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As every aspirant is aware that UPSC Civil Services Exam is considered as one of the toughest exams in the country. One of the myths surrounding the UPSC Civil Services Exam and haunting the IAS aspirants making it as the toughest exam is that ‘can average students crack the IAS Exam’. Most of the aspirants think that they should be a topper throughout their academic career and candidates who have cleared the UPSC Exam were toppers right from their school days to graduation or any higher education level. This is totally a myth that has engulfed the aspirants’ mind.
The scores what you have secured in your education career doesn’t matter to clear civil services exam and get the desired posts like IAS, IPS, IFS among others. And, candidates who still think that they should be toppers throughout their education career to clear the exam, here we bring the success stories of some aspirants who were average students and yet cleared the exam proving that you need not be a topper to crack the IAS Exam.
So, all an aspirant should keep in mind is that “Grades do not define intelligence” and remove the blockade that an average student cannot clear the IAS exam.
Read on to get inspired by these “average” students success stories who went on to bust this myth and showed the world that anyone can crack the IAS Exam.
Israel Jebasingh achieved an impressive AIR 59 in the civil services exam 2004. He credits hard work and determination are the reasons for his success in IAS Exam. In his own words, he was an “ordinary chap” and not a university gold medalist or anyone with an extraordinary academic profile. According to him, when not possessed with outstanding abilities, one needs determination and strength to face challenges that lie in the path of success.
Neha Nautiyal secured an all India rank of 185 in the UPSC CSE 2011. She was working while pursuing the UPSC civil services exam. Neha completed her post-graduation from a normal institution and was an average student. This did not deter her from succeeding in the IAS exam and achieving her dream. Despite being a working professional, Neha used to study every day for at least an hour. Her hard work and time management skills rewarded her in 2011 when she got selected for the service in her second attempt. According to Neha, it is not a stellar academic profile, but perseverance, confidence and a positive attitude that can lead one to great heights.
Annies Kanmani Joy, a professional nurse hailing from Kerala bagged the prestigious IAS in 2011 with a commendable rank of 65. Born into a middle-class agrarian family, Annies was not even aware that as a graduate she was eligible for the UPSC civil services exam until a few years ago. In 2010, she gave her first attempt and secured a rank of 580. Not content with the ICAS post she was offered, she gave it her all in her second attempt in 2011 and made her family and her village proud by becoming an IAS officer. She says that being up-to-date with current affairs is more important than anything else to clear this exam. She considers herself an average student and acknowledges that her habit of reading the daily newspapers diligently worked in her favour.
Reading this success stories of “Average students” who cleared the Civil Services Exam, now the aspirants who are pursuing their dreams to become IAS officers would have understood that average is just a relative term and there is no fixed understanding of who an average student is. So, all it takes to clear the UPSC Civil Services Exam is a sheer dedication, die-hard determination, commitment and proper guidance that creates a right path to achieve their dream.
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