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Topper Profile

Name
Rank in up pcs 2016
Roll No.
Age
Total attempts in uppcs
Optional Subject 1
Optional Subject 2
Medium chosen for Mains answers
Schooling medium
College medium
Home town/city
Work-experience if any
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)
service preference #1, 2 and 3

Education

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% in class 10
% in class 12
Schooling (Medium)
Graduation course and %
Name of college, city, passing out year
Post-graduation
Any other professional courses
Hobbies & Extra curricular

                                                

Electronic Vs Paper material

Q. In recent times, there is spur in electronic material- blogs, sites, pdfs, RSS-feeds. Many aspirants feel bogged down by this information overload. 

So, how much do you rely on electronic material and how much on the paper material (Books, newspapers)?

Tempo and style

Q. People know what books and syllabus points are to be prepared. 

But most of them lack consistency in their preparation. 

So, how do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?

Struggle of a Senior player

Q1. What’re your words of wisdom to other senior players? If any specific inspirational incident(s), please share.

Q2. What went wrong in your previous attempt? What changes did you make in this current attempt?

Prelims (CSAT) General studies

Topicstrategy/booklist/comment
History Ancient
History Medieval
History Modern (Freedom Struggle)
Culture society
Polity (theory + current)
Economy (theory + current)
Science (theory + current)
Environment (theory + current)
geography physical
geography India
geography world
other national/international current affairs
Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff

Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude

Topicstrategy / booklist
Maths
reasoning
comprehension
Decision Making

Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS Aptitude 2016 paper.

Prelim accuracy

Q1. Did you attend any ‘mock tests’? do you think they’re necessary for success?

Q2. Approximate no. of attempted answers vs. correct answers. in CSAT-2013

Q3. Your score in prelim?

General studies
aptitude
total

Mains: Compulsory language paper

Your preparation strategy / booklist?
hindi paperNone
essayNone

Q2.other observations / tips / comments on the length / difficulty level of compulsory language papers in CSE-2013

Mains: Essay

Q1. How did you prepare for the essay paper?

Q2. Which among the following essay did you write? What key points did you include in it?

( .            ) optional paper 1

Please note that while reading the coaching material, we will find that 90% of the topics are repetitive and useless if we have read the books. 

So skip those 90% and quickly read the remaining useful 10% only.

TopicHow did you prepare?
Multiple sources, mentioned here click me

( .            ) optional paper 2

Please note that while reading the coaching material, we will find that 90% of the topics are repetitive and useless if we have read the books. 

So skip those 90% and quickly read the remaining useful 10% only.

TopicHow did you prepare?
Multiple sources, mentioned here click me
 

( .            ) optional paper 1

Please note that while reading the coaching material, we will find that 90% of the topics are repetitive and useless if we have read the books. 

So skip those 90% and quickly read the remaining useful 10% only.

TopicHow did you prepare?
Multiple sources, mentioned here click me
 

( .            ) optional paper 1

Please note that while reading the coaching material, we will find that 90% of the topics are repetitive and useless if we have read the books. 

So skip those 90% and quickly read the remaining useful 10% only.

TopicHow did you prepare?
Multiple sources, mentioned here click me
 

General studies (Mains) paper 1

TopicHow did you prepare?
Multiple sources, mentioned here click me
 

General studies (Mains) paper 2

TopicHow did you prepare?
Multiple sources, mentioned here click me
 

Mains answer-writing?

Q. How was your experience with the ‘fixed space’ answer sheet?

Q. Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs? Some players (who cleared mains and got 

interview call letter) were claiming that they wrote entire paper in bullet points, 

so it doesn’t matter….whether examiner is asking ‘examine, comment, discuss or xyz’….simply write in bullets and points.

Q. Did you follow the “introduction-body-conclusion” format?

 because some mains-qualified candidates claim they simply wrote the points they could recall within the time, instead of bothering with proper introduction and conclusion.

Q. In GS papers, Since UPSC came with those 100 and 200 words questions. 

What was your approach in the exam (I wrote all, I only focused on the questions where I could answer perfectly, I just not to high quality points to reach the word limit etc.)

Q. How many marks worth questions did you skip/couldn’t finish in the GS papers?

No

Q5. Did you use highlighters / sketchpens in your answers?

