An Inspiration For Many
Interview with Prashant Yadav selected in CGLE Exam in 2016, markedly in his first attempt. Prashant Yadav, son of Jai Prakash Yadav has a glorious past behind. He believes in doing and performing work without bothering for the result. A routined, regular and consistent work has been his mantra of success. Immediately after completing his engineering B.Tech (Electrical) from DTU, he appeared at the CGLE and cleared the exam in 2016 in his first attempt. Kiran Prakashan spoke to Prashant Yadav to know about the secret of his success. It may be stated here and as it became evident from the interview of Prashant Yadav that every successful candidate has some unique strategy that may not be replicable. In other words, while hard and consistent work may be the common theme in all success stories, how the hard work is performed and what strategies are adopted may differ from one student to the other. After the successful CGLE result, Prashant was selected for the post of Accountant in CGA and others. Currently, he is posted in the Ministry of Communication & IT, Department of Post, Postal Accounts Office, Lucknow.
The Interview begins :
Here, K.P. Kiran Prakashan
PY : Prashant Yadav
K.P. : Congratulations on your grand success.
PY : Thanks Please.
K.P: Tell us something about your educational background. Where did you complete your schooling from and which college did you study in?
PY: I completed my class 12 from Titiksha Public School, Rohini, Delhi and thereafter I joined DTU and completed my B.Tech in electrical engineering from there.
K.P: DTU entrance exam is very tough. How did you prepare for it?
PY: I purchased a guide and practiced it thoroughly.
K.P: How much time did you devote to preparation?
PY: I studied regularly for my class XII board exam and included DTU exam preparation within it. As you know there is much common between class XII board and the engineering exams. In addition, since the nature of questions differs in the two exams, I focused on practicing exercises for the DTU exam. I devoted additional time to DTU preparation alongside.
K.P: After completing your B.Tech, why did you choose to appear for CGL exam? There are high paying opportunities for students of DTU through campus interview?
PY: Yes, multinational companies come for campus recruitment and I had several offers but I wanted to join the government sector.
K.P: Any specific reason for joining the government sector?
PY: The pay may not be comparatively as high in the government sector but it is good enough after the last pay revision. Moreover, there is job satisfaction in the government sector. The other perks are also good and you have the satisfaction of serving for the nation.
K.P: It is generally noticed that parents want their children to join this or that specific profession. What did your parents expect from you? Where do they want to see you in life ?
PY: My parents do not have any specific expectation from me. They only want to see me happy. My satisfaction is their satisfaction. They never asked me that you should join engineering or some other professions like IAS etc. They only told me to do whatever I want to do. This was something encouraging and inspiring and this gave me the freedom to pursue whatever I want to do.
K.P: Did you take any coaching for CGLE?
PY: I took only Maths coaching.
K.P: Do you think coaching is necessary for this exam?
PY: I don’t think coaching is necessary for this exam but it also depends on the individual student whether to go for coaching or not. If a student is weak in some area then coaching is advisable.
K.P: Were you expecting success in this exam?
P.Y: No, I wasn’t expecting success. This was my first attempt. I gave the exam and was satisfied with it but was not thinking of success or failure as I had no idea how difficult or easy is this exam.
K.P: What has been your strategy of preparation? Do you study alone or you prefer to study in a group?
P.Y: I study alone.
K.P: Do you think group study is useful ?
P.Y: I think, it should be a combination of the two. Group study is useful when you can ask and get answers of objective type questions, but I think individual study is also important.
K.P: How much time did you devote each day for this exam?
P.Y: I devoted 2 to 3 hours for maths coaching and 8 to 9 hours for revision.
K.P: What was your preparation strategy?
P.Y: I did mock tests extensively. It helps to practice as much as you can. After doing the tests, I would note the incorrect answers and revise them thoroughly.
K.P: What books and magazines did you study for this exam?
P.Y: I did not study any specific book or magazine for this exam?
K.P: Do you regularly read any newspaper or any magazine?
P.Y: I do not read any magazine. I only read a newspaper.
K.P: Which newspaper?
P.Y: The Hindu
K.P: What success tips do you want to share with the candidates?
P.Y: The candidates should practice mock papers extensively. They should revise as much as possible.
K.P: You qualified in this exam in your first attempt. What advice would you want to give to the students who have not achieved the success?
P.Y: I would want to tell them not to feel demoralized. It is not something that is impossible. They should keep practicing. With regular practice, it is not difficult to achieve success. The second advice I want to give them is that they should not fill the form of only one exam. They should apply for all other exams like banking, LIC, police, CRPF etc., because the nature of questions is more or less similar in all these exams.
K.P: What inspired you to achieve success in this exam? Whom would you give credit for success in this exam?
P.Y: I want to give credit to my friend Robin. He is my senior and he achieved success one year before me. That is how I came to know about this exam and I also wanted to be successful like him.
K.P: What tips did Robin give you for this exam?
P.Y: I did not have the opportunity to spend much time with Robin. He is now posted in Bangalore and I didn’t have the opportunity to meet him after he went to Bangalore.
K.P: What is your future plan? What would you want to do next?
P.Y: I have not thought about Civil Services Exam seriously. Right now I am posted in Lucknow. If I get posted in Delhi, I will perhaps try for Civil Services Exam.
K.P: Why do you need Delhi posting to prepare and appear for the Civil Services Exam?
P.Y: I have no idea on the nature of exam and the other details of this exam. Delhi is the place where there are good coaching institutes and students who take Civil Services Exam seriously. Once I am in Delhi, I will have the right environment for the preparation of this exam.
K.P: Do you mean to say those students who are not in Delhi are at a disadvantage for Civil Services Exam?
P.Y: I don’t mean to say that students outside of Delhi are at a disadvantage in context of Civil Services exam. I am only saying that I still have time for the Civil Services Exam and I may get Delhi as my next posting, so I will think about it at that time.
K.P: Are you satisfied with your current job?
P.Y: Yes, I am quite satisfied and I am enjoying my current job.
K.P: In what way do you find your current job satisfying?
P.Y: There is no workload and hence. I get time for myself.
K.P: What are the important factors in success in any exam?
P.Y: The most important factor is to understand the nature of exam and the level of difficulty. For this you need to see the previous years’ questions and understand its pattern well. If you do not have to study anything new, then you need to practice as much as you can. You can solve mock tests on a regular and daily basis. After doing the test you should take time to evaluate and note the mistakes you have made so that you do not make similar mistakes next time. The next most important factor in success is the parental support. With parental support you have the confidence in whatever you are doing.
K.P: What is your expectation from your career and what is your goal?
P.Y: I want to lead a peaceful and happy life. I am not over-ambitious. If there is no peace and happiness in life because you have high ambitions, then I do not want this kind of life. I want to lead a stable and balanced life. Work-life balance is very important for an individual’s growth and happiness. I want to have time for myself and I think my current job offers me all these things.
K.P. : Thanks Mr. Prashant for sharing your experience with aspirants.
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