- Candidate Profile
- Electronic Vs Paper material
- Tempo and style
- Struggle of a Senior player
- Prelims (CSAT) General studies
- Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
- Prelim accuracy
- Mains: Compulsory language paper
- Mains: Essay
- Mains General studies paper 1 to 4
- General Studies (Mains) paper 1
- General studies (Mains) paper 2
- General studies (Mains) Paper 3
- General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
- GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2014
- Mains answer-writing?
- Mains Optional Subject
- Before the interview
- During the interview
- CSE-2014 Marksheet
- Career Backup
- Views on UPSC reforms
- Insecurity about profile
- Credit: Friends/family
- BOGUS Marketing Propaganda
|Rank in CSE-2014||419|
|Total attempts in CSE (including this one)||4|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Medium chosen for Interview||English|
|Work-experience if any||NO|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||Not Appeared|
|Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)||Geography from Alok Ranjan|
|Service preferences (Top-5)||IAS>IPS>IFS>IRS(CE)>IRS(IT)|
|state cadre preference (Top-5)||U.P>M.P>R.J>H.R>P.B|
|fill the details here|
|% in class 10||90.4|
|% in class 12||75|
|Graduation course and %||7.9 CGPA|
|Name of college, city, passing out year||Amity institute of biotechnology ,Noida ,2011|
|Any other professional courses||No|
|Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements||Jogging , internet surfing|
Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
My name is Jogindra Singh. I have done my graduation in biotechnology from Amity University Noida in 2011 .I have done my schooling from Mathura (U.P).My father is a farmer and mother is homemaker. I decided to enter in this field during last semester of my graduation with a sense to serve the society and evolve myself in different capabilities.
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)
My preparation was based on “note making approach”. I used to write down issues from The Hindu , Yojana and Frontline. One has to maintain the balance between both mode i.e electronic material and paper work. I used to follow certain website like Reuters , mint ,wiki pages,mrunal.org, Govt’s sites. If I found something very important from exam perspective then I used to write it.
My typical day consists 3 sittings.
1.from 9.30 am to 12.00pm———newspapers
2.from 3.00pm to 5.30pm————–GS
4 .from 9.30pm to 1.30pm————–OPTIONAL +GS
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?
Indeed it happens while you are preparing for a competitive exam. But in civil service one should not be in mode of mood swings and distractions since it can be very costly.I was motivated by my roommate Chanchal Rana (Rank 7 CSE 2013) .I always had a belief “the kind of inputs one is giving in this exam are far less than what one is going to get after his/her selection”.
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.
Don’t pay any heed on such patty issues. Remember one thing “after your selection no one will ask you, how many attempts you took BLAH BLAH………….
Q2. What went wrong in your previous attempt? What changes did you make in this current attempt?
In First two attempts I could not clear prelims as I was more focused on Mains preparation. In third attempt, I got very poor marks (105/275) in interview.
|History Modern (Freedom Struggle)||SPECTRUM|
|Culture and society||NCERT AND ARIHANT ART AND CULTURE|
|Polity (theory + current)||M.LAXMIKANT|
|Economy (theory + current)||MRUNAL.ORG AND SRI RAM BOOKLET|
|Science (theory + current)||MRUNAL.ORG|
|Environment (theory + current)||IGNOU AND 12TH BIO NCERT|
|geography physical||SAVINDER SINGH|
|geography India||KHULLAR INDIAN GEOGRAPHY|
|geography world||OPTIONAL NOTES|
|other national/international current affairs||THE HINDU|
|Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff||PIB+MRUNAL.ORG|
Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS prelim 2014 paper?
One should focus on revision rather covering few more topics.
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?
First I would make traditional portion( Polity + modern history + economics) strong as much as I can. Since unusual question will be unusual for everyone, but one cannot take risk in traditional part.
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)?
For CSE-2015 I would give more focus on Environment , agriculture since IFoS Exam is clubbed in CSE so questions from these topics are very much expected.
|Topic||strategy / booklist|
|Maths||DO BASIC FROM INTERNET|
|comprehension||NEWS PAPER READING|
|Decision Making||MOCK TESTS|
Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS Aptitude 2014 paper.
While solving GS Aptitude paper one should be calm and compose. It will help you to solve more questions.
Q1. Did you attend any ‘mock tests’? do you think they’re necessary for success?
I solved mock tests in my room.
Q2. Approximate no. of attempted answers vs. correct answers. in CSAT-2014
|attempted Q.||correct (Expected)|
Q3. Your score in prelim (when UPSC uploads it please mail me your score)
GS 1 123.34
|Compulsory language paper||Your preparation strategy / booklist?|
|English paper||Never prepared|
|your regional language||One or two reading of a Hindi daily just before exam|
Q2.other observations / tips / comments on the length / difficulty level of compulsory language papers in CSE-2014
Try to attempt essay first and complete the paper.
Q1. How did you prepare for the essay paper?
One should prepare outline of 10 topics before exam. I always prepared such outline with a group of friends it help me a lot as you got different versions on same topics.
Q2. Which two essays did you write and What key points did you include in it?
