[Topper’s Interview] S.Chitharanjan (Rank-574/CSE-2015) Sharing Anthropology Notes for future players, Secundarabad, Asst. Commandant in ITBP,Earlier ACIO


[Topper’s Interview] S.Chitharanjan (Rank-574/CSE-2015) Sharing Anthropology Notes for future players, Secundarabad, Asst. Commandant in ITBP,Earlier ACIO

  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. General Studies (Mains) paper 1
  14. General studies (Mains) paper 2
  15. General studies (Mains) Paper 3
  16. General Studies 4: Ethics, Integrity, aptitude
  17. Mains answer-writing?
  18. Mains Optional Subject
  19. Download Anthropology notes
  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
Name S. Chitharanjan
Rank in CSE-2015 574
Roll No. 155540
Age 26
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 03
Optional Subject Anthropology
Schooling Medium English
College medium English
Medium chosen for Mains answers English
Medium chosen for Interview English
Home town/city Secunderabad
Work-experience if any Worked as an Assistant Central Intelligence Officer (ACIO) from 2012 to Jan 2016
Right now working as an Assistant Commandant, ITBP.
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures Cleared ACIO-II exam (Intelligence Bureau) in 2012
Cleared CAPF 2013 (AIR# 239)
Details of coaching, mock tests, postal material for any competitive exam (if used) I didn’t  get an opportunity to take coaching for Anthropology or General Studies as I have been working (took coaching for Geography and Public Administration in 2010 and they didn’t help me as they are no more my optional)
Service preferences (Top-5) IPS>IAS>IFS>IRS(IT)>IRS(C)
state cadre preference (Top-5) Telangana> Andhra Pradesh>Karnataka>Tamil nadu>Maharasthra


% in class 10 90.3
% in class 12 88
Graduation course and % 72.03
Name of college, city, passing out year Sri  Ramachandra College of Pharmacy,
Sri Ramachandra University,
Passing out year – 2010
Post-graduation MBA in Human resource management,
Osmania University,
Passing out year – 2012
Any other professional courses Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Courses
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Rock Climbing,
Scaled Mt. Phulang and Mt. Brumkhangse in North Sikkim in two different mountaineering expeditions.


Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
I have always been an above average last bench student throughout my academics. Because of few personal experiences which I have faced in my college days drove me to pursue some profession which is powerful enough to fight injustice. So I shifted from pharmacy to academics/ profession involving more of studying people and their behavior (Human resources and Intelligence Bureau) and simultaneously started preparing for Civil Services. In August 2012, I joined as an ACIO-II in Intelligence Bureau and I cleared CAPF, 2013 and joined ITBP as an Assistant Commandant in 2016.
My father is a Metropolitan Sessions Judge in Hyderabad, my mother is a Home maker and my younger sister is an Advocate.  I’m native of Warangal and we settled in Secunderabad, Telangana.

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)

  • There is a lot of material available in the market/internet. One should know what to study and what not to.  Collect the online material and save them in different folders accordingly for future reference.
  • I avoided reading bulky books and preferred reading more of concise versions of books which are available @iasabhiyan.com and xaam.in.
  • I used to read articles from mrunal.org instead of swimming in ocean of newspapers. I didn’t waste time making notes from newspapers because they are already prepared by many online sites like insightsonindia, iasbaba and I took printouts of important ones and categorically filed them for further revision.
  • One thing for sure is we are preparing our PhD thesis, all we want is 10-15 points on every topic with conceptual clarity. But there are some standard books like Laxmikanth, Spectrum , GC. Leong which u can’t afford to skip them. My formula is read more from many sources for Prelims (because of uncertainty of questions) and Write more for Mains from limited reliable sources.

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?
Target based study is key to my success. I used to design a study plan for every 15 days and it also includes what to study every hour in a day, so that I don’t waste facebooking and whatsapping. I used to study for an hour then take 5 mins gap and again switch over to another subject so that I don’t get bored with one subject, staring at a single page. After lunch, one hour sleep to refresh my mood. I used to make sure that my day ends happily with a documentary or a thrilling TV serial (definitely not desiwala).
Once in a fortnight, a day off (chill out with friends and family) and once in 60 days I used to plan an adventure trip with friends for3- 5days.

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.
. I believe in Law of Attraction– you always get want you want, sincerely want. All you have to do is ask, sincerely ask.
As we all know Energy neither can neither be created nor destroyed but only transformed from one form to another… all you have to do is put your energy into what you want to be. The higher you aim, higher energy it demands. Believe in flow of energy, the energy you spent will never go waste.

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