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CSE 2023: Plan/ Strategy/ Daily Routine

Hi guys hopping into this thread and will try to post my daily targets regularly. Looking forward to having a great community experience like the famous 2021 thread with good friends@nerdfighter @SergioRamos @AzadHindFauz @Rashmirathi @Jammu 

Avengers assemble? 馃槵



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@Morticia727 come join

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@LetsGetThisBread  Bread, how was Pre?


I didn鈥檛 give it this time so 2023 is going to be an all out affair

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Pgptsaid

 @Lawstice @LetsGetThisBread  Hey.. saw you ppl in 2022 thread and sfg. I don't know much about you.. but this was my third attempt.. and I couldn't clear prelims again... I also gave 5 months to pre, followed sfg-1, did pyq, mocks and everything.. was very confident but couldn't clear again.. I am currently very very confused.. should I go full throttle one more time or should think about a job or something along with upsc this time. 
I just want to know in what direction are people like you thinking and what's your course of action.. so that I can gain some new perspective.


Personally i advocate a backup post 3 attempts. But after having got into one course i can tell you this much choose a backup that gives you time to study consistently as well. I had to skip 2022 primarily because of lack of time. Also if you haven鈥檛 cleared prelims despite having done everything I would personally advise you to not worry too much about it. Its just a matter of time before everything clicks into place. Just try to think about where you could have possibly gone wrong and then proceed :)

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Hi guys hopping into this thread and will try to post my daily targets regularly. Looking forward to having a great community experience like the famous 2021 thread with good friends@nerdfighter @SergioRamos @AzadHindFauz @Rashmirathi @Jammu 

Avengers assemble? 馃槵



Always felt the lack of peer group in my 2021 attempt, moved to Delhi for 2022. Couldn't find any peer group or something, posted targets on thread for a while & then gave up. Want to make 2023 last, ready to give whatever it takes. Let's go full throttle.

Also,

Also am in the hub, would love to connect n discuss daily dukhs with you'll.  Let's do it!

2023 will most probably be my last attempt as well so hoping to really make it count

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Hi guys hopping into this thread and will try to post my daily targets regularly. Looking forward to having a great community experience like the famous 2021 thread with good friends@nerdfighter @SergioRamos @AzadHindFauz @Rashmirathi @Jammu 

Avengers assemble? 馃槵



 Glad to see 'forum OGs' joining this thread. Will try to learn from y'all and also from the fellow newbies as well.

Hope this becomes the "best forum thread ever" and everyone from this thread makes it in 2023. 

Will try to post my targets regularly from 1st of July. 25-30 June ka pata nahi, but kosish karunga.


Forum OG ka tag makes me feel old XD

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Tatasaid

Hi guys hopping into this thread and will try to post my daily targets regularly. Looking forward to having a great community experience like the famous 2021 thread with good friends@nerdfighter @SergioRamos @AzadHindFauz @Rashmirathi @Jammu 

Avengers assemble? 馃槵



Take me in

Everyone is welcome :)

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hucksaid

An acceptance post.

I have spent the last few days being either hurt or angry. It was my second prelims failure, and one that I wasn't ready for. I am caught in the vicious cycle of blames, of how it was my circumstances that failed me. I know it is no use, and hence I write this post to accept, and let go.
The person I have been blaming the most is my father. He would not allow me to go to a library when I found it impossible studying at home. For no reason at all. I have been obedient so far, never did anything 'immoral' in the eyes of the society. And yet this. Plus, he would force me to get into a job, because it is so hard to get, and so in the 7 months that I had for this attempt, I prepared for three different exams.
That's what is hurting me, and making me angry. But this is not the complete picture. I could have gone to the library had I been a little more obstinate. I could have insisted him for a fully focused attempt all the same.
I know this post is rather negative, but I am writing it as a reminder of how I can indeed control my circumstances if I want to. I don't want to fall in this trap of cribbing ever again.
I accept my faults, and I choose to move on. 

Hey this might be a good time to chat with your father about what you really need to clear the exam which is dedicated prep time. He might be the most amenable to listening at this time that this exam needs a certain dedicated time and focus.

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Good morning folks and friends of forum, posting targets for 25.6. 22 here for the first time:

Environ mains notes

GS 2 paper analysis (1/2)

College work

C/A April 2022 backlog (1/3)

Here鈥檚 to hoping i can be regular with all the craziness that is my coursework. Let鈥檚 get this bread!

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Good morning folks and friends of forum, posting targets for 25.6. 22 here for the first time:

Environ mains notes

GS 2 paper analysis (1/2)

College work

C/A April 2022 backlog (1/3)

Here鈥檚 to hoping i can be regular with all the craziness that is my coursework. Let鈥檚 get this bread!

Managed to only finish my environment notes and college work. Need to work faster tomorrow 馃槄

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啶掂啶啷嵿い啶 啶曕 啶啶 啶ㄠす啷啶 啶溹ぞ啶ㄠい啶 啶ムぞ

啶灌い啶距ざ啶 啶曕 啶溹ぞ啶ㄠい啶 啶ムぞ

啶囙じ啶侧た啶 啶啶 啶夃じ 啶掂啶啷嵿い啶 啶曕 啶ぞ啶 啶椸く啶

啶啶傕え啷 啶灌ぞ啶 啶あ啶监ぞ啶ぞ

啶啶班ぞ 啶灌ぞ啶 啶啶∴ぜ啶曕ぐ 啶掂す 啶栢ぁ啶监ぞ 啶灌啶

啶啶澿 啶掂す 啶ㄠす啷啶 啶溹ぞ啶ㄠい啶 啶ムぞ

啶啶班 啶灌ぞ啶 啶あ啶监ぞ啶ㄠ 啶曕 啶溹ぞ啶ㄠい啶 啶ムぞ

啶灌ぎ 啶︵啶ㄠ啶 啶膏ぞ啶 啶氞げ啷

啶︵啶ㄠ啶 啶忇 啶︵啶膏ぐ啷 啶曕 啶ㄠす啷啶 啶溹ぞ啶 啶む 啶ム

啶膏ぞ啶 啶氞げ啶ㄠ 啶曕 啶溹ぞ啶 啶む 啶ム啷

So  lets be that invisible hand to each other as said in poem , walk together and keep pushing ourself and others .lets be the motivation for each other as said by Harivansh Rai Bachan ji

- raah pakad tu ek chala chal pa jaayega madhushaala


Lovely lines 馃ス

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Hi guys hopping into this thread and will try to post my daily targets regularly. Looking forward to having a great community experience like the famous 2021 thread with good friends@nerdfighter @SergioRamos @AzadHindFauz @Rashmirathi @Jammu 

Avengers assemble? 馃槵



 Glad to see 'forum OGs' joining this thread. Will try to learn from y'all and also from the fellow newbies as well.

Hope this becomes the "best forum thread ever" and everyone from this thread makes it in 2023. 

Will try to post my targets regularly from 1st of July. 25-30 June ka pata nahi, but kosish karunga.


Forum OG ka tag makes me feel old XD

Aren't you?

Ancient hoon m 馃槀

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Hey@LetsGetThisBread  even though I want to work, mann nahi kar raha bas. :/

Will be back here in a few days' time. 

But will surely come back, stronger. 

Take your time buddy :)

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Has anyone done a comprehensive analysis of past year prelims papers so far? how have u guys gone about it? 

@LetsGetThisBread  can you help with this? Or anyone else who can shed some light please

Yaar analysis toh nhi kiya aise. But just solved the PYQs diligently. And went over the options multiple times

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Imomfsaid

@LetsGetThisBread hey man even i am going to give this as  last attempt .... couldn't clear pre after 2 mains....looking forward to ur as well others' guidance.....all the best guys...

Hum kya guide karenge鈥 do mains ke baad toh aap bhi senior khiladi ho 馃檲

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tennissaid

Hey everyone. 

After attending SFG 1 and 2, it was yesterday that I learnt how to talk to people on thread. (facepalm)

I am pretty introvert, so never befriended anyone during foundation course, but it's high time I come out of my shell. Could you please help me with how peer groups are formed? I have no wild knowledge about group studies. After getting ditched by prelims this year, I am planning to take Sociology as optional. It would be kind of you if you help me keep my baby steps. Also, one last query, how are peer groups managed when some people are not based in Delhi? I'm currently in ORN but planning to go back home for solace and good food. I can't without it. 

Forum threads were a saviour. I found really good friends on this platform. Daily thread was honestly popping in 2021 with everyone sharing their routines, sukh-dukh, tiny moments of joy, learnings and advice, material, food pics et al. So even though I hadn鈥檛 met anyone personally there was always a place I knew that I could pour out my worries without any hesitation :)

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Though I could not clear the prelims this year, being a silent member of this community helped a lot. A special thanks to@LetsGetThisBread. Your posts on the one thing you learnt from your prelims failure thread was so very helpful. ( I'm not able to turn these bold letters off). 

