Myths about IAS Interview / Personality Test of Civil Services Examination

There are several myths with respect to IAS Interview. Especially with social media and whatsapp, we often see many myths of IAS Interview being propagated. Here we clarify and bust some myths. Do I need to have work experience to get good marks in the Civil Services Interview / Personality Test? No. Absolutely not. In… Continue reading Myths about IAS Interview / Personality Test of Civil Services Examination

Mains 2020 – Answer Writing + Suggestions for The Last Week

We have reached the part of our Mains preparation where we just want to write the exam any moment now. The last week before the Mains is particularly jittery – if you are writing your first Mains. And if it is your third Mains or more, and you have set in “this too shall pass”… Continue reading Mains 2020 – Answer Writing + Suggestions for The Last Week

A month to Prelims – Making the most of last 40 days

We have reached the point in our Prelims preparation which we call the “last leg.” This part of your life is called sustaining the hard work. This is also the point that a lot of people feel like giving up. Just like that. Putting the hard work of a year down the drain. We are… Continue reading A month to Prelims – Making the most of last 40 days

The Inspiring Story of Himanshu Gupta – Rank 27, Philosophy Optional, 1st Mains + Interview

I first met Himanshu sometime at 8AM when he was writing SFG Tests early in the morning. I saw him again at Forum Essay classes and then again at GS 4 classes, smiling – sitting in the front rows. He always smiled, no matter what. ( He and Reecha Ratnam- the Hindi Medium Topper this… Continue reading The Inspiring Story of Himanshu Gupta – Rank 27, Philosophy Optional, 1st Mains + Interview

60 Days – Prelims Preparation in times of Corona

Picture (c) Osnat Tzadok We are living at a pivotal point in human history. Times like these are testing times. It reminds me of a close friend, a senior, mentor and a guide to me.  About a decade ago. She always wanted to be an Indian Foreign Service Officer. It was her childhood dream. That… Continue reading 60 Days – Prelims Preparation in times of Corona

The Secret Ingredient to Last 30 days of Prelims + Winning the ENDGAME

Charles Dickens famously wrote – It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The run-up to the Prelims perhaps can be best described as above.[1] Being 30 days away from Prelims is like being at the edge of the cliff. You are afraid of the fall, and yet you have to… Continue reading The Secret Ingredient to Last 30 days of Prelims + Winning the ENDGAME

[Strategy] The Post Mains Agenda – Preparation for Interview & Ahead

There are two tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want. The other is – getting it. In a few weeks from now, it is expected that the Civil Services Mains 2018 results will be declared. And the outcomes, unlike most things in life – are going to be in binary. You will… Continue reading [Strategy] The Post Mains Agenda – Preparation for Interview & Ahead

The Last Miles to Mains – Making the most of your time

Darius, the Persian Emperor, fallen to the Greeks, and in his death bed, tells his son Xerxes. “Only the Gods can defeat the Greeks.” For days Xerxes mourned until one day, Artmesia[1]  tells Xerxes Your fathers words were not a warning, but a challenge.If only the Gods can defeat the Greeks, you could be God… Continue reading The Last Miles to Mains – Making the most of your time

For those who did not make it to Mains – An Open Letter by Lady Officer

Poonam Dahiya, now serving in the Indian Revenue Service, and formerly as DSP with Haryana Police, has shared a letter she wrote to her friends , after Mains. Its an old letter, but worth reading. Click here to read it Also read an Article co-authored by Neyawn and Himanshu Jain , AIR 44. Click to… Continue reading For those who did not make it to Mains – An Open Letter by Lady Officer

The Last Minute Plan to Ace Mains ( And Motivate Yourself )

It is one of those 2 AM emails you badly want to write. For friends. Who are slogging each night. To ace the Civil Services Mains Examination with such a margin in the Mains score, that cracking the interview is a child’s play. As we walk into the exam zone, a territory which may not… Continue reading The Last Minute Plan to Ace Mains ( And Motivate Yourself )

[Strategy and Motivation] How I scored 479 in GS Mains and 299 in Public Administration? UPSC IAS Topper Rank 9 Detailed GS and Public Administration Strategy : UPSC IAS Topper Suman Sourav Mohanty, Odia guy, Rank – 9, CSE – 2016

IAS TOPPER’S STRATEGY Suman Sourav Mohanty Rank – 9, CSE – 2016 Background Suman Sourav Mohanty Bhubaneswar B.tech : Mechanical Engineering, KIIT university Attempt: 4th, Public Administration Optional Work experience: Reliance industries 4 yrs, Consultant state government of Odisha urban governance, Odisha administrative service dy collector, Indian Revenue Service: Customs, Central Excise. Introduction Sometimes you… Continue reading [Strategy and Motivation] How I scored 479 in GS Mains and 299 in Public Administration? UPSC IAS Topper Rank 9 Detailed GS and Public Administration Strategy : UPSC IAS Topper Suman Sourav Mohanty, Odia guy, Rank – 9, CSE – 2016

The Two Months to Mains – Planning Days Ahead

Its the end of August. And the beginning of September. The time of the year, when you are caught between the heat of summer, the wet of the monsoons, and the chill of the winter. ( Its coming ). It feels much like the adolescence – the unknown vacuum between childhood, and adulthood, being neither,… Continue reading The Two Months to Mains – Planning Days Ahead

Gearing up after the Prelims – Winning the CSE battle + Preparing ahead

Alright. The pity party over the Prelims has to end. Someone has to say it. So let me be the fallguy. So, here is the first. The Prelims was tougher than last two years. This is the kind of paper they asked in 2010. They do this every five years. From easy Current based papers… Continue reading Gearing up after the Prelims – Winning the CSE battle + Preparing ahead

Inspirational Journey of ForumIAS User Namami Bansal, Rank 17: Motivation and Strategy for UPSC Prelims & Mains

Name: Namami Bansal Roll No: 0950301 Optional Subject: Economics Home town: Rishikesh I prepared for CSE from my hometown. Usually aspirants come to Delhi to prepare for CSE. In my case it was the other way around – I was in Delhi for 5 years (for Eco hons and work with ET), I left job… Continue reading Inspirational Journey of ForumIAS User Namami Bansal, Rank 17: Motivation and Strategy for UPSC Prelims & Mains

Motivation and Strategy: IAS Rank 81 Rajarshi Shah, Jaipur boy, Why he chose IAS?

Four years ago on 30th may, 2013, I ended up on the streets of ORN, DELHI with my friends with the dream and enthusiasm of becoming IAS. I had just graduated from IIT Kanpur in civil engineering and also appeared in 2013 prelims with the hope that I could sail through with the help of… Continue reading Motivation and Strategy: IAS Rank 81 Rajarshi Shah, Jaipur boy, Why he chose IAS?

5 Rules to keep in Mind for Answer Writing for Mains

Dear Friends, We see a lot of enthusiasm in Answer Writing for Mains through the Mains Marathon Initiative. While some of you are writing brilliant answers, I would like to share 5 pointers with you with respect to answer writing practice for Mains through the Mains Marathon. We are sharing these broad pointers with you which we… Continue reading 5 Rules to keep in Mind for Answer Writing for Mains