Ajmera Sanketh Kumar Biography, Age, UPSC Marksheet, Rank, Optional Subject, Preparation Strategy

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I am Sanketh Kumar Ajmera, AIR 35, CSE 2022. The purpose of this post is to help aspirants with GS, CSAT and Mathematics optional preparation. Maintaining calm and busting myths will also be priority areas.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Biography

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Biography

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar | Hyderabad: According to the Civils-2022 results, the tribal member Ajmera Sanketh Kumar placed 35th overall. Sanket lamented the fact that many tribal groups continue to live in isolation from modern society seven and a half decades after the country gained its independence. He promises to work hard to give the tribal bodies life for this reason. Sanket Kumar states that his parents’ inspiration was the only reason he was able to gain rank in the civil service in a special interview for “Namaste Telangana”

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Booklist

A brief history of modern India (Spectrum)Get Book
Indian Art and Culture by Nitin SinghaniaGet Book
Certificate Physical & Human Geography by GC LeongGet Book
AtlasGet Book
Indian Polity by LaxmikanthGet Book
Indian EconomyGet Book
Shankar IAS EnvironmentGet Book
Internal Security and Disaster Management by AshokGet Book
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BACKGROUND & ATTEMPTS of Ajmera Sanketh Kumar

1. B.Tech, IIT Delhi – 2017
2. R & D Engineer, Osaka, Japan – 2018
3. M S (Research), IIT Delhi – 2019 to April 2021
4. I had started my preparation in May 2021 (exactly 2 years ago before the results of CSE 2022 on May 23, 2023). During this time, I had taken 2 attempts:

1. 1st attempt from Oct’21 – May’22 during which I had gone until the interview stage (through category) but failed to make it to the final list.

2. 2nd attempt from June’22 – May’23 which resulted in AIR 35.
I will talk about my strategy and how it evolved during the two attempts. I believe the first failed attempt has more to teach than the latter.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Marksheet (2022)

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Marksheet (2022)

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Marksheet (2021)

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Marksheet (2021)

COACHING institute joined by Ajmera Sanketh Kumar

I had joined the yearlong Foundation Course at Vajiram and Ravi in May’21 but had to leave by Oct’21 due to the following reasons:
1. Fractured approach towards learning: There were 7 different subjects being taught on 7 days of the week, which led to impaired learning.
2. The quality of faculty varied hugely from subject to subject and topic to topic. I did not see the point in investing only in a few good individuals. I would rather invest in a larger number of average or above average teachers.
3. The syllabus was not structured and even after the coaching had ended, there were major topics that were not discussed.
In all, I had gotten only 10% of my investment in return.

When to take coaching?
1. If you are completely new to the majority of CSE syllabus because of large breaks or separation from topics required for CSE (this is why I chose to take coaching).
2. If you feel lost in the myriad of information and need handholding initially.
3. If you can make the time for coaching and financial constraints are not a problem compared to the output you expect.
4. If the coaching institute has none of the problems that I had mentioned above.
5. If you think you can use coaching effectively.

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How to use coaching effectively?
1. Skip the classes that you think you’re good at. The classes are aimed at the most ignorant person in the room.
2. Online > Offline. It saves time gone in commuting, communication with friends.
3. Watch videos at > 1 times the speed to save time.
4. Watching complex issues again to ensure better comprehension.
5. Making short notes that you can make sense of.
6. Do give an attempt while taking coaching. This will help you see if you are being benefitted from the coaching.

All the very best to all the new aspirants. After all, only you are responsible for your choices. Be rational and brutal.  Godspeed!

PRELIMS 2023 analysis by Ajmera Sanketh Kumar

I had attempted the question paper this year. I had felt that the questions (in both GS& CSAT) were not just difficult but also a little out of sync with the idea of UPSC CSE. If it gives one any comfort, as a Maths Optional student, I had great difficulty in solving the maths questions in CSAT.

For people who are on the border (CSAT & GS), my only suggestion would be to take a positive approach and start preparing for Mains without a moment’s delay.

During my first attempt, I had calculated my score based on a coaching key and decided that I wouldn’t get through. By the time the prelims result had been announced, I had lost almost 1 month of precious time for mains preparation. And I missed the final list by ~12 marks.
In my second attempt, I gave my first mock test (in part) of GS and Optional on the first weekend after prelims. It had felt like I was already ahead of many.

