BALAJI D K: Rank 36, CSE – 2014: Story of Perseverance and Hardwork

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Many of you might have dreamt of becoming an IAS or IPS officer when you were still a child. You are pursuing that dream now through your own struggles and hardships. But here is a story (for us it is an extraordinary story though) where a small boy dreams big and chases it no matter what obstacles he faces in his way.

D K Balaji, coming from a small town, studying in dilapidated government school, learning English literally on his own,  today has realized his  dream overcoming many struggles. For you he has written an interesting and motivational article explaining how the seed of his dream was sown and how he brought it into fruition. He was inspired by many  toppers when he was a child. Today across karnataka, especially in rural regions, he is inspiring a generation of school children (on mission mode) to chase their dreams. We are proud that he was once a student at Insights.

Disclaimer: He too has praised us – which we do not deserve much. We reiterate that it was his hard work and will power which has secured him his rank. We were just facilitators at max. His words reflect his humble nature. We thank him for his words.


Chasing My Dream

Balaji D.K.

Rank 36, CSE – 2014

Dear Friends,

I come from Koratagere, a small town in Tumakuru District of Karnataka.

It was mostly 2000. I was 10-yr old. UDAYA TV (Kannada TV Channel) used to telecast news at 8:30pm. At the start of break time, a GK question used to be asked. Answer would be given at the end of the break.

One night, I had some fight with my dad around this news time. He was beating me. That he was very furious was evident from his red eyes. I was crying. As every night, at the start of news break, a question was asked – Mahileyarige mathadaanada hakkannu needida vishwada prathama rashtra yavudu? (Which is the first country in the world to provide voting rights to women?). In the midst of cry, I just screamed NEW ZELAND!!. (I had read it somewhere earlier). My dad just got curious. He stopped beating me and waited for the CORRECT answer at the end of the break. He realized my answer to be CORRECT. Anger gave away to surprise and happiness. He smiled. He hugged me with all love. A thought just crossed my mind – ‘Learning GK would help me win anyone’s heart’. That made me read GK books. My GK knowledge had given me a special place in my school. Then I was prodded to ask every elderly uncle – Jaasthi GK knowledge bekiro exam yavdu? (Which exam needs a lot of GK?). The obvious answer was ‘IAS’ by many. This is where the seeds of IAS were sown in my mind loosely, if not deeply.

Later, my high school tuition teacher by name SACHIDANANDA RAO used to inspire me saying, a man has to live in such a way that s/he would be remembered for at least four days by four persons, post-death. I got to know that IAS is one profession where I can live as said by guru.

Around same time, another high school teacher by name KS JAGADEESHIAH used to narrate the success saga of IAS aspirants. These things made me look towards IAS a little more seriously.

However, the determination to be an IAS officer took concrete shape in 2005 when I had just written my 10th standard exams and was awaiting result. A gentleman from my town by name KG JAGADISH cracked CSE-2004 with AIR 58. Immediately I decided, MY GOAL IS TO BE AN IAS OFFICER.

My 10th standard results came. I secured 93.76% with 100/100 marks in Mathematics. I had stood first to the district amongst Government School Students. Then came the most unconventional decision of my life. I decided to take up HUMANITIES to pursue my IAS dream, when everyone ran behind SCIENCE. I told my parents my decision. My dad just asked if I was ‘determined’ to become an IAS officer. I firmly said, YES. Both my parents happily agreed. They were rebuked by their friends, relatives and everyone else for not preventing me from taking up HUMANITIES. But they remained firm. I’m indeed blessed to have such parents. I’m happy that I have lived up to their faith in me. Thanks a lot Amma and Appa (Mom and Dad).

I joined Pre-University with Humanities in Tumakuru, 26-km from my hometown. I commuted everyday. One evening, while returning from college, I just passed by a book shop. That shop had displayed the magazine ‘Competition Success Review’ (CSR) with the photos of Sri S. Nagarajan (CSE 2004 – AIR 1) and Ms. Suja K (CSE 2004 – AIR 4). I bought the magazine. But I could not understand anything in that. (My English was very poor or may be even pathetic. I had done my high schooling from a government school. Even though my school had the best of the teachers for all subjects, English teachers were not proficient. But I indeed have loads of regards even to them). That evening itself I realized the necessity of learning English to chase my IAS dream. I decided – ‘I will learn English, come what may’.

