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Toppers Testimonials | Sahil Gupta | AIR 19 CSE 2016

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.

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Toppers Testimonials | Manish Gurwani | AIR-18 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

18
Number of attempts (include present one)

3

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Mathematics


Prelims Strategy:

Solving many questions for Prelims, gave me the much needed confidence which proved to be helpful in the final exam.

Preferred books:

History & Culture : Ancient History- NCERT-11th(Old), NCERT-11th( New)
Modern History- NCERT-12th(Old)- Bipin Chandra, Book by Spectrum Publication. Medieval History- NCERT-11th(Old).
Polity- Laxmikanth.
Economy- NCERT-11th Macroeconomics for basic concepts, Book by Ramesh Singh
Geography- NCERTs 11th & 12th New. Don’t ignore the Mapping part, learn to spend some time with Atlas.
Environment- Few chapters from Class 12th NCERT,

Views about importance of Test series:

This time, I was more serious about writing tests both for Prelims and Mains. I joined test series and wrote tests at their centre so as to have a feeling of exam-type scenario.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  • Work on the basics: For this, I read NCERTs and got basic idea of all the subjects such as History, Polity, Geography and Economy. Once I was done with the basics part, I switched to subject-specific books.
  • Practice writing: Took test series, and I worked on my answer writing. I used to write 2–3 answers daily and tried my best to include as many relevant points as possible.
  • Optional: Since last few years, optional subject is considered as the game-changer. For my optional i.e. Mathematics, I practiced questions from the previous year question papers and subject-wise text books. The test series proved to be useful here too.
  • Essay: Though I feel I could’ve done better with my essay marks but then, this time I wrote quite a few essays on my own. Don’t ignore Essays because you can score high with relatively less efforts.
  • Ethics: Ethics is more about self-reflection and moderating your thought process in such a way that you can actually look at several hidden dimensions of the problem. Solve case studies, try to think over the issues involved, and apply the concepts in your life so that you can produce real-life examples in the exam.
  • Newspaper reading: If I were to choose one most important thing about UPSC preparation, it has to be newspaper reading. Luckily, I was most regular about this aspect. I hardly missed newspaper in my entire preparation period. Making short notes of the important issues also helped me a lot in quick revision at the last stage. Other than this, I read Yojana for some issues. One needs to weed out the unnecessary facts and focus more on conceptual clarity.

Tips for students:

Overall, daily-answer writing practice, multiple revisions, more question-solving, due focus to optional and essay paper, regularity with the current affairs, is what I think, made the difference.

Points to be noted:

Practice answer writing and essay writing.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Namami Bansal | AIR-17 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

17

Number of attempts (include present one)

4

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject Economics


Prelims Strategy:

  • Don’t do Ph.D. on each topic. It’s about knowing something important about everything.
  • Interlink things. This makes writing better.
  • Have a compact book list. Don’t keep hoping from one book to another. Read them more and revise them. Don’t read 10 books for 1 topic but read one book 10 times.
  • Read those books for prelims that will help you in mains as well.

Preferred books:

Ramesh Singh for Indian economy, Laxmikanth for polity, and other standard material.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  1. General strategy is to have-
    • Self-belief
    • Patience
    • Hard work
  2. Essay paper- can make your score.
    • Your perspective on a topic. Have a holistic approach and don’t think in only one dimension. Have a balanced approach and cover many dimensions in essay.
    • Keep some quotes and facts handy, make a repository of quotes on issues like peace, women empowerment etc. economic survey helped me a lot. It’s a treasury of facts.
    • Practice essays and review them yourself.
  3. Ethics paper- in little effort you get good marks.
    • Get easy definition for things and look around yourself for examples in answer. Eg. something you see in the bus related to swachh bharat, include it in your answer
    • For case studies have an organized approach.
    • List out positives and negatives. Give consideration to the other side also which you are opposing.
  4. General preparation tips-
    • Self-belief
    • Patience
    • Hard work

Tips for students:

Have balance between static and dynamic/current affairs. These two are complementary. Relate the two things. This elevates the quality of our answer. Do some graphical representation- map or flow chart etc. this makes your answers different. State things in an effective manner.

Points to be noted:

For mains don’t keep reading. Focus on answer writing too. If you are able to write well then in knowing less you will score more. Time yourself and write. Be critical while reviewing your answers.

 

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Toppers Testimonials | Anuj Malik | AIR-16 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

16
Number of attempts (include present one)

1

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Psychology


Prelims Strategy:

  1. The monthly magazines should be read every month. Don’t think when prelims will come then you will read afresh and tick the answers.
  2. Sunday was the revision day. I didn’t read anything new, instead revised my notes etc. Otherwise nothing will remain in your head.
  3. Study all the subjects equally, don’t fall in love with only one subject. Cover all the subjects in equal amount.

Preferred books:

NCERT Books, Laxmikanth and other standard readings.

Views about importance of Test series:

Time management is one of the most crucial part, it is important and difficult. For this, one needs to take mock tests. Two months before prelims give many mock tests.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

  1. Dwell up good writing skills. It will happen over time.
  2. Whatever you read, recollect and then jot the important points.
  3. Keep 5-6 bullet points on each topic in your mind.
  4. To learn a topic, give three readings. First reading is to familiarise with the topic. Second reading is recollection of the topic and in third you will get it by heart. Every person has different mind and don’t get sad if your friend gets a thing learned in 2 readings while you don’t even in 3.
  5. Getting good marks in mains is very important so that even if in interview you don’t score well the situation gets balanced.

Tips for students:

  1. Have self-confidence and take your decision for yourself. Don’t get shaky because of others. Take up your own strategy and not what aspirants around you are doing.
  2. Don’t postpone things.
  3. Focus on keywords of the question. It is essential to see what has been asked, whether it has been asked to critically analyse, or to discuss, etc.
  4. Attempt all questions and it can be done only by covering whole syllabus.
  5. Structure your answer into three parts, the intro, the main body, and a conclusion. Have a structured answer always, whether it is an essay, GS question, or any other part.
  6. Always define the term which has been mentioned in the question. That will be important opening lines of your answers.
  7. Make it easy for the examiner to check. Drop the terms and underline important things, make diagrams and flowchart. This will fetch you good marks.
  8. See whether you are comfortable in paragraph writing or in bullets. Both are good enough.

Points to be noted:

Dwell up the habit of thinking. Whenever you are reading anything think about it. Productive thinking is very important. Don’t compartmentalize. All subjects are related. Bridge can be developed on by thinking.

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Toppers Testimonials | Saumya Pandey | AIR-4 CSE 2016

About:

Rank in CSE-2016

4

Number of attempts (include present one)

1

Medium (English/Hindi)

English

Optional Subject

Geography

 

Prelims Strategy:

  1. Study daily, which is enough and consistency is important.
  2. Please remember rote learning would do no good.
  3. Prepare prelims and mains together, an integrated view.
  4. Starting taking tests on a regular basis 2 months before the prelims.
  5. The paper is very unpredictable, cover the basics therefore.

Preferred books:

Basic books and NCERTs.

Views about the importance of Test series:

  1. They are very important. For both prelims and mains.
  2. It helps you in time management.

Did you use CD Test series? How was it helpful?

Yes.

What to focus on for Mains Prep?

I followed a simple structure of answer writing. Introduction, main body and conclusion.

This can be followed in all the answers.

The conclusion should be forward looking and constitutionally correct.

Tips for students:

Patience, right strategy and consistency is important.

Ultimately it is all about your own efforts. A smart strategy and perseverance helped me crack the exam.

I can guarantee that others living in small cities can achieve success without having to leave their home towns if they apply themselves with diligence.