Shivaji Jagtap cleared the exam in his fourth attempt and secured fifth ranking in the state. Jagtap hails from a village in Satara and is presently working as Naib Tehsildar in Buldhana district. In his third attempt,he managed to reach the interview round but couldnt impress the panel.
Jagtap did his schooling from his village,then he went to Rajendra Junior College in Khandala and passed with 87 per cent. Jagtap shifted to Pune for higher studies and focused on a career in medicine. My family wanted me to become a doctor, he said.
Jagtap was a student of BAMS at Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya,Maharashtra University of Health Science. It was during this time that he got to know about the civil service examinations. He saw his seniors attempting and clearing the examination which made him think that even he could do it. After graduation,he dedicated himself for the preparation of civil services. During the course he got selected as a sales tax inspector and was placed in Mumbai where he worked for a year before he got posted as a Tehsildaar late last year.He has always been one of those silent boys who would do his own work. He would put in his hundred per cent in whatever he did right. He thinks from his heart and I think that makes him a dedicated person, says Nithin Pilasgore,a friend.
Jagtap was not only supported by his parents but he owes his success to uncle Mahesh Pawar and a childhood friend Popat Gardi who stood by him throughout the journey. Whenever my confidence was low,my uncle would encourage me. Whenever i felt like quitting,my best friend Popat would cheer me up and help me stay focused, he said. Jagtap,who is presently working for the revenue department,sees himself working for the development of the rural area.
He wants to get placed in the rural department and work towards the development of the villages in Maharashtra. I want to learn as much as possible. I am at present not aiming at becoming some big name or achieving a big post,I just want to be right in whatever I do and make a difference, he said.