Saturday, May 8, 2010

[ZESTCaste] State UPSC topper had failed his exam twice

State UPSC topper had failed his exam twice
Hemali Chhapia, TNN, May 8, 2010, 01.45am IST

MUMBAI: May 23 was probably more important for 25-year-old Anay
Dwivedi than Tuesday the 6th when the UPSC results were declared. For,
towards the end of this month, the Nepean Sea Road resident was ready
to take the civil service exam yet again — this would be his fourth
shot at the gruelling test. But as John Lennon would have said, life
is what happens while we are busy making other plans.

"I filled the form for the fourth attempt and was all set to take the
prelims. As twice before, I qualified in the written exam but was not
selected after the interview. After my engineering, I took my Common
Admission Test too and was shortlisted for the interview round. But
ever since I was a child, I knew I wanted to be a civil servant like
my dad. Everything else was a back-up plan," said this elated
all-India rank five, which also makes him the Maharashtra topper.

Friends nudged him to take up a job "and stop wasting time" after his
engineering at Sardar Patel Engineering College. "But this is what I
wanted; so I studied, studied and studied all day long." To get
additional help in excelling in his subjects — psychology and public
administration — Anay went to Delhi and signed himself under two
private tutors. This time during his interview, Anay tackled questions
with deft — from views on China and Afghanistan to farmers' suicide
and Bt cotton.

According to statistics from the State Institute for Administrative
Careers, Maharashtra saw 75 students selected from 875 candidates who
took the Union Public Service Commission exam. "We are again
witnessing more selections from our state," said SIAC director S G
Gupta. Purna Dharmadhikari, head, Chanakya Mandal, an institute that
coaches students for the UPSC, said that in 1986, he was the only one
from Maharashtra to clear the exam. "But now, there are many more
candidates taking the UPSC. Also, the study material is now available
in marathi, allowing a larger section of candidates to appear for the

Maharashtra has two rankers in the top-25 slot. At all-India rank 23,
stands Rajiv Raushan (30); he took history and Sanskrit as his
optional subjects. Nashik's Nitin Yeola, at rank 106 is third in the

Following him is Prerna Deshbhratar, rank 113, who also always wanted
to be an IAS officer. She had taken the UPSC earlier, but had been
selected for IRS. Despite being posted in Faridabad, Prerna did not
give up her desire to pursue an IAS, so she sat for it again "This is
a highly competitive exam and you can't predict your performance, but
it feels real good to have finally made it," said the 27-year-old
daughter of an IPS officer. IPS was Prerna's second option, but the
work profile for administrative services interests her the most.

Thirty-two-year-old Chhaya Burudekar, an OBC candidate, from
Jogeshwari, stood 265th in the all-India list, but she is not happy
with her performance, and will be taking the UPSC exam again this
year. "I'll probably end up getting into the Indian Police Service,
but I want to take up IAS. So I'll be taking the exam again," she
said. Burudekar who has a seven-year-old daughter now has been taking
the UPSC exam since the last three years and next time, will be her
last attempt. Her parents, who have not had the opportunity to even
complete their schooling, said they were extremely proud of their


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