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UPSC exam: Rural youth remain right upfront

This year,most of the successful Maharashtra candidates in the UPSC exams have come from rural and small-town backgrounds. According to the experts,it is a promising sign as it can further increase the Marathi percentage in public services.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
May 7, 2009 3:16:09 am

This year,most of the successful Maharashtra candidates in the UPSC exams have come from rural and small-town backgrounds. According to the experts,it is a promising sign as it can further increase the Marathi percentage in public services.

The UPSC results were out on Monday and as per the final status of the ranking list,70 out of 791 candidates who have succeeded in clearing UPSC are from Maharashtra. Though they are from different parts of the state,a majority of them have studied in various coaching institutes in Pune. In a way,a ‘Pune Pattern’ of the UPSC success is emerging in the state. According to Tukaram Jadhav,director of Unique Academy,the students coming from rural areas and small towns have increased this year. “It’s a good sign as it will encourage more and more students from rural Maharashtra to take the UPSC exams,” he said.

Agreed Avinash Dharmadhikari,director,Chanakya Mandal Parivar,who said,“The trend of UPSC candidates from rural areas and from diverse educational backgrounds has been going on for the last five years. This year’s results have just established the trend.”

Jadhav also said that thesuccess of students from the lower strata of the society is also a distinct feature of the results. “There is a student whose parents are working as stone crushers. Parents of some students are farmers. It has sent a strong signal that it is not the background but the efforts you put in that really matter,” he said. Another peculiarity of the results is the academic background of the students. “Most of the students are from engineering and science background which is a striking feature. Generally,it is observed that students from humanities and social sciences opt for UPSC. But it is good that students from science background are coming in good numbers. It will help the bureaucracy,” he said.

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Jadhav also pointed out that a girl candidate ranked in first 100. “It will encourage other girls to opt for the services,” he said.

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