Interview With Dr. Basant Gard, IAS Topper 2005 (2nd Position)

Do you want to be an IAS offcier? Start preparing early, plan accordingly, develop a perspective about various issues, interact with various people and peers with due care. Be selective in the optionals. Read this article on Dr. Basant Gard (IAS Topper)…

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Q. What is the secret of your success in this examination?

A. I stared preparation three years back during my MBBS course. This allowed me to prepare steadily and kept things stress-free at all times.


Q. How much time do you think one requires for serious preparations for this examination?

A. Two years of dedicated hard work is necessary. If one starts preparation during one’s studies, it may be three years.

Q. Which journals and newspapers have you been reading for the General Studies and other papers?

A. Newspaper : The Hindu, Magazines : Competition Success Review, General Knowledge Today, Yojana, Frontline, Hindu Year Book and CSR Books.


Q. Do you remember any remarkable incident of your life that motivated or promoted you to go for a career in the Civil Services?

A. Once I complained to my father that there were very few seats for Medical entrance. He said, “You need only on”. There is always room at the top.

Q. What prompted you to chose Civil services as your career?

A. Civil Services provides to the aspirants the opportunity to serve the people from a position where on can influence decision making.


Q. How did your parents, family and friends contributed to your success?

A. My father ahs been a big motivator. My mother and my brother have been great supporters. Besides, friends and relatives have also contributed by giving me a lot of time for preparation, often taking the burden upon themselves.

Q. Had you not been selected in the Civil Services examination, what would have been your reaction? Which other service/career would you have gone in/opted for?

A. I would have been unhappy and would have continued in my field.

Q. How do you visualize your success?

A. My success is the success of my parents’ efforts. It reflects upon my schooling, my teachers and the society I come from. There are God’s blessing to me and my family.

Q. What were your optionals at the Civil Services Examination?

A. Prelims : Medical Science, Mains : Medical Science and Zoology.

Q. How many attempts had you made earlier before you got selected?

A. This was my first attempt.

Q. What was your criterion for the selection of the optional subjects?

A. In order of priority : 1. Background, Interest, Availability of quality material, Syllabus – how specific.

Q. how did your prepare for the compulsory papers?

A. I largely depended on my schooling, newspaper reading for English Paper. For Hindi Paper, I read Hindi newspaper for about a week.

Q. What is your impression about the Interview Board?

A. The Interview Board was friendly and comforting since I largely presented balanced and rational views.

Q. What do you think is a better way of preparation between selective intensive study and wide extensive study?

A. One should be highly selective for optionals. in General Studies, one can be selective with respect to History and Polity. Rest of General Studies requires extensive study, especially Economy and Current Affairs.

Q. Is this pattern of the examination appropriate for selection? Would you recommend any other improvement?

A. I think it is appropriate for selection, since each step of the examination brings out certain strengths and endeavours of aspirants.

Q. Do you feel that there should be no restriction on the number of attempts?

A. I feel the number of attempts should be restricted so that unsuccessful candidates can move on in life and be productive to the nation.

Q. To what extent, you think, Model Test Papers can be useful for the aspirants of Civil Services?

A. They, sometime, give you an idea of the pattern of the question paper, thus helping in time management during exam.

Q. What is your advice to the future aspirants?

A. Start preparing early, plan accordingly, develop a perspective about various issues, interact with various people and peers with due care. Be selective in the optionals.

Source – Competition Success Review

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