Monday, 8 February 2021

My Journey to Success - Parineeta Chakraborty ACS 2020 (APSC CCE 2018- Rank 4)

 




PERSONAL PROFILE

Name

Parineeta Chakraborty 

Rank in Civil Services

4

Roll No.

1001796

Age

27

Marital Status

Unmarried 

Total attempts in CEE (including this one)

1

Optional Subjects

Chemistry(for Prelims and Mains) and Education (for Mains)

Service Joined

ACS

Medium chosen for Mains answers

English 

Medium chosen for Interview

Assamese and English 

Home town/city

Guwahati

Work-experience

Co-founder of Ujjeevit Foundation 

 

EDUCATIONAL DETAILS

 

% in class 10

91.5

% in class 12

85.8

Graduation course and %

BSc. with honours in Chemistry; 89%

Name of college, city, passing out year

Cotton College, Guwahati,2015

Post-graduation

MSc. with specialisation in Organic Chemistry, passed in 2017, CGPA-8.37

Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements

Gardening, Baking, Cooking, Designing clothes, Singing, Dancing, etc.

 

UNDERSTANDING YOUR ONLINE LIFE?

 

Daily hrs spent on online platforms for predicting cutoff / syllabus change / age-attempt limit change and other “peripheral-discussion“ related to civil services.

Not too much. I usually kept away from browsing through such matters.

Daily hrs spent on WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram study groups

No fixed time as such but usage was relatively lesser during preparation days.

Daily hrs spent on online for exam prep/mock test

I did not attend any mock exam but relied mostly on online sources during my preparation. My laptop was always open whenever I sat down to study.

Primary Device for online study: desktop, laptop, tablet, mobiles

Laptop and my mobile phone.

 

ANSWER WRITING

 

Did you use highlighters / sketch pens in your answers?

No. 

Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in Geography) If yes, Did you draw diagrams with pencil or pen?

Yes. I did draw diagrams as and where I felt the necessity. I drew the diagrams with pen .

Did you use ruler to draw the lines in diagram? Or did you just make it by hand?

Used ruler 

You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?

Blue pen

 

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1. Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?

 

Ans: My name is Parineeta Chakraborty. I’ve been born and brought up in Guwahati where I live with my parents and my younger brother. My parents are working and my brother is currently pursuing his Bachelors with honours in Economics. 

The desire to become a civil servant shaped up during high school days because this career field provides an individual with ample opportunities to work for the public and address and resolve various issues pertaining to the society and the public.

2. In recent times, there is spur in electronic material- blogs, sites, pdfs, RSS-feeds. Many aspirants feel bogged down by this information overload.

Ans:  The main essence of preparation is to keep one’s sources to a minimum and do multiple revisions of the topics. As I did not take any coaching, so I did a thorough analysis of the sources before beginning with my preparation and studied accordingly. I did use the Internet  but e-sources cannot be the sole reliance. One needs to read and revise the topics from the standard subject related books.

 

3. Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional? In which format- electronic or paper? What is your style of preparation and notes making?

Ans: I did keep self-notes,especially for topics pertaining to current affairs. I used to keep those saved on my phone or laptop and the rest I used to read and revise directly from the text books.

 

4. What was your approach in the exam?

Ans: Except for leaving a 4 marker question in my Chemistry Paper 1 Optional, I attempted every question in all other papers. Regard the quality of the answers, I maintained a uniformity throughout the paper. My answers were in line with the question and within the given word limit.

 

5. Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs? Did you follow the “introduction-body-conclusion” format?

Ans:  I remember attempting most of the questions where I had the opportunity to write in bullet points. I began my answer with a short one-liner introduction and ended with an optimistic conclusion.

 

6. What’s your optional subject and why did you chose it and not something else? If a new aspirant wants to pick your subject, would you advice for it or against it?

Ans: My optionals were Chemistry and Education. I chose Chemistry because I did my post-graduation in Chemistry and Education because the subject is interesting, practical and the syllabus is quite concise. But the new syllabus of APSC CCE has excluded Education as an optional paper. Regarding Chemistry as an optional, any Chemistry graduate or post-graduate who is very thorough with their degree and masters topics can definitely opt for it as their Optional. 

