Gaurav Agarwal of Jaipur has made the city proud by grabbing the top position in the prestigious civil services examination, 2013. Agarwal, an IIT Kanpur and IIM Lucknow alumnus and a former investment banker with Citigroup in Hong Kong, is probably the first person from Rajasthan to bag the first position in the IAS exam.
The 29-year-old spoke to HT over phone: Excerpts from the interview.
Civil Services Examination 2013 topper Gaurav Agrawal. (HT photo)
What was the mantra for your success?
Perseverance. I was keen on being an IAS officer, and strived hard to reach my goal. This was my second attempt. For the first (attempt), I prepared consistently for a year but could grab only 244th rank, which led me into IPS. But I didn’t give up.
What are your future plans?
I wish to bring in development and encourage industrialisation. Whatever I take up will be backed by honesty, commitment and strong will to serve the country.
Of late, bureaucrats have been in the news for wrong reasons. Comment
It is because the wrong make news. Every profession has both right and wrong people. I can name several IAS officers who have been doing their work with total commitment and have been successful in fighting several issues. But such people are never brought into light. The media prefer to focus on wrongdoers than on those who do excellent works.
Was it all study and no play?
Absolutely not. Everyday I would walk 2-3kms, play cricket and catch up with my friends. Whatever I did I was honest to myself and made sure I kept the right balance. Whenever I felt I needed to pay more attention on my studies, I refrained from any other activity. One needs total commitment and discipline.
What’s your message for civil service aspirants?
All I can say is, be honest to yourself. No one but you can evaluate yourself. Weigh your positives and negatives. Make sure you learn from your negatives and work upon them.
Whom do you give credit for your success?
While hard work and commitment are both very important, family support plays a huge role in achieving something of this sort.
My family helped me keep away from dejection with their constant encouragement.