IAS Jaiganesh Success Story

वेटर से IAS


तब तक प्रयास करो जब तक तुम सफल नहीं हो जाते 
 ये बात कहने और सुनने में बहुत आसान लगती है पर जब apply  करने की बात आती है तो बहुत हिम्मत की ज़रूरत होती है  ऐसी ही एक मिसाल है जयगणेश.

जयगणेश  का जन्म  तमिलनाडु के एक साधारण से परिवार में हुआ | उनके पिता एक फैक्ट्री में काम करते थे | घर की आर्थिक स्थिति भी टिक नहीं थी पिता की मासिक आय ४५०० महीना थी | ४ भाई बहनो में जयगणेश सबसे बढे थे |

८ वी तक की पढ़ाई गाओं के एक छोटे से स्कूल से की १० वी के बाद पोलीटेकनिक में एडमिशन ले लिया | जयगणेश हमेशा से पड़ने में बहुत होशियार थे और हमेशा कक्षा में फर्स्ट आते | पॉलिटेक्निक भी ९१ %  अंको से पास किया | उसके बाद २००० में मेकानिकल  इंजीनियरिंग पास की |

जयगणेश  नौकरी की तलाश में बंगलोरे आ गए | और मात्र २५०० रुपए की मासिक आय वाली एक नौकरी कर ली | यहाँ रहते हुए वो हमेशा गावो के लोगो की दैनीय स्तिथि के बारे में सोचते | फिर एक दिन उन्होंने IAS बनने का मन बनाया और नौकरी छोड़कर अपने गावों आ गए | उनके पिता ने हमेशा आर्थिक रूप से उनकी सहायता की . पहले २ प्रयसों में जयगणेश IAS Pre exam भी नहीं निकल पाए | पर उन्होंने हार नहीं मानी | चेन्नई की सरकारी IAS कोचिंग का एंट्रेंस एग्जाम पास करके उसे ज्वाइन कर लिया और कोचिंग  की तरफ से  खान और कमरा मिला | पर एग्जाम खत्म होने के बाद उन्हें कमरा खली करना पढ़ा .  तब जयगणेश ने एक होटल में क्लर्क का काम किया जिसमे उन्हें कभी कभी खान भी सर्वे करना पढता था | ५ साल तक जयगणेश न आईएस एग्जाम का IAS Pre Exam भी clear नहीं हुआ | ६ वे attempt में Pre और Main clear हो गए पर इंटरव्यू नहीं clear हो पाया |

जयगणेश ने हार नहीं मानी और ७ वां और आखिरी attempt  दिया और 156th rank हासिल की |

जयगणेश ने आशा नहीं छोड़ी और जो सपना उन्होंने देखा उसे हासिल करके रहे |

दोस्तों जो असफलता से रुकते नहीं यही वही इतिहास बनाते है | बाकि तो सब इतिहास पढ़ते है बस

Rajesh Prabhakar Patil ias story

‘Bread Boy’ to be an elite officer of distinction


Rajesh Prabhakar Patil has walked a long way in life.

Patil, a 2005-batch IAS officer and now District Magistrate of Mayurbhanj, used to sell “fresh breads” during his early schooldays to earn at least `3 day to meet his study expenses.The struggle of the young officer is described in details in a book written by him entitled Maa, I’ve become a Collector! Patil was Collector of Koraput and Kandhamal before manning another tribal district, Mayurbhanj. The English version of his book was released on Friday at a hotel here at a simple function by former Chief Secretary Sudhansu Bhusan Mishra. The book, originally written in Marathi, is a 224-page autobiography of Patil.

Published by Unicorn Books, New Delhi, the book was earlier translated into Odia. Born to a poor farmer family of an interior village in Maharashtra, Patil struggled hard in his life to become get into the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), reveals the book. “So, he has a lot of feeling for the poor and downtrodden,” observed motivational speaker Barendra Kumar at the book release ceremony.The ceremony was organised by the Kadambini Media Group, a leading Bhubaneswar-based publication house, which publishes the most popular women’s magazine Kadambini.Founder of KIIT University Dr Achyuta Samanta graced the occasion along with TV scribe Manoranjan Mishra and ITER College Director RN Panda.

