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Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams? I did my B. I was born in Sonipat, Haryana and since age of 5 was brought up in Delhi.
Since childhood, I was exposed to this fascinating field of civil services and heard many stories about how an IAS can revolutionize the lives of people, how an IPS plays an integral role in ensuring peace in the society, etc.
These images created some inclination in me towards attempting civil services at some point of my life.
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After completing my B. My stint at ISRO was really enjoyable and it taught me a lot. However somewhere deep, I felt an urge to try my luck towards cracking this exam. Finally after spending little over 2 years, with support, well wishes of family and friends, I left the job in and came to Delhi to prepare seriously for the exam.
In recent times, there is spur in electronic material- blogs, sites, pdfs, RSS-feeds. Many aspirants feel bogged down by this information overload. So, how do you balance this i.
Before I detail out my strategy, a candidate must understand the purpose of both. Electronic materials , are generally used for dynamic aspects of syllabus, e.
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These topics heavily rely on current affairs, so while preparing these topics I focused more on electronic materials maybe ratio. However, for static portions like culture, history, geography, some aspects of polity, ethics, etc. For the record, I used following websites- mrunal. Too much focus on electronic content will make you lose touch with the basics and paucity of these might make your answers too static.
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Any other things that you wish to elaborate on above table: As I mentioned above, you should always keep a balance of what you are doing. Internet is rich source of materials, which can be used in your benefit. For e. What is your style of preparation and notes making? Notes making is a very important task for this exam, and during the preparation, my note making evolved in stages.
I think that I went through 3 stages of preparation:. What are you views and wisdom on all these? Suppose, If you had to prepare for Prelims, then after going through this paper, what changes would you make in your preparation?
I would have worked on my weakness which would have led me down. In the recent two prelims and , the comprehension portion becoming quite tough and lengthy.
Candidates struggle even to finish the paper-II. I never finished the paper, but ensured that high accuracy was maintained see my prelims marks in whatever question I attempted.
Hence attempt only those questions for which you are very sure. Yes I gave many mock tests. I gave one day for Hindi and half day for English during revision which I think is more than enough. How did you prepare for the essay paper? This is the paper which I think is highly fluctuating in nature and is very subjective.
However there are certain things which one should keep in mind for this paper. Which two essays did you write and What key points did you include in it? I wrote:. A general comment on geography: keep a separate notebook on diagrams, and try to search on the internet for creative and clear diagrams. These will boost your marks. Strategy: I think polity paper is the most unpredictable lot among all the GS paper.
An aspirant should equally focus on both current and statics aspects. Most of the serious candidates both topper and non-toppers have received marks in similar ranges. What are your observations and tips for future aspirants regarding preparation of this paper? As mentioned above, this paper is unique in nature and one should understand the demand of paper.
Nowadays the ethics paper has become relatively lengthier and uncertain. There are certain dos and donts. Please tell us how many marks worth attempt did you give? What was your approach in the exam I wrote all, I only focused on the questions where I could answer perfectly, I just not to high quality points to reach the word limit etc. Where do you stand on this? My approach would be:. I felt it has many advantages-.
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Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs? I think manner of presenting your content depends upon various factors:.
I did try to follow this format and I recommend other also. But at same time, one needs to understand that:. Sci or Sociology or anthropology because of Public Administration is giving only two digit scores in each paper. So, kindly provide wisdom for younger aspirants. Indeed optional subject is a deciding factor in this exam, and if one performs well, it can boost your probability of selection with good rank.
In this scenario, I recommend that one should choose optional wisely and spend a considerable time in making this decision. For beginners, even if it takes months or even more to arrive at this decision, its totally worth it, because changing optional at later stages, and that to be after exhausting some attempts is very painful, costly and risky.
After fiasco with Geography, many left this optional but I never bought this idea. But for those, who feel lack of connect with optional can definitely change it but after considering all the pros and cons. I chose it because- help in GS preparation, easy guidance and material, felt a connect and scoring though last one might not be valid nowadays!!! If a new player wants to pick your subject, would you advice for it or against it? I would tell them to be extra cautious for many assume that Geography is just physical geography, but actually its lot more.
Also scoring nowadays is not welcoming. So choose only if one can appreciate this subject, as you are going to spend a lot of time with it.
OR can one simply rely on the books and be done with this subject? Internet search is definitely necessary and one cannot rely on books for geography optional. I suggest that internet should be used to-. How many months did it take to finish the core optional syllabus? I did not count as such. Just after prelims. Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional? In which format- electronic or paper? Yes I did maintain self-notes. First in electronic format which later I got print out.
Your observation about the difficultly level of mains vs previous papers. I felt paper was relatively easy.
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However one cannot expect it to be same, and hence one should always prepare for the worst. How did you prepare for the interview? Interview stage is very dynamic and unpredictable. I tried to use all possible mediums- family, friends, internet, TV, standard books, coaching-to prepare for areas which seemed important for me.
I looked at my DAF from a very critical perspective, listed all the possible areas which can attract questions and tried to cover them in detail. Did you attend any mock interviews by coaching classes? Do you believe it is necessary to attend such mock interviews?
There were certain elements of similarity but UPSC is altogether a different experience. Mock interviews though not necessary but helps in-.
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Where did you stay for the interview? My home is in Delhi. Describe the formal-dress worn by you in interview. I wore a light blue formal shirt, black trouser, black oxford shoes and navy blue tie.
Why do you want to join civil service? Social service can be done from private sector too. But if they had asked- what will be your reply? Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview.
I do not remember the exact answers I have given, but I do recollect that questions were like-. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions?