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    Ajay Prakash

     Rank:  9
    CSE  2010
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    Marks Obtained

    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 102
    General Studies 600 261 (144 + 144)
    Sociology 600 362 (195 + 167)
    Literature of English Language 600 384 (195 + 189)
    Total (Written) 2000 1109
    Interview 300 195
    Total 2300 1304 (56.70%)

    Success Plan

    IAS - Gujarat Cadre

    I guess, the fact that I studied consistently, in a systematic way, and had a long-term plan of preparation was the key to my success.

    Number Of Attempts
    This was my first attempt.

    Optional Subjects

    While finalizing optional subjects, only two things should be kept in mind—
    (1) Availability of study material.
    (2) Interest in the subject.

    My optional subjects were: Sociology & Literature of English Language

    I took English Literature because this was my subject in graduation and post-graduation. So, I didn’t have to work too hard in it. Plus, English Literature has a small syllabus, and it is highly scoring as well.

    As for Sociology, it was a perfect fit with English Literature.

    Time Management

    Yes, time management is very important. While preparing, one must have a long-term plan, and one must stick to deadlines and targets. I did that, so I could manage things well. Even in the exam, (mains) plan and time your answers before you start writing the answers. In prelims, don’t spend any more time on questions than you had initially allotted to all.

    All one has to do is avoid wild guesses. First do questions that you are sure of. Then go for questions where you can work out the answers.

    Passion for Civil Services

    Because the environment is changing so rapidly, the Civil Services have become even more important because in a globalizing country, the bureaucracy is at the helm of affairs. It has now greater swipe and greater responsibilities to steer the nation to prosperity in this rapidly changing world.

    For me, it was a gradual recognition. There was no one eureka moment. Since I passed through the portals of Hindu College and JNU, sitting for IAS was a natural decision for me. So, in a way, my educational institutions influenced my decision.

    Yes, it is very important to keep in mind some time frame. It is essential to plan your preparation, set targets, and break it down in doubles tasks.

    As for the number of attempts, I was very clear in my mind that I had to crack the exam in the first attempt itself.


    I devoted most of my time to General Studies because G.S. is the key to success. It determines success or failure, because in the optional subject, most good students score the same kind of marks.

    As for negative marking all one has to do is to avoid wild guess. First do questions you are sure of. Then go for questions where you can work out the answers.


    In mains, one has to just express oneself well. So, a good command over language and writing skills matter a lot. Good handwriting is always appreciated.
    And, one must practice writing questions in a limited time.

    It is very important to meet students who have already appeared in the exam, or are in the midst of preparation, for proper guidance. Those who don’t know anyone, can look on the internet, or read toppers’ interviews in the magazines.


    For essay paper, one has to just use one’s general knowledge and common sense. You can’t really prepare for essay paper, except by improving your writing skills.

    I chose “Geography may remain the same; History need not” because it was open-ended statement.


    In the interview, one cannot fake the personality. So its best to be your natural self. And that’s what I did.

    I faced Dr. K. K. Paul’s board. It was a very memorable experience. It lasted 15 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    The questions were mainly on my hobbies and national security issues.


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