TOPPER’S STRATEGY: Annapurna Garg (Rank 68) CSE – 2015

Dear friends,

We are happy to share strategy and words of wisdom from Annapurna Garg ( Rank 68) .

Friends, you know her as one of the regular writers of TLP. She featured regularly in our top TLP writers.

We are very proud of her as she stood by us during our tough times , she believed in us

This infact motivated us to treat her as some one in iasbaba family close to us that we called her during mains for answer writing.

 

Her mail lines read thus:

“Please find the attachment – it’s the article that you had asked for with a special emphasis On answer writing.

I again thank the platform for playing a major role in my success. I am truly grateful to such an organised and focused initiative. May iasbaba keep on working like this and helping many young people to realise their dreams.”

 

 

Friends remeber ” God helps those who help themselves , whatever be the negativity”

On this note we sign off and share the strategy.

 

Annapurna Garg’s Strategy  (AIR 68, CSE – 2015)

The path that I chose three years back has finally reached its destination. The road was bumpy and nauseatic at times, but it was equally gratifying and fulfilling at the end of the day. All the note making, reading The Hindu line to line, NCERTs, test series, scribbling on walls, social isolation, listening ‘Lakshya toh Har haal me paana hai’ and ‘aashayein’ have finally born very sweet fruits.

My dream has come true and so can anybody’s. It’s a dream seen by millions of young Indians but only a few see the happy ending. So, here are a few things that I think I did differently from others that gave me an edge:

 

Preliminary examination:

  • Keep your sources very limited. The more books you try to read, the less you actually absorb. So much of material in market attracts, but you have to resist. Stick to the basic books. It’s important to read those basic books again and again.
  • I used to underline in the books itself and did not make any exclusive notes, for prelims examination. I personally feel that writing what is there in book already is a sheer waste of time. Invest that time in revision instead.
  • But make very short and concise notes of the current affairs (especially factual ones). I used to make soft notes so that these could always be updated.
  • While studying, one knows one’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to strengthen the strengths and identify and accept the weaknesses. For example, if you come across a question on zonal council, and you realise that your knowledge about zonal councils is lacking somewhere, go back to the book and read it again. And very importantly, write ‘Zonal council’ in a check list of things to revise. This ensures that you build upon your weak areas in a very organised fashion.
  • Newspaper reading for CSE is an art. Any news has to be read with a 360 degree view of it. For example while reading a news on Uttarakhand president’s rule, try to mentally go through what, why, how, when of the topic. Any voids in the understanding should be filled by going back to the chapter and re reading it. The same strategy applies to mains as well. While reading any news, a mental analysis of the topic is important – both plus and minus of the issue at hand. Thus, things have to be done in a highly holistic manner. This strengthens the memory because well connected ideas are more likely to come to you in a streamlined flow.

 

Mains examination:

 

I failed in 2014 attempt because of my reluctance in practising answer writing. There is a psychological concept of conditioning. If we avoid something anxiety provoking, anxiety reduces and we feel good. Thus avoidance becomes a conditioned response and hence a habit. This happened with me in 2014 attempt. Thus, its very important to know one’s inner self and then devise the strategy accordingly. Self deception leads to failures. I realised this mistake of mine in this attempt and started writing  2-3 answers daily on IASBABA without fail. This made my answers better and better every day.

 

Answer writing practice is the key mantra to success in mains examination. Here are a few important things to keep in mind in answer writing:

  • Read the question very carefully and stick to what the question is asking. Be very specific in answering. This is because we sometimes have so much knowledge on a topic that we tend to stretch things beyond the requirement. This doesn’t fetch more marks, but only eats up the precious time.
  • Think about an answer taking a 360 degree view of the issue at hand – political, economic, social, cultural, environmental, etc. This gives a good breadth to the answer.
  • I wrote most of my answers in a particular format: firstly a very brief introduction, then the actual content in point format, and lastly a suitable conclusion. Conclusion should be in a positive tone and have some suggestive content. This ensures that you are making your impression on the examiner as a person who is optimistic and believes that things can improve for good.
  • There is a common doubt whether to write answer in point format or paragraph format. Though no style can be the only best way, but I personally preferred point format. This is due to the fact that writing answer in point format covers various dimensions of the topic in less number of words. Also such an answer has more visibility and hence makes the work of examiner easy.
  • Underlining the important aspects in the answer has its own value. It highlights the crucial matter, makes answer good to read, and hence eases the job of examiner. However, make sure that only the very important words or group of words are underlined. I underlined with the same pen to save time.
  • Adhering to the time limit is very very important. Now GS papers have 20 questions, which boils down to around 9 minutes for each answer. Try doing it in 8 or 8.5 minutes. This ensures that all questions are attempted and still time is there for a bit of revision. This can be achieved by practising using a stopwatch.
  • Try attempting ALL questions. Even if you have scant idea about an answer, write something about it. This may fetch you 1 or 2 marks which may matter a lot in deciding your rank.
  • Relating an answer to the current events is a good idea. Even if not explicitly asked in the question, mention may be made of the related current government scheme or initiatives. For example, on a question of climate change, a mention of Paris summit and solar alliance would be good.
  • Usage of good examples in the answers reflects good understanding. For example, in an answer on women empowerment, a mention may be made of sage Gargi of ancient India. This also reflects that the candidate is well read.

 

Sustaining oneself for such a long period of time is a challenge. Here the psychological concept of motivation comes to a great help. Motivation is that force which drives a human being. A demotivated person is less likely to give his best. Thus, here are a few things that I used to do to sustain myself:

  • Keeping a good motivational quote as the wallpaper on my gadgets (I pad and phone). I used to change it every few days.
  • Scribbling on walls, almirah, and what not – Annapurna Garg IAS
  • Feel good factor about self – a mental imagery of one’s own achievements in life helps one to cultivate a positive self image and gives a positive attitude. This is one factor that can help you stand apart from others.
  • Belief in God gave me an internal strength and hope that good days will definitely come. This operates purely at psychological level and works as a magic potion, especially in times of distress. So don’t lose faith.
  • Feedback from IASBABA on TLP answers was also a force. When I got that prize of TLP winner, it motivated me to work more to continue this performance.
  • If some 1100 people can do it, I CAN ALSO DO IT. Keep “I” at a very high place. Don’t let the noise of other people opinions drag you down.

 

 

“Believe in yourself. Believe in your dreams. Keep dreaming because dreams do come true.”

 

 

 

 


  • ASTRO BOY RETURNS

    worthy article,indeed!!!!!!

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks sindhu..!! All the best..:)

      • ASTRO BOY RETURNS

        im so proud for ur success. lots of good memories i had, since the platform inception, i was sometimes review ur answer in tag ” ASTRO BOY” . hope one day i ll land in mussorie as civil servant , garg!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Annapurna Garg

          Yeah.. I remember this name..:D.. You will surely reach there.

  • Congratulations and thank you for this beautiful note which is much needed at this time _/_

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Raju.. All thr best..!

  • Nikhil

    Nice one & best of luck for her future endeavors

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Nikhil.. All the best..!

      • Nikhil

        Which was ur optional

        • Annapurna Garg

          Psychology

  • Alf

    Thankyou Mam and IASBABA team for their wonderful work.

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Alf.. All the best..!

  • Karthik_(KK)

    Thank you team n ma’am ?

    Superb .?

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Karthik.. All the best..!

      • Karthik_(KK)

        Thank u ma’am 🙂 Indeed it lifts our preparation 🙂

        And congratulations once again and all the best for future endeavors 🙂

  • Amit Karn

    Congratulations Annapurna !:)

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Amit..:) all the very best..!

      • Amit Karn

        well, that line, Annapurna Garg Ias, thrilled me the most while reading that piece. :):)
        came to know that i am not the only one who dreams like this, even toppers too. felt the excitement in the core of my existence. :):)
        Wish you very best for your future and hope you’ll keep guiding us in our endeavors.

  • Keratam Ala

    Thank u mam &IASBABA ur my path maker I’m just going with religiously

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Keratam.. All the best..!

  • santosh murali

    Well motivating article at right time.thank u very much mam .

