Hello everyone, this is Abhishek Kumar Sharma from MNNIT ALLAHABAD (BATCH 2019). I was recommended to give an attempt for UPSC ESE EXAM 2019, wherein I secured an AIR 11 in the EE branch. I also secured AIR 103 in GATE 2019 EE. This is just to tell you all how blessed I am for all the support and trust I received. I thank everyone for going through it for trusting me enough to read this.
Since I made an attempt during my ongoing college phase, I couldn’t go for any coaching and hence only referred to the standard books for my exam. So I am not rational enough to comment on coaching centers and would instead give focus to self-study. I started preparing for ESE 2019 in my third year of B. Tech as one gets acquainted with their subjects during this phase and have a basic knowledge about them. I chose this as it gave me two years (not less) to have my syllabus incomplete and not much to make me feel relaxed.
Initially, while preparing for ESE, I just focussed on the syllabus and tried to examine it from all possible angles. The syllabus is defined correctly, but you should master the curriculum by heart because that sets the boundaries of your preparation and helps you strategize the development that suits you and your knowledge of the subject.
I started with Networks and systems and would recommend too followed by signals and systems in EE because it gives a suitable base to understand why a ckt is working in that particular way in EMMI or Power Electronics. Your preparation can start from Control Systems as well, after all, it depends upon your comfort level and your grasping, actually, it doesn’t matter if all subjects have been covered.
Often I have been asked about how time did I devoted to my preparation. Actually, I will be as honest to you and do, believe me, I didn’t put in more than 2 hours or 2 and a half hours because I had tutorials, assignments, and lab files to copy from others and graphs and diagrams to make. But yeah I tried to put in two hours to my study, and since the period was two years, hence compared to coaching methodology, it converted to four hours a day of self-study ( coaching centers teach you for one year)
About the test series, I didn’t join any test series for prelims because I had my semester exams then, and hence I didn’t get time. Also, in the mains test series, I did join MADE EASY AND ACE, but I couldn’t complete them as we had final semester exams, and I had to go for interviews for various PSU. But I did follow the questions rigorously, and any new topic did make me take up my pen.
For the meeting again since I was working in QUALCOMM, I couldn’t join any coaching for interview guidance, but I did follow one or two mock interviews on youtube and noted their methods of approach. My advice to guys is that for the interview, be as calm as possible, and be the one you are, no need to pretend there, be frank, and it will help you. They want to see you and not your brand (coaching center).
Lot many people had asked about distractions, and the idea of backing out do remember that ‘UPSC also wants you to back out.‘ It will decrease its load of work. So if you give candy to UPSC, it’s you who have to pay for it, and the candy is Ferrero Rocher (maybe my spelling is wrong, I have just seen it on shelves, never purchase it, if you know what I mean). So if you have selected it, go for it till the last rung of the ladder. UPSC and relationships are the same. They need time and effort, but more than that, they need your willingness to be in it.
Your prelims would be on the Sunday following the first week of JANUARY, and your trial starts from that day. You enter the ‘chakravyuh’ and start your battle, and prelims are actually very important for your victory. If prelims are neglected, the opportunity is lost, which can lead to many consequences and hence always take the GS part with the concern. They are not to be left out. So go for prelims to maximize your score to reduce your pressure on MAINS. The more you score in prelims, the less strain is to be applied on mains. In mains, always try to focus on approach rather than only on the final answer.
IES has step marking, and hence it concentrates much more on your strategy and less on a definitive answer. Even if you don’t get the answer, if you show your approach, you will get marks, and it is this collection of 5 trademarks or 6 marks that goes on to get you selected.
(Little drops of water make an ocean. This goes well both during the preparation phase and examination phase of UPSC EXAMS.) In mains, one can join made easy mains batch (I have heard a lot about it, but I didn’t join it as I was in Allahabad) Or you can always go for previous years question papers and solve them again and again. Remember, if a common question comes, don’t do it wrong and don’t take much time on it.
Next comes the interview. Congratulations if you reach here. You are one among the handful number of people. This phase simply asks you to let you speak and express whatever you have enriched yourself with, so be frank. It’s not a problem if you make mistakes or are unable to answer a question but always be ready to accept that you don’t know, and you are willing to learn.
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Don’t be arrogant or giving a lot of lengthy answers by beating around the bush instead, be to the point and answer as briefly to what is asked. If you don’t know, accept it immediately and frankly with a smile. (Trust me, smiles are always beautiful and being cold-hearted never helps, so smile but don’t start showing your teeth every now and then. There should be a balance. You are not appearing for a post of judge of COMEDY CIRCUS.)
Be frank, be you, and come out triumphant. Always remember each and every step is essential in this Chakravyuh. Often people give too much attention to mains, but it is often that smallest germs make the mightiest impact. So give imp to all the parts and often interview and prelims help you consolidate your rank. Finally, trust me guys, ESE is not a sprint; it’s a marathon, and it does not speed that matters but your willingness to reach the last and determination to tackle all odds.
I wish every one of you success in your exams and best of luck to you guys.
Tighten your seat belts and go for it.
BEST OF LUCK???