KLA-IAS: There is a general perception among the candidates that this examination is based on a process of elimination and not the selection. Do you agree with this kind of perception after having successfully qualified in this examination?
Nooh Siddiqui: If you look at the number of selections with respect to that of candidates appearing, it appears to be process of elimination but what I say is that there is a method of preparation through which if you are going, definitely you will get selected. For example, if there is one door and you are trying to open it by pushing instead of finding the key, it won’t help. If you find the key, it will be extremely easy to open that door.
KLA-IAS: How did you make this success possible? Is there any specific strategy which you would recommend for success in this examination?
Nooh Siddiqui: Yes, there was strategy. I prepared plan for preparation keeping in mind time management, syllabus (time and approach to be adopted for every subject).
KLA-IAS: What was your source for inspiration? Whom would you like to give credit for your success?
Nooh Siddiqui: In 2011, when I completed my B.Tech, I was looking forward to completing my Masters in Canada. At that time, my father advised me to prepare for Civil Services. He has been constantly there to support me. He also keeps motivating other youngsters in my area to prepare for Civil services.
KLA-IAS: Did you intergrate the length GS syllabus for prelims &Mains preparation together or you prepared them separately?
KLA-IAS: How relevant is the newspapers reading for this examination and how did you try to link it with your GS preparation?
Nooh Siddiqui: I used to read ‘the Hindu’ initially but later on I switched over to the ‘Indian Express’. In my last attempt, I used online resources as well. Newspaper is very important and integral in preparation asIt enhances information regarding current eventsAll the major issues of the Mains paper are covered
For interview except your Detailed Application Form (DAF), all the topics are from newspapers
KLA-IAS: Did you adopt any specific strategy for Ethics paper? How did you prepare for case studies in this paper?
KLA-IAS: How did you select the relevant material for the lengthy syllabus?
Nooh Siddiqui: You need to smart work by chalking out time for different subjects. You need to be selective while studying, follow only a few selected sources. You can use technology; prepare concise notes so that you can revise them during exam time.
KLA-IAS:: How did you divide time between different GS modules & optional during preparation?
KLA-IAS: What was your optional subject? What was in your mind while selecting the optional subject?
Nooh Siddiqui: To select optional, things that matter are
Availability of material
Your ability to express and score in that subject.
KLA-IAS: How many hours did you study on daily basis? In your opinion how much time does an average candidate require to prepare for this exam?
Nooh Siddiqui: I used to study atleast for 10 hours daily. During examination time, it went upto 18 hours. For an average candidate 8-10 hours for atleast 1 year is required.
KLA-IAS: What was your answer writing style? Was it a paragraph format or bulleted point format?
KLA-IAS: How did you manage to stick to the 200 word limit while writing the answer?
Nooh Siddiqui: My approach was only focused on satisfaction rather than on word limit. I did lot of answer writing practice. What UPSC says that if you stick to 150 or 250 word limit, you will be able to complete your paper but if you have enough speed and content, you can exceed the word limit to satisfy the demand of the question.
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding making notes for preparation?
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding practicing previous year question papers?
KLA-IAS: How did you manage to maintain your tempo and concentration during preparation period? What you did to avoid usual distractions?
KLA-IAS: Did you find internet & online material useful? Which sites would you recommend?
KLA-IAS: How important is the preparation for final interview? How did you prepare for it?
KLA-IAS: On the basis of your preparation for the previous civil services examination, what modification you would be making in your strategy in case you decide to appear for the examination one more time?
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding various comprehensive magazines and books published by Kiran publications for Civil Services examination?
KLA-IAS: What is your advice for future Civil Service aspirants? How should they keep themselves motivated during the exhaustive and lengthy preparation for this examination?
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