Q. Many candidates prepare sincerely but constantly live under fear about ‘profile insecurity’. I’m not from a big college, I’m not from English medium, and I don’t have work-experience. What if they ask some stressful questions in the interview about this? Did you suffer from such insecurities? What is your message to these candidates?
I have personally not suffered from this insecurity but have met individuals who have similar fears and insecurities. I think such fears are not well founded as UPSC tries to make a level playing field and encourages diversity. Such fears are only in the mind and have no basis in reality.
I had the opportunity to meet an IPS officer recently, who is son of a poor landless farmer and who has had education only in the vernacular language. He couldn’t speak English before he joined the service but he has never let that stop him from achieving his dreams. He is till date not shy or insecure about his background. In fact, he is proud of it and why shouldn’t he be? Anyone who is judging you only based on your wealth or occupation or ability to speak in English is just not worth your time.