Every year, we hear inspiring stories from civil services examination where people have gone beyond their limitations to crack the most prestigious and sought after career’s exam.
From this year’s IAS selectees, Bihog.com brings you such inspirational stories that will leave you mesmerized.
The coveted Civil Services Examination result has many motivating stories this year as well. As per Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), the premier civil services training academy, at least half the recruits every year are children of government officials.
Today we bring to you many stories from people who overcame difficulties to achieve their dream and will inspire those who seek to be an IAS officer someday.
Pradeep Singh (UPSC Civil Services AIR 01)
“My focus was to cover the targeted syllabus every day. UPSC demands consistency and sometimes I felt that I was not consistent but my father encouraged me. My father is a farmer and mother is a housewife”, said Singh while interacting with media.
Pradeep topped the civil services exam in his fourth attempt. The 29-year-old hails from a farmer’s family in Sonipat, Haryana. Last year, he had secured a rank of 260 in the UPSC exam and was already undergoing training as an Indian Revenue Service officer.
Topping the exams is nothing new to Pradeep. He topped his school in Class 12 exams. After completing his B.Tech he was selected as an inspector for the Excise and Taxation Department.
Pratibha Verma (UPSC Civil Services AIR 03)
“I was inspired by the way IAS officers act as the first responder at the time of any crisis. They are always on the frontline at the time of difficult situations. That is why I decided to prepare again for the exam (after getting selected in the IRS),” she said.
Revenue Services officer Pratibha Verma bagged the third position in the IAS exam. She is the topper among the women candidates. What makes her achievement remarkable is that she achieved this feat despite being severely ill. She was diagnosed with Diarrhoea just before the UPSC Mains exam but kept her morale high.
Aishwarya Sheoran (UPSC Civil Services AIR 93)
“My mother named me Aishwarya after Aishwarya Rai because she wanted me to become Miss India, and I was eventually chosen in the top 21 finalists for Miss India,” said Aishwarya.
A very motivating story is of Aishwarya Sheoran. This former beauty queen qualified for the position after securing the 93rd rank.
A resident of Delhi, Sheoran rose to fame in the modeling industry after winning the title of Delhi Times Fresh Face 2014, and later participated in Femina Miss India 2016. She was chosen in the top 21 finalists for Miss India 2016.
Keerthana H S (UPSC Civil Services AIR 167)
“I have played roles in 32 films and 48 television serials,” she said. Among her noted performances are Kannada films Karpoorada Gombe, A, and Kanooru Heggadithi and Chiguru, a television serial. “Achieving IAS was my father’s dream and I’m delighted I could do it,” she said.
Kererthana is a former child actor and a COVID warrior from Karnataka who cleared civil services exams. She secured All India Rank 167.
Kumari Priyanka (UPSC Civil Services AIR 257)
“The hardships made me stronger. I have seen a lot in life. When things get tough, I’d often feel like giving up. But I’d pull myself up each time. Now I know that I can make use of the platform I have achieved to make things better for others like me,” Priyanka said.
28-year-old Kumari Priyanka from Uttarakhand has also proved that with hard work and determination, nothing is impossible.
Coming from a small village of Rampur in Uttarakhand, Priyanka has been helping her father on the farm after her school. Even today, her small mud house is cut off from many of the basic facilities like electricity and mobile connectivity and can be reached by trekking 15 km from the village of Dewal.
Despite these difficulties, she has cleared the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in her very first attempt and secured a rank of 257.
Purana Sunthari (UPSC Civil Services AIR 286)
“I want to serve in areas such as Education, Health and Women Empowerment,” Purana told media. “I would not get all the study materials in audio format. So, my parents would read books for me, day and night, and my friends helped convert a few books into audio format. They would even find helpful material and subscribe to it for me. It is all of them, who have now made me an IAS officer,” added Purana.
Purana had a childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer since her childhood. But this 25-year old was visually impaired. This didn’t keep her from achieving what she always wanted to do. A resident of Madurai, Sunthari managed to secure the 286th rank in her fourth attempt.
Azharuddin Zahiruddin Quazi (UPSC Civil Services AIR 315)
“My younger brother is a UPSC aspirant so he guided me throughout. That was my first source of study material as well as motivation. Secondly, I relied heavily on newspapers, YouTube and other such sources of information as most of the subjects have a link with current affairs. This was my first attempt with preparation. I had given one attempt in 2013 but that was just to gauge what the exam is. I used to travel to places in India, South Africa, and elsewhere because of my job. So I was preparing from wherever I was”, he said.
Son of taxi driver Zahiruddin Quazi at Yavatmal, Maharashtra, and Azharuddin has secured all India rank of 315. Both of his parents had limited education but that did not deter him from pursuing his goal of becoming a bureaucrat.
Before appearing for the Civil Services Exams, he graduated in Commerce from Yavatmal and got selected as a Probationary Officer in Corporation Bank where he served for 6 years.
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