In UPSC, at least 5 of the top 20 candidates are DU grads, who attribute their achievement to the university.
Among the 4,82 lakh students who sat in the preliminary exams this year, the highest scorers were chosen. Out of which, at least five of the top 20 applicants who passed the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examination (CSE) graduated from DU and attributed the university with their achievement. Four of them passed the exam on their first try, while the fifth candidate passed on her second try.
More about the students
Satyam Gandhi, 22, passed from Dyal Singh College last year with a rank of 10. The political science student, from Digha village in Bihar’s Samastipur district, credits his achievement to his time at DU.
He moved to Delhi after spending 18 years in Bihar, and DU helped form his personality. Beyond intellectual pursuits, the university teaches you things and he learned from his professors and peers. Despite his grandfather’s desire for a collector (district magistrate) in the family, an internship with the Ranchi administration inspired him to pursue a career in the public service. Gandhi stated, “I realized that I wanted to contribute to the development of rural regions.” In Bihar, his father works as a clerk, while his mother is a stay-at-home mom.
Ria Dabi, whose sister Tina Dabi won the UPSC examinations in 2015, was ranked 15th this year and claimed her experiences as an undergraduate student of political science at Lady Shri Ram College for Women helped her develop a broader perspective.
She says that this is a great career in which one contributes to the country’s wellbeing and the everyday problems of the people. Since her sister was chosen, she has been even more motivated to pass the exam. Her sister provided her regular advice on how to prepare and which books to read, as well as moral support when she became overly worried. They met a lot of students from other colleges during inter-college events at DU, which was a great experience. It gave her a broad understanding of how people think and how the administration works.
Another DU graduate, Sarthak Agrawal, 25, passed the test with a score of 17 on his first try, much like Gandhi and Dabi. Agrawal earned his MPhil in Economics from Oxford University in England after graduating from Shri Ram College of Commerce in 2017. When the epidemic struck, he worked in London for a few months before returning to India. The 25-year-old, a DPS Vasant Kunj alumni, was also the all-India CBSE topper in 2014.
“Even though my economics study was very intellectual, I realized that as an IAS officer, I can do a lot more to promote development results. He added, “I’ve worked in education and would want to help in that direction.” – Sarthak stated.
Yash Jaluka, a Jharkhand native who came in fourth place, completed his undergraduate studies at Kirori Mal College and his postgraduate studies at the Delhi School of Economics (DSE).
“I want to work in Jharkhand and focus on improving government plan execution. We have a lot of plans, and I’ll be focusing on enhancing governance mechanisms. DU had a big impact on me; I witnessed what a good public institution can accomplish since we had people from all walks of life studying there and achieving in their fields. “DSE was very useful in helping me prepare for my exams,” he added.
Last but not the least, Mamta Yadav, 24, who graduated from Hindu College in 2017 with a BSc in physics, placed 6th in her second attempt this year.
She said that many seniors from Hindu College had passed UPSC, and the experience gave them a better knowledge of the job. People at DU come from a variety of backgrounds, so students may talk to professors, researchers, and other professionals while deciding on a future path.
Source – The Hindustan Times