My Journey towards Indian Police Service (I.P.S)

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My background

I was born in Belgaum and I did my initial schooling from small town, Gokak, Belgaum, Karnataka. Then at age of 8,  we had to move to Bangalore. I joined Sudarshan Vidya Mandir school in Bangalore. Initially I found it difficult to adopt to English medium school, but here is where my teachers and Principal laid the foundation of my school life even though I face several difficulties in my childhood days.

Later, I did my engineering from The National Institute of Engineering,Mysore in Computer Science, 2003-07. I then joined software company, Mindtree Ltd, Bangalore. After one year of my work, I found the corporate world very stupid, boring and mundane.

Inspirations/Trigger events that made me to aspire for civil services

1. My mother, she is a greater fighter and hardworker for all her life. We both mutually inspire each other

2. A great tragedy happened . On 15th August, 2008,I saw my death which shook my sub-consciousness and from then on its my SECOND LIFE. This triggered the thought of being a civil servant to serve the disadvantaged sections of society and nation at large. This of the beginning of great change within me.


3. In Mindtree I got opportunity to mentor of Mr Prashanth Kamath, a differently abled person with cerebral palys . Interaction with him showed me how with such disabilties he could do wonders since several of his software application have got patents and awards.

4. I was also part of Mindtree Green community where I got exposed to several Environment NGOs in Bangalore and I started to volunteer over the weekends in various other NGOs in Bengaluru.

5. I was in the dilemma as to whether to

– take a lucrative job offer in USA- a software company

– do MBA or higher studies in USA

– jump directly into preparation for CSE

– join any professional social sciences college which would give to a proper foundation for civil services

6. I then decided to leave all the other options and joined Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS),Mumbai in 2010 with course on Urban Policy and Governance.

It was a wonderful journey in TISS. One one hand, we had scholors teaching us, on other hand, I was exposed to ground realities as we had field visits to slums, homeless, water issues, sanitation, poverty that opened up my eyes and shook my consciousness.

7. Field visits in TISS,Mumbai

a. Slum dwellers living on pipeline-

As we went around the slum dwelling we could observe the filth, dirt, and stinking smell. They have a low standard of living. They store water in drums which they get from the pipe leak of main pipeline. We could see few women clustered near this pipe leak where they were filling water . As we spoke to a old lady in one of the house she described that their diet is of low nutritional value and children often are mal nutritional. This was an eye opener

Slum 3Slum

b. Visiting Rag pickers- mostly women were involved and rag picking job didn’t need any investment, no special skills and this was the easiest option available to them . They were informed about this rag picking job by others

Slum 2

c. Homeless people – We observed many women having 3-4 kids and we asked them as to why they have 4 kids since they can’t even afford even for single meal. I was shocked at their replies: Homeless women at the age of 17, has no security, she is been teased by men in the street. She is scared to sleep alone in street. So she goes into a relationship with a man to get security. Then again other men molest, rape her and then she decides to have a child. So she carries the child and then for next 1.5 years and she feels somewhat secure. Then she again migrates to different area and then same story repeats and at the end she has 4 kids. This shook my consciousness and I wanted to serve these poors by being a civil servant

8. Field visits in Arghyam, NGO

a. Visit to Baigas, a Primitive Tribal Group in Chattisgarh -depending on forest products, and increasingly on agriculture. Depletion of forests and its natural resources has led to a threat like situation for survival of Baiga and other tribes of this region. Illiteracy, Hunger, malnutrition, illnesses and helplessness make them further vulnerable and weak. They faced acute water shortage problems and water quality which reflect in high mortality rates among children. This showed me a new perspective of looking at tribals in India

Baigas 1
Baiga Tribes in Chattisgarh
Baigas 2
Baiga Tribes in Chattisgarh

b. Villages around Dharward, Karnataka had high levels nitrate, flouride , TDS, bacterial contamination. In many families children we born with deformed body parts due to arsenic pollution and I cried for those families as we had no option to save them as technology to solve arsenic pollution has not yet evolved.

