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The Power of Structured Thinking: Benjo P Jose’s Journey to UPSC Success

How did Benjo P Jose secure AIR 59 in UPSC CSE 2023? How did he manage Anthropology as his optional subject and how his innovative preparation strategy helped him crack the code? Read the full story to find out.
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In the fiercely competitive landscape of the UPSC exams, where success hinges on strategy as much as knowledge, Benjo P Jose emerged as a standout candidate. Securing an All India Rank (AIR) 59 in the UPSC exams of 2023, Benjo’s achievement was not just a testament to his perseverance but also to his innovative approach to preparation. 

Benjo’s journey began with a critical realization early on in his preparation: traditional study methods alone wouldn’t suffice.

Structured Brainstorming: A Methodical Approach

Instead of relying solely on generic study tips, Benjo developed a methodical strategy centered around structured thinking.

“Thinking critically about each question and breaking it down into its components became my mantra,” he explained.

This approach allowed him to craft well-rounded answers that addressed not just the core of the question but also its broader implications. His preparation routine involved extensive brainstorming sessions, where he would dissect previous year questions and simulate exam conditions. “It’s about developing a framework in your mind,” Benjo emphasized.

Cracking UPSC with Anthropology as Optional

Benjo P Jose’s journey preparing for UPSC with Anthropology as his optional subject is a testament to meticulous planning and dedication. Mastering the diverse syllabus, he immersed himself in foundational texts like Ember and Ember and P. Nath’s works, supplementing his studies with current affairs integration. Benjo strategically linked anthropology with General Studies, enhancing his understanding of societal issues and governance through interdisciplinary learning.

At Rau’s IAS Study Circle, Benjo benefited significantly from the guidance of renowned faculty specializing in Anthropology. Their expert insights and structured teaching approach provided him with clarity on complex anthropological theories and their applications in contemporary contexts. Engaging in peer discussions and mentorship broadened his perspectives and honed his analytical skills, crucial for the exam’s demands. Despite challenges like managing the extensive syllabus and balancing depth with breadth, Benjo’s disciplined study routine and strategic mock test practice ensured he was well-prepared for the exam’s rigors.

Mangal Singh, faculty of Anthropology at Rau’s IAS Study Circle who mentored Benjo said,

“Benjo P Jose shattered stereotypes with his exceptional 303 marks in anthropology, proving that a nuanced approach and genuine curiosity trump clichés. His success underscores the importance of deep understanding and passion in achieving top scores in UPSC exams.”

Benjo’s journey underscores the importance of structured planning, interdisciplinary insights, and consistent practice in mastering Anthropology as an optional subject for UPSC. His commitment to understanding societal dynamics through anthropological lenses, supported by Rau’s IAS Study Circle’s expert faculty, exemplifies how thorough preparation and strategic application can pave the way for success in competitive examinations.

Breakthrough Moments and Right Guidance

A pivotal aspect of Benjo’s success lay in his ability to integrate contemporary issues like technology and globalization into his responses. Drawing on insights gained from discussions at Rau’s IAS, he highlighted how technological advancements are reshaping sectors like agriculture and governance. He cited the example of platforms like Kisan Krishi that provide real-time data which farmers can use to make informed decisions.

In tackling questions on globalization, Benjo discussed its dual impact on diversity and governance structures.

“Globalization isn’t just about economic integration,” he explained. “It influences cultural practices, governance models, and even international relations.”

His nuanced understanding, shaped by guidance from mentors at Rau’s IAS, helped him articulate these complex interconnections convincingly in his exam answers. Throughout his UPSC journey, Benjo benefited immensely from the structured guidance provided by Rau’s IAS. The institution’s comprehensive syllabus and mentorship programs played a pivotal role in his preparation.

“Rau’s IAS not only provided me with the necessary study material but also created an environment conducive to critical thinking and peer learning,” Benjo remarked.

Under the mentorship of experienced faculty members, Benjo honed his analytical skills and refined his approach to answer writing. “The mock tests and personalized feedback sessions were particularly helpful,” he added. “They simulated exam conditions and helped me identify and rectify my weaknesses.”

Inspiring Future Aspirants

Benjo’s journey to AIR 59 underscores the transformative power of structured thinking and effective guidance in UPSC preparation. As he looks forward to embarking on a career in the civil services, his success serves as an inspiration to aspirants navigating the complexities of the UPSC exams. 

Armed with a robust framework and a nuanced understanding of contemporary issues, Benjo P Jose exemplifies how strategic preparation can pave the way for success in India’s toughest competitive exams.


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