I feel really fortunate that I could get real solutions to the challenges, I faced; says Kanchan (AIR 35; CSE 2019)

I feel really fortunate that I could get real solutions to the challenges, I faced; says Kanchan (AIR 35; CSE 2019)

Atul Kapoor Last Update on: 23 Aug 2021

Kanchan, a Law graduate from National Law University, Delhi has achieved a splendid success in Civil Services Examination 2019 and has secured 35th rank in the merit-list.

This was her second attempt that helped her reach her final destination. In earlier attempt also she was selected that got her post in Indian Railways Personnel Service.

She had shown faith in her own subject Law that she picked up as optional subject.

Civil services Examination is such where pessimists can make a mountain out of a molehill; while optimists see a big opportunity and make their own way to reach on top.

Career in Civil Services has been a dream from Kanchan, a Law graduate from Sirsa, Haryana. She did her schooling till 8th from Sirsa (Maharaja Agarsain Sr . Sec. School). For 10th she moved to Panchkula (D. C. Model Sr. Sec. School, Panchkula, Haryana) and completed 12th standard from Govt Model Sr. Sec School, Sector 16 Chandigarh. Later, she graduated from National Law University, Delhi.

Putting things into perspective Kanchan said, “During childhood, when I used to read about the IAS Officers and their work in the newspapers, I would get this feeling to go into the same line of work.”

“I used to get awed by the kind of responsibility they hold and the potential to make so many changes in the society”, she added.

Revealing how her resolve for career in Civil Services strengthened Kanchan said,

Kanchan (AIR 35; CSE 2019)


“During my college years, I realised that career in Civil Services offers so much diversity and opportunity to work and I knew this is where my calling lies. It was then that my childhood dream turned into a conscious goal and I started preparing for it seriously.”


Kanchan, University top ranker who bagged 7 Gold medals looked at the hidden opportunity and worked hard to convert her dreams in to reality.

Constructing the Preparation-Plan

When I commenced groundwork, I looked at online resources for getting relevant information relating Civil Services Exam preparation.

Toppers’ interviews and blogs gave me lots of insights and chats with some of my seniors and friends helped me shape my outlook towards my preparation-plan.

I was very much clear about the exam-plan and its requirements. In the beginning itself, I could understand that there is no template or standard strategy that can be followed blindly. Candidates with diverse background come here and it is hard to judge their interests, strengths, weaknesses and time and resources available.

So, I explored and started working towards my goal.

My academic accomplishments were enough to fuel me with inspiration and my confidence directed me to get up and go for it.

When I begun, a lot of hard work had gone into preparation; but I committed some mistakes. I was not able to complete the syllabus and that clearly visible in my attempt.

Still, I appeared in Civil Services Examination 2018 and could perform up to UPSC expectations. I was able to get success that got me service in Indian Railways Personnel Service (IRPS).

Kanchan (AIR 35; CSE 2019)


My previous attempt helped me pinpoint the shortcomings that were visible on preparation front and I knew I have to work on my writing style.

In this attempt CSE 2019, I tried to complete the syllabus and worked on answer-writing and that helped me to mend the mistakes I committed earlier and surprisingly, I found my name at Rank 35.

My family – A Great Motivator

Acknowledging her family’s role and their contribution Kanchan said, “I belong to a joint family. My father is C.A. and my mother is a homemaker. I have a younger brother who is completing his graduation. My whole family played a very big role in completing this journey. This wouldn’t have been possible without their ardent support and motivation throughout the preparation.

My parents deserve the most of the credit for my success.

Factors that worked for me

Working towards small things made big difference and I feel really fortunate that I could get real solutions to the challenges I faced in my earlier attempt.

Recalling her preparation journey Kanchan said, “Apart from blessings of God Almighty, it has been hard word, consistency in preparation and a constant support from my family that helped me in this endeavour.

Kanchan (AIR 35; CSE 2019) with family


Word of Advice for Future Aspirants

 You should be always positive and should remain dedicated toward your Goal.

In case you face any failure at any stage, you should sit down and try to analyse the gaps and mistakes in the previous attempts; so that they can work on them in their next attempt.

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