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|RANK IN CSE-2017
|B. Tech in Electronics & Instrumentation
|NO OF ATTEMPTS IN CSE
|MEDIUM OF MAINS WRITING
|MEDIUM OF INTERVIEW
|YES, IRS (BATCH 2013), GOOGLE, GST
|WORKING WHILE PREPARATION
Anudeep is a resident of Metpally town in Telangana. His father is an Assistant Divisional Engineer at Telangana Northern Power Distribution company. Anudeep completed his schooling in Telangana itself. He completed B. Tech in Electronics and Instrumentation from BITS, Pilani in Rajasthan.
Anudeep had a long and diverse work experience but he was not satisfied with the work he was doing and the desire to do something bigger and meaningful inspired him to become a Civil Servant.
Anudeep got All India Rank 01 in UPSC CSE 2017 and this was his 5th attempt. Before this he had appeared for UPSC CSE four times. In his first attempt he was able to clear prelims and mains but could not do well to pass the personality test. In his 2nd attempt he was selected for Indian Revenue Service. But he wanted to do something bigger and better. However,in his next two attempts also, he was not able to get the desired result.
As Anudeep says since he had a regular job, he could not get much time to study during the weekdays. So,he used to make the most of his weekends and study hard.
|Ancient and Medieval History
|Old NCERT by RS Sharma(Ancient) ,Old NCERT by Satish Chandra (Selective Reading) (Medieval)
|A Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir,India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra ,NCERT by Bipan Chandra
|Art and Culture
|Fine Arts Book – Class XI NCERT,Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material ,Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT
|Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT,India: Physical Environment XI NCERT,Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT,India: People and Economy XII NCERTCertificate Physical and Human Geography: GC LeongPMFIAS ,Google and YouTube
|Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh,Mrunal.org articles,Macro Economics – NCERT Class XII,Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI,Economic Survey (Selective reading),The Hindu,Internet for understanding concepts (Arthapedia, Google, Youtube)
|General Science books – NCERT Class IX and X ,The Hindu (Latest scientific terms, discoveries and inventions frequently mentioned in news),Google and YouTube
|Government schemes & others
|Govt schemes compilation by the website Civils Daily
|The Hindu,Civils Daily,ForumIAS
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As you start reading the books, he has mentioned here for GS mains, please keep the following points in mind:
|Art and Culture-
|An Introduction to Indian Art – Class XI NCERT Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT
|A Brief History of Modern India- Spectrum by Rajiv Ahir India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (Read selectively)
|India Since Independence by Bipan Chandra
|World History: Patterns of Interaction by McDougal Littell. For UPSC, read only from Chapter 22 to Chapter 36
|NCERT Sociology Std XI and XII, ARC 2
|Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT India: Physical Environment XI NCERT Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT India: People and Economy XII NCERTicate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong PMFIAS, YouTube, Google
|Polity, Constitution (static)
|Static Portion:Laxmikanth ARC - 2 Current Affairs:The Hindu The Big Picture on RSTV CivilsDaily current affairs materialInsights/ForumIAS for topics not covered well by CivilsDailyPRS India for latest legislation All India Radio
|Budget Economic Survey (gist)NitiAayog 3-year Action Plan report
|Environment and Ecology
|Shankar IAS Book
|Fundamental reading: CBSE book
|Vajiram Notes and current affairs
|2nd ARC reports: Ethics in Governance, Promoting E-gov, RTI, Citizen-centric Administration, Personnel Administration. Read all ARC reports completely, memorise only recommendations.
|Google, Vajiram printed material
|Previous Year Question Paper
To write a comprehensive answer Anudeep suggests aspirants to focus on a few key areas while writing answer:
Essay distinguishes itself from GS in the sense that in GS marks will be awarded purely for content. But in essay, examiners will pay special attention to not just your content, but also to the language, coherence between topics and the way you organise your essay.So you must take adequate care to arrange your views and ideas properly and not commit any fundamental spelling or grammatical mistakes.
To write a comprehensive essay-
Sharing his interview experience Anudeep says his interview began at around 3:00 PM and went on for 35 minutes. He was asked questions on a diverse set of topics: Aryan migration, hate crimes, meditation, Artificial Intelligence, Swachh Bharat and why he wanted to get into the IAS. He had anticipated and prepared for some of those questions in prior, so he could answer them well. After the interview, he was glad with his performance.
Anudeep had attended a few mock interviews also to prepare himself better for the Personality Test. Attending mock interviews are important for aspirants to understand the pattern of interview, to get familiar with the interview environment and for getting over the fear of facing the interview panel.
Anudeep’s journey of becoming an IAS officer was long. He gave his first attempt in the year 2012 and last attempt in 2017. The journey was full of ups and downs. He got selected as IRS once and failed also in many attempts. He also decided to quit after his 4th attempt. But one thing that played the crucial role in this entire journey and finally got him AIR 01 was that after every failure he analysed his mistakes and learned from it.
As Anudeep says, at the end of his UPSC journey, he stands with a firm newfound belief that when you own your failures, you become a better person. And when you work hard to overcome your problems, you win. And you win big.
Based on his personal experience, as he had decided to quit this exam but then he took up the battle again and was able to secure rank 1, Anudeep suggests aspirants that its better to try and fail than never trying.