Inspiring Youth “Constant concentration towards goal, continuity in devoted hard work, my vision of future and incom- parable guidance are the secrets of my success.”


—Arun Raj

Topper— Civil Service Exam., 2014 (34th Rank)

‘Pratiyogita Darpan’ arranged an exclusive interview with Shri Arun Raj who has been selected in Civil Service Examination, 2014. He deserves all admirations and our heartiest congratulations on his splendid success. This important, thought provoking and highly inspiring interview is being presented here in its original form.


PD—Achieving top slot in the coveted Civil Services Examination is no small feat; accept our heartiest congratulations on your splendid success.

Arun—Thank you It was due to the blessings of family, friends and well-wishers.

PD—What preference in services have you opted for and any parti­cular reason for that priority ?

Arun—IAS, IPS, IFS, IRS. This service provides a huge opportunity to be a part of the solutions to the various problems our society and country are facing.

PD—’Success is sweet’ Were you confident of your success with top rank and how did you react to this news ?

Arun—I was confident of getting a good rank, but did not think about top rank. I never bothered myself by thinking of top ranks because that may put one under undue pressure. I felt really happy as my hard work finally paid off.

PD—You must have read IAS toppers’ interviews in newspapers/ magazines; what inspired you the most ?

Arun—Before getting the results I had the impression that toppers of the exam had to be super human. After the results I have realized that any ordinary person with hard work, persistence and confidence can crack this exam. The interview of toppers definitely helps as we get to read about their, individual perspectives and experiences. There is a lot we can

—Arun Raj

learn from such interview transcripts. CSE 2013 topper Gaurav Agarwal’s blog helped a lot.

Apart from that the interviews of several toppers who had taken anthropology also helped.

PD—Can you recall the exact moment when you realized the importance of Civil Services ?

Arun—The Civil Services exam was my top-most priority as I wanted to stay and work in India.

PD—’Time Management’ is a key factor while making preparations as well as in writing examination papers, be it Prelims or Main Exami­nation. How did you manage things ?

Arun—It is the most important thing because the syllabus is so exhaustive and time is limited. During preparations I gave adequate time to my weak areas. I used to study for 10- 12 hours regularly and I used to make daily and weekly plans and always tried to achieve the targets.


While writing the exam, I made sure that I give adequate time to each question and I divided the time to be given to each question accordingly.

PD—While making final choice for optional subjects, what’s impor­tant and what’s not ?

Arun—Anthropology was my optional. While I was in college I used to take elective courses in sociology. Anthropology is closely related to it and was an easy choice. The subject matter of anthropology was very interesting to me and the ease with which I could go through the subject mode it a good choice.

PD—What was your optional subject ?

Arun—Optional Subject: Anthro­pology.

PD—In how many attempts have vou achieved this success ?

Arun—This was the first attempt in CSE.