Former Chief Secretary SB Mishra expressed concern over the steady decline in the success rate of Odia candidates in All India Civil Service Examination. He outlined the steps necessary to reverse the trend by the Odia aspirants.Dr Samanta lauded the perseverance of Patil and said his life would inspire thousands of tribal boys and girls studying at the KISS, the largest educational complex for tribal students at the KIIT campus.Patil spoke at length about his life and the struggles he faced during early years and asserted that with determination and hard work success can be achieved in trying situations.

Santosh Kumar IAS Topper 2013

Santosh Kumar IAS Topper 2013


Santosh Kumar Hindi medium IAS Topper 2013 said in his interview that becoming an IAS Officer was his childhood dream; and he could fulfill his dreams now. He said that his story is like a film script consisting of all those – dream, struggle, step-by-step move towards the goal, hits and misses; and at last with so many difficulties achieved his goal. As he was from rural background , having inadequate resources , he was lacking all the comfort and ease which many others had in their lives. But even after his not so good condition he never had inferiority complex in front of others . He always had firm believe that god has given him everything that others have ; and if there is anything less than he shall achieve and earn it with his hard word.

Almighty has given everyone some strengths and weaknesses; Santosh Kumar had strong willpower and never underlooked his capabilities. No sooner he completed his graduation , he thought of appearing for Civil Service Examination as he was confident that he can do it. He had in his mind that he is very much eligible to appear in CSE. He always used to prefer standard textbooks as he could understand it very well and also the entire syllabus of CSE is woven around that level. He was hardly worried about getting success . He just went on doing his hardwork.

But this big task taken up by him was not that easy too. Many a times there were situations where he was compelled to re-think of his decision of attempting for CSE exams as the resources which he had was scarce and the uncertainty of clearing the exam with it .He was weakless , disheartened and weak economic conditions forced him to postpone his plans to appear to Civil Service Examination.In the interim he got married and was blessed with a daughter who is now of 5 years.He gave his full time to family and in return their love, affection and much needed-mental peace helped him think beyond and achieve his goal, which has been destined from him.

Like all other youngsters his first aim was to settle in life . With his affirmed efforts and luck in 2010, he was selected in SSC(Graduate Level)Exam and was lucky enough to get posting in Central Secretariat, New Delhi. After marriage and government services he attained stability in his life. SO in true sense he actually started preparing for CSE at an age of 27 plus. AS there is a saying that, when something good is to happen, almost all things fall in place, same was in the case of Santosh Kumar . He got serious about his career in CSE as his wife kept on encouraging him to make an attempt. In true sense she was more keen towards this exam and has true believe that he could do it .

Delhi being the hub for CSE preparation, fulfilled all that he required to move ahead with his preparation plans. Books, Study material,guidance and right advice- all He received in Delhi. In total Santosh Kumar made 3 attempts for Civil Service Examination,In his first attempt in 2011, he cleared the preliminary Examination but was unable to move ahead. In his next attempt in CSE 2012, he scored 665th rank and was allotted INDIAN REVENUE SERVICE (INCOME TAX) and in his third attempt he finally achieved his goal – IAS and was feeling relief.

Sanjay Kumar Singh 42nd rank CSE 2006

Sanjay Kumar Singh, 42nd rank, CSE, 2006


Son of a munsif (court clerk) in Sasaram district in Bihar, he did his BA by correspondence. Though he lived one km from the district collectorate, he never got within conversing distance of a district collector, but like all bright students in Bihar, he was encouraged from childhood to join the IAS.

He got in on his seventh attempt.

"Bihar has not seen the winds of change that swept through the country from the ’90s, so we have an older mindset. For us power and prestige still means sarkari naukri, rather than the fat salaries of MNCs."

Walking into Outlook's Delhi office a few weeks after he was selected—with a distinct air, if not a swagger—Sanjay relives those heady moments when he was swiftly transformed from a small-town boy with uncertain prospects into a member of the mai-baap sarkar that personifies power in his home state. The euphoria of family and friends, the sudden warmth of neighbours who had written him off after he flunked, gushing calls from mere acquaintances and even strangers. The tears of his father, a clerk at the district court who had spent a lifetime in awe of three conjoined letters, I, A and S. And the attentions of bridegroom-seeking civil servants and local politicians belonging to his Rajput caste. They were the only ones disappointed. At 29, the new probationer was already married.

Sanjay is the new face of the civil services. Agastya Sen, the metro-born protagonist of Upamanyu Chatterjee's 1988 novel, English, August, with 'St Stephen's College' written all over him, who finds himself in a district town—a "dot in the hinterland"—after joining the IAS, is even more of a rarity than he already was in the '80s and the '90s.

The most recent data on the social profiles of the 400-odd who annually clear the civil services exam conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) to join the IAS, the Indian Foreign Service, the Indian Police Service and other services, shows that the numbers of those born and schooled in "dots in the hinterland" is rising steadily. The city-born and city-bred, apparently chasing IIMs, MNCs, foreign universities and a plethora of new-economy options, are painting themselves out of the picture. "The easy availability of good jobs not requiring such hard work and preparation to get into, have turned people from relatively affluent backgrounds away from the IAS," says ex-IAS officer and National Advisory Council member N.C. Saxena.

IAS-2006 Topper Mutyala Raju Revu

IAS-2006 Topper Mutyala Raju Revu


Born in Chinnagollapalem, a remote island village in Krishna district on Andhra coast, Mutyala Raju comes from a marginal farmer's family. His two elder brothers are also into farming. Incidentally, it was Raju's third attempt in the UPSC examination. In his previous attempt in 2005, he secured 223rd rank and was allotted to Rajasthan cadre of the Indian Police Service. He is currently undergoing training at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai National Police Academy in Hyderabad. "I come from a family of farmers. Getting proper education and medical facilities was difficult in Chinnagollapalem as it is cut off by Godavari and Krishna rivers," Raju recalls but he has excelled all through his academic career, overcoming all hurdles.He studied at Zilla Parishad 

High School near his village. Being the state topper in Common Entrance Eexamination for Polytechnic, Raju pursued his studies at Mullapudi Mem orial Polytechnic College in Tanuku (West Godavari district) and specialized in electrical and electronics engineering. He secured first rank in Engineering Common Entrance Test in 1998 to com e into mainline engineering, He appeared for GATE in 2002 and secured all-India third rank. He completed B-Tech from the National Institute of Technology, Warangal, and pursued ME from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, in Signal Engineering. He also secured first rank in Indian Engineering Services 2003 and was posted as a railway engineer. For this third attempt in the Civil Services exam, Raju took coaching at R C Reddy Coaching Centre in the city. He took electrical engineering and mathematics as optionals to try for the IAS and came on top. 

"I joined the NPA after I appeared for the Civil Services exam again. I expected a rank within the top 10. I am so elated. I did not expect the top rank," he said after coming to know of UPSC results on Monday evening. He said that he would attend the training at NPA as usual. Murthy said he had expected his son to be among the top 100 but Raju exceeded everyone's expectations by securing the top rank. "We are proud of him," Chintamani, Raju's mother, said. It was festive time at Raju’s home in the island village Chinnagollapalem from 4 pm when the news broke that he topped the list. Taking a break from the celebrations spree, Raju’s father R Narasimha Murthy told that the entire village was singing paeans to Raju’s hard work. ‘‘He always read GK books,’’ his father recollected adding that he expected a rank in the top 100. Raju’s mother Chintamani and uncles Vysaiah and Venkanna were leading celebrations. ‘‘We have been calling all our relatives to share the news,’’ said Murthy, who looks after his four-acre land in his village. This is not the first time that Raju earned accolades from his relatives and others in the village. Raju could not be contacted. Being the state topper in polytechnic entrance, Raju pursued his polytechnic at Mullapudi Memorial Polytechnic and specialized in electrical and electronics. A rem ote village celebrates its son’s tryst w ith glory So what if Chinagollapalem looks like a village caught in a time warp, it produced an IAS topper. And this island village sans roads and hospital is celebrating.

