IAS Success Story: Journey of a Rickshaw Puller’s son

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A Rickshaw Puller’s son became IAS Officer: Govind Jaiswal

IAS Success Story: Govind Jaiswal secured 48th rank in the UPSC civil services exam in 2006. Jaiswal’s journey to being an IAS Topper was a hard fraught one since his family was steeped in poverty.

“You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water.”

– Tagore



GOVIND JAISWAL: Background

Govind’s father Narayan worked at a government ration shop and was able to buy and hire out a few rickshaws. At one point, the family was moderately financially secure. But things took a turn for the worse and the family had to survive on meagre earnings from Narayan who had a hearing disability and carried a wounded leg. Despite hardships, he managed to marry off his three graduate daughters.

Now the whole family looked upon Govind to bring success in his chosen field. It wasn’t easy for Govind to study amidst taunts like, ‘What will you gain by studies? You can probably own two rickshaws.’ But, he got immense backing from his family who supported him to live in Delhi for his coaching and studies as he was unable to concentrate on his studies from their one-room, power-cut ridden dwelling in Varanasi. His father had sold a piece of land that he owned in order to send him to Delhi. Meanwhile, his father’s leg got worse and he had to stop pulling rickshaws.

Path Towards IAS

Govind’s dedication and sincerity towards his ambition were unwavering. He gave Maths tuitions and even skipped meals in Delhi to save money. Govind knew that he couldn’t let anybody down. He had no choice but to succeed. He knew he did not have the luxury of a second or third attempt. In his own words, “Anyone who can understand my hardships and circumstances will realize that I had no other option.

Neither I could go for lower government jobs as they are mostly fixed nor I could start a business as I had no money for it. I went for the option I was left with: worked hard on studies.” And succeed he did. In his first attempt itself, Govind Jaiswal, who attended a government school and a modest college in Varanasi, secured 48th rank in the UPSC civil services exam in 2006.




Motivation from Govind’s story

“Work hard with single-minded devotion.”

A poor grasp of the English language is not a handicap. What is important is for you to be conversant and articulate in any one language. 

Civil services is truly a leveler in our society. He said on his decision to try for the IAS, “I decided to try for the IAS because this is one government job where you don’t need money or approach to get in, and I had neither…”

Don’t use excuses like a distraction, family circumstances, etc. to not work towards your goal. If one man can do it, so can ten others.




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