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Toppers Testimonials | Aman Mittal | AIR-20 CSE 2016

 

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

20
Number of attempts (include present one)

1

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Electrical Engineering


Prelims Strategy:

My preparation started about a year before the Prelims because I prepared for the Prelims and Mains simultaneously (the syllabus is largely overlapping). However, serious preparation for the Mains like answer writing and covering the topics that are not a part of Prelims started after the Prelims. The optional should ideally be done 2 months before the Prelims.

Preferred books:

  • Bipan Chandra and NCERT for History
  • NCERT for Geography
  • Constitution App for Polity apart from the papers and manuals from GK Today.  

 

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  • After Prelims, the focus should always be on writing practice and shining the rough edges as well as preparing topic-wise notes for GS I, GS II and GS III.
  • Ideally, I think one should at least do 80% of the questions. Questions that I was not sure about, I generally left and didn’t guess.
  • Specifically for Mains, I was diligent in reading newspapers and ensured that I read the editorials carefully. I generally relied on making a mental map of the things stated in the article, but I advise people to go for making topic wise notes of the same.
  • For the static part, it is necessary to cover the NCERT first hand. These can be backed up by online resources available on the subject such as Mrunal. What will be crucial is the writing practice that one does during the course of preparation.

Tips for students:

Interview was a good experience but then the beginning was not that good and I was told to be more specific in answering. Such moments are crucial, and as I kept my composure and the rest of the interview was smooth. There were many instances where the answer was unknown.
It is best to avoid such questions by apologetically replying in negative. But in general, it is important not to be worried too much about counter questions as it will unnecessarily burden you during the process.

Point to be noted:

  • Always remember that UPSC will never ask tough questions here, unlike in the Engineering Services, but will cover a broad range of areas.
  • It is important to go through the previous year’s questions to get an idea of the questions and the papers. In fact, one should go through previous year papers as soon as possible as it will clarify many doubts automatically and show the way forward for the preparation.
  • The most important message to the aspirants is to have faith in yourself and to leave your ego in order to succeed.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Rajarshi Shah | AIR-81 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

81
Number of attempts (include present one)

4

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject


Prelims Strategy:

The changing pattern of prelims every year has become a concern for many aspirants. The 2017 paper is testimony to that. In such scenario, scoring high marks in prelims has become quite challenging. I had focused equally on fundamentals of static portions (polity, economics, geo & environment etc.) along with current issues. This year UPSC tested the knowledge depth and as a result preparation should be molded accordingly.

Preferred books:

  • NCERTs (11th & 12th std.)
  • Laxmikanth Polity
  • Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
  • Spectrum for modern history
  • Environment book by Shankar IAS

Views about importance of Test series:

Practice of mock tests and previous year papers will perfect the art of elimination leading to good accuracy and higher scores.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  • Practice- During my first mains, I didn’t practice answer writing and my mains score were too low. I rectified my mistake by writing answers, joining test series for essay, gs and optional and practicing previous year papers. Mock tests help a lot in improving score in both prelims and mains.
  • Structure and Presentation of answer- I wrote in a combination of paragraph and points. I followed the usual structure- introduction, body and conclusion. Whether the question asks discuss, examine or critically analyze, my strategy was to always try to show both aspects of the answer and simultaneously cover various dimensions.
  • Thinking and writing in broad and holistic manner helps in improving scores. I also focused on interlinking theory and current issues by substantiating points with current facts, examples along with proper references like constitution articles in paper 2, economic survey in paper 3 etc.
  • Also, some innovation through quotes, diagrams in essay, gs as well as optional papers will enhance the presentation of answer. I tried to incorporate this strategy by looking at toppers answer scripts and practicing a lot.

Tips for students:

  • Syllabus- Study the entire syllabus carefully and try to cover each and every topic. I took out hard copies of entire syllabus and went through it multiple times.
  • Time Management- for GS and optional, I tried to devote almost equal time throughout my preparation. Regarding Newspapers, I didn’t spend more than two hours daily and followed Indian express religiously plus the editorial section of the Hindu.
  • Note making- I made notes of those topics which I had to study from multiple sources for gs and optional. I didn’t make notes for static portions from laxmikanth, sriram economics or spectrum etc. Similarly for newspapers, I collected case studies, facts along with the name of experts to be used in answers.  
  • The case studies are the most scoring in ethics paper. As a result, one should not leave them for the end.
  • Kautilya had said “A single wheel cannot move a chariot”. The underlying principle is the division of work and increase in efficiency through group effort. This thing helped me a lot for learning a lot of information through discussions and improving my speed and quality of answer writing.

Point to be noted:

  • Learn Definition of every topic listed in the syllabus- It should be simple two line definition.
  • Gather quotes to be used for substantiating the answer.
  •  Current Example relevant to the topic. Try working on those lines to collect examples from newspapers.
  • Personal Example/ Example from the lives of administrators, philosophers, religious personalities etc.
  • Sanskrit shloka/ lines like Vasudhaiva kutambakam for ethics in International Relations.
  • Solutions- Use UN conventions, Government laws and schemes, Case studies, and 2nd ARC recommendations.
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Toppers Testimonials | Kumar Harsh | AIR-43 CSE 2016

 

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

43
Number of attempts (include present one)

1

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Mechanical engineer 

 

Prelims Strategy:

  • Try to know at least 3-4 important points on every topic – current or dynamic.
  • Watch Rajya Sabha TV debates. As it is a visual medium it helps remember better.
  • Don’t become an academician or do PhD on a topic.  

Preferred books:

The standard material.  

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  • Answer writing is most important. Just reading books would not help. Start answer writing immediately.
  • Focus more answer writing, rather than reading/studying.
  • Ultimately, you have to go and write the exam.
  • What you finally write in the exam hall is important.   

Tips for students:

  • GS pattern has become very dynamic.
  • Topics related to contemporary issues are important.
  • Focus mainly on Currents Affairs for mains, especially for the dynamic part.
  • GS – 2 and GS – 3 is mainly dynamic.

Point to be noted: 

  • The Aim should be to complete a topic in minimum time with maximum output, so that one can solve most of the questions from the topic.
  • Get a general idea on most relevant topics.
  • Think in different dimensions while writing the answers.
  • ‘Keywords’ are important. Expand the keywords in exam.
  • Try to put maximum number of points in answers.
  • Always put a positive conclusion. Have an optimistic outlook and end the answers on a positive note.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Milind Bapna | AIR-61 CSE 2016

 

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

61
Number of attempts (include present one)

3

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

 

Prelims Strategy:

My mantra is KEEP IT SIMPLE. Read from limited sources, revise more and have a sense of self belief that whatever you are reading is enough.
Generally most aspirants keep on buying new materials like fresh green vegetables on everyday basis and end up leaving all of them, this should be avoided.

Preferred books:

  • History Ancient- Old NCERT
  • History Medieval- Old NCERT
  • Culture and society- GK Today Compendium, CCRT
  • Polity (theory + current) – Laxmikanth
  • Economy (theory + current) – Mrunal, Sriram Eco.
  • Science (theory + current) – PT 365
  • Environment (theory + current) – Mrunal, Shankar Env., PT 365
  • Geography- 11th & 12th NCERT   

Views about importance of Test series:

Never joined any test series but downloaded papers from internet and attempted them in exam conditions.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  • I did no specific preparation for essay, just maintained a quote book and dumped everything from it in paper. Try to make a flow chart before writing and have a wider approach rather than a deep one. Mostly wrote what I read for my GS prep.
  • Ethics paper is not a test of how good your ethical vocabulary is but how ethical and sensitive one is towards everyday dilemmas and how one reacts to them.
    So avoid being a Shakespeare, keep your answers simple and lucid, include real life examples from great leaders/your own life etc.
  •  Attempt each and every question, whether you know it or not. A completely attempted paper any day is better than a paper where one attempts around 70-80% questions only, because the range of marks is quite less between the best and average attempted papers, so every
    marks counts.  

