Categories’s Interview of Golapkar Ashwin Rajan (Rank- 773, CSE- 2019) [History Optional]’s Interview of Golapkar Ashwin Rajan (Rank- 773, CSE- 2019) [History Optional]

Profile of the Candidate

Name Golapkar Ashwin Rajan
Rank in Civil Services Exam 2019 773
Roll Number 6703505
Age 30
Total attempts in Civil Services Examination (including present one) 4
Optional Subject History
Medium for History Optional English
Marks in History Optional in Earlier Examinations (Mention marks in Paper I and II)
Home town/village Navi Mumbai
Any past Work-experience 1.5 yrs, Product Manager
Were you preparing full time or working and preparing? Full time
Your place of preparation Navi Mumbai, Old Rajinder Nagar
Details of other success and failure in competitive exams NTSE-2006
Details of coaching/ test series/ study material of any coaching used for History Optional SSH Material + SSH Test Series, GS Score Test Series
Educational Background
Percentage marks in class X 99.33%
Percentage marks in class XII 72.5%
Name of the subject in Graduation course and percentage marks Electrical Engineering- 66%
Name of college of graduation and place Mumbai University
Passing out year 2012
Post-graduation if any MBA, IIM Indore
Did your educational Background help in History Optional? Not really

Questions Related to History Optional

Why did you choose history as your optional subject?

  • Hobby- Reading books on Maratha History, GS1 and helpful in essay

Mention booklist and sources which you followed for History Optional.

  • Ancient- Upinder, SSH notes
  • Medieval- IGNou notes plus SSH
  • Modern- Bipan Chandra, Rajiv Ahir

How did you prepare for Map Portion?

  • Entirely from SSH Material

How much time per day you used to give the history optional during your preparation (both before and after prelims)?

  • 1.5 month after pre. Daily 10-12 hrs

Did you maintain self-notes? If yes, how did it help you?

  • Yes. Enormous help

Have you solved previous years papers of history optional? Did it help you in the examination?

  • Yes I have solved all the papers from 2014

In your views, how the nature of questions asked in history optional changed in recent years?

  • Dynamic, more number of questions on topics that are relevant in even today.

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