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Santosh.. All the best.

  • John Matrix

    Congratulations nd thanks for such motivating article…

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks John.. All the best..!

  • Hussayn

    I was overwhelmed by ur diagnosis of aspirants problem which i believe is possible only when u have crossed those valleys with rock solid will and determination…The most motivational note I have ever read from any topper. Hope it will help other aspirants and myself conquer our anxieties and fears….Congratulations Mam for your success..

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Hussayn..!! Yeah this is so because its straight from my heart..:)

      All the very best !!

  • Annapurna, you were my inspiration of daily answer writing..i tried to follow you.
    Congratulations to you from deep of my heart for your great future and life.
    Now you r going to be epitome of success and high motivation for me !!!

  • gp

    very clear as always… congrats

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks gp.. All the best..!

  • Antariksh Singh

    Congratulations Annapurna! Reading your post has reinvegorated me.
    It would be really great if you could post some of your sample answers from each GS paper to get an idea of how you tackle questions.
    Wish you all the best for the future.
    Cheers

    • Annapurna Garg

      I am glad Antariksh with such a response.. All the very best.

      You can get my sample answers on TLP 2015.

  • Anurag

    Enlighting..Thanks Ma’m and Hail IASBABA(s).. :-)..
    Ma’m please share your Marksheet. and also optional strategy.

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Anurag.. I will share both the things shortly.

  • pink

    prize of tlp winner what is it .

    • Annapurna Garg

      Its a motivational part of iasbaba TLP. Some of the answer writers were chosen as star TLP writers of the month. Iasbaba sent a prize with a highly inspiring note that read that you have potential to be in mussorie this time..:)

      • pink

        its so inspiring that now i also want to be star tlp writer

    • Naveen Shekhar

      Answer writing TLP program which periodically chooses best 5 writers also.

  • vidhu

    congratulations @annapurnagarg:disqus …very well done and all the best for the future 🙂

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Vidhu.. All the best to you as well..!

  • Yogesh Bhatt

    Great Annpurna. All the best for future.

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Yogesh.. All the best.!

  • Alag

    Congrats Annapurna Garg IAS ….wish you best of luck

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks Alag.. All the best..!

      • saatakarni

        annapurna garg please tell me your marks.

  • Affu

    Congratulations,thanks for sharing those valuable tips and all the best for ur future endeavours as bureaucrat

  • Mr.DESIRE

    congrats!!! this is really a motivational ….each and every points of examination said in simple way….this is very inspiring & motivating lines to aspirants like me…..mainly abt “” If some 1100 people can do it, I CAN ALSO DO IT. Keep “I” at a very high place. Don’t let the noise of other people opinions drag you down””. ” I”desired to be one of them….thanks a lot……
    thanks a lot IASbaba team bcoz of this team,we the aspirants can interact with other friends and can be motivated throu good strategies shared by selected friends from this peaceful IASbaba!!! thank to team & WISH YO GUD LUCK annapurna.
    BE HAPPY & SPREAD HAPPINESS!!!

  • John Major Dalai

    Congrats Annapurna ji….
    I pursue answer writing in IASbaba platform also….but confused how to write answers, either by pen and paper or with typing…. which one would help better in mains? Kindly, answer…..

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks john.. I would prefer paper and pen because this is how you have to ultimately perform in the mains exam. Thus its always good to practise in the similar way.
      I used to first write with pen and paper and stopwatch on phone and then type it or upload the picture on iasbaba.

  • Naveen Shekhar

    Congratulations for d splendid success!
    Hope we all see u with same awe throughout your career…!

  • Keep rocking @[email protected]:disqus !

  • naveen[ ILP ID; Nav0916]

    Heartiest congratulations!!…..keep inspiring us all..thank you

  • MinionNivi

    Very Motivating ..Congrats..!! 🙂

  • Bhaisaab

    Thank you mam for the detailed strategy!
    To see someone, writing out of the box yet consice answer of quality questions ,has really been a previlige.
    This platform is surely gonna miss u!
    But wait! Mother India is going to be served by a gem like @ Annapurna Mam.Isn’t it the moment to relish and cherish?

