How to get AIR 2 without coaching


Hello ,

This is Ashish Verma working in Indian Railway Service of Engineers selected through  Engineering Services Examination  conducted by UPSC in 2013.Change in pattern of GATE , IES this year  has forced me to share my views on this blog.

I feel proud that I got selected in several competitive exams without taking any coaching throughout my studies. I would like to give you brief introduction about myself.

When I was in 12th standard I was not knowing about even IIT’s , NIT’s. My aim was to become a engineer. One of my friend asked me to fill the form of UPTU, so I did and I got selected .Then I Graduated from Kamla Nehru institute of technology, a UP state government college in 2012. I feel happy to tell u that I was GOLD MEDALLIST of UPTU University in Civil Engineering.Sometimes I was thinking whether I will be getting any job after graduating from such college. But I didn’t loose any hope. I continued my studies and started my preparation in sixth semester for IES .Then I appeared for GATE  and secured AIR-41. I couldn’t appear for the IES exam as minimum age requirement was changed during the same year.

Through that I was called for NTPC and IOCL interview and was selected in both the Maharatna PSU’S . During preparation my interest inculcated in Structural engineering. So I applied in Council Of Scientific Research (CSIR) and  got selected as Scientist in Structural Engineering Research Centre( SERC), Chennai. But due to some family constraints I couldn’t join it and finally joined NTPC in August 2012. But I never lost my confidence and will. I continued  my preparation but there was lack of time then time management played significant role in my preparation .

My classroom training in NTPC was undergoing in Power Management Institute,Noida from August 2012 to March 2013 where schedule of classes were fixed. So I planned accordingly.I identified my weak subjects, areas and made study plan accordingly to cover as much as possible. During my preparation I found that there is problem of forgetting the formulas etc which is generally with everyone but you can find the solution for that .If I have to study a subject for  1 hour, then I used to divide it into three parts ; first part 25 minutes theory of new topic ;20 minutes numerical of previous topic covered which helped me to memorize the concepts; remaining 15 minutes for objective questions of new/previous topic. Every hour or half an hour I used to change the subjects and generally used to study 7-8 subjects everyday.At initial stage you will feel that you are studying very little but time and pace your summation of study will be more effective and productive and  you will not feel boredom at any time.If anytime you feel bored with any subject you change the subject and study your liking subject which you want when you feel sleepy start doing numerical part of subject which you studied earlier.

During holidays my study plan was to cover atleast all the subjects because latest exam pattern of IES is more subjective focused and covers all the subject,so if  you miss any subject you may not able to attempt all the questions of the section you select.

The Selection of Standard books plays the most significant role for preparation and use your books as your reference notes and mark with different color  depending on importance of topic you think is important and would help you in revision further

In March 2013 I was posted as Assitant Manager  in Tapovan Vishnugad Hydropower Project ,Chamoli Uttrakhand .I continued my study plan and used to change the duration of each subject as per weightage of each subject and time availability ,but due to workload I couldn’t cover all the subjects. Therefore ,I took one month leave before the exam and covered all the subjects. I used to cover all fourteen -fifteen subjects everday and also General studies and English vocabulary daily as it is one of the most important part for scoring good rank.I memorized all GRE English vocabulary which helped me a lot in English section.I managed to correct all English meanings and synomyns.

 

For any exam it is necessary to understand what that exam demands from the candidate.IES present pattern demands theoretical as well as numerical approach of the subject .In objective it needs time management and lot of practice of objective questions from several standard books.

I have seen that UPSC is directly picking concepts and questions from standard books which aspirants are generally not aware and blindly follow the study material and notes of coaching available in the market  which generally contains repeated concept questions asked earlier . The candidates are not able to attempt the new questions and waste there time during examination  hours and thus not getting the expected results. Present situation is such that it would make a lot of difference and you will be lagging behind. Likewise in conventional paper selection of questions is very important. UPSC is mixing questions of 3-4 subjects in single section and if candidate has not covered all the subjects, it would limit the attempt generally upto 110-120 marks which in my opinion is not sufficient in present situation. Therefore ,prepare all subjects and follow standard books of every subject and not wholly rely on coaching and their material and it is my firm belief that this exam can be cleared with good rank with self study, practice  and dedication .Continuity of study  is mandatory for this exam.

I appeared for IES -2013 and I was so confident even after my written examination that I will be able to secure under top 20 and secured AIR-2. IES 2013 exam was the most analytical and conceptual paper since 15years  in which UPSC attempted to find out  the self  study of standard books  and practice from the aspirants rather than asking questions directly from coaching material available  in the market.

The main aim of  giving my brief introduction was to motivate each and every aspirant who are preparing for any engineering competitive exam  . I have found that everyone is running for coaching and they are more inclined towards coaching rather than self study.The changing trend of IES,GATE is more focused on analytical approach , concepts ,self-study. Every exam needs different focused approach. I would like to suggest to follow standard books of each subject and practice as much as possible. I will be further sharing my ideas on this blog.

For any questions, please comment below.

It would be pleasure to answer your queries.

All the best for future aspirants!!!

Ashish Verma

AIR-2 (IES-2013)

AIR-41(GATE-2012)

 

My journey to ESE 2014


First of all, let me introduce myself,

My name is Himanshu Aggarwal, a 2013 batch pass out from BITS Pilani-Pilani campus.

My CGPA is 8.19

From Aug 2014 to Mar 2015, I was working in BARC Mumbai as a trainee scientific officer

The campus life ended and from the well-known fact of low package of civil companies, I also got a low package from the college placements. Being ineligible to give the paper in 2013 and a Gate 2013 rank of 668, I was left with choice of taking the risk of spending a year preparing for the paper or take the job. It took a week to decide and finally I took the challenge and decided to stay at home for the next year. I also had coaching in IES Master during my college training for 6 months in CRRI Delhi. A 9 AM to 5 PM research at CRRI and 5:15 PM to 10 PM class at coaching were the worst days of my life though I liked the coaching part because I could just relax and repeat what I have done in my college(yes my college studies did help me).

Dropping was somewhat easy as I was shortlisted in some PSU’s such as SAIL, so I thought that I will probably sail in at least one opf the PSU and carry on my study for IES but unfortunately that didn’t happen. Regular rejection made me serious towards GATE 2014 in October end and I started preparing for GATE 2014 + IES 2014 from the starting of November with main focus on making short notes for both and remembering for GATE only for the initial 2 months.

GATE paper went well but the result was not up to the mark with a GATE rank of 302 and still PSU’s like RITES rejecting me on the basis of my age. No job in hand and less chances of getting  a job on this rank started haunting me and it was this time I became serious like anything for IES.

From the day of GATE 2014 result up till April end, I completed syllabus for IES 2014(I did it partially before GATE 2014) and in May I did 2 conventional papers every day from 9 AM to 12 noon and 2 PM to 5 PM and used the time in-between to check the papers (I had ample amount of papers with solutions that I got from IES Master during coaching) and 1 hour or less for GS portion(this was a big mistake to prepare for GS only in May and June and I paid for it by getting 27 marks out of 100 in GK portion).

For the last 10 days, I only revised (crammed) my short notes with last 2 days only for enjoyment and relaxing. Just 20 days before the paper I gave BARC interview which I scored really well with 748 marks (I got the white slip, yippee) that provided me with the boost that I had the ability to crack IES and I have a job

The day of exam: At least I cannot say that I was not nervous at the time of paper but on the surface you look calm and ready to drop bombs (lyrics credit: Eminem) (I thought of the same song just before the paper was about to start). The first day of the paper was the worst part for me because of no preparation. The portion I knew got completed in an hour, the other hour was to prevent making blind shots, so I started looking at the expressions of invigilator and nearby fellows. The next day with two objective papers went well and so did the conventional part. I was happy as I almost did 360 to 370 marks paper in the conventional.

The next 2 days went on discussing the objective part in which I was getting almost 300 marks. Now was the time when I thought that I have got a job and this is time to relax and July was complete fun for me. In Aug, I joined BARC with an intention of enjoying the hard-to-get hostel life again to the full. My time at BARC was full of fun. The days went on and I was at home and returning from a religious trip with family and got the news of the shortlist and found myself in that list for which I was pretty sure. I filled up the DAF and started consulting other BARC fellows and college seniors in IES about the strategy for the interview. My interview date was 19 Jan in Delhi and I thought of giving SSC mains paper on 18th Jan in Jaipur so that I could check whether I still remember the technical part or not.

