Why have I (finally) left my IAS preparations?

I want to feel life’s romance

To jump and sing and dance

To make my life by choice, not by chance

I was extremely crazy about being an IAS officer but then one day, I dropped my plans of being an IAS. And that’s not because I had exhausted my attempts or crossed the age limit. So, in this post, Kids, I will tell you How I met the decision of not going for IAS anymore!

(Disclaimer: Read at your own risk. I don’t want to discourage anyone. :))

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What is the job of an IES officer (in Railways) ?

Hello friends, when it comes to the ‘most wanted’ jobs in India, people tend to focus entirely on the selection procedure rather than the actual job content. Be it civil services or engineering services, all we hear is about exams, coachings and interviews. But aren’t we supposed to take a look at the content of job we are going to do?

Whenever people are not talking about exams, they are talking about ‘bangla, gaadi, paisa and sahabgiri’ (bungalow, vehicle, money and officialdom). On basis of these 4 parameters, expectations are set for all the jobs and thus their demand and competitiveness. Now that I feel that I am out of this vicious mindset, I should help you too to jump out of it.

“Think of any job in terms of its contents, not in terms of its selection exams or perks.”

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[ESE 2014 Topper Tips] Mrinalini Chandra (AIR 58, EE)

Hello friends, ESE 2014 results were announced a few days back. I contacted some of my friends who were part of the coveted final list so that, they can share their strategy and provide some tips.

So, here are the tech tips and interview transcript from Miss. Mrinalini Chandra who got AIR 58 in this year ESE Electrical Engineering list.

The Tech tips and Interview transcript are in pdf form which you can download and read anytime.

Mrinalini- Interview Questions

Mrinalini-Preparation Strategy

All the best 🙂

[ESE 2014 Topper Tips] Swayamdeep Singh (AIR 23, EE)

swayamdeep marks

This is a long post. I hope the information I provide is worth your time..

If you have dropped a year and joined coaching institute, then my advice is that you stick to what your teacher tells you to do. This is useful for 3rd year students and final year students who can’t get coaching.

I graduated from NIT Warangal in 2014. I wrote ese after final semester. I relied on self study from books, lectures of my college teachers and nptel. But I also attended crash courses for some subjects and I have mentioned those

Booklist and other material-

Paper 1

Circuit theory:

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[ESE 2014 Topper Tips] Abhay Kumar AIR 57 [Civil Engineering]

Hello friends, ESE 2014 results were announced a few days back. I contacted some of my friends who were part of the coveted final list so that, they can share their strategy and provide some tips.

So, here are the marksheet, tech tips and interview transcript of Mr. Abhay Kumar who got AIR 57 in this year ESE Civil Engineering list.

The Tech tips and Interview transcript are in pdf form which you can download and read anytime.

abhay marks Interview Transcript Download

Tech Tips Download

All the best 🙂

A few words for all my friends who are aspiring to do something big!

Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourself for the bitter truth!

Let’s start with a few examples-

Mr. A ran a 500 m race and won. What will he do next? He will not stop there. He will go for a longer and tougher race.

Mr B won a Tennis match at state level. Will he stop? No, he will go for the national level.


You may say that IES is not a game – its a job. Yes its not a game, but students take it as a game and not only IES, but IAS or any other professional examination.

If someone wants to become an IES/IAS officer, then the motivating factors for him/her are usually respect in society, power, facilities and many other half-truths that float around in society (specially middle class).

He takes IES/IAS exam as a race, in which all of his friends are participating and he has to excel anyhow.

Almost none of the aspirant is aware of the work an IES officer has to do.  I mean, its like applying for a job just after knowing its salary. How many of you know-
Will you be doing technical job or managerial job?
What will be the name of your starting post?
What are the departments in which an IES officer is posted?
What he is supposed to do in his official capacity?
What changes can he bring to the organization? (Eg- Railways, CPWD etc)
Will it be 5 days work or 6 days work?
What are the important skills that will help you in doing your job in a much better way?
What are the working conditions? How is the work culture?

(Want to know about the job an IES officer? Read here.)

I know this because many aspirants have asked me how to prepare, how much to study but noone has ever asked me these questions!

So, when he/she clears ESE and joins the IES, he gets to know the reality. And then he gets to know about the Job and what he has to do! Every job has its own set of pros and cons. For some people, pros matter more than cons while for some its otherwise. Now in a job, I can tell you one thing for sure-

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Frequently asked questions about IES preparation [Updated on 1/03/15]

Hi friends,

I am back with another post. With GATE over, i bet you are preparing for IES now. You might be having some doubts in your mind. And this post is all about clearing those doubts to the best of my abilities.

It becomes hard for me to answer each and every query that is being asked in the comments, so I have decided to devote a post for it only. I will write the answer in the post itself by updating its contents rather than replying in the comment section.

This will reduce the redundancy of questions and will be a one stop destination for all your doubts.

So, guys and gals, shoot your doubts and queries right below in the comment box, and I will be present with your reply in this post itself.

See ya!

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10 advices for GATE 2017 aspirants!

If you are going to read this one, then it is highly probable that you are going to compete in GATE 2017. But even if you are not going to compete this year, you should go through this post. Since, I am practicing ‘minimalism’ these days, I will keep this post short and to the point.

So, dear aspirant, here are the few points you should keep in mind-

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