STUDY PLAN AND SCHEDULE
Awasthi left her job at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic started and the nation was in lockdown. However, Awashti stood dedicated and took this time to prepare for the exam. While Awasthi did go to Delhi to prepare for the exam, she had to come back due to the prevailing COVID-19 scenario in the country. Initially, she studied for 8 to 10 hours. Eventually, she increased it to 10 to 12 hours, and about two months before the exam, she further pushed it to 12 to 14 hours. There are lots of online tutorials, notes, however, Awasthi said in an interview that 90% of contribution in the exam would come from one's hard work.
It wasn't an easy journey for Awasthi. During her hard times, she mentioned that it was per parents and brother who supported and motivated her.
ADVICE FOR FUTURE ASPIRANTS
For those who want to crack UPSC, Awasthi has suggested that they should at first go through the subjects in a detailed way and appear for several mock tests once the exam is approaching.