August 4, 2020, proved to be a life-altering day for 29-year-old Pradeep Singh. The son of a farmer from Sonipat district of Haryana, Pradeep Singh, emerged as the topper of the UPSC civil services exam, the results for which were declared today.
He topped the list of 829 candidates who have qualified for the prestigious civil services, including the IAS, the IPS and the IFS.
Describing it as a “dream come true”, Singh said on Tuesday that he wants to join the Indian Administrative Service as he is keen to work for the deprived and poor sections of society.
Father played an important role
Pradeep was quick to point out his father’s role in his journey towards becoming a bureaucrat. “As I tried to balance my studies and job, there were times when I was losing focus. But, my father Sukhbir Singh kept motivating me,” a visibly jubilant Pradeep Singh said.
Notably, it was his fourth attempt at cracking the civil services exam.
Singh had already cracked the Indian Revenue Services (customs and central excise) in 2019. He was undergoing probation at the National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics (NACIN) in Faridabad.
Focus, consistency must to crack civil services
Pradeep Singh said that consistency and focus are a must to succeed in the civil services exam.
“It is like a dream come true. It is a pleasant surprise for me. I always wanted to be an IAS officer. I would like to work for the deprived sections of society,” he added.
As his father is a farmer, working for the welfare of peasants is also close to his heart.
“UPSC demands consistency as well as focus. At one time when I was doing this job, I had a feeling that I may be unable to keep my focus on the exams. But my father kept motivating me,” he said.
Entire family happy for me
“My father is very happy today. My entire family is very happy,” Singh said.
Singh’s mother is a homemaker, his elder brother works in the insurance sector and younger sister is pursuing MSc in mathematics.
“I also motivate my sister to pursue her dreams without any pressure,” he said, adding his family and friends supported him throughout.
Stay determined to achieve goal
The 29-year-old man said that challenges do increase when one is balancing between studies and job. “Staying focused may seem difficult, but one has to stay determined to achieve the goal,” Singh said.
Haryana CM congratulates Singh
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar congratulated Singh and hoped that other youths from the state will also take inspiration from him.
Taking to Twitter, Khattar said, “My heartiest congratulations to Haryana’s son Pradeep for getting first rank in UPSC Civil Service exam results.
“I hope that other youth of the state will also take inspiration from you to achieve higher goals.”
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