Poonam (CSE 2015 Rank 308) UPSC Topper’s Interview: Performing under the most challenging circumstances

ClearIAS.com has already shared the inspirational story of Poonam Dalal a few weeks back. Working as the Assistant Commissioner of Police Gurgoan, Poonam gave UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2015 when she was 9 months pregnant. She appeared for the main exam when her son was 3 months old. In the most challenging circumstances Poonam secured an All-India Rank of 308 in CSE 2015!

Poonam says it was mostly self-study and online preparation which helped her to secure one of the top ranks this time. We are sure that our students can learn a lot from Poonam, the hardworking and honest officer. Let’s welcome Poonam to the “UPSC Toppers Interview” at www.clearias.com.

Brief Bio-data:

Poonam Dalal HPS

  • Name: Poonam
  • Age: 33
  • Name of the Exam and Year: CSE 2015
  • Rank: 308
  • Roll number: 0506094
  • Category (General/OBC/SC/ST): General
  • Graduation Background and College: B.A, Department of External Studies, Delhi University.
  • Post Graduation Background and College (if any): No
  • Work Experience: Organization and Duration (if any): (1) Assistant Commissioner of Police, Gurgaon (present posting since 2011), (2) Income Tax Inspector (2009-2011), (3) State Bank Probationary Officer(2006-2009), (4) Primary Teacher (2003-2005)
  • UPSC Optional Subject: Sociology
  • UPSC Mains Medium: English
  • UPSC Interview Medium: English
  • Number of attempts taken to achieve this feat: 4
  • Performance in previous attempts (if any): CSE 2009 & 10 (Railways)
  • State and Place of Residence (Permanent): Delhi
  • Percentage of Marks in 10th and Board: 80%
  • Percentage of Marks in 12th and Board: 76%
  • Percentage of Marks in Graduation and Board/University: 54% ,Delhi University
  • Percentage of Marks in Post Graduation and Board/University (if any): NA
  • Extra qualifications or achievements (if any): Was selected as Emerging leader from India on Women Issues under prestigious IVLP programme
  • What’s unique about your profile: Gave Prelims while I was 9 months pregnant and Mains while my son was 3 months old.
  • Service Preference (Top 5): (1) IAS, (2) IPS (3) IRS(IT)
  • Cadre Preference (Top 5): (1) Haryana (2) AGMUT (3)Punjab (4)Rajasthan (5)Himachal Pradesh.

Background + Inspirational Journey So Far:

ClearIAS.com:  Hearty congratulations from ClearIAS.com for this exceptional achievement!  We are happy that your efforts are finally rewarded, that too in grand style! Let’s start from the beginning. How did you come across the idea of writing UPSC Civil Services Examination? Was it your childhood dream?

I have been born and brought up in Delhi, though my ancestral roots belong to Village Chhara,  Distt. Jhajjar (Haryana). I am happily married for the last 7 years and have an infant son 8 months old.

I started very late for UPSC Preparation (In fact I gave my first attempt at the age of 28 years). As specified above I started my career as a Primary Teacher in a Delhi Govt. School and along with the job did my graduation as external Student from Delhi University. After completing my graduation I appeared for different Bank PO Exams and SSC Graduate Level Exam and cleared all of them(SBI PO, SBI Associates PO, Union Bank Of India PO, SSC Graduate Level 2005) but finally chose SBI PO (As I look back, I regret that there was nobody to guide me about UPSC Exam, had somebody at that time would have guided me about UPSC Exam I would have given it a try at that stage and may be you would have been reading this interview much earlier. Also, I want to share the fact that at that stage I used to be very under-confident about my chances at CS Examination. I am sharing these thoughts so that all of those who are somehow feeling the same as I had once been, can come out of it and not repeat the mistake which I did.

After 3 years in SBI, I joined the Income Tax Department securing a very decent rank(7) at all India level in SSC graduate level Examination 2006 which gave me the confidence of writing UPSC and also the fact that being a General Category candidate my attempts were going to be wasted anyhow  because of my age. I thus gave my first attempt at UPSC CSE in 2009 and got Railways (RPF). I didn’t join that service and sat for CSE 2010 but again I got Railways (IRPS). Meanwhile, I had cleared Haryana PSC and joined as Dy.SP in Haryana Police in 2011. In 2011, I couldn’t qualify Prelims and my tryst with UPSC was over due to age limit. Later, as 2011 candidates were accorded an extra attempt at CSE 2015 so I got an opportunity to appear again for UPSC. This attempt came as a great challenge and opportunity as I was out of touch with preparation and the fact that I was 9 months pregnant at the time of prelims and while mains I had a son about 3 months old was making it even harder. But as luck would have it, I got my best rank in the most challenging circumstances.