 

7. What are the books you studied doing your preparations and your list of recommended books?

Ans: The book sources for Chemistry are same as the ones that are usually read in BSc and MSc honours courses. Current affairs related to Chemistry are not generally asked in the optional paper but such questions might be posed in the GS paper under Science and Technology.

 

8. How many months did it take to finish the optional syllabus?

Ans: It took me a month to finish Chemistry and around 2 months for Education.

 

9. Did you attend any ‘mock tests’? Do you think they’re necessary for success? How many days/ weeks before the exam, you started answer writing practice papers?

Ans: No, I did not attend any mock test for mains.  I cannot say that they are indispensable but as we know “Practice makes a man perfect,” so attending mocks can surely improve one’s answer writing skills. As far as answer writing is concerned, I did not do much of it. I did not do practice papers before the exam as well. By saying so, I do not encourage upcoming aspirants to do the same. I’ve had the habit of creative writing since school which , I think, have helped me in framing answers directly in the exam papers.

Interview

1. How did you prepare for the interview? – (for college grad, hobbies, place of origin, current affairs at national and international level)

Ans: The interview is the most unpredictable stage in the whole exam. We all know that it is primarily a test of one’s personality, so we need to answer with honesty . It’s always better to say “Sorry,I do not know the answer.” than to just beat around the bush if we are unsure of anything that the interviewer asks. All I did before the interview was to go throughout facts relating to my hometown,hobbies, educational background and optionals.

 

2. Did you attend any mock interviews by coaching classes? How were they similar / different than official interview? Do you believe it is necessary to attend such mock interviews?

Ans: I did attend a mock interview; the environment in the mock interview was almost like the official interview, though the questions were different. It’s upto one’s own discretion whether he/she wants to attend a mock interview.

 

3. Where did you stay for the interview?

Ans: As I am from Guwahati, so I went from home for the interview. I did not carry any book or material alongwith me. I kept myself calm and positive and patiently waited for my turn.

 

4. Who was the chairman of you interview board? How long was the interview?

Ans: I interview board was chaired by Sanjib Gohain Baruah Sir. It went on for about half an hour.

 

5. Describe the formal-dress worn by you on the day of your interview.

Ans: I wore an Uka Muga mekhela and a Muga and Khadi blended sador with a maroon coloured blouse. I accessorised my outfit with my grandmother’s heirloom earrings and a simple rose gold watch.

 

6. Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions? 

Ans: It wasn’t completely on expected lines because at times, I was thrown upon a lot of counter questions. But it was overall, a pleasant conversation. The panelists were extremely cordial and there was nothing to be stressed about inside the interview room.

 

7. Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?

Ans: It is always better to carry a pen.

 

8. Please narrate your entire interview.

Ans: My interview started with questions relating to the organisation that I am a part of (Ujjeevit Foundation) post which they asked me questions relating to Assamese literature, Fokora Jojona,etc . I was also asked a few questions on Chemistry (eg: what is cascading effect in water treatment process, pH scale etc) as well as a few Educational policies (as my second optional was Education). There were also a few situational and miscellaneous questions.

 

The Miscellaneous Ones

1. If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan?

Ans: It’s always good to have a backup plan but I had none. I gave my entire time and energy to this examination. Had I not been selected this time, I would’ve definitely tried once again because “Failures are the pillars of success.”

2. Many candidates prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear about ‘profile insecurity’. I’m not from a big college, I’m not from English medium, and I don’t have work-experience. What if they ask some stressful questions in the interview about this? What is your message to these candidates?

Ans:  These aren’t even issues to be bothered about while preparing for this examination. It hardly matters which school or college an aspirant is from. All that matters is how sincere,hardworking and passionate an individual is towards fulfilling his/her vision. So I would like to request all the upcoming aspirants to keep all their insecurities at bay and continue preparing with a positive mindset.

