[Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt, Public Administration, Sociology « Mrunal



JUNE 13TH, 2013


[Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt, Public Administration, Sociology
Introduction Educational Background Extra C Work Ex Inception Information Study Momentum Hours Strategy: CSAT (Aptitude) Strategy: General studies Mains 2013 Public Administration and Sociology Optional Subject in Mains 2013? Compulsory papers Essay Insecurity about “Profile” Interview Marksheet Wisdom Career backup Family and Friends Bogus marketing propaganda

Name Roll number Rank (CSE 2012) Optional Subjects Number of Attempts 1 Tripti Bhatt 38836 165 1. Public Administration 2. Sociology

Medium for Mains Exam English Schooling (Medium) Centre for Prelim exam Centre for Mains exam English New Delhi New Delhi

Name of home town/city Almora (Uttarakhand)

Educational Background
% in class 10 % in class 12 Graduation course and % 94 90 B.Tech (Mech. Engg.) 78.7%

Name of college and year of passing out G.B.Pant University of Agriculture and Technology Pantnagar, Graduated in May 2010

Extra C
// extracts from my DAF// 1. Particulars of prize, medal, scholarships etc. a. National level merit certificate in hindi from CBSE board b. First prize in debating at state level c. University merit scholarship holder d. various accolades in conferences, symposia etc. e. Kho-kho team captain at school level.
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Composing poems. Hobbies a. swimming Work Ex Q. Sociology « Mrunal 2. Co-chairperson SPIC-MACAY Pantnagar c. happiness it would bring to my family and wellwishers to quote few. Explore yours and take a call about the relative risks and gains. There are different reasons for preparing with job. Prioritization means being mentally prepared for getting transferred. name of post. There are many people who are cracking civil services year after year without quitting job.you may have a short term or long term plan. being labelled a sloth.long working hours or travel time=strict no no even if it means settling down on lower packages.. Just try to hang on to a cool natured job .7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. Q. being dropped in promotion. Coaching Did you join any Coaching? Did you join any postal courses? Did you join any Mock test series? Yes No Yes Did you appear in any other competitive exams? Yes Inception It was somewhere in my head since school days since there is a sense of awe associated with services specially in north india and if you are reasonably ok in studies everyone expects you to clear it. Office Noida. in Sep 2010. General Secretary of Hostel 3. Stay cool. Prioritization is very important and you will have to put UPSC before your job at least during the prep phase. Coordinator of College Alumni Cell d. spoiling your terms with bosses or simply resigning on your own but NOT compromising on certain basic premises: come on time leave on time. mrunal. availing leaves you are entitled for.make excuses or deny flatly). Presently Asstt.. Member of school Editorial board b. no critical assignments which need extra efforts/late hours of work even if it’s for few days (it drains your mental energies plus time. etc etc. You should be able to extract time to read newspaper in office itself.. Position of distinction/leadership held in school/college a. Dont try to be perfect at everything.. Focus on cracking the exam. Manager at NTPC Engg. Provide details of your job experience. may prefer a low profile prep or adventurism but never feel any strong disadvantage. sense of responsibility towards society ( I know it sounds cliched but it was so).html 2/8 . Your advice to fellow working professionals who’re preparing for upsc simultaneously. Utna hi kaam karo jitne me kaam chal jaaye. one can add or remove items from this list depending on job nature and your personality but the bottomline is that dont try to become rajnikant. photography. you will end up at being none. Joined NTPC Ltd. Desire to do something worthwhile and big.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology. You are no different. Did you leave the job to prepare for UPSC? No Q. singing. I had a vague appreciation and inclination but it was only during graduation final year that I finally decided to go for it due to multiplicity of reasons. months/years. Public Administration.

