What were the basic mantras of your success?
Anuj Malik: The basic mantra for success is hard work, patience and discipline.
CSC: When did you start preparation for the IAS Examination? When should one ideally begin thinking about preparing for this exam?
Anuj Malik: I started my preparation in the last year of my college. One can begin the preparation when one decides to make career in civil services.
CSC: How did you start preparation for the IAS Examination?
Anuj Malik: I started my preparation by reading the basic NCERTs.
CSC: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?
Anuj Malik: I prepared topic wise. I first read the basic books, then the higher level books. Newspaper reading was a must for both prelims and mains.
CSC: What were your optional? What where the basis of selecting these optional?
Anuj Malik: My optional was psychology. My general interest in the subject made me choose it as my optional.
CSC: How did you come to know that which sources of reading materials are standard? Please give list of books, magazines and papers.
Anuj Malik: Internet research helped me decide the reading material. NCERTS, Jojana, EPW, Chronicle and the Hindu were the sources for my preparation.
CSC: Tell us something about preparation of eassy paper.
Anuj Malik: I used my knowledge of general studies to write assay in the exam.
CSC: How did you manage your time in both prelims and mains examinations?
Anuj Malik: I combined the preparation for prelims and mains. Before prelims, I denoted complete 2 monthes for mock tests.
CSC: Which is the most difficult part of this exam and why? What was your strategy to tackle this difficult part?
Anuj Malik: Most difficult part is the means as it checks writing skills. To tackle this I did a lot of answer writing practice.
CSC: What are your suggestions for freshers who want to join coaching institutes for preparation?
Anuj Malik: Self study along with guidance by coaching institution are a better strategy for preparation.
CSC: What was your style of writing in the exam? How was it distinct from the general writing style? How did you develop this writing style?
Anuj Malik: I wrote in point form, along with that I structured my answers during mains examination.
CSC: The trend suggests that professionals are more successful in this exam. Does this exam prove difficult for Humanities and Social Science background candidates?
Anuj Malik: No it is equal for everyone, only hardwork is the key to success.
CSC: How helpful is one s background in his/her success?
Anuj Malik: One s background can help understand the syllabus in lesser time, I feel.
CSC: What should be the best strategy to tackle negative marking?
Anuj Malik: Attempt only those questions which you have read and do not resort to guessing.
CSC: Does this exam provide a level playing field for the rural or economical background candidates?
Anuj Malik: Yes, it does as marking in the examination is neutral and does not take into account the background of students.
CSC: How did you prepare for interview?
Anuj Malik: By attending mock interviews and focussing on current affairs.
CSC: Which type of questions were asked in interview?Did you answered all?
Anuj Malik: Questions on current and economical issues were asked. I was able to answer around 95% of questions.
CSC: Was there any specific area they emphasised upon?
Anuj Malik: No it was a diverse question based interview.
CSC: Whom would you credit your success?
Anuj Malik: My family friends and my hardwork.
CSC: What is your advice to the freshers who are going to appear for this exam?
Anuj Malik: Have faith in yourself and stay motivated.
CSC: What is your advice to the candidates who have failed in this exam?
Anuj Malik: Do not loose hope and life is much beyond a single examination introspect and improve your performance.
CSC: Are you satisfied with the current pattern of exam? If not, what are your suggestions?
Anuj Malik: Yes, I am. But interview should be given last weightage I would suggest.
CSC: Do you think civil services exam is a true test of a candidate s merit?
Anuj Malik: Yes it is as it consists of multiple stages and checks thinking and analytical skills of candidates.
CSC: Since when have you began reading Civil Services Chronicle Magazine? What are your suggestions to make itmore useful for civil service aspirants.
Anuj Malik: I started reading Chronicle Magazine, when I began my preparation. The magazine provides indepth coverage of both basic and current events.
Suggested Book list
GS: NCERT Lexmikant, GC leong and newspaper.
GS: Same as above
Optional 1. For Psychology, Baron and smarak swain book an applied psychology
Optional II. Magazines/Newspapers The Hindu, Chronicle and Yojana