3. People, most of them lack consistency in their preparation. So, how do you keep study momentum going on?

Ans: If the reason / driving force to become a civil servant is strong, one will never be derailed from their path. There were , of course ,moments when I felt anxious and worried about the uncertain future but I was always surrounded with a bunch of amazing friends and family who cheered me up during my gloomy days and motivated me to remain focused on my preparation.

4. Through this struggle and success, what have your learned? What is your message to the new aspirants? Many hardworking candidates have failed in Mains/Interview. They’re feeling cynical, hopeless and depressed- what is your message to them?

Ans: Our life is all about facing the struggles that are posed upon us at different stages in life. In the end, this is just an exam and it can never be larger than life. Failures do bring in disappointment but certain things are beyond our control, eg our destiny. So we should focus on what lies in our hands; if a candidate failed to get through this time, he/she shall analyse their respective loopholes, start rectifying them and start afresh on an optimistic note.

6. Behind every topper are many people who stood by during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case?

Ans: Behind every successful individual,there stands an army of supporters. I,too, had my army who believed in me more than I believed in myself. My parents to whom I owe every little achievement of mine, my brother ,teachers,friends, neighbours and relatives filled in my surroundings with positivity. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank one of my strongest support systems, Madhurjya Buragohain(Asst. Commisioner and EM, Sadiya) who stood by me whenever I felt low, took great care of my mental well-being and also provided me with valuable guidance to boost my preparation. Last but never the least, I dedicate this fulfilment of mine to my deceased grandmother whose last wish was to see me as a public servant.


A part of this interview is also published in the Assam Tribune Campus Buzz dated 8th Feb, 2021
https://assamtribune.com/aiming-for-the-sky-2/


Tuesday, 26 January 2021

Republic Day of India-30 Interesting Facts

 


  1. Republic Day is celebrated every year in India on January 26 to commemorate the date on which the Constitution of India came into effect, in the year 1950, and the country became a republic.

  2. While India became independent from British Raj following the Indian Independence movement, it didn’t have a constitution of its own. Indian laws were based on a modified version of the British established, Government of India Act 1935.

  3. Although the Constitution was adopted on November 26, 1949, it came into force on January 26, 1950 – a day chosen by Indians for themselves for it held immense significance for the country.

  4. The significance of January 26 is that on that day in 1929, the Indian National Congress made the well-known declaration of “Poorna Swaraj” or complete self-rule and Jawaharlal Nehru hoisted the tricolour on the banks of the Ravi river. The date set for independence was January 26, 1930, and was celebrated as Poorna Swaraj day for the next 17 years.

  5. When the Constitution of India was adopted on November 26, 1949, many considered it necessary to celebrate the document on a day associated with national pride, which was – January 26.

  6. The country celebrated its first Republic Day almost 3 years after we acquired Independence. The date was January 26, 1950.

  7. The Constitution of India took around 2 years 11 months and 18 days to be drafted. The task of writing the Indian Constitution was given to a Drafting Committee that was lead by Dr. BR Ambedkar.

  8. There are two copies of the Indian Constitution, one in English and one in Hindi. Both copies of the Constitution of India are handwritten.

  9. There are no printed copies of the Constitution of India. The Indian Constitution is only calligraphed.

  10. The original copies of the Constitution of India are preserved in helium-filled caskets at the Library of Parliament House.

  11. The Indian Constitution is the longest one to be written in the world. It has 444 articles divided into 22 parts and 12 schedules. Recently, 118 amendments were added to the Constitution.

  12. Copies of the handwritten Constitution of Indian were signed by 308 Assembly members on January 24, 1950.

  13. Republic Day is a three-day affair which ends on 29th January with the Beating Retreat Ceremony.

  14. President Sukarno, the first Head of State of Indonesia was the Chief Guest for India’s first Republic Day.

  15. During the Republic Day Parade, a Christian hymn, ‘Abide With Me’ is played. The hymn was a favorite of Mahatma Gandhi.

