|RANK IN CSE-2018||AIR-64|
|CLASS 10||90.88 %|
|GRADUATION (ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING FROM IIT PATNA)||92.3%|
|NO OF ATTEMPTS IN CSE||3|
|MEDIUM OF MAINS WRITING||ENGLISH|
|MEDIUM OF INTERVIEW||ENGLISH|
|HOME TOWN/CITY||AMLAPURAM,EAST GODAVARI, ANDHRA PRADESH|
|WORK EXPERIENCE||YES. WORKED AT A SOFTWARE COMPANY, WAS SELECTED IN INDIAN INFORMATION SERVICES IN UPSC CSE 2016.|
|WORKING WHILE PREPARATION||YES|
Praveenchand is a resident of Andhra Pradesh.His father was a ration shop dealer and his mother was a housewife. Unfortunately, his mother and father both are no more.
He was a very intelligent student from his childhood as we can see from the percentage of marks scored by him in 10th and 12th standard. He is an Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Patna.
The main source of inspiration for Pravenchand was his mother. His mother always used to tell him that family is not only those people with whom we live but entire society is our family. Also, during his college time as a student leader Praveenchand realised that doing public service gives him real satisfaction. And hence, he decided to become a civil servant.
This was third attempt for Praveenchand in which he secured AIR 64. Before this he gave two attempts earlier. In his first attempt due to improper planning and less revision, he could not clear the mains examination. Again, in his second attempt though he cleared the exam but he made so many calculation mistakes due to which he could score only 263 marks in optional paper and had to contend himself with rank 512. He worked on his mistakes and was able to score 324 marks in optional in his third attempt. He cleared the UPSC CSE examination with AIR 64 in his third attempt.
Since, he was in a full-time job while giving his third attempt, he used to study mostly on weekends. He kept his study materials limited and did not indulge into social media or with too many online study groups. He used to spend 2 to 3 hours online for preparation daily for only important source.
On managing work and studies together he suggests aspirants to-
Praveenchand asks aspirants to keep their strategy simple
|Ancient and Medieval History||Old NCERT|
|Modern History||BIPIN CHANDRA – India’s struggle for Independence,Old NCERT|
|Culture||Fine arts NCERT, CCRT website|
|Geography||NCERT Class XI and XII|
|Polity||DD BASU, Class XI NCERT – Indian Constitution at Work|
|Economy||NCERT – Indian Economic Development, SRIRAM BOOK|
|Environment||Class XII BIOLOGY (Last 4 Chapters), THE HINDU current affairs|
|General science||6-9 NCERT, THE HINDU current affairs|
|Government schemes & others||THE HINDU and Big Picture Debate on RajyaSabha TV|
|Current Affairs||THE HINDU|
|GS-1||Art and Culture-||Fine arts NCERT|
|Modern History||Old NCERT for ancient and medical, India’s struggle for independence by Bipin Chandra from modern India|
|Post-Independence||Post-independence India NCERT|
|World History||Vision IAS world history booklet|
|Indian Society||NCERT – Indian Society|
|Geography-||NCERT + Mrunal Geography lectures by Rajtanil Solanki Ma’am|
|GS-2||Polity, Constitution (static)||D.D. Basu introduction to the constitution of India|
|Governance||Vision IAS test series questions|
|International Relations||The Hindu and MEA Website|
|GS-3||Economy-||NCERT & SRIRAM IAS Indian Economy, Economic Survey & Budget|
|Environment and Ecology-||Vision IAS Test series questions|
|Science and Tech||The Hindu and Google, Ministry of Science & Technology Website|
|Disaster Management||The Hindu + NCERT Indian physical environment book last chapter on disaster management,|
|National Security||Sriram IAS notes on security + The Hindu|
|GS-4||Theory||Ethics Integrity & Aptitude by Arihant Experts|
|Moral Thinkers||Ethics Integrity & Aptitude by Arihant Experts|
|Disaster Management||Ethics Integrity & Aptitude by Arihant Experts|
|Case studies-||Ethics Integrity & Aptitude by Arihant Experts|
Praveenchand givesvery much emphasis on practicing answer writing and developing own writing skill. For answer writing he suggests aspirants to-
Links to his online notes
Majority of the content for essay comes from general studies itself. So, if one is thorough with general studies papers, they will be able to write decent essay. Apart from knowledge, writing skills also matters in the essay. Praveenchad says he was not very good in writing skills so he could not score very good marks in essay. He mainly prepared essays category wise like health, education, economy, women, society, philosophy etc. For this he picked up categorised topics from previous year’s question paper from Mrunal’s website. On every topic he prepared a rough draft and kept revising from there. While writing essays in mains exam he picked one factual and another philosophical topic to write on. His basic strategy while writing essay was to follow an Introduction, Body and Conclusion approach. He sticked to this approach for both of the essays. He tried to end the essays on a positive note or with a solution. This also helps you present yourself as a solution-oriented person in front of the examiner.
His optional subject was mathematics. There were a few reasons, why he chose mathematics as his optional subject-
One must solve last 15-20 yeas questions of UPSC civil services optional. Solutions to them could be written in a note. Revise these questions and solutions multiple times. It helps in quickly revising many concepts and formulae.
He used to watch NPTEL lectures on https://nptel.ac.in and referred to one playlist on YouTube for Modern Algebra. Apart from these, most part of the syllabus can be done from books.
For interview he went through all the key words used by him in his DAF. He prepared a note on all those key words and prepared answers of all possible questions from there. He used to practice in front of mirror and also used to record his practice and watch it later to improve himself.
He prepared current affairs from The Hindu and Indian Express. Beside this he also followed Big Picture Debate on RajyaSabha TV and on You Tube.
He had also attended a couple of mock interviews to get himself comfortable with the process. As per him the only purpose of mock interview is practice. As the official interview question, environment and level of anxiety is totally different. He also suggests aspirants to not to take mock interview feedback too seriously and keep preparing themselves at their best.
His interview continued for 30 minutes. He was asked question on his home town, Patna, corruption, cryptocurrency, darknet, Saudi-Pakistan relation and from his optional subject.
Praveenchand says he enjoyed the whole UPSC journey, beginning from preparation for prelims to the phase of interview. He says the whole process was full of learning and hard work. It helped him know himself better and become a better person at personal level.
He says all the aspirations must be very clear with their priorities in life. “If civil services are your passion, then try as hard as possible. Don’t get demotivated at any point. If you work hard definitely success will be yours.”