ClearIAS.com: How did you feel when you came to know that your name is in the toppers list? Can you share the moments of happiness with our readers?

I felt elated and satisfied but a same time little disappointed as my dream of IAS was not fulfilled but then all  wishes don’t come true.

ClearIAS.com: Can you share a little bit about your background? (Family, School, College, Work etc

Already explained.

ClearIAS.com: How can you correlate you graduation background, work experience (if any) and entry into civil services? Can you brief us your thoughts, views, and ambitions when you climbed each position in the ladder of your life?

Already explained above.

ClearIAS.com: Do you feel that the competition level of UPSC Civil Services Exam is on a rise? It seems that there is an increasing trend of candidates from IITs, IIMs and AIIMS attempting and clearing this exam. Is Civil Service the final destination /ambition of Indian youth, in this age of lucrative private sector jobs?

Civil service is one of the most prestigious service and thus the one of the most lucrative one.

Study Plan

ClearIAS.com: What is the secret of your success? How did you approach this exam? What was your strategy in general (Prelims, Mains, and Interview)?
Poonam with her baby

During this attempt I focused exclusively on self study, using online materials from different websites.

Because of my special circumstances I could study only for 2-3 months for Prelims and for Mains I could hardly get a month before mains (since my baby was born in September.) So, could not prepare the whole syllabus nor could study for long time but I must appreciate the help provided by online sites which made my work much easier. Whatever little I used to study I concentrated on focusing on the traditional areas like Polity, History, Geography, my optional Sociology. Also, I used to make notes of certain key areas in every paper for quick reference n revision.

ClearIAS.com: How long (Years/Months) have you been preparing before you gave this attempt? Also, on an average how many hours did you put on a daily basis? How did you manage time?

This has been my 4th attempt. For prelims 2-3 months daily 5-6 hours. For mains, unfortunately could get only a month and in that too only 4-5 hours maximum. Writing answers every day is the key to obtain good marks in Mains and I sincerely believe I could have gained at least 40 marks had I done that practice as I would have been much better in my speed and time management. Also, I think quality matters a lot over quantity. What requires more is the consistency in preparation.

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ClearIAS.com: Were you a person who studied alone? Or a person who favored the combined study approach?

Studied alone but discussed about current events regularly with my husband and brothers.

ClearIAS.com: Did you attend any coaching institute or subscribe to mock tests for prelims or mains? If yes, can you provide the details for each stage (Prelims/Mains/Interview)? How helpful were the coaching institutes?

Focused exclusively on self-study  and online sites. Websites/programmes which helped me includes

  • ClearIAS Prelims Test Series.
  • Mrunal youtube lectures on Geography and Economics.
  • Iasbaba TLP Programme.
  • InsightsonIndia Secure Initiative on Current Events.
  • Selfstudyias Prelims Test Series.

I relied on the standard books of polity like M.Laxmikanth, Rajiv Ahir Spectrum for modern history, Shankar’s Environment Notes, Culture of Nitin Singhania and of course the tried and tested old NCERT books. For Mains, I revised the optional and tried to cover the traditional areas from tried and tested books. For Interview, I gave mock interview at SAMKALP, had a personal session with Ravindran Sir and Pavan Sir. They were helpful as they make you acquainted with the interview process.

ClearIAS.com: What websites (online preparation websites or government websites) will you recommend for future aspirants for UPSC preparation?

ClearIAS, Mrunal, Iasbaba, InsightsonIndia, and Selfstudyias.

ClearIAS.com: What is your opinion/feedback about the ClearIAS website, ClearIAS app, and ClearIAS online mock test series platform for UPSC Prelims ? Did you come revised the archives of the 50-day ClearIAS free mains mock answer writing series for aspirants depending on self-study to clear this exam?

I had taken ClearIAS test series for prelims and I found it to be really good. Due to the paucity of time could not explore the option of Mains answer writing series but heard good reviews about it too.

ClearIAS.com: Did you use Social Media like Facebook, Twitter or other forums for UPSC Preparation? Or did you say good-bye to the social media during preparation days? Any technology-tips (Eg: Mobile apps, Note making software etc.)?

I am not much on social media so can’t comment much about it.

