Wednesday, 18 January 2017


By: Team PenTastic

Interviewed By: Shirin Sonali

Sagarika Nath, who completed her Electrical Engineering degree from the College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar in 2008, qualified the UPSC exam with flying colors. She secured a rank of 199 in the UPSC 2015, and was one of the only 26 to qualify from Odisha, and managed to bag a seat in the prestigious IPS.

Despite her busy schedule, she took out time for a telephonic interview with our correspondent Shirin Sonali, where we got a glimpse into Miss Nath’s life at the IPS training centre, and also her life before achieving success. On being asked about her experience at Mussourie, where she is undergoing her foundation course, she replied that it has just been amazing. The foundation course goes on for 3 months, and it is common for the whole batch of 378 students presently enrolled there. She says that in the successive week, they would be embarking on an exciting trip to the Himalayas. They get to participate in a lot of extra-curricular activities like these such as archery, shooting, horse riding, river-rafting, cooking, baking, etc. and it has been a hectic and exciting ride so far.

When asked about her experience at CET, she replied that it was much different from her present situation. Then, they had hostel outside the college, and buses were their best means of transport. Miss it and come late to class, and you had to face some serious repercussions from the teacher taking their first class, who was none other than our very own Biswajit Sir! There were no extra-curricular activities back then except during Xtasy, the college’s annual fest; CET has come a long way since then. However, she emphasized on the fact that it is our schools and colleges which set the platform from where one goes to the next stage. It is where the strongest foundations are built.

The Lady Herself!!!!

UPSC is a totally different kind of exam, a marathon you can say, which challenges your practical and people management skills, how you solve problems and handle situations, she says. There were numerous struggles that she faced during her preparation, even though her family was very supportive throughout. There were subjects like Geography, History, Art & Culture, which were totally different from the subjects she was accustomed to, but nevertheless if you prepare smartly, nothing is impossible, according to her. Her favourite amongst these was International Relations, which gave her quite an insight into how people think and imagine, why people react the way they do, and about different cultures inside and outside our country, which was way different from her most-liked subject in college, control systems.

She has been a state and national level Karate champion, holding a black belt in the same. She is an athlete, having participated in sports such as swimming, roller skates and table-tennis. Apart from these, she also composes poems, and is a major travel freak and getting into IPS has given wind to her dreams as she has already been to quite a few places as a part of its curriculum.

To the ones who want to get into the same line as her, she advises that the earlier one starts, the better it is for them, as the exam doesn’t need a vast preparation, but rather a smart and efficient preparation. She says that the biggest problem students face is that they don’t get a proper platform to start from, and in Odisha, getting proper guidelines had been quite difficult. The ones preparing need to have a proper direction, and for whatever energy they put in, they will get equivalent result. She suggests that they should go through different blogs giving guidelines regarding the same, and maybe go to Delhi to get a good number of ideas and preparation tips from the institutes which help students get ready for UPSC exams.

She says that there must be quite many people who want to prepare for UPSC from CET, and are guaranteed to garner good results. Her message to us CETians is “Never give up on your dreams, and your path will automatically unfold before you”.

We wish her all the best for her great journey ahead. Our college is really proud to have a gem like her as its student!

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