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?
S.Q. Mir : I believe this exam is for selection and we can conclude this from the fact that roughly from 900 to 1000 candidates are selected each year by UPSC, so it’s about the selection.
KLA-IAS: How did you make this success possible? Is there any specific strategy which you would recommend for success in this examination?
S.Q. Mir : It was not completely my effort alone. There was contribution of my parents and friends. I put lot of hard work, dedication and I was very passionate about this exam.
KLA-IAS: What was your source for inspiration? Whom would you like to give credit for your success?
S.Q. Mir : I have come from a background where my parents struggled a lot in educating me, which has been and will always remain an inspiration for me. Along with that my friends constantly guided me. They have been source of strength and constant support throughout my preparation.
KLA-IAS: Did you integrate the lengthy GS syllabus for Prelims & Mains preparation together or you prepared it separately?
S.Q. Mir : My preparation has been an integrated strategy to prepare for Mains and Prelims. Eventually it is the same examination though the stages may be different.
KLA-IAS: How relevant are the newspapers reading for this examination and how did you try to link it with your GS preparation?
S.Q. Mir : Newspaper has a role in framing our opinion about various topics. It has no substitute but it does not mean that you have to follow two newspapers daily because you cannot afford to do that as you have paucity and scarcity of time. Stick to one newspaper and thoroughly check the topics related to Civil Services.
KLA-IAS: Did you adopt any specific strategy for Ethics paper? How did you prepare for case studies in this paper?
S.Q. Mir : Ethics paper gives you the space to express yourself and as far as my strategy is concerned, you need not study so many books even one would suffice. In this exam, you need to be clear with the terms mentioned in the syllabus, compile a set of examples. The purpose of ethics paper is to test candidates ethical dimension and along with his/her aptitude.
KLA-IAS: How did you select the relevant material for the lengthy syllabus?
S.Q. Mir : There is plethora of study material available in the market. In the first place, you must know what you are supposed to read and you should also know from where you should read it. Management of information is very essential for this exam.
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding making notes for preparation?
S.Q. Mir : Personally, it depends upon aspirants’ choice. I prepared notes for my preparation but there are candidates who can retain from books and are comfortable with books only. Note making saves your time during revision period.
KLA-IAS: What was your optional subject? What was in your mind while selecting the optional subject?
S.Q. Mir : My optional subject was Sociology. My background was Management. The criterion that I followed was based on the following:
KLA-IAS: How did you divide time between different GS modules & optional during preparation?
S.Q. Mir : The marks scored in GS modules & optional both are important.
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?
S.Q. Mir : I devoted 9 hours daily for my preparation. It’s not possible to devote 18 or 19 hours for studies daily. It depends upon your grasping power, quality of study rather than duration of time you spend on study table.
KLA-IAS: What was your KLA-IAS writing style? Was it a paragraph format or bulleted point format?
S.Q. Mir : My writing style was a combo, in a sense that I start with the paragraph, then write the body in bullets and then conclude in a paragraph. I used diagrams, figures wherever possible. The idea was to increase to the visibility of things, to make it appealing. The nature of the question and the ability to write decides the criteria.
KLA-IAS: How did you manage to stick to the 200 words limit while writing the KLA-IAS?
S.Q. Mir : The most important is to join a test series and write regular KLA-IASs so in that manner you will be able to get an idea that how long the introduction, body and conclusion should be.
KLA-IAS: Did you undertake any test series? Do you think these test series are helpful in preparing for this exam?
S.Q. Mir : I was preparing from Jamia Millia Islamia, while I was pursuing my Ph.D. They facilitated test series and more so later on I joined Vision IAS test series. One can buy test series available in market or online.
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding practicing previous year question papers?
S.Q. Mir : Previous years’ question papers are absolutely indispensable. While you start preparing for this examination, you need to have certain idea that how to go about it. By looking at past questions, you will get an idea of the level of the question paper and demands of the exam. Syllabus and Previous year question papers gives you perfect guidance to prepare for this exam.
KLA-IAS: How did you manage to maintain your tempo and concentration during preparation period? What you did to avoid usual distractions?
S.Q. Mir : Whenever you are depressed, open yourself to world, talk to people who are close to you. You cannot ignore you are a living being.
KLA-IAS: Did you find internet & online material useful? Which sites would you recommend?
S.Q. Mir : Internet facilitates your preparation. It’s a click away to solve your doubts but I didn’t overwhelmingly depend on internet for my preparation.
KLA-IAS: How important is the preparation for final interview? How did you prepare for it?
S.Q. Mir : Final interview is the crucial stage. I prepared elaborately regarding my details given in Detailed Application Form (DAF). I joined mock interviews in different places.
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?
S.Q. Mir : I would try to assess my performance in previous examination and would see why I lacked behind.
KLA-IAS: What is your opinion regarding various comprehensive magazines and books published by Kiran publications for civil services examination?
S.Q. Mir : The Previous years’ question papers compilation by Kiran Prakashan has a set of solved questions from 1979 to till date. The authenticity of explanation is very high and lucid in form. The magazine by Kiran Prakashan is very precise and concise. One can read it as current affairs notes.
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?
S.Q. Mir :
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