ClearIAS.com: What were the Newspapers and Magazines (Eg: Yojana, Kurukshetra etc.) you followed? How many hours did you devote for newspapers? Any tips on newspaper-reading?

Indian Express and The Hindu. Devoted daily 1 hour. Try to read newspaper as an examiner would. List the probable questions from the news, editorials. In this regard the Insights Series on Current events is very handy.

ClearIAS.com: What was your preference: Reading online (Laptop/Tablet/Mobile) or reading the traditional way (Books)? Or a mix of both?

Both.

ClearIAS.com: Can you elaborate your daily timetable (When will you wake up, study, sleep etc. )

Because of my special and peculiar circumstances could not follow a fixed schedule but tried to devote 4-5 hours daily.

ClearIAS.com: How did you keep yourself motivated for this one-year-long exam?

Perpetual support of my family especially my husband and brothers who were also preparing, continuous discussions with them on the subject matters, current events kept me on track. Having a focused and disciplined approach to crack the exam is needed and this is what makes the difference.

UPSC Prelims

ClearIAS.com: Can you elaborate on your preparation strategies/approach and study materials and books used for Prelims Paper 1 and Paper 2 ?(Please mention books/materials used for each subject)

Books/Study materials for General Studies Paper 1:

  • History – old Ncert book, own notes, (Freedom Struggle) Bipin Chandra, Rajiv Ahir.
  • Culture and society – Old Ncert Book, Nitin Singhania Notes and Newspapers.
  • Polity – M.laxmikanth.
  • Economy – Mrunal youtube lectures, Economic Survey.
  • Science – Old Ncert book.
  • Environment – Shankar Ias Notes.
  • Geography – Mrunal Rajtanil Mam youtube lectures, Oxford Atlas, NCERT.
  • National/international current affairs – Newspapers like Hindu and Indian Express, RSTV, schemes, policies and filler stuff from websites like Mrunal, Iasbaba, InsightsonIndia.

Books/Study materials for General Studies Paper 2 (CSAT):

M Tyra, M K pandey, Career Launcher test series.

ClearIAS.com: Any tips/pieces of advice especially for UPSC Civil Services Prelims?

Try to solve as many good test series as possible such as ClearIAS, selfstudyias, insights.

UPSC Mains

ClearIAS.com: Can you elaborate on your study materials and books used for each topic of Mains Papers? (Please give a detailed view, especially for sub-topics in all the general studies papers like books/materials used for each subtopic like Disaster Management, Internal security, Indian Society, Biodiversity etc.)

  • Books/Study materials used for Essay Paper: Nothing at all, except reading newspaper (Due to paucity of time). Though it was a mistake as it costed me nearly 15-20 marks. I myself was not happy with my essays as because of no essay writing practice the flow and chain of thoughts in the essay was not good and while writing essays itself I was not satisfied.
  • Books/Study materials used for General Studies 1 (Indian History, World History, Indian Society, Indian Geography, and World Geography) :
  1. Nitin Singhania notes and Self Created notes from old NCERT history books for culture.
  2. Rajiv Ahir and Bipin Chandra for Indian History.
  3. Old NCERT Book for world history.
  4. Ram Chandra Guha Book, India Since independence.
  5. Sociology optional books.
  6. News papers.
  7. Self Notes of NCERT Geography and Mrunal Geography YouTube lectures.
  • Books/Study materials used for General Studies 2 (Constitution, Polity, Governance, Social Justice, Foreign relations, and International affairs):

M.Laxmikanth, 2nd ARC Commission, Pavan Sir Class Notes of Public Administration, Vikaspedia, Ias baba Mindmaps, InsightsonIndia, Chokalingam Class notes on IR.

  • Books/Study materials used for General Studies 3 (Indian Economy, Biodiversity, Science and Technology, Internal Security and Disaster Management):

Mrunal Economics YouTube Lectures, Economic Survey, Sriram Economics Booklet, Shankar Ias Environment Notes, 2nd  ARC Report.

  • Books/Study materials used for General Studies 4 (Ethics + Case Studies):

Pavan Sir Ethics Class Notes and 2 nd ARC Report.

