The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) is said, and rightly so, to be one of the hardest examination processes to be cleared in the country. With the Civil Services main examination right around the corner, to be held on September 20, 2019, it is no surprise that aspirants may currently be in a state of flurry and panic to give their best and clear the test.
Various government services recruit their workforce based on the results of this exam such as Indian Administrative Services (IAS), Indian Police Services (IPS), Indian Foreign Services (IFS), among others.
With several horror stories of failure floating around students during this tense and crucial time, students should keep positivity in mind, continue working hard and remember that they are not alone in the pressure to excel and have more chances to prove themselves, you can always try again.
To get a more experienced perspective on the matter, we sat down to chat with IAS officer Nitish Kumar Singh who is currently posted in Delhi to talk about his journey clearing the UPSC exams and the hardships he faced along the way. He cleared his UPSC exam in his 3rd attempt and secured all India rank 23.
Why did you choose to go for Civil Services instead of a job in the private sector?
“I was not comfortable with a blue-collar job,” said Singh. He talked of how he was inspired to be a part of civil services by seeing the good work of DC Dhanbad, an IAS officer and personal secretary to the Chief Minister of Jharkhand.
What encouraged you to get into services?
“Around my college, there was a lot of jhuggi jhopdis(slums), so what we used to do- the students used to run an NGO called Kartavya, there we used to teach kids, in our spare time,” said the officer.
“That really changed things for their family; this was the thing that encouraged me.”
What sectors, according to you, need to be worked on?
“Health and Education are the two things that need a major change,” he said, talking about his experience with how the two sectors are not up to the mark in their implementation.
Do you have any message for the aspiring civil services candidates?
“If you’re not serious then, just move out of this area. Half-hearted attempts won’t allow you to succeed,” he says,” if you want to prepare, you should be very thorough, you should be consistent and you should be patient. You should always have a tendency to learn.”
“You shouldn’t worry about the result, if you’re putting hard work then concentrate and believe that they’re going to get results that belief will actually help.”