Mirror tried to reach Rekhawar for his reaction, but he was in Delhi and could not be contacted. But former bureaucrat Avinash Dharmadhikari, who runs Chanakya Mandal, said, “Rekhawar was a disciplined student and focused on his studies.
He joined the Mandal for mock interview preparation for the UPSC exams.” Rekhawar has completed electronic engineering from Rajasthan and chose Physics and Geography as optional subjects.
Dharmadhikari added that 87 students from Maharashtra had cracked the UPSC exams this year, which according to him, was a good result for the state. “We are aiming to take this tally to 100 next year,” he said.
Among the successful students from the state, most attended Dr Ambedkar Competitive Examination Centre at Yashwantrao Chavan Academy for Development Administration (YASHADA) and Chanakya Mandal.
Chennai-based law graduate S Divyadharshini has topped the exam. A total 5,47,698 candidates applied for this examination and 2,69,036 candidates appeared for Preliminary examination, which was conducted on May 23, 2010. 12,491 candidates qualified for the main written examination held in October-November 2010. 2,589 candidates were shortlisted for the personality test conducted in March-April 2011 out of which 920 were selected, of which 203 female.