From chartered accountancy to cracking UPSC, Raunak Agarwal spoke to ABP Education about all that matters while preparing for UPSC and when the dream of becoming a public servant took root.
From intense number-crunching to emerging with flying colours in India’s toughest exam, Raunak Agarwal has been successful in most academic quarters. A gold medallist in BCom from St Xavier’s College who completed Chartered Accountancy in 2016, he’s made West Bengal proud by securing rank 13 in the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) 2019 exams.
He is one of the two civil service aspirants from Kolkata who made it to the top-20 merit list of the UPSC. From chartered accountancy to public service, Raunak Agarwal spoke to ABP Education about when the UPSC dream took root and how he went about the exam’s preparation. Hear it from the man of the moment.
When he had finally decided to give UPSC a shot...
He was in the 12th standard when his grandfather spoke to him about civil services. “My grandfather told me that business can give you a lot of money. Whereas, the satisfaction and respect that you can earn through public services are unfathomable,” he said.
Preparations and the mental makeup...
After completing CA in 2016, he delved into preparations for UPSC. “Initially, I had a very feeble understanding of the particulars of the exam. I went to Delhi to join tuition classes and studied there for six months,” he said. He then mentioned about the hassles he had to face while understanding the core of succeeding the exam. “I started understanding the type of questions which are being asked after I watched a number of videos and tutorials online which are dedicated to the civil service exam preparations. Many people stick to one particular source. I try to explore as many sources as possible to have a broad understanding so that I can incorporate that in my answers,” he said.
The importance of the flair for writing...
Having done his schooling from the West Bengal Board, Raunak said that his school helped him develop the flair for writing, which helped him score good marks in the UPSC mains exam. When asked about his hobbies, he said that he is fond of reading and writing poems in Hindi and English. He also takes out some time to teach some CA aspirants.
Raunak chose Indian Administrative Services (IAS) because he wants to work for different sections of the society. “Being an IAS, I can work in sectors including commerce, tax, trade, education, agriculture, etc. Additionally, if I am given a preference, I would opt to work for the education and economy sectors,” he explained.
Talking about the current bureaucratic set-up in the country...
According to him, talking about problems and changes without exploring the system will be an incoherent assertion. “Outside the structure, everyone can point at a problem. The actual problem lies in the implementation, not in the structure itself. That can be understood only when one can get into the structure itself,” he said.
Message to UPSC aspirants…
“Prepare for the exams with an approach of doing both hard work and smart work along with a good intention,” he said while signing off.
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