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    SWETA MOHANTY

     Rank:  2
    CSE  2010
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    Marks Obtained

    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 107
    General Studies 600 301 (186 + 186)
    Anthropology 600 326 (157 + 169)
    Public Administration 600 369 (202 + 167)
    Total (Written) 2000 1103
    Interview 300 222
    Total 2300 1325 (57.61%)

    Optional Subjects

    Prelims: Public Administration

    Main Examination: Public Administration & Anthropology

    The decision to pick Public Administration & Anthropology as optional subjects was solely on interest and availability of material.


    Success Plan

    IAS - Andhra Pradesh Cadre

    Initially, one may go through the syllabi of the optional subjects. Interest and availability of material/guidance/books are important factors to be considered while deciding the choice of the optional.

    I had a counseling session with Mr. Gopal Krishna of Brain Tree, Hyderabad. With his help, I got an overview of the syllabi. I went through the prescribed syllabus and looked at a few texts to get an overview of the subjects.

    I was confident of the effort and hard work that I had put in. I was confident that I had given an honest attempt to the best of my ability. I believe as candidates, we can put in our best effort and be sincere to ourselves. Success will surely follow.

    Number of Attempts

    This was my third attempt. I was selected for IRS(IC&CES) in my second attempt in 2007. Every attempt has contributed to this final attempt.

    Once you have clarity of a concept, it is very difficult to forget, like swimming or cycling. However, I feel that every attempt has contributed to this result. So, candidates need not get disheartened if they don’t clear in their first attempt.

    'Time Management'

    In this year’s papers, the pattern was slightly different as the number of short answer questions was more. I allocated time according to the number of questions and marks in the optional sunjects.

    Keeping the broad time frame in mind, I ensured that even if the section was not complete, I did not put further time than allotted. In GS also, I did the same, making sure that I did not exceed time limit I had set for a question.

    Passion for career in IAS

    As a child I have grown up seeing my father who is an IAS Officer of the AP cadre. I had some idea of the services. However, till my graduation I did not give it a serious thought. Only then when I had some idea of this profession vis-a-vis other professions, I realized that this is what I wanted to do.

    I believe that that the opportunity that the services give to make a difference is immense. The services also give a work satisfaction that is unmatched by other professions.


    Mains

    In Optional subjects for both Prelims and Mains, no topic can be left- the entire syllabi must be completed. I gave equal time towards GS, Public Administration and Anthropology and used to plan my day accordingly. Due to constraints, for this attempt; I could devote time only after the Prelim Results were out for Mains.

    The Mains papers are entirely different from the Prelims Paper. Time Management; broad understanding of the concepts; examples; diagrams; flowcharts where possible need to be prepared. 


    Essay

    For essay, it is first important to understand the topic. A topic may prima facie seem like something but the examiner may be asking some other thing. Secondly, it is also necessary to make a frame of the essay to ensure that one does not deviate from the main issue. Apart from that a general reading of good articles that come out in national magazines; internet resources can be used to help widen perspective.

    My essay was on “Preparedness of our society for India’s global leadership role”. I chose this topic because I felt that I had a clear understanding of the topic; I could make a good frame and thus write a good essay.


    Interview

    Interview is a test of personality. I mainly went through national level magazines to have a clear understanding of important issues of that time.

    I also went through more than the standard newspapers that I usually read such as The Hindu, Times of India, and Hindustan Times etc. Apart from that, I think it is important to remain cool and composed so that your true personality comes out.

    My interview was on the afternoon of 28th March. I had Rajni Razdan Madam’s board. It went on for about 20-25 minutes.


    Interview Questions

    Questions ranged from facts about agriculture; issue in Egypt; corruption and service related questions.

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