Such events became a routine part of my life and all these incidences shook my sub-consciousness to become a responsible citizen and motivated me to work for larger good of society and to be a good civil servant.


I also had several opportunities in TISS and also won many national awards, such as , I represented India in the 1st SAYC, 2011- South Asia Youth Conference(SAARC) held in IIM, Bangalore in 2011. I was Finalist in International Business Summit, IIM Calcutta, Antyodaya for a concept of “Environment Museum” on Sustainable development, selected for Tata Jagriti Yatra, 2010- is an ambitious train journey of discovery and transformation that took 400 of India’s highly motivated youth on an 18 day national odyssey, National winner of Mahindra’s “Spark The Rise” competition for project “Smart Sanitation and Solid Waste Management: A Holistic Approach”, Water Ambassador” by World Bank in Water Hackaton event , winner in Vodafone Mobiles for Good programme 2012, project titled “Locating and Rating of Public Restrooms in Indian Cities” and many more.

I did my thesis on lakes in Bangalore Title: “Land, Water and Local People: A Case Study of Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor” which involved field visits to 10 villages around Bengaluru, mapping of the lakes in BMIC region, study of traditional water management, Water rights of lake users etc which won Best dissertation award in TISS, Mumbai and was published as a book in LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. This thesis won Best Dissertation award in TISS, 2012.

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Best Dissertation award in TISS, 2012

Job Experience

I, then had opportunity to work in CRISIL Limited, Mumbai as consultant at Nashik Municipal Corporation on JNNURM project. My job was to work with Municipal Administration headed by Commissioner, A senior IAS, to provide support and co-ordination with departments for implementation of reforms such as Administrative, E-Governance, Accounting and other reforms under JNNURM, attend various meetings at State/Central Government level etc. This gave a first hand experience on working on Government.

Later, I joined Arghyam, an NGO based in Bengaluru working on water and sanitation issues across India. I was working on projects such as Management of Water Quality through process re-engineering, diagnostic tool developed by the Water Integrity Network (WIN) to Assess Integrity and Governance of WASH interventions in Schools, Wastewater reuse network etc. I had the opportunity to visit more than 10 states across India. At certain junction, I realised that being outside Government I was not able to give solutions at larger scale. When I met a District Collector and presented our ideas, he willing accept the idea and scale it across the District and state level which could improve water situation for more than million lives. This fired the imagination of I becoming a District Collector and I discussed with my boss and he encouraged me to quit and do part time job along with preparation.

With just 1 month left for prelims 2013, but missed prelims cutoff by 0.66 marks. It was disheartning. With 2014 being my last attempt ( as I would cross age of 30 years by 2014, until recently it was increased by 2 more years) I took a hard decision to give it as 1st and last attempt and invest my time, energy, money, effort in my preparation along with independent consulting job. How many of you would quit a good job at age of 28 and I give first and last best attempt. If your answer is “No”, please move of your comfort zones and be fully motivated for civil services. If I could do it, then everyone else at younger age can definitely do it.

Examination Framework and Study Strategy

It is my pleasure to share whatever little I have and opine that the purpose is served if it helps the aspirants to whatever extent possible. Before starting the preparation, it is very important to have a complete understanding about the exam process, its structure and the various aspects related to the preparation.

Prelims stage:

The following points should be kept in mind while doing preparation:

The focus should be on gaining basic clarity in each topic, which will come only through lot of logical questioning. This is most important for clearing the prelims stage.

For any topic, try to do a horizontal and vertical reading of all the related topics which will definitely help to cover any topic holistically.

A thorough analysis of the previous year’s question papers and the recent trends so that one is in tune with UPSC recent trends.

Discussing elaborately with teachers, successful candidates and seniors so that one is on track during preparations.

