Topper’s talk: C.M. Saikanth Varma, Civils 2014 – AIR 18

Saikanth Varma, an IITian stood 18th ranker in civil services 2014 by clearing in the very first attempt. With a passion to become civil servant and society, he chose civil services at the cost of his high paid IT job profile in Google. He shares a few words with us…
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My Background…
I did my Dual degree Engineering course in CSE from IIT Madras. After passing my Engineering in the year 2011, I worked in Amazon and Google companies. Having profound interest in civil services, I started preparing strategically and was able to clear in first attempt.

How I prepared for Prelims…
Having strong hold on mathematics, I chose mathematics as optional subject. Even in prelims, I was able to do very well in CSAT paper. Above all these, I covered all subjects in prelims as it would help in mains too. As the question paper is very dynamic, you may not feel the need of coaching center.

Strategic approach to mains exam…
Most of aspirants think of preparing first for prelims and later for mains if they clear prelims, but this shouldn’t be the case. It is advisable to prepare for both simultaneously. The main strategy I adopted in preparing mains is writing to the point instead of dragging the issue and gave utmost attention on presentation techniques so as to present the subject in a wise and effective way, which indeed would enhance readability. Apart from this, I also followed various test series.

Cool and cordial interview…
Interview was really cool and very much comfortable, such is the encouraging environment the interviewers gave me. Questions were on IT, current questions, social issues and international relations. In short the interview was very cordial.

My advice to young aspirants
To crack civil services, joining a coaching center is a big myth. As the paper is dynamic, one need to prepare strategically by sticking to his plans and observing previous papers pattern, which would be more than enough.

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Published on 7/4/2015 6:49:00 PM
Topper’s talk: C.M. Saikanth Varma Civils 2014 – AIR 18

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