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|General Studies||600||311 (0 + 0)|
|Sociology||600||324 (0 + 0)|
|Political Science and International Relations||600||363 (0 + 0)|
Ones interest in the subject is prime. One should not pay attention to issues like length of syllabus, scoring or non-scoring and previous success ratios.
Optional Subject 1: Sociology
Optional Subject 2: Political Science & International Relations
I was preparing for the exam regardless, however the change in prelims pattern is a welcome change for the aspirants as it puts everyone on a level playing field, doing away with subject based discrepancies.
Number of attempts
It was my first attempt. I think my consistency and hard work were basis of my preparation and the key to success.
Time management is the one of the most important ingredient to score well in the exam.
For Preliminary Examination in Paper-I, I managed my time so that I am able to attempt such that I get 55% marks. For Paper-II in Prelims, I tried to attempt as many questions as possible.
For Main Examination in General Studies the time management is very important, so one should stick to the word limit and attempt all the questions that one is sure of. The long answers questions should be attempted first and 2 markers should be attempted in the end.
For optional subject papers our focus should be to attempt the whole paper. If a question is for 30 marks one must try and write in word limit within 15-16 minutes (half to the marks). This will give enough time to attempt well.
For Essay at least 45 minutes should be spent on brainstorming before one sits to pen down the thoughts.
Secret of success
Hard work, Determination, persistence and consistency
Strategy for the new-look Prelims
I took the change in my stride. There were apprehensions no doubt, but I did not let them deter me from working hard. Mathematics was my weak point so I paid extra attention to that and made sure that I work with extra intensity.
Paper II (Aptitude Test)
Paper 2 like I said before is a welcome change. As CSAT is a scoring paper the preparation must be in such a way that one is able to attempt the maximum questions by playing on one’s strength. CSAT also requires repeated practice for all sections so that we reduce the risk of making mistakes on the final day.
I gave equal time to both the papers.
I was cautious of negative marking. So first I quickly attempted all the questions I was sure 100% sure of, I took the second round and attempted till I was assured of 55% marks in the first paper and in CSAT my attempt was 70 plus.
Specific reading, emphasis on every topics as well as subtopic and repeated revisions was my strategy.
I did not give much time to essay as I was confident that the extensive reading that I had done in the due course of my preparation would help me in attempting essay well. My score in essay is less as compared to my performance in other subjects. In retrospect, I regret not having done that and I recommend the CSE aspirants to read essays and attempt various topics before they sit in the exam.
I chose to write on the topic "Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative , economic and developmental implication" as I had read about the same in General Studies and Political Science thus had enough information to frame my viewpoints.
I read the newspapers exhaustively for the interview and attended mock sessions to make myself more confident and reduce my follies. I faced Rajini Razdan mam’s board.
The interview lasted 25 minutes.
The questions asked were: