Srinagar: Success is not final, failure is not fatal. This is how Shivani Jerngal marked her success in the UPSC examination securing All India Rank-300.
Hailing from Jammu, Shivani, 25, cleared the examination in her second attempt. “Sticking to a well-balanced routine marked by focused sessions of study and plenty of breaks helped me perform well in the exam,” she said.
She began preparing for UPSC exams after completing her B-Tech from Delhi Technological University in Electronics and Communication. “In 2020, I started my preparation journey. I mostly self-studied and dedicated 7-8 hours on average to it every day. For the test series, I, however, did my coaching from Forum IAS and Level up IAS,” she said.
Talking about the challenges, she said, the Covid-induced lockdown period was a double-edged sword. “Though there was no time wasted on travel, studying from home could be distracting and mentally exhausting,” Shivani said.
She added that another challenge was the absence of a peer group that could relate to the difficulties faced during the preparation. “Another setback came when I couldn’t crack in my first attempt. I took it positively and doubled my efforts.”
The UPSC qualifier said the budding aspirants should only opt for the exams if they are perseverant. “Making continuous and whole-hearted efforts is the key. Pay attention to your mental health. Don’t let the failures take a toll on you.”
Meanwhile, Director General of Police Dilbag Singh has congratulated Shivani for clearing the Union Public Service Commission examination result which was declared yesterday. He has also congratulated other UPSC qualifiers from Jammu and Kashmir.
The success of these qualifiers will encourage and motivate the aspirants from the UT to follow the path, he said in his message.