Anay Dwivedi did not give up when he didn’t make it to the civil services in his first two attempts. The Napeansea Road resident, in his third attempt, topped Maharashtra and stood fifth in India in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam.
“I was very sure that I wanted to become a civil servant, so when I did not make it through the interview the first two times, I knew I would still try,” said the 25-year-old. “Preparing for the exam is a full-time job, I would barely get to know the results of the exam and the next prelim would be a few weeks away. So, you would be in a cycle.”
This year, 75 of the 875 candidates who cracked the UPSC were from Maharashtra. Experts said this shows that the state is progressing with regards to faring in the UPSC examinations.
“Maharashtra is progressing with more and more students showing interest and getting through in the UPSC exams. To have 75 students make it from a state is impressive,” said SG Gupta, director, State Institute of Administrative Careers. Last year, 60 students had made it from the state.
Rajiv Raushan (30), preventive officer posted with Airport Customs in Mumbai stood 23rd in the UPSC civil services examination, the second in the state, and got selected for IAS.
Raushan, who is working in the Customs department for little over a year, was selected as preventive officer through staff selection commission examination. “I am elated. It is a big success and I had never thought I would succeed in my first attempt,” said Raushan for whom this was his only chance given the age cut off of 30 years for UPSC.
He said he took history and Sanskrit as optional subjects in the exam. “History was my subject in graduation and I had an interest in Sanskrit too,” he said.
In Malegaon near Nashik, Nitin Yeola, who stood third in the state, is already serving in the Indian Revenue Service. “One needs practical knowledge to crack any competitive examinations. One also needs presence of mind,” he said.
He stood 328th in last year’s attempt. This year he was 106th. He is expected to join the Indian Foreign Service. Nitin is the third from Malegaon who has succeeded in the UPSC examinations in the past three years.