  16. From 1950-54, Republic Day was celebrated at Irwin Stadium (now called National Stadium), Red Fort, Ramlila Grounds and Kingsway.

  17. Republic Day was first celebrated at Rajpath in the year 1955.

  18. The first Chief Guest to attend the Rajpath Parade in 1955 was none other than the first Governor-General of Pakistan, Malik Ghulam Mohammed.

  19. ‘Jana Gana Mana’, the National Anthem of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly on January 24, 1950.

  20. The National Anthem of India was written by the Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore in Bengali. It was later translated into Hindi.

  21. Dr. Rajendra Prasad was sworn in as the first President of India on January 26, 1950, at 10:24 am.

  22. ‘Liberty, Equality and Fraternity’, three concepts highlighted in the Indian Constitution are inspired by the French Constitution.

  23. The Five-Year governmental plans are taken from the USSR Constitution.

  24. During the first Republic Day, the President of India was greeted by a 31 gun salute.

  25. Republic Day Celebrations kickstart with the unfurling of the National Flag. This is followed by the Republic Day Parade and a 21 gun salute.

  26. On the eve of Republic Day, the country is addressed by the President of India.

  27. Awards such as the Kirti Chakra, Padma Awards, and Bharat Ratna are announced on the eve of Republic Day. These awards are then given out on Republic Day.

  28. Prior to Republic Day, the country followed the Government of India Act, 1935 which was compiled and laid down by the British Government.

  29. The Indian Air Force came into existence as an independent body on Republic Day. Prior to this, the Air Force was a controlled  body.

  30. The custom of offering the gallantry awards to children was started by the Government of India in 1957.

Happy Republic Day


Friday, 1 March 2019

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Monday, 25 February 2019

My Journey To Success - Puja Baruah - Inspector of Taxes 2018 (APSC 2016)






 PERSONAL PROFILE
Name   
PUJA BARUAH
Roll No.               
090300161
Age
26
Marital Status
Unmarried
Total attempts in CEE (including this one)           
First
Optional Subjects
Anthropology and Education
Service Joined
Inspector Of Taxes
Schooling Medium 
English
College Medium
English
Medium chosen for Mains answers
English
Medium chosen for Interview
English and Assamese
Home town/city
Guwahati

EDUCATIONAL DETAILS

% in class 10
76.6%
% in class 12
85%
Graduation course and %
BA in Anthropology; Best Graduate Arts; 83.3%
Name of college, city, passing out year
Cotton College (2013)
Post-graduation
Anthropology; First Class First; Gold Medallist; 71.5%
Any other professional courses
Pursuing PhD
Hobbies & Extracurricular achievements
Reading books, travelling etc

UNDERSTANDING YOUR ONLINE LIFE?

Daily hrs spent on online platforms for predicting cutoff / syllabus change / age-attempt limit change and other “peripheral-discussion“ related to civil services.              
It depends whether I am using it for some constructive purpose or leisure.
Daily hrs spent on WhatsApp, Facebook, Telegram study groups
I have used internet a lot during my preparation.
Daily hrs spent on online for exam prep/mock test
1 hour
Primary Device for online study: desktop, laptop, tablet, mobile  
Laptop

ANSWER WRITING

Did you use highlighters / sketch pens in your answers?
Yes
Did you draw any diagram in any paper? (e.g. in Geography) If yes, Did you draw diagrams with pencil or pen?
Yes with pencil
Did you use ruler to draw the lines in diagram? Or did you just make it by hand?
No
You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?
Blue pen

QUESTIONNAIRE:

1.        Tell us something about yourself, your family, when and why did you enter in this field of competitive exams?

Ans: My name is Puja Baruah. I am from Guwahati. I live with my parents here and I have a brother who stays in Delhi. I have got Inspector of taxes in APSC (CCE) 2016. It is like a passion for me to serve the society.

2.        In recent times, there is spur in electronic material- blogs, sites, pdfs, RSS-feeds. So, how do you balance this i.e. electronic material vs. paper material (Books, newspapers).

Ans: It’s all about focus. One should always remember why he or she has started this journey.

