- CAPF Topper Profile
- Electronic Vs Paper material
- Tempo and style
- GS and Aptitude paper
- Accuracy in GS paper
- Descriptive paper
- Four Essays
- Argument For-Against
- Report writing?
- CAPF Physical Efficiency Test
- Interview by UPSC Panel
- UPSC Interview Transcript
- CAPF Marksheet
- Service preference
- UPSC CSE-2013 experience
- Career Backup
- Credit: Friends/family
- Bogus Marketing Propaganda
CAPF Topper Profile
|Name||S Bharath Vaishnov|
|Rank in CAPF-2013||185|
|No. of previous attempts in CAPF||0|
|Work-experience if any||–|
|other competitive examsincluding success & failures||
|coaching/postal material (if used)||Mrunal.org :P|
||Blogging, volunteering, Speedcubing|
|Do you have NCC certificate?||No|
|% in class 10||86%|
|% in class 12||86%|
|Graduation course & %||B.Tech[ECE] 8.12 CGPA|
|College & batch-year||Amrita school of engineering, 2010|
|Post-graduation||Pursuing MA public administration @IGNOU|
|Any professional courses||–|
Q. Tell us something about yourself and your family. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?
Civil services has been my childhood dream and as soon as I completed graduation I Decided to pursue my dream. So I entered into this competitive exam arena. My father works in a CPSU and my mother is pursuing masters in Law.
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
- I extensively relied on online material. I make notes and mindmaps on various issues.
- I use diigo tools to marks out important points from newspaper articles following which I copy and compile these points in onenote which allows for arranging notes topic wise. Mrunal’s style of writing has helped me understand how to simplify and understand things .
- My diigo notes can be accessed on diigo https://www.diigo.com/user/bharathz24
- Some of my mindmaps are shared here: http://iasblogz.wordpress.com/category/mind-map/
Tempo and style
Q. People know what books and syllabus topics are to be prepared. But most of them lack consistency in their preparation. How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?
Yes, this is a common problem in every civils aspirant’s life. I kept writing various competitive exams which have syllabus similar to civils at regular intervals to keep myself on my toes. Otherwise civils exam cycle is too long to keep oneself motivated throughout the cycle particularly when preparing on our own.
GS and Aptitude paper
Q1. Please share the list of resources you used, your strategy and other tips for benefit of future aspirants.
|History Modern (Freedom Struggle)||Spectrum|
|Culture society||CCRT website|
|Polity (theory + current)||Laxmikanth|
|Economy (theory + current)||Ramesh singh|
|Science (theory + current)||Newspapers and spectrum|
|Environment (theory + current)||UGC book by Barucha|
|other national/international current affairs||Newspapers|
|Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff||PRS, Year book, Newspapers|
|Maths||Didn’t prepare specifically|
|Data interpretation||Didn’t prepare|
Accuracy in GS paper
It has been a long time since I have written this exam. So I don’t remember regarding my attempts. But I’ll certain share the marksheet when it comes.
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.)
The paper level was simpler than that of civil services exam. However time management is key in this exam as number of questions are more.
Q. How did you prepare the Essay, grammar, précis and report writing?
No specific preparation for this exam .
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|
|interstate water dispute||Talked about growing water crisis in beginningDiscussed some of current disputes
Suggested for a permanent water dispute resolution commission to ensure continuity and use previous precedents to quickly resolve disputes
|social reformers in freedom struggle|
|falling rupee & Indian economy||Discussed the reasons for fall and various positives and drawbacks of fall in rupee. Provided some suggestions like boosting exports, curbing imports to curb slide in rupee|
|China’s aggressive policy||China an important neighbor. Age old relations. Need to handle this issues carefully. We need to strengthen both our hard and soft power vis-à-vis china. Strengthen border surveillance. Deepen people to people ties to understand each other better|
|media publicity on terrorism||Started with media coverage of 26/11 attacks and how it helped handlers in pak. 9/11 visuals which sent shock waves across world. Use of media by terrorists deliberately. Media needs to exercise restraint. Follow supreme court guidelines|
This time, UPSC required candidates to write both arguments for and against the given statements. so what were your keypoint in it?
|casteless society becomes distant through issues raised by reservation||
|women empowerment is urban phenomenon||
Q. Did you write report the same way you wrote essay? or did you apply any special format/structure here?
ans. No, I Just wrote like essay
|Uttarakhand tsunami & Military||
|Ethics crisis in cricket||
Q. What is your overall experience with descriptive paper (e.g. too lengthy paper, grammar tougher than previous paper etc.)
