“Having a strong motivation, self-belief and perseverance is the key to my success” Samir Saurabh (AIR 127; CSE 2015)

In his fourth attempt, Samir Saurabh, a B.Tech in Computer Science has cracked Civil Services Examination 2015 and has secured 127th Rank.

He had Anthropology as optional subject.


 By:      On Saturday 25th June 2016

In recent years, changes in Civil Services Examination pattern have attracted lots of talented professionals towards ‘Civil Services’ and the biggest motivation comes from the fact that it is one of the best careers in the country today.

Plus, it offers a great platform for public service at the grassroots level, and bringing about a positive, meaningful change in the society says Samir Saurabh, a B.Tech in Computer Science & Engineering from NIT Trichy who has cracked Civil Services Examination 2015 and has gripped 127th rank.

He had kept Anthropology as optional subject.SAMIR-SAURABH-ias-topper-upsc-cse-2015-127th-rank-Anthropology

His father is a retired Executive Engineer (State Govt) and mother is a homemaker. Samir is the eldest of his two siblings. His younger brother is an IIT grad and MBA from US, and is currently working in Singapore. His sister is married and lives in Chennai.

Samir got married in 2010 and have a very supportive wife, who has been his pillar of strength during the last 5 years. And yes, he also has a lovely 4-year old daughter, who is always confused that why does her dad study so much.

Samir was in job with an investment bank in Mumbai for 4 years. Elaborating about his endeavour Samir said, “In the beginning, I generally figured out the necessities for preparation myself. In my first attempt, I failed in the Prelims. I learnt from my mistakes, and reached till the interview stage in two subsequent attempts. This fourth attempt proved to be lucky as I found my name in the merit-list.”

“In the process, I evolved my own approach towards planning and preparation. My entire preparation strategy revolved around ensuring that I get a good time for revising the things I study” he added.

Responding to query what works here, Samir maintains, “Having a strong motivation, self-belief, smart hard work, patience and perseverance is the key to my success in this exam. One must be eager to identify the mistakes and rectify them.”

Also, lot of credit goes to my parents, and to my wife Vandana who always encouraged me and believed in me. She was my strongest pillar of support and encouragement in my entire preparation phase.

Keeping in mind unpredictable nature of this examination one just do his/her duty and forget about the result. Indeed, this exam is unpredictable to certain extent. But if your approach is right, and you work towards your goal with single-minded focus, your chances of success will be very high.

Sharing the secret of his success Samir said, “I got 146 in essay, which I think was crucial in getting a top rank. Though my interview marks is slightly below my expectations, I am totally satisfied with my final score.

Words of advice for future aspirants – “I think more than the destination, you have to learn to enjoy the journey. Civil Services preparation is a wonderful journey, though cruel at times. You have to sacrifice a lot, but then you also learn a lot – probably more than you’d learn in your entire life. I also realized that failures teach you more than success. So, failing is good – but then you MUST learn from your mistakes and improve.”

Last Update Saturday 25th June 2016

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