So remember, an early but slow headstart is always better than a delayed and haphazard beginning.

ETHICS Preparation Strategy by Ajmera Sanketh Kumar

When I sat down to start my ethics preparation after prelims, I took a test on the first weekend after prelims. I scored a disastrous 70 marks and I remember being ranked ~190 among the 200 submissions in the MGP of ForumIAS.

I decided to change my strategy by taking notes. A couple of weeks later when I had attempted the next test, I scored ~100 and ranked 1 among the same lot.

How did I make the notes ?
1. I made concise notes for each topic under each bullet point given in the exam.
2. I wrote crisp introductions, conclusions and key arguments. I would use exactly the same points for each question. 
3. I added good examples that I gathered from topper copies, newspapers and other sources. I used a colored pen to highlight the points that I knew I had to write in the main exam. These are the points that I knew were really good but also that most people wouldn’t write.
4. I repeated steps 1,2,3 for the entire syllabus.
5. I did the whole thing in ~10 days.

For case studies, I used to write answers to PYQs – 3 case studies in 1 hour and cross check with a friend every day. During this exercise, we had focused on keywords and the structure of the answer. After writing answers to PYQs from the past 4-5 years, I could deal with them with ease.

Sources: Vajiram class notes, Yellow book, Newspaper, Topper copies.

The key with ethics (and also essay) papers is that they need a very low investment but result in great returns. Even abstract seeming ethics questions can be answered based on predetermined points. I could revise the 30 page notes 6-7 times before the actual exam. I have attached my notes for reference.


I had spent the majority of my time during my preparation at the RCA, Jamia University in Delhi. If it doesn’t ring a bell, this is where Ms. Shruti Sharma(AIR 1, CSE 2021) had also been. This is a brief review of my stay there. The things that helped me there were:

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1. Isolation from the main city and peaceful campus. I don’t think any money can get you this and here you get this for no cost.
2. The library and discussion rooms have been my second home. Accessible 24*7.
3. The community is strong and helpful, as there are people preparing for a lot of other govt. exams other than CSE.
4. Being among a  good number of selected candidates who were reappearing had also been a motivating factor. 
5. Prelims and mains tests series simulations before the actual exams.

However, I wouldn’t say that the infrastructure and food there were great. But that’s a trade off for the good things.

I request all the interested candidates to kindly check your eligibility and fill the form. The deadline is tomorrow, i.e., June 5, 2023.

There is no need to prepare separately for the exam. Trust your prelims preparation and practice a few essays. Go through some of their PYQs.

For those who clear Prelims in this cycle, they can automatically take admission without any entrance. So I insist the candidates to be on the lookout after the prelims result is declared.

ESSAY Preparation Strategy by Ajmera Sanketh Kumar

My essay scores were 134 and 119 in CSE 2021 and 2022 respectively.

A common strategy to build essays is to consolidate ideas from all four GS papers. While this is a foolproof strategy, good essays need to be original and unique. To this end, I read about half a dozen books in entirety and collected summaries of a dozen more in order to gather context and references for my essays. These are the only sources apart from newspaper that I used for my essays. I allotted 15 min reading time everyday for this purpose.

Attempting an essay:
Writing essays is a relative easier physical task compared to GS due to ample availability of time. During the essay exams in both attempts, I spent the first 15 minutes to brainstorm ideas, 3-4 min of which were used up in choosing the essay itself. In these 15 min, I divided the 12 pages into various sections. A rough sketch of the first 15 min is shown as an example below:

1. Introduction (1-2 pgs) – starting with an abstract idea
2. Interpretation of the essay and summary of the essay ahead (2 pgs) – transition from a generic idea to specific points
3. Arguments in favour and against, if necessary (3-4 pgs) – specific examples and ideas
4. Final interpretation and observation (1-2 pgs) – capture your entire idea here
5. Concluding remarks with strong references (1-2 pgs)

After this, I used to quickly mention the keywords related to the ideas/examples/data/facts in each category based on which I used to build paragraphs of length half a page at maximum. So, each page was filled with 2-3 paragraphs, each with a different idea, while trying to maintain flow within and in between consecutive sections of the essay. Using this strategy alone, I had written no more than 4 essays during my entire preparation, 2 in each of my attempts.

