[Topper’s Interview] CAPF-2012/ AIR-130 Praveen Kumar, Airforce Technician, B.Sc, First Attempt, No Coaching, Haryana

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  1. Bio
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. MCQ Paper
  5. Essay/Descriptive paper
  6. Physical Test
  7. Interview
  8. Marksheet
  9. Tempo
  10. Service Preference
  11. Career Backup
  12. Wisdom
  13. Credit: Friends/family
  14. Bogus Marketing Propaganda

Bio

NameParveen Kumar
Rank in CAPF-2012-130
Roll No.194272
Age28 Years
No. of previous attempts in CAPFNil
Home town/cityRewari (Haryana)
Work-experience if anyIndian Air Force (10 years)
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures
  1. Indian air Force(Tech) -2002
  2. SSC CGLE 2012 Tier 1 & Tier 2 for Tax Asstt.
  3. AFCAT 02/12 & AFCAT 01/13 (written of both was cleared but not recommended in SSB)
  4. Indian Forest Services 2012 (written not cleared)
Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if taken)No
Hobbies, Extra Curricular Activities, AchievementsReading books, Listening music ,Watching movies and Participation in quizzes
Do you have NCC certificate?No

Education

% in class 1077.5% from HBSE
% in class 1274.6% from HBSE
Schooling (Medium)Upto 10th Hindi afterwrds English
Graduation course and %B.Sc  Mathematics Major, 63%
Name of college and year of passing outIGNOU(Correspondence Course), 2010
PGMA (Public Administration), 71%
Any professional coursesDiploma in Automobiles by Indian Air Force
HobbiesReading books, Watching movies and Listening music

Introduction

Q. Tell us something about yourself. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?
Ans:- I am from a lower middle class family who resides in Rewari (Haryana).I am serving in Indian Air Force since 2003 as a technician. I wanted to become an officer since beginning of my service life but lack of motivation delayed it. A constant belief of my mother and my wife along with an unprecedented motivation from my mother-in-law and my sister(Kusum) made me to enter in the competitive field after my graduation.
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MCQ Paper

Q. List of Essential books and tips for success in the CAPF written exam?

Ans:- I have taken help from following books:

1.  General Studies from Spectrum Manual  and a few notes managed by my sister.

2.  Indian Constitution  from DD Basu’s An introduction to indian constitution.

3.  Indian Economy from Pratiyogita Darpan’s Indian Economy Issue.

4.  Indian History & Geography  from NCERT  books and PD special issues.

5.  Monthly subscription to Pratiyogita Darpan and Civil Services Chronicle.

6.  Editorial and Internation Affairs of ‘The Hindu’.

7.  Guidance from Mrunal and Jagranjosh site.

Essay/Descriptive paper

Q. How did you prepare the Essay, grammar, précis and report writing?

Ans:- I specifically did not prepare for second paper but my habit of constant writing on various issues in notes form enabled me sailed through this. But in last few days I referred Spectrum’s Essay collection. I believe that if someone has in depth knowledge of any subject then writing essay on that does not remain a difficult task. I have worked in drafting  field in Air Force which was quite useful in précis and report writing.

Q. In CAPF-2012 Exam, Which essay did you write in and what keypoints did you include in it?

Ans:- I chose ‘ Population stabilization – India’s critical need to write on. I focussed on unemployment problem, diminishing resources, effect on economy, falling living standard, sanitation problem, environmental issues and health issues as key points.

Q. In CAPF-2012, they asked counter-arguments for following, in 75 words. Please provide your answer.

argumentyour counter argument
(i) FDI in retail in India is a bane for a small trader. I gave the points of quality enhancement through greater competition. New ideas, innovation and surprise elements may be introduced by small traders. Overall elemination of small traders will never be there because enmasse will even then depend on small traders.
(ii)  Control of social media is an anti-democratic proposition.I gave the point that absolute freedom is nowhere mentioned in  even in our constitution. Moreover the same is uncontrollable too. If control over social media is not exercised then it may result into any unwanted menace which may lead to huge setback,fiasco or jeopardy to our system.

Physical Test

Q. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home? Where was your PET held? How was your experience, share some tips.

Ans:- As I am a defence personnel, physical activities are part of my day to day routine.So I did not need very much preparation of PET. But a few days before my PET I took the timings of 800m and 100m runs respectively which assured me about success in this part as I was in well in time in both of these.My PET was held in CRPF Camp,Talegaon (Pune) and it was an immensely good experience. I managed to succeed in all the activities quite easily. My only suggestion in this field is that one should believe on himself/herself because an average human being can complete all these activities.

Interview

Q. What specific preparation did you do for the interview? Who was the chairman? Provide the list of questions asked in CAPF Interview. (and if possible, the answers as well). How was the overall interview experience? And any tips for future aspirants.

