IAS Toppers Interview: Suman Sourav Mohanty Rank 9 CSE 2016

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Name Suman Sourav Mohanty
Rank in CSE 2016 09 in CSE 2016/ 413 in CSE 2015
Total Attempts in CSE 4
Optional Subject Public Administration
Medium English
Video 1: Preparation strategy for GS & Essay
Video 2: Preparation strategy for Public Administration 



Class 10 percentage of marks 83.66
 Class 12 Percentage of marks 82.55
Graduation: College and marks 75.55
Post graduation: College and marks
Any other course Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management

IAS Score: What were the basic mantras of your success?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Faith in my goal, hard work, strategy for every stage of exam.

IAS Score: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Divide the syllabus into various parts and getting facts, current development for each part and revision.

IAS Score: Did you integrate your Prelims or Mains preparation or was it separate in the changing scenario?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: It was separate as prelims is intensive whereas mains is extensive. However certain portions such as economic survey, history, art & culture, current affairs were same for both.

GS Preparation for Prelims (Summary)

Study material / Guidance GS Score and various coaching test series
Basic Books Bankimchandra, NCERT, GS Score material
Current Affairs IAS Baba, insight, the hindu, gs score current analyst, GK today
Test Series GS Score, Insight

GS Mains Preparation (Summary)

Paper Study Material/Guidance Current Issues Source Answer Writing Practice
GS Paper 1 NCERT, IGNOU Hindu, IAS Baba, GS Score, Insight GS Score Test Series and Old Questions Workbook for GS Paper 1
GS Paper 2 Laxmikant, Gist of ARC Report of GS Score, Puri Sir Notes, Chookalingam sir IR IAS Baba, Insight, Hindu GS Score Test Series and Old Questions Workbook for GS Paper 2
GS Paper 3 Economic Survey, Yojna, Kuruksheta IAS Baba, Insight, GS Score Contemporary Issues Notes GS Score Test Series and Old Questions Workbook for GS Paper 3
GS Paper 4 Lexicon, S. K. Mishra Sir Notes, Manoj Sir Case Study Workbook, GS Score Ethics Terminology GS Score Test Series and Old Questions Workbook for Part 1 and Case Study

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Writing Test Series in GS Score, practicing multiple topics, dividing syllabus of essay and linking to current affairs.

IAS Score: Did you adopt any specific strategy for GS Paper 4?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Use of quotations, ethical thinkers, examples in 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?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Old questions, toppers interview, books from bookshops.

IAS Score: What is your advice on notes-making for other aspirants?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Don’t make lengthy notes rather focus on short notes which are easily revisable.

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?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Only point format.

IAS Score: Which sources you referred to prepare for Contemporary Issues.
Suman Sourav Mohanty: IAS Baba, Insight, GS Score QIP Notes, Business Standard, The Hindu

IAS Score: What is your advice to the candidates who is still in the process of preparing for this examination?
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Have faith on your dream and do not leave them.

IAS Score: Your experience in IAS preparation journey with GS Score.
Suman Sourav Mohanty: Awesome, I would give all my credit to GS Score for guidance, type of answer writing, personal feedback by faculties. Specially Manoj Sir and Ashutosh Sir.

Suman Sourav Mohanty Mark sheet

Paper Year 2016 Year 2015
Prelims 136 128
Essay (Paper 1) 143 136
GS 1 (Paper 2) 131 91
GS 2 (Paper 3) 106 93
GS 3 (Paper 4) 126 95
GS 4 (Paper 5) 116 95
Optional 1 (Paper 6) 155 209
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 144
Written Total 917 637
Personality Test 168 173
Total Score 1085 810


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