[Topper’s Interview] Gaurav Gupta (CSE-2013/AIR-117): IIT Kanpur, History Optional, TechnopreneurDevendra Vishwakarma
- Candidate Profile
- Electronic Vs Paper material
- Tempo and style
- Struggle of a Senior player
- Working professional
- Prelims (CSAT) General studies
- Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
- Prelim accuracy
- Mains: Compulsory language paper
- Mains: Essay
- General Studies (Mains) paper 1
- General studies (Mains) paper 2
- General studies (Mains) Paper 3
- General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
- GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2013
- Mains answer-writing?
- Mains Optional Subject – HISTORY
- Before the interview
- During the interview
- CSE-2013 Marksheet
- Career Backup
- Views on UPSC reforms
- Insecurity about profile
- Credit: Friends/family
- BOGUS Marketing Propaganda
|Rank in CSE-2013||117|
|Age||28 Year 10 months|
|Total attempts in CSE||2|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Work-experience if any||5.5 year|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||NA|
|Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)||
|service preference #1, 2 and 3||IAS, IFS, IRS|
|state cadre preference (top3)||UP, MP, UK|
|% in class 10||79|
|% in class 12||82|
|Graduation course and %||7.4|
|Name of college, city, passing out year||IIT Kanpur, Electrical Engineering, 2006|
|Any other professional courses||NA|
|Hobbies & Extra curricular||TRAVELING, PHOTOGRAPHY AND HINDI POEM WRITING|
Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
I have been born and brought up in Kanpur and then completed Engineering also from IIT Kanpur. After that I along with my friends started company – Aurora Integrated Systems developing Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and shifted to Bangalore in 2007. During the job I had opportunity to interact and watch closely government (both civil and military domain) and got inspired to do more and contribute bigger towards nation. I felt by being in public sector I can contribute more. Challenges faced as entrepreneur inspired to get into the system. The job profile of administrative services also attracted me. So finally decided to take up civil services examination in 2012 and till that time our start-up was also stabilized and could be taken further by my friends. I was well supported by my wife in my decision. My parents live in Kanpur while younger brother is also graduate from IITK.
Electronic Vs Paper material
Q. In recent times, there is spur in electronic material- blogs, sites, pdfs, RSS-feeds. Many aspirants feel bogged down by this information overload. So, how much do you rely on electronic material and how much on the paper material (Books, newspapers)? If possible narrate a typical day in your studylife. What is your style of preparation
- I personally believe in notes making so that I can revise them at the end moment
- I had a great friend circle with whom we used to debate/discuss/frame questions/write answers in a given time frame/discuss the answers etc – this “cooperative learning” helped me a lot
- I heavily depended on electronic material/internet but one has to make sure that one is not reading the same thing/issue/topic from multiple sources. One really has to make sure that once you have fixed that you will read some topic from this source (after evaluating its efficacy) just stick to it and don’t get distracted to alternate material available from different source unless it is offering something very different.
- I used to dedicate days to various GS papers and optional so that I can distribute equitable days to each subject. And I had fixed the sites/magazines/books I will refer and then I only relied on them.
- For anything which was not covered in above fixed sources (based on syllabus), I will research it separately using internet search and make note of it.
Tempo and style
Q. People know what books and syllabus points are to be prepared. But most of them lack consistency in their preparation. So, how do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?
- Consistency is very important and fortunately I have been consistent since my school days and don’t believe in eleventh hour study and rush.
- I used to make weekly targets (topic vise), and daily routine of study hours and tried to achieve those (but flexible in terms of what to study depending on the mood)
- I also had revision targets before 1-1.5 month of Mains and 15 days before prelims.
- All this helped me motivated and stick to my schedule and maintaining the consistency.
- Regular (weekly) meeting with serious candidate friends kept my motivation and spirit of competition. Also support of my wife who always helped me to maintain the motivation level.
Struggle of a Senior player
After 1-2 failures in any competitive exam, a phase of mental saturation comes. The person knows the booklist, he knows what is necessary to succeed. But it doesn’t yield result. The armchair ‘experts’ would point out UPSC is ‘testing’ emotional intelligence of the candidate or UPSC wants to break the backs of senior players, daily conspiracy theories on orkut involving DP Agrawal….…Not to mention all the emotional struggle-against those irritating neighbor and relatives ..My question are two: