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SHREYANS KUMAT AIR-04 | UPSC TOPPER'S JOURNEY | JOURNEY OF IAS-UPSC TOPPER

CANDIDATE PROFILE-

NAME- SHREYANS KUMAT
RANK IN CSE-2018 AIR-04
GRADUATION MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, IIT BOMBAY
NO OF ATTEMPTS IN CSE 1
OPTIONAL SUBJECT ANTHROPOLOGY
MEDIUM OF MAINS WRITING ENGLISH
MEDIUM OF INTERVIEW ENGLISH
AGE 24 YEARS
HOME TOWN/CITY AJMER, RAJSTHAN
WORK EXPERIENCE YES, 2 YEARS
WORKING WHILE PREPARATION STARTED PREPARATION WITH WORK

FAMILY AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Shreyans did Mechanical Engineering from IIT Bombay. From there he got a job through campus placement where he worked for two years and started understanding UPSC CSE syllabus while working to make sure if he was able to fit into the requirements of the exam or not.

Before quitting his job completely and starting preparation for UPSC, he did proper research to understand the UPSC CSE syllabus and even read a few major reference books to understand whether he was able to grasp them or not. This is a very valuable advice to those aspirants who are planning to quite their job for UPSC preparation, first understand and get to know the exam properly.

WHY CIVIL SERVICES

While working as a Mechanical Engineer Shreyans was looking for a more meaningful and fulfilling life. His desire to do something big in life prompted him towards Civil Services. Also, his grandfather’s brother was an IAS officer who inspired him to go for Civil Services if he wanted a meaningful life and a job with satisfaction.

NUMBER OF ATTEMPTS

Shreyans was able to crack UPSC CSE in his very first attempt with two years preparation before sitting for UPSC CSE in 2018.

STUDY PLAN AND SCHEDULE

Initially Shreyans joined Vajiram and Ravi Coaching Institute which helped him understand the basic mechanism of exam and preparation. After that he started preparing his own notes from various online sources. He thoroughly researched previous years question paper to understand the pattern of question asked by UPSC.

PRELIMS STRATEGY & BOOKLIST

• STRATEGY

Shreyans has suggested subject wise strategy for all subjects;



•BOOKLIST-

Geography - NCERT XIth and XIIth - Manocha Sir, Shivarpit Sir and Amit Sir Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Ratnajali Ma’am Videos (Mrunal) — Selective - Pmfias.com to fill gaps
Polity - Laxmikant - Ravindran Sir, Gautam Sir, Abhilash Sir, Abhey Sir, Iqbal Sir, Pavneet Sir Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Constitution Mobile App - Bare Constitution Book - Vision IAS Monthly for Polity and International Relations Current Affairs - IAS Parliament for International Organisations - PRS legislature website to fill gaps
Economy - XII Macroeconomics NCERT, - Vibhas Sir, Samyak Sir and Kapuria Sir Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Mrunal Economy lectures - Vision Monthly Magazine - Budget Speech and other related documents - Economic Survey Summary - Investopedia to understand certain concepts - Glance through NITI Aayog India at 75 Document
Modern History - NCERT (Bipan Chandra) - Parmar Sir Notes (Vajiram) - Vajiram Yellow Book for Modern History - Crash Course Videos online - Tables at the end of Spectrum
Ancient and Medieval History - Tamil Nadu XI NCERT - Jain Sir Notes (Vajiram) - ExamRobot for previous year questions - Vajiram old yellow cover book (Selective reading)
Culture - Fine Arts NCERT - GK Today Notes (Selective for Literature, Music, Dance, etc.)
Environment - Shankar IAS Notes - Vaishali Ma’am Notes (Vajiram) - Vision monthly and The Hindu daily for Current Affairs - Insight IAS Prelims compilation - Govt. Websites and Wikipedia of Major National Parks
General science - NCERT — only Applied Science chapters (generally at end of the book) - Vinoy Sir, Rahul Sir and Bindu Mam Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Vision Monthly Magazine - IAS Parliament Yearly Compilation - Web surfing/You Tube videos for certain important topics
Current Affairs The Hindu Newspaper, Vision Monthly Magazine, Insights Prelims compilation

MAINS STRATEGY & BOOKLIST

• STRATEGY


• BOOKLIST-

GS-1 Culture-(Same as prelims) Fine Arts NCERT - GK Today Notes (Selective for Literature, Music, Dance, etc.)
Modern History(Same as prelims) NCERT (Bipan Chandra) - Parmar Sir Notes (Vajiram) - Vajiram Yellow Book for Modern History - Crash Course Videos online - Tables at the end of Spectrum
Post-Independence Politics in India Since Independence NCERT - Vision Module for PI History - Had seen TV Series Pradhan Mantri in leisure time
World History Ojha Sir Notes (Vajiram), Forum Value Add Material
Indian Society Newspaper, Current Affairs,Coaching material
Geography-(Same as prelims) NCERT XIth and XIIth - Manocha Sir, Shivarpit Sir and Amit Sir Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Ratnajali Ma’am Videos (Mrunal) — Selective - Pmfias.com to fill gaps
GS-2 Polity, Constitution (static) Laxmikant - Ravindran Sir, Gautam Sir, Abhilash Sir, Abhey Sir, Iqbal Sir, Pavneet Sir Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Constitution Mobile App - Bare Constitution Book - Vision IAS Monthly for Polity and International Relations Current Affairs - IAS Parliament for International Organisations - PRS legislature website to fill gaps
Governance Vajiram notes andcurrent affairs
International Relations Vajiram notes and Current affairs(coaching compilation)
GS-3 Economy XII Macroeconomics NCERT, - Vibhas Sir, Samyak Sir and Kapuria Sir Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Mrunal Economy lectures - Vision Monthly Magazine - Budget Speech and other related documents - Economic Survey Summary - Investopedia to understand certain concepts - Glance through NITI Aayog India at 75 document
Environment and Ecology(same as prelims) Shankar IAS Notes - Vaishali Ma’am Notes (Vajiram) - Vision monthly and The Hindu daily for Current Affairs - Insight IAS Prelims compilation - Govt. Websites and Wikipedia of Major National Parks
Disaster Management Vajiram Notes
National Security Vajiram Notes and current affairs
GS-4 Ethics Vajiram Class Notes, Vajiram Yellow Book and Internet surfing for a significant portion of content.