Then, everyday I made a point to commute only by video-coach buses, even if that meant waiting at bus stand longer to catch such a bus. A few days I waited as long as 1 hour to catch video-coach bus. In bus, I used to translate Kannada and Telugu movie dialogues to English in bus. Whatever I couldn’t translate, I noted such dialogues down and pestered English lecturers the next day. I kept on thinking in English. I always formed English sentences in mind. My mind never kept quiet. While eating, bathing, almost all the times, I thought framing English sentences. Reading CSR in parallel helped me acquire a lot of new English words. I tried using new words in my own sentences. Doing this continuously for about 3-4 months made me learn good English and acquire reasonable command over that language.

For 12th standard, I joined hostel. Seeing engineering people being placed in MNCs with nice pay packages did worry me for sometime. Then my Principal cleared my worries and suggested me to pursue further studies in MANAGEMENT since that would mould my personality suitably for a civil servant. I prepared for CAT (challenges faced while learning Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning is yet another story, which I don’t wish to touch upon here). This rigorous CAT preparation didn’t help me get a seat in any of the IIMs or any of the topmost B-schools but it was to help me in CSAT in future.

First Attempt at Civil Services Exam

Fast Forward to July, 2012. I finished my MBA. I was all set to jump into IAS preparation. I was under the impression (or false impression) that one could clear CSE only if coaching is taken in Delhi (Usual Delhi-mania that every prospective aspirant would have) I met Mr. Nakul (CSE 2010 – AIR 32). He convinced me that ‘going to Delhi is not required’ and I decided to stay back. Sir’s one tip was to become guiding light to me throughout my preparation. Both of them (individually) said, “Read just one book for each subject. Reading one book twice is better than reading two books once.” Ms. Amulya (CSE 2011 – AIR 609) also gave me the same tip. It reinforced my faith in this useful suggestion.

At this point of time, one more incident happened. I got to know that my community offered free civil services coaching in Hyderabad. I was happy and excited. I went to meet associated persons in Bangalore. To my rude shock, my competence and uptill-then academic performance were mocked at and I was abused in ‘below-the-belt’ language. But, it strengthened my determination. Later, they offered me seat. However, I was upset with the lack of organization in their training program. They clubbed my batch with an earlier batch. I was forced to sit all classes, even though I knew I didn’t need them. Study environment was non-existent. My optional Kannada Literature was not taught there. All this made me take a tough decision – give up free boarding, lodging and coaching in Hyderabad. It also meant spending own money to sustain in Bengaluru. But I took that decision and it has indeed borne fruits. Risk I took by giving up such facilities has been suitably rewarded.

There were two Optional subjects then. I decided to take up ‘Public Administration’ and ‘Kannada Literature’. I bought reliable books for Pub Ad and started self-preparation at home. After every chapter I read, I used to answer the questions from that chapter asked in previous years. One Pub Ad trainer and Mr. Narendra (IFoS and the one who had prepared Pub Ad with AIR-1 Shubra Saxena) appreciated my answers to the core. I was reeling under lot of confidence. But a bombshell in the form of Pub Ad Mains Question Paper for 2012 fell on me. I didn’t understand most of the questions only, forget answering them! I started fearing as to what if a similar Pub Ad paper would come the next year too. I decided to stop Pub Ad preparation for about a month or so and search for a better guide (preferably an aspirant not a trainer). Meanwhile, change in the pattern of CSE was announced. And I had to choose one optional and I decided to drop Pub Ad and go with Kannada Literature. But all this wasted some precious 6 months. Perhaps this waste is one reason why I could not even get an interview call in my first attempt.

PRELIMS Preparation

Then I decided to focus only on aPrelims, since I had only 5 months left for it and I had practically ‘zero’ preparation for Prelims. Study of Humanities during 11th and 12th std came handy to me since I had fair understanding of basics and need not have to go through all NCERTs. (But I strongly recommend every aspirant to read each and every NCERT as they are ‘bible of CSE preparation’. I skipped reading all NCERTs, not because they were of no utility, but because I didn’t have time). Then I studied following books for Prelims, religiously and thoroughly.

