Interview With Mr. Pratik Rai DSP WBCS Group B WBCS Exam 2017 Rank 3 WBCSMadeEasy Student
- When and how did the inspiration and idea of joining civil service come in your mind?
Ans – I hail from a family where my grandfather, my uncle and a few relatives were/are into Civil service and Government jobs in various capacities. So I always had this desire of joining Civil Services, which only got stronger as I grew up.
I started my preparation in February, 2016 during the final semester of my graduation.
- Tell us something about yourself? Educational Qualification, Marks/Division/Class, schooling…..
Ans – Class 10 – Don Bosco School, Liluah – 92.2%
Class 12 – Don Bosco School, Liluah – 69.8%
BA(Hons.) – Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi – 77.5% (CGPA – 8.2)
- What factors did you consider before selecting your optionals? What were they?
Ans – Economics was my optional subject. I had graduated with a BA(Hons.) in Economics, so it came as a natural choice to me. I didn’t run after “scoring optionals”. I chose an optional which I liked studying.
- How did you sustain the study-momentum throughout the year?
Ans – See, you need to be focused about your goal. For me, civil services was not only about me fulfilling my dreams. It was about my parents, my family and their dreams too.
I prepared a time table for myself (yearly, monthly, weekly & daily) and tried sticking to it.
Focus, Hardworking and patience – The three mantras for cracking this exam.
- How many hours did you study per day? How many months did it take you to complete the core syllabus of Compulsory and optional subjects?
Ans – I studied 6 hours per day. I took around 8 months to complete the General Studies portion for Prelims and Mains ( I studied simultaneously for both of them). I used to study optionals daily for an 1-2 hours, depending upon the need. Overall, one years rigorous preparation is enough to prepare for this exam.
- Did u use internet, was it effective?
Ans – Yes. It was very helpful.
- Were you doing any other job during preparation?
Ans – No. I sat for the exam immediately after my graduation.
- Which newspapers & magazines you went through?
Ans – The Hindu, The Pratiyogita Darpan, Yojana.
- Did u take coaching? How was the experience?
No. I didn’t take any coaching except by WBCSMadeEasy at last.
I did take a couple of mock interviews at WBCS Made Easy and they were helpful.
- What about Interview in WBCS? Was the board cordial? What should be a proper preparation?
Ans – I knew that the personality test will be the biggest challenge for me in the entire process of WBCS exams. Since I was aiming for Group- B (DySP post), I knew I had to score well.
But this is where the mock interviews at WBCS Made Easy proved vital for me. The faculty was highly experienced and the mocks raised my confidence level.
The board was good ( neither very coordial nor too strict ). The interview was a mixed experience for me.
- Plz suggest some good books for pre, comp, optional.
Ans – I stuck to basic books for civil service. I started off with NCERTs (CLS 8-12) and then graduated to the main books, like Laxmikant for Polity, Rajiv Ahir for Modern History, etc. I would recommend the aspirants to check out the toppers interview on quora or mrunal websites and prepare a booklist which suits them the most. It might take a month or so but research yourself and choose your books. Make intelligent use of internet.
Since WBCS is partly MCQs based, I had solved MCQs of various subject from Unique Publications.
- What should be the strategy for cracking this exam?What message you want to give to all aspirants?
Ans – I tried doing the following things :-
– Chose an optional which I liked studying rather than running after the so called “scoring optionals”. All the optionals are scoring if you put in the required efforts.
– Focussed on my strengths – GS Paper -3, 5 & 6. I knew I had to score big in these papers because I was not good at Science (GS Paper – 4)
– Practiced answer writing for Language papers as well as optionals. Unless one writes, he won’t be able to judge his position and level of preparation. Practice answer writing !
– Read books of good authors and genuine publications. Don’t read too many books of one subject. Read one good book and keep revising. Remember achieving success may sometimes get boring because you have to repeat the same process again and again.
- Anything else u want to share?
Ans – Civil Services exams is a long process. Mentally be prepared for it.
And remember there should be a reason strong enough to push you through. There has to be an inspiration. It can be anything – your dreams, your parents, your desire to work for the society, the respect that the job provide, etc. Anything.
Find that reason, the inspiration. Otherwise, it gets a bit difficult.
- Was this your 1stattempt? If not what about previous ones? You are from which batch and what was your rank in WBCS Exam (Plz don’t mind)?
Ans – First attempt
- Do you suggest anything on changed pattern of WBCS Exam like how to choose optional subject, how to study for main exam now , what should be the strategy etc.?
Ans – The pattern of the exam is such the we have to adopt a wholistic approach. When it comes to General Studies, preparations for Prelims and Mains should be inclusive and done simultaneously. Optionals can be prepared alongside.
- Have you seen our website? How far it is useful for students?
Ans – I have seen the website. It is very helpful in preparation if used wisely.
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