TOPPER’S STRATEGY: Highly Motivational-From Scoring -4.5 in Prelims Mock to getting into IAS in First Attempt, Pavankumar.G.Giriyappanavar (Rank 420) CSE-2015

TOPPER’S STRATEGY: Highly Motivational-From Scoring -4.5 in Prelims Mock to getting into IAS in First Attempt, Pavankumar.G.Giriyappanavar (Rank 420) CSE-2015

Hello Friends

We congragulate Pavan on being IAS in forst attempt and the privilege of getting home – Karnataka cadre.

My way of Cracking UPSC Examination in the 1st attempt


Name- Pavankumar.G.Giriyappanavar.


From-Haveri, Karnataka. (Many of my friends from other states and even Karnataka have asked where exactly this place is. I’m literally tired of explaining it as “It is a town 80km to south of Hubballi and 80km to the north of Davangere. It is an exciting place with a great history and geography, please do Google it if you wish to know more about it. At least from now, I expect I don’t need to face this question again!! ).



Educational Background-Graduation in Electronics and Communication Engineering (2014) from PES University, Bengaluru.


My Scores


Prelims– 231.1 (106.66+124.44)

Mains – Total 728. (Essay-128, GS1-98, GS2-81, GS3-112, GS4-78, Socio 1- 107, Socio 2-124)


Personality Test-160


Total- 888 (728+160)



My Motivation to pursue a career in UPSC


I come from Haveri, a district place in North Karnataka and socio-economic development in this part of Karnataka is quite dismal and this is where IAS/IPS officers play a great role in changing things around. Having joined Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in my 6th standard, I came to know that the school functions under Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and DC (District Commissioner) of the particular district is the head of managing committee of it.

I was in my 8th standard and the 10th and 12th board exam results of my school were the highest in Hyderabad region of Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti(NVS). When I asked my teachers about such an extraordinary performance of my school, they mentioned that DC (District Commissioner) has taken special interest and ensured that the entire infrastructure, electronic and technological support like Computers, projectors, internet connectivity are provided and maintained regularly.

I was surprised and inspired that how a DC can have impact on such large number of students and change their lives. This sparked a flame in me that I too must become a civil servant and serve with similar passion. So I planned accordingly and decided to prepare for this exam for 1 year after my graduation.



The Key to Success on First Attempt


I have always believed in achieving things at the first instance. Everything can’t go our way on the very first try but if one aims, plans and executes his plans perfectly; surely things will fall in place. I didn’t have the luxury of time and financial support to clear this exam in the 2nd, 3rd or the nth attempt. At a time when you come from rural background and that your parents can support you financially at the maximum for one year, the intensity and the motivation of preparation flares up. I too had moments in preparation where I felt embarrassed to ask money from parents at a time I should start earning. I didn’t take these situations as a burden but as an inspiration to achieve something life satisfying and memorable for the life. I drew inspiration from the hardships my parents faced in coming up in life. The imagination of happiness on their faces, my village and town celebrating when I become an IAS officer had kept me at a high level of dedication and commitment in preparation.


First attempt in UPSC preparation is always special and will remain in our mind and heart for lifetime. New place, new friends, teachers, approach, situations and the list goes on. One needs to enjoy the preparation and must never feel burdened (Well, It is tough but not impossible!!). The energy, interest and liveliness will be at the peak of our levels and one must channel them at the right direction.

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