“Civil Services Examination is really unpredictable; the best you can do is, give your best” says Abhishek Surana (AIR 10; CSE 2017)

Abhishek Surana from Rajasthan has secured 10th Rank in Civil Services Examination 2017.

For him, it has been an outstanding exposure to different worlds; as an investment banker, entrepreneur Abhishek had spent quite some time working outside India; and later, decided to come back to India to try his luck with Civil Services Examination.

In his last attempt Abhishek secured 250th rank in CSE 2016 and now, in his fourth attempt he reached the final destination ensuring career in coveted Indian Administrative Services.


 By:      On Sunday 27th May 2018     

An IITian Abhishek Surana’s career journey started with Barklays and later, floated a company with friends in Chile. While working in Chile, he realized that he want to work in India and ‘Civil Services’ is where he desire to be.

The reason – the diversity of opportunity that civil services provide to work in various sectors in different capacity was the key motivating factor.

He knew it well that it was a big risk he was taking; but, he was not concerned as if his capabilities would be judged by Civil Services Examination outcome. When you are result focused, fortunate turns of luck sometimes works wonders.

Pointing out the inspirational source, Abhishek said, “I looked up to toppers from previous years with similar academic background. Fortunately for me there were quite a few from my own college. I always use to listen and read toppers’ interviews as these worked as a starting set of impetus. I also use to look for their strategy as to what is the common thing among them which is working.”Abhishek-Surana-ias-upsc-topper-2017-cse-10th-rank-physics

Abhishek was influenced by Gaurav Agarwal (AIR 1, CSE 2013) who has lots of similarities as he also belonged to Rajasthan, was also in investment banking who with a realistic preparation accomplished the task in style.

With self-assurance when he commenced preparation, he opted for one of the subjects that he had studied lot- Physics as optional subject. His interest, aptitude and scoring nature of subject helped him make choice in favour of Physics.

After completing ground work, Abhishek appeared in Civil Services Examination and in Indian Forest Service Examination as well. Last year he cracked both the examination and got 250th rank in CSE 2016 and 2nd rank in Indian Forest Service Examination. With his selection in Civil Services Examination, Abhishek got IPS.

Divulging his motivation for renewed effort in this attempt, he said, “I continued my endeavors that helped me in accomplishing my Goal this time as I cherish the lifelong learning experience that comes while working in Indian Administrative Service.”

Revealing his response when he heard this news, Abhishek said, “No I wasn’t sure of top rank this year; although, I knew that I could make it to the final list. I was in utter disbelief for some time as this rank was beyond expectation. I had to cross check the result from independent sources before it could sink in.”

Abhishek has Hobbies in Astrophysics, Cooking, Travel Photography, Reading memoirs.

Advice the future aspirants

Sharing his opinion Abhishek said, “You should cultivate a good reading habit. Also be open to feedback and new ideas. You should have a rounded personality to clear this exam. Don’t think in extremes. Be humble like a cow. Think positive and work hard. Success will be yours.”

Last Update Sunday 27th May 2018

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