Anyway, though it was a little heartbreaking to see the result after all my efforts, I want to give my 100% to 2023. Hoping all you lovely people can guide me with your experience as always. 

PS- I want to give a special thanks to this community as a whole. Though I could not clear and have never been an active member, this site has been so good for my mental health, knowing that you're not alone in feeling helpess/hopeless/lazy or any of the countless other feelings and things that you go through on this journey and as a part of the journey of life as well. 

So, here's to 2023. Hoping to give it all that I have 

Heheh not being able to turn off the bold letters after tagging a person is so relatable 馃槓

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(186) 27/6/22

  1. Indian express Done 
  2. Polity Revision 2/5 Done
  3. Offline Class Done
  4. Entrance material not Done 

9:10 PM 

Monday 

Kaunsa entrance?

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So I鈥檝e been trying to complete college work for the past 2 days. Aaj dosto se milke accha laga. Hopefully kal kuch upsc ka bhi ho jayega. Will post targets for tomorrow here. :)
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@LetsGetThisBread My friend advice me this time ki bhai PG kr lete hai apne apne optional se ya kisi bhi subject me bus PG honi jarui hai.. So i said OK.. 
To be specific CUET PG ME kuch programme bhare hai.. Admission ke liye. 


Nice! Kab h exams koi idea h? I have a cousin who is also applying for CUET and is quite clueless about dates and stuff 

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@LetsGetThisBread My friend advice me this time ki bhai PG kr lete hai apne apne optional se ya kisi bhi subject me bus PG honi jarui hai.. So i said OK.. 
To be specific CUET PG ME kuch programme bhare hai.. Admission ke liye. 


Bhai yahi par mai ek unsolicited advice dena chahunga jo mujhe bhi mili thi but maine maani nahi and abb mai heavily regret kar raha hu. Marzi ho toh consider karna ya fir you can chuck it off altogether.

If you are considering doing masters, I would suggest ki open se karo rather than kisi regular college/university se. Because regular course ke khoob chochle hote hai for eg, attendance, internals, assignments and what not. Inn sab mei kaafi time chala jaata hai and CSE ki tyaari ka satyanaash ho jaata hai. Also, naye naye log bhi contact mei aate hai toh usse bhi kahi na kahi asar padta hai.

Mai bhi 2020 mei join kara tha kisi ek central university ka regular masters course and meri tyaari has gone for a toss tbh. Prior to 2020, meri preparation rock solid chal rahi thi but masters ki vajah se sab gadbad hogaya.

Ek example deta hu apne case ka. Mere course ka last sem ka exam iss saal ke mid May se leke first week of June tak thay and side by side June 5 ka prelims bhi tha. I was planning to skip this year鈥檚 attempt but mujh par pressure bana ki iss saal ka attempt dena hai kisi bhi haal mei, so I decided ki college ka last sem drop karunga. Abb yeh realisation aayi drop karne ki, prelims se 30 dinn pehle, so mere paas Pre ki tyaari karne ka limited time tha. Iss limited time mei mai GS  paper 1 ka max tyaari kar paaya but csat ko dhyaan nahi de paaya, and vohi hua jiska darr lag raha tha, 5 June ko GS1 ka sahi gaya but csat mei tabiyat vala fuck-up ho gaya.  Abb na hee mains likh paa raha and naa hee degree hath mei aa rahi iss saal. :/

So inn baato ko consider karna decision lete huye. I鈥檓 saying this because I鈥檓 assuming you are trying to take admission in some regular course as you mentioned CUET.

Agar CSE ki tyaari aur regular course ke chochle ek sath manage kar paao toh boht hee Badia but aisa rarely hota hai. Mera course kuch aisa hai ki meri class ke 50 baccho mei se 45 bacche consider/want to give CSE but course hee itna hectic hogaya ki unn 45 mei se mujhe mila ke 1-2 aur hee hai jo college mei hone ke sath sath attempt bhi diye hai CSE ka, baaki 42-43 logo ne seedha kaha ki course complete hone ke baad hee attempt dengay kyuki time hee nahi milta tyaari karne ka sahi se, so I hope issey tum ek effective decision le paao. :)

Sadly I agree :(

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So managed to only do some current affairs backlog and mostly college work. I realised i was floundering becuase I hadn鈥檛 really planned out the month ahead let alone the rest of the year. So took some time out to plan the next few months ahead so that i have less decision fatigue after coming back from college. Hopefully today has been the last of the unplanned study days.


Tomorrow onwards I鈥檓 going to get back to clocking my hours on YPT as well. It鈥檚 obviously not going to be anywhere near my usual hours before i started college. I guess this is fixed notion is something i might need to get over鈥 this idea that unless i clock my hours from the beginning of the day and get at least 8 hours in its not been a productive study day. Now that my available hours are different ill just have to learn new ways of defining what a productive day looks like for me. I鈥檒l probably have to plan my day the night before instead of having the luxury post waking up. Just because plans are changing don鈥檛 mean they are any less better鈥 at least I wont know until I try.

Bread out!

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Had a really good and long study day after the longest time. Finally clocked a good number of hours on YPT. Finished 15 days worth of April C/A backlog, Dipin sir鈥檚 class, as well as started optional. It鈥檚 been a good day. Bread goes to bed happy :D
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Good morning y鈥檃ll! Targets for 2.7.22 are:

Dipin sir- 2

Gov- RTI, CC, Media, nutrition, poverty

PSIR- Plato, Aristotle 

April C/A- 23- 30

Daily C/A

Yesterday was a good day, slow but completely utilised. Managed to do a current affairs class, backlog as well as note making. Hoping that today also goes good, especially post a good breakfast of kappa and chammandi. Do have to go furniture shopping sometime during the day but let鈥檚 see how many of the targets I can race against time to finish. Let鈥檚 get this bread, and perhaps a centre table?

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Quite a fail day yesterday. Sat for a little while in the morning and afternoon but had to go out post lunch. Who knew furniture shopping took so long. Hoping that the inertia doesn鈥檛 carry over to today as well. Targets for 3.7.22 are:

 Dipin sir- 2

Gov- RTI, Media, nutrition, poverty

PSIR- Plato, Aristotle 

April C/A- 23- 30

Daily C/A

college work- SG, ppt, video

Man I really hope I get this bread today 馃槄

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Is there any secret/esoteric way to get out of a rut extending more than a month? or maybe we can say years, tbvh.

All these start small, create a schedule, focus on building habits, know your why, etc seems good in theory or while giving gyaan to others. I know many people do these things and they get the results. but for me executing these has become an unattainable task, the vicious loop of procrastination and instant gratification just don't seem to end. and it been over years since i've had any decent day. I know in the end i'd have to figure things out on my own and ranting won't take me anywhere. 

Anyway, thanks for reading my rant. Suggestions are welcome, though I know they help much, unless I help myself.

Hi, i can totally feel you because my rut extended for 2 years. It was difficult to get myself out of it but it is doable. Like you said start small, and create a schedule is literally the way forward.

I realised very early on that physical planners don't do me any good because i cant be bothered to beautify my pages and my handwriting isn鈥檛 the most journal friendly. So i have a notebook opened on GoodNotes where i type out my daily schedule. This has been there with me for the past two years. Also knowing the macro targets are really helpful as well, what i intend to achieve in one month, the next 6 months etc along with a daily schedule.

Also helps if you figure out why it鈥檚 too difficult to stick to a schedule. Is it too much workload? Reduce the number of targets you set for yourself. Is your schedule too tightly packed without any breathing space, which makes you more likely to procrastinate? Schedule a block of time where you intend to do nothing except what you want to do? YouTube distracting you? Put a screen time. The point is, find a workaround for your problems.

There was also a book i read titled 鈥淔inish What You Started鈥 (ironically which i never finished reading) but one helpful thing it said is to set a bare minimum workload. So find 3 things that you must absolutely do, even if you hate and ensure you do at least that. Its not the same as a fully productive day, but its still better than wasting your day entirely.

Lastly, there鈥檚 nothing like a good old shame spiral to kick your butt into action. I hated the fact that my targets were unachieved and that pushed me to try and finish at least one thing the next day. I kept doing that till the time i got the hang of it. It was a slow and painful process ngl, but entirely doable.

 

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Hi, i can totally feel you because my rut extended for 2 years. It was difficult to get myself out of it but it is doable. Like you said start small, and create a schedule is literally the way forward.

I realised very early on that physical planners don't do me any good because i cant be bothered to beautify my pages and my handwriting isn鈥檛 the most journal friendly. So i have a notebook opened on GoodNotes where i type out my daily schedule. This has been there with me for the past two years. Also knowing the macro targets are really helpful as well, what i intend to achieve in one month, the next 6 months etc along with a daily schedule.

Also helps if you figure out why it鈥檚 too difficult to stick to a schedule. Is it too much workload? Reduce the number of targets you set for yourself. Is your schedule too tightly packed without any breathing space, which makes you more likely to procrastinate? Schedule a block of time where you intend to do nothing except what you want to do? YouTube distracting you? Put a screen time. The point is, find a workaround for your problems.

