'It's my dream to serve people in need'

'It's my dream to serve people in need'


Two candidates from undivided Dakshina Kannada district have cracked the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) civil services examinations (2015) with flying colours.

Nivya P Shetty of Thombathu village in Amasebailu of Kundapura has secured 274th rank. She resides in Bengaluru with her parents advocate Prakash Shetty and mother Narmada P Shetty. She completed her schooling from Sophia School in Bengaluru and later completed her engineering from Sir MVIT. She has cleared the UPSC in her first attempt.

Nivya said support and guidance of her parents helped her to achieve success. “It is my dream to serve the people in need,” she added.

Hard work

Hard work, dedication, consistency and perseverance are the key to success in UPSC civil services exams, Michelle Queenie D' Costa, who has secured 387th rank, said.

A resident of Neerude in Niddodi village of Mangaluru taluk, Michelle is the daughter of Lazarus D’ Costa and Nancy D’ Costa.

She told Deccan Herald that she is happy over her achievement. “Cracking UPSC exam was my long-cherished dream. It has finally come true. Support of my parents and positive thinking helped me to achieve success.”

Hailing from an agriculture background, Michelle is an engineering graduate from RV College of Engineering in Bengaluru. Though she was recruited by a firm during the campus selection, she did not take up job and began her preparations for UPSC exams.

She studied in Kannada medium up to Class 7 at St Francis Xavier Higher Primary School at Neerude and later at Little Flower High School, Kinnigoli. She completed her second PUC from Alva’s College, Moodbiri.

“It was my dream to serve the people by cracking UPSC exam.I am ready to serve the public with whatever service I get for my rank,” Michelle said.

“This is my third Prelims and first Mains and interview. I have also appeared for the state civil service examinations. I took coaching as a preparation for the exam. The only way to crack the exam is to prepare consistently and updating general knowledge. My parents supported me throughout. I am grateful to my parents and God for the success.”