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UPSC CSE Result 2019: AIR 131 Pawan Kumar Shares His Preparation Strategy for All Stages of Exam

Sakshi Saroha

“There are no mediocre aspirants, there are only mediocre efforts,” says the 25-year-old Pawan Kumar Goel of Delhi. Pawan is a DTU alumnus and holds a B.tech. Degree in Electrical and Electronics engineering. He got a decent placement at the final semester of his graduation but rather chose to prepare for the Civil Services Exam. Let’s have a look at his preparation strategy and study tips for other aspirants.

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Pawan began his UPSC Civil Services exam preparation in 2017 just three months before the Prelims exam. At that time Pawan was in the 8th semester of his engineering degree and simultaneously prepared for the exam. However, he could not qualify the exam but scored 90 marks in GS Paper 1 of the Prelims exam. This gave him the confidence to dedicatedly put in efforts for the exam and began his preparation after completing the graduation degree. He also got campus placement but did not take up the offer as he wanted to invest his time just in the preparation of Civil Services. 

UPSC Prelims Strategy - Pawan says that he only stuck with the basic NCERT and other standard lists of prescribed books for the preparation. Laxmikant for Polity, old as well as new NCERTs for history. Other than this he followed exclusive IAS online channels for preparation. He kept himself abreast of all the current affairs and is an avid newspaper reader which helped in the current affairs preparation. 

Do not ignore the CSAT paper and solve previous papers to gain knowledge about the pattern and type of questions asked in the exam. 

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In the interview round, Pawan faced unexpected questions that were not related to his DAF at all. Most questions were asked on defense, the American constitution, health schemes etc. no questions were asked on his personal or academic details. Hence Pawan suggests that in the personality test stage an aspirant should not just concentrate on the DAF but also about the current events.

Pawan Kumar believes that hard work and consistency can only help an aspirant to get through the exam. Do not lose hope at the failures and keep preparing with a positive attitude and belief in your goal. 

Jagran Josh extends heartfelt congratulations to UPSC CSE AIR 131 Pawan Kumar on his success. 

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