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IAS topper 2006
IAS topper: Only studies not
to work in the Indian Civil Services. Will studying hard make you
successful in your career too?
According to this year's IAS
topper Mona Pruthi, who chatted with Get Ahead readers on May
12: 'Only studying hard does not get you to the top. You must also
be dedicated and committed to be a good administrator.'
For those of you who missed the chat, here is the transcript:
'Confidence clinches this exam'
Bakrishna asked, Mona
ji, Sir Mark Tully has said in his book : "I have found so often in
India that the government was the problem not the solution….and…that
Indian police are only for the poor, they don't touch the rich and the
influential…"…we all know that whatever he has written is a fact.How do
you think this impression can be changed?
Mona Pruthi answers, In a crisis
like the tsunami or while planning a venture like the Delhi metro, it is
always the government which rises to the occasion. Change will come with
more transparency in government and a more aware people.
zub asked, Are
you of the opinion that persons who top Civil Service Exams only by
studying Very hard Will be Good Administrators also
Mona Pruthi answers, Only studying
hard does not get you to the top. You must also be dedicated and
committed to be a good administrator.
chatursb asked, Hi
Congrats,, how d u rate ur self.. whats the Success mantra
Mona Pruthi answers, Sincere hard
work, clever thinking, time management and a balanced approach.
SibiDelhi asked, You
should study what Thampi Kannanthanam and TN Sheshan did in the past.
You told me to clarify the double stantard in the Indian Education
System. Here it is. There are all the facilities available for rich
people and nothing for poor people. The situation is worse in rural
areas. We have English medium and local language medium schools. We have
Government and private management schools and colleges. Even after
scoring 92% marks in maths in matriculation from a local language medium
school, I struggled for my higher study. But I can see thousands
acquiring seats even after scoring less in exams.
Mona Pruthi answers, Lots of people
from rural areas are making it big in life. You can think of new ways
manjit asked, mam
i m final year student from PTU nd i want to appear for 2007 so how i
Mona Pruthi answers, Start reading
NCERT textbooks from class six to twelve. Select two good options that
interest you and work on them. Read the The Hindu newspaper
prachi asked, mona
iam in 12th class commerce stream,can u tell me what areas should i
focus upon to get through the iam?
Mona Pruthi answers, General
studies, commerce and second optional like economics.
amatnath asked, Hi
Monaji. Congrats. My question is "I am working as a software
professional and cannot quit my job for monetary reasons. But still I
want to prepare for IAS while in the job. I know it is very difficult.
But do you think sustained effort (as far as time devoted per day is
concerned) over a longer period of time can possibly be a way for IAS
Mona Pruthi answers, I prepared
while being in an employment. Concentration, clever use of available
time and resources are important. Yes it is possible.
Mahavir1 asked, Will
it be Ok if I prepare for preliminary part time for 8 months and study
dedicated for 4 months?
Mona Pruthi answers, More than
braje asked, How
do you study? do yo read read and read.. or do you read and write. or
some other way of study.. Do you do meditate..?
Mona Pruthi answers, Read, think,
write and think again.
amit nanchahal asked, hey
mona i am ma eco...but everyone says eco is the most toughest to crack
any advice and is it true.
Mona Pruthi answers, Tough but very
karthikeyan_t asked, Is
it more difficult for people who chose 'technical' subjects like
medicine as their main subject in the ias exams to pass out?
Mona Pruthi answers, No, lots of
doctors get in.
rahul_9051 asked, hi
mona............. congratulation Welcome to join our Group........... I
am also an I.A.S. of 2004........I got 27th Rank and completed my
Mona Pruthi answers, Thanks.
Kunal911 asked, hi,
which thing has influenced you most in becoming the exam topper: Failing
in the first two attempts or having MPhil in Literature?
Mona Pruthi answers, I didn't fail
both. In fact I got IRS in 2004.
kantha asked, Are
you going to remove corruption in Public life?
Mona Pruthi answers, Yes, wherever
rajesh_841 asked, mam,
pls let me know from where i can get the study material for GS and which
books should be refer
Mona Pruthi answers, Libraries,
NCERT books and bookshops in Ber Sarai, JNU, Delhi.
TRIASHU11 asked, I
WANT TO KNOW HOW TO PREPARE 4G.S.
Mona Pruthi answers, Two good
newspapers, current magazines and standard texts like Bipan Chandra and
kanti asked, Hi
Mona How are you feeling now after clearing the examination of IAS.
Please let me know that what are the major steps whiich you have taken
to cross this exam.
Mona Pruthi answers, Feeling good
and satisfied with my work. It has been a long journey.
Mona Pruthi says, I'm
sorry I couldn't take all the questions. Will chat again soon. Till then
work hard, enjoy yourself and take care.
IAS topper's mantras for success
are determined to join the prestigious Indian Administrative Services.
As a career choice,
your decision is not surprising; the IAS provides a competitive, challenging
work environment, job security and a host of other attractive monetary and
But, first, you must
crack the rigorous selection process.
This consists of a
preliminary exam, a main exam and an interview conducted by the Union Public
Service Commission; ONLY the most intelligent, capable and responsible
individuals make it through this gruelling process.
from Haryana, who topped the exam this year, offers her tips for success.
Mona, who is currently
training with the Indian Revenue Service, is an M Phil in Literature. She made
an unusual decision when she decided to give the exam -- she did not register in
a training institute that coaches students for competitive exams
"I feel you can study
better at home. But you should carefully select the material you want to study,"
You must have clarity
of thought and the ability to stay focused on your studies.
Good writing skills
"You must be able to
write very well," she says.
This will help you
present facts well and in a pleasant manner.
Try, try, try and you will succeed
This was Mona's third
attempt at the exam. "My first attempt was a casual one," she explains. But the
experience helped her understand the kind of questions one could expect and how
they must be dealt with.
She did better on her
second attempt and managed to enter the Indian Revenue Service.
After a long, hard day
at the revenue office in Faridabad, Haryana, where she was training, Mona would
return to her house in Sector 15. After spending some time on a cup of tea and
chatting with her family, Mona would study for the exam.
"One of the main task
before an IAS officer is time management. I would do my work in the Indian
Revenue Service and then come home and study. I would devote good number of
hours everyday for my studies. I think I have already learnt how to manage my
time," she smiles.
She is now looking
forward to training as IAS officer.
My study strategy
An M Phil in English
literature, Mona has been constantly good in academics; an added advantage was
her excellent grasping power.
She would carefully
select her books and literature and, in cases of confusion, hold discussions
with her father, who worked in the Indian Judicial Service. "His judicial
background helped me clarify a lot of things," she says.
You must keep assessing
your points of strength and keep on improving upon them, she
explains. Simultaneously, keep working on your shortcomings and turn them to
Mona dedicates her
success to her parents; she says they were her inspiration and gave her moral
support all the time. "Unfortunately, my father died one and a half month ago,"
she adds sadly.
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