TOPPER’S STRATEGY: Vindhya C, Rank 160 (CSE-2017), Second Attempt, Sociology Optional
Vindhya C, Rank 160 (CSE-2017)
Second Attempt, Sociology Optional
My upsc preparation began right after my graduation in 2015. As a beginner, I was clueless like any other aspirant. I googled and found the standard book list and started referring them.I had no right guidance. Also, I was not very fond of joining any coaching institution.I did put in efforts but I failed to clear 2016 prelims. Cut off was 117 while I got around 96 according to Shankar’s answer key. This is when I realized that direction of preparation is more important than the hours we put in. Most of the serious aspirants fail by 10-20 marks margin. My mistakes were – not solving test series, in depth focus and too much time on specific subjects, not taking advice from successful candidates.
In my second attempt, again I did not join any coaching. However, I took a lot of help from those who had cleared the exam. Number of hours I put in did not change, only my strategy changed.