About Me

I am Anudeep Durishetty, IAS officer of 2018 batch and All India Rank 1 in the UPSC Civil Services Examination 2017. I secured this rank in my 5th attempt. Over the course of my long tryst with UPSC, I had learnt a lot from my mistakes and I consciously worked to rectify them. I intend this blog to be a repository of my experience so that you don’t repeat the same errors. You’ll find posts on my journey so far, preparation strategy for GS, essay, optional, answer writing and other peripheral aspects relevant to Civils preparation. Aspirants may post their queries in the comments section.

Apart from these, I also plan to write about topics of general interest that fascinate me. I am a native of Telangana and my hobbies are football, reading and meditation. I love Arsenal, Lionel Messi and Roger Federer.

147 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Minakshi

    Your blog is going to be very useful. Thank you so much sir.

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    1. chithranjali nair

      sir…a great doubt..can u just hep me to find somebody who wrote mains with LAW as optional?

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      1. Anonymous

        Rank 9

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        1. Amit

          Sir, I know the question that I am putting is not in appropriate place but the question is worth it. Firstly , how you got job at google ?. Next, did you already decide during college days that you’ll first get a corporate job and then you’ll become civil servant ?

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        2. Manohar CH

          Hi Anudeep ,I had a passion to be part in system (upsc) but financially unable to spent on taking coaching..I’m Telugu guy with bad communication skills and depending on my hard-work. So give me suggestions on own preparation and reference books.sorry for the bad communication skills .thank you anudeep

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          1. DOKINGLA

            Sir I have subscribed to email but am not getting any mail or notification.
            Please help me

          2. Mridul Shukla

            Sir,
            You can prepare for this exam without taking any coaching. You can take help from internet. The only thing you need is focus and dedication. Start from NCERT and try to read English newspaper daily(You can read The Indian Express). And for improving your communication skills, you need to word hard on it. Start with listening. Then try to speak or write. You will definitely improve your communication skills. Just believe in yourself. You can do it.
            Best of luck
            Regards
            Mridul.

        3. Anju Vishwakarma

          You have patience Sir, and I learnt many things to you …… You are to help alwaye needy people, children, women, etc.

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          1. Anonymous

            Yes, he is.

        4. Arman khan

          Sir I am 16 and Half year old. I want to buy your book. But I don’t know how to buy this sir can you helf mine. How to buy it although I check it on Amazon bot there are plothorio of books related to this and sir how to cover csat

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        5. Bhuvaneswar Chowdary

          Sir current affairs section in the blog is missing,please ensure it to be placed asap..

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      2. Anonymous

        Saumya sharma rank 7

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        1. Anonymous

          Congratulations ma’am for securing air 7

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      3. Anonymous

        vaishali singh, who secured 8th rank in upsc in 2018.
        she had her optional as law.

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      4. DURISHETTI VIVEK

        Sir,what steps would you suggest for beginners?like how to study NCERTs ? How to analyze NewsPaper? How to follow up with Current Affairs?

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      5. SRUSHTI DESHMUKH

        Ms. Saumya sharma AIR 7 in UPSC CSE 2017 has cleared her mains with law optional and scored 287 marks in optional

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        1. Sarbjeet

          Mam can you tell us any website where we could find exact correct information and syllabus for ias exam

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      6. Saurabh Srivastava

        VAISHALI SINGH AIR8 , 2020

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  2. Harshad Bhujbal

    Good initiative sir.. Thanks for it

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  3. Sayantan Dutta

    A very good initiative. Thanks…

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  4. Thrisha Reddem

    A very good intivative sir,and journey as a aspirant inspired us ,Thank you.

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  5. Dipankar Dutta, Gauhati University, Guwahati

    It will help us.. Thank you, Sir!

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  6. Krittika

    Thank you much sir

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  7. SANDHYA

    THANK YOU SIR……….

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    1. Anonymous

      Are you Sandhya Pal ?

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      1. SANDHYA

        Yes!! πŸ™‚

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        1. Abi

          Are You a Civil Servant ?

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  8. Upsc aspirant

    Thank you for your initiative sir, and this is how you wrote your mains answers……..

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  9. Anonymous

    thank u sir … it will really helpful for us..

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  10. ilishpaturi

    In one of your posts, you had mentioned about downloading the answer booklets of toppers. Are you talking about answer booklets of mock tests? Where do I download it from?

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    1. Anonymous

      You can download from visions ias

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  11. Bhavesh Chauhan

    Thanku so much sir to share these exact strategies as you would be follow for ye entire upsc journey.
    Definetely, these strategies will help us.

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  12. Bhavesh Chauhan

    Thanku so much sir to share these exact strategies as you would be follow for your entire upsc journey.
    Definetely, these strategies will help us.

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  13. Meka Alaya Reddy

    Thank you sir… This is really helpful for us.

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  14. Anonymous

    Thank you sir .This is really helpful for us.

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  15. Srilekha

    Thank you sir .This is really helpful for us.

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  16. Ansar

    Thank you sir.

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  17. K. Shaankary Reddy

    Thank you so much sir… U stood as an achiever and inspiration as well.. I respect ur work of sharing ,ur experiences and guidance . This is very useful sir.

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  18. Ashwini

    Thank you sir

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  19. Neha

    Congratulations!

    We’d be happy if you can you share your Anthro strategy? Like:- what books? Test series? can we see your mock test papers? Writing practice? anthro examples, diagrams, theories, case studies? Points vs paragraph? What structure? What conclusion? Are they looking for way forward or significance in present scenario even in anthro? How many questions did you attempt in mains? what was the quality of your answers?

    Thanks and regards

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    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      Hi, I’ve written detailed posts on Anthropology. Find it under ‘Optional’ tab on this website.

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  20. SWAPNA P

    Sir I have one doubt may be it is silly for you but my question is you opted offline Forum IAS TEST SERIES where you write these exams while you are working as IRS ?

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  21. SWAPNA P

    Sir, I read your other post on UPSC Journey I got the answer that you write Forum IAS TEST SERIES at home with timer.

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    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      Yes, I entirely prepared while staying in Hyderabad and so I had to opt for online mode. I wrote all tests from my home.

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  22. Anonymous

    sir please tell how to prepare economics?

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  23. Anonymous

    Congratulations sirπŸ’

    Your journey inspired us a lot…
    Thanks for sharing your strategy through this initiative. This is so helpful..

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  24. Anonymous

    Thank you sir

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  25. Apurva Patil

    will you please share mains booklist Sir..?

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  26. Satyendra

    First of all congratulation for your tremendous success Sir.
    Sir, I’ve studied till 10+2 in UP and from UP Board, as far as I could remember I left essay writing in my 8th standard only because essay writing was in the syllabus till then. Now while I think to prepare for CSE, I’m stuck that how I should write an essay. Because my mind in essay writing is not developed since I haven’t written an essay for the last 7-8 years. And now if someone tells me to write an essay, I guess it’ll be written at the 8th standard level which is nothing in front of this large CSE- Mains essays. At this stage, I’m not able to decide where to begin with. It could be a problem for other aspirants as well. It’ll be a huge help if you could guide and let us know how to start for the essay writing i.e. read the essay, analyze them etc.. I would love if you could guide us in terms of strategy with some resources where to read up them.

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      1. Isha Singh

        Hiii sir
        I am your fan
        I need your help
        Please save my life
        Mai apko bht msg ki hu email pe but koi reply nhi aaya so please contact me 7372088251 it’s my no please sir

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      2. Dokingla

        Thank you

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  27. DEBASHIS DEBNATH

    Sir, what are you recomanded book’s in CSE(MAIN)Exam? Kindlly you can tell about your CSE(main) book list please!

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  28. madhu

    yes sir it will be very help full for us..

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  29. Anonymous

    Could you please share the strategy for mains general studies,book lists and material.

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  30. Luka

    Sir,
    I read the non-fiction books you recommended and they very interesting. Can you suggest more?

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  31. Amitkumar

    Great Initiative Anudeep. You wrote about meditation in the ‘about me’ Section.
    We will be very gratefull if we got to read In depth about “Meditation , Preparation and You”.

    and a direct Question for you.

    Joining Online test series for prelims and mains , has its own pros and cons.
    critically evaluate.
    No word limit Sir πŸ™‚

    Amitkumar.
    Gujarat.
    8141031136

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  32. Anonymous

    Sir,
    Can you suggest which month current affairs are required for prelims and mains?

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  33. Anonymous

    Congratulations Anudeep & thank you for all your articles, very helpful!
    Could you please share your study schedule, it would be very useful for aspirants like me working full-time, to get an idea on how to plan prep and deal time crunch.

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

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  34. Sweta Sinha

    Many will ask you how you clear your exam and strategy but its been 2 weeks since result came out and yet no body talks much about how to deal with failure. How you dealt with your failure constantly. How will you convince yourself that you are not failure even you hit dead end.

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  35. Anonymous

    Hello Sir,… I know you are definitely busy person but i want to take some more time of your. Please sir share booklist for mains so it will be helpful for me as well as many UPSC Aspirants. I am eagerly waiting for your reply sir…

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  36. Anonymous

    Hello Sir…, Please tell me how to prepare for Commerce & Accounts as optional subject ?
    And from where I can download Optional subjects previous paper …. Please sir help me as i am eagerly waiting for your reply…..

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  37. Anonymous

    hello sir, please tell me name and writer of standard books for cse pre,qualifying subject,essay, gs.

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  38. Anonymous

    hello sir, please tell me name and writer of standard books for optional subject agriculture.

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  39. NEELESH IYENGAR

    Hello Sir, how to start preparation and from where. What is the book list for mains.

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  40. Rakesh Murarka

    Hi Anudeep
    This is Rakesh Murarka from RVG Education Foundation Mumbai. We need your contact details urgently.

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  41. Soundarya

    Hii sir..this is soundarya from adilabad..i have completed my graduation only in English medium. I want to write civils in Telugu language..is materials are available in Telugu medium..is it possible sir…please suggest any name who wrote in Telugu .and their link .
    Thank you sir

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  42. Ayush Soni

    Sir, how did you get job at google, could you please help me

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  43. Pankaj

    Hi, sir, cleared my pre. 2018, I never practiced answer writing. I have 40 days, what should I do. I know answers but could not write.

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  44. renu

    HI, sir you are a big inspiration to me and i love your hole entire beautiful journey

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  45. Vinay Joshi

    Hi Sir, first of al

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  46. Vinay Joshi

    Hi Sir, first of all I would my like to extend my heartiest greetings to you for cracking the most prestigious and toughest exam,
    Sir can you please recommend me about the detailed strategy and booklist for Maths as an optional subject?

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  47. Netrika

    Hello sir,
    Good evening
    Sir, tell me how to prepare current affairs are required for Exam?

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  48. Dhanalakshmi

    Hi bro,
    Hearty congrats to your success.
    Can you help me to find somebody who wrote mains with MATHS optional?

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  49. Shiva

    Sir help me with Agriculture optional

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  50. Yogita

    Hi.. Could you also advise that when you are out of race, but you still have fire for something to do great, but you are unaware of it that what good you can do with it.

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  51. VAIBHAV

    Sir do you know anyone who had taken history optional and ranked in top 100?

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  52. Anonymous

    Thank you sir…
    Your blog is very helpful for me.

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  53. shah

    Hi , Sir have you joined ALS IAS classes for UPSC training , as on their website your name is there so asked . Me too was thinking to join ALS Coaching institute so is it better

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  54. himani sharma

    sir i have a doubt…. if i want to take a gap in my attempts…..will the gap year be counted as an attempt by upsc. i.e. does 6 attempts means 6 consecutive attempts?

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    1. Siddhartha

      No, if means if you appear in prelims.

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  55. Rahul

    Sir right now.i am in B.tech(metallurgy) 1st year. From now onwards ,how should I prepare for UPSC & which optional subject should I take.

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  56. Anonymous

    Sir I want to be ur blog follower….bt I can’t ….how it could be possible…..plz sir

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  57. N. V. Goud

    congratulation sir,
    we are proud to say that , to secure 1st rank in upsc from telangana ,my self vamshi from warangal ,present I am working as network engineer , and i am planing to write civils exams while doing job,please can you suggest how to plan ,and how to execute the plan perfectly ,and i want start from zero level,thanks in advance

    thanks & regards
    N.vamshi

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  58. Priyanka reddy

    Congratulations sir really ur blog is very useful for zero knowledge aspirants….keep blogging sir thank you

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  59. Anonymous

    Dear sir,
    Congrats and your great anudeep sir you make your parents happy when saw this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NYXH3EEhMU) i am very emotional that i wanted to make my parents so happy.After abdul kalam sir and my great dad you are my great role model.
    Thanking you,
    Regards,
    Vaishnavi

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  60. Anonymous

    Congrats……. for your cadre allotment in our home state telangana .Have a nice days sir.

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  61. Anonymous

    congratulation sir, do u know anyone who wrote in mains with physics optional ? Please help me sir.

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  62. Anonymous

    You honoured the souls who believe in you…Congrats Sir =)

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  63. KARAMPUDI HIMABINDU

    Sir why did you shift your optional from Public Administration to Anthropology?

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  64. ANOOP KUMAr

    Sir plz give ur notes .. it will be great help …

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  65. U.N.Nagsharan

    Sir I have chosen Commerce stream with Math and now I am gng to enter in 2nd year so what is the next step after 2nd year sir and please provide me few guidelines and help me out sir .

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  66. Anonymous

    Dear sir,

    if possible,please reply to the queries sent to your gmail. upsc exam is very near no sir so that.I also wont ask many doubts .i am preparing myself.

    Regards,
    vaishnavi

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  67. Anonymous

    THANK YOU SO MUCH SIR .FOR SHARING YOUR EXPERIENCES WITH US . IAM GOING TO TAKE MY ATTEMPT IN 2025 .

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  68. Firoj Shaikh

    Sir give me a anthropolo books author..

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    1. Firoj Shaikh

      Sorry “anthropology” book

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  69. Anonymous

    Sir is it well to prepare at the age of 27 for upsc?

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  70. Kumar

    Inspiring words kudos dear buddy

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  71. Anonymous

    Sir, How to choose the regional language paper.Apart from English,I had left the Hindi subject on 10th standard only and now I am on the verge of completing my masters. Do I have to learn again from beginning?

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  72. Prachi

    Hello sir, l am a complete beginner for upsc preparation. I want to know, is it necessary to read 6 to 12 ncert of geography, economics ,history ,polity or reading only 11and 12 will be enough.

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  73. Ankur Goyal

    Sir can you post or share link, good article related to Geography optional covering all details

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  74. Milind

    Respected Sir can you please guide me regarding query of” is it necessary to stay in old rajennder nagar”. If not what do you know other places for preparation? Where did you prepare for this exam when you gave your last 2 attempts?

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  75. Ajay Kumar

    Hi, I am very much inspired by you. Thanks

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  76. Nikhil bhatt

    Sir can i prepare optional without coaching?? Is it possible specially for anthropology

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  77. Govind Singh

    Anudeep sir….i am biggest fan of yours
    My idol is only you…
    Jab bhi padhne ka man na kare to sirf aap ko yaad kar leta hu…apne aap josh jaag jaata he.
    Apse bahut hi jyada prerna milti he….
    Agar samay ho to please ek reply jarur kar dena …

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  78. bharadwaj

    sir please say or paste the link of toppers strategy for geography optional

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  79. Ayush Soni

    Sir, how did you get job at google, could you please help me ?

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  80. NAVEEN KUMAR

    Congratulations sir 🀝
    You create this blog usefull many aspirants and inspired
    Sir…….plz telugu medium background
    Students how to prepare this exam and
    How to improve English
    Plz reply sir πŸ™

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  81. Navin

    Sir thank you

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  82. Navin

    Respected sir your guidance is OXYGEN for me and my peer groups.Sir I belong to a small village in BHOJPUR DISTRICT which is in Bihar.None of them(I and my peer groups) afford in a metropolitan cities because bad economic conditions your guidance is extremely important for us.Sir I have a problem related to optional subject POLITICAL SCIENCE. The guidance available ON INTERNET is superfluous just like as some books name OR ONE -TWO VIDEO, REQUESTED TO YOU PLEASE TRY TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE GUIDANCE ABOUT POLITICAL SCIENCE .HOW TO APPROACH POL.SCIENCE, CHECKED TOPPER TEST COPY ,ANSWER WRITING STRATEGY IN DETAIL JUST LIKE AS YOU EXPLAINED ANTHROPOLOGY.SIR PLEASE ACCEPT MY QUERIES πŸ™πŸ™πŸ™

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  83. Prabhunath Singh

    Sir can you help me in public administration optional

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  84. Pooja arya

    Thanku so much sir.

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  85. SUNKARI Yugandhar

    sir how write from nvert book and please sent me sample notes

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  86. SUNKARI Yugandhar

    sir,
    how write notes from ncert books and please sent your sample notes

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  87. Tanay Somvanshi

    Sir,which test series should I join for anthropology optional and gs respectively.

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  88. Nanda

    Sir, Did you have taken any coaching

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  89. gopi

    Sir, you have studied electrical engineering in IIT. I believe you are excelled in electrical subject.
    My question is why you didn’t adopt electrical as your optional??
    Can you please help me out of this?

