Civil Services / IAS Success Stories of Working Professionals


Let us get to know some of the working professionals who have been able crack UPSC IAS exam while working.

  1. Ms Pujya Priyadashni, (AIR 11, CSE 2018) is B. Com (Hons) graduate from Delhi University. Later, she did Masters in Public Administration from Colombia University, USA. Subsequently, she worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational accounting company providing professional services through network of firms and thereafter with Reliance Foundation. Ms Pujya prepared for CSE while working with a company which was uncompromising on its work requirements. She cracked IAS in 3rd attempt. Her optional was Sociology.    

Civil Services/ IAS success stories of working professionals

2. Mr GSS Praveen Chand (AIR 64, CSE 2018), is an IAS success story which has been inspiring many. An Electrical Engineer from IIT Patna (yr 2013), Mr Praveen has had total three attempts at UPSC Civil Service Exam. He got success in the second attempt in year 2017 when he got 512 rank and was selected for Indian Information Service (IIS). He had prepared for CSE while working as a Tech Lead in a software company for three years. His optional subject was Mathematics.

3. Mr Raushan Kumar (AIR 114, CSE 2018), with his unflinching perseverance cracked Civil Services Exam in 5th attempt. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he had completed engineering in 2010 and during campus placement interviews was picked up by JSW Steel Ltd and joined in October 2010. Mr Raushan worked with the same company for almost 09 yrs. While working he kept preparing and took attempts at CSE. His optional was Sociology.

4. Mr R Vaithinathan (AIR 37, CSE 2015), secured AIR 37 in his fourth attempt. What makes his achievement even more commendable is the fact that he was working as a doctor in a Delhi hospital while preparing for the CSE. Despite facing parental opposition for changing his career track as he was a gold medallist in medical college, he went ahead to pursue his dream to join civil services. His optional was Sociology.

5. Mr Lokesh Mishra (AIR 44, CSE 2015), is from a small town called Pratapgarh in UP. He is IIT Delhi alumni and has done Chemical Engineering from there in yr 2012. Mr Lokesh, then joined Chambal Fertilizers & Chemicals, Kota. While working there he prepared for CSE 2014 and did make it to the reserve list. In the subsequent attempt in 2015, he got success with AIR 44. His optional was Sociology.

6. Mr Manish Kumar (AIR 84, CSE 2017) was working with Railways, when in 2014 decided to appear for civil services exam. His first attempt was unsuccessful. However, he didn’t lose hope and continued preparing. Success kissed his feet in 2015 when he scored AIR 224 and was selected for IPS. Mr Manish appeared again in year 2016 but unfortunately his performance was not as good. That year his AIR was 399. Not to give up so easily, he tried again and got AIR of 84 in CSE 2017. His optional was Mechanical Engineering.

7. Mr Siddhartha Nahar (AIR 182, CSE 2018) a native of Rajasthan, holds a graduate degree in Petroleum Engineering. After completing graduation in year 2012, he had worked with Gujrat State Petronet Limited (GSPL) as Procurement Officer for two years. There, he got inspired by an IAS officer who was MD of GSPL group and had established online procurement project in the company. This made Mr Siddhartha realize the impact and positive changes an IAS officer can bring in a short time. This motivated Mr Siddhartha to start preparing for CSE. While preparing for CSE (2014-2018), Mr Siddhartha started a small online education business of selling software tutorials to the clients in USA and Australia. He prepared for CSE while running his own business and cracked CSE, in 3rd attempt. His optional was Philosophy.

8. Mr Nitin Sangwan (AIR 28, CSE 2015), hails from a small town called Charkhi Dadri in Haryana. He has done BE Mechanical and later did MBA from IIT, Chennai. After PG he had joined Infosys in 2012 and alongside started preparing for CSE. He was married for 4 years and had a 3 year old daughter when he managed to crack the IAS in his 4th attempt in 2015. His optional was Sociology.

9. Ms Mittali Sethi (AIR 56, CSE 2016), an orthodontist who was working when she had started preparing for CSE. She started preparing in 2014 and cleared exam in third attempt even though she was unable to clear Prelims in the previous two attempts. Her optional was Psychology.

10. Ms Bandana Pokhriyal (AIR 83, CSE 2015), was working as a Central Excise Inspector for about five years prior to securing the IAS rank in her second attempt. She had prepared for the Civil Services for two and half years while working at her job. Her optional was Anthropology.

11. Dr Ravindra Goswami (CSE 152, CSE 2015), on completion of MBBS from Jaipur joined as Medical Officer in a district in rural Rajasthan. While working he realised his calling for Civil Services and started preparing. He was also pursuing post-graduation (MD) while preparing for CSE. He got success in his second attempt. His optional was Medical Science.

12. Mr Nitesh Wadhwani (AIR 209, CSE 2017), a graduate of NIT, Surat is a Mechanical Engineer by education. After completing engineering in year 2012, he had worked in Larsen & Toubro for one year. Subsequently, he joined Central Secretariat Service and was working from December 2015. Mr Nitesh, appeared at the exam 4 times while working with Central Secretariat Service and finally got success in CSE 2017. His optional was Mechanical Engineering. 

13. Ms Mohita Sharma (AIR 262, CSE 2016), hails from Himachal Pradesh. She has done engineering in Electronics and Communications trade. She subsequently joined Election Commission of India as Assistant Section Officer. She prepared alongside and got success in 2016 in her 5th attempt. Her optional subject was Geography.

14. Mr Abhilash Baranwal (AIR 44, CSE 2017), is an ISM Dhanbad alumni and has done Petroleum Engineering in year 2011. He got employed with Oil India Limited in 2011 itself. Mr Abhilash started preparing for CSE while working. He was able to get success in third attempt in year 2016. But in his subsequent attempt in 2017, got AIR 44. His optional was Sociology.

Friends, these are few of the many examples of working professionals who have made to Civil services. At first sight, it might seem impossible to manage professional requirements and preparations for exam at the same time but efficient planning, skillful time management, professional guidance and your perseverance can make all the difference.

The most obvious constraint for a working professional is Time. Besides time constraint, there are other issues like family responsibilities, social responsibilities, professional obligations. All these will persist in your life however the challenge is to overcome and surmount these for a reward which is incomparable and can change the course of your life.

In part three of this blog, we will discuss about the UPSC preparation strategy for working professionals to succeed in Civil Services Exam.


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