General Studies

Newspapers, Magazines, Journals, Internet (Most Important), and books of general reading. NCERT school books of history, geography, polity, economics, sociology and all humanities and arts (excluding languages, mathematics and science) from class 7th to 12th. Science NCERT school books of only class 9th and 10th.

History – NCERT textbooks, history of modern India – Bipin Chandra and Spectrum publications and any other books on Indian history of general interest.

Geography – NCERT textbooks of class 11th and 12th, physical geography by Go Cheng Leong and an ATLAS. Referring maps is very important.

Polity – Indian Constitution by Laxmikanth or D.D.Basu, NCERT school texts.

Science and Technology – The Hindu S&T page (weekly), Science Reporter by C.S.I.R., What, How & Why by C.S.I.R., Internet, NCERT 8th to 12th science text books.

Economics – NCERT 10th, 11th & 12th texts, Economic Survey, Indian Budget, Sriram Class notes,, Pratyogita Darpan special edition on Indian economy and any business daily.

General Knowledge – India year book, Manorama year book (Not to concentrate on unnecessary details)

Current Affairs – The Hindu, A business daily, InsightsonIndia,, Gktoday website, Frontline, Yojana, Any competitive magazine, Websites –, India development gateway,, UNO website, Ministry websites, RBI, SEBI, etc websites, Indian Embassy websites and whatever other sites you can source authentic and concise information from.

Make use of Google Documents, Google Reader, News and such other internet tools to prepare notes online and for greater, better and easy accessibility. Making notes online helps in cutting down time and must be done on a regular basis without fail.

Mains Stage:

During preparation, one needs to focus on writing a good answer? So what is a good answer, is a million dollar question? Mains exam questions reveal many things about word limit, key words like analyse, critically comment etc, analytical demand of question etc.

I strongly recommend the future aspirants to take answer writing on daily basis very seriously and practice to improve their writing skills, structure, speed and time management so that one can get maximum marks in GS papers.

Few more points on mains preparation are

More time should be spent on thinking about the topic and making innovations, rather than on reading too many study materials available in market.

The previous papers should be thoroughly analyzed to understand the trends and the expectations of the examiner.

The preparation should be focused and all the hard work should be channelized in the right direction.

Common mistakes to be avoided while writing in GS mains papers

First, try to address the question in the introduction rather than giving irrelevant answers

Second, A balanced approach in answers are usually missing, either it will be very critical or totally out of context.

Third, most of the times, aspirants was unable to fully understand the requirement if the question

Fourth, most of the times,only few of required aspects/dimensions were covered in answers

Fifth, write in points so that you can more marks rather than writing same point in big paragraph.

Few tips for better GS Mains answers

The competition is highly relative, our answers in the mains examination should not only be correct but also different with a touch of creativity and relevant to the question that is asked. Basics with clarity will come when there is lot of questioning while studying. The topic has to be studied in a logical manner.

The creativity and innovation is not something that you will get in the textbooks. They have to be developed on your own. It requires lot of thinking and observation. By innovation in answers what is meant is –

Catchy introduction which addresses the question headon

Diagrams- so that one can break a monotonous answers

Graphs- to better represent data.

Flow charts

Maps- draw India or world maps in geography/history papers

Contemporary touch and applicability -use current affairs to strengthen your argument

Using Facts- it is important to mention the facts, it is equally important to handle various dimensions of your answer and write something different which makes your answer unique.

Catchy conclusion- giving solutions

Completing the GS papers

I too wrote almost all my answers in points but still I gave a proper introduction, proper headings and sub-headings and then a conclusion.

As writing speed in slow initally, one can complete 7-8 questions in 1st hour and compensate that in last hour. Thus one can finish the paper.

Make sentences short , carefully use tenses and appropriate prepositions. Avoid unnecessary elongation of sentences which makes it hazy and equivocal rather use simple and straight forward presentations.

