(IAS Topper) Mona Pruthi : Only studies not enough

PART (II) IAS topper: Only studies not enough

IAS topper: Only studies not enough

May 16, 2006

You aspire to work in the Indian Civil Services.

Will studying hard make you successful in your career too?

image According to this year's IAS topper Mona Pruthi, who chatted with Get Ahead readers on May 12: 'Only studying hard does not get you to the top. You must also be dedicated and committed to be a good administrator.'

For those of you who missed the chat, here is the transcript:

Part I: 'Confidence clinches this exam'

Bakrishna asked, Mona ji, Sir Mark Tully has said in his book : "I have found so often in India that the government was the problem not the solution….and…that Indian police are only for the poor, they don't touch the rich and the influential…"…we all know that whatever he has written is a fact.How do you think this impression can be changed?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
In a crisis like the tsunami or while planning a venture like the Delhi metro, it is always the government which rises to the occasion. Change will come with more transparency in government and a more aware people.

zub asked, Are you of the opinion that persons who top Civil Service Exams only by studying Very hard Will be Good Administrators also

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Only studying hard does not get you to the top. You must also be dedicated and committed to be a good administrator.

chatursb asked, Hi Congrats,, how d u rate ur self.. whats the Success mantra

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Sincere hard work, clever thinking, time management and a balanced approach.

SibiDelhi asked, You should study what Thampi Kannanthanam and TN Sheshan did in the past. You told me to clarify the double stantard in the Indian Education System. Here it is. There are all the facilities available for rich people and nothing for poor people. The situation is worse in rural areas. We have English medium and local language medium schools. We have Government and private management schools and colleges. Even after scoring 92% marks in maths in matriculation from a local language medium school, I struggled for my higher study. But I can see thousands acquiring seats even after scoring less in exams.

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Lots of people from rural areas are making it big in life. You can think of new ways and opportunities.

manjit asked, mam i m final year student from PTU nd i want to appear for 2007 so how i can start?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Start reading NCERT textbooks from class six to twelve. Select two good options that interest you and work on them. Read the The Hindu newspaper everyday.

prachi asked, mona iam in 12th class commerce stream,can u tell me what areas should i focus upon to get through the iam?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
General studies, commerce and second optional like economics.

amatnath asked, Hi Monaji. Congrats. My question is "I am working as a software professional and cannot quit my job for monetary reasons. But still I want to prepare for IAS while in the job. I know it is very difficult. But do you think sustained effort (as far as time devoted per day is concerned) over a longer period of time can possibly be a way for IAS preparation"

Mona Pruthi answers, 
I prepared while being in an employment. Concentration, clever use of available time and resources are important. Yes it is possible.

Mahavir1 asked, Will it be Ok if I prepare for preliminary part time for 8 months and study dedicated for 4 months?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
More than enough.

braje asked, How do you study? do yo read read and read.. or do you read and write. or some other way of study.. Do you do meditate..?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Read, think, write and think again. 

amit nanchahal asked, hey mona i am ma eco...but everyone says eco is the most toughest to crack any advice and is it true.  

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Tough but very good subject.

karthikeyan_t asked, Is it more difficult for people who chose 'technical' subjects like medicine as their main subject in the ias exams to pass out?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
No, lots of doctors get in.

rahul_9051 asked, hi mona............. congratulation Welcome to join our Group........... I am also an I.A.S. of 2004........I got 27th Rank and completed my training.

Mona Pruthi answers, 

Kunal911 asked, hi, which thing has influenced you most in becoming the exam topper: Failing in the first two attempts or having MPhil in Literature?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
I didn't fail both. In fact I got IRS in 2004.

kantha asked, Are you going to remove corruption in Public life?

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Yes, wherever I work.

rajesh_841 asked, mam, pls let me know from where i can get the study material for GS and which books should be refer

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Libraries, NCERT books and bookshops in Ber Sarai, JNU, Delhi.


Mona Pruthi answers, 
Two good newspapers, current magazines and standard texts like Bipan Chandra and DD Basu.

kanti asked, Hi Mona How are you feeling now after clearing the examination of IAS. Please let me know that what are the major steps whiich you have taken to cross this exam.

Mona Pruthi answers, 
Feeling good and satisfied with my work. It has been a long journey.

Mona Pruthi says, I'm sorry I couldn't take all the questions. Will chat again soon. Till then work hard, enjoy yourself and take care.

Part I:
'Confidence clinches this exam'


IAS toppers mantras for success



HI..MAM .CONGRATS FOR SUPERB PERFORMANCE.................... I am doing my ME(Electrical engg) from Indian Institute of Science,Bangalore.I am hoping to sit for IAS 2009. but it is going to be difficult to do both jobs simultaneously.............prepare for IAS andstudies in IIScas standard of education is very high,it being premier instuitute of the nation. now tell me apart from Electrical engg. what should be my other optional............public adm.or geography.............. please opine tell me something about time management............. thanks