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UPSC Toppers: From IIT Kanpur to Deutsche Bank, How Shanu Dimri cracked Civil Services in 1st attempt

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UPSC Topper Shanu Dimri’s journey of cracking UPSC Civil Services Exam

Union Public Service Commission, UPSC Toppers are often thought to be the ones who have dreamt of cracking Civil Services exam since the very beginning. But not every UPSC topper is such. Shanu Dimri is one of them, who cracked the CSE 2017 with All India Rank, AIR 270 in 1st attempt but never dreamt of doing it.

Shanu Dimri had a well-settled life even before she decided to attempt the UPSC Civil Services Exam. An Indian Institute of Technology, IIT Kanpur graduate with a degree of Integrated MSc in Economics, Dimri never thought of doing UPSC even in college.It was only during her 1-year job in Deutsche Bank, Mumbai, she found her calling and decided to attempt the UPSC Civil Services exam. Looking back,

Shanu Dimri often thinks that all it took was 2 days of thorough research on UPSC and her determination to leave a well-paying job for IAS.While talking to reporters on cracking UPSC Civil Services in 1st attempt, she often says that like every aspirant, even she started from scratch. Online resources and UPSC blogs were her go-to guide initially, but later it was all about lots of reading, revisions and practice.

However, the drive to crack Civil Services exam was also boosted by her positive thought process. She shares that she gave her first attempt like it was her last attempt. She advises all UPSC aspirants to never think that they can’t achieve their goal in 1st attempt, but to believe in a good attempt.Shanu Dimri took UPSC Civil Services coaching for roughly about 4 months in Delhi. One of the many secrets of her UPSC topper success is her self-study. She put in a lot of time watching videos to understand concepts, practicing mock test papers and even revising portions which she knew were important for UPSC Civil Services exam. Apart from this, she shares that having a calm mindset and positive attitude can do wonders in UPSC preparation.