My colleagues and I worked on human perception at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. The work is on the socioeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on youth perspectives. Utilizing a mixed-methods approach, specifically the Q-method, the study analyzes the opinions and perceptions of young individuals during India's initial national lockdown. The findings identify seven factors and six subdimensions that categorize youth perceptions of various aspects of the pandemic, ranging from science and society to economy and religion. The collected data is segmented into quantitative and qualitative groups, shedding light on issues like misinformation, governance skepticism, and polarization of opinions. Overall, this research provides valuable insights for understanding and addressing challenges posed by the pandemic and similar future crises.