[Strategy] How to spend 9 Months? To those failed in CSAT 2012 and want to reappear in 2013

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  1. First Task: Back up plan
  2. Other competitive Exams
  3. PG Degrees via Distance Learning
  4. Why IGNOU’s Distance Learning Programs?
  5. IFS, IES, Statistical Services
  6. Pick up some Activity
  7. Second Task : UPSC attempt for 2013
  8. August to November 2012
  9. January to May of Next year (2013)
  10. Coaching or no Coaching?

To those failed in UPSC CSAT-2012 and willing to re-appear for 2013. What to do for next 9-10 months?

First Task: Back up plan

  • Given the uncertainty involved in UPSC adventures, it is not a good idea to put all eggs in one basket.
  • Please note there are no cut and dry methods of “backup plans for UPSC”, so evaluate all the pros and cons based on your personality and alternative-career ambitions.
  • Those MBBS, CA, IITs etc. need not worry much about “backup”. But for the others ….here are some suggestions.

Other competitive Exams

  • Try for other competitive exams [IBPS (Bank), CPF, SSC, State PSC, CAT,CMAT etc.]  to prevent yourself from getting rusted and as “backup” plan.
  • I suggest all of you subscribe (Free) to Sarkari Naukri Blog. Here is the link . It’ll give you daily updates regarding vacancies in Government, PSU and Bank jobs.
  • The question always comes: How to manage time? Well most of them have overlapping syllabus with UPSC as far as GS is concerned.
  • But some of them are aptitude heavy (IBSP for example) so study two more books
  1. Quantam CAT by Sarvesh Kumar Varma (Arihan Publication) – for the math topics. Do upto Level 2 excercises of every chapter, and you should be able to walk scratch free, through every battlefield from IBPS to SSC.
  2. RS Agarawal’s book on Verbal and Non-Verbal Aptitude. – for Logical reasoning questions.

PG Degrees via Distance Learning

  • Those with optionals like Public Administration, Socio, Political Science, History (ie. courses for which IGNOU offers PG  Degrees), I suggest you pick up Distance Learning Post graduation course from IGNOU. Fees are very low so If you’ve Sociology then go for M.A. Sociology.   (These courses are also available in Hindi Medium)
  • It’ll help you hit two birds with one stone-you  get their quality study material + you get PG Degree at home.
  • Third bird = doing JRF, Ph.D etc and become a Professor in worst case scenario.
  • Yes most PG courses have duration of two years. But according to IGNOU rules, they can be completed in a span of five years. So you can give exam for first year in 2013 and second year may be in 2018.
  • You may try for some other courses of IGNOU like MCA, MBA etc. depending on your alternative-career ambition.

Why IGNOU’s Distance Learning Programs?

    • If you join a regular course from a decent college: fees will be high and, there will be hardly any time left for UPSC preparation.
    • IGNOU courses are quite easy to crack. You don’t have to prepare much for their term end exams (just solve last five years’ paper (available on their official website)- all questions are repeated!).
    • So go to the official website of IGNOU and download the free Prospectus and see details of all the courses offered procedure to get admission.Click me to download that PDF file (ENGLISH).

Click me to download that PDF file (HINDI).

For more, Visit: http://www.ignou.ac.in/ignou/studentzone/downloads/3

 

  • And IGNOU’s distance learning programs are recognized under UGC so your Degree is ‘legit’ for all Government  job exams.
  • And Given the “academic inflation”, every tom dick and harry is now a Post Graduate. So if and when you go for private company job interviews without PG degree in your file= doesn’t look good.

 

IFS, IES, Statistical Services

  • You may also go for IGNOU courses in Economics or Statistics to become eligible for UPSC’s Indian Economy Services (IES) and Indian statistical services.
  • If you’re an Engineer (non-IT field) or B.Sc with Agri/Zoology/Forestry etc. courses then try for Indian Forest Services (IFS).
  • But please goto the official site of UPSC and check their notifications and eligibility criteria for each of these exams.

Computer Course Certificate

  • For Bank Exams and some State PSC exam (such as GPSC), you need a fancy certificate to prove that you know computers. (Even if you’re proficient with computers without formal degree or course, you still need a certificate in your file.)
  • So Give an exam called “CCC” [Course on Computer Concepts].
  • It is conducted by DOEACC, [new name is National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology], which is an autonomous society under Government of India, therefore its fancy certificate is ‘legit’ for Government job exams (just like IGNOUs’).