  1. Indian Polity – Laxmikant
  2. A Brief History of Modern India – Rajiv Aiyer (Spectrum Publications)
  3. Sri Ram IAS ‘Indian Economy’ material
  4. Economic Survey
  5. Geography NCERTs
  6. Certificate Physical and Human Geography by GC leong.

While reading, I made a point to consciously think of nature and content of possible questions from that portion of reading. It helped me a lot. I did a lot of discussion with friends and revised multiple times. Polity, Economy and History didn’t pose much problem.

However, I started finding lot of difficulty in understanding Geography concepts. I requested JICE institute in Bengaluru to provide me only Geography coaching, not the whole prelims program. They agreed. Geography classes at JICE helped me a lot.

I wrote test series at JICE.

Rigorous preparation for 5 months helped me clear prelims. My CAT preparation did help in CSAT. I ended up scoring 108 in Paper 1 and 170 in Paper 2.


If I have to figuratively describe my state while approaching Mains for the first time, ‘I was a blind who searched for a black cat in the night’. I didn’t know anything except the pattern. Nor was there any preparation, be it for GS or optional. I firmly believe ‘the best way to do multiple things at a time is to do one thing at a time’. Accordingly, I decided to focus on my Optional Kannada Literature first few months and then focus on GS. (I shall detail my Kannada Literature strategy in another article). I did the same, but I did not get through mains. In fact, my friend Kavya suggested me to write answers on ‘Answer Writing Challenge’. But I did not take that seriously. I feel the following are reasons for failure in first attempt.


  • Kannada Literature took more time. I could not concentrate on GS much. (Nevertheless, I scored decent marks of 221 in Kannada Literature)
  • I had not written even a single essay before exam. I wrote the essay, “Be the Change you want to see in others” (incidentally, I scored only 70 in essay). What went wrong with my essay?
    • I interpreted the statement in two ways and started writing it. After writing about two pages, I realized that one of the two interpretations might be inappropriate. I should have struck off the wrong interpretation and moved ahead. But, I felt striking off would send a wrong signal to the evaluator and hence went ahead building the essay around single interpretation.
    • I filled my essay with mere examples, with hardly any amount of analysis.
  • I did not write a proper test series for GS. Evaluation was unreasonably delayed with baseless excuses and feedback offered hardly any insight into how my mistakes could be plugged and improvement could be realized. (I secured 45, 52, 56 and 78 in the four GS papers respectively).

Second Attempt

Despite bad, nay worst preparation, I was expecting an ‘Interview Call’. How foolish I was!!!! The evening I got my Mains result of failure, I became absent-minded and worried for about two days. Then I decided to introspect my preparation to identify the mistakes and correct them and move on for second preparation. All the three mistakes that I quoted just above were realized during such introspection.

After about two days, I only realized that I was thinking too much. I consoled myself thinking of aspirants who would have spent 5-6 years in this preparation. Finally, I decided to give one more serious attempt by rectifying my mistakes. I thought I must have fared badly in my optional, Kannada Literature and started working on it. (‘How I worked on it?’ would be covered in a separate article.)

Second attempt preparation made things fall in place for me, themselves. My friend Kavya who was in Hyderabad during my first attempt returned to Bangalore and she and her mother rented out a home in my locality. In her I had found a very good friend with whom I could discuss at length and revise the concepts. Everyday I studied in library till 1:30 pm and then went to home for lunch and discussion. We drew up a proper plan. We drew up a timetable. We decided to read only few authentic sources and revise the same again and again. I convinced her to stick to the sources I had studied in my first attempt (mentioned above). Additionally, we studied only the below:

  1. Environment material by Shankar IAS
  2. Old NCERTs for Ancient India and Medieval India (Even though this did not help much)
  3. Some notes made from

We also wrote ‘Career Launcher’ mock tests at JICE, Vijaynagar, Bengaluru.

Our focused as well as strategic preparation made both of us clear Prelims.

