RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT KURIOCITY
Having joined engineering under parental pressure but soon taking to the idea of building things, Panaji resident Pranav Nerurkar has built educational products for social causes. The 26 year-old is currently pursuing his PhD in computer science from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute, Mumbai.
From building mobile apps to robotics he has tried his hand at everything and this experience has helped him in building UPSCFever.com, an education portal to offer free of cost exam related guidance to aspirants.
He got the idea of developing this website when he was in the third year of his Bachelors course and developed an attraction towards civil services (IAS). “This was also because my grandfather who was a civil servant himself. I attempted the exam on three occasions but could not go beyond the mains examination (Stage II). I later had to quit studying fulltime and take a job.” He took up lecturing at an engineering college but couldn’t find the time to prepare for IAS due to the hectic schedule. “I used to motivate students of that college to pursue a career in civil service. Observing the problems that they face such as expensive preparation material, lack of guidance, relocation to other cities for preparation etc I decided to start working on my portal,” Pranav adds.
He then used his experience as a teacher and an aspirant to build this website. It was built with the aim to solve problems that aspirants face during the course of their preparation. Pranav adds: “I interviewed many IAS toppers (including Swapnil Patil, IAS Topper from Mumbai in 2017) and experienced trainers to collect best practices and preparation tips from them. I read many books and solved many question papers to write the material for the website.”
Informing about the requirements of a civil service aspirant, he says: “The requirements are study plan, syllabus, exam notifications, study material, test series, topper interviews, feedback, previous years question papers and solutions and mock tests. Our website provides all this free of cost. Thus satisfying their needs and aiding their preparation.”
Sharing his experience of meeting the CM, he says: “I was demonstrating my website to a group of students and parents when I was in Panaji in September. One of the parents was a Government officer who offered to set up a meeting with the CM. I then informed the CM about my work and in return he provided a letter of appreciation for me recognising my efforts.”
The website is freely available from mobile as well as computers and in future he plans to make it available to students in areas with low internet connectivity. “This shall help them in their preparation. We also want to launch material for Goa Public Service Commission exams by December 31. Goans normally do not prefer civil service as a career option. They have to be motivated by creating awareness, for this UPSCFever might be beneficial,” Pranav concludes.