Name: Dr. Ulaganathan P
Residence: 29, Mettu St, Katterikuppam (village), Pondicherry
Physical Status: Disabled, orthopedically handicapped
Now Working : Assistant News Editor, DD news, New Delhi
No. of Attempts: four, in first Attempt, got into Indian Information Service (261 rank)
Subjects: Botany (Prelims & Mains), Agriculture (Mains)
Education: BSc (Ag) from PAJANCOA, Karaikal, Pondicherry (1993-98)
MSc (Ag) from CCS HAU, Hissar, Haryana (1998-2000)
Ph.D (Entomology) from IARI, New Delhi (2000-2004)
It was a shaky start to my civil service career. After completion of M.Sc. (Agriculture), I got selected into Indian Agriculture Research Institute’s Merit Scholarship. I secured all India first in that examination. It was the source of motivation behind my civil service aspiration. It brought me enormous confidence and energy in me.
IARI is one of the hubs for civil service preparations in India. I realized that I am in a right place for a great aspiration. Then I started my preparations in the first year of Ph.D itself. I pursued my Civil Service preparations along with the course works in IARI. I got 261 rank and was the topper among physically disabled candidates. I also become the first PH candidate from Pondicherry to be among the elite civil service probables. With that merit rank I was suppose to get Indian Revenue Service. But to my bad luck I was denied that service because of my disability. I was informed by the DoPT that Indian revenue service was not identified for physically handicapped candidates. It was only Indian Information Service was available for me. So I had to accept it but before that that I filed a case in a court for justice. Still the case is on and god only knows what will happen next.
With such frustrations, I was not comfortable in Indian Information Service. So I decided to write civil Service again.
What I understand about this exam…….
Civil service examination tests three most important qualities of a person
“Determination, Patience and Perseverance”. One has to define his goals and pursue it without any second thought. This is also one of the important characters of a civil servant for a better success in his career.
This is my second mains. I learned lot from my first attempt and tried my best to avoid all those mistakes not to be repeated in my second attempt. Now I love to share the mistakes I committed in my first attempt, so that future civil service aspirants can learn from them
Botany: One of the better scoring subjects for Mains. One who has better understanding over different concepts in Botany can do better in the exam
Agriculture: The main problems with Agriculture option is that it has vast syllabus with many of the undefined territories. So one has to be very selective and precise while preparing.
Paper I: The major area to concentrate is Agronomy and Soil Sciences. One has to prepare the syllabus strictly without even leaving a single topic. Preparing concise notes according to the syllabus may help a lot during the mains preparing because it will consume lot of time if revised from the books. Moreover, there are so many books to be referred for the topics, so preparing precise notes will be of great help.
Paper II: Most of the syllabus coincides with Botany second paper syllabus. Therefore, one has to concentrate more on the other topics like Entomology, Pathology, seed technology etc. so as to boost the total score. Again preparing notes is very vital for success.
Essay: This is also an important area. The essay should contain the clarity of substantiations with grammatically correct English. It also should have proper segmentation and analysis. The beginning and conclusion of the Essay will decide 50% of the total marks in it. So both should be very attractive and effective.
Interview: I feel interview is the crucial part of this whole civil service examination. It can change the life of any person who crosses prelims and mains stages. Normally in personality test, three C’s are tested viz. Confidence, Communication and Common sense. Specifically, one has to be very good at communication. Better communication comes with clarity of thoughts and expression. To improve communication ability, we need to talk more with friends and try to participate in general discussions.
On the knowledge side, one need to watch TV news, listen radio news and read news papers regularly. In news paper, one should not miss to read Letters to Editors. I would recommend Indian Express and The Hindu for Interview preparations.
With this small tips, I love to conclude. Before, that, I wish to convey my Best of Luck to all the aspirants.
Dr. Ulaganathan P