WORDS OF WISDOM FOR UPSC CSE PRESENTED BY TINA DAB (AIR 1, CSE 2015)
ABOUT ME AIR 1 (UPSC CSE 2015) BA (Hons) Pol Sc from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi Interests include painting, debating and social services Course fees: CONTRIBUTE Follow me on Unacademy
ELECTRONIC VS PAPER MATERIAL I did not consult any blog or website per se. But I did research on google wheneverthere arose a need. I mostly used books and newspapers only. A typical day in my study life would comprise reading the newspaper for 2 hours. I would note down only very important topics in news and keep track of them by writing in a notebook. Then according to my study plan l would study 7-8 hours in a day. My study methodology was to read the relevant chapter, underline the important stuff, memorize and then quickly and very briefly write down whatever l had learnt. These quick noting's also served as important revision notes during exams.
TEMPO & STYLE . Q. On an average, how many hours do you study? How do you keep momentum going? How do you fight against the mood swings? During coaching days-4 hours During those days when l used to be just at home- 8 hours . One day before the exam 12 hours To fight mood swings, I used to go out every 15 days Even on a daily basis, used to keep 1-1.5 hour for interacting with parents/friends/watching TV
CAREER BACKUP .Q1. If you had not been selected, did you have a back-up? If yes, what was did you have a back-up If yes, what it? I had thought that if I could not make it to civil services, I would pursue higher education and join the University as an academician. 02. When were you going to "execute" that backup plan? (e.g. after - failed attempts/ after I cross age/after dad retires/after GF breaks up with me/ etc.) . After 2 attempts After 2 attempts
INSECURITY ABOUT PROFILHE . Q. Many candidates prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear about 'profile insecurity. I'm not from a big college, I'm not from English medium, and I don't have work-experience. What if they ask some stressful questions in the interview about this? Did you suffer from any such insecurity? What is your message to candidates who face this issue? Though l did not face any such insecurity, I would still say that being from a good college or having English medium did not make that much of a difference. In the end its all about consistent hard work.
WISDOM -Q. Through this journey and success, what have your learnt? What is the wisdom of life and competition? I have learnt that along with growing your knowledge base, you also grow as a person. You learn self discipline, sacrifice, patience and most importantly, the value of time. I think it probably makes one realize how even a minute can count most crucially.
CONTINUED Q. What is your message to the future aspirants? I would just ask them to be patient. It is losing patience in this long drawn exam which leads to frustration and depression. We really need to keep our calm and stay focused. I know its difficult to actually practice this but even trying to do this will fetch results.
AIR 1 in UPSC CSE 2015. B.A.(Hons.) in Political Science from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi. Loves to paint and be part of social service.