IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Akhil Goel AIR 251
- by IAS Score
|Rank in CSE 2015||251|
|Total Attempts in CSE||2|
|Class 10 percentage of marks||88%|
|Class 12Percentage of marks||90.2%|
|Graduation: College and marks||NIT, Allahabad (Got 9.02 CPI)|
|Post graduation: College and marks||–|
|Any other course||–|
IAS Score: What were the basic mantras of your success?
Incremental study over the period of time. Constant evaluation of my progress through test series and amending any faults that prop up.
IAS Score: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?
I decided to fix my material for each subject and revised the material multiple times. In addition, I read newspaper “The Hindu” regularly and a monthly compilation of current affairs to remain in contact with the current issues.
IAS Score: Did you integrate your Prelims or Mains preparation or was it separate in the changing scenerio?
I did integrate my prelims and Mains preparation for few subjects like Economy, Geography, Indian History and Culture. There were few topics which I covered after prelims like International Relations, Internal Security, World History etc. I covered Ethics and Essay completely after prelims.
GS Preparation for Prelims (Summary)
|Study material / Guidance||Spectrum for History, Geography and Economics lectures from Mrunal Youtube channel, Polity from Laxmikant, Environment from GK Today Pdf, Culture from Nitin Singhaniya notes and GK Today Pdf.|
|Basic Books||NCERT from 6th to 12th for History, Geography. Macroeconomics|
|Current Affairs||The Hindu newspaper. Monthly compilation from any institute will work for prelims (I followed Vision IAS monthly compilation).|
GS Mains Preparation (Summary)
|Paper||Study Material/Guidance||Current Issues Source||Answer Writing Practice|
|GS Paper 1||Spectrum, Mrunal lectures for Geography, Nitin Singhaniya notes on culture, Vision IAS compilation for World history and Post-Independence India.||Not needed for GS1||GS Score Test series|
|GS Paper 2||Laxmikant||GS Score compilation released after prelims for Polity, IR, Social Issues||GS Score Test series|
|GS Paper 3||Mrunal Lectures for Economy, Random articles online for Environment and disaster management||GS score compilation for Economy, S&T, Environment and Internal Security.||GS Score Test series|
|GS Paper 4||GS Score material and guidance from Manoj sir||Not Applicable||GS Score Test series|
Optional Subject Preparation (Summary)
|Study material / Guidance||IMS institute study material|
|Answer Writing||IMS Test series|
IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.
I took Essay Test series in GS Score and Vajiram to get 2 different evaluation for my essay.
IAS Score: Did you adopted any specific strategy for GS Paper 4?
I focused primarily on not leaving a single question in Ethics and for this I did answer writing practice a lot through test series in GS Score.
IAS Score: What were the sources of information for general reading? How did you come to know that which sources of reading materials are standard?
I did most of the general reading online and read articles topic wise. I searched for the topic and read various articles related to it.
IAS Score: What is your advice on notes-making for other aspirants?
Making notes is personal choice. I tried to make notes of newspapers initially but didn’t find it useful. As most of the study I did was through PDFs, I generally highlighted important information in the PDF itself. So, making notes depend on personal comfort.
IAS Score: How did you manage your time during the preparation?
I gave maximum time to my optional which was Mathematics, it required lots and lots of practice. I started preparation of prelims before 3 months and did not touch my optional in that period. After prelims, I again gave about 2 months for Maths, in between I was writing answers for Ethics. After 2 months, I started finishing GS syllabus and simultaneous answer writing for GS. Mathematics test went till it was 10 days left for mains.
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?
In GS papers, I tried to follow point format in maximum questions.
For Ethics I followed paragraph format for questions and point format for Case-studies.
Point format comes naturally to me as I am an Engineer. But for Ethics questions, you need to elaborate a statement most of the time which can’t be described in points, so I followed para format for such questions.
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?
Test series are of utmost important in both the stages. I did not formally join test series for prelims but took some test papers from friends from multiple institutes and practiced them.
In mains, I wrote about 40 test papers before appearing in the mains exam as my writing speed was slow. I joined GS Score test series for GS, Essay and Ethics. I also joined an Essay test series in Vajiram and 2 test series for Mathematics in IMS institute, one before prelims and 1 after prelims.
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?
Yes, it is tough to maintain tempo and whenever things didn’t go well and I couldn’t study for a day or 2 thinking about the failure, I had to motivate myself saying that nothing will happen if I didn’t study. In such situations, I created a time table for the next 15 days and tried to follow that strictly.
To break the monotony, I always studied 2 subjects simultaneously and whenever I got bored with one, I switched to other.
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?
I think the professionals or the working people have been exposed to externalities a bit more. This helps them connect things comparatively easily. Having said that, Humanities people have almost gained expertise in their optional subjects which make them a tough competitor to beat. This year example of topper from Humanities background prove this point. So, ultimately it boils down to who has given extra effort and understood the extent of competition better.
IAS Score: Which sources you referred to prepare for Contemporary Issues.
I followed The Hindu newspaper and contemporary issues PDFs released by GS Score for each subject was very helpful
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.
