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ABOUT UTKARSH DWIWEDI :

  • Originally from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, Utkarsh Dwivedi has resided in the Shalimar township of Indore with his family for the past 12 years.
  • He enjoys delving into non-fiction literature and sharing his insights through reviews on his blogs.
  • Utkarsh's father, Jagdish Prasad, holds the position of Senior Area Manager at the Indore Plant of Parle Products, known for their biscuits.
  • According to his father, Utkarsh's childhood ambition was to become an IAS Officer, influenced by the encouragement of his maternal grandmother (Nani) who envisioned him attaining such a prestigious role in the future.
Category Details
Name UTKARSH DWIVEDI
Age 26
Rank 5
Attempt 3
Optional PSIR
Family Background FATHER, MOTHER, and SIBLING
Hometown UTTAR PRADESH
School DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL , INDORE
College & Stream MECHANICAL ENGINEERING FROM VIT
Selected as IAS

FAMILY BACKGROUND :

  • Utkarsh Dwivedi, originally from Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, currently calls Indore, Madhya Pradesh, home along with his family of four.
  • His father holds a senior managerial position in an FMCG company, while his mother is a homemaker.
  • His brother is pursuing BACHELORS OF COMMERCE from a reputed college in Indore.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND :

  • Utkarsh concluded his primary education at Delhi Public School, Indore.
  • He attained his Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology.

WHY CIVIL SERVICES? :

  • Utkarsh Dwivedi finished his secondary education at Delhi Public School (DPS) in Indore.
  • Following this, he secured admission at the Vellore Institute of Technology in Tamil Nadu, where he pursued a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering.
  • Utkarsh was resolute about clearing the UPSC exam right from the beginning, which led him to commence his UPSC preparation during his time in engineering college.
  • Despite achieving a 5th rank in the UPSC exam, he faced disappointment in the Personality Test twice, failing to make it onto the final merit list.
  • He underwent the IAS interview in both 2019 and 2020, receiving scores of 160 and 157, respectively
  • Unfortunately, these scores fell short of the threshold required for UPSC clearance.

UTKARSH'S PREPARATION STRATEGY:

  • Utkarsh Dwivedi advises UPSC aspirants to select optional subjects based on their personal interests rather than following the choices of high achievers or popular suggestions.
  • This approach allows students to become more engaged and gain a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
  • In terms of UPSC preparation, he advocates the regular perusal of newspapers like The Hindu, Indian Express, and Mint.
  • Consistent newspaper reading aids in clarifying concepts and bolstering one's grasp of national, social, and international affairs
  • Additionally, he recommends that students take their own notes while reading newspapers, books, or journals
  • These notes prove invaluable in the final stages of the exam, when time is limited, as they facilitate revision of previously acquired knowledge and make information retrieval more efficient.
  • Avoid any form of interaction with individuals at the center, both before and after the exam. Refrain from discussing the paper until the mains officially conclude.
  • Prioritize completing the paper over striving for perfection in answers, ensuring no questions are left unaddressed towards the end.
  • A fully answered paper with above-average responses greatly enhances your chances of securing an interview.
  • This advice comes from someone who has undergone three interviews across three attempts.
  • If possible, aim to provide comprehensive responses throughout the paper. Quantity of content does matter. However, this shouldn't lead to a situation where you find yourself rushed in the final half-hour.
  • Focus on four key aspects:
    • Address what is specifically asked, not just what you know.
    • Recognize subparts and address each of them.
    • Do not overlook writing introductions and conclusions.
    • Utilize contemporary examples to support your points.
  • Remember, this is a test of your mental and physical resilience. Don't give up until the very last moment of the second paper in the optional subject.
  • If a paper doesn't align with your expectations, don't be disheartened. You might still excel and become the top scorer in that particular paper (as happened with me in my optional).
  • In UPSC, uncertainty is the only constant. Therefore, never let yourself panic in any question.
  • If you're uncertain, don't fret. Attempt to write down whatever you can. Every mark counts.
  • The essay paper holds significant weight and can be quite challenging. My scores for the last two years in the essay section were 103 and 111, respectively.
  • It's crucial to allocate ample time to grasp the essay topic. If you've accomplished this, you've already made significant progress in the essay paper.
  • Starting with the 15-mark questions can be beneficial. Strive to extract the maximum marks from these questions.

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Marks obtain

Sr No. Subject Marks
1) ESSAY (PAPER-1) 111
2) GENERAL STUDIES-I(PAPER-II) 118
3) GENERAL STUDIES-II (PAPER-III) 119
4) GENERAL STUDIES-III (PAPER-IV) 092
5) GENERAL STUDIES-IV (PAPER-V) 117
6) OPTIONAL-I (POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS) (PAPER-VI) 168
7) OPTIONAL-II (POLITICAL SCIENCE & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS) (PAPER-VII) 146
8) WRITTEN TOTAL 871
9) PERSONALITY TEST 165
10) FINAL TOTAL 1036