[Topper’s Interview] Parth Gautam Sharma (AIR-294/CSE-2013): B.Com, Commerce Optional, Madhyapradesh

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  1. Candidate profile
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. Electronic Vs Paper material
  5. Tempo and style
  6. Struggle of a Senior player
  7. Prelim (CSAT) General studies
  8. Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
  9. Prelim accuracy
  10. Mains: Compulsory language paper
  11. Mains: Essay
  12. General Studies (Mains) paper 1
  13. General studies (Mains) paper 2
  14. General studies (Mains) Paper 3
  15. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  16. GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2013
  17. Mains answer-writing?
  18. Commerce optional?
  19. CSE-2013 Marksheet
  20. Career Backup
  21. Insecurity about profile
  22. Wisdom
  23. Credit: Friends/family
  24. Marketing Propaganda

Candidate profile

NamePARTH GAUTAM SHARMA
Rank in CSE-2013294
Roll No176967
Age23
No. of previous attempts in Civil service Exam1
Optional SubjectCOMMERCE AND ACCOUNTANCY
Medium chosen for Mains answersENGLISH
Schooling mediumENGLISH
College mediumENGLISH
Home town/cityGWALIOR AND BHOPAL
Work-experience if anyNOPE
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failuresNOPE
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)i joined rankers classes and srirams.. but given that i had always remained in hostel since childhood, i always had the habit of relying more on self study.. Hence in did not attend it much.

Education

% in class 1087 CBSE
% in class 1294 CBSE
Schooling (Medium)ENGLISH
GraduationBCOM(HONS)
College2011, HANSRAJ COLLEGE, DELHI UNIVERSITY
Post-graduationNOPE
Any other professional coursesNOPE
Hobbies & Extra curricularWatching current political debates, financial investing, big cats ( i wrote this in the mains form)

Introduction

UPSC topper Parth Sharma

with Mom at Jade Buddha Temple, Shanghai

Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?

My initial inspiration for this exam was my father. He is an IPS officer, cleared the exam at a very young age with a very humble background. He insisted me to start preparing for this exam just after my graduation. He always impressed upon me the advantages of getting into the services early given the amount of difference you can make. Hence I started preparing for this exam from august 2011.  In my first attempt I did not clear because I had public administration, a subject if I had today as my optional, I would’ve been out of the list. Thanks to my graduation that I could do justice to my optional in both the attempts. I was very impressed with the way my father and his batchmates used to talk and wear.  I would like to thank specially my mentor Nitin Singhania(rank 51 batch 2012) who guided me realistically through the tough time and the countless people who gave me hope( im sorry it’s a long list). I thank you Mrunal for making my preparation easier. I have very high regards for people like you who never gave up and truly inspired me all this while.

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)? If possible narrate a typical day in your studylife. What is your style of preparation (e.g. I continue making notes no matter what I’m reading, I just read multiple times but don’t maintain notes, I make mindmaps on computer …or xyz style)

I’m not that tech friendly person to rely much upon electronic materail.  99% of my preparation was from paper material either books or coaching material.  One point I’ll like to stress for my fellow aspirants- please do the hindu newspaper very very very nicely at least an year prior to your mains… I used to cut out clippings of my newspaper specially of the editorial and oped section and it helped very much in analytical questions.  It surely is worth the effort.  No magazine or material can supplement that.  Trust me.  I supplemented my newspaper with visionias current affair material which was more than enough.  Current affairs apart, for static portions and topics I made it a point to refer to maximum of 2 sources and kept on revising it… it paid me dividends.  I hope my fellow aspirants do adopt this strategy.

Tempo and style

Q. On an average, how many hours do you study? How do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings?

Never kept a record on the number of hours studied but it wouldve been around 7 hours.  Mood swings were very common to the extent of I doubting myself and being a total skeptic about my caliber and potential.  I was however priveleged to have good friends and room partners who never let the hopes die and kept on telling me that its just a matter of time that your name figures in the list.  I thank them all.

Struggle of a Senior player

After 1-2 failures in any competitive exam, a phase of mental saturation comes. The person knows the booklist, he knows what is necessary to succeed. But it doesn’t yield result. Social and psychological pressure keeps mounting. You’ve cleared exam on second attempt. So, what’re your words of wisdom to other senior players? If any specific inspirational incident(s), please share.

I do believe its very very disappointing to not get results after you’ve invested so much of time, money and effort.  I shall urge all my senior players to please read the story of my friends arpit jain( rank 194 2013 batch) and specially pavitra kumar dubey( rank 388 2012 batch).  Im sure you will start hoping and dreaming again that yes we can and we will.  Please do get to know how, when and in what circumstances did they clear this exam

Prelim (CSAT) General studies

Topicstrategy/booklist/comment
History AncientNCERT
History MedievalDIDN’T DO.
History Modern (Freedom Struggle)SPECTRUM
Culture society
Polity (theory + current)Srirams Plus Newspaper And Vision
Economy (theory + current)Srirams Plus Newspaper And Vision
Science (theory + current)NEWSPAPER AND VISION IAS SCIENCE MATERIAL
Environment (theory + current)IGNOU, CRACK IAS AND SHANKAR IAS MATERIAL
geography physical11TH NCERT NEW ONE
geography India11TH AND 12TH NCERT
geography worldNCERT
other national/international current affairsNEWSPAPER And vision ias.. it is enough.. wanna do more?? Do Yojna and All India Radio
Schemes, Policy & Filler StuffSrirams and vision material

Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude

Topicstrategy / booklist
MathsTMH
reasoningTMH
comprehensionTMH
Decision MakingTMH

Any observation / comments / tips about GS prelims?

PRACTICE AS MANY MOCKS AS POSSIBLE.. AIM FOR 170 PLUS IN CSAT

Prelim accuracy

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

I used to get the mock tests being sold in the market to my home.. They help you very very much specially for CSAT.

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

attemptedcorrect
GS8567
aptitude8077

Q3. Your score in prelim (when UPSC uploads it please mail me your score)

Mains: Compulsory language paper

Q1. Please fill this table

Compulsory language paperYour preparation strategy / booklist?
English paperNO PREPARATION
your regional languagePRACTICED WRITING HINDI FOR TWO DAYS PRIOR TO THE EXAMINATION.

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

Please don’t play with them

Mains: Essay

Q1. How did you prepare for the essay paper?

This was my weakest part.. I didn’t write a single essay before my mains.. But i wont suggest people to follow my approach.. Practice 2 essays in a month and get it checked by your friends or teachers.. Do read newspapers nicely for fodder points

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

I wrote about the “GDP (Gross Domestic Product) along with GDH (Gross Domestic Happiness) would be the right indices for judging the wellbeing of a country”.

I picked this topic because of my BACKGROUND AND OPTIONAL.. INTRODUCTION WAS ON WHAT DEVELOPMENT WAS AND MEANS TODAY AND THE NEED FOR INDICES TO MEASURE IT… EXPLAINING WHAT GDP IS WHY REQUIRED GOOD POINT BAD POINTS… BAD POINTS TOOK ME TO GDH.. WHAT IS IT,, WHY IS IT REQUIRED, GOOD POINTS OF THE INDEX, BAD ONES

CONCLUDING BY  SAYING NO INDEX SHOULD BE USED ON A STAND ALONE BASIS.. BOTH SHOW DIFFERENT AREAS OF SOCIO ECONOMIC WELL BEING…

General Studies (Mains) paper 1

TopicHow did you prepare?
cultureNITIN SINGHANIAS NOTES
Indian historySPECTRUM
world historyNCERT 9TH 10TH AND 12TH
post-independence IndiaDID IT ONLY TILL 1956.. BUT EITHER GUHA OR YELLOW BOOK SHALL SUFFICE
Indian societySYNERGY NOTES
role of women, poverty etc.SAME
globalization on Indian societySAME
communalism, regionalism, secularismSAME
world geo physical11TH NCERT 12TH NCERT GC LEONG AND VAJIRAM MATERIAL FOR MAINS
resource distributionSame
factors for industrial locationSame
earthquake tsunami etcSame
impact on flora-faunaSame

