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 Question: What were the basic mantras of your success?

 My family support, friends, proper guidance, hard work, preservation,never die attitude and consistency.

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

 1 Year before prelims during 1st year in M.A. 

 Question: How did you start preparation for the IAS examination?

 I started basic preparation from NCERT books.

 Question: What were your optionals? What was the basis of selecting these optionals?

Kalicharan:  My optionals were history and Marathi literature, Marathi literature is my natural choice and I found of reading many marathi books, novels literature etc and history I was interested to read since my school days.

 Question: Tell us something about preparation of essay paper.

 Reading social issues in Civil Service Chronicle magazine, The Hindu newspaper and Current Affairs research notes of Vision India.

 Question: Did you integrate your Prelims and Mains or was it separate?

  It was integrated. I read extensively for Prelims and intensively for Mains.

 Question: What should be the best strategy to tackle negative marking in Prelims examination?

  Practicing and joining Test series sol that you can access yourself before UPSC will access  you an attempt only guaranteed questions.

 Question: Does this exam provide a level playing field for the rural or poor economic background candidates?

 Yes definitely.  I hails from very poor family background, rural background hilly, tribal, naxal affected and farmers suicide area in vidharba region of Maharashtra where the fruits of democracy is not yet reached. From my tehsil nobody became IAS or even passed UPSC since 65 years of independence. 

 Question: What is your advice to the fresher’s who are going to appear in this exam?

Enjoy the preparation process calmly and coolly. Not only hard work but also smart work and study as per the requirement of UPSC. Believe that hardship always wins and there is no short cut to success.

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