State toppers narrate their journey to success

ST CORRESPONDENT
Sunday, 7 April 2019

Maharashtra-based candidates excelled in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the results of which were declared on Friday.

Pune: Maharashtra-based candidates excelled in Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), the results of which were declared on Friday.

Around 759 candidates across the country qualified for civil services. Among these four Maharashtra candidates: Trupti Dhodmise (16), Vaibhav Gondane (25), Manisha Aawale (33) and Hemant Patil (39) were among the top 50 in the country.

Sakal Times spoke to Pune-based candidates on their achievement and vision as a civil servant.

City-based Dhodmise ranked 16th in the country and is currently working in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) department in Pune.
 
“I learned about civil services during my graduation in engineering. I wasn’t confident then to appear for UPSC. After I graduated in 2010, I attempted for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) and qualified to be State Assistant Sales Tax officer.”

It was then when I felt that I was prepared to appear for UPSC and gave my first attempt in 2015,” said Dhodmise.

“My aim will be upliftment of students, youth and women. I feel students are our future and women have immense potential to participate in economic development of the country. Unemployment has created stress among youth which needs to be improved, so I want to bring in industrial opportunities wherever I will be posted so as to curtail unemployment,” said Dhodmise.

Environment agenda
Nachiket Shelke, who ranked 167th in UPSC this year said that he is an environmentalist and environment will be one of his prior concerns while serving as a civil servant.

“I have adapted eco-friendly ways in my life to contribute in improving the environment. I don’t take parcels from hotels,and I avoid single use plastic. I also try to use as much recycled material as possible. I have a garden in my house where I have planted vegetables like Methi, Palak and Coriander leaves, which are pesticides-free. These are few things which I have inculcated and ensure my family members and neighbours around me too become environment conscious. I will definitely inculcate it in my service,” said Shelke who hails from Pimpale village in Shirur taluka of the Pune district.

First attempt successful 
Vaibhav Gondane, an engineering graduate from College of Engineering, Pune (CoEP) has stood 25th and passed UPSC in his first attempt. “I have known about Indian Administrative Services (IAS) as a child. My family was aware about the stream. When I was in Std X, my school had conducted counselling workshop regarding it. However, during my graduation, I firmly decided to choose this field. In 2018, I graduated and appeared for UPSC and luckily cleared in the first attempt,” said  Gondane who is from Pune.  “I read very limited number of books, but I revised everything thoroughly. It helped me in taking the exam properly,” added Gondane.

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