Success Strategy For Prelims – Mains – Interview By Mr. Shubham Gupta AIR 6
Topper’s talk – Sucess Strategy for Prelims – Mains – Interview
Guest Speaker – Mr. Subham Gupta All India Rank – 6
UPSC CSE 2018
Date: 17th March 2022
Shubham Gupta was born in Jaipur, Rajasthan on 11 August 1993. He was born in a middle-class family. Later he moved to a small village of Maharashtra, Dahanu due to financial instability. He loves collecting and reading various biographies, autobiographies, and non-fictional books as a hobby. As a recreational activity, he enjoys various sports such as cricket and tennis. He also loved driving in hardship as a stress buster.
He also has two older siblings, a brother and a sister. His elder brother’s name is Krishna Gupta. He is an entrepreneur inspired by his businessman father. His elder sister is Bhagyashree who is now a CA.
Shubham Gupta completed his education in different states of India. He completed his primary education to seventh from Jaipur. After he moved to Dhanau due to financial instability, he had to travel a long journey to Vapi, Gujarat to complete his further education.
There was no English or Hindi medium school in Dahanu. Therefore, he studied 8th to 12th from Shree Swaminarayan Gurukul, Vapi, Gujarat. This was very far from his town and used to go to school with his sister by train. He would leave his house at 6 am and reach home only till 3 pm.
He was a studious student from childhood and as a result, he scored the highest marks in high school from his district, Valsad. Later everyone advised him to choose the science stream further but he wanted to pursue commerce. Hence, he went on with commerce due to his liking for economics.
For higher studies, he decided to move to Delhi and pursue a degree in Commerce. His name was in the second cutoff list and was selected for B.Com honours. Moreover, in the fourth cutoff, he got selected for Economics honours.But unfortunately, he couldn’t enrol himself under any of these courses as he was not present in the city. When he reached Delhi it was already too late. He tried to talk to the professor and college authority, but it didn’t bear any fruit.
The college began its new sessions but determined Shubham didn’t accept it. He used to visit HOD’s office daily and tried to pursue her for his reasons. After 2 weeks of repeated struggle and patience, he finally fulfilled his desire and was selected for Economics honours.Shubham’s family wasn’t very financially stable. In his teen days, his family moved to a small village in Maharashtra due to bankruptcy and financial instability.
To study further he has to commute from Dahanu, Maharashtra to Vapi, Gujarat by train. He used to wake up early and come home late.Shubham was the youngest child of the family but had a sense of responsibility in him. His father used to run a small shoe shop and his elder brother was studying at IIT far from his home. Therefore with studying, he used to help his father in his work.
He used to reach the shop at 4’o o’clock and stayed there until night. Moreover, he used to study there also. Until intermediate, he lived like that. Surprisingly he not only helped his father but also scored high marks in his school. Though he couldn’t participate in any extra-curricular activities or sports.
According to Shubham Gupta, his father was his role model. He inspired him to face failure bravely and bring the wheels of life back to normal.“Several times in his life, he faced a financial crunch and hit rock bottom. But his ‘Never say Die Spirit’ inspired me a lot”- Shubham Gupta.Shubham Gupta gave his first attempt in 2015. But he couldn’t clear prelims. But he was a determined person and never learnt to accept failure.
In his second attempt in 2016, he successfully cleared all stages of UPSC and secured 366th rank. But was not satisfied by it and decided to give another chance.In his third attempt in 2017, he wasn’t selected. At last, he decided to give his last attempt in 2019 before accepting failure.
However, God’s plan was something different. In his fourth attempt, he not only successfully cleared UPSC but also secured 6th rank in all India.