The opportunity that Civil Services offers to serve the country, along with diversity of job profile, challenge and career advancement prospects was what made me leave my job in the American Express India Pvt Ltd to prepare for the Civil Services exam. No doubt, it involved a risk. But it is worth taking the risk if you feel strongly about it.
I am happy to share with you the strategy I followed while preparing and hope it is of some help to future aspirants.
Name: Archana Nair
Rank: 7th, Civil Services Exam,2005.
Optionals: Economics and Public Administration
Class room coaching : Vajiram & Ravi (only for Personality Test)
Work Experience: American Express India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
(Mgmt Trainee) 1 yr and 1 Month.
Having done my masters in economics, this was a natural choice. Before zeroing in on Public Administration as my 2nd Optional, I went through the syllabus of some subjects to decide on the one that I would be comfortable with. Since I did not attend any classroom coaching for prelims and mains, availability of relevant material was also a guiding factor in this decision.
My Preparation :
I would say that the preparation requires a well defined strategy, systematic study, determination, consistent hard work and motivation. I’d like to share a quote that motivated me a lot : “Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion, you have to set yourself on fire”. Keeping one’s morale high is important.
Coming to strategy :
Each one makes mistakes, but what one should aim at is to nip it early before it becomes irreparable. Identify, learn and rectify your mistakes to fine tune your strategy.
I did not make any notes (as I have never been in the habit of doing so even during college days). A lot of us go through this dilemma of whether or not to make notes. I would suggest, identify the style of studying that suits you best and stick to it.
I’d like to share with you the list of books that I referred to.
Books I used for GS:
Some magazines like Frontline, Yojana etc
Books I used for Economics:
Books I used for Public Administration:
This is an exam that puts to test one’s EQ as much as IQ. The key, I feel lies in perseverance. Be sincere to yourself and your goal, follow a daily schedule, keep a vigilant eye on likely pitfalls, learn from your mistakes to revise your strategy and most importantly keep the faith alive, remain optimistic but realistically so. Do your best and leave the rest to God. But always remember, God help those who help themselves.
Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to appreciate the contributions of this site (threeauthors.com) is rendering in making sharing of information easier and effective. I hope what I have shared is of some help to future aspirants too.
I conclude by wishing all future aspirants Good luck!