There are three sections in the post. First and second: My background and set the context; Third is about how I can benefit some of you in preparation. Read the section you're most interested in. Don't waste your time. All the best.
Hello, I am currently pursuing my PhD in English at University of Leeds, UK. I joined Forum IAS a few years ago when I was an M.Phil scholar at University of Delhi and entertained the idea of preparing for CSE. But, the moment I passed my M.Phil and bought all books and subscribed to websites like Forum IAS, I got through one government Assistant Professor job and had a hard time choosing among two: full time preparation and job - given that I was a middle class family person. I chose the job and couldn't keep up with preparation afterwards as I got flown in my own subject which I really enjoy.
After 3 years of job, I decided to again re-live my desire to prepare, and bang, I won a prestigious international scholarship to do a PhD at a Russell group of University: University of Leeds. So, again, had a hard time choosing between two. Don't know why god does this. And very honestly, Civil services and Professor of English have been two dream jobs that I have had always a hard time choosing between. And I really envy people who know clearly what they want exactly. I still have this desire somewhere in my heart to sit for CSE but I also like researching my subject a lot and I am pretty good at it. So, clueless there. But that's my problem, you don't need to worry about it.
My Purpose here:
Given above, I thought may be I could help those of you here who wish to take up English Literature optional for Mains. You can ask me any question related to English Literature, as I have a decent level of command on how English Literature answers are supposed to be given to the examiner, since I have been an Assistant Professor myself. Any tips, any question, any query within any genre, any period of writing in English Literature, feel free to ask. I can also check your answers if you so desire, keeping my own hectic research work in mind.There is no fees involved as I am not doing any service here. I like what Forumias does and am willing to contribute in any way, if possible.
And I am sorry for such a long post given your preparation time-crunch. I'm old-school and Words and me don't get squeezed easily together on virtual platform.
I am working on that. Don't worry. Cheers.