Q6. Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in GS1 Geography)

Q7. If yes, Did you draw diagrams with pencil or pen?

Q8. Did you use ruler to draw the lines in diagram? Or did you just make it by hand?

Q9. You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?

Mains Optional Subject

Q1. First the essential book/resource list. (Also mention which one is the “Base book” for covering the theory? + Whatever comments you’ve for a particular book e.g. 

“my seniors said read xyz book but I found that ABC book was better”.  “xyz topic not given properly in this book, so prepare from xyz website or book…” OR and so on.)

Q2. How much of internet-research / current affairs is necessary for this optional? OR can one simply rely on the books and be done with this subject?

Q3. How many months did it take to finish the core optional syllabus?

Q4. How many days/ weeks before the exam, you started answer writing practice?

Q5. Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional? In which format- electronic or paper?

Q6. Your observation about the difficultly level of 2013 mains vs previous papers. 

And what precautions / rectifications are necessary in the future strategy for given optional subject?

Q7.How much did you skip OR couldn’t answer properly, in the optional paper?

optional paperCouldn’t finish __ mark
Paper IAround 14 marks
paper IIAround 8 marks

Before the interview

Q1. How did you prepare for the interview? Particularly college graduation subjects related questions?

Q2. Did you attend any mock interviews by coaching classes? How were they similar / different than official interview? 

Do you believe it is necessary to attend such mock interviews?

Q3. What did you wear? Some experts say coat is must, some say tie is must, and some say black shoes must. What attire did you pick up?

Q4. Where did you stay for the interview? (Hotel / friend’s home …) and what books/material did you bring for the ‘revision before interview’?

During the interview

Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?

Q2. How long was the interview?

Q3. Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant 

or uncomfortable experiences during the interview. (Earlier some toppers only tell me their question but not their answer. 

I would appreciate if you give both Question + your original answers)

Q5. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions? 

 Was it a stress interview, did they ask any uncomfortable questions? If yes, how did you handle it?

Q6. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?

Q7. Any word of wisdom / observations about medical checkup?

mains  Marksheet

SUBJECTSMARKS
ESSAY (PAPER-I)135
    
WRITTEN TOTAL769
PERSONALITY TEST206
FINAL TOTAL975

Q2. After looking at the marksheet, suppose you had to prepare again next time, what changes will you make in your studies?

Career Backup

Q1. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?

Q2. when were you going to “execute” that backup plan? (e.g. after __ failed attempts/ after I cross __ age/after dad retires/ etc.)

Views on UPSC reforms

What are your views on following issues?

Q. Despite what UPSC has done in recent years, it has failed to curb the nuisance of Delhi’s coaching factories. 

In fact it’s increased under the new syllabus in 2013. Let’s face it, most toppers have relied on (authentic OR Xeroxed)

 coaching notes because there was hardly any time left to prepare so many topics in such short time. 

This system work against an individual preparing from far-away area, without any financial resources, high-speed internet or contacts in Delhi.

Q. Optional subjects should be removed altogether. The present stalemate is helping no-one, except coaching-owners, book publishers.

Q. UPSC should disclose official prelim answerkey and cutoffs, immediately after prelim is over, instead of postponing it till interview phase is over.

Q. UPSC should be conducted online like IBPS and CAT exam to shorten the duration of exam.

.

Q. If you are made the UPSC chairman, what other reforms would you initiate for the civil service exam?

Insecurity about profile

Q. Many candidates prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear about ‘profile insecurity’. I’m not from a big college, 

I’m not from English medium, and I don’t have work-experience. What if they ask some stressful questions in the interview about this? 

Did you suffer from such insecurities? What is your message to these candidates?

Wisdom

Q. Through this struggle and success, what have your learned? What is the wisdom of life and competition? 

What is Your message to the new aspirants?

Q. Many hardworking candidates have failed in Mains/Interview of CSE-2013. They’re feeling dejected- what is your message to them?

Q. Behind every topper are many people who stood by during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. 

Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? Any specific incidence that you would like to share with the readers?

BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Q. You are well aware of the sacred rule – the last question must be about self-marketing.

 So, Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation and if yes, how did it help you?  And you can even reply “No”. I’ll still publish your answer without tempering, 

unlike those competitive magazines.

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