    Wishing you all success and strength for your future endeavours!

  • Roshan

    Many Congratulations @Annapurna Garg, IAS. Wish you all the best for your future.

  • HnK

    Congratulations and all the best for your journey ahead!please do share ur experience about psychology as an optional:)

  • Many congratulations ma’am 🙂
    Thanks for sharing these valuable tips. All the very best to you. 🙂

  • newgen

    Congratulations and you are an epitome of hardwork and consistency.. witnessing a person’s emergence as a winner is really a big boost..all the best for future endeavors..

  • Hindustani

    This is awesome journey . The most pragmatic one. Thanks for sharing these.
    Wish you all the best ahead 🙂

  • Pranab Jyoti Das

    Congratulations…and thanks

  • Dharavi Writer

    Congratulations Ma’am , you are an inspiration for us. Ma’am if possible can you suggest your strategy for optional please ?

  • Mohit verma

    Congrats… That was really inspiring and valuable.

  • My name is Eshwar

    Highly motivating, thoroughly insightful post. All the best Mam. Hope you make India proud by becoming one of the best officers..

  • Siddharth

    Congratulations…….. Wish you a happy journey……….through IAS

  • Heidi

    Congratulations and thank you for sharing this Annapurna IAS 🙂

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hey Heidi.. Thanks a lot.. Your answers were super awesome and hit me at times to work harder… Keep working and striving for the goal. We’ll meet next year in Mussoorie.. All the very best..!!

      • Heidi

        Thank you Annapurna 🙂

      • blufl0

        congratulations mam..plz tell me if one starts answer writing after prelims, Can he/she be able to score good in mains?? and plz tell me How many hours should one practice answer writing??
        plz help

  • Animesh Shah

    Congratulations..Please share your strategy for psychology optional.

  • Eminem

    congratulations and all the very best for your future.

  • Harshvardhan

    Congratulations @annapurnagarg:disqus for your success!!!
    Somone who wrote answers when @iasbaba:disqus was new to all, best wishes for the future.

  • Annapurna Garg

    Thank you so much everyone..:)

    I will write about my optional strategy soon.

    • gloriousmessME

      @Annapurna garg

      hello ma’am,congratulations..:)
      i just want to know ma’am..that did you join any coaching for upsc? or was solely persuing ias baba platform for it..actually i am little bit confused…though i know this is a very good platform and you get each and every thing here..but i ve gone through many toppers interview recently..in which they are saying you should refer to iasbaba, insightofindia, gktoday and lot more in a parallel way..isn’t it better to confine your energy and use it solely at one place rather than distributing it and using it everywhere? can we just not sit at our home..eat healthy and have a broadband and follow our ias baba religiously and get through this exam or even if this is not enough and we have to walk extra mile like actually doing more than this..please throw light on that perspective as well..i am ready to work hard as i am a way lot more inspired by you as LAKSHAYA KO HAR HAAL ME PANA HAI…please ma’am guide us..u r a beacon light for us in this sea 🙂

    • Upsc only@

      amazing and congrats .madam……………………………………..please provide some more tips regards how to cover books in less time like Ncert and how to remember long time if we engage in other activity like working software company its mental torture so much burden on programs if i think human have limited memory capacity to remembering stuff, one side working software industry and other side relentless dream to become an IAS officer ………how can mange time and less time more productive and only 75 days left to prelims ..give me tips how to read subject wise like history , S&T etc… its my humble request………

    • The knight

      Mam, I’m an IAS aspirant who is looking for a senior player to guide me in psychology optional preparation. please share your strategy, mam. It will help many of us

    • Upsc only@

      Thank you!! Yeah please write optional strategy ASAP !! I opted psychology as a my optional and I have a question on Paper 2 what material is needed or Samark swain + Ncert will suffice for paper 2 or we need something more to get more marks ? what would be the strategy HOW to present the answer to get good MARKS Please reply……

  • Professor X

    After reading this..i got my ‘lazy answer writer’ self to at least write this comment here….will going to start writing again..

    Thanks for your words..and congrats Annapurna..

