[Topper’s Interview] (Rank-262/CSE16): Mohita Sharma, Geography Optional, Himachal, works in Election Commission, 5th Attempt

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  1. Candidate Profile
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. Electronic Vs Paper material
  5. Typical day in your Online life?
  6. Style of Preparation and notes making
  7. Prelims (CSAT) Paper-1: General studies
  8. Prelims (CSAT): Paper-2: 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. Mains answer-writing?
  17. ELASTICITY of Optional Subject Score
  18. Mains Optional Subject
  19. Before the interview
  20. During the interview
  21. CSE-2016 Marksheet
  22. Career Backup
  23. Views on UPSC reforms
  24. Insecurity about profile
  25. Internal Motivation
  26. Struggle of a Senior player
  27. Struggle of Working professional
  28. Grand wisdom
  29. Credit: Friends/family
  30. BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Candidate Profile

Mohita Sharma

Q.Details
NameMohita Sharma
Rank in CSE-2016262
Roll No.0311969
Age27
Total attempts in CSE (including this one)5
Optional SubjectGeography
Schooling MediumEnglish
College MediumEnglish
Medium chosen for Mains answersEnglish
Medium chosen for InterviewEnglish
Home town/cityKangra, Himachal Pradesh
Work-experience if anyWorking as Assistant Section Officer, Election Commission of India
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failuresQualified in Assistant Central Intelligence Officer exam of the Intelligence Bureau
Assistant Commandant exam of the CAPF(qualified in written, rejected in physical)
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)Vajiram & Ravi Classroom Coaching for G.S and Geography
Mock interview from vajiram
Service preferences (Top-5)IAS>IFS>IPS>IRS(I.T)>IRS(Custom)
state cadre preference (Top-5)Orissa>Jharkhand>Madhya Pradesh>Bihar>Himachal Pradesh

Education

Educationfill the details here
% in class 1092.20%
% in class 1290.70%
Graduation course and %B.Tech; 75%
Name of college, city, passing out yearBharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering, New Delhi -2011
Post-graduationNIL
Any other professional coursesNIL
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievementsMaking notes of newspaper editorials, Reading articles related to India’s foreign policy, Cooking, Giving provender to birds

Introduction

Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
Hi everyone
Myself Mohita Sharma, a native of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh but residing in Delhi since birth. I did my schooling from D.P.S Dwarka and later pursued my engineering in electronics and communication trade from Bharati Vidyapeeth College. I joined the Election Commission of India in 2016 as Assistant Section Officer and since then, have been associated with the Code of Conduct section, U.P elections and SVEEP. My father is a retired official from Maruti Udyog Ltd. and my mother a homemaker. Me being the only child, me and my parents encountered so many stereotypes that I resolved to myself that I will give a proud moment to my parents so that their head is always held high in front of those taunting comments they have been facing since my birth.
I entered this field of competitive exams after I completed my graduation, way back in 2012. But since, there was no one to guide me, so I stepped in this journey with almost no clue of what was about to come my way. That is why it took me 5 attempts to reach my dream as the exam itself became my experimental stage and committing mistakes and learning from them became my path of success.

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 do you balance this i.e. electronic material vs. paper material (Books, newspapers).
I used to prepare a list of articles during weekdays for which I need to access the internet and every Sunday I used to sit for 4 to 5 hours and make jottings of all the information that I used to collect from the internet. I also made sure that I surf the internet for a particular topic for only that much amount of information which gives me that extra edge without overloading me with futile information which I can’t even use in my paper.

Typical day in your Online life?

Online lifeAnswer
Daily hrs spent on online platforms for predicting cutoff / syllabus change / age-attempt limit change and other “peripheral-bolbachchan“ related to civil services.0
Daily hrs spent on whatsapp and telegram studygroups0
Daily hrs spent on online for exam prep.4 to 5 hours on sunday
Primary Device for online study: desktop, laptop, tablet, mobilelaptop

Q. Any other things that you wish to elaborate on above table:
With so many discussion portals and online forums, make sure you don’t spend your precious time conversing futile things which are of no use in the examination. Also, as far as possible, keep yourself  away from the social media sites like facebook, twitter, instagram and even the watsapp so that your focus on the exam is not lost.

Style of Preparation and notes making

Q. What is your style of preparation and notes making? (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, I use xyz software etc.)
I used to make notes of everything that I used to study, be it my optional subject, my G.S. material, information accessed from the internet or the newspaper editorials. Notes making had ingrained into me in such a way that I just could not do without it. It helped me memorize and analyze all the information I used to collect and proved very handy during my revision.

Prelims (CSAT) Paper-1: General studies

Topicstrategy/booklist/comment
History AncientArihant Mac book, old NCERT, vajiram classroom notes
History Medieval-do-
History Modern (Freedom Struggle)-do-
Culture and societyNitin singhania, chronicle magazine on culture
Polity (theory + current)Laxmikant, vajiram classroom notes, vision and vajiram current affairs magazines (V & V CAM),
Economy (theory + current)Ramesh singh, Sriram’s economy book, vajiram classroom notes, mrunal.org, V & V CAM, IE, TH newspapers
Science (theory + current)Vajiram classroom notes, vajiram yellow book, TH science page, V & V CAM
Environment (theory + current)Shankar IAS book, mrunal.org, V & V CAM
geography physicalSince geography was my optional, I used to revise it from my optional notes and goh cheng leong
geography India-do-
geography world-do-
other national/international current affairsV & V CAM, IE, TH newspapers
Schemes, Policy & Filler StuffIndia year book, V & V CAM

Q. Candidates are complaining that compared to earlier years, Prelim 2017 GS paper was very tougher, Tickmasters’ 90+ strategy (and its perverted & populist version known as Guessmaster-giri) and E-learning materials had limited utility. What are you views and wisdom on all these?
This is what is called as the unpredictability of UPSC. But prelims offers a level playing field for everyone. So, if the candidate is fully updated with the current affairs and has revised the static portion thoroughly, he will clear the prelims for sure, no matter from which source he has studied.

Q. Suppose, If you had to prepare for Prelims-2018, then after going through this 2017 paper, what changes would you make in your preparation?
I will not make any changes based on futile discussions about the future paper. Upsc is known for surprises in paper and any length of argument over the next year paper is useless, as the answer to it is best known to no one else, other than the UPSC itself. I will keep my strategy intact to revise everything, be it the current affairs or the core subjects.

Prelims (CSAT): Paper-2: Aptitude

Topicstrategy / booklist
MathsNil
ReasoningNil
ComprehensionNil
Decision MakingNil

Q. In the recent two prelims (2016 and 2017), the comprehension portion becoming quite tough and lengthy. Candidates struggle even to finish the paper-II. Kindly provide some words of wisdom
Solve some mock papers to improve your speed. Since there is no sectional cut off, try attempting the questions of those sections first in which you have an edge.

Prelim accuracy

Q1. Did you attend any ‘mock tests’? do you think they’re necessary for success?
Neither did I attend any mock tests and nor do I think they are necessary for clearing the prelims.

Q2. Approximate no. of attempted answers vs. correct answers. in Prelim-2016

attempted Q.correct (Expected)Official score
GS9280150
aptitude6556134

Mains: Compulsory language paper

Compulsory language paperYour preparation strategy / booklist?
English paperNil
your regional languageHindi
Used to revise some grammar like ‘muhavre’, ‘prayvachi’ and ‘samantar shabd’

Q. other observations / tips / comments on the length / difficulty level of compulsory language papers in CSE-2016.
Don’t take these papers lightly as some students get disqualified every year in these subjects. Practice grammar from Ncert’s standard textbooks of class tenth or solve previous year papers to have an idea about the difficulty level of the papers.

Mains: Essay

Q1. How did you prepare for the essay paper?
I learnt some quotations and used the study material provided in Shabbir Sir’s essay class (Vajiram) to have some brainstorming ideas on different themes. I practiced a few essays from previous year papers and got it checked.
Q2. Which two essays did you write and What key points did you include in it?
If development is not engendered, it is endangered
Cooperative federalism: myth or reality
Don’t remember the exact points but included a lot of GS content in the second essay.

General Studies (Mains) paper 1

TopicHow did you prepare?
CultureNitin singhania, NCERT, Mac Book , vajiram class notes and yellow book
Indian historyBipin Chandra, Vajiram class notes, NCERT, Mac book
world historyVajiram class notes, Mrunal.org
post-independence IndiaBipin Chandra, vajiram class notes
Indian societyShankar IAS book on society, V&V CAM
role of women, poverty etc.-do-
globalization on Indian society-do-
communalism, regionalism, secularism-do-
world geo physicalGeography optional notes
resource distribution-do-
factors for industrial location-do-
earthquake tsunami etc-do-
impact on flora-faunaShankar IAS environment book

General studies (Mains) paper 2

TopicHow Did You Prepare?
Indian Constitution, devolution, dispute redressal etc.Laxmikant, IE, TH, RSTV: Law of the Land, V&V CAM, vajiram class notes, PRS
comparing Constitution with worldVajiram class notes
parliament, state LegislaturesLaxmikant, IE, TH, RSTV: Law of the Land, V&V CAM, vajiram class notes, PRS
executive-judiciary-do-
ministries departmentsLeft
pressure group, informal asso.-do-
Representation of people’s actLeft
various bodies: Constitutional, statutory..-do-
NGO, SHG etc-do-
welfare schemes, bodies-do- + PIB+ IYB
social sector, health, edu, HRD-do- + PIB+ IYB
governance, transparency, accountability-do- + ARC
e-governance-do- + ARC
role of civil service-do- + ARC
India & neighborsIE: C.Rajamohan’s editorials, V&V CAM
bilateral/global grouping-do-
effect of foreign country policies on Indian interest-do-
Diaspora-do-
international bodies- structure mandate-do-

General studies (Mains) Paper 3

TopicHow Did You Prepare?
Indian economy, resource mobilizationVajiram class notes, ramesh singh, economic survey, mrunal.org
inclusive growth-do-
Budgeting-do-
major crops, irrigation-do-
agro produce – storage, marketing-do-
e-technology for famers-do-
farm subsidies, MSP-do-
PDS, buffer, food security-do-
technology mission-do-
animal rearing economics-do-
food processing-do-
land reforms-do-
Liberalization-do-
Infra-do-
investment models-do-
science-tech day to day lifeTH science page, V&V CAM, vajiram class notes, vajiram yellow book
Indian achievements in sci-tech-do-
awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPR-do-
environmental impact assessmentShankar IAS
Disaster ManagementInternet and ARC
non state actors, internal securityVajiram class notes, Yellow book, TMH
internal security – role of media, social networking site-do-
cyber security-do-
money laundering-do-
border  Management-do-
organized crime, terrorism-do-
security agencies- structure mandate-do-

General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude

TopicHow Did You Prepare?
ethics and interface, family, society and all the hathodaa topicsVajiram class notes, mrunal.org, TMH
attitude, moral influence etc.-do-
civil service: integrity, impartiality, tolerance to weak etc-do-
emotional intelligence, its use in governance-do-
moral thinkers of India and worldHow many thinkers did you prepare?
None: left the topic
ethics in pub.ad, accountability, laws, rules etc.-do-
corporate governance-do-
probity in governance, work culture-do-
citizen charter, ethics code, work culture etc.-do-
challenges of corruption-do-
case studies on above topicsPracticed some from TMH and some from Mrunal.org

Q. In ethics, they’re asking random definition and concepts out of the book. Most of the serious candidates (both topper and non-toppers) have received marks in similar ranges. What are your observations and tips for future aspirants regarding preparation of this paper?
I think all the random definitions and concepts have some correspondence or the other with our day to day life. So try answering all such questions by giving an example or quote a famous personality. The questions in this paper are so generic that a candidate who has not even read about that particular theme can write something substantial on it. Focus on the case studies as they fetch good marks. Try to answer the case study on the following lines:
Highlights of the case study:
Actors involved:
Ethical dilemma:
Possible solutions (elaborate each of them):
Conclusion:

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
GS116319
GS218119
GS3154120
GS4200 marks30 marks20 marksAll
Opt-P1210 marks40 marks5
Opt-P2230 marks20 marks5

Q. 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? [Based on your experience and of your seniors/buddies]
Though I believe in answering all the questions but ‘making up’ an answer is only possible in those questions only where you have at least an idea about the topic. I had to leave the question on ‘Mc Bride’ and ‘Krishnadeva Raya’ as I had no information at all, to write on them. So beating around the bush is not always an option and should be avoided where you don’t even have a single substantial point to make, otherwise this can irritate the examiner.

Q. How was your experience with the ‘fixed space’ answer sheet?
The fixed space concept is beneficial as it forces the candidate to be precise and to the point, thereby helping in completion of the paper on time.
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.
Depending on the requirement of the question, I sometimes used bullet points and sometimes paragraphs.

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 don’t like asking following rudimentary questions, but these are the most frequently asked questions by new aspirants.

Q5. Did you use highlighters / sketchpens in your answers?No
Q6. Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in GS1 Geography)Yes
Q7. If yes, Did you draw diagrams with pencil or pen?Pen
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

ELASTICITY of Optional Subject Score

Q2. What are you views on following observation: “In CSM-2016, the marking gap between average to brilliant scorers is smaller in Essay to GS papers and interviews; but in optional subjects there is huge difference among average to brilliant scorers.” Therefore, the deciding factor was the marking in the optional. I have not asked this question to suggest in anyways that you got ‘lucky’ with your optional. But I’ve asked this question because these days younger candidates tend to select or change optionals based on how their coaching-walla, peer-group or social media portrays the particular optional subject. E.g. some three Mains back, there was an atmosphere “you should shift from Public Administration to Pol.Sci or Sociology or anthropology because of Public Administration is giving only two digit scores in each paper.” Similarly, two mains back, some were preaching others to avoid LAW optional because not even 20 are getting interview calls and so forth (data unverified). So, kindly provide wisdom for younger aspirants.
I think that shifting the optional subject to a completely new one is a wrong strategy and must be avoided. One must remember that however difficult the optional paper might come in a particular year, still some candidates from that subject make it to the list. So what matters at the end is your level of preparation and your dedication towards it.

Mains Optional Subject

Q. What’s your optional subject and why did you chose it and not something else?
Geography
When I started studying geography for the first time during my preparation, I realized there were concepts related to science in it, especially in the chapters like climatology, geomorphology etc. and I could easily relate to them and understand them with ease. This helped in setting my inclination towards it. Secondly, in the cost benefit analysis I could easily make out that choosing geography will help me in my prelims, GS paper 1 and GS paper 3 as well, thus becoming an obvious choice for me.

Q. If a new player wants to pick your subject, would you advice for it or against it?
Pick up some geography chapters and study them. If you find them interesting, if you feel confident enough to be able to manage the entire syllabus, then go for it. Otherwise take up another subject which satisfies these conditions.
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.)
Shabbir Sir’s class notes and test series best answers were more than sufficient. But I also used to read those particular chapters which sir used to recommend from Savindra Singh and Sudipta Adhikari book on geographical thought.
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?
Paper 1 from books and notes
In paper 2, current affairs form a very important part of the contemporary issues related to Indian geography, be it from agriculture, trade, industry, foreign relations and its geo-strategic implication etc. and thus needs to be covered via economy related books, current affairs magazines and newspapers.
Q. How many months did it take to finish the core optional syllabus?
3 months
Q. How many days/ weeks before the exam, you started answer writing practice?
3 months
Q. Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional? In which format- electronic or paper?
Yes
Paper format
Q. Your observation about the difficultly level of 2016 mains vs previous papers. And what precautions / rectifications are necessary in the future strategy for given optional subject?
Geography was easy this year vis-à-vis the last year.
Most of the students score nearly the same marks in GS but make a huge leap in their optional subjects. So try making your optional as strong as possible to avoid uncertainties.

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?
Lot of internet surfing for the minute details on college, school, home state, hobbies etc.
For current affairs: Watched debates on RSTV, IE, Hindustan Times, AIR, V&V CAM

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?
Vajiram mock interview.
No mock interview can ever be similar to the official interview.
But they help us realize our loopholes and at the same time boost our confidence.

Q3. Where did you stay for the interview? (Hotel / friend’s home …) and what books/material did you bring for the ‘revision before interview’?
I m a resident of delhi itself.
Q5. Describe the formal-dress worn by you in interview.
Cream and blue colored saree.

During the interview

Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?
Joshi Sir
Q2. How long was the interview?
30 min
Q3. Why do you want to join civil service? Why don’t you continue in your graduation field? Social service can be done from private sector too.  [Since I don’t know whether they ask you this question or not. But if they had asked- what will be your reply?]
I want to join civil services for the diverse platform, challenges and the opportunity it provides to make an impact for the well being of the society and the country as a whole.
Q4. Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview. (Earlier some toppers only tell me their question but not their answer. I would appreciate if you give both Question + your original answers)
I do not remember all the questions but most of them were related to India’s foreign relations with other countries like Israel, US, Japan, Mid-East, Australia, Rim countries and ASEAN. There was one question related to simultaneous election (Election Commission of India being my workplace) and one random question on charismatic leadership. No question was asked from rest of my hobbies or my home state or engineering or geography or rest of my DAF.

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?
Somewhat on the expected lines as reading articles related to foreign policy was mentioned as my hobby. It was not a stress interview as such. The board was very cordial and no uncomfortable questions were asked.
Q6. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?
No problems as such. Just bring all the required documents in original.

Q7. Any word of wisdom / observations about medical checkup?
If you have high myopic or hyperopic number then a medical board may be formed and you might be called another day for check up in front of the entire board.

CSE-2016 Marksheet

Q1. Please provide both prelim and final mark sheet:

Subject Marks Obtained
Essay 154
Paper 1111
Paper 2100
Paper 3104
Paper 4105
Geo paper 1128
Geo paper 2150
Written total852
Personality test 162
Total 1014

Career Backup

Q1. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?
Already working in Election Commission of India and also got selected in ACIO exam.

Views on UPSC reforms

Q. Your views on the decision to make CSAT paper 33% qualifying?
It’s a good step as it has helped the students from the rural background crack the exam.
Q. UPSC should disclose official prelim answerkey and cutoffs, immediately after prelim is over, instead of postponing it till interview phase is over.
Yes it should
Q. UPSC should be conducted online like IBPS and CAT exam to shorten the duration of exam.
No the present pattern is fine

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?
No I did not suffer from any of these insecurities.
My message to all such candidates is to prepare a well thought answer to all the doubts they have about their profile. The board never judges the candidate on the basis of the school or college in which (s)he has studied. Rather, they are more interested in the way (s)he presents (her)himself and the conviction with which the answers are said.

Internal Motivation

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?
I think internal motivation and self discipline is the best way to handle distractions. I kept myself isolated from the world of social media, facebook or whatsapp thereby helping me maintain my consistency.

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.
Whenever I used to feel that mental and emotional pressure, I used to close my eyes and think of the moment when I will find my name in the list, the happiness, the celebration, the sparkle in my parents eyes and everything. Everytime I used to do this, I used to feel myself invigorated with double energy. Or else, I used to listen Lakshya movie’s title track. Its just awesome and perfectly fits for this exam.
Q2. What went wrong in your previous attempt? What changes did you make in this current attempt?
I took my optional subject casually in my last attempt. But this time I focused on it with complete dedication by revising it 4 times before the exam. Also, there was a flaw in my answer writing strategy which got rectified under the timely guidance of Vijay Dev Sir, Deputy Election Commissioner, ECI.

Struggle of Working professional

If you’re a working professional, share some tips on how to manage studies with job
Don’t waste a single minute in the office. Take books or newspaper along with you and study them as and when you get time. When you reach home, start studying only after taking a small power nap.

Grand 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?
No one ever fails in life. We either succeed or learn from it.
Learn from your mistakes and be loyal to your work. Embrace the pain and sweat it out. You will definitely achieve your dream.
Q. Many hardworking candidates have failed in Mains/Interview of CSE-2016 and scored quite low in Prelims-2017. They’re feeling cynical, hopeless and depressed- what is your message to them?
I believe that this exam is a journey from knowledge to wisdom. This is the only exam which not only shapes up one’s career but also one’s personality. I m sure that all those candidates who couldn’t make it will achieve something great out of their life as the knowledge and wisdom that they have inculcated during the course of this journey will forever stay with them and they will be easily recognized as the brighter stars, among the rest.

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 would like to thank the almighty for enlightening my life with happiness and knowledge, my parents (Mr. S.D Sharma and Mrs. Neelam Sharma) for their immense patience and supreme sacrifices even at the cost of their health, Shabbir Sir for being my guiding light and mentor, Vijay Dev Sir for letting me know the flaws in my answer writing which ultimately helped me achieve my dream and my friends (Reenu di, Anurag, Ashish) for motivating me whenever I felt low. I owe this success to all of you. Thank you.

BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Q. You are well aware of the sacred rule of conducting toppers interview- the last question must be about self-marketing. So, Did you use Mrunal.org.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.  
I couldn’t have scored 104 in economy and 105 in ethics if your articles would not have been there. I have been a religious reader of your articles and you have been a great contributor in this success of mine. Keep up the good work. Thank you!

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8 Comments on “[Topper’s Interview] (Rank-262/CSE16): Mohita Sharma, Geography Optional, Himachal, works in Election Commission, 5th Attempt”

  1. Thank You very much Ms Mohita & Congrats, you didn’t lose hope and kept faith in yourself, that’s why you made it.

  2. Ms. Mohita you are a true guiding light for aspirants who think that chances diminish with every passed attempt. To achieve it in 5th, shows that perseverance pays for sure!!!!!…however i believe your interview score is testimony to the fact that upsc tries to discourage senior aspirants…did you feel the same during your interview????

  3. Ms. Mohita I am choosing the GEOGRAPHY as a optional.

    Please guide me for PREPARATION.

  4. Hi amit
    Yeah u r rite dat interview actually decided my fate. But i think it would be unfair if i become judgemental about it. Dere r many 1st attempt aspirants also who dnt score gud marks in interview. There r many factors wich r at play during the time of interview so i personally dint feel that the board was biased against me just because it ws my 5th attempt.

  5. Thanx Mr. Kohli
    And al d best for yr future endeavours

  6. Vajiram and vision current affairs magazine
    I hv mentioned it in d beginning as well

  7. congrats Mohita..we share the same batch from same college. you were in EC.. i hope il clear this exam soon. thanks for the motivation. all the very best for your future.

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