[Topper’s Interview] Jitendra Dudi (Rank-364/CSE-2015) History, 2nd Attempt, Jaipur, Rajasthan

UPSC Topper Jitendra Dudi

[Topper’s Interview] Jitendra Dudi (Rank-364/CSE-2015) History, 2nd Attempt, Jaipur, Rajasthan

  1. Candidate Profile
  2. Education
  3. Electronic Vs Paper material
  4. Tempo and style
  5. Struggle of a Senior player
  6. Prelims (CSAT) General studies
  7. Prelims (CSAT) Aptitude
  8. Prelim accuracy
  9. Mains: Compulsory language paper
  10. Mains: Essay
  11. General Studies (Mains) paper 1
  12. General studies (Mains) paper 2
  13. General studies (Mains) Paper 3
  14. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  15. Mains answer-writing?
  16. Mains Optional Subject
  17. Before the interview
  18. During the interview
  19. CSE-2015 Marksheet
  20. Career Backup
  21. Views on UPSC reforms
  22. Insecurity about profile
  23. Wisdom
  24. BOGUS Marketing Propaganda

Candidate Profile

Q. Details
Name Jitendra Dudi
Rank in CSE-2015 364
Roll No. 0012452
Age 26
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 2
Optional Subject history
Schooling Medium english
College medium english
Medium chosen for Mains answers english
Medium chosen for Interview english
Home town/city jaipur
Work-experience if any no
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used) History optional coaching from baliyan classes
Service preferences (Top-5) IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS(I.T), IRS(CUSTOMS AND CENTRAL EXCISE)
state cadre preference (Top-5) Rajasthan, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Maharashtra


% in class 10 85.8
% in class 12 81.2
Graduation course and % 63.05
Name of college, city, passing out year Swami Keshvanand Institute of Technology Management and Gramothan, Jaipur.
Passed out in 2013
Any other professional courses
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements

Electronic Vs Paper material

UPSC Topper Jitendra Dudi
I used both electronic and printed sources depending on the quality of the content. It is advisable to make notes but it is impossible to make notes of everything. So, I used both notes making and underline method to consolidate my preparation. This was much easier way and I utilized the time saved in doing answer writing practice on a daily basis.

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?
Here you will get many good advices. So, I would keep it simple and recommend that one should develop a hobby and follow it in the same manner as you prepare the civil services exam. I have the hobby of watching football and I followed it during exams as well. This kept me going without much stress and I didn’t felt the load of study. Sometimes distractions are necessary to avoid unwanted things like mood swings, frustration, etc

Struggle of a Senior player

Q. What went wrong in your previous attempt? What changes did you make in this current attempt?
I couldn’t clear prelims in my first attempt. That was very difficult time but I considered it as a blessing in disguise and chalked out the plan for the whole year. I studied everything in details like ARC reports, made notes as much as I can and most importantly I did lots of answer writing practice. In the month of may I began the prelims preparation and studied everything 2-4 times and attempted many test papers. This helped me to identify my mistakes and ultimately it came handy during the exam time

Prelims (CSAT) General studies

Topic strategy/booklist/comment
History Ancient 1.Old ncert written by R.S Sharma
2.a small booklet of sriram’s ias
History Medieval 1.Old ncert written by Satish Chandra
2.a small booklet of sriram’s ias
History Modern (Freedom Struggle) 1.Spectrum
2.old ncert by Bipin Chandra for events related to before 1857 period
Culture and society Dance music and instruments through these two videos-
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRzzrekUjoE
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWTf7k4FjEs
Indian folk dances and Indian paintings-
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_1ce6JDkHM
2 . http://ccrtindia.gov.in/visualarts.php
3. http://ccrtindia.gov.in/performingart.php
1.vision ias notes
2. http://ccrtindia.gov.in/visualarts.php
3.An Introduction to Indian Art- ncert of 11th standard
Along with these sources I also referred gk today notes for miscellaneous topics.
Polity (theory + current) M. Laxmikanth
Economy (theory + current) 1.Zulfiqar sir notes
2. self made notes of economic survey
3. few topic from sriram’s ias notes
4. mrunal’s videos(extremely helpful- must watch)
Science (theory + current) 1.vajiram’s yellow booklets for physics and chemistry
2. biology from ncerts of 6th -10th standards (didn’t do it in much detail though)
Environment (theory + current) Shankar ias book (a must read as many in depth questions are being asked from this part. I know this is an extremely boring and heavy book but there is no alternative)
geography physical 1.11th and 12th ncert
2. g.c. leong
3. mrunal’ video(very helpful- must watch)
geography India 1.11th and 12th ncert
2. mrunal’ video(very helpful- must watch)
geography world 1.icse board books of 6th-8th standards
other national/international current affairs 1.vision ias current affairs notes(very helpful)
Schemes, Policy & Filler Stuff 1.vision ias current affairs notes(very helpful)
2.gk today notes on government schemes
Note- for this part I would suggest to visit government of india ministry’s websites. They are very informative and interactive. For example mhrd website has the videos of their schemes. Please visits these websites.

Q. Any observation / comments / tips about GS prelim 2015 paper?
As I have already mentioned please visit the government of india’s various websites. They are the direct and best source of information. Along with that I would suggest that keep the photo copies of last 5 years upsc prelims papers with you all the time so that you can have the idea of what to study and what to leave.
Give as many tests as possible and don’t worry about the marks because these papers are set in such a way that u get wrong answers by applying logic while upsc wants you to arrive at the right answer by using common sense.

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