Civil Services Mains 2020 Results: In or Out ? Way ahead, gratitude and Pain - ForumIAS

Civil Services Mains 2020 Results: In or Out ? Way ahead, gratitude and Pain

The Civils Mains result has been declared. This thread is for sharing your grief , joy , mixed feelings - absolutely anything and everything.



jack_Sparrow,musaand61 otherslike this
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Failed with sociology. 4th attempt, 1st mains. Cleared forest cutoff also but no hopes in clearing mains. Mine was a long struggle. Started preparation in 2016 July in delhi. Could not clear 2017 prelims. Started with first SFG batch in 2018. Always in top 10 in most of the tests. Still could not clear prelims 2018. Came back to hometown with lot of demotivation. 2019 prelims was name sake. In all three prelims stuck in 90s. Then came the shock. Lost my mother in December 2019. Became more harder with time. Prepared hard since 2020 January. Completed all optional syllabus then studied hard for prelims. Cleared it finally with lot of struggle. Did much hard work for mains. Atleast expecting interview call. However failed. Nevertheless I see much more struggling stories and finally clear somehow. Will recoup myself now and will come back stronger. Best wishes to all who cleared and for those who not cleared keep working our time will come. 😇
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Have given 4.5 years to this preparation with no tangible result yet. I have family responsibilities to take on now. People tell about going for alternatives but from where I am standing right now the opportunities are  few and margin of error is almost nil. I have given quite some exams in the past but those were namesake attempts and I focused primarily on cse.


If I want to maximise my chances how should I go about it? Targeting multiple exams or focusing on one alternative. And what exams i can appear for as of now.

In your case, you have given 4-5 years in preparation, I think u can given other exams as well, like state pcs, rbi, nabard, epfo, etc. Focus on upsc, state pcs more or less like upsc and  give 2-3 hour slot to these alternate exams and when these alternate exams comes near say 15 days before start preparing wholly for it . But don't given more 3 exams as it will drain much of your energy and time needed for upsc. 

ssver2,sonderand1 otherslike this
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@duskendale A more tangible option will be to look for a job in pvt sector. The moment you become financially independent things will start falling in place. The other exams have their own demands and competition pool and will take minimum 6 months to fructify but there is no guarantee. Since you have prepared for 4.5 years, you can manage it along with a job. Best wishes


ssver2,NOLEisGOATand1 otherslike this
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Out with PSIR optional. 2nd attempt, first mains.

Now I am 28 yrs old and contemplating 2 choices. One is to attempt this year again, or to may be take up a job and attempt in 2022. But to take that decision i need clarity on 2 things--

1. How realistically possible is to improve my overall mains mark by "at least" 60 marks vis-a-vis last attempt (assuming I am behind cutoff by 20marks and a cushion of 40 is needed to clear the final hurdle, as a bare minimum) in the 90 odd days between prelims and mains. I know that the main improvement will be required in answer writing and not so much in content, as I had hardly written 6 papers, and none for optionals. I ask this as the time after mains hasn't been productive for me, and now it is already time to start prelims prep. So any value addition/improvement in answer will have to be done in the period between prelims and mains 2021, especially for PSIR, which I am quite sure would have been the culprit this time.


2. Most successful candidates seem to follow a pattern of 'prelims fail and clearing in next immediate attempt',  "interview fail and clearing in next immediate attempt". Can anyone give examples of topper videos/strategies of those with "mains fail and clearing in next immediate attempt",since I can't find any, and coz I am afraid that if I enter next cycle without adding much value (due to paucity of time), I may get stuck at mains stage forever.


I hope@Neyawnor others forum members can throw some light on this.



Hey. For your second point, Madhuri Gaddam of 2018 batch. She talks about ithere.

thepolicydreamer,
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A generic advice to all those who have written mains, couldnt clear and are looking for jobs(govt. Jobs to be specific).

If you can spare sometime or taking break this year for securing a backup, please start practicing aptitude - reasoning, quant and english. This skill set will help you in any preliminary exam you wish to appear. Trust me when you are thorough in these 3 topics, you can clear any basic level exam for that sense of security. If you are aiming for something like RBI grade B, still its phase 1 comprises of this. And the best part once you are thorough with it, you are done. You will have this skill set forever. Your solving speed will depend upon the mocks you give just before you attempt an exam. 

jack_Sparrow,Neyawnand14 otherslike this
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Hello everyone. Been a silent lurker till now. PSIR Out. 2nd Mains. 

The result is gut wrenching. Especially when all the mocks were indicative of good marks and you peform well in the exam too. The main sadness is the confusion whether the fault lies with me or the subjectivity within the exam. I incorporated all the tips and did proper answer writing practice with good content. Still, I seem to have fallen short. 

It is a very emotional time and I don't want to take any decisions as of yet. Need to think clearly and figure out what I must do next. 

Neyawn,ssver2and11 otherslike this
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Out with PSIR optional. 2nd attempt, first mains.

Now I am 28 yrs old and contemplating 2 choices. One is to attempt this year again, or to may be take up a job and attempt in 2022. But to take that decision i need clarity on 2 things--

1. How realistically possible is to improve my overall mains mark by "at least" 60 marks vis-a-vis last attempt (assuming I am behind cutoff by 20marks and a cushion of 40 is needed to clear the final hurdle, as a bare minimum) in the 90 odd days between prelims and mains. I know that the main improvement will be required in answer writing and not so much in content, as I had hardly written 6 papers, and none for optionals. I ask this as the time after mains hasn't been productive for me, and now it is already time to start prelims prep. So any value addition/improvement in answer will have to be done in the period between prelims and mains 2021, especially for PSIR, which I am quite sure would have been the culprit this time.


2. Most successful candidates seem to follow a pattern of 'prelims fail and clearing in next immediate attempt',  "interview fail and clearing in next immediate attempt". Can anyone give examples of topper videos/strategies of those with "mains fail and clearing in next immediate attempt",since I can't find any, and coz I am afraid that if I enter next cycle without adding much value (due to paucity of time), I may get stuck at mains stage forever.


I hope@Neyawnor others forum members can throw some light on this.



Rahul s sankanur rank 17 2018. But he had more time in hand after failing mains. 

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Out with PSIR optional. 2nd attempt, first mains.

Now I am 28 yrs old and contemplating 2 choices. One is to attempt this year again, or to may be take up a job and attempt in 2022. But to take that decision i need clarity on 2 things--

1. How realistically possible is to improve my overall mains mark by "at least" 60 marks vis-a-vis last attempt (assuming I am behind cutoff by 20marks and a cushion of 40 is needed to clear the final hurdle, as a bare minimum) in the 90 odd days between prelims and mains. I know that the main improvement will be required in answer writing and not so much in content, as I had hardly written 6 papers, and none for optionals. I ask this as the time after mains hasn't been productive for me, and now it is already time to start prelims prep. So any value addition/improvement in answer will have to be done in the period between prelims and mains 2021, especially for PSIR, which I am quite sure would have been the culprit this time.


2. Most successful candidates seem to follow a pattern of 'prelims fail and clearing in next immediate attempt',  "interview fail and clearing in next immediate attempt". Can anyone give examples of topper videos/strategies of those with "mains fail and clearing in next immediate attempt",since I can't find any, and coz I am afraid that if I enter next cycle without adding much value (due to paucity of time), I may get stuck at mains stage forever.


I hope@Neyawnor others forum members can throw some light on this.



Please someone can throw light on this ‘Mains fail and Next immediate attempt successful’ as this seems to be my fear too that I don’t have any more time to add anything to my prep specially in this year when time is so less. P.S Did not read those 2 comments as a reply, will go through those toppers strategy. If someone can add any suggestions for this year where we are just few months away from mains, it would be great. :) 

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Ek baat bata de koi bas jo absolute perfection chhaiye regarding paper completion , structuring , adquate attention to all questions , content wo achievable hai in reality . 

While going through the papers again i realized wo level nahi hai lekin i thought that level is needed only for top 100 rank

Baki bas complete krde paper 15-16 me acha likh kar  , last ke 3 4  questions me quality compromise karke to shyd cutoff to paa hi lenge 

But what i can sense is 18-19 questions perfect chhaiye , 1 -2 me compromise chalega wo bh A1 se A2 level na ki A3/A4 .

Top 2000 A1/A2 maintain krlete pure 20 mai shyd 

Aur shuru ke answers ko perfect bananke ke chakkar me last wale compro hone lagte hai. Lekin upsc ek limit se zyada marks nh deta per question kitna h acha kyun na kia ho 

paper management is the key i can think right now usi me nipte shayad , Baki Number h bataenge 

Baki optional marking scheme to smjh nahi ata kya rehta.

Actual marks h bataenge 

Sala result ke pehle confident the . Ye exam tod deta hai ,  ghutne pe laa deta hai 

ssver2,sonderand12 otherslike this
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@thepolicydreamer Ruchi Bindal rank 39


jack_Sparrow,
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@Vaccinemaker This guy Saurav Pandey, cse 2019 rank 66. He cudnt make it to final list after 2 successive interviews. 3rd straight interview-last attempt he cleared it with IAS. There's always hope. 


