IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Siddharth Jain AIR 13

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Siddharth Jain Rank 13 IAS 2015
Name Siddharth Jain
Rank in CSE 2015 13
Total Attempts in CSE 2
Optional Subject Mathematics
Medium English


Class 10 percentage of marks 96
 Class 12Percentage of marks 91
Graduation: College and marks 7.34, IIT Roorkee
Post graduation: College and marks N/A
Any other course N/A

Strategy Discussion

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

Siddharth Jain: Group study, smart notes making, focus on particular mark fetching, subjects, maintain proper mental health.

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

Siddharth Jain: Prelims: Given many tests of different test series, analyze the area from where upsc is asking questions, cover basics properly.

Mains: Answer writing practice through many tests, follow minimum material.

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

Siddharth Jain: I followed integrated approach for both prelims and mains preparation.

GS Preparation for Prelims (Summary)

Study material / Guidance
Basic Books NCERT
Test Series Many test series
Any other N/A

GS Mains Preparation (Summary)

Paper Study Material/Guidance Current Issues Source Answer Writing Practice
GS Paper 1 Vision, mrunal, ncert Vision, mrunal Insight
GS Paper 2 Do do Do
GS Paper 3 Do do Do
GS Paper 4 GS Score N/A Do

Optional Subject Preparation  (Summary)

Study material / Guidance
Basic Books Followed IMS Notes
Current Affairs
Answer Writing
Any other Written Test Series

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.

Siddharth Jain: Every week essay practice, joined classes under vikas ranjan sir.

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

Siddharth Jain: S. K. Mishra Sir classes and test series at GS Score. Mrunal Video, specific focus on case studies.

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?

Siddharth Jain: NCERT, Mrunal, Vision IAS

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

Siddharth Jain: Make good notes and if possible make soft copy notes.

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

Siddharth Jain: Make a time table and follow it judiciously.

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?

Siddharth Jain: Paragraph and point format I used both. Answer writing practice: Insight and Test Series

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?

Siddharth Jain: Test series is very important. I joined vision ias and synergy test series.

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?

Siddharth Jain: Mediation, group study, music and physical exercise.

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?

Siddharth Jain: No, I don’t think so.

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

Siddharth Jain: Vision IAS, murnal, gs score, the hindu, insight.

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.

Siddharth Jain: Mrunal .org, Insight

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

Siddharth Jain: Keep some backup.  Focus on some specific paper for rank/marks fetching and get at least average marks in others.

IAS Score: Your word for future aspirants.

Siddharth Jain: Choose the right optional and keep a backup.

Mark sheet

Paper Year 2015 Year 2014
Prelims 128
Essay (Paper 1) 142 68
GS 1 (Paper 2) 103 91
GS 2 (Paper 3) 82 82
GS 3 (Paper 4) 97 68
GS 4 (Paper 5) 99 116
Optional 1 (Paper 6) 114 94
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 154 145
Written Total 791 670
Personality Test 187
Total Score 978

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