The day arrived and I was there. My panel was Smt. ALKA SIROHI. The documents part was completed and I was the last in the morning session in that panel. While sitting there I got to know about the book of made easy in which questions of various interview panels are discussed. Shiver went through my spine for a while but after 10 minutes came the time when I thought: ab karke kya kar lunga, ye sab moh maya hai. For me, the clock was getting dead slow as I was eagerly waiting for all this to end. After some time, it was my turn and I was called to sit outside the room interview was going. At that time, I spent time looking at the birds wandering here and there in front of me. I entered the room and there were 3 experts along with the head. My interview was small in length but it was nice so now I was somewhat sure of selection.

Again my enjoyment started in BARC. I gave GATE 2015 paper with some of my BARC friends just for the sake that I don’t feel that I have wasted my money in filling the GATE 2015 form and also that we got free ride on Uber. GATE 2015 results were a complete dilemma as I got a rank of 101 when I did nothing to prepare for GATE and a rank of 302 when I prepared a lot which taught me that luck also plays some role. Again I was at home when the final results of IES 2014 came out. I received a phone call from my BARC friend (GSB) saying: bhai tumne paper phod diya hai chauthi rank aai hai tumhari and for a while I didn’t even knew how to react. Then there were more and more phone calls and celebrations started. May be I am able to write this just because I succeeded but at last I want to convey that if you have passion for anything, go for it. May be you come out unsuccessful but at least you won’t regret saying” yaar try to karna chahiye tha” and it will be worth a try (If you are serious).

How to Prepare English for IES


Hi all,

First of all sorry for such delay in coming up with this article. The delay was due to some unavoidable circumstances. Now coming back to the preparation, The D-Day is coming. And I hope your preparation is going good.
In this article I will try to help you with English for GAT paper of IES.

Words of Caution – I am not that good in English. I am just trying to help fellow aspirants with my observations. As we all are learning English from last around 15 years still I and many of you know that there is still a large gap between what we know and what we should know after these many years.

But probably language learning is like this. It takes years of reading, learning, communicating and writing to become very good in any language. And in this marathon of learning English for our professional life I like many others have ended up even with average knowledge of our mother tongue.

So this article is only about improving your score in an exam and not about helping with your English. I believe for learning a language we have to go through quite a tiresome and long path. So far I do not know any shortcut for that.

If you have any better strategy you better follow that.

1. Importance of English Paper

First of all let me talk about the importance of this paper.

  • As for Mechanical this year, i.e. 2014, cutoff for Objective was around 278 and One may expect it to go further to around 300.
  • And I have seen some of my friends could not clear the Exam due to Below Average marks (Around 80 or less) in this paper who were exceptional in their technical subjects.
  • Around 100+ marks, probably one should aim for clearing this exam as it is getting more and more competitive ( with continuous improvement in objective paper score due to increasing number of GATE aspirants, penetration of Coaching institutes and increasing number of padhe likhe berojgaars. )
  • At the same time there is very less marginal improvement in score in technical subjects beyond a point.(Remember Law Of Diminishing Marginal Utility).
  • GS the 2nd part of this paper is very dynamic and wide ranging by its own definition. And it is not much possible to score very good marks in this part by most of the aspirants. Probably it requires a yearlong following of a good Newspaper and a genuine curiosity about knowing and understanding things. And which is easier said than done.

So, I think, the best strategy is to score maximum possible marks from English as it has limited course and good sources are available to complete it. I tried to follow this strategy.

2. Paper Analysis

The English section is designed for checking whether the aspirants can frame, understand and ,if required, correct the sentences of English in our real working life scenarios. That is why the questions are of ‘Sentence Improvement’, ‘Spotting the error’ , ‘Restructuring the Sentence’, ‘Sentence Completion’, ‘RC’, ‘Vocabulary Based’ type.

