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IAS Inspiration Stories
Rank-holders prove medium of instruction and coaching centres don’t matter
It is a tale of two candidates who overcame different odds to emerge successful in the all-important Civil Services examinations, whose results were announced on Friday. While one has proved that poverty is not an impediment to success, the other has shown that there is absolutely no need for coaching centres to clear the country’s top examinations.
Both of them have brought pride to their families. Gopala Sundara Raj of Ramanathapuram secured the 5th place at the all-India level and the first place at the State level and R.V. Karnan of Sri Ram Nagar in Karaikudi in Sivaganga got the 158th rank.
Mr. Raj comes from Mavila Thoppu, a tiny village near Kilakarai. His mother S. Rajammal and father S. Shanmugavel could not study beyond standards III and V respectively.
Though they thought of putting him in English medium school since the early stage, their abject poverty did not allow them to do so.
However, the perceived disadvantages of having studied in the Tamil medium in no way affected his performance in the Civil Services examinations.
“I have no words to describe my happiness. Raj has not studied in a sophisticated atmosphere. He has brought meaning to our life. The hard work, sheer determination, dedication and sincerity have made him so special in our life. My pain is that his father is no more to hear the happiest news in our lifetime,” says S. Rajammal.
Her family owns no land or house and she is residing in a portion of her brother Mariappan’s house, a retired school headmaster.
His moral support and motivation helped Mr. Raj, who is currently an agricultural scientist in Rajasthan, in his endeavour. His sister, Sundara Yoga Lakshmi, is working with Infosys in Chennai.
Mr Karnan (27) was the all-India topper in the Indian Forest Service examinations in 2007.
His father R. Veeraragavan (56) is working as a librarian at Alagappa Arts College and his mother V. Vijayalakshmi is a sub-registrar in Karaikudi.
“My dream has come true. The Civil Services examinations are all about clearly understanding the methods and patterns well. I didn’t join any coaching classes for the preparations,” Mr. Karnan toldThe Hindu over phone from Maharashtra, where he is working as Assistant Conservator of Forests. Source The Hindu
IAS Inspiration Stories : K. Jayaganesh – from Waiter to an IAS Officer
If you don’t believe in the mantra of trying again and again regardless of how many times you’ve already failed, maybe you ought to go through K. Jayaganesh’s journey of becoming an IAS officer. The man hails from a poor family in Tamil Nadu and did many odd jobs, including working as a waiter, before make his dream come true.
Setting an example for IAS aspirants, Jayaganesh secured 156th rank the seventh time (his last chance) and got selected for Indian Administrative Services after failing the civil service exam for six times! Krishnan, Jayaganesh’s father worked as a supervisor in a factory, brought him up in Vinavamangalam, a small village in Vellore district. Jayaganesh is the eldest of his siblings (a brother and two sisters) and completed his schooling after studying in the village up to the 8th standard.
IAS Inspiration Stories : Govind Jaiswal – The Son of a Rickshaw Puller
Born in dismal poverty in Varanasi, Govind achieved 48th rank in 2007’s civil services results. Govind spent childhood in a rented, congested room that he’d to share with three sisters and his parents, with no scope of time and the right setting for study at all. He began to aspire to become an IAS officer when his father and mother, a rickshaw puller and a housewife respectively, sent him to a school in Varanasi.
Even though Govind wanted to go for the civil services through school, IAS always seemed beyond reach, mostly because of poverty. The condition of the family became even worse when his father got a serious leg injury and could no long pull rickshaws. Govind still managed to find room for his dream and became an IAS officer at an age of 23.
IAS Inspiration Stories : Chandigarh, (PTI) Sandeep Kaur, the daughter of a peon from Morinda in Punjab, has made it to the IAS. Sandeep is the eldest of her three siblings and attributes her success to her father employed in Morinda sub-tehsil. Citing her father as her immense source of inspiration behind her success, Sandeep, a civil engineer from Panjab Engineering College, had the sole goal of making it to the IAS. I dedicated myself to preparing for the civil services and failure at earlier attempts made me stronger to prepare for the examinations,” she says. Her dream is to work against female foeticide which is a big problem in Punjab.