There was also a book i read titled 鈥淔inish What You Started鈥 (ironically which i never finished reading) but one helpful thing it said is to set a bare minimum workload. So find 3 things that you must absolutely do, even if you hate and ensure you do at least that. Its not the same as a fully productive day, but its still better than wasting your day entirely.

Lastly, there鈥檚 nothing like a good old shame spiral to kick your butt into action. I hated the fact that my targets were unachieved and that pushed me to try and finish at least one thing the next day. I kept doing that till the time i got the hang of it. It was a slow and painful process ngl, but entirely doable.

 

Thanks a lot. Let me see if it's doable for me or not. Also your username is quite nice, i could never come up with such username 

Thank you! I鈥檓 a normal human like all others, maybe even lazier, so if I can do it then so can you. Also thanks about the username. I figured there鈥檚 no way anyone is going to be offended by bread 馃槄

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i am preapring from home

and i have a broad plan of completing syllabus, but 

i cant figure out how to PLAN revision 

i dont have any peers, no coaching 

joined forum pre test series but its schedule doesnt align with the broad plan so i havent given any tests yet

this is my first attempt

and i am mainly concern about revision strategy

please give advice

thankyou 

You could start by broadly dividing the syllabus over the remaining months of the year and trying to revise in large blocks. Alternatively, you could also peg your revision schedule to a test series schedule. Usually they happen once a week so you can keep that much portion to be revised in that week. This might be a systematic method of completing revisions if you have no clue about how much time to allocate to finishing off your syllabus.

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Aazaadsaid

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It is said to make your revision schedule daily , weekly and monthly for longer retention.

Personally i think its very hard to do especially when you have a large chunk of syllabus hanging over your head.

I have in my previous attempts revised on an circular basis , i.e. when all subjects have been read, come back to subject 1 .

Not recommended.


Now, I am trying to allocate 1 day a week for revision.



I tend to find it easier to divide the syllabus myself because I revise in blocks that make sense to me. I suggested revising along with test series ka schedule because when you鈥檙e doing it the first time around (since they mentioned it鈥檚 their first attempt) it鈥檚 difficult to divide the entire syllabus efficiently. That said, one must do what makes the most sense to them.

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Aazaadsaid

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It is said to make your revision schedule daily , weekly and monthly for longer retention.

Personally i think its very hard to do especially when you have a large chunk of syllabus hanging over your head.

I have in my previous attempts revised on an circular basis , i.e. when all subjects have been read, come back to subject 1 .

Not recommended.


Now, I am trying to allocate 1 day a week for revision.



I tend to find it easier to divide the syllabus myself because I revise in blocks that make sense to me. I suggested revising along with test series ka schedule because when you鈥檙e doing it the first time around (since they mentioned it鈥檚 their first attempt) it鈥檚 difficult to divide the entire syllabus efficiently. That said, one must do what makes the most sense to them.

could you pls explain how you divide the syllabus and revise block-wise?

I struggle with a committed revision schedule and in the past have done the "circular method", which someone mentioned above

Fair word of warning this might not be the best way to revise if you haven鈥檛 quite built some comfort with the syllabus yet so i would recommend this only as a revision after you鈥檝e done one round of reading and note-making for things. So the blocks are usually chapters that go together. For example it makes sense to read FD, FR and DPSPs together, or the 73rd+ 74th+ Scheduled areas and UTs together. Similarly i created blocks for all subjects. Basically information that was easier to be assimilated if you grouped it together.

Its also easier to identify chapters and areas that you struggle with much easer this way, because you pick up a block and see what you know and what you aren鈥檛 comfortable with in that particular block. I used to make a mental note of what i found difficulty and made sure to start my block revision with a quick recap of that chapter before moving on to other chapters in that block.  

I wouldn鈥檛 advise the circular revision method for the first 2 revisions because you end up taking so much time with those revisions that by the time you come back around to the subject again, its like starting fresh. The circular method is great if your revision cycles are short i.e nearer the exam when you can get through masses of information within 2-3 days.

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I don't wake that late(though 1-1.5 hours later than I want). But by the time I finish my first task, I often realise ki college hours are approaching. I am as slow as tortoise these days and tbh I am not into any short term dopamine trips of late. Kal I will have study time till 5 pm. Dekhte hai. I hoped to finish Economy portion by this Sunday and also finish relevant MGP tests, but its not happening now anytime before Wednesday I guess.

Not listing any targets for tomorrow, but the task is to finish Topics 9(Infra) and Topic 10(investment Models) asap in a day or two.

Shubh Ratri!

What college/ course do you attend? (If you don鈥檛 mind sharing here)

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watching some toppers talks, it seems as if they knew everything all along, you see the clarity, the confidence, the pride, feels like they had it sorted all along, you see no flaws, you dont see the downs, neither do they emphasize much on it

and then, there you come back to your reality and its okay, until those bad bad days hit, and were just down bad, confused, and it seems why is it so hard for us

this is what i go through sometimes, but this platform is really helpful in that aspect, you see your peers, actual journey, the graph with ups and downs, mistakes, solutions, sometimes you relate, you can put your heart out,

this is

a good place to be 



Can agree so much on this. But one thing I鈥檝e learnt over the years is that every plan becomes a strategy only after it is proven to work. So give your plan time too, it鈥檚 just a strategy in the making. :)

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GM. (18/07/2022)

1. Touch some grass.

2. Read " the illicit happiness of other people"

3. Newspaper.

4. Optional P1U1 (this is optional, haha, but the first three are mandatory as the OG @LetsGetThisBread suggested - find 3 things that you must absolutely do, even if you hate and ensure you do at least that. Its not the same as a fully productive day, but its still better than wasting your day entirely)



Glad to see something I say here is useful 馃槀

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Needed some advice

My basics especially GS 1 GS 3 are yet not covered, should I join a mains test series now or should I practice answer writing  based on PYQs and AWFG-WYSK and join a test series in sep - oct 2022? 


The latter

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Only did Environment Section of Vision+ Some revision of Micronotes of WPT. 


Tomorrow-


@LetsGetThisBread Pursuing Law at Faculty of Law, DU yaar! 

Shubh Ratri doston! 

Oh nice! I know a few of my batchmates who completed law from there. It鈥檚 a really good place

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GM. (18/07/2022)

1. Touch some grass.

2. Read " the illicit happiness of other people"

3. Newspaper.

4. Optional P1U1 (this is optional, haha, but the first three are mandatory as the OG @LetsGetThisBread suggested - find 3 things that you must absolutely do, even if you hate and ensure you do at least that. Its not the same as a fully productive day, but its still better than wasting your day entirely)



Glad to see something I say here is useful 馃槀

Arrey tum hi resource hub ho idhar ki馃檭. I guess many will agree! 

Very flattered 馃槵

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@Neyawn @LetsGetThisBread @sjerngal 

Wrote 1st MGP 2023 TEST..half 10 question one..attempted 6-7 in 1.5 hour...in the paper nothing was coming in my mind..just threw away the paper n went...is it normal?people improve from this point in next year?

Shifted to Delhi on 1st with so many stakes.. exhausted 2 attempts.


Feeling like everything is dark..

Been there done that. But everyone starts slow and small. The first test you write is bound to be bad and an uncomfortable experience because it鈥檚 something different to what you鈥檝e done so far. Anything that pushes us out of our comfort zone will make us feel you uncomfortable. But trust me there鈥檚 no way you鈥檙e going to grow by staying in your comfort zones. Likhte raho, revise karte raho. Don鈥檛 compete with others just with yourself. Try and see if you can improve in the next test viz a vid this one that you gave.

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Only did Environment Section of Vision+ Some revision of Micronotes of WPT. 


Tomorrow-


@LetsGetThisBread Pursuing Law at Faculty of Law, DU yaar! 

Shubh Ratri doston! 

Oh nice! I know a few of my batchmates who completed law from there. It鈥檚 a really good place

Arrey!What are you really pursuing now? I guess you are in the same University then!


Also,wanted to enquire on PSIR stuff- Have you joined some TS yet?Like I want to join, but I won't do SRIAS,for the quality of assessment they do(I did join after my first Prelims and they were horrible). I am contemplating to go for Piyush Sir(even though he is very sust types but can offer better feedback due to lesser rush in his institution).Btaio on this if possible!

I meant my batchmates from grad days 馃槄

I haven鈥檛 joined a TS this year because I know evaluation is bad. I鈥檒l probably join SR again next year because of TINA factor 

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Mann hi ni kar raha. Itna mann karta hai to come back on Forum but this is not 2020 anymore. My friends@whatonly ,@AzadHindFauz @sjerngal  and many others are already selected and I am still slogging. I come here and I feel defeated. Isiliye, mann ni karta aane ka yahan. 

