APSC ACS – 57th Rank Dr. Puja Punam Gogoi Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA
Name Dr. Puja Punam Gogoi

Dr. Puja Punam Gogoi
Dr. Puja Punam Gogoi
Age (at the time of clearing) 29
Year of Clearing 2016
Post ACS
Rank 57
Total no of Attempts 2
Optional for Prelims INDIAN HISTORY
Optionals for Mains HISTORY,EDUCATION
Medium of Exam ENGLISH
Other exams success/failure NONE
Service Preference APSC ACS,ALRS,ARCS,ST,Labour officer,APS,Inspector of Tax,Labour Inspector…….

2. Educational background

 

Class 10 %, Year, School 80%,2005,Christ Jyoti School,Nagaon
Class 12%, Year, Institution 61%,2007,Nowgong College
Degree %, Year, College 62%,Govt Ayurvedic College and Hospital,Jalukbari
Post-Graduation  
Hobbies Reading,Writing(Poetries and Short stories)
Job Experience 1.Worked as a Resident Medical Officer at Sunvalley Hospital,Guwahati

2.Working as a Medical Officer (Ayur) under NHM ASSAM.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thank you so much.I am Dr.Puja Punam Gogoi,a graduate in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery , currently working as a Medical Officer (Ayur) at Dhing BPHC,Nagaon.This was my second attempt(first serious attempt) and am happy to have been selected for the Assam Civil Services(ACS).Speaking of my family ,we are a  family of three members ,my mother who is a home-maker,my younger brother who is pursuing his LLB and me.My father who was an Accounts Officer under Government of Assam passed away in 2014.

Joining the Civil Services has been a childhood dream(the DC residence in Nagaon being the first attraction) though I never talked to my parents about it till my second year of graduation.Once I did,though my mother was a bit skeptical in the beginning and wanted me to pursue higher studies  ,my father completely supported my decision and asked me to prepare for ACS examinations after my Graduations.At that time I had a vague idea of the services which with time became clearer and my passion for the services grew every single day.Also ,the limitations I come across at times in serving people while working as a doctor pushed me more to work really hard to have a better platform for doing what I really want to do .

 

 

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans. I started my serious preparations since May 2016.

 

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: I think it varies from person to person . But in general, one year should be enough .

 

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: For Prelims I studied for 2 to 3 hours a day till notifications were out(which was somewhere around January,2017).After notifications were out till one month for the exams I studied for around 5-6 hours daily and the last one month I devoted not less than 8 hours a day.

For Mains : I started preparing for Mains after two months of Prelims though I knew that I was going to crack the Prelims. So, to compensate the lost time I had to work really hard.Inspite of duty I maintained a daily study hour of not less than 9-10 hours since mid-september and it went on increasing as the exams approached with 15-16 hours  in the last 20 days.

 

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: I don’t think its necessary as I managed without coaching.

 

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans: For Prelims there was no strategy as such.I tried to have a proper base in the beginning and studied all the subjects thoroughly.And then repeated revision was the key.

 

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: As a student of Ayurveda I have always been fascinated  by our past and it was this interest in history which made me choose it as an optional.

 

  1. Book List for Prelims GS
History Ancient India:India’s Ancient Past by R.S Sharma

Medieval:Satish Chandra

Modern:Bipan Chandra

Polity Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
Geography Certificate Physical and Human Geography by G.C Leong
Economy Ramesh Singh
Science Did not study
Assam Related Assam Year Book, Priyam Goswami
Maths Did not do
Reasoning Did not do
Current Affairs Newspaper(The Assam Tribune ) and Internet

 

  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional
INDIAN HISTORY Ancient: R.S SHARMA
  Medieval: SATISH CHANDRA
  MODERN: BIPAN CHANDRA
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans: I don’t think language to be a barrier though basic knowledge of English is necessary.

For Prelims I studied from the Assam Year Book and also gave a reading of Priyam Goswami’s Assam History.I religiously followed The Assam Tribune which did help me immensely in the Mains.

 

MAINS

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: Right after Prelims I was in a state of panic and depression(if I may say so) seeing the syllabus of Mains and I decided not to take the Exams. It was after two months that I realized  that I couldn’t give up on my dreams come what may.The first thing I did was I took out the syllabus ,had an idea of the questions asked in the previous years and started preparing notes for every topic mentioned in the syllabus and kept on revising at frequent intervals. I gave more stress on the Optionals as there was 800 marks allotted to the two Optionals together. For G.S I made sure I did not miss out on any static topic mentioned in the syllabus.For the dynamic part I followed the newspapers.

There was no strategy as such in applying the order of preference.It was just that I wanted to make it to the list.

 

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: I did take an idea of what questions could be asked on a particular topic and made notes accordingly.

 

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: No.I did not have time for practicing answer writing .

 

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Time management is very important in Mains Examinations considering the pattern of the Questions.The strategy for me was to simply keep writing without a pause.Having never attempted 300 marks in 3 hours before I somehow managed to complete the  G.S paper and the last three answers were indeed not satisfactory because of lack of time. However for the other papers I got extra careful and by God’s grace managed to complete all of them properly on or before time.

Optionals should be chosen in accordance with one’s interest .

Repeated Revision was the key from the very beginning. I kept revising everything I used to study at frequent intervals.And in the last 20 days  I had stopped studying anything new.It was all about revisions and more revisions.

 

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I attempted all .

 

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: I never really prepared for General English as I could not manage time for it.It was just the day before the Exam that I went through the previous years’ grammar portions.

 

  1. Booklist for Mains GS
History Same with Prelims + Modern India by Rajiv Ahir(Spectrum Publications)
Polity Same with Prelims
Geography Same with Prelims
Economy Same with Prelims
Science Did not study
Assam Related Same with Prelims + parts from Edward Gait
Current Affairs Same with Prelims

 

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1

 

Indian History Same with G.S
World History K.L Khurana and Internet
   
   
   
   
   

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2
EDUCATION  
PAPER 1 PART 1 Foundation of Education by Phunu Das
                PART 2 Educational Psychology by Dr.Sunita Agarwala
PAPER 2 Development of Education In India by Dr.Sunita Agarwala
   
   
   

 

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans:  I Revised all that I had studied for Mains .Read newspapers (The Assam Tribune and The Hindu) giving more emphasis on editorials .

 

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans: Muga Mekhela and Eri-Muga Sador.

 

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: My board was of the APSC chairman himself,Deepak Sharma sir and the other members were Hazoary Sir and Krishna Gohain ma’am.The duration was 15-20 mins.

 

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans: Right after introduction the first question Deepak Sharma sir asked was the meaning of my name.Then there were questions on Ayurveda and very surprisingly he had a very good knowledge of Ayurveda.Then he asked me the reason I wanted to be an ACS Officer.I answered and there were counter questions which I feel I answered satisfactorily.Then Krishna Gohain ma’am asked me the reasons I am proud to be a girl from Nagaon and from Assam. Deepak Sharma sir again went back to my professional background and asked me names of Ayurvedic medicines prescribed by allopathic doctors. I named a few and he told me that they were the products of the same company and asked me to name products by other companies.I was indeed pleasantly surprised by his knowledge of Ayurveda.Then I was  asked to name two teachers from my School(Christ Jyoti).I instantly replied and immediately I was asked to name 4 classmates from the first standard though on taking the first name itself he stopped me asked for her phone number which I said I did not remember .The next question was  on my role model .My answer was A.P.J Abdul Kalam and there were counter questions as to why ,what lessons do you take from his life and the last one being an important program under him.My answer was Pokhran II and I could feel he was happy.He then asked me why they ‘must’ select me for ACS as my prefence of service was ACS.I don’t know how far my answer convinced them but the next question was for how many times I have sat for APSC.I told them that this is my second attempt and in the first attempt I did not even clear Prelims.To this Deepak Sharma sir responded with a smile and said, “ so this time you have cleared both together” and Hazoary sir added that this time I must have worked hard. The last and the only question from Hazoary sir was on the basics of Ayurveda.He asked me to explain the concept of Vata,Pitta and Kapha.I did and he seemed convinced and the interview came to an end.All I Can say about the interview is that it is and will remain an experience of a life time.

