Neha Kumari Rank – 26 CSE – 14: Thank You Note + Strategy

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My Strategy

Neha Kumari. Rank – 26, CSE – 2014

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.  Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is the result of living with the results of other people’s thinking.  Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.  And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.  They somehow already know what you truly want to become.  Everything else is secondary.”

These are golden lines spoken by  Steve Jobs which i truly believed in. With these words in my mind and the beautiful dream of getting into Indian Administrative Services I left Jamshedpur to Bangalore.

The obvious questions in people’s mind—BANGALORE?? who goes to Bangalore for Civil Service preparation? Are you crazy? But call it destiny or intuition , I followed my heart which said a 1000 times not to get trapped by the Delhi coachingwallas.

On reaching Bangalore, I met Vinay Sir. Simple, dedicated, encouraging and inspiring ,He is an epitome of hard-work and courage. His emphasis on writing practice can be seen from the fact that just after half an hour of landing in Bangalore, I was made to answer questions from Ethics Mains paper! 🙂 🙂 🙂

He has been a guru,mentor and guide, more of a friend than a teacher in this most grueling and challenging journey of civil service preparation. Whenever in self doubt I  would pour out our fears and inhibitions to him, and he like a very patient listener would say — ” Neha,You have nothing to lose. You can do it. Just believe in yourself and be consistent.”

It was the first offline batch of Calling it a coaching institute would be degrading the philanthropy and high ideals which run in the background behind it. This site is extremely helpful for those people who live far away from the so called Meccas of UPSC preparation and are unable to afford the high coaching fees or can’t spare so much time to be physically present.

The prelims test series covered almost all the portion on which I solely depended, and the awesome result and feedback of prelims speak for itself. It is elaborate and covers the entire portion to suit us such that even a novice like me does not get overwhelmed by seeing the huge portion.

There is also a section called–  Insights Secure Daily Answer writing Challenge — where descriptive questions from  important articles from The hindu, Business Standard and other important papers are posted for the aspirants to write online. This is an excellent idea which help in building conceptual clarity and cultivating the essential traits of time management. Feedback from sir and other co-aspirants will help in filling the loopholes and lacunae in our preparation. It is the best way of reading the newspaper and helps in better memorization.

 I strongly recommend the future aspirants to take  daily at least 1 hour of answer writing practice to improve their presentation skills, answer structure, speed and time management, finally to maximise their marks. I followed it for one year and the result is there to see.

I was fortunate enough to manage to get enrolled in the Mains offline programme of Insights which did not include any conventional classroom program like typical coaching institutes.

We were given daily targets to read for the various topics in CSE Mains exam and we were expected to answer them in the limited time. This was extremely strenuous and needed 100% concentration and dedication. Few people found it hard to cope up or did not believe in the strategy, hence left it midway, unable to handle the pressure. But Vinay Sir would always say –” If you are able to handle this pressure, you will surely come out successful.” We as an uncut piece of diamond, would be chiselled to shine one day through this programme. 😀

It would have been impossible without Insights to succeed in this exam. Thank you Insights!

Post the Mains exam, though it was a relaxation phase, I was constantly in touch with the newspaper editorials. And after that I was told to work and prepare on my DAF. The personality test does not only check the depth of knowledge but more of what you principles you stand for. I tried to fine tune my opinion on various issues.

I took interview guidance from Vinay Sir and Kerala Samajam Academy, who had organised mock interviews with IAS,IPS,IRS and other officers already in service. This was an eye-opener for me and the fear and nervousness of facing the final interview board was not there.

Though I thought I did well in interview, I have been awarded 157 marks.

The journey was full of challenges but at every stage I could feel the grace of god, where I would get an internal drive to achieve what I aspired for. The life stories of great people like George Washington, Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam gave me strength and courage.

Family support at each stage was very crucial and helped me to fall back upon.

My friends Sameer, Ankita, Himanshu, Rinkesh, Aditi, Laxmi, Punitha,Krishna, Nitin, Mahendra, Ashish, Shailendra were pillars of strength and I owe this success to them too.

Mrunal (of  has been a great help and source of inspiration for me. If it was not for you economy would have been a very hard nut to crack! Thank you Mrunal.

Sir N.K.Vaid’s test series for Anthropology was also very helpful.

I thank all those people who have been a part of this beautiful journey.