Ans:- For interview I concentrated on my communication skills and my subject. Specifically I did not take any coaching or help from anyone. I was interviewed by Sh. Manbir Singh Sir’s board. The board was very cordial and supportive to me. My experience of interview is as follows:-

I entered the room and wished to Chairman and respected board members. I was asked to sit down by Manbir Sir. Then interview started as follows:-

Q.1. So Praveen you are working in IAF since last 10 years, what is your roll in that and how was your experience? Tell from very beginning.(Manbir Sir)

Ans:- Sir, I was enrolled in IAF on 16th June 2003. I unwent basic training in Belgaum and then trade training in Avadi (Chennai). I was posted to AF Station ,Utarlai in my first posting where I worked as an Mechanical Transport Technician for 03 years. Afterwards I was posted to AF Station, Thane. I worked as NCO i/c Yard of Mechanical Transport Repair and Servicing section and also contributed towards documentation , logistic procedure. In last phase of my second posting I underwent a missile course on IGLA-IM missile. After this course I am posted to AF Station, Pathankot as an IGLA Gunner.

Q.2. What is this IGLA-1M missile? What is its role and success rate?(Manbir Sir)

Ans:- I explained the role of missile with its brief introduction and its success rate.

Q.3. Recently Indian Navy is going to introduce an Aircraft Carrier? What is its original and Indian name?  Also tell which aircraft is going to be deployed on it?(Manbir Sir)

Ans:-  Yes Sir, a Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Gorshkov is going to be introduced by Indian Navy with name INS Vikramaditya. A fleet of MIG-29 aircraft is going to be deployed over it.

Q.4. From which subject did you do your graduation and what was your score?(Member 1)

Ans:  Sir, I have B.Sc Maths Major From IGNOU with 63%.

Q.5. Which was your favorite subject in Maths?

Ans: Sir, Trigonometry.

Q.6. Tell me any of two trigonometric identities.

Ans:- I told Sin and Tangent Identities.

Q.7  What are the qualities required to become an officer?(Member 2)

Ans:- Sir, Leadership, Effective Intelligence, Decision making capability, Ability to take initiaves, Physical and mental stamina, Social adaptability, Cooperation are the main qualities.

Q.8  What is female foeticide and what are its adverse effects?(Member 2)

Ans: I explained it by giving the example of Haryana.

Q.9. What is Naxalism and terrorism and difference in both?(Member 3)

Ans:-  Sir, Naxalism is a movement that started from village Naxalbari of Bengal who were socially and economically suppressed by peasant group. Naxalites believe in maoist ideology and their forceful implementation as well which makes the anti social and anti democracy as well.

Whereas, terrorism is name given to activities which perpetrated by anti social elements to spread fear amongst people. Terrorism  generally supported and financed by fanatic religious people and organization. Difference is that where Naxalism is based on maoist ideology and later does not have any ideology.

Q.10 What is food security bill?(Member 3)

Ans:- I answered it as per definition as this is a current issue.

Q. 11 What is Eurozone crisis?(Member 4)

Ans: I explained it by giving example of Greece , Spain  and other eurozone countries with their escalating economies.

Q.12. Tell me any five current problems of the world.(Member 4)

Ans:-  Ma’am,  Terrorism, rising population, escalating economies of many countries including eurozone,  racial discrimination and communal problem in  many African countries.

Q.13.  Don’t you think environmental problem is also one the most grave problems in this field?

Ans:- Yes ma’am ,It is.

Then Manbir Sir told me to leave and I left the room with smile.

Q. How was interview: normal, stress, mixed? Did they ask any uncomfortable questions, if yes how did you answer it?

Ans:- It was a mixed sort of interview. In one question Manbir Sir asked me about the reason of deploying MIG- 29 aircraft on INS Vikramaditya whreas IAF is not supporting it anymore. In reply I could only tell the reason of runway length and ease in training which was not upto 100% conviction as per me.

Marksheet

Paper-I: General Ability and Intelligence127
Paper-II: General Studies,Essay & Comprehension071
Written Total198
Personality Test095
Final Total293

Tempo

Q. How did you maintain the study-mood, motivation and tempo throughout this period? There are ups and downs- phases of mood swings, sometimes boredom and even depression. How did you fight that psychological battle? On an average, how many hours do you study?

Ans:- There are a lot of ups and downs in everyone’s life , same is with me too . Sometimes because of my hectic schedule and lack of motivation I used to feel very bad. Time was another big factor for me as I had completed almost 10 years of service without any remarkable success. Then my wife, my mother-in-law and my sister Kusum used to encourage me a lot and this is how I managed to win this battle psychologically.If you have a family support and their belief in you, then you can turn any hurdle or difficulty upside down.

Service Preference

Q. What was your service preference order (CRPF>CISF>SSB etc) and why did you pick up the particular order?

Ans:- CISF,SSB,ITBP,BSF,CRPF. My uncle is in BSF and he suggested me about this preference and other then this I do not have any specific reason behind this.

