If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again! UPSC first-rank holder Durishetty Anudeep and second-rank-holder Anu Kumari are living examples of this inspirational phrase.
Currently serving as an Assistant Tax Commissioner in Hyderabad, Anudeep started preparing for the Union Public Service Commission examination six years ago in 2012.
He used to study after work hours at his full-time day job in Google.
Here are five facts about Anudeep:
1. A resident of Metpally in Telangana, this was 28-year-old Anudeep’s ‘final’ attempt at clearing the examination. He had not planned to attempt it again.
2. Armed with an engineering degree from BITS Pilani, Anudeep worked as a product quality analyst with Google before joining the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).
3. Anudeep’s father is an assistant divisional engineer with the Northern Power Distribution Company Limited of Telangana.
4. During his training in the IRS, he stood first in the batch in weapons training programme held at the National Industrial Security Academy (NISA), Hyderabad.
5. Anudeep has opted for Telangana cadre to “serve his native state”.
Second-rank holder Anu Kumari’s story is also inspirational. Mother to a four-year-old, this was Anu’s second attempt at clearing the examination.
Being a mother is a 24/7 responsibility, and it shows the level of motivation and perseverance that Anu has demonstrated to prepare for and clear the UPSC examination.
Here are 5 points to know about Anu:
1. 31-year-old Anu hails from Sonipat, in Haryana and has been preparing for the UPSC examination for the last two years.
2. A Physics Honours graduate from Hindu College, Delhi University, she went on to do an MBA from IMT Nagpur.
3. In 2016 she attempted the UPSC examination for the first time and missed the cut-off score by merely one mark. Not one to give up easily, she decided to work harder and attempt the examination again in 2018.
4. Anu feels passionate about issues relating to women and children and wishes to work in that field once she is posted.
5. A mother of a four-year-old, Anu spent close to ten hours each day preparing for the examination.
While on the one hand, every city and even townships in India have plenty of coaching centres springing up everywhere, Anu is an aspirant who has never stepped foot into a coaching centre.
She breaks stereotypes about the need for expensive coaching centres and has shown the way for millions of aspirants who are in her shoes – that you can be successful in spite of having to balance exam preparation with life!
This year a total of 990 candidates -750 men and 240 women – have been recommended by the Commission for appointment to various central government services.
(Edited By Vinayak Hegde)