LUCKNOW: Achievers have to often overcome odds to turn their dreams into reality. The story of 25-year-old Divyanshu Nigam has this similarity. He lost his father to Covid in June this year. Despite the irreparable loss, Divyanshu stayed strong and composed.
Two months later, he appeared for the civil services interview, all the more determined to crack it to make his late father SK Nigam proud. On Friday, when UPSC results were declared, this Jankipuram resident was ranked 44.
Two more candidates from the city joined the coveted league of officers: Vidhu Shekhar (Rank 54) and Shivakshi Dixit (Rank 64).
Divyanshu is a chemical engineer from the Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani.
“It was my third attempt, in the first two attempts I had cleared prelims. This success is dedicated to my father. He was admitted to SGPGI after testing Covid positive. My preparation came to a pause as my only priority was my fathers’ health but unfortunately he lost the Covid battle,” said Divyanshu.
“Now when I have made it to IAS my only aim is to go in healthcare so that I can save lives,” he added.
It’s a UPSC hatrick for 28-year-old Vidhu Shekhar. In the first attempt in 2018, Vidhu bagged 173 rank, in the second in 2019 he was ranked 191 rank and in his third attempt in 2020, he made it in top 100.
Vidhu graduated from IIIT-Prayagraj in 2016 and briefly worked as a software engineer in an MNC in Noida before he took the plunge to crack IAS examination.
“In my first attempt I was selected for Indian Revenue Service and underwent training at Nagpur, but still I kept preparing to getting into IAS,” he said.
Indiranagar resident, Shivakshi Dixit bagged the second rank in PCS-2020 but her eyes were set on IAS goal. The 25-year-old cracked UPSC in her second attempt on Friday. In her first attempt, she couldn’t clear prelims.
A commerce graduate from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, Shivakshi wants to work for the uplift of women and economically weaker sections of society.
“Civil services aspirants should keenly follow current affairs, and debates and discuss national and international events with their peers. This is how you will memorize it forever,” said Shivakshi.
Don’t run after coaching institutes, make data pack of your mobile phone your coaching centre where you research, practice and learn something new every day, said Shivakshi wo did her schooling from Spring Dale College, Indiranagar, and La Martiniere Girls’ College.
“My mother, Veena Dixit, who is a teacher at Rani Laxmi Bai Memorial School, is my biggest strength and inspiration. I have learned to work hard and accept challenges in life from her. My father Krishna Kant Dixit succumbed to cancer two years back. My success is the result of his blessings,” she said.