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ANUPAM SAHA (35th Rank) Civil Services Examination 2012

CSC: What were the basic mantras of your success?
Anupam Saha: I believed in consistent hard work and self belief.

CSC: When did you start preparation for the IAS Examination? When should one ideally begin thinking about preparing for this exam?

Anupam Saha:
I began preparation in 2008. Ideally one should start preparation in 3rd year of graduation.

CSC: How did you start preparation for the IAS Examination?
Anupam Saha: I just choose my optionals and started attending classes.

CSC: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?
Anupam Saha : I banked on conceptual clarity with broad coverage of the syllabus along with its revision.

CSC: What were your optionals? What where the basis of selecting these optionals?
Anupam Saha : My optional were Geography and Public Administration. I was Interested in Geography from my school time itself helped by the availability of good mentor and study material.

CSC: Did you follow the myth that only so called popular optionals should be opted?
Anupam Saha : Nothing so, as  for me, my 'Interest' was my first priority.

CSC: Tell us something about preparation of essay paper.
Anupam Saha : I did no extra preparation. But I believe 1-2 mock essays should be written.

CSC: Did you prepare notes? How helpful are the notes? What is your advice on notes-making?
Anupam Saha : I prepared notes of some topics. They help to organize your thinking.

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?
Anupam Saha : My suggestion is write more than others. Write different than others. Work on presentation.

CSC: What should be the best strategy to tackle negative marking?
Anupam Saha : Attempt more questions. Leave those questions where you have zero knowledge.

CSC: Which types of questions were asked for interview? Did you answer all?
Anupam Saha : Questions were mostly of general type. I answered 80-90% of questions asked.

CSC: What is your advice to the freshers who are going to appear for this exam?
Anupam Saha : Do hard work. Have confidence in yourself.

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