TOPPER’S STRATEGY: Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat, Rank 10, J&K, Veterinary Science, Failed in 3 Prelims, 10th Rank in Fourth Attempt

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TOPPER’S STRATEGY

Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat

Rank 10

Hello everyone I am Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat.

I am from Srinagar J&K . I am a veterinary science graduate. I graduated in July 2010 and in my first attempt I qualified Kashmir Administrative Services(KAS) with 22rd rank. My subjects were Public Administration and Veterinary Sciences. I Worked in the state service for 2 years.  I appeared in Indian Forest services (IFoS) in 2012 and in my first attempt qualified IFoS with AIR 23 and was allotted  Uttar Pradesh cadre. My Subjects were Zoology and Veterinary Science. I completed my 2 years of training in IGNFA and joined my cadre in 2015 . I was posted as DCF.

While I was qualifying other exams, the passion and zeal to work as an IAS officer remained unfulfilled. During 2011-2013, I appeared CSE three times but I could not even qualify prelims.

My weakness was Paper-2 CSAT. From 2013-15 I could not appear because of AIS IFS Section 9, which debarred IFoS trainees to appear for any exams while undergoing training in IGNFA Dehradun. This year, long wait is over.  Finally I qualified prelims and got AIR 10.

It is all about your passion and determination to move on to achieve what you want. Patience, Passion, Perseverance and hard work are key ingredients.

I am sharing my experience in bullet form, I hope it may help you. For detail analysis and books etc please contact me through mail [email protected] I m sharing my marks sheet with you.

Bilal Mohiuddin Bhat rank 10 IAS marks

Preliminary Examination;

  1. Must read are all textbooks of NCERT. These make strong  base and value addition can be done from newspapers , internet sources.
  1. Just before 2 months from prelims make sure you solve as many mock tests as possible. it must be ensured that you go through explanations and mark some important questions which you will revise again. Insights prelims tests series or vision or any good test series will suffice.
  2. Certain sections like geography and environment should be strengthened as some quality questions which are current based are asked.
  3. You should remember facts but more focus should be on clarity of concepts. This is the thing which will help you in mains. From 2010 onwards we have seen dramatic change in nature of the preliminary examination. UPSC has shifted its focus from facts to concepts.
  4. Remember one mantra that revision is the key .

Mains Examination

  1. Go through the syllabus of MAINS and try to remember the topics . This will help you to pick up the relevant portion of news and add to the mains topic.
  2. Daily minimum 2 hour of answer writing (Insights Secure) is must after prelims one can write 7 questions in an hour. It should be a time bound event.
  3. If possible one should join classroom test series mains. It mimics the exam conditions.
  4. I will say it by my experience that in Mains the conceptual clarity and coherent thought process is given more weightage during marking.
  5. Insights links to topics in Secure Initiative helped me a lot. Try to make your own viewpoint on the current issues.
  6. Write balanced, positive perspective with subtle blend of criticism in questions. Conclude on futuristic and positive note.(3-4 lines)
  7. Whenever you write the answer particularly GS – 3 remember to try to link the answer with the current events and relevant examples. Make sure that you project yourself a learned and educated personality.

Interview

  1. Be what you are. the diversity among each us is our strength. polish it, enhance and make it relevant to the situation.
  2. Honesty ,Integrity , Calmness and Composure  are key .
  3. Show them what you are than what you are trying to be.
  4. Please don’t listen to myths of boards and story that circulate on internet. Don’t have stereotypes of any board . Don’t prepare for boards , Prepare for interview.
  5. Showcase yourself a person who is ready to take responsiblity of public service.

ESSAY

  1. Present yours ideas coherently and in simple language.
  2. Be original and write what you think about the topic.
  3. Don’t put unnecessary facts and figures . only at relevant places.
  4. Write in such a way that it has a flow and examiner is engrossed to know what next.
  5. Limited quotes . they want your understanding about the topic
  6. Write bigger picture of the issue.
  7. Multi facets of issues and their impact on various sectors like social, political, economic  and ethical should be discussed

Veterinary Sciences and Animal Husbandry

  1. Collage notes and relevant addition from good books .(if u want comprehensive list of books , you can mail me)
  2. Make certain areas very strong . they are   a) animal nutrition b) Animal breeding and population genetics c) milk and milk production technology d) meat and meat product technology.
  3. In the recent past, there is increased focus on medicine, surgery, pharmacology and toxicology.. Make short notes of topics which have been asked.
  4. Make crisp notes of animal physiology so that you can revise at last.
  5. Take latest inputs from Pashudhan magzine and animal husbandry schemes.
  6. Biggest challenge of veterinary sciences is how to sum up the entire syllabus . Flow charts, diagrams and tables should guide .
  7. Apart from books and collage notes there is BRILLIANT TUTORIAL material available in the market.
  8. For comprehensive study and latest topics join TANUVAS  E-LEARNING site . register yourself as Guest user .
  9. Please solve 5 years Mains test papers. Many questions repeat.

Wish you all the best.

 

My Book List:

      History

1.Ancient History by R S Sharma

2.Medieval history by Satish Chandra

3.Modern history spectrum Rajiv Ahir

4.Culture from GK today culture module

5.Post independence by Bipin Chandra

  Geography

  1. 6th to 12 the NCERT new textbooks
  2. G C Leong ( basic geography and world climate)
  3. 6th to 10th old geography for world geography chapters

   Indian polity

  1. Vajiram and Ravi notes
  2. Indian polity by M laxmikanth( prelims )

3  NCERT our constitution at work (for mains)

Indian economy and PAPER 3

1.vajiram and Ravi notes

2 selected topics from Ramesh Singh .

3.GK Today  mains paper 3 MODULE ( infrastructure,railways ,ports , etc)

4.economic survey.

World History

  1. GK today module

2 11th and 12th class textbooks

3.solved questions from Norman Lowe ( questions at the end of chapter)

Society

  1. 11th and 12th sociology Text books ( for basic understanding)
  2. GK today module (subscription){ for current acts and Constitutional provision}

Paper 2 mains syllabus( dynamic portion)

1 MY Own notes.

2 Gk today ( especially combined modules on education, poverty , governance ,health).. it is Integrated with current events.

Ethics

1 Insights case studies

2 Mukul Pathak videos on ethics ( vision)

  1. Self prepared notes on thinkers like Gandhi Ji, Jawahar Lal Nehru, B R Ambedkar, S Radha Krishna, Amartya sen etc

4 Lots of answer writing practice.

5 GK Today module is good especially on question answers section ( subscription)

6 I read selectively and practiced a lot.

Current affairs

1 CGS documents by GK today ( subscription)

  1. My own notes from two newspapers , the Hindu and Indian Express

3.Insights daily current affairs.

  1. selected topics from Yojana and Kurukshetra

Answer writing

  1. Vision test series ( classroom)
  2. Insights offline test series ( at home)

Environment an ecology

  1. 11th and 12 text books ICSE ( ecology portion )
  2. GK today environment modules (1-7)
  3. Current notes from newspapers
  4. Moef & CC site for updates esp state of forests and annual report documents .

International relation

  1. current affairs from newspapers. Made my own notes in tabular form.
  2. Insights detailed topic analysis.

Government schemes

  1. GK today schemes
  2. Ministry sites especially rural development, urban and poverty alleviation ,minority, etc

3 For ready reference and consultantation INDIA year book ( do not read it a to z)

International Organization

  1. Wikipedia..when I was tired to read anything