[Topper’s Interview] Basant Kumar (AIR-379/CSE-2014) Political Science, BE(ECE), IIM-Kozhikode, worked in NTPCDevendra 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 2014
- Mains answer-writing?
- Mains Optional Subject
- Before the interview
- During the interview
- CSE-2014 Marksheet
- Career Backup
- Views on UPSC reforms
- Insecurity about profile
- Credit: Friends/family
- BOGUS Marketing Propaganda
|Rank in CSE-2014||379|
|Total attempts in CSE (including this one)||3|
|Optional Subject||Political Science and International Relations|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Medium chosen for Interview||English|
|Work-experience if any||3 years – NTPC; 1 year – Tata Steel|
|Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures||AIEEE-2005, IITJEE 2005 (Screening only), NDA-AFSB1 recommended (AIR-18) – medical out, CAT-2011|
|Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used)||Brilliant Tutorials Postal for IIT-JEE|
|Service preferences (Top-5)||IAS>IPS>IFS>IRS(IT)>IRS(C&CE)|
|state cadre preference (Top-5)||Pb>Hry>Guj>HP>Raj|
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|% in class 10||92%|
|% in class 12||91.6%|
|Graduation course and %||B Tech (ECE) – 8.80 /10.00 (CGPA)|
|Name of college, city, passing out year||NIT Jalandhar, 2009 pass-out|
|Post-graduation||MBA (2012-14)– IIM Kozhikode|
|Any other professional courses||–|
|Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements||Painting, Calligraphy, Playing Soccer (on field ? ), Athletics (400m & long jump)|
Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
Civil Service is a field where your one decision has the potential to influence many lives. Keeping a cool head on your shoulder, that too in a stressed out condition, is a virtue mastered by few. The very challenge of this job to take potential ‘lives-changing’ decisions and then own it, made it attractive enough for me to try to join the services.
After all, it’s an endeavor so pious, it’s glorious even to fail.
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 prepared as a working professional and took no coaching. So the importance of internet for people like me becomes all the more important. Blogs like Mrunal or sites like GK Today are mana straight from heaven. But point is to separate wheat from the chaff. Reference to previous toppers’ interview helped somewhat.
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?
‘You are only confined by the walls you build yourself’. If the very mention of UPSC is not motivation enough to keep the momentum going, time is ripe to donate your Bipin Chandras and Laxmikanths to the nearest library and enjoy your current job / life.
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.