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IAS Toppers Interview 2015: Rank 187 Rohan Botre, 113 Marks in Ethics

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    CSE 2015
  • Published
    28th Jun, 2016

Name Rohan Botre
Rank in CSE 2015 187
Total Attempts in CSE 4
Optional Subject Public Administration
Medium English



Class 10 percentage of marks 80%
 Class 12Percentage of marks 81%
Graduation: College and marks Civil Engg 78%
Post graduation: College and marks Civil Engg (Purdue University, USA)


IAS Score: What were the basic mantras of your success?

Rohan Botre: Consistency and proper planning.


IAS Score: What were your strategies for the lengthy syllabus of General Studies for both Prelims and Mains?

Rohan Botre: Answer Writing, Practice maximum questions.


IAS Score: Did you integrate your Prelims or Mains preparation or was it separate in the changing scenario?

Rohan Botre: Yes, it is always better to integrate your prelims and mains preparation.


GS Preparation for Prelims (Summary)

Study material / Guidance
Basic Books Spectrum (History), NCERT, Nitin Singhania (Culture), G Clenong (Geography), Shankar IAS (Environment), Laxmikant (Polity)
Current Affairs Websites iasscore, insightofindia, idsa.org, iasbaba etc.

GS Mains Preparation (Summary)

Paper Study Material/Guidance Current Issues Source Answer Writing Practice
GS Paper 1 Prepared it with prelims syllabus Newspaper, Insight, GS Score Material Lukman IAS
GS Paper 2 Newspaper + Internet Newspaper, Insight, GS Score Material Lukman IAS
GS Paper 3 Newspaper + Internet Newspaper, Insight, GS Score Material Lukman IAS
GS Paper 4 GS Score + Lexicon N/A GS Score

Optional Subject Preparation  (Summary)

Study material / Guidance
Basic Books Niclolas henry, Mohit Bhattacharya, Harvard University online lectures, Fadia & Fadia, Laxmikant, ARC Reprot
Current Affairs
Answer Writing
Any other

IAS Score: How did your prepare for essay.

Rohan Botre: Wrote some practice essay before mains exam, kept language very simple.

IAS Score: Did you adopt any specific strategy for GS Paper 4?

Rohan Botre: Answer writing + clear understanding of different concepts.


IAS Score: What were the sources of information for general reading? How did you come to know that which sources of reading materials are standard?

Rohan Botre: Internet was the source for general reading.


IAS Score: What is your advice on notes-making for other aspirants?

Rohan Botre: Notes should be prepared for optional. I didn’t prepare any specific notes for GS.


IAS Score: How did you manage your time during the preparation?

Rohan Botre: I used to study for 7 hrs. a day. 1 hour newspaper reading and 6 hours for study.


IAS Score: What was your style (paragraph or point format)Of writing in the exam? How was it distinct from the general writing style? How did you develop this writing style?

Rohan Botre: Mixed: introduction, then some relevant points and a concluding paragraph.


IAS Score: So much focus is being given to Test Series, both for Prelims and Mains, in your opinion how useful are they, in the course of a preparation process? Which Test Series did you join and how useful did you find it to be?

Rohan Botre: Very useful for both prelims and mains. I joined lukman ias test series for mains and practiced 1500 questions for prelims.



IAS Score: Civil Services Exam process is quite strenuous. It requires long hours of constant study. How did you maintain your tempo and what did you do to break the monotony of preparation?

Rohan Botre: I used to study for 6 days/week. One day used to be given for relaxation.


IAS Score: The trend suggests that professionals or working people are more successful in this exam. Does this exam prove difficult for Humanities and Social Science background candidates?

Rohan Botre: Not at all. People for humanities just need to prepare in a much focused manner.


IAS Score: Which sources you referred to prepare for  Contemporary Issues?

Rohan Botre: Online article and some websites like iasscore, iasbaba and insightofindia.


IAS Score: Given the recent boom in online initiatives to support an aspirant, which were the platforms that you find useful enough during your course of preparation. Please list the sites.

Rohan Botre:






Harvard lectures for public administration.


IAS Score: What is your advice to the candidates who is still in the process of preparing for this examination?

Rohan Botre: Keep consistency, plan 1 year before prelims.


Rohan Botre Mark sheet

Paper Marks
Prelims 116.34
Essay (Paper 1) 129
GS 1 (Paper 2) 106
GS 2 (Paper 3) 82
GS 3 (Paper 4) 100
GS 4 (Paper 5) 113
Optional 1 (Paper 6) 116
Optional 2 (Paper 7) 110
Written Total 756
Personality Test 154
Total Score 910

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