Optional Subject: Indian History
Optional Subject 1: History
Optional Subject 2: Philosophy
My educational background and interest in both the subjects were the basis of my optional subject selection.
I kept faith in my optional subjects although out my endeavor.
I had been constantly dreaming about career in Civil Services and had understood it clearly that ‘a mix of hard work and luck makes one successful in this examination.
I was aiming for IAS but I had kept my career option open and cleared NET/JRF with History. When I seriously started preparing for Civil Service Examination, I maintained a distance from the aspirants having negative thinking.
Number of attempts
This success came to me in 4th attempt. Disappointment in previous attempts made me a strong person and as I was deserted and discarded by some of my friends selected in preceding years, I understood that a lot many candidates overlook the plight of other unsuccessful friends.
Time management is a very important factor for this examination. I had made a formula that I will look at marks attached to question and will devote a little more than half time in minutes to the question i.e. for a 60-mark question, I will give about 35 minutes and for a 20-marks question, I will try to answer in 10-12 minutes.
This strategy worked and I never faced problem in managing time while answering.
Secret of success
Patience, honest effort, true dedication towards goal, vow to never accept defeat and my parent’s emotional support.
Playing Volleyball and watching Cricket
PrelimsMy energies were diverted more towards optional subject that took about 60% time and rest 40% was kept for General Studies.
I relied upon standard text-books for my preparation. I adopted a policy to underline all facts and figure and marked them ‘P’ and encircled the information that met Main Examination dimensions.
I made a list of some facts which were difficult to remember.
I tried to refrain from wild guess. Yes, the questions with 50% possibilities should be attempted with educated guess.
MainsFor Main Examination, I prepared point-wise notes and try to cover all possible dimensions. I practiced a lot with an aim to write in original writing-style.
EssayI did not prepare specifically for Essay paper. I picked up topic ‘Are we a ‘soft’ state?’ as I felt that I have grip over the topic and have deep understanding about the issue.
For interview, mock-interview practice with six friends proved to be quite helpful. Actually, all of us were appearing in interview; so, we all practiced 3-4 hours every day. I appeared in some coaching institutes also to evaluate my preparedness.
My interview was scheduled on March 12, 2010 in Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma board. About 60 odd questions were asked during the interview and I came out satisfied with my performance.
Some of the prominent questions asked were:
- Do I believe in rule of stick?
- Preferences in role of a DM?
- Can you become effective IAS without grip over English language?
- How will I promote Volleyball being a DM?
- How much dowry will I accept?
- Was asked to explain in detail about Naxalism and do I have any solution to this problem?
- What is wrong with cheer leaders?
- Is China a threat to our country?
Make honest effort and don’t get upset with failure at any level of examination. Life doesn’t end with IAS/PCS; there are endless possibilities.
Search for newer opportunity as every failure opens new prospects for success. I dedicate my success to all my fellow candidates who made sincere efforts but could not succeed. I pray to god for their success and a bright future.