In 2017, more than 9.5 lakhs candidates applied for the UPSC preliminary examination. Out of this enormous number, just 4, 56, 625 candidates appeared. The number narrowed down to 13,366 in the written (Main) examination that was held in October-November last year. Further, only 2,568 candidates reached the personality test conducted in February-April 2018.
The UPSC then suggested 990 candidates in total, including 240 women and 750 men for the appointment to Indian Foreign Service (IFS), Indian Police Service (IPS), and Indian Administrative Service (IAS). The final results of UPSC 2017 have brought into the light several stories of perseverance, grit, and determination. Here is the small account of success stories of few such toppers:
Durishetty Anudeep is the first UPSC first-rank holder topping the Civil Services exam this year. To him, this enormous success didn’t come easily. The 28-year old Indian Revenue Service Officer took five attempts to make it to the top. He studied along with his job and didn’t attend any coaching classes to prepare for the prestigious exam. “This is my fifth attempt. I have failed thrice before, and the journey was not easy for me,” said the UPSC topper who hails from Telangana.
This gritty woman from Narsinghpur has got 23rd rank in the UPSC results announced on Friday. The Jowa village where she comes from has 800 people. The district Narsinghpur has a literacy rate of 63%. Being a law student Tapasya cracked the exam in just her second attempt after failing to get through the preliminary examination in her first attempt. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan praised the ‘farmer’s daughter from Narsinghpur’ on Twitter. “Madhya Pradesh is proud of her daughter. Go ahead and achieve more success. My blessings are with you,” he tweeted.
A mother of four-year old, Anu Kumari of Sonipat got the second rank after balancing her motherly duties with her preparation skillfully. She is Physics graduate from Delhi University and an MBA from IMT Nagpur. She also didn’t take any coaching class. Two years ago, she had quit her Gurgaon job to attempt for civil services examination.
Abhishek bagged 10th rank in civil services examination and is coming to IAS through a winding route. He was already undergoing IPS training earlier. After graduating from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, he spent two years outside India while working in Barclays Investment Bank in Singapore and also worked for the bank in London later.
M Sivaguru Prabakaran
M Sivaguru Prabakaran couldn’t pursue his dream of becoming an engineer because of the financial crisis of his family faced in 2004. The extraordinary tale of grit and determination followed after that which took the son of an alcoholic from a remote village in Pattukottai in Thanjavur district to the lecture halls of IIT Madras.