Tips for students:

  • Every year a new pattern comes out and online forums start debates on future course of UPSC exam pattern etc.Just keep on reading and learning whatever good source you have.
  • It doesn’t matter what and from where you are reading, what makes the difference is on exam day what you can recall and deliver there.

Point to be noted:

I would never ever do selective study on basis of useless R&D on future papers. I will go through everything from current affairs to core syllabus. It is never safe to predict this.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Dr Nandhinidevi K | AIR-54 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

54
Number of attempts (include present one)

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Medical Science

 

Prelims Strategy:

  • Prelims is not just about mugging up facts- understand the concepts
  • HISTORY- I made separate notes on INC meetings – president- decision and timeline of events.
  • ART AND CULTURE – Focus on architecture , Dance , music , paintings and literature
  • GEOGRAPHY – International organisations related to current events
  • ECONOMICS – Economic survey
  • POLITY– Laxmikant and notes are sufficient.
  • SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Current affairs – focus on Space technology and defence
  • CURRENT AFFAIRS- The Hindu amd Any monthly magazine ( I followed institute magazine. Yojana kurukshetra- to know about new schemes , programs and their specificationCSAT- Workout Previous 2 year question papers

Views about importance of Test series:

Important but stick to one test series genuinely and you can use other test series inputs with respect to current affairs.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

For essay I looked into previous year question papers and toppers answer sheet to have an idea. I Wrote 4 essays before mains. Analyze the trend of events.  

Having a good writing skill is important. Making notes helps in framing answers.

Tips for students:

People fear to attempt more questions because of negative marks. Try to attend at least 70-75 questions starting with class test series – so that you will learn how to crack the answer.  

 

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Toppers Testimonials | M Prathap | AIR-21 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

21
Number of attempts (include present one)

1

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

 

Prelims Strategy:

  1. Prelims is full of concepts and facts.
  2. In the beginning go for integrated preparation.
  3. Keep your sources minimum  

Preferred books:

The basic book that everyone uses. One NCERT and one basic book for each subject.

 

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  1. Mains- focus on writing answers.
  2. Give focus to optional
  3. Essay is easier and gives edge. Practice many easy.
  4. For GS keep a focus on newspaper
  5. Have in mind 3-4 pros and cons per topic.

Tips for students:

In the interview they test the personality. Be careful with the words that come out of your mouth because that will determine the course of interview.

Point to be noted:

Be consistent and determined.

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Toppers Testimonials | Suman Sourav Mohanty | AIR-9 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

9
Number of attempts (include present one)

2

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Public administration

 

Prelims Strategy:

Don’t

Preferred books:

  • History- Bipan Chandra; NCERT, BANDHOPADHYAY- GAVE CONCEPTUAL CLARITY+ notes
  • Culture – NCERT, CCRT website
  • Geography- current affairs mainly because questions are more dynamic in this, NCERT
  • World history- Norman Lowe, NCERT
  • The Hindu

Views about importance of Test series:

Test series are important. It helps in the final exam. You get an idea about what kind of questions can come.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  • Work on your writing skills.
  • I wrote point wise so that no repletion is there.
  • The structure is simple- introduction, main body, conclusions.
  • I used facts and figures properly and a solution and way forward. This must be a standard structure for every answer.
  • Try to write in sub headings. This fetches more marks. It becomes easier for the examiner to check.

GS Paper 2- mixture of static and dynamic concepts

  • Laxmikant
  • The Hindu
  • 2nd ARC
  • Regular analysis of govt. policies
  • Draw diagrams were its relevant not unnecessarily

Tips for students:

Be specific with time and don’t compromise on time even if you haven’t covered the word limit.  

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Ganga Singh | AIR-33 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016 33
Number of attempts (include present one) 2
Medium (English/Hindi) Hindi
Optional Subject Hindi literature

 

Prelims Strategy:

Be consistent with your studies and also do smart study.  