Revu Mutyala Raju, who topped this year’s IAS examination, is from this predominantly fishermen’s village. On hearing about the news of Raju’s rare achievement, the villagers came out of their houses, distributed sweets and burst crackers. Mutyala Raju’s father Narasimha Murthy is overjoyed. Reaching Chinagollapalem is an arduous task even on normal days. From Vijayawada, one has to travel for three hours and then take a boat ride up to Lakshmipuram Pallepalem in Krittivennu mandal. The village is hemmed by Upputeru, a brackish water channel leading from Kolleru into the sea on three sides and the Bay of Bengal on the fourth side. A bridge across Upputeru to connect the mainland has been the long-felt need of the villagers. ‘‘This is a moment of great happiness. The whole village is celebrating,’’ said an excited Myla Veerraju, a neighbour of Mutyala Raju. There is greater joy as Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy has invited the parents of Mutyala Raju to Hyderabad. They are leaving Chinagollapalem on Tuesday night to reach Hyderabad. ‘‘Mutyala Raju is God’s gift to our village. I hope there will be development in our village now,’’ said village motor mechanic Pallamanda Satyanarayana. Mutyala Raju’s uncle Revu Krishnarjuna Rao is so overjoyed that he has no words to express himself. Revu Vissaiah, another uncle of Mutyala Raju, too is overjoyed. ‘‘It is a matter of pride for us that our lad is the IAS topper. A boy from the fisher folk community in a backward island has done the whole State proud,’’ he said.

about Satya nadella

Satya Nadella's -  youngsters with humble backgrounds


An average student of Hyderabad Public School (HPS) here Nadella did not study at IITs or any top management school, which is often perceived as a must to make it to the top bracket.

The Microsoft board Tuesday named the 46-year-old Nadella as its CEO, the global software giant's third after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

While the families of both Nadella and his wife Anupama have refused to share their thoughts citing privacy, Nadella's friends, the alumni of HPS and others said they were thrilled at an Indian making it to the top.

"He is very down-to-earth and humble person who never shows off his position or his knowledge of technology," J.A. Chowdary, founder director of Software Technology Park of India-Hyderabad told IANS.

Chowdary recalled his meetings with Nadella when the latter was at Sun Microsystem Inc. and also after he joined Microsoft in 1992. "He is always a learner of new things from every individual he meets. As he never shows off, people who meet him also freely share their thoughts with him," said Chowdary.

"I admire his technology vision. With a man like him at the helm, Microsoft will reach greater heights," he added. Chowdary is also thrilled that like him, Nadella also hails from Anantapur, a drought-prone district in the backward Rayalaseema region of Andhra Pradesh.

He did his BE in electrical and electronics from Manipal Institute of Technology, masters in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

"This will encourage to young boys and girls with humble beginnings both educationally and financially. They can come up in life with sheer hard work and dedication," Harish Chandra Prasad, a leading industrialist told IANS.

Prasad pointed out that Nadella studied at second-rung colleges. "He did not study at Stanford or Harvard. There is general thinking that the elite club comes from these top schools," said Prasad, past chairman of the Andhra Pradesh chapter of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

He believed Nadella is one more example of Telugus doing well. Padmasree Warrior, the Chief Technology & Strategy Officer (CTO) of Cisco Systems and the former CTO of Motorola, Inc. and Kirthiga Reddy, who heads India operations of Facebook, are from Andhra Pradesh.

Son of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer B.N. Yugandar, Nadella studied at HPS, Begumpet between 1978 and 1984. According to school authorities, he was not an out-standing student.

"Nadella has made every Indian, every IT professional, every Hyderabadi and every alumnus of HPS proud," K. Vishweshwar Reddy, MD, Citadel Research, told IANS.

Vishweshwar Reddy, Nadella's senior at HPS, said Nadella's elevation was another example of average students doing well. He said Wipro CEO T.K. Kurien, also an HPS alumnus, was also not a top student.

Other famous HPS alumni include Karan Bilimoria, chairman of Cobra Beer; Prem Watsa, chairman, Fairfax Financial Holdings, Canada; Shailesh Jejurikar, vice president of Procter & Gamble's North American homecare portfolio and Shantanu Narayen, CEO, Adobe Systems.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and Union HRD Minister Pallam Raju also studied at the HPS.

