A High profile Career or an Agent of Hope?

Have you ever asked yourself why you want to be an IAS/IPS/IFS/IRS officer? Are you looking for fame? Does the glamour of the services attract you? Many consider it as the best job because of stability, growth, social prestige, power, facilities offered etc. Every year lakhs of aspirants engage and lock-horns amongst themselves for the most coveted services in the entire country. The degree of competition is enormous and cut-throat. Therefore the UPSC Civil Services Examination is known as the Mother of all Examinations. Aspirants are always embroiled in this competition and often encounter physical and mental stress. Why you want to do something that is so uncertain and unpredictable? What is your Motivation?

Although social prestige and material growth are natural concomitant to Civil Services. Dear friend if you feel that your life would be a bed of roses once you qualify in this examination, then I am sorry to say but you are living in a fool’s paradise. The life of an IAS or IPS officer is very challenging and arduous. However facing this daunting pressure is worth if you love your country and your people. If you are compassionate and empathetic towards the poor, the destitute, the weak and the vulnerable. If you stand for JUSTICE, LIBERTY, FRATERNITY and EQUALITY then Civil Services is the vehicle that will help you to achieve the same.

Imagine the kind of satisfaction that you would draw when you will ensure transparency and quality in the Mid-day Meal Scheme for innocent children and make right to education really a FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT. How would you feel if you help an old destitute woman, who might be muscled by the evils of corruption and injustice?  Civil Service is no career but as the name suggests it’s a “SERVICE”. It’s a service to the Nation and her people. A Civil Servant is an agent of change who can ensure fairness and efficiency. The bureaucrats are the strong pillars upon which the entire hope of the country rests. If we remove the bureaucrats from the government machinery then the entire governance of the country would appear shallow and superficial. They are the people who really make things happen and make the society worth living.

Once you understand the real meaning of Civil Services you would always feel motivated regarding its preparation. As Rabindranath Tagore once said-

“You cannot cross the sea by standing and staring at the water one has to step in the water to test the rough waves. Stand tall and try to cope up with your problems. This is the only solution to deal with your fears as well as obstacles in your success path!”


The pressure of the examination mounts up only when you suffer from the “FEAR OF FAILURE”. You may fail in the prelims, mains or interviews once or many times. But don’t feel everything is lost, you might lose a single battle but the war is still on. You will lose only when you accept defeat. Remember for this examination you have made enormous sacrifices. You have suffered personally and professionally. You have made monetary and time investments. You might be living away from your family and loved ones. You might have lost someone special during the course of this examination. And above all you want to become an IAS/IPS/IFS/IRS officer. Ask yourself haven’t you given your heart and soul to this examination? Why doubt your ability now? Why let depression creep into your mind after so much of effort? If you fail en-route don’t repent your failure rather try to look inside you and analyze your preparation strategy. Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. Correct the errors and move ahead.

Prepare one more time. This time without any fear of failure and with the dream with which you once started. The huge quantum of work that an aspirant has to undertake and the quality he/she has to maintain throughout the course of this examination is no easy task. It is in fact daunting and intimidating. One has to remain alert and innovative throughout to outlive his/her competitors. However EDEN IAS believes that no challenge is insurmountable and no difficulty can withstand against the WILL-POWER of a Person. Dear aspirants, always remember

“If your mind can conceive it, your heart can believe it, you can achieve it”

In present times where a significant well off youngsters cash their precious time in self-indulgence, there is an existing underprivileged group of students who with their iron willpower are breaking all stereotypes to reach golden heights in their career.

Here I would like to share with you some of the success stories who have fought against all kinds of odds and had unwavering faith in themselves and in their abilities.

Kuldeep Dwivedi (27 yrs old) IPS- Security Guard’s Son

Kuldeep Dwivedi has managed to secure an all India rank 242 in the civil service exam conducted by UPSC in 2015. Kuldeep Dwivedi, son of a security Guard at Lucknow University has proved that no obstacle is too great to stop your will to succeed. His father Surya Kant Dwivedi works at the University of Lucknow as a security guard and struggles to make end meets for his family of five. But Surya Kant’s feeble economic conditions didn’t stop him from encouraging his son to pursue a career in the most beloved job in the Indian society. He supported his son’s ambition morally as well as economically as much as he could. Even after the results were declared, it was difficult for the whole family to believe that their youngest son has achieved such a great milestone in life. It took time for Kuldeep Dwivedi to explain to his family what it meant to rank in the Civil Services Examination conducted by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). He is youngest of three brothers and a sister, wanted to become a Civil Servant since he was a child. Kuldeep Dwivedi graduated in 2009 from Allahabad University and completed his post graduation in 2011. He has proved that hard work is not dependent on circumstances and keeping faith in the most important ability. His success is a shining example of determination and single-minded focus.