 

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: During preparations I did not think much about success .All I wanted to do was to complete the syllabus and keep revising.

Yes, I was stressed at times. I did talk to my  mother whenever I was stressed.She was very sure of my success and always maintained that I will do extremely well and that altogether boosted my confidence to a different level.I also used to talk to my friend Dr.Dipankar Nath,ACS 2017 Batch who  showed immense faith in me and  guided  me  to stay positive all through.

 

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans: As I have mentioned earlier, I am a working medical professional.

 

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: There was no back up plan . I would have definitely continued with my current job. But my passion for the services is such that I would have taken the exams again and again till I succeeded.

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: Yes, being in a job and not having enough time for preparations was always a hurdle.Other than that nothing really mattered.I have always believed that problems ,be in any form , are integral part of everyone’s life and success lies in handling them patiently and overcoming them.

 

  1. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans: My family has always been very supportive.My mother constantly encouraged me to keep working hard and tried to keep me away from all forms of negativity around.She undoubtedly is the biggest support system I have and unquestionably the most important person behind my success.My brother was so concerned about my preparations and about not disturbing me that not even a single day during my preparations for the Mains  he switched on the Television .Talking of friends ,I feel blessed to have been surrounded by four great friends (the only people I was in touch with other than my family during my preparations for Mains);Punam Gogoi,ACS Rank 10(my best friend), Dr. Anup Jyoti Bora,APS Rank1 and Hemanta Das da(my partners of preparations)  and Dr.Dipankar Nath.I must also mention my friend Dr.Sabina Akhtabun Hoque who helped me revise the Ayurvedic part for interview.I am grateful to each one of them for always being  there whenever I needed them.The journey wouldn’t have been this amazing without them.Also ,I am thankful to friends and family who understood my reasons of not being social or not keeping in contact with them all this while and have always wished well for me .

 

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Dos: Believe in the process and keep working hard.

Don’ts: Don’t belive in any rumour about the Exams and everything is a rumour unless it appears on the APSC website.

 

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: APSC Exams is indeed the most competitive exam in the state and rightly so as it recruits the officials for the most important Offices of the Sate Government.It tests not only your knowledge, writing skills or your general awareness but also your patience and perseverance ,your decision making abilities together with your capacities of handling stressful situations.

 

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: The first thing I would like to say is, be sure of what you are doing and why .Have faith in the Almighty.Believe in yourselves and go for intelligent and smart hardwork as demanded by the Exams.The journey ahead is beautiful and not to forget ‘ it’s the JOURNEY that matters more than the results’.

APSC ACS – 51st Rank Bibhash Pathak Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA
Name Bibhash Pathak

Bibhash Pathak
Bibhash Pathak
Age (at the time of clearing) 24
Year of Clearing 2018
Post ACS
Rank 51
Total no of Attempts 1
Optional for Prelims Geography
Optionals for Mains Political Science & Education
Medium of Exam English
Other exams success/failure Attempted UPSC
Service Preference APSC ACS, ALRS, APS, ARCS……
  1. Educational background
Class 10 %, Year, School 92.5 %   (2010)  Disney Land School
Class 12%, Year, Institution 93.6 %   (2012)  Army Public School
Degree %, Year, College 76 %      (2016)  NIT Silchar
Post-Graduation None
Hobbies Quizzing, Playing & Watching football
Job Experience None
  1. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans:  Thank you so much.

Hello everyone. I am Bibhash Pathak from Guwahati. I have done my matriculation from Disneyland High School, Guwahati and then completed my 12th from Army Public School, Narangi and my graduation from NIT Silchar. I come from a nuclear family consisting of my father, mother & sister. My father is a retd Govt. employee. My mother is a homemaker and my sister is a banker.

In the year 2010 when I was in class 10, my father exposed me to the spectrum of Civil Services. Later during engineering, I got to know the details of this service. I got to realise how a civil servant can bring about positive impact in the society. This is how I grew an affinity towards Civil Service as a career.

 

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans: I started my preparation for APSC from late 2016.

 

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: With comprehensive study & smart work, I think one year is a good amount of time for this exam.

 

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: I devoted around 5-6 hours a day.

 

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: It is not necessary. However I did coaching & gave few mocks before actual exams.

 

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans:  For Prelims, I did objective-oriented study. I tried to cover the syllabus. The USP of my Prelims preparation was solving a lot of MCQs.

 

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: It was a pragmatic choice.

  1. Book List for Prelims GS
History NCERT
Polity Laxmikanth
Geography NCERT , Majid Hussain
Economy Sanjiv Verma
Science None
Assam Related Assam Year Book
Maths None
Reasoning None
Current Affairs Assam Tribune, Internet Sources.

 

  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional
NCERT  
Majid Hussain  
   
   
   
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans: Language can never be a barrier in the preparation. However there may be bottlenecks as some materials are not available in Assamese.

For the Assam and North- East, I followed Assam Year Book & The Assam Tribune.

 

MAINS

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans:  For mains, I followed the syllabus and studied it meticulously. I also went through the previous year papers & gave mocks too.

I followed the conventional order of preferences.

 

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: I made notes only for Political Science.

 

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes, I did.

 

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Competition Care Mains Test Series was very beneficial. Mock was the only strategy I applied for time management. I chose Political Science as its Polity section overlapped with G.S paper. I made few notes of Political Science and revised them before exam. I just went through the current affairs which I collected from the Internet.

 

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I attempted around 290 in GS and attempted all in Optionals.

 

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: I prepared grammar from Wren and Martin English book and practiced previous years papers. I also referred to an Essay book to go through few essays.

 

  1. Booklist for Mains GS
History Same as Prelims
Polity -do-
Geography -do-
Economy -do-
Science -do-
Assam Related -do-
Current Affairs -do-

 

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1

 

Political Science O.P Gauba, Subhra Ranjan notes, Laxmikanth, Chandra Prakash book.
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2
Education Sunita Agarwal, Lakshyahira Das
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans:   I prepared my Bio-Data well. I brushed up my optionals and kept myself updated to  current affairs. I gave mock interviews in Competition Care & another institute.

 

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans:  I wore a white shirt, blue neck-tie, dark blue pants and black formal shoes for the interview.

 

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: My Board was chaired by Prafulla Hazoari Sir, Ajanta Nath and another person I don’t recognise. The interview was around 20-25 mins.

 

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans:   1. MPs and MLAs of few constituencies and Silchar too.

  1. Questions arising out of my place & college.
  2. Smart City.
  3. Questions from BTAD areas.
  4. Recent judgements from SC.
  5. Few questions from Optionals.
  6. Contribution of Assamese people in Freedom Struggle.
  7. Why Civil Service ?

