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|Rank in CAPF-2012||124|
|No. of previous attempts in CAPF||1|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||Two times appeared for the civil services exam but did not clear|
|Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if taken)||Yes , I have taken coaching from ALS, Newdelhi|
|Extra Curricular Activities, Achievements||Best Manager – First, Business Quiz-First(College level),English elocution- Second , Chess Champion|
|Graduation course and %||BCA,67|
|Name of college and year of passing out||JPM College of Management and Technology, Labbakkada, Kerala Passing out – 2011|
|PG||MA History doing from IGNOU|
|Hobbies||Swimming, Spending and discussing time with friends, Reading the Hindu newspaper|
|Work-experience if any||I worked as a tutor of English grammar and Phonetics|
Q. Tell us something about yourself. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?
From 2008 onwards I wanted to become a good police officer and IPS was my dream job but two consecutive failures in civil
service exams turned my attention to other green pastures that is how I decided to take the CAPF exam and that is how I was about to come out with a green signal in this exam.
Q. List of Essential books and tips for success in the CAPF written exam?
For Paper I
- Indian Polity:M Laxmikanth
- Indian Economy:Wizard Economy
- Geography :Ncert 6,7,8,9,10(Old),11,12(New),Geocheng Leong
- Indian History:8,12 Ncert(Old),India’s struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra,Grover and Grover,D N Jha-Ancient History,Satheesh Chandra-Medival History
- Current Affairs: The Hindu Newspapaer
- Reasoning :Wizard
- Essays : Wizard book on Essays
- English Grammar: Wren and Martin
- Precise Writing:Wren and Martin
- Report writing : IGNOU study material
Q. In CAPF-2012 Exam, Which essay did you write in and what key points did you include in it?
I wrote essay on Population Stabilization and I made a big mistake in the exam . I thought to write essay at the last stage but at the end I did not get sufficient time and I ended up in writing an unstructured essay .You must choose an essay topic where the other people are not likely to take up.
Q. In CAPF-2012, they asked counter-arguments for following, in 75 words. Please provide your answer.
FDI in retail in India is a bane for a small trader: People get more employment even small traders also will be benefitted, farmers will get more renumeration ,people will get wide opportunity to choose from many things at less cost etc
Control of social media is an anti-democratic proposition: Control of media is justified on the national interest and the biased views should be discarded.Paid news and other malpractises should be countered
Q. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home? Where was your PET held? How was your experience, share some tips.
- My PET was held in ITBP Tigri, New Delhi on 9-05-2013 and the atmosphere was very cordial. The commandants were very much friendly which reduced our tension.
- I was born and brought up in a hilly area and so from my childhood I was good at running and other sports related activities so that helped me a lot in PET. Apart from that I went for practice for a month after the written result was out. I practiced a lot in long jump which helped to tackle the PET smoothly.
Q. What specific preparation did you do for the interview? Who was the chairman? Provide the list of questions asked in CAPF Interview. (and if possible, the answers as well). How was the overall interview experience? And any tips for future aspirants.
I referred the previous year topper’s interviews and apart from that my friend Shafeeque who faced the interview in 2012 guided me a lot regarding the interview. Shri.A.P.Singh was the chairman of my board. My interview was on 22-06-2013 and I was the candidate to be interviewed in the afternoon batch. I really felt very much friendly with chairman as some of my answers were converted to jokes by the chairman and the other board members.
- CM:You are from Kerala so why do you want to join in CAPF?
- M1:You are from Idukki(My district).There is a controversial dam in Idukki.Can you tell me the name of that dam?
- M1:What is the controversy?
- M1:Who were Mappilions or Moplahs?
- M1:Why Idukki was in news recently?
- M1:Who was Vasco de Gamma?
- M1:When did he come?
- M2: Where have you done the practical tests of computer programming languagages?
- M2:Tell me about different paramilitary forces and their roles and functions.
- M2:What is the difference between army and paramilitary?
- M2:What is the operational difference between BSF and army?
- M3:Which all the states you have done your studies?(Because I had done my intermediate in UP)
- M3:Do you know how to speak Hindi?
- M3:How will you utilize your computer skills in police forces?
- M3:How will you utilize your computer skills in communication technologies?
- M3:Have you heard about MSP(Malabar Special Police) Forces?
- M4:What is secularism?
- M4:What is communalism?
- M4:What is RAF(Rapid Action Force)?
- M4:Where are they(RAF) located?
- M4:Do you think that there is a need for controlling the media?
- CM:Your hobby is to read the Hindu newspaper,am I right?
- CM:Why do you read the Hindu newspaper?
- CM:What is unique in The Hindu?
- CM:You said The Hindu is anti government.Are you also anti government?
- CM:Thank you Mr.Justin.Your interview is over.You can go now
Overall my interview was very cordial and in interview you should always give balanced views.Always speak positively.I made some mistakes in telling about some things negatively for which I had to give further explanations.Try to go in suites if possible.Wear white shirt ,black trouser,matching tie,black blazer and laced shoes.Be honest and truthful.Speak from your heart and mind.Give the maximum respect to board members.Be confident and humble and answer the questions in a pleasant manner.
Q. How was interview: normal, stress, mixed? Did they ask any uncomfortable questions, if yes how did you answer it?
No . My interview was very friendly and it lasted for 25-30 minutes.
- Paper 1 = 115
- Paper 2 = 74
- Written total=189
- Interview = 105
- Total = 294
- Rank = 124
Q. How did you maintain the study-mood, motivation and tempo throughout this period? There are ups and downs- phases of mood swings, sometimes boredom and even depression. How did you fight that psychological battle? On an average, how many hours do you study?
I was always determined to crack the civil services exam .Every failure of mine was a motivating factor for me to strive more earnestly towards success and my friends Shafeeque Bhai,Elias,Unice Ismail,Fahad,Reez,Wazil,Nooh,Eldhose etc always boosted up my confidence and I was also inspired by the success of Mohmed Ali Shihab IAS who cracked the civil services exam in 2010. He is always an inspiration for me .He was an epitome of hard work .On an average I used to study almost 6-7 hours a day as the situation demanded I increased my study hours from 6-7 hours to 10-12 hours a day.
Q. What was your service preference order (CRPF>CISF>SSB etc) and why did you pick up the particular order?
I choose this order based on the level of interaction with the people which we will be able to get once we enter into the services.
Q. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?
I was also simultaneously giving the exams of SSC,IB,Kerala PSC etc
Q. Through this journey and success, what wisdom did you gain about competition and life? What is your message to the aspirants?
When the tough gets going ,the going gets tough .Life is a good opportunity to become what, I ,as a person want .If you are ready to take the education and study as your companions during the days of your study ,the education will take care of you in your entire life by helping you to reach the mountain of success .Just give your heart and mind to your preparation , work hard ,strive the maximum and you will be able to reach your goal.
Q. Behind every topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? Any specific incidence that you would like to share with the readers?
I had got the help of so many persons to whom I take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt attitude of gratitude .First and foremost I thank my mother who was really the motivator of my life .In all my difficult situations I had got always yes attitude from
Mr . Jacob ,the finance manager of St .John’s Hospital ,Kattappana ,Kerala ,Mrs .Ann Mary Jacob ,Mr .Shaji and his family ,Mr .Siby, Fr .Emmanuel Kizkkethalackal ,Manager of Zion public school ,Swaraj,Fr.Tony Thomas,the bursar of JPM College Labbakkada .I give in my success to them as well.I really thank them for helping me to reach out to my goal of becoming a police officer. One specific incident I would like to tell is that when I failed for the prelims in 2013,I conveyed this message to Mr.Jacob.I was very sad at that time .The first reaction that I got from him was that be happy and prepare again for the next year and that incident was really motivating for me to prepare earnestly for 2014 civil services exam.Apart from that I was scholarship awardee of Zakat foundation of India,New Delhi. Dr.Zaffer Mahmood, Fr.Samuel, Mrs.Gladys had been the active guides for me to achieve this success for me.
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Q. Did you use Mrunal.org for your preparation and if yes,how did it help you? And you can even reply “No”. I’ll publish your answer as it is.
I was unaware about this website till last June. I browsed this website while I was preparing for the civil service’s updated syllabus. I found this website very useful and the articles in publishes are very much informatory in nature. I thank you so much for guiding us in right path. Thank you , thank you very much.
Congrats mate, Cheers!
Congrats Justin. Your hard work has paid off!
Leaders aren’t born; they are made. And they are made through hard work. Keep rocking buddy!!
What force allotted to u mate. I got in CRPF . AIR-104
which site u checked it in?
Thanks dudes work hard , let us work together to get into the civil services soon before we go for joining.
Best of luck for your dreams ; may god fulfill soon
hi friends i have been allocated to crpf
Congrats dear justin,
You can achieve many more success in coming days…
May Almighty God bless you always….
many congrats to you…
Hi friends…I have a query…I missed to write arguments FOR in Q.2 of paper II(I written only AGAINST…as i didnot read question properly)..Will there be adverse impact on marks..
आपके साक्षात्कार ने मेरा मनोबल बढ़ाया है,आपका धन्यवाद।
sir i have completed my schooling in 2006 and after 1 year gap i have taken admission in engineering college then completing engineering i took 1 and half year gap for the upsc preparation. so is will create any problem in my interview stage?
congrats joseph….your experience will definitely work in inspiration to the masses…thanks mrunal sir…. u r ultimate the way u are…
sir, i am totally fed up with my failures..i have cleared so many exams (banking)in last two years but every time failed in interview…now everyone even fruit seller saying “mil gayi sarkari naukri he he he……….” mocking at me like this ….now i am already 25 now and family needs my support….but i am still jobless…pls suggest
hi where u get the information about force allocation please send the link
An underdog prevailing despite all odds, inspirational story indeed…Justin Sir..congrats.
congrats justin……what abt shafeeq.. he was so passionate abt police services.hope he too makes it some day.. i really miss my days at ZFI..besides i miss shafeeq.. a nice felle… his slow style of taking especially when he called jhoooony
Congrats Justin….glad to see you in khaki.
Done well..may scale up more heights in life…may ur career bright and more supportive….all the bes.,,gud luck
It really inspiring to read ur experience .
Good luck sir ji.. :-)
i really inspiring you and u r the talented person in the world