Meet this footballer, who has a heart of gold, and an ambition of an engineer. Cool, calm and composed, he turned every challenge into an opportunity. This is one story of a rising star from Punjab University, Chandigarh, which you cannot afford to miss…
IES Master: It’s a huge success! Take us through the moment when you came to know about the result. Japjit: When I got to see the result, first of all I broke down a little bit. Then I gathered myself, and called my mother, and then she broke down. She also took another 15 to 20 minutes to recover her composure. She was the first person, whom I informed.
This hardheaded engineering graduate from GLA University, Mathura, engraved his success in stone with firmness of steel. Listen in to this uniquely uncompromising ranker’s resolve in purpose and pursuit as he opens up in an ‘EXCLUSIVE’ one-to-one with IES Master.
IES Master: When did you start preparing for Engineering Services Exam? Punit: I started preparing for Engineering Services in the fourth year of my graduation.
Listen into this delightful experience of a down-to-earth boy from a humble background, who walked into UPSC to live his dream. It has all the ingredients that should go into making of a heart-warming and truly inspiring story.
IES Master: It’s a huge success. How was it received in your family? Who was the first person you informed in your family? Vijaya: I was typing a message to my sister asking her to bring some commodities, which my mother required for Chhath celebration. Suddenly one of my friends, who have also given UPSC interview, called me. He called once, I rejected his call, and then again he called. I thought what is it that he is calling continuously as it was around 8.30 or 8.35 in the evening that time. Then he messaged congratulating me on securing AIR-8. Everyone at my home were trembling with the fear that what would happen if I am not selected as we belong to a lower middle class family. We are not much strong financially so there was a constant fear that if I would fail once more then what would be the condition, and how would I be able to continue my preparation. So to confirm the result, I asked my friend to send me the PDF of the result as I have devoted my two years for this exam. So he messaged me the PDF, and after that I was almost lost. I cannot describe in words how I felt at that moment because when you see your hard efforts, your honest efforts give fruit. That was the best one hour of my life that I have experienced so far.
If it is worth sharing, it has to be tough… testing human endurance to its maximum. In the process, they script a story that people wish to share. It’s one such a story of unrelenting attitude, and an eternal hope that Shashank Shekhar lived in achieving the topper’s feat in ESE 2018.
IES Master: It’s a huge success. How was it received in your family? Who was the first person you informed in your family? Shashank: First I called my mother because she is the source of inspiration to me.
Bubbling with energy, and sparkle in his eyes, he mesmerises you with a witty charm. Listen into this amazing engineering graduate from IIT Delhi, who pulled off ESE in the most effortless manner.
IES Master: It’s a huge success. How was it received in your family? Who was the first person you informed in your family? Adarsh: I got a call from a friend who was not preparing for Engineering Services rather he was in a job at a bank and he told me that one of his friends has secure AIR-1, and then he asked me about my rank. This made me a bit nervous as I have yet to check the result at that time. So I opened my laptop and checked my result, and as my rank was in single digits, it obviously made me happy. I told my parents about this, and they were very ecstatic so I would like to say that yes it’s a good feeling.
Honesty in hard work gives you the spirit that helps you stay put on the right course. It is this force that helped Srijan to clear the most coveted Engineering Services Exam with flying colours. Feel the spirit as he runs through his story…
IES Master: It’s a huge success. How was it received in your family? Who was the first person in your family you informed? Srijan: It was really a great information when I got to know that I have secured AIR-3. First of all, I called my father to inform him about my rank, and he was very to hear that I have secured All India Rank 3. My family was confident that I would qualify, but AIR-3 in itself was very great achievement, and my parents and my sister are very happy on my achievement.
Persistent hard work has an uncanny tendency… it surfaces, as it has to… there’s no way out for it, otherwise. Chirag Singla is one such story that UPSC scripted in ESE 2018. Take a sneak peek into the making of this ESE 2018 ranker from NIT Jallandhar.
IES Master: Chirag why did you choose Engineering Services as your career path? Chirag: Engineering Services is basically a dream job for every engineer as it involves the technical application of knowledge, and I also have good rank in GATE 2018 so I have good technical knowledge so I want to ensure that the field in which I will work I would put in use my good technical knowledge. That’s why I want to join Engineering Services.
Come face-to-face with this brave girl, who chose nothing but persistent hard work, and left behind a blazing trail that will surely inspire generations to come. This JJS Noida B.Tech alumni chose a daring target in her innocence, and achieved it through her sheer valour…
IES Master: Take us through this inspirational journey, starting from JSS to UPSC? Reema: I started preparing for ESE in 2015 basically at the end of my third year. I joined a coaching, but after joining I was not confident that I would be able to crack it in the first attempt. But I joined it because everyone was going for it. After I gave my first ESE exam i.e. ESE 2016, I was short by 34 marks to qualify for Interview. Then I realised that if I would have been confident, I would have done it. So then I joined IIT Delhi to pursue my Master’s as I got a decent GATE ranking. At IIT Delhi, the environment was very good.
After coming to IIT Delhi, I analysed very properly that what I have to do. How can I score very good marks in my second attempt. So what I did was that I prepared for 6 months. Basically during these 6 months, I did not solve a single question, I read only IES Master study material. So this plays a very important role in achieving good ranks in GATE as well as ESE. After that I followed test series very religiously, be it for Mains or Prelims. Then for Interview Guidance, I joined IES Master Mock Interview program.
Engineering students who have cleared the ESE 2018 Mains must be gearing up to face the UPSC ESE 2018 interview, which might take place anytime in the month of September. During the interview, a candidate is very minutely judged for his personality, technical knowledge, etiquettes, etc. by the UPSC interview panel. The moment a candidate enters the room, the interview panelists will observe your body language, how you greet them, how you look at them, how you sit, how you respond to their questions, etc.
There are lots of study or preparation programs focussing on the basic requirements of engineering students aspiring for ESE, GATE, and PSUs, but what about the students who are at an advanced stage? Such advanced preparation techniques require more dedication for their implementation, and only the smart learners and serious students take them.