have an awesome meal.booklist etc. So How did you gather the necessary information / strategy / booklist? Before Noida. I think the challenge is to manage time rather than difficulty level. You will get the option right from a gut feeling :) Strategy: General studies Book/ source Ancient History Modern Culture Mains Basics Polity Current mains Basics Economy Current mains Physical Indian Geography World mains nothing spectrum+TMH manual Nothing but ppl refer spectrum same Laxmikant.. Discretionary) 3/8 Medieval nothing mrunal. Read some motivational books. Outside Delhi. talk to friends.wizard GCL. And most importantly. simply doze off over books… I mean thousands of things. it takes lot of time but has a lot of gud info too. A fair degree of practice would produce same result for non science students. I had just completed syllabus superficially and selectively. go shopping. But digging info is no big deal in internet era. go out and have a walk. Strategy: CSAT (Aptitude) Last year I solved few sample papers from arihant publication book and used to do some questions online to come in flow but paper was way too easy than what I had prepared. I could manage a score of 160. Technically speaking it took me about 1. mrunal’s articles Hindu+internet sources Same GCL. Overall avg would be 4 hours. On an average.7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. after I entered my job in 2010 to my prelims in may 2012. it’s hard to dig how to prepare for civil service. Honest upright decisive officer. listen to good music. As I told my preparation was almost zero for apti paper but in the process of preparation one has to read so much that reading speed and comprehension develops gradually even if one lacks it in the first place. How many hours did you study per day? Ans.write a poem or story. watch a good movie.. Even the chaiwala and paanwala will be able to give you strategies out there . (caution: dont try this at home :P) boredom is ought to creep in during prep. I dont even have the habit of reading newspaper daily…i would read 12-14 of them on alternate weekends. You need to travel 220km to watch a movie :P it used to be an open air jail of the royalities. Q. I was at Rihand during the initial phase of my prep and believe me its one of THE remotest in India. bare acts Hindu+pib Same Sri ram material. thumb rule is to think like an officer. Now please share the tips regarding aptitude preparation.create an exam aura.5years i. Varied from 2 to 8 hours.) Study Momentum I am a highly erratic person when it comes to momentum. book fr prelims geog by wizard publication NCERT. as much as possible.html . NCERT. send sms while having tea/coffee. Just close the books and give yourself a break.. Just ensure that the break is not too long.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology. especially the comprehension and decision making portion. 8 hours is the max I could achieve. Travel to coaching hubs of Delhi once in a while if you feel too lagged behind.e. wizard Same excluding wizard(in retrospect I felt I devoted too much time and energy for geography while upsc didnt ask much from it. paste motivational quotes in and around your room. paint something. Public Administration.it helps :) Hours Q. For decision making. one should be in touch with serious aspirants and share/discuss strategies. clean your studytable/room. I focussed on completing it in depth and totality after prelims were over. Sociology « Mrunal Information Q. How many months did it take you to complete the core syllabus of GS and optional subjects? Ans. Wizard may be skipped if you so wish. Just come in flow before exam so that you work smartly and know the manageable and unmanageable areas at a glance. But quality of prep in pubad and socio was abysmally low.

The broader you read. I would keep socio. focussed more on factual parts for prelims and analytical parts for mains. no 60markers. It made me wiser for mains perhaps :) I relied only on my own reading of newspaper for current affairs.html 4/8 . presentation skill and ability to think comprehensively even under pressure.) Compulsory papers Q. sarkari ads in newspapers Self made notes from miscellanous sources. You can try this strategy at your own risk :) Q. the materials flooding in market during April-may. Optional Subject in Mains 2013? Q. World focus magazine annual issue. Public Administration and Sociology The shift in questions paper is very visible. which optional would you keep and why? Ans.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology. Hindu is THE bible for mains ( I know many people criticise its leftist orientation but it works) I spent lot of energy in the process of exploring the refined booklist or getting hold of a few of them but suffered from information overload due to diverse opinions. I heard of scores like 25. It would definitely help I am sure. book: Environment studies (oxford publication) Hindu.61. There is no dearth of booklist/ study material on both of these optionals and I actually have nothing to add to what has already been repeated in this blog and elsewhere multiple times. science reprter. 45. Another book is India After Gandhi by Ram Chandra Guha widely recommended by everyone. many other so called ïsme se pakka aayega”stuff before pre :P was disappointed to find not a SINGLE question from my high priority areas. my actual list might appear farcical since I referred VERY few books :) And perhaps this is the only get away I have for the readers. Sociology « Mrunal Environment. analyse. sense of observation. Your booklist/strategy for compulsory Regional language paper. higher relevance to contemporary socio-political scenario and so on. Your booklist/strategy for compulsory English language paper. But one mistake I would like to share..52. Just pick up last year papers and see the trend before 2008 and in last two-three years. I think it explains my choice . Any set of basic books that covers your syllabus is wonderful. need to write more to get same marks (also elaborated by mrunal somewhere). what’d be your approach/strategy/booklist? Approach would be to keep it simple. it isnt about sophistications or exploring treasure troves of some mystical knowledge. pib. Instead of two. (got 268 in GS mains) Mains 2013 UPSC has changed the GS syllabus for Mains 2013. Highest I heard so far is 108. Now I am doing that :) In the meantime going through Global Politics by Andrew Heywood.think. lesser degree of predicability. vishal’s summary. analytical questions. Public Administration. I read it a year ago so will revise later. put things in perspective and write well. now UPSC will have only one optional subject. Subscribed a hindi newspaper ten days before exams.that too in pressure of mains. Its possible to fetch 147 in pub ad paper two by JUST reading rajni goyal. the better marks you fetch. So if you were to prepare for it.93 in ppr 1 secured by ppl in my extended circle.7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. Specially the 25markers are way too open ended and familiar. The kind of paper they are setting in GS. random surfing and digging wikipedia Same Self made notes. My pub ad ppr 1 marks were 77. Got sick with trivial/crime news.laxmikant and newspaper (that too my alternate weekend style . Nothing. Biodiversity Basics Current Mains Basics NCERT. Morever.) ) what is more important than reading multiple books is to read from limited sources and get it cemented in your brain. banked on standard books and self made notes and It seems to have worked. It’s more about the length and breadth of your general reading. Didnt read it ever. 37. IR/diplomacy I didnt have separate strategy for prelims and mains. schemes etc. didnt even refer magazines. I devoted tooooo much time towards covering current affairs. mrunal. So if you were to give Mains 2013. coaching (pirated) material available in market. To add to miseries most of these exotic names are out of stock at flipkart and unavailable in rajinder nagar market (the hub of aspirants material) Was suggested by someone to calm down and wait for the right books to surface in the market on their own. mags spcl issues Same NCERT Hindu. coaching material photstats from market Science Tech Current Mains Yearbook / Govt.

