About Utsav Kaushal, Strategy to crack UPSC Examination, UPSC Preparation Strategy
UPSC Strategy by Utsav Kaushal: AIR 14 CSE 2016
Every year many candidates prepare for Civil Services Examination. It is a huge task to crack the exam. It is one of the competitive exams in India. But with proper guidance, anyone can prepare for the exam and clear it. It needs a certain amount of dedication and a lot of hard work.
But there are many candidates who prepared for the exam and cleared it. So, the question arises is How do they do it?, What strategy they followed during their preparation? And what was there approach for the exam?
To solve all your queries regarding UPSC Exams, we are trying to help you by the means of this article, which will give you the answers to all the questions. We are sure that this article will help you to boost up.
Utsav Kaushal is another example of dedication and hard work. He got 14th rank in civil services examination and made his parents proud.
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About Utsav Kaushal
Name: Utsav Kaushal
Rank: AIR 14
Year: CSE 2016
Roll Number: 0007237
Optional Subject: Mathematics
No. of Attempts: 2
Utsav belongs to a family who always gave importance to education. Being educated is the first priority of his parents. He comes from a small town Darbhanga. Because of his hard work he was able to crack the upsc in his 2nd attempt.
His father is an English teacher and he motivated his son to prepare for CSE. His mother is a housewife but she always supported her son in every manner.
When Utsav got 14th rank he didn’t believe it and in his interview, he told that “Actually the first thing I did when I saw my name in the top 50 was to match the roll number, in order to make sure that it was actually me. Given the odds, it is hard to believe initially that one is among the toppers”.
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He is a well-educated person. He used to live in Darbhanga so, he completed his schooling at a school in Darbhanga, Bihar. He was a science student in his school and his favorite subject is maths. He always enjoyed solving mathematics queries.
After completing his schooling he started preparing for IIT and he got selected in IIT. He completed his B. Tech in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. In 2009 he started doing his engineering.
When he completed his engineering in 2013, he started doing a job as he never thought to prepare for UPSC. But while doing the job he started thinking about preparing for UPSC. He left his job and started preparing for CSE.
His first attempt was not satisfactory or successful but he didn’t stop doing hard work. He again started his preparation and appeared in CSE 2016 and this time his hard work worth’s it. He got selected as an IAS officer and become a national topper by securing 14th rank.
Marks of Utsav Kaushal
He secured 1072 marks and got selected as an IAS officer. His marks are given below:
GS 1: 92
GS 2: 86
GS 3: 97
GS 4: 123
Optional Subject 1: 172
Optional Subject 2: 184
Written Total: 907
Personality Test: 165
Total Marks: 1072
Strategy for CSE
During his preparation, he followed some strategies. The strategies he used to follow are given below:
Always start with thinking that why you want to join civil services. This is really very important. This will help you to remain calm during hardships, which are inevitable in the long journey of becoming an IAS or clearing CSE. Also, it will come in handy when you prepare for your interview.
Follow a good newspaper on daily basis. You can read newspapers like The Hindu or The Indian Express. It needs a lot of hard work as it is tough but when you get used to it you will start feeling comfortable and you will desperately start looking forward to the day’s newspaper.
Download and read thoroughly the notification for civil services examination. This will give you a brief idea about the exam pattern and process. This will also help you to know more about the syllabus.
Choose your optional subject smartly. Choose a subject which you are comfortable with and enjoy reading it. Do not choose an optional subject blindly on the previous data or just because everyone is opting for it. Work hard on your optional subject as this will help you to improve your scores. This is the only semblance to the certainty that you will have in the exam.
Also read: The details of UPSC exam.
Strategy for General Studies
Start reading with NCERTs for general studies.
If you have a lot of time and you are not very strong at general studies, then go through the NCERTs of class 6th to 10th.
If you do not want to buy NCERT then you can prepare from the soft copy also. The soft copy of NCERT is available on the NCERT website.
Some NCERT books which you can prefer during your preparation:
Modern India by Bipan Chandra (Old NCERT)
New NCERT books (the ones that are available on the NCERT website) for History are also good.
Old NCERTs for Ancient India and Medieval India. If this seems too much, you can selectively read the parts pertaining to Art and Culture.
Geography – Four books for 11th and 12th Standards.
Sociology and Political Science textbooks for 11th and 12th.
Macroeconomics and Indian Economics Textbooks for 11th and 12th Standards.
Strategy for Optional Subject: Mathematics
Mathematics requires a lot of hard work. You have to practice as much as you can. You have to solve many problems. Only practice can help you here.
Try to solve the problem on your own, try not to jump directly to the solution of the problem. You will learn only when you practice.
Do not leave Abstract Algebra, it is a very important topic. Lots of questions are asked from this section. So prepare for abstract algebra. Practice problems on this topic really well.
Another topic which has a high weightage is Mechanics and Fluid Dynamics. A lot of questions were also asked from this topic.
Dynamics & Statics is an easy topic. Do this section initially. Do not leave it, it is not advisable to leave any topic and take a risk.
In Coordinate Geometry the questions come in a set pattern. You can practice on this topic from Analytic Geometry by P N Chatterjee.
In calculus theoretical part takes a lot of time. It is advised to take it up only if permits.
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