 

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: I used to get nervous and demotivated at times. But I got beautiful support from my family members and my significant other. Also I used to talk to my friends. I used to manage my stress by listening to Zubeen Daa’s songs and watching football matches in TV. I would also like to mention about Anshuman Gogoi Sir who really motivated me through his talks.

 

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans: Full Time.

 

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: No career back up plan. Gave all my time & efforts to this exam.

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: Fortunately I did not face such obstacles.

 

  1. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans: As mentioned above, My family & significant other played an important role. They stood like stanchions. Also my friends motivated me whenever I used to call/meet them.

 

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Do : Work  hard + smart , Stay positive.

 

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: This exam demands your dedication & patience. GS paper demands your writing speed too as the paper is lengthy. Overall I had a great experience in this exam as I learnt many things during this journey.

 

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans:  “ If you want to shine like a sun, First burn like a sun.”—APJ Abdul Kalam

Be passionate. Work hard + smart. Follow the syllabus & study accordingly. All the best to all future aspirants.

APSC ACS – 21st Rank Afreen Hussain Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA
Name Afreen Hussain

Afteen Hussain
Afteen Hussain

 

Age (at the time of clearing) 25
Year of Clearing 2018
Post ACS
Rank 21
Total no of Attempts 2
Optional for Prelims Political science
Optionals for Mains Political science, Education
Medium of Exam English
Other exams success/failure None
Service Preference APSC ACS, ALRS, APS, and so on.

 

  1. Educational background
Class 10 %, Year, School 75%, 2008, St Mary’s high school
Class 12%, Year, Institution 92%, 2010, Maria’s Public School
Degree %, Year, College 62%, 2013, Miranda House, DU
Post-Graduation 69%, TISS-G
Hobbies Martial arts, reading, creative writing.
Job Experience  None
  1. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thank you! It does feel good to finally taste the fruit of my efforts. My grandfather and father were in the civil services and both served as a joint inspiration. What attracted me about the service is the institutional backup that will help translate good ideas into reality. I ardently believe that I have fresh notions which can help make the lives of people easier.

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

November 2017.

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: I think it depends on the individual person.

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: 3-4 hours initially. And 5- 6 hours later.

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: Not at all. As long as you knokw how and what to study and how to structure your answers.

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans: I’m a compulsive reader but I did not prepare specifically for the prelims. I solved MCQ’s a week before the exam.

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: Political science is a core subject and the obvious choice.

  1. Book List for Prelims GS
History Spectrum, NCERT history texts.
Polity Laxmikant, class notes from college
Geography NCERT 11 and 12th texts
Economy Did not prepare.
Science  Did not prepare.
Assam Related  Class notes from Masters, Assam year book.
Maths  Did not prepare
Reasoning Did not prepare
Current Affairs Read newspapers regularly.
  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional
 Political science Class notes
  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans: Language wasn’t a barrier for me. I relied on basic GK booklets for the factual bit. During Masters, we had to specialise in conflicts in the Northeast. Class notes and materials were sufficient.

MAINS

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: I studied a few subjects intensively. Instead of working on my weaknesses like science, I focused on improving my strengths, like polity and history.

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: I did. Competitive exams demand a certain format of answers and that skill gets better with practice.

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes.

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Solving answers enables one to manage time better. I chose education because it was relevant to GS as well as political science and history.

Since I had less time to prepare, I selected a familiar subject and a relatively easy (but lengthy) subject, ie, education.

 

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I attempted everything except 30 marks for GS due to unavoidable circumstances.

 

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: I did not.

 

  1. Booklist for Mains GS
History Spectrum, India’s struggle for independence, Romila Thapar
Polity Laxmikant, class notes, D.D. Basu.
Geography NCERT 11th and 12th texts
Economy Newspapers. Did not prepare theory.
Science  Did not prepare.
Assam Related Sanjib Baruah, Sanjoy Hazarika
Current Affairs Newspapers

 

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1

 

Political science Laxmikant
D.D. Basu
The republic by Plato
Teach yourself political thought by C.L. Wayper
From Plato to Marx

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2
Education Sunita Agarwala
KKHSOU notes

 

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans:  I didn’t. I just did what I normally do- read newspapers, books, catch up with friends, travel, and had a thoroughly good time.

 

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans: Mekhela chador

 

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: Hazowary board. 40 minutes.

 

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans: Mostly about international conflicts. Yemen, Syria, South Sudan, how I would personally solve India-Pakistan conflict, Boko Haram. They also tried to throw me off- balance by asking me about conflict within the family.

 

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: I think it’s very natural to have self- doubt. We all have those moments bit it’s crucial to remain upbeat.

My mantra was to not beat myself over factors I have no control over but focus on managing the factors which were in my control.

 

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans: I was working on projects but shunned full- time employment.

 

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: None.

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: I’m generally good at dodging these things.

 

  1. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans: My family was supportive but I had to be voluntarily asocial a few months before the exam.

 

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: a. Do not be late for the GS exam.

 

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: It’s doable with targeted, intensive studying.

 

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: Put in effort, study smart, do a SWOT analysis of yourself and do not be negative.

APSC ACS – 45th Rank Kaustubh Roy Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA

Name

KAUSTUBH ROY

Kaustav Roy
Kaustabh Roy

Age (at the time of clearing)

27

Year of Clearing

2018

Post

ACS

Rank

45

Total no of Attempts

1

Optional for Prelims

INDIAN HISTORY

Optionals for Mains

HISTORY AND EDUCATION

Medium of Exam

ENGLISH

Other exams success/failure

Indian Institute of mass communication (With a national rank 49)

Service Preference APSC

1.ACS 2.APS 3.ALRS 4.ARCS 5.ST

 

 

  1. Educational background

Class 10 %, Year, School

69.83 , 2007, AXAM JATIYA VIDYALAYA

Class 12%, Year, Institution

65.80 , 2009 , VIKAS VIDYANIKETAN

Degree %, Year, College

63.20 ,2013 , SIKKIM MANIPAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Post-Graduation

51 , 2017 , IGNOU-GAUHATI UNIVERSITY

Hobbies

ACTING , READING ASSAMES BOOKS

Job Experience

3 YEARS AS A TELECOM ENGINEER , 1 YEAR IN PRINT MEDIA

  1. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thanks a lot. Myself Kaustubh Roy. I born and brought up in Guwahati. I have my mother and my father in my family. My father is a retired INDIAN AIR FORCE official and my mother is a house wife.

I have choosen Civil Service as my career. This is because while I was working as a Network engineer in Reliance Industries, I have visited many remote places of our state. Where I got the chance to have a very close look towards our social and economic as well as cultural structure of our state and also various problems associated with it. Thus I felt that if I really want to do something remarkable to these people and to my state, Civil Service can provide me a very good platform . Thus in august 2016 , I left my job and started preparing for APSC-CCE-2016.

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans: From august 2016, I have started preparing for APSC.

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: It depends person to person. But in my case on an average I studied for 6 hours daily and I think a time span of 1 year is enough to clear this examination.

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: I devoted about 6 hours per day.

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: It is not mandatory to have coaching . It again depends person to person. But a good guidance from a good mentor is something which is highly needed.

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans: to attempt maximum no of questions correctly with high range of accuracy. One must score a good mark in their respective optional paper. Because GS paper is quite unpredictable and thus to secure a good marks in prelims, one must do good in their optionals.

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: I have choosen INDIAN HISTORY for my prelims . Because from my childhood Social Science was my favourite subject and History was a part of it. Thus I have a soft corner for Hisory.

  1. Book List for Prelims GS

History

OLD NCERTS FROM CLASS 11 TO CLASS 12

Polity LAXMIKANTH
Geography TAHER AND AHMED, SOCIAL SCIENCE BOOKS (SEBA BOARD)
Economy SANJIV VARMA
Science
Assam Related ASSAM YEAR BOOK , ASSAM OBHIDHAN, SOCIAL SCIENCE BOOKS (SEBA BOARD)
Maths INTERNET, MGAZINES
Reasoning INTERNET, MGAZINES
Current Affairs INTERNET, NEWSPAPER
  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional

OLD NCERT BOOKS

SPECTRUM

SOCIAL SCIENCE BOOKS (SEBA BOARD)

PRATIYOGITA DARPAN

INTERNET

 

  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans:No. Absolutely not. Although many books are not available in the market which are written in assamese, but still one can crack this examination. Because most of the books that a APSC aspirant needs to refer are usually written in very simple English language. But sometimes if any aspirant feel some problem , habit of using a good dictionary can be a savior. In my case, since I was from a assamese medium school, I often use dictionary to find the meanings of various English words.

I believe if we do a proper research , there are many good books written for various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST. One should go through such books to acquire a good concept over our own state and region. Most of the books written by Santanu kaushik baruah sir, “Modhyojugor assam”, assam year book , social science books are some of the very good sources for this.

MAINS

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: In mains, my strategy was to attempt the whole paper by maintaining a fixed standard of my answers. Writing mock test papers helped me a lot in this.

To became an ACS officer was always my first priority. Thus ACS was my first choice, APS was in second and accordingly the other services.

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: yes, I made notes.

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes I did.

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Time management is a very important part in APSC. I have divided the whole time according to the distribution of marks per paper. One must practice enough to grab the speed in answer writing. Completion of paper is pretty much important in mains to secure a good rank.

Before choosing optionals for mains, first of all one should go through the whole syllabus. It will help them to have an idea about the subject. Accordingly based upon their own likes and dislikes, one can choose their optional.

GS : I have gone through my self made notes while doing my revision for GS.

Current affairs : I used sticy notes while preparing current affairs. Thus it also helped me for last time revision.

Optional : I have gone through my self made optional notes .

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I have attempted the whole paper in both gs as well as optionals.

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: I used to rewrite the editorial of ASSAM TRIBUNE in my words from starting itself. It helped me to build up a good foundation over the language. I have written a no of mock tests which eventually helped me write well in my english paper.

  1. Booklist for Mains GS

History

Old ncerts, spectrum, university tdc books

Polity

Laxmikanth

Geography

Taher and ahmed, social science books from class 6 to 10

Economy

Ramesh singh

Science

Manohar pandey

Assam Related

Assam year book , books of Santanu Kaushik baruah sir

Current Affairs

Internet , newspaper

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1

History

Indian history

Old ncert books (class 11 to 12)

Spectrum modern india

Tdc books – Gauhati university

Worls history

L Mukherjee books

Self made notes

Tdc books – Gauhati university , notes of Mr.Anshuman gogoi dada

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2

Education

Sunita agarwal

Phunu das

Laxhira das

Self made notes from varous books and internet

KK Hendique university books

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans: I brushed up my optionals. Appeared for a no of mock interviews . Also conducted a no o mock interviews with my friends cum fellow aspirants .

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans: I wore a blue shirt, dark blue pant and black formal shoes for my interview.

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: The board was Mukti gogoi board . The duration was about 30 minutes.

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans: 1.meaining of my name

2. BPO industry

3. IT industry scope in assam

4. 4G – Neetwork and its prospective in assam ( Since I was a telecom engineer )

5.Questions from basic physics

6. Fall of indian currency against doller

7. last capital of ahom, year. Reason for shfiting

8. father of lachit barphukan

9. Assam history questions etc.

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: I was confident of clearing this exam. Sometimes I was a bit nervous . But some of my close friends like Bijit kalita, Afreen hussain (ACS-21), Abhilekh Saikia (Inspector of tax) , Chinmoy Neog(ALRS), Maria Tanim (ACS-1) ,Barnali Barman, Partha pratim das, Rahul pandey,My school mates from AXAM JATIYA VIDYALAYA ,Sayanika Dutta Sarkar maam, Anshuman Gogoi dada,Rumi rajbangshi,Tanaya Medhi,Kabita Phangchu , Chandamita Das and other friends along with my parents ….always motivated me. My small successs of ACS-Rank 45 is nothing but the outcome of their love and blessings.

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans: I gave full time preparation.

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: I was having a 3 years work experience in telecom sector.

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: When I came to this preparation phase , I left almost all such conditions. Thus I was not having such pressures on me.

  1. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans: supportiveness of my family really helped me a lot in this journey. My parents are very supportive and always act like my backbone. I am also fortunate enough to have some of the best persons of this world as my friends. I dedicate my small success to them.

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Dos : Always keep yourself motivated and passionate

Don’t : don’t give up untill and unless your name will not appear in the final list.

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: APSC is quite achieveable and one need to be too much intelligent to crack this exam. Our constant hard work and determination is enough to get us our desired success.

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: Be passionate enough to crack this exam. One should remember that this is also a very beautiful journey that an aspirant made. So always be positive and work hard. I wish all the very best to all upcoming aspirants.

APSC ACS – 88th Rank Namrata Das Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA
Name Namrata Das

Namrata Das
Namrata Das
Age (at the time of clearing) 26
Year of Clearing 2018
Post ACS
Rank 88
Total no of Attempts 2
Optional for Prelims Political science
Optionals for Mains Political science and History
Medium of Exam English
Other exams success/failure Superintendent of industries viva voce , BDO mains
Service Preference APSC ACS,ALRS,SUPERINTENDENT OF TAXES

2. Educational background

Class 10 %, Year, School 78.9% ,2008, MAHARISHI VIDYA MANDIR
Class 12%, Year, Institution 65.2%, 2010, COTTON COLLEGE
Degree %, Year, College 58.9%, 2013, HANDIQUE GIRL’S COLLEGE
Post-Graduation 95%, 2015,GAUHATI UNIVERSITY
Hobbies Cooking and listening music
Job Experience None

3. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thank you so much . Hello everyone I am Namrata Das from Guwahati ,Assam .My family mainly consist of four members my father ,my mother ,my elder sister and me. My father is a retired civil servant , my mother is a homemaker and my elder sister is a school teacher .I chose civil service as a career because my father is a retired civil servant who served under the Government of Arunachal Pradesh so the inspiration directly comes from my family .To be in the coveted list is like a dream that has come true not only for me but also for my beloved family so civil service is not just a career option for me but it’s a dream that has come true. Moreover civil service is the only platform through which we can serve our motherland directly .

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans: I started my preparation for APSC in 2015 immediately after completing my post graduation.

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: I think 1year of serious preparation is enough to be able to crack the exam .

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: I used to study for about 10hrs a day .

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: I think coaching is necessary only when one is clueless about the exam so to get an idea  one can go for coaching but if one is confident enough that he/she will be able to crack the exam even without coaching then go for it because to crack this exam one should have faith in oneself.

