Panda, a 29-year-old engineer from Chandikhole in Jajpur district, said he did not take the help of any training center to break the OCSE. “I never thought I would pass the exam. I am very happy to have accomplished this feat in my first attempt without receiving training from any institute, “he added.
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He said that candidates should not depend solely on any training institute. “Relying too much on a training facility can hamper a candidate’s fitness for civil service. Preparing for this prestigious exam is like a self-discovery for a candidate. Self-study and self-assessment will help candidates to be more successful on these exams, ”he added.
Prior to this civil service exam, Panda had applied for an Assistant Section Officer (ASO) position. “But I couldn’t get the job due to a shortage of 0.5 mark for the selection mark. Then I started preparing for the OCSE from September 2019. Our preliminary was in March 2020, “he added.
She completed her studies at Jana Kalyan High School, near her hometown, and Plus II at Ravenshaw University. After BTech from a private university in Berhampur, he got a job in Delhi. “After working there for three years, I quit my job and started preparing for ASO and OCSE. I will also try to pass the civil service exam conducted by UPSC. I’m preparing for that, ”he added.
The women candidates have taken three positions on the OCSE’s top 10 list. Rashmirekha Patra, Ayushi Pati, and Nivedita Nayak came in 3rd, 9th, and 10th respectively. One of the 153 candidates belongs to the category of people with disabilities, OPSC sources said.
Up to 25,780 of the 47,719 candidates who applied for OCSE-2019 took the preliminary exam conducted on March 15 of last year. Of these, 1,610 wrote the main exam conducted in December of last year, but 307 were summoned for interviews conducted between September 22 and October 5. Covid-19 has negatively affected the testing schedule, the OPSC said.
There were vacancies of 30 positions in the Odisha Administrative Service (OAS), nine positions in the OFS and seven positions in PAHO.