Unpacking the UPSC mania

Why is it still so prestigious and back-breaking?

What is the success rate?

What do the numbers say?

Applicants: 11 lakh+; Seats: Around 900

Chance of cracking: Less than 2%

Why is it so difficult?

Vastness of syllabus & intensity of competition

Syllabus: Language, History, Geography, Science, Economy, Ethics, Art & Culture and more

Why is it so stressful?

Lack of awareness of options, structural failures and socio-economic background

Reports say

What after failing UPSC?

Choices vary between other government exams, higher studies, private jobs and teaching