TOPPER’S STRATEGY: INDU JAKHAR RANK 30, CSE 2015, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!DEVENDRA VISHWAKARMA
MY JOURNEY TO IAS
When I began my preparation two years ago, I had just one dream-the three letter word-IAS. I am so glad that finally I have been able to achieve my endeavour. While beginning my new journey , I would wish to share my experience with fellow aspirants on IASbaba’s request and i hope it’ll be useful to them in their pursuit.
I am 24 year old and a doctor by profession.I finished my MBBS from Maulana azad medical college, new Delhi in January 2014 and it was only after that I started my preparation.
I secured AIR 688 in my first attempt in 2014 with just basic preparation. With greater focus on my weaknesses , I could secure AIR 30 in 2015.
BEGINNING OF PREPARATION: MOTIVATION
Firstly I would say the most important aspect of this preparation is not studies. Rather it is building the right personality as this examination is a long drawn process. Thankfully my preparation in 2014 began with the right teacher at nirvana academy who focused on the latter aspect more. He always said you need to know why you want this service!! There are lots of people who can study but only those who focus on oneself are able to sail through this tumultuous path. There will be lots of days when you will doubt yourself, think about alternative career options and remorse the times you have to opt out of family and friends’ events as you have to study in that time. But if you are determined and passionate about your goal you’ll be able to endure such times. Hence your reason for your decision to take up this challenge should be firm as you will need to revisit it so many times.
As someone rightly said ‘success is less about enjoying and more about enduring’. You should enjoy the process and be extremely zealous about it. In my first attempt in 2014, I got DANIPS with 688 rank but was disappointed that I couldn’t make it to my dream job. With little time left for prelims, it was only this conviction that could help me get back on my feet and work hard for the next attempt. A poem ‘Don’t quit’ by an unknown author has been an incredible support to me. Reading it in odd times helped me gain the strength to fight again and again.
IASBABA is a very nice platform for guidance specially for students who are not able to access coaching centres in Delhi due to time or distance issues. Though I haven’t been very regular as I had supplementary sources yet I have used it in my preparation for answer writing practice post prelims. I believe this consistent daily answer writing ,even for few days, is more relevant for improving quality of answers. Also their Mind Maps initiative is particularly useful for revision. I used these for value addition in my preparation. Yojana summary and the recent AIR and RSTV videossummary is also very good.
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These are the sources I referred
- History: RS SHARMA for ancient india , BIPIN CHANDRA for modern india, ncert 11th class fine arts for art and culture and several notes provided at nirvana
- Geography: atlas and all ncerts from 6th to 12th
- Polity: ncert 11th-our constitution at work along with pm bakshi (it was taught in a different manner in my coaching)
- Environment, science and technology: newspaper and ncert 12 biology ecology section.
- Economics: newspaper The Hindu.