UPSC success stories: The UPSC Civil Service Examination, administered by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC), is widely regarded as one of India’s most challenging exams. Many individuals who have completed their engineering degrees opt to pursue preparation for the UPSC CSE exam. However, not all of these aspiring candidates manage to secure a position in the UPSC.

In this article, we will introduce you to an engineer-turned-civil servant who successfully cleared the UPSC civil service exam on his first attempt. Meet IAS Mandar Patki, a 2020 batch Maharashtra Cadre IAS officer. Currently serving as the Assistant Collector and Project Officer at the Integrated Tribal Development Project in Taloda, Nandurbar, Mandar Patki has emerged as a noteworthy figure in the realm of civil services.

From July 2022 to November 2022, he served as the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for a period of five months. Prior to that, he gained experience as a Trainee Assistant Collector in Amravati.

Securing an impressive All India Rank (AIR) of 22, he successfully cracked the UPSC Civil Services Examination in 2019. Remarkably, he accomplished this feat in his very first attempt, without any formal coaching. Hailing from Maharashtra, IAS Mandar undertook self-preparation to conquer the nation’s most prestigious examination. For his optional subject, he chose Anthropology.

IAS Mandar firmly believes that success in UPSC can be attained regardless of one’s starting point. According to him, your educational background holds no significance in the realm of UPSC. Instead, he emphasizes the importance of a well-devised strategy and diligent hard work as the key factors for achieving success in this domain.

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Despite being an average student throughout his academic journey, Mandar defied expectations by clearing the UPSC exam on his first attempt. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.Tech) from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology in Pune. Prior to that, he pursued a Polytechnic diploma from Government Polytechnic College in Pune. After completing his graduation, Mandar made the decision to dedicate a year to preparing for the UPSC exam. His unwavering determination and hard work paid off when he successfully cracked the UPSC CSE exam in 2019, marking an impressive achievement.