"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents come alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamt yourself to be."
Maharishi Patanjali Yoga Sutra before 2200 years.
Namit: Instead of coaching I went for self
study and read standard books.
Question: What is the best way
to prepare current affairs?
Namit: Two Newspapers, one
competition magazine and one weekly/fortnightly magazine.
What about time management?
Namit: It is very important. There
should be enough time for revisions. One advice I would give is that
one should not try to read too many books. I used to study two
subjects in a day.
Question: What was your strategy for
Namit: To cover as much syllabus as possible, and to
revise it atleast twice. Revisions were an integral part of my
strategy. Also I tried to attempt all questions in the exams I
focused more on my optionals as nowadays GS papers have become too
Question: What should be criteria to select
Namit: One's background, aptitude, availability of
reading material and coaching (if needed).
Question: Tell me
something about interview?
Namit: I faced IMG Khan panel. They
asked questions related to my current service (IRS), my educational
background and on imp. National and international issues. The board
was very cordial. I would advice aspirants to look at interview as a
personality test and not another paper. Also they should never be
prejudiced against particular panels. Honesty, composure, awareness,
knowledge about your own bio-data, and smartness are the keys to
fetch good marks.
Question: The biggest mistake you made in
Namit: In my first attempt I tried reading
too many books without able to revise them. One other major mistake
was to consider the interview as another theory paper rather than a
personality test. In the second attempt I didn’t focus on writing
Question: What are your suggestions for the new
Namit: This exam requires hard work. Any student with
average intelligence can crack this exam. Thus never lose hope,
believe in god and those who love you. Prepare yourself to work hard
and success will be yours. Be patient as sometimes this exam may test
Question: What is your opinion about self-study?
Nothing beats it! It’s the crux of success. To me success is 95%
self study with 5% guidance.
Question: How important is the
length of an answer?
Namit: Do not exceed the word limit, else
one will find it difficult to complete the paper.
What do you feel the secret of you success?
Namit: Hard work,
regular studies, support of my family, & the firm belief that I
will become an IAS officer one day.