Working in the civil services is, for the most part, a rewarding, valuable career choice. Getting into it however, is a whole different ball game. One involving innumerable cups of coffee, little to no sleep and frequent bouts of existential panic. The UPSC exams require a massive amount of preparation, and take a mighty toll on you mentally, physically and emotionally.

To that end, these quotes by toppers of the civil services examinations might help you along the way.

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