Hum abhi bhi h biro 馃槀

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So,I didn't move much today. I am not beating myself up for this, for I know I have been decently honest with myself.These are busier days, but I'll make up for these tiring days.


Also, not aiming much beyond what I aimed for today. Although,that too will be tough considering the fact that I have non stop 2-8 college tomorrow too. 


@LetsGetThisBread Accha!I presumed ki bohot saare after their degree be like-"Please ek internship mil jay bas" and do nothing beyond for next 1-2 years. Lol !


Shubh Ratri Doston!

Humne toh woh bhi nhi maanga tha. Bade hi nalayak the XD

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Today's update-

Didn't do anything good and have to be guilting of getting up late. When I was supposed to be at reading room by 6,I delayed it by 2:30 hours.Did NP+ Rajesh Mishra's Additions+ around 10 pages of Economy+ Evening stuff(PS, Off vgarah)


Tomorrow's tasks-

A relevant PSIR Article(Topic 5 of P2A; Liberalism and more specifically, Interdependence Theories)- https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/ukraine-war-shows-more-than-commerce-needed-for-peace-by-anne-marie-slaughter-and-ian-shapiro-2022-07


@LetsGetThisBread You are being modest in your assessment here. You will end up with far better things(read civil servant) in life.

Shubh Ratri doston!

Haha thank you for saying that. And project syndicate is a gold mine as far as PSIR is concerned 

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Most days are energyless for me. No motivation to do more than what I am doing right now, a simple govt. job. 

I lost one of my parent last year and things haven't been on track from then on. Missed 2021 preliminary by 0.66 (ahh!). I feel I am unable to give time to my people but I guess it's because I have nothing interesting to tell them or talk about. 

I joined a group C govt. job because of father's worries about my future aur yahan bhi man nahi lag raha. I have always believed that the thing which you do for most part of the day is where you succeed.

8 hours job + 8 hours sleep + 1hour (before + after job) + 2 hours daily chores +  phone calls eat most part of my day. I am left with 2-3 hours. I have a 6 day central govt. job.

I don't know if it is lack of motivation or I seriously don't have time for UPSC anymore. 

But everytime I say I don't have time for UPSC it feels like a mini breakup. I don't know if I am lost or it's a phase or I'm down with some kind of depression (sorry if I used that word casually). One thing for sure is I am unable to take UPSC as an exam now. I feel bad and sad. 

Any worldly or unworldly gyaan is invited.

First of all, I would like to remind you that aap bhi insaan ho so apne aap ko itna harshly judge mat kijiye. You have gone through extremely difficult times recently so it鈥檚 ok to feel down in the dumps. I cant even begin to imagine what losing a parent might feel like.

Worldly gyaan: if you still feel like doing UPSC, understand that your study day will be much smaller than the average aspirant鈥檚. So you鈥檒l have to make consistency your strength. Plan those 2-3 hours well and try and do as much as possible. Avoid phone calls as much as possible if they鈥檙e unnecessary (itna toh tyaag diye ho life m already, yeh bhi kar paoge). Weekend ka bharpoor istemal kijiye padhai m.

Otherwordly gyaan: You know your situation better than anyone else. So it would be easy for me or for anyone else on this platform to tell you what to do and for you to go 鈥淲TF yeh toh bekaar h鈥 (I would do that tbh). If you鈥檙e feeling this way about UPSC take a break from one cycle, refresh yourself and then come back, if age is not a factor. And I don鈥檛 know if you鈥檝e managed to cope with losing your parent so early but agar woh tough lag raha h toh I would advise going for a few sessions of therapy or at least finding a support group to talk about these issues.

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22, 23, 24, and 25 July were 0 days and went to TRASH.

Few learnings/rants/observations from last 25 days-

- The first thought which comes to a Delhite's mind (especially the auto walas/coolie) isn't "Should I scam this guy?",  but it is "How much should I scam this guy?" and the answer is "as much as possible"

- I've learnt how to stare at your ceiling fan for 12 hours and sleep for the same amount. Perfectly balanced as all things should be.

- We uselessly put a lot of detergent just bcos we can, but we don't need to. Have some pity on your beautiful clothes.

- People who do not wear white sneakers at least once a week come under the inspection of Intelligence agencies.

- Monologues are always better than dialogues, so I avoid making friends. 

- If it wasn't for Lutyens Delhi and the metro, Delhi doesn't deserve to be the capital of India. But sigh, TINA.

- The Internet is the most wonderful human invention only after the photocopy machines, so Thou shall collect as much material as possible. 

- Delhi is in a perpetual state of flood. Flood of (useless) summaries, compilations, notes, answer writing book by yet another topper who spends her 'precious' time marketing it and wooing aspirants. I have easily avoided all of them though because I simply do not touch any books.

- Rewatched 'Andhadhun'. Watched 'RK/RKAY'. Both are very well written, someday I hope to write something 1% as good as these.

- Black coffee is an acquired taste.

- I can now Iron my Clothes, without iron.

- As a kid, I had the main character vibes but I've realised I'm not the main character, I'm not even the side character, forget this, I was removed from the first batch of auditions, bleh.

- I despise the tag of "UPSC aspirant"(and many(all) other tags and things). I'll get rid of it asap, my eventual fate awaits me. 
 
Do not waste your time by reading/replying to my comments because "Time is extremely valuable"
I waste my time writing these because "Time is extremely valuable and I prefer to waste it"


- If it wasn't for Lutyens Delhi and the metro, Delhi doesn't deserve to be the capital of India. But sigh, TINA 鈥斺斺斺>except this I鈥檒l agree with most of your points. As a fake Delhiite I take a lot of pride in my crappy city. The weather sucks, people are an acquired taste, but Dili dilwalo ki h 馃槀馃槀

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Tatasaid

22, 23, 24, and 25 July were 0 days and went to TRASH.

Few learnings/rants/observations from last 25 days-

- The first thought which comes to a Delhite's mind (especially the auto walas/coolie) isn't "Should I scam this guy?",  but it is "How much should I scam this guy?" and the answer is "as much as possible"

- I've learnt how to stare at your ceiling fan for 12 hours and sleep for the same amount. Perfectly balanced as all things should be.

- We uselessly put a lot of detergent just bcos we can, but we don't need to. Have some pity on your beautiful clothes.

- People who do not wear white sneakers at least once a week come under the inspection of Intelligence agencies.

- Monologues are always better than dialogues, so I avoid making friends. 

- If it wasn't for Lutyens Delhi and the metro, Delhi doesn't deserve to be the capital of India. But sigh, TINA.

- The Internet is the most wonderful human invention only after the photocopy machines, so Thou shall collect as much material as possible. 

- Delhi is in a perpetual state of flood. Flood of (useless) summaries, compilations, notes, answer writing book by yet another topper who spends her 'precious' time marketing it and wooing aspirants. I have easily avoided all of them though because I simply do not touch any books.

- Rewatched 'Andhadhun'. Watched 'RK/RKAY'. Both are very well written, someday I hope to write something 1% as good as these.

- Black coffee is an acquired taste.

- I can now Iron my Clothes, without iron.

- As a kid, I had the main character vibes but I've realised I'm not the main character, I'm not even the side character, forget this, I was removed from the first batch of auditions, bleh.

- I despise the tag of "UPSC aspirant"(and many(all) other tags and things). I'll get rid of it asap, my eventual fate awaits me. 
 
Do not waste your time by reading/replying to my comments because "Time is extremely valuable"
I waste my time writing these because "Time is extremely valuable and I prefer to waste it"


- If it wasn't for Lutyens Delhi and the metro, Delhi doesn't deserve to be the capital of India. But sigh, TINA 鈥斺斺斺>except this I鈥檒l agree with most of your points. As a fake Delhiite I take a lot of pride in my crappy city. The weather sucks, people are an acquired taste, but Dili dilwalo ki h 馃槀馃槀

You get everything in Dilli except dil :(

Todne ko milte hain

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Did decently good amidst all the headaches that Jio Fibre guys gave

Achieved this-

Kal ka karyakram-

@Pepethefrog Pakka trying this. Yes,mummies make you get used to all the comforts of life. And there was someone mentioning about his/her maa's demise on this thread. Tbh it always takes me sometime to soak such expressions of personal tragedies. Mummies are GOD and Papas too!

@LetsGetThisBread Make Chandigarh the Capital of India. Also, Dilli's dil is on ventilator. It either requires a transplant or a ventricular assist.Yaar kaisi city hai jissme gharo ke andaar khidki hi nahi hoti!Lol

Shubh Ratri doston!

The lack of windows is so that it prompts you to go outside to see the sights and thereby get fit 馃樁

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22, 23, 24, and 25 July were 0 days and went to TRASH.

Few learnings/rants/observations from last 25 days-

- The first thought which comes to a Delhite's mind (especially the auto walas/coolie) isn't "Should I scam this guy?",  but it is "How much should I scam this guy?" and the answer is "as much as possible"

- I've learnt how to stare at your ceiling fan for 12 hours and sleep for the same amount. Perfectly balanced as all things should be.

