IAS Topper 2012 (14th rank) Debasweta Banik in an interview to Kunal Jha of Jagranjosh.com provides valuable tips for IAS prelim exam. She also shares her exam preparation strategy. Debasweta took holistic approach to IAS Prelim Exam. Prelim stage is often considered the toughest stage by many candidates. Debasweta explains what should be the right strategy to overcome this hurdle. She focused on basics during her exam preparation and in the examination hall speed and accuracy were her hallmarks. She also advised candidates who couldn’t clear prelim exam to regain their confidence and not to be bogged down by the negativity.The final result of IAS exam 2012 was declared on 3 May 2013.
Go through the Interview given below.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy for UPSC prelim exam?
Debasweta: I didn’t break my preparation into prelim and main. I took holistic approach. Revision and constantly brushing up your basics is key to success in prelim exam. I focused both on speed and accuracy while solving the IAS Prelim question paper.
Jagranjosh.com: Which books did you refer to while preparing for Prelim exam?
Debasweta: Standard Textbooks and NCERT books. M. Lakshmikant for Indian polity. For History, I read Bipin Chandra’s India’s Freedom Struggle.
Jagranjosh.com: How would you like to comment on those candidates who couldn’t clear prelim exam.
Debasweta: They should not lose heart. Try to regain confidence. There is always a next chance. They should think positive. They should not be bogged down by the negativity.
Jagranjosh.com: How did you prepare for GS?
Debasweta: I focused on basics to increase my conceptual clarity in the conventional areas like History, Geography, Polity and Economy. I read NCERT books thoroughly. It helped a lot while solving the IAS prelim GS paper.
Jagranjosh.com: How did you prepare for CSAT?
Debasweta: For CSAT paper, I did practice in Comprehension and decision making. They played a decisive role as half of the questions asked in the paper belonged to these sections. Besides, I also practices previous year question papers.