In the gripping narrative of “Cracking the Code: UPSC Topper with 2 Optionals Unveils Secrets to CSE 2024 Success,” readers are taken on an insightful journey into the strategies and tactics employed by a successful candidate in the highly competitive Civil Services Examination. This literary masterpiece unveils the hidden gems of success as the topper, armed with two optionals, shares the keys to mastering the art of cracking the UPSC code. From time management techniques to subject-specific nuances, the book delves into the topper’s personal experiences, shedding light on the challenges faced and conquered. Aspirants preparing for the Civil Services Examination in 2024 are granted exclusive access to a treasure trove of invaluable insights, making this book an indispensable guide on the path to success in one of the most prestigious examinations in the country.
- Anjani Kumar Pandey, an IRS officer from the 2010 batch, provides insights into achieving success in UPSC CSE 2024.
- Presently stationed in Lucknow, he regularly imparts valuable tips for UPSC aspirants
through social media.
Prominent Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar once penned, “Manav jab jor lagata hai, Paththar Pani Ho Jata Hai” translating to, “when a human applies force, a stone turns into water.” These profound words echoed by Anjani Kumar Pandey, a 2010 batch IRS officer, when questioned by Indian Masterminds about UPSC CSE preparation and the relevance of coaching. He unfolded the winning formula for conquering UPSC CSE 2024, emphasizing the importance of strategy and unwavering dedication. Pandey views this exam not as the culmination but merely the beginning, with numerous opportunities awaiting everyone in the arena. In an exclusive interview with Indian Masterminds, Mr. Pandey, currently serving as Additional Commissioner in the Income Tax Department, Lucknow, shared insights into the roadmap and strategy for aspirants aiming to qualify in UPSC CSE 2024.
Originally from Pratapgarh, Mr. Pandey pursued his education at Allahabad University, completing his graduation in 2000 and earning double post-graduation in 2004. Subsequently, he pursued B. Ed. His journey towards UPSC spanned approximately 2.5 years, with attempts in 2007, 2008, and 2009. Although he successfully cleared the Mains in 2008, he fell short of making it to the final list. However, in 2009, he triumphed in the exam and secured a position in the Indian Revenue Service.
When aspirants commence their preparation, many tend to focus on prelims and mains separately. However, according to Mr. Pandey, the preparation for both should be integrated. “In UPSC CSE, prelims and mains should never be approached as separate entities. For instance, if we begin preparing for History with a focus on mains, the questions in prelims will also align with that preparation. Therefore, you are ready for both,” he emphasized. He elaborates on the strategy and the detailed roadmap to be followed, and his words are presented below:
Cover basic books of NCERTs. Read one year’s newspapers and current affairs thoroughly. Solve question papers of last 20 years of Prelims and solve questions of Mains of last 10 years. Apart from this, it is mandatory to read ‘India Year Book’ and ‘Economic Survey’. The one who does this has the maximum chances of clearing both prelims and mains. As for the rest, read the standard books suggested for each topic. If you prepare in this way, your chances of success are highest.
The reason is, no one can do every difficult question. But, if you make mistakes even in easy questions, then the problem starts. That is why, these sources will not let you get such questions wrong. UPSC as an institution asks a lot of quality questions. But when the tough questions come for the first time, it will be in very rare cases that someone will get them right. However, if you get the easy questions wrong, then you are out of the competition.
Begin your mains preparation from October to February; this will naturally cover your prelims preparation. Starting from March 1st until the prelims, focus solely on prelims, studying continuously, and solving two test series or question papers every day. This approach ensures that once your mains preparation is completed in advance, you can also dedicate time to preparing for the optional subject. Don’t forget to create notes, as they facilitate quicker revision.
Additionally, seek guidance from a mentor and have your answers reviewed. Regularly assess your progress to stay on track.
The preliminary exam is conducted to filter out candidates who are not serious about the exam. Its main purpose is to remove those students. The main exams are conducted to choose candidates. Your rank is determined by the interview. If you score lower marks in the main exams, your rank will be lower, and you might be out of the competition. However, if you get good marks, your rank will be higher. In essence, your selection is mainly based on the main exams.
There are very few instances where someone was chosen solely based on interview marks.