Books to read for mains

Paper I

Art and Culture

  1. NCERT Class VI – History – Our Past

  1. NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I

  2. NCERT  Class VIII – Our Past II and III

  3. NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History I

  4. NCERT Class-XII – Themes in Indian History – II

  5. NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History III

  6. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum Publications

Modern History

1. Comprehensive History Of Modern India – Spectrum

2. Bipan Chandra ( if time permits)

Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country

1.India Since Independence – Bipan Chandra

2. India After Gandhi: The History Of The World’s Largest Democracy 

World History

1.  Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe

2. Arjun Dev – History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century

3. Old NCERT World History Class-X

Indian Society

1. NCERT – Indian Society Class 12 (Complete book without watermarks)

2. Indian Society – Ram Ahuja

World’s physical geography

1. Certificate Physical and Human Geography 1st Edition

2. NCERT Class-XI – Fundamentals of Physical

GS Paper II

1. NCERT Class XI – India Constitution At Work

2. NCERT Class XII –  Political Science II

3. NCERT Class X –  Democratic Politics

4. Report of the 2nd Administrative Reforms Commission,

5. S.  Chand – Select Constitutions of the world

6. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 4th Edition – Laxmikanth

International Relations

1. India and its neighboursMEA Website

2. Rajiv Sikri – Challenge and Strategy – Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy

Paper III


1. NCERT Class X – Understaning Economic Development 

2. NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development

3. NCERT Class XII – Macroeconomics

4. Indian Economy for Civil Services Examinations – Ramesh Singh

Science and Technology

1. Spectrum publications – Developments in Science and Technology


1. Shankar IAS Academy book

Paper IV

1. IGNOU Ethics material

2. 12th NCERT Psychology

3. 2nd ARC’s

  • Questionnaire on Ethics in governance

  • Questionnaire on Civil Services Reforms

  • Reforms in Governance and Administration

Essay writing

What does UPSC expects in your from the essay? Why are they asking u to write essay, while they already have GS papers and subjects to know how knowledgable you are and how well you know to communicate?

The answer is that, UPSC wants to know your general traits. When you are asked to write 10 sentences about a topic, how u write discloses lots of things about you! So, UPSC want to know who you are, than knowing how much you know! Your traits like, postive attitude, imagination, innovation, etc come out on the essay! The major difference between essay and others papers is: While the other papers are based on knowledge and logic, essay is based on imagination! Thats why essay question never seek factual answers.

Once the question paper is received, choose either 1 or 2 topics which you feel you have more points. On the last page of the answer booklet make note of topics and points under following   headings

1. Intro – try to write a quote, story, poem etc so that it catches the eye of examiner

2. Different issues under this topic such as history, present status and statistics, impact-social, economical, biological, ethnological, political, psychological, cultural, religious,historical, geographical,etc

3. Pros n cons

4. Relate the topic to present day social conditions prevailing.

5. Closing remarks n conclusion

This should take about 30minutes for both topics.


1. Choose topic where more points n better grip of subject is held.

2. Start the essay  with good beginning-quote/anecdote/song/statistics/some witty phrase made up

3.Anecdotes in as many parts as possible.

4.Sub heads can be given.

5.Language and grammar are important.

6.Points must have a flow. They must not appear disconnected.

7. Underline some key words/stats/quotes/names of ppl,etc and emphasize on neatness of handwriting and no scratching in the main booklet.




GS Paper 1


GS Paper 2


GS Paper 3


GS Paper 4


Sociology paper 1


Sociology paper 2




Total 938

Sociology optional Papers

Approach to sociology optional papers is quite different. As I had background from social sciences in TISS, I also faced lot of problems from moving from engineering background to social sciences. Try to study the thinkers part in both papers very perfectly and get a clarity on all the sociological concepts.

While writing sociology answers, try to keep in mind 3 things, Thinkers and their ideas, coherent arrangement and expression, and using contemporary topics in answers. Thinkers should be used in all answers . Arrangement of answers means the contents with a definite structure to be framed.