"HPS had some magic ingredient. It was the culture and the interaction with students coming from different backgrounds. There were students from rich, middle-class and poor families and there were students from north India and south India," said Vishhweshwar Reddy, who earlier headed Wipro HCIT and GE MSIT.

He recalled that HPS had very few toppers. "We had the opportunity to play sports and this helped a lot. This shows that it is not just technical skills and academic skills that take you to top," he said.

Cricket was a passion for Nadella at HPS. "He was a member of the team. He was more of a batsman," K. Hariprasad, CEO, Central, Apollo Hospitals told IANS.

A senior to Nadella by two years, Hariprasad was captain of the team. "It was a well-knit school. Somebody who has passed from the HPS and is from Hyderabad becoming CEO of one of the largest corporates of the world is a proud thing," added Hariprasad.

jyoti suresh bhagwat mpsc

विजयी "ज्योती सुरेश भगत"


एमपीएससीची मुख्य परीक्षा तोंडावर आली असताना आजी निर्वतली. त्यावेळी अवघ्या तीन गुणांनी संधी हुकली. त्यानंतर आईला कॅन्सर झाल्याचे निदान झाले. त्यामुळे संपूर्ण कुटुंब खचून गेले. अवघ्या चार दिवसांवर मुख्य परीक्षा आली असताना आई सोडून गेली. त्या स्थितीतही परीक्षा दिली; मात्र हाती निराशाच आली. एकामागोमाग दु:खाचे डोंगर कोसळत असताना देखील खचून न जाता त्याच जिद्दीने अभ्यास करून त्या रणरागीणीने एमपीएससीचा गड अखेर सर करत आज नगरपरिषदेत मुख्याधिकारी म्हणून बहुमान मिळवला. त्या रणरागीणीचे नाव आहे ज्योती सुरेश भगत…

मुलांचे भविष्य उज्ज्वल व्हावे यासाठी आई-वडिलांनी तिन्ही भावंडांना शिक्षणासाठी तालुक्‍याच्या ठिकाणी ठेवले. ज्योतीने वयाच्या पाचव्या वर्षी घर सोडले. दहावीनंतर तिने पुण्यात पाऊल ठेवले. लष्करी सेवेत जाण्याचे स्वप्न होते. त्यावेळी फुटबॉल स्पोर्ट अकादमीचे विनय मुडगोड यांनी तिचा शैक्षणिक आलेख आणि कल पाहता त्यांनी तिला प्रशासकीय सेवेत जाण्याचा सल्ला दिला. तो सल्ला मानून ज्योतीने प्रशासकीय सेवांचा अभ्यास सुरू केला.

एमपीएससीची मुख्य परीक्षा तोंडावर आली त्यावेळी आजीला रुग्णालयात दाखल केले होते. परीक्षा तीनच दिवसांवर असताना आजी निर्वतली. तीन गुणांनी तिची संधी हुकली. त्यानंतरच्या परीक्षेवेळी आईला कॅन्सर झाल्याचे निदान झाले. यावेळी जिवाचा जीवलग होणाऱ्या “स्वप्नील’ने तिच्या स्वप्नांना उभारी दिली. “तुला लाल दिव्याच्या गाडीत पाहण्याची आईची इच्छा आहे, ती तू पूर्ण कर’ हा त्याचा शब्द प्रमाण मानून तिने अभ्यासाचा डोंगर पुन्हा उपसायला सुरवात केली. परंतु, मुख्य परीक्षेच्या काही दिवस आधी आई निर्वतली. अन्‌ हाता तोंडाशी आलेला घास पुन्हा खाली पडला.

मात्र, या घटनांनी खचून न जाता तिसऱ्या संधीला ज्योती एमपीएससीची परीक्षा उत्तीर्ण झाली. दरम्यान, तिच्या लग्नाच्या आदल्या दिवशीच मुलाखत होती. हळद-देवकार्य या सगळ्यामध्ये मुलाखत उरकून घ्यायची होती. त्यावेळीही सासरच्यांनी आणि घरच्यांनी पूर्ण पाठिंबा दिला. एमपीएससीचा निकाल लागला परंतु यादीत ज्योतीचे नाव नव्हते. या परिस्थितीतही तिने जिद्द सोडली नाही. “कष्टाचे फळ देव देतोच’ या उक्ती प्रमाणे पुनर्निकालात ज्योतीचे नाव झळकले. तिची नगरपरिषद मुख्याधिकारी म्हणून निवड झाली. या यशात वडील सुरेश भगत, आई कै.भारती भगत, पती स्वप्नील पाटील, सासरे डॉ. संजीव पाटील, सासू डॉ. सुनीता पाटील, दीर दर्शन पाटील, बहीण सौ. दीपाली भगत-येवले, भाऊ जयदीप भगत यांची मोलाची साथ मिळाली, असे ती आवर्जून सांगते.

