Virendra Kumar Meena has got AIR-883 on his fourth try and has passed the Prelims three times, in 2020, 2021, and 2022, which are probably the most difficult years to do so until the 2023 Prelims.
Hello, I’m Virendra Kumar Meena, AIR 883, CSE 2022. I’m from Kota, Rajasthan. I started my preparations in 2018 in Kota, and on my fourth try, I got a rank without any help. My main subject was Hindi, and my extra subject was PSIR. I got my B.Tech. from the government engineering college in Ajmer in the EIC branch. I passed the preliminary exams in 2020, 2021, and 2022. My essay and ethics scores were the same in all 3 mains exams.
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Virendra Kumar Meena UPSC Booklist
Virendra Kumar Meena UPSC Marksheet (Prelims)
|Virendra Kumar Meena UPSC Marksheet (Prelims)|
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Virendra Kumar Meena UPSC MARKSHEET (MAINS)
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|GENERAL STUDIES 1||93|
|GENERAL STUDIES 2||101|
|GENERAL STUDIES 3||71|
|GENERAL STUDIES 4||112|
|Optional Paper 1||140|
|Optional Paper 2||124|
Virendra Kumar Meena Biography
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|All India Rank||200th Rank|
In each topic, I use as few resources as possible and do as many revisions as possible.
- Modern history: Ghatna Chakra and Spectrum
- Ancient and Mediaeval History: Tamil Nadu State Board Book of Class 11 + Ghatna Chakra
- Art and culture: Nitin Singhania picks a few topics
- Polity: M. Laxmikant + question from last year
- Geography: Sir Mrunal YouTube lectures, questions from last year, and mapping with Atlas
- Economy: Current events, economic survey, budget, scheme handouts, and revision through ghatna chakra
- Environment: Shankar IAS book (static) and OnlyIAS udaan (current).
- Science and Technology: Ghatna Chakra + OnlyIAS udaan
- Current events: mostly Indian Express newspaper, OnlyIAS udaan, StudyIQ YouTube channel, and byjus newspaper analysis
Strategy for the Prelims: I used to pay most attention to core topics like government, economics, geography, modern history, and current events.
- I wanted to practise more and more questions before the prelims (at least 10,000) and do 3–4 full-length mock tests (just a week before) to learn how to handle my time. I did this by using the CSE-Pre, CAPF, and CDS questions from the previous year. I also do daily quizzes from the textbook app and telegram groups.
- I used to go over the sets of questions, which had 10 questions in each set. There are different kinds of questions in these sets. These helped me a lot to make sure I was right.
- I try to stay calm on test day. During the first reading of the paper, I only answer things I am sure about. In the second and third rounds, I used methods like elimination, reasoning, and guessing to answer as many questions as possible. I want to answer more than 85 questions.
Plan for the CSAT
- In this paper, I answered questions from 2018 from the previous year.
- I pay more attention to reading comprehension, logic, and math problems that are easy to moderately hard.
- I want to answer at least 50 questions correctly.