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A girl from Chittaranjan, west Bengal, Taruni Pandey was shifted and Continued her schooling from Jamtara, Jharkhand. Besides being a medical student Taruni dropped out of her medical school in the second year of graduation from MBBS because of health issues. After that, she decided to give herself a chance for in Civil Service exam UPSC, and luckily she cracked the exam without any coaching by preparing notes by herself through YouTube. 

From childhood, since class 3, Taruni’s dream was to become a doctor and she was 100℅sure about her career decision. Further, she was also took admission to medical school at Sikkim and completed 2 years, and then unfortunately she has to drop out because of her medical and health-related issues. In addition, she told that “While I was in my second year of medical college, I faced a plethora of health issues.” I had dengue, typhoid, and cerebral malaria. To add to all of this, I slipped from a hill slope and hurt myself”. And she also stated that after returning home back I have to start again from the beginning. Further, she start thinking about her carrier and degree it was just a class 12 degree which has, therefore she decided to enroll in Bachelor’s and Master’s in English Honours from Indira Gandhi National Open University. 

Next Taruni adds that “After this, we were again faced with a tragedy. My brother-in-law, a CRPF commandant, was martyred in Srinagar in 2016″.The death of her brother-in-law meant that she had to accompany her sister to various bureaucrats and politicians’ offices to talk about her job. Now, this was the time when she found herself that life is giving her a second chance and calling her to grab the opportunity. Meanwhile, Taruni adds that “When I accompanied my sister to meet these bureaucrats, I saw the amount of good that they do. I met a very dynamic bureaucrat and he helped us. I realized how much good one person can do by being in the system. That day, I decided that I too want to become a civil servant, and help somebody’s family, the same way that gentleman helped mine”. 

After that she make her self sure that she what she have to do, she was all ready to give her UPSC CSE in 2020 but unfortunately she couldn’t attempt the exam because she found covid positive just four days before the exam, after that, she gave the exam in 2021, knowing well that it was her first and last attempt (as per the age criteria for general category students).But, today, because of her self-confidence and hard work, Taruni is all set to start her training as an officer in December, after clearing the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Service Exam (CSE) earlier this year. Some of the key points or we can study tips that Taruni has shared for all the aspirants are:- 1) Be honest, 2) Don’t look back worrying and thinking about your past, just leave it and start moving forward. 3) Coaching is not so necessary She says, “There is a myth that coaching is compulsory for preparation, or that people can’t clear without coaching. We live in the digital age, with so many free resources at our disposal. Use them.” 4) There is no language barrier if you want to learn and move forward, if talking about English and you might get difficulties with that language then you can attempt the exam in 22 languages. English is not a marker of status or education. People need to get out of that mindset,” said Taruni. 

Staff Reporter

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