General studies (Mains) paper 2

TopicHow did you prepare?
Indian Constitution, devolution, dispute redressal etc.Srirams
comparing Constitution with worldVision ias
parliament, state LegislaturesSrirams
executive-judiciarySrirams and newspaper
minsitries departmentsSame
pressure group, informal asso.Srirams( pressure groups and NGO is very nicely given)
Representation of people’s actSrirams
various bodies: Constitutional, statutory..Vision
NGO, SHG etcSriramd
welfare schemes, bodiesNewspaper
social sector, health, edu, HRD12th plan full reports
governance, transparency, accountabilityArc report
e-governanceArc report
role of civil serviceSrirams( nicely given)
India & neighborsNewspaper and vajiram printed material( very very good)
bilateral/global groupingSame
effect of foreign country policies on Indian interestSame
diasporaNot done
intl.bodies- structure mandateVajiram material

General studies (Mains) Paper 3

TopicHow did you prepare?
Indian economy, resource mobilizationSrirams( very very good)
inclusive growthSrirams
budgetingVision value addition material( good)
major crops, irrigationVision
agro produce – storage, marketingVision and srirams
e-technology for famersVision
farm subsidies, MSPVision and srirams
PDS, buffer, food securityVision and srirams
technology missionVision and srirams
animal rearing economicsVision and srirams
food processingMrunal first two articles
land reformsVision and srirams
liberalizationVision and srirams
infraVision and srirams
investment modelsVision and srirams
science-tech day to day lifeOnly current science done from vision and newspaper
Indian achievements in sci-tech
awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPR
environmental impact assessmentInsightson india website link
Disaster ManagementSrirams
non state actors, internal securityVajiram and als
internal security – role of media, social networking siteVajiram yellow book
cyber securitySame
money launderingSame
border  ManagementYour article
organized crime, terrorismVajiram
security agencies- structure mandateAls material

General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude

TopicHow did you prepare?
ethics and interface, family, society and all the hathodaa topicsOnly synergy classnotes
attitude, moral influence etc.
civil service: integrity, impartiality, tolerance to weak etc
emotional intelligence, its use in governance
moral thinkers of India and worldHow many did you prepare?
ethics in pub.ad, accountability, laws, rules etc.
corporate governance
probity in governance, work culture
citizen charter, ethics code, work culture etc.
challenges of corruption
case studies on above topics

Any other comments, word of wisdom after going through the mains-2013.

I can’t help my fellow aspirants with gs4 coz I still don’t know which material is good. Wait for rank 1 to spell it out.

GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2013

Q. in GS4 ethics papers, please give a sketchy overview of your case study answers:

Ans. I couldn’t do any justice to these question, so plz spare me.

caseyour approach/answer
1: RTI: To hide or not to hide
2: Engineer: Bogus flyover vs deadline
3: Child Labourers in Sivakasi
4: Nepotism in Job recruitment
5: Leaking information

Mains answer-writing?

Q1. How was your experience with the ‘fixed space’ answer sheet?

There’s too much space… like way too much

Q2. 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.

It doesn’t matter.. I used both paragraphs and point form.. but usually explanation and elaboration I did using paragraphs  and discuss comment evaluate and analyse were in point form.

Q3. 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.) Because the UPSC aspirant Community is divided over what counts as a ‘good’ paper. Some experts claim you should attempt all- even if it involves “making up” an answer with filler lines, some claim attempt only those questions you know perfectly. Where do you stand on this?

I attempted 1660 out of 1750.. but did try my best to maintain quality by mentioning as many points as possible.. I think regular answer writing shall resolve the dilemma between quality and quantity.

Q4. Did you use highlighters / sketchpens in your answers?

Nope. Only in commerce paper by highlighting the important point using a pencil

Q5. Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in GS1 Geography)

Yes only in commerce paper2

Q6. If yes, did you draw diagrams with pencil or pen?

