Hard work, consistency key to success at UPSC exams, says 19th rank holder Shreshtha Anupam

Written by Shyna Kalra
| New Delhi |

Published: August 29, 2020 5:25:32 pm

Shrestha Anupam cracks UPSC CSE in second try

Shreshta Anupam, who secured 19th rank on this yr’s civil companies examination performed by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), says his give attention to the prelims helped him crack the celebrated examination. Though marks scored within the prelims will not be added when the ultimate result’s introduced, Anupam says laborious work and consistency play a key function in UPSC exams.

“The reason I cracked it the second time is that I focused immensely on the prelims round, something that I could not achieve last time. During my first attempt, I was not in the right mindset and had not taken as many tests. This time around, I took the prelims round more seriously and attempted multiple tests for the same, in an exam-like environment,” he stated in an e-mail interview with

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Anupam’s research plan was weaved round his day by day routine. “I followed two routines. The broader routine plan helped me section out my study material. I assigned a certain time slot for every subject, for example – I would assign five days to study model history and seven days to study polity. I was very strict about sticking to my timetable. I additionally made a micro routine as well. This routine decided what I would study on a day-to-day basis. I would spend time studying subject sections in the morning, practise answer writing in the evening and set aside some time to watch a few informative videos at night,” he stated.

Having a really particular routine performed a key function in me discovering a stability, says Anupam. “My routine gave me a clear perspective on how much time was required for each subject and I was able to plan out my schedule well ahead of the exams. I also understood how much time I could take off once in a while,” he stated.

He shares his section-wise journey.

For Prelims, I first centered on ending all the usual books within the syllabus after which moved on to take quite a few checks. I made positive to take the checks in an precise examination setting.

For the Mains – I understood that reply writing would play a vital function and I practised it religiously. As quickly as I completed learning a subject, I’d try part of the paper. Additionally, I practised earlier years questions and analysed how UPSC asks questions and what their essential focus was.

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For interview rounds – I attended the mock interview classes at BYJU’S. They have been very informative and interesting. The 1-to-1 interactive classes have been particularly helpful as an in depth evaluation of my utility type was executed, after which I used to be requested doable questions primarily based on the evaluation. This helped me put together for something that got here my means throughout the interview rounds.

My non-obligatory topic was sociology which is writing-intensive. I ready for this paper in a strategic method. After going via the usual syllabus, I began making very quick notes. These notes have been revised and recomplied a number of instances. After the second and the third iteration, my notes have been lastly condensed to one copy and this was the copy I referred to proper earlier than my exams. I additionally took a number of checks for my non-obligatory topic.

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Books he referred to —

Polity – Lakshmikanth Indian Polity,
Modern History – Spectrum & NCERT e-book by Bipin Chandra
Economy – Mrunal’s movies on Economy
Geography – Class eleventh and twelfth NCERT books and Maps
Current affairs – Daily information evaluation updates by BYJU’S

Anupam says success at the UPSC is a mix of each laborious and sensible work. “It is important to work smart and use different strategies. For example, while attempting the mains exam, I knew that diagrams were not my strong point and thus I made sure to focus more on writing my introduction, body and conclusion. It’s also very important for aspirants to be persistent and focused. Although, there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding the civil service exams, if you are persistent and consistent in your efforts, you will be able to do exceedingly well,” he stated.

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