Meet Zainab Sayeed: Highest Scorer in UPSC Interviews
Sayeed from Kolkata once again proved that determination and hard work can work
wonders and can help you reach the zenith of glory. Hailing from Chitpur in
North Kolkata, she has topped the UPSC civil services examination interview
round, by scoring the highest marks.
Zainab scored 220 out of total 275 marks (80 per cent)in the interview and
secured a rank of 107 in the examination.
In the year 2012 and 2013 also she appeared for the civil
services examination, but was unable to clear the preliminary round. Not
deterred by failure, she re-appeared for the exam this time and sparkled with
success. She not only cleared the prelims and the mains, but also topped the
interview round, which is the last of the three rounds.
In a telephonic conversation with Anumika Bahukhandi from
India Today Education, Zainab expressed her happiness on being the topper and
gave credit to her sheer determination and hard work. Being a Literature
graduate, she was asked questions from English Literature and as she was in the
school council too, questions regarding her hobbies and extra co-curricular
activities were also asked.
Questions related to international relations and Europeon
Union were also asked from her and according to Zainab, she left no stone
unturned to crack the interview and gave her best. After her masters, she was
working with the Telegraph, Calcutta in the editorial department.
According to her, the success in any examination is a blend
of both brilliance and hard work, in which an equilibrium has to be maintained
between the both. She used to devote six to seven hours per day for her
preparations, and made sure that she would compensate for her lost time. Her
punctuality paid off in the end.Her interview was of 25 minutes duration in
which she was asked questions on European Union disintegration and FDI in
Courtesy: India today Education