Indian Administrative Service aspirant prepares for years for one of the toughest exams in India which is administered by the Union Public Service Commission. Many aspirants join coaching centers, while others opt for self-study. Nirish Rajput, a resident of Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh, prepared for the UPSC exam without coaching and fulfilled his dream of becoming an IAS officer by achieving the 370th position in all India level.
Nirish comes from a very poor family. Virendra Rajput, his father, is a tailor and his two brothers are teachers. He grew up in a 300 square meter house, attended a government school and graduated from a government school in Gwalior. Nirish struggled to finish his education because he came from a low-income family, and to continue his studies, Nirish distributed newspapers every day. Whatever he earned, it went towards his school fees. He did not know how to become an IAS officer before appearing for the UPSC Civil Services exam. Passing the UPSC Civil Services exam changed people’s lives – that was all he knew.
He started preparing for the UPSC exam at home. His brothers supported him and gave financial aid. During his preparation days, Nirish was approached by one of his friends to teach at a new coaching institute in Uttarakhand. In return, he assured Nirish that he would provide study materials for the UPSC exam.
After two years, when the institute started to flourish, his friend Nirish cheated and fired him. Nirish was surprised because he had wasted almost two years of his life without getting anything in return. He took this as a lesson and returned to Delhi to complete his preparations.
He met several aspirants in Delhi who were preparing for the UPSC exam. They helped him prepare with their notes as he was unable to enroll in coaching classes or take notes on his own. In his fourth attempt, Nirish passed the UPSC Civil Services exam with the 370th grade. He said he studied 18 hours a day and passed the exam without any coaching.
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