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Two from Vijayapura Savita, Nikhil crack tough UPSC exam

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Vijayapura: Two aspirants of Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) of the District have cleared the tough exam and secured ranks. What is interesting is that both the aspirants had selected Kannada literature as their major subject to attend the exam.

The aspirants from the District who have cracked the exam are Savita Gotyal of Atharga and Nikhil Patil of Talikota. Savita has cleared the UPSC exam for the second time. While she has got 479th rank, Nikhil has secured 139th rank in the exam. In the last exam, she  had secured 626th rank, and this time she has improved her ranking.

Daughter of retired BSNL employee S. H. Gotyal, Savita has completed her Engineering. Having completed her primary schooling in Atharga Village of Indi Taluk, she continued her high school from PDJ High School of Vijayapura City. From BE, she moved to Bengaluru.

Savita’s elder sister also attempted UPSC and cleared it. She is presently serving as IPS officer in Chandigarh. Savita too had a dream to complete UPSC like her sister thus she was preparing for it. Her achievement has inspired other girls. She however regretted that she could not  get enough time to prepare for the exam for the second time as she was already undergoing training for clearing the first exam.

“I had to use my leaves and holidays to spend time preparing for the exam,” she said.

With regard to selecting Kannada as a major subject, she said despite being an engineering graduate, she had great admiration and inclination towards Kannada.

Advising the other UPSC aspirants to collect enormous amount of  information about their subject, she also suggested they make use of various sources including modern technology to  gain knowledge.

“If you prepare well with confidence, then clearing UPSC is not a tough task,” she said.

Nikhil who has also cleared UPSC by securing 139th rank, is also an engineering graduate.

Native of Talikota, his father is still serving in Ghataprabha Cooperative Sugar Factory in Gokak Taluk in Belagavi District.
Since his father is in Gokak, therefore Nikhil completed his primary schooling in Gokak itself. For high school, he visited Dakshina Kannada where he studied in a residential school. After PU, he did his BE.

Nikhil’s maternal grandfather was a Tahasildar, thus, Nikhil too wanted to join such a prestigious service by completing competitive exams. Having completed a BE in Mechanical depart6ment, he attempted UPSC four times in the past to clear the exam.

“I wanted to complete UPSC, and for the same PU college in Dakshina Kannada supported me a lot. In a way, the college laid the foundation stone for me to clear UPSC,” he said.

After BE, he travelled to Delhi to prepare for UPSC. For UPSC he selected Kannada as major subject. Later, he spent some time in Bengaluru preparing for an exam.

“I studied for around eight hours in a day on regular days but when the exam was nearing, I spent around 12 hours preparing for it. The efforts have finally paid off,” he said

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