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Dealing with UPSC failure

Dealing with UPSC failure

Failing the UPSC exam can evoke a wide range of emotions and experiences, disappointment, frustration, self-doubt, a drop in confidence, and even more with societal pressures. This group will help you navigate this emotionally challenging time.

Start Date: 21 Jan

4 Zoom sessions | 75 minutes each

Small group, 6-8 people


Led by a therapist

INR 3000 for India-based participants | INR 5000 for participants outside India

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Goals of the group

To provide a safe and empathetic environment where participants can share their experiences, gain insight, receive emotional support, and learn effective strategies for managing their emotions and well-being

Glimpse of the regime

Session 1: Understanding Emotions and Coping

1. Participants share their experiences and emotions regarding UPSC exam failure
2. Discussion on common emotional responses to failure (e.g., disappointment, stress, self-doubt).
3, Psychoeducational information on coping strategies.

Session 2: Coping Strategies and Self-Care

1. Exploring various coping strategies (e.g., mindfulness, self-compassion, reframing failure)
2. Guided exercises for relaxation and stress reduction
3. Discussion on the importance of self-care during challenging times.
4. Sharing and brainstorming self-care practices suitable for individuals.

Session 3: Building Resilience and Planning Ahead

1. Exploring the concept of resilience and adopting a growth mindset after failure
2. Activities to encourage a positive and resilient outlook.
3. Guided exercises for setting realistic goals and creating a plan for the future.
4. Encouraging participants to focus on learning and growth.

Session 4: Moving Forward and Support Network

1. Individual reflections on the coping strategies practiced and progress made.
2. Group discussion on positive changes observed
3. Sharing recommendations for ongoing support (e.g., mentorship, counseling, study groups)
4. Encouraging words and final thoughts for moving forward positively.
5. Group closure and expression of gratitude.

  • Have attempted several times for UPSC but fear of failure, and age factors, started me questioning life this group really helped me with everything! I cannot thank SoulUp enough.



  • Thank you everyone for your stories, rants and sharing your pain it has helped me in not alienating myself, and I'm sorry we have to go through this.



  • I attempted for UPSC for 5 years and was getting frustrated with feeling of failure. Joining this Group really made me accept and embrace the reality and process it in right way



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Meet your Facilitator

Psy. Sradha Madan Ray

Sradha is the Co-Founder of Psychology Delhi. She is currently practicing as a consultant clinical psychologist at Punah Santulan, West Delhi.

Sradha has completed her RCI Licensing in Clinical Psychology from Amity Institute of Behavioral (Health) & Allied Sciences. She has Masters in Applied Psychology is from Tata Institute of Social Science, BALM.

Post that, Sradha has attained experience at various esteemed institutions of mental health in India such as NIMHANS Bangalore, SCARF Chennai, The Banyan Chennai, NIPMED Noida.
Her professional role includes Assessing, Diagnosing, Certifying Disability, providing Clinical Management & Psychotherapy along with Rehabilitation for a wide range of mental health conditions.


What are SoulUp Groups?

At SoulUp, you'll meet people who get what you're going through and might be living some of the same realities. People looking for extraordinary conversations, just like you.

✔️ Small group, 6-8 people

✔️ Every meeting led by a world-class facilitator

✔️ Weekly 75-minute online video sessions

What happens in a group session?

While the format can vary as per topic, here’s a flow that most sessions follow

Check In. Participants check-in with each others' feelings and answer the prompt given by the facilitator if any.

Conversation. Your facilitator will guide the group in a free-flowing conversation—with the goal of sharing openly, talking honestly, and deep emotional connection.

Check Out. Participants share what they're taking away from the session.

What am I going to get out of this?

Participants say that they feel heard, understood, more in control, and a feeling that you’ve got people rooting for you. By talking about your emotions and what's going on in your life, you'll realise that you're not alone and get ideas for how to improve your situation.

How long has SoulUp been around?

SoulUp was founded in Feb 2022 by Punita Mittal and Mahak Maheshwari - a team of IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay with more than 20 years of combined healthcare experience. SoulUp is redefining mental health through groups that are effective, but also fun, social, and challenging.

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