Siddhartha Jain, a Mechanical Engineer from IIT Roorkee made it to the final list of Civil Services Exam 2015. His father is a CA and Mother, a home maker. He got the 13th rank in his 2nd attempt and he is very keen to join the services. He firmly believes that the “honesty is the best policy”. He attributes the credit of his success to family and friends. In talks with Jagranjosh.com, he highlighted the important points of his IAS Exam Preparation.
Jagranjosh.com: What do you think about the change in the IAS Prelims Exam Pattern? Does it make the selection process better?
Siddhartha Jain: I think the direction of change is good, but the magnitude of change is debatable. It is fine that you are decreasing the preference of CSAT because lot of people get selected in the exam after scoring better only in CSAT instead of performing better GS. But to make 33% marks as qualifying marks is not justified, here, there is a scope of discussion at this point. So, it is good change but still it is a debatable that it is a good change or not?
Jagranjosh.com: Does joining coaching helps in clearing the IAS Prelims Exam? How far the group discussions are helpful in clearing IAS Prelims?
Siddhartha Jain: I will not say that joining coaching is very important because it differs from person to person. Nowadays, there are lot of online resources available. One of the benefits of joining coaching is if you are totally alone then you will find good support and you will be confident that you are going in right direction.
Coming to the second question is Group Discussion - The audio and visual memory of we human used to be very good. When we used to do Group discussion- we hear some points, we listen to other’s point of view and see their expressions then we grasps those thing very well and we remember those things. Our perspective has also opened in multi-dimensions. So, I support group discussion very much for UPSC Preparation.
Jagranjosh.com: When did you start the Preparation for IAS Prelims Exam?
Siddhartha Jain: From the third year of my Bachelor degree, I started my preparation of IAS Exam. The preparation of IAS Prelims and IAS Mains is possible simultaneously and it is very difficult to bifurcate Prelims and Mains Exams. So my preparation for Prelims was started from third year of my B. Tech.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy for IAS Prelims Exam as a whole?
Siddhartha Jain: My strategy for Prelims is that, generally when you attempt the paper of Prelims, you eliminate 2 out of 4 options but one or two remained or you eliminate one option. So, what I suggest many aspirants is to improve your intuition skills. Several times you will see questions that you solve through options only. To improve that intuition skill I will suggest to appear in lot of tests by which you will develop some kind of sixth sense if you appear 100, 150 tests. So this is one thing.
Secondly, you have to cover basic study material available like NCERTs because the strategy is what other know, you should know that at least. Apart from this, appear in many tests to improve your intuition skills and this will help you to crack IAS Prelims.
Jagranjosh.com: How did you prepare for General Studies for IAS Prelims Exam?
Siddhartha Jain: I went through all the general Study Materials i.e., available and known to all aspirants like basic NCERTs books and basic books for each and every subject. First of all I made my base strong for IAS Prelims.
Secondly, I appeared many tests to develop that intuition skill if in case I able to eliminate 2 options then how can I choose the correct option out of two options.
Third thing was that- I appeared for other examinations also- like CAPF. The Exam of CAPF (CAPF itself a very good service also) used to be conducted in July by which your preparation for IAS Prelims will be done very well. Your syllabus for Prelims will be covered by July. So, these strategies I have adopted for IAS Prelims preparation.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your Strategy to Prepare for the GS Paper II (CSAT)?
Siddhartha Jain: Actually, I did not prepare for CSAT because 33% is very less and it does not require me to prepare for it.
Jagranjosh.com: How far English is necessary in fulfilling the work responsibilities of a Civil Servant?
Siddhartha Jain: The basic responsibility of Civil Services is Public relation and Public relation management. For this, language is very important. So, English, being a language is very important for Civil Servants. So, I think, he should have a good command over English. It is important.
Jagranjosh.com: What suggestion would you like to give for the future candidates for IAS Prelims?
Siddhartha Jain: First of all I would like all of them to cover all the basic materials available. Secondly, like I mentioned, give many test so, that you can develop that skill in you that you choose the right option and thirdly, be confident while appearing for the exam. Confidence is very important.