[Topper’s Interview] Pratibha Singh (AIR 407/ CSE 2012) Hindi Literature, Geography, Working Professional

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[Topper’s Interview] Pratibha Singh (AIR 407/ CSE 2012) Hindi Literature, Geography, Working Professional

Starting this season’s first interview-Pratibha Singh, she is an Assistant (CSS) in Commerce Ministry, cracked UPSC without leaving job.

  1. Bio
  2. Work Ex
  3. Advice to Working professionals
  4. Family background
  5. Coaching
  6. Inception
  7. Study Momentum
  8. Hours
  9. Strategy: CSAT (Aptitude)
  10. Strategy: GS
  11. Mains 2013
  12. Geography (Optional)
  13. Hindi Literature (optional)
  14. Optional Subject in Mains 2013?
  15. Compulsory papers
  16. Essay
  17. Previous Attempts
  18. Insecurity  about “Profile”
  19. Backup
  20. Family and Friends
  21. Interview
  22. Marksheet
  23. Message to aspirants
  24. Bogus marketing propaganda


Name Pratibha Singh
Roll number 456952
Rank (CSE 2012) 407
Optional Subjects
Medium for Mains Exam HINDI
Schooling (Medium)
Centre for Prelim exam LUCKNOW
Centre for Mains exam
Your home town/city
No. of attempts 3
Did you appear in any other competitive exams?
  1. Yes- Qualified Astt. Commandant written(didn’t gave interview),
  2. UPPCS(once gave interview but didn’t qualify)
  3. LIC-assistant (selected)
  4. SSC CGL-CSS (selected): all India rank 9


% in class 10 72.5(U.P. Board)
% in class 12 78.5(U.P. Board)
Graduation course and % B.A(HISTORY,GEOGRAPHY) and 76.5%
Name of college and year of passing out LUCKNOW UNIVERSITY in 2006
PG (if applicable) NA(I am planning to do it now)
Any professional courses (if applicable) NA

Extra C

Provide details of Extracurricular actives, achievements and hobbies.

  1. Class monitor for consecutive 4 years at school level.
  2. House Vice Caption for 2 years at school level.
  3. Awarded silver medal for securing 2nd position in Intermediate examination.
  4. Project leader of my project group at college level.
  5. Topper of the batch in graduation course.
  6. Secured AIR-9 in SSC-CGL 2006.

Interested in carom and badminton, helping mother in kitchen, teaching children.

Work Ex

Q. Provide details of your job experience, name of post, months/years.

  1. LIFE INSURANCE CORPORATION– Assistant for near 9 months- Salary 8500pm
  2. CSS through SSC: MINISTRY OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY,GOVERNMENT OF INDIA- Assistant- from 2009 till present –Salary 38500pm
  1. Did you leave the job to prepare for upsc yes/no

NO(due to family compulsions AND in my opinion you can manage with Job also  because when you know that time is less with you, you automatically work harder and harder)

Advice to Working professionals

Q. Your advice to fellow working professionals who’re preparing for upsc simultaneously.
topper-pratibha singh 407-2012

  • Just believe in yourself and don’t  let your hardwork be overpowered by work stress or even failure(its easy to say so but when you yourself wont realize your strength, you cant give your best).
  • To be very frank,managing  preparation that too of IAS with job is never easy..there are times and days when you feel like giving up making yourself convince that your present job is good enough…but then again the next morning you wake up with full motivation and strength as if you are the only one who can qualify this examination. I just want to say that “you” are the best and you have to qualify IAS,no matter how much tuff the situations are..and believe me my dear friends “hard work” never..never goes in vain.

Family background

Tell us something about your family

  • My father was also a competitor. He gave several interviews of IAS,PCS,PCS-J,APO but didn’t succeed but till now the fire of competition is within him and he always motivates us for doing our best. We have faced very adverse conditions- both financial and mental but my Papa acted as a candle in those days of darkness for us. Our success is a result of sacrifice which Papa and Mummy made for us….
  • Mother:House wife


Did you join any Coaching? For Pre- NoFor mains- Yes

For interview- No

Did you join any postal courses? Yes- CrackIAS but only current affairs portion are helpful but you can ignore that too also because you can get better alternatives.
Did you join any Mock test series? No


Q. When and how did you get the inspiration / motivation / desire to prepare for Civil service exam?

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