Anurag Ghuge (UPSC TOPPER) Biography, UPSC Marksheet, Age, Rank, Optional Subject, Notes

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Anurag Ghuge UPSC

Hi, Anurag Ghuge here, AIR 624 in CSE 2022. NIT Warangal awarded me a B.Tech in Civil Engineering. I am from the Maharashtra district of Washim. I chose Public Administration as an optional. And my preparation had begun following my graduation in 2018.

A Synopsis of My UPSC Experience

I attempted four times, three mains and three interviews:
CSE 2019 – First Attempt – Could not pass Prelims. I came up 1.5 marks short. I erred by over-attempting and not thoroughly reading questions under pressure.
CSE 2020 2nd Attempt – Exceeded Cutoff by 10 Marks. I wrote First Mains and passed it. Appeared in Personality Tests but fell short of the Final List Cutoff by 9 points. [Not advisable]

Anurag Ghuge UPSC 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

Anurag Ghuge UPSC Marksheet (Prelims)

Anurag Ghuge UPSC Marksheet (Prelims)
Roll Number 6621968
Name Anurag Ghuge
Paper 1 Unknown
Paper 2 Unknown


Optional Paper 1 116
Optional Paper 2 121
Written Total 756
Personality Total 180
Final Total 936

Anurag Ghuge Biography

Anurag Ghuge Biography
NameAnurag Ghuge
All India Rank624 Rank
Roll Number6621968
Optional SubjectPublic Administration
Hometown/CityWashim District, Maharashtra
Anurag Ghuge UPSC Marksheet

CSE 2021 3rd Attempt – Wrote Mains and Appeared in Personality Test Again, but fell short in Final List by 29 Marks. [Not advisable]
CSE 2022 4th Attempt – AIR 624 in CSE 2022.

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GS Book List (Mains and Prelims)

  1. Arts and Culture – 11th Fine Arts NCERT, Nitin Sighaniya’s book, Relevant Performing Arts on YouTube.
  2. RS Sharma’s Ancient History, Vajiram Yellow Book, and Selected Chapters from A.L.Basham
  3. Mediaeval History – Vajiram Yellow Book, with Additional Notes from Various Test Series
  4. Spectrum of Modern History
  5. Geography – NCERT 11th and 12th Geography, G.C. Leong Selective Readings
  6. Economy – Vajiram and Sriram’s Economy Class Notes
  7. Indian Society – Vision Society Material, Notes from Mehak Jain Ma’ m, Social Media Value Addition
  8. Atish Mathur Sir’s Polity – Laxmikanth, PYQs, Magna Carta Series on YouTube
  9. IR – 365 Mains
  10. VisionIAS Material for Security
  11. VisionIAS Material for Disaster Management
  12. Ethics/ GS4 – Selective reading of D.K. Balaji’s Lexicon and Book, Lukmaan Case Study Booklet, Topper Copies, Forum Red Book for Ethics

Preliminary Exam Strategy – GS

With my failure in the first prelims, I had micro-analyzed every question attempt. I had passed several Full Length Tests from various institutes.

  1. Using the Accuracy-Attempt graph, I arrived at my ideal attempt of 75-80.
  2. Recognising which questions to avoid. (You don’t know unless you ask.)
  3. Concentrate on the Static Part of Polity, History, Maps, and Logical Economy.
  4. Using latent knowledge to eliminate options
  5. Learning new information and topic dimensions from the Test Series.
    In the preliminary exam, my strategy included: 1. attempting my strengths, such as politics, economics, and maps, and 2. making fewer mistakes rather than attempting to complete more problems. Also, staying calm and patient in the test hall, as well as trusting your preparation, is the main reason I was able to pass prelims without much preparation in CSE 2021 and CSE 2022 after receiving bad final results.
    For CSAT Prelims – As an Engineer with CSAT experience, I never undertook a separate preparation.
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Mains Preparation Strategy

  1. Demand for Qn > Answer Content. Demand should be prioritised, and content can be enhanced.
  2. The structure of the answer demonstrates coherence.
  3. Use of introductions, conclusions, topic-related keywords, and subheadings using Qn Words.
  4. Paper completion is very important in determining your grade. It is necessary to strike a balance between quantity and quality.
  5. 10m and 15m time management. Try to close the gap in successive questions.
  6. Increase your writing speed by practising and reviewing more.
  7. Using pre-made diagrams, maps, flowcharts, and case studies will improve quality.
  8. Refer to the top copies to understand the presentation, the dimensions of Qn, and the structure.
  9. Include the Value Addition from the Test Series in the Notes.
  10. Prepare Optional in depth and analyse Optional demand with PYQs.

Essay Paper Specific Inputs

My essay paper scores were 138 (2020), 117 (2021), and 125 (2022).

  1. Refer to top copy for general idea exploration and essay flow.
  2. I avoided the PASTEL Approach since it mechanicalizes the essay. I try to break essays into topic elements and then sprinkle appropriate examples in each dimension.
  3. Use of Quotes (2-3 in a single essay), Books, and Authors – See Shubham Bhaisare Sir’s Notes
  4. Pay attention to word and line spacing in presentations.
  5. Avoid word repetition and maintain logical flow in essays.
  6. The ending should not be rushed; a balanced and detailed conclusion has earned more points.
  7. Avoid focusing on topical keywords, but rather on the relationships between them. (Applicable in Philosophical Essays).
  8. You may always ask me about essay preparation on my Instagram, where I post various write-ups and FAQs concerning Essays on a regular basis.
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Stage 1 of the interview: Thoroughly prepare the DAF.

  1. Brainstorm the majority of probable questions using Transcripts and Relevant Entry in DAF.
  2. During the PT stage, 2-3 newspapers are your best pals.
  3. Smile, speak directly to the point, and internalise values that must be articulated.

General Advice for UPSC Aspirants by Anurag Ghuge

  1. Carefully prepare the Static section. It will also offer you an advantage in current affairs. It will also help you in the mains and the interview.
  2. Have faith in your preparation and materials, and tailor your preparation to your personality.
  3. Maintain a single source [Base] and add extra stuff to it.
  4. Timetables should always be created, with both short and long-term goals. Maintain buffer time to account for spillovers.
  5. Creation of multi-purpose data sets, committees, and decisions. One-page notes for GS’s recurring themes.
    This Exam is a long game, and failure is always a possibility given its nature. There will be times when you doubt yourself, feel insecure, and even consider quitting. Always have faith in your motivation, ability, and desire. Surround yourself with people that inspire you to work harder. Maintain an open mind and react to the changing demands of the UPSC. Best wishes!