• Prep and Strategy,  Public Administration

    Notes making and Answer Writing in Public Administration by Shrut Kirti Somavanshi

    This part covers Notes Making and Answer Writing. Notes Making: It is the most important part of your preparation. Notes making is not a rocket science. You just have to start, for once. Do not overthink. Everyone starts on his own and gradually ze understands the core idea of making notes. It helps you in three ways- Understanding the core of a topic/subject Revision Memorizing important points to write in the exam So, notes making should be done carefully and should help in maximizing your score and not your burden. I used to make notes on Evernote, workbook and memory cards. A sample note is attached. Notes should be- Explanatory…

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    Coaching: Is It Necessary? by AIR 1, UPSC CSE 2017, Anudeep Durishetty

    This is a perennial question I get asked the most. And it’s understandable too. Many aspirants who begin their Civils preparation are clueless about this exam’s demands and most cannot simply afford to go to Delhi and take coaching. There are a lot of doubts and misconceptions regarding whether to take coaching for Civil Services. So let me break it down for you. Note: Keeping beginners in mind, let me clarify that for the rest of the post, by coaching I mean the generic sense of the word: the act of going to an institute and attending their classes. Test series, coaching notes and mock interviews at coaching institutes are clearly…

  • Essay,  Prep and Strategy

    Writing a good Essay, Explained by AIR 1 Anudeep Durishetty

    Novelist Stephen King put it beautifully when he said, “I write to find out what I think.” Writing is a window to your thought process. What you write on paper will tell the reader how you think, how you argue and the way you substantiate your viewpoint. This is why for most competitive examinations and academic entrance tests, an essay is mandatory. In the Civil Services Exam too, we have a paper worth 250 marks, equivalent to a General Studies paper. Despite its importance, essay paper often does not get the attention it deserves from aspirants. First timers think they will write an excellent essay in the final exam itself,…

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    Philosophy optional by Juhi Jalota AIR 122

    Hi all , I apologise for the time I have taken in writing this and for having kept you all waiting all this while. How I prepared for philosophy is what many have asked me and some continue to be curious about. To start with selection of subject I would say it was purely out of interest. Even during my B.Tech course I used to study lot of diversified stuff. So it was natural choice. Yes, it has some advantages also. As far as preparing for exam let me tell you, before I list out my sources and ways, that all I did was – try to understand what is…

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    Coachings and Things by Shrut Kirti Somavanshi

    Hello everyone, This is #LuckyKabooter (Shrut Kirti Somavanshi). A lot of people are asking me about what coachings and test series I did in my preparation phase and how helpful they were. I have always respected and supported the idea of doing coachings but not all coachings helped me. Here I have written my account on coachings I did and my experience with them. This is a two-part article. In this part. I’ll talk about coachings. So let’s list them all. *Subject: (Public Administration)* I was fresh outta Engineering College having no history or geography with Public Administration so I had to take a coaching. I joined: 1. *Synergy by…

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    Public Administration by Shrut Kirti Somavanshi

    Hola! I am Shrut Kirti Somavanshi. I have secured 157 rank in CSE 2017 with Public Administration optional. I had Public Administration as my optional in all my attempts but that doesn’t mean I love this subject. It is more of a love-hate relationship. I’ve given 3 Mains with Public Administration and my score has always increased. My scores are- 1. CSE 2014 – 161 (63+98) 2. CSE 2016 – 293 (139+154) 3. CSE 2017 – 296 (150+146) Here I am giving my detailed strategy, booklist, test series which I followed and how I changed my approach towards the subject. Booklist: Paper 1 • Mohanty Sir class notes • Crack…