[Topper’s Interview] P.Deepak(AIR-1110/CSE-2014): Sociology, Anna university, Hails from Tirunelveli


[Topper’s Interview] P.Deepak(AIR-1110/CSE-2014): Sociology, Anna university, Hails from Tirunelveli

  1. Candidate Profile
  2. Education
  3. Introduction
  4. Electronic Vs Paper material
  5. Tempo and style
  6. Struggle of a Senior player
  7. Working professional
  8. Prelims (CSAT) General studies
  9. Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
  10. Prelim accuracy
  11. Mains: Compulsory language paper
  12. Mains: Essay
  13. General Studies (Mains) paper 1
  14. General studies (Mains) paper 2
  15. General studies (Mains) Paper 3
  16. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  17. GS4 Ethics case study answers in Mains 2014
  18. Mains answer-writing?
  19. Mains Optional Subject
  20. Before the interview
  21. During the interview
  22. CSE-2014 Marksheet
  23. Career Backup
  24. Views on UPSC reforms
  25. Insecurity about profile
  26. Wisdom
  27. Credit: Friends/family
  28. BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Candidate Profile


Q. Details
Name P.Deepak
Rank in CSE-2014 1110
Roll No. 651211
Age 28
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 4
Optional Subject Sociology
Schooling Medium English
College medium English
Medium chosen for Mains answers English
Medium chosen for Interview English
Home town/city Tirunelveli
Work-experience if any CTS, RBI
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures RBI Grade B-2014, CPF-2012
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used) Time coaching ,Smart leaders(sociology)
Service preferences (Top-5) IPS,IAS,IFS, IRS (C),IRS IT
state cadre preference (Top-5) TN, Kar,AP, Kerala


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% in class 10 89%
% in class 12 95%
Graduation course and % 6.11
Name of college, city, passing out year CEG,Anna university, Chennai
Any other professional courses
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Trekking, Sudoku, Surfing internet, Quizzing


Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?

Strong determination of service to the society and will power made me to enter this field. Father also held a commendable post in the government, so I was used to the government machinery from my childhood. I thought I can use this machinery to bring about a positive change in the society.

Other selections(RBI grade b ,CPF-2012) were just for the exposure and are just the tip of the iceberg.

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 (e.g. I continue making notes no matter what I’m reading, I just read multiple times but don’t maintain notes, I make mindmaps on computer …or xyz style)

I like to read mostly via paper material and will revise them via electronics. Few new stuff alone which cannot be found in the paper material, I will browse them through internet.

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?

Preparing for this civil services exam was the toughest part in my life. One needs to remain focused and energetic throughout the period. A little deviation can result in heavy price. This was the mistake I did in my previous attempts. I do watch movies, inspiring shoots, go for a walk when I feel low.

My wife is a constant source of motivation to me, without her this wouldn’t be possible. J

Struggle of a Senior player

(Answer only if you’re 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….…Not to mention all the emotional struggle-against those irritating neighbors and relatives who keep asking your mother “aap kaa betaa kya karta hai” (What does you son/daughter do?)

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