Interview with IAS Toppers-
R.Sangeetha ( 2005) ( 32nd position)
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Q. What is the
secret of your success in the Civil Services
A. Persistent hard work, proper planning and
strategy, self-confidence, cordial support of
parents and friends and above all, God's grace.
Q. How much time do you think one requires
for serious preparations for this examination?
A. Two Years of hard work.
Q. Which newspapers, magazines and journals
have you been reading for the General Studies
and other papers?
A. Newspaper : The Hindu, Magazines :
Competition Success Review, General Knowledge
Today, CSR Year Book, etc.
Q. Do you remember any remarkable incident of
your life that motivated or prompted you to go
for a career in the Civil Services?
A. I am from a village where girls are
married at an early age. Whenever I came to know
of such an incident I used to tell the villagers
that what they were doing was wrong. They used
to retaliate and ask me, 'Are you a collector?'
This attitude of the villagers prompted me to
become a Civil Servant one day.
Q. What prompted you to choose Civil Services
as your career?
A. When I was in my school, my uncle
motivated me to become as IAS officer. Later I
learnt how instrumental the bureaucrats are in
the development of a country. This power of
bureaucracy to bring change drove me to achieve
Q. How did your parents, family
and friends contribute to your success?
A. Though we belong to the middle class, my
parents gave all necessary support, without
which y success would have been impossible. My
friends also motivated me.
Q. Had you not been selected in the Civil
Services Examination, what would have been your
reaction? Which other service / career would you
have gone in / opted for?
A. I was confident of clearing the UPSC
Civil Services Exam, but if I would have been
unsuccessful, I would have started practicing as
an advocate and would have become a judge.
Q. How do you
visualize your success?
A. I believe in hard work as it never fails.
God has given me an opportunity to serve the
needy and I see my success as an instrument to
bring a change in the society.
Q. What were your optional at the Civil
A. Prelims: Law, Mains: Law, Tamil
Q. How many attempts had you made earlier
before you got selected?
A. Three attempts.
Q. What was your criterion for the selection
of the optional subjects?
A. Basic understanding of the subject, one's
interest in the subject, availability of
necessary study material and proper guidance.
Q. How did you prepare for compulsory papers?
A. I did not prepare separately for these
papers. Just the knowledge gained at the school
level was sufficient.
Q. What is your impression about the
A. The Interview Board is very cordial.
Within the stipulated time, they try to bring
out one's individuality and it is an opportunity
to show one's personality.
Q. What do you think is a better way of
preparation, between selective intensive study
and wide extensive study?
A. For Preliminary Examination, one has to
do extensive study and for Mains, selective
intensive study will help.
Q. Is this pattern of the examination
appropriate for selection? Would you recommend
any other improvement?
A. The present pattern for selection is most
Q. Do you feel that there should be no
restriction on the number of attempts?
A. There should be restriction for the
number of attempts.
Q. To what extent, you think, Model Test
Papers can be useful for the aspirants of Civil
A. The Model Test Papers help the aspirants
to improve their performance and to practice
Q. What is your advice to the future
A. Do proper planning, work hard, do not
lose heart, be confident, dream as a civil
servant and one day you will certainly fulfill
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