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Prelims: Public administration
Mains: Public Administration and Anthropology
Public administration is a very interesting and a practical subject; apart from optional it will also help in General Studies and Essay papers. Also, being is a very popular subject, there would be no dearth of availability of materials (which was a big problem with medicine as optional in my earlier attempt) & Anthropology was a science subject and related to medicine and I was naturally interested in it
I did not keep the same optional subjects in all attempts as I said earlier; my first attempt was with medical science as an optional. I could not clear the prelims. So changed my optional to Public Administration
The secret of my success - Dedication, determination, hard work, faith in god. Also enjoying the phase of preparation with a good sense of humour and a really supportive family and friends really helped.
I always felt that I managed time pretty well. If you plan properly, you can manage your study time well. If you practice properly (tests) and are cool enough, you can manage your exam time well.
I roughly spent 2/3 rd of my time preparing for optional and 1/3rd for preparing for GS.
The approach to GS was broader and for optional as the syllabus are well defined I just covered all topics in the syllabus. Repeated tests also helped
For Mains, I started making topic wise notes for optional. I had notes on around 120 topics in each of the optional.
Even for GS I made notes on important current issues. Making such notes helped me condense my entire study materials and finally have only 2 or 3 notebooks to revise before each of the papers
No. I didn’t have any special preparation for essay. I basically have good writing skills, so that helped a lot.
The topic I chose was “Preparedness of Indian society for global leadership role”. I chose this because I understood this topic completely and felt it was multidimensional and interesting
I maintained two notebooks for interview preparation. One was for details regarding me, my profile; the other was for current issues, situational questions. I had regular discussion with my friends on current topics.
I got Rajni Razdan board. Interview board was very cordial and made me comfortable right till the end.