Meanwhile, I started thinking of moving to Delhi for Mains preparation. Only thing that made me think so was that I could write mock tests there. No Mains test in Bengaluru was satisfactory. My experience during first attempt had amply testified the same.

But, Kavya said, ‘ Vinay Sir may give proper test series. Let’s mail and enquire once.’ I agreed with her. Surprisingly, we instantly got reply and got to know that ‘Insights’ Vinay Sir would offer offline test series. Immediately, I dropped the idea of Delhi. I had immense faith in him and had nursed a feeling of respect towards him for his relentless efforts to help lakhs of aspirants to sit wherever they are and prepare for this exam.

One more miracle happened (of course, it did not seem to be a miracle then). An aspirant by name Mr. Maneesh Nayak whom I had met a few times at a mess where I used to have dinner approached me and informed me that he would shift his optional from ‘Geography’ to ‘Kannada Literature’ and sought my help. It was indeed a blessing in disguise. I had found a person for whom I could teach Kannada Literature from scratch. This was indeed a heaven sent opportunity, since it offered me a chance to understand my optional even better.

Prelims got over. Before starting off my mains preparation, I decided upon a few principles:

  1. I would not ‘read’ much, but ‘think’ most
  2. I would give first preference to ‘revision’ and second preference to ‘studying new things’.
  3. I would prepare a separate notes for compiling the information that I would have to use for substantiating my points in exam (such as statistics, research findings, illustrations etc)
  4. I would write all GS tests religiously, even if I would not have covered the prescribed syllabus.
  5. I would stay calm and poised throughout the preparation.
  6. I would not be overconfident or under-confident with respective better marks or worst marks. I would just be ‘normal’.

I planned my day like this. Every morning I studied at library or my room. Then, had discussion with Kavya. During night, I went to Maneesh’s room for teaching him Kannada Literature. This made me keep myself occupied for the whole day. Since I spent my day at three different places, it did not create any boredom.

I wrote all Insights tests religiously without missing a single test.

I decided to take ‘Essay’ paper very seriously, since I had scored pathetic 70 marks in my previous attempt. I realized my mistakes in previous attempt. First mistake was that I had filled my first attempt essay with only examples and very less of analysis. Mistake #2 was I had not arranged that essay properly. So, in my second attempt, I decided to write more analysis and use examples only for quoting purpose. Thus, I made a point to write the content in the paragraph and end the paragraph with example in the last sentence.

To ensure logical connectivity, I formulated a plan – conceptualizing an essay as being made up of many ‘components’ and ‘sub-components’. To elaborate, such components may be causes-course-consequence-steps already taken to mitigate negative consequences-steps to be taken to remove negative consequence; or the structure can be infancy-adolescence-youth (used this structure in mock essay on ‘child rights’ given by Insights); or the structure can be primary sector-secondary sector- tertiary sector – social sector (used this in a mock essay on ‘women and Indian Economy’).

Again, I used to divide every component into sub components. Mostly, sub-components include social, economic, political, scientific, technological, cultural and other such angles. The first three angles used to be mentioned in almost all essays. Thus, I could organize my essay very much logically. Other important thing is that I developed the habit of using ‘conjunctions’ or ‘linkers’ profusely. Profuse usage of linkers like ‘as mentioned in the above paragraph….’, ‘however’, ‘ as against above…..’ etc made my essay automatically connected.

Diversity of essay topic questions asked by Insights mock essay tests acted as fertile ground for me to experiment my strategy of looking an essay as made up of many components. Vinay sir offered his valuable suggestions if my strategy was appropriate. The day before essay exam, over phone, I expressed my decision not to write any essay on philosophical topics. Vinay sir told me not to have such mental blocks and one should be psychologically prepared to write any kind of essay. His words gave me strength and his words rung in my ears when I saw the first section of essay paper that asked to write an essay on one of the four topics, all of which sounded like philosophical. His words made me not to get shocked and just approach the essay positively. Thus, it did wonders. I could write a decent essay.

For GS 1, I just referred to the standard books.

