As many as 670 candidates cleared the Odisha Civil Services Main Exam-2015 conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC), whose results were declared on Thursday.
While at least 1,306 candidates had appeared at the personal interview, Sourav Das from Betnoti area in Mayurbhanj district has topped the examination conducted for recruitment into top administrative cadre service of the State.
On the basis of personality test conducted by the commission from 8th of December, 2016 to 21st of December, 2016 and 2nd January, 2017 to 2nd February, 2017, it has provisionally selected 670 candidates in order of merit for appointment to the post/services coming under the Odisha Civil Services (Category-I & Category-II).
An engineering graduate from Bhubaneswar-based Institute of Technical Education and Research (ITER), Sourav though selected for a job in WIPRO, decided to go for civil services instead of trying his luck in the IT world.
“I initially attempted for Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for which I had joined a centre at New Delhi for coaching. But I had to return home due to health problem. As my parents wished, I applied for Odisha civil services examination,” he said. Son of a lecturer couple Minaketan Das and Sanjukta, Sourav, however, aims to crack IAS one day. But he would now join the State service and prepare rigorously for the country’s top administrative job.
“It is definitely a proud moment for us as our son has topped the State’s civil services examination. We are celebrating his success,” said his mother.