How to Ace Anthropology Optional: Deep Dive into Paper I

By | June 20, 2018

Note: On Anthropology, there are a total of three blog posts, of which this is the second one. The first one primarily talks about my book list and the basic approach. This one deals with topic wise detailed plan for Paper I.   Syllabus and the Strategy 1.1 to 1.3 – Meaning, Scope; Relationship; Branches Core material: Braintree… Read More »

How to Ace Anthropology Optional: Book list and Basic Plan

By | June 17, 2018

Note: There a total of 3 blog posts on Anthropology. This first article primarily talks about my book list and the basic approach I followed. The second and third articles deal with topic wise detailed plan for Paper I and II respectively. Marksheet Book List These are the sources I referred to for my Anthropology optional. There is… Read More »

[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