Cracking one of the toughest exams in India, UPSC (Union Public Service Commission), is not easy. Every year lakhs of candidates appear in this examination, but only a few of them get selected in the final list. To pass this exam, most of the candidates take the help of coaching classes while some do self-study. Today we are going to tell you about such an IAS officer, who has passed the UPSC exam with the help of self-study. Let us know how important coaching is to pass the UPSC exam. What is the IAS officer’s opinion on this?
We are talking about IAS Siddharth Shukla. Let us tell you, Siddharth Shukla, a resident of Azamgarh, completed his schooling from St. Xavier’s School, Rohini, Delhi. After which he took a degree in History from Khalsa College, Delhi University. His father wanted him to appear for the UPSC exam, after which he started preparing for UPSC to fulfill his father’s dream.
We all know that preparation for UPSC is not easy, after which Siddharth adopted some different things to prepare for this exam. Like he decided not to enroll in coaching classes and devoted all his time to self study. Let us tell you, he recently shared a post on social media site X (earlier Twitter) and described UPSC coaching as a looting institution.
He wrote, “My message to the candidates preparing for UPSC is that it is not necessary to do coaching. There is no need to sell the village property.
This is a huge amount for students from middle class families. Expenses are different.
Through his tweet, IAS Siddharth Shukla cautioned students to stop falling into the trap of institutions and advised them to stop paying lakhs of rupees to institutions and instead buy the required books and read them.
Siddhartha faced defeat many times in this examination. He failed miserably in the main examination in his first attempt. In his second attempt, he had cleared both preliminary and main exams but failed in the interview round. For the third time also he had failed in the UPSC exam.
After his failed attempts, he appeared for UPPCS and eventually cleared the CAPF exam with 27th rank in 2020 after clearing the CDS and SSB exams. Before becoming an IAS officer, he was appointed Assistant Commandant in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
He did not give up in the UPSC exam and was confident that he would be successful in it. After UPPCS, he passed the UPSC exam 2022 with rank 18 in his fourth attempt and became an IAS officer.
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