The son of a Janata Dal(United) legislator may have been arrested on the charge of killing a teenager, but there is another legislator from Bihar’s ruling party whose son is in the news for the right reason.
Dr Vivek Kumar, the son of JD(U) MLA Virendra Kumar Singh, has secured an all India rank of 80 in the Civil Services Examination 2015.
“Every father wants his son to do better in life than himself. I cannot describe how proud I feel that my son has achieved this feat,” Singh, an MLA from Nabinagar constituency in Aurangabad, said.
Initially, Singh felt his son never studied.
“I never saw him study when he visited us during his vacations. It was only after he cleared his MBBS in 2010 and came to stay with us for UPSC preparation that I realised that he works hard,” Singh said.
Kumar cleared the examination in his third attempt. In his first attempt, he cleared the preliminary test and in the second, he went as far as the interview round.
“He initially wanted to pursue an MD from the US, but there was some delay in getting a visa. By then, he expressed his interest to go for IAS. I told him it is tricky, but his mind was made,” the proud father said.
“His entire routine was different. He studied at night and slept mornings. He never cared about his health and I had to ensure he ate on time,” said Singh.
Kumar said his two unsuccessful attempts did affect him but his family and friends help him cope with the pressure.
“Success in such examinations depends on how well you manage that pressure. My friends, relatives and family were my motivation,” Kumar, who was recently appointed at the Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi, told HT.
He added he was done with the examination and is not planning a fourth attempt. “I am happy with my rank,” he said.
He advised future IAS aspirants from the state to keep working hard and be confident. “The examination pattern changes every year. So, it is important to study smart,” he said.
The phones of both Singh and Kumar have been flooded with congratulatory calls and messages ever since the results were declared. They are not complaining, though.