While Optional Subject is the game changer; it is very crucial to get high marks in the optional in order to get a rank in the top 100; says Bipasha Kalita (AIR 41; CSE 2017)

Bipasha Kalita (AIR 41; CSE 2017) talks about her preparation style and the way she chalked out strategy for facing Civil Services Examination.

Optional Subject: Anthropology

Number of Attempts: 4 (Four)


 By:      On Sunday 17th June 2018     

Bipasha Kalita (AIR 41; CSE 2017)


Medium (Language)

Language for Writing Examination: English

Language for Interview: English

Nature of Examination

Because of the unpredictability, one must not leave anything to chance.

The entire syllabus must be covered and revised at least 5-6 times before the exams.

Constant revision and value addition to the preparation must be done.

Views about Preliminary Examination

Preliminary Examination stage is the toughest in my opinion because the competition is the highest in that stage. However, a solid preparation is sufficient for one to clear the prelims hurdle.

Role of Optional Subject

Optional Subject is the game changer. It is very crucial to get high marks in the optional in order to get a rank in the top 100. One must have in depth knowledge and conceptual clarity of the optional paper. I had read research papers and journals on several topics from my optional paper to give me some extra edge over others.

Targeting General Studies

The approach towards General Studies must be streamlined in such a way that it helps in both Prelims and Mains; so, the preparation must go hand in hand.

Apart from the static portion for which the basic books like NCERTs etc. are followed, newspapers are a must for a strong GS preparation.

In the Mains stage, the GS paper questions are mostly current affairs based, so newspaper reading becomes necessary. I used to read 2 newspapers daily, supplemented by a business newspaper, like The Business Standard.

Essay Paper

For a good rank, the marks of all the papers are equally important.

I scored 148 in the essay paper, which helped me increase my overall score.

Interview (Personality Test)

In interview I got 176, which is considered to be a decent score. Less marks in any of the stages can affect your overall rank.

Evaluation of my efforts by UPSC

Yes, the final score was near my expectations

My marks in the all the papers except the Ethics paper are as per my expectation. I expected some more marks in the Ethics paper.

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Last Update Sunday 17th June 2018

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