  • swati tyagi

    Congratulations @@annapurnagarg:disqus
    Can u pls help me in answer writing strategy because I have not been able to read newspapers regularly,, so I find it difficult that what to write in the question…. pls pls help and suggest something……

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hey Swati.. Thanks a lot..!!
      Answer writing is the key to success in mains examination and Newspaper reading is the bedrock of the same. You can read the same while big on the go through online mediums. It builds your analytical skills and enables you to gather ideas. Besides, if you adopt the above strategy, you should be able to write. Write on iasbaba, you’ll get feedback and then improvise on the same. Keep it simple and straight.

      • swati tyagi

        Thanx a lott…..

  • NTP

    many congratulations…indeed hard work pays…

  • Subhash tadala

    @annapurnagarg:disqus very nice..I used to refer your answers. They are to the point and very easy to understand. Once again congrats. Please post regarding optional also if possible..

  • CSE2017 aspirant (ABG)

    Congrats Annapurna, I saw your answers in TLP 2015 and found them impressive. I will be using them to learn the art of writing answers. Thanks and have a good career ahead. You are motivation for IASbaba community.

    • blufl0

      hey CSE, do you follow insights secure and their test series for prelims or completely rely on iasbaba???

      • CSE2017 aspirant (ABG)

        Quantity is not important, but quality is. It’s difficult for me to write more than 3 questions a day, so I started following TLP 2016 of iasbaba. Insights secure is fine, I usually see it to read the links provided and develop ideas related to the questions (but I left following secure for last 2 months due to prelims preparation).
        One good test series is enough for prep. Just need to strenghten basics – that’s it

        • RUb!k

          hello, how was your mains??? Can you tell me your experience of following TLP?? Is it enough for mains prep?? Please reply..

          • CSE2017 aspirant (ABG)

            🙂 , MAINS likhne ki naubat nhi aayi , prelims main hi CLEAN BOLD ho gaye.
            TLP bahut accha experience rha. I hope baba ji starts TLP. It is worth devoting 1.5 hours daily.
            It is not enough for mains. You need to go through daily current affair analysis and RSTV, YOjana articles of baba ji. But, TLP will be add booster to your mains prep

  • Mission_2016

    Congratulations !!!

  • Challenge

    Congratulations Annapurna. Have a great future.

  • Ghåïñt Nāddî(Andhra clerk)

    Congrats Di…
    Provide strategy for prelims…
    M novice in CSE

  • a lone wolf

    congrats
    keep motivating us

  • nivedita

    Congtats Anupama,realy a very positive writing .

  • Bruce Stark

    Congrats for your much deserved success & thanks for these tips…really helpful

  • HappyIAS

    Congrats mam! All the best for ur future endeavours.. Thnaks for this encouraging write up! 🙂

  • gloriousmessME

    @annapurnagarg:disqus

    hello ma’am,congratulations..:)
    i just want to know ma’am..that did you join any coaching for upsc? or was solely persuing ias baba platform for it..actually i am little bit confused…though i know this is a very good platform and you get each and every thing here..but i ve gone through many toppers interview recently..in which they are saying you should refer to iasbaba, insightofindia, gktoday and lot more in a parallel way..isn’t it better to confine your energy and use it solely at one place rather than distributing it and using it everywhere? can we just not sit at our home..eat healthy and have a broadband and follow our ias baba religiously and get through this exam or even if this is not enough and we have to walk extra mile like actually doing more than this..please throw light on that perspective as well..i am ready to work hard as i am a way lot more inspired by you as LAKSHAYA KO HAR HAAL ME PANA HAI…please ma’am guide us..u r a beacon light for us in this sea 🙂

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hey Akanksha.. Thanks a lot..:)

      Ya I did join coaching in first year of my preparation. Thereafter it was a mix of self study and online study.

      I feel your idea of sticking to one source is awesome. All platforms talk almost similar things as far as study material is concerned. However, I would suggest you to diversify your sources for writing tests both for pre or mains. Solve from as many sources as possible.. The more the better.

      All the best..!

