Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan – Rank 2 – Optional Philosophy

Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan – Rank 2 – Optional Philosophy



Name Athar Aamir Ul Shafi Khan
Place Jammu and Kashmir
Graduation B.Tech, IIT, Mandi
UPSC Rank Rank 2 Year 2015
Attempt 2nd Attempt
Optional Subject Philosophy

Score Card:

Mains Written Exam Total 825/1750
Interview Score 193/275
Total Score 1018/2025


Sample Answers:

General Studies Sample answers

Reference Books:

Prelims – General Studies
Prelims – CSAT Solve Previous Year Papers
Mains – General Studies Paper
  • World History – Norman Lowe
  • Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja
  • History of Modern World – B V Rao
  • India After Gandhi – Ramachandra Guha
  • Raghuram Rajan, Nandan Nilekani, Bimal Jalan- Economy
  • World Geography – Shankar
  • Environment and Ecology – Shankar
  • Silent Spring – Rachel Carson
  • Earth Hour – Website
Mains Optional – Philosophy
  • A History of Philosophy by Frank Thilly
  • A Critical History of Western Philosophy by Y Masih
  • An Introduction to Indian Philosophy by S Chatterjee
  • A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy by C Sharma
  • An Introduction to Political Theory by O P Gauba
  • Introduction to Religious Philosophy By Y Masih
  • Philosophy of Religion by John H. Hick
Current Affairs
  • The Hindu, Indian Express, Economics and Political Weekly



  • First of all, try to understand the examination well, the pattern, syllabus, previous years papers as it will give you an idea what is the requirement at the examination. After that you need to plan your studies, make long term or medium term strategies which you can follow. You have to cover each and every area that too with proper depth and understanding.
  • Choose one or two newspaper whichever you find comfortable and easy to understand and after that have the syllabus of the examination in your mind while reading the newspaper. That will help you in reading those articles, editorials and news items which are very much related to your examination. Also, reading newspapers early morning helps a lot as you will be reading it with a fresh mind at the same you can note down some important points from what you are reading. Dont make paper cutting etc as they can pile up. Just note down 2 3 or 4 lines of the article but make sure you write down something out of it.
  • You need to have a time table which can tell how much and how many hours you are going to read every day. It also helps in making the weekly and monthly plans and to cover the topics as well. Set the targets which are achievable, it should not be like you want to finish the whole syllabus in 5-6 days as it doesn’t happen. It has to be very realistic. Once you have made your plans, try to stick to them as much as you can. So discipline is the key here & time is the biggest resource.
  • Mentor generally guide students well, they help them in prioritizing things better they give them regular encouragement and feedback which actually helps a lot in the aspirant’s preparation time.

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