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[Toppers Interview] Om Prakash Kasera (AIR 17/CSE 2011) working professional without Coaching cracks IAS exam and shares his journey studyplan and preparation tips

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What's New?नया क्या?
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    Nothing else on top priority
  3. CAPF-2014 answerkey after that

Prologue

This gentleman was once rejected for a call centre job, but then he went on to ace the Chartered Accountants’ exam, was selected for IIM Calcutta. And now he has cracked the mother of all Exams, and that too, without leaving the job and without coaching. His life and journey exemplifies that failure is at best temporary, and with hard work, a man can achieve what he aims to achieve.

It’s a pleasure and honor to have Mr. Om Prakash Kasera here with us, sharing his journey and IAS Exam preparation strategy for the benefit of future aspirants.

  1. Prologue
  2. Introduction
  3. Inception
  4. The Choice of Optional Subjects
  5. Momentum
  6. Hours
  7. Internet
  8. Essay
  9. Working professional
  10. Your Study plan
  11. CSAT (Paper I) General studies
  12. About the CSAT aptitude
  13. Mains Examination
  14. General Studies paper I
  15. General Studies paper 2
  16. Public Administration
  17. Interview
  18. Marksheet
  19. Message

Introduction

Name OM PRAKASH KASERA
Roll number 315716
Rank (CSE 2011) 17
Optional Subjects Commerce, Pub Admn.
Medium for Mains Exam English
Mains Examination Centre Jaipur
Number of Attempts 2
Details of Graduation and Post-Grad. B.com, MBA(Finance), CA, CS, ICWA, CIMA(UK)
Schooling (Medium) Hindi
Extracurricular activities,hobbies, achievements etc.
  • Hobbies (Reading Books, Solving Puzzles, Sleeping)
  • Selected for Fellowship in Finance discipline by IIM-Calcutta in 2008.(Did not Join)
  • All India Topper in CS Inter.
  • All India Topper in ICWA Inter.
  • All India 2nd Rank in CS Final
  • All India 2nd Rank in CWA Final
  • All India 17th Rank in CA Final
  • Gold Medalist of MBA 2005 batch in R A Podar Institute of Management, Jaipur.
  • 1st rank in University commerce college, Jaipur in B.Com.
  • 4th rank in Rajasthan Management Aptitude Test (RMAT)
  • 15th position in the merit list of Uni. of Rajasthan in B.Com.
Are you a working professional? Yes. Currently working in ONGC Videsh Limited as Finance and Accounts officer since Feb, 2010. Earlier also worked for World bank as research associate.
If yes, then did you leave your jobor prepared while on the job? Prepared while on job.Took only one month’s leaves for preparation.Still working.
Did you take Coaching? Prelims: NoMains: NoInterview:No
Did you buy any postal courses? No
Did you join any Mock test series? No
Did you appear in any other competitive exams? Way back in PO and SSC,Selected but did not join

Inception

Q. When and how did the inspiration and idea of joining civil service come in your mind?
OM AIR 17/CSE 2011
It’s all written in Destiny.  Like in “Alchemist”, Paulo Coelho says that if you really want something in life from your heart, then the whole world conspires against you to achieve that.To to understand this, Please allow me to share my life story. I know it’s lengthy but it’s worthy to be read because if a person like me who never got any guidance, was from Hindi medium till 12th, was from rural and humble financial background, did not have access to good schooling, books, friends, mentors etc.., can do this, then anybody in this world can do this. Even now I did not take any coaching, did not join any Mock interview or test series at any stage of CSE.Everybody sees lots of dreams in his childhood. IAS since my childhood was one of those dreams. Since I belong to a very small town in Rajasthan and my parents are not that much educated, I never find any kind of guidance from anyone. So much so that till the time I came to Jaipur for B.com, I have not even heard of term CA and MBA. B.com also was some kind of higher study for me and my parents. So I just enrolled for B.com and did nothing else in those 3 years except enjoying my life the most. In last year of B.com, there was this MBA wave and many of my friends were taking coaching for CAT and RMAT and one of those friends filled my form as well.
Subsequently, I appeared for RMAT and fortunate enough to get 4th rank and enter into the best B-school of Rajasthan and that too at a very low cost(very crucial for me at that time.) After completing MBA I started looking for the jobs but could not succeed, even I was rejected for a 8000 Rs. Per month call center job. That was the lowest point of my life. At that time, my mentor, my guru, Dr. Harsh Dwivedi who was professor in my MBA college and currently is the director of the RAPIM, came to my rescue. He advised me to start teaching and even arranged some guest classes for me. Later on while appearing for CA, CS and CWA, this proved a great asset to me. Then I completed all these degrees, simultaneously taking guest classes and undergoing CA articleship. Meanwhile  I was selected for banks, SSC but did not join any of them. When I was in 3rd year of my CA articleship, I got selected for world bank but due to some technical problem with CA institute, I had to leave world bank after working for 2 months. Then I joined ONGC in Feb 2010. I don’t remember why and how but I applied for CSE-2010 in Dec 2010-Jan 2011 before going for training in ONGC Academy Dehradun and forgot about that.

