Showing courage for appearing in Civil Services Examination at an age of 28 was not an easy decision, says Nitin Sangwan (AIR 28; CSE 2015)

Commencing career with computer software giant Infosys, married for 4 years and father of little princess aged 3 – all factors that force a common youth to put-off plans for venturing into something extra-ordinary and shifting focus on foray in to Civil Services Examination.

But, 32 years old Nitin Sangwan has woven a different story and has achieved brilliant success by achieving 28th rank in Civil Services Examination 2015.


 By:      On Monday 2nd January 2017

32 year old Nitin Sangwan, a Mechanical Engineer from PDM College of Engineering (Mahirishi Dayanand University) and MBA from IIT Madras (Dept. of Management Studies) has secured 28th rank in Civil Services Examination 2015.

Hailing from a small town Charkhi Dadri (Haryana) Nitin with rural roots had set his career exploration goal clearly and started career with private sector; and when focus shifted to next big thing in life - although, a little late, career in Indian Administrative Services (IAS) was defined as final outcome.

His father is in banking sector and mother a housewife. He is married for 4 years and in fact started preparation around the time of marriage and has a 3 year old daughter.

Recounting the events Nitin said, “Actually my father envisioned career for me in ‘Civil Services’; but, career choice got impacted as being unsure of chances of success or may be seeing it as a daunting challenge resulted in procrastination.

Commencing career with computer software giant Infosys, was overwhelming; but, career in ‘Civil Services’ was back-of-mind; mainly due to quality of work and opportunities to make contribution to the society that Civil Services offer.”

“But, showing courage for appearing in Civil Services Examination at an age of 28 was not an easy decision. Certainly, by this time I was mature enough to handle any kind of pressure” added Nitin.

I was married by the time I started my preparation and to live a balanced, fulfilling life, a lot of credit goes to my wife who stood with me like a friend and a guide.

It was tough initially as I primarily prepared for Civil Services Examination with self-help and had to explore my own paths. There was no one around to guide or even has any acquaintance in circle who had a sound knowledge of this exam.

I had to come out of my comfort zone and as I wanted to achieve more and expecting better results, I had to plan everything meticulously.

When you take up such mission in hand, to overcome anxiety, it is a herculean task to find a rhythm. Moreover, I had to pick an optional subject that was new to me and I singled out Sociology as it was refreshing and quite aligned with my interests.

Actually, by this time I was really passionate about my foray into Civil Services Examination. My priorities had changed and I utilized every single second of my time in the initial one and half year.

Even while travelling I used to carry a book or two. I tried to take projects which were less demanding. When in the office, I used to read online and make notes whenever I got free time instead of gossiping around. I spent extra money on rent for a house closer to my office so that less time is wasted in commuting. I used to shorten my lunch time and read in the time that was saved thus. I deactivated my Facebook account and avoided using a smart-phone for its time wasting potential.NITIN-SANGWAN-ias-topper-upsc-cse-2015-28th-rank

Showing gratitude to all those contributed in his success, Nitin said, “I attribute all I have and what I am to my parents. They supported my every good and bad decision. They exhibited confidence in me even when no one from my community or family had cleared this exam. Credit for this success goes to my maternal uncle Bijender Jakhar with whom I spent my graduation years. He was such an inspiration to me and he always motivated me to work harder in life. A significant role played in my success is of my wife Seema who almost sacrificed initial years of nuptial life and was always been very supportive.”

Advice to future aspirants - "In this exam, the only thing that matters is your courage and determination.

I come from a small town with an average schooling (64% marks in class 12th). I did graduation from a private Engineering College.

It takes a lot of effort and guts to come from some disadvantageous background still pursue your dreams. I think everyone appreciates it rather that pointing fingers on your past achievements.

So, such things should never come to your mind.

Stay motivated, work hard and success will be yours."

Last Update Monday 2nd January 2017

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