 

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans: My strategy for prelims was simple. I solved the previous year question papers for both the papers after completing the syllabus.

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: I chose Political science as my optional for prelims because I did my Post Graduation in Political science so choosing optional for prelims was not a difficult task .

 

  1. Book List for Prelims GS
History Old NCERT for Ancient ,Medieval and Modern History
Polity Lakshmikant Basu
Geography NCERT from 6 to 12
Economy Ramesh Singh
Science From internet
Assam Related Assam year book by Shantanu kaushik Barua
Maths Solved previous year questions
Reasoning Solved previous year questions
Current Affairs Assam tribune and Jagran josh

 

  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional
Guide book on Political science by Chandra Prakashan and NAAC

12.Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans:No I don’t think so that language is a barrier in the preparation for APSC because  books from SEBA BOARD  are easily available in Assamese . For preparation of various sections related to Assam and Northeast I followed Assam year book by Santanu Kaushik Baruah.

 

MAINS

13.What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: Solved previous year questions of all the papers and revised it .I didn’t have any strategy in applying the order of preferences for various post.

14.Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: I prepared notes only for those topics which are not easily available rest I studied from books and from internet.

15.Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes I did answer writing practice.

16.What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Keep your answers short and simple and complete the whole paper within the provided time frame. I think one should opt their respective  graduation subject for optional in mains as  it really helps a lot and it consumes less time and one can focus in GS and Current affairs.

17.How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I attempted all the questions in both GS and Optional .

18.How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: Solved previous year question papers.

19.Booklist for Mains GS

History Same as prelims
Polity Same as prelims
Geography Same as prelims
Economy Same as prelims
Science Same as prelims
Assam Related Same as prelims
Current Affairs Same as prelims

 

20.Booklist for Mains Optional 1 POLITICAL SCIENCE

 

Paper 1 O.P GAUBA
Paper 2 Lakshmikant Basu and guide book by Chandra Prakashan for mains .

 

20.Booklist for Mains Optional 2 History

Ancient history R.S Sharma
Medieval history Satish chandra
Modern History Bipan Chandra
World History Norman Lowe

 

21.How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans:  Firstly I revised the static part of both the optionals as well as GS. Then for current affairs I read daily newspaper.

22.What did you wear for the interview?

Ans: I wore a green mekhela chaddar.

23.What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: Mukti Gogoi sir’s board , duration was around 20mins.

24.What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans: Meaning of my name ,When was Assam association formed ?, Battle of Saraighat, Statue of Unity , Different names of the river Brahmaputra in Arunachal Pradesh ,Joymoti, Gadadhar Singha etc.

25.How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times?  How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: I was nervous at times  but I always tried to remain positive and whenever I was stressed I listened to music it’s the best stress buster  and I even watched movies at times .

26.Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans: I did full time preparation .

27.What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: No career back up plan fully focused on my preparation.

28.There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: Not as such.

29.What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans:  The most important role was played by my family because they stood as my pillar of strength and always inspired and motivated me to chase my dreams so the reason behind my success is my beloved family. Apart from my family my friends also motivated me a lot and I feel blessed that I have them in my life.

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Dos : Make a proper strategy for preparation

Don’ts: Never give up

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: Have faith in yourself and the exam  and you will be able to crack it .

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: Work hard because hard work always pays off.

APSC ACS – 10th Rank Punam Gogoi Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA

Name

Punam Gogoi

Punam Gogoi
Punam Gogoi

Age (at the time of clearing)

27

Year of Clearing

2018

Post

ACS

Rank

10th

Total no of Attempts

2nd

Optional for Prelims

Indian History

Optionals for Mains

History and Political Science

Medium of Exam

English

Other exams success/failure

Attempted UPSC Civil Services Examination

Service Preference APSC

ACS, ALRS, Superintendent of Taxes, APS

 

 

 

 

  1. Educational Background

     

    Class 10 %, Year, School

    85

    Class 12%, Year, Institution

    70

    Degree %, Year, College

    46

    Post-Graduation

    Hobbies

    Reading, DIY and Sketching Doodles

    Job Experience

    None

  2. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thank you so much. I have done my matriculation from Disneyland High School, Guwahati and then completed my 12th from DPS Digboi and my graduation from North Lakhimpur College taking Mathematics as the major subject. Then I was in JNU for a while pursuing a course in French language. Now coming to my family, my father was also an ACS officer of 1986 batch, my mother is a home-maker and my brother is also into civil services currently serving the state as Inspector of Taxes. My journey towards civil services is an interesting one, because unlike many it was not my childhood dream. It was my brother who convinced me to take this exam. But when I started my journey which started in 2015, it made me very happy. Because the knowledge that I was acquiring made me feel very responsible to become a better version of myself. With time I was convinced why it is so important that girls like us who are in a better position in comparison to many others in the country to take the opportunity to set an example in the society and hold positions of power. And if this journey can inspire just one little girl or a parent of a girl-child, I would consider our efforts (both mine and my family’s) to have borne fruit.

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans: I started my preparation from January 2015.

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: With proper strategy I think one year of serious preparation is enough.

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: 12 hours

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: I don’t think it is necessary, however proper guidance from someone who has been successful in the exam is very helpful and it makes the journey very comfortable.

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans: My strategy was to do as many MCQs as possible and available in all kinds of sources (books, mock papers, past year papers of APSC, UPSC CSE, CDS, NDA, CAPF, SSC GGL etc and internet). Choosing the right optional is also very crucial because my failure in my first attempt was the wrong choice of optional.

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: I chose Indian History for a set number of reasons. First being, it is a part of the General Studies paper and we have to study Indian History anyway. Second reason was that there are a lot of MCQs available both online and offline on every topic which made the preparation very interesting and easy. Third reason was that on analyzing the past year papers of APSC, I got a fair idea of what was the demand and that I would be able to do proper justice with it.

  1. Book List for Prelims GS

History

Ancient India by R.S Sharma, Medieval India by Satish Chandra, Modern India by Spectrum Publication, Lucent GK

Polity Lakshmikanth and some parts from D.D Basu
Geography NCERTs from 6-12
Economy Ramesh Singh and Mrunal Videos
Science NCERTS 6-10
Assam Related Assam Year Book, Old State Board Text Books for Social Science from 8-10.
Maths R.S Agarwal
Reasoning R.S Agarwal
Current Affairs The Hindu, VisionIAS Monthly Magazine
  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional

Ancient India

R.S Sharma, Lucent GK

Medieval India

Satish Chandra, Lucent GK

Modern India

Spectrum Publication by Rajiv Ahir

 

  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans: Language can never be a barrier. In whichever language we believe we can express better can be chosen. I read the Assam Year Book and State Board Text Books for Social Science from 8th to 10th standard for Assam and Northeast related matters. I would recommend Assam History by S.L Barua and though I got introduced to the book only before my interview I found out that APSC asks a lot of questions from the same in both prelims and mains. It is also a very good read, almost feels like reading a novel.

MAINS

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: My strategy for mains was time bound answer writing practice. I had written around 30-35 mock papers before mains, which gave me a taste of the real exam. It was like taking APSC mains several times before I actually sat for the real exam. The benefits of giving mocks is that one gets well acquainted with the time and limit of words. The choice of vocabulary, whether to include maps and flowcharts and the kind of presentation of the answer gave me a lot of confidence.

I followed the traditional order of preferences.

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: I did both. I made notes and gave multiple mock papers.