- Tourism: the next big thing?
- With greater power comes greater responsibility.
I’ve created a table, so you can quickly point out what you referred. Alternatively you can write a separate standalone “Strategy” article in a wordfile.
Requests while you fill up the following tables
- apart from your book/resource list, also comment on your own strategy after mains-2014 (e.g. after exam I realized that I shouldn’t have prepared xyz topic in so much detail, I couldn’t finish xyz syllabus topics properly before exam, I had expected UPSC to ask xyz from but they asked abc……etc.etc.etc.) [Same request for each table given below for gs2, gs3, gs4]
- If you used “internet” as source of preparation in xyz, then provide website name as and where possible.
- Since mains-2013 had new syllabus and many people relied on Xerox of some coaching notes. so If you used such resource, please attest comment on quality e.g. “it was too deep, but I did only selective study/ It did not cover xyz. OR its quality was not upto the mark, so I suggest future players to avoid it and use ABC instead…..etc..”
Anyways, here starts the list:
|Topic||How did you prepare?|
|Culture||Arihant book on art and culture +Nitin Singhania AIR -51 class notes|
|Indian history||Spectrum for modern india +NCERT for ancient|
|world history||Visionias PDF|
|role of women, poverty etc.||From Yojana and kurushetra +supplemented from current issues|
|globalization on Indian society||Sociology NCERT|
|communalism, regionalism, secularism||Random articles from internet|
|world geo physical||Savinder singh|
|resource distribution||Vajiram booklet for resource|
|factors for industrial location||Vajiram booklet for resource|
|earthquake tsunami etc||khullar|
|impact on flora-fauna||DS Lal climatology|
|Topic||How Did You Prepare?|
|Indian Constitution, devolution, dispute redressal etc.||M.Laxmikant|
|comparing Constitution with world||M.LAXMIKANT|
|parliament, state Legislatures||M.LAXMIKANT|
|ministries departments||NOT PREPARED|
|pressure group, informal asso.||Old ncert +random articles|
|Representation of people’s act||Visionias pdf|
|various bodies: Constitutional, statutory..||Visionias pdf|
|NGO, SHG etc||Visionias pdf|
|welfare schemes, bodies||India year book|
|social sector, health, edu, HRD||India year book + supplemented from current issues|
|governance, transparency, accountability||ARC|
|role of civil service||Mohanty sir notes(pub add)|
|India & neighbors||The hindu|
|bilateral/global grouping||Vision pdf|
|effect of foreign country policies on Indian interest||The hindu|
|Diaspora||Vision pdf + supplemented from current issues|
|international bodies- structure mandate||Wikipedia(prepared only those bodies which were in news)|
|Topic||How Did You Prepare?|
|Indian economy, resource mobilization||Sri ram booklet + supplemented from current issues|
|inclusive growth||Yojana article +supplemented from current issues|
|major crops, irrigation||Khullar+ irrigation from wiki|
|agro produce – storage, marketing||Vision pdf|
|e-technology for famers||Random articles|
|farm subsidies, MSP||Vision pdf|
|PDS, buffer, food security||Vision pdf|
|animal rearing economics||Khullar|
|land reforms||Bipin Chandra|
|science-tech day to day life||Left|
|Indian achievements in sci-tech||left|
|awareness in IT, space, biotech, nano, IPR||left|
|environmental impact assessment||wiki|
|non state actors, internal security||ARC + IDSA website|
|internal security – role of media, social networking site||ARC +VISIONIAS PDF+ IDSA WEBSITE|
|cyber security||Visionias pdf + wiki|
|money laundering||Visionias pdf + supplemented from current issues|
|border Management||Visionias pdf + supplemented from current issues|
|organized crime, terrorism||Visionias pdf + supplemented from current issues|
|security agencies- structure mandate||Visionias pdf + supplemented from current issues|
|Topic||How Did You Prepare?|
|ethics and interface, family, society and all the hathodaa topics||RANDOM ARTICLES|
|attitude, moral influence etc.||NCERT(psychology-one chapter is there)|
|civil service: integrity, impartiality, tolerance to weak etc||ARC|
|emotional intelligence, its use in governance||Lexicon|
|moral thinkers of India and world||How many thinkers did you prepare?|
|ethics in pub.ad, accountability, laws, rules etc.||lexicon|
|corporate governance||Visionias pdf|
|probity in governance, work culture||Visionias pdf|
|citizen charter, ethics code, work culture etc.||MOHANTY sir notes (pub add)|
|challenges of corruption||ARC|
|case studies on above topics||From lexicon|
Q. in GS4 ethics papers, please give a sketchy overview of your case study answers:
|Case||your approach/ keypoints|
|case1: your friend preparing UPSC|
|case2: Rameshwar the uptight UPSC topper.|
|case3: no bribe no contract.|
|case4: corrupt subordinates file bogus rape complaint against you.|
|in the remaining bol-bachchan type questions (e.g. why ethics important, why probity difficult etc).|
Please tell us how many marks worth attempt did you give? along with comments if any, in the following cells:
|Paper||Best attempted||Average quality||namesake answer||Total attempt|
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]
Q. How was your experience with the ‘fixed space’ answer sheet?
Fixed space remind you to write what has been asked .But once you write as per the demand of question then such limit never matter.