Khatale Ravindra Dnyaneshwar 2016

“I could give my best as my parent’s sacrifice was a major motivating factor”


After completing BE degree in Mechanical Engineering Khatale Ravindra Dnyaneshwar commenced career with automobile industry and had a 3.5 years stint with John Deere Tractors.
Today, as youth explore various career options to keep pace with time and exceptional transformation that is taking place in the world around; one query surround the mind “What to do next?
After self-assessment and looking at diverse choices available, Ravindra finally made up mind for career in ‘Civil Services’.
Explaining the reasons for his decision Ravindra said, “Because it is one of the best jobs in the country, it came on my radar. Job is dynamic, unlike monotonous schedule of corporate sector. Here you work for the real downtrodden, deprived sections of the society rather than working for few shareholders of the country. Finally, I decided in favour of it as seeing happiness, satisfaction on the faces of masses gives you the real job satisfaction.”
Candid in talks Ravindra said, “It was not an easy transition as for foray in Civil Services Examination I planned to quit my job and prepare diligently. As I come from a simple family and my parents are farmers, it was not a straightforward choice. But, despite facing 3 continuous droughts and crop failure, they supported my decision to quit my job and prepare for UPSC. It was just not only affirmation; they always supported me financially as well."
I was clear in my decision and if there were some conflicts, I could overcome those with one thing in mind that I have to give my best as my parent’s sacrifice was a major motivating factor.
After being mental ready, I resigned from the job in November 2014 and had just 9 months in hand for preparation as first stage Preliminary Examination was in August 2015.
One special thing that contributed in success the most is the prior habit of reading newspaper, reading books helped a lot, as I did not have to start from zero. Prior reading of books like ‘Imagining India’, ‘Getting India Back on Track’ indirectly prepared me for UPSC syllabus.
Also I tried to make studies enjoyable and smart by watching lots of documentaries, videos. Enjoyed the process like a Nishkam Karmayogi and hence could remain stress free during preparation.
Another thing that I cultivated was habit of taking notes and timely revision helped immensely in clearing CSE in first attempt itself.
I am really fortunate to have friend Ilango Rajaram (IPS), who advised me to join module-wise classes for few subjects rather than joining comprehensive GS batches.
It is not that all you strategize, everything moves as per your plan. I also had little upsetting outcome as far as my optional subject (Philosophy) marks are concerned as there were much below my expectations but, the beauty of this examination is that you have many other areas to cover up such situations. I scored very well in Essay and General Studies and that helped me accomplish my task.
Besides proper plan, timely Execution, habit of taking notes, habit of watching documentaries, animations for understanding, timely revision allowed me to get top rank.
Test series for both Prelims and Main Examination and most importantly habit of not giving any test without preparation gave me confidence and self-belief.

To motivate future aspirants Ravindra’s advice:

Enjoy the process of UPSC cause “Life is what happens to you when you are busy making other plans” and Once you start enjoying Polity, Economy, History, Geography, Civil Services Examination will be a cakewalk for you.

Always remember even if you don’t become an IAS, you will become an enlightened citizen of this country and won’t live your life as an ignorant person.

f I can clear CSE in my first attempt, so can you..!!

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आईएएस बनना, यही थी मेरी मंजिल: वंदना


हरियाणा के नसरुल्लागढ़ गांव के एक बेहद पारंपरिक परिवार में हुआ. उनके घर में लड़कियों को पढ़ाने का चलन नहीं था. उनकी पहली पीढ़ी की कोई लड़की स्कूल नहीं गई थी. वंदना की शुरुआती पढ़ाई भी गांव के सरकारी स्कूल में हुई. वंदना के पिता महिपाल सिंह चौहान कहते हैं, ‘‘गांव में स्कूल अच्छा नहीं था. इसलिए अपने बड़े लड़के को मैंने पढऩे के लिए बाहर भेजा. बस, उस दिन के बाद से वंदना की भी एक ही रट थी. मुझे कब भेजोगे पढऩे.’’