  • Books/Study materials used for Optional Subject Paper 1: I took coaching from Abhimanu’s IAS Sociology at Chandigarh in CSE 2009 and made notes of the study material. I read them again. But I would add that I found Upendra Sir Class notes of Sociology equally good. Harlambos is a recommended book for beginners.
  • Books/Study materials used for Optional Subject Paper 2: Already explained above.
  • Books/Study materials used for Regional Language (Compulsory): Self-study (checked the Last year Papers)
  • Books/Study materials used for English Language (Compulsory): Self-study(checked the Last year Papers)

ClearIAS.com: ClearIAS.com: Did you prepare hand notes or participated in mock answer writing before mains? What was the strategy for preparing current affairs topics in general?

Due to paucity of time I couldn’t do answer writing practice but I strongly recommend it to everybody.

ClearIAS.com: What are the government reports that aspirants should go through, before giving Mains Exam?

IInd ARC Report, Economic Survey and India YearBook.

ClearIAS.com: What was the color of the pen you used for writing mains (Blue Ink/ Black Ink)? Also, the company and brand name of the pen used:

Blue pen, Add Gel Ink Pen.

ClearIAS.com: What were your writing style in GS and optional subject? Bullet Points/ Essay style or a mix of both styles?

Both Bullets and Paragraph as per the requirement of the question. Bullet-ed point answer for questions demanding more information and paragraph for analytical questions.

ClearIAS.com: What are your suggestions to aspirants for improving the score in essay paper? What were the essays you choose to write? Did you use sub-heading/points/graphs in your essay paper?

Already explained above. (1) Education without values. (2) Dreams, which should not let India sleep.

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ClearIAS.com: What are your suggestions to aspirants for improving the score in GS1 paper (History, Geography, Society etc?

Daily answer writing within time limit. Try to follow any good website for answer writing practice.

ClearIAS.com: What are you suggestions to aspirants for improving the score in GS2 paper (Polity, Constitution, Social Justice, International relations etc?

Daily answer writing within time limit. Try to follow any good website for answer writing practice.

ClearIAS.com: What are you suggestions to aspirants for improving the score in GS3 paper (Economy, Environment, Science and Tech, Internal Security, Disaster Management etc?

Daily answer writing within time limit. Try to follow any good website for answer writing practice.

ClearIAS.com: What are you suggestions to aspirants for improving the score in GS4 paper (Ethics paper)? Can you brief on how you attempted the Ethics paper? Please explain the strategies and writing the style for Ethics case studies.

Daily answer writing within time limit. Try to follow any good website for answer writing practice.

ClearIAS.com: What was your optional subject? Please give our readers detailed insights on your selection and strategies regarding your optional subject. We are sure that there will be many who take the same optional subject as yours in future.

My optional was Sociology. I chose it because of the familiarity with the subject and also interest.I feel that every year there are toppers from every subject. So, an individual interest and knowledge in the subject is more important than any other criterion. One needs to do a lots of Answer Writing Practice in his/her optional and tats more important. I took coaching from Abhimanu’s IAS Sociology at Chandigarh in CSE 2009 and made notes of the study material. Those I read them again. But I would add that I equally found Upendra Sir Class notes of Sociology equally good. Harlambos is a recommended book for beginners.

This year Sociology Paper II was very unconventional thus, one need to be prepared for any uncertainty. Also, one need to understand the concept of Relativity that if paper is tough or unconventional then it is tough and unconventional for everybody and thus it hardly matters so without losing confidence give your best.

ClearIAS.com: What was your exam hall strategy for mains: attempting all questions even at the cost of compromising quality or writing only quality answers compromising on the number of questions attempted?

I tried to focus more on quality but I sincerely feel that leaving 30-40 marks paper unattempted was not a great thing for people to follow. I suffered because of lack of speed and time management.Need to create a balance between quality and quantity.

UPSC Interview

ClearIAS.com: Can you elaborate on your approach and preparation for Interview? Did you attend any mock interviews?

I gave mock interview at SAMKALP, had a personal session with Ravindran Sir and Pavan Sir. They were helpful as they make you acquainted with the interview process.

ClearIAS.com: Can you elaborate a a bit on the things mentioned in your DAF (Detailed Application Form) like your hobbies, extracurricular activities or prizes won:

I prepared my DAF thoroughly, had a discussion with my husband, brothers, Seniors about the same and formed the database of expected questions and prepared answers for them.

ClearIAS.com: What was your interview dress?

I wore a cream and pink saree.

ClearIAS.com: Who was the Chairman of the board you faced? How long was the interview?

Mr. Arvind Saxena, 30-35 min.

ClearIAS.com: Can you share with our readers your UPSC Interview experience? Our readers would be really happy to hear those questions and replies in the UPSC Topper’s Interview.

