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ESE 2018 Topper – VAIBHAV CHHABRA Interview (AIR 32)


In this article we are sharing the interview of ESE 2018 topper VAIBHAV CHHABRA, Vaibhav secured All India Rank 32 in Engineering Services Exam(IES) in Electronics and TeleCommunication Engineering (EC) Paper.

Vaibhav Chabbra With GATEPSU.IN

Kindly tell us about yourself. From where did you done your engineering and from which branch?

ESE 2018 Topper - Vaibhav Chhabra
ESE 2018 Topper – Vaibhav Chhabra

My name is Vaibhav Chhabra. I am from New Delhi and completed B.E in Instrumentation and Control Engineering in 2013 from Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology, Dwarka, New Delhi. I did my schooling from Happy Model School,Janakpuri, New Delhi.

I got placed in Aakash Educational Services Ltd. and TCS and joined Aakash Institute as Assistant Professor (Physics-IIT JEE and PMT) in July 2013. I remained in that job till March 2015 and then resigned to prepare for UPSC Engineering Services Examination (IES) in Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering. I appeared for Gate-2016  and got AIR-39, Gate 2017 and got AIR-17, Gate-2018 and got AIR-15.

Using my GATE-2017 AIR-17 i got appointed in Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited as Junior Telecom Officer(JTO) and currently working there only.

I gave ESE-2018 attempt while in job and cleared it with AIR-32.

You are from Instrumentation Engineering. How much did you score in GATE 2018?

My marks in GATE 2018 Instrumentation engineering is 84/100, GATE Score – 851 and All India Rank – 15.

What was your routine while preparing for the exam ?

See , I had two different type of schedule , one before joining BSNL and other one is after joining.

Before joining BSNL , I had complete day to myself for studying and utilized it completely because i preferred sleeping in night. As my only focus was on UPSC-ESE which has very vast syllabus including General Studies , Aptitude and Technical Subjects , so i devoted around 8-10 hours on average per day. I used to study in Municipality Library from 8 Am to  8 Pm . In these 12 hours useful output was between 8 to 10 hours at max.

After joining BSNL , it was really tough to manage those study hours . So , I used to study around 2 hours early morning before going to office. I used to scan my notes in an App called ‘Cam scanner’ and used to study while travelling in metro which is about 45 mins each side. Then 2 hours during lunch and Tea breaks in office . I used to leave home around 10 AM and reach back around 6.30. I used to sleep for 1-2 hours after coming home and then study for around 3-4 hours before sleeping. In total my useful output in working days was around 6-7 hours at max.

How much time did you take to cover your syllabus?  

I only studied for  UPSC ESE Electronics and Telecommunication and gave GATE as a part of preparation. For the very first time , I felt i took almost an year to complete major syllabus and then in further attempts i used to cover the leftover and improve more on my concepts for conventional questions and speed with accuracy for Objective Questions.

In case of GATE , I solved previous year questions completely for Instrumentation and ECE branch. I also solved selectively from Electrical Engineering Previous Year Gate questions.

Books you followed during preparation?

I followed class notes from Made Easy which helped me alot to build my basics. For practice i solved Previous Year GATE questions of Instrumentation , ECE and Electrical Engineering (selectively) , Previous Year Objective for Engineering Service (ECE) and Previous year conventional for Engineering Services (ECE) . I also referred to NPTEL lectures whenever i had difficulty in concepts.

Few words For Juniors? 

I feel the most important thing in preparation of GATE or UPSC – ESE is self belief . Just take small steps towards your goal and enjoy the journey. For sure you need to have patience , but in the end if you have done sincere hard work you will definitely succeed. 

Always remember whenever we do something with full dedication , then ” Ya toh hum jeet jaate hai , ya kuch seekh jaate hai” 

GATE and IES are not the end of this world but if you take decision to prepare for it , then  go for it and never look back.

All the best , enjoy your subjects , fall in love with them and they will love you back with much more intensity and reward you success in return.

How An Average Student Can Clear The UPSC Exam | IES Vaibhav Chhabra | (Youtube Channel – Josh Talks)

How is our website GATEPSU.IN and do you follow our website?

This website is really helpful for GATE and IES aspirants . Also it has good discussions for various PSUs and recruitment. I have followed this website for Gate and IES question paper analysis and JTO recruitment posts also. It helped me alot.

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Xcellent superb

7 days ago

Hard work always pays off.

Great !!!!!

Keep shining always

1 week ago
Dinesh chhabra

True story of success

Hard work is the key to success
Three steps to success
1. Hard work
2 Again hardwork
3. Only hardwork !!!

1 week ago

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