Ansar Ahmad Shaikh (21 yrs old) – Auto Driver’s Son

Ansar Ahmad Shaikh has become the youngest candidate to crack the UPSC Civil Services exam at the age of 21 with an all India rank of 361 in his very first attempt in 2015. Ansar sheikh, the son of an auto-rickshaw driver and brother of a mechanic, hails from a marginalized family from the Jalna village of Maharashtra. Despite his vulnerable economic conditions, Ansar excelled in studies from the very start and landed in the prestigious college course of B. A in Political Science, Pune. Driven by a strong will, he used to work 12 hours a day straight for three consecutive years while preparing for his UPSC exam. He has defied all odds, including religious discrimination, to crack the most prestigious competitive UPSC examination of India. Coming from a poor conservative Muslim family, his achievement is really worth applauding. He has become a source of inspiration for many poor aspirants trying hard to make a mark in this world of cut-throat competition. According to this budding civil servant, coming from a backward underdeveloped region and belonging to a minority community has acted more as an insight for him to study the horizontal differences that exist in the society. Moreover, his first-hand tryst with social ostracisation has also provided him with vivid solutions to such deep-rooted problems as an administrator.

Sweta Agarwal (IAS) – Grocer’s Daughter

This is another heartwarming story of a daughter of a grocer from Bhadreshwar. Sweta Agarwal finally realised her dream of becoming an IAS officer by securing the 19th rank in the UPSC examination in 2015. Her story of struggle is filled with overcoming multiple odds ranging from gaining basic education facilities to becoming one of the top 3 women toppers of UPSC exam 2015. She explains how despite battling poverty. Her parents made enormous sacrifices to educate her. Sweta is extremely proud of her parents and praises the way they taught her to always serve society. Sweta Agarwal completed her schooling from St Joseph’s Convent Bandel School. After completing her schooling Sweta graduated in Economics from St Xavier’s College Kolkata. Sweta Agarwal had cracked the UPSC exams twice before but kept her sights on becoming an IAS officer. Sweta feels proud about joining the Bengal cadre and also thinks that most youngsters are staying away from Civil Services barely thinking that they would be made to serve under political bosses instead of the public. It is often stated that for a girl from a moderate family, it’s very difficult for parents to support their children’s ambitious dreams. But crossing all boundaries of gender bias, Sweta Agarwal and her family is an example of unconditional hard work and perseverance.

Nirish Rajput – Tailor’s Son

Nirish Rajput, son of Virendra Rajput (a tailor) was a poor youngster from the Bhind district of Madhya Pradesh, who overcame massive odds to emerge successful in the Civil Service examination. He proved that poverty is not an impediment to success. He failed in the previous three attempts at the civil services, but never lost heart. The fourth time, he passed with a rank of 370. He lived in a small house in village Mau in Gohad tehsil of the district and worked odd jobs, even as a newspaper distributor, just to realise his dream of becoming a civil servant. He did not know how to become an IAS officer, but he knew clearing the country’s top examination can change his fortune. He was confident that poverty cannot be a hurdle for anyone if one has the determination and will to work hard. He studied in a government school and a modest college in Gwalior. His two elder brothers, who are contractual teachers, started investing most of their savings and energy to make Nirish’s dream come true. He has also proved the impression that only students from public schools alone can do well in these exams is a myth.

Hrudaya Kumar – Farmer’s Son

Hrudaya Kumar, a son of a below poverty line farmer from Angulai, a remote village in Kendrapara district of Odisha has secured 1079th rank in the coveted civil service examination 2014. Despite having a underprivileged background, he never looked back and achieved his desired goal. His family lives in a house which they got from Indira Awas Yojana, a social welfare flagship programme of the government. Hrudaya Kumar has completed his primary and secondary education from government-run-primary and high school respectively. He has passed class 12th with second division marks, but he was good at cricket and had the ambition to pursue a career in the same. He also represented his home district team in the Kalahandi Cup inter-district cricket tournament. But the destiny was already written for him. After completion of secondary education, he enrolled in a five-year integrated MCA course at Utkal University. He optimally utilised the environment he got for studies and tried his luck in civil services exam but he failed to secure his name in the merit in his first two attempts. Finally he made it.

Manoj Kumar Roy -From EGG vendor to civil servant

He cleared UPSC Civil service examination in his 4th attempt and now serves an Indian Ordnance Factory Service (IOFS) officer. He sold eggs, worked as a vegetable vendor and even mopped the floors of an office to earn a living during his struggling days in Delhi.

K Jayaganesh – From Waiter to IAS

K Jayaganesh failed in the civil service examination six times but never lost heart. But in his last chance, he passed with a rank of 156 and got selected for the Indian Administrative Service. Jayaganesh hailed from a very poor background in a village in Tamil Nadu, and though he studied to be an engineer, he worked at odd jobs, even as a waiter.

GOVIND JAISWAL – Rickshaw puller’s Son

His father toiled hard, sold off his only piece of land so that Govind could get an education. Complementing his father’s struggle and dream, Govind ranked 48th in the Civil Service Examination, 2006.


“If your mind can conceive it, your heart can believe it, you can achieve it”

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