For GS 2 and GS 3, I strictly struck to the ‘’ compilation of Secure answer writing challenges. I made my own notes from that compilation and just studied that again and again. I intend to mention that my notes were not just the copycat of Insights compilation. I used to condense the information in the form feasible for me to remember and revise easily and quickly. To elaborate, I used to write only key words pertaining to a concept. While revising, I used to think deeply on those key words and internalized every issue. Those key words made me think of the actual issue, but in my own way. So, answers in exam did not flow from brain’s memory. They just flowed from my heart’s understanding!!!!

For GS 4, (most of you may not believe), I didn’t study any specific book even for a single day. My intuition said that UPSC would not check our ‘knowledge about ethics’, but it would test my ‘ethical competence’. So, I started thinking a lot. I thought very deeply about my life. Whenever I was free, I tried to recollect my past life and incidents in which I had demonstrated ‘ethical competence’. I recollected even as insignificant incidence as of returning excess ‘change’ received at hotel, offering seat to needy in bus and others. I also often put myself in the shoes of an administrator and used to think of hypothetical scenarios that I might have to encounter if I get into civil service. My first GS 4, mock test at proved my strategy to be correct. I could answer all the questions in the test even without any study. Vinay sir had set paper to check ‘ethical competence only. It reinforced my faith in my strategy and I went ahead. My continuous thinking made me answer case studies in multi-dimensional ways. Finally, the result – I have scored 121 in GS 4, even without any study. I did all my case studies from Insights website and from Insights mock tests.

Thus, jam-packed preparation for 3.5 months made me confident about Mains. Insights guided and motivated me very much during this phase.

The role of’s offline test series in helping me score well in this exam is immense. With below average GS scores in previous attempt, I have now ended up with above-average GS scores in this attempt, across all papers. This is not a eulogy. I must say, I would not have even got into the list, without this test series, not to mention of getting fantastic Rank  36.

The best part of the test series was it was conducted systematically and even timely. Each and every word was read and feedback given accordingly.

One more thing worth of mention is that last round of tests were conducted for 300 marks. And I was prepared to answer 30 questions satisfactorily in 3 hours. Surprisingly, in exam, I got just 25 questions (GS 1) and 20 questions (GS 2 and 3). Thus, I had adequate time to think and answer sensibly in mains.

Last word, I would not have written this article, if I had not written Insights’ offline test series.

Personality Test

I don’t want to write much about my Personality Test. This is because I have been awarded just 151 marks. But I just want to mention the reasons why, as I think, I may have got such low marks. Reasons;

  1. I had been selected as RBI Grade B officer and I was very casual about IAS Personality Test.
  2. In an attempt to stay ‘cool’, I stayed ‘supercool’ and this made me give some unwarranted answers. To illustrate, I was asked, ‘What should we have to do to bring every child to school?’ I answered, ‘GER has already reached almost 100% and almost every child in school”. Interviewer: “Don’t you think it is just on paper?” I – ‘Sir, I RESPECT government statistics and believe them to be true’. Now, I feel, this one answer, coupled with lot of carefree attitude that must have been demonstrated without my knowledge must have pulled my score down.

Last Word to future aspirants:

For Prelims, revise as much as possible. For Mains, write as much as possible.


  • sree vishakh

    Try try try again …. Hats off sir

  • jeevan

    All the best for the future!!

  • rahul kumar

    Congrats Sir, I am preparing for RBI Grade B exam this year. Would you please help in preparing a strategy to qualify this exam’s phase-II. I will be highly obliged.

  • gaurav44

    u r really a great person. all the very best Sir…

  • ashwin kumar p

    Just One Word Superb!!!!!!

  • Deep

    Thank you very much.
    Inspiring and motivating as well.
    All the very best for your future.

