[Topper’s Interview] Rishav Kumar Jha (Rank-162/CSE-2015) Maithili Literature, Bihar, NIT KarnatakaDevendra Vishwakarma
- Candidate Profile
- Electronic Vs Paper material
- Tempo and style
- 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
- Mains answer-writing?
- Mains Optional Subject
- Before the interview
- During the interview
- CSE-2015 Marksheet
- Career Backup
- Views on UPSC reforms
- Insecurity about profile
- Credit: Friends/family
- BOGUS Marketing Propaganda
|Name||Rishav Kumar Jha|
|Rank in CSE-201||162|
|Total attempts in CSE (including this one)||2|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Medium chosen for Interview||English|
|Home town/city||Saharsa, Bihar|
|Work-experience if any||No|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||Qualified BPSC prelims, SBI associates PO. Failed in RBI grade B prelims.|
|Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)||Coaching for optional(Prabodhan IAS), Vision test series for mains GS, Mock interview at Samkalp, Chanakya, Byju’s.|
|Service preferences (Top-5)||IAS>IPS>IRS(IT)>IRS(C&E)>IFS|
|state cadre preference (Top-5)||Bihar>Jharkhand>Rajasthan>MP|
|% in class 10||98|
|% in class 12||80|
|Graduation course and %||Electrical and electronics engineering (6.7 CGPA)|
|Name of college, city, passing out year||NIT Karnataka, Surathkal (2014)|
|Any other professional courses||No|
|Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements||Watching movies|
Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
I am from Bihar. My father is a professor and my mother is a teacher. My brother works in Perfetti and my sister in Axis bank. I wanted to get into civil services right since my college days. I straightaway started preparations after my college. I believed I could not derive personal satisfaction out of a corporate job and I wanted to do something which could change lives. I couldn’t do it without the financial and emotional backing of my family, especially my father, given that I have been completely unemployed till now.
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)
For GS, paper 1 is still very much bookish. Papers 2&3 are almost entirely dynamic and have to be prepared from Hindu, Mrunal, insights, PRS etc. Static portions have to be completed from authentic books and notes, but should be kept minimal as questions are not directly asked from static portions. My typical day would start at 11 in the morning and go up to 4-5 in the morning. There was no strict schedule but I would not waste much time. I would rather sleep or watch a good movie when bored. I made hand-written notes from weight-losing sources like Hindu, Yojana, random internet articles etc. But I would never make notes out of books which need to be read cover-to-cover like Laxmikanth. I personally think it is a wastage of time and effort.
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?
Mood swings and distractions happen when you are not sure whether you are on the right track or not. I would plan my studies for the next 15 days and execute them efficiently. So when my target would seem to be in reach, I would take a break and not exert any undue pressure on myself. Another aspect is to choose the right sources. Right sources can be chosen either through a trial and error method or by going through the sources of toppers. The second option is much more efficient.
Prelims (CSAT) General studies
|History Ancient||GS manual by MACGRAWHILL|
|History Medieval||GS manual by MACGRAWHILL|
|History Modern (Freedom Struggle)||GS manual by MACGRAWHILL|
|Culture and society||Nitin Singhaniya notes and CCRT|
|Polity (theory + current)||Laxmikanth|
|Economy (theory + current)||Mrunal for basics and Ramesh Singh|
|Science (theory + current)||MACGRAWHILL manual|
|Environment (theory + current)||Shankar IAS book|
|geography physical||NCERT+ Goh Cheng Leong for concept clarity|
|geography world||NCERT+Mrunal articles|
|other national/international current affairs||GK Today current affairs+ Hindu+ Vision monthly booklets + Mrunal updates|
|Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff||PIB + Official ministry websites|
Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS prelim 2015 paper?
With the demise of CSAT (made qualifying), no one can afford to take prelims lightly anymore, not even someone who has scored 100-something rank and is taking the exam again. Keep your sources minimal and cover them exhaustively. Attempt more questions and don’t try to be overtly safe or foolhardy. If you are confused between 2 or 3 options, take the attempt because the probability is in your favour mathematically.