Sankoza,
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First attempt,out.

I knew that only a miracle would get my name in the results after having written all the exams yet i created a false hope that maybe just maybe my name would be there but i can only feel a bit of fear as to what my fate would be given the cycle begins again i don't know where i faltered maybe answer writing but that is something i couldn't do much about.Find it really hard to recall things.I would love if someone here could show me the way.


Aurora,cot_ainokand1 otherslike this
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Reading all the stories has given me a sense of belonging and being a part of a community  . Thank you all for this.

2nd attempt , 1st Mains, Psir

Started my preparation in  Aug 2018 after my graduation and gave my first in 2019. Couldn't clear pre because of lack of preparation and inconsistency in studies . 

Started working hard when I joined SFG in Dec 2019 and by the end of the programme , was very confident and clear with my basics .

Was able to clear pre the second time but was completely unprepared for mains. 

Did all I could in these 3 months and focused a lot on developing  answer writing skills.

I really don't feel very bad after the result because I know  that there's a lot of scope for improvement in my preparation.

Will give the 3rd attempt with all the hard work and strength I can gather 

I wish everyone all the best in the future journey .


jack_Sparrow,Auroraand10 otherslike this
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5th Attempt, 3rd Mains, PSIR

After not qualifying prelims in 2019, for the last two years, i studied every single day, to 110% of my potential.

I gave over 120 Mocks in leading Institute, and was almost always in top 3. I had worked on every small to big facet of answer writing and content building and to was scoring very high in GS, Essay, Optionals.

I was confident of clearing mains not due to naive-ness, but due to sheer amount of hardwork, smart work and resulting performance in tests. I never let my guard down and gave my best everyday as it was my 5th attempt, and i was desperate to WIN.


However, My Roll Number was not there on PDF and i am just stunned. I had worked on every thing by the book and did the ideal checklist of everything an aspirant must do. I dont know what happened. It broke me. 


In my 1st Mains 2017 when i missed cutoff my 9 marks, i had not touched ethics or world history, not a single writing practice, never read a newspaper and only relied on vision mains 365, had no clue what directive words in questions meant, wrote one para for 8 pages in essay, missed 20 marks in optional and 30 marks in GS.

in 3rd mains 2021, i had prepared every topic in syllabus for all subjects thoroughly, did current events and note making properly, practiced 120 plus tests and aced all in all subjects, completed all my papers within time with much better quality, understood relevance of directive word in question and structured answers accordingly, made my handwriting so much better, etc ----->amounted to nothing. just shocked. numb.

ssver2,Auroraand24 otherslike this
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@Guesswhoshere These type of stories make me to think that, whether I would ever able to clear this 😕. I am so sorry. Can understand your pain.


ssver2,NOLEisGOAT
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Why do o feel that once a person fails mains hebalways fails mains...like people who fail.in prelims or interview eventually qualify..but hardly seen anyone having mains jinx qualify..
ssver2,Sankoza
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@Guesswhoshere Sorry man. I don't know what to say. I have given one attempt but it was a non serious attempt but after reading your post I see just how much I need to do. Even though I've done the basic books once it feels like I have not even done 1 percent of that actual effort needed to clear this exam. Hope you can put this behind you and move on.


ssver2,IamThat
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@Guesswhoshere Its disheartening to read stories like yours. Commiserations my friend. You do seem to have factored in everything that is supposed to be done and are claiming to have executed it well too . 

I wonder if the nature of some papers has seen a major change though. Papers like essay are not simply SPELICH ka elaboration karo types anymore (which i feel i've done) - but supposed to almost be like indianexpress columns , flowing, coherent and each paragraph seamlessly merging into the next . Even in PSIR, im not sure SR in itself is proving to be enough . Possibly@whatonly or@AzadHindFauz or someone else who's fairly confident of their PSIR prep can shed more light on PSIR on a separate thread/post if they can eke some time out . 

Problem is that (just as its with Pre), coaching mocks are extremely slow to factor in changes . Good scores in mocks must certainly be taken with a dollop of salt, they seem to cling on to the wisdom of yesteryears.
ssver2,Auroraand7 otherslike this
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Sometimes there is no fault in our strategy  but there is fault in our stars . I will suggest not to take decisive changes in your strategy and optional before mains result comes . Prepare for pre , hold your guard , this time only 5-6 month diffrence between two mains . We don't know what led to our failure , in my case I am even supsious of failing in language papers , so before marksheet , work on pre and revise optional .

jack_Sparrow,ssver2and9 otherslike this
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Which all exams can one give alongside CSE preparation. Like RBI Grade B...?
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