I have enjoyed the complete journey, says Nitika Pawar (AIR 18, CSE 2011)

Young graduate Nitika achieved 18th rank in CSE 2011 in her very first attempt spoke to www.iaspassion.com about her success-story.

A simple, but confident girl with high ambitions, after completing B. Tech degree Nitika Pawar started her career exploration journey with the Civil Services Examination about which she had a little idea.

To know more about how to start preparation, Nitika followed the advice she got from coaching institute and picked up both optional subjects Political Science & International Relations and Law which were new to her.

The way she narrated her success-story, it seemed as if CSE is a child’s play and success in Civil Services Examination is not that difficult. With hard-work reflecting in her eye as well as in talks, she recalls, “it is not as simple as it appears today. I had adopted a unidirectional approach the moment I got serious about this examination. From November 2010 onwards, it was nothing but CSE that occupied my mind.”

Elaborating her choice of optional subjects, Nitika said, “I did not want to wait for my entry into Civil Services. When I had no idea about it, I depended on the details and information I got and my gut feel was that whatever I am doing that is right. My father also encouraged me and supported by decision.

When there were apprehensions all around relating to new pattern of Preliminary Examination, she focused on her preparation and had a complete view at the examination and not in pieces.

“For Prelims, I was not very much concerned. Looking at the syllabus, it seemed manageable and I did a lot of practice. At the same time, I kept my eyes and efforts on Main Examination related requirements. Many a candidates look at it stage wise; but, as I was very clear, I don’t have to squander; I made the best use of the time available and kept moving.

Asked about at any stage did she have encountered any problem, Nitika said that if you are preparing diligently, there is nothing that is obscure. The Prelims went off well and there was no confusion but when I faced the General Studies paper in Main Examination, I was little shaken. But, it took me minutes to understand that if I attempt, it will not be difficult. As I had been an avid reader of newspapers and have very good expression, so I started my answers and soon, I was on track. This confidence helped me through out my Main Examination and after it when I visualized my attempt; I gained self-belief that my success was in sight.

“I am excited not only for achieving success; I am glad that I have enjoyed the complete journey and that is going to be conduct through out my life” she said.

Determined, as she is; Nitika says it is just the beginning. I have a long way to travel and I am glad I achieved this success at an age where actually many candidates start thinking seriously about Civil Services Examination.

On Sunday 27th May 2012     

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