Govind Jaiswal

The rickshawallah’s son who cracked the IAS in 2006, with AIR-48 is one of the most inspiring success stories of all time that too in just 24 years of age. He began to aspire to become an IAS officer when his father and mother, a rickshaw puller and a housewife sent him to a school in Varanasi. Govind had studied with cotton stuffed in his ears to drown the noise of printing machines and generators below his window in a poor neighbourhood where small workshops existed cheek by jowl with tiny residential quarters. He had given Math tuition to supplement the paltry sum his father could afford to send him each month. His ailing father had sold a small plot of land to give him about ` 40,000 so that he could move to Delhi which would provide him a better place to study. Throughout his life, Govind had lived with only one dream — to become an officer of the Indian Administrative Service. For him that was the only way. And when he broke the news to his family, that he was ranked 48 among 474 successful candidates in his first attempt at the exam — it was the turn of his three sisters and father to weep with unbridled joy.


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