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Best Motivational Quotes for UPSC Aspirants

Best Motivational Quotes for UPSC Students

It is vital to have the right motivation when you are studying for the UPSC exams. The competition is very tough, and you need to be at the top of your game to stand a chance of getting through. One way to ensure that you are motivated and inspired throughout your preparation is to keep a collection of the best motivational quotes for UPSC aspirants. These quotes will help you stay focused and driven during your studies.

UPSC is not just an exam but one of the highest-level exams people of India prepare for. You can get high-level posts in government offices with the clearance of UPSC. Although, the proud feeling you will have been worth the hard work this exam requires.

While in the process, you have to deal with many situations; while some people may think you are not working and wasting your time, others may think it is impossible to qualify. Therefore, it is essential to keep yourself going and not get affected by what people say.

Here’s a great collection of the best motivational quotes for UPSC (IAS, PCS) aspirants found online over the years. These will help keep you motivated and on track if you are preparing for IAS or PCS.

While preparing and studying hard, you can remember these inspiring UPSC quotes so you can pass your exams and interview with flying colors. As Jawaharlal Nehru said, “Service to the people is service to the country, and that to serve the country well is to serve mankind.”

To be successful in the UPSC (IAS, PCS) Exam, the best way to begin your preparation is by reminding yourself about your goals. Why do you want to be an IAS (PCS) in the first place? The following motivational quotes can help you identify your priorities and take immediate action to achieve your goals. So, without further ado, here are the best motivational quotes for UPSC students!

List of Best Motivational Quotes for UPSC (IAS, PCS)

Sometimes, our efforts are ineffective. When they fail, we feel like giving up. We ask ourselves if it is worth trying. The following quotes will motivate you always to be positive and never give up on your dreams. To get motivated before an exam or any significant event, keep these quotations with you throughout your life. It’s never too late to achieve your goal.

There are many examples of successful people who achieved their goals only after they had lost all hope. Their failures and disappointments made them stronger and motivated them to work harder than ever before. Remember that as long as you live, there is always hope. No matter what happens in life, don’t give up on your dreams and be positive.

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“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.” Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along.”

George Herbert
 Motivational Quotes for UPSC (IAS, PCS)Students

“If you talk about it, it’s a dream. If you envision it, it’s possible. If you schedule it, it’s real.”

Tony Robbins
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The secret to getting ahead is getting started. 

Mark Twain
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“The only thing that’s keeping you from getting what you want is the story you keep telling yourself.”

Tony Robbins
Quotes for UPSC Aspirants

You might lose hope during the UPSC preparation. But you should have faith in yourself. Self-belief is everything.

 Motivational Quotes for UPSC (IAS, PCS)Students

“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”

Steve Jobs
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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

Steve Jobs
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“Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.”

 Motivational Quotes for UPSC (IAS, PCS)Students

“If You Are Working On Something That You Really Care About, You Don’t Have To Be Pushed. The Vision Pulls You.”

Steve Jobs
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“Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

Steve Jobs
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“Don't settle for average. Bring your best to the moment. Then, whether it fails or succeeds, at least you know you gave all you had.”

Angela Bassett
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A room without books is like a body without a soul.

Motivational Quote Students

Invest in your dreams. Grind now. Shine later.

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“The power of positive thinking is the ability to generate a feeling of certainty in yourself when nothing in the environment supports you.”

Tony Robbins
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“The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you’re in control of your life. If you don’t, life controls you.”

Tony Robbins

I never dreamed about IAS. I worked for it.

You will definitely become IAS if you are consistent in your efforts.

“Some people want to become an IAS, some people wish to become an IAS, and others work hard and become IAS.”

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.”

Steve Jobs

“If you believe something needs to exist if it's something you want to use yourself, don't let anyone ever stop you from doing it.”

Tobias Lütke

“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you're inspired or not. Habit will help you finish and polish your stories. Inspiration won't. Habit is persistence in practice.”

Octavia Butler

“The battles that count aren't the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself—the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us—that's where it's at.”

Jesse Owens

“Someone will declare, “I am the leader!” and expect everyone to get in line and follow him or her to the gates of heaven or hell. My experience is that it doesn’t happen that way. Others follow you based on the quality of your actions rather than the magnitude of your declarations.”

Bill Walsh

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.”

Frederick Douglass

“The best way out is always through.”

