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IAS Topper’s Interview 2015: Sharat Chandra Pawar AIR 632


Name Sharat Chandra Pawar
Rank in CSE 2015 632
Total Attempts in CSE 2
Optional Subject Anthropology
Medium English


Class 10 percentage of marks 85
 Class 12Percentage of marks 90.7
Graduation: College and marks 6.15
Post graduation: College and marks
Any other course

IAS Score: What were the basic mantras of your success?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Hard work + smart work = success

IAS Score: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: It would depend on the weightage in the exam. (For example: Landforms in geography has less weightage for prelims, so an in depth analysis can be skipped ). But a basic understanding of each topic is necessary

IAS Score: Did you integrate your Prelims or Mains preparation or was it separate in the changing scenerio?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: It was integrated until a month before prelims.

GS Preparation for Prelims (Summary)

Study material / Guidance GS score
Basic Books Ncerts
Current Affairs Newspaper and current affairs from market

GS Mains Preparation (Summary)

Paper Study Material/Guidance Current Issues Source Answer Writing Practice
GS Paper 1 DB Kumar +GS score GS Score GS score
GS Paper 2 DB Kumar +GS score GS Score GS Score
GS Paper 3 DB Kumar +GS score GS Score GS Score
GS Paper 4 DB Kumar +GS score GS Score

Optional Subject Preparation  (Summary)

Study material / Guidance Pradeep Sarkar(Sapiens IAS)
Basic Books Pradeep Sarkar notes
Current Affairs
Answer Writing Pradeep Sarkar
Any other

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Practiced a few essays and attended essay classes at ALS institute

IAS Score: Did you adopted any specific strategy for GS Paper 4?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Joined a test series at GS score and wrote almost all the exams. Worked on the feedback given by Manoj Sir.

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?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Newspaper and a few official websites were the standard source for basic information. Rest of the notes was iterations of exams, discussions.

IAS Score:  What is your advice on notes-making for other aspirants?Sharat Chandra Pawar: Notes should be made, but it must not be lengthy. Maximum one page for each topic. This would help in quick revision.

IAS Score: How did you manage your time during the preparation?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: I had to study while working, so time management was difficult. Making a schedule on a weekly basis helped.

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?

Sharat Chandra Pawar: I have written all the answers in point format with sub-headings. This was advised by my seniors.

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?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Test series are very useful. This is a competitive exam, and we need to constantly gauge our performance with others and try to improve. Also , test series will help you practice analytical questions and prepare you well for the final battle

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?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Long hours of study is indeed necessary. But the stress can be removed by making the learning smart. You can discuss topics with friends, apply the knowledge in real life (example: tell your sibling about why it rains during monsoon in India), set minor targets for the week and after the target is achieved treat yourself.

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?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: UPSC goes to great lengths to make sure that there is a level playing field for everyone. If you can top your optional, there can be nothing stopping you.

IAS Score: Which sources you referred to prepare for  Contemporary Issues.
Sharat Chandra Pawar: GS score 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.
Sharat Chandra Pawar:


IAS Score: What is your advice to the candidates who is still in the process of preparing for this examination?
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Hard work is necessary but not sufficient. Guidance and smart work are need along with it .

IAS Score: Your word for future aspirants
Sharat Chandra Pawar: Evolve your own strategy and believe in yourself. You will make it.

Your Mark sheet

Paper Year 2015
Prelims 108
Essay (Paper 1) 129
GS 1 (Paper 2) 89
GS 2 (Paper 3) 73
GS 3 (Paper 4) 83
GS 4 (Paper 5) 77
Optional 1 (Paper 6) 123
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 113
Written Total 687
Personality Test 182
Total Score 869

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