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|Total Marks||Marks Obtained|
|General Studies||600||240 (0 + 0)|
|Philosophy||600||356 (0 + 0)|
|Sociology||600||368 (0 + 0)|
Optional Subject 1: Philosophy
Optional Subject 2: Sociology
Availability of reference material, one’s liking, adequate guidance and one’s confidence level in the subject should the the factors one should look for while selecting optional subjects.
Very early in my life I realized the importance of Civil Services as my father was a government officer. I had opportunity to meet IAS officers with him that inspired me to think about Civil Services as career.
I had made up my mind in 12th standard; but, actual preparations began with my third year of graduation.
I got the right advice from my elder sister Chinmaya Aurangabadkar who was selected into the IRS (IT) in her first attempt (CSE 2009). Actually, she was like lighthouse in the preparation. Having a great guide at home was my biggest forte!
Right since the beginning of my preparation, I didn’t think much about the results and kept focusing on giving in my best to the examination. Throughout, I was focused on maintaining a very high quality of study rather than marks. This helped me in controlling my nerves and kept myself relaxed.
Number of attempts
It was my first attempt.
Certainly, it is very important factor. I had practiced test papers for Prelims and Mains in a time bound manner. This helped me in completing the paper. Also, while studying, time table is one of the most potent tools for effective study.
Preliminary Examination New Pattern
Certainly, there was a lot of anxiety and uncertainty about the questions that could be asked and other things. But I focused on holistic preparation and selective study
Approach towards Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (Aptitude Test)
I had allotted equal time for both the papers. Focus was more on paper 1 as paper 2 was uncertain with regards to number of questions, difficulty level, etc.
Paper II (Aptitude Test)
The Paper II which was newly introduced is good. My preparation plan was centered on practicing as many questions as possible in a specified time period. Increasing my speed in solving such questions was an important target before me as the number of questions was uncertain then.
I paid greater attention to higher accuracy in Prelims. Checking and re-checking the answers was also a part of the strategy. Also, I did not mind much if I had to leave some questions blank. Leaving them blank is a great shield against negative marking.
I did not panic as there was sufficient time to prepare. As of material, indeed it was scarce. But sufficient material was available on some sections of CSAT Paper II (say Mathematics, English, Mental Ability). As of decision making, communication, etc. I decided not to go in for theory as UPSC changed the syllabus to make it more practical. This was a very wise decision. It saved a lot of time of mine.
While Prelims is more factual based, Main Examination is highly analytical.
Accordingly, I focused on analysis rather than mere rote learning. Depth of study helped me attempt the entire paper of both the optional and this paid off!
I had not practiced for the Essay paper separately. Instead focused on newspapers, magazines and the like.
Essay topic: ‘Creation of smaller states and the consequent administrative, economic and developmental implication’
I knew a lot about the topic including case studies and facts and figures. This helped me write an effective essay with practical examples and link it with current events.
I focused on debates, discussions. Regular update through news channels was of great help.
Interview Board: Mr. I.M.G.Khan
It was a very cordial board and my Interview lasted for half an hour.
Questions ranged from national issues, my educational background, etc.