IAS Toppers Talk : Manish Kumar
By Manish Kumar AIR:5 Civil Services Exam 2004 exam whose final results
were declared on 11th May, 2005.
The journey just begins...a topper's tale generally talks about the vital
elements of winning strategies with an eye for self-kudos. Yet, this tale
from me is more about failures and one spectacular success as someone rightly
remarked that .failures are stepping-stones to the success.
First of all, I wish all the best to all people of mettle (even metal) who
desires to be the part of great Indian Dream- to be a civil servant. This
journey is wonderful and it is now a well known fact that after the experiences
a person undergoes through this exam- the person is bound to do well in
any walk of life-whether in India or in abroad or at both places.
I start with certain well devised strategy to follow in the mind:
Any optional is scoring.
UPSC- for every Nine Myths-. There is only one reality.
The exam tests three C's: Competence, Commitment and Character.
Each of us who decides to take this exam has the first C i.e. Competence
in abundance and during the process other two C's develops.
Conceptualize the requirements of this exam clearly because it is a
This Exam is more about EQ i.e. Emotional quotient rather than just
having the IQ i.e. Intelligence Quotient as some other exams are like
Now, I suggest some Do's and Don't s to all of you to be one of successful
candidates and in more effective manner-at lesser cost and time and going
to service at relatively younger age.
1. Every candidates must do his/her SWOT analysis i.e their Strengths,
Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats to honestly assess themselves.
2. Focus more on conceptual clarity rather than trying to intellectualize
3. Luck does play a role and it only comes into play after the hard work
.e.g. someone may have cleared it in first attempt but that person may
be focused about this exam from their childhood age and may have sincerely
started to prepare after class 10th and 12th and would have got good guidance
because of family upbringing and conscious modeling of their personality
by their family and others.
4. Focus on Syllabus and only Syllabus, rest will definitely follow.
5. Pray to God or elders and that may be the catalytic factor in your
6. Deep sense of conviction that you can definitely make the difference
in the services may probably make a big positive difference between your
performance and results.-OPTIMISM
1. Choosing optional based on seasonal flavour that this year this optional
has worked and so it should be the formulae.
2. Making a bias that this exam is biased towards English medium or any
other vernacular medium.
3. You can carry the burden individually. Good books, right guidance and
God's grace also matters.
4. Work in a Shallow manner that can only accentuate your difficulties.
5. Reading simultaneously for prelims and Mains- Take one challenge at
one time as requirements at each stage are different.
6. Focusing in one or two areas in GS -it can be your Waterloo.
UPSC is a great leveler, so without any doubt with some sense of innocence
you can crack the exam with flying colours and about motivation-there
is only one thing that count i.e SELF MOTIVATION.
And last but not the least is the passing thought..
Life is too short for those people who never waged a great battle for
a worthy cause and too long to be bogged down by a single failure... BON
Voyage for Civil Services..
Optionals: Economics and Management- Same optional in all attempt. Economics
for Prelimns stage.
Centre of Exam: Mumbai
Marks details: The chart is given below
Used Internet, Newspapers, Coaching and notes also.
Weaknesses about which yet to find solution:
Laziness and Interview-never able to crack it properly(about interview-
I also attended the Indian Economic Service interview in Oct 2004 in same
board- and the person(board Chairperson) knew me by face as the board
was same. Therefore, similar marks-138 in Oct 2004 and 144 in April 2005
interviews, though performance in later one reasonably good.)
A snapshots of my Marks across three years.
|Civil Services (Main) Examination
|General Studies (Paper I)
|General Studies (Paper II)
|Optional I Economics (Paper I)
|Optional I Economics (Paper II)
|Optional II Management (Paper-I)
|Optional II Management (Paper-II)
R: Recommended.; N R: Not Recommended NR: Recommended only in Second List.