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S Divyadharshini – IAS Topper 2010 – Shares Preparation Strategy for the Mains Written of CSE

May 19, 2012 06:42 IST
S Divyadharshini – IAS Topper 2010
S Divyadharshini – IAS Topper 2010

IAS 1st ranker 2010, S Divyadharshini in an interview to Gulshan Sharma discusses the strategy for Mains (Written) of the prestigious civil services exam


Q. When did you start preparing for the Mains examination? Was it after the results of Preliminary examination?
A. One week after the preliminary exam, I started researching the material required for both my optional subjects and had made it ready before the results of the prelims. Once results were declared I started studying intensively for the mains.

Q. What was the medium of answering the questions? English, Hindi or any other language?
A. I took the exam entirely in English.

Q. What were your optional subjects for the Mains exam? What was the basis for choosing them? Which books did you refer to?
A. Public administration and Law were my two optional subjects. I chose public administration as my first option. Since the subject was new to me, I had to develop a basic understanding of it. The right guidance and material required for the subject were easily available making it an interesting subject.
Law was a natural choice as I had done my graduation in Law and found the syllabus feasible enough to be covered within the available time.

Q. Any tips how to prepare for optional papers and more importantly how to choose them?
A. Choosing the subject is more important. Having interest in the subject will come a long way in the preparation. Covering the syllabus in entirety is essential.

Q. What was the Indian Language you chose for the Mains exam?
A. The Indian language paper that I chose for the exam was my mother tongue Tamil.

Q. Even though English and the Indian Language paper are of qualifying nature, they cannot be taken lightly. What is your advice to IAS aspirants? How should one prepare for these papers?
A. Yes, these papers are of basic standard and anyone with a fluency or minimum knowledge in the language can clear it.

Q. How did you plan for the General Studies in the main examination?
A. My prelims GS preparation helped in my mains also. Further a different approach, an analytical one was needed for the exam. Subject knowledge is required to answer questions, so my preparation was intensive too.

Q. What was your strategy for the Essay paper?
A. I did not make any specific preparation for the essay paper. Personally, my mains optional, I thought would help me in the essay. And also your GS preparation will come in handy will scripting your essay.

Q. How important is time management while writing an essay?
A. We would have ample time to answer the essay and proper strategy in making a coherent essay will give positive outcome.

Q. Do you think that good understanding of current affairs can play a significant role even in optional papers?
A. Yes applying the knowledge of current affairs to the questions of optional paper means that one has really understood the issue. In this way you can express your views and write impressive answers.

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mam congrats on your success.... i m a upsc aspirant aspiring for upsc 2014 ... can you please help me regarding a book for the mains exam of public administration..i'l be highly obliged if you reply at the earliest..

Utkarsh Mani Tripathi,

many many congratulation for this achievment my sister i am proud of you iwant you become a very extraordinary and awarded(civilian award like padma bhushan) civil servant in India .


reading toppers' intrvw is really helpful.their strategy of preparation gives an idea as wht thngs r 2 b kept in mind while preparing....really a good stuff

Rajdeep Sharma,



i become 2012 IAS....... just wait n watch........


hello mam.i am from tamil naadu only.i feel so proud congrates.my aim is also become IAS officer.pls guide me.

Poorna Chandar,

Hello,good evening madam.WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR.Congratulation for your success.Please tell me which sites you followed for the civils services preparation.Kindly, i request you to send me that sites.Thanking you madam.

Swapan Chakraborty,

Its good to know will inform my relatives. http://bux2get.com/_e2366786.htm

tripta bhardwaj,

good afternoon mam firstly congrats for yr success please tell me about the internet sites for getting the slybus of prelims examination of IAS


the given info is quite good for geting inspired bt i wish to get info on railways recrutment exams . bt over all its good. :)

anuj soam,

congratulations maam,can you please inform me about internet sights from which you have prepared fpr cse.thanks



adit kumar,

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purshotam vyas,

i want to know the ias syallbus for pre and main

Kanwar Jagmesh Singh,

Hello Mam , First congraculation you to your sucsess. Please suggest me about my career.I want to be a sub inspector.You give me a advice of sub inspector written preparation.................... HIMACHALI BOY 9129187367

Baindla nagesh,

i have the interest to ready for the Civil ( IAS ) Exam.But When Its notification Will Available And How To Preapaired.




hai divya . i became a good fan you i want become an IAS officier please give me an advice to me


congratulations mam for ur success,mam i m also just started the preparation of ias nd my optional sub is history nd public admin,mam i m confused in selecting the best author books for the prep,pls sugest me the books name nd the author,from where i can get the best study mat and pls named m the best institute for the prep anywhere india,nd mam pls give m the top tips for the prep.

nida fatima,


nida fatima,

itssss reallly great

anil sharma,

mam,congrates;now i'm ntpc tainee & my bckground is msc chemistry.my dream is to be ias,so mam plz sugest,how i menage study material &what type of study is required117.242.252.48

nisha rawat,

hello mam! i want to know for the prepration of IAS how can i manage the time during the college time as i am the student of btech 3rd year. mam i have so much burden of acadmeic syllabus also..............and can i choose the optional subject from my btech course subject

Richa saini,

hello mam,congratulations,becoming IAS is my dream so plz help me by giving some tips

abhishek gangwar,

hello mam i want a ias officer it is my dream so help me mam plz give me some tips for exam

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