Be your real self to crack UPSC, says 48th rank holder
Academic excellence could be the key to cracking prelims and mains of
UPSC examination but interview scans and checks the real person lying
within. This was the observation of 48th rank holder in the all-India merit
list of UPSC-2009 Shashank Sethi of Ranchi.
Sethi is currently on a brief visit to his home here after he was
allocated the IAS cadre. He will join the foundation course in August end.
Sethi, who graduated from IIT, Kharagpur, had chosen two papers from
humanities for the mains. "I used to study about 6-7 hours every day. At
times, my study schedule varied," he said, adding that since both the
subjects he had chosen were new and the topics related to day-to-day
affairs, it was merely his keen interest in the subjects that even long
hours of study never took a toll on him.
did his schooling from DAV Hehal in 2000 and completed Plus Two from Rajhans
Vidyalaya, Mumbai. Later, he cracked the IIT joint entrance examination and
studied aerospace engineering. He passed out from IIT, Kharagpur, in 2006.
"Initially, I joined Schlumberger, a multinational oil company for a
brief period of two years. However, I realized a vacuum in my life which
prompted me to take the civil services examination so that I could do
something for the society," he said.
Sethi started preparing for the civil services while he was still in job
and was successful enough to crack all the three stages of the examination
in one go.