IAS topper 2012 Raj Kamal Yadav(21st rank) in an interview given to Kunal Jha of jagranjosh.com shares his success story. The alumnus of Sainik School, Lucknow made his mark in civil services exam in the very first attempt. Raj Kamal Yadav is a graduate from Madras veterinary college. He considers his father and Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel as his role models. His hobbies are coin collection and playing football.
Raj Kamal found current affairs section of jagranjosh.com very helpful during his exam preparation. He used it as a supplement. He regularly visited jagranjosh.com current affairs.
Raj Kamal had started preparation for civil services exam during his third year in graduation. The final result of Civil services exam 2012 was declared on 3 May 2013. Read the following Interview to get the gist of Raj Kamal’s success story.
Jagranjosh: How do you feel after getting success in IAS exam 2012.
Raj Kamal Yadav: I feel happy and satisfied. I can do now what I aspired in my life.
Jagranjosh: Please tell me about your educational background, schooling and higher education.
Raj Kamal Yadav: I had my primary education in my Hometown Sikohabad, near Allahabad, UP. Then I did my 10th from Uttar Pradesh Sainik School, Lucknow in 2001. I did my 12th from the same school in 2003. Then I did my graduation from Madras veterinary college. I passed my final graduation exam in 2011.
Jagranjosh: Tell me something about your family background.
Raj Kamal Yadav: My father’s name is Kamal Kishore Yadav. He is manager in Grameen bank associated with Bank of India. My mother’s name is Sarla Yadav. She is a social activist. I have one younger brother who is a pass-out from IIM Indore and currently working in Mumbai.
Jagranjosh: When did you chose to become a civil servant and why?
Raj Kamal Yadav: During my third year of graduation, I seriously started preparation for civil services exam. I wanted to do something fruitful and effective for the betterment of the society and the nation.
Jagranjosh: Who is your role model? Please tell me about your hobbies and interests.
Raj Kamal Yadav: My father is my role model. I am also very much inspired by Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.
My hobbies include coin collection and playing football. I also like reading books.
Jagranjosh: How many attempts did you take to get success?
Raj Kamal Yadav: It was my first attempt.
Jagranjosh: How much time one should give for the preparation of Civil services exam?
Raj Kamal Yadav: Around 12 to 15 months of serious preparation is sufficient.
Jagranjosh: Did you use Internet? How helpful was it? Did you use any current affairs portal for this exam?
Raj Kamal Yadav: Yes, I used Internet. Definitely it helped me. Internet was a big part of my exam preparation.
Jagranjosh: What do you think about jagranjosh.com? How useful are the study materials and current affairs on this site?
Raj Kamal Yadav: It’s a very good website. It was very helpful during my exam preparation. The current affairs section is very well balanced and a very good initiative in terms of material. I mainly visited jagranjosh.com for reading current affairs news and to use it as a supplement in my exam preparation.
Jagranjosh: Which language did you choose as a medium for this exam?
Raj Kamal Yadav: My medium was English.
Jagranjosh: What do you think about jagranjosh.com current affairs section? Do you think it fulfills the criteria of Competitive exams?
Raj Kamal Yadav: I am a regular reader of jagranjosh.com current affairs. Definitely, it fulfills the criteria of competitive exams.
Jagranjosh: What are your suggestions to improve the site of jagranjosh.com current affairs?
Raj Kamal Yadav: I think instead of focusing too much on major news already highlighted in Media, focus should be on minor news like government schemes and plans. The knowledge and information of such kind of news fetch you better marks in the exam.
Jagranjosh: Which section of Jagranjosh Current Affairs section you liked most?
Raj Kamal Yadav: I liked International section the most.
Vizag boy aces CAT with 100 per cent
Hyderabad: Ravi Teja Palla Yadav, an IIT-Madras student from Vizag, was one of the 10 students in the country who secured a 100 percentile score in the Common Admission Test (CAT-2012), the results of which were announced on Wednesday.
