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NEHA ARORA, Rank - 97

Question: What were the basic mantras of your success?

Neha:  Perseverance and self confidence.

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

Neha: I started after my graduation. I think that time is ideal.

Question: How did you start preparation of the IAS Examination?

Neha: I took the guidance of my seniors who had cleared the exam and bought basic books for understanding.

Question: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?

Neha: Preparation by planning and regular revision.

Question: How did you come to know that which sources of reading materials are standard? Please give list of books, magazines and papers.

Neha: By guidance of seniors and papers – the Hindu, Indian Express. Magazines- Chronicle.

Question: Tell us something about preparation of essay paper.

Neha: The multidimensional analysis of the theme of topic done in simple language.

Question: How did you manage your time in both prelims and mains examination?

Neha: The entire preparation is inter related.

Question: Which is the most difficult part of this examination and why? What was your strategy to tackle this difficult part?

Neha: I found prelims to be most dicey of all. This is because of its exhaustive syllabus. I made notes of important topics for this.

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

Neha: It was all integrated.

Question: Did you prepare notes? How helpful are the notes? What is your advice on notes-making?

Neha: I prepared notes of important topics and topics which were confusing to remember. Self made notes are best for revision.

Question: What are your suggestions for fresher who want to join coaching institutes for preparation?

Neha: Joining an institute can certainly give a direction to the fresher but these should not be sole governing factors for preparation.

Question: 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?

Neha: Mine style of writing was simple and comprehensive. I had practiced answer writing before the exam.

Question: 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?

Neha: I read topics with interest than as a compulsion. I used to discuss topics with friends.

Question: The trend suggests that professionals are more successful in this exam. Does this exam prove difficult for Humanities and Social Science background candidates?

Neha: The exam is turning out to be level playing field for all candidates by its diverse nature.

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

Neha: One should answer question one is sure about or largely sure about.

Question: How did you prepare for interview?

Neha: The personality is developed over years, I tried answering questions based on logic and truth.

Question: Which types of questions were asked in interview? Did you answer all?

Neha: I was asked questions from health care sector, international organisations, national reforms etc. I answered 70-80% of questions.

Question: Was there any specific area they emphasized upon?

Neha: Most questions were centered around health problems.

Question: 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 one should do? 

Neha: One should be aware of general happenings around him. The resource for the same can be internet, television, newspaper, books etc.

Question: Whom would you credit your success?

Neha: The blessings of Almighty, confidence of my parents, support of brother and guidance of friends and teachers.

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

Neha: It is self confidence and rational thought process that proves to be most useful.

Question: What is your advice to the candidates who have failed in this exam?

Neha: The grooming provided by the exam preparation makes you eligible for numerous other opportunities in life.

Question: Had you thought of another alternative apart from the Civil services?

Neha: I am a doctor and would have continued in the same profession.

Question: Are you satisfied with the current pattern of exam? If not, what are your suggestions?

Neha: The current pattern of exam is satisfactory. The time gap between exam and result should be lessened if possible.

Question: Do you think Civil Services exam is true test of a candidate?

Neha: Civil service is an exam that tests candidate’s ability and personality. Besides luck also plays an important role.


Name         : Neha Arora

Date of Birth : 01-10-1985

Father’s Name & Occupation : P. K. Arora, Income tax office

Mother’s Name & Occupation : Kanta Arora, Teacher


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