      • gloriousmessME

        thank you so much ma’am, i will stick to your advice 🙂 ..all the best and best wishes to you for your new journey..:) 🙂

  • Tom

    Congrats Annapurna…………………While going through your discus comments one question strike me which Shall you please answer for me………………Will it be possible to get good marks by practicing answer writing after pre………as I have been avoiding writing for sake of pre syllabus completion and revision………………..

    your suggestions are highly acknowledged

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hey Tom.. I think that’s a mistake ( my personal opinion) which I did in 2014 attempt.. However, now anyways you are short of time for prelims; so I would not suggest you to ‘start’ writing answers now.
      If possible, try writing one answer each day.. If you can’t write, you may invest your one hour in mental imagery of the answer I.e. Think about the answer and its various dimesions. This will keep you ready after pre to jump into answer writing.

      And ya I am sorry for having you wait for so long.

      Hope this helps. All the very best..!

      • Tom

        Thanx alot mam for generous reply…..

        Answer by an IAS is highly motivating

        I wud surely try to follow your suggestions

  • Upsc only@

    amazing and congrats ………………………………………please provide some more tips regards how to cover books in less time like Ncert and how to remember long time if we engage in other activity like working software company its mental torture so much burden on programs if i think human have limited memory capacity to remembering stuff, one side working software industry and other side relentless dream to become an IAS officer ………how can mange time and less time more productive and only 75 days left to prelims ..give me tips how to read subject wise like history , S&T etc… its my humble request………

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hii..! Thanks.

      I appreciate your efforts in working as well as aspiring for civil services. Hats off to you. I don’t think short cuts work. So covering books in less time is not a good idea. If you’ll try doing them in less time, you’ll definitely loose out on some important things. Basic minimum books are mandatory, but it’s also important to avoid the excess of material available in market which attracts a lot. Stick to basic sources, but it’s important to do them properly.

      You can make a time table in such a way that all important portions for exam gets covered. While going for work or in free time, you can read the books in pdf version.. Yiu can as well read newspaper like this. You can take 15-20 minutes out from your busy schedule and do pre questions that are uploaded daily on iasbaba or insights. Moreover, prioritise your time for the important portions for the exam. Mental revision of things also saves time as we can do it while doing our daily chores. Relate any thing you hear or read in news to the possible questions which can be asked in exam.

      Hope this helps.. All the best..!!

      • Upsc only@

        Thank you so much your the best ever!!

  • manju2017

    ನಿಮಗೆ ….. ಶುಭವಾಗಳಿ…

  • micky

    Congratulations @Annapurna Garg
    Can u plz help me in answer writing strategy, i have little problem in making notes.. so suggest me how i can inc. my speed of writing.soo pleshh help me..this time my first attempt..but i lack due to writing..

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hey.. As far as notes are concerned, I think it’s ones personal style.. But still I can tell you that I used to make soft notes mostly. And the notes were issue based. So any issue I used to pick from newspaper and then kept on building on it from editorials as and when they appeared. This way I had developed a good amount of notes.

      and speed of writing can only be improved by writing a lot. Write with a stopwatch as I said in the write up. Daily answer writing practise is must for mains.

      Don’t worry.. All is well..:)

      All the best..!!

      • micky

        Thank you so much dear,thank you for listening to me,supporting me,encouraging me,you r really great person..you gives time from your busy schedule.
        god bless you so much..
        All d best for life…

  • janardhan

    congratulations and thank you for such a motivational words and the outright path to get the top notch.

  • pragya

    thankyou di..its really motivating…i wnt to ask one thing how should i start for the preparation for prelimins, i mean which books shold i prefer or what kind of planning shold i make so that i cant be confused for what to study next and a flow in studies can be maintained..plzz guide me ..

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hii Pragya..!

      First thing is to have a sure shot frame of mind to prepare for CSE. Thereafter gather the the most basic books required for prelims ( you can find names on any website.. Ncerts, Laxmikant, etc).. Read them with your heart and soul.. Solve questions.. Again read them and solve questions.. and so on… This would make sure that you are in sync with the requirement of the exam by solving papers and working on your weak points by reading text again and again. And ya pay lot of focus on current affairs for both pre and mains. One more thing, don’t restrict yourself to pre while studying.. Have a holistic study routine otherwise managing mains after you clear pre is almost an impossible task.

