Left MNC job, gave up cricket to fulfil his IAS dream: How Aditya Srivastava topped UPSC exam | India News

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LUCKNOW: Proving that sky is not the limit, a 26-year-old electrical engineer from Lucknow, Aditya Srivastava topped the civil services examination (CSE) 2023. An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK), this was Aditya’s third attempt.
In 2022, he secured All India Rank 236 and was selected for IPS and is presently undergoing his IPS training at Hyderabad.“We are speechless. We were sure that he would clear the IAS but never expected to top the civil services,” said Aditya’s father Ajay Srivastava.
“It was lunch break when he phoned me from Hyderabad. For at least 10 seconds, both of us lost our voices. We were so elated and overwhelmed that we could hardly say anything,” Ajay said.
A topper at City Montessori School and a 10-pointer at IITK, Aditya pursued both BTech and MTech from IITK. After that he joined Goldman Sachs, world’s second largest investment bank in Bengaluru where he worked for 15 months. “He was earning good money, but his heart always wanted to serve the country. With job, he was unable to focus on his preparations. In 2020, just one month before the prelims, he quit his job and returned home,” said Ajay, an assistant audit officer in CAG.
For Aditya’s school principal, Jyoti Kashyap, he just redefined the idiom, ‘third-time lucky’. “We are on cloud nine. Aditya has surprised all of us with his extraordinary feat. It is once in a lifetime achievement. I always considered him as one of the most promising students,” she said.
Aditya’s inspiration to pursue civil services came at an early age when his father took him to Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration, Dehradun at the age of 2. “Our very close relative headed this civil service training institute, and we often took Aditya there. Quite early in his life, he was sure to take up civils,” Ajay said.
However, his journey of becoming an IAS came at the cost of giving up his favourite sport – cricket. “He is still very fond of cricket. He had to choose between the two, and he decided to give up cricket as his career,” said Ajay.
Back to Lucknow, Aditya skipped regular coaching and relied mainly on test papers and mock interviews. His strategy centred around solving previous years question papers (PYQ’S) and writing as many test papers as possible for the mains.

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