IAS Topper’s Interview: Rank 548 Ashish kumar senapati, 109 Marks in Ethics

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ashish kumar senapati IAS Rank 548
Name Ashish kumar senapati
Rank in CSE 2015 548
Total Attempts in CSE 2
Optional Subject Public administration
Medium English


Class 10 percentage of marks 84.4%
 Class 12 Percentage of marks 72%
Graduation: College and marks B. tech (8.5 cgpa)
Post graduation: College and marks N/A
Any other course N/A

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

Ashish kumar senapati: Strong determination towards the goal and staying happy so as to take huge burden effectively.

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

Ashish kumar senapati: Integrated study for both pre & mains conceptual clarity about the subjects from NCERTS & practicing questions for both pre and mains.

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

Ashish kumar senapati: It was integrated though pre requires more conceptual clarity & main requires comprehensiveness & analytical ability.

GS Preparation for Prelims (Summary)

Study material / Guidance Vajiram & ravi , GS SCORE , lukmaan for optional.
Basic Books NCERT , Laxmikant , gcleong.
Current Affairs Vision ias, gs score compilation, news paper

GS Mains Preparation (Summary)

Paper Study Material/Guidance Current Issues Source Answer Writing Practice
GS Paper 1 Ncert , spectrum , normas lowe Gs score Gs score
GS Paper 2 Optional paper- 2 , gs score Gs score , vision ias Gs score
GS Paper 3 Eco. Survey, tmh Gs score, vision ias Gs score
GS Paper 4 Lexicon, gs score


Gs score Gs score

Optional Subject Preparation  (Summary)

Study material / Guidance Vajiraam & ravi coaching for pub add
Basic Books m. bhattacharya, fadia &fadia, goyal & arora , arc
Current Affairs News paper , vision ias gs score
Answer Writing Lukmaan test series
Any other  

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.

Ashish kumar senapati: Writing practice for essay at gs score.

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

Ashish kumar senapati: Done test series at GS Score.

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

Ashish kumar senapati: It should be concise as it will help for quick revision before the main exam.

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

Ashish kumar senapati: Equal division of the time for gs and optional .

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?

Ashish kumar senapati: It was a combination of both paragraph & point according to the demand of the question . after joining test series I analyzed the demands of question & developed the skill .

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?

Ashish kumar senapati: Its very useful as it compels students to study & perform well. It also makes revision. I joined gs score test series for gs, ethics and essay.

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?

Ashish kumar senapati: Watching movies , listing songs talking with friends.

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?

Ashish kumar senapati: This is an equal platform for everyone. But to get success one needs to be focused & determined he/ she should enjoy the process of hard work.

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

Ashish kumar senapati: Gs score material , vision ias & news paper.  insightonIndia is also a good source.

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.

Ashish kumar senapati:




PRS India .

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

Ashish kumar senapati: Stay focused be determined , take the challenge &enjoy the process.

Ashish kumar senapati Mark sheet

Paper Marks
Prelims 120
 Essay (Paper 1) 137
GS 1 (Paper 2) 89
GS 2 (Paper 3) 72
GS 3 (Paper 4) 99
GS 4 (Paper 5) 109
Optional 1 (Paper 6) 105
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 125
Written Total 736
Personality Test 143
Total Score 879


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