IAS Topper Interview 2016-2017: Rank 26 Mallika Sudhir IAS Prepraion Strategy

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Video 1: IAS Preparation Strategy 
Video 2: Preparation strategy for Ethics 


Rank in CSE 2015 26
Total Attempts in CSE 4
Optional Subject History
Medium English



Class 10 percentage of marks 81.2%
 Class 12 Percentage of marks 75%
Graduation: College and marks Daulat Ram collage, D.U. 53% B.A.(Horns) History
Post graduation: College and marks JNU CHS M.A. (History) CGPA – 5.75/9
Any other course M.Phil (History) JMI 70.1%

IAS Score: What were the basic mantras of your success?

  • Repeated Revision.
  • Consolidating whatever one has read.
  • Test Practice


IAS Score:  What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?
MALIKA SUDHIR:  Prelims: Focusing on important topics after analyzing previous year paper
Mains: Note marking in brief.

IAS Score: Did you integrate your Prelims or Mains preparation or was it separate in the changing scenario?
MALIKA SUDHIR: Special focus on prelims separately of basic reading for prelims helped in mains also.

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.
MALIKA SUDHIR:  GS Score (Ethics + Essay test series) and Writing Practice.

IAS Score: Did you adopt any specific strategy for GS Paper 4?
MALIKA SUDHIR: Read IAS Score tests and thinking line given on Ethics Workbook. Practiced answer writing in GS Score test series.

IAS Score: What is your advice on notes-making for other aspirants?
MALIKA SUDHIR: Note Marking helps in consolidating and come handy at the time of revision, Provided notes are brief.

IAS Score: How did you manage your time during the preparation?
MALIKA SUDHIR: By following a plan, every day To Do Lists

IAS Score: What was your style (paragraph or point format) Of writing in the exam? How was it distinct from the general writing style? How did you develop this writing style?
MALIKA SUDHIR:  Both Paragraph and point format in GS and Paragraph format in optional.

IAS Score: So much focus is being given to Test Series, both for Prelims and Mains, in your opinion how useful are they, in the course of a preparation process? Which Test Series did you join and how useful did you find it to be?
MALIKA SUDHIR: Test series are the only way of getting a feel the exam, also it helps in developing confidence.
I Join test series at GS Score and vision, The comments given by Manoj Sir in my Ethics and Essay copies were very helpful.

IAS Score: Civil Services Exam process is quite strenuous. It requires long hours of constant study. How did you maintain your tempo and what did you do to break the monotony of preparation?
MALIKA SUDHIR:  I took frequent breaks, Listened to music and talk to my family and friends who were a constant source of strength

IAS Score: The trend suggests that professionals or working people are more successful in this exam. Does this exam prove difficult for Humanities and Social Science background candidates?
MALIKA SUDHIR: Humanities of social sciences students need to focus more on prelims while mains may be relatively easy.

IAS Score: Which sources you referred to prepare for Contemporary Issues.
MALIKA SUDHIR:  Topical compilation on iasscore.in, GS Score contemporary issues material and news papers.

IAS Score: Given the recent boom in online initiatives to support an aspirant, which were the platforms that you find useful enough during your course of preparation. Please list the sites.
IAS Score, Study IQ Education (Youtube)


IAS Score: What is your advice to the candidates who is still in the process of preparing for this examination?
MALIKA SUDHIR:  Never ever lose your confidence. That is the most precious thing. Remember the phoenix and a sher__
““ Girte hain shah sawar maidan e jung mein,
Wo tifl kya girenge jo ghutno ke bal chale”

IAS Score: Your experience in IAS preparation journey with GS Score.
MALIKA SUDHIR:  Manoj Sir’s guidance through his in-depth remarks on test helped me reassure myself about by writing ability and helped me improve where I was lacking

Mallika Sudhir Mark sheet

Paper Year 2016
Essay (Paper 1) 147
GS 1 (Paper 2) 118
GS 2 (Paper 3) 97
GS 3 (Paper 4) 113
GS 4 (Paper 5) 117
Optional 1 (Paper 6) 131
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 170
Written Total
Personality Test 171
Total Score 1064


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