Preferred books:

Geography- NCERT and Oxford Atlas available in hindi.
History – NCERT (old and new)
Polity- NCERT, Political theory, Laxmikanth
Economics- only basi concepts required-NCERT- From 9-12
Current Affairs- Dainik Jagran and magazine- jansatha  

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

World history is not in prelims but in mains. So the book I used was Arjun Devki NCERT.
For geography NCERTs from 9-12

Ethics paper is very important and helps in securing good marks easily.

Read two newspapers at max. Be regular with it. If it gets missed then at least read the headlines. Dainik jagran is a holistic paper. Be through with the syllabus and read those topics in the paper. Make notes from it. Don’t take more than 1 hr to read it.  

Tips for students:

Be good in writing answers in brief. Practice answer writing as much as you can

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Toppers Testimonials | Abhilash Mishra | AIR-5 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

5
Number of attempts (include present one)

3

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

 

Prelims Strategy:

Keep all your data handy. Briefly have facts and recent developments with you. Notes are not very important in prelims.  

Preferred books:

Basic books.

Views about importance of Test series:

Extremely important.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

Presenting answers is a great challenge. Use flowcharts etc. use a good framework. Don’t overdo diagrams or flowcharts. Also, capitals in a larger font size can be used.  If not through with optional then give more time to optionl than GS.

Tips for students:

Be thorough with the optional. Give equal marks to all subjects as all carry equal marks.

Point to be noted:

Be regular with newspapers and current affairs won’t be a problem.

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Toppers Testimonials | Athul Janardhanan | AIR-13 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

13
Number of attempts (include present one)

2

Medium (English/Hindi)

English
Optional Subject

Geography

 

Prelims Strategy:

Don’t

Preferred books:

Standard material.

Views about importance of Test series:

I took tests series to see progress and tricks and how to take risks. One gets better with practice.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

Thorough reading is important for mains because ideas need to be clear in mains and it comes only when you read thoroughly.
The current affairs are important to get through the exam as questions in mains are more dynamic than static.

Tips for students:

For interviews, mock interviews are important as it enhances confidence. The feel of that ambience is important.

Point to be noted:

I never followed a systematic timetable for my studies and my policy was to make optimum use of time whenever possible.

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Toppers Testimonials | Gopalakrishna Ronanki | AIR 3 – CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

3
Number of attempts (include present one)

4

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

 

Prelims Strategy:

The only thing I did was a consistent and planed preparation without taking any breaks in studies.

Preferred books:

The usual and standard material.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

Answer writing is the key

Tips for students:

I am the best example for any aspirant who doubts that he or she is from a rural background and studied in Telugu Medium and thinks that it is extremely difficult to crack the Civil Service exam. From whichever background you are, you need to steadily focus on the goal and work hard towards achieving that goal.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Dinesh Kumar | AIR-6 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

6
Number of attempts (include present one)

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

 

Prelims Strategy: 

Strategy for prelims be making questions for yourself. While reading any material, the students should try to figure out what possible questions can come from it. This helps in better preparation and also the person may get similar questions in the exam.

Preferred books:

The standard material.

Views about importance of Test series:

The more you practice the better it is.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  1. Making handwritten notes is very important. Even while reading a newspaper jot down all the important points.
  2. In jotting the important aspect is to keep it to 200 words. This makes the quality of the answers better and makes learning easy.
  3. For general studies the key is not to mug up but to get the concept. Clarity of concepts in this subject is extremely important.
  4. In history, test papers of any coaching and all the other available test series in the market, read the questions and their answers and from there he made his make notes. This makes it clear that which topics are important and even if same questions don’t come, the questions will surround same topics.

Tips for students: 

Here are the three important tips-: 

  1. The first thing is focus on was ‘planning’. It is very important to have a proper day plan, he had his plan of next four months. This is important because IAS preparation takes one full year and if one doesn’t have a scheduled plan then there are chances of getting diverted. Also, the plan should be pragmatic not idealistic. Keep buffer zones in planning so as to cover up anything couldn’t be done because of non-compliance of his plan.
  2. Secondly, he advises not to get demotivated. The only way to ‘not’ get demotivated is enjoying this process of learning. If one starts to enjoy it then demotivation will keep at bay.
  3. Thirdly, get into the habit of reading fast. This helps in covering more syllabus in lesser time and gives you an edge over other aspirants. I took four days to read a magazine and when he read it for the first time but eventually the reading got faster and I took 3-4 hours to cover that magazine.

