IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Rakesh Kumar Minhas AIR 91

  • by IAS Score

Name:    Rakesh Kumar Minhas
Rank in CSE 2015:   91
Optional Subject:  Medical Science


Class 10 percentage of marks:  93%
Class 12Percentage of marks:  85%
Graduation: College and marks:  65% Baba Farid Univ. of Health Science
Post graduation: College and marks Govt. Medical College (Patiala) MS (Surgery)

Marks in CSE 2015

Essay (Paper 1) 141
GS 1 (Paper 2) 81
GS 2 (Paper 3) 72
GS 3 (Paper 4) 101
GS 4 (Paper 5) 101
Optional 1 Medical Science (Paper 6) 124
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 133
Written Total 753
Personality Test 179
Total Score 932

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

Rakesh Kumar Minhas : Consistent hard work, blessing of my elders.

IAS Score: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas : Stick to the syllabus, be analytical, smart study.

IAS Score: Did you integrate your Prelims or Mains preparation or was it separate in the changing scenario?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Always integrate.

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.

Rakesh Kumar Minhas : Regular reading of yojna, kurukshetra + use of facts-figures.

IAS Score: Did you adopted any specific strategy for GS Paper 4?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  GS Score material is self sufficient. Write from your heart, follow your intuition. Write tests to develop your answer writing skill.

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?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Know the full syllabus, read relevant topics from newspaper & notes.

IAS Score: What is your advice on notes-making for other aspirants?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Notes making helps revise faster. It should be done in point format.

IAS Score: How did you manage your time during the preparation?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Study most of the day. 4-5 hrs on weekdays and 7-8 hrs on weekends. Test yourself regularly.

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?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Point format. It helps the examiners read answer quicker.

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?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  It helps in time management and helps increase the speed of yours thought process. I had joined  GS Score test series for mains.

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?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Maintain your fitness and health. Take breaks.

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?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  No, the syllabus is same for everyone. Anyone with the right approach can crack it.

IAS Score: Which sources you referred to prepare for Contemporary Issues.

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Newspaper and GS Score contemporary issues material.

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.

rstv, lstv, youtube videos,

IAS Score: What is your advice to the candidates who is still in the process of preparing for this examination?

Rakesh Kumar Minhas :  Determination will get you to your goal.

Click Here to Download Topper’s Test Copy of CSE 2015

Click Here to Read blog on “Perception and Reality Related to Ethics paper” and watch a brief session on Ethics Case Study by Manoj K Jha

Related Articles: