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    GARIMA MITTAL

     Rank:  8
     Year:  2009
     Exam:  Civil Services Examination 2009
     Profile Viewed:  9550 time(s)
    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 117
    General Studies 600 285 (136 + 136)
    Sociology 600 332 (166 + 166)
    Psychology 600 342 (160 + 182)
    Total (Written) 2000 1076
    Interview 300 209
    Total 2300 1285 (55.87%)

    Optional Subjects

    Prelims: Sociology
    Mains: Sociology & Psychology

    Sociology being general science of society provided authentic academic base to understand societal problems. My background though exposed me to presence of these problems, could not offer any explanations or solution to them.

    Hence, a curiosity and interest was generated. Sociology also helped immensely in General Studies, Essay Paper and Interview.

    Psychology being close to Psychiatry was relatively easier and less demanding. The choice should depend upon interest, one’s background, requirements of the subject and matching it with one’s strengths.


    Success Plan

    My decision to make civil services as my career choice was a result of evolution of thoughts. Having seen malnourished deaths, poverty and multiple social problems during MBBS, I was forced to introspect.
    I felt need of a bigger platform and urge to be a part of solution to these problems directed my interest towards Civil Services.

    As of now, extensive and currents focused study is required for General Studies. If the optional is same as graduation subject, it is of immense help. Tough new optional subject may require time and guidance for clarity of concepts.

    Number of Attempts
    This was my second attempt. In the first attempt, I could not clear Preliminary Examination since I was pursuing my internship till January end and thereafter I had to tackle a new optional.

    Time for self study was insufficient to crack Prelims. I feel I misjudged the time and effort needed for Prelims which though being first step is not the simplest.

     


    Prelims

    The Prelims questions can be divided into 3 categories.
    1st: answers we know for sure.
    2nd: doubtful and
    3rd: no idea of answers.

    In the first reading of paper, 1st category answers should be marked and 3rd category answers crossed out.
    During second reading of paper, doubtful questions should be tackled. Mark the most probable answers only if two choices can be excluded with reasonable certainty.

    Though, my strategy has been extensive reading so as to maximize 1st category and minimize the other two.


    Mains

    I started Mains study just after Prelims examination was over. Focus was on clarity of concepts interlinking of concepts and completion of syllabus.

    Answer writing practice was very crucial for proper time management during examination.


    Interview

     I got Mr. I M G Khan’s board. It was cordial and friendly board.

    My interview lasted for about 30-35 minutes.

     


    Interview Questions

    There were questions focusing on my medical background, gender related problems and my extracurricular activities.

    Some specific questions demanded meaning of my name, my favourite Prime Minister, why I changed my career orientation to Civil Services.

    Advice

    First of all, don’t lose hope. With proper strategy, time management and focused intelligent hard work this examination can be demystified.

    Whenever in doubt, try consulting teachers and authentic guidance material rather than hear say.

    Optional Subjects

    Prelims: Sociology
    Mains: Sociology & Psychology

    Sociology being general science of society provided authentic academic base to understand societal problems. My background though exposed me to presence of these problems, could not offer any explanations or solution to them.

    Hence, a curiosity and interest was generated. Sociology also helped immensely in General Studies, Essay Paper and Interview.

    Psychology being close to Psychiatry was relatively easier and less demanding. The choice should depend upon interest, one’s background, requirements of the subject and matching it with one’s strengths.

    Success Plan

    My decision to make civil services as my career choice was a result of evolution of thoughts. Having seen malnourished deaths, poverty and multiple social problems during MBBS, I was forced to introspect.
    I felt need of a bigger platform and urge to be a part of solution to these problems directed my interest towards Civil Services.

    As of now, extensive and currents focused study is required for General Studies. If the optional is same as graduation subject, it is of immense help. Tough new optional subject may require time and guidance for clarity of concepts.

    Number of Attempts
    This was my second attempt. In the first attempt, I could not clear Preliminary Examination since I was pursuing my internship till January end and thereafter I had to tackle a new optional.

    Time for self study was insufficient to crack Prelims. I feel I misjudged the time and effort needed for Prelims which though being first step is not the simplest.

     

    Prelims

    The Prelims questions can be divided into 3 categories.
    1st: answers we know for sure.
    2nd: doubtful and
    3rd: no idea of answers.

    In the first reading of paper, 1st category answers should be marked and 3rd category answers crossed out.
    During second reading of paper, doubtful questions should be tackled. Mark the most probable answers only if two choices can be excluded with reasonable certainty.

    Though, my strategy has been extensive reading so as to maximize 1st category and minimize the other two.

    Mains

    I started Mains study just after Prelims examination was over. Focus was on clarity of concepts interlinking of concepts and completion of syllabus.

    Answer writing practice was very crucial for proper time management during examination.

    Essay

    Interview

     I got Mr. I M G Khan’s board. It was cordial and friendly board.

    My interview lasted for about 30-35 minutes.

     


    Interview Questions

    There were questions focusing on my medical background, gender related problems and my extracurricular activities.

    Some specific questions demanded meaning of my name, my favourite Prime Minister, why I changed my career orientation to Civil Services.

    Advice

    First of all, don’t lose hope. With proper strategy, time management and focused intelligent hard work this examination can be demystified.

    Whenever in doubt, try consulting teachers and authentic guidance material rather than hear say.

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