Panda, a 29-year-old engineer who hails from Chandikhola in the Jajpur area, said he did not use any coaching center to hack OCSE. “I never thought that I would do the exam better. I am so happy that I achieved this feat on the first try, without receiving instruction from any institute, ”he added.
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He said candidates should not rely solely on any coaching institution. “Excessive trust in the coaching center can limit the possibilities of a candidate for civil service. Preparing for this prestigious exam is like discovering yourself for a candidate. Self-study and self-assessment will help candidates do better in these exams, ”he added.
Prior to this civil service exam, Panda applied for a job as an Assistant Divisional Officer (ASO). “But I couldn’t get a job because I lacked 0.5 points for the qualifying point. Later, I started preparing for OCSE from September 2019. Our preliminary stage was in March 2020, ”he added.
He graduated from Jana Kalyan High School near his hometown and Plus II at Ravenshaw University. After completing his undergraduate degree from a private college in Berhampur, he took a job in Delhi. “After working there for three years, I quit my job and started preparing for ASO and OCSE. I will also try to pass the public service exam conducted by UPSC. I am preparing for this, ”he added.
The female candidates ranked three on the OCSE Top 10 Candidates list. Rashmireha Patra, Ayushi Pati and Nivedita Nayak took 3rd, 9th and 10th places, respectively. One of the 153 candidates is classified as disabled, OPSC sources said.
Of the 47,719 candidates who applied to participate in OCSE-2019, 25,780 passed the preliminary exam on March 15 last year. Of these, 1,610 wrote the main exam held in December last year, but 307 were called for interviews from September 22 to October 5. Covid-19 has negatively impacted the exam schedule, OPSC reports.
There were vacancies of 30 positions in the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS), nine positions in OFS and seven positions in OPS.