An Interview with Mr. Salman Shaikh who has been finally selected in Indian Revenue Service (IAS) Exam. He has been ranked 339 in the final merit list.
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?
Salman Shaikh: Prelims is an exam based on elimination as selections are very less compared to the number of students appearing in the exam. But the mains and interview stages are based not on elimination but on selection.
KLA-IAS: How did you make this success possible? Is there any specific strategy which you would recommend for success in this examination?
KLA-IAS: What was your source for inspiration? Whom would you like to give credit for your success?
Salman Shaikh: My background is the source of my inspiration. From my area, I am the first graduate since independence and my family belongs to agricultural background. Life there is very difficult which is a source of motivation for me. Hard work of my mother and father also inspires me.
KLA-IAS: Did you intergrate the length GS syllabus for prelims &Mains preparation together or you prepared it separately?
KLA-IAS: How relevant are the newspapers reading for this examination and how did you try to link it with your GS preparation?
Salman Shaikh: We have to cover current affairs from newspaper rather than just reading it. I was not able to read newspaper consistently. I used monthly magazines to cover my current affairs. For interview, I followed two newspapers i.e. The Hindu and Indian Express.
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?
Salman Shaikh: Previous year question papers and syllabus are the keys to know what to read and what not to read.
KLA-IAS: What was your optional subject? What was in your mind while selecting the optional subject?
KLA-IAS: What was your answer writing style? Was it a paragraph format or bulleted point format?
Salman Shaikh: Practice makes the man perfect and answer writing is a skill, so more you practice, your skill will be more polished. I used Vision IAS sectioned papers for Mains. I used to practice 4-5 questions daily that helped me a lot. I gave test series for Mains, GS, essay and optional paper. I also used to write voluntary tests like I have written previous 5 years mains paper for my optional.
KLA-IAS: How did you manage to stick to the 200 words limit while writing the answer?
Salman Shaikh: There are some steps to write your answer qualitatively:
KLA-IAS: Did you undertake any test series? Do you think these test series are helpful in preparing for this exam?
Salman Shaikh: Test series teach you a lot, it covers your syllabus. It teaches you about structure of your answer, how to start your answer, body, how to use diagrams and suggest measures or way forward for a particular topic. I undertook many test series for prelims and mains.
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding practicing previous year question papers?
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?
Salman Shaikh: I have already discussed that solved paper by Kiran publication is really important for aspirants if they want to understand the pattern along with answer. There is no way forward to it.
KLA-IAS: What is your advise for future civil service aspirants? How should they keep themselves motivated during the exhaustive and lengthy preparation for this examination?
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