(Success Story) Ajay Pal: 160th rank, a Dentist from Ludhiana cracks UPSC Mains 2010

Name : Ajay Pal
Age : 25 Years
From: Ludhiana
Graduation : Dentistry

Among Top 10 In State In Matric With 100% Marks In Maths Science And English Topper In Ludhiana In +2 Medical Among Top 3 In All Four Years Of BDS As Well As Innovative In Internship..Was Chosen For Dentsply Project During Internship I Came Across Various Patients And Found That Lapses On The Part Of Administration Are To High Extent Responsible For The Diseases Prevalence As Well As Lack Of Awareness On The Part Of Citizens.Then I Started Thinking Of Joining Civil Services.Though This Idea Was Not Yet Concrete And I Continued With Dentistry.I Started Learning Other Works In Dentistry After Graduation.

But In November 2008 I Decided To Be A Civil Servant And Around November 25 I Joined An Institute In Chandigarh.I Stayed There For Around One Month For Public Admin Coaching But Didn’T Find It Of Much Use And Then Returned Home. I Sincerely Started Preparation After My SSC Examination I.E. 2Nd March And Had HCS Prelims On 26Th April. Did Work Very Hard And Gained Confidence With A Lot Of Guidance From My Father And When Hcs Prelims Result Was Declared On May 3 I Cleared And Gained More Confidence. Now There Was UPSC Prelims On 17 May And I Had Worked Very Hard And Performed Good In Prelims And Was Quite Sure Of Clearing It. Then I Started Preparing Zoology For Second Optional And Had My Hcs Exam From August 22 To Sept 3.But I Didn’T Feel Comfortable With Zoology For UPSC So There Was Little Mess About Optional For My Hcs As Well As UPSC Mains.I Appeared In Hcs With Zoology And Prepared Sociology For UPSC Mains. Both Exams Went Well. In The Mean Time I Managed To Clear Lic Aao (Generalist) Exam As Well And Later Ssc Mains Also.I Joined Lic As Aao For Training At Agra. Then Came Result Of UPSC Mains.

Though Studied Sociology For Merely 50 Days Approx But Managed To Clear Civil Services Mains (Written) And Got Interview Call. I Was Interviewed By Nairbhay Sir’S Board.It Went Well But Cudnt Make To Final List. Then Started Preparing For Prelims Again And Managed To Clear That Along With Job In Lic. Also In Meantime Cleared Ssc Exam And Made It To Final List. For CSE This Time Thought Of Again Changing The Optional And Took Punjabi Literature. Alot Of Help Guidance From Father I Managed To Cover The Syllabus. Then Appeared For CSE Mains And It Went Quite Well And Was Very Much Confident Of Clearing The Mains. Later Hcs Mains Result Were Also Declared In Which I Had Opted Zoology But I Cleared. And Appeared For Interview In December. A Week Later Was Punjab Pcs Prelims Which I Cleared.

And Then Got Interview Call From UPSC For CSE And This Time I Had K K Paul Board Known For Not Very Liberal Marking. But Due To High Marks In Written Part Managed To Clear Exam With Rank 160.So It Was Quite A Complex Journey With Lots Of Twists And Turns. Many Happy Moments And Many With Lots a Depression. Personal Life And Leisure On Back track. A lot Of Hard Work. But In This Attempt As Planning Was Proper So Could Manage With A Decent Rank. Basic Points Top Be Kept In Mind : Hard Work ,Consistency, Self Motivation And Family Support.

Courtesy: Ajay Pal (AIR-160)