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    CSE  2010
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    Marks Obtained

    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 114
    General Studies 600 265 (151 + 151)
    Law 600 374 (181 + 193)
    Public Administration 600 356 (191 + 165)
    Total (Written) 2000 1109
    Interview 300 225
    Total 2300 1334 (58.00%)

    Optional Subjects

    Prelims: Public Administration – the basis of choosing it as felt comfortable with the syllabus
    Main Examination: Public Administration & Law (obvious choice as Law being my subject)

    It ultimately comes down to your comfort level with the subject and interest in it. Some of my friends, who had been preparing for civil service examination, too helped me in the initial stages

    The most important thing is to select the subject that is comfortable with and confident of doing well.   Going through the syllabus of of the feasible subjects, then availability of materials and guidance is also another factor to consider before entering into this stream.

    Success Plan

    IAS - Tamil Nadu Cadre

    This success came in 2nd attempt. In the 1st attempt, could not clear Preliminary Examination. But, this was good learning experience to zero-in on where I faltered in the first and changed strategy accordingly for this attempt.

    Time Management

    I could manage time for both prelims and mains preparation as I was preparing for the exam alone.

    During the exam, found shortage of time in the General Studies paper as the paper this time was lengthy in he mains but completed the pare fully for the optional. Writing practice helped me in time management for the mains

    Success mantra

    It is hard work, dedication and confidence.

    Passion for Career in IAS

    To become IAS, it was my personal decision and had thought to continue preparation until I exhaust all my attempts. My parents stood by me and supported my decision.

    However, I had a back-up plan to cover uncertainties associated with this examination and wrote some Bank exams and state public services examination while preparing for the IAS.

    Recently, I started my career with State Bank of India after clearing SBI Clerical recruitment Exam 2010.


    Talking of Prelims, it requires wider knowledge – an extensive study.


    The approach towards mains is totally different from that of Prelims. But for that of mains it requires a wider knowledge with some intensive study.

    Almost equal time to both with extra weightage to general studies as it is wider in coverage.


    There was no special preparation for essay as such. But General Studies preparation helped me in concept building and presenting my essay paper better. Newspaper reading was of immense help.


    Prepared my self with the current affairs, my mains optional subjects, my degree back ground and profile based questions. Faced Rajini Razdan Madam’s board and went on for about 20-25 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    The whole affair was spontaneous and many questions were rooted on answers given. The questions were from current affairs, law, RTI, Lokpal bill etc and a few situational questions.

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