Pick up some Activity

  • For example some NGO work, Part time job, social service or anything else that can look good in your biodata file during Interviews of UPSC, Bank, State PSC or private company. It’s not like you’re going to study for 18 hours a day from 1st August 2012 till May 2013. There are plenty of hours that can be utilized to make your “file” look better for the interviews.

Second Task : UPSC attempt for 2013

August to November 2012

  • Devote entirely to finish the syllabus of your two optional + GS (Mains)
  • And make revision notes of both optional subjects and for Static portions of GS Mains, including 2 marker freedom fighters.
  • ^ this is essential / compulsory / must/ no excuse.
  • Apart from that, you can
  • Prepare Skeletal essays for last 19 years’ papers. http://mrunal.org/2011/12/analysis-essay-topic-trends-in-last-19.html
  • If literature is one of your optional- then go through all the good reference books and write high quality answers for all of last 10 years’ UPSC papers. (reason: in most of the literature Optionals, the questions are repeated.)
  • + Maintain current affairs diary from daily newspaper reading. How to read newspapers- already explained in this article: http://mrunal.org/2012/06/current-affairs-ias.html
  • So next time whenever you clear prelims, much of your time will be saved in doing first hand study / notes making. And then you have to only do revision + current affairs + answer practice.

January to May of Next year (2013)

Coaching or no Coaching?

  • Some of those who failed in CSAT 2012, are asking “should I get coaching for next attempt?”
  • Well, coaching is not the panacea for UPSC. And please donot have the mentality that “I failed in CSAT-2012 because I did not have coaching.”
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111 Comments on “[Strategy] How to spend 9 Months? To those failed in CSAT 2012 and want to reappear in 2013”

  1. Hello Mrunal,

    I read somewhere that IAS bug bites everyone at least once and it happend to me as well. After my graduation, I took up a private job as it ws the need back then considering my financial background. It has been almost 7 years now and I am quite stable (both my position in the company & financially).

    About 2 months ago, I caught this IAS fever. I googled a lot and collected pretty much a lot of information in the 1st month. Have been studying with my best effort for last one month while continuing my job. Needless to say that your tips on “How to study has been helpful”. However, I get too enthusiastic sometimes and want to quit the job for full time prepartion. At the same time, I get a fear that having a gap in private sector jobs will be looked down upon if I don’t clear this exam.

    It will be great if you can provide some info on (if you have) …

    1. How many people in last 5 years have qualified for this exam while at some job ? (I want to understand the possibility of clearing this exam for working people)

    2. Understanding the quality of study, one can conclude that this prepartion takes about 10-12 months of regular study (to complete the syllabus, have writting practice etc.). Considering the same strategies, how much time it is advisable to prepare before I try to attempt this mother of all exam ?

    3. In last one and half month, I have completed NCERT 6-8th class book (don’t remember all the facts but I have understood the concept quite well), have been following The Hindu, NDTV debates to understand the current affairs. But when I look at any of the previous IAS question papers, I can hardly answer anything. :( … do you think it is too early to even start looking at questions. ? Can you throw some lights on when to start testing myself. ?

    Thanks in advance for your response. I am sure there are thousands like me who do have enough words to express what a great job you are doing.. !!

    1. @Manish–As i got that you know the answer already of your every question.if you have fever for IAS and you are totally devoted then why you are Fearing from your Job.why you are asking the data for last 5 years have qualified for this exam while at some job.Every person have different capability and desire and if you have then definitely you will do it..It may takes some time.Best of luck

    2. 1. How many people in last 5 years have qualified for this exam while at some job ? (I want to understand the possibility of clearing this exam for working people)

      this

      http://mrunal.org/2012/05/topper-om-air17-cse2011.html

      and this

      http://mrunal.org/2012/05/safi.html

      But the list is not exhaustive.

      2. Understanding the quality of study, one can conclude that this prepartion takes about 10-12 months of regular study (to complete the syllabus, have writting practice etc.). Considering the same strategies, how much time it is advisable to prepare before I try to attempt this mother of all exam ?

      Depends on many variables. around 6-8 months or more.

      3. In last one and half month, I have completed NCERT 6-8th class book (don’t remember all the facts but I have understood the concept quite well), have been following The Hindu, NDTV debates to understand the current affairs. But when I look at any of the previous IAS question papers, I can hardly answer anything. … do you think it is too early to even start looking at questions. ? Can you throw some lights on when to start testing myself. ?