Pencil

Q7. Did you use ruler to draw the lines in diagram? Or did you just make it by hand?

No ruler used

Q8. You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?

Blue pen

(Mrunal – since readers keep mailing such queries, therefore I’m asking the topper to clear all the air haha.)

Commerce optional?

Q1. Your booklist strategy and analysis for the optional subjects. Please provide an elaborate reply on this because in last three years, difficulty level & scaling has become very tough in all optionals. Therefore, old ‘strategy’ articles on internet are pretty much toothless. So, please throw some new light please.

Please do rankers classes classnotes and printed material very very nicely.. it is MORE than enough… nothing more is required.. RS sir keeps on updating his material.. do pick up the most updated one.. trust me don’t go anywhere else

CSE-2013 Marksheet

Q. When UPSC uploads the Marksheets, please mail it to me so I can include it in your interview article.

Sure

Career Backup

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

Given that I belong to the field of finance and commerce, I had thought of giving rbi or any banking sector job.

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

Had I failed in my second attempt.

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?

I don’t think any such insecurities should be there… I do admit unfortunately that having these things is an advantage but not having these is not a disadvantage. UPSC is quite fair in assessing you the way you are presently and not your past. My friend Pavitra Kumar Dubey had none of these, did he not clear? Even my father dint have any of these.

Wisdom

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

Know your boundaries well, work hard within those boundaries and never ever give up. Because if you do, your dreams are shattered. Live life only to see your dreams being materialized and not to see them being blown away just because someday you lost the courage.

Q. What is your message to the future aspirants?

IF YOU THINK YOU CAN, YOU WILL.

IF YOU THINK YOU WON’T, YOU WILL NEVER EVER SUCCEED.

Credit: Friends/family

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?

I thank my parents, roomates (special thanks To Ashish Dikshit, Shashank Sharma And Ankit Jalan), friends and allmighty god for making this possible.  I remember when I failed in my first attempt when I had worked very very hard for it that why the hell didn’t luck favour me??, why did the commerce paper come so tough, why did pub ad got butchered and not the other optionals? Whats my mistake in it, why the hell that I always heard nothing is impossible with hardwork did I not get selected…my roommate replied to me sitting on the other side of the bed “fortune favors the brave and luck favours the hardworking and you didn’t get through because god wanted to teach you humility in life”.  I do believe yes this was the case because given my ego centric personality at that point in time, had I cleared then, I would’ve never been able to become a better and a humble human being and I wouldve never learnt what failiure wanted to teach me and that was hope and humility.  I now think I’m over it and hence truly deserved to be in the list.

Marketing Propaganda

Q. You are well aware for the sacred rule of conducting toppers’ interview- 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 publish your answer without tempering/editing it.

Yes I did in all those areas where no guidance was possible and no source was available.  Your topics on the economy portion were class apart. And yes I did your current affairs as well for my last and final attempt. I only have one request please do even cover editorials of the hindu… I know sir youre overloaded with work but I suggest you to stop covering pib and do the edit and op-ed instead.  Thank you very much sir.

Mrunal replies: that [PIB] series was later subsumed into [Current] series, so now it encompasses PIB+noteworthy topics from Hindu, IE, Frontline and EPW.

Mrunal recommends

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142 Comments on “[Topper’s Interview] Parth Gautam Sharma (AIR-294/CSE-2013): B.Com, Commerce Optional, Madhyapradesh”