While in ONGC Academy, there is an annual event called inter academy debate consisting of ONGC, IFoS and IAS probationers. I represented ONGC in that debate and there only I saw the charm and aura that an IAS officer carry along with him. When I saw those two IAS officers in making, something happened inside me and then I decided to go for it. My training in ONGC completed on 17th may. I got engaged on 20th may and I appeared for prelims on 23rd may, 2010.

At the time of appearing in prelims-2010, I was not even aware of syllabus of pre. I did not even had the pen/pencil to appear in the exam on the day of exam. I was not taking it seriously since I thought that I could not make it without any preparation but miracles do happen. Since I have very strong academic background in Commerce, I knew that I will handle it well. I attempted 117 out of 120 questions in Commerce, out of those 110 must be correct. Then came the GS paper. Since UPSC was changing pattern from next year, 25-30 questions were there of Maths/LR/DI In place of regular 12-13. I attempted all those rightly and some 10-20 questions more related to economics, finance and commerce. So my net score was around 45-50 right questions. I lost all hopes and thought that I am gone. Then I did some surfing on the net and found that it was the toughest paper in the history of IAs exam till date. Anybody doing 30-35 right alongwith 90 in the subject had a fair chance. But I took it in jest and did not prepare anything for mains till the result in august when I was declared successful. Then I started thinking about it seriously and asked for leaves in my org. I was not given leaves immediately but when I told that I would resign if not granted leaves then I was granted the leaves. The time was very less with me. I started my preparations from 15th Sep 2010 and first paper was on 29th Oct 2010 and till that time I was zero. So I planned a strategy. I did not even touch commerce since I was confident that I would handle it in 15 days of gap between pub ad and commerce paper. During that one and a half month I only studied GS and Pub Ad. My accumulated knowledge (derived from my hobby of reading books since my childhood) alongwith my writing skills proved very useful in the exam. In my second attempt also, I followed the same pattern.

The Choice of Optional Subjects

Q7. After a person decides to appear in civil service exam, the first big obstacle is “Choice of optional subjects”. What factors did you consider before selecting your optional?

Since I was a commerce student from the beginning, it was a natural choice for me to opt Commerce as one of my subjects. This decision proved right when I scored All India highest marks in CSE-2010 and second highest in CSE-2011 in Commerce.

Since I studied MBA as well, pub admn became my second choice because I was familiar with almost half of the syllabus. Moreover availability of material and direct relation to the role that I was aspiring were also deciding factor that I factored in.

Here I would advise that one should choose at least one optional that he/she has studied at his graduation or post-graduation level. Because if your aiming for top 100, at least in one optional you have to score more than 350. I would share an incident here. One of my hostel junior also appeared for CSE-2011. He is a commerce grad with good grades and an MBA from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management, Mumbai. He failed miserably this time with geography and sociology optionals. His main problem was the misconception that commerce is not a good optional and one can never get selected with this optional. I gave him my own example. I scored 372 and 378 in commerce both times. My other friend scored 350+ and 385 both times he appeared. And in CSE-2011, there are very few persons who have scored more than 300 in Pub ad which is considered a good subject. So, all subjects are equally good or bad.

Momentum

Q. People initially prepare with much enthusiasm but then a boredom phase comes – they don’t even find the motivation to read the daily newspapers, let alone studying the books.

Sometimes they get diverted because of external factors e.g. heavy workload in office, family responsibilities and so on. How did you sustain the study-momentum throughout the journey?

