(Topper) Its all about Focus, Dedication and Right Orientation : Nila Mohan 13th rank

(Topper Talk) Its all about Focus, Dedication and Right Orientation : Nila Mohan 13th rank

‘‘We need not ‘mastermind’ our life completely. To some extent, I think, we should also believe in serendipity.’’ It is indeed surprising to hear these words on destiny from an IAS topper. For, it is definitely not just wishful thinking that helped Nila Mohan come out with 13th rank in the Civil Services Examination 2007. Taking part in an interaction organised at Press Club here on Sunday, Nila Mohan shared her experiences, strategies and the challenges she faced as she prepared for the examination. ‘‘The Civil Services is not an impossible dream. If you have the focus, dedication and right orientation, you can easily crack the examination,’’ she said. Nila, who completed her school education in the state, did her graduation in Political Science at Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi. She went on to do her post graduation at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). She is currently doing her M.Phil in International Relations, also at JNU. Nila also taught Political Science at Delhi University in between. ‘‘My teaching experience helped me a lot. In fact, I think answering the doubts of journalism students at Delhi University was tougher than facing the UPSC interview board,’’ smiles Nila. She feels there’s more to the Civil Services than just job security. ‘‘There is a lot of diversity in this profession where you can be part of various aspects of governance. It also gives you chance to interact directly with the public.’’ However, she also agrees that the bureaucratic system requires upgrading. ‘‘I think most of our bureaucrats are convinced that our system needs a change. There is also a lot of effort towards change. But then it is not that easy because the system is of an entire country. And to bring any sort of change it is important to be part of the system.’’ On politicians-bureaucrats relations, Nila said the administrators have to conform to elected representatives in a democratic set up. ‘‘I don’t think academic qualification is necessary for being an efficient politician. I feel politicians, as people’s representatives; deserve respect and honour from bureaucrats. ’’ ‘‘There will definitely be differences and difficult situations. I know it’s not going to be a cakewalk and there will be a lot of pressure. But I would rather take these challenges as opportunities than worry about them,’’ Nila said. Courtesy: newIndPress