  1. Friends any idea where can I get old ncerts online ?

  2. hi sorry for replying you late… i think i should again elaborate on my strategy and sources..
    for CSAT, PEOPLE who have conceptual clarity should directly go for practicing as many mocks as possible of time, career launcher etc etc.. for people who dont, please join a coaching ( CL AND SRIRAMS IS VERY GOOD FOR CSAT, REST I DONT KNOW) OR but tata mcgraw hill and understand concepts from there… and then practice as many mocks as possible…

    for GS prelims, i gave you my source.. trust me for polity and economy, srirams is very good… history and geography from ncerts and gc leong( 11th and 12th class new ncerts), environment should be prepared from multiple sources as outlined, science( I DONT KNOW COZ I DONT UNDERSTAND IT A BIT BUT AS SAID i only did the current part from vision, the hindu and mrunal),, current affairs for prelims and mains ive told you to do the hindu very very nicely supplemented with vision ias monthly material.. if you wanna do more, do all india radio and yojna… trust me study only that much you can revise at the end….culture portion i did from nitin singhanias notes and they were good… they are availabe in the market in delhi…. i hope for prelims, ive elaborated sufficiently to leave no scope of confusion

  3. for commerce.. people asked me standard books ca books etc etc… sorry folks i didnt do any of them.. i only did rankers classes CLASS NOTES AND PRINTED MATERIAL( because it is consolidation of 3 to 4 books).. trust me it was good.. yes practical you can practice ffrom standard books( any book shall be good) but for paper 2 and theory of paper1, rankers material is MORA THAN enough..please join the upgrade commerce classes being held in september when the updation of material shall take place.. if you cant join not a problem,, just subscribe through correspondence.. thats all

    1. Thank You so much for sharing such useful info with us..My optional is commerce and ur message solved my all doubts..
      Wishing u all the best for ur future endeavours.

    2. bro, could u plz send me printed material.

  4. sorry folks my paper 4 went very bad.. i still dont have any idea how to go about( im also waiting for rank 1 to spell it out for me).. i only did synergy CLASS NOTES which were good but not sufficient.. so im sorry..

  5. for rest of gs mains.. ive given my souce but i shall elaborate on it a bit… SYNERGY material for paper 1 areas were class notes and not printed.. vajiram material i did for international relations and security was the printed material… and srirams material and vision ias value addition material is all printed…. these material shud be refferred to topic wise as outlined in my interview to mrunal…but i must tell you something… when i reffered to 2 material for a topic.. what i did was to make one as my base material to revised again and again and the 2nd material was supplemented in a way that the 80% theory which was same in material 1 and 2 was weeded out and only 20% of material 2 was done, keeping material 1 as my base……for example the topic of public distribution system, make srirams as youyr base, refer to vision and weed out the 80% common theory and only add the theory which is extra in vision and leave out the common theory… thank you and good luck

    1. parth sir….plz tell something abt ur frnds arpit jain and pavitra kumar dubey ‘s story…u emphasised on them..so plzzzzzzzz tell something

      1. Arpit shal be giving his intw shortly

    2. hello parth congo for ur success parth buddy i have some doubts triggering in my mind coulc u please clear it ..
      1.as u have done coaching at sriam for gs so am in dilemma wjether to join coachig or material will suffice
      2.writing practice means in what format one should write ans in mains para or point or mix approach
      3.current affairs notes are released monthly??
      thank u

      1. 1. its upto you wether you wanna join.. join vaji or sriram.. i must admit coaching gives psychological

        1.. its not essential to join coaching.. but can for pschological satisfaction.. sri and vaji both are good
        2. doesnt matter which format you write.. you must be able to explain
        3.yes vision current affairs material is released currently

        1. Parth bata badhai ho your mama

  6. बहुत बहुत बधाई हो…पार्थ महोदय जी

  7. parth sir….plz tell something abt ur frnds arpit jain and pavitra kumar dubey ‘s story…u emphasised on them..so plzzzzzzzz tell something

  8. congrts sir,
    sir kya commerce option mai hindi medium se mains clr possible h…?
    mera commerce ppr 2 pe achi command ni h bt ppr 1pe commnd h.. kya commerce optn thik h mere liye with hindi background. becoz gs mai hindi mai marks aate h but maine suna h ki commerce spcly ppr 2 mai nahi…
    plllllz sir rply…

    1. bilkul possible hai ji.. medium doesnt matter at all.. bas mehnat karo. number aayenge

