Before ranking 102nd in the India civil services this year, Sandeep Malik of Kurukshetra had withdrawn from two lucrative professions of army and commercial pilot, only in the hope of getting selected for the IAS.
Malik, originally hails from Songal village in Kaithal district that later settled at Sector 5, Kurukshetra. “I was selected in the army in 2008 and joined Indian Military Academy (IMA) training. But within days, I realized that the profession of army did not suit my temperament. So, I quit the IMA training after 21 days. Despite belonging to a family of army officers, everyone supported my decision to look for right career option,” Malik told HT over the phone from