15 May, 2021

A Neater Shot

An engineer who found her calling in UPSC

Yashaswini B
A Neater Shot

Sometime during her second year at engineering college, Yashaswini was drawn to the idea of attempting the civil services examinations—conversations with a group of like-minded course-mates helped to flesh out the thought, she says. It took her the next two years to convince herself, and later her parents, about making the decisive move.

Though she studied engineering in Bangalore, Yashaswini comes from Banur, a village near Chikmagalur, where she studied in a Kannada-medium school until the seventh standard. Her environs didn’t offer much exposure about these possibilities or how to work towards them, says Yashaswini, whose father is a school headmaster.

“Initially, even my parents thought this was too high to aspire for. I had to convince them that I’’ll try once.” After she graduated from engineering college in 2017, Yashaswini took a year off to prepare for the UPSC exam and cleared it in her first attempt with a ranking of 293. “I couldn’t get the service I wanted, so I wanted to make one more attempt,” she...

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