Yes, I do agree with that. Even I also faced this problem of lack of motivation during my second attempt. But somehow I managed that. In my case, it was not a big problem since I prepared for only one and a half months for mains and it surfaced during last 15 days just before the mains. I lost some marks in commerce because of that. But I believe, if you are really passionate about the idea of being an IAS, it is itself a great motivation. Whenever you start feeling low on motivation, just start daydreaming about the things that you would do on becoming an IAS and I am sure it will be a great morale booster.

Hours

On an average, How many hours did you study per day? How many months did it take you to complete the core syllabus of GS and optional subjects?

In a normal working day when I was in office (apart from one months leaves), I surfed the net only and did not study anything apart from that. Surfing time also used to vary depending upon workload in the office. During my leaves, it was around 5-6 hours a day.

Internet

How did you use computer and internet for your exam-preparation?

Computer and internet: if I can give credit of my success to anyone, it is computer and internet only. I am sharing some wonderful websites down below which I visited almost on daily basis. And as I said, if internet was not there, I could not get succeeded.

Essay

How did you prepare yourself for the essay?

Not any specific preparation.

Which Essay did you write in Mains-2011?

Small states.

What were your keypoints in that essay?

I’ll be sharing full script whenever I get time to write as far as I can reproduce.

How many marks did you get in that essay?

108 (74 in CSE-2010)

My Experience and my advice:

  1. Please don’t make essay very lengthy. I did this mistake in my first attempt and even took a supplementary copy. This resulted in diversion of essay from main theme.
  1. 2.Prepare a rough sketch of essay and try to include all possible angles related to the topic. Mainly Social, Economical, Technological, political, legal, moral, historical, constitutional, environmental, international relation, cultural and many more.
  2. Just let ideas freely flow in your mind during that phase. Jot down all ideas on paper and the rearrange them in logical order.
  3. This process can take upto one hour. Remaining two hours are more than enough to write your ideas in form of an essay.
  4. Try to stick to the theme of the essay. Don’t wander here and there.
  5. Practice at home. Just take any topic out of the blue and start writing on it.
  6. Discuss and debate among your friends about pros and cons of any topic.
  7. Most importantly, Watch any news channel debate daily. It helps in developing ideas. I used to watch newshour on times now.

Phoenix

Q. Serious players get mentally shattered and depressed after failure in competitive exams. How did you cope up with failures and rose from the ashes again? What had gone wrong in your previous attempts? How did you fix those issues in your 2011’s attempt?

Please see my comparative mark sheets down below. It was a disaster for me in essay, interview and paper-1 of pub ad. When I analyzed my performance, I found that, in essay my strategy was wrong and I corrected it second time as explained above. For Pub ad and interview, I am sharing my strategy down below. Please remember one thing here, nobody is perfect. You never know, how close you are to the target when you give up. One famous saying sums it all: If you think you can or you think you can’t, both ways you are right.

Profile

Many aspirants fear the interview, thinking that “my profile is not good because

  • I’ve low marks in SSC/HSC/College,                                       
  • I don’t have any extra-curricular certificates,                                  
  • I don’t have work experience,
  • I graduated from some unknown college,
  • I’m from non-English medium and so on…”

So, How important or relevant is the profile of a candidate during interview?

A good profile is always an added advantage but ultimately its your performance in the interview that matters. Also your luck and who is the chairman of your interview board play critical role in deciding your fate. I with the same profile got only 126 marks in the interview in my first attempt which I could improve to 210 in my next one.

How do you rate your own profile?

I think my profile is good.

[Mrunal comments: your profile is not good, it is totally awesome.]

How much portion of your interview centered on your profile?

Not much. Questions were mainly opinion based.

Did they ask any uncomfortable questions from your profile?

Yes. One member kept on repeating that you are just a book worm and you wont be able to survive in the system.

If yes, how did you reply to those questions?

I kept my calm throughout the interview and did not fall for the trap like I did last time. Always replied with a smile.

Backup

Q. In case you had not cleared the UPSC exam, what was your career/future backup plan?

With 3-4 professional degrees and already a PSU job, I didn’t have to think about that.

Working professional

What is your advice and tips to working professionals – particularly on time Management?