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.
I wrote my answers in combined form.
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.
For 12.5 mark questions I followed “introduction-body-conclusion” format. But for 10 mark question ,I wrote directly body part.
Q5. Did you use highlighters / sketchpens in your answers?
Q6. Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in GS1 Geography)
Q7. If yes, Did you draw diagrams with pencil or pen?
Q8. Did you use ruler to draw the lines in diagram? Or did you just make it by hand?
Q9. You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?
(Mrunal – since readers keep mailing such queries, therefore I’m asking the topper to clear all the air haha.)
Q. What’s your optional subject and why did you chose it and not something else?
My optional was geography and I took this subject as my optional on interest basis.
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)
Geography helps in GS 1 and Prelims ,so one can take it, if he/she is comfortable with this notorious subject.
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.)
I took coaching for geography from Alok Ranjan. Later value addition done by me from various standard books (savinder singh , DS Lal, Majid hussain models,P. Dayal etc )on the same page of notes, by sticking chits.
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?
Geography CSE 2014 paper had questions from current affairs like skill India mission and Make in india etc. So one have to be updated with current issues.
Q. How many months did it take to finish the core optional syllabus?
Q. How many days/ weeks before the exam, you started answer writing practice?
Joined test series
Q. Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional? In which format- electronic or paper?
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?
This year paper was simple in comparison to last years.
Q1. How did you prepare for the interview? – for college grad, hobbies, place of origin, current affairs at national and international level?
I prepared a diary and allotted pages for everything that was on my DAF.
I asked my friends (selected and non selected ) to form probable questions from my DAF.
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?
Yes I attended mock interviews at Chanakya and GS score. I found mock interviews different from UPSC interview, still they are necessary to make you more comfortable in front of 5 unknown person.
Q3. Describe the formal-dress worn by you in interview.
Navy dark blue color suit
Q4. Where did you stay for the interview? (Hotel / friend’s home …) and what books/material did you bring for the ‘revision before interview’?
I was at my room. I kept my diary for revision.
Q1. Who was the chairman of you interview board?
Vinay Mittal Board
Q2. How long was the interview?
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?]
Civil services are public service, it provides you a platform where you can serve the society in your best capabilities along with this one can evolve oneself in various domains.
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)
How Wikipedia editing is done?
What is AMRUT ? How it is different from JNNURM?
What is smart city and role of state govt in this scheme?
Major earthquake prone zone of world?
What was your final year project in college?
What is six sigma?
Many questions from biotechnology (as it was my graduation subject)
- What are mutagens?
- Structure of DNA and RNA?
Role of biotechnology in civil services? How you will use it in your district as DM?
Questions on NCC?
WIDOW problem in vrindavan…….as DM do you have any plan for them?
What is akshaypatra?
Question on NJAC ISSUE?
Questions on press control?
Questions on Gram nyayalaya and women reservation?
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?
My interview was on expected lines it was not at all a stress interview. But I was disappointed by interview marks.
Q1. Please attach both prelim and final marksheet. (when it comes)
|General Studies -I (Paper-Ii)||109|
|General Studies -Ii (Paper-Iii)||93|
|General Studies -Iii (Paper-Iv)||71|
|General Studies -Iv (Paper-V)||79|
|Optional-I (Geography) (Paper-Vi)||131|
|Optional-II (Geography) (Paper-Vii)||138|
Q2. After looking at the marksheet, suppose you had to prepare again next time, what changes will you make in your studies?
Q1. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?
No back plan, only UPSC was on cards.
Q. Optional subjects should be removed altogether. The present stalemate is helping no-one, except coaching-owners, book publishers.
Yes optional subject should be removed let bring the parity on each front.
Q. Your views on the decision to make CSAT paper 33% qualifying?
Making CSAT paper qualifying ,I think this is a regressive step by UPSC.
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 indeed IFoS exam should be conducted separately
Q. UPSC should disclose official prelim answerkey and cutoffs, immediately after prelim is over, instead of postponing it till interview phase is over.
Q. UPSC should be conducted online like IBPS and CAT exam to shorten the duration of exam.
This will not serve the real purpose.
Q. If you are made the UPSC chairman, what other reforms would you initiate for the civil service exam?
As a UPSC chairman I will bring reforms in interview stage as it is highly luck based process.
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?
I never suffer from this insecurity .UPSC is a totally different game, where a boy/girl from a village may get selected while a boy/girl from a very good college not.
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?
Hard work never goes in vain. Perfection is illusion, enjoy this process.
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?
Simple , go for next attempt with new strategy and energy as one has already invested so much in terms of time ,money etc. You should not go back , until you are done with this.
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?
My Family and close friends were behind me during difficult time.
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.
Yes, during my initial days of preparation, I went through all economics’ articles of mrunal.org. Recently, I watched videos on economic survey, schemes and budget on mrunal’s you tube channel.