The structure must be exposed indirectly through the flow of writing with interlinking of sub topics and paragraphs explaining the scope meaning, description and discussion.

One needs to give the powerful and logical conclusion which is the consequence of everything discussed earlier. It must be balanced and free from prejudice.

Books for sociology preparation

Paper I

1. NCERT 11th to 12th Std. Sociology Book
2 IGNOU notes (especially for thinkers )

3. Haralombus

4. Giddens, Anthony, Capitalisation and Modern Social Theory,

5. Bottomore. T.B. Sociology: A Guide of problem and Literature

Paper II

1. IGNOU notes (especially for thinkers and topic on Indian system)

2. Caste its 20th Century Avatar – M.N. Srinivas

3. Y. Singh – Modernisation of Indian Tradition

4. Y. Singh – Social tradition in India

5. NCERT texts books on sociology

Mind Maps of Sociology –

My Interview Experience

Indian Forest Service Interview, 2014

Board: Alka Sihori madam

Score: 210/300


  1. Some question in Hindi on water scheme( which I couldn’t grasp)?

  2. Your hobby is lake cleaning?

  3. How do clean lakes?

  4. What was your role in cleaning lakes?

  5. In Bangalore, there are Ulsoor lake, Yediyur lake, why are they polluted? Can you clean them?

  6. What is Eutrophication, allotrofication?

  7. Can you eutrophic lake is converted to oligotrophic lake?

  8. What is the difference between lake and wetland?

Member 2

  1. What is the chemistry of eutrophication? Can you tell the chemical reactions?

  2. What is water hyacinth? Where did it come from? How can you eliminate it?

  3. How in forest area, a lake can be cleaned?

  4. Tell how many national parks are there in India?

  5. Name any 10 national parks in India?

  6. Name a national park where lake is there?

  7. Name the highest altitude lake in India?

Member 3

  1. Are you a water activist?

  2. Name few water activists in India? Ans: Mr Rajendra Singh

  3. What award did he win?

  4. Where does he work? What are his achievements?

  5. Tell me more about lake eco-system and water hyacinth?

  6. Can it be eliminated

  7. Your other hobby is handmade crafts? Do u still practice it? What u do?

  8. How can you promote handmade crafts in india?

  9. What are old age homes increasing in India?

Member 4

  1. I can understand these technical answers of yours, can you explain lake eco-system in layman terms? ( I explained , but again he asked same question, Chairman intervened as asked Member4 to move to next question)

  2. Name the wildlife species in south Indian forests?

  3. Have you seen wild dog?

  4. Can you mention few critically endangered species in South India?

  5. Where else have you worked? Can you tell about your previous job?

Chairman intervened and asked about my work in Arghyam,an NGO and about projects in Chhattisgarh tribal areas)

Back to Chairman

  1. You have done Computer Science engineering long time. I shall ask few questions on it

  2. What is TCP/IP?

  3. Difference between TCP and OSI layer?

  4. Name seven layers of OSI model

  5. What is embedded system?

  6. Can u explain me the mechanism of elevator?

My interview lasted for 30 to 35 minutes. The board was chaired by a Alka Shirohi madam. I was asked about my hobby which are lake cleaning, handmade paper crafts and visiting old age homes. Chairman deliberately asked me on lakes and water issues which was my strong area. Certain questions were tricky, however, I managed to keep my cool and not give irrelevant answers. The trick I think is not to get caught and be proven self contradictory, but to maintain the same tenor and vigor throughout, without any diffidence. Overall got a good score.

BUT I DIDNT CLEAR IfoS exam and I missed by 10 marks. I was very disappointed and hope I could clear CSE exam.