Points to be noted:

  • The difference between the preparation for prelims and mains is that for prelims you need to have broad coverage of current affairs while in mains the analysis of current affairs is more important than broad coverage.
    • While taking exams one should take calculated risk. Distinguishing between what to study and what not to study is of immense importance which comes from taking tests.
    • Lastly, presentation has to be given special emphasis as it fetches you extra marks. Make it easy for the evaluator.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Bilal Moinuddin Bhat | AIR-10 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

10
Number of attempts (include present one)

4

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Zoology and Veterinary Science

 

Prelims Strategy:

  1. Must read are all textbooks of NCERT. These make strong base and value addition can be done from newspapers, internet sources.
    2. Just before 2 months from prelims make sure you solve as many mock tests as possible. It must be ensured that you go through explanations and mark some important questions which you will revise again.
    3. Certain sections like geography and environment should be strengthened as some quality questions which are current based are asked.
    4. You should remember facts but more focus should be on clarity of concepts. This is the thing which will help you in mains. From 2010 onwards we have seen dramatic change in nature of the preliminary examination. UPSC has shifted its focus from facts to concepts.
    5. Remember one mantra that revision is the key.

Preferred books:

  • History
    1. Ancient History by R S Sharma
    2. Medieval history by Satish Chandra
    3. Modern history spectrum Rajiv Ahir
    4. Culture from GK today culture module
    5. Post-independence by Bipin Chandra
  • Geography
    1. 6th to 12 the NCERT new textbooks
    2. G C Leong ( basic geography and world climate)
    3. 6th to 10th old geography for world geography chapters
  • Indian polity
    1. Vajiram and Ravi notes
    2. Indian polity by M laxmikanth( prelims )
    3. NCERT our constitution at work (for mains)
  • Indian economy and PAPER 3
    1. Vajiram and Ravi notes
    2 selected topics from Ramesh Singh
    3. GK Today- mains paper 3 MODULE (infrastructure, railways, ports , etc)
    4. Economic survey.
  • World History
    1. GK today module
    2. 11th and 12th class textbooks
    3. Solved questions from Norman Lowe ( questions at the end of chapter)
  • Society
    1. 11th and 12th sociology Text books ( for basic understanding)
    2. GK today module (subscription){ for current acts and Constitutional provision}
  • Paper 2 mains syllabus (dynamic portion)
    MY Own notes and GK today (especially combined modules on education, poverty, governance ,health).. it is Integrated with current events.
  • Ethics
    1. Mukul Pathak videos on ethics ( vision)
    2. Self-prepared notes on thinkers like Gandhi Ji, Jawahar Lal Nehru, B R Ambedkar, S Radha Krishna, Amartya sen etc
    3. Lots of answer writing practice.
    4. GK Today module is good especially on question answers section (subscription)
    5. I read selectively and practiced a lot.
  • Current affairs
    1 CGS documents by GK today ( subscription)
    2. My own notes from two newspapers , the Hindu and Indian Express
    3. Selected topics from Yojana and Kurukshetra
  • Environment an ecology
    1. 11th and 12 text books ICSE ( ecology portion )
    2. GK today environment modules (1-7)
    3. Current notes from newspapers
    4. Moef & CC site for updates esp. state of forests and annual report documents
  • International relation
    1. Current affairs from newspapers. Made my own notes in tabular form.
  • Government schemes
    1. GK today schemes
    2. Ministry sites especially rural development, urban and poverty alleviation ,minority, etc
    3 For ready reference and consultation INDIA year book (do not read it a to z)
  • International Organization
    1. Wikipedia. When I was tired to read anything

Views about importance of Test series:

Take as many tests as possible.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  1. Go through the syllabus of MAINS and try to remember the topics. This will help you to pick up the relevant portion of news and add to the mains topic.
    2. Daily minimum 2 hour of answer writing is must after prelims one can write 7 questions in an hour. It should be a time bound event.
    3. If possible one should join classroom test series mains. It mimics the exam conditions.
    4. I will say it by my experience that in Mains the conceptual clarity and coherent thought process is given more weightage during marking.
    5. Try to make your own viewpoint on the current issues.
    6. Write balanced, positive perspective with subtle blend of criticism in questions. Conclude on futuristic and positive note.(3-4 lines)
    7. Whenever you write the answer particularly GS – 3 remember to try to link the answer with the current events and relevant examples. Make sure that you project yourself a learned and educated personality.

Tips for students:

Tips for ESSAY writing:
1. Present yours ideas coherently and in simple language.
2. Be original and write what you think about the topic.
3. Don’t put unnecessary facts and figures . only at relevant places.
4. Write in such a way that it has a flow and examiner is engrossed to know what next.
5. Limited quotes. They want your understanding about the topic
6. Write bigger picture of the issue.
7. Multi facets of issues and their impact on various sectors like social, political, economic and ethical should be discussed

Points to be noted:

In the interview-:
1. Be what you are. The diversity among each us is our strength. Polish it, enhance and make it relevant to the situation.
2. Honesty, Integrity, Calmness and Composure are key.
3. Show them what you are than what you are trying to be.
4. Please don’t listen to myths of boards and story that circulate on internet. Don’t have stereotypes of any board. Don’t prepare for boards, Prepare for interview.
5. Showcase yourself a person who is ready to take responsibility of public service.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Anand Vardhan | AIR-7 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

7
Number of attempts (include present one)

4

Medium (English/Hindi)

English
Optional Subject

Political Science

 

Prelims Strategy:

  1. Understand the requirement of this exam.
  2. Those who get in first attempt basically get their sratergy right.
  3. Planning is very important. Plan how to study.
  4. Don’t leave anything. UPSC is very unpredictable.
  5. Different stratergy works for different people.

Preferred books:

Key lies in remembering. Everyone uses same books. NCERTs, Bipin Chandra etc. Revising is important. Those who don’t revise will forget. Don’t go for too many sources. Keep reading newspapers. Eventually you will understand what is important.

Views about importance of Test series:

They are very important, don’t take tests just for the sake of it. Try to analyse where you are going wrong. See the pattern. Learn from it.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

Essay-
• Once you are good with GS you have the knowledge. It’s about weaving all this knowledge.
• Flow is very important in writing. Coherence is very important.
• Plan what to write. Jot down in the rough sheet what points you will write and the order.
• You don’t need flowery language. Simplicity is beauty. Quotes are important.
• There is absolutely no advantage in taking a topic which nobody will take or disadvantage in taking a topic which a lot of people can chose.
• Take a topic you are comfortable in.
Newspaper-
• Make it a habit.
• If you lose touch with it don’t panic. It’s fine. You can cope up.
• Make notes, handwritten or printed whatever suits you.

Tips for students:

If it’s not happening it’s your fault somewhere. Find it out and work on it. Work simple and don’t be lazy. Believe in yourself.

Don’t lose hopes. It’s based on hard work. Work hard and don’t feel depressed.

Points to be noted:

Make sure you revise and be quick with answers. There is no time to recall.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Shweta Chauhan | AIR-8 CSE 2016

 

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

8
Number of attempts (include present one)

3

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Geography


Prelims Strategy:

I made notes from newspaper. Summarized all the editorials daily. This makes it easy for revision. Don’t think it as a time waste.

Preferred books:

Standard material.

Views about importance of Test series:

Extremely important. I did all the experiments I thought of in these tests. Write as much as you can.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

Make notes as much as you can, this helps you in revising.
Structure your answer- introduction, main body and conclusion. Don’t beat around the bush. Write to the point.
See what the question is about.
Give both positive and negative points in the answer. Write how negatives can be removed.
Essay- give mocks for essay. This tells you how good you are at formulating thoughts how your flow will come.