महिपाल सिंह बताते हैं कि शुरू में तो मुझे भी यही लगता था कि लड़की है, इसे ज्यादा पढ़ाने की क्या जरूरत. लेकिन मेधावी बिटिया की लगन और पढ़ाई के जज्बे ने उन्हें मजबूर कर दिया. वंदना ने एक दिन अपने पिता से गुस्से में कहा, ‘‘मैं लड़की हूं, इसीलिए मुझे पढऩे नहीं भेज रहे.’’ महिपाल सिंह कहते हैं, ‘‘बस, यही बात मेरे कलेजे में चुभ गई. मैंने सोच लिया कि मैं बिटिया को पढ़ने बाहर भेजूंगा.’’

छठी क्लास के बाद वंदना मुरादाबाद के पास लड़कियों के एक गुरुकुल में पढऩे चली गई. वहां के नियम बड़े कठोर थे. कड़े अनुशासन में रहना पड़ता. खुद ही अपने कपड़े धोना, कमरे की सफाई करना और यहां तक कि महीने में दो बार खाना बनाने में भी मदद करनी पड़ती थी. हरियाणा के एक पिछड़े गांव से बेटी को बाहर पढऩे भेजने का फैसला महिपाल सिंह के लिए भी आसान नहीं था. वंदना के दादा, ताया, चाचा और परिवार के तमाम पुरुष इस फैसले के खिलाफ थे. वे कहते हैं, ‘‘मैंने सबका गुस्सा झेला, सबकी नजरों में बुरा बना, लेकिन अपना फैसला नहीं बदला.’’

दसवीं के बाद ही वंदना की मंजिल तय हो चुकी थी. उस उम्र से ही वे कॉम्प्टीटिव मैग्जीन में टॉपर्स के इंटरव्यू पढ़तीं और उसकी कटिंग अपने पास रखतीं. किताबों की लिस्ट बनातीं. कभी भाई से कहकर तो कभी ऑनलाइन किताबें मंगवाती. बारहवीं तक गुरुकुल में पढ़ने के बाद वंदना ने घर पर रहकर ही लॉ की पढ़ाई की. कभी कॉलेज नहीं गई. परीक्षा देने के लिए भी पिताजी साथ लेकर जाते थे.

गुरुकुल में सीखा हुआ अनुशासन एक साल तैयारी के दौरान काम आया. रोज तकरीबन 12-14 घंटे पढ़ाई करती. नींद आने लगती तो चलते-चलते पढ़ती थी. वंदना की मां मिथिलेश कहती हैं, ‘‘पूरी गर्मियां वंदना ने अपने कमरे में कूलर नहीं लगाने दिया. कहती थी, ठंडक और आराम में नींद आती है.’’ वंदना गर्मी और पसीने में ही पढ़ती रहती ताकि नींद न आए. एक साल तक घर के लोगों को भी उसके होने का आभास नहीं था. मानो वह घर में मौजूद ही न हो. किसी को उसे डिस्टर्ब करने की इजाजत नहीं थी. बड़े भाई की तीन साल की बेटी को भी नहीं. वंदना के साथ-साथ घर के सभी लोग सिविल सेवा परीक्षा की तैयारी कर रहे थे. उनकी वही दुनिया थी.

आईएएस नहीं तो क्या? ‘‘कुछ नहीं. किसी दूसरे विकल्प के बारे में कभी सोचा ही नहीं.’’ वंदना की वही दुनिया थी. वही स्वप्न और वही मंजिल. उन्होंने बाहर की दुनिया कभी देखी ही नहीं. कभी हरियाणा के बाहर कदम नहीं रखा. कभी सिनेमा हॉल में कोई फिल्म नहीं देखी. कभी किसी पार्क और रेस्तरां में खाना नहीं खाया. कभी दोस्तों के साथ पार्टी नहीं की. कभी कोई बॉयफ्रेंड नहीं रहा. कभी मनपसंद जींस-सैंडल की शॉपिंग नहीं की. अब जब मंजिल मिल गई है तो वंदना अपनी सारी इच्छाएं पूरी करना चाहती है. घुड़सवारी करना चाहती है और निशानेबाजी सीखना चाहती है. खूब घूमने की इच्छा है.

