Monday, 12 August 2013

Wits of Girls.... an Experience of mine Yesterday (11-Aug 2013)

A sign board in Brand Factory Reads
Buy 1 Get 20% off
Buy 2 Get 30% off

Girl 1 : Idea, Lets bill 2 items separately, then we will get 20%+20% = 40% off..   
Me : hehehhee.. OMG... n i told d same to other girl..
Girl 2 : Haan na.. Idea bahot accha hai... khareed the na separately... 
Me : hey bhagwaaaaan.....slept in utter disbelief... i woke up in d mrng n told the whole thing to Mom
Mom : Yeah, they were right, we could have got 40% off, we missed it.........
Me:    Updated Status on FB out of Helplessness..... Stilll...
 feeling loved

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

& the New Year Begins

There is something special about these so called UPSC aspirants! They are special, psychic, irritated, over-knowledgeble, hardworking, strategists, variety, and ultimately screwed up ! For the entire world, Old year ends on Dec 31st and new year begins on 1st Jan. But for this variety species, of which i am a part of, ironically, Old year end when "Prev year marks are displayed" and New Year begins when "the Next Prelims starts" ! So, Happy new year folks and all the best for Prelims..

Before i sign off my 2012 attempt, my first one, I want to first of all thank Alka Sirohi mam for giving me 189 in interview. She tried her best to put me in the list. But the lethal combo of Geo n PubAd proved decisive and damaging. One final goodbye to Pub-Ad, subjct i loved so much, read so vast, written so well, and ended up getting so less ! 59+89 = 148 out of 600 is disapointing, but thank god i dint get Single digits as some of my fellow aspirants got unfortunately. That would have been depressing. I have so many positives to take out of previous year's attempt. But dear friends, without denying Hardwork, Strategy, Planning blah blah.. still you need that bit of LUCK.. of say some 50% :) to clear this civils. So apart from studying, keep your prayers floating in all temples all round the year.. We never know, which god comes to our help. :)

Here are my mains marks...

Saturday, 13 April 2013

My Purpose-FULL Dilli Trip

Ufff... finally finally my trip here in delhi is about to end... Its been hectic, exciting, interesting, adventurous, so on so so on... Its hectic coz of study i had to do along with planning of my stay and travelling in trains.. Exciting coz i am gonna enter into millions of people's dream house, Dholpur House.. Interesting coz some1 is for the first time, going to judge my personality here... adventurous coz i came alone.. all alone.. all the time alone... :D But i should say i am going back from delhi today with lots of satisfaction.. Marks ka tho chodo yaar.. bas majaa aa gaya akele akele dilli ghoomne mein.. 

In this post i am not gonna talk about the Q & A of my interview... So Aspirants plz excuse me.. i know i am hopeless.. :P 

So i boarded Bangalore-Delhi Rajdhani....4days b4 my scheduled interview... 36hrs of Journey... I was impressed by rajdhani service.. This was for the first time i was travelling by it and infact surprized at the hospitality shown by Indian Railways.. They kept feeding with variety of items.. loved it... n arrived in Delhi on 9th morning... My interview was on 11th.... 

Checked-in in this hotel "The Spot" in paharganj.. Expecting it to be very worse, but found it decent enuf.. Delhi is a wonderful place and paharganj seems to be the most happening... With so many foreigners from chinese to english to french, its colorful n buzzing place.. ;)  Next two day would be the as usual  MY MAD days for me... Mad coz.. ever since this interview date was announced some 15days back, i was behaving weird like a mad fellow... Thinking in air, Talking to myself, Looking into vaccum, Reading all junk, ignoring people around me etc etc.,  hehe.. Some even thought i started ignoring them as a whole.. as i stopped receiving calls... but i never wanted to come out of this MAD MOOD ever since i got that 11th as my D-day... Breaking hearts is a part n parcel of my story...;)

After somehow killing these 2 days in my hotel room... Finally THE 11th arrived... Its Ugadi day.. very very auspicious day... I felt as if god was with me.... Kept alarm for 6:30.. but woke up at 5:30 itself... I was feeling kinda helplessness to even study.. In interview, they can ask anything within the Universe or even outside it... So switched on TV and kept on flipping channels till my alarm hit that 6:30... :D and then i started getting ready...  This is the first time i took care of my looks so much.. Decent Dress, Tie, Gel-ed up hair, Clean shave, new new shoes.. wow.. Next time i get ready like this would be on my Marriage Day only.. hehehe... aaah.. im loving myself... I turned out to be a IAS look-alike at the least.. :P Infact, Even my interview board couldn't believe that actually i look so different.. :P

After somehow killing time upto 11'o clock started off for my interview.... took metro.. Delhi Metro is all the same from the day i visited it last 3yrs back... With lots of delhites using metro.. its conjected, cramped and reminds us of India's population problems for a moment but the maintainance is awesome still... After changing 3lines.. Blue, Yellow and Violet... finally reached Khan market metro... UPSC is some 500mtr walk from here and strolled all alone as i reached there by 12 itelf....

The Sight of UPSC

A small walk and on the other side of the road,  i could see the Union Public Service Commission boards on the building walls...WOW.. Its probably the most wonderful moment of my life till now...I felt inspiring, spell-bound and my happiness had no boundaries.. This is THE place where so many people dream of coming...Wall Boards of UPSC were written in typical govt style.. but man.. i heard so much about this building from so many people... Its like a temple for lakhs of students and their parents....Many many IAS/IPS officers were interviewed here and then they went on to architect India's future.... I never started civils preparation with that great great urge to become IAS, i never pasted Mussorie pics or inspiring quotes in my room, i never listened to or believed those people who said "You will become IAS" unnecessarily even without me asking for it, I was never so so desperate like many... but  I felt so proud of having reached this far.. This was the moment of Joy... I never knew what was going to happen inside that building in the next half day.. but the very sight of UPSC made me ecstatic...My hardwork for the last 2yrs to reach this building was running infront of my mind like that Old-film wala flashbacks....I immediately picked up my phone and called home... My mom n dad went to temple as it was ugaadi.. shared my happiness with my Bro..but he had no idea how happy n proud i was at that moment....It's like on the top of the mooon.....This i felt for the second time in my life.. First was when i got admitted into IITR...I still cherish that moment...

I could see some anxious people waiting there... Parents were more anxious than students... and 1 Sir was giving lecture on what to say in interview and what is Rule of Law and what are constitutional provisions etc etc.. people were anxiously discussing... but i was just cherishing the whole atmosphere and the moments that were going on then...smiling to myself.. and then 1 Sikh sir intervined in my solitude... he asked me my details... he checked if i had come alone to interview.. i said -Yes.. then he checked if i had come alone to Delhi itself.. i again said -Yes... he was amazed and asked.. "kyaa aapke parents nahi aaye aapke saat.. kamaal ho yaar.. ias interview dene akele aagaye ho utne door se... " hehehee.... i always went alone to most important events of my life like interviews for IIT admissions, joining IIT, Giving job interviews, Joining in Job,  coz i never want any1 disturbing my MOOD...not even my parents.... and next i met 1 more senior pro guy.. i donno how many attempts he gave.. he came to me n asked  First attempt hai kya? i said Yes... then he said.. "thoda relax ho jaaoo bhai.... tum bahut nervous dikh rahe ho " ( i was amazed by his assessment as i was feeling confidence but he said nervousness)... and 1 more guy was there with hindu..i took Hindu from him n just read editorials n was giving it back 2 him... i told him that anyhow Newspaper would be there inside.. but he insisted "BHAI, Yehi padlo.. andhar newspaper nahi milega..." but i knew that newspapers wud be there inside as i read in some prev interview transcripts.. i told him that.. but he insisted again "BHAI, MUZE PATA HAI.. Nahi Rahenge.. mai expiernced hun..."  :-o..... I felt as if i was the only inexperienced guy there.. :(  but anyhow clock ticked fast.. n it was 1o clock.. After some initial checking... we were allowed inside... :D

Finalllllyy... I stepped into THE BUILDING.... I was so so happy n it was a dream coming true.............. Whatever myt be my result this year... but i loved this experience.....Will share my interview experience in my next post may be... :)

Friday, 12 April 2013

My UPSC Interview 11/4/2013 which brot me back to Blogging after 2 long years !!!

I Am writing Only Questions here, so that they can be useful for others. Will write my answers and overall experience in sometime. Overall a good feel interview !

Name: Naga Sathish
Board : Alka Sirohi mam
Optionals : Geography and Public Administration
Hobbies  : Watching movies and Cricket, Internet browsing, Reading Newspaper
Attempt : 1
Qualification: MTech CSE  IIT Roorkee
Present Job : Software Engineer, Cisco Systems, Bangalore
From : Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh

CP : So you watch cricket.. Tell 5 Cricketers who became members of Parliament?
CP: Told 3.. But Gimme one more name please…Clue: his Father is a former CM (I was clueless even then)
CP: Kirti Azad. Heard of him?

