Published On : Fri, Aug 28th, 2015

It’s all about varied and wholesome view on answers in UPSC, says DCP Nirmala Devi

The IPS Officer shares her journey of success in the first of our innovative series – ‘How I Made It’

DCP Nirmala Devi

DCP Nirmala Devi

Nagpur: Every success has an interesting journey of struggle attached to it. As they say, in order to gain something, you have to lose something…So what led the successful people in Nagpur to the place where they stand today, tall with pride and self-respect? Let’s discover it.

In one of its kind series, Nagpur Today will look into pros and cons of the successful journey of some of these known figures, be it government officials, entrepreneurs or professionals in their field of expertise.

Today we have with us Deputy Commissioner of Police Nirmala Devi S, who is an Indian Police Service Officer of the 2009 Batch. She is of the rank of Superintendent of Police. She took over as the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Headquarters, Nagpur City recently. She hails from Tamil Nadu but belongs to the Maharashtra Cadre of IPS Officers.

Start Early Preparation

Talking to Nagpur Today, Nirmala Devi appears to come from usual tried and tested path as she said that consistent hard work alone helped her crack the UPSC Examinations. “One has to start right from the last year of the graduation and has to work hard for one whole year. One cannot quantify the hours one has to study. The amount of time one can devote to quality studying is what really matters. One has to be honest to one self. There has to be a strong and only determination of clearing the UPSC examination,” she quipped.

Go for Good Quality Tutorials

While answering to a question on tutorials, DCP Nirmala Devi S said that everyone needs guidance on “what the UPSC Exams are.” Especially if one is from the rural background, one needs to know a lot of facts about the examination. However, she added that one has to ensure that it is good quality tutorial institution.

UPSC Mains – A Destiny Creator

While speaking about the examination, she said that one must know that one has to clear the Preliminary Examination which is a screening test to ascertain if one is qualified to give the Main UPSC Examination or not. Qualifying in the preliminary examination is a must so one should really study hard and qualify this examination. She called the UPSC Main Examination as the ‘Destiny Creator’.

English Proficiency’s Must

She claimed that from 2011, the authorities have decided to incorporate the Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT). The marks obtained in this examination are not counted. However, this Test is in English language only and will establish one’s communication skills and proficiency in basic English language.

She claimed that the main UPSC examination can be given in any regional language like English, Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Tamil or Malayalam.

Gather Maximum Information

While speaking of the preparation, gathering all kinds of latest knowledge and information and when asked about the same in the examination one has to impress the examiner with a varied and wholesome view of the topic in the answer. While encouraging more and more youth to attempt this examination, she advises that only if a youth has the capacity to sustain consistent hard work and concentration, then he or she must go for attempting this exam.

 – Samuel Gunasekharan.