[Long Read] AIR 40 Aparajita Tells Her Story of Tragedy and Triumph

By | June 13, 2018

Dear All, This is Aparajita (AIR 40, UPSC-CSE 2017). I haven’t done a lot of public appearances or interviews because I have no special life-altering third-eye opening sort-of Jnana to impart. A lot of other top rankers out there may have much better academic advice to relay than I. I do however have a unique journey like everyone… Read More »

Writing a Good Essay in UPSC Mains, Explained

By | June 8, 2018

Novelist Stephen King put it beautifully when he said, “I write to find out what I think.” Writing is a window to your thought process. What you write on paper will tell the reader how you think, how you argue and the way you substantiate your viewpoint. This is why for most competitive examinations and academic entrance tests,… Read More »

Anudeep Durishetty

UPSC Marksheet

By | May 31, 2018

Here are my marksheets for the Prelims and Mains of Civil Services Exam 2017. Along with these, I’ve attached my marksheet for CSE 2015 (I’ve skipped CSE 2016.) A cursory glance at scores from both these attempts should tell you that, with crisp and clear answers, you can drastically improve your Mains scores across the papers. You can read… Read More »

Coaching for the Civil Services Exam: Is It Necessary?

By | May 23, 2018

This is a perennial question I get asked the most. And it’s understandable too. Many aspirants who begin their Civils preparation are clueless about this exam’s demands and most cannot simply afford to go to Delhi and take coaching. There are a lot of doubts and misconceptions regarding whether to take coaching for Civils Services. So let me… Read More »

Booklist for Prelims

By | May 19, 2018

These are the books I read for the Civil Services Prelims exam. I’ve written this post keeping in mind an absolute beginner aspirant who is starting from level zero. As you start your Prelims preparation and read these books, please keep the following points in mind: Along with these books, get a printout of the syllabus and read… Read More »

My UPSC Journey: From Despair to Destiny

By | May 16, 2018

Sometime in February 2016, UPSC declared that I had failed in the Civil Services Examination. That was my fourth attempt and third failure. The result didn’t seem as bad then, convinced as I was of my own supreme ability and UPSC’s blatant bias. My inner voice immediately went about searching for excuses. “I must have flunked the language… Read More »

Beauty of Science

By | July 7, 2015

If we can attain a speed of 300000 Kilometeres per second, we’d be direct witnesses to a contracting space and and a frozen time. If we can go deep enough to subatomic levels, we can perceive the physics behind the cheerful play of subatomic particles. If our lives can span over eons and epochs, we would marvel at… Read More »

Anudeep Durishetty

The Unsung Heroes

By | July 7, 2015

Every war story has two parts to it: the victors and the vanquished. Such stories celebrate the champions, yet they recount the fortitude and the grit of the conquered. UPSC is one such colossal battle— not only of very high stakes but also of very fine margins. But what makes it distinct is, in this war, there are… Read More »

Anudeep Durishetty