- We uselessly put a lot of detergent just bcos we can, but we don't need to. Have some pity on your beautiful clothes.

- People who do not wear white sneakers at least once a week come under the inspection of Intelligence agencies.

- Monologues are always better than dialogues, so I avoid making friends. 

- If it wasn't for Lutyens Delhi and the metro, Delhi doesn't deserve to be the capital of India. But sigh, TINA.

- The Internet is the most wonderful human invention only after the photocopy machines, so Thou shall collect as much material as possible. 

- Delhi is in a perpetual state of flood. Flood of (useless) summaries, compilations, notes, answer writing book by yet another topper who spends her 'precious' time marketing it and wooing aspirants. I have easily avoided all of them though because I simply do not touch any books.

- Rewatched 'Andhadhun'. Watched 'RK/RKAY'. Both are very well written, someday I hope to write something 1% as good as these.

- Black coffee is an acquired taste.

- I can now Iron my Clothes, without iron.

- As a kid, I had the main character vibes but I've realised I'm not the main character, I'm not even the side character, forget this, I was removed from the first batch of auditions, bleh.

- I despise the tag of "UPSC aspirant"(and many(all) other tags and things). I'll get rid of it asap, my eventual fate awaits me. 
 
Do not waste your time by reading/replying to my comments because "Time is extremely valuable"
I waste my time writing these because "Time is extremely valuable and I prefer to waste it"

Seemed like a short film of unrelated scenes been put together; but FUN

Will make a short film with 'related scenes' put together soon (as soon as I have enough financial resources. Spoiler alert: Right now I have Rs0)


I hope iss thread ke kuch log to dekh hi lenge.

Special screening karenge

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So, I came back to room at 8 pm and had my cheat meal. PSIR wasn't done, but Topic 9 is done sans Energy part. Also, added Logistics part as another head in Topic 9 to add more breadth to this particular topic. 

Kal ka subah, I'll upload. Though there are few days left before I go into a month long oblivion (semester exams in August), yet I will be uploading my day's schedule in mornings. This will help me in sticking to 6:30 am library deadlines. 

@Morticia Haha. Weren't you guys sold Delhi Governance Model during recent Municipal Elections? When I saw that happening, I was like fette muh ho tera馃槀!

@LetsGetThisBread Brokers in Delhi be like- Now I am gonna show you the real deal. This ends up with him taking one to another shanty! Also, girls make a shabby room look aesthetic. For boys, it is the complete opposite. 

Shubh Ratri doston! 

When I lived in ORN I once joked that soon they鈥檒l give us coffins to sleep in and uska bhi rent maangenge. My friends weren鈥檛 amused 馃槵

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Aazaadsaid

Here after 1 week , was under the weather

Also tried to change the schedule (waking up at 4am) , was successful

for about 8 days

woke up today too, but was too bored so took a break and slept , anyways may try it again 

Good last too days, long time after i completed the targets along with it

@LetsGetThisBread @mightyraju Isn't Delhi governance model good . I was sold on it , with the Mohalla clinics and all..

It works ok for the most part.  It obviously some part is whitewashed optics as well

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Today's introspection- Had I not been engrossed with JioFiber guys for 3-4 hours for router pickup,I would have certainly done PSIR tasks.Yet I made full use of the remaining time. Also, did read Energy part but didn't add them in Economics part. This is to avoid duplication kyunki that part overlaps with Topic 11(Economic geo.) of GS1.Toh udhar consolidate karunga.

Achieved-

@LetsGetThisBread This :point_down: is you and your friend during ORN days.Lol

WWE News: The Godfather smoked in The Undertaker's coffin


@Morticia Pass paunch gye tum. But am from unheard(but best-est) place called Kathua.Also,I guess language does overlap with parts of HP.

@Aazaad Ek number ka bakait sheher hai.It requires only an hour of rainfall to see whole governance thing of Delhi go into drains(quite metaphorically).


Kal jaana hai ghar. Thodda pad lenge. Vise bli I had mini attack thinking ki I have only about 3.5 effective months for Mains specific studies left now.

Kal ka schedule in the morning.

Shubh Ratri doston!


You鈥檝e even managed to get the hairline correct 馃槀

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So, I came back to room at 8 pm and had my cheat meal. PSIR wasn't done, but Topic 9 is done sans Energy part. Also, added Logistics part as another head in Topic 9 to add more breadth to this particular topic. 

Kal ka subah, I'll upload. Though there are few days left before I go into a month long oblivion (semester exams in August), yet I will be uploading my day's schedule in mornings. This will help me in sticking to 6:30 am library deadlines. 

@Morticia Haha. Weren't you guys sold Delhi Governance Model during recent Municipal Elections? When I saw that happening, I was like fette muh ho tera馃槀!

@LetsGetThisBread Brokers in Delhi be like- Now I am gonna show you the real deal. This ends up with him taking one to another shanty! Also, girls make a shabby room look aesthetic. For boys, it is the complete opposite. 

Shubh Ratri doston! 

When I lived in ORN I once joked that soon they鈥檒l give us coffins to sleep in and uska bhi rent maangenge. My friends weren鈥檛 amused 馃槵

The 14yo tiffin delivery boy was amused after seeing the size of my room. He then smiled sardonically as he left the place.

14yo tiffin delivery boy knows what鈥檚 up

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Back here after 3-4 days. And the story remains the same. 

The guilt at 2 AM fires up the hope for a beautiful tomorrow. All of my plans for the future involve me waking up tomorrow with a sudden sense of discipline and adherence to routine that i have simply never displayed in my 20 years of life.

All the enthusiasm fizzles out when I hit the snooze button in the morning and the next day I'm back where I was. 

Days, months, and years go by, just merely existing on autopilot. I am the worst version of myself living the worst version of my life. Sorry if these rants ruined your mood/this thread or anything else, but worry not, this shall be my last pitiful rant here.

Will be back on 1 August (maybe, maybe not)




Rant away friend 

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Sam230said

Dear nice peeps of forum, help needed. I've been trying to do current affairs but its too overwhelming for me. I read newspaper daily and jot down what seems important. In ONE notebook, all subject at one place, I'm one of those people who prefer notebooks to online media for CA hence the problem in editing data. But when the time to do monthly magazine comes it becomes impossible to manage, as there is repetition. What should I do, seperate notebooks for seperate subject? Stop jotting down daily? Do only monthly magazine? Which monthly magazine? there is like an armada of them out there. I mean all and every opinion is welcomed. It's just too confusing. Thankyou In advance


I guess the number of grammatical and auto correct mistakes in the deleted text should tell you how much i type/text.

A4 sheets is the way to go if you prefer offline notes. Maintain a separate folder for each subject and staple them month wise to keep them organised. If you鈥檙e doing daily note making you鈥檒l find you have more relevant content compared to monthlies. When you read your monthly add and fill in the blanks where necessary. Try not to take more than 1-2 hours daily for this endeavour or else you鈥檒l end up wasting time. There are even daily compilations if you wish not to go through a monthly magazine.

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DMsaid

Sam230said

Dear nice peeps of forum, help needed. I've been trying to do current affairs but its too overwhelming for me. I read newspaper daily and jot down what seems important. In ONE notebook, all subject at one place, I'm one of those people who prefer notebooks to online media for CA hence the problem in editing data. But when the time to do monthly magazine comes it becomes impossible to manage, as there is repetition. What should I do, seperate notebooks for seperate subject? Stop jotting down daily? Do only monthly magazine? Which monthly magazine? there is like an armada of them out there. I mean all and every opinion is welcomed. It's just too confusing. Thankyou In advance


I guess the number of grammatical and auto correct mistakes in the deleted text should tell you how much i type/text.

A4 sheets is the way to go if you prefer offline notes. Maintain a separate folder for each subject and staple them month wise to keep them organised. If you鈥檙e doing daily note making you鈥檒l find you have more relevant content compared to monthlies. When you read your monthly add and fill in the blanks where necessary. Try not to take more than 1-2 hours daily for this endeavour or else you鈥檒l end up wasting time. There are even daily compilations if you wish not to go through a monthly magazine.

Haha 

Insight ishko vhi easy kar diya hai, weekly magazine, they are providing

They also have a daily compilation. Kitna compilation padhega insaan 馃し馃徎鈥嶁檧锔

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So, have been away from the forum for , I had my State PSC prelims. Am travelling back again now. Hopefully will study for 2-3 more days before college exams make me go into oblivion! 

@LetsGetThisBread Lol. UPSC fables and its inevitable hairline struggles. Vaise maida wala bread khaoge toh yeh usske consequences hain! 

@Pepethefrog Get a punching bag, buddy. Fod daalo ussko! 

@Pepethefrog On that 14 yo boy- Kya maalom ki that not so fortunate boy may have been fascinated by your royalty馃槀! Vaise sabse zyaada dikkat and sharam tab aati jab we boys have to get our rooms cleaned. It gets messier to show the dirty condition of our rooms to househelps! 

