Gangtok: Two candidates from Sikkim have cracked the coveted UPSC exams, the result of which were announced on Friday.

Gangtok resident Tenzin Semkyi Ogen ranked at 458, while Tashiding, West Sikkim, resident Dipendra Adhikari ranked 600.

An economics graduate from Delhi’s Miranda House College, Ogen told Sikkim Chronicle, “I am not very statisfied with the rank. However, I am waiting for the counselling to begin.”

A student of Tashi Namgyal Academy (2014 batch), Ogen said this was her third attempt at the UPSC examination. Her parents are Karma Choppel Bhutia and Kalsang Choden Bhutia of Forest Colony, Gangtok.

EastMojo spoke to the other successful candidate, Dipendra Adhikari, who is currently working as assistant engineer in Sikkim government’s Rural Development Department, spoke about his achievement.

The 28-year-old said this was his 4th attempt to crack the UPSC examination. A student of a government school in Tashiding, Adhikari went on to complete his schooling from Sir Tashi Namgyal Senior Secondary School in Gangtok in 2012. He then pursued civil engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi, Jharkhand, until his graduation in 2016.

He said though he got placed with Larsen and Toubro during his college placement, he chose not to take up the job offer because his heart was set on the Indian Administrative Services.

After returning home to Sikkim, he secured a job as an assistant engineer through the Sikkim Public Service Commission. He was appointed in the Rural Development Department in 2018 and started working in Geyzing, West Sikkim.

In his capacity as an assistant engineer, he helped develop the Model ICDS school in Pelling, West Sikkim. A proposed structure was brought to reality.

However, his still harboured the dream of clearing the Indian Administrative Services and had been attempting, bettering his chances every year since 2017. Even while working, he was preparing for the UPSC exam from his home.

Adhikari attributed his success to “consistency and persistence” that helped him crack the UPSC. “I developed interest during my college days; prior to that I wanted to be an engineer. I am thankful to the state government. My department head CS Rao approved my holidays for examinations in between services,” he said.

Adhikari’s father was a primary school teacher in Nambu-Mangthang in Gangyap, Tashiding, while his mother is a homemaker. He has two elder sisters and a younger brother.

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