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     Rank:  21
    Civil Services Examination  2008
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    Marks Obtained

    Total Marks Marks Obtained
    Essay 200 126
    General Studies 600 316 (157 + 157)
    Psychology 600 328 (138 + 190)
    Medical Science 600 354 (168 + 186)
    Total (Written) 2000 1124
    Interview 300 174
    Total 2300 1298 (56.43%)

    Optional Subjects

    Prelims: Medical Science
    Mains: Medical Science & Psychology

    The most important yardstick while selecting an optional is the interest and aptitude of the aspirant in that subject. Other factors being one’s educational background and availability of coaching/study material. It is beneficial to go through the syllabus and basic books like NCERT’s before zeroing in on an optional. don’t go by the popular opinion, see your own comfort level in the subject.

    I opted for psychology as I found the subject interesting, enhancing our understanding of the human behaviour which appealed me, and that some concepts I was familiar with due to background in medicine.

    Success Plan

    I always had the passion to contribute  something to the society esp. towards the downtrodden…and I got to know from newspapers, interaction with my parents and friends as to how the Civil Services offers immense scope to make positive difference in the lives of my fellow countrymen . .

    I decided to go for this elite service when I was pursuing my M.B.B.S.

    The moment I decided to carve a niche for myself in the Civil Services my first step was to plan for this highly competitive examination that requires a focused strategy.

    I had just told myself that I have to religiously and to the best of my potential prepare for this exam.

    I was focusing whole hearted on Civil Services as any goal of life which you are serious about, requires full commitment and consistency. I had made up my mind to stay focused till all my attempts were exhausted. And I always had the luxury of going back to my parent profession i.e. medicine if I couldn’t clear this examination.

    Number of attempts
    This was my second attempt. My preparation was focused, dedicated and specific. I did well in my first attempt as well but got less marks in interview as I took it lightly.

    My Optional Subjects were the same in both the attempts.

    'Time Management'

    Good time management is a key determinant of success in this examination. One has to distribute the time available to him/her in a judicious manner while preparing for the Optional subjects and the General Studies.
    In my first attempt, I couldn’t try statistics portion due to poor time management. But in this attempt, I practiced a lot of mock papers and tried to complete them in the allotted time. This strategy helped me to complete all papers within the prescribed time limit.

    Secret of success
    I feel patience and determination, optimistic attitude, support of parents and indispensable faith in God.


    This exam demands equal focus on both the Optional subjects as well as the General Studies.  General Studies is an important component of both Prelims and the Mains. It indirectly helps in…scoring well in Essay paper as well as in Interview. Never take GS lightly.

    Thorough and widespread study is necessary for prelims. My strategy was to study extensively but with focus. Always stick to the syllabus and see the kind of questions being asked in the previous years. Regularly practicing the MCQ’s helps to tackle them easily in the examination. Avoid both under and over attempting of questions in the prelims. Leave the ones of which you are not sure about.


    Focused intensive preparation should be done for the Mains. Answer writing practice on daily basis is important. One must prepare skeleton answers for often repeated questions. Good writing and answer presentation skills are key to achieve good marks in Mains. The period between the prelims exam and prelims result should not be wasted at any cost. Try to cover the conventional syllabus during this period.


    Essay requires deep insight and understanding of the topic. Generation of ideas, their sequencing and presentation, and sticking to the subject yields good result. I regularly used to read newspaper editorials, articles given in PD magazine, Yojana etc. to keep myself updated about the latest and expected topics.

    I chose the topic of “Media and good governance” this time, because I was comfortable with the topic and well aware of the positives and negative aspects of this fourth estate of the democracy.


    Interview is more a test of one’s personality rather than one’s knowledge. So, be your natural self. Be truthful. Remain confident but humble. Never argue and never lose your calm.

    My interview was in the 2nd half on 27th March, 2009 in Mr. K.K Paul’s board. It began around 3:00 pm and lasted for about 35 minutes.

    The board was very cordial and the Chairman made me feel comfortable.

    Interview Questions

    The questions asked were related to bio-data, state of Jammu & Kashmir, societal problems, my parent subject Medical Science and Current Affairs.
    Some of the questions asked were;
    Why am I switching over from medical profession to IAS?
    Origin of my caste Langer?
    To share my experiences during rural internship posting.
    My opinion about the role of alternate medicinal systems?
    Resurgence of Taliban and its impact on India?
    Indo- China relationships and my opinion about the Tibetan dispute?
    Should India be made the permanent member of the UNSC?
    What is Kyoto Protocol?
    Cauvery water accord and the feasibility of …interlinking of rivers?
    J&K panchayati raj act and what is  Article 370?
    Social scenario in my home district.
    Naxalism , its causes and how to tackle it?

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