Also, some naive opinion on CA conundrum-

I make Pen Paper wale hi(after having burnt my fingers experimenting with making Daily CA notes digitally). What I feel is that one should make some base notes on topic and then appendix relevent CA under those topics. 

Exhibit:Like there was Topic Sedition in Vision's monthly of May. If I would have added it, I would have added it after my base notes of Topic 1 of GS2. To be specific, somehere close to my Fundamental Rights notes! 

Baaki apna apna comfort level. 

Shubh Sandhya doston! 


Upsc ka pound of flesh nhi up but inches of hairline hota h quota. 馃槓

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RiRisaid

This one is for those who are in college (ideally, final year). I'm periodically hit by a wave of panic and anxiety regarding how I'm going to manage both college and cse prep in the months that lie ahead. I'm occupied in sem exams since mid July till mid Aug. I'm not doing any cse prep since July. Funnily enough, not being able to focus on college exams bc of this anxiety so ruining both. Any helpful advice is welcome (brownie points if you're in the same boat). 

In college, feel your struggles. Bass itna bol sakte h ki back na aaye itni mehnat kar lo sirf college m. Mark sheet se kisi ko farq nhi padta at the end of the day. August ke baad se CSE ko hi priority rakho apna.

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Hi peeps of forum! Back again with targets for the day. Now that prep leave is starting I should be able to post here more often. Targets for 2.8.22 are:

PSIR- Aristotle, Marx

April CA- 1-10th

Daily C/A

Governance- Nutri + edu (IP)

That鈥檚 all folks! Let鈥檚 get this bread!
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Hi peeps of forum! Back again with targets for the day. Now that prep leave is starting I should be able to post here more often. Targets for 2.8.22 are:

PSIR- Aristotle, Marx

April CA- 1-10th

Daily C/A

Governance- Nutri + edu (IP)

That鈥檚 all folks! Let鈥檚 get this bread!

Was able to complete all except Marx. Will be doing that today

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Good morning folks of forum! Will have to step out to college for a while so not keeping too much planned for the day, but targets for 3.8.22 are:

PSIR- Marx, socialism, multiculturalism 

May C/A - 1-10th

Daily C/A

Dipin sir (IP)

Looks like a PSIR kind of day. 馃檭 As always, let鈥檚 get this bread!

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Good morning folks of forum! Will have to step out to college for a while so not keeping too much planned for the day, but targets for 3.8.22 are:

PSIR- Marx, socialism, multiculturalism 

May C/A - 1-10th

Daily C/A

Dipin sir (IP)

Looks like a PSIR kind of day. 馃檭 As always, let鈥檚 get this bread!

Had a long and shitty day at college, ghar wapis aake bhi padhne ka mann nhi kiya. Barely did anything. That鈥檚 alright though some days will be good, some will be bad. Bas padhte chalo, badhte raho.

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Good morning peeps, since kal kuch kiya nhi toh targets remain the same for 4.8.22:

PSIR- Marx, socialism, multiculturalism 

May C/A - 1-10th

Daily C/A

Dipin sir 

College work- P2

That鈥檚 all folks! Let鈥檚 get this bread!

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Good morning peeps, since kal kuch kiya nhi toh targets remain the same for 4.8.22:

PSIR- Marx, socialism, multiculturalism 

May C/A - 1-10th

Daily C/A

Dipin sir 

College work- P2

That鈥檚 all folks! Let鈥檚 get this bread!

Not the best day, but still better than the day before as I managed to do C/A backlog and first 2 topics of PSIR. Will have to do better

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Good morning peeps of forum, trying to keep slightly less targets today because my over ambitious targets of the past 2 days haven鈥檛 worked, whatever funk I鈥檓 in, this will just have to pass. Targets for 5.8.22 are:

PSIR- socialism, multiculturalism, demo

May C/A- 11- 20

Daily C/A

P2- LSRW, lit, grammar

Have to start studying for college as well now. That鈥檚 all folks. Let鈥檚 get this bread!

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Just reached my room after getting some office work done from college office. 

Last day before exam related break and would try to make notes on some filler topics of Gs3(Startups, Gig Economy, blah blah). 

I will be back here on 28th August. 

In between, I will continue peeping into this thread in the hope of@Pepethefrog's rants@LetsGetThisBread positivity@Avixiva's silent resilience

Bye dost鈥 keep dropping in :)

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Will be switching over to college wali padhai now till 26th鈥 coz exams are a real thing, not just a figment of my imagination 馃樁
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Hi guys

Has anyone tried the OnlyIAS Prahaar material for mains? I was intially using Vision VAM but found it to have lesser dimensions/keywords etc and at times going too deep on a specific point. Or can you suggest some other alternatives?

Thanks!

Prahar is good if you have some basic knowledge of topics. I made my notes from them as well as extensive googling. You can鈥檛 stick to any one source while making notes, find multiple enough to fill in all possible dimensions of a topic (PYQs are a good guide on what all dimensions you would require to cover). Once notemaking is done, that should be your only source.

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D503said

Today my 6 year old headphone lost a limb and that prompted me to introspect about my own tortuous journey into the abyss of cse. Am i also not being worn down by circumstances, chewed by the sharp teeth of time,consumed by profound grief and guilt,  undermined by my sheer lack of discipline. My hairs are graying , my health is deteriorating , my parents are growing old, my friendships have passed into the black hole of oblivion. What am I doing with my life.

A mocking voice came wafting from next room : making a mountain out of a molehill.

"It's just a headphone silly",shouted my sister over her lungs in her quirky voice.

" Would it have killed you to feign some sympathy", said I.

" I don't have any sympathy for petty bourgoise who plunge into existential crisis for a stupid overpriced product of a capitalist system that exploits the labour of the third world poor workers ,and that makes a lot of noise about sustainability and ESG corporate pradigm to whitewash its products; and then sell these products to the same gullible bourgeoisie who lap it up, thanks to the blietzkrieg of modern marketing techniques that have succeeded in transforming the multidimensional man into a unidimensional consuming man who defines his identity in terms of what he owns, and of which brand", came the retort.

Needless to say my mood was runined and i knew exactly the thing that could cheer me up. So , i went out to have a pizza at bominos. After that i went to the shopping mall to buy some expensive branded tshirts (made in Bangladesh in a sweatshop) , and some Jodhpurs at a steep discount( they said it's limited time deal so my fomo kicked up and i forgot that they have been offering the same discount since forever. Great strategy, mark your product at 7k give 3 k discount and it's still expensive af) . nevertheless, After suffusing myself with capitalistic gratification , my senses were pleasantly calmed. Took an uber back home and gladly reasured my self with ' Isn't life amazing'.

Oh! About those headphones. The company just released a new improved version which will make me feel as if the celestial nymphs themselves are  doing a live concent in front of my eyes. This made me wet at my mouth, that is to say i was salivating like Tommy , my neighbour's dog. Cant wait to get my hands on them, that is to say the headphones , not the dog. I hate dogs. They remind of my own pavlovian conditioning.

Tsk tsk we are all one dimensional men living multidimensional hypocrisies鈥

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Today my 6 year old headphone lost a limb and that prompted me to introspect about my own tortuous journey into the abyss of cse. Am i also not being worn down by circumstances, chewed by the sharp teeth of time,consumed by profound grief and guilt,  undermined by my sheer lack of discipline. My hairs are graying , my health is deteriorating , my parents are growing old, my friendships have passed into the black hole of oblivion. What am I doing with my life.

A mocking voice came wafting from next room : making a mountain out of a molehill.

"It's just a headphone silly",shouted my sister over her lungs in her quirky voice.

" Would it have killed you to feign some sympathy", said I.

" I don't have any sympathy for petty bourgoise who plunge into existential crisis for a stupid overpriced product of a capitalist system that exploits the labour of the third world poor workers ,and that makes a lot of noise about sustainability and ESG corporate pradigm to whitewash its products; and then sell these products to the same gullible bourgeoisie who lap it up, thanks to the blietzkrieg of modern marketing techniques that have succeeded in transforming the multidimensional man into a unidimensional consuming man who defines his identity in terms of what he owns, and of which brand", came the retort.

Needless to say my mood was runined and i knew exactly the thing that could cheer me up. So , i went out to have a pizza at bominos. After that i went to the shopping mall to buy some expensive branded tshirts (made in Bangladesh in a sweatshop) , and some Jodhpurs at a steep discount( they said it's limited time deal so my fomo kicked up and i forgot that they have been offering the same discount since forever. Great strategy, mark your product at 7k give 3 k discount and it's still expensive af) . nevertheless, After suffusing myself with capitalistic gratification , my senses were pleasantly calmed. Took an uber back home and gladly reasured my self with ' Isn't life amazing'.

