IAS topper 2012 Raj Kamal Yadav(21st rank) in an interview given to Kunal Jha of jagranjosh.com shares his success story. The alumnus of Sainik School, Lucknow made his mark in civil services exam in the very first attempt. Raj Kamal Yadav is a graduate from Madras veterinary college. He considers his father and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel as his role models. His hobbies are coin collection and playing football.
Raj Kamal found current affairs section of jagranjosh.com very helpful during his exam preparation. He used it as a supplement. He regularly visited jagranjosh.com current affairs.
Raj Kamal had started preparation for civil services exam during his third year in graduation. The final result of Civil services exam 2012 was declared on 3 May 2013. Read the following Interview to get the gist of Raj Kamal’s success story.
Jagranjosh: How do you feel after getting success in IAS exam 2012.
Raj Kamal Yadav: I feel happy and satisfied. I can do now what I aspired in my life.
Jagranjosh: Please tell me about your educational background, schooling and higher education.
Raj Kamal Yadav: I had my primary education in my Hometown Sikohabad, near Allahabad, UP. Then I did my 10th from Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, Lucknow in 2001. I did my 12th from the same school in 2003. Then I did my graduation from Madras veterinary college. I passed my final graduation exam in 2011.
Jagranjosh: Tell me something about your family background.
Raj Kamal Yadav: My father’s name is Kamal Kishore Yadav. He is manager in Grameen bank associated with Bank of India. My mother’s name is Sarla Yadav. She is a social activist. I have one younger brother who is a pass-out from IIM Indore and currently working in Mumbai.
Jagranjosh: When did you chose to become a civil servant and why?
Raj Kamal Yadav: During my third year of graduation, I seriously started preparation for civil services exam. I wanted to do something fruitful and effective for the betterment of the society and the nation.
Jagranjosh: Who is your role model? Please tell me about your hobbies and interests.
Raj Kamal Yadav: My father is my role model. I am also very much inspired by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.
My hobbies include coin collection and playing football. I also like reading books.
Jagranjosh: How many attempts did you take to get success?
Raj Kamal Yadav: It was my first attempt.
Jagranjosh: How much time one should give for the preparation of Civil services exam?
Raj Kamal Yadav: Around 12 to 15 months of serious preparation is sufficient.
Jagranjosh: Did you use Internet? How helpful was it? Did you use any current affairs portal for this exam?
Raj Kamal Yadav: Yes, I used Internet. Definitely it helped me. Internet was a big part of my exam preparation.
Jagranjosh: What do you think about jagranjosh.com? How useful are the study materials and current affairs on this site?
Raj Kamal Yadav: It’s a very good website. It was very helpful during my exam preparation. The current affairs section is very well balanced and a very good initiative in terms of material. I mainly visited jagranjosh.com for reading current affairs news and to use it as a supplement in my exam preparation.
Jagranjosh: Which language did you choose as a medium for this exam?
Raj Kamal Yadav: My medium was English.
Jagranjosh: What do you think about jagranjosh.com current affairs section? Do you think it fulfills the criteria of Competitive exams?
Raj Kamal Yadav: I am a regular reader of jagranjosh.com current affairs. Definitely, it fulfills the criteria of competitive exams.
Jagranjosh: What are your suggestions to improve the site of jagranjosh.com current affairs?
Raj Kamal Yadav: I think instead of focusing too much on major news already highlighted in Media, focus should be on minor news like government schemes and plans. The knowledge and information of such kind of news fetch you better marks in the exam.
Jagranjosh: Which section of Jagranjosh Current Affairs section you liked most?
Raj Kamal Yadav: I liked International section the most.