Rachit Raj, an alumnus (2008-12) of VIT University, has bagged the third position in the prestigious All-India UPSC examinations 2013. He appeared for the May 2013 prelims and the main examination in December. “After completing B.Tech in biotechnology at VIT University, I was awarded a Rs. 17 lakh scholarship from Mumbai International School of Business. But I declined the offer and started preparing for the UPSC instead,” says Raj. “I made sure I did smart studying and went for multiple revisions and maximum question practice. Within five to six months, I was able to keep up with the subjects,” he says.
He added that the difficulty of the paper depends on the preparation of the participants. “You should know everything about everything for this paper, and with patience and focus it becomes easier to attempt,” says Raj who cleared the Indian Forest Services examinations also last year. “Its result came out in January this year, but my focus was to go in for Indian Administrative Services,” he says.
“I want to work for the society and bring about change. My aim is to work towards development and good governance,” he says. About his family's support, he says, “It has been extremely supportive, both emotionally and financially and in every way possible.”
Raj will undergo training beginning September 1 at Mussoorrie's Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy.