1. CAPF Topper Profile
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. Electronic Vs Paper material
  5. Tempo and style
  6. GS and Aptitude paper
  7. Accuracy in GS paper
  8. Descriptive paper
  9. Four Essays
  10. Argument For-Against
  11. Report writing?
  12. CAPF Physical Efficiency Test
  13. Interview by UPSC Panel
  14. UPSC Interview Transcript
  15. After the interview
  16. CAPF Marksheet
  17. Service preference
  18. UPSC CSE-2013 experience
  19. Career Backup
  20. Wisdom
  21. Credit: Friends/family
  22. Bogus Marketing Propaganda

CAPF Topper Profile

Name Ashish Gaur
Rank in CAPF-2013 289
Roll No. 025160
Age 23
No. of previous attempts in CAPF 1
Home town/city
  • Village panhera kalan,
  • Ballabgarh,faridabad
Work-experience if any no
other competitive exams

including success & failures

  • Success Ibps
  • And failed and too many exams…
coaching/postal material (if used) no
  • Hobbies
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
Do you have NCC certificate? No


% in class 10 81.6
% in class 12 77.4
Schooling (Medium) Aggarwal public school(a type of jail)English
Graduation course & % 65.05
College & batch-year Bs anagpuria college of engineering
Any professional courses


Q. Tell us something about yourself and your family. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?

CAPF 2013 Ashish Gaur

Ans : I belong to a lower middle class family , I am elder son ,my brother vikas study in Indian school of mines Dhanbad . After my graduation I didn’t get any job. Thus my jholachap college wasted my 4 years for nothing then after my sister’s marriage when I went to see her at her home. I found an IFS sitting there then I come to know from him about UPSC.

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)?

Computer is essential thing for upsc exam. But I think a person should know what it want from internet .otherwise he will end up by wasting his time, and I never make notes instead I read book multiple time but now I have started making notes .

Tempo and style

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

There was a time in my life when a person who is a constable in  the police told me that “tu muze constable to ban ke dikha, chup chap nokri pakad le kahi , dhobi ka kutta ghar ka na hat ka” . These words make me even  more stronger, then I started reading more consistently . When I feel bore I go to hospitals and slums, and tell to myself that you have to read for these people .they need officer who can give them their rights.

GS and Aptitude paper

Q1. Please share the list of resources you used, your strategy and other tips for benefit of future aspirants.

Topic input
History Ancient left
History Medieval left
History Modern (Freedom Struggle) Bipin chandra
Culture society left
Polity (theory + current) laxmikant
Economy (theory + current) Ramesh singh
Science (theory + current) 6,7,8,9,10 ncert
Environment (theory + current) Barucha 12 bio ncert
geography physical ncert
geography India ncert
geography world Gc leong
other national/international current affairs The hindu
Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff The hindu
Maths left
Data interpretation left
Reasoning left

Accuracy in GS paper

How many MCQs did you attempt? 85
How many of them correct (When solved at home)? 68
official score (when UPSC uploads)

Q. What’s your overall experience with GS paper? (E.g. it was on expected lines as per my preparation, it was quite tougher than earlier years etc.)

Ans: it was on my expectation. Yes it was a little bit tough.

Descriptive paper

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

My friend (bharat tiwari) help me a lot in this section.

Four Essays

This time, UPSC required the candidates to write 4 out of 6 essays. Which of the following did you attempt? And what were your keypoints in them?

Topic your key points
doctor-pharma nexus Harm to people specially poors, need for regulatory work
interstate water dispute Discussed constitution provision,current issue,and a amicable solution .
social reformers in freedom struggle Discuss raja ram mohan rai,ishwar chand vidhya sagar,jyotibha ,ambedkar.
falling rupee & Indian economy Discuused about current situation and export ,import effects etc
China’s aggressive policy
media publicity on terrorism

Argument For-Against

This time, UPSC required candidates to write both arguments for and against the given statements. so what were your keypoint in it?

Topic Argument for against
casteless society becomes distant through issues raised by reservation Right to equality give a say to marginalized etc etc Reservation perpetuate caste system from birth to grave caste don’t leave a person.
women empowerment is urban phenomenon Girls from cities only go for study higher and for job.etc etc Many schemes like sabla ,SHG,NGO,have turned the root of development to village

Report writing?

Did you write report the same way you wrote essay? or did you apply any special format/structure here?

Topic keypoints
Uttarakhand tsunami & Military Discussed mainy recue work
Ethics crisis in cricket Srisant bhai ka jikr kiya, and need for law and regulatory  body

Q. What is your overall experience with descriptive paper (e.g. too lengthy paper, grammar tougher than previous paper etc.)

My speed was good even I stop for a while(because my friend advised me to drink lot of glucose water and in the middle I felt laghusanka ),but fortunately able to complete it within time limit

CAPF Physical Efficiency Test

Q1. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home?

I run for 1 km daily and practiced long jump

Q2. Where was your PET held?

Jharodha kalan

Q3. Please narrate your actual experience PET test with readers.

