Monday, 25 February 2019

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

Roll No.               
Marital Status
Total attempts in CEE (including this one)           
Optional Subjects
Anthropology and Education
Service Joined
Inspector Of Taxes
Schooling Medium 
College Medium
Medium chosen for Mains answers
Medium chosen for Interview
English and Assamese
Home town/city


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


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  


Did you use highlighters / sketch pens in your answers?
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?
You wrote the answer in blue pen or black pen?
Blue pen


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.


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.

Thursday, 21 February 2019

Important Government Schemes January 2019

1. Beneficiaries of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana register a refill rate of 80%.

  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana that provides LPG connections to the women member of the BPL households with a support of Rs 1600 per connection has registered a refill rate of 80% as per the current data.
  • The data provided by the Ministry of Petroleum states that around 6 crore connections were disbursed, and 23 crore refills were done under the Ujjwala Scheme. Almost 80% of the recipients opted for the refill of LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas) cylinders.
  • Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana launched in the year 2016, intends to safeguard the health of women and children by providing them with a clean cooking fuel so that their health doesn’t get compromised.
  • The identification of the BPL (Below Poverty Line) families is done through 2011 Socio- Economic Caste Census.

2. Government of Maharashtra introduces Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana

  • Government of Maharashtra has introduced the Atal Solar Krishi Pump Yojana to reduce losses due to non-payment of electricity bills and promote solar energy.
  • Under the provisions of the scheme the government of Maharashtra has decided to give 2 LED bulbs, a DC fan and mobile charging socket as freebies to farmers of the state.
  • The above scheme also provides a subsidy of 95% to the farmers on solar pump sets.
  • Eligibility: Farmers with less than 5 acres of land will have to pay 5% of the cost of a 3 HP solar pump set while farmers with more than 5 acres of land will get a 5 HP solar pump for Rs 30,000.
  • The implementing agency for the scheme is Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Ltd (MSEDCL).

3. Prime Minister Launches Pravasi Teerth Darshan Yojana

  • Under this scheme, a group of Indian origin people will be taken on a state- sponsored tour of religious places in India twice a year.
  • Indian-origin people in the age group 45 to 65 can apply for the scheme.
  • The government will bear all the expenses including the airfare from their country of residence.
  • The Scheme accords first preference to people from Girmitiya countries such as Mauritius, Fiji, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, and Jamaica.

4. Three New AIIMs to be set up by the Government

  • The union cabinet headed by Prime Minister approved the setting up of 3 new AIIMS institutions under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana at Vijaynagar in  Samba of Jammu Region, Awantipora in Pulwama of Kashmir Region and Rajkot in  Gujarat.
  • The two new AIIMS for Jammu region and Kashmir region were announced by the  Prime Minister under the Prime Minister’s Development Package and the AIIMS in  Rajkot, Gujarat was announced by the Finance Minister in his budget speech.
  • Each new AIIMS will add 100 UG MBBS seats and 60 BSc nursing seats, and the new  AIIMS will have 15-20 super speciality departments.
  • Setting up new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super-speciality  healthcare centres to the population closer to their homes and help in creating a large  pool of doctors and other health workers in these regions to strengthen the primary  and secondary level institutions and facilities being created under the National Health  Mission (NHM).

5. Government of Odisha announced a hike in pension under the  Madhu Babu Pension Yojana

  • The government of Odisha announced a hike of Rs 200 per month for the beneficiaries  of the social security pension scheme Madhu Babu Pension Yojana.
  • The Madhu Babu Pension Yojana is a pension scheme in Odisha under the Department  of Social Security and Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities for the disabled, old  age persons.
Beneficiaries of the scheme are:
I. Persons with age of 60 years and above.
II. A Widow irrespective of age
III. A Widow patient with AIDS
IV. A Leprosy patient with visible deformity
V. A person of age 5 years and above and unable to do normal work due to deformity or disability.
VI. An AIDS patient identified by identified by the district/state AIDS control society or AIDS prevention control unit.
VII. An unmarried woman of age 30 years or above from the BPL family
Conditions for the Beneficiary:
Individual Income from all sources should not exceed Rs 24,000 per annum.
Family Income not exceeding Rs 24,000 per annum.
Is a permanent resident of Odisha.
Not been convicted of any criminal offence.
Increased pension would benefit nearly 48 Lakh beneficiaries.

6. Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana announced 3 implementation models.

  • Three models have been announced under which the states can implement the  Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
  • The three models are:
  • Insurance Model – Under this model, the premiums paid for the health insurance  scheme are paid to the insurance company which pays the health claim.
  • Truth-Based Model – Under this model, each state is supposed to form its own trust  to manage the scheme and health claims are supposed to be disbursed from the  corpus created from centre and state government contributions.
  • Hybrid Model – Under this model, a part of the health claim comes under insurance  model while the remaining part comes under the state and central government trust.
  • Under the PM-JAY scheme about 10.74 crore poor, deprived rural families and  identified occupational categories of urban workers’ families as per the latest Socio-  Economic Caste Census (SECC) data (approx. 50 crore beneficiaries) will have health  benefit cover of Rs Five Lakhs per family per year at free of cost.

