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#103: IPS Rajesh Mohan | The Aspirants Show
Notes from the Podcast for you to read and learn!
For those who could not tune in, sharing notes from my conversation with IPS Dr. Rajesh Mohan on The Aspirants Show Episode 08
You can listen to this entire conversation on Spotify here
How is the training of IPS
Very limited area for violence
Although physical stamina is required
Academy chisel out the officer in you
However, 11 months of training helps fill this gap
Home Cadre: being posted in the same state as one’s nativity
Prerequisites to get home cadre
Vacancy in cadre in that state
Insider vacancy in that state
Tips for the exam
Smart work is necessary
In CSAT (prelims gs paper 2) , while attempting the paper, if stuck, move on and solve other questions. Attempt as many questions as you can without getting stuck.
In GS PREPARATION,
limit time spent on current affairs
Weightage of static portion of syllabus has been higher. So focus on static and revise multiple times. Be solid.
Limit time spent on newspapers daily.
Don’t overthink while preparation : this way, the essence is lost and we tend to dive into the topic more than necessary- leads to confusion in real exam.
Avoid overthinking in exam - avoids mistakes: saves you from losing prelims by 2-3 marks situation
Use common sense while attempting prelims.
Prelims need wider knowledge base
Mains need deeper knowledge base
For ethics, mainly questions come from government documents like ARC report
Trend and pattern of source of questions is clear : analyze PYQs
Optional (Medical Sciences)
Professional subjects like MBBS as optional lack coaching options, peer group to study.
Stick to SYLLABUS strictly
Standard books for everything
FAMILY & SUPPORT SYSTEM
Revamp support system if they’re being toxic
Always prioritize: Self confidence > peer pressure
Peers should not reinforce a negative feeling you have. Check
Do not dwell on self doubt. Remove all factors which enhance such feeling
Inside strength: your strongest weapon is your mind, train well with it
Self confidence makes you and lack of it breaks you in any game.
WORDS OF WISDOM
Clearing UPSC CSE opens up a lot of opportunities to serve & social recognition, make it your motivation But life is so much beyond this exam and give 100% to anything else you do eventually, if not this service.
Fitness, Food & Finance: YOU DO YOU!
Meditation, fitness & self care is necessary to keep sanity