आज गांव के वही सारे लोग, जो कभी लड़की को पढ़ता देख मुंह बिचकाया करते थे, वंदना की सफलता पर गर्व से भरे हैं. कह रहे हैं, ‘‘लड़कियों को जरूर पढ़ाना चाहिए. बिटिया पढ़ेगी तो नाम रौशन करेगी.’’ यह कहते हुए महिपाल सिंह की आंखें भर आती हैं. वे कहते हैं, ‘‘लड़की जात की बहुत बेकद्री हुई है. इन्हें हमेशा दबाकर रखा. पढऩे नहीं दिया. अब इन लोगों को मौका मिलना चाहिए.’’ मौका मिलने पर लड़की क्या कर सकती है, वंदना ने करके दिखा ही दिया है.

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IAS 2009 Topper Sandeep Kaur


Sheer hard work and inspiration from an old TV serial have helped Sandeep Kaur, a peon's daughter, crack the tough civil services exam. She says she couldn't have done it without the rock solid support of her extended family. Sandeep, 29, daughter of Ranjit Singh, a peon in the revenue department here, has given Punjab reasons to feel proud by attaining the 138th rank in the open merit list of the All India Civil Services Examination. She is from the Scheduled Caste (SC) reserved category and hopes to better her rank in the reserved category list, which is yet to be declared. “I am proud to be a peon's daughter and I want my father to complete his service with full dignity.

I owe my success to my parents and god. Despite meagre resources, my father provided the best facilities to me,” Sandeep told “I was very motivated after seeing the serial ‘Udaan’ the tale of a lower middle class girl who became an Indian Police Service officer.” Morinda town is around 35 km from state capital Chandigarh. While recounting her difficult days, Sandeep, a civil engineer, said: “After completing my engineering, I first wanted to do a job to become economically independent before starting preparations for IAS. But for two continuous years, I did not find any job, as there were very few opportunities for girls in the civil engineering sector.” “There was nobody to guide me and we did not have enough money to pay the hefty fees of coaching classes. Therefore, I made the first two attempts (2005 and 2006) without taking any formal coaching,” she pointed out: Thereafter, her father took a bank loan to fund the cost of coaching institutes. She took coaching at Chandigarh, Patiala and New Delhi. Despite her engineering background, she meticulously chose the subjects of sociology and Punjabi literature. In 2007, she missed the main exam by a whisker. She got 933 marks whereas the cut-off was 936. My extended family also supported me during the preparations.

Every day at 4 am my cousin went to Kharar town (around 10 km from here), to bring a copy of Hindu newspaper as we did not get it here. “I have given preference to the Punjab cadre. I would certainly work against female foeticide and for the uplift of girls in the state,” said Sandeep. Since the declaration of results last week, Sandeep's house has been abuzz with media persons. Her family members are upbeat. “We are from a small town of Punjab with very few resources but still my daughter has successfully cleared one of the most difficult exams of the country. The whole town is proud of her and I cannot express my feelings in words,” a proud Amarjit Kaur, Sandeep's mother, told. “I wanted her to become an IAS officer since she was in Class 8 and now she has fulfilled my dream. It was certainly not an easy path and it was a journey full of disappointments and countless hiccups. But her strong determination helped her sail all the way,” she said. Gurpreet Singh, Sandeep's brother who is studying law, told: “This time Sandeep was desperate to clear the exam as last time she had missed it by just three marks. During the prelims she studied for 18 hours and for the mains she increased it to over 20 hours. She had actually forgotten to sleep in pursuit of her dream.” “But my sister is still the same person. Reporters of many channels are coming to our house to interview her but she is very shy and afraid of facing the camera.” he said. Gurpreet now wants to crack the exam himself. “I will also start preparing for this exam under my sister's guidance.”