7. Madhya Pradesh Government announced Yuva Swabhimaan  Yojana

  • The government of Madhya Pradesh announced the Yuva Swabhimaan Yojana to provide employment to the unemployed youth from the economically weaker section  in the state.
  • The scheme intends to provide employment to the unemployed youth mainly in the urban areas of the state.
  • The scheme aims to provide employment to the weaker sections for nearly 100 days of the year.
  • The youth will also be given skill training by the government of the state.
  • With this scheme the government of the state intends to cover the people who are not covered under MGNREGA.


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Serial No.  Name of the Monument Country
1 Abu Simbel Egypt
2 Acropolis Athens, Greece
3 Airavatesvara Temple Tamil Nadu, India
4 Al Aqsa Mosque Jerusalem, Israel
5 Amber Fort (or Amer Fort) Jaipur, India
6 Angel Falls Venezuela
7 Angkor Wat Cambodia
8 Basilica of Bom Jesus Bainguinim, India
9 Bhimbetka Rock Shelters Madhya Pradesh, India
10 Big Ben London
11 Blue Domed Church Santorini, Greece
12 Borobudur Indonesia
13 Bran Castle Transylvania, Romania
14 Brandenburg Gate Berlin, Germany
15 Brihadeeswarar Temple Tamil Nadu, India
16 Burjal Arab Hotel Dubai
17 Cape of Good Hope South Africa
18 Charminar Hyderabad, India
19 Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai, India
20 Chichen Itza Mexico
21 Chittor Fort Chittorgarh, India
22 Christ the Redeemer Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
23 Dilwara Temples Mount Abu, India
24 Elephanta Caves Mumbai, India
25 Ephesus Turkey
26 Faisal Mosque Islamabad, Pakistan
27 Forbidden City Beijing, China
28 Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple Tamil Nadu, India
29 Ġgantija Malta
30 Gol Gumbaz Bijapur, India
31 Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California
32 Golden Temple Amritsar, India
33 Gommateshwara Statue Shravanabelagola, India
34 Gwalior Fort Gwalior, India
35 Hagia Sophia Istanbul, Turkey
36 Halebidu Hassan, India
37 Hampi Monuments Hampi, India
38 Hawa Mahal Jaipur, India
39 Hoysala Temples Hoysala, India
40 Humayun’s Tomb Delhi, India
41 Iguazu Falls Located on the border of Argentina and Brazil
42 India Gate Delhi, India
43 Inukshuk Canada
44 Jaisalmer Fort Rajasthan, India
45 Jama Masjid Delhi, India
46 Kamakhya Temple Guwahati, India
47 Khajuraho Temples Khajuraho, India
48 Kilimanjaro Tanzania
49 Konark Sun Temple Konark, India
50 Lascaux Cave Paintings France
51 Loch Ness Scotland
52 Lotus Temple Delhi, India
53 Luxor Temple Egypt
54 Machu Pichu Peru
55 Mahabalipuram Group of Monuments Mahabalipuram, India
56 Mahabodhi Temple Bodh Gaya, India
57 Mehrangarh Fort Jodhpur, India
58 Meenakshi Amman Temple Madurai, India
59 Millau Bridge France
60 Mont St Michel France
61 Mount Eden Crater New Zealand
62 Mount Fuji Japan
63 Mount Rushmore South Dakota
64 Mysore Palace Karnataka, India
65 Nalanda Bihar Sharif, India
66 Newgrange Tomb Ireland
67 Pattadakal group of monuments Pattadakal, India
68 Petra Rock-cut Architecture Jordan
69 Pompeii Italy
70 Potala Palace Lhasa, Tibet
71 Pyramids of Giza Giza, Egypt
72 Qutub Minar Delhi, India
73 Red Fort Delhi, India
74 Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Spain
75 Sanchi Stupa Madhya Pradesh
76 St Basil’s Cathedral Moscow, Russia
77 St Peter’s Cathedral Vatican City
78 Statue of Liberty New York, USA
79 Statue of Unity Gujarat, India
80 Stonehenge England
81 Table Mountain Cape Town, South Africa
82 Taj Mahal Agra, India
83 The Blue Mosque Istanbul
84 The Ciudad Mitaddel Mundo or Middle Earth Ecuador
85 The Colosseum Rome, Italy
86 The Eiffel Tower Paris, France
87 The Empire State Building New York
88 The Gateway of India Mumbai, India
89 The Great Canyon Arizona
90 The Great Sphinx Giza, Egypt
91 The National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall China
92 The Sultan Ahmed Mosque Turkey
93 The Wailing Wall Jerusalem
94 Tilcho Lake Nepal
95 Tower of Pisa Italy
96 Twelve Apostles Australia
97 Twyfelfontein (officially known as ǀUi-ǁAis) – Ancient Rock Engravings Namibia
98 Uluru Sandstone Australia
99 Venkateswara Temple Tirumala
100 Victoria Falls At the Border Between  Zambia and Zimbabwe
101 Victoria Memorial Kolkata, India