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    Binwade Ravindra Laxman

     Rank:  30
    CSE  2011
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    Marks Obtained

    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 118
    General Studies 600 216 (0 + 0)
    Geography 600 357 (0 + 0)
    Public Administration 600 324 (0 + 0)
    Total (Written) 2000 1015
    Interview 300 215
    Total 2300 1230 (53.48%)

    Optional Subjects

    Optional Subject 1:

    Public Administration

    Optional Subject 2:


    Factor to be taken into consideration: Interest in the subject, availability of study material and guidance if one needs

    Success Plan

    Career in Civil Services and post of IAS has been my dream but, due to economic pressures, I joined lucrative job and even travelled abroad.

    When came back to Pune, I decided to leave this high paying job and started preparing for Civil Service Examination.

    For the right advice I consulted a few seniors, friends and teachers.

    Time Management
    I joined test series programs for Mains that helped me in time management.

    Credit for success
    Credit for my success goes to my parents, brother, uncle and friends.


    For Paper I, I covered extensively from various sources-standard textbooks, magazines, internet and newspapers. For Paper II, I used CAT exam notes and practiced test papers. Roughly it was 70-30 distribution between Paper I and II.

    For Paper II, I prepared from CAT study material that I borrowed from a friend. I didn’t join any coaching for CSAT. Paper II is relatively easier to prepare, less time and source material required whereas Paper requires extensive coverage of diverse

    For Paper II, I practiced test papers of MBA entrance test.

    Negative Marking
    I marked only those questions that I was sure of.


    I based my preparation on newspapers (The Hindu and Indian Express) and Frontline. I prepared notes for GS and Public Administration.


    No special preparation is required for essay; but, get 2-3 essays checked from seniors, friends, teachers and work on the feedback given and rectify your mistakes.

    I picked up the topic “In the Indian context, Both human intelligence and technical intelligence are crucial in combating terrorism”.  I was comfortable with subject so I chose it.


    I attended Mock interviews at Pune and Maharashtra Sadan, Delhi.

    I had Mr. Purushottam Agrawal panel. My Interview lasted for approximately 25 minutes.

    Interview Questions

    I was asked questions on:

    • SSA,
    • NRHM,
    • Work experience,
    • Reservation policy,
    • Bt Cotton,
    • Telecom,
    • Computer Engineering and
    • Economics.

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