      1. kya hindi medium wale numericals english mai likh skte h

  9. congrats parth…. u r interview motivate me or all ias aspirants,,,,,,,,

    kya bina coaching notes k upsc clear nahi kiya ja sakta hai ,,,, ya phir upsc k sabhi all 4 gs subject ko books k dwara bhi samjha ja sakta hai, or clear kiya ja sakta hai,,,,,,

    i m hindi medium aspirants for upsc ,,i m very confuse about the medium which i choose for upsc mains ,i think books are not available in hindi medium for general studies all four subjects ,,,so please suggest me which medium is best for me for perp of upsc ,,,,,,,,mrunal sir please guide me,

    1. Civil services exam more or less has become ,,’the current services exam”please ensure that you r well versed in the medium u r opting and availability of comprehensive coverage on relevant current issues in that medium,,,

  10. Congratulations sir

  11. Thanks for such a nice explanation

  12. Civil services exam more or less has become ,,’the current services exam”please ensure that you r well versed in the medium u r opting and availability of comprehensive coverage on relevant current issues in that medium,,,

  13. Dear Parth gautam sir… I m new to prepre,and I hv only 1 nd half year…thinking to go to Delhi for full time study( as now in Steel Industry in Mumbai). My dilemma, whether to join coaching (Sriram) for GS or self study….bcoz if I prefer self study(for 1 yr) and after then If i think need of coaching then I will hv no time….so plz suggest so tht I could make in d final list at any cost and ASAP. Thanx

    1. you can join coaching for psychological satisfaction.. lekin zaroori nahi hai..

  14. koi hindi medium wala bhi hai kya final list me!!!

  15. I am opting for commerce optional but I struggle with Income tax. is it necessary to have good command in all the topics in commerce paper 1.

    1. atleast do the theory part nicely… rankers classes notes are good in tax.. but if u need more refer to girish ahuja

  16. Fortune favours the brave.

  17. Hi,
    Can you share the notes of Synergy, Vaji’s, Sri Ram’s…, So that most of us can utilize it.

    1. sorry sunil.. i have its hard copy only

      1. Thanks for replying. If the notes is for sale then please let me know.

  18. For Bipin Chandra: There are lot of books of Bipin Chandra available in the market. Can you please specify which ones to read ?

    1. india since independence

  19. sir, plz tell me hw to cover hindu newspaper?wat shud we do wen same topic is repeated in editorials means shud we collect all or shud we note all ? really i find it very difficult as it takes much of my tm still it remain incomplete,n hw much tm one shud giv for newspaper? n wat we shud note n wat to leave?plz reply n solve my problem,i wl remain thxful to u.

    1. hi monica i suggest that you follow newspaper guidance given by mrunal earlier.. he has elaborated properly on it

  20. munral sir kindly also share the interview experience of arpit jain( rank 194 2013 batch) and specially pavitra kumar dubey( rank 388 2012 batch).

  21. congratulations PARTH sir,
    I just want to know that, reading the xerox notes of various good coachings like vaijram, vision, sriram etc etc. (infact list continues) or attending classes are equally effective ????
    coz i have heard from people xerox or classroom notes are effective only for those who are the actually go to classes and listen lectures..
    coz many things are not covered there in notes
    IS IT SO ?????? Will we get the clarity by reading notes of vaijiram or sriram etc .
    I CANNOT AFFORD THE COACHING FEE SIR. So plz clarify this. ur point of view ?
    i know you were a hosteler. but still since u have studied notes and attended coaching (for short duration).
    So the difference u obsereved !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    your reply will be helpful for many

    1. i dont think attending classses are important… notes will suffice.. take my word.. read them properly.

  22. can you please let me know your optional marks or post your marksheet here..

    1. Commerce 240

  23. given that commerce has lengthy syllabus, how did you revise it before exam? UPSC gave just one day before the paper.

  24. Hello parth sir.i wants to knw ur commerce score in paper1 and 2.
    I myself is a banker nd had commerce as my graduation subject,now at this point im in fix for the optional kindly tell me ur score so tht I can tk sm decision.
    Nd pls tell me one more thing tht is ranker indeed best or I can opt vajiram as well.

