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Jajpur: The story of Odisha Civil Services Exam 2019 topper Ashwini Kumar Panda is nothing short of inspirational.
The 29-year-old wrote his success story on the foundation of failure. He failed to clear the Assistant Section Officer exam in 2018 by 0.5 marks and he doesn’t mind sharing it.
An engineer from Khetrapal village in Dharamshala block topped his first attempt and did not take any coaching for the exam.
“I never thought I would top the list. I am glad that I have achieved this feat in my first attempt without any coaching,” he told TNIE.
Panda has a piece of advice for state civil service aspirants.
“Aspirants preparing for the exam should not rely on coaching institutes,” he asserted, adding that they should try to expand the horizon of knowledge, do self-study and self-assessment which will help them to crack the exam. are important.
Panda completed his schooling from Jan Kalyan High School near his native place and plus two science from Renshaw University.
After this he did B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from a private college in Berhampur in 2015. After engineering, he worked in Delhi for three years.
“After working in a private company in Delhi for three years, I quit in 2018 and returned home. I tried to become Assistant Section Officer (ASO) by appearing in Odisha Public Service Commission exam but failed.
“I failed the ASO exam by just 0.5 marks. Then I decided to attempt the Odisha Civil Services exam and started preparing for it,” Panda said.
The Civil Services Preliminary exam for 2019 was conducted in March 2020 and the main exam was delayed due to the pandemic.
“The lockdown was a boon. I was confined to my home and it enabled me to study for 6-7 hours a day,” he said.
Studying for the exam was tough amidst the negativity all around but Panda’s parents Avimanyu and Sebati stood behind him like a rock along with his two siblings.
Giving credit of his success to his parents, elder brother and sister, friends and teachers, Panda says that after the training he intends to work for the holistic development of the place of posting.
“My aim is to work for the overall development of the region and its people where I am posted. I personally have an inclination towards education, health and women empowerment. I will try my best to provide services to the lowest strata of the society,” Panda said.