3.        Do you maintain self-notes for revision of optional?

Ans: Yes for few portions I do maintain notes but for me revision is the key. I read multiple times.

4.        What was your approach in the exam?

I always try to give my answers as clearly as possible because clarity is very much necessary.

5.        Did you write answers in bullet points or in paragraphs?       

Ans: Both bullet and paragraphs

6.        What’s your optional subject and why did you chose it and not something else

Ans: Anthropology is my graduation subject so this exam is just a revision for me and for Education I have used the book by L Das as my base book.

7.        What are the books you studied doing your preparations and your list of recommended books? How much of internet-research / current affairs is necessary for this optional? OR can one simply rely on the books and be done with this subject?

Ans:  I always believe that we should keep less books for all these competitive exams and revise what has already been read. Revision is the key

8.        How many months did it take to finish the optional syllabus?

Ans: 3 months

9.        Did you attend any ‘mock tests’? Do you think they’re necessary for success? How many days/ weeks before the exam, you started answer writing practice papers?

Ans: Yes I did. Every week.

Interview

1.        How did you prepare for the interview? – (for college grad, hobbies, place of origin, current affairs at national and international level)

And: This is basically a personality test so the key to success is remain faithful in the interview and speaking what is true and fair.

2.        Did you attend any mock interviews by coaching classes? How were they similar / different than official interview? Do you believe it is necessary to attend such mock interviews?

Ans: Yes I did. It is not that necessary.

3.        Describe the formal-dress worn by you on the day of your interview.

 Ans: Mekhla Chadar

4.        Was your interview on the expected lines of what you had prepared or did they ask you totally unexpected questions?  Was it a stress interview, did they ask any uncomfortable questions? If yes, how did you handle it? It was on expected lines. It was not a stress interview.

 Ans: Yes it was very much on the expected lines. But honesty is something which they want in the interview.

5.        Any side details about technicalities like “make sure you bring xyz document or do xyz thing, or you’ll face problem”?

Ans: Always carry a pen

6.        Please narrate your entire interview- what questions did they ask and what did you reply and other pleasant or uncomfortable experiences during the interview. (Earlier some toppers only tell me their question but not their answer. I would appreciate if you give both Question + your original answers)

My interview was about 20minutes. Basically they had asked about my PhD subject, Anthropology : westernisation, caste system, Syrian war, Ahom king suhungmung etc.
They asked me why you want to join civil service and not academics and I told them that academics can be done later also as Ihad already completed my masters and civil services provides  a broader prospect to serve the society.

The Miscellaneous Ones

1.        If you were not selected, what was your career backup plan? When were you going to “execute” that backup plan

Ans: I am pursuing PhD and I always believe that failure is the pillar to success.

2.        Many candidates prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear about ‘profile insecurity’. I’m not from a big college, I’m not from English medium, and I don’t have work-experience. What if they ask some stressful questions in the interview about this? Did you suffer from such insecurities? What is your message to these candidates?

Ans: Positive actions combined with positive thinking results in success. I am a very positive person and I always believe that hard work pays off sooner or later. So my message for all those candidates is that  sometimes things never go the way we expect them to but at that time one must not get distracted from the goal that he/she has set before. So, always believe in yourself and the rest will fall into place.

3.        People, most of them lack consistency in their preparation. So, how do you keep study momentum going on? How do you fight against the mood swings and distractions?

Ans: Success breeds success. Getting gold medal in both Graduation and Post-graduation always motivate me to work harder every single day.

4.        Behind every topper are many people who stood by during those uncertain times when he/she was merely an ‘aspirant’. Would you like to tell the world, who were those people in your case? Any specific incidence that you would like to share with the readers?

Ans: There are 3 person my mother, my father and my brother. My parents are my pillars of strength and my brother is someone I always looked up to.  He is my first friend and my second father.


Thank You for taking the effort to fill this questionnaire. Your effort will go a long way to guide someone in their preparations and fulfill their long cherished dream of becoming a civil servant.


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