      For having a good flow in studies, have a time table and stick to it as much as you can.

      Hope this helps… All the best..!

  • Lalan Top

    प्रेरणादायक रणनीति ! धन्यवाद @Iasbaba
    हिंदी में भी कोशिश करो शुरू करने कि..

  • Prasoon

    What an amazing conclusion to the tireless and laborious journey! Badhaiyaan !

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks a lot..:)

  • good to see a fellow writer in their……..sorry didn’t make it this time…..but m on reserved list but thats not enough for me……..good luck for the future Ma’am……….see u as junior soon…….

    • Annapurna Garg

      Thanks a lot.. All the best..!!

  • Bobo

    Hello ma’am!! Firstly accept my heartiest congratulations for making it through. I gave my mains this year with psychology optional, but due to very poor marks in optional couldn’t clear it.
    Now, you seem to have rocked the optional paper somehow. Could you please please share some pointers on psychology preparation? i did not have any coaching for optional, joined VIsionias mocks, but did not find it of much use.Even i did my psychology MA from the same dept. as yours, hence finding it even harder to understand how you coped up with it!!
    I know you must have a lot on your plate right now, but can you please take some time out to give basic list(or your opinion on MP material), test series, strategy for unpredictable paper 2 etc?

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hii..!

      I am writing my strategy for psychology optional.. Give me a day or two. It gives me immense pleasure to be of help to someone from this domain as its very close to my heart.

      All the very best..!!

      • Bobo

        Thank you so much for such earnest reply. I am so very excited about your strategy and looking forward to it, ma’am.

      • HnK

        waiting for ur strategy ma’am 🙂 posts on psychology optional are so rare to find 😀

  • The knight

    Ma’am, Congratulations!!!!! I’m also looking for a senior player’s guidance for psychology optional. Though I’m not from psychology background, I found Psychology very interesting and chose Psychology as my optional. Everyone told that Psychology is not a scoring subject. But I don’t mind them. I have hope that I will excel in my optional just because I have followed my heart. Eagerly waiting for your optional strategy. Thanks in advance!!!!!

  • hbk1493

    @Annapurna Garg
    Hello Ma’am.. Congratulations on your success..
    I’ve recently started my preparation for CSE-2017 with psychology as my optional subject, purely based out of my interest in the subject. I’m going through the NCERTs currently, but since I have no background in psychology, I wanted to ask u about the relevance and importance of coaching for this optional.
    With the prelims for 2017 being shifted to June, will joining a 4-month psychology coaching in November end be a good choice? (As I won’t be able to join the current batch due to timing clash with another class). Also, if I opt for self study in this subject, how should I approach the syllabus?

    • Annapurna Garg

      Hii..!!
      As you have told that you don’t have experience and background in the subject, I would advise you to take coaching as it would help to grasp the concepts more clearly. I dint take coaching because I had five year academic background in it.
      November end shouldn’t be a problem as that would end by April and leave you around 2 months exclusively for prelims. Moreover, you can constructively use this timing by studying yourself at present and gathering the diffcult to understand portions so that you can concentrate on them later and clear your doubts in much organised manner.

      As far as approaching the syllabus is concerned, I would suggest you to take up paper 1 first which would help you to develop basic concepts well and then take up paper 2 which is based in first paper largely. Rest you can go through my psychology strategy on Iasbaba. Link is:
      http://iasbaba.com/2016/06/psychology-optional-strategy-annapurna-garg-rank-68-cse-2015/

      All the best..!!

      • hbk1493

        Thanks a lot ma’am ..

  • GANESHA B H

    Congratulation mam for your great effort to achieve in civil service exam

  • jyoti choudhary

    @Annapurna garg hlo mam I have jst started preparing for IAS 2018 exam aprox 1month ago nd I m very confused from where I have to start my preparation how much tym i have to devote , m a student of AAS IAS fbd ,cn u plz help me out how i have to start…..plz…thnku

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