Robert Frost

“Courage is like a muscle. We strengthen it by use.”

Ruth Gordo

“More is lost by indecision than wrong decision.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Relentlessly prune bullshit, don't wait to do things that matter, and savor the time you have. That's what you do when life is short.”

Paul Graham

“Develop success from failures. Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success.”

Dale Carnegie

“Keep a little fire burning; however small, however hidden.”

Cormac McCarthy

“You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there's still going to be somebody who hates peaches.”

Dita Von Teese

“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. The slogan ‘Press On has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

Calvin Coolidge

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.”

Thomas Aquinas

 “The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”

Arthur C. Clarke

“I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.”

Edna Mode

A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

Maya Angelou

“Worry is a misuse of imagination.”

“Don’t worry about failure; you only have to be right once.”

Drew Houston

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”

Carl Sagan

“You carry the passport to your own happiness.”

Diane von Furstenberg

“Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to your heart.”


“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”

Amelia Earhart

“The reason we struggle with insecurity is that we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.”

Steve Furtick

“Inspiration does exist, but it must find you working.”

Pablo Picasso

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

Anaïs Nin

“When I believe in something, I’m like a dog with a bone.”

Melissa McCarthy

“The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept.”

David Hurley

“You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.”

Tina Fey

“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”

Winston Churchill

“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

Theodore Roosevelt

“I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.”

Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Get a good idea and stay with it. Dog it, and work at it until it’s done right.”

Walt Disney

“Perfection is not attainable. But if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

Vince Lombardi

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

Helen Keller

“Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

The foundation stones of honesty, character, faith, integrity, love, and loyalty are necessary for a balanced success that includes health, wealth, and happiness. As you go onward and upward in life, you will discover that if you compromise any of these principles you will end up with only a beggar's portion of what life has to offer.

Zig Ziglar

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

Albert Einstein

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

Mark Twain

“What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again.”

Steve Jobs

“Take the attitude of a student, never be too big to ask questions, never know too much to learn something new.”

Augustine Og Mandino

“If you can't yet do great things, do small things in a great way.”

Napoleon Hill

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.”

John Wooden

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”

Stephen Covey

“If you really want to do something, you'll find a way. If you don't, you'll find an excuse.”

Jim Rohn

Most of those who have succeeded in life can trace their success back to the essential education they obtained from parents, teachers, and/ or friends.

T-Ralph Olaniyi,

“Do not wait for the perfect time and place to enter, for you are already onstage.”

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

Abraham Lincoln

“You – yourself, not someone else – need to determine where you want to go and what you want to do in your life. And once you make that decision, you can begin mapping a plan to get there and focusing on that objective every single day.”

Squire Rushnell

“If the decisions you make about where you invest your blood, sweat, and tears are not consistent with the person you aspire to be, you’ll never become that person.”

Clayton M. Christensen

A life portfolio offers a compelling alternative to traditional retirement. It is a new way of thinking and living in extended middle age. A typical portfolio is a balanced mix of some work, ongoing learning, recreation, travel, and avocations, reconnecting with family and friends, and giving back.

Michael Jeans

Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is a quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

“Make sure your worst enemy doesn’t live between your own two ears.”

Laird Hamilton

“The greater the difficulty, the more the glory in surmounting it.”


“If we take care of the moments, the years will take care of themselves.”

Maria Edgeworth

“For the great doesn’t happen through impulse alone and is a succession of little things that are brought together.”

Vincent van Gogh

“Resilience is when you address uncertainty with flexibility.”

“We have three roles here on earth: to learn, to love, and to live. When we stop learning, we start to stagnate and die. When we stop loving, we lose our sense of purpose and become self-centered. When we limit our living, we deny the world the benefits of our talents.”

jim Cathcart

“It is a rough road that leads to the heights of greatness.”

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”

Henry David Thoreau

“It’s not the will to win that matters—everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”

Paul Bryant

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”

Earl Nightingale

“Simplicity requires a two-step process. First, we must invest time and energy to discover what stirs us as human beings, what makes our hearts sing, and what brings us joy. Then, we must proceed to create a life that reflects the unique people we truly are. This is the heart and soul of simplicity.”

Linda Breen Pierce

“Sometimes magic is just someone spending more time on something than anyone else might reasonably expect.”

Raymond Joseph Teller

“I never dreamed about success. I worked for it.”

