The back up plans are necessary since all the candidates are not going to make it to the precious Indian Civil Services. Having them will ensure that you do not regret it later in your career. But all of us don’t know about the Best Backup Plan For UPSC Civil Services Exam.

In this article we will go through 7 Best Backup Plan For UPSC which you can look out if you have failed to crack the Civil Services Examination. Here we are going to look at some of the best backup plans for UPSC that you should consider-

1. Look for Other Competitive Exams


Since one is in competitive frame of mind after preparing rigorously for the civil services examination therefore it would not be a bad option to give other competitive exams like IBPS(Bank), CPF, SSC, State PSC, CAT,CMAT etc. You will find it more easier to prepare for other competitive exams as some of their syllabus are same as in Civil Services. One should subscribe to notifications for Government Jobs to get updated about the recent news and updates. Your focus should be on improving your logical reasoning while preparing for the above exams.

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2. Go for Post Graduate Studies


It will be a good option if one tries to do post-graduation in one’s subject of interest. It will allow an individual to gain more knowledge about the concerned subject and will also open the door to other career options. After doing post-graduation one can also get into the teaching sector after all our country needs good teachers to make our future better. Doing post-graduation will also allow an individual to strengthen one subject which would be helpful while preparing for other competitive examination. If you have not done Post Graduation then it is a suitable option for you.

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3. Indian Economic Service, Statistical Services and Other Central and state Government Services

One may consider courses in Economics or Statistics to become eligible for Indian Economy Services(IES) and Indian Statistical Services. These exams should also be in the mind of an individual who is considering the back up plan for UPSC. For more information one should go to the UPSC website.

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4. Computer Course Certificate


For Bank Exams and some State PSC exam (such as GPSC), one will  need a certificate to prove that one knows computers. (Even if one is  proficient with computers without formal degree or course, one still needs a certificate in ones file.) So appear for an exam called “CCC” [Course on Computer Concepts].It is conducted by DOEACC, [new name is National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology], which is an autonomous society under Government of India.

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5. Look Out For A Job In Corporate Sector


Looking for a job in the private sector could also be another option for an individual who has failed in UPSC examination. After all one has to earn to support one’s living one day or the other. There are many private jobs in the market where an individual can apply. It will also help an individual to gain experience. According to your qualification and skills, you can apply for a job you like.

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6. Teaching


If one has an interest in teaching and helping others understand concepts with ease; teaching can be a great alternative career option. If one possess necessary educational qualifications to take up TET / NET and has great grades in one’s graduation, one would be able to take up teaching as a formal profession in schools or colleges. However, for candidates with an aptitude for teaching, there is another option of teaching in IAS coaching institutes and helping other aspirants realize their dreams of becoming an IAS officer.

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7. Banking

The banking sector is ideal for candidates, who are no longer interested in joining the mainstream government bureaucracy. Public Sector Banks at a regular period announce clerical as well as probationary officer level vacancies, for which open recruitment is done through a competitive examination. While still highly competitive in nature, the recruitment exams for Bank Jobs are concentrated on finance, economy, accountancy and general awareness sections along with logical reasoning, numerical ability and reasoning. As an IAS aspirant, one would already be aware of these and would have done extensive training to tackle questions from these sections. Therefore, Banking Jobs can also be a viable career choice for candidates after failing.

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Its your choice what you want to do. You can do business or can follow your passion. Failing in UPSC doesnot mean your life comes to an end. It may be the beginning of a better tomorrow.

If you doesnot get what you wish too then may be God has kept something special for you. And you have to wait for the right time.

Therefore we can conclude that on one hand it is good to prepare rigorously for UPSC examination while it will also be not wise of an individual to not consider back up options while preparation.

If you have doubts regarding the best backup plan for UPSC then do share it with us in the comment section.


  1. Rather doing simple BA, you may join some more professional courses like.. BBA, B.Voc, BCA. This way you can also prepare simontaneosly with graduation.


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