IAS Success Stories of winning candidates Rashmita Panda
Interviewer: What was your strategy for the examination?
Rashmita Panda: Give equal importance to all the papers and consistent hard work and the faith on my potential that I will be into civil services one day.
Interviewer: What were your optionals?
Rashmita Panda: History & Public Administration
Interviewer: How did you plan for preliminary examination?
Rashmita Panda: For G. S: Exhaustive reading with emphasis on current affairs and solve lots of questions and precision is important in negative marking scheme.
Interviewer: What about General Studies?
Rashmita Panda: Alongwith traditional part, give stress to current event and make opinions. Make cutouts of articles, section wise eg; health, IR as this will make revision easy.
Interviewer: What is the best way to prepare current affairs?
Rashmita Panda: Hindu, Economic Times, Yojana, Kurukshetra, Civil Services Chronicle & Wizard, Special monthly issues of CSC is valuable
Interviewer: What about time management?
Rashmita Panda: I used to do GS and both my optionals together as in that way I would be in touch with all my papers.
Interviewer: What was your strategy for Mains?
Rashmita Panda: Answer writing practice help to score well. One cannot write all answers but at least a framework should be prepared in mind.
Interviewer: Did you join any coaching institute? What is your opinion about coaching institutes?
Rashmita Panda: For GS: Vajiram and Ravi in 2006 and test series in Sriram. For Public admn: Sunil Gupta sirs Inspiration & this helped to refine my answers. For history: Dr. Reddy sir & Baliyan sir's test series.
Interviewer: What should be the criteria to select optionals?
Rashmita Panda: Interest in the subject and easy availability of material
Interviewer: Tell me something about Interview?
Rashmita Panda: Be honest to the interview board and give balanced perspective
Interviewer: The biggest mistake you made in the examination?
Rashmita Panda: Neglecting statistics in 2007 mains for which for which GS Paper II scores was not good.
Interviewer: What are your suggestions for the new comers?
Rashmita Panda: This exam needs lots of patience and perseverance. Work hard in smart manner & just give your best
Interviewer: Your opinion about the Civil Services Chronicle? Since when you have reading CS-Chronicle? Which section of CSC benefited you the most?
Rashmita Panda: CSC is quite exhaustive in the coverage of relevant issues. I have been reading CSC since 2006.
Interviewer: What is your opinion about self-study?
Rashmita Panda: Self study is very crucial as a particular candidate will know his/her weakness and strengths.
Interviewer: How important is the length of an answer?
Rashmita Panda: Writing a relevant answer with good presentation style is important by sticking to word limit.
Interviewer: What do you feel the secret of you success?
Rashmita Panda: Patience and hard work in a smart manner.
Interviewer: To whom do you refer for the credit success?
Rashmita Panda: My parents, my sister Ankita, all my teachers, friends, students & colleagues and especially during preparations sathis, Rahul (IPS 2007), Vikram, Shiva, Anumena, Kislaya, Ajit, Suvidh, Anushree & Rugved. I also thank Nabanita (IFS 2007).
Courtesy: Civil Services Chronicle