If you want it for how NOT to write an essay I would be happy to give it :P but I dont remember the exact framewrk and content.I graduated from some unknown college. How long was the interview? About 30minutes Q.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology. Insecurity about “Profile” Many aspirants fear the interview. Score: 50. How did you prepare yourself for the essay? Wrote two essays as practice and got them evaulated by a sir…got 118/125 marks and was happy with my writing skills till I saw my mains marksheet :) Q. How much portion of your interview centered on your profile? It had a fair share of my profile. Did they ask any uncomfortable question from your profile during the interview? No. extra curricular activities.secureserver. Q. Write a down to earth basic essay. Provide the list of questions asked (and if possible answers also) Transcript provided on this link: https://files. Bad Points: 1.7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. home state etc. job etc. Reddy Q.…. 3. 4. perhaps. Who was the chairman of you interview board? Dr. could manage a good handwriting even when I filled some 23-25 pages Made relevant diagrams Good vocab. Candidate has to appear better than a sheet of paper and not vice versa. A moderate profile with moderate performance would fetch better marks than too heavy a profile with a disappointing performance. Other than that I worked on my DAF and collected relevant info about my homestate. to the extent I possibly could. didnt focus exclusively on PPP but on other keywords equally (I dont know if its a drawback though :( ) 2. Covered topic. Probably social aspects of PPP didnt please the examiner. I wrote a looooong one. 3.html 5/8 . In attempt to be broad in view. I don’t have any extra-curricular certificates. They had some eccentricity in views inspired from neoliberal analysis of indian society I read long back. Sociology « Mrunal Essay Q. job. 2. I’m from non-English medium and so on…” What’s your take on that? Ans.Provide some keypoints/highlights of your Essay. Good profile is of course an advantage but only to the extent you prove yourself to be upto it.esp hobbies. I don’t have work experience. hobbies. Lesson: Play safe. How did you prepare for the interview? I gave mock interviews at Sankalp and Vajiram. Public Administration. coherence and presentation Covered topic very broadly and with variety of angles. VERY broadly. Interview Q. I can tell you the good points and bad points as I have analysed so far: Good Points: 1. An attempt to fetch better marks writing a flamboyant essay or presenting an out of the crowd view may backfire. Which Essay did you write in Mains-2012? I wrote the one on PPP but got a pathetically low score of 50marks !!! Q.net/0s3wg05Y5pn8FA mrunal. thinking that “my profile is not good because I’ve low marks in SSC/HSC/College.

I had a poster of Bolt in my room where he hushed at the audience while comfortably leaping much ahead of his competitors at the Olympics. Were you a subscriber/ regular reader of Mrunal.org. Yes. Through this journey.its a matter of their whims and the words you utter.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology. They are there to stop the other people. Below it I wrote in huge letters: “shut up! I did it” This is not arrogance. unlike certain magazines hahaha. what have you learned about life and competition? What is your message to future aspirants? Preparation for services is an enriching phase of life that shall quickly pass whether or not you get through. they let you know how badly you want something. But your actions and attitude towards cracking it must be aggressive and adamant. You can only get prepared to ensure that you gain some confidence. I was reminded that brickwalls are there for a reason. Would you like to tell the world. are able to defend DAF. Looking back I realise my positive mental state and calmness had a lot to do with my success. then Since when? You can even say “no”. I am a regular reader since 2010. I have seen this blog grow slowly…and now it has become so comprehensive and admired for its high quality . with a fighter attitude. be careful not to swap the above feelings :) Be calm in thoughts and uncompromising in actions. ) Bogus marketing propaganda You are well aware of the unwritten golden rule of conducting toppers’ interview. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or Did they ask you totally unexpected questions? If yes. Final question has to be about bogus marketing propaganda. mrunal. how did you handle it? One can never prepare for the exact questions they ask. I’ll publish it without editing. Career backup I was already working so didnt have insecurities on that front but down the line I would have gone for higher studies and shifted to academics/research if could not clear civil services. Marksheet Pre: 84+160 Mains: GS:129+139 pub ad: 77+147 socio: 115+120 Essay: 50 Interview:221 Written Total:777 Grand Total:998 Wisdom Q. Family and Friends Q. Behind one topper are many people who stood by him/her during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’.. winner attitude. It was almost a fullstop to this journey when a very respected teacher of mine brought me back to track with renewed vigour and zeal and a deep sense of faith in my capabilities. who were those people in your case? Any specific motivational/inspiration incidence that you would like to share with the readers? My family and friends have always put great trust in me and supported me throughout this journey.. whether or not you get through. as I felt I would not be able to cope with the working of the system when I get in.7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. but a befitting reply he gave to people who doubted his performance and questioned his success. The real vast vistas of great works to be done lie beyond this phase. There was a time when I altogether abandoned the idea of preparation in the initial stage itself. Public Administration. However. Sociology « Mrunal Q. thanks to consistent efforts of Mrunal. A cursory glance at it would fuel me with passion after a tiring day at office. not vice versa. and it could never have been possible without the genuine trust and care bestowed on me. In your deep internal true realisations. worth it indeed. I loved it. not to stop you :) ( courtesy randy pausch. do not appear dumb at something you are supposed to know and polish yourself up on your body language or tone of speaking. You can watch it on youtube. Q1. there are other better ways to do what one wants to do in life and other fundu ideas like that… not related to cracking the exam but towards a sense of satisfaction I thought it lacked. you must be very humble and know that it’s just an exam and not a benchmark of your coming success or fulfilment. again.html 6/8 . If yes. So. the last lecture.