Ans.Take out time at your workplace for CSE. Be regular. Harness the power of internet. Don’t be afraid to take chances. Watch a news debate programme daily. Read newspapers from the point of view of CSE. Leave out the headlines, sports and cinema for your later years. Focus on editorials, govt programmes, policies, social-political-economic issues, World happenings etc..

Try to grab the news which you can utilize in your CSE answers like news related to women empowerment, gender issues, child labour/abuse/trafficking, environment, S&T, farmers, downtrodden groups of the society, employment generating schemes, Agricultural and Rural Development, infrastructure, transport, energy, banking and financial sector,Health, education, water conservation, sanitation,  etc..

Family and Friends

Q. Behind one topper are many people who stood by him/her 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?

My parents, my brothers, my wife Rhythm and my friend Bhal Chandra were the key stones of my success. I think, I have shared enough incidences above.

Your Study plan

CSAT (Paper I) General studies

Topic Source of your preparation
Current Affairs New papers,  TV deabtes
History Ancient/Medieval/Modern Brief history of modern India
Physical Geography NCERT 6-12
Geography of India NCERT 6-12
Geography of World NCERT 6-12
Polity and Governance Laxmikanth
Public Policy Laxmikanth, news papers
Rights issue
Environment and Biodiversity Did not prepare
Economic and social Development News papers (TOI/ET)
Science Did not prepare
Economy ET, accumulated knowledge

About the CSAT aptitude

Syllabus Topic Source of your preparation Remarks, if Any
Quantitative Aptitude R S Agarwal My LR/DI and QACapabilities are good fromThe beginning, that’s why not prepared separately, though sharing some books.
Data interpretation R S Agarwal
Logical reasoning R S Agarwal
Reading comprehension
Decision Making and Problem solving R S Agarwal

Mains Examination

Compulsory Language papers

Source of your preparation
English Did not prepare separately
Indian language paper Did not prepare separately

There are some instances of candidates failing in Compulsory Indian language (Hindi / Bengali etc.) so please do provide your source of preparation for it.

General Studies paper I

Syllabus Topic Source of your preparation Remarks, if Any
Current Affairs Mainly newspapers and internet.Current Affairs Q&A Book by Chronicle http://indiacurrentaffairs.org/http://www.jagranjosh.com/current-affairs Wizard might also help
History Brief history of modern India
Culture Vajiram Notes Facts of Indian Culture by Spectrum (I did not read it though recommended by some friend)
Geography of India NCERT 6-12 Hang maps of india and world in your room and randomly study them, It frees up your mind and good time pass.
Polity Laxmikanth
Issues of social relevance Google+newspapers
Indian economy and planning ET+Google +NCERT 9-12http://www.ficci.com/studies.aspSpecial issue of PD on economy Economic survey(Don’t mug up the data, try to understand macro policies)
Public health Newspapers
Law and order Newspapers
Good governance Newspapers, http://www.indiagovernance.gov.in/map.php This website is useful for quoting examples. More relevant for Pub ad
Environment Relevant portions of S&T book by spectrum+Google Mangrooves, wetlands, coral reefs etc..

+In leisure time,read blogs of civil service aspirants who became successful. It will provide motivation and information. Be observant to your nearby happenings. Join one of the forums like indianofficer.com, Selectively read http://www.globalissues.org/ , once in a while visit, upscportal.com. No need to read DD Basu or Subhash Kashyap, We are not preparing for LL.B. Laxmikanth is enough for polity/constitution plus one constitution chart that you may find at any book shop. Hang it in your Room. Don’t think that you would be able to answer all the questions. Nowdays 250 is the average GS score of top 100. I’ll be sharing some of my GS notes with you. I think that will help lot of people.