Actually I was not doing good in long jump, then one day a I watch a clip of long jump and watch on internet how to jump . and there was a instruction that don’t look at ground look at horizon so in the evening ,2 days before my pet I jumped in the same manner and I got my leg injured .

Moral: practice it with experienced person only.

Interview by UPSC Panel

Q1. How did you prepare for the interview? Particularly college graduation subjects related questions?

Ans: I gave mock interview to my friends sanjeev ,Deepak and piyush mourya ,and my friend shankara nand mishra asked me questions and fortunately the same question were asked by board members.

No question from graduation.

Q2. Where did you stay for the interview? (Hotel / friend’s home …) and what books/material did you bring for the ‘revision before interview’?

Ans: I directly come from home.

Q3. Who was the chairman of you interview board?

Alka sirohi

Q4. How long was the interview?


Q5. Why do you want to become an Assistant commandant? Why don’t you continue in your graduation field? [Since I don’t know whether they asked you this question or not. But if they had asked- what will be your reply?]

I will not leave my field and apply my skills any where I get the opportunity.

UPSC Interview Transcript

Q. 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)

Alka mam: even I have not taken my seat ,she asked my what were you doing since 2 years after passing btech in 2012

Me: I was preparing for exams

Alka: ok your hobby is meditation ,why do you do meditation.

Me:for self realization.

Alka:you do this on one day the realize yourself then why to do daily.

Me:mam self realization means to see my yesterday mistakes any make effort to mitigate them ,she satisfied ,then passed to next.

M1:what is gender bias

Me: inclination to any particular gender like boy . not so satisfied .

M1:How many gender are there?

Me:3 male ,female,transgender and give sc ruling (satisfied)

M2:what is the capital of telangana?


He confused me by his facial expression then he ask me do you teach other about meditation

Me:no sir there a law that unless you are not perfect you can not teach others (satisfied)


What s newtons law of motion

Me:give them definition of the law.

M3:give example

Me:I give example from within the room objects(satisfied)

Alka mam:what Iraq crisis

Ans:I explained it

Alka:what is isis

Me :Islamic state of iran and Syria


Me:it is Iraq

M3:what is our stake

Me:long term oil ,immediate our people there

M3:what govt is doing

Me :sent a ship

M3 name ship


Mam:your hobby is car driving

Me: no

All member:mam it is next person’s his is meditation

Mam:ashish how can we take person meditation hobby only.

Can we ask you about car racing

Me :yes

Mam:what management skill we learn by car driving.

Me :coordination


Rule and regulation

Team work

Risk taking

Risk aversion.


Finally they call me “you can go now”

///when I came out I ask next person is your hobby car driving he said no.//

After the interview

Q1. 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?

Not on expected lines ,but good

CAPF Marksheet

Mail me your prelim, essay and interview marks, when UPSC uploads.

Service preference

Q1. What is your service preference order BSF,CRPF, CISF, ITBP?


Q2. How/Why did you pickup that order?

No reason

UPSC CSE-2013 experience

If you had appeared in UPSC civil service exam 2013, please reply following

Q1. Your marksheet for prelims and mains


Q2. Your overall experience and words of wisdom about CSAT, GS, Aptitude, optional and essay


Career Backup

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

Ans: try again ,no back up


Q1. Through this journey and success, what wisdom did you gain about life and competitive exams?  What is your message to new aspirants?

Ans: (hindi me likhunga kyuki ye baat me dil se likh raha hu) bhaiyo  hamesa imandari se padai me lage raho .kabhi kisi ko niche dikhane ke liye nhi balki khud upper utane ki kosis karo.dusari baat hamesa ache dost banao.unse kuch na kuch jarur milta hai. Or padai ko jitna ho sake banto isse kuch kami nhi aati balki badti hai. Do chizo se hamesa door rehna 1.irsiya 2.ahankar

Agar ese jiyoge to Success tumhare kadmo me pade rehegi.

Or han jindgi IAS,AC se bahut bade chez hai success hote ho to thik h nhi to hamesa yaad rakha ki kuch bahut accha abhi tumhara intzaar kar raha hai.

//stay hungry stay stupid//

Q2. UPSC had cleared nearly 2500 candidates from CAPF-prelims. You’re selected but many others did not. They’re feeling dejected with this whole competitive exam business. What is your message to them?

Yaar ho jayega ,mere jaise ka ho gaya to tum to bahut badi cheez ho. Chillz.

Credit: Friends/family

Q. Behind every topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? Any specific incidence that you would like to share with the readers?

Well there are many person but first are my parents who help my in spite of so many financial problems

My mother ,who even cant pronounce the word “assistant commandant “has been a source of inspiration for me.my mosa ji shyam datt Sharma guide me very well. And my sisters and jiju (rachna,Deepak&savita,raju) ,brother vikas,jeetesh inspired me all time.

Shankara nand mishra,bharat tiwari,vimal jee ,sanjeev rawat,Deepak(the diplomat),naveen,ravi always help me

Bogus Marketing Propaganda

Q. You are well aware for the sacred rule. The last question in topper interview,  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.

Yes it helps economy was very helpful. And this is platform where all people can meet.