I thank all of you for being there. 🙂 🙂


Note from Insights:

Neha came to Bangalore leaving her well paying job at Tata Steel. She started her journey in January – 2014. It was going to be her first attempt. From the Day – 1 to till Mains – 2014, she worked very hard. Almost every day she wrote something. She revised what she read. She followed a single strategy – read and write relentlessly what’s relevant for the exam. In her very first attempt, she has secured All India Rank – 26 in 2014 Civil Services Examination. She is an example to prove that anyone who works hard consistently by following a right strategy, would succeed no matter what comes in their way. Few days ago, before the final result was announced, she was already again into practising answer writing! Neha’s Mains marks is among Top Ten scores in 2014 exam. We wish her good luck in her future endeavours. You too can succeed if you have faith in you abilities and in a strategy that you choose to follow. Follow one strategy that works for you.

Neha has profusely thanked us which we honestly do not deserve.  It was solely her hard work which earned her the Rank. It is us who are proud to have got such student amongst us. It is we who need to thank her for showing us that anyone with strong will power and right desire can succeed in this exam.



We are not promoting our classes through this article. Our intake will remain less than 30 and eventually (may be 2 years down the lane) we will strive hard to make this free for deserving candidates.  We are posting it so that you can draw inspiration and know that you too can succeed in this exam in one single attempt if you work hard in a systematic way. To be honest, we follow the same strategy we follow on website in our class. It is just you need self-motivation to follow things posted here and work hard consistently (As Raju Mishra, Abdaal, Aparna, MSI and scores of others have done) Success will be yours today or tomorrow if you have put your 100% efforts in achieving it.

Note: We will notify admission details for Mains Offline Batch soon after Prelims – 2015. Now, admissions are closed. Please mail us only after the notification. Thank you for your support.

  • Albus BhojRaj

    Great Many many Congratulations Sir and Neha 🙂
    This is so great !

  • ashwin kumar p

    Spell bound after reading the article.

  • Krishna Koushik

    Really great Neha.. I can visualise ur hard work while reading dis article.. hats off. All d best for ur career. Thankyou for ur suggestions. Thanks Insights. Love you ??

  • atish

    Truly insight on india takes my heart and mind Away right from desk where I am working to upsc class room. this is only platform on which I can follow my prepration .

  • Vishnu Priyen

    Hats of u sir…inspiring article …beyond tat 1 thing s today all institutes are rushing up to show their results eventhough they do not deserve…but u made a history by appreciating students hardwork….

  • neeta

    Thank you insights for such a wonderful piece of motivation…thanks neha.

  • 10th Jinping

    “….anyone with strong will power and right desire can succeed in this exam…”
    _/_Respect Insights_/_

  • Navya

    This article is so motivating. Congrats Neha Mam for the tremendous success. 🙂

    Dear Insights,
    Its really so sweet of you not to take any credits for their success. But we know the fact. Along with their hard work it is also your guidance which has made them achieve the feet. “We are not promoting our classes through this article” this statement says how humble you people are!…

    Thank You so much for helping us remain focused and being our guide and a friend in our journey too.

  • Subhash Tadala

    No words to applaud your work. Oxford dictionary is also saying to refer other sources… But I can say wordless. ☺

  • Learner

    East or West… Insights is the Everest..!!

  • Vibhu

    Amazing. Writing practice is so important we can see from these results. Even the topper Ira singhal only has 165 marks in interview …then how much she has scored in main…Thats Amazing and that difference can only come via writing. This will not happen overnight, it will happen with hardwork done over a period of time. Acche din aane wale hain……..but they will take some time and will not come suddenly.
    Congratulations Ma’am. You All the inspirations for us to work hard. Thank you so much to Insights.

  • Yatharth_Krishna

    You came at April – 14, and now you will be SDM somewhere. UPSC is a journey and you may have started long back but aggregating everything and delivering it successfully is exemplary. You are a true inspiration mam.

  • rajeev

    A very enlightening article, may i know the address of vinay sir in bangalore?

  • Shiva

    Thank you sir and neha madam, I hope this is right time capsule for us to be strong mentally.

    • noal

      Hard work, sheer hard work…. Congrats.

  • bhaz

    congrats neha for your stupendous success. please also share your strategy for anthropology.

    If possible please share answer scripts of toppers from mock tests so that we can get an idea of answer writing strategy

  • RED

    Sir, please tell me, why not portions from India 2015 as its not included in the new initiatives.

