Jasmeet Singh Sandhu – Rank 3 – Punjabi Literature
|Name||Jasmeet Singh Sandhu|
|Graduation||IIT – Roorkee|
|UPSC Rank||Rank 3 Year 2015|
|General Studies Paper 1||120/250|
|General Studies Paper 2||100/250|
|General Studies Paper 3||111/250|
|General Studies Paper 4||109/250|
|Punjabi Literature Paper 1||120/250|
|Punjabi Literature Paper 2||125/250|
|Mains Written Exam Total||824/1750|
|Prelims – General Studies|
|Prelims – CSAT|
|Mains – General Studies Paper|
|Mains Optional – Punjabi Literature|
The Civil Services Exam (CSE) is not merely an intelligence test but the eligibility test for an administrative officer. So, when you write answers for the exam, it’s not enough to show off how much you know about the problem. It is equally important to offer solutions for the given problem.
To cover the vast syllabus of the exam, I used to divide a topic into sub-topics and prepare point-wise notes on each of them. Then, I used to make summary for each topic and kept revising it again and again. I used an integrated approach for Prelims or Mains preparation.
For Prelims, I finished my studies within time and then, took mock papers of various coaching institutes. I solved the mock papers for Prelims jotted down what I didn’t know, and then, revised those specific portions once again. In all my attempts, I have been able to solve 90% questions in the GS paper as I read and prepared for a wide variety of topics. I did not leave any answers, even if I didn’t know the exact answers. I made educated guesses in such cases. I always aimed for 110+ marks in the GS (Paper 1).
You can only practice for the Aptitude Test. Since you only have to qualify this test, you can do it cursorily.
For Mains, you must study each and every topic in extreme detail. If you are studying about ‘Pollution’, you must know about direct causes, indirect causes, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution – and what can be the probable measures to check it and reduce its effects. There is an easy method to explore a topic in all its facets.
It is to be noted that in the UPSC syllabus, history, geography, politics, economics, society, science & technology, administration and ethics are the major subjects. You can offer subject-wise analysis to each topic (pollution in this case).
In this case, you can offer historical, geographical, political, social, ethical, technical, judicial, administrative, and economic perspectives about ‘pollution’. You can outline the problems from all these angles and then, offer solutions to them. This will help you offer richer answers in the exam.
This was my fourth attempt. Getting daunted by the vast syllabus and limited time will do you no good. Just focus on your studies and don’t worry about the syllabus you are not able to cover in the end.