Candidates from all backgrounds have a great chance if they are willing to work hard; says Karthik Kotturu (AIR 529; CSE 2017)

It is all about planning and having a holistic approach towards all papers that defines outcome in Civil Services Examination.

For Karthik Kotturu it was his second attempt that helped him realize and understand the intricacies involved and by prioritizing study-plan as per requirements, he achieved final success in Civil Services Examination 2017.

He had chosen Electrical Engineering as optional subject.


 By:      On Tuesday 10th July 2018     

Karthik Kotturu, B.Tech. (Electrical Engineering) from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee has every right and reason to celebrate his success in Civil Services Examination 2017 as he has tasted the sweetness of success at a time when he really needed it.

Reacting on his result Karthik said, “Such accomplishment takes some time and effort; my success illustrates that the path I traversed is correct and only a tweaking will surely take me to my destination.”

“Moreover, outstanding show by one of my friends Anubhav Singh (AIR 8; CSE 2017), with whom I prepared since beginning, is a morale booster.”

About choosing career in Civil Services, putting things back in perspective Karthik said, “It provides me a great opportunity of achieving my personal goals with the help of a great professional career. I strongly believe that helping and serving people is a noble means of leading my personal life. Being a part of The Government of India is in itself a great honour. It further provides a great platform to develop one’s leadership skills and requires the selected candidates to show leadership credentials in their daily conduct, hence offering great career and personal growth prospects.”

Identifying the factors that helped him succeed Karthik said, “The support and motivation provided by my family and friends over a long period of time is something I consider really special.”

Talking about his family and their contribution Karthik said, “My family includes my parents and my younger sister. They supported my decision to pursue this exam from day one and continued to do so throughout the journey. I prepared from my home itself because I felt that it would be the most comfortable environment for doing so. My mental state was always healthy, allowing me to single mindedly focus on the task at hand and worry about nothing else.”

Throwing light on preparation plan Karthik said, “I and my friend Anubhav (AIR 8) whom I consider co-aspirant as well as a more immediate source of help, prepared together for Civil Services Examination. We made plans on our own by seeing past copies of toppers and marking pattern over the years. Generally, talking with fellow aspirants and peers was the most useful thing I did.”

When I commenced preparation, I chose Electrical Engineering as my Optional Subject. I knew I am having a bulky optional subject and have limited time at my disposal. I had put limited efforts on General Studies and consequences of not keeping a balance casted its toll; as a result, I scored low marks in General Studies. Hence, I was unable to clear the examination during my first attempt.

This time I paid attention to the areas where I lacked and could meet examiners’ expectations. This second attempt proved to be luck as I could find my name in the merit-list.

Revealing the factors that contributed in success this time Karthik said, “Increased focus on General Studies and answer writing practice did wonders. Besides, good command over optional subject also helped me in getting selected.

A keen observer of Cricket Kartkik’s hobby is collecting coins belonging to different countries and watching movies.

Multifaceted Karthik was awarded the outstanding and innovative idea prize by a leading multinational company for presenting an Android application that enables the visually impaired individuals to use messaging services on their Smartphone.

His Secret of Success: Great family, friends, hard work, good planning and a bit of luck

Specifically addressing future aspirants Karthik said, “This exam can be a great leveler. Any shortcoming in skill set can be overpowered by will power and determination. People from all backgrounds have a great chance if they are willing to work hard.”

Last Update Tuesday 10th July 2018

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