Because question papers asked and evaluation of answer sheet at UPSC is seems like testing the luck factor of candidates. Sociology 141 comments to [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. Commerce and Accountancy [Topper's Interview] Pankaj Kumawat (AIR 371 /CSE-2012) First attempt.html 7/8 . Public Administration..7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. From past three year the achiever’s main exam score is not satisfactory to advise future aspirant.com valan Reply to this comment Dear Mrunal sir. Public Administration. Now a days. Sociology [Topper's Interview] Mayank Agrawal (AIR 67 /CSE-2012) : Electrical Engineering.my email id is rajesh. proud to have graduated from the same college as yours :) .bt i hope i’ll enjoy their frustation on ur success. especially economy.. How did Mrunal. No coaching: Political science. Public Administration..I will say that next time if they allowed to give main exam they will not maintain even their current performance. nowadays UPSC CSE question are very dynamic and very for away from conventional approach so evaluation methods should be very efficient. Veterinary Science & Zoology [Topper's Interview] Chandrashekhar AIR-470/CSE-2012: Public Administration & Sociology [Topper's Interview] Shefali Singh (AIR 336/CSE-2012) Geography and Sociology [Topper's Interview] Tanu Priya (AIR 18 / CSE 2012) First attempt. Sociology Print || PDF Subscribe (Need Chrome)! (free!) « Older Comments 1 2 sarthak Reply to this comment Congos Tripti mam . saurabh singh somvanshi Reply to this comment congr8s triptiji………. It helps one to be updated and focus on areas which otherwise may have been left/ignored. Public Administration.. it seems that luck we need is 60% and hard work -40% enough.org help you in your preparation? All the articles.ur success is really an inspiration for wrkg professional…plz guide me as i find hard to manage btn my personal life and job…. please don’t publish success story of some civil service candidates. Sociology « Mrunal Q2. Law [Topper's Interview] Ramdhan Dagar (AIR 500 /CSE-2012) No Coaching. UPSC should should fix minimum qualifying marks for each papers and for overall total marks for final selections .. No coaching.my optional is sociology…... You have made us proud and likewise every year there are atleast 5-6 candidates from our college . because while seeing some candidates views on exam i feels that luck factor is playing well in success of UPSC cs-exam. Now a days no on can say that who will success in exam. Geography [Topper's Interview] Gayathri PG (AIR 449 /CSE 2012) Public Administration. Geography [Topper's Interview] Manikandan Soundararajan (AIR-759 /CSE-2012) First attempt. mrunal. Public Administration. aur ap kitne bhi ache ho log hamesha apko criticize hi krne ki kosis krte h …. Some strategy type articles also act as eye opener and help you to refocus on studies.. RAJESH ANUPAM Reply to this comment congrats! tripti…ur success is really an inspiration for wrkg professional…plz guide me as i find hard to manage btn study and job….. we can observe that here is less consistency in marks obtained and their performance.. Previous Posts [Topper's Interview] Frank Noble (AIR-157 /CSE-2012) Working Professional (TCS): Public Administration. you should analyse the marks they scored before publishing their achievements.my optional is sociology….anupam@gmail. are full of knowledge yet so simplified. aise hi kch logon ne ap pr bhi comments kiye h………. Chemistry [Topper's Interview] Raj Kamal Yadav (AIR-21/CSE-2012): First attempt.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology. RAJESH ANUPAM Reply to this comment congrats!tripti ….

Even some examiner may eminent in subject but if who could not set frequency with current trend of UPSC mains question papers.. sachin Reply to this comment Plz provide proper guidence for AFCAT asap. If you publish the success story for that particular subject.html 8/8 . I do not agree to your luck theory. and tripti told whatever she did. hope it helps :) Dev Reply to this comment thanx a lot Tripti fr ur guidance « Older Comments 1 2 mrunal.org/2013/06/toppers-interview-tripti-bhatt-air-165cse-2012-working-professional-ntpc-first-attempt-public-administration-sociology.she is a misfit for upsc. Since you are planning to procure stuff from delhi you can consider sriram/vajiram printed material which is usually considered to be good. and focus on upsc exam.. At present UPSC gives only instruction to examiner through meeting before evaluation process. MSD successful still short on tehnique. adaptation rather than a complete academic overhaul.. what is bad in this? sunil kumar mehta Reply to this comment its simple keep mrunal site fresh .. So instead of publishing whole story of this lucky wining candidates please publish story of persons who got at least 60% of marks on concerned paper or papers/essay.. chandan Reply to this comment really very overt and can put you in sulk.the doubt arises that the evaluation methods followed by UPSC is not good. waiting 4 ur response with bated breath… raje Reply to this comment @ kabir……Honesty means whatever u commited in your life. the life of the candidates whose answer sheets got evaluated by him will definitely spoil and some lucky inefficient candidates will get more marks that actual capacity. so. old NCERTS and toppers notes are other must buys. really it will be usefull Rahul Reply to this comment Hii Valan. mental toughness. First of all the main exam examiner should be equipped with certain qualities and full detailed knowledge about questions and answers before they perform their duty. As the course has changed this time. express it to others neat and clean. sunil kumar mehta Reply to this comment kabir 10 on 10 . Sociology « Mrunal But seeing some excellent candidates unsuccessful results in particular papers. There is a huge overlap in the names of proposed books/sources as of now. I feel UPSC has changed form conservative to dynamic to only judge people with an overall personality refering to their hard and smart work. The closest analogy that comes to my mind is criket.could you give some more tips for people staying away from delhi and those who donot have any study circle as they are living in remote areas.7/24/13 [Topper's Interview] Tripti Bhatt (AIR-165/CSE-2012) Working Professional (NTPC) First Attempt. i think this is not enough. ankita Reply to this comment @tripti. ARC reports. how to know what books/material to procure from delhi? tripti Reply to this comment have a keen eye on internet forums blogs and other communities which discuss prep strategies and booklists.she is a wrong choice for civil job and those who support her lack administrator acumen. Public Administration.

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