From Failure To Success: Anand Vardhan Who Cleared UPSC In Fourth Attempt
The civil services exams are considered the toughest exams in India and the ones who clear it are accorded some sort of demi-god status. It is certainly justified, given the amount of dedication, hard work and perseverance which goes into cracking the exam. It is not just one stage but preliminary, mains and then interview round which rigorously tests a candidate's capability and skill for becoming a civil servant. Every year, we read and hear success stories of people who cracked the exam in one go but what about those who face failure in their initial tries?
Civil Service is a tough nut to crack. Some people diligently prepare but give up after initial failure and some stick to their goal. The story of Anand Vardhan, from the Siwan district of Bihar, is one of perseverance and belief.
Anand Vardhan, after facing failure thrice, tasted the fruit of success in Civil Services exam in his fourth attempt and secured the AIR 7 in the UPSC Civil Services exam in 2016.
Explaining what it takes to clear he said that UPSC is looking for a complete person. What it means that though the preparation is tough and there are numerous study materials available which one might want to go through, an aspirant should also focus on developing their personality. He says, "If you have a hobby pursue it, if you have a passion pursue it. At the end of the day you do not need to be hard on yourself."
He said that he follows Tennis and he had put this as his hobby and was asked questions about Tennis in his interview. So it is important to pursue your hobbies.
Talking about how he coped with failure he said that his goal was always clear and even though it was four attempts, he treated it as one whole attempt. He said that UPSC is all about patience and perseverance and his four attempts have helped him become a complete person.
Addressing the question if someone should quit their job or not to prepare for the exam, he said that it is subjective to every individual. A person should make this call based on their unique situation.
It is clear form his example, that failure should not deter one from achieving their goal and failure should be treated as stepping stones to success. Another takeaway from his example is that though one should not shy away from hard work and diligent studies, it is also important to retain all such aspects of your personality which define you as a person.
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