The 4 essays was a surprise. Time management became difficult. I ended up having only 5 minutes for precise.
CAPF Physical Efficiency Test
Q1. To pass Physical Efficiency Tests (PET), what preparation did you do at home?
I have never been involved in athletic activities ever in my life. So PET was a big challenge for me. So I started with jogging in march. After written result. I joined a sports authority of India facility. Coaches there helped me out on how to go about with various events particularly 800m and long jump which requires specific strategies and techniques
Q2. Where was your PET held?
It was held at National industrial security academy, Hyderabad on 23rd may 2014
Q3. Please narrate your actual experience PET test with readers.
- We were asked to report at 9. Document verification, biometrics and stuff took 2 hours. At around 11 AM events started.
- Started off with 100m followed by 800m, long jump and shot put. Managed to complete 100m just in time.
- 800 m I was last but one. Thanks to my earlier practice , I was never tensed about not finishing in time as I was confident that if I kept running even at slow pace, I would be able to make it. In the end I made it in 3 min 35 sec. 3-4 people couldn’t clear this.
During practice I had problem with the line. I kept overstepping it. Fortunately on PET day I managed to do it correctly in first attempt itself. But many of them couldn’t clear it in first attempt. In the end around 6-7 people were eliminated in this round
This is supposed to be the easiest of all tests. I had practiced thinking that there would be 3 chances like in long jump. It was only one day before PET that I came to know that there’s only one chance. So I was a bit worried but I managed to clear it. Everyone in my batch cleared. Some made minor mistakes like stepping on line, but judges were lenient
Interview by UPSC Panel
Q1. How did you prepare for the interview? Particularly college graduation subjects related questions?
I worked on topics in my DAF. Some topics in my DAF I neglected which could prove costly for me. So I suggest everyone to work on every small topic mentioned in your DAF
Q2. Where did you stay for the interview? (Hotel / friend’s home …) and what books/material did you bring for the ‘revision before interview’?
I stayed at a hotel. I took some notes I made on issues relevant to my DAF
Q3. Who was the chairman of you interview board?
Professor Hem Chandra gupta
Q4. How long was the interview?
Around 20-25 mins
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 felt it was a challenging and rewarding career option
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.
I have posted interview transcript on my blog http://iasblogz.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/central-armed-police-forcesassistant-commandant-2013-interview/
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?
It was based on my DAF, so it was on expected lines . Members were cordial and cooperative. Towards the end it became like a quiz contest which was a bit surprising.
Q2. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?
Nothing specific to mention. I think all necessary information is given in interview call letter. I forgot to get photocopies of my tenth and graduation certificates. UPSC staff were cooperative and got it photocopied themselves. So nothing to worry incase you forget some stuff for interview
Mail me your prelim, essay and interview marks, when UPSC uploads.
Sure will do it
Q1. What is your service preference order BSF,CRPF, CISF, ITBP?
Q2. How/Why did you pickup that order?
I had come across job description in various forces in comments section of this site. That played a major role in deciding my preferences. Also feasibility of studying for civils was also one of the deciding factors
UPSC CSE-2013 experience
If you had appeared in UPSC civil service exam 2013, please reply following
Q1. Your marksheet for prelims and mains
- Prelims – 110+160
- Mains- 514
Q2. Your overall experience and words of wisdom about CSAT, GS, Aptitude, optional and essay
- In prelims, go with a open mind. Don’t get bogged down by fear of negative marking , cut offs etc. Many of the questions can be solved with some application of mind.
- So keep cool and think
- In mains with changed pattern, I was hoping GS would play a major role in success.
- But final result suggests that optional continues to remain the decider. So please focus on your optional as well.
Q1. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?
I just joined central excise department as Inspector
Q2. When were you going to execute that backup plan (e.g. after third attempt, after dad retires, after girlfriend dumps me etc.)
Already executed [After third attempt]
Q3. If you were to re-appear in CAPF-2014 then what modifications would you make in your studies?
