Anecdotes for UPSC IAS exam 2020 part 1

Examples

TN Seshan (Commitment to democracy, dedication and innovation)

  • Read the constitution in a manner that asserted the supremacy of ECI in electoral matters making it a fiercely independent and autonomous body Made photo ID cards mandatory
  • Took control of the administration and police of any state going to the polls
  • His firm enforcement of the model code of conduct stopped state governments from announcing sops, using government machinery and transferring inconvenient officials


Sukumar Sen (duty, dedication, innovation)

  • he was asked to organise the first Sudan elections.
  • inedible ink


GR Khairnar (Uprightness)

  • He fought back land mafias and cleared public land of encroachments, even suffering injuries in doing so


Armstrong Pame (Innovation)

U Sugayam (uprightness, probity)


  • He was the first IAS officer in the state to declare his assets and post it on a website
  • He might have been transferred 18 times in his 20 years of service. But Sagayam took up all his postings as a new opportunity to deliver good and justice.


CV Ananda Bose (innovation)


  • It was in the area of low cost housing that Dr Bose pioneered a movement that won international acclaim.


Mahesh Buch (people-centricity) - against corruption

  • One was to ‘mercilessly weed out from the IAS, IPS and Indian Forest Service all those who are slackers, derelict in their duty, partisan and corrupt’.
  • Another was to make district officers personally responsible for development projects under their jurisdiction, with DMs empowered ‘to take action against their subordinates and tell the politicians that any interference in this behalf will not be tolerated’.


PS Appu (integrity and probity)

  • Recommended dismissal of a probationer for severe indiscipline. When the recommendation was rejected allegedly because of the closeness of the person with the a State home minister, he resigned as director of LBSNAA in protest.

Other anecdotes

Personal law - no fundamental right but an enabling law like special marriage avt which allow one to act outside the ambit of theit perosnal law . Civic equality

Crisis of conscience -

  • saw a old lady struggling outside from my classroom window.
  • school doesn't allow to go out. but i nevertheless did.
  • When you see a poor destitute lady boarding a trainwithout ticket. You know that your duty would be to inform the ticket examiner, butyour conscience says you must have compassion and not turn her in.
  • Lots of street dogs. some of them also recognise me. always a crisis whether to feed them leftover food or not - i know it will make them habitual in no time they'll multiply.
  • BSF japan airing grievance in public


Eminent personality - kalam

Patriotism - fundamental duties - clean India, ambassador of India
Happiness - should include peripheral things like eating good food, having sound sleep also make me happy

Trustworthy - avoid misinformation, developing tolerance, stop being suspicious, regards, empathy

Ethical competence - simple living, analysing from different perspective, behave as I want to be treated, develop knowledge and should about the job, develop tolerance, being inventive and dedicated, reading good books, Increasing steps awareness via meditation

Individual accountability - code of ethics, modern appraisal techniques, trining in ethical governance, effective functioning of institution like Jan lokpal, internal audit

External accountability - collective accountability - social audit, RTI, use of emdia, people participation,


                           Role Model 

A role model is a person whose behavior, example, or success is or can be emulated by others, especially by younger people. True role models are those who possess the qualities that we would like to have and those who have affected us in a way that makes us want to be better people. - show vision, strong relationship, build trust, show passion for their work, capacity to infect others, other-focused, capability to handle adverse situation, provide inspiration, people learn personality traits from them, guide people in making right direction - Mother Tersa , TN Seshan, vindo Rai, Gandhi, Akbar, Ashoka, Nelson Mandela Leader - Dr Kalam



  • His involvement with youth
  • He inspired other to frame big and lead through example
  • Not be afraid of failure
  • deep humility came with deep compassion


Kalam helped redefine this sense of nationalism to suit current needs. In this day and age, nationalism has to be based on

1.unity transcending diversity,

2.the fulfilment of aspirations,

3.giving opportunities for growth and prosperity to every child irrespective of birth,

4.the liberty of all citizens irrespective of caste, gender or religion, respect for universal human values and rights.


  • One tends to compare this “People’s President” to Gandhiji who inspired millions of this land. They both could transcend the barriers of caste and creed and spot the unity of all humans.
  • What distinguishes Dr. Kalam from the father of the nation was his readiness to move with the times, especially see India’s necessity to go nuclear, and negotiate for global peace from a position of national strength. He dreamt of the day when this country would become a developed nation, but not a domineering superpower.
  • Kalam’s most enduring and important legacy will be the fostering of this sense of new nationalism and the robust optimism in India’s quest to fulfil such a vision.
  • Our bureaucracy must be imbued with a sense of purpose, and must become an instrument for delivering services and achieving goals for the public good. We need to give back power with accountability to communities, organisations and institutions at every level so that the best impulses prevail, talents are harnessed, and leadership in every sphere is nurtured.
  • As a people, we must rediscover the capacity to pay a short-term price to promote the prosperity of the next generation and enhance long-term public good.
  • And we need to remind ourselves that the nation is above self, and above accidents of the womb and the many sectarian divisions that continue to plague us.


Personal - Grandfather

  • Sotrytelling - his own life as well from old Indian classics. Impacted my though approach and approach toward superstitions - a rational outlook
  • picnics and excursions - developed bonding among cousins. Also at times
  • he helped us with our guild pleasure though in limit which our parents use to
  • abhor. We use to love him for that.
  • good judge
  • teacher
  • discipline
  • experienced
  • balanced approach - - I never saw him shouting on anyone. Ecen after 80 years use to take care of business interest. Work life balance. Not true for today but his private and professional life merged senselessly as for million of Indians
  •  hardworking - single handedly took care of entire family 
Leader - MK Gandhi
  • 7 SIN
  • lived by whatever he preached - very rare quality. unlike vivekananda or nehru
  • He lived, thought and acted, inspired by the vision of humanity evolving toward a world of peace and harmony.” Role in freedom struggle
  • Unity of means and ends unlike others who emphasise one of them
  • stood for non exploitative social order
  • socio political philosophy based on truth, non violence
  • sarvodaya - upliftment and progress of all
  • stood against untouchabiity
  • ensured communal unity
  • believed in action- constructive programs
  • acted as inspiration of millions of indians
  • compassionate - lived like them
  • Faith in his ability - he always believed in himself. He believed that he has a great responsibility to free his country and he had complete faith in himself. He knew he’d a play a significant role in the freedom of India and so he did. His faith in himself triggered the faith of millions of Indians in him.
  • Last contemporary leader of India
  • Self control
  • He always carried two things
  • Spinning wheel which was symbol of swaraj and self relaince
  • Watch - punctuality
  • Appreciation by opponent - “Gandhi was the best policemen British and in India” - Ellen Wilkinson