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Aparajita: Rank 40, UPSC CSE 2017
Every year UPSC conducts civil services examination for the recruitment of various civil services like Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), and Indian Revenue Services (IRS) etc. The result of UPSC Civil Services Examination was declared in May. This year result came with some interesting stories of toppers.
Anudeep Durishetty an IRS Officer secured 1st rank & becomes the topper of CSE 2017. 2nd rank is secured by Anu Kumari who started her career after her marriage. Sachin Gupta has secured 3rd rank with his dedication & hard work.
Aparajita has secured 40th rank in CSE 2017. So let’s begin his journey.
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Rank: AIR 40
Year: CSE 2017
Optional Subject: History
No. of Attempts: 3
Work Experience: ACC Ltd for 1 year
Roll No.: 0005945
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Aparajita made her parents proud by securing an excellent rank in one of the toughest exam of India. She was born and brought up in Varanasi. She is the only child of her parents. She likes to spend her time by reading novels, painting, watching TV series and documentaries. She generally spends her time with her friends and family.
Her father is a retired IRS Officer and he always motivated her child to go for civil services as her career option. She has seen her father working hard for the country, she gets motivated by her father’s hard work. Her mother was a History professor and she always supported her decision in every situation.
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She has secured 1070 marks and got 40th rank. Her marks are given below:
Mandatory/ Compulsory Papers
Essay (Paper 1): 147
General Studies I (Paper 2): 119
General Studies II (Paper 3): 119
General Studies III (Paper 4): 146
General Studies IV (Paper 5): 89
Optional paper I (Paper 6): 138
Optional paper II (Paper 7): 149
Written Total: 907
Personality Test/ Interview: 163
Final Marks: 1070
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She was born and brought up in Varanasi. Most of her schooling was done in Varanasi. She had completed her schooling from Rajghat Besant School which is a KFI School. She had secured 82% marks in her 10th standard. She completed her 12th by securing 76% marks.
After completing her schooling she went to pursue Chemical Engineering. She had done Chemical Engineering from Birla Institute of Technology (BIT), Mesra. She completed her engineering in 2013. After completing her engineering she worked with ACC Ltd as a Deputy Manager for a year. During her work she decided to go for civil services examination and make a try.
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Previous Attempts Mistakes
This was her 3rd attempt in CSE. At her first attempt, she was not able to clear the prelims examination. She again gave the exam and this time she was able to clear the prelims but unfortunately she was not able to clear the mains examination and couldn’t make it to the CSE.
She decided to make one more attempt in CSE. At this time she started with finding the mistakes she made during her previous attempts. This time her strategy is to rectify all the mistakes she made in the previous attempts. So we are going to discuss the mistakes made by her, so take care while you’re preparing for your exam.
Leaving the Questions:
She said, “I had heard from somewhere that answering some questions beautifully fetches the same amount of marks, as answering all the questions in an average manner.” So she was attempted this strategy for her exams as her writing speed was very slow. But this strategy didn’t work out for her, it ruins her CSE 2016. She left almost 2 questions on average in all GS papers. But in 2017 she learns from her mistake and tried her best to attempt all the questions. Even though she still had to leave one question each in GS 1 and 2 as well as in Optional Paper 1.
Opting Lots of Sources:
Though it is not necessary to go for a coaching for CSE. But it is very important to choose your sources smartly. There are lots of sources available for a single thing. In the end, she ended up gathering notes from many sources which are not even needed. Regarding this, she said, “We end up with notes gathered from here and there, handouts of this coaching and that, which only raises the anxiety level whenever we look at the rising pile of papers.” So this time she tried to reduce the no. of sources and make sure she only consult something if she can revise it later.
Bad Answering Structure:
While writing an answer it is necessary to follow a pattern to make your answer quality better. But she didn’t follow the specific format which pulled her back from CSE. So, this time she makes sure that she would follow a proper pattern while writing the answers. She made it a point to properly structure most of her answers in the given time.
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Answer Writing Strategy
There is a pattern which needs to follow while writing an answer. The pattern used for the answer writing is called Introduction- Body- Conclusion pattern. While writing an answer in mains you must consider the following points:
- Read questions quickly & carefully.
- Mark out questions you know least about.
- Keep the introduction & the conclusion limited. 2 lines for each thing should be fine.
- Includes facts & figures in your answer. Mentioning facts is the smartest way to start an answer in General Studies.
- Use keyword & adjectives in your answer.
- Draw diagrams wherever possible.
- Write the answer body in bullet points.
- Highlight the important points of your answer.
- At the end give suggestions & sum up your answer.
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Study Material for CSAT Paper 1
- History Ancient: Upinder Singh, NCERTs (old and new)
- History Medieval: Satish Chandra, NCERTs (New)
- History Modern (Freedom Struggle): Bipan Chandra, BL Grover, and Google
- Culture and society: CCRT + Any Current Affairs monthly handout available in the market
- Polity (theory + current): M Laxmikanth + PIB + Government websites
- Economy (theory + current): Mrunal Lectures+ Economic Survey + Sankarganesh Karrupiah (book)
- Science (theory + current): NCERTs + CA (Current Affairs) monthly Handouts + Google
- Environment (theory + current): NCERTs + Shankar IAS book, CA handouts + Google
- Geography physical: NCERT + G.C. Leong + Mrunal Geography lecture series
- Geography India: NCERT +Mrunal Geography lecture series
- Geography world: NCERT + GC Leong + Mrunal Geography lecture series
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List of 2017 Toppers
- Anudeep Durishetty: AIR 1, CSE 2017
- Anu Kumari: AIR 2, CSE 2017
- Sachin Gupta: AIR 3, CSE 2017
- Atul Prakash: AIR 4, CSE 2017
- Pratham Kaushik: AIR 5, CSE 2017
- Koya Shree Harsha: AIR 6, CSE 2017
- Ayush Sinha: AIR 7, CSE 2017
- Soumya Sharma: AIR 9, CSE 2017
- Abhishek Surana: AIR 10, CSE 2017
- Ashima Jain: AIR 12, CSE 2017
- Neha Jain: AIR 14, CSE 2017
- Shikha Surendran: AIR 16, CSE 2017
- Sangh Priy: AIR 92, CSE 2017
- Mudit Jain: AIR 173, CSE 2017
- Sagar Kumar: AIR 13, CSE 2017
- Abhilasha Abhinav: AIR 18, CSE 2017
- Abhijeet Sinha: AIR 19, CSE 2017
- Varjeet Walia: AIR 21, CSE 2017
- Akhil Pilani: AIR 22, CSE 2017
- Shivani Gupta: AIR 121, CSE 2017
- Amandeep Singh: AIR 349, CSE 2017
- Tapasya Parihar: AIR 23, CSE 2017
- Rishi Raj: AIR 27, CSE 2017
- Ankit Pannu: AIR 31, CSE 2017
- Faz Lul Hazeeb: AIR 36, CSE 2017
- Apurva Pandey: AIR 39, CSE 2017
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