Estée Lauder

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterward.”

Vernon Sanders Law

“To know how much there is to know is the beginning of learning to live.”

Dorothy West

“You’ll find that education is just about the only thing lying around loose in this world, and it’s about the only thing a fellow can have as much of as he’s willing to haul away.”

John Graham

“Taking responsibility – practicing 100 percent responsibility every day – is about seeing ourselves not as right or wrong, but as an agent, chooser, problem solver, and learner in the complex interrelationships of our lives so that we can better integrate with the people and world around us. When we do this, we enjoy a better and more productive way to live and lead.” 

Christopher Avery,

“True freedom is impossible without a mind made free by discipline.”

Mortimer J. Adler

“Someone's sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.”

Warren Buffet

“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday.”

A.A. Milne

“Don't look at your feet to see if you are doing it right. Just dance.”

Anne Lamott

“There is a vitality, a life force, energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost.”

Martha Graham

“The most important decisions you make are not the things you do, but the things you decide not to do.”

Steve Jobs

Sometimes later becomes never. Do it now.

Work hard, Have Patience and Faith. What belongs to you will definitely come to you.

“A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them.”

Steve Jobs

“I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now.”

Edna Mode

“Don’t let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice.”

Steve Jobs

“I think the things you regret most in life are the things you didn’t do.”

Steve Jobs

Your success and failure all belong to you.

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become.”

Steve Jobs

“We’re here to put a dent in the universe. Otherwise, why else even be here?”

Steve Jobs

Impossible is just an opinion.

Paulo Coelho

IAS is a long journey, so hustle every day.

If something is important enough, even if the odds are stacked against you, you should still do it.

Elon Musk

“You see, in life, lots of people know what to do, but few actually do what they know. Knowing is not enough! You must take action.”

Tony Robbins

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

Tony Robbins

“People who fail focus on what they have to go through; people who succeed focus on what it will feel like at the end.”

Tony Robbins

“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.”

Tony Robbins

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.

Tony Robbins

“I know IAS is tough. Because if IAS was easy, everyone would become IAS.”

Hustlers don’t sleep; they nap.

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”

Tony Robbins

“Everyone wants to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

Oprah Winfrey

It’s harder to stay on top than it is to do the climb. Continue to seek new goals. 

Pat Summitt

“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”

Oprah Winfrey

If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.

Andrew Carnegie

“One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.”

Oprah Winfrey

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.

Abraham Lincoln

It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up. So be that person during your IAS preparation.

“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.”

Oprah Winfrey

Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.

“Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world on your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others.”

Oprah Winfrey

I think goals should never be easy; they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.

Michael Phelps

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”

Henry David Thoreau

“If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed.”

David Viscott

“Life is a gamble from minute to minute so play it today for all there is in it. The flick of an eyelash, the quirk of a smile. A good deed here and there makes it all worthwhile. So make life a garden for every day and gather your rosebuds while you may.”

P. MacDonald

“No matter how much you may think that recounting issues that have caused you problems over the last few years, will not help you to move towards creating a better or a new life.” 

Catherine Pulsifer

“If you learn to develop an abundant mentality you will not be envious of others, you will celebrate their successes, and you will share in their joys and pains. Don't see life as a competition but as complementary.”

Bernard Kelvin Clive


It is definitely a moment of pride and happiness when you successfully achieve your goal. Many students are busy dreaming about gaining power, respect, money, and fame. However, there are only a few determined aspirants who genuinely work hard day and night to convert their energy into gaining knowledge.

Someone said it right, “legends work in silence, and then the results speak for them.”

Nothing can be a better motivator for the students than these motivational lines said by honored and respectful people. As such, we dwelled deep into the ocean to collect some of the top motivational quotes for UPSC aspirants from great achievers around the globe to motivate you.

Compiling this list of the best motivational quotes for UPSC candidates was not at all easy. These perfect motivational lines will motivate you through your preparations and also ensure success.

Remember that becoming a PCS, IAS, or getting a reputed position in a government job is a long journey, but with motivation and hard work, you will taste the elixir of success. These motivational quotes from various famous personalities like Steve Jobs, Tony Robbins, and Oprah Winfrey are ready to motivate you to work hard and achieve your goal of becoming an IAS or PCS officer. We hope these motivational quotes for UPSC/PCS aspirants helped inspire you!

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