These types of questions certainly also provide an opportunity to improve our English and probably this positive and practical aspect of this paper helped me to learn it better and sincerely. I hope it works same for you as well.

Spotting the Error (A) Sentence Improvement
(B)
Restructuring the Sentences(C) Fill in the blanks/ Sentence Completion (D) Synonym
(E)
Antonym (F) Reading Comprehension (RC)
(G)
Total
2013 10 10 10+11 9 10 (3 Passages) 60
2014 20 19 7 5 5 4 (1 Passage) 60

Basically there are 3 types of questions in this paper Grammar Type, Vocab Based and RC Based.

A+B+C – Grammar Type

D –         Grammar and Vocab based

E+F –       Vocab Based

G-           Reading Comprehension Based

3. Source for Studies

I used only one book for this and that worked for me. I was quite satisfied with this book. This was General English by Made Easy publication. This book can be easily completed within a week. The Vocabulary part may require some extra time. I will recommend this book if you do not have any other better option.

4.1 Preparing Grammar Part

This is the largest part (around 30-40 Questions) of the paper and it can have questions of A, B , C and of D types.

The questions in this part generally follows a standard pattern and all of these patterns are well covered in the book.

And one can prepare micro notes of all the new things learned and common grammar rules for revisions. As this section is all about Grammar Rules, one should write, revise and practice them repeatedly.

You can check out my micro notes for this for reference (Warning : those are hardly legible and may look meaningless to you)-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ZwxIDL8uWyTlNiTVRwS01Pclk/view?usp=sharing
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B9ZwxIDL8uWybGx6YjVwbW1pbWc/view?usp=sharing

4.2 Preparing Vocab Part

This section may carry 10-20 questions and it is the easiest part to score. Because the words are limited and one needs to learn only around 1000 new words and one can get up to 20 questions correct. And the most important of all the list is available to all in the Made Easy Book.

Although I know sometimes learning words can be very difficult as with time they start slipping from our mind. But still with repeated revision (Around 10-20 times) one can be sure of getting the same questions which one has prepared. So it sounds a fair deal to me.

To make this task easy and effective I after reading the words from book highlighted the new and relevant ones. And then later wrote down those words in separate 15 pages. I tried to revise them in the morning repeatedly. I prefer Morning because this is the best time for mugging up, at least for me. You can choose your best time. I am uploading those 15 pages to help you. I would suggest to rather come up with your own word list from that book and that might work wonder for you rather than learning from someone else’s list.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B9ZwxIDL8uWyfmd2dnhhRUVlVDZhRkF2empxWTdTUFkwUHcwT09TWEQ3QWdldzMxUGQ4VWs&authuser=1

4.3 Preparing RC

These can be 5-10 questions and these are the easiest to score. Practice RC to improve your score in this part.

So this is it for the time being. For Any other queries and doubts please comment below.  I will try to respond positively.

Preparation without coaching


There are lots of students who can’t join coaching for IES because of various reasons. These students should not feel left out of race for IES.
It is possible to prepare for IES without coaching also , if you have made up your mind.

There are certain disadvantages if you don’t have proper guidance. You don’t know the syllabus , books to study, materials to refer, and how to manage time . To avoid all this, you should start your preparations very early , if possible from the college time itself.

Now there are certain things to do very seriously if you are going to prepare on your own.

1. Make your own notes
Making notes of each and every topic is very important. It is must, you have to do it. Just studying from books is not enough. Purchase classroom notes of any good coaching institute from photocopy shop near these coaching institutes , they are easily available. If you don’t live in Delhi,  make extra effort and get it arranged somehow. They are your core reference material. Use this as a guide to study and, study the chapters from standard text books.  Now make your own notes , very elaborately,  don’t just copy, make it unique. This will take effort but once you have made your own notes , it will be an asset forever. You can also get postal study material of coaching institute . But use this as a reference only , study from good text books of your subjects for understanding the topics

2. Solve previous years question papers
This is another very much important thing to do for preparation. When you finish any topic, look at previous year question to gauge the extent
Of Your preparation. Don’t leave previous years question for the last moment. Solve it side by side. If you want to do more , then go for IAS mains question papers of your respective subject of last 15 years.  It would be more than sufficient.  You can get these materials in Delhi. So make a visit once , and arrange all that you need.  In delhi , places near coaching centre such as Saket, Hauz Khas,  Ber sarai…..have all the latest material for preparation.

