GUWAHATI, April 6 - Internet is a very useful resource in preparation for the civil service examination, but one has to be careful in using it, as there are lots of chances of wastage of time, said Rahul Gupta from Sivasagar, who secured the 286th rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination, while interacting with The Assam Tribune today.
�I feel it is a great achievement in my life. Cracking UPSC civil service was one of my aims in life. It is a milestone for me. It was my third attempt to crack the very tough examination of the country,� Gupta said.
Explaining his preparation, he said, �After finishing higher secondary classes, I was always in search of a job. Then I went to Delhi and completed my graduation from Delhi University and currently I am a final semester student of MA in Labour and Development Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. As part of my preparation, I also got myself enrolled in a coaching institute. But regular study of various newspapers, magazines and books was really helpful for me.�
Gupta said anyone who wants to pursue a career in civil service would have to be ambitious and honest during preparation. �Most of the UPSC aspirants go to Delhi for preparation because there is a conducive environment. Availability of all kinds of resources, books, teachers, etc., is an advantage of being in Delhi. But Internet has changed the scenario now. Today anyone can enrol in online coaching for IAS from any place. It is a very helpful medium for small town students,� he said.
He further said, �I will be happy if I get appointment in the Assam-Meghalaya cadre. I want to work for the people and contribute to nation building. A lot needs to be done at ground level for development. Hope I can do it in my career.�
Another successful candidate and 645th rank holder Tapas Basumatary from Borjhar said, �Cracking the UPSC Civil Service Examination had been my aim in life. It was an expectation and I achieved it in my first attempt, which makes me all the more happy. I had given my best in the preparation and today I got the result.�
A B-Tech from NIT Durgapur in mechanical engineering, Basumatary also worked as a probationary officer at the Bank of India for one-and-a- half years, but quit his job and went to Delhi to prepare for the civil service examination.
�Enrolling in a coaching institute in Delhi is not necessary. The main thing is guidance. If anyone has a guide, he or she can do the preparation with the help of Internet and books at home. Moreover, family support is of utmost importance. Today an environment for civil service preparation is slowly developing in Guwahati. It is a good sign,� he said.
Elaborating on his preparation, he said, �Despite daily coaching classes, I mainly concentrated on revising on a daily basis. I chose anthropology as an optional subject in the mains examination as the subject has a humanistic approach and a tribal studies part is also included there. Moreover, during my preparation I got disconnected from all social media platforms and rather used various news-related apps very frequently. In the mains examination those apps helped me a lot.�
He further said, �I think the main mantra behind achieving success in the civil service examination is 100 per cent dedication in preparation along with self-trust and a clear goal in life. Today various YouTube channels are very helpful in the preparation process.�
Basumatary informed that now he would again sit for the examination to improve his rank, though he would be happy in working in any service under UPSC in any part of the country.