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Meet The UPSC Toppers From Odisha & Know Their Success Mantras

06 April 2019


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Bhubaneswar: Hard work, perseverance and inspiration have been personified in the rank holders of UPSC Civil Services Examination from Odisha. These youngsters have proved to the society that one can move mountains if they are determined. It is a given that the toppers are ecstatic and have made their families proud, but the real challenge lies ahead. What work do they wish to do for India? Hear their answers and also know about their success mantra:

Anya Das- Rank 60

After finishing her graduation from Ravenshaw University in 2015, Anya’s first attempt to crack Civil Services was in 2016. She secured a 597 rank and bagged a job in Indian Railway Personnel Service. She shifted to Vadodra to get her training in IRPS but kept trying to secure a better rank in the exam. In 2018, she gave her third try and bagged 60th rank.

“I believe India can develop a lot in health, agriculture and education sectors. My main focus will be on education because I am certain that if people have the resources to get quality learning then the nation can prosper without any difficulties,” Anya said.

Anya’s tips for aspiring students:

  • Be ready to work hard because it will take more than one year to crack the exams.
  • Do no doubt yourself. Do not think that “This is a difficult exam. How can I do this?” Be confident.
  • Smart work is more important than handwork. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses and prepare accordingly.

Soumya Ranjan Rout – Rank 118

With an All India Rank of 118, Soumya had started preparing for Civil Services Examination from sixth semester onwards during his Engineering years. After getting a B.Tech degree from IIT Roorkee in 2018, Soumya’s toil of two years bore fruits as he cracked the exam in his first attempt.

“In India, there is no equitable distribution of growth. I hope to secure Indian Foreign Services with my rank and get a chance to redistribute justice in terms of income and health. India can only develop when policies are planned according to the country’s environment,” Soumya said.

Soumya’s tips for aspiring students:

  • There are plenty of resources like books, online sites and coaching centres. But, stick to only limited resources that you believe will be fruitful to you.
  • Do not get disheartened. Have discipline as there is no substitute for hard work.
  • Keep good company around yourself. Friends, family and seniors can motivate you to achieve your goal.

Upasana Mohapatra- Rank 119

After getting Physics (Honors) degree from Miranda House in New Delhi, Upasana immediately started preparing for the UPSC exams. She learnt from her mistakes in her first attempt in 2017, and accordingly prepared a strategy for 2018. Her second try proved to be successful as she secured Rank 119 and now aims to bag either IAS or IFS.

“Everyone talks about India becoming a superpower. I believe that the nation can become a superpower only when women are empowered and sectors of education and health prosper. These three will be my main focuses as they are very close to my heart,” Upasana said.

Upasana’s tips for aspiring students:

  • Form your own strategy and do not follow others blindly.
  • Be patient and motivate yourself.
  • Be consistent in your preparation.

A total of 16 students have cleared the prestigious exam from Odisha. Others include Jubin Mohapatra (235), Nabal Kumar Jain (350), Sourabh Mishra (357), Prasanta Mishra (367), Subhendu Kumar Patra (456), Somalin Subhadarshini (478), Sudhanshu Nayak (500), Sanjay Sahu (526), Rakesh Kumar Sahoo (627) and Bibhuti Bhusan Nayak (759).

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Anya Das

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Soumya Ranjan Rout

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Upasana Mohapatra