[Topper’s Interview] CAPF-2012/ AIR-9 Vishal Bansal, BE (ECE), First attempt, No Coaching, PunjabDevendra Vishwakarma
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- Essay/Descriptive paper
- Physical Test
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|Rank in CAPF-2012||9|
|No. of previous attempts in CAPF||0|
|Home town/city||Moonak, Punjab|
|Work-experience if any||6 months it IT, 4 months in Banking|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||IBPS 1 & 2 , UPSC Pre 2012 Cleared, Mains Failed|
|Details of coaching for any competitive exam (if taken)||Guidance of my mentor Mr. Ivninder Pal Singh, Not joined any coaching classes as such|
|Hobbies, Extra Curricular Activities, Achievements||Coin Collection|
|Do you have NCC certificate?||No|
|% in class 10||90.11|
|% in class 12||62.80|
|Graduation course and %||BE ECE 60.58%|
|Name of college and year of passing out||University Institute of Engineering & Technology, Punjab University,Chandigarh|
|Any professional courses||NO|
Q. Tell us something about yourself. When and why did you enter in the competitive exam field?
After completing my graduation in 2010 , I started preparing for banking competitive examinations. Initially I could not clear any of them. In the meantime joined a number of small IT companies in Chandigarh but i never felt satisfied. Finally decided to pick up the threads once again and started preparing for civil services under the guidance of my mentor. It was Aug 2011. Thankfully under his guidance I never failed in a single competitive examination, I appeared, till May 2013.
Q. List of Essential books and tips for success in the CAPF written exam?
I didn’t prepare specifically for CAPF examination. I came to know about this exam through a friend only in july 2012. More or less I decided to stick to basics.
Here is a list of books that I followed:
History : Old NCERTs and Rajiv Ahir
Polity : Laxmikanth
Geography: +1 NCERT, Special Issue of Chronicle Magazine, Goh Cheng Leong
Economy: No specific book. I followed newspapers and articles by Mr. Mrunal. His articles on economy are indispensable for anyone preparing for these exams. Really thankful to him for all this.
Science: Used NCERTs to revise the basic concepts. Questions asked in this section are fundamental in nature. Little understanding of concepts will do.
Current Affairs: Newspapers and pib.nic.in
Aptitude: No specific preparation for this. RS Aggarwal would suffice for this level.
Essay and Précis: I used to write essays on current topics at least twice a month. I think that helped me in the examination. No special practice for précis.
Q. How did you prepare the Essay, grammar, précis and report writing?
Essay requires content and formatting.
Content: I used to read 3-4 newspapers daily. So knowledge about topic was a natural outcome. Content was never a problem.
Formatting: Placing right thing at right place and interlinking paragraphs. Practice and guidance of my mentor helped me a lot in this.
Précis: No specific preparation.
Grammar: Preparation of banking examination came handy in this.
Report Writing: I came across this topic for the first time in examination hall only.
Q. In CAPF-2012 Exam, Which essay did you write in and what keypoints did you include in it?
I wrote on ‘The role of technology in coping with challenges to internal security’. Due to my technical background, writing on use of technology in strengthening internal security was comparatively easy for me. I used the idea of creating a nationwide database using AADHAR as single identity card with biometric information of the persons. Interlinking govt services and security agencies through a common but highly secure and reliable platform aimed at sharing information, improving coordination, tracking criminals and suspected activities. Development of indigenous technology, better monitoring capabilities and upgradation of security agencies in technological field.
Q. In CAPF-2012, they asked counter-arguments for following, in 75 words. Please provide your answer.
|argument||your counter argument|
|(i) FDI in retail in India is a bane for a small trader.||1. only few cities covered. Rest of india is still free for small traders.
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