Tips for students:

Keep your cool. Don’t start analysing before the exam that what will come in the exam.

Points to be noted:

Relaxing is important.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Anmol Sher Singh | AIR-2 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

2
Number of attempts (include present one)

1

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Political science and International relations


Prelims Strategy:

Study regularly for specific number of hours daily

Preferred books:

Standard material

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

Writing skills are important.

Tips for students:

I didn’t stick to any particular strategy. I just remained consistent.

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Toppers Testimonials | Nandini KR | AIR-1 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

1
Number of attempts (include present one)

4

Medium (English/Hindi)

Kannada

Optional Subject

Kannada literature


Prelims Strategy:

Study for 8 hours. Studying too much for long hours was never my approach. I used to study with small-small breaks in between.

Preferred books:

India’s Ancient Past
History Of Medieval India
India’s Struggle For Independence
History Of Modern India
Indian and World Geography for Civil Services
Geography of India
Oxford School Atlas
Facets of Indian Culture
The Wonder That Was India
Indian Polity 5th Edition
Indian Economy 8th Edition
Science and Technology in India
Economic Survey
Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition
India Year Book 2017
Manorama Yearbook 2017

Views about importance of Test series:

They make you practice. I had promised myself that I shall finish the syllabus of each prelims and mains test, revise it and write tests without fail.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

I decided the following,
• My entire preparation will be based on self-study.
• I will study at home.
• I will focus on writing practice by taking tests and personal feedback

A few things which I followed in writing are as follows:
• Explain in simple terms and in your own words but make answer illustrative
For example, for the question on air mass in GS 1 diagrams should accompany the explanation.
• According to the demand of question one can use paragraphs, flowcharts, or bullet points.
• Give an account of both conceptual (theory) part and current aspects asked in a question
• Justify every statement with illustrations, facts, figures or examples from newspapers
• Revision helped in reducing time to recollect during exam and is a must
• Revise all the basic books and have a clear understanding of concepts. Instead of reading many books for a single topic read one book many times and have good understanding of that.

Tips for students:

Despite hard work, even the second attempt slipped away from me. This was because of the following mistakes committed by me

  •  Compromise in preparation plans: Due to paucity of time and other challenges at work I could not execute my preparation plans to the fullest extent. Adding to that revision of topics could not be done in the manner I had planned.
  •  No writing practice – I had not practiced full length test papers. This cost me heavily in the exam. Even though I had covered syllabus, worked hard, knew answers to questions, I had to come out of exam hall without answering many questions due to mismanagement of time. I had not practiced essay writing also.
    So please avoid these mistakes.

Patience and persevarence is very important. Patience is the key of my success.

Points to be noted:

Correlation among topics of various subjects helped in answer writing. For instance, for a question about Krishnadevaraya as a patron of literature (GS 1), I utilized the knowledge of culture, medieval Indian history, and my optional (kannada literature) though all three are from different sources.

 

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About:

Rank in CSE-2016

19
Number of attempts (include present one)

3

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

 

Prelims Strategy:

Go through the syllabus before starting any preparation. CONSISTENCY AND MOMENTUM is important

Preferred books:

Standard material.

Views about importance of Test series:

The more you practice the better it is.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

General Studies-
• I had prepared notes of everything

Static portion from NCERTs
Dynamic from magzines –yojna and frontline and newspaper
• Newspaper seems tough at first but then eventually it will become an easy thing.


Ethics paper-
• Be familiar and clear with terms like ethics, morality, values.
• Case studies – needs analysis and thus practice. Test series are a great help in this.
• Use thinkers and philosophers for thoughts and quotes.


Essay-
• Practice it a lot.
• Express it freely in crisp and simple language. Express yourself well.
• Write quotes for each kind of topic in a copy for yourself.
• Use good data in essay. Giving facts in essay is important.

Tips for students:

Be through with things because there is no time to recall in mains paper.

Points to be noted:

Make good and concise notes on everything.