Sheer determination, willpower and hard work are the key ingredients to accomplish any goal and reach the zenith of success. Exemplifying it is a son of an uneducated rickshaw puller, Govind Jaiswal, who achieved a rare feat and cracked the prestigious Indian Administrative Services exam in 2006.
One of the hardest nuts to crack, the IAS exam is still the toughest exam to get through in our nation. Every year millions of students try their luck but only 0.025% of them succeed. Govind Jaiswal proved the inevitable and secured the 48th position in the IAS exam in 2006. Since his childhood, he had a very clear motive to clear the IAS exam in his first attempt. The impoverished condition of the family forced them to live in a 12 by 8 rented room.
In his early teenage, Govind was kicked away from the house of his friend who was very affluent and was dared how he made friend with the son of a rich. The words did not hurt Govind or lower his confidence but made him determined to achieve something extraordinary and big. The frequent insults and the vindictive taunts only steeled his determination and courage. He completed his graduation in mathematics from a government college in Varanasi. To add to Govind’s woes were the frequent power cuts which extended between 12-14 hours every day. The moment the lights went out he had to light a candle, shut the door and windows and insert cotton in his ears to lessen the sound of the generators.
Realizing his son’s one and only dream, Narayan, Govind’s father sold his plot of land for Rs. 40,000 and sent him to New Delhi to study. A spunky Govind studied for more than 18 hours a day to achieve the impossible. He even took maths tuitions to meet his financial needs and necessities to buy books and other study materials. Govind Jaiswal considered Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam as his idol and always followed his footsteps.
The life in Delhi was not easy for Govind. For the first time in his life he was introduced to the lavish life of a big city. He had to face numerous struggles while preparing for the IAS exam. He even skipped meals to save money. In 2006, the most emotional moment came for Narayan, his father when Govind broke the news of his selection in the IAS exam. Govind secured the 48th position amongst the 474 eligible candidates. The father of this 23 year old boy was so elated with the news that he could not control his tears. An honest IAS officer, Govind Jaiswal is surely an inspiration for the youth of our country.
Govind’s success proves that if a person is determined enough then nothing is impossible in this world and no dream is too big to achieve. His hardships and struggles motivate us to aspire and dream big. Govind Jaiswal has etched his name with golden letters in various books. With rock solid determination and indomitable courage, he lived up to his dreams and achieved them. It is a massive achievement just to crack the IAS exam in itself but the unfavourable and the adverse conditions Govind conquered makes him a role model for all our countrymen.