Every year lakhs of applicants await their results of the Common Admission Test for getting into the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management. For some it is a stepping stone in their lives, for few others it’s a life changing event to get into a completely different league. The curiosity to know the few lucky ones to score a perfect 100%ile score in one of the toughest exams in the world rides high. This year there are 10 such lucky ones, 8 of which are from the Indian Institutes of Technology. We at TopTalent.in had a chance to interact with Ravi Teja Palla who scored a perfect 100%ile score in CAT this year. See what Ravi has to say about the journey, his family and how you can do it too.
Team TopTalent: How does it feel to get a 100%ile in CAT?
Ravi: It feels great. I am extremely happy with the result but at the same time I need to remind myself that this is surely not the end. I have to face interviews now and I would be working very hard towards it. This was my second attempt at CAT and I have been disappointed in the past when I got a 98.3 percentile so I will try not to let it go to my head. I was feeling positive about the outcome after my exams and I was expecting around 99.9 percentile but this was a pleasant surprise.
Team TopTalent: So, what was the reaction when you first saw the result?
Ravi: Actually, I didn’t see the result myself. My friend from IIT Madras who is now in IIM Calcutta informed me about the result and I didn’t believe him at first until he sent a screenshot. It took a while to come to terms with this result. As I said it was a pleasant surprise. My family and friends were very glad to know the result and it was a sweet journey down the memory lane after 4 years since my JEE rank was pretty good too.
Well, he did report his result in style as he posted an update on his facebook profile saying “I don’t need 4 numbers and decimal point to post my cat percentile….Cause it is 100” and the likes and comments just kept pouring in.
Team TopTalent: To whom do you attribute this success? What was the biggest driving factor behind this?
Ravi: My family has been the sole reason for my achievement. Period. They have always been very supportive no matter what and after this news they are extremely proud and happy. They always gave me the freedom to do whatever I wanted in life and this safety net was very crucial for me.
Also, failing to crack the CAT first time around actually helped me a lot. I had an interview call from IIM Kozikode which I couldn’t convert given my low score last year. Those who were not able to crack CAT this year shouldn’t be disappointed at all. Think of it as a training ground which will help them next year as they won’t have to start from scratch. So, it’s mainly an advantage more than anything else.
Team TopTalent: How did you manage to work in a company and still prepare for CAT?
Ravi: I used to put in 12 hours per week. It does get difficult at times when you are preparing for CAT and simultaneously working somewhere else. I used to put in 6 hours every weekend and somehow managed to squeeze in another 6 hours during the week. Quant comes naturally to most engineers and so does DI, hence I spent more time on verbal. Also, it’s important to keep cool under pressure during the exam and the JEE experience does come in handy at times.
Team TopTalent: What’s your plan for preparing for GD/PI? Are you aiming for a particular school?
Ravi: Mostly I am thinking of interacting with a lot of people who can help me with the preparation. I am also looking at expert advice for GD/PI from coaching classes who have already approached me. My interview experience from last year will help me a lot. I think everyone should go for their interview calls as it might help them next year. Also, I personally feel one year of work experience will help, as I have a firsthand experience of how the industry functions and this might work in my favor during the interviews.
I have no intentions of rating the IIMs and it would be unfair to do the same but my first preference would be IIM Calcutta, again not because of any rankings, but it’s just that I feel the culture and environment in IIM Calcutta would be a right fit for me personally.
Team TopTalent: Did you join any coaching class?
Ravi: I wasn’t part of any coaching per se but I used study material from multiple institutes. The test materials and mock tests are generally enough.
Team TopTalent: What would be your suggestion to all the CAT aspirants?
Ravi: First and foremost do not consider your mock test scores as your final score. See what you have learnt and how much you have improved. Do not dwell too much on your past scores too be it good or bad. The test scores shouldn’t be given much importance as long as you are improving.
