[Topper’s Interview] Siddharth Jain (Rank-13/CSE-2015) Mathematics, Earlier IFS & SBI PO ClearedDevendra Vishwakarma
- Candidate Profile
- Electronic Vs Paper material
- Tempo and style
- Struggle of a Senior player
- 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
|Rank in CSE-2015||13|
|Total attempts in CSE (including this one)||2|
|Medium chosen for Mains answers||English|
|Medium chosen for Interview||English|
|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|
|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?
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?
- 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.
- 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.
- Mood Swings :Do some form of mental exercise.I used to meditate(Vipassana meditation).One can do some breath exercises or Yoga.
- 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.