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Toppers tell tales of Cracking MPSC

‘I want to make a difference in people’s lives’

‘I want to make a difference in people’s lives’

Amit Shedge,27,who topped the MPSC exam,wants to make a difference in people’s lives. “I have seen my father,a junior engineer with MSEDCL,work at Shirwal,Junnar,Shirur,Wai and Dapoli. I had seen how the senior officers around him worked and make an impact on people around them. It was then that I realised the importance of being a government officer. And how they can make a difference in people’s lives,” says Amit,an alumnus of College of Agriculture. With this objective,says Amit,he decided to work hard and clear the MPSC exam.

This wasn’t his first attempt at MPSC. “I had already appeared for the exam in 2007,but didn’t do well. The results were merged with the 2010 exam results,we had to wait for three years.”

Currently posted as Naib-Tehsildar in the Konkan region,Amit is a graduate with a degree in Bachelor of Agriculture. “I always wanted to be a government officer,so i studied agriculture. I knew this would help me for the exams.”

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His study hours was based on a time table MPSC provided him. “I can’t study by thinking about the number of hours I have to focus. I stuck to a weekly time table. If I missed an hour or a day it did not matter much,because I still had time. Studying by hours adds to the pressure.”

Amit took help from those who appeared for the exam before. He also enjoyed the group studies and claims they tend to lighten up the difficult topics.

He says,“The paper was difficult this time as there were no options and everything was compulsory. Out of history,geography,political science,administration,human rights,human resources,science and technology,he found history and agriculture the easiest. Most of our work on human resources and human rights were based on information from the internet.”

“My colleagues substituted for me at work. It gave me time to focus on studies,” he says. Besides,he says his family has been a great support. The next agenda,says Amit,is to clear UPSC exam this year.

Amit says he makes friends wherever he goes and loves visiting new places. “I wasn’t a mischievous child,I didn’t pull too many pranks and preferred reading any book based on history or travelling,” he says.

MPSC prelims go smooth

Civil services aspirants in the city appeared for the preliminary examination of Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) Saturday. “The examination went off smoothly. The only complaint students had was that irrespective of the centre preference given by them,many students had to go take the examination at centre other than one chosen by them,” said Sachin Thorat,a final year B. Sc student at Agriculture College. The exam,which was initially scheduled for April 7,was postponed after the server that stored candidates’ data crashed due a virus attack. Due to the server crash,the commission lost data of around 3.15 lakh candidates. Its a re-registration exercise,which was initiated to make the loss,also turned out to be futile. Only 2.98 lakh candidates could re-register till the revised deadline was announced by the commission for registration.

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