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UPSC Success Story: Balancing a Full-Time Job and Exam Preparation

Nandala Srikaran (AIR 27) UPSC CSE 2023 attends Vision IAS Topper’s Talk seminar in Hyderabad

HYDERABAD, MAY 16, 2024: Vision IAS, Hyderabad, hosted a seminar on Thursday featuring several successful UPSC aspirants sharing their journeys. One such inspiring story comes from an Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) graduate from NIT Warangal, who also works as a Hardware Systems Engineer at Qualcomm.

Mr. Nandala Srikaran (AIR 27) UPSC CSE 2023 attended to inspire current students with his journey and strategies, This event is attracted a large number of aspirants eager to glean insights and strategies from successful candidates.

Speaking at the seminar, Mr. Nandala Saikiran from Karimnagar, after graduating from NIT Warangal in 2018, the aspirant joined Qualcomm. Despite a demanding full-time job, he started preparing for the UPSC exams in January 2021, aiming for the 2022 attempt. His preparation strategy was thorough: from March 2021 to February 2022, he focused on mains preparation, covering the entire syllabus, making notes, practicing answer writing, and completing full-length tests for his optional subject. From February to May 2022, he dedicated his time to prelims preparation and cleared the exam by a narrow margin.

Post-prelims, he returned to mains preparation, enrolling in Vision IAS’s Full-Length Tests for General Studies and Sociology. He took a month off work for intensive study but was not fully satisfied with his performance. Despite this, he continued to improve his GS papers and prepared for the interview while keeping up with prelims studies.

In 2023, he managed to score well in prelims despite limited preparation time due to his interview schedule. The mains preparation was challenging with only two weeks of leave, but he focused on improving Sociology and essay scores, ultimately raising his mains score by 100 marks.

Post-mains, he refined his interview skills while also engaging in hobbies and travel to regain energy. His efforts paid off as his name appeared on the first page of the final selection list.


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