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|Civil Services Examination||2012|
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|Total Marks||Marks Obtained|
|General Studies||600||253 (121 + 121)|
|Geography||600||245 (109 + 136)|
|Management||600||267 (139 + 128)|
Optional Subject 1: Geography
Optional Subject 2: Management
I had the same set of optional subjects in both my attempts.
I believe in a saying – “Success in 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration”. Even though the importance of inspiration appears less than the efforts we put in, it is a very essential ingredient. I got inspired to work hard and give my 100% from my family, friends and college batch-mates that had got into the civil services. Their encouragement and guidance provided me the essential inspiration component.
I dedicatedly followed the syllabus of examination and used internet for the various knowledge sources. I tried to read different things in a day – that helped in connecting various points and keeping the content interesting. I chose optional in which I had interest to study and go into depth.
I have preferred IAS as first choice because I want to work at grass root level and experience & solve the most basic problems and difficulties of a common man.
Number of attempts
This was my second attempt. In the first attempt I secured 263 rank and got into IRS (Customs and Central Excise).
My first attempt was lacking a bit in preparation because I wrote the exam while I was working in a company in private sector. In the second attempt, I devoted ample time to prepare for the optional papers.
Language Medium of writing examination
Language Medium for Personality Test
Secret of success
As I had said above, success is a combination of perspiration i.e. hard work and inspiration i.e. continuous motivation. I would attribute my success to these two factors.
Trekking, solving puzzles
AIR 263; CSE 2011 (Got IRS - C&CE)
Strategy for the new-look Prelims
My first attempt was in 2011 when the new pattern got introduced; so, I didn’t have to alter any strategy. I started preparing as per the new pattern and focussed on current affairs for Paper 1 and aptitude questions for Paper 2.
Approach towards Paper I (General Studies) and Paper II (Aptitude Test)
Reading 1-2 newspapers, economic survey, modern history and politics for Paper 1 and solving a few quantitative and comprehension problems for Paper 2.
I solved only those questions where I was confident of answering correctly.
Answer point to point; cover more aspects rather than explaining one aspect if not asked to do so; write in points as far as possible as it saves time.
Rather than preparation, while appearing for essay, ample time should be given to choose essay topic and once chosen, to make rough structure and notes before writing the essay. Structure, content and language are key aspects of any essay. Focus should be kept on each one of them.
I chose the topic “Is the criticism that the ‘Public-Private-Partnership’ (PPP) model for development is more of a bane than a boon in the Indian context, justified?” as I was more confident and had some knowledge base on that.
My focus was on two things: firstly on my profile and every detail that I had mentioned in the application form and secondly on the current affairs. I prepared short notes for topics concerning each of these sections and discussed them with friends. This helped in gaining varied views on same topic and different perspectives.
My interview lasted for about 35 minutes.
Questions asked during the interview varied from globalization, Indian economy and monetary policies, related to optional subjects and hobbies.