Oh! About those headphones. The company just released a new improved version which will make me feel as if the celestial nymphs themselves are  doing a live concent in front of my eyes. This made me wet at my mouth, that is to say i was salivating like Tommy , my neighbour's dog. Cant wait to get my hands on them, that is to say the headphones , not the dog. I hate dogs. They remind of my own pavlovian conditioning.

Tsk tsk we are all one dimensional men living multidimensional hypocrisies鈥

But you are a woman 

Like you? 馃檭

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Guys, I need some help. How do you peeps mug up things and revise? 

I am not able to do it efficiently and it is costing me heavily in mains. 

In my last two mains, I have deduced that mains cannot be cleared without effective mugging up. I am not able to do that properly and it is making me irritated. 

Any suggestion how to go about it? 

Make your notes in such a way that it helps with revision. Meaning they should be concise, contain keywords, examples and data. 

One of my biggest mental constraints was reading pages and pages of notes so I ensured to compress my notes in such a manner they fitted in one page entirely. They were untidy but to my mind it felt like 鈥渟irf ek page hi toh h鈥. Then revise it as many number of times as possible. 

Repeated iterations are necessary along with that the good old 鈥渓ikh ke yaad karna鈥 really works. 

Keep brainstorming answer frameworks on a daily basis. I would take an hour daily just to  pick up the topics I had revised that day and quickly run through the points in my head with a scrap piece of paper. You don鈥檛 have to even write the full keyword just the beginning few letters along with rough diagrams  and structures.

Mains ke time pe agar anti-environment banna hain鈥 itna paper barbaad karna hota hain. 馃槄

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Guys, I need some help. How do you peeps mug up things and revise? 

I am not able to do it efficiently and it is costing me heavily in mains. 

In my last two mains, I have deduced that mains cannot be cleared without effective mugging up. I am not able to do that properly and it is making me irritated. 

Any suggestion how to go about it? 

Make your "Dirty notes", by that I mean short notes/ one page notes or anything under the sun , that includes the things that you have difficulty in remembering or things that you want to be on ur tips.

A week before the exam, my productivity was super low, but i keeps revising and recalling all the facts, quotes, diagrams etc. over and over again, so I found it relatively easy to make them a part of my answers as well. 

Okay. Take for example I have a 15 page note of an optional topic. How do I go about compressing it? Like there can be two approaches I can think of. 

1) dividing the topic into various headings and remembering the headings. 

2) writing all the difficult to memories things instead of a micro summary of the topic. 

How should I do it. And, are there any alternatives? 

Give your input too@LetsGetThisBread . How to go about it? 

For optional say you have to remember Plato, I take one page and make a cloud diagram sort of thing where one cloud represents the theory of idea and from and write all the related keywords about it. That way you鈥檙e not writing the entire thing against, just the keywords which makes it easier to facilitate recall as well.

As for GS, suppose you pick a topic of nutrition- your one page should contain, definition, data, keywords related to the problem, schemes and few keywords for that scheme, solutions and way forward, as well as a diagram. 

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Since there are a number of PSIR students here on this thread, I had this problem which I want to resolve quickly and move on.

I joined PSIR tests with some value addition in the form of PYQs at a coaching.

In their schedule, they mentioned they would start with WPT and the usual order of things.

Today, out of the blue, they took up IR theories from Paper 2.

They plan to spend one week on PYQs discussion, then the next on week on solving tests.

This is my first time, going though PSIR in detail. I am relatively still new to the ways of the subject.

My question is should I go with the flow of the coaching, i.e. start with IR, or should I start with WPT of Paper 1?(as the thinkers form the base of the subject).

Start with WPT if you鈥檙e new to the subject. It really is the heart and soul of PSIR. IR is fun and you will be able to understand it on its own but it鈥檚 seems a lot more integrated when you read it after WPT and comparative

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@Rashmirathi Not alone, this thread has been a window to the world I had been isolating myself from, I spent last one year scared and worried it wasn't Until Feb that I actually started studying. The only goal this year is to keep moving even if it is  a little everyday. 
It is reassuring and motivating that everyone's going through the same things , and trying everyday to get better. 


Keep going as said Discipline is >>>>Motivation ,as it itself acts as motivation 

I must not fear.

Fear is the mind killer .

Fear is the little death  that brings 

    total obliteration .

I will face my fear .

I will permit it to pass over and 

through me .

And when it has gone past I will turn 

the inner eye to see its path .

When the fear has gone there will be 

nothing .

Only I will remain 

Just felt worth sharing 

Lovely lines

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Hello folks. My sem exams ended on 8th Aug. I'm home after a long time for a break. Lawschool is intense. First few days were okay, but now chilling out feels like a sin. Since almost a month, no cse prep has been done due to exams. Shall get back to it from 16th Aug, when I go back. It feels kind of scary. Time is flying by. Faster than i imagined. Although I've been 65-70% consistent for all the time I've put in the prep, it still feels like i know very less. Personal issues, loneliness, final year woes, sab ek saath ho raha. This space is comforting at times, everyone's in the same sea if not  the same boat, facing different kinds of hell. Any seasoned players, koi advice ho first timer ke liye toh bata do pls. Would really help calm my nerves. 

It鈥檚 one foot in front of the of the other鈥 and eventually you鈥檒l reach your destination without even realising it

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A random thought.

Lately, i've been experiencing the silly ways that cse (and its failures) change you.
I recently joined instagram, after a 3 years-long break. And began to feel a parental pity for how my old classmates are spending (read squandering) their lives. I am 22 this year, so are my friends. 馃槓. 

I see my friends becoming parents on Instagram and it鈥檚 just pity that I feel. 馃樁

(Disclaimer: I love babies but at some point everyone hates their kid) 

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hucksaid

A random thought.

Lately, i've been experiencing the silly ways that cse (and its failures) change you.
I recently joined instagram, after a 3 years-long break. And began to feel a parental pity for how my old classmates are spending (read squandering) their lives. I am 22 this year, so are my friends. 馃槓. 

I see my friends becoming parents on Instagram and it鈥檚 just pity that I feel. 馃樁

(Disclaimer: I love babies but at some point everyone hates their kid) 

@LetsGetThisBread being her best self yet again :P 

I'm glad I'm still at a stage where I only receive news of pals getting married; seeing them become parents would require a different level of courage 馃槅

Ab kya karein life ka frustrations ko optimistic yet dark humour m channelise karne m maahir ban gye h 馃槀

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I have been a silent spectator of forum since March. Gave prelims and probably missed due to CSAT.
Past couple of weeks had been hectic at work. I would be posting to maintain accountability.

Goals for this week:

Welcome friend, the more the merrier! Hope you鈥檒l like this thread and stick around :)

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Happy independence folks! Deshbhakti wale gaane aur movies dekhna on my behalf. Mera kal exam h so will be skipping out my my yearly routine this time unfortunately 馃嚠馃嚦馃嚠馃嚦馃嚠馃嚦
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hucksaid

A random thought.

Lately, i've been experiencing the silly ways that cse (and its failures) change you.
I recently joined instagram, after a 3 years-long break. And began to feel a parental pity for how my old classmates are spending (read squandering) their lives. I am 22 this year, so are my friends. 馃槓. 

I see my friends becoming parents on Instagram and it鈥檚 just pity that I feel. 馃樁

(Disclaimer: I love babies but at some point everyone hates their kid) 

@LetsGetThisBread being her best self yet again :P 

I'm glad I'm still at a stage where I only receive news of pals getting married; seeing them become parents would require a different level of courage 馃槅

Ab kya karein life ka frustrations ko optimistic yet dark humour m channelise karne m maahir ban gye h 馃槀

Mausi and Bua vibes. Lol! 

Itne bhi buddhe nhi hue 馃槀

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Targets 14/08/22

1. TIE + Notes 

2. Lecture 2D (1)

3. Zoology - Biostats-Exp design + Null Hyp

4. EVS - Finish U8 

5. Revision 

 

Read the  Newspaper. So, targets for 15/08 remain the same. 

Spent 5 hours helping my sister out with re evaluation formalities 馃檪

Took a break yesterday. Aadha din jalebi khaane mein nikal gaya , wanted to watch a movie but ended up listening to songs. 

Today was good. All targets except 4 done. Hopefully things will fall into place soon. 

鈥淎adha din jalebi khaane m nikal gaya鈥 sounds like a dream day for me 馃槀

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Targets 14/08/22

1. TIE + Notes 

2. Lecture 2D (1)

3. Zoology - Biostats-Exp design + Null Hyp

4. EVS - Finish U8 

5. Revision 

 

Read the  Newspaper. So, targets for 15/08 remain the same. 

Spent 5 hours helping my sister out with re evaluation formalities 馃檪

Took a break yesterday. Aadha din jalebi khaane mein nikal gaya , wanted to watch a movie but ended up listening to songs. 

Today was good. All targets except 4 done. Hopefully things will fall into place soon. 