  • aspirant

    Thanks insights .. These kind of articles completely rejuvenate ,, I was feeling absolutely clueless ., but just now going back to studies.. Thnks

  • DG

    hats of to u sir….

  • shobha ranganathan

    Sir I want to join answer writing with insight s for mains… Waiting for prelims to get over..

  • shobha ranganathan

    How to reach u vinay sir..

  • Durgarao..

    Thanks sir

  • Diehard Insight Fan

    Great…Many many congratulations for such a grand success, Neha Mam.Thank you for writing such an article here.Its truly inspirational…Thank You.
    Congo to VINAY Sir as well..Again, Thank you for all this

  • Arya

    Dear Neha,
    Congratulations on your success!
    Please share your anthropology strategy.

  • Pradeep kumar

    Thanks sir. It was highly inspiring.

  • Alok

    sir……..I wrote u several times….plzz reply…I need mains test series,I can attend offline staying in Banglore. plzz provide the schedule or process. I know its extremly difficult to reply each query but I need this. Plzz help me.

  • Zombie1100

    Grt team effort by vinay sir and neha..kudos??.. Vinay sir, a humble request-as only a few students can join ur offline mains answer writing coaching if u can post d everyday study task given to such students on the website then lacs of ur student followers can simultaneously prepare likewise. Make it a paid privilege if need be; just like ur prelims test series. Plz give it a serious thought, it can turn out to be the most successful and popular Insightsonindia initiative yet. Thnks.

  • an pd

    she started her journey in april and appered in august and cleared all through > good

  • Ankur Mss

    madam please share your strategy on Athropology

  • Coop

    Insights team is great. Your website have a lot of positivity and goodwill with it.

  • abhishek kumar

    amazinG!!!!! congrats-mrs neha
    7 stars to insights:)

  • chandolu manikanta

    What people generally lack is trust in themselves and again trust on the strategy framed by others. When they don’t trust anyone they will follow nothing and end up in a failure. If somebody have a trust in their strategy and they will win like above example.

  • sneh30

    Thank you Insights for the motivation…congrats to Neha Maam…hard work really is the important..

  • Venkatesh Jinukala

    congratulation for your success. thank you for the motlivation. i strongly believe that if we follow insights regularly we can succeed

  • pragson07

    Your articles always stike the deep chord within…and motivate to work really hard Sir…Thank you for your efforts 🙂

  • Anny

    Vinay sir you are doing an unprecedented job. You are silent hero for all aspirants

  • pradeep

    respect Ma’m.

  • Chandra Shekar

    Thank you sir if I have learnt something today the complete credit goes to you.

  • Puja

    Vinay sir, u r simply great. How to attend the mains class?

  • Abhishek Gupta

    @disqus_oglBPhtzhw:disqus congrats! I am not being able to figure out how did you manage Vaid’s test series being in Bangalore? Please share any anthropology strategy, if possible!

    • Neha Dubey

      it was a test series which vaid sir use to mail to a friend of mine. We sat in insights test class-room on off days and answered them. then exchanged our copies and checked ourselves. then we would either mail our copy to Vaid sir or ask him specific doubts regarding the paper.

      • Abhishek Gupta

        Ok. Congrats! If possible, please share your anthro prep plan. It would be a great help. Thank you!

      • bhaz

        How much did you score in anthro? plz share your marksheet if possible

        • Neha Dubey

          My score is
          Essay 158
          GS 1 116
          GS 2 82
          GS 3 68
          GS 4 132
          ANTHROPOLOGY 271
          PERSONALITY TEST 157 🙁

          • Ankur Mss

            please suggest strategy for anthropology

      • Yash

        If you can share detail statergy from which books you prepared the anthropology part it will be a lot of help in supplementing if i had missed some part.Please do reply it will help a lot of aspirants like me pursuing anthropology as optional.

      • Almond

        Neha madam..congrats for getting into civil services.
        I am from andhra Pradesh. I like insights very much. I am preparing for cse 2016. Once I want to meet vinay sir . Please send address of vinay sir or insights classes to my mail [email protected]. I will not disturb vinay sir. Please believe me . I will wait for your reply.

        Thanks in advance

  • BV

    congrats madam ,,really u r good inspiration for many aspirants,,,,

  • Rajesh

    Take a bow Insight, its true whosoever follow Vinay Sir & team religiously will get success for sure.
    Thanks a lot Insight.

