By : Pradeep Pareek
Dimapur(Nagaland) ,May 3: 28 -year old Swapneel Paul, a lad from Dimapur, presently serving as an assistant commissioner at the Indian Revenue Service secured the 64th rank in the recently declared Union Public Service Commission’s (UPSC) results.
He did his schooling from Holy Cross School here and secured 6th rank in the state High School Leaving Certificate (HSLC) examinations in 2006. Later he pursued higher secondary from the Army School at Narangi in Guwahati, and B.Tech in electrical engineering from the NIT at Silchar in 2012.
“I actually started thinking about UPSC a little late unlike many other aspirants who have this dream right from the childhood. I started to think about UPSC in the final year of my college. The feeling that I can make an impact on the lives of the people the most through this job finally convinced me to quit the corporate job,” Swapneel said.
Born and brought up at Netaji Colony here, Swapneel is the son of advocate at the Kohima bench of the Guwahati High Court, PB Paul, and Alpana Paul, a homemaker.
He further said, I was a topper in my school since childhood. It always helped me keep myself motivated and confident in this saga of four years with UPSC. In my college days in NIT, I got in touch with people with diverse backgrounds from every nook and corner of the country which definitely helped me to broaden my perspectives.
Swapneel got an on-campus placement in Alstom India Ltd, a French power sector company, in which he worked for 16 months. In October 2013, he quit the job and started to prepare full time for UPSC.
In my first attempt in 2014, I went to the interview and couldn’t make it to the final list. In my second attempt in 2015, I got through Indian Postal Service (IPoS). In my third attempt in 2016 I got through Indian Revenue Service-Customs and Indirect Taxes (IRS- C&IT). And finally in this attempt, I secured 64th rank in the Indian Administrative Service, he said.
Swapneel expected to be in the top 100 this time as his written exams went really well comparing to the previous years.’
Securing top 6th rank in the Nagaland HSLC exam kept him motivated for the UPSC.
Talking about preparation he said it was a blend of both conventional books and the internet. In today’s time it is always advisable for candidates to use the internet in a judicious way during preparation or else one can stand a chance to miss out on certain things.
When asked to advice young aspirants, he said, “With the proliferation of the internet, knowledge has become very democratic and one can clear this exam even without attending any conventional coaching, sitting at home. The only thing that matters is a smart strategy followed by dedication”.