[Topper’s Interview] Sandeep Chaudhary (AIR-158/CSE-2014) without leaving BSNL job, Geography Optional

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  1. Biodata
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. Electronic Vs Paper material
  5. Tempo and style
  6. Struggle of a Senior player
  7. Prelims (CSAT) General studies
  8. Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
  9. Prelim accuracy
  10. Mains: Compulsory language paper
  11. Mains: Essay
  12. GS Mains Paper-1
  13. GS Mains Paper-2
  14. GS Mains Paper-3
  15. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  16. Mains answer-writing?
  17. Mains Optional Subject
  18. Before the interview
  19. During the interview
  20. CSE-2014 Marksheet
  21. Career Backup
  22. Views on UPSC reforms
  23. Insecurity about profile
  24. Wisdom
  25. Credit: Friends/family
  26. BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Biodata

Sandeep Chaudhary

Sandeep Chaudhary Rank 158, Geography Optional

Q.Details
NameSandeep Chaudhary
Rank in CSE-2014158
Roll No.325000
Age29
Total attempts in CSE (including this one)4
Optional SubjectGeography
Schooling MediumHindi/English
College mediumEnglish
Medium chosen for Mains answersEnglish
Medium chosen for InterviewHindi
Home town/cityDelhi (Born in Sonipat(Haryana))
Work-experience if any6.5 years(1.5 years in JSW Steel Ltd  + 5 years  in BSNL )
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures
  1. State PSC
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)Geography at ALS but soon realized that it was wastage of time and money, so later relied on self-study only.
Service preferences (Top-5)IPS,IAS,IFS,IRS
state cadre preference (Top-5)Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, MP,UP

Education

% in class 1078.5
% in class 1282.4
Graduation course and %B.Tech  Electronics and Instrumentation Control, 66%
Name of college, city, passing out yearYMCA Institute of Engineering (Faridabad, Haryana)
Post-graduationMBA (Distance Education, MDU  Rohtak)
Any other professional coursesNil
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements
  • Reading books ,
  • Following international events/current affairs
  • Internet Surfing

Introduction

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

  • I did engg. In 2007 and started career with a private company later switched to PSU (BSNL), got married in 2009, now i’ve a 5 years sweet daughter. My father is working in MTNL , Delhi as Sr. Sub Divisional Engineer, my mother is a housewife, my wife is a research scholar (doing Ph.D from DTU,Delhi).
  • In 2009 when I started commuting from Delhi to Panipat (Haryana) in Local train, I found it very boring as it took 2 hrs daily in UP and Down, so stared studying newspaper, some random reading of major events to make use of my commuting time. I conceptualized idea for Civil Service preparation in 2011 after thinking a lot. I found my job in BSNL not much satisfying and with little career progress, so after lot of consideration I decided to prepare without leaving my current job.
  • While traveling in train, I found countless thing which inspired me to do something more on my part for the country and the society.
  • Beside I always motivated myself to check and extend my limits, so entered into the race.

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)

Initially my style of preparation was a bit haphazard. I didn’t make notes but read multiple books and made notes in the book itself. This was the prime reason for initial failures. Later started to find out my weaknesses and turned them into my strength (Always remained my core stratergy).

My days started at 6 AM when I catch Local train to Panipat, I do study in train from 6-8 AM and then after reaching my office around 8.15AM, I again study 8.15 to 10 AM (this was the routine schedule). In office time I do spared 2-3 hours daily for study after completing my office work. In evening I again studied in Local Train from 5.30 PM to 7.30 PM daily. After reaching home I gave time to my daughter and family, but during exam days did some study at home too. Over all I did studied around 8-9 hours, though initially it was 4-5hrs only.

I relied heavily on internet for preparation (especially for current affairs) as I didn’t find time to read newspaper. Mrunal,Insightonindia & Gktoday help immensely in this.

Tempo and style

Q. People know what books and syllabus points are to be prepared. But most of them lack consistency in their preparation. So, how do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?