General Studies paper 2

Syllabus Topic Source of your preparation Remarks, if Any
India and the World Read Indian foreign policy by Vivek Kumar Singh for understanding Basics.For updates and current issues:www.southasiaanalysis.orgwww.idsa.inmrunal.org

(Also see points illustrated below)

Most imp part of second paper and most neglected by coaching institutes
Indian diaspora Not much focused
India’s Economic interaction with world Read about world bank, IMF, WTO on wikipedia. http://wtocentre.iift.ac.in/faq.asphttp://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/exrp/differ/differ.htm Also subscribe one business news paper
International affairs and institutions Newspapers+above websites
Statistics 12th NCERT is good, If want special knowledge then read SP Gupta(relevant portions)
Science & Tech. Weakest area of my preparation, therefore can’t guide
  1. Just 15-20 days before mains, Go to the website of MEA. Look for the visits that indian PM/president made or some foreign premieres who came to India. In all probability questions form those countries will be asked. Look for the press release or joint communique and briefly note down the main issues discussed or agreed upon.
  2. Type INDIA in Wikipedia and read the article completely expanding the links. Also read history of Srilanka (ltte war), Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal to build the base for understanding foreign relations.
  3. Southasiaanalysis.org is the most referred source of mine. It beautifully captures the events affecting india from Indian perspective. It might happen that in the beginning you don’t understand anything but be persistent. With the time you will grasp it all. Use power of google and Wikipedia when you don’t understand anything.

Optional Subject #1 and #2

If you’ve the time, please provide the detailed study plan for your both optional subjects, answer-writing skills etc.

Public Administration

  • Awasthi maheshwari, Fadia, Ramesh arora rajni goyal, Shubha saxena top 50.
  • Special issue of PD of PUB Ad,Some diagrams that I would be sharing. These are multi purpose and can be used in many answers creatively.
  • And Most Important Administrative thinkers by Prasad and Prasad (read this book at least 6-8 times cover to cover and you will find each time something new that you did not understand in your earlier readings) Plus selectively go through IGNOU Study Material. News papers and debates are must.
  • Also refer http://www.indiagovernance.gov.in/map.php for good governance examples. Summary of ARC-II reports. Again I would say that don’t try to mug up these books, try to understand the macro concepts. Also don’t refer so many books because someone else say they are good.
  • Many people recommend Mohit Bahttacharya but It could not help me much though I read it once. These days, papers are focused on concepts and application rather on theories therefore a good knowledge base along with awareness regarding current social/governance issues will prove a great asset here.
  • Also refer Prince Dhawan’s Blog @ https://princedhawan.wordpress.com (He is AIR3-CSE2011 and probably highest marks scorer in Pub Ad-394)

Interview

How did you prepare for the interview?

Did not prepare separately. Though just before the interview I formed a group with 3-4 friends. We sat till late night. They asked me every possible question related to my profile, current affairs. Then we discussed the answers and better way to present the answers.

Who was the chairman of you interview board?

Rajni Rajdaan

Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or

Somewhat

Did they ask you totally unexpected questions?

Nopes

Will be sharing script of my interview separately.

Marksheet

SUBJECTS MARKS 2011 MARKS 2010
ESSAY (PAPER-III) 108 74
GENRAL STUDIES (PAPER-IV) 154 152
GENRAL STUDIES (PAPER-V) 096* 118
OPTIONAL-I(COMM.& ACCOUNTANCY) (PAPER-VI) 184 195
OPTIONAL-I(COMM.& ACCOUNTANCY) (PAPER-VII) 188 183
OPTIONAL-II(PUBLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-VIII) 152 117
OPTIONAL-II(PUBLIC ADMIN.) (PAPER-IX) 159 178
WRITTEN TOTAL 1041 1017
PERSONALITY TEST 210 126
FINAL TOTAL 1251 1143

*I still don’t understand that why did I get 96 in GS-II. I expected in the range of 150-170. But this is the way of UPSC. When mrunal can get 20 odd marks in essay then why can’t I 96 in GS-II.

Always remember, ultimately its all written in the destiny. Have faith in God. ”Whatever he does, does for the best.”

Message

Q. What is your message to the aspirants?

Kaun kahta hai ki Aasman me ched nahi ho sakta….

Ek Patthar to dil se uchalo yaron…

Kham thok thelta hai jab nar…

Parwat ke jaate paon Ukhad,

Manav jab jor lagata hai..

To patthar pani ban jata hai.

Finally two questions

Q. When you’ll give interview in the famous competitive magazines, the last question is generally a loaded question “how did our magazine help you in IAS preparation?” In the era of blatant marketing propaganda, I too need to ask something similar! Did you use mrunal.org  for your preparation? If yes, how did it help you? You can reply “no”, and it’ll be published without any distortion hahaha.