CSE Interview, 2014

Board: H C Gupta + four members ( all gents)

Date: 19 May 2015, 4.30 PM

Duration: 30 minutes

Optional: Sociology

Score: 175

Chairman: Read out my educational and employment details from DAF

1. Which NGO did you work?

2. What sectors does it work? ( drinking water and sanitation)

3. Which projects on sanitation did you work. Please explain

4. Who is the founder of Sulabh International?

5. What is Sulabh model of toilets

6. Is there any other alternative sanitation models?

7. Tell me about the recent Karnataka High Court verdict? ( Jayalalitha case) What is her full name?

8. Why did Tamil Nadu HC transfer the case to Karnataka?


1. Why is Lokpal needed?

2. What is Lokayukta? Who is current Lokayukta in Karnataka?

3. How do you curb corruption in India?

4. Among all the rights based approach which scheme you think is best? (MNREGA)

5. Is MNREGA successful? Tell it loopholes?

6. How do you create better community assets?


1. What is intellectual property?

2. What is Geographical Indications?

3. Why is Indian GIs less successful than EU GI like wine etc

4. Tell me about USA GI. How are they performing?

5. Why negative balance of trade is bad for India? We can very well import goods?

6. Why our exports not competitive? ( Long question , he gave example of automobile industry being competitive)

7. Case: Your are District Collector, there is a calamity( floods) all crops are destroyed and there are no official records about cropping patter in our office? You have to start from scratch. What are the steps you will take? (long question)

8. How will you finance the crop losses? Tell about National Calamity fund? National contingency fund? Differences? Who gives funds?


1. Why Urban local bodies not able to self finance urban projects?

2. What are the sources of funds for ULBs?

3. What is percentage of property tax collection in ULBs?

4. How can you overcome the shortfalls in tax collection?

5. What is Solid waste tax and water cess?


1. Why are old age homes growing in India(My hobby is “visiting old age homes”)

2. What will you do if children abandon their parents and send to old age homes? What is the age of your parents?

3. What are the laws related to it?

4. Which war movies have you seen? Did you watch any 16th- 17th war movies( This is NOT my hobby)

Chairman: Your interview is over.

It was kind of a stress interview. Chairman after asking questions went to toilet and it was a very strange feeling. Some members were sleeping and not looking at me at all. Some members would object to whatever I say and deny it. But I had to substantiate my stance. They would cut me short in between and jump to another question without listening to what I am saying. To my disadvantage not much was asked from my DAF and my work experience.

To go to Delhi or take coaching classes?

I took a hard decision to start preparing for civil services at very late age of 28 years. I had to invest my time, energy, money, effort in my preparation along with independent consulting job as I still face financial difficulties(I am still working even after getting rank 180. I laugh at my fate). Many who are from poor rural background need not venture out to New Delhi or attend any coaching institutions. One can study on their own and If I could do it, then everyone else at younger age and who are better off financially can also definitely do it.

4 C’s for success- Consistency, Clarity, Confidence and Character are the bottom line for cracking the Civil services examination.


60 thoughts on “My Journey towards Indian Police Service (I.P.S)

  1. nishanthrao

    Truly inspired vy your journey atul…compaed to yours, my experience is very les….I now know what difficulties mean..all the best and I am sure you will do justice to what you have achieved

      1. JIGAR

        respected sir, i would like you to provide me some guidance for Tiss . sir i want to join either of the three courses that is 1. public policy and governance 2. urban policy and governance 3. rural development and governance . Sir my question is that sir you are in civil service now so what according to you sir the course will be helpful in serving as a position of IAS or IPS . meaning to say not in the examination but at the position your as an officer what course will help me to serve better to the society?

        if possible sir kindly provide me help . as my planning is like you to get a background and join civils.

        age 24

  2. Dr Rajesh Kumar Dandi

    Dear Sir

    I don’t have any words to say after gone through your article by Name-My journey towards IPS. I was amazed with your efforts and discipline. My heart full thanks to you for so much time in writing this much big article. I strongly believe you may not be reach all civil services aspirants but your article helps everyone. Thanks for such wonderful informative.