Self motivation, determination never let me diverted from the objective. If I found myself saturated or bored of studying, I simply spent time to my daughter, my wife and my family which re-energized me.

Struggle of a Senior player

Q1. How did you survive through this mental prison and what’re your words of wisdom to other senior players? If any specific inspirational incident(s), please share.

Keep myself focused and remained myself the goal. Many time after failure many thing came to mind “tumse nahi ho payegaa bhai”, I rejected this with positive taught “Aggar aur kar sakte hai toh mein kyo nahi”. Moral of the story :- Self motivation

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

2011 –  Gave prelims just to check what is CSE, before appearing in the exam I even didn’t know that 2nd paper change to aptitude and now called CSAT. Finally came with satisfaction that I used 4 hours purposefully. Failed in prelims by just 5 marks (my marks were 193 and cutoff was 198). After result I realized that I can, so started so serious preparation.

2012 –Studied decently and over focused on GS Paper 1, so neglect of Paper II harmed me. My score my just 0.67 below cutoff. Made many blunder in GS paper I and even bigger blunders in Paper II comprehension section. (Paper I – around 103 and paper II- around 104-105).

2013- Scored 270 in Prelims, but due negligence of answer writing failed in mains by 10 marks. Due to my weakness in writing I always postponed writing answers, ultimately mains result shown me the mirror, so now I found the area where I had to focus.

2014- For the whole year I wrote answers using www.insightonindia.com. Joined mains test series of VISION IAS , GKTODAY because of flexibility that they provide. Made strategy to handle GS papers. For Geography (optional) joined VISIONIAS test series, taking clues from evaluation of my answers I corrected my answers and incorporated the suggestions in my future answers (as a result I scored 278 in mains).

I can only say one thing, if you don’t practice answer writing, then either god can pass you or you are extremely extra ordinary and exceptional.

Prelims (CSAT) General studies

Topicstrategy/booklist/comment
History AncientOld NCERT
History MedievalOld NCERT
History Modern (Freedom Struggle)Bipan Chandra, Spectrum’s book
Culture and societySelective reading of Gktoday and VISION IAS PDFs,
Polity (theory + current)Laxmikanth, GK TODAY,Murnal
Economy (theory + current)Mrunal articles, GK Today, Shri Ram’s printed notes of Economics.
Science (theory + current)Mrunal.org, Normal current affairs notes
Environment (theory + current)GK Today, Taking clues from Mock tests, Current affairs, Selected chapters of 12th class Biology (NCERT) book
geography physicalNCERT,Goh cheng Leong (Geography was my optional subject)
geography IndiaNCERT, Majid Hussain,Khullar (Geography was my optional subject)
geography worldNo particular book, just referred notes available in market
other national/international current affairsCurrent affairs notes of GK Today, VISION IAS, MURNAL,INSIGHTONINDIA,IDSA,FRPI,, Council on Foreign Relations(cfr) some other sources on internet
Schemes, Policy & Filler StuffCurrent affairs notes of GK Today, VISION IAS, MURNAL,

Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS prelim 2014 paper?

I did practice many mocks and note down important points from solution particularly for art & culture and environment portion, it helped in revision. (Give sufficient time to check your mock test becoz that is the time when you learn from your mistakes)

I attempted around 83 questions of that around 12-13 were wrong, i took some calculated risk otherwise i could had attempted only 60-65 questions. By doing mock you will learn how to take calculated risk, how to eliminate choices and make smart guesses particularly in environment and SnT questions. As in environment question you can never know each and everything, so you have to make some smart guessing.

Q. in GS-Prelims 2014, there was unusual questions from environment and agriculture portion. If you were to give the attempt again in 2015, what new strategy / books / sources would you focus?

I’ll stick to my own strategy.

Q. Now that Aptitude paper has become qualifying, obvious more attention needs to be paid on the GS paper so apart from the books that you already have gone through, what else would you have tried for CSE-2015 (if you were going to appear)?

  1. A more detailed reading of Indian Culture in ccrtindia
  2. Repeat what I done earlier

Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude

Topicstrategy / booklist
MathsJust practice one mock every week, that will be more than sufficient
reasoningJust practice one mock every week, that will be more than sufficient
comprehensionJust practice one mock every week, that will be more than sufficient
Decision MakingJust practice one mock every week, that will be more than sufficient

Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS Aptitude 2014 paper.

Practice is the key to success.

Prelim accuracy

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

I just solved the mock test of GKTODAY, VISION IAS, INSIGHT ON INDIA at home.

Q2. Approximate no. of attempted answers vs. correct answers. in CSAT-2014

attempted Q.Marks
GS80-8288.66
aptitude66 -67140.83
Total229

Mains: Compulsory language paper

Compulsory language paperYour preparation strategy / booklist?
English paperAt max you may see last year’s papers, otherwise your serious preparation will make you through this
your regional language (in my case it was HINDI)At max you may see last year’s papers, otherwise your serious preparation will make you through this

Q2.other observations / tips / comments on the length / difficulty level of compulsory language papers in CSE-2014

Keep writing and do some practice in writing in your regional language.

Mains: Essay

Q1. How did you prepare for the essay paper?

No Essay-specific preparation. Before examination write atleast 4-5 full length essays and make proper framework for around 10-15 essays. Your general studies will help you in essay writing. Try to incorporate as many possible dimensions and current events in your essay.

I tried to include max aspects in my essay e.g.  Society, women empowerment, social justice, gender issue, global security, intolerance, inclusive growth, sustainable development, poverty, disparities etc (on a whole whatever came to my mind, I just tried to relate it with the essay topic). I’ll advise same to you as this approach drastically improved my essay score from 98 in 2013 to 142 in 2014.

GS Mains Paper-1

TopicHow did you prepare?
cultureCcrtindia , Gktoday, Vision IAS pdfs
Indian historyNCERT old books , Bipan Chandra
world historyNCERT old books (Arjun Dev), Some reference from GK Today notes
post-independence IndiaBipan Chandra “India since independence”
Indian societyCurrent Affairs,  Internet
role of women, poverty etc.Current Affairs,  Internet
globalization on Indian societyCurrent Affairs,  Internet
communalism, regionalism, secularismCurrent Affairs,  Internet
world geo physicalGohcheng Leong, NCERT
resource distributionCurrent Affairs,  Internet
factors for industrial locationMrunal.org, Insight on India
earthquake tsunami etcCurrent Affairs notes,  Internet
impact on flora-faunaCurrent Affairs notes,  Internet

GS Mains Paper-2

Current Affairs notes,  Answer writing using Insight on India , selected topic notes of VISION IAS

GS Mains Paper-3

TopicHow Did You Prepare?
Indian economy, resource mobilizationSri Ram’s economics printed notes, Mrunal.org, Insight on India
inclusive growthCurrent Affairs notes,  Internet
budgetingCurrent Affairs notes,  Internet
major crops, irrigationOnline ,Govt annual report on agriculture
agro produce – storage, marketingInsightsonindia.com articles
e-technology for famersOnline Articles, Current Affairs notes
farm subsidies, MSPOnline Articles, Current Affairs notes
PDS, buffer, food securityOnline Articles, Current Affairs notes
technology mission
animal rearing economics
food processingMrunal.org, Insight on India
land reformsBipan Chandra
liberalizationMrunal.org, Insight on India
infra
investment models
science-tech day to day lifeMrunal.org, Insight on India
Indian achievements in sci-tech
awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPRVisionIAS PDFs,The Hindu
environmental impact assessment
Disaster Management
non state actors, internal securityIDSA special monograph, online reading
internal security – role of media, social networking site
cyber securityNational Cyber Policy, The Hindu
money launderingInsightsonindia article on Black Money
border Management
organized crime, terrorism
security agencies- structure mandateWikipedia

General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude

Studied IAS 100 (Chronicles IAS) book, practices case studies from Insight on India. Try to incorporate specific words related to ethics, aptitude and integrity in your answers. In my personal view it add good impression on examiner

Mains answer-writing?

Please tell us how many marks worth attempt did you give? along with comments if any, in the following cells:

PaperBest attemptedAverage qualitynamesake answerTotal attempt
GS18012050250
GS27012060250
GS35012080250
GS412010030250
Opt-P11606030250
Opt-P21408030250

I write with a good speed. But in last one hour always attempted around 100-110 marks paper, due to which quality compromised somewhat. I always had one thing in my mind that I had to complete the paper and so ,I ensured to accomplished it in all the four papers.

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

Used slightly big fonts, space in between paragraphs. I tried to fill the space as possible so that it look like that I decently attempted the questions.

Q. Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs? Some players (who cleared mains and got interview call letter) were claiming that they wrote entire paper in bullet points, so it doesn’t matter….whether examiner is asking ‘examine, comment, discuss or xyz’….simply write in bullets and points.

Paragraphs as well as bullet points, It depends on the question available content and time. I freely switched between paragraphs and bullet points.

Q. Did you follow the “introduction-body-conclusion” format? because some mains-qualified candidates claim they simply wrote the points they could recall within the time, instead of bothering with proper introduction and conclusion.

Yes, I strict to it as far as possible, but in some cases directly came to point form after writing 1-2 line of intro and at the end concluded in 2-3 lines only, so that answer appears complete.

Q5. Did you use highlighters / sketch pens in your answers?

No

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

I tried diagrams in questions to save time and consume writing space .

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

Pencil

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

By hand.

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

Blue ballpoint pen only (Uni ball Mitsubishi  15 Rupees wala)

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

Mains Optional Subject

Q. What’s your optional subject and why did you chose it and not something else?

Chose geography because of.

  • Somewhat conceptual subject.
  • Found it very interesting, love to know various Geographical phenomena’s, events, processes and features.
  • Helpful in GS.
  • Easy availability of material

Q. If a new player wants to pick this subject, would you advice for it or against it? (e.g. every senior player in Public Administration seems to be advising against pub.ad).

The advantages in taking this optional are

  1. It’s utility in GS paper 1, and Essay.
  2. It’s contemporary nature, particularly social issues, Indian geography, Environment & Ecology and now papers are become much dynamic which depends on overall knowledge and how you relates things.

Q. First the essential book/resource list. (Also mention which one is the “Base book” for covering the theory? + Whatever comments you’ve for a particular book e.g. “my seniors said read xyz book but I found that ABC book was better”. “xyz topic not given properly in this book, so prepare from xyz website or book…” OR and so on.)

  1. A whole list of books is already known to every one, still I want to tell you that I studied limited material (My own short note, Vajiram’s class note and notes of one of my friend, NCERT (old + new), internet for topics such as sustainable development, economic geography, urbanization etc)
  2. still if any doubts, you may contact me at chaudhary(dot)upsc(at)gmail(dot)com

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

Necessary for contemporary topics such as sustainable developments, international issues, economics geography.

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

3-4 months for revision in depth.

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

8-10 months

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

Yes, 4-5 pages for each part (Like Physical geography, Climato, Oceano, Envir, Geomorpho, Economics Geo, Human Geo, Political Geo etc).

Q. Your observation about the difficultly level of 2014 mains vs previous papers. And what precautions / rectifications are necessary in the future strategy for given optional subject?

2014 Paper 1 was easier compared to 2012 or 2013. Paper 2 in 2014 was dynamic in nature, questions were GS in nature but you had to write answers with geographic prospective along with maps, diagrams and enough examples

Before the interview

Q1. How did you prepare for the interview? – for college grad, hobbies, place of origin, current affairs at national and international level?

  1. College grad –Did not studied any thing.
  2. Hobbies – Some basic things searched on internet.
  3. Place of origin – Google based study
  4. Current affairs – The Hindu,Business Standard online. Watched Rajya Sabha debates.

Q2. Did you attend any mock interviews by coaching classes? How were they similar / different than official interview? Do you believe it is necessary to attend such mock interviews?

Samkalp, GS Score, Byju’s and Vision India.

Q3. Describe the formal-dress worn by you in interview.

White shirt, Black pant, dark red tie, black shoes and a smile.

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

  1. I live in Delhi

During the interview

Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?

Mr.David

Q2. How long was the interview?

25-30 minutes

Q3. Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview.

  1. The interviewers were very cordial and friendly, Chairperson and members were asking question in English & Hindi, and I was replying in Hindi.

Chairperson

  • Why you did MBA and how it help in BSNL.
  • What will you do as DM to protect national integrity and internal security?
  • What steps you will take in r/o climate change.
  • What is the procedure in BSNL to recover the losses is any agency or authority cut your cable.

Member 1

  • How mica is formed.
  • Draw a map of India.
  • Point Chattishgarh in it
  • Which states are it neighboring
  • How you will reach to Landon from Delhi by Land route, Tell me the countries u’ll travel through.
  • Tell in details about different layers of atmosphere.
  • What is the function and usefulness of ionosphere.
  • How food get hot in microwave oven.

Member 2

  • What will be the use of MBA in administration.
  • What is social justice.
  • What is equal pay equal work
  • Are subordinates are exploited by managers.
  • Your view in respect of recent amendments proposed in juvenile justice act

Member 3

  • What is sarvo system.
  • Who communication is managed in disaster cases.
  • What is international roaming.
  • Asked about some foreign author book that I studied or not for MBA.
  • Diffrence between management and administration.

Member 4

  • Low Sex ration in Haryana
  • Role of Khap Panchayat
  • Why BSNL services are poor.
  • Few more questions , not able to recall.

Q5. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions? Was it a stress interview, did they ask any uncomfortable questions? If yes, how did you handle it?

I had prepared for current affairs, Home state and hobbies. But the interview was more of a job and geography oriented one. Overall it was cordial and friendly except few occasions. I scored poorly 154. In my opinion it was may be because of Hindi medium of interview because of which chairperson was not much comfortable and interested. I replied all answers confidently with relevant content.

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

No problems at all . Just follow the instructions. Please do not go early as we have to stand outside the gate in the sun.

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

Take care of BMI and BP, test it before medical examination and in case of any problem take advice from doctor.

CSE-2014 Marksheet

Q1. Please attach both prelim and final marksheet. (when it comes)

SubjectsMarks
Essay (Paper-I)142
Genral Studies -I (Paper-Ii)096
Genral Studies -Ii (Paper-Iii)090
Genral Studies -Iii (Paper-Iv)080
Genral Studies -Iv (Paper-V)102
Optional-I (Geography.) (Paper-Vi)145
Optional-Ii (Geography.).) (Paper-Vii)133
Written Total788
Personality Test154
Final Total942

Prelims score: Paper one 132 + Paper two 133.33 = Total: 265.33

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

Mains : I will read better for GS paper II & III

Prelims : As it is.

Career Backup

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

I Continue with my current job.

Views on UPSC reforms

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

Optional Paper can be removed to provide a level playing field to all. In place of Optional 2 more GS papers can be introduced. One of which specifically focuses on aptitude and basic mathematics along with comprehension skills. Further No of questions in GS paper can be reduced, so that analytical skills of the aspirants can be checked in greater depth.

Some reforms are also needed in the “Personality Test”, it can be slightly modified on the lines of the SSB of NDA / CDS. Or alternatively aspirants have to give 2 interviews to different boards and final marks should be based on average. It will avoid any prejudice or biasedness.

Q. Your views on the decision to make CSAT paper 33% qualifying?

It is going to benefit none.

Q. Despite what UPSC has done in recent years, it has failed to curb the nuisance of Delhi’s coaching factories. In fact it’s increased under the new syllabus in 2014. Let’s face it, most candidates who gave Mains-2014 have relied on (authentic OR Xeroxed) coaching notes because there was hardly any time left to prepare so many topics in such short time. This system work against an individual preparing from far-away area, without any financial resources, high-speed internet or contacts in Delhi.

I did not rely on materials of any coaching institute for GS except GK Today and Vision IAS’s current affairs and some miscellaneous topics.

Q. Half-merger of IFoS with CSE is a bad move because it has raised the cutoffs for players who’re solely dedicated to IFoS only (and not to IAS/IPS). Adding salt to the wounds, many who had applied for both jobs, cleared the prelims- they did not even bother to appear in all the papers of Mains-IFoS. (atleast that was the scene in 2013).

Yes, It artificially increased to competition for the prelims but highly reduced competition in the mains. It is a great injustice to aspirants who prepare for IFoS only.

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

UPSC must disclose the marks and cutoff of prelims immediately after the declaration of pre result. It will help the aspirants to make necessary adjustments in the future strategy.

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

I’ll reform the “Personality Test”, it is currently the most unscientific part of the whole processes. Try to address the concerns of Hindi medium aspirants, ensure no discrimination on the basis of language, education background, adecemic performance prior to CSE.

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?

Just try to reflect better and bright part of your personality with great confidence.

Wisdom

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

Try to achieve balance between various parts of your life, though CSE mean a lot to every aspirant but never forget that it is not the end. Success in CSE depends on many factors, some of them are out of your control, so always put your best and prepare for the worst. Remember countless successful persons who are neither IAS nor IFS/IPS/IRS, still the achieved their dreams and contributed for the society’s well being (APJ Abdul Kalam, Kailesh Satyarathi). You’ll learn amazing things during the preparation; just try to follow the good ones throughout your life. Live a purposeful life.

Q. Many hardworking candidates have failed in Mains/Interview of CSE-2014. They’re feeling cynical, hopeless and depressed- what is your message to them?

If you are really determined, focused and motivated than always remember that ”Success can only be delayed but can’t be denied”. Delay depends on your own efforts and hard work.

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?

  1. My parents Sh. Jagbir Singh and Smt. Santra Devi
  2. My Wife Reena Dalal and my loving daughter Yashasvi
  3. My brothers Mandeep and Ashish
  4. My friends and co aspirants Parveen Jindal, Yogi, Dinesh, Rajat, Vikram and many more.
  5. My teachers from School to college.
  6. My Office fellows especially Vineet, Deepak, Rajeev, Ranaji, and  seniors Rajanna sir
  7. And finally the society and India as a country where I grow and learned the social skills to live.

BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Q. You are well aware of the sacred rule – the last question must be about self-marketing. So, Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation and if yes, how did it help you? And you can even reply “No”. I’ll still publish your answer without tempering.

Murnal “The great”, you never need any advertisement or publicity, your website function as the basic fundamental platform for the civil services preparation. Your articles are used as a source to study and conceptualized current affairs. Your new initiative of video lecture is even more helpful. It serves a great purpose to especially those who are either working professional or don’t have access to costly coaching tutorials.

Your selfless efforts deserve salute from us. Hats off to you brave heart. I’ll always thankful to you for your guidance.

Love you all. God bless all.

Mrunal recommends

  1. (free) NCERT, NIOS, TN-Books 4 History,Geo,Sci
  2. Indian Polity M.Laxmikanth (Hindi | English)
  3. Spectrum: Modern History (Hindi | English)
  4. Maths: Quantam CAT Sarvesh Kumar
  5. Objective General English SP Bakshi
  6. Word Power made Easy -Norman Lowe
  7. Topic wise Solved Paperset by Disha

28 Comments on “[Topper’s Interview] Sandeep Chaudhary (AIR-158/CSE-2014) without leaving BSNL job, Geography Optional”

  1. its not an achievement if one is clearing this exam with job. as there certain liabilities on different individuals so clearing exam with or without job will have different interpretations. I am also working with a PSU in Delhi and believe it friends , if one don’t have any obligations please go for full time studies . there is no point in writing it here that “with job AIR 158 ” makes no sense . now I am doing full time studies and next year I am going to give my success stories demolishing myth about the exams. my best wishes to AIR 158.
    BEST OF LUCK TO ALL THE ASPIRANTS…

  2. Inspiring journey of perseverance. being a working person too i feel i should salute you for ur time management. i hope i can derive some lessons from ur journey and adapt to a routined life

  3. Hey that’s really inspiring…congrats buddy…..can you please share your geography strategy!!!!!

  4. Really sir i like d way u study during prepration..u collect each n every point of time for enhncing knowledge for being best of ranking…

  5. I also use, Uni ball Mitsubishi 15 Rupees wala

  6. Cong….bhai….

  7. congrats sandeep! All the best for future.

  8. most inspiring story of a successful CSE candidate I have ever read..Congratulation! Thank You!

  9. Pre ke marks me difference kyu h…

  10. it gave gr8 enthusiasm me, as i m also working in COAL INDIA since last 5yrs. married in 2012having one yr old lovely ddaughter. Last yr i missed mains with just few marks. I solely depend on Mrunal sir’s vedio lectures and self study as im staying in remote area of jharkhand. This interview give me boost,once sgain many many thanks to u fr ur selfless service for my kind people.

  11. Sir the whole story is really inspiring..
    being married and commuting to a far away place for Job still managed to study and crack the exam with super Rank…
    Hats off to you sir..
    you have proved that with one’s dedication abd determination one can transcend all the obstacles to reach LBSNAA from Delhi via Panipat but this time via Rajdhani not passenger one…

    Congratulations once again Sandeep Chaudhary…

  12. Another one from my college i.e YMCA.

  13. Truely inspirational

  14. Dear Sandeep Sir, Nice to see your inspiring journey, truly role model for many people from humble background. can I request your email id..you can send test mail at [email protected]. need your valuable suggestions to streamline my preparation. Best Regards

  15. Sir, apki mehnat & jajbe ko pranam. Samay ka behtereen prayog karte hue safalta ka apka anubhav, prernadayi rha, jai hind.

  16. HatsOff to you Sir Sandeep Chaudhary!!! And thanks for providing us one of the most inspiring stories!!!

  17. Firstly… Congratulations for yours hard work….I listen that Hard work beats talent….but you and others like you prove this statement….Yours preparing method..is also good…and I also use this same method…now I m sure this method is universal method and sufficient for every one….your hard work and yours dedication everyone easily understand…either it towards study…family…aur beautiful daughter… In end again congratulations….
    Jai Hind
    Jai bharat

  18. Sir, Please share psychology optional’s successful candidate of this year. Waiting eagerly.

  19. Nice journey ..inspiration for those who are doing jobs and want to be in touch with UPSC

  20. Dear Sir, being Hindi medium schooling it’s amazed to see your courage & Hat-off your calibre. also you could yield good marks in mains (under AIR-50). didn’t you faced any difficulty in understanding. can you please elaborate in this front for Hindi medium (till schooling) candidate. same situation is for me..as I had my schooling in Hindi but Graduation in English (Btech :)) . please advice .. please
    Best Regards

  21. Sir,

    Congratulations for your achievement. Please provide guidance for Geography optional Paper-1 (book list and answer writing strategy).

  22. Let’s c!!!!!.

  23. What is your Message? Search before asking questions & confine discussions to exams related matter only.sir mujhe aap yeh batao ki mera naam recent comment me bottom ke niche kaise shift hoga pls

  24. Congrates brother…good luck for future nd stay happy🙂🙂

  25. Aapki fb id bta dijiye

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