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes. I wrote at least two answers daily ,after prelims was over I tried to give one mock test every week and two months before mains examination I used to take a mock paper every alternate day.

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Since I practiced a lot of time bound mock papers time management was not a problem for me. Choosing optional is very crucial and one has to be very strategic in it as optionals carry 800 marks. I chose Political Science and History because both were parts of the General Studies paper and together they comprised around 40% of G.S. I also had very keen interest in Political Theory, Ideologies and Historical events of the country and the world. I made macro notes, micro notes and nano notes of almost all the topics, flow charts, mnemonics, mind-maps and diagrams also helped me in quick revisions.

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I attempted all.

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: I practiced exercises from Wren and Martin English Grammar book and practiced past years’ APSC papers, past years’ UPSC mains qualifying papers and mock papers.

  1. Booklist for Mains GS

History

Same As Prelims

Polity

-Do-

Geography

-Do-

Economy

-Do-

Science

-Do-

Assam Related

-Do-

Current Affairs

-Do-

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1

Indian History

Ancient India- R.S Sharma, Romila Thapar

Medieval India- Satish Chandra, Irfan Habib

Modern India- Spectrum, Bipan Chandra

World History

L. Mukherjee Books, Internet (Wikipedia, Stanford Encyclopedia) and Notes prepared by my brother Anshuman Gogoi

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2

Paper 1

O.P Gauba, Shubhra Ranjan Madam’s notes, K.C Paul Books for Standard 11 and 12th

Paper 2

Lakshmikanth, D.D Basu, K.C Paul’s Books

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans: I did an analysis of what could be asked. Read about the history of my native place, revised Assam History, Geography, Polity, brushed up my optionals and prepared answers on questions that could be asked about my Hobby. I also gave around 4 mock interviews which helped me get the nerve of what an actual interview would feel like.

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans: Muga-Eri Handwoven Mekhela Chador with Yellow motifs.

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: My Board was chaired by Mukti Gogoi and two other members were Ajanta Nath and Samsher Singh. The interview was around 10 to 15 mins and the board was very cordial.

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans:

1. You have done well in your matriculation why did perform poorly in Graduation?

2. What was October Revolution?

3. Who wrote Communist Manifesto? Tell us about the prime things mentioned in the book.

4. What were the different stages of Human Evolution?

5. What changes would you like to bring in Education of Assam if you were the Chief Minister. Tell us from your own experience and not from what you have gathered from books or newspapers.

6. Do you read Assamese Literature? Which are your favourite books and authors? Why do you like them? Ajanta Ma’am recommended me to read Mereng by Anuradha Sharma Pujari.

7. Tell us something about your experiences in life. Are you happy with your life?

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: Though I was pretty sure that my papers went good and that I should get a place in the list, yet there were times when I felt nervous. During those times I used to talk to my brothers or my best friends in the journey Swaraj Bharat Lagachu (16th Rank), Johar Jyoti Pegu (24th Rank), Kaustuv Roy (45th Rank) ,Puja Punam Gogoi (57th Rank), Queen Gogoi (63rd Rank) , we would recall how we wrote our answers in the main examination and would reassure each other. The most funny yet the most memorable act was that of my elder brother who undersigned on a piece of paper that I would be there on the list amongst the top 20. Being surrounded by an intricate system of positivity my stress was managed quite well, in fact it never lingered long.

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans: I was managing our 24*7 Library (Competition Care) along with full time preparation.

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: Entrepreneurship

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: Before my Dad passed away in October 23rd 2015, he told me one thing very firmly that in this family no one would ever ask you to get married, so be fearless to accomplish yourself. He wanted me to be an independent woman both financially and practically in life. My brother took the reins of the family and he almost single handedly managed to become a fatherly figure. He made sure that nothing hampers my studies. He asked me to think about nothing else but give my full concentration on my preparation. He became my friend, philosopher, guide and mentored me throughout. He always made sure that I was on the right track. My mom cooked healthy meals for me and did not let me do any kind of household chore which could take away my time from my studies. I am also blessed with a very loving fiancé who is again a civil servant of Assam Government who took the pain to churn out mcqs for prelims, evaluate my mains mock papers and also took my interview mocks along with my brother. So in this I was very blessed.

30. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans: I have already mentioned that I have a very loving and a supportive family. And I would like to mention that I was also one of the luckiest and most privileged candidate to have a 24*7 library with WiFi and AC at my residential campus itself where all mocks tests for prelims, mains and interview were conducted. I could therefore study devoting 100% focused attention for more than 10 hours daily and was always motivated to do better. My brother, who was my mentor had immense confidence in me. My family knew about my learning skills and my passion for writing citing which both my parents and my brother asked me to take the exam. They had more confidence in me than I had on myself. Despite doing very poorly in my graduation they kept full faith in me that I will do exceptionally well in the civil services examinations. My brother and my mother never had the slightest doubt about my results, which at times took me by surprise. My fiancé is again a very loving, supportive and a positive individual, he did not let any negativity creep into our relationship which made the journey very smooth.

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Dos:

1. Keep your passion alive which will motivate you innately.

2. Study smarter not harder, which means you need not only read and revise but also write a lot because this examination is all about writing. And your marks in mains examination will determine where you will find your position.

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: APSC has been practicing transparency in the recent exams which has inspired a lot many brilliant minds of the state to take this exam who earlier opted for other career plans. Therefore I see a lot of positive rays which will bring in a lot of positive changes in the state.

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: Find an inner motivation to clear this examination. The process is long and sometimes tests your patience but have faith in the system and you will definitely come out with flying colors. Don’t let anyone feed negativity, stay away from all such sources. Through this exam you will learn a lot about yourself, your strengths, weaknesses, your capabilities, wisely work on them, because this exam is all about making wise decisions. Your daily decisions will be integrated to bring you the desired results. I therefore would like to end with a quote: It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.

APSC Inspector of Taxes – 8th Rank Abhilekh Saikia Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA
Name Abhilekh Saikia

Abhilekh
Abhilekh Saikia
Age (at the time of clearing) 32
Year of Clearing 2018
Post Inspector Of Taxes
Rank 8
Total no of Attempts 1
Optional for Prelims Education
Optionals for Mains Education , History
Medium of Exam English
Other exams success/failure Cleared Assam Secretariat JAA, 2018,APDCL Assistant Manager 2018
Service Preference APSC

 

  1. Educational Background

 

Class 10 %, Year, School 85.3,2003, Disneyland High School
Class 12%, Year, Institution 70.60.2005, Cotton College
Degree %, Year, College 73.4, 2013, NITS Mirza, Gauhati University
Post-Graduation MBA , Tezpur University
Hobbies Quizzing, Cooking
Job Experience 2 years

 

 

  1. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thank You! I am an Electrical Engineer by profession and I hail from Guwahati. My father is a retired banker and my mother is a homemaker. The prestige and glamour associated with civil services,the myriad experiences and ample opportunities it provides to bring about a tangible change in the society attracted me to Civil Services.

 

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans: I started my preparation about two months prior to the preliminary examinations.

 

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans:  The time required for preparation varies from person to person. In my opinion an average of 3-4 months is required for the preliminary examinations and 4-6 months for the mains exam.

 

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: I devoted an average of 10 hours daily.

 

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans:  For first timers I believe some guidance is necessary especially during preparation for Mains Exams.