    Keep share your thoughts and ideas with us sir.

    Thanks once again and wishing you a very all the best.

    Dr Rajesh

  3. kaustubh

    hey Atul congrats on your success, great to know about your efforts and path you followed is really encouraging.

    Hope to see the good work from your side in future.

  4. ankush

    hello sir, your journey is inspiring. i wanted to know about your forest service preparation. what were your subjects and how did you manage them alongside civil services preparation? how did you divide time between the three subjects? Sir, please guide for the following. Thank you.

  5. Ajay Samarth

    Thank you for the post sir. This kind of guidelines or motivation is badly needed fr beginners in this field. Ur post will give an immense boost in that sence. Plz keep posting ur experiences, restriced to a normal person.Thank you sir.

    -Ajay Samarth.


    Hello Sir,
    Your life is an inspiration for anyone. I being a guy from engineering background I have always felt its hard for me to do IAS. It is after reading about you, I have gained confidence. Thank you so much Sir.
    Could you please refer me a coaching institute in Delhi or anywhere in South India that gives a good coaching for IAS exam ?

  7. Hi Atul,

    I need a suggestion on the query. Is it good to start with paper – II topics once the completion of thinkers in Paper-I, Could you, please give suggestion and throw some light on paper-I & paper-II strategy without guidance.


  8. harish gumachi

    hi atul sir….. really ur journey towards civil services is inspiring weak hearts….. hats off to u …. congratulations from ur junior sir…….

  9. manjula

    hello sir , please help me sir, i studied 10 th only in kannada medium. i dont know english much more sir . in my childhood i lost my parents . i grewup in my relations house .they cant send me for further studies . iam married . iam not happy with my life now.iam alone . nobody there to give good guidense me . recently i saw in vk abt ur success and this blog . tell me sir how to i prepare for govt jobs based on 10 th sir. is it possible to get govt job based on 10th sir ?.i need ur help sir. wt to do ?

  10. Mounika

    Hearty thanks for sharing your experience, also a detailed information on tips and references for CSE preparation.

  11. Althaf

    Very inspiring atul.
    and hearty congratulations.
    May Almighty bless you with the best of everything in your future endeavor.

  12. Ankit

    Dear sir, I will be appearing for CSE & IFoS in 2017 & doing self-preparation, therefore I would like to ask:

    1) The manner in which the approach to both these exams differs, (apart from two optionals). I mean, excluding the optionals part to what extent the strategies for these two exams are dissimilar?

    2) Your words of prudence on IFoS strategy from your experience since guidance on IFoS is relatively less as compared to CSE.

    3) I have Agriculture as common optional for CSE & IFoS & Botany as the second optional in IFoS. The driving factor behind the optional selection was a) interest & background in plant sciences b) strong syllabus overlap between the two optionals.
    I have seen u suggesting forestry & geology above, what are your thoughts on agri & botany (any alarms??, suggestions?advice?)

    Awaiting your reply,
    Thanks in anticipation.

    1. basically u chose optionals based on ur interests. agiculture as common optional for CSE & IFoS is very good option for u & Botany is also very scoring
      Cant say much about these subjects
      GS is similar to CSE
      all the best

      1. Ankit

        Thanks a lot sir for squeezing out a few moments from ur hectic schedule. That put me quite at ease.

  13. Rajayogi

    I am pursuing my engineering in bangalore in computer science and in parallel I want to prepare for upsc.i saw all the optional subjects and all are new to me.I am feeling difficult in choosing optional subject.So sir ,can u help which subject is better for a beginner.

  14. Sankalp Raj

    Great to know about your achievement sir.. You are a true inspiration for people. Well now I am pursuing BSc with Botany Honours in 2nd year. From my childhood, I have a strong inclination towards civil services. But I am unable to understand everything completely. I am preparing for the prelims from now itself. Please do guide me when you get some free time from your hectic schedule.