Ans: You believe it or not, I did not use any magazines for my preparation. I just relied on internet and my accumulated knowledge. Your website was one great source that made me familiar with entire UPSC procedure apart from providing valuable knowledge inputs from time to time. I have bookmarked some websites that I open first thing in the morning on my computer and mrunal.org  is one of them.

Update: For the benefit of future aspirants, Mr.Om Kasera has provided all his notes for free download: Click ME

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  1. navin chandrakar says:

    One of the wonderful interview hard work will always pays off

  2. pushpendra jadoun says:

    hii
    i am student of electrical engineering.
    i want your ias notes.
    i hope that you help me .
    pls

  3. pushpendra jadoun says:

    hii
    i want your ias notes.
    i hope you.
    i prepration for ias.
    pls

  4. pushpendra jadoun says:

    hii
    i want your ias notes.
    i hope you.
    i prepration for ias.
    pls
    your time table

  5. VIVEK C says:

    Respected Mr.Om Prakash Kasera,
    The information which you had shared is just of great inspiration and of immense use to Civil Service Aspirants like us. I wish you All the Very Best for your Term Ahead. Hope to meet you one day in the future. Thank You. Have A Great Year Ahead.

  6. milind says:

    one of the finest artical that i never ever read in my life.

    best of luck

    regards
    milind

  7. debjani says:

    sir,
    i have always dreamt of being an ias. but every time i start preparing for it, i fail being consistent, especially because of the gs papers. plz, will u kindly let me know how should i study the ncert books?

  8. sumit says:

    sir plz provide the link from where i can get last ten years gs paper for mains in hindi medium

  9. Deepti says:

    hi Om,

    Can you please mention the online links of all the websites that you referred?

    thnx
    Deepti

  10. Dikshant says:

    Truly inspiring

  11. DreamITI says:

    Hi Mrunal,
    In this article, it is given “Will be sharing script of my interview separately”..
    But cudnt find it anywhere… Is it in a separate link? If yes, it’ll be great to add it to this article..
    Thanks.. :)

  12. div bank says:

    wow! great ho sirji aap.U r really inspiration for me..

    MRUNAL sir, such interview i hadn’t seen in competitive exams. great

  13. hema verma says:

    Hello Mrunal sir..
    i have joined you few days back.Sir i am an IAS aspirants. i want to give 2014 UPSC exam, but i haven’t any guidance. even i really dont know how to start and from where. sir plz guide me for this exam, and sir is it possible to hit it without the coaching. because i cant afford the coaching fees.

  14. anchal says:

    hello sir,
    congratulations from the core of my heart to om sir.
    sir please share your studyplan for commerce. i am very much confused and unable to get kind of guideline in this regard.

  15. anchal says:

    hello mrunal sir,
    i havw joined this few days back. fortunate and lucky to find such a wonderful site.

    please provide some strategy for commerce. even a bit would be enough to show the way.
    dying for your help. reply eagerly awaited.
    thank you sir

  16. vijayadurga says:

    10q om sir its q very nice interview sir it ismvery inspirational

  17. raghu says:

    He was not selected for the call center job because he is extra potent.So he definitely leaves the call center job in very soon if he has been selected , their training money will be wasted. that’s why he was not been selected.

  18. sadhvi says:

    ur article was a motivational one.ur elaborate description of ur success will really help others.need ur more guidance…

  19. priya mishra says:

    hi maine sab kuch padh liya uske baad mujhe aur josh aaya ias karne ka . I want ur help . Mujhe samajh nahi aa raha ki main kaha se start karoon padhna . Maine abhi TYBA ka exam diya hai result aana baaki hai.abhi tak maine koi preparation karna start nahi kiya . aur main hindi medium se ho . maine socha hai ki main hindi aur political science lo kyunki maine tyba political science se hi kiya hai .to aap koi guidence mujhe denge kya?

  20. harsh says:

    he didnt mentioned commerce books and strategy. sir can you please mentioned that too.

  21. majjiga. sharmila says:

    how toppers study. why can’t i become a topper with 95 percent instead of 89 pls help me . thank you

  22. CKR says:

    MRUNAL SIR

    I WANT THE BOOKLIST FOR COMMERCE AND THE STRATEGY TO PREPARE IT. CAN YOU PLS ARRANGE THE SAME. NEED SPEEDY HELP. DEC 1 IS NEAR.

