Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 5:
Muhammed Abdaal Akhtar, the 23-year-old youth of Korei in Jajpur district of Odisha who secured the 35th position in Indian Civil Service (ICS)-2014 examination, believes reading newspapers regularly helped him a lot in cracking this coveted all-India test.
“I had been reading newspapers daily since my school career, which sharpened my general knowledge and understanding of current affairs,” Akhtar said after the results of the ICS-2014 were announced on Saturday.
Akhtar, who had chosen Law as his optional subject in the ICS examination, said reading newspapers daily was like a blessing.
The 23-year-old youth of Korei in Jajpur district said he had never gone to any coaching centre to prepare for the examination. “I was reading my optional subject for nearly three hours daily,” he said. “Anyone can clear the Civil Service examination if he/she devotes at least three hours everyday,” he added.
He said his first preference is Odisha where he would loved to work. “I am willing to work in any department that is allotted to me,” the ICS qualifier said.
“I had a dream to become an able administrator since my childhood days and I have finally achieved my goal in my second attempt,” said Akhtar.
Like Akhtar, Lingaraj Panda of Balisahi in Nuapada area in Cuttack district who secured 38th rank in the examination, is also keen to work in his home state.
“I owe my success to the wholehearted support of my family members”, he said.
Panda is presently working as assistant commissioner, Income Tax, in Nagpur.
Talking about his success, Ruturaj, another successful Odia student, said he was reading for about 5-6 hours daily.
Attributing his success to his parents and his sister, he said his mother used to serve him tea and snacks late in the night while he was preparing for the examination.
“I had expected to secure 50th rank but my rank was 69. I am very happy with my result”, he said.
“Only hard labour will not bring you success. One has to apply his commonsense and wit to achieve success”, Ruturaj said.
Ashish Kumar Panda, a native of Nuagaon Badagaon village of Khaira block in Baleswar district, who secured 276thrank in the examination, said he would join the Indian Police Service (IPS) and try his best to curb crime.
Dr Ranjan Agarwal, another Odia of Hillipalli village under Atabira block in Bargarh district, who cleared the ICS examination securing 418th rank, said he aims to work for the poor tribals of Odisha.
Agarwal, who had secured 317th rank in 2013, is now working as assistant commissioner, Income Tax, in Nagpur.
“I have decided to appear in the ICS examination again”, he added.
Son of Ramesh Jain, a well-known garment trader and Sharmila Jain of Bajarpada area of Bhawanitpatna town in Kalahandi district, Rahul Jain has cleared the ICS examination with a rank of 512.
Rahul was a HSC topper of Kalahandi district with 95 percent of marks. He was a Plus Two topper in 2009 securing 92 percent of marks. He also cleared the Chartered Accountancy after completing his Plus Three degree courses.
Amrut Ruturaj, a native of Balisahi in Nuapada area in Cuttack district, who cleared the ICS examination with 650thrank, said success becomes easier if one has the self-belief.
Amrut, who had secured 1092nd rank in 2013, had secured 93.3 percent of marks in HSC, 66 percent in Plus Two Science, and won a gold medal from Ravenshaw University securing 77 percent marks in Plus Three Arts.
Later, he went to Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi where he pursued his studies in International Studies and secured 71 percent of marks.