The questions were mostly on my professional background, reasons for having a varied career, which job I like among all, mostly questions on policing, women empowerment, IR related questions concerning Indian security scenario etc.

ClearIAS.com: Were you happy after the interview? Did you expect good marks?

Some questions were on expected lines but some were different. The board was overall cordial and I had a comfortable Interview (though the marks were not that comfortable – 171)

ClearIAS.com: Any tips for aspirants going for UPSC Interview?

Be honest in your replies.

Do you think that there is a relation between the profile of the candidate (age or education background) and interview marks? At a time when lot many candidates from top institutes like IIT, IIM or AIIMs appearing this exam, is there any matter of worry for other candidates from state colleges or those without work experience?

My UPSC journey is full of these complexities and insecurities. As I mentioned before, my first attempt I was quite under confident (because of that suffered in mains) but despite having a graduation degree from external studies (i.e.  I got a good score in my first Interview (208, Board of Khan Sir) but somehow I feel in my second attempt despite getting good in mains My lack of regular education was definitely a factor in ruining my Interview (140, Rajni Razdan Mam, total stress interview). Again in my this attempt, I was slightly anxious because of my varied job experience and not having regular degree and chances are that it may have been one of the factor in having not so extraordinary marks (171) but this is again so subjective. The same background was appreciated by one board but may be taken in a negative stride by others. But again I would say that all these are assumptions and thus involve a lot of subjectivity. Thus, overall what matters the most is your confidence, dedication and luck for this exam.

Previous Attempts/ Backups/ Others Jobs Qualified (if any)

ClearIAS.com: Comment on your previous attempts on UPSC Civil Services Exam, if any? What have you learned from the mistakes/failures?

As I look back now, I feel that lack of confidence in myself actually costed me a lot. We all need to remember the fact that it is Just an Exam like many others and can be cracked with dedication and a strategic preparation. We should not be scared of this Exam. Many of us write our first attempt to be able to just clear prelims (as happened with me in my first attempt CSE 2009, I could clear Prelims but since was focus was only on clearing prelims I had not prepared enough for Mains and thus though qualified Mains but got just above Cut Off Score and thus even getting good marks in Interview (208) I could get only Railways. This attitude of not taking the holistic view of all stages of Exam Prelims, Mains and interview costed me my first Attempt.

Secondly, I feel that this Exam actually requires Consistent Efforts. There should be more regularity in the Preparation. It is more beneficial to study for 6 hours each rather than studying one day for 18 hours and not studying another day at all. Also, study schedule should be properly planned and should be followed religiously. Prepare a monthly planner, weekly planner and daily planner based on the syllabus and time at one’s disposal. Every morning plan your day (what is your target today) and every night audit your output.

Thirdly, never let stress take over you. All of us have d same anxiety and pressure of this exam but handle dis nervousness effectively otherwise it will result in more problems. Be an optimist always. (I am sharing this fact because of the personal experience of the failure in Prelims in my third attempt. I was almost confident of getting a very good rank in my second attempt but unfortunately even though obtaining a very good score in mains of CSE 2010 I got a very bad score in Interview n could again get Railways (IRPS) and this threw me into depression. I could not prepare for the Changed pattern of CSAT of 2011 Attempt and the stress n pressure of last attempt made me lose in the first round itself. Now, I realize that had I taken the failure of obtaining good rank in CSE 2010 in a positive stride and not taken stress of last attempt I could have easily managed the changed pattern of CSE 2011 and would have easily qualified Prelims. (I have earlier qualified Bank P.O exams and CSAT was not that difficult thing for me but the stress I took in the last attempt ruined my Third Chance).

Also read:  Harikrishna Pai (CSE 2013 Rank 218) UPSC Topper’s Interview – Part 2

Fourthly, we need to take into account the factor of luck also in this exam. One need to understand that to be in the list or not is also dependent on so many permutation and combination and one should also factor in the handwork of one’s destiny in it. Give your best shot at UPSC but also have a backup plan to fall back on as life goes on with or without UPSC.

ClearIAS.com: What was your backup plan in case you didn’t qualify?

Already working as Dy.SP Haryana Police.

ClearIAS.com: Did you write/clear any other exams (like Bank exams/State PSCs/ Private Jobs) during the preparation period or before:

  • CSE 2009 &10 (Railways), Haryana Civil Services, SSC Graduate Level Exam.
  • SBI P.O, Delhi Govt Primary Teacher Exam (DSSSB).