    THANK YOU

  23. neha rani says:

    sir
    i wanted to start my preparations but couldn’t decide which coaching to join in delhi ,and how to plan the preparation properly

  24. pankaj kumar says:

    hello sir ,
    Thks to give lot of infomation.

  25. Navaneet says:

    There is a mistake in the third line of the section named “Inception”.

    It’s currently written: “Like in “Alchemist”, Paulo Coelho says that if you really want something in life from your heart, then the whole world conspires against you to achieve that.”

    ‘AGAINST’

    Lol. No, I am afraid, Paulo Coelho said just the opposite of that.

  26. vishal says:

    Hii
    I am Mech. engineer.
    I want to ask about ONGC exam preparation (Graduate Trainee Exam) as U are working in ONGC Finance. Please give me details of the books that u are prepared for this exam. The exam includes 1.General Awareness
    2.Aptitude
    3.Mech Engg Subject.
    Waiting For Positive reply.

  27. amit diwakar says:

    respect !!!!!!!!!
    hard work always pays ……

  28. RUHI says:

    Thank you for this encouraging post.I am a Ca Ipcc student willing to sit for CSE with commerce as an optional .Please help me with the proper selection of books for paper 1 & 2 for commerce

  29. tiger says:

    The Interview is very good,but I am still not able to understand about the selection criteria of UPSC because you Have Got 1143 marks out of 2300 (Approx.49%)in CSE 2010 but You were not even selected, but in 2011, You got 1251 marks out of 2300 (Approx.54.50%) and you were not only selected but also got AIR 17.so the difference of 108 marks or 5.5% is enough for “Non-Selection” and for Getting a “Rank”.

  30. Rakesh says:

    hi…………….

    Im engg student(comp tech) .but i have not gote a job.

  31. RAMAR M says:

    awesome i respect u boss

  32. simran says:

    really inspiring story..currently working and will be giving IAS next year…

  33. SHIVAJI says:

    Hi!
    i want know the details of institutes and NGO’S running institutes which provides free coaching for civils in delhi and hyderabad.
    Because there are many aspirants who are not able to aford the fee which is very high.

    Please try to conduct seminars in different parts of districts so that intrested can be awared from you.

    Thanks
    DO reply

  34. mehul says:

    SO MANY DEGREE.AND SO MANY RANK .
    NICE

  35. Nagesh says:

    sir;
    now iam in final year of my b.tech i planned to take trainning for one year to crack main exam .. would one year is enough to take trainning for IAS

  36. priyanka rana says:

    Sir,today i first time read your interview.mine and yours story is almost same..thank you sir hope im also going to be part of this ias community very soon.

  37. atul says:

    WONDERFUL PERSON.
    I SALUTE OMJI

  38. Rehab Reyaz Wani says:

    I wish to know the websites you had bookmarked 4 ur prep,I cudnt locate tem in the article.

  39. avinash says:

    its really time consuming when it comes to allignment/collection of study material for commerce optional . i was considering rankers classes study material, which will save my resources(time, money , etc.) . i am looking upto 2014 mains.

  40. junaid says:

    Gr8 sir inshallaha one day ill b lyk u:)

  41. swaroop manbansh says:

    no comments. actually nt good enough to make any comment

  42. Rishi says:

    I am from Computer science background.Having tough time to select the optional subject.Your help will be needful.

  43. narinder pal singh says:

    thanx a lot..sir…now i come to know wr my destiny lies…ur story really inspired me..sir i cant afford coaching so will u please mail me ur civils notes….i will be great thankful…..

  44. Girl says:

    for the first time i felt i can clear this exam without any coaching.
    My parents want me to get married asap and are not allowing me for coaching, and that’s one dream i have seen for me.
    at this stage of my life(24 years) , according to them its too late for IAS, but i believe this is the time.i need time,funds for coaching, which they denied. but i didnt gave up on myself, preparing with limited resources. keeping up hopes. this interview really encouraged me. i can be successful even w/o coaching. thanks. this was a ray of hope. nobody can understand what it meant for me

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  48. kritesh sharma says:

    I really salute…..i am working as a sub inspector in CRPF…..and my ultimate desire to be an IAS….and it will be…….like …..u…..
    Really ultimte and motivational….person…good luck..

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