  25. Hello parth sir.i wants to knw ur commerce score in paper1 and 2.
    I myself is a banker nd had commerce as my graduation subject,now at this point im in fix for the optional kindly tell me ur score so tht I can tk sm decision.
    Nd pls tell me one more thing tht is ranker indeed best or I can opt vajiram as well.
    Pls rply soon im waiting for ur ans anxiously.

  26. how much hv u scored in mains gs, essay n interview?

  27. Hi Parth..first of all congratulation on your achievement. I have a query regarding the Financial Accounting paper that which accounting standard do we have to study ( Indian AS or just the AS,as they are different ) ???

  28. Hi Parth..congrats on ur success.please suggest how to prepare practicals for paper 1 commerce..Did u do practice tests at Rankers or u practiced @home? Was it predictable? Because I gave mains in 2012 with Commerce and found 2013 paper 1 very unpredictable..

  29. Badhai ho parth jee your mama

  30. sir maine 10th aur 12th hindi medium se kiya lekin mai enginearing kar raha hun electronious branch se mere liye kaun sa medium good hoga sir english ya hindi pls replay jald sir

  31. Sir Plz tell me where can i get rankers classes notes for paper 2….i live in kolkata & i dont have any good access over here…plz help

  32. Sir Please post the mark sheet

  33. Thanx a lot mrunal& mr.parth for your guidance…thanx

  34. i am very confused about option ,in this examination there is one or two optional subject.

  35. can anyone tell me which year’s finance act one shud refer for tax subject

  36. hello sir ,i m presently doing b.com final year and i want to do upsc and i conformed to take commerce as my optional subject…….suggest me what books should i read………………

  37. The topper has repetitively mentioned about Sriram Notes. What is it, can someone plz tell me? Sure, it sounds like notes provided by some coaching institute, but where do I get the Sriram notes? I am from Ladakh. Can someone plz tell me where I can get such notes? And it seems true that one has to be in Delhi for preparing for cse…

  38. Sir,
    Even I am from commerce background, currently studying in T.Y.B.Com Sem 6 at HL College of Commerce(Ahmedabad). Can you kindly enlist the questions that were asked to you in interview, relating to commerce and accountancy. This will help a lot to know the kind of questions that can be asked to commerce graduate in UPSC interview by the panelists.
    Thanks in advance.

  39. Dear sir , please recommend me the books to be preferred for the preparation of income tax and accounting,As i went through the syllabus of UPSC , its almost the same which i prepared in graduation like Accounts – Girish Ahuja and j.r monga , income tax – girish ahuja ,and cost accounting- maheshwari and mittal …will it be sufficient or should i refer to some other books for practice?

  40. can u pls tell what books to refer for paper 2 ??

  41. Hello….parth sir…
    I want to know that if someone plans geography as an optional subject for upsc…then which coaching or books or whose classes notes will be beneficial?

  42. ..sir there was an article about NITI ayog somewhere.. I m not able to find it..can u pls tel how shud I search it..??

  43. Dear sir.
    Mera naam guru hai aur mai LLB first year me hu aur mai upsc ki preparation bhi start kiya hu but thoda confuse hu ki GS aur aptitude ki preparation ke liye sahi book kon si hogi

  44. congratulations sir for your success …..to giving answer maximum aspirants i didn’t saw anywhere . thank you so much….

  45. Partha Guatham Sir,

    Hopefully i would be writing mains for 2015, please guide me the books to be followed for paper 1 & 2 along with strategy to be followed.
    i dnt have time to join classes as am a working professional. please guide me in doing the commerce optional well.

  46. What is your Message? Search before asking questions & confine discussions to exams related matter only.sir please tell me how to prepare for IAS while doing graduation i.e.simple bcom.

  47. sir please tell me how to prepare for IAS while doing graduation i.e.simple bcom.

  48. Those like to know everything please mail to me drrajeshsp#gmail.com iam teaching commerce as well as having good exposure in that area for both papers1 and 2

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