“Though it was my childhood dream, the ambition became stronger as I completed my graduation. Working as a house surgeon I could meet people from all strata of society. I was exposed to the ground realities of life of people.”
-Dr Renu Raj IAS
Dr.Renu Raj IAS from Kerala has demonstrated that willpower and hard work can work wonders and can help the aspirant to reach the peak of glory. She is from Kottayam district in Kerala. She has bagged the 2nd rank in the UPSC Civil Services examination at the age of 27 years in 2014.
Renu Raj cleared UPSC Civil service examination in her first attempt. She completed her MBBS graduate from Kottayam Government Medical College. She began her career as working an ASI Hospital in Kalluvathukkal in Kollam district.
According to her the basic groundwork that the UPSC recommends for UPSC IAS Exam is the NCERT textbooks from 8th to 12th standard. It is not what aspirants learn but it is essential how they learn. The UPSC journey is a one-year prolonged journey. UPSC aspirants must not get diverted from the aim of becoming an IAS officer.
She used to dedicate 6 to 7 hours daily for her UPSC IAS Exam preparation. Least possible 7 hours sleep and food at the right time.
For UPSC IAS Exam preparation Renu Raj followed Hindu, Kurukshetra, Yojana and some regional newspaper. She dedicated 1 – 2 hours for reading a newspaper daily. She suggests that while reading newspaper, be it Hindu or other newspaper, aspirants should focus on the relevant news related to UPSC IAS Exam syllabus.
While preparing for current affairs it is very important to either make notes or collect the newspaper cuttings. Economic survey and new bills passed by the government are also essential.
Each and every UPSC topper has the same strategy of combined Prelims and Mains approach. She depended primarily on mock tests and mock interviews. According to her, the finest tactic is to cover almost every topic in the UPSC syllabus than spending days and weeks on the same topic. UPSC aspirants should try to analyze and correlate the topics.
For her, the victory in any examination is a combination of both brilliance and hard work in which symmetry has to be maintained properly.
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