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Monday, January 18, 2010

Civil Services Interview 2010

Dear readers , first of all my sincere apologies for not being able to update the blog as well as reply to the queries since a long time. I hope to update the blog more regularly and also answer the relevant queries as soon as possible. The idea still remains to provide guidance and share experiences of successful candidates with the newcomers to this exam. As far as I am concerned, I gave four attempts, wrote mains four times and appeared in interview twice.Fortunately (whom am i kidding ?) or unfortunately , I could not make the cut, but to compete with the best brains in the mother of all exams was and still remains a high. The knowledge as they say never goes waste, but once you are out of the UPSC race, you need to start from scratch and I am learning it the hard way. I am glad that in this endeavour to help the aspirants of this coveted exam, I have been helped by many of my friends who have contributed through their articles, answering queries and in innumerable other ways and I hope I will continue to receive their support in taking this endeavour further.
I would like to keep this article especially for interview related suggestions and tips.So one can post one's interview related queries in the comments section.
I appeared in interview twice and scored 180 and 159 and the most valuable advice I can give is "You don't have to know the answer to all the questions put to you but you must control your nerves and that is easier said then done". In fact I scored low second time and it was a disastrous performance only because i totally forgot to answer "I don't know" to any of the questions put to me by the panel. I attempted to answer all their questions and made a complete mess .I will be posting a detailed analysis of how things go wrong, for now its important that candidates expecting interview call should start to narrow down the areas from which they are most likely to be quizzed by the panel. There will always be stunners and sitters in interview situation , but its the moderately difficult questions which will determine how much or how less you score. Interview marks is a make or break for most candidates and subjectivity is very high in how the panel judges a candidate.More detailed posts will follow covering different aspects of interview process and what strategies I used and what my friend who scored high marks in interview followed.

18 comments:

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vandna said...

thnx a lot..

Preeti said...

Hi Abhishek..
Thanks a lot.. :)..
this is preeti

Anonymous said...

Dude..I wish you all the best in your future endeavors...

Kamal said...

Hi Abhishek,

Thanks for doing a noble job of helping others in cracking the mother of all exam. We hope to hear more from you. Your knowledge sharing is too helpful for a newcomer like me

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robin said...

hey abhishek
I have taken philosophy as my first optional.
can you guide me for this subject??
how to study and which books, above all is this sub scoring or not ??

thnx for doin such a grt job

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Anonymous said...

Nice Blog with lots of experiences

roopanshu said...

Hey Abhishek, Thank u so much for the blog, its really helpfull. I am giving the prelims 2010 for the first time and i am really confused what to study and what not to, I just 2 months in my hand and I am really in a mess, please guide me how to study and make notes for the prelims. I have taken Sociology as my optional for the prelims. I am totaly confused about General studies. I have TMG Hills general studies and Pratiyogita Darpans special editons for History and the others. What else do I need to go through? I know 2 months are not enough to prepare but Please Help me with this.
Roopanshu Tiwari: roopanshu@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

can u please tell me what is written in the interview call letter and what docs etc are required to be taken to delhi. do we have to give references of one or two eminent persons to testify as to our character etc?

Abhishek said...

@ Roopanshu ... time is just enough , make the optimum use of it , focus on your optional and try getting as high a score as possible , for GS focus on current affairs and go thru the archives of my blog for what to study in history and other sections of GS ... gud luck and all the best ...

@Anonymous ... u will be needing to bring ur 10,12 and graduation marksheets and certificates , in case a candidate belongs to reserved category he or she needs to bring that certificate also ...a police verification form will be sent which u will need to fill up ...gud luck !!!

ashi said...

Sir,

i m Ashish, age-23, from engineering background. I don't have luxury to quit my job and devote myself entirely into preparation. I m new to CSE and have shortlisted few subjects like history, geography, polity, psychology and Pub Ad as optional (i like all these subjects).

Now Considering
1. my educational background,
2. the fact that i can't join any classroom coaching
3. I am into 9 hrs/day job
4. I prefer self study

Plz give ur opinion and help me select the optional and plz suggest how to start with.

THANKS.
Ashish

Ankur said...

Abhishek,All the very best for your future. I hold very high respect for people who have the guts to challenge the situations and chase their dream and you are the man who had these guts and went in full blow for your dreams.
Knowledge and Hard Work never goes in vain and I am sure you will make it very high in your Life.

Vision said...

A very warm Hello to all members...

I have one query that i belong to OBC creamy layer category and want to write UPSE exam.

so,
1. I will have 4 attempts as general or 7 attempts as OBC candidate??

upse said...

hi Abhi sir, u are realy too good...I hope that u will always help to all of us as a new comer for ur unique and valuable support.thanx for ur nobal job sir.

Anonymous said...

hey definitely u r hard work will help others......keep going.......can civils be achieved without coaching ...bcoz i do not have enough money ......i want u r suggestion on how to crack civils.......

Srishti Dubey said...

Preparing for IAS general studies and csat exam and being enrolled in the general studies for IAS exam and csat question bank at http://www.wiziq.com/course/119-ias-general-studies-prelimnary-course I was looking for similar information. Still I have a query, please tell me about whether to go for Hindi as a essay or for English in the IAS exam?