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ANAND VARDHAN, RANK - 7, CSE - 2016

CSC : What were the basic mantras of your success?
Anand Vardhan : Hardwork, single minded focus and a firm belief in my strategy are the basic mantras of my success.

CSC : When did you strat preparation for the IAS Examination? When should one ideally begin thinking about preparing for this exam ?
Anand Vardhan : I started preparation in my final year of graduation. I think one should start thinking about the way forward during graduation only.

CSC : How did you start preparation for the IAS Examination ?
Anand Vardhan : I looked up a few websites and picked up a few basic books like NCERT.

CSC : What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains ?
Anand Vardhan : I broke down the syllabus in smaller parts and then approched each part according to a time table.

CSC : What was your optional ? What was the basis of selecting that ?
Anand Vardhan : In my 3 attempts, I had Public Administration. In my 4th attempt, I chose Political Science, my primary basis was the interest in these subjects.

CSC : Did you follow the myth that only so called popular optionals should be opted ?
Anand Vardhan : I think I made a mistake with that; one should weigh all aspects first and all optionals have an equal chance of success.

CSC : How did you come to know that which sources of reading materials are standard ? Please give list of books, magazines and papers.
Anand Vardhan : I mostly followed
Newspaper : The Hindu
Magazines : Yojana, Frontline, Chronicle
Books : NCERT + Certain standard reference material.

CSC : Tell us something about preparation of essay paper.
Anand Vardhan : I wrote a few mock essays and received valuable inputs from Dr. S.S. Chaudhary sir. I mostly used my knowledge of GS for this.

CSC : Which is the most difficult part of this exam and why? What was your strategy to tackle this difficult part ?
Anand Vardhan : For me it has been the patience required and the ability to get up again and continue believing. One must devote energy to staying calm and pursuing his/her goal.

CSC : Did you prepare notes ? How helpful are the notes? What is your advice on notes-making ?
Anand Vardhan : Yes, I made a few notes but not too many. However I feel note making is extremely important and one must make notes.

CSC : What are your suggestions for freshers who want to join coaching institutes for preparation ?
Anand Vardhan : I suggest that they must keep up self study along with the classes.

CSC : What was your style of writing in the exam ? How was it distinct from the general writing style ? How did you develop this writing style ?
Anand Vardhan : I think I had a concrete structure to every answer as well as focused on writing quality content. I did a lot of practice too.

CSC : The trend suggests that professionals are more successful in this exam. Does this exam prove difficult for Humanities and Social Science background candidates ?
Anand Vardhan : No, I do not think there is any inherent bias in this exam. It all depends on performance.

CSC : How helpful is one s background in his/her success?
Anand Vardhan : I do not think that a good background guarantees success or vice versa.

CSC : What should be the best strategy to tackle negative marking ?
Anand Vardhan : One should be slightly conservative and take calculated risks.

CSC : Does this exam provide a level playing field for the rural or economical background candidates ?
Anand Vardhan : Yes, because of the dynamic nature of the questions asked everyone is at an equal footing.

CSC : How did you prepare for interview ?
Anand Vardhan : I prepared my DAF & brushed up current events. I also brushed up my engineering subjects.

CSC : Which type of questions were asked in interview ? Did you answer them all ?
Anand Vardhan : Questions were mostly on expected lines, relating to my profile or current affairs. I could not answer at least 4-5 questions.

CSC : Before getting down to actual preparation, what kind of reading should one do to prepare one s suitability for this exam ? What is the outside reading one should do ?
Anand Vardhan : One must develop a habit of reading newspapers. Apart from that, a few good books like  The Argumentative Indian  may be picked up.

CSC : Whom would you credit your success ?
Anand Vardhan : My parents, my friends and my hard work.

CSC : What is your advice to the freshers who are going to appear for this exam ?
Anand Vardhan : Believe, work hard. This exam rewards both these things.

CSC : What is your advice to the candidates who have failed in this exam ?
Anand Vardhan : Don t lose hope, work on your mistakes. This exam sometimes takes long but all your hardwork will come in handy.

CSC : Since when have you began reading Civil Services Chronicle magazine? What are your suggestions to make it more useful for civil service aspirants ?
Anand Vardhan : I read it during my preparation. The contents are enriching and relevant.

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