Let me list out the three most common difficulties faced by a doctor during a shift from the Medical profession to UPSC career options.
Difficulty 1 (Transition phase)
In the modern community, the clinicians (post-MD/MS/DNB/MCH/DM) are earning high salaries and immense respect from society. They carry an aura of greatness around them.
So, the most difficult part is a mental adaptation by the doctor who is willing for a shift.
Note that doctors who ace UPSC and join administrative services double up their reputation, but the problem is the transition phase wherein the family, friends, and society thinks why a person needs to shift from one career to another as both are respectable service sectors.
There is a reason behind every choice. If you have a made a choice stick to it, don’t let your thought process disturbed by outside brains.
Difficulty 2 (Wrong assumption)
Few of the doctors with UPSC background in the family are motivated to join civil services at an early stage in their medical career. They do understand the pros and cons of their choice. But of late due to insurmountable competition in the field of PG medical entrance, most of the doctors are looking at UPSC CSE as an alternative way to succeed.
But, let me make it clear for you, the competition in UPSC is also high. There are no short cuts to success. Don’t be in the wrong assumption that the shift is to bypass the competition.
In modern era the competition is everywhere. If you want to ace it you need to put in all the efforts you can to be the best.
Difficulty 3 (Lack of support)
Due to high demand, the medical PG entrance coaching market is well supported with best faculty and infrastructure. When it comes to the preparatory phase of UPSC medical exams (CSE Medical sciences optional or CMS) there is no proper support network.
You have to fight each war with a different approach.