Passed on to M1
M1 : Sathish People say “Justice delayed is Justice Denied”. Do you agree with it? What’s your opinion on it?
M1: What can be done to speed up our justice delivery system?
M1: There are lots of Adjournments of court cases… How to reduce them?
CP: There is no provision of Only 3 Adjournments anywhere. It is a recommendation of some committee. (as in my answer I said there is some provision somewhere)
M1: How the judge of high court appointed? (I blundered here, I forgot answer for this infact but finally gave it)
M1: Is there any collegium system?
M1: What changes govt. is trying to bring now to this system?
M1: You Studied in IIT Roorkee. It had some other name in the past. Do you know it?
M1 : Who is James Thomason?
M1: When is IITR established and what is the purpose of establishing it only in Roorkee and not in Allahabad or somewhere else?
M1 : You watch cricket. Can you tell me the weight of a cricket ball? (No Way i can ! :D )
M1: which newspaper do you read?
M1: Who is the editor of Hindu?

Passes on to M2.
M2: Guntur is very closer to Vijayawada. Are they twin cities?
M2: You are from Vijayawada. There are so many coaching centers for +2 in Vijayawada. Why is it so?
 M2: Don’t you think syllabus in Govt colleges is good enough to crack IIT-JEE? Isn’t the syllabus same for +2 and JEE?
M2 : If JEE questions are tough and if they are asking something that is beyond the syllabus of +2, then there is something wrong with the curriculum/syllabus of JEE? Don’t you think so?
M2: Andhra Pradesh has lot of problems with Naxals. What is naxalism
M2: If you are saying this to be Socio-Economic problem then, Why this problem is not there in Karnataka or somewhere else(As here also many socio-economic problems are there ) and only present in Andhra Orissa etc?
M2: Don’t you think Govt needs to do more here? (Before he completed this question, CP passed it to next member)

Passes on to M3. He hampered my confidence by asking many memory based ones
M3: Have you heard of K-G basin? What is it?
M3: Why is nanotechnology getting so much prominence?
M3: What is the fastest super-computer you are aware of?
M3: Not just in India Sathish. Think global. Do you know the fastest in the world?
M3: How do you measure the speed of SuperComputers?
M3: Have you heard of FLOPS? What is a FLOP?
M3: Do you think with nano size experiments, we can change the fundamental properties of the materials? (He was going indepth into this, i had to say couple of I donno's here )
M3: Have you heard of Visakha Case ? (yes, sexual harassment one)
M3: Can you tell specific guidelines given in that judgement ? ( I donno)
M3: What is IISER? (Donno :( )
M3: So many memory based questions here….I never heard them before also… around 4 or 5 of them.. for all I said I Donno
From here again i could answer few satisfactorily.
M3: Have you heard of Kuchipudi village? Where is it?
M3: Can you name some of the dancers of kuchipudi?
M3: There is a specific character which they depict for which these are famous. Do you know that character?
M3: Is there any award or something associated with kuchipudi?
M3: I was expecting  if something like PadmaBhushan or PadmaVibhushan is awarded to any of these dancers. Do you know?
M3: Who is the best fielder in present cricket team?
M3: Is jadeja not a good fielder?
M3: Do you know where Suresh Raina is from? (Again forgot :( )

Was feeling bit low after M3's grilling.. but M4 kinda rescued before Alka mam drowned my ship again !
Passes on to M4
M4: Why IIT Roorkee was established in roorkee only (Yes repeated same question)
M4: What is the year of establishment of IIT Roorkee?
M4: Do you know that when upper ganga canal was built, people refused to drink/irrigate land with that water? (Ooh.. i donno this)
M4: So, you are from Vijayawada which is in Guntur district right?
M4: Then what is the hq of Krishna district?
M4: This area is very close to Telangana region. Can you tell me about the Geography of the region? (I dint understand what he was trying to ask me )
M4:  What are the major products of Krishna District? (I told agricultural products, he said something something about krishna district, hez very old, and after telling whole story he said do you know? :-o i thot WHAT !!! Apparently he was asking question, but i felt it to be like a story ! ).
M4: It is said that Krishna District provides food to all southern states like Tamilnadu, Karnataka and even to Maharashtra. Do you know why?
M4: Tell about your district geography first, then Andhra Pradesh geography. (Before i answer this question fully, moved on to next question)
M4: You also watch movies. According to you who is the best hero in Telugu movie at present?
M4: What is his latest movie?
M4: What does the word “Dookudu” mean?
CP Tookover from here
CP: Can you tell me what is  ISDN? (Donno :( )
CP: Can you tell me the names of TCP/IP Layers?
CP: There is no Session/Presentation layer in TCP/IP Sathish (I corrected myself here, tcp/ip has only 5-layers).
CP: Your interview is over.. ohh wait wait.. last question for you before you go… Gave 1 puzzle to solve. 9 dots in 3x3 matrix. Have to join all of them with 4 lines without lifting the pen. (My mind was already blank.. cudn't think of any logics here)
CP: Ok. Don’t worry. Try after you go back.
CP: Your Interview Over ! Thanks !