[Topper’s Interview] Siddharth Jain (Rank-13/CSE-2015) Mathematics, Earlier IFS & SBI PO Cleared

Siddharth Jain

[Topper’s Interview] Siddharth Jain (Rank-13/CSE-2015) Mathematics, Earlier IFS & SBI PO Cleared

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

Candidate Profile

Q. Details
Name Siddharth Jain
Rank in CSE-2015 13
Roll No. 0003413
Age 23
Total attempts in CSE (including this one) 2
Optional Subject Mathematics
Schooling Medium English
College medium English
Medium chosen for Mains answers English
Medium chosen for Interview English
Home town/city Faridabad
Work-experience if any No
Details of other competitive exams, including success/failures SBI PO cleared(did not join)
Indian forest Service ,2015 ,AIR 13
IIT JEE cleared
Details of coaching(if used) 1:Vision Ias and synergy for test series.(GS)
2: GS paper 4 under SK mishra sir
3:IMS for mathematics, mainly used the notes and test series though I enrolled for the coaching.
4:Mrunal.org for literally everything
5:Insight for answer writing
6:Essay writing under Vikas ranjan Sir(chronicles)
7:Attended mocks at Samkalp,Chanakya IAS academy
Service preferences (Top-5) IAS,IRS(IT),IRS(customs),IFS,IPS
state cadre preference (Top-5) Haryana,Rajasthan,Madhya Pradesh,Gujrat,Punjab


% in class 10 96
% in class 12 91
Graduation course and % Mechanical engineering
Name of college, city, passing out year IIT Roorkee,2014
Post-graduation Nops
Any other professional courses Nops
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Vipassana meditation (mentioned in DAF),Other than that I am a sport lover and I play many sports


Q. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?
Siddharth Jain
My name is Siddharth Jain.I live with my parents and my sister.My father is a Chartered Accountant and my mother is a house wife.In the third year (college) ,I got the idea of entering into the services as this service gives the opportunity to live a dynamic,interesting and adventurous life(I hope so J ) along with providing me a platform to serve the society.I find this as the most suitable service where your actions will have the maximum impact on the society .In short life will be fun and more meaningful for me and others

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)

  • Don’t get over influenced by others.One will find as many sources to study from as there are aspirants .Just follow some genuine sources and books.This might be in electronic format or paper format.Yes I followed electronic resources which I will mention in subsequent questions.
  • Typical day ,started with the newspaper(The hindu and some sections from Indian express).I used to regularly make notes.I made hard copy notes because I was not comfortable with soft copy notes.However if someone is comfortable with the latter then do it,as it is much more comfortable to revise and update soft notes.(One can use Evernote as mentioned by Gaurav aggarwal sir on his blog )
  • After that ,I usually wrote 2-3 answers from Insights on india.I maintained a separate copy for these answers.After every answer , I cross checked my points ,from the good answers written on insights.Then, i used to write down the points that I did not cover in my answer(Preferrably with a different color pen).After 10-15 days, I used to revise the answers and analysed which particular dimension I did not cover in my answers (By going through the differently coloured pen remarks).By doing this our brain starts analyzing in newer dimensions and makes our answer writing more holistic.
  • After that , I used to practice maths for 5-6 hours.
  • During lunch time, I watched rajya sabha or Munal videos.
  • In the evening ,I used to do physical exercise and meditate.
  • Dinner time ,we friends used to have food together .We discussed previous year question papers or analysed on any current affairs topic
  • Along with this, I used to go through each and every new update of mrunal.org .You have an awesome coverage, SERIOUSLY

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?

  1. Set targets for yourself:Prepare a short and a long term time table and follow it judiciously.If you lack the will,join some test series(the deadlines for test series will keep you on track).Giving yourself a target will keep your mind focused.
  2. Study momentum:If possible join a library or reading room.Having a good ambience to study generally benefits.Select an optional that you love.So that if you get bored with studies , you can go through it.
  3. Mood Swings :Do some form of mental exercise.I used to meditate(Vipassana meditation).One can do some breath exercises or Yoga.
  4. Distractions:Use smart technology in  a smart way.Dont get too much swayed away by your friends party bash pics on facebook.Just realize that you need to take care of yourself for 2-3 years and for the rest of life the government of India will take care of you ? .Take somebreak to freshen yourself up regularly.

Other than this one can listen to motivational songs,watch some motivational movies.(Pursuit of happiness , is one such movie).

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.

  • Surround yourself with positive people and avoid negativity in life.UPSC can take a heavy toll on your health both physical and mental.So take care of yourself.
  • To avoid the mental prison of the vicious cycle of UPSC,keep some good backup for yourself.I gave other exams this year to have a good fallback career.Having a good backup will give you confidence and it improves your performance

WORD OF ADVICE:Evaluate your mistakes judiciously.Discuss with your friends or teachers and just work on them.Follow the strategy of answer writing as done by last year toppers.It really works.

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