3. Join test series
Please join any good online test series for preparation at the last moment.  Do it seriously throughout. If you are getting good ranks in Madeeasy all India test series then it means you have very high chance of cleaning IES. Most of the people ignore test series just because they fear their performance, but face your failures. There are two ways to join the test series i.e online and offline.  For IES offline test series are good but if it is not possible for you , then join online test series. Once the test series are over , make a quick revision of the questions that you couldn’t solve.

4.Make a diary of mistakes.
Keep records of the the mistakes that you have made in separate diary. Write down what went wrong when u solved the problem, your self criticism and future strategy. We tend to forget our mistakes and repeat again . This is the worst thing to do, I.e repeat your mistakes.  Never repeat your mistakes. If you always make new mistakes, then you are on right path. One day will come , when you will not make any mistakes.

This was for the technical preparation, for general ability I have written a separate blog, which you can check.

Best of luck to all.

Hand written notes are available at places in South Delhi near Made easy centres. You can purchase whole set in one payment. It varies around rs1500-2000
1. Saket
2. Hauz khas
3. Ber Sarai.

I am giving phone no of Hind Photostat
1. Lado sarai – 8130782342
2. Ber Sarai – 9560163471
3. Ignou road ,Saket – 9654353111

IES Subjective Preparation


Subjective papers in IES are most dreaded things to encounter. This paper is like a test match,  you have to stay at crease…. You have to face most difficult thing on the last day of exam when you are totally worn out. Some students become so hopeless that they don’t appear in this paper. Most of the students have this perception that subjective paper marks are uncertain and erratic. This may be true to some extent but if you do a question correctly then you will get full marks but if there are some mistakes then it is upto examimer to consider your marks. The most important thing is to make up your mind that you are willing to attempt the question with sincerity , not just attempt just for sake of it.  Some say that if you attempt around 300 marks you may get upto 150 marks out of 400. This is a trap , don’t fall for this. I have seen many people attempting over 300 and not getting even 100 marks. This is not your college exam where filling pages will fetch you marks. We all do this in our college but leave this habit at the beginning itself. No of pages don’t give you marks. Write neatly, don’t overemphasize anything.

The syllabus is divided in two parts ..part 1 and part 2 corresponding to paper 1 and paper 2. You should know this detail about your subjects i.e how the paper is divided and no of marks alloted to each section. When you study any topic make sure that you can answer almost anything from that topic. Solve numerical related to that topic in time bound manmer. Subjective paper require intensive study approach , you must be clear with the concept otherwise you will not be able to solve any variation in the question.

Some students prepare selectively thinking that  skipping some topics will not make much difference. So let me tell you that,  UPSC can design question paper in such a way that a single question may contain sub parts from different topic,  therefore your expectations may not convert into reality. The best thing is to prepare for all the topics , only this strategy can save you in case of emergency. If you know all the topics then you can choose selectively which 5 questions out of 8 you will be able to score good marks.

The practice for subjective exam must be done in writing,  it can’t be oral preparation. You should know your weakness and try to remove them. A man must also known his strength and use them . You will come to know it only if you practice on the paper. Keep all your practice notebook with you,  don’t throw them away. Keep all your question paper at one place. Also make a diary where you write your plan of revision and then follow it up. Make habit of writing daily the mistakes you have committed in that diary. Look back at it after few days , and mark your improvement. Self scrutiny is very much important, you become more conscious of yourself.

With these suggestions,  I close here . If you want to say anything , leave it in comments.

Thank you
Best of luck to all

General Ability


This paper is marks scoring if you have prepared it well. I got 151 out of 200 in this paper. Most of the students neglect this subject and in the end time they ask for suggestions. Let me give you few tips for preparing general ability. If you are going to give IAS exam then you will not face any problem in this subject. However those who have not been preparing for any other exam, they need to start from beginning. Most basic task is to read newspaper daily. I would recommend The Hindu or Indian Express. Reading newspaper has double benefits because it improves English as well as general knowledge. The questions will not be asked directly from newspaper but it is necessary to understand the background of topics. It also helps in improving vocabulary systematically. I can assure you that if you develop the habit of reading newspaper daily then you will be able to score good marks in English. If exam is near, then go for a good English grammar book and learn the rules. However, if upsc introduces any new novelty, then only newspaper practice can help you tide over. You don’t need to remember detailed analysis of topics, just get the basic idea about it. You can make assumptions only if you have idea about the topics. Only remembering mcqs will not do. For general studies,  start with a basic reading of ncert books to understand the concepts. Thereafter you can move to any specific book for a particular subject. Note that questions asked are objective, so understanding is more important than quantity. Lucent GK book is good along with Madeeasy materials. You can purchase other books such as Arihant practice papers etc. But ensure that you have time to do these things. If you are in a emergency, then only go for Madeeasy materials and class notes. Try to solve general studies paper of IAS prelims if you can , because some of the questions are similar. Skip those questions that are not in your syllabus. Understand the nerve of Upsc to crack this exam. Also try to read current affairs magazine, I would recommend magazine by Madeeasy institute. This magazine is prepared selectively for this exam. However if you still have time , you can go for frontline magazine. Reading current affairs also improves your general knowledge. In IES exam , lot of questions come from life sciences and geography. Exhaustively prepare these two topics. Polity is easy and scoring. History is uncertain, they don’t ask much questions from history. Sometimes they ask from economics also. Rest of the topics are miscellaneous. When you solve previous year question paper, observe these things. If you get into the mindset examiner, then it becomes easier to make assumptions. Now let me give few sources from where you can prepare for general ability.

Note- I am recommending madeeasy materials because GS syllabus is huge and one needs to be focused to study only relevant topic. You can go for material of any other coaching institute as well.

History

1. Madeeasy GS material and classmates of history

2. No need to study all NCERT books because its very time consuming and voluminous. However if you want, you can go through NCERT of Modern Indian.

3. Previous year practice paper of IES,CDS and other such exams.

4. Madeeasy question bank.

Going through above sources for history would be more than enough. History is not very marks fetching for GS so if you have less time then focus only on modern India.

GEOGRAPHY

This is very important topic for GS portion. You will have to prepare this topic thoroughly.

1. Madeeasy Material and Class-notes

2. NCERTs of 11th and 12th related to geography . These  books are must.

3. Study of Map and Atlas is very important. Paste a full size map of India and World in your room and look at it daily.

4. Previous year papers of IES,CDS and other such exams.

5. Madeeasy Question Bank.

POLITY

This topic is easy to remember and also marks fetching.

1.  Madeeasy Material and Classnotes

2. NCERTs of 11th and 12th related to polity . These  books are must.

3. D.D Basu or M.laxmikanth as a reference book

4. Previous year papers of IES,CDS ,…..

5. Madeeasy question bank

Life Sciences

IT is also one of the most important section for general studies. Question related to diseases are frequently asked.

1. Madeeasy Material and Class-notes

2. NCERT of 9th and 10th Biology or Crash Course Biology

3. Previous Year papers of IES and CDS

4. Madeeasy question bank

Miscellaneous 

This is a monster. IT covers almost everything left. So how should you go for it. I am suggesting few specific sources of study material for this section.

1. Madeeasy material on this section

2. Mrunal– This is a very famous website in India for preparation of competitive exams. All the materials on this website are not relevant for IES but coverage of topics and ease of understanding are very good. Now , you can also find video lectures of mrunal on this website. This website also deals with currents affairs in detail. So go though this website few times a week.

3. India Year Book- This books is officially released by government of India. So this book would be the most authentic source to look for any Information.

4. Madeeasy magazine for current affairs.- This is a very good magazine. You don’t need to go through any other current affairs magazine after this.

5. General Studies Manual- This should be the last thing you should pick because these books are vast and they may consume your time without any much benefits.