More on Work Experience (if any)

ClearIAS.com: Details of your organization, name of post and the duration of experience:

Haryana Police,working as Dy.SP for the last 5 years.

ClearIAS.com: Did you leave the job to prepare?

No

ClearIAS.com: What is your advice to working professionals who’re preparing for IAS exam simultaneously?

I gave all my attempts with a job. Since, in this attempt I was totally out of preparation I focused more on online preparation. I found websites like Mrunal, ClearIAS, IASBaba, InsightsonIndia and Selfstudyias extremely helpful and relevant for the preparation. One can make use of these websites while commuting for office, in the free time.

Marks – Prelims, Mains, and Interview

Preliminary Exam (Just for Qualification)

  • General Studies Paper 1: (Out of 200) – 124
  • General Studies Paper 2: (Out of 200)  -151

Mains:

  • Essay – 124
  • GS1 – 95
  • GS2 – 79
  • GS3 –  90
  • GS4 – 97
  • Optional 1 – 114
  • Optional 2 – 127

Written total – 726

Interview

Personality Test marks – 171

Marks in Total (Mains+Interview)

Total marks – 897

ClearIAS.com: After looking at the mark sheet, suppose if you are going to write prelims and mains this year, what changes will you make in your preparation, answer writing, and interview?

Not having the luxury of another attempt but if I had then would have written a lot of answers for all GS Papers, Essay and Optional too.

Success

Poonam Dalal Celebrations

ClearIAS.com: What do you think of as the main reason for your success? (Feel free to name any special help from friends, teachers, family, coaching institutes, websites, or other sources)

The list is endless but I would like to dedicate all this to my family and friends especially to my mother and my late father, who taught me the basic values of life and have always supported me.  My Husband, who has been my rock for last so many years and has been actively involved with my preparation.  My brothers, my parents, my in-laws for their continuous support and confidence in my abilities and top of all  my son who has completely transformed me and my life for good.

ClearIAS.com: What preference in services have you opted for? Is there any particular reason for that priority? What are the novel ideas you have for the country, to be implemented once you get into civil services?

(1) IAS, (2) IPS, (3) IRS(IT)

ClearIAS.com: Did your life change after success/attempt in UPSC Civil Services Exam? If yes, how?

Not much till now but hope if it changes it does for good.
Poonam Dalal with her brothers

ClearIAS.com: Does the educational or financial status of the family of the aspirant impact the UPSC preparation and result?

I don’t think it matters much apart from providing a  support system and comparatively tension free environment if one is having good financial background. But, as they say ”Where there is a will, there’s a way”. This exam and for that matter every other exam requires hardwork, dedication and strategic preparation and this is available with all.

ClearIAS.com: Any tips on Civil Services exam preparation and other priorities in life (Financial security, Higher Studies, Marriage, Family life etc.)

Try to have a back up plan as life goes on with or without UPSC.

ClearIAS.com: What is your advice to the freshers who are going to appear in this exam?

Don’t be scared of anything, UPSC, the lakhs of other aspirants, the Vast syllabus, less vacancies….blah blah…Remember you only require one seat and you can achieve anything with your dedication and persistence. Do your best and leave the rest.

ClearIAS.com: What is your advice to all those candidates who didn’t succeed in this exam yet?

Been through this momentous journey of struggle and success ,I would only say have a positive thinking, take both success and failure in your stride comfortably, learn from your failures but learn more from your success as it allows you to respect the struggle of all those who couldn’t succeed. Thank God, family, friends for their role in your success and support in your failure. Whatever be the case Try to move forward in your life, give your best and leave the rest to the almighty.

ClearIAS.com:  Any extra note in general (if any):

I would only say this is just an exam, Life is a much bigger canvas and it is having both bright and dark shades in it and both have their beauty. Explore Life and yourself. May be you are meant for other bigger things and for doing great things in life one don’t need to be a civil servant only, Being a great human being is enough and that is what really matters.

ClearIAS.com: We like to express our heartiest congratulations once again for this grand success. We are happy that you chose ClearIAS.com to share your happiness on this special occasion. ClearIAS.com sincerely thank you, on behalf our readers and ourselves, for the spirit and benevolence to find time to write answers to our detailed questionnaire. Wishing you, all the very best in career and life.
Poonam Dalal with her husbandThanks ClearIAS for providing me the opportunity to share my views and also helping me with the Preparation all along. I wish the team of ClearIAS a very best for their future endeavors and hope they will always continue to help and guide students like us.

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