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|Total Marks||Marks Obtained|
|General Studies||600||276 (144 + 144)|
|Economics||600||346 (133 + 213)|
|Anthropology||600||371 (196 + 175)|
Optional Subject 1: Economics
Optional Subject 2: Anthropology
While selecting optional subjects, I feel interest for the optional subject plus availability of relevant materials and guidance should be the sole guiding factor.
I picked Economics because of my background in the same. And anthropology purely out of interest and availability of study material.
I had kept the same optional subjects in both attempts.
I chose my optional subjects entirely based on my interests. And made thorough use of internet in getting answers to questions like what and how much to study.
Number of attempts
This was my second attempt. In my 1st attempt (CSE 2010) I got 640 rank. In my last attempt paucity of time plus some superficial study was problematic.
If we practice some test papers and also make a rough time plan before the exams. They help in proper time management
Secret of success
Hard work with determination and regular study was the key of my success.
Classical dancing and Debating
Preparation for the new-look Prelims
I ensured that I reread the syllabus nicely to ensure as to what does the exam demands of. I tried to cover basic topics of syllabus from all the relevant study materials I can think of
Paper I (General Studies)
For GS I covered all the relevant NCERT and text books for conventional part like History/geography/polity plus regular reading of newspaper/magazines for current affairs helped
Paper II (Aptitude Test)
Paper II is very interesting paper. This gives a level playing field to all the candidates. I first ensured that I recollect and understand all the basic formulae for Mathematics portion followed by several test papers practice of the same and for the other portions from various manuals and online sources
I had decided that I would resist attempting questions where I was just 50% sure. The tradeoff between -1/3 and 0 was there, it is better to avoid attempting questions where you are not sure
I had decided before the prelims that I would answer questions only when I am 90-100% sure and could back that answer with some logic.
I ensured that I work hard on making my concepts very clear and then practice answer writing from last years question papers.
I did not make any special effort for essay paper. Regular reading of editorials helps a lot
I picked the topic “Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative, economic and developmental implications” for writing essay.
I chose this topic because I was aware about the topic and myself being from a new small state I could analyse well from experience.
For interview I brushed up every minute detail related to my background/optional and current affairs.
My interview was in Vijay Singh Sir’s board and it lasted for and 35 minutes.
Questions were basically from my educational background/hobby/home state