Nishant Jain Rank 13, the IAS Topper in Hindi Medium, is a very down to earth person and believes in the hard work and gradual rise approach towards Life. He has worked in various government departments before selection in the Civil Services. He has done M.Phil in Hindi Literature from the Delhi University and also qualified the JRF in Hindi. For IAS Prelims, he shared the important points of his preparation which is as useful for the IAS aspirants.
Jagranjosh.com: What do you think about the changes in the IAS Prelims Exam Pattern?
Nishant Jain: In the latest pattern of IAS Prelims Examination which is to be implemented from 2015, the CSAT Paper II will be qualifying only. The importance of General Studies will be greater now, but at the same time do not ignore CSAT completely in this pattern. But do give more emphasis on General Studies and try to cover all the aspects of General Studies Topics.
Jagranjosh.com: Does joining coaching helps in clearing the IAS Prelims Exam?
Nishant Jain: I would like to say again that coaching is not necessary or compulsory. But in case of good coaching or good teacher, they can guide you to proceed in right direction and they could help you to get your way easier. It depends and differs from person to person.
Jagranjosh.com: How far the group discussions are helpful in clearing IAS Prelims?
Nishant Jain: Of course, Group Discussion is very important. I used to give more stress on Group discussion because by group discussion various aspects of the topics can be covered. Moreover sometimes new aspects also came in light. The importance of Prelims has been increasing in the IAS Prelims Exam also and group discussion really helps in analysing the topic in its entirety with various points of view present at the same place and time. It also helps in understanding the complex options given in the IAS Prelims Paper and weed out the wrong answers.
Jagranjosh.com: When did you start the Preparation for IAS Prelims Exam?
Nishant Jain: I have not prepared for the IAS Prelims Exam separately but I would suggest that the candidates should start the concentrated studies for IAS Prelims Exam 3-4 months prior to IAS Prelims Exam.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy for General Studies for the IAS Prelims Exam?
Nishant Jain: In 2014, when I appeared in the IAS Prelims Exam, there were two papers in the IAS Prelims Exam. I gave more stressed to the General Studies Paper and prepare very little for the General Studies Paper II that is CSAT. I focused on the areas which are mostly overlooked by other candidates such as Art and Culture and Environment. I assessed that the questions from the Indian Polity and Modern History are relatively easier to attempt and hence I prepared those sections thoroughly. In the overall preparation I gave more stress on Art and Culture, Indian Polity, Modern History and Environment and Ecology.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy to Prepare for the GS Paper II (CSAT)?
Nishant Jain: IAS Prelims General Studies Paper II CSAT tests the aptitude skill of the candidates. It tests the skills which we gathered during our whole life time and the academics such as in Bachelors degree, class 12th, class 10th and the likes. I could not prepare very thoroughly for the CSAT Paper because I was very comfortable in the Comprehensions. Moreover the aptitude and reasoning questions asked in the CSAT Paper are of class 10th standard in most of the cases which I feel very easy to crack. But there is no escape from Practice for the IAS Prelims CSAT Question Paper.
Jagranjosh.com How far English is necessary in fulfilling the work responsibility of a Civil Servant?
Nishant Jain: In case of responsibilities of Civil Servants, I would like to tell you that in our country Hindi is official language the English too is used simultaneously. In case of working in the central government offices, little knowledge of English is sufficient for the efficient working.
Jagranjosh.com: What suggestions would you like to give for the future candidates for IAS Prelims?
Nishant Jain: For the candidate of IAS Prelims, I would like to say that to open your eyes, ears, acquire knowledge irrespective any sources. Don’t fall into any biased and ill suggestions. Try to empowered yourself by acquiring knowledge. Try to study standard books and study materials and revise it again and again because in my opinion “it is better to read one book for ten times than to read ten books for one time”.