a good strategy to work part-time as you will get paid for it & will also have the practical learning’s which are important for grooming your personality.
Study of 10 hours each day without a miss over 1.5-2 years will dramatically increase your chances of getting selected.
If you work part-time then you will not be thinking about UPSC all the time which generally otherwise is the case. It creates undue stress & hampers studies. Since you are working part-time you shall have opportunities to work full time in private sectors, if needed.
So, you can carry out your preparations without fear.
Choose an economic activity that will fetch you 5-8k for working for 2-3 hours each day.
It could be providing Home-tution, working as a freelancer, night call-centre job (*do not prefer it as it will take around 7-7.5 hours each day), etc.
It is better if you could get a part-time role in an activity that is economic as well as your hobby like content-writing, coach for sports, photography, blogging, etc.
– you can save money for a coaching, if needed
– you can fill up & sit for more examinations (job application forms now cost significant amount of money these days plus traveling cost for appearing them cannot be neglected)
– you can be fearless about your future so you can prepare without much stress
-you can create a corpus- not very huge but around 2-3 lacs in few years which you can use for starting a business, investing in real-estate with family’s help, starting your own coaching centre, etc.
The sum & substance of this post is to highlight the fact that studying for 10 hours & working part-time for 2-3 hours each day can go hand in hand without affecting your preparations. So, go for it.
With Great Love,
Er. Amit Yadav