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Rashmita Panda - UPSC 13th Rank, 2009 BatchCSC / : / What was your strategy for the examination?
Rashmita Panda / : / Give equal importance to all the papers and consistent hard work and the faith on my potential that I will be into civil services one day.
CSC / : / What were your optionals?
Rashmita Panda / : / History & Public Administration
CSC / : / How did you plan for preliminary examination?
Rashmita Panda / : / For G.S: exhaustive reading with emphasis on current affairs and solve lots of questions and precision is important in negative marking scheme.
CSC / : / What about General Studies?
Rashmita Panda / : / Alongwith traditional part, give stress to current event and make opinions. Make cutouts of articles, section wise eg; health, IR as this will make revision easy.
CSC / : / What is the best way to prepare current affairs?
Rashmita Panda / : / Hindu, Economic Times, Yojana, Kurukshetra, Civil Services Chronicle & Wizard, Special monthly issues of CSC is valuable
CSC / : / What about time management?
Rashmita Panda / : / I used to do GS and both my optionals together as in that way I would be in touch with all my papers.
CSC / : / What was your strategy for Mains?
Rashmita Panda / : / Answer writing practice help to score well. One cannot write all answers but at least a framework should be prepared in mind.
CSC / : / Did you join any coaching institute? What is your opinion about coaching institutes?
Rashmita Panda / : / For GS: Vajiram and Ravi in 2006 and test series in Sriram. For Public admn: Sunil Gupta sirs Inspiration & this helped to refine my answers. For history: Dr. Reddy sir & Baliyan sir’s test series.
CSC / : / What should be the criteria to select optionals?
Rashmita Panda / : / Interest in the subject and easy availability of material
CSC / : / Tell me something about Interview?
Rashmita Panda / : / Be honest to the interview board and give balanced perspective
CSC / : / The biggest mistake you made in the examination?
Rashmita Panda / : / Neglecting statistics in 2007 mains for which for which GS Paper II scores was not good.
CSC / : / What are your suggestions for the new comers?
Rashmita Panda / : / This exam needs lots of patience and perseverance. Work hard in smart manner & just give your best
CSC / : / Your opinion about the Civil Services Chronicle? Since when you have reading CS-Chronicle? Which section of CSC benefited you the most?
Rashmita Panda / : / CSC is quite exhaustive in the coverage of relevant issues. I have been reading CSC since 2006.
CSC / : / What is your opinion about self-study?
Rashmita Panda / : / Self study is very crucial as a particular candidate will know his / her weakness and strengths.
CSC / : / How important is the length of an answer?
Rashmita Panda / : / Writing a relevant answer with good presentation style is important by sticking to word limit.
CSC / : / What do you feel the secret of you success?
Rashmita Panda / : / Patience and hard work in a smart manner.
CSC / : / To whom do you refer for the credit success?
Rashmita Panda / : / My parents, my sister Ankita, all my teachers, friends, students & colleagues and especially during preparations sathis, Rahul (IPS 2007), Vikram, Shiva, Anumena, Kislaya, Ajit, Suvidh, Anushree & Rugved. I also thank Nabanita (IFS 2007).
Courtesy: Civil Services Chronicle – Leading Magazine for Civil Services Aspirants
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