The UPSC civil services exam is one of the hardest tests in India. It covers a lot of subjects like History, Politics, and International Relations. Many people apply for this exam yearly, but only about 10,000 pass the first stage, called prelims. After passing prelims, around 1,000 people make it to the final list after clearing mains and an interview. 

Some people who want to pass this exam leave their well-paying jobs to study full-time. One person who did this is IAS officer Jitin Yadav, who quit his job earning Rs 2.5 lakh per month to prepare for UPSC.

Jitin Yadav became an IAS officer in 2016 in the West Bengal Cadre. Before that, he worked as an Assistant Security Commissioner in the Railway Protection Force. Earlier, he spent three years working as a Derivatives Trader in Energy Markets at Futures First, a trading company in Gurugram. He left this job in 2012 to study for UPSC.

He went to Karol Bagh in Delhi to prepare for the exam. On his first try, he got selected for the Railway Protection Force (RPF), but he wanted to be an IAS officer. On his second attempt, he couldn’t even pass the prelims. He tried again in 2015 and got All India Rank (AIR) 382. 

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He finished his Masters in Public Management from JNU (2016-18) and has a Bachelor of Science in Physics (2006-2009) from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University. He often advises UPSC aspirants on how to pass the exam.