  15. sarfaraz

    Dear Atul, Congratulations on your success. I m happy to see you climb the ladder of success with proper planning & dedication. Your blog gives a clear roadmap on how to prepare for CSE. For the 1st time I have read about the interview experience directly from a candidate. Thanks for sharing. I see that you have described the interview being conducted such that it starts with the chairman and passes through each member in an order asking a set a questions. Is this the norm that they have to ask all their questions only upon their sequences like Chairman, M1, M2, M3, M4 etc. Can a member M2 ask additional question even after his chance is over?

    Thanks & Regards,

  16. JIGAR

    respected sir, i would like you to provide me some guidance for Tiss . sir i want to join either of the three courses that is 1. public policy and governance 2. urban policy and governance 3. rural development and governance . Sir my question is that sir you are in civil service now so what according to you sir the course will be helpful in serving as a position of IAS or IPS . meaning to say not in the examination but at the position your as an officer what course will help me to serve better to the society?

    if possible sir kindly provide me help . as my planning is like you to get a background and join civils.

    age 24

  17. respected sir, i would like you to provide me some guidance for Tiss . sir i want to join either of the three courses that is 1. public policy and governance 2. urban policy and governance 3. rural development and governance . Sir my question is that sir you are in civil service now so what according to you sir the course will be helpful in serving as a position of IAS or IPS . meaning to say not in the examination but at the position your as an officer what course will help me to serve better to the society?

    if possible sir kindly provide me help . as my planning is like you to get a background and join civils.

    age 24

  18. Sir,I am an UPSC aspirant and i will appearing for my prelims in 2017. I want to be an IPS officer, but sir i have knock knees and i have spectacles. But i have no problem running or doing exercise. I have also been a state level karate champion. Will i have to face any kind of medical standard rejections when i join this service?? Bishal Kumar Raha.

  19. Sharat

    Dear sir, i aspire to become IPS officer. I cleared prelims , now in full swing for my mains preparation. I have wheezing problem, will it be a barrier in medical test.
    Waiting for your answer.

  20. KiranKumar

    Hey sir, please write one detail article on your ips training covering various activities such as indoor,outdoor,various attachments,weapons,adventure,class room session. So ips aspirants like us gets a overview of training. We have lot of info on ias training but dearth of info on ips training. Please throw light on it. Adhu nammantha yesto janarige spoorthi aguthe. Dayavittu share madi.

  21. KiranKumar

    congrats sir, watchd ur Passing out parade program. wt a proud movement, really amazing sir!!!. May i know ,out of 141 IPS trainees, how many people successfuly completed training?

  22. SatvikSinha

    Yes sir.. i am curious to knw, what kiran kumar asked?. I hav seen cadre allocation pdf, in that around 149 officer trainees are allocated with cadre. But in pass out parade only 109 officers participated.does it means, remaining candidates failed to get required marks in exam or any other reason. Pls tell us sir, really shockd. curious to knw criteria for passing ips training.

  23. Sujay Tarak

    Dear Atul sir, Thank you for all your valuable posts in quora.
    I am preparing for Ifos, my optionals are geology and forestry. Could you please tell me about coaching institute whose notes I can refer, I am doing self study. Also please tell about book list and ur plan for IFoS

  24. Vinodkumar Bacchuram Gupta

    Nice work sir ,
    The fantastic way for preparation for UPSC. We are salute your courage……
    You fight absolutely right way. Sir i am also prepare for upsc in the year 2012 in mukharjee nagar in new delhi. But not suceeceded. Hope you take the nice chance to crack upsc. We are appreciating your courage and hope you do best for the socity. As per your description about the environment you clear the city from illegal work and immoral act which affect public in large. All the best for future regards…..
    Thanking you

  25. Hariom singh

    Hello sir,

    I have minor knock knee problem, will it be a issue for selection in IPS,

    And my eye power is -0.75, so will it create a issue?

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