New Delhi: They are underdogs who emerged top dogs. The road to success was however not smooth and all they had was determination.
One of the success stories is that of 25-year-old Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer Govind Jaiswal, who is the son of a rickshaw puller from Varanasi. His father could not understand the power of education till his son cleared the civil services examination.
"My father didn't know the value of education because no one from our family had ever studied except for my elder sister Mamta who always supported me and shared my dream of becoming an IAS officer," Jaiswal said.
Jaiswal became an IAS officer in 2005.
It was a difficult phase for Jaiswal when he shifted to Delhi to prepare for the civil services exams after completing his graduation.
"It was a difficult time as my father sold his only piece of land for Rs.30,000 and gave me the money. Apart from my regular preparations, I used to take tuitions to survive in the capital. Back home my father's health was deteriorating and I was under extreme pressure to clear my exams or else I would have to pack my bags and return home," Jaiswal said.
"Till today I don't know from where I got the strength to survive in those conditions. Today when I look back, I feel proud since I survived because of sheer dedication and determination," he added.
Image: IAS officer Govind Jaiswal appearing on IBN7's "Zindagi Live" show.
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