      That ability will evolve after you’ve completed the syllabus and have been following current affairs for quite some time.

      Indirect hints here

      http://mrunal.org/2012/02/study-plan-topicwise-plausible-booklist.html

      and here
      http://mrunal.org/2012/10/analysis-general-studies-mains-2012-paper-1-2-topicwise-analysis-future-approach-for-upsc-ias-ips-exam.html

  2. hello sir
    i have started preparing for csat along with icar-jrf as i need some back up .
    Will you please suggest me how shall i prepare in order to have a balance approch to both of these exams,as this is my final year

  3. Dear Sir,
    should i buy tmh gs 2013 paper 2(worth Rs 900).is it at all required if i am already preparing for banking and ssc exams?

  4. hi Mrunal,

    First of all , i like to thank u for this fantastic job u r doing to help aspirants of such diversified field.
    i just want to give u one suggestion please make a facebook page and all the user will like ur page and in this way we all wud b able to get ur updates frequently without opening ur website ,

    please consider my request

    BPS

  5. GOOD MORNING SIR,

    I am a udergraduate student from Kerala,doing graduation in History.I am civil service aspirant .I would like to develop my English language skill.Sir,please provide me some tips to overcome this problem.

  6. GOOD MORNING SIR,

    I am a udergraduate student from Kerala,doing graduation in History.I am a civil service aspirant .I would like to develop my English language skill.Sir,please provide me some tips to overcome this problem.

    1. the best way to learn a language is to speak it and the earlier u start the better u get. anyways, read the Hindu, watch english news channels and read classics,by classics i mean charles dickens, mark twain etc. it will improve ur grammar. read a lot that is the whole story

  7. Hi Mrunal.. in the above article you have mentioned about taking Indian Statistical Service exams as back up after doing a masters.. I couldnt find any master degree programs at IGNOU website..I was wondering if courses offered keeps changing in time and I might see MSc Stats. sometime later when its being offered by IGNOU or if doesnt have that option at all ..I just thought since you mentioned about Indian Statistical Service as an option you must be knowing where I can get a Govt. recognized masters degree for the same..

  8. hello sir, I am a final year B.E(mechanical) student. I want to take up indian forest service. Kindly suggest me as to which optionals to choose. How about choosing Mechanical eng and Maths?

  9. sir..this website is very helpful..right now i planned to do state service exam,since i am 26 i dont want to wast my attambt.so guide me to clear TNPSC group1 exam.
    thank you sir..

  10. Hello mrunal,
    i completed my btech
    i want to join in mtech and parallely study for upsc exams, but if i am shortlisted for interview, i cant submit originals because they will be submitted in university, in that case can i submit a bonafide certificate ? I’m confused whether to continue my studies or not . . . Please help me

  11. is new gs manuals are different from old one?

  12. I M B.E(E.C)student in 4th sem.i wnt to start preparation for IES so can plz give advise how to start it.and which book should be prefer

  13. There are some interesting closing dates on this article however gacfdgkfaeddfbcd

  14. sir
    i started preparing very late i dont have any idea about how to prepare for civil services.I was confined to my housewife life but i want make my identity which will make my country and my parents proud.Civil services is one of the platform which i think can help me in fulfilling my dreams.I studied ur strategy but still i have some queries like i am an average student just secured 69% in my 10th & 64% in gradution that too from commrce background and i m not very good at maths can i sit for such competition?
    since age is also one of the factor i am 28 yrs old,but really i want to go for civil services so plz guide me as far as possible

  15. Sir,I am preparing for prelims this year. But I find it hard to manage my masters in literature,though it is not a regular degree( from Ncweb,du).What should I do to be able to prepare well for pre and yet maintain my backup.

  16. Hi mrunal ,
    Urgent suggestions needed… I am 28 years old.. I have been preparing for upsc from last one year and before going for it I had set target of minimum pre in this one year but couldn’t .. To blame csat to a certain extend … Now looking at my age I’m super confused .. I want to prepare but without backup its taunting.. I have an MBA convert from a decent institute .. But its like compromising because of age… I don’t want to take a blunt risk looking at the uncertainty of this exam.. Pls suggest wat backup I can think of.. I’m super confused! Its urgent!!!

  17. Is degree of ncweb is as valuable as a regular degree

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