  • mockingjay

    Vinay Sir, adopt me as your child. I think you will be great as a father! And then this child of yours could also crack the exam 😛
    Jokes aside, the amount of good your site/initiation is doing to people is awe-inspiring! 🙂

    • Thank you 🙂

      • PS

        sir my marks in mains 2014
        optional electrical engineering-123+139
        total 610

        did not attend any mains test series last year.
        i need lots of hard work in gs answer writing and feedback
        i have decided to write daily on your website after 23 aug
        plz tell me do you offer mains test series which i can answer sitting at home and get personally reviewed by you through email.?..when will it start and how to join?

        plz look at my marks and comment where i need to focus.this was my 1st attempt.

        i am living far away from coaching centres of delhi. preparing from home

    • Gauri

      Hahaha mockingjay we all want that 😀

      • mockingjay

        Hehe. But yes besides the selfish reason of wanting to make the cut, I’m sure we can all agree the encouraging selfless person he has been through this site and also judging by the various testimonies of the toppers. Who wouldn’t wants such a father. :p

        • Gauri

          Agreed mockingjay.
          He is like father because he is helping all of us without asking anything in return. This selflessness of him is truly makes him like father or big brother. We are so lucky to have him 🙂

          • Though young, now I have started feeling like an old man! 🙂

            There is nothing selflessness in what we are doing. We make money too.

            • mockingjay

              hahaha i didn’t know i could laugh in this site :). Sir, regardless of even if you make anything or not we are receiving all of it for free and the quality the site offers is far from arguable. And we are grateful for that.They say the road to excellence is a lonely one and i am sure everyone here is in there own quest for it and to find a mentor who is encouraging makes the journey less painful. Sir the pedestal that you have been placed on is quite high so best just let it be 😀

            • Gauri

              Sir may be you are earning from this site but the thing is that we are not paying a single penny for anything. There are 100s of coaching institutes who charge money then too whatever they provide in return cant match to whatever you are doing for us. In fact there is no comparison in between you and coaching institutions.
              You are so kind, humble, always ready to help, our mentor, guide, brother, friend. What else one can ask for ?
              You are really a very good human being and we all respect you so much. A person can earn money very easily but there are only few who can earn respect and you are the one.
              Thank you so much 🙂

    • Raju Mishra (RV)

      Great strategy 😀

  • siddarth

    Much waited interview…. 🙂 Optnl Kannada article aadastu begane nirikshisutteve… 🙂

  • Tavitinaidu Kalla

    Thanks for inspiring words.

  • Mahendra

    Wow, sir. Your grit, hard-work and perseverance is commendable. People generally loose hope if they get such low marks.Big salute to you 🙂

  • SD

    Dk balaji >36(AIR)< Dk Ravi truly inspirational you make all kannadigas feel proud

    • Abinda

      There is a strange coincidence b/w him and late D.K. Ravi sir.. apart from their initials both are from Tumkur dist & even D K Ravi sir had got 36 rank when he cleared in 2008!!

  • Anand

    Hearty Congrats! May I know under what name you were writing answer to ethics case studies in

  • ತುಂಬು ಹೃದಯದ ಅಭಿನಂದನೆಗಳು ಸಾಧಿಸಿದ ಶ್ರೀ ಬಾಲಾಜಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಾಧನೆಗೆ ಬೆನ್ನೆಲುಬಾದ
    ಶ್ರೀ ವಿನಯ್ ಅವರಿಗೆ… ಶ್ರೀ ಬಾಲಾಜಿ, ನಿಮ್ಮ ಕನ್ನಡ ಸಾಹಿತ್ಯ ಐಚ್ಛಿಕ ವಿಷಯದ ತಯಾರಿಕೆ ಹಾಗು ಓದಿದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ, ಒಂದು ಮಾರ್ಗದರ್ಶನದ ಲೇಖನ ಆದಷ್ಟು ಬೇಗ ಬರಲಿ…ಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳು

  • velma

    Congrats sir! i was eagerly waiting for ur interview , as my optional is also kannada lit..hope to see part 2 optional strategy very soon 🙂

  • Captcha

    Like it’s said – no two people ever read the same book. Same goes for this story – there’s something in it that made me connect more to it than some of the other tales of glory I’ve read. Congratulations Sir. Thank you for this inspiring note 🙂

  • Atul Sharma

    Bala sir awesome success n above awesome honesty

  • Prasad

    I am very happy for your achive ment sir my situation is also same as you, i also choosen literature as my optional subject. If possible provide me your mail id.


  • Koushik

    Congratulations….nice article,very helpful.thank u

  • Alice


  • mam

    Congrats sir pls suggest me about Kannada literature were I get study material and strategy its a humble request

  • Jaya Srivastava

    congratulatons sirnand thanks for sharing this

  • whatsdereinname

    So what is wrong in that?
    It is your own prejudices assumptions presumptions which made you think about others in a wrong way which is completely unwarranted !!