Never thought about it as I was no longer eligible for the exam
Through this journey and success, what wisdom did you gain about life and competitive exams? What is your message to the aspirants?
- I believe what bhagvadgita says “ Karmanyeva-adhikaarastey Maa Phaleshu Kadaachana Maa Karma Phala Hetubhoor Maa tey Sangostva Akarmani”
- Keep faith in yourself and continue with your effort irrespective of results. Someday your efforts will be richly rewarded. So keep persisting with your goal . If you have the “WILL” to do it, you will do it.
- I would like to thank my parents for their unstinting support throughout this process. They have been a source of motivation and support for me. My near and dear ones also deserve a mention for their continued support and cooperation. Both online and offline friends have been of help in tough times. So thanks all.
- A special thanks to Gopal Krishnan sir, a retired IAS officer who has been selflessly offering guidance to civil services aspirants for over last 2 decades.
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.
Mrunal.org has played an important role in my journey . I started my preparation in 2010. I was fortunate that this site started evolving since then. The first article I read from this site was WTO for dummies. Since then there has been no looking back. I have referred to this site for various topics particularly during my mains preparation. The manner in which Mrunal presents information makes it interesting and easier to grasp.
It’s an excellent work. Mrunal has kept evolving with changing times. He knows the needs of aspirants and will surely meet them in future as well
Thanks and best wishes to all.
Congrats Sir :)
Hi vaishnov sandeep here..same hemchander sir board .. you hav that spark..civils not mh away from you.comgrats buddy
Congrats! What’s your views on joining this service? I’ve also got selected with AIR 249, surely not getting CISF. Keeping in mind further preparations for Civil Services exam, would you leave your Inspector at CBEC job for this one? I have applied for SSC 2014. Which job is better: Inspector or AC keeping all the factors in mind eg. risk of not making it finally to Civil Services, job nature of ACs etc. Please suggest!
Congrats on your success. Well definitely a grp A job is much better in terms of job prospects and satisfaction. I am yet to make up my mind. Maybe things will become clear once force allocation is done. Till then lets continue with preparation for civils. Joining anyway will take about a year or more, so try to crack in civils by that time.
Thank you for your comments on joining and best wishes for future. Hope I clear either Civil Services or my confusion about joining this service by the time joining comes.
Congrats sir. i have got 118 rank in capf ac. I’d also like to share my experiences at your prestigious site. please contact me.
With due respect Mrunal sir..I just want to make a request to you that ..can plz oblige me by posting an interview of a civil service successful candidate whose optional was English literature. .coz that’s mine too. .m preparing for cse 2015.
Wonderful, Congratulations Bharath. (Shall come for PET instructions ;) )
OFCOURSE EXCISE ONLY……
AC is the second best option after the trio of IAS/IPS/IRS
the only problem is the constant whining and complaints of the so called “pussies” who don’t have the courage to take up slightly rugged postings and who are the people that comprise the “anti-capf” group.
do not get dissuaded by the losers.
you will go upto the rank of DIG/IG if all goes well.
i was were unfortunate ,i was probably best in aal events in my physical exam at tigri camp,new delhi ,but unfortunately i cross my left leg ,but i manage to throw the ball at required distance ,but they were not lenient like other cemters ……….is it not injustice to me??it is hurting me when i hear that at other centres judges were giving chances
i remember your attempt at shot put bro,,, u really were outperforming others…
i could term it nothing, but a quirk of fate….
Interview- 105 :)
U got impressive marks in interview.Best of luck for the service….
dude my marks p1 150 ; p2 75
got eliminated in 100 m :P nasseb apan apna anyways kudos to ur success
p1 92 , p2 56 personality 87
sir,my date of birth is 29th june 1985 in general category.I want to know the actual age limit of an IAS exam.
sir i am color blind..does it create problem in medical check up???
did they check your color blindness??
Sir…I’m an aspirant of UPSC civil services exam , have given 2 attempts now i ‘m looking for backup as uncertainties persists in CSE… I wanna ask u sir which is better central excise inspector through CGL or assistant commandant in CISF ….last year I missed UPSC AC final cutoff by a narrow margin this time I’m sure of to get it….this time also giving CGL exam …sir plz guide me…there r many seniors but I think u r the right person to help me….
Sir tell me colour blind people are fit for this job in BSF.