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  90. gopi

    Sir, you have studied electrical engineering in IIT. I believe you are excelled in electrical subject.
    My question is why you didn’t adopt electrical as your optional??
    Can you please help me. I also did my graduation in electrical engineering

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  91. Vishwateja

    Sir iam from telugu medium background but I can give my first attemt in english medium how can I manage my english writing skills,reading skills and speaking skills?

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  92. Vishwateja

    Sir now I am studying (B.sc)mpc degree first year in acharya nagarjuna distance education,i want to prepare for upsc from this year and how to start my preparation and where to start please give me some guidance please sir…I don’t have money to take coaching.

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  93. virajyadav

    Hello sir, What do you do if you aren’t a IAS officer?

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  94. Ravindrakumar Jala

    Dear sir,
    Tell me about other professions you know?

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  95. Sonal sonkar

    Sir help me for statistics optional..

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  96. Shalini

    Sir, I am a native of Telangana. I wanted to know about the Telugu Language booklist you have prepared from as I am completely unaware of where to start this from. Also, I’m studying law and this will Be my first attempt.

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  97. ASHWIN

    Please give some tips to score more marks in public administration and give us some information regarding this sir ..

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  98. Ankita

    Sir is this effects doing graduation from a normal college vs doing bteach from IITs ?
    Sir I am doing bsc presently.should I prepare for IIT jam first then UPSC preparation or just after graduation.

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  99. saigoud00011@gmail.com

    Anudeep sir Ur my inspiration pls give me Ur booklist

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  100. Himanshu

    Sir pls tell who have cleared UPSC with animal husbandry as optional in your batch

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  101. Msk kiranmai

    Sir choosing bipc and mbbs as degree for upsc a useful move.

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  102. S GAYATHRI GAYU

    Sir as am from science background I did my graduation on B.Tech poultry technology i have a little confusion on choosing optional as zoology or anthropology and I have analysed that am confident after seeing previous year question papers.can u give me some suggestions to pick best optional in this two

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  103. Manya singh

    Hello sir

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  104. Reshma

    Sir is it possible to clear Anthropology optional without coaching ? It’s my first attempt sir . And I am from biology background

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  105. SharmiSethu

    sir,
    please say about ur success manthra in studying the fresh book of ncert
    from which class i need to focus more? next year i need to clear my examination and i will…
    can we judge how much current affairs issues were asked?
    i didnt even take any online course tests due to finnancial problems but am in pracitise with previous year question papers..please help me sir…..

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  106. Gouthami

    Anudeep sir I completed my 10 class .In inter which group is useful to crack IAS. It is
    necessary to take inter+IAS coaching.

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  107. Vijay koli

    Hiiii Sir….what did you do for Economy. ..books and current affairs? ?

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  108. Arushi Jhawar

    Hello Sir,

    My name is Arushi Jhawar and I’m a big fan! I just wanted to know if you could help me with someone who has taken psychology as their optional as I’m a beginner and I have very little idea.

    Thank you,
    Arushi

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    1. Arshdeep Singh

      Dear sir u are guiding me as a big brother i don’t know how much i thankful to you for guiding me i don’t know bro u r reading it or not but i pray may god bless you and help you in achieving your eminence when i clear my upsc i will definitely meet u dear brother thanks again for your help

      Reply
  109. Aashish Taviyad

    Hello Sir ,
    I just completed my graduation in Bsc maths , i want to become civil service officer
    I have interest in anthropology can I choose as optional subject and I want to do MSC in anthropology
    Is this good choice or bad ?

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  110. Mamatha

    Hello sir, can you suggest a few IAS officers names those who are especially working in technology and governance fields?

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  111. Anonymous

    Sir ,I have liked to ask about how can I ace the Public Administration as my optional ?

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  112. Abhi

    Sir I am studying intermediate 2nd year. My dream to to crack upsc mains sir what are the books I have to read what is the procedure I have to follow please guide me. I have read all your replies. Please leave me solution sir from which subject I have to start

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  113. Sanju Dev

    Sir I am so glad
    Sir your cadre

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  114. Astha Shankhdhar

    Sir, your book is in english or hindi ,because i am a hindi medium aspirant . It is available in hindi ??

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  115. Anonymous

    Sir, I am a passout student in electrical engineering from AMIE .I enrolled in the year 2016.Will I be eligible to apply in UPSC EXAMS ?
    As the case hearing is still going on the court .And all the students like me are in doubt whether to apply or not.
    A kind request you to reply me the answer as soon as possible .And for this i will be very thankful to you.

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