Attempts – first attempt


PAPER 1 -134
PAPER 2 -142.61

Mains and Interview marks-


Optional subject: Geography

MAINS Total–734  + Interview–202  => Final–936

Rank72 .

Daily routine for UPSC preparation

The key is to understand that there will be ups and downs in this preparation and we need to work towards overcoming the “downs” that take place or minimize its frequency so that a level of consistency is maintained.
Studying for many hours continuously without a break can easily lead to a burnout. I usually took a “half-day break” every week so that I was able to maintain the tempo throughout the process. I tried to catch cricket matches on TV whenever I could which helped me to blow off some steam. Having a hobby could help us stay rejuvenated throughout the journey.
There will come times when we feel distracted and low on confidence. At such times, we need to remind ourselves of why we took up this exam in the first place. Studying favorite subjects at such times can be a morale booster and help us to get back on the right track. I used to read about foreign policy during such situations and it helped me gain my mojo back.


Mr. Joshi was the chairman and approx 30-35 minutes

* Your name is Sibi Adhithya and you live in Chennai. How did you come to Delhi from Chennai? How long have you been staying here?
* What did you do after you completed your graduation?
* You studied EEE. Tell me the difference between Electrical and Electronics
* You have studied in Hong Kong for 10th and came to Erode for 12th. What was the difference that you found between the two?
* The USSR comprised of many countries. Do you think the breakup of USSR was a good thing?

* You have authored a book titled “CEG: A Journey Through Time”. Tell me more about it
*You said there were a bouquet of subjects that you studied in Hong Kong. Tell me about it.
* Tell me some of the unconventional subjects that you studied.
* What were the subjects that you took in your 10th standard? How did it help you?
* There are many languages in India. It makes administration difficult. How can we solve this?
* How to overcome the language barrier in inter-state administration?
* Do you think the 3 language formula has served a good purpose?
* Tell me some innovative solution for the above problem

M2 (Lady):
* There are many private consulting agencies who are working with government departments. However, after a report comes, it is found that the agency has done a sub-par job. Why is that so?
* If both private and government agencies are collaborating together on a project and yet the desired result is not achieved, what is the problem?
* If you are heading a government department, what will you do to ensure that things run smoothly between your department and the private agency?
* You must have heard that rules are proving to be a hindrance in governance. What do you think about that? Do you think we should remove these rules?
* Have you heard of Panama papers? What is the Liberalized Remittance Scheme?
* What are the different stands taken by the government and the private players? Why is there an ambiguity?


* What is lean manufacturing?
* What are the different technologies available to produce solar energy?
* What is Tamil Nadu’s wind generation capacity?
* Where are the windfarms located in Tamil Nadu?
* What does the Plant Load Factor in wind mills depend upon?
* What is UDAY scheme?
* How much T&D losses does India have?
* What are the components of the losses?
* What is a Tax Haven? Is Hong Kong a tax haven?
* What is the economy of a tax haven based upon?


* Do you follow foreign policy?
* Then, Can I take the interview in that direction?
* What are the topics that you are following with respect to foreign policy?
* What is the recent developments in India-Pakistan relations?
* What do you know about US- Cuba breakthrough? What caused the breakthrough in relations?
* Do you think such a breakthrough is possible in India-Pak relations?
* How important is personal relationships in diplomacy?
* Myanmar has had a change in government. How will this impact India?
* What is Ms. Suu Kyi’s connection to India?

Educational background

% in class 10 92%
% in class 12 98.83%
Graduation course and % BE (EEE) 78%
Name of college, city, passing out year College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai (2014)
Post-graduation Nil
Any other professional courses Nil
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements Public Speaking, Writing and analyzing on cricket, Reading books

There are thousands of people who put in immense hard work yet fail to see their names in the final cut. To all of you, I just want to say that keep believing in yourself and put in more effort. It takes a lot to reach the mains/interview and you should be really proud of yourself. Find out where you went wrong, correct those mistakes and do not lose hope. Failure is not falling down, but in not getting up. Make sure you keep the fire burning in you and all the best for your next attempt.

Special credits & thanks to Sibi Adhithya



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