IN THE INDIAN EXPRESS :-
BALASORE: Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya has made the district and State proud by securing fifth rank in the UPSC examination results of which were declared yesterday. He is the only one from Orissa to find a place in the top ten list and tops the list of male general candidates.
Bijay, a veterinary graduate, took the examination with Public Administration and Psychology as optional subjects.
‘‘The result came as a surprise to me. Though I was sure of clearing the test, I never expected such a high rank,’’ an overwhelmed Bijay told from New Delhi where he had been preparing for the examination for last four years.
He, however, tasted success in his third attempt. ‘‘Finally hard work and consistency brought colours to my life. Despite two unsuccessful attempts I never lost patience. Rather my determination became stronger and this is, I feel, is key to my success,’’ he said. He exuded confidence of getting Orissa cadre.
He credited the success to his parents saying without their support, he would not have reached the position. He also gave credit to his senior Satyasai Rath, an Income Tax commissioner, from whom he got the inspiration.
Bijay said he achieved success as he was determined to be an IAS after completing graduation from the Orissa College of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry in 2005.
‘‘What is Gotipua dance?’’ was the second question put to Bijay during the viva voce followed by three questions on Orissa’s pattachitra, significance of Raghurajpur village and revival of Gotipua and Odissi dances by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. He was taking coaching in two Delhi-based institutions - Vajiram and Ravi IAS Institute and Sriram’s IAS.
His mantra for success is determination, patience, continuous motivation and hard work. Born to Rabinarayan Upadhyaya, reader in English, Oupada College here, and Naliniprava, Bijay’s passed with first class throughout his career.
‘‘We are extremely happy. Our son is a bright student and by securing the fifth position he has brought laurels to the district. He held our name high,’’ said his parents.