Online resource is very useful these days for civil services. Following are the sites I regularly followed:
http://iasscore.in/ for contemporary issues and reading articles.
https://www.youtube.com/ for Mrunal Videos and Rajya Sabha Big Picture episodes.
http://www.gktoday.in/ for environment related material
Many other random articles were read online.
IAS Score: What is your advice to the candidates who is still in the process of preparing for this examination?
Keep calm and just focus on the process rather than the result. Constantly evaluate yourself to see where you stand in the crowd and work accordingly.
IAS Score: Your word for future aspirants
Please choose the path of civil services wisely. It is a tough terrain to pass through. Please have a backup option ready in case you are unsuccessful. My backup option was to go back to IT sector and work as a software developer.
|Paper||Year 2015||Year 2014|
|Prelims||Expected 115 (Yet to be released by UPSC)||194 (Did not clear prelims)|
|Essay (Paper 1)||110|
|GS 1 (Paper 2)||97|
|GS 2 (Paper 3)||65|
|GS 3 (Paper 4)||96|
|GS 4 (Paper 5)||87|
|Optional 1 (Paper 6)||142|
|Optional 2 (Paper 7)||133|
Click Here to Download Topper’s Test Copy of CSE 2015
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2016 – 2017: K. Dinesh Kumar IAS Rank 06 with Pol Science Optional
- IAS Toppers Interview: Suman Sourav Mohanty Rank 9 CSE 2016
- IAS Toppers Interview: Sidharth B Rank 15 CSE 2016, Political Science Optional
- IAS Topper Interview 2016-2017: Rank 26 Mallika Sudhir IAS Prepraion Strategy
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2016: Manuj Jindal IAS Rank 53
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2016 – 2017: Shashank Chaudhary IAS Rank 130, First Attempt
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2016 – 2017: Brij Shankar IAS Rank 274, 5th attempt, 4 Interview
- IAS Topper Interview 2016-2017: Rank 306 Shashank Shekher Singh IAS Prepraion Strategy
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Jasmeet Singh Sandhu AIR 03
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Siddharth Jain AIR 13
- IAS Toppers Interview: EESHA PRIYA Rank 75 First Attempt
- IAS Topper’s Interview: IAS Rank 89 Sumant Sahay, 137 Marks in Essay
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Rakesh Kumar Minhas AIR 91
- IAS Topper’s Interview: Jonnalagadda Snehaja Rank 103
- IAS Topper’s Interview: Rank 145 Preeti Yadav, 146 Marks in Essay
- IAS Toppers Interview: Asim Anwar Rank 149 with Management Optional
- IAS Toppers Interview: Amit Suresh Tolani Rank 151
- IAS Topper’s Interview: Dr.Ravindra Goswami Rank 152
- IAS Toppers Interview: RISHAV KUMAR JHA Rank 162
- IAS Toppers Interview: Vakul Jindal Rank 174
- IAS Toppers Interview 2015: Rank 187 Rohan Botre, 113 Marks in Ethics
- IAS Topper’s Interview: Rank 548 Ashish kumar senapati, 109 Marks in Ethics
- IAS Topper’s Strategy: Rank 374 Rahul Narwal, 110 Marks in Ethics (GS Paper 4)
- IAS Toppers Interview: Chandan Kumar Rank 373, Strategy for Ethics and Essay
- IAS Toppers Interview: Ananya Sinha Rank 259, First Attempt
- IAS Topper’s Interview: Shejole Shruti Ramrao Rank 690
- IAS Toppers Interview: Kirodi Lal Meena Rank 248
- IAS Toppers Interview: Anupam Rank 221
- IAS Toppers Interview: Rhea Joshi Rank 425
- IAS Topper’s Interview: Abhinav Agnihotri Rank 302 CSE 2015
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Rahul Gupta Rank 306
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Govind Mohan Rank 245
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Sharat Chandra Pawar AIR 632
- IAS Toppers Interview: Nagender Bhukya Rank 733
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Akhil Goel AIR 251
- IAS TOPPERS INTERVIEW 2014: Shefali Gupta AIR 601
- IAS TOPPERS INTERVIEW 2014: Joginder Singh AIR 419
- IAS Toppers Interview 2014: Shashikant Mehta, AIR 352
- IAS TOPPER’S INTERVIEW 2014 : Sandeep Chaudhary, AIR 148
- IAS TOPPER’S INTERVIEW 2014 : Raja Gopal Sunkara, AIR 49
- IAS Topper’s Interview 2014 : Shruti Pandey, AIR 114
- IAS TOPPER’S INTERVIEW 2014 : Aman Mittal, AIR 20
- Interview : Aman Kumar, IPS
- TOPPERS’ TALK with ISHANI PAUL, IPS
- Interview: Mridul Choudhary, CSE 2013
- IAS Interview Strategy Series – VII
- IAS Interview Strategy Series – V
- IAS Interview Strategy Series-IV
- IAS Interview Strategy Series-III
- IAS Interview Strategy Series-II
- IAS Interview Strategy Series-I