After completing B. Tech. from Indian Institute of Technology, Patna in Electrical Engineering, Utsav got placement in Indian Oil Corporation Limited and joined as Electrical Engineer at Mathura Refinery in 2013. However, to become IAS was his dream as well as his parent’s desire.
Utsav’s whole preparation has been product of hit and trial methods. He learned a lot from mistakes that he made in ample amount during the course of his preparation.
Ultimately, in his fourth attempt he achieved this splendid success.
Optional Subject: Mathematics
No. of Attempts: 4 (Four)
Language for Writing Examination: English
Language for Interview: English
Nature of Examination
The unpredictable nature of this examination is a challenge; but, covering everything given in syllabus and practicing it diligently can reduce unpredictability.
Views about Preliminary Examination
Preliminary Examination is indeed challenging because 2-3 wrong questions can change the result; but, I think it is very wrong to say that is pure luck.
Role of Optional Subject
Choosing right optional subject based on one’s strength and weakness is very necessary because it can be deciding factor in the final selection.
Many times aspirants take some optional and after exhausting 2-3 attempts, they realized that optional subject was not right for them.
So, a lot of thinking needs to be done before choosing an optional.
Targeting General Studies
General Studies has highest proportion of 1000 marks. My approach was to cover every topic mentioned in the syllabus and practice answer writing diligently.
My approach towards each paper
I covered topics with help of recommended books, online surfing and selective study of coaching material.
I focused on limited reading of material and more focus on answer writing.
I used to write essay in exam like conditions every week. I used to get it evaluated by my friend. I wrote on the following topics:
Interview (Personality Test)
My Interview was on 16th March 2018 in Forenoon session.
I was interviewed by Prof P K Joshi board. It lasted for almost 26 minutes.
Evaluation of my efforts by UPSC
My marks in essay is just average; so, it has not been that much instrumental in final rank.
I think my rank is due to good marks in GS & optional Mathematics and above average marks in interview.
Had I not got 171 in interview, my rank would have there in 80s-90s.
171 marks in interview ensured 33rd rank. I anticipated double digit rank based on analysis of my performance.
However, marks I got in Mathematics were below my expectation.On Sunday 30th December 2018