Bhubaneswar, January 7 (Localwire): Her handicap never deterred her from taking up a big task, and despite being visually impaired Tapaswini Das was determined to achieve her goals.
And success came to her when she cleared the Odisha Civil Service Examination 2018 conducted by the Odisha Public Service Commission (OPSC) with flying colours with a rank of 161.
A native of Bhubaneswar, she is the only child of Krushnapriya Mohanty and Arun Kumar Das.
In an interaction with LocalWire, Tapaswini talked about her strategy for cracking OPSC and challenges.
How challenging was it for you to prepare for the OPSC exams?
Preparing for the exam was not much of a challenge for me because I have pursued my graduation and post-graduation in Political Science as a core subject and History as an elective subject.
For OPSC, my first optional subject was Political Science and the second was History.
However, since I took this exam along with my post-graduation, it was difficult for me to create a balance between OPSC exam and PG semesters.
Being a visually challenged person did you face any difficulties during your preparation?
Nowadays it is very easy to learn, we have access to much technical equipment, and tools like screen reading software, talkback software in android.
So, how much time did you spend to prepare for it?
I spent over 10-12 hours per day.
Did you take any coaching?
I believe in self-preparation and I didn’t have much time to take coaching.
What was your strategy?
Strong determination and patience are required to achieve success.
Generally speaking, a strong determination is required more for working aspirants and aspirants who are pursuing their higher studies.
Hard work is necessary but it should be strategically planned to meet your goal.
No one will stop you from reaching your target if you are determined and optimistic.
Please share some more information about your education.
I lost my vision when I was in class three at DAV Chandrasekharpur.
After that, I did my education in Bhimabhoi School for Blind and completed my intermediate and graduation from Ramadevi Women’s University.
I was the department topper in graduation.
Did you ever have any negative feelings?
I am always positive about my goal.
I believe in myself, which helped me clear the OPSC exam in the first attempt.
Which field will you prefer in the service sector?
I have no such preferences. I would be happy to serve.
There are innumerable cases of rape and molestation in Odisha. What will you do to handle this, If you get a chance to work in this sector?
If I get a chance to handle these situations then I will first work on creating awareness about many policies like one nation, one emergency so that everyone is aware of these problems.
A special hospital should be set specially for rape victims to avoid the negative comments of the people.