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    Civil Services Examination  2009
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    Marks Obtained

    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 130
    General Studies 600 334 (183 + 183)
    Public Administration 600 309 (157 + 152)
    Literature of Urdu Language 600 363 (182 + 181)
    Total (Written) 2000 1136
    Interview 300 225
    Total 2300 1361 (59.17%)

    Optional Subjects

    I did not consider much before choosing optional subject. I had a feeling that if well prepare, success can be achieved with any subject combination.

    I thought, whatever I study, I should enjoy. So, selection of subject was based on this factor.

    I started preparation with Public Administration-Geography but, later changed it to Public Administration and Literature of Urdu Language without any reference to what statistics show.

    For choosing first optional it was never a problem. I had interest and its relevance to Civil Services helped me to zero in on this subject.

    For second optional, I had been preparing for Geography, but, after Prelims, I realized in July 2009 that Urdu Literature can be a better bet. I knew it well that it may be dangerous. Still, I took Urdu Literature and succeed.

    What to say for Urdu – I was in love with the language from the beginning.

    Success Plan

    It was my first attempt. When I started preparing, I had a little time to think on issues like time frame and number of attempts.

    I was confident that my treasure of knowledge is going to help me here. I did not listen to any theory or rule many candidates have about this examination. My rule was to be well prepared.

    Perception about the Civil Services Examination is really challenging. People say it is difficult to crack this examination in first attempt. But, I do not understand such justifications.

    I interacted with candidates after Prelims result and I realized that I can achieve success. I came to Delhi and here developed this confidence that I can be IAS.


    For Preliminary Examination, my approach was simple – read as much as possible.

    I am a net-addict so whatever I read, I tried to go deep and grab all related information. Mine was a multi-dimensional approach.

    I tried to do justice with both General Studies as well as my optional Subject.

    Yes, in Prelims, people say, it is game of optional subjects. But, you have to have balance in both otherwise General Studies can curtail your further advancement.

    Now, with talk of new C-SAT examination pattern, without optional subjects; so, for future aspirants General Studies becomes more important.


    My strategy for this examination was an integrated approach. Since beginning, I had in mind that the whole examination process is inter-linked.

    Candidates look at each stage of this examination with different line of attack and Prelims, Mains and interview are treated just like jumping from one compartment to another.

    My efforts for Mains Examination were to read and add to the vocabulary of the subjects I am preparing. Whatever I read, I did not read for the examination, I read for my knowledge. And when you gain knowledge, any paper becomes easy to handle.

    I am an avid reader and internet buff. Anything that I wanted to know, internet was the key element to acquire the relevant information. I tried to understand it with all possible angles.

    Current Affairs was never a problem as I am a columnist and regularly write for local newspaper.


    Being a journlist, and regularly contributing in newspaper, I was abreast with the latest developments.

    So, no special efforts were required to put in for preparing 'ESSAY'. I could have attempted any topic.

    I wrote my essay on ‘Globalism Vs Nationalism’.

    For essay, if one is well read and has command on language, it is very easy to organize and put your thoughts in a nice manner.


    Interview is test of personality and no one can make personality within few days and even 10 mocks cannot help.

    I have the personality and know how to present me; hence, I thought, it is greatest moment of my life and all I need is to present myself well.

    My interview was on 25th March in Prof. Purushottam Agrawal’s Board.

    Interview Questions

    There were wide ranging question on

    Right to information,

    peace in South Asia,

    Google-China dispute,

    Work and Duties of DM etc.

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