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Book Review: UPSC Quotes Handbook by Piyush Rohankar, DANICS

Since school days I am fascinated by quotes, I can keep reading for hours. It gives me a special sort of thrill and I feel that these are somehow based and related to my life situations. So, that is the power of quotes. During my academic years, I often used quotes and proverbs in answers to sound impressive and better than others. But I didn’t know that this trick is also used by UPSC CE candidates.

UPSC Quotes Handbook by Piyush Rohankar, DANICS, is a one such a good book of quotes, which students preparing for UPSC CE can use effectively. The author highlighted the importance of quotes in critical exams of UPSC. Imagine thousands of students writing similar answers to a set of given questions. Now look at it from the examiner’s point of view, he/she may feel and find banality in all answers. So, here comes the role of quotes – if you introduce or compliment your answer with quotes – it clearly refreshes the examiner and pushes your profile at a next level. Even in interviews, if one is equipped with right and relevant quotes, it makes a huge difference.

This book brings hundreds of quotes through 143 short chapters. These quotes are based on topics and subjects that are often covered in UPSC CE exams. Hence, if students remember or memorize these quotes to use in the exams, surely they are going to benefit from it. It’s to be noted that the book is not about general quotes on life.

Many quotes were familiar to me as I must have read them in school and college. These quotes are of great personalities from different walks of life. Yet I found some of the names recurring in every topic such as Martin Luther King, M.K. Gandhi, Mark Twain, Abraham Lincoln, Friedrich Nietzsche and more. 

The book’s range of quotes is exhaustive…from authority to greatness to nationalism to youth to yoga.

To a layman these quotes might look like another compilation but this book comes from someone who cleared the UPSC exam in 2014, he has put his wisdom and experience into it, so it will benefit millions of aspirants inevitably. This book holds a critical key to success in IAS mains and interview. Now let’s look at some of the quotes that grabbed by my attention in the first glimpse.

“Gratitude is a flower that blooms in noble souls.”

“There can be economy only where there is efficiency.”

“The first wealth is health.”

“The highest result of education is tolerance.”

And many more…

Great thanks to Piyush Rohankar, DANICS.

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