I am sharing one of the essays that I wrote in my first attempt which I tried to replicate with ~95% closeness. This essay, along with another was given 134 marks.

Some tips:
1. Try to have short meaningful sentences instead of long ones. A human mind can hardly make sense of sentences with more than 25 words.
2. Capture larger idea in simple words. There is no need to use fancy vocabulary if you’re not comfortable with it.
3. There will be no brownie points for choosing essay topics that the majority would not choose. Choose the one which you are most comfortable writing about.
4. While brainstorming, it is of utmost importance to maintain flow in your essay. Perhaps lack of flow is what had lead to relatively lower marks in my second attempt.
5. Practice writing essays, especially on the most important, contemporary matters. If uncomfortable with 1200 word limit, start with 500. But write.
      6. Following a linear approach with historical, geographical, political and other dimensions is too mainstream at this point in time. Be original .

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Books for UPSC MAINS Essay Paper by Ajmera Sanketh Kumar

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar essay books

Book sources for essay. Read over the course of 2 years.

  1. An Uncertain Glory
  2. India that is Bharat
  3. The Difficulty of being good
  4. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century
  5. My Experiments with Truth
  6. The Diary of a Young Girl
  7. I Am Malala
  8. Target 3 Billion
  9. The Anthropocene Reviewed
  10. A Brief History of Time
  11. Animal Farm
  12. Why I Am an Atheist
  13. Freakonomics
  14. The Upanishads
  15. Poor Economics
  16. The Gene
  17. Everything you wanted to know about Bureaucracy but were afraid to ask
  18. Method in Madness
  19. Ethical Dilemmas of a Civil Servant
  20. The Absent Traveller
  21. Sapiens
  22. Caste Matters
  23. The song of the Cell

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Rank

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Rank

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Rank is 35 in UPSC CSE 2022.

Dandepalli in the Manchryala district is where we live. Amma Savitha is employed by ISRO. The Deputy Director of the Horticulture Department is Nanna Premsingh. My parents serve as examples for me. I’ve always aspired to succeed like them. finally received a civils selection. My accomplishment is symbolised by the happiness I witnessed in my parents’ eyes at this very time. I was sure I would get a rank in the civils from the start. independently capable of passing civil exams without tutoring. Even if it’s your first time attending an interview and you decide to leave, don’t take a step back and second-guess yourself ten times. Be ready and have a strong will to win the next time. Rank 35.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Age

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Age

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Age is 30 years old.

He completed the 10th grade at Bhashyam Public School in Hyderabad in 2011. 2013 Intermediate in FIT (FIIT) JEE Saifabad Branch completed. IIT Delhi awarded a B.Tech degree in 2017. I have always enjoyed research. Because of this. I then worked in research in Japan after that. But I wasn’t content. I choose to get civils for that reason. I immediately began preparing for the civils. I used to play badminton and hockey to decompress. Finally, “There are many talented persons competing in this exam. Every instant is crucial for this reason. No need to spend hours battling with books. The content and method of our studies matter more than the number of hours we spend studying. You’ll succeed if you pay attention while you’re learning.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Marksheet

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Marksheet

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Most people believe they can study for 12 to 16 hours a day as government servants. The want to read additional books is strong. However, you must first study the society in order to attain civils. In that, I was successful. I read more literature and also did additional social studies. I used to be able to relate every subject to the current and talk about it with my pals anytime I had the chance. This is why what was read cooked up swiftly.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Optional Subject

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Optional Subject is Philosophy.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Exam (CSE) was successfully passed by more than 40 candidates from Telugu-speaking states. A total of 80,707 applicants from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh took the preliminary exam; around 500 qualified for the mains, and more than 100 applicants are anticipated to have qualified for the personality test.

The IITs produced a large number of the rankers. Gopala Krishna, the director of a well-known IAS institute in the city, said the findings show that a solid educational foundation at the high school and college levels is the cornerstone for success in competitive examinations.

Sanketh, who hails from the Karnapet hamlet in Mancherial’s Dandepalli mandal, placed 35th. Premsingh Naik, his father, works as an assistant director for Hyderabad’s horticulture division. Sanketh is a part of the ST community.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Caste

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper Caste is Brahmin.

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper State

Ajmera Sanketh Kumar UPSC Topper State is Telangana.

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