Success story! Meet IAS Simi Karan who got into IIT Bombay and cleared the UPSC exam in the same year | Rare Techy
There is no dearth of hardworking students who study with dedication to clear tough competitive exams like Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services or Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) course exams. But now, the 23-year-old from Odisha has made her name in the academic circles by cracking IITs and UPSC in the same year.
When IAS officer Simi Karan cracked the IITs and got into IIT Bombay in 2019, she also appeared for the civil services exam — considered one of the toughest exams in the world — and scored an impressive rank.
From Bhila to Bombay
Simi was born in Bhilal district of Odisha; His father worked in a steel plant while his mother was a teacher. Considered a dedicated student, she was sincere in her school work and always scored decent marks in her exams.
After class 12, she decided she wanted to pursue a degree in electrical engineering and consequently applied for a seat at IIT Bombay, an institution ranked second in India according to the recent QS ranking.
While studying at a prestigious college, Simi signed up for volunteer work, where she was asked to visit juggis and teach underprivileged children. Her work with the poor led her to work in public service so that she could selflessly serve and help others, reports News 18. The best way to do that, she decided, was to crack the UPSC exam and join the civil services.
Cleared UPSC without coaching
To prepare for the UPSC exam, instead of opting for coaching, Simi started watching videos and interviews of IAS toppers. She says that UPSC has divided the syllabus into small sections so that it becomes easier for her to map the syllabus and study accordingly.
She said that she never focused on study hours but on the quality of studies. She worked on limited sources and selected books, and to prevent herself from immersing herself in studies, she regularly devoted time to recreational activities such as jogging or watching stand-up comedy, reports India Today.
Through hard work, consistency and determination, she cleared the UPSC exams in her first attempt and was ranked 31st at the All India level in 2019. So, in 2020, she became an IAS officer at the age of 22. Assam-Meghalaya Cadre.
In an official tweet of Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), IAS OT 2020 North-East Cadre (Assam-Meghalaya) Simi Karan was presented with LV Reddy Memorial Award and Certificate for Best Performing Officer Trainee.
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