Jatin Kishore has secured the second rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2019. This was Jatin’s second attempt. In his first attempt in 2018, he could not succeed. Jatin is originally from Delhi. He graduated in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, University of Delhi. Subsequently, he obtained a master’s degree in Economics from ‘Delhi School of Economics. Today, Jatin is sharing with us some important tips related to UPSC exam preparation.
Jatin says that he took the decision to go to the civil service quite late. The right combination of policy making and administrative work attracted Jatin greatly. He told The Better India what his strategy was for the UPSC exam.
Be ready to take risks
UPSC’s first attempt was made by Jatin in June 2018. “My biggest mistake in the first attempt was that I didn’t take the risk,” he says. He suggests to UPSC candidates that they should try to answer as many questions as possible. In the first attempt, Jatin answered only 70 out of 100 questions in the prelims paper, which was not enough. In his second attempt, he answered about 90 questions.
It is necessary to revisit again and again.
However, Jatin was not successful in the first attempt but, he says, it helped him a lot to build a base. He says, “UPSC is not really an exam in which you prepare anew each year. Therefore, the time I had put in for my first attempt helped me a lot in my second attempt for the exam. ” Jatin gave more time to revise in preparation for the second attempt. Regarding this, he says, “I suggest for candidates to revisit the same book over and over again, instead of several books. I revisited each book four times and suggested the same to others. ”
Create your routine and follow
Jatin says that the candidates appearing in the examination should make a schedule and a timetable according to their own. He also stated that personally he did not follow any schedule but, he did read the newspaper for two hours every day. He says, “I regularly read the editorial of ‘The Hindu’ and ‘The Indian Express’.” Jatin further stated that he also read the Vision IAS booklet (both monthly and compilation) regularly. He says, it is good to keep up with or follow one or two resources.
While Jatin did not make notes for any subject. But, he said that if he had to try for the exam again, he would have made notes. He says, “A lot of syllabus has to be covered and at the time of the revision, especially during the Mains exam, the notes made will help you a lot.” In the end, he says, it may take longer to revise books. Jatin’s advice on making notes is that one should make notes on those topics, for which there is not many books and research material available.
Importance of current affairs
Jatin says, “One of the most important parts of the exam are current affairs and it is very important for the candidates to prepare well.” If a topic is being asked repeatedly in the examination, then the candidates should know about everything related to it. Regular reading of current affairs monthly magazines will help in keeping an eye on everything that is currently happening.
Don’t be afraid to experiment
Jatin advises candidates to attempt questions from different types of combinations in mock tests. He says, “In a test, try to solve only those questions in which you are 100% sure. In the second test, if you are confused between the two answers then try to choose the one which you feel is right. By doing this, you will get an idea of which method is best for you. ” He finally states that the objective should be to score between 110 and 120 in the mock test.