Selfstudyhistory.com’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|
|Total attempts in Civil Services Examination (including present one)||4|
|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|
|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.