Having mental toughness is crucial for this exam. Firstly, understand that this exam is not the end of your life; it’s just a part of the journey. If we approach it realistically, staying positive from the start and avoiding disappointment becomes easier. The reality is that 98 out of 100 people don’t succeed in this examination. However, those who genuinely put in hard work for this exam often find success in other areas.
So, approach it with the mindset that you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. This attitude will help you stay mentally strong. Additionally, engage in activities like yoga, listen to music, and keep talking to your parents and friends. Don’t make this exam a matter of life and death because not everyone will pass. Only those who work strategically and genuinely have a higher chance of getting selected in the end.
Aspirants require mentors, not necessarily coaching. Your location doesn’t matter in the digital age. There’s no need to travel to Delhi for UPSC CSE preparations; you can study from the comfort of your home with the available study materials. What you need is guidance, not coaching.
If someone opts for coaching, that’s fine. But if not, there’s no need to worry. Seek out a mentor who can provide effective guidance. Connect with senior officials or successful former UPSC aspirants. Surround yourself with people who have achieved success. Someone who has walked the same path and reached the destination can offer better guidance.
7 GOLDEN RULES
- Finish studying all fundamental books for mains and prelims exams by February 2024. Create concise notes from essential books.
- Revise your optional subject thoroughly by February 2024 and compile comprehensive notes.
- Practice writing answers regularly, aiming for at least one essay per month.
- Dedicate at least 30 minutes daily to solving MCQs for prelims.
- Stay updated with daily newspaper readings and go through two current affairs magazines.
- Allocate focused time for prelims preparation starting from February. Engage in solving a substantial number of MCQs, review your basic books, and revisit current affairs magazines multiple times.
- Prioritize your physical and mental well-being. Set aside 1-2 hours daily for self-care.
Inspiring UPSC Stories (part) 5 FAQS
1. Who is Anjani Kumar Pandey?
Anjani Kumar Pandey is an IRS officer from the 2010 batch, currently serving in Lucknow. He shares valuable insights and tips for UPSC aspirants through social media.
2. What inspired Anjani Kumar Pandey’s success story?
Inspired by the words of Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, Anjani Kumar Pandey overcame challenges in his UPSC CSE journey, emphasizing the transformative power of determination.
3. What is Mr. Pandey’s perspective on UPSC CSE preparation?
According to Mr. Pandey, the preparation for UPSC CSE prelims and mains should be integrated. He stresses the importance of strategy and dedication and considers the exam a beginning with numerous opportunities.
4. Can you provide a brief background of Anjani Kumar Pandey?
Originally from Pratapgarh, Mr. Pandey completed his education at Allahabad University. His UPSC journey spanned approximately 2.5 years, with successful attempts in 2008, securing a position in the Indian Revenue Service.
5. What is Mr. Pandey’s strategy for UPSC CSE 2024?
Mr. Pandey advises covering basic NCERT books, reading newspapers, solving previous years’ papers, and focusing on ‘India Year Book’ and ‘Economic Survey.’ He emphasizes the importance of avoiding mistakes in easy questions.
6. How should one manage their timeline for UPSC CSE preparation?
The suggested timeline includes starting mains preparation from October to February, transitioning to focused prelims preparation from March. Consistent revision, solving test series, and creating notes are crucial aspects.
7. What role does mental toughness play in UPSC CSE preparation?
Mental toughness is crucial, and aspirants are encouraged to approach the exam with a positive mindset. Mr. Pandey advises engaging in activities like yoga, listening to music, and maintaining a balance to avoid excessive stress.
8. Does location matter for UPSC CSE preparation?
Mr. Pandey believes that aspirants need mentors more than coaching, and location is irrelevant in the digital age. There’s no need to travel to Delhi; guidance from mentors, especially successful former UPSC aspirants, is key.
9. What are the 7 golden rules for UPSC CSE preparation?
The rules include completing fundamental books, revising optional subjects, regular essay writing, daily MCQ practice, staying updated with newspapers and current affairs magazines, focused prelims preparation from February, and prioritizing physical and mental well-being.
10. What is the key message from Anjani Kumar Pandey’s success story?
Mr. Pandey’s journey emphasizes the transformative power of determination and strategic hard work. His story serves as inspiration for those aiming to succeed in UPSC CSE, highlighting that success is achievable with the right mindset and preparation.
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