鈥淎adha din jalebi khaane m nikal gaya鈥 sounds like a dream day for me 馃槀

Jalebi khana is not limited to khana but also jalebi khojna, acchi jalebi milna is an accomplishment 馃槀

You have turned jalebi into an art form 馃槀. Garam jalebi and thandi rabri is to die for after a plate of samosas 馃ス

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Targets 14/08/22

1. TIE + Notes 

2. Lecture 2D (1)

3. Zoology - Biostats-Exp design + Null Hyp

4. EVS - Finish U8 

5. Revision 

 

Read the  Newspaper. So, targets for 15/08 remain the same. 

Spent 5 hours helping my sister out with re evaluation formalities 馃檪

Took a break yesterday. Aadha din jalebi khaane mein nikal gaya , wanted to watch a movie but ended up listening to songs. 

Today was good. All targets except 4 done. Hopefully things will fall into place soon. 

鈥淎adha din jalebi khaane m nikal gaya鈥 sounds like a dream day for me 馃槀

Jalebi khana is not limited to khana but also jalebi khojna, acchi jalebi milna is an accomplishment 馃槀

You have turned jalebi into an art form 馃槀. Garam jalebi and thandi rabri is to die for after a plate of samosas 馃ス

You folks have literally triggered me into remembering these sweets. I haven't had both of these sweets in years and here we have an impromptu drooling session. 

There鈥檚 never an occasion where you can go wrong with jalebi rabri 

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Targets 14/08/22

1. TIE + Notes 

2. Lecture 2D (1)

3. Zoology - Biostats-Exp design + Null Hyp

4. EVS - Finish U8 

5. Revision 

 

Read the  Newspaper. So, targets for 15/08 remain the same. 

Spent 5 hours helping my sister out with re evaluation formalities 馃檪

Took a break yesterday. Aadha din jalebi khaane mein nikal gaya , wanted to watch a movie but ended up listening to songs. 

Today was good. All targets except 4 done. Hopefully things will fall into place soon. 

鈥淎adha din jalebi khaane m nikal gaya鈥 sounds like a dream day for me 馃槀

Jalebi khana is not limited to khana but also jalebi khojna, acchi jalebi milna is an accomplishment 馃槀

You have turned jalebi into an art form 馃槀. Garam jalebi and thandi rabri is to die for after a plate of samosas 馃ス

+1 and also, Jalebi is an art form.

Agreed

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Anyone knows about institutes conducting mains simulations? 

Almost all institutes conduct, forum, vision, insights, Shankar. You name it they have an open test for mains

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Targets 14/08/22

1. TIE + Notes 

2. Lecture 2D (1)

3. Zoology - Biostats-Exp design + Null Hyp

4. EVS - Finish U8 

5. Revision 

 

Read the  Newspaper. So, targets for 15/08 remain the same. 

Spent 5 hours helping my sister out with re evaluation formalities 馃檪

Took a break yesterday. Aadha din jalebi khaane mein nikal gaya , wanted to watch a movie but ended up listening to songs. 

Today was good. All targets except 4 done. Hopefully things will fall into place soon. 

鈥淎adha din jalebi khaane m nikal gaya鈥 sounds like a dream day for me 馃槀

Jalebi khana is not limited to khana but also jalebi khojna, acchi jalebi milna is an accomplishment 馃槀

You have turned jalebi into an art form 馃槀. Garam jalebi and thandi rabri is to die for after a plate of samosas 馃ス

Ye duniya mujhe weight loss ni karne degi.  :(

Sigh. 

Maine chhod diye aise sapne dekhna 馃槀

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Targets 14/08/22

1. TIE + Notes 

2. Lecture 2D (1)

3. Zoology - Biostats-Exp design + Null Hyp

4. EVS - Finish U8 

5. Revision 

 

Read the  Newspaper. So, targets for 15/08 remain the same. 

Spent 5 hours helping my sister out with re evaluation formalities 馃檪

Took a break yesterday. Aadha din jalebi khaane mein nikal gaya , wanted to watch a movie but ended up listening to songs. 

Today was good. All targets except 4 done. Hopefully things will fall into place soon. 

鈥淎adha din jalebi khaane m nikal gaya鈥 sounds like a dream day for me 馃槀

Jalebi khana is not limited to khana but also jalebi khojna, acchi jalebi milna is an accomplishment 馃槀

You have turned jalebi into an art form 馃槀. Garam jalebi and thandi rabri is to die for after a plate of samosas 馃ス

Ye duniya mujhe weight loss ni karne degi.  :(

Sigh. 

Maine chhod diye aise sapne dekhna 馃槀

I believe in a couple of months I'll also give up. :P

Why delay the inevitable? 馃槵

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@LetsGetThisBread @SergioRamos be like-We wanna shed some weight. 

Poor me-


Lol! 

We want what we can鈥檛 have 馃槀

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Hi guys, prep wise things are going okay. Not great, not too bad either. Writing tests and doing newspaper regularly, although syllabus completion is not upto satisfaction.

Need some advice on non-academic problems. The thing is I have two crippling addictions that are affecting my efficiency a lot.

One is my smartphone,(YouTube and reddit) I know that I have to stop it and reduce it. There are a few days when I have it under control and then it goes haywire again. I tried reducing the time, locking my phone etc but doesn't work in the long run. I somehow slip off. When this smartphone addiction is at it's peak my sleep cycle gets disrupted and preparation also gets affected due to erratic timings.

And the other is addiction for sweets and chocolates. Late night snacking is one problem. Also during the day I have my fill and sometimes doze off, again wasting my time. My parents also don't seem to bother with my unhealthy eating habits.

Both the problems are quite long term and started primarily in college as a sort of escape from stress. Haven't been able to shake it off even after 1.5 years of graduating.

Can you guys suggest some ways to overcome this? I am putting around 4-5 hours of productive study every day but I want to get around 7-8 benchmark. Please help a fellow UPSC marathon runner out.:sweat_smile:

Are you exercising and or staying active besides prep?

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@LetsGetThisBread It's on and off exercising these days. I walk daily for half  an hour though. 


Staying active can really help as a good way to beat stress. I also had a crippling YouTube addiction and ironically i came across a productivity video on YouTube itself (the algorithm realised i had a problem 馃槓). Essentially, it called for a dopamine detox, which is basically keep your phones and other devices away for 3 days. So no texting, no social media, no TV, no movies, basically anything that would lead to a dopamine spike, and as for hobbies you鈥檙e only allowed to read books, go for a walk, talk to people, sing etc. I have to say it really worked for me because after those 3 days I didn鈥檛 feel the need to fall back into my YouTube pattern again.

But as a self discipline thing just so that after your detox, you don鈥檛 flood your system again with dopamine, I also keep a 7 video limit on a daily basis. I select the things i want to watch in the beginning the day. And keep them in my watch later. I鈥檓 only allowed to watch those and nothing else. If something else tempts me I keep it for the next day instead. 


As far as snacking goes, and late night snacking goes, i would suggest keeping a cutoff time by which you have to stop snacking. For me that tends to be 7:30. No food besides water beyond that time. More often than not, its not hunger but boredom that makes us want to snack at odd hours. I realised tis one of those things where you literally have to remind your brain that its no longer stuck in the 鈥渃ave man times鈥 when food was scarce and every call for hunger had to be answered immediately. So i usually do two things: 1. ask myself to wait for haf an hour and d something else instead. That usually takes care of it. 2. I ask myself if this is hunger that can be satiated with a healthy snack like a fruit or a glass of milk instead. Usually, if you say no, it goes to show that you鈥檙e not actually hungry but just craving salt and sugar.


Also a must have is to keep healthy snack options at home. Sprouts, fruit, salads, milk. And actively choose those instead of unhealthy snacks first. A little indulgence is okay but it shouldn鈥檛 become the only thing you choose regularly. 


I not a health and fitness expert, but just someone who is trying to figure out ways to be healthy around this prep.

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@Avixiva Sometimes I feel like hitting the gym; then I think abhi hi fit ho gaye toh LBSNAA ka gym use karne me maza nahi aaega 馃ぃ 


Agar lbsnaa jaane Tak unfit ho gye or medical me fail kar gye fir ?? Socha hai? Socha nhi to socho abhi XD


Bohot mehnat lagti h medical m fail hone ke liye. Literally agar BMI 30 se upar ho tabhi yeh naubat aati h 

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We want what we can鈥檛 have 馃槀

Haha. As a true constitutionalist, you should strive for redistribution of this wealth in the form of fats. 

@Morticia Poore gaon mei meri gareebi ka uphaas bnao tum. Lol

Yaha koi veil of ignorance nahi laga tha鈥 warna meri yeh naubat nhi hoti XD

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@Avixiva Sometimes I feel like hitting the gym; then I think abhi hi fit ho gaye toh LBSNAA ka gym use karne me maza nahi aaega 馃ぃ 


All I think about is kal se walk karna hai馃槀 woh kal 2020 se nahi aaya. 

Bachpan se iss bimari se jhoonjh rahe h 馃槵馃槄

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