Year : 2021
Rank : 6th
UPSC recently announced the results of CSE 2021 on 30th May 2022, and this year a farmer’s son from a small village (Alehdadpur Kalan) in the Amroha district of Uttar Pradesh secured 6th position. Yaksha Chaudhary from Uttar Pradesh cleared the UPSC exam on his 3rd attempt and fulfilled his dream of becoming an IAS officer.
Yaksha completed his schooling in the Amroha district and passed his10th and 12th class examinations from Saraswati Sarvodaya Academy school. and he cleared the IIT JEE exam and got admission to IIT Guwahati with Civil Engineering. For Yaksha, Civil Services or clearing UPSC is not just to get a job but to fulfill his childhood dream when he meets IAS officers in his district and feel the power IAS officer have to change the life of ordinary people and work for the betterment of society. At the same time, when he got admission to IIT Guwahati, then he participated in extra curri-culor activities, and where became part of the group to work for marginalized section and poor people. This inspires him to contribute to the welfare of society.
Yaksha started his civil service exam preparation during his college time, and he went to Delhi to join coaching classes. He 1st appeared in 2019, but he has not qualified even prelim exam due to not good preparation. He improved his answer writing by regular practice with better presentation and started to work on his weak areas also, and once again appeared in the UPSC exam in 2020; this time, he was successful in clearing UPSC prelims but failed to clear Civil service and forest service exam, and the main reason was his low marks in his optional subject. This time Yaksh performed very well in his optional subject, and he got 2nd highest marks among all candidates
Yaksha was selected for the Assistant Commandant, and he joined duty. It is only through hard work and commitment that he was able to clear the UPSC exam, even serving his duty; and in this endeavor, his family supported him at every step, and Yaksha gives all credit to his family for this great success. Even though Yaksha joined coaching classes in Delhi, he still asked aspirants that self-study is the key to get success in the UPSC exam. He usually gives 6 to 8 hours for study and does not to involves any social media activities like Whatsapp, Facebook, Instagram, etc. He was active on Quora because this is the platform that helped to enrich his knowledge related to the UPSC exam.
For UPSC aspirants, the tips and success mantra is not rocket science but learning with logic and clear understanding. It is not just rote learning without understanding the topic, but practical knowledge is necessary and its relation to the people and society. If you have a clear understanding of the topic, you can write easily in the main (written) exam. Students should read the newspaper regularly with short notes, as these short notes help during exam time for quick revision. Reading newspapers helps in all three stages of the exam, i.e., Prelims, Mains, and interview.
In the words of Yaksh, it is not necessary to complete books in a short period, but you should have in-depth understanding of every topic mentioned in the book. UPSC is a long journey, and it is obvious that if you are unable to clear the exam, then depression and tension engulf you and demotivate you. It is time testing of your mental and intellectual wherewithal, accept failure and work on improvement and appear in the exam with new energy and enthusiasm. It is only your commitment and family support that will help you to clear the UPSC exam.