Drought-affected Bundelkhand on IAS topper’s mind

  • Shruti Tomar, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: May 12, 2016 21:21 IST
Ashish Tiwari said his aim in taking the UPSC exam was to resolve unsolved issues in Bundelkhand.

After fulfilling his thirst for success by securing the sixth rank in the civil services exam, Chhatarpur resident Ashish Tiwari wants to quench the thirst for water in Madhya Pradesh’s drought-hit Bundelkhand.

A mechanical engineer at Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL), the 26-year-old said his aim in taking the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) exam was to resolve unsolved issues in Bundelkhand, where incomes are low.

“I think being an IAS, I could help my people by establishing sources of irrigation in Bundelkhand and bring some small and medium enterprises for generating another source of income,” said Tiwari.

Ashish did his schooling from the Saraswati Sishu Mandir School till Class 8 and studied in the Government Excellence School, Chhatarpur after that.

He also scored well in the All Indian Engineering Entrance Exam and did his engineering from NIT-Jamshedpur.

“If student keep focus on studies, it doesn’t matter from where a person did his schooling and where he belongs. But yes I find some loopholes in education system and I want to improve it too,” he said.

Ashish, who juggled exam preparation alongside a job at Indian Oil in Jaipur, felt it is not too tough to clear the exam with a job.

“It’s a myth that a person can’t crack the UPSC while doing a job. I balanced my job and studies. In day time, I used to do job and in the night studies. In between my job, I used to take leave to visit Delhi to clear my doubts,” said Tiwari.

With tears of happiness in his eyes, his father PK Tiwari said, “My son has done schooling from a government school of Chhatarpur. He was never a demanding son. He did his engineering from NIT Jamshedpur but his quench for the success didn’t end with job in IOCL.”

Now, he also proved that a small town boy can do anything with this hard work, he added.

Other candidates who cleared the UPSC exam from the state include Naman Upadhaya from Indore (106th rank).

Upadhaya, who did marine engineering from BITS Pilani, said, “I really want to serve in MP cadre as collector of any district to serve people. I have seen that an IAS officer can change the fate of any district with his decisions.”

From Bhopal, three candidates Nivedita Naidu, Vedant Kanwar and Kopal Tondon made it to the UPSC. Nivedita secured 159th rank, Vedant Kanwar secured 303 rank and Kopal Tondon secured 423 rank.

“Like many, power and prestige attracted me most for choosing civil services as my career. I might get service in Income Tax. I want to work for the people by getting their feedback,” said Kanwar.

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