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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Odisha's Karthik Panigrahi, who has secured an all-India rank of 63 in the prestigious Civil Services Examination, 2021 conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), has expressed his desire to work for combating climate change.

“I want to serve the country and society. My focus will be on tackling climate change as it is the most challenging factor which the world is currently facing,” said Karthik, who hails from Sonepur.

“I am also interested to work for the improvement of information technology, digital education and digital health. These are new challenges and new opportunities and I want to work in these fields,” he said.

Speaking about his preparations for the toughest examination, Karthik said he used to read for 10 hours a day.

“I was hopeful of a good result, but had not expected such a higher rank,” he added.

Meanwhile, Soumya Ranjan Pradhan from Palalahada in Angul district has secured a rank of 306.

Soumya, who is the son of Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan and Kalpana Pradhan, cracked had Odisha Administrative Service (OAS) in 2019. At present, he is under probation in Sundargarh.

While Soumya’s father works as a lecturer at Malyagiri College in Palalhada, his mother is a homemaker. Soumya’s family members are on the blue moon for his success.

Shading light on his success Soumya said, “We shouldn’t consider the examination as a tough task. We should start preparations from the basics and take more steps gradually as per proper planning. We could also take the help of the mentors and complete the available online courses as part of the preparations for the examination.”
Notably, the written part of the Civil Services Examination, 2021 was conducted by the UPSC in January, 2022 and the interviews for Personality Test were held in April-May, 2022. 

A total number of 685 candidates have been recommended for appointment for Indian Administrative Service, Indian Foreign Service, Indian Police Service and Central Services, Group ‘A’ and Group ‘B’.

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