  • madhusmita

    What u wanted to read then? Like Roman Saini? That he was a prodigy,took no one’s help,read nothing and became an IAS officer.It is his humility that he has conveyed his obligations by mentioning her name.


      why u so furious hated against roman saini? he was just help aspirant benifits by providing many useful videos. accept some peoples can crack exam with much ease. as saini sir did!!!!!!!!!! dont take it as contradict here , rather i just try to emancipates to be humbled!!!!!!!!

  • He will become an honest straightforward officer. If you are objecting him for mentioning her name, then you should not yourself mention it in the comment box either. This is defined as hypocrisy. Please look at what he trying to convey and get inspiration (if you are aiming for civil services). Thank you.

  • Jagadish Jaggi Gowda

    i met him personally at JICE Really he is true inspiration to aspirants..

  • dev mathapati

    Balaji Sir.. First off all hats off to u.. Ur artcile truely inspired us all… The man who learn from his mistake is the bravest and he comes out victorious in all situations.. This is my first attempt but almost a year just went in coaching classes and reading NCERTS… Hope I will be able to correct my strategy aft this.. U r the Guiding lamp in the darkness of UPSC path.. We all owe you..

  • dev mathapati

    He has done a great job.. Giving credits to the genuine people who have helped us is one of the officer like qualities.. We too need to develop them..

  • Anshika

    Get off the high horse , he has given honest credit to friend what is wrong in that , only if u think otherwise it is a problem

  • Gauri

    Rule for those who are aspiring to be an IAS officer, don’t be negative for anyone. First know them, analyse them, put your feet in their shoes then only you have some right to say anything about them. He has done a great job, appreciate him.

  • Aemmy

    Amazing Story.. amazing zeal and amazingly inspiring . respect ?

  • aimIAS15

    Inspiring story, it cleared my mind. Thank you Balaji

  • Gauri

    Congratulations Balaji Sir for such a big achievement. Thanks for sharing your motivational journey with us. You truly are an inspiration for everyone.
    Vinay Sir you are awesome. We need you to call as “The Vinay Sir” as you are a great personality and we must learn everything from you. Thank you so much 🙂

  • Raju Mishra (RV)

    Amazing story of success 🙂

  • mns

    Hats off to the dedication sir!! really inspires:)

  • Dilip Shankhwar

    Vinay Sir,
    Thanks for your endeavour to make our path easier than never before. I need only one help from you. As my overall preparation for civils 2015 is in right direction yet I am not able to decide on minimum books for geography optional. As so many toppers say that read minimum books and revise them regularly, so please suggest minimum books for geography optional preparation which will cover almost everything prescribed in the syllabus ( even if they cover 90 to 95% that will suffice) and which I should not miss at any cost..


  • kavitha

    congrats sir…….. THANK YOU VINAY SIR………..

  • Prashant J

    Much awaited !!!!!! Hats off Balaji Sir. Really admirable personality . I considered you as role model for me. Keep guiding me sir. Please try to upload Kannada Literature Strategy and Book list too. Finally I wish u all the best in your administrative life….


    THANK U SO MUCH SIR ////////

  • Vipin Kumar

    Thanks a lot for sharing your strategy…..Inspired!!!!!!

  • Raghavendra Reddy

    i just started to prepare cse.present iam degree 3rd year student……..iam in a conception to go to jnu delhi for my PG course…aside PG i want to prepare that 2 years sincerely for civil services……… it possible for full time preparation in university? please give me suggestions what to do…sir….i am impressed for your service a lot sir…

    • Balaji Dk

      It is possible to simultaneously prepare for cse and pursue pg at jnu. In fact, it is advisable as well.. Go ahead

      • Meena Dalal

        Hi, this is meena here, my email id is [email protected]. I am preparing for RBI Grade B exam, kindly help with guidance Balaji D K .

  • Ganesh

    Great strategy sir…I saw u first on the B TV programme when the result came…U told about insights there that it is much much more helpful to all of the IAS aspirant then I entered into this website…its amazing to stay here and to collect all the informations…really insights is boon to aspirants like us..

  • banupriya

    your strategy is simple and effective,thanks for that.waiting for your kannada literature article.

  • Vijay Kumar

    Awaiting your Kannada literature strategy.

  • Sharmila

    Hats off sir !! All the best !

  • ias2015hopeful

    Dude!!If you think that having a female friend is a mortal really need to come out your cocoon and get a life..u should be ashamed of you perverted mentality..btw I’m a guy and I fail to understand ‘why’ or how’ your senses were aroused ,by just the mention of a female name..that shows how perverted you are …

  • B. Abhilash

    Thank you for sharing your experience Balaji sir
    even i am from karnataka,benguluru

    • Manjunatha.K

      hi Abhilash
      I too from Bangalore. Thing that I wanted to check with you is,
      have you started your preparation.if so,can I join with you.
      please come back to me @ 8867714428.

  • suraj

    Thanks a lot,congratulations and all tthe best for your service.

  • Sri

    Inspiring story ?…. Congo for ur hardworking…
    N thanks for the strategy !

  • Shiva Kumar

    Really very inspiring article ……………. i can clearly see balaji’s wisdom and hardwork

  • Panda.

    A much needed inspiration for the right time from the right person. Kudos to Balaji for his perseverance. As prelims is nearing, many want to diversify their sources to have the edge. This made me to do the same for last few days. But the toppers words remain same all the time.,REVISE as much as possible from the same source. It pacified me to do the revision religiously from same text books which I previously read. Thanks for the wise words.

  • Ganesh Rao

    Congrats sir….sir please provide information about Kannada literature.. V r waiting ……thank u

  • paras

    We believe what kind of person you are… You narrow minded stupid…

  • Mahesh Kattimani

    Thank very much sir

  • Narayana Gowda

    Hi Bajaji, Congratulations to you for your great achievements. I knew you will do it. Each year IAS results got announce I was curiously watching your name but you did it this year. I am proud of you that I am your teacher in the High school. Hope you remembered me now. my mobile no 7483302629. I will meet you later.

  • congrates BALAJI D K…

  • Jyo

    Thank u ..truely inspiring..thank u insight..u r lik a sculpture who chisel out our beautiful future wit out any expectation..great job insight..☺

  • Krishna

    Congratz Balaji! Could you please share Kannada Literature stratergy?

  • Sreenivas Kr

    Great, thanks for sharing your thoughts

  • Gowdar Murgendrppa Niketan

    Dear , Balaji sir your story inspires us like anything and I would like to thank Vinay sir Also for his efforts in preparing IAS aspirants……please guide me ad well thank you

  • Venkatesh Paste

    in which language you written CSE-2014

    • Balaji Dk

      Gs n essay – English
      Optional – kannada

  • vinod kumar

    Sir Im now 26 yrs old . Now i want to start from scratch , mine english communication is not good .
    Can I start the journey ,please give my suggestions.

  • nikshape

    Thank you for sharing your experience Balaji sir
    even i am from karnataka,tumkur

  • Reshma

    pls suggest me about the strategy for Kannada literature & where I get study material. Please reply I am planning to prepare seriously for the exam

  • Laxman Bhukya

    @D.K.Balaji…. Hats off to you Bro.

  • likhitha

    my name is likhitha plz i am request any one to help me in preparing for my optional sub pub admi and for mains preparation iam very serious about my preparation but i donot how to starat plz plz help me this time i should clear and after this in my house they wil not allow me to prepare and also i donot have any friends iam alone

  • Mahesh

    any body preparing in Kannada medium?

  • Tahreen Saeed

    Hello sir. Warm greetings. I am currently studying in Delhi university.I will start my preparation for cse shortly.I wished to get a little guidance from you with regard to my civil exams. I am quite ambiguous to this process and hence I wanted to know if you might help me with the same. Please give me suggestions sir. My email id- [email protected]
    [email protected]
    Please mail me with your valuable advice sir.

    Regards- Tahreen

  • blufl0

    hello balaji sir,please tell me you write keywords from compilation on paper?? How much time it took to cover all compilations??
    plz reply