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UPSC Preparation Strategy by Chandra Mohan Garg: Rank-25 UPSC CSE 2015
2015 is a lucky year for Chandra Mohan Garg, he made his parents proud by his achievement. He secured 25th rank because of his hard work and dedication. There are many candidates who are preparing for UPSC but Mohan is someone who stands different from other candidates.
So let’s begin with his journey as well as the strategy he followed during his preparation.
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About Chandra Mohan Garg
Name: Chandra Mohan Garg
Rank: AIR 25
Year: CSE 2015
No. of Attempts: 3
Optional Subject: Sociology
Roll No.: 0022318
Work Experience: Business Analyst at Deloitte
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Family Life & Educational Qualification
Chandra is a Ghaziabad based guy, he belongs to Ghaziabad, UP. He has also worked as Business Analyst at Deloitte for 16 months before starting his preparation for civil services. To become as IAS officer is his dream from his childhood. He wanted to become an IAS officer because it is a dynamic and diverse job which includes public interaction and also he wanted to do something credible for the society.
His father is a retired professor and his mother is a housewife. His family supported him in his decision when he left the job and started preparing for CSE.
He is also a brilliant student from his school days. He got 93.4% in 10th standard and he got 88% in 12th standard. He had completed his engineering from Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Delhi. He got 64% in his graduation.
Must see: The strategy for UPSC Prelims.
Marks of Chandra Mohan Garg
He has secured 965 and got 25th rank and become a national topper. His marks are given below:
General Studies 1: 114
General Studies 2: 88
General Studies 3: 108
General Studies 4: 97
Optional Subject 1: 120
Optional Subject 2: 113
Written Total: 789
Personality Test: 176
Total Marks: 965
Basic Pillars of UPSC Preparation
Timetable & Strategy: In order to clear the exam you have to make a perfect plan. A proper planning is must for CSE preparation. So plan and timetable is the first thing you will need during your preparation.
Strong Foundation & Conceptual Clarity: Always try to understand thoroughly whatever you read. UPSC CSE questions need analysis and that can come only when you are crystal clear with the concepts.
Consolidation & Revision: The syllabus of UPSC is very vast and huge. It is important to consolidate yourself and revise the syllabus after regular intervals. So make notes and regularly revise every now and then.
Evaluation of Preparation: You should know where you preparation stands at any point in time. This is only possible through self-evaluation and evaluation through tests.
Consistency: Nothing happens without consistency. You will be rewarded if you are consistent with your preparation. This will help you to work and act smartly.
Discussions & Answer Writing: Always discuss with other peoples, this will help you to clear your doubts and help you understand the subject better. Answer writing has an important role in CSE. You should be able to express your knowledge. It is important to develop the ability to deliver in 8 minutes.
Being Optimistic: Last but not the least, in fact, it is most important. UPSC is a time taking process, it is full of failures and obstacles. You should motivate yourself to overcome all the difficulties.
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Book List for Prelims
The list of books Chandra used to read during his prelims preparation is discussed below:
Polity – Laxmikanth
Modern History – Modern Spectrum, few chapters from Old NCERT class 12th (before 1857)
Medieval History – OLD NCERT
Ancient History- OLD NCERT CLASS 11th
Culture- Nitin Singhania + CCRT/NIOS selectively, Mrunal Videos can also be seen
Environment – Shankar Ias, Old Biology Class 12 Ecology unit
Economics- Sriram Printed Notes + Macroeconomics Class 12 NCERT. Mrunal Videos are also good.
Geography – Class 11th &12th NCERT, Class 6 to 10th NCERT selectively, Biomes chapter from G C Leong. Mrunal Videos are also good.
Science- NCERT 6th to 10th (Mainly 9th&10th), Some selective chapters from 11th & 12th as mentioned by Mrunal. Vajiram Yellow books of PCB are also fine
Current Affairs- Hindu + InsightsonIndia + Monthly Magazine
Other stuff – Budget+ Eco survey selectively + Indian Year Book Selectively (only if time permits)
Test Series – InsightsonIndia papers for its questions. A question bank like Arihant might also be of help.
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Book List for Mains
General Studies 1
Culture: Nitin Singhania Notes + Vajiram Notes
Modern History – Modern Spectrum/Shekhar Bandopadhyay, few chapters from Old NCERT class 12th (before 1857)
Post-Independent History – Vision Ias (selectively), Bipin Chandra India since Independence(selectively).
World History – NCERT 9th &10th Old ones, Class 12th NCERT (all selectively), Vision IAS notes
Society – Ram Ahuja selectively can be seen, current affairs
Geography – NCERT 11th& 12th, GC Leong, Mrunal Videos, Vision reference for resources part
General Studies 2
Polity: Laxmikanth thoroughly + Current Affairs
Public Admin related topics: Vision IAS + Current Affairs
IR: Current Affairs. If need be Subhra Ranjan mam IR notes of Pol science are also good to be selectively referred.
Insight secure Initiative is very helpful here.
General Studies 3
Economy & Infrastructure: Prelims studied sources + Sanjeev Verma + Economic survey + Budget + Current Affairs
Agriculture & related topics: Mrunal + Vision Ias + Current Affairs
Security – TMH book on security + Current Affairs
Environment & Science: Mainly current affair + whatever studied for prelims
Disaster Management: Summaries ARC on DM + Current Affair
Here also make most of Insight secure Initiative + Newspaper + Vision Ias Magazines
General Studies 4
This subject is not technical, it requires a very clear understanding of value aspect and its application in real life and conceptual problem. So you should focus on general understanding and answer writing.
You can follow the book Lexican. Summarize the boon in your own word and make notes of it. Example: What is attitude, attributes of attitude, how to change attribute etc.
Make the notes on every simple point and also relate them to real-life examples. UPSC expects the application of ethical knowledge in real life.
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