Strategy, mindset, and small preparation hacks for working aspirants- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)

All these hacks have been suggested keeping working profesionals in mind.

Strategy hacks:

  1. You have to plan your studies in seconds and minutes and not in hours.
  2. Utilize morning hours more compared to evening hours as the job stress and job fatigue factors are reduced in morning.
  3. Have a good peer group, preferably on telegram.
  4. In the morning download newspaper from The Hindu newspaper telegram group. Saves time.
  5. A new document to be read in a particular way. First is to get a gist of overall document and then go into micro details. Works Continue reading “Strategy, mindset, and small preparation hacks for working aspirants- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)”

Link for some useful topper’s copies

Hello guys,
We all know that toppers copies can be a useful source for improving your answer writing. Based on a quick discussion amongst few selected candidates we have come up with a curated list for all of you to go through some copies. Please note that this list is not exhaustive, neither has it captured all the good copies that are there. We are trying to reduce the scatteredness and bringing some useful copies at one place.

Happy scanning! Continue reading “Link for some useful topper’s copies”

Overcoming depression and feeling of lost out during CSE preparation: Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54, CSE 2018)

Hello friends,

I hope your mains preparation is going good. I am writing this post to help you out if you ever found yourself in a depressed situation or feeling completely lost out in this long journey. Continue reading “Overcoming depression and feeling of lost out during CSE preparation: Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54, CSE 2018)”

GS-2: IR Notes of Ankur Kaushik (AIR 37)

Hi friends,

I am posting this on behalf of Ankur Kaushik. Ankur has one of highest score in GS-2 (124). His IR notes maybe helpful to you.

About Ankur Kaushik: Ankur is NSIT 2015 pass out in computer science engineering, IRTS from CSE 16 and AIR 37 in CSE 18, a budding poet and author (Check his book: Of Lilies and Graves

Public Administration: How to use Administrative thinkers in Answers -by Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)

Hello guys.

Hope your prep is going good. Many have been asking about linkages and how to use thinkers in answer. I am attempting to address your query here. [ Join this TG group, here I share strategy and materials related with Pub Ad mostly, apart from some GS guidelines: ]

The most important part of pub ad syllabus is Administrative thinkers & Administrative behaviour in my opinion. So, ensure that all key ideas of every single thinker is on your finger tips. whatever sources you are referring to cover thinkers: be it Aribam, P&P or your classroom coaching notes, ensure that you summarise all thinkers in 4-5 key ideas and be ready to use in your answers. Keep on reading!

How do I understand the UPSC CSE syllabus- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR54)

This post has been written keeping first timer in mind or those who want to try CSE exam in coming years. This will help in clarifying how to see UPSC CSE syllabus and how to prepare various topics. First thing first, Keep a print out of syllabus or its PDF copy. Read,re-read and try to get a bird’s eye view of the syllabus. Structure it in the form of broad categorisation. This will help in deciding your priorities on what to focus, what to cover, how much time to devote to a particular topic, issue, discussion etc. Continue reading “How do I understand the UPSC CSE syllabus- Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR54)”

Ethics Answer Copy- Analysis & Tips by Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)

I am uploading one of my ethics copies. I would request you all to focus on practical examples, writing your own definitions in simple languages and breaking a general statement into parts to make it ready for analysis. Re-read question many times if the language seems tough ( as it happens in few questions). Continue reading “Ethics Answer Copy- Analysis & Tips by Sumit Kumar Rai (AIR 54)”

How to prepare along with a job: Tips for working professionals by Sumit Kumar Rai( AIR 54)

1. First of all, you need to have a mindset about your current job. It should be treated as a temporary phenomenon in your life. Assume that it is just a job, it is not something where you want to spend your entire life. Your passion and that burning desire for civil services should be your guiding criteria at your work place. So, treat your job as it is: It is secondary to your preparation. By this I don’t mean that you become too negligent at work. That should not be the case and an aspiring civil servant should never do that. You should have that adequate level of efficiency and professionalism and you should be able to complete all your deliverables within time. Don’t run after appraisals. Even if you get a bad one, it is not the end of your life. A little sacrifice is needed for a noble cause. Keep on reading!

General studies Notes- Sumit Kumar Rai( AIR 54)

I have compiled my GS notes below. They are mostly on evernote. Being in a job I found evernote useful as I can access it from anywhere. My handwritten notes are very few.

These notes have been made from various sources: forumias material, visionias material, toppers answersheet, economic survey, heavy use of internet, NCERT books etc.

Many of these are not very neat and have been made for revision purpose.

Many notes are very small and serve only an indicative purpose like what are the various things one should cover (like NCERT Crux, Economic survey notes). Keep on reading!