“Clarity, Character, Consistency, and Confidence are the bottom line for cracking the Civil Services Examination.”
– Atul Vikas Kulkarni
When the UPSC declares the final rank list of the Civil Services Examination, a few candidates from humble backgrounds make the cut by their sheer determination and hard work. The story of Atul Vikas Kulkarni is always an inspiration for UPSC IAS aspirants. He had secured the 180th rank in the UPSC Civil Services Exam 2014. He was allocated to the Indian Police Service.
Atul hails from Karnataka state in India. He did his primary education from Gokak, Belgaum. At the age of 8, due to several problems confronted by his family he had to move to Bangalore along with his family.
Then he joined Sudarshan Vidya Mandir School. After his schooling, he joined B.Tech Engineering in Computer Science from National Institute of Technology, Mysore. He started his career as a software engineer in Mindtree Limited. After one year, he came to the conclusion that working in private sector is not thought-provoking.
He decided to do post-graduation in Urban Policy and Governance from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. After completing his post-graduation he worked as a consultant in CRISIL limited at Nasik Municipal Corporation.
He took a hard decision to start preparing for UPSC civil services at the very late age of 28 years. He never opted for coaching. He opted for Sociology as his optional subject for UPSC IAS Mains examination. In UPSC Civil services Examination he scored 938 mark which accounts for 46.32%.
According to him, it is very important to have a complete understanding of the examination process, UPSC Exam structure, and UPSC syllabus. He believes that the key to success is 4 C- Clarity, Character, Consistency, and Confidence.
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