Anuradha Pal (62nd Rank) is IAS Topper with Hindi Medium in Civil Services Examination 2015

When there is doubts and uncertainties about Hindi medium performance in Civil Services Examination, Anuradha Pal (AIR 62; CSE 2015) has achieved brilliant success with Hindi Medium. Despite rural background, lack of resources and with no knowledge about the intricacies involved, she has moved toward her goal step-by-step.


 By:      On Sunday 12th June 2016

A small village girl from District Haridwar, Anuradha Pal has emerged successful in Civil Services Examination 2015 with Hindi Medium and has secured 62nd rank.

This is not the first time I interacted with her and as it happens invariably with me, I am witness to the career progression many youngsters make in life and Anuradha is one of them.

I had interviewed her three years back also as it is not her first success; earlier in CSE 2012 also she secured 451st rank and got Indian Revenue Service (IRS-IT).

Responding to how she kept going, Anuradha said, “Rural background and meager resources were sort of roadblocks for my big ambition and my journey towards dream destination has been full of turbulences.”

“Life was tough and even for my engineering; my parents had gone beyond their boundaries. I did B. Tech (Electronics & Communication) from G B Pant University. “

“In the final year of graduation, I got selected in IT major Tech Mahindra; but, Civil Services Examination was top-of-mind so, she joined College of Technology, Roorkee as lecturer and had a three years stint there” she added.

Financial constraints forced her to commence preparation with limited study-material and books and Anuradha had first two attempts with self-study.anuradha-pal-ias-upsc-topperhindi-medium-cse-2015

She couldn’t find the touch and lack of proper guidance proved to be obstruction.

Anuradha said, “I was clear that a lot of ground is to be cover and without wasting time, I need specialized guidance that could pave the way for my success.

She decided to shift to Delhi for proper guidance and landed at Nirvana IAS Academy. Although it was out of reach; but, I had some plans and to cover my coaching class’s expenses, I started taking tuitions.”

“It proved to be a catalyst and I qualified this examination in 2012 and got IRS.

As I was still away from my goal, I appeared again in Civil Services Examination 2015 and even despite my job; I managed to accomplish the task in this attempt.

I had very less time due to my present service. In this short span of one month leave, I had to do work smartly. ‘Karam Sir’ helped me a lot in planning an effective strategy to revise the Mains syllabus in that limited period.

I divided my time into slots and made small targets that can be achieved on daily basis.”

As she has been a consistent campaigner, when I asked her about performance of Hindi medium candidates and does present pattern of examination impact Hindi medium candidates chances of success Anuradha said, “As far as success with Hindi medium is concerned, I feel it does not matter much. You need command over the language you opt for writing examination and proficiency in writing succinct answers. Every year there are candidates like me find place in merit-list and accomplish the goal.”

Last Update Sunday 12th June 2016

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