At the time of preparation and during the final exam, try to be more accurate instead of attempting all questions. I attempted all the 60 questions in the previous CAT, while I attempted just 56 this year as I wasn’t sure about the other 4. This, I feel, played a major role in my final score of 100 percentile.
Farmer's son who had to wait for his time to shine
Faizan Haider | Mail Today | Gurgaon, May 16, 2010 | UPDATED 11:38 IST
JITENDRA YADAV, IAS
It was a battle against all odds for 30-year-old Jitender Yadav, who couldn't leave his job to prepare for the civil services examination because of financial constraints.
But his diligence and intelligent preparation paid off and he cleared the UPSC exam in his first attempt. Sons of a Haryana farmer, Jitender and his older brother, Beer Singh Yadav, both wanted to prepare for the civil services but as they were the only earning members of their family, they could not quit their jobs simultaneously. The duo finally reached an agreement. Jitender decided to take the responsibility of his family till his elder brother cleared the UPSC exam.
"I was earning bread and butter for my family as bhaiya was preparing for the exam. He got selected in 2007 and when he started earning a year later, I quit my job to start preparing for the IAS exam. This was my first attempt and my hard work paid off," said Jitender, a resident of Nawada village of Manesar, 30 km from Gurgaon.
"I was a student of B. Tech and joined a firm in Faridabad soon as I completed my graduation in 2003. Two years later, I joined Hero Honda but my final aim was civil services," said Jitender, who secured the 90th rank in the examination.
His only regret is that his father is not alive to see his success. "He saw my elder brother crack the IAS. He died in June last year. I wish he could have seen me, too, clearing the UPSC," Jitender said.
Indian kid wins Oz swimming event in crocodile-infested waters
Swapnali Yadav entered the Limca Book of World Records after becoming the youngest to win the Kimberley National Lake Argyle Swim in the crocodile infested waters of Kununurra, Western Australi
The only Indian and youngest in the competition, 11-year-old Swapnali Yadav, won the 10-mile course for female youth (under-18) at the prestigious Kingdom Aquafest that was held on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, in the heart of Northeast Kingdom, Newport, Vermont, USA on Saturday, July 24.
Taking to the waters in near-perfect conditions at Prouty Beach, Swapnali completed the swim in an impressive time of 6 hours, 23 minutes, 13 seconds at the same point.
Swapnali, of Bombay Cambridge High School, Amboli, Andheri (West), was invited by the United States Master Swimmers (USMS). The swim was approved by USA Swimming and world ruling body FINA.
She added the Kingdom Aquafest effort to the outstanding performances as the youngest-ever in the world in the 2007 Open World Swimming Marathon and the 30km Messinikos Gulf Swim in 2008-09, both in Greece, and the 2009 Bermuda Round the Sound Open Swimathon, to announce her arrival in international swimming.
"The weather was good and I was in the right frame of mind. I had no problems with a good support staff alongside that included my father Gopal and mother Sailee. I felt confident at the start and was truly delighted at finishing first," said Swapnali.
"Once again, it was a rich experience. Most of the swimmers were top class. Some were Channel swimmers and former Olympians," Swapnali revealed.
Swapnali featured in a competition with an age spread of seven to 68 years. Her support staff followed her in a kayak and provided nutrition, water and direction during the swim.
The Kingdom Aquafest was blessed with greatness, with a world class challenge to many that included [English] Channel and double Channel crossers, former US Olympic team members and speedsters of all stripes.
"Swapnali led an astonishing group of youngsters taking on the full gamut of distances this year," said Phil White, meet director and Chairman of the Board of Indoor Recreation of Orleans County (IROC).
"In establishing our rules for the Kingdom Aquafest we have tried to be fair to all and maintain consistency with several of our primary goals. This event provided a world class challenge to many upper level and competitive marathon open water swimmers. This event was a fun and well-supported experience for the participants and an inspiration for many to push themselves just a little bit farther with their training and conditioning," White added
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