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TOPPER’S STRATEGY: Rohan Botre, Rank – 187, UPSC Civil Services Exam – 2015

UPSC Past papers by Exam Yatra - September 19, 2018

Rohan Botre

Rank – 187, CSE – 2015

 

Educational qualifications

  1. Masters of sciences (MS) Civil engineering—Purdue University, USA
  1. Bachelors of Engineering— Pune university, India

When I was in 10th standard I came across a documentary related to the IAS training academy at Mussoorie. I was inspired by that documentary and later tried to explore more information about the services like IAS and IPS. I was very much influenced by the work done by some renowned IAS and IPS officer , that I decided to study for this exam i,e UPSC

I was in the United states for a masters in civil engineering program at the famous Purdue University in the state of indiana. Being from a educational background (both parents are professors in pune) , I had decided to first complete my education with a MS degree. Even when I was in USA, I always kept this at the back of my mind that I have to go back to india after the MS program gets completed and start my ups preparation.During my stay abroad I constantly read articles from THE HINDU AND INDIAN EXPRESS.

I started my UPSC preparation In 2012. I selected Public administration and Sociology as my optional subjects. Before 2013 prelims there were two optional subjects. But in 2013 attempt I dropped sociology and selected Public administration as my optional.

Pelims:

This is the most crucial part of the process. Due to heavy competition prelim has become a cause of concern. I suggest you to complete as much as syllabus as possible for prelims… here are the sources:

  1. Spectrum: HIstory
  1. NCERT for ancient and medieval history (do not neglect this part)
  1. CCRT plus Art NCERT (very important for mains also)
  1. GC leong, 11th and 12th NCERT for geography
  1. Shankar IAS material for Envo
  1. Ramesh singh for economy.
  1. Laxmikant for polity
  1. Insights website for current happening through which you could solve many question related to IR, international organizations, polity etc.
  1. CSAT — any local class material (only 66 marks are needed now)

Read these sources thoroughly and completely..

Optional:

I never took any classes for optional. My mother, being a professor of political science taught me this optional. Most important thing i would suggest aspirants is to focus on answer writing and notes making in public administration. This attempt i was able to score 226 (110 + 116) in

  1. I made extensive notes from various books like
  1. Stephen Robbins
  1. Mohit Bhattacharya
  1. Fadia
  1. IIPA journals
  1. ARC reports.
  1. Rajni Goyal.
  1. If possible Punchi commission report.

    My Marks:

    Essay  – 129

    GS 1  – 106

    GS 2 –  82

    GS 3 – 100

    GS 4  – 113

    Pub Ad 1.  – 110

    Pub Ad 2.  –  116

    Interview 154

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Comments

Suresh Sharma - 25 Nov 2018

very nice

Rajesh - 13 Jan 2019

thanks

Mahesh - 25 Nov 2018

good

Rajesh - 13 Jan 2019

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Administrator - 15 Jan 2019

WELCOME

Rajesh - 13 Jan 2019

thanks

Rajesh - 13 Jan 2019

thanks

Administrator - 15 Jan 2019

WELCOME