G Surya Sai Praveenchand B.Tech (Electrical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Patna has achieved brilliant success in Civil Services Examination 2018.
He secured 64th rank in his third attempt.
He shares his preparation-plan and his views about various stages of examination.
G Surya Sai Praveenchand
(AIR 64; CSE 2018)
Optional Subject: Mathematics
Number of Attempts: Three
Previous Selections: Secured 512 rank in UPSC 2017, in his second attempt
Medium of writing Exam - English
Medium for Interview - English
Nature of Examination
Civil Services Examination preparation is bit unpredictable. It requires motivation and patience as exam process is long drawn.
One should keep herself/himself self motivated. It will be helpful if one is surrounded by positive minded people during preparation.
Also, try to keep some backup options. In my case, backup option was going back to job in software industry.
Views about Preliminary Examination
- Definitely there is a luck factor in Prelims, however I believe that it can be overcome with hard work and right strategy
- Reading NCERTs, basic books, current affairs, previous papers and mock tests from good institutes is sufficient to clear prelims
- One should revise the above mentioned books and mock papers very well to gain clarity and confidence
- Enter the examination hall with enthusiasm and positive mindset, definitely you will clear the exam
Role of Optional Subject
In my opinion, optional selection plays very important role in final result.
For instance, I have secured 342 marks in my Mathematics optional this year. It has a crucial role in my success.
So, one should choose optional after proper ground work.
Targeting General Studies
Since 2013 importance to General studies has grown many fold. One should prepare basic books first and try to link the topics with current affairs. General studies preparation should be restricted to basic books and some standard books.
I would like to emphasise that, one should enjoy preparing general studies subjects. As it helps us develop a perspective towards various issues. I have always enjoyed preparing General studies.
My approach towards each paper:
Coming to approach towards each paper
General Studies - 1
One should thoroughly prepare NCERTs and standard text books. While writing answers in mains, quoting specific facts, examples and dates will help to score good marks. In social issues part, give examples from current affairs. In Geography, prepare the diagrams from NCERTs and use them appropriately in your answers.
General Studies - 2
In GS-2, first one should be thorough with constitution and governance aspects in our country. Using constitutional terminology, quoting relevant articles of the constitution and supreme courtjudgements in the answers plays key role to write good answers. One may use diagrams in international affairs part. E.g. Map of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) if a question on BRI is asked
General Studies - 3
This paper can be divided into economy, science & technology, disaster management, environment and security.
General Studies - 4
One should prepare each term mentioned in the syllabus and make notes in their own language. I used to pick examples from my daily life and current events. I have referred to Ethics & Integrity book of Arihant Publications, one may use this book for selective reading. After prelims, I have practiced previous year UPSC questions. I have revised those questions as well.
For essay, I have made framework for previous year essay topics. Framework included aspects like
- Dimensions to be covered
- Examples from regional to international level
- Recommendations of the committees
I used to practice, 1 essay every week after prelims.
Interview (Personality Test)
I faced Professor Manoj Soni’s Interview Board. It was scheduled for 22 Feb, 2019
I was asked many questions relating to my Bio-Data, current affairs and some situational questions.
Evaluation of my efforts by UPSC
In my case, I got below average marks in Essay and Interview. Good marks in Essay and Interview can boost the rank to top. So do focus on them.
As far as my score expectation is considered, I expected better marks in my interview, but I have got below average marks (157).
I might have went somewhere wrong.
Indian society, 11th class
Focus on schemes that comes in Newspaper, Economic Survey, current affairs booklets
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