Year : 2021
Rank : 5th
UPSC has recently announced Civil Service 2021 result on 30th May 2022; Utkarsh Dwivedi secured 5th rank in UPSC CSE 2021. Originally Utkarsh belongs from Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh). Currently, he resides in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Mr. Utkarsh cleared UPSC in his 3rd attempt with the 5th All India Rank. Mr. Utkarsh's father's name is Jagdish Prasad, and he is a senior manager in an FMCG company, while his mother is a homemaker. Mr. Dwiwedi Optional subject was Political Science and Internal Relations.
Mr. Dwivedi has completed his schooling education at Delhi Public School (DPS), Indore. After schooling, he was an admission the Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamilnadu and completed his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical branch. Utkarsh was very clear to crack the UPSC exam since starting that why he started UPSC preparation when he was admitted to engineering college. Even before achieving 5th rank in the UPSC exam, he appeared twice on Personality Test but failed to get his name on the final merit list. He appeared in 2019 and 2020 for the IAS interview and scored 160 and 157 marks, respectively, which was insufficient to get him cleared UPSC.
For UPSC aspirants, Utkarsh's message is that optional subjects we should choose on the basis of our interest because this helps the student to get more involved and learn the subject in depth instead subject selection what topper chose or other people suggest. So optional subject selection is purely student choice. For UPSC's preparation strategy, he follows daily newspapers, i.e., The Hindu, Indian Express, and Mint. The regular reading of newspapers helps to clear concepts and strengthen command on matters of national, social, and international affairs. At the same time, students should make their own notes when they read newspapers, books, or journals because notes help students in the final days of the exam when they have limited time, and these notes help to revise what they learn earlier and make recollection of information easier.
Students should be prepared mentally and physically during UPSC exam preparation. It is better to give some time for exercise and yoga for mental strength. Students should set some goals that should be realistic and also put effort into achieving those goals. First of all, check the UPSC exam syllabus and refer to standard books for each subject. Instead of multiple books for the same subject, I will suggest one book for each subject, and that book should be read multiple times by the aspirant. Reading the UPSC syllabus helps to select appropriate study material. Students should start their UPSC journey with NCERT books from class VI to XII and then switch to standard books. For Current affairs, students should read newspapers, Yojna and Kurushetra monthly magazine, Indian Year Books, Rajya Sabha channel, etc. Optional Subject selection is important because it has 500 marks and your success or failure depends on this. Your interest in the subject and earlier knowledge in school and college play an important role in optional subject selection. It should also cover your General Studies paper and study material availability. A student should also check previous years' Question papers, and this will help to be aware of the pattern of questions asked in written exams. Students should also join Test Series before exams. This helps to realize in which subject you have command and which subject you have to improve.