  • mission 15

    we all very lucky that insights is our guide…thanx insights

  • Naina target 2016

    Thank you Insight and Neha ma’am for such a wonderful article which boost me up and to focus towards the right strategy…thank you soooo much

  • ias-2015


    sir……..I wrote u several times….plzz reply…I need mains test series,I can attend offline staying in Banglore. plzz provide the schedule or process. I know its extremly difficult to reply each query but I need this. Plzz help me.

    • raju ganachari

      What is the mail id where we can mail to Vinay sir ? I am from Bangalore

  • urken

    Hats off for her hard worked and wonderful enlightened guidance by insights team member… Thank you very much insights for providing us treasure of knowledge and guidance…….
    Iam too interested in offline coaching provided by you kindly please tell me how would be I select in that 30 fortunate slot……
    Your reply is highly solicited regarding getting admission in offline class.

  • HappyIAS

    Congratulations mam and Vinay sir. Thanks a lot for providing such well articulated articles – motivational, strategic, insights into various topics, books, good questions, etc etc etc! The list is never ending. There is no better social service than reaching down and lifting people up. Kudos to the INSIGHTS team that does it relentlessly for many souls like me who feel lost and dejected at times in this UPSC preparation, given it’s a sine curve 😛 But the articles and the enthusiasm of this website instatnly fill me with positivity! Daily tasks make me want to stretch myself beyond my limits and I know it will definitely pay off, for I have faith in myself, god and Vinay sir! I don’t have enough words to express my gratitude towards you. Thanks a lot for enriching ou lives in unimaginable ways!

  • Radhika R

    congrats neha…. very inspiring article….

  • shrill

    Neha- A girl of great dreams not only for herself but for everyone around her. I have known her for long and what I really admire about her is her honestly, integrity and simplicity. She always wanted to join the service not for the glory but for the service. I realise that she is a person with a high commitment for changing the system around her no matter however bad things look. This is just a beginning. Curious, Humble , Diligent and smart. With inspiration and motivation she will set high goals for the state she will work for. All the best Neha . Congratulation to Insightonindia too! whenever I asked Neha where she was coaching, she would try to make us understand how exactly she was not ” being coached in a classroom” but was being guided .

  • Anwar

    Inspiring and motivating, thanks for sharing

  • che

    The Insights team must give thought to this. The offlin class preperation must be provided online too. If need be, on a paid basis. It will take a lot of extra work but definitely worth it.

  • AMD

    Really inspiring ….Anybody can crack civil services exam and anybody cannot crack it also. It depends on your startegy, approach, hardwork and 3D( dedication, determination and devotion).

  • Krishna

    Sir i am interested in answer writing practice in personal rather than offline.If it is possible for few sessions like 1 week or 15 days , so that a brief idea how to write answer..

  • Srikanth Bandi

    congrats and the targets she said, can those be uploading in the insights page daily?

  • Mayuresh Pawar

    Congrats!!!Neha…and Best of Luck….

  • shalini sinha

    Hi insight

    I want to ask when notification for offline test series declared??? I am regularly following and there was a post regarding it that it will be declared after prelims 2015.Please give us chance to apply for it.

  • SAG

    Now Insight is in great
    demand. Every one blindly jump into offline class.

  • archana

    congrates.. Neha mam.. plz share your strategies… regarding anthropology….

  • Venu Lingampally

    sir please start SUPER 30 series for that more aspirants will get benefited. We all daily follower of insights ..

  • suraj

    great efforts neha, thank you very much insights.

  • Piyush Kaprawan

    What is the criteria to join offline batch?

  • Diehard Insight Fan

    Congratulations Neha Mam and Vinay Sir..

    Such articles motivate aspirants to go on and important for self-belief. Stories like this truly inspire one to take as much efforts as are needed to clear this exam. Thank you for writing this.

  • Raghu D J

    hai neha mam….

  • Amrit Pal Singh

    What was your strategy for essay paper and the ethics paper?. U have scored outstandingly in both these papers.


    really a great work Vinay sir, #respect

  • raju ganachari

    Sir please let us know about the offline class I am from Karnataka completed my BE in Bangalore … I am CSE 2016 aspirant …

  • Thejaswini Rao

    All the best Neha..Now Bangalore is becoming Mecca of IAS aspirants because of Insights..
    Proud to be in Bangalore:)