ENGLISH

1. Vocabulary based questions- There are hundred of books in the market including madeeasy material for increasing your vocabulary out of which book by Norman Lewis is good. If you maintain your own vocab notebook then it is the best thing to have. There are also material in the market which produce collection of words appearing in  various newspapers. Then there are practice sheets for antonym and synonym. This section is based on memory. If you have a good memory then you  definitely have the edge. Others can try various memory techniques available on the internet. The whole point is to increase the retention of what you have learnt.

2. Non-Vocab based Question- Let me tell you that if your English good then this is the most marks scoring section. Don’t do any mistake here. Madeeasy material are sufficient to prepare for this section. No need to waste time by going for other sources. Practice previous year question papers of IES and CDS and you are done.

If you score well in General ability exam , then it can save you from defeat if you fare badly in technical subjects. If everything goes well, you will surely get good rank. So don’t neglect this subject, read newspaper and ncert books, you will definitely feel confident.

Bestof luck to all of you

Interview Day


upsc_w_f

Finally the day arrived on 20 th January 2014. Before interview I was busy speculating who would be my boar chairman. I tried to collect feedback from my friends who had already given their interview. After much worries and anxieties I landed in Upsc , Dholpur House. Let me tell you that many aspirants of Upsc examinations are fascinated by the thought that one day we have to be there. The round and curved architecture of building which we see on magazine’s cover pages was right in front of my eyes. I thought that finally the moment has arrived but I wanted it to be the first and last. I have never repeated any exam in my life.

So before entering the gate, we were standing on the pavement by the side of road. Afterwards , security checks started and we were allowed one by one in the premises. After passing through main gate we were taken to another room where we submitted our mobile phones and electronic equipments. Then our final stop was a central hall where all the students were seated. We took our seats according to number given to us. The document verification and form filling process continued for another one hour. After doing all this we got chance to meet our group members and interact with them. Naturally, we were very tense because we were still not sure who would be our board chairman. On that day A.P Singh and Alka Sirohi were taking interview for civil engineering. As first candidate went inside to give the interview, our heart beat were high till he returned. Finally we came to know that A.P Singh was taking our interview. He has been chief of CBI and then made upsc member by UPA government. Recently there has been some controversy regarding his relationship with Moin Qureshi.

As I was sitting there waiting for my turn, time seemed to run very fast. My name was announced and I went through check up . I was asked not to carry anything even pen. Then peon took me near interview room and asked me to sit outside till my name was announced. This is the most tense moment of whole process. I was sitting there on the bench on a cold January morning going  to face my biggest challenge. The cold seemed usually high , though I was in suit I couldn’t control shivering. I was looking in the garden in the courtyard. The flowers were beautiful and a squirrel was doing something. I forget that I was about to be called. Within few minutes I was instructed to go inside the room.

As I entered the room I wished all of them . Then I was asked to take my seat. The chairman started the interview and the other members asked at their turn.
Chairman-
1.Why did u leave ur pevious job?
Ans-Sir I left the job to prepare exclusive for IES with full dedication.in 2012 I was not qualified to write IES so left job in 2013 and gave my best attempt.
2.What did u learn there and How will u apply that in IES?
Ans- Sir i learnt how things are done in an organization. I worked on foundation designing software.I also learnt about leadership skills from my seniors , how he managed so many people.I will have the experience of working in MNC which i will use in IES ,especially the work culture.

Member1
1.Which softwares used while working?

2.What are limitation of using softwares?
3.What is validation of software?
4.Name different software used in civil engg

Member2
1.So u are from Bihar,Why are there floods frequent?
2.What is the cause of flood
3.Tell me about recent flood in Bihar(i told him about kosi flood in bihar in 2008,and how it happened)
4.How will u prevent floods?( i told about structural and non structural measure of mitigating flood damage,)
5.Who does flood forecasting in India?

Member3.

1.What are various forces acting on onshore platform.?
2.What is the effect of sea water on steel?
3.Difference between Tsunami and earthquake?

Chairman
So u play flute, Name world famous flute player?
Ans-Sir he is Hari Prasad Charausia ,

OK u can leave now…..:)

I was pretty confident that my interview had gone well but sadly marks didn’t reflect the same. I got only 116 out of 200.