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    Harshika Singh

     Rank:  8
     Year:  2011
     Exam:  CSE
     Profile Viewed:  16953 time(s)
    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 100
    General Studies 600 276 (144 + 144)
    Economics 600 346 (133 + 213)
    Anthropology 600 371 (196 + 175)
    Total (Written) 2000 1093
    Interview 300 204
    Total 2300 1297 (56.39%)

    Optional Subjects

    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.


    Success Plan

    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.
     
    Time Management
    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.

    Hobbies
    Classical dancing and Debating


    Prelims

    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

    ‘Negative Marking’
    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.


    Mains

    I ensured that I work hard on making my concepts very clear and then practice answer writing from last years question papers.


    Essay

    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.


    Interview

    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.


    Interview Questions

    Questions were basically from my educational background/hobby/home state

    Advice

    Dream a dream and make a determined effort to achieve it and you would surely succeed one day.

    Optional Subjects

    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.

    Success Plan

    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.
     
    Time Management
    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.

    Hobbies
    Classical dancing and Debating

    Prelims

    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

    ‘Negative Marking’
    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.

    Mains

    I ensured that I work hard on making my concepts very clear and then practice answer writing from last years question papers.

    Essay

    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.

    Interview

    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.


    Interview Questions

    Questions were basically from my educational background/hobby/home state

    Advice

    Dream a dream and make a determined effort to achieve it and you would surely succeed one day.

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