Career Backup

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

Ans:- First of all, I was almost sure to make it in the final list and moreover I am already serving in IAF and hence do not have any backup plan.

Wisdom

Q. Through this journey and success, what wisdom did you gain about competition and life? What is your message to the aspirants?

Ans:- . Without hard work and perseverance one can not gain anything in life. Perseverance and focus on goal was my main mantra and should be of every aspirant. Just believe in yourself . It is the time to decide….Either live your dreams or leave your dreams.

Credit: Friends/family

Q. Behind every 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?

Ans:- There are a lot of person are to thank….in fact thanks will be a little less to their contribution in my life. They believed in me when I was dwindling around the reach of sea shore but was far away to sail through. They constantly kept on believing in me till the time I made it. First of all my mother who always dreamed that I will make it. Secondly, my mother -in-law who believed the same. Thirdly, my wife who always supported and encouraged me always in my difficult time. Last but not the least my sister Kusum who was always there to believe,support,help and even sometimes guide me.

Bogus Marketing Propaganda

Q. Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation and if yes, how did it help you?  And you can even reply “No”. I’ll publish your answer as it is.

Ans:- Off course, I use it regularly and I would like to say for persons like me who cannot afford time for coaching  ‘Mrunal.org’ is a boon. I used to study your various articles, read books suggested by you. After my every exam I used to match answer keys from this site. Your motivation and guidance has given an immense help and support to me in this success. Thanks a lot Mrunal Sir and I really mean it.

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So far 24 Comments posted

  1. Mayank

    Praveen ji…
    Achchha laga aapke baare me padhke…
    ur story is very inspiring…
    my best wishes for you n your family 🙂

  2. ashish patil

    its good to knew that u too cleared…..we were in same batch for physical at crpf camp pune….me too cleared 236 rank

    1. Rohan

      Congrats to you.
      Where you live in Maharashtra ? I think you should also post your interview here to inspire others.

      1. ashish patil

        thanks…I m in pune now a days….will publish if mrunal permits…..

  3. yuvraj

    Hey Praveen,
    I really appreciate the efforts made by you in such circumstances & pressure as faced by a person who serves in Armed Forces. It’s a big achievement for you, your family & ofcourse your friends. I am highly inspired by your said lines:

    “Just believe in yourself . It is the time to decide….Either live your dreams or leave your dreams..”

    Once again congratulations from the bottom of my heart.. 🙂

  4. DEPT. OF POST

    greatly motivated from u excellent …… sir hatsss off

  5. Praveen

    Thanks a lot……

  6. SAURABH TIWARI

    My self preparing for the same did 12th in 2009 now pursuing graduation BA (PRIVATE). Serving DEPT. OF POST since last 2 year preparing for the same. Cleared NDA 3 times . faced 6 SSB till now. i also want to become officer. sir guide me please

  7. Owais

    great!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. vishwajeet

    sir nice to see u which u want to achieve
    have great life ahead sir
    and pls be in contact sir

  9. Brajesh

    Congrats Brother

  10. nihal

    you really put the milestone for us…u really a commondo..u gave worth to ur name…good luck praveen..

  11. Anil

    Jai Hind Praveen sir, first of all my heartiest congratulation to u ,, for your outstanding achievement,, i am glad to say u that i m also serving in IAF ,, your this article of success have filled me with more enthusiasm and courage to achieve this goal,,, u have done that with your dedication and hardwork,, however i can understand that time management is very difficult during hectic schedule in IAF,,, Sir,, i am going to complete my service of 7 years in few months after that i will also be eligible ,,,,, if you can guide more then it would be highly acknowledged… once again i congrats u <>

  12. harry

    congrts parveen sir…………wish u a bright future!

  13. Sunil kumar sahu

    Proud of u COMMANDO…. u made tech74 proud once again:)

  14. Praveen

    Thanx Sunil……..

  15. Praveen Yadav

    congratulation praveen

  16. Praveen

    Thanx a lot to all of u………..

  17. MANORANJAN KUMAR

    CONG… SIR I FEEL PROUD IF WE SELECTED FOR HIGHER POST FROM IAF

  18. JP Khatri

    Sir,
    Congarts for an inspiring n exemplary success.What I realised by assimilation of your interview are your positive as well as realistic approach to life,clarity and originality of ideas/logics(not cut copy paste)or ideas from ground level understanding,preserverance for such a long period n a nature of thankfulness.These points I’ll try to adhere in my preparation.Good wishes for your future.

  19. Ajay

    Congratulations brother!!!
    this is just a start you will achieve many more goals ahead, my best wishes will always be with you.

    Ajay

  20. ramchandra

    Congratulation Sir

  21. Kapil

    Many to congratulations for your success. God may bless you at every stage of your life.

  22. Aryan Sharma

    बहुत बडिया भाई

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