ANSWER WRITING APPROACH-

As Shreyans suggests for writing an answer you need to know a few basic things about any topic and they are, - causes/reason, - happenings and- consequences of a particular event are crucial. That will help you prepare most of your answer as well as the notes you need. Mapwork can also be easily incorporated in the answers to enhance the quality of answer.

As Shreyans suggests for writing an answer you need to know a few basic things about any topic and they are,
- causes/reason,
- happenings and
- consequences
of a particular event are crucial. That will help you prepare most of your answer as well as the notes you need. Mapwork can also be easily incorporated in the answers to enhance the quality of answer.

As Shreyans suggests,

  • Different parts and sub-parts of the answer must be clearly visible and readable
  • Headings must be crisp and concise (preferably use same phrase as asked in the question)
  • Headings can be highlighted using a box or underline
  • Underlining important words as examiner generally goes through the answer vertically rather than reading every point, underlining makes his/her life easier
  • Diagrams/Maps/SmartArts from PowerPoint should be added as and when needed to break the monotony of the answer sheet and to keep it interesting
  • Spacing between lines and paragraphs, alignment and indentation should be proper to make your answer look well organised.

ESSAY –

As per Shreyans, no special preparation is required for essays. The materials required to write an essay gets covered while studying GS papers. He developed his essay writing skills by writing more and more essays at regular intervals.

While writing essay he used to take around 15 minutes to prepare a basic framework of the essays before starting to write. He suggests aspirants to use PESTLE (Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Legal and Environmental) approach and making your essay multidimensional.

OPTIONAL PAPERS STRATEGY & BOOKLIST-

• STRATEGY

After finalizing Anthropology as his optional for Civil Services examination, he tried to cover different aspects in order to complete its preparation before Mains 2018.


To begin with, he joined Vaid’s ICS (in Delhi) and got basic books in June 2017. He had planned to complete the first iteration of optional notes preparation by December 2017.60% of Anthropology syllabus was covered in class and study material was provided for the rest. A good approach he learnedthere was to break up each topic in a set of questions and write answers for them.By November 2018, he created basic notes in Q&A format and got it corrected from the institute.

• BOOKLIST-

1. Part I: Socio-Cultural Anthropology Introduction to Socio-Cultural Anthropology by NK Vaid -Ember & Ember (for Linguistic Anthropology) - History of Anthropological Thought by VS UpadhyayandGaya Pandey (for very basic theories) - The University of Alabama website (for modern & contemporary Theories) - Vaid’s ICS Notes
2. Part II: Physical Anthropology Physical Anthropology by BM Das - Vaid’s ICS Notes
3. Part III: Archaeological Anthropology - Indian Anthropology by NadeemHusnain - Outline of Indian Prehistory by DK Bhattacharya - Muniratnam Sir Notes - Vaid’s ICS Notes
4. Part IV: Indian Anthropology - Indian Anthropology by NadeemHusnain - History of Anthropological Thought by VS Upadhyay and Gaya Pandey (for Prominent Indian Anthropologists ideas) - Vaid’s ICS Notes - Abhik Ghosh’s Paper on Indian Anthropologists
5. Part V: Tribal India and other vulnerable sections Tribal India by NadeemHusnain - Tribal Committee Report chaired by Prof. VirginiusXaxa - Vaid’s ICS Notes
General science - NCERT — only Applied Science chapters (generally at end of the book) - Vinoy Sir, Rahul Sir and Bindu Mam Notes (Vajiram and Ravi class notes) - Vision Monthly Magazine - IAS Parliament Yearly Compilation - Web surfing/You Tube videos for certain important topics
Current Affairs The Hindu Newspaper, Vision Monthly Magazine, Insights Prelims compilation

INTERVIEW STAGE-

For interview round Shreyans gives equal importance to current affairs and doing a proper research on yourself also that is what you have mentioned in your DAF. Self-analysis is very helpful to answer the question why you want to become a Civil Servant. You must present your-self as you are and you must not try to pretend more than who you are.

He was asked questions on the good qualities of his best friend and how he will bring his friend into mainstream if he joined a terrorist organisation.

OVERALL JOURNEY

Shreyan’s journey as an UPSC aspirants has been very enriching. Beside being able to learn and know a wide range of subjects, the journey gives you an opportunity to discipline yourself and become a better human being.

ADVICE FOR FUTURE ASPIRANTS-

Shreyans quotes in final message for aspirants, “you are not what you are, you are what you are not.” He suggests all aspirant to keep their spirit high and keep improving themselves on daily basis in little manner instead of keeping huge targets and failing to achieve them.