[Topper’s Interview] Raviteja B. (Rank-694/CSE-2015) IFS Rank 65, Mechanical Engineering optional, Osmania University, Telangana

Raviteja B

[Topper’s Interview] Raviteja B. (Rank-694/CSE-2015) IFS Rank 65, Mechanical Engineering optional, Osmania University, Telangana

  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. Mains General studies paper 1 to 4
  14. General Studies (Mains) paper 1
  15. General studies (Mains) paper 2
  16. General studies (Mains) Paper 3
  17. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  18. Mains answer-writing?
  19. Mains Optional Subject
  20. Before the interview
  21. During the interview
  22. CSE-2015 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
Rank in CSE-2015 Cse 2015:  694,
IFoS 2015:  65
Roll No. 0006927
Age 27
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 6
Optional Subject Mechanical Engg
Schooling Medium Telugu
College medium English
Medium chosen for Mains answers English
Medium chosen for Interview English
Home town/city Mahabub nagar(Telangana)
Work-experience if any
  1. ONGC, Delhi 4yrs and 2 months
  2. Indian railways for last 1 yr and 4months
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures 1.GATE-08: AIR-14,
2. IES-10: AIR-107
3. IES-13: AIR- 52
4. IFoS-15: AIR-65
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)
  1. Test series: Vision
  2. Essay: Civil services chronicle
  3. Mock interview: Samakalp, Khan
Service preferences (Top-5) IAS,IPS,IFS,IRS-IT, Customs& Excise
state cadre preference (Top-5) Telangana, AP, KTK


% in class 10 94
% in class 12 96
Graduation course and % 87
Name of college, city, passing out year Osmania University College of Engg, Hyderabad, 2009
Any other professional courses
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Teaching, mentoring, robotics, swimming


Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
Raviteja B
I hail from a rural agricultural family from a small village Amistapur in Mahabub nagar dist of Telangana state. The circumstances and environment in which I have grown up always compelled to study hard. I’m more of hardworking type with consistency which helped me to excel in studies since my childhood.
I always wanted to work in a prestigious position. So, for this, civil services seemed to be the right choice for me. Through which, I can inspire and motivate a lot of people in my neighborhood. After B.E, I headed to IIT Delhi (MTech)for civil services preparation in 2009. After an yr of MTech, I had to drop course in between to give mains. With the lack of clear guidance, I gave first 3 attempts without complete preparation. But from 2014 onwards, took the exam seriously by availing leaves whenever possible.

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 study life. 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)
Ans: In recent years most of the preparation is being done on internet. Important websites are mrunal.org, insights, and wiki pages.
From these sources making short notes helped me a lot in revision time.

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?
Ans: For most of us, Civil services exam is little gamble, unpredictable and of bit lucky. But perseverance plays crucial role in getting into it. With constant motivation received from success stories of fellow aspirants helped me a lot in maintaining hope and confidence.

Struggle of a Senior player

Q1. How did you survive through this mental prison and what’re your words of wisdom to other senior players? If any specific inspirational incident(s), please share.
Ans: Avoid repeating mistakes.
Keep your efforts sincerely, true to your hearts, Then chances of success would be high.
Q2. What went wrong in your previous attempt? What changes did you make in this current attempt?
Ans: In first 4 attempts, I was busy with my job in ONGC. Didn’t take much time out of job for preparation(Other thing is that, As it was first job and also very rich PSU, I got saturation in my mind with the salary I was getting over there). So, could not do the much needed enough preparation.
But in 2014 attempt, I took 3 months leave before mains exam. Everything went well and unexpectedly, I got low score in Mech Engg optional, just 180. So, Couldn’t make it to the final list(gave interview).
This year, I practiced more old question papers. May be that worked well in my optional.

Working professional

If you’re a working professional, share some tips on how to manage studies with job
Ans:  You can’t justify both preparation and job with 100% effectiveness. So try to have continous self motivation towards preparation and use the office time(liesure) effectively for preparation.
And take whatever leaves possible for serious and thorough preparation.

Prelims (CSAT) General studies

Topic strategy/booklist/comment
History Ancient 11std tamilnadu ncert
History Medieval Gk today handout
History Modern (Freedom Struggle) NCERT, spectrum
Culture and society Fine arts, nitin singhania
Polity (theory + current) Laxmi kanth, Insights, google
Economy (theory + current) Shankar ganeshan, Insights, mrunal, google
Science (theory + current)
Environment (theory + current) Shankar
geography physical NCERT
geography India NCERT, Arvind kumar
geography world NCERT, mrunal
other national/international current affairs Newspaper and google
Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff Google for new schemes, Newspapers

Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS prelim 2014 paper?
Paper was bit easy except few questions.
Q. Now that Aptitude paper has become qualifying, obvious more attention needs to be paid on the GS paper so apart from the books that you already have gone through, what else would you have tried for CSE-2016 (if you were going to appear)?
I would have gone through more current affairs sources such as vision and insights current events. and revised the notes thoroughly.

Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude

Topic strategy / booklist
Maths Old question papers
reasoning Old question papers
comprehension Old question papers
Decision Making Old question papers

Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS Aptitude 2015 paper.
Not much

Prelim accuracy

Q1. Did you attend any ‘mock tests’? do you think they’re necessary for success?
No. I think old question papers are necessary.
Q2. Approximate no. of attempted answers vs. correct answers. in CSAT-2014

attempted Q. correct (Expected) Official score
GS 93 142.66
aptitude 67 143

Mains: Compulsory language paper

Compulsory language paper Your preparation strategy / booklist?
English paper Old papers
your regional language Old papers

Q. other observations / tips / comments on the length / difficulty level of compulsory language papers in CSE-2015
Papers are ok type. Neither lengthy nor short. Don’t be too casual about these papers, at least for 2 hrs before exam, do practice local language hand writing and vocabulary for Indian language exam.

Mains: Essay

Q1. How did you prepare for the essay paper?
Ans: Essay is the easiest target one should have to get through this exam. Wrote essays at Civil services chronicle institute for practice. The same essays I have shown to friends for suggestions.

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