Meanwhile, in a congratulatory message, Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal complimented Sandeep Kaur and her family members, saying she had done the state proud by making it to the IAS despite her economically poor family background.
Punjab CM has no reason to celebrate Sandeep Kaur’s selection in Indian civil services
Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has congratulated Sandeep Kaur, daughter of a peon who has made into the India civil services, without realising that Punjab government has no contribution in her success.
She has emerged winner despite poor education infrastructure in rural Punjab and no assitance by state education department. She has studied in an ill equipped school in Morinda. It was Sandeep’s determination that she has surged ahead crossing all social and economic hurdels. Badal has announced to honour Sandeep Kaur for her rare distinction. Rather he should like a gentleman make public commitment that he would improve the education in rural areas to let the other girls to repeat the suceess of Sandeep Kaur.Sandeep is lucky that she was not killed by parents before birth then she was doubly blessed that her parents inspired her to become the winner. It is an opportunity for Badal to make an introspection of his government’s contribution in parting education to the rural children. So many Sandeep’s in rural areas who failed to get good education retired to their fate. Instead of feeling elated over success of Sandeep Kaur, Punjab CM shall feel ashamed over the fate of Rajwinder Kaur, another girl gifted with rare intelligence who is working as a peon in Punjab education departmant. Rajwinder who belongs to Bathinda, the home constituency of deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, may be the next girl to make into India civil services without any support from the ruling family.Rajwinder Kaur belonging to a lower middle class family had cleared her PMT and got admission in a medical college. Unfortunately, her father and mother died in a road accident. Her brother who also got injured slipped into coma. At that time her father was an assistant JE in Punjab State Electricity Board(PSEB) and mother was a teacher in Punjab education department. Rajwinder Kaur had no choice but to leave her MBBS course and take care opf her ailing brother. The PSEB refused to give her job on compassionate grounds. The education department offered her the job of a peon which she accepted on the persuation of her relatives. Neither Punjab Chief Minister or deputy Chief Minister bothered to take care of the poor girl. Rajwinder Kaur is also a national level cricketer and topped in school without any extra coaching. The officers of education department in Bathinda are sympathetic to her but the bureaocracy in Chandigarh is not moved at her fate. Rajwinder Kaur has now started preparing for civil services exam and she is determined to get into it.
IAS Inspiration Stories : Deserted by husband just after marriage, Gujarat girl
clears top UPSC exam
Barely 15 days after her marriage five years ago, she was deserted by her NRI husband, allegedly because her parents could not meet the dowry demand because of their poor financial condition. Later, she was thrown out by her in-laws.
On Friday, it was a dream coming true for Komal Pravinbhai Ganatra when she learnt she had secured 591 rank in the Union Public Service Commission examination for civil services.
Komal, who is a primary school teacher in a remote village of Bhavnagar district, expects to join Indian Revenue Service (IRS). She is among the 11 candidates from Gujarat who have cleared the civil services examination this year.
Daughter of a retired primary school teacher at Savarkundla in Amreli district, Komal is now determined to fight a legal battle with her NRI husband, Shailesh Popat, who is settled in New Zealand. She says they could not seek justice earlier because of the weak financial condition of her family and out of fear that litigation would affect her preparations for the top competitive exam. “I will definitely initiate legal action against my husband and in-laws now for what they did with me just because I came from a poor family and could not meet their financial demands,” she says.Komal does not even have the address or contact number of Shailesh or the kind of job he has in New Zealand. “Shailesh never gave me his address or contact number. He is out of touch ever since he deserted me soon after our marriage five years ago,” she says, adding he has also not divorced her.
While Shailesh did his M.Sc (chemistry) from a college in Rajkot, Komal holds a diploma in chemical engineering from Rajkot Government Polytechnic and a BA degree through correspondence from Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Open University. She also has a primary teachers training certificate from a college in Savarkundla.
Komal says she began dreaming of joining the elite civil services after her husband deserted her. In 2008, she joined Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) in Ahmedabad that trains students for UPSC exams. She cleared the exam in the fourth attempt in general category. She had opted for history and Gujarati literature as two optional subjects in the mains and preferred Gujarati language for interview.
