Letter To My Younger Self

By | August 11, 2018

After my UPSC results, someone came up to me and asked: “Now that you’ve succeeded after a long journey, you must have learnt a lot of lessons along the way. If you were to meet your younger self who is starting his preparation just now, what advice would you give him?”

I wrote this speech trying to answer that question. I titled it Letter to My Younger Self and delivered the talk recently to a group of bright, enthusiastic aspirants at the Ravindra Bharati Auditorium in Hyderabad.

Sharing it here so that it reaches those who couldn’t attend the event. Hope you find it useful.

Link to the Video

70 thoughts on “Letter To My Younger Self

  1. Devika Sreenivasan

    “A Great Man shows his greatness by the way he treats little Men.”
    – Thomas Carlyle

    For that ‘letter to younger self’ finds those little men around.

    Thank you sir,for being truthful!

  2. Anonymous

    Hi Sir, I attended that meet only because you were the chief guest there and I must say it was one of the very good addressals I had ever witnessed. I had also asked you a question on optimal solution for UPSC coaching and you gave the best reply! Thank you and wish you all the best.

  3. Anonymous

    Dear sir,
    apart from reading ias books,blogs.how will you come to know the things from other areas.
    The example in your speech is really awesome.what you have said is everything is truth.you accepted your failures.its great.when you fail who motivates u for next time?.
    can you please share your practice books .blogs you used for essay writing.and any important notes which you revised for exam before short time.
    Thanking you,

  4. jagadeesh kumar

    I have a dought …
    For upsc we should exprienced in any job
    Or it’s ok if fresher

  5. swayam

    it is important to read ground zero in hindu newspaper regrading upsc because sometimes there is no correlation with the syllabus of upsc?

  6. Teena

    This is really really helpful for me sir.. whenever i feel demoralised, i watch this speech.. and this really really motivates me.. Thanks sir.. pls. Upload some more articles which will help UPSC aspirants.

  7. Anonymous

    Anudeep, I thankful for such a great advise. I will kick-start my 2.0 version now

  8. Girly Hacks

    Im thankful for such a great advice sir.
    IAS is my dream from childhood…
    But I don’t even know the exact meaning of it. And I don’t even know what to prepare and how to prepare for UPSC.After reading all ur advices and suggestions I think now I’m at a point…
    You are my true inspiration sir..
    Now I’m gonna take a very first step towards my dream…
    Many said that IAS was a very big dream that only rich and intellectual people can achieve…you middle class girl cannot achieve it…
    But I think that unless you dream big u cannot achieve big…
    Sir after reading all your suggestions I have a confidence that I will achieve on ONE BIG DAY…

  9. Yasaswini

    Sir, how did you manage the stress after 1,2,3 failures ? Please suggest something. I am going through a tough time

  10. Sonu verma

    Hello Anudeep. Thank you for this inspiration.
    You are a great guy. I can see on your face the integrity you carry, the hard work and disappointment you have gone through. I can see on your face the bliss and gratitude of your success. Your face clearly reveals the joy you have accomplished after your persistent hard work. You are a great man.
    Inspiration. Thank you.

  11. Anonymous

    “The first essay you’ll write will be the worst ever “, ” The power of current moment “, “set small targets” ..Thank you for these golden words.. Sir, You have one of those most amazing personalities ever. Hope to meet you someday for sure. Respect for you sir! And the hard work, determination, gratitude and the integrity that aptly define you!

  12. Reema Padhiyar

    I am doing Ca final right now. I failed in that in my first attempt even though putting lot’s of hardwork. I can’t understand the reason of my failure in that days I found your vedio on YouTube I didn’t seen your vedio jst look at you & read that you get sucees in UPSC on 5th attampt same day on night when I sleeped I found you in my dream & you told me in that dream that nothing is impossible I crack UPSC on 5th attampt seen. In morning I go back on YouTube& than search that vedio which is on vision IAS platform & heard entirely…I wrote down the 3 principles you provide on one page & till today it is on my study room wall. Sir I try to search my mistake in exam that is I don’t practice the answer writing due to which I failed in my first attampt than I put my entire focus on my that lacking areas & sir I cleared my exam in this attampt. I always called that insidence as my turning point that god creat, thank you very very much Anudeepsir for coming as god at the right time through inspirational vedio in my life .. Now onwards I want to go for UPSC 2020 examination & I definitely want to follow your tips for that… Thanks a lot sir.??

  13. Anonymous

    Sir…i just started my preparation a months ago for upsc…pls help me how can I aaproach towards my journey…i don’t have any idea regard to this as I am now in part1…i belong from small district of bihar where is scarcity of sources and financial condition…pls reply sir…

  14. Jadi vinesh

    Sir my name is
    JADI VINESH I am complete my intermediate so then please give mi a permission to meet you sir please my life is depends on you sir please

  15. Anonymous

    Good sir . It can bring back a person from turbulence to tranqulity … Good way of expressing sir to overcome sir

  16. Anonymous

    I’m lohitha… I’m studying 10th now
    When I was in 3rd class it’s my dream to become IAS officer and I don’t know the meaning of upsc when I was in my childhood..
    But there is one thing always roaming in my mind that is I want to become a IAS officer that’s it…
    And whenever my mam asked me
    What’s your goal??
    I always said that I’m going to be the IAS officer for our district..
    And whenever I said that she appreciated me
    Anudeep sir, I’m also from Bhadradri kothagudem dist, I’m from manuguru sir
    I met you when I was in 8th class.
    You came to Pinapaka as a training collector.
    You are really a gem sir
    You are my inspiration sir
    All the success stories were came from great failures…
    Forever you are my inspiration
    And I’ll promise you
    Am going to be the future IAS officer sir..
    It’s my challenge 👍

  17. karan reddy

    whenever i feel broken, you give mi boost, thank u for all time support, love u sir

  18. Anonymous

    Hello sir I am Akash .my gs and optional (Anthropology) strategy only focus on model answer only . this step is right or wrong

  19. Anonymous

    Good evening sir
    Sir please tells us what is the right time to prepare notes for gs and to make notes from current affairs


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