 

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans:  I focused more attention on the big four Indian History, Assam History and Indian Polity, Economy as these are the areas from which most questions are asked. Previous years papers gave me an insight into areas that need to be focused. I gave mock tests regularly which I believe is a must.

 

  1. How did you choose your optional for prelims?

Ans: I needed a subject which was both high scoring and could be completed within a very short span of time as I started my preparation quite late. I studied some Education courses during my University curriculum and found that Education served both my requirements.

 

  1. Book List for Prelims GS
History Spectrum History Rajiv Ahir
Polity Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Geography Online material from Mrunal, unacademy
Economy Do
Science Do
Assam Related Assam year book Santanu Kaushik, online material
Maths Youtube channels
Reasoning Do
Current Affairs Drishti Current Affairs

 

  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional
Class 11 and 12 Books
Chandraprakashan Guide book

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans: Language I believe is can never be a barrier. Infact many candidates have cleared writing in  Assamese. Although there is dearth of quality materials in Assamese some publishers have now taken out materials in Assamese too.

For the Assam and North- East Part I depended mostly on online available materials.

 

MAINS

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: Strategy for preparation of mains contains  three basic ingredients studying, revision and writing. Here also giving as many mock tests as possible helped me improve my writing.

 

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: Yes, I prepared answers.

 

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes, I practiced answer writing and I believe during mains preparation a lot of attention needs to be given to writing answers as it enables one to write answers in exam within stipulated time and word limit effectively.

 

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans:  I did not have a clear cut time schedule for preparation.

Choosing optional should always depend on the individuals own taste and comfort. Once you narrow down on possible selection of subjects the rest depends on pattern of marks scored in previous exams, material and guidance availability and the time required for completion of syllabus.

I revised by giving mock exams. For current affairs editorial of The Assam Tribune and magazines also helped a lot.

 

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans:  I attempted all the questions.

 

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans:  As I had a good grammar base for English preparation I only focussed on writing essays. I tookany random topic and tried to write on it. It helped both in GS and English.

 

  1. Booklist for Mains GS
History Rajiv Ahir, India After Gandhi Ramchandra Guha
Polity Laxmikanth
Geography Online materials
Economy Indian Economy Rameshwar Singh,
Science Drishti Current Affairs
Assam Related Assam Year Book ,
Current Affairs Drishti Current Affairs, Yojana

 

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1

 

Al Basham Wonder that was India

 

India’s Acient Past R S Sharma
Spectrum Modern Indian History Rajiv Ahir Satish Chandra Indian Medieval History
Lowe World History History Of Modern world B V Rao

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2
Education By Phunu Das Education Psychology Sunota Agarwala
Education History Phunu Das

 

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans:  I brushed up on my optionals. Was thorough with job related questions. Appeared for a couple of mock interviews.

 

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans:  I wore a white shirt with trousers and a tie.

 

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: My interview board consisted of members Shri Prafulla Hazowari and Dr. Ajanta Nath and one external. It lasted for about 25 minutes.

 

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans:  The questions were mainly based on my job. Very few questions were asked from my optionals. A few situational questions were asked too.

 

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans:  I was pretty confident about clearing the exam. My go to method for killing stress was always to talk to my parents or friends and occasionally some music.

 

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans:  Yes I was pursuing my MBA during the initial phase and later on engaged in job .

 

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans:  I was working as an Assistant Manager in APDCL.

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: Yes getting a job or go for preparation was a dilemma i faced. I decided to give about 6 months for fully devoted preparation and then go for jobs. Luckily it penned out well for me.

 

  1. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc behind your success?

Ans: Perhaps the biggest pillar of strength during my preparation was given by my parents. They supported and even encouraged me to go for Civils preparation rather  than look for jobs. It was their immense faith that motivated me throughout.

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Dos – Keep your books to minimum. Keep abreast of what is happening in and around. Read newspapers daily. Balance work and play and maintain healthy lifestyle. Believe in yourself. Read Revise and Repeat. Keep away feom negativity.

Donts – Waste your time.

 

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: Its the most sought after exam for civil service aspirants of Assam. The exam provides us an opportunity to be directly part of the administrative set up. The exam itself is not a hard nut to crack. From the preliminary to interview process it tests the candidates on various theoretical and practical aspects. As such a focussed and diligent approach is required to clear the exam.

 

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: Just one word “ Commitment” . Commit yourself to your preparation, just fall in love with it and you will reap your rewards. Failures may and will come. Important thing is not to lose hope, learn from them and keep on preparing untill you reach the ultimate goal.

APSC ACS – 16th Rank Swaraj Bharat Lagachu Talks with Students

  1. BIO-DATA
Name Swaraj Bharat Lagachu

Swaraj Bharat
Swaraj Bharat Lagachu
Age (at the time of clearing) 25 years
Year of Clearing 2018
Post Assam Civil Service
Rank 16th
Total no of Attempts 1
Optional for Prelims Indian History
Optionals for Mains History and Education
Medium of Exam English
Other exams success/failure Not appeared
Service Preference APSC ACS, APS, ALRS, ST etc.

2.  Educational background

Class 10 %, Year, School 90% , 2009  , St. Mary’s High School, North Lakhimpur.
Class 12%, Year, Institution 70% , 2011 , North Lakhimpur College, North Lakhimpur.
Degree %, Year, College 71.89% , 2016, GIMT Tezpur (Civil Engineering Dept.).
Post-Graduation None.
Hobbies Playing and watching football and Reading.
Job Experience None.

 

  1. Many hearty congratulations on your success. Tell us something about yourself and your family and why did you choose Civil Services as a career?

Ans: Thank you so much.

I am Swaraj Bharat Lagachu. I am from Dhakuakhana in Lakhimpur district. I studied in St. Mary’s High School North Lakhimpur and passed my HS from North Lakhimpur College. I am a graduate in Civil Engineering (2016) from GIMT, Tezpur. In my family I have my mother, brother, sister-in-law and two lovely nephews.

The services provide prestige, job security, diversity of work, opportunities for public service and offer an attractive and challenging career which gave me motivation to pursue it.

  1. When did you start the preparation for APSC?

Ans: I started my preparation right after appearing for finals of my graduation, that is in 2016(June).

  1. How much time do you think is required to prepare for this exam?

Ans: Six months of preparation before Prelims is sufficient.

  1. How many hours on an average did you devote to studies?

Ans: There was no definite amount of time. I gave emphasis on completing my daily targets.

  1. Do you think coaching is necessary for APSC?

Ans: It is not necessary. But proper guidance definitely helps in the journey.

PRELIMS

  1. What was your strategy for prelims?

Ans: The Preliminary examination demands wide knowledge. So it was helpful to study extensively. The most important part of my Prelims preparation was practicing a lot of MCQs. The Competition Care Prelims Test Series proved to be of great help.

  1. How did you choose the optional for prelims?

Ans: I choose Indian History for Prelims mainly due to my interest in the subject. I went through the previous years’ question papers and found them convenient for me and I believed that it would be easy for me to score good marks in the Optional Paper. Moreover, Indian History covers a part of the GS Paper.

  1. Book List for Prelims GS
History Ancient India by RS Sharma, Medieval India by Satish Chandra, Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum) and Lucent’s  GK and Lucent’s Objective GK.

Assam History part of Assam Year Book.

Polity Indian Polity by M.Laxmikanth and Lucent’s Objective GK.
Geography NCERTs Class XI and XII
Economy NCERTs Class IX to XII (except Microeconomics part), Economic Survey and Budget for both India and Assam
Science Did not prepare
Assam Related Assam Year Book and SCERTS VIII, IX, X
Maths Did not prepare
Reasoning Did not prepare
Current Affairs Newspapers- The Hindu and GK Refresher Monthly magazine for Current Affairs (small one). Pratiyogita Darpan is also very good.

 

  1. Booklist for Prelims Optional
Same as for GS Indian History
Chandra Prakash Indian History Optional for MCQs
NAAC Indian History Optional for MCQs

 

  1. Is language a barrier in the preparation for APSC? (Since many books/materials are not available in Assamese), and how you prepared the various sections related to the ASSAM and NORTH EAST?

Ans: Not at all. Language cannot be a barrier in the preparation for APSC. For Assam and North-East related aspects Assam Year Book helped a lot. Moreover, I referred to State text books of Class VIII, IX and X.

 

MAINS

 

  1. What was your strategy for mains? And strategy in applying the order of preferences for various posts?

Ans: For Mains, I followed intensive and selective study. While selecting the order of preference, I gave emphasis on my interest and job profile. I selected ACS as my first preference as I like the job profile, diversity of work, challenges and career growth in this service.

 

  1. Did you make notes or prepare answers?

Ans: Yes, I prepared notes for my Optional papers, History and Education. For History, I followed the notes of my mentor Anshuman Gogoi as the base.

 

  1. Did you practice answer writing?

Ans: Yes, I practiced answer writing for Optionals as well as GS. Answer writing was a vital part of my preparation for Mains.

 

  1. What was your strategy for time management during mains exam? How to wisely choose optional for the mains? How you revised all the three sections (GS, Current Affairs, and Optional)?

Ans: Time management during mains examination is a tricky affair. Time-bound answer writing practice helped me a lot. Competition Care Mains Test Series proved very fruitful.

Selection of Optionals should be based on interest. It is advantageous to select one’s graduation subject as one of the Optionals. If it is not possible, then selection of Optional should be based on one’s interest and scoring patterns.

I did monthly revisions and mock-tests were beneficial in the process. I prepared a checklist which contained a one-month cycle of study and revisions. This helped me to complete the syllabus efficiently and to stay relaxed.

  1. How many questions/marks did you attempt in GS and Optional?

Ans: I could attempt all the questions in both GS and Optionals, thanks to the answer writing practice and mock tests.

 

  1. How did you prepare for General English Paper?

Ans: I did not prepare much. I practiced writing a few essays, appeared for 3 mock tests and solved some previous years’ papers. Completing the General English paper is very important, for which solving papers and appearing mocks become crucial.

 

  1. Booklist for Mains GS

 

 

History Ancient India by RS Sharma, Medieval India by Satish Chandra, Modern India by Rajiv Ahir (Spectrum) and Krishna Reddy.
Polity Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth.
Geography NCERTs Class XI and XII
Economy NCERTs Class IX to XII (except Microeconomics part), Economic Survey and Budget for both India and Assam
Science Did not prepare.
Assam Related Assam Year Book, SCERT books class VIII, IX, X.
Current Affairs Newspapers- The Hindu and GK Refresher Monthly magazine for Current Affairs (small one), Pratiyogita Darpan.

 

 

 

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 1: History

 

1.       Notes by Anshuman Gogoi 8. Videos on World History on YouTube.
2.       Old NCERTs
3.       Wikipedia
4. Indian History by Krishna Reddy
5. Model Answers of Gauhati University published by Nilakantha Publications
6. Oxford History of India by V.A. Smith
7. World History by Sujata Menon

 

  1. Booklist for Mains Optional 2: Education

 

1.       A Textbook of Education by L.Das
2.       Chandra Prakash guide book for Mains Education.

 

  1. How did you prepare for the Interview?

Ans:  Preparation for interview was based on bio-data. I brushed up my Optionals and read recent current affairs. I also prepared Assam history, culture and literature. The most important part of my interview preparation was Mock-Interviews. I appeared in 5 mocks held in Competition Care and 1 mock conducted by SLAC. These really helped me to recognize my strengths and weaknesses. The intense observations and valuable guidance by the Competition Care team was of paramount significance.

 

  1. What did you wear for the interview?

Ans: I wore a white shirt, navy blue neck-tie, black pants and black formal shoes for the interview.

 

  1. What was the name of the board and what was the duration of the interview?

Ans: My interview was in Mukti Gogoi Sir’s board and the duration was about 30 minutes.

 

  1. What were the questions asked during your interview?

Ans: The board was very cordial. The questions centered on my bio-data. They asked me about my home district and its various problems and a few questions on History and Education. They also asked me on Citizenship Amendment Bill, Assam history, society, literature and culture and various other issues in present Assam.

 

  1. How confident were you of your success or were you nervous or de-motivated/doubtful at times? How did you keep yourself motivated during the preparation process? (Your stress management techniques)

Ans: I was confident of clearing. Sometimes I used to get nervous but my friend, philosopher, guide and brother Anshuman Gogoi and my sister Punam Gogoi gave me belief and confidence which provided me the courage to continue this journey. The force that kept me pushing was the desire to see my mother’s smile and to make her proud of me. Moreover, my friends Nakib Sayeed Baruah, Johar Jyoti Pegu, Queen Gogoi, Vivek Baruah and many others helped me to stay motivated. For stress management I used to do cardio exercise which helped me to remain healthy and relaxed.

 

 

  1. Were you engaged in any other activity (job, studies) or giving full time to preparation?

Ans:  I gave full time to my preparation.

 

  1. What was your Career Back up plan?

Ans: There was no back-up plan (Of course MGNREGA is always thereJ).

  1. There are a lot of pressures/obligations/obstacles in an individual’s life which tend to affect their preparation. Did pressures like ‘completing Post Graduation’, ‘getting a job first then prepare’, ‘hectic job’, ‘getting married’ or any other come in your way?

Ans: I was lucky enough not to have such pressures on me.

 

  1. What was the role of your family, friends, and spouse etc. behind your success?

Ans: My family, specially my mother is the force behind me. My mother was very supportive and helped me in every way possible, mentally, morally and economically. She never had any doubt on me and believed in my capabilities right from the very start.

 

  1. Dos and Don’ts for APSC.

Ans: Dos: Stay positive, be resilient, be patient, believe in yourself, work hard and smart, revise, exercise and enjoy the journey.

Don’ts: Do not speculate, do not keep negative people in your company, do not indulge in unnecessary gossips and do not read too many sources.

 

 

 

  1. Your observations on APSC exam.

Ans: This is a simple examination and all it demands is discipline and dedication. Everybody can clear this examination once she/he follows the correct pattern of preparation.

 

  1. Finally your golden tips for upcoming aspirants.

Ans: Be passionate and never be afraid to push yourself. Failing to plan is planning to fail, so devise a strategy and prepare a proper and do-able plan. Keep your pasts aside, forget the bygones and move ahead towards your goal with full motivation. Learn from your past mistakes and do not repeat the same. They say, if you really want something, the universe conspires to help you achieve it. Believe me, it’s true. It’s just how truly you want it. Remember that this is the chance to prove your capabilities, bring a smile on your parents face and make them proud. At last I would say, positivity, self belief and faith are your true best friends.

This exam is going to help you build a strong character and become a better version of yourself. Give your best and enjoy the journey J BEST OF LUCK GUYS!