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Interview | Dipankar Choudhary

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What was the turning point in your life where you decided to quit your job and start preparing for civil services? What were the hardest parts during your preparation?

I had an inclination towards civil services since the very start. I can not pinpoint the exact moment when it all started. It was a gradual process, in which my inclination grew into determination.

I began serious preparations after 2016. In 2018, I took the exam with a rigorous and thorough preparation backing me.

Studying the content from standards sixth to tenth was definitely the hardest part for me - I felt infantilised when I went through it. Of course, the fact that you are barely earning during the preparation period and are dependent on your parents’ money adds an additional level of pressure.

I believe that if one is not mature enough to handle this pressure then, I am afraid, one does not belong in the field of civil services. Down the line, one will encounter greater pressure during their stint in the services.

What's your vision for after you finish your training? What are the reforms or some certain things that you plan to do differently?

Being a part of IPS, I will talk about my department. I think that the police needs to have more community connect with the people. The usual perception that the society possesses about the police is that it is violent, corrupt, and supports the rich. This is incorrect and needs to be changed. The police officers need to engage directly with the people and the community they are serving.

Did you always plan on selecting IPS, or were you interested in IAS and IFS as well? How do you feel about the fields?

I was always inclined towards IAS as my family has an administrative background. However, I am equally happy in the IPS. After all, the uniform has its own charm.

My father served as the joint secretary to the Government of Jharkhand. When my father took the Civil Services Examination, the competition was less fierce. There were fewer graduates appearing for the exam. A lot has changed since then. Currently, 7-8 lakh aspirants take the exam. It takes a lot to even aspire for this. Now, everyone has access to the content online. Everyone is able to read the relevant content.

In the end, it all comes down to how well you grasp the content and apply it during the exam.

What are some tips to help youngsters abstain from social media during their preparation?

People often avoid quitting social media due to their anxiety or the fear of missing out. I would like to very categorically say that you don’t miss out on anything at all.

As a matter of fact, it works the other way round. When you quit social media, you gain insight on many ‘real’ aspects of life, which you would have otherwise missed out.

Once you are aware of this fact, you can easily quit social media. It is just a matter of self-control.

What would you like to say to the students of DTU?

I firmly believe that all of you are in a place that acts as the perfect launchpad. It can launch you in any direction that you want. Don’t just learn in this period, learn how to learn. The coming times will be harder and DTU will prepare you well for that.

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