Success Story of Pamela Satpathy, IAS of 2014

Pamela Satpathy has hogged the limelight and made the people of Orissa proud by bagging the 51st rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examination. She is an icon and a true inspiration for the millions of Indian students and showed that nothing is impossible. She has joined LBSNAA and her alloted cadre is the newly formed state of Telengana.

She always wanted to be in a field in which she could contribute to society. And IAS is a person who can help the poor and under privileged people and plays an important role in the development of society.

Marks Obtained

 Total Marks  Marks Obtained
Total (Written)  1750 781
 Interview 275  187
 Total  2025  968 (47.80%)

Family Background

Pamela Satpathy was born and brought up in Sunabeda in Koraput district. She is the daughter of a Defence Research and Development Organisation officer R K Satapathy. Her mother was the real inspiration throughout her journey. She tied the knot with Dipankar who is a doctor by profession and lives in a joint family.

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Educational Background

Pamela Satpathy did her early education from Sunabeda. She completed her B.Tech in Computer Science from College of Engineering and Technology. And again she moved onto Humanities. She did her Masters in Sociology and Human Rights and she was pursuing her 3rd in Tribal Development and Management so that she would be able to determine the direction of Phd.

Working Experience

After completing her B.Tech in Computer Science, she got her first campus placement at Infosys. Pamela Satpathy had worked as a Software Engineer in Infosys. Afterwards, she decided to join Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), one of the booming research sectors of the country as a fellow scientist. She also worked as an Assistant Professor with School of Nursing at Siksha O Anusandhan University (SOAU).

Optional Paper

Pamela Satpathy opted for Sociology as her optional paper as she did her masters from the same subject which she opted.

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Attempts by Pamela Satpathy

Mrs Pamela Satpathy has cleared the UPSC examinations in her 4th attempt with AIR 51. This was her fourth attempt and third interview. She had secured a rank for the Allied Services and was recommended to join last year but took the test again and achieved what she had always wanted to.

The first year she appeared, she was suddenly taken very ill. Her mom went to help her out, but in vain. Though she could clear the prelims, she could not make it to the mains, by just missing the cut off for a few marks.

She put all her soul once again into her studies. This time she cleared both the prelims and mains but could not clear the viva. This is indeed a great achievement as students usually clear this prestigious exam in the third or fourth attempts, and she was just a few steps ahead of her goal in the second year itself.

Preparation Strategy

For Pamela Satpathy preparations were very hard as she was a standard candidate working and doing household chores, but that did not deter her from achieving her goal. It was a test of patience, perseverance and will power. She gave four to five hours to study in a day. She studied at night from 11 pm to 3 am in the morning, as in the daytime She had to take classes and because She live in a joint family have to shoulder certain responsibilities. Even if she study for an hour she study with full concentration and dedication.

She was thankful to God who ultimately gave me the reward. Preparation was a long process, as there were three stages – prelims, main and interview and each one is completely different from the other in terms of preparation. To click in all the three stages is a hard task.

Credit of Success

Pamela Satpathy thanked her husband Dipankar, a doctor by profession, and her in-laws for the support that they gave her. “He tolerated taunts from friends, acquaintances and neighbours who said he would become a doormat once she become an IPS officer. But he never paid any heed to such things and did all household chores, including cleaning utensils, so that I could prepare for the exams,” Pamela said. Her parents, husband and in-laws supported her a lot during this period. Mainly to her husband for his support; he is more like a friend and has always been there for her.

Tips for future Aspirants

  • No matter how much time you devote to studies, Study with full concentration and enthusiasm.
  • Don’t lose patience if you can’t make it in the first attempt try harder and harder to make your dream come true.
  • There is no substitute for self-study and there are absolutely no short-cuts
  • Coaching only provides a direction to one’s preparations but even then it’s the consistent hard work that pays off.
  • Intense and grueling preparations and hours of devoted study are essential to crack all the three stages of the coveted exam.

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    • Hi Ms. Pamela. I am very inspired to read your success story. You are working girl and still clear the IAS exam. I am working girl., and doing MBA, I take 5-6 hours for my studies. I don’t take any couching, because i don’t have so much time. Sometimes I am very hopeless when people said that as you are working girl, impossible to crack the IAS exam, but when i read your story and preparation strategy i feel happy and it gives so much positive wives. Now i am start to prepare first read to NCERT books. It would be very great if you can suggest me, how can i prepare for the IAS, as i have only night time to study.

      IAS Inspiration

  1. pls give me suggestions for mains, how to prepare well, and tell me good coaching centres deatils for civils
    thank you mam/ sir/

    ______________________ jhansi.

  2. Mam you are my true inspiration . I started studying for ias after I saw ur interview in tv.You really made our odisha proud.

  3. very inspiring,.. proud of our sunabeda.
    i have met her in my school where i m teaching she came n inspired students…

  4. Dear mam,

    Please guide me with the proper Notes material or textbook needed for prelimus exam.

    Thanks and regards,
    Nitin Singh,
    Bmm Graduate

  5. welcome i am.proud of u do this e xam with her in.laws and they gave her full support to u plz pray for me i will qualify this exam

  6. success story really inspire to youngstar generation those who want to achieve in the same field like us…..want to read more n more story like ths 1 …..jst lv it…

  7. Ma’am you are truly an inspiration for the youths of our nation…Not only odisha but u have also led our nation with flying colours…it feels so honoured and privileged to reply to your post…I m still a 12th STD student and my aim further is UPSC too….I will act as a staunch follower of you and try succeed in my life!

  8. Hello mam, I get some inspiration from your story but I still have a question ,that the person who do not know his true aim,how he can get it?

  9. mam thanks a lot to inspired me and congratulation for your success . mam please suggest me books to clear this I a s exam .

  10. Dear mem ,

    I red your success story . I will very proud this story will give to us as a good inspiration. We do you solut for side.
    Thanks & congrets.

    Vijay Kumar

  11. Realy great mam, I am a b,tech(information technology) student..please tell me about the way….plan …study materilas details.

  12. For your kind information MR.(Mukharu) and MR. ( ,
    It’s very easy to have taunt on others but it’s very hard to face such openly.
    Though Mrs.Himani may not be good in english but still she openly wrote all her details in english which is her first step towards her ultimate goal to crack CIVIL SERVICE EXAM buy you people have given your criticism in english but which is very short that a Standard II student can easily write such things in a very explanatory way.
    Shame on you guys.
    And who you are to give such nonsense comment to her or to others.
    This page is to share your queries not to criticise others.
    And if you have guts then you just dare to face civil services examination.

    MYSELF A SON OF CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT and was preparing for CA but one deadly incident took place on my birthday i.e. on 9.12.2015 and since then I dropped my CA career and started preparing for IPS as my ultimate target.
    And for CA graduation is not mandatory hence I hadn’t done my graduation buy after that incident immediately I am giving my exam through IGNOU which I will be completing by 2017 Dec any how.
    And then in 2018 will be having my coaching for civil services and then in 2019 will be appearing for My ultimate goal,my life,my everything {TO CRACK CIVIL SERVICES AND TO BE A DABAANG IPS OFFICER)..
    And for that I have reduced my waist size from 44inch to 32inch within 5months and 25 days as for an IPS OFFICER one must also be physically fit besides his/her mental ability..

    So please guys never criticise others..
    JAI HIND..

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