Of the 11 candidates from Gujarat who cleared UPSC exams this year, five are from SC category, three from general and three from SEBC, also known as OBC. No ST candidate from Gujarat has cleared the exam this year.
Two of them, both engineering students, had also completed their MBA from Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM-A).
Kiran K Chatrapati, who did his BE (instrumentation and control) from LD college of Engineering in Ahmedabad and is working as an administrative officer (technical) with the National Insurance Company Limited, gave full credit to his wife for the support. He said he studied for four to five hours daily.
Assistant Municipal Commissioner in Ahmedabad Dharmendra Herm has also cleared the exams. Source Indian Express
IAS Inspiration Stories : Youth achieves IPS dream through distance education-
New Delhi: Aspiring to be a part of the ‘news making’ fraternity, 24-year-old Himanshu Kumar of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), cleared the Civil Services Examination.
A student of second year MA (Public Administration) in the University, Kumar has stood 141st in the Civil Services Examination 2009 Merit list.
”Since my childhood I wanted to be an IPS officer and serve the nation through my good deeds,” Kumar said today. Hailing from Champaran district in Bihar, Kumar is a graduate from University of Delhi in Journalism. ”I could have also done a Post Graduate course from a media institute and then write news.
But I opted to become a ‘newsmaker’,” he said. Before graduation, Kumar, son of a farmer, pursued his 10+2 from Delhi with 81.2 per cent marks while his middle schooling was done in Assam. At present, Kumar is staying in the national capital with his younger brother.
Talking about his course at IGNOU, Kumar said, ”My course material helped me a lot in preparing for my entrance exam. There are no textbooks available for some topics in the Civil Services Examination and I had an edge because I was studying with IGNOU.” ”I noticed that some of the other students preparing for IAS also refer to IGNOU course materials, not only in Public Administration but also for Sociology,” he added.
Replying to a question if at any point he felt that open schooling was not appropriate, a common notion among general public, Kumar said, ”It is not true. Moreover in my case, I had opted for IGNOU because no other university in Delhi provides this course, not even at under graduate level.” ”I had taken the right decision,” he said.
Himanshu is currently waiting to join either the IAS or the IPS, his first two options at the Civil Services. Having cleared his first year in MA with 64 per cent marks, Kumar is also gearing up to appear for the second year examinations at IGNOU next month.
A university spokesperson said, ”Kumar’s achievement will prove to be a great motivation for all learners of IGNOU and will encourage them to set higher goals.” He added that Kumar was the third ever student from the university to clear the exam. ”Earlier, two IGNOU graduates had cleared it in the year 2007,” he said. Source Kalvimanar
IAS Inspiration Stories : An inspiring tale of fortitude
Hailing from a poor family, he studied in an orphanage Video
For Mohammed Ali Shihab, who has emerged successful in the Civil Services Examination this year and was placed 226th in the rank-list, going to a reputed campus still remains an unfulfilled experience. The 31-year-old from a remote village in Kerala’s Malappuram district, who grew up in an orphanage, has a story of grit and perseverance to tell.
Born to penury in the village of Edavannappara near Kondotty, Shihab spent his childhood helping his father, Ali, to sell betel leaves and bamboo baskets. Primary schooling was almost an optional affair as he used to carry his chronically asthmatic father between their tiny home and ramshackle shop. He was sent to Mukkam Muslim Orphanage in Kozhikode district the next day after his father died in 1991, as his family had no wherewithal to support his education. He was even made to fail in Class V in order to get admission to the orphanage.
Becoming a teacher in an orphanage primary school was his dream. His parents were illiterate and poor but they had high ambitions about their three daughters and two sons.
Shihab’s elder brother Abdul Gafoor is an Ayurveda doctor. And all his sisters have had teacher training.
During his orphanage days, Shihab was inspired by some of his teachers who cared for him. The discipline maintained by the orphanage authorities had its influence in his life. It taught him what systematic life is.
He passed SSLC with good marks, and joined a pre-degree course at Mohammed Abdurahman Memorial Orphanage College, Manassery. He stopped pre-degree (equivalent of higher secondary) half-way and joined a teacher-training course. The orphanage authorities readmitted him for pre-degree course in the second year, and he did well in the last batch of the course. “I was lucky to be part of the last pre-degree batch in the State,” he chuckled. Despite the limited facilities and lack of privacy, he studied hard. He maintained a unique time-table for studies. He used to sleep soon after taking dinner from the orphanage mess around 8 p.m. and wake up around midnight for studies.
“I used to read in scant light under the cover of bedsheet and pillows in order not to disturb my friends sleeping in the neighbouring beds of the dormitory. In fact, I was violating the orphanage rules,” he said.
After pre-degree, Shihab shifted to Bafakhi Orphanage at Valavannur and joined its school as a primary teacher. There the quizzer in Shihab began to flower, and he started preparing for competitive examinations. He had little money to buy books but he read and assimilated whatever books that came his way.
One by one, he started writing PSC exams. He passed all the 21 PSC tests he took. In the meantime, he tried his hand at many jobs. He worked as an unskilled labourer for different organisations, pump operator for Kerala Water Authority, helper in a hotel, clerk in a panchayat office, and assistant in a government school. He cracked the exams for the selection of forester, railway ticket collector, jail warden, and peons and clerks. He got B.A. degree in history by writing the exams privately.
It was his brother who took his mind to the Civil Services. “I wanted to achieve something high to inspire my thousands of friends in orphanages,” he said. Although luck was on his side, Shihab’s life was not smooth at all.
He got married to Aysha Femina in 2006, and his daughter Liya Nawal was born two years later with Erb’s palsy (paralysis of the arm). During his studies and exams, he used to shuttle between hospitals and home. The child is still undergoing physiotherapy. “She has recovered 90 per cent. I am hopeful,” he said.
He was selected by New Delhi-based Zakat Foundation for free Civil Services coaching in 2009. That was the only time Zakat Foundation came to Kerala and took 12 students for coaching after conducting a screening test at P.S.M.O. College, Tirurangadi. “But for that coaching, I would not have made it to the Civil Services,” Shihab said.
He got coaching in history and geography in New Delhi. But the chilling cold of Delhi made him sick and so he returned home.
He studied intensively for three months, getting out of his home only for the weekly Juma prayers. Subject pressures forced him to dump geography, and opt for Malayalam language and literature as a topic for the main examination.
He joined the Civil Services Institute at Pala for coaching in Malayalam. “I realised that I had a flair for Malayalam writing. I decided to write the mains in Malayalam, though it was a bit late,” he said.
He was encouraged by the PM Foundation, Farook College. But none could instil in him so much of confidence as Aboobacker Siddique, an IAS topper from Malappuram who is now the District Collector of Simdega in Jharkhand. “He boosted my confidence level by giving me training for 10 days. And I scored 201 out of 300 marks in the interview, which was quite good.”
Shihab is hopeful of making it to the IAS under the Backward Community reservation quota. He advises students to read widely, particularly the news and views columns of newspapers and journals.
An ardent fan ofThe Hindu, Shihab never got the paper at home. He always depended on reading rooms and libraries for the paper. He believes that the future belongs to the children of rural areas.
“They have great strength. We should explore their potential. And they can certainly make it to the top.” Source The Hindu
IAS Inspiration Stories : Success story: This is how Haryana girl Vandana Chauhan got
Ambala: A resident of Nasrullagarh in Haryana, Vandana Chauhan, amazed everyone by her exceptional performance at the civil services examination 2012. She secured 8th rank in the exam and top rank among the students with Hindi medium.
Vandana was born on April 4, 1989 in a family that does not have a history of getting their girls educated. But Vandana made an exception by continuously pushing her father to send her out for studies. She was then sent to Gurukul in Bhiwani. Daughter of Mithilesh and MS Chauhan, Vandana has done graduation in Sanskrit (Honours) from Kanya Gurukul and LL.B. from BR Ambedkar University, Agra.
Vandana had always dreamt of becoming an IAS. She did her initial studies in the village but insisted on sending her out of the village for better education.
Vandana used to stay in her room only and used to study 20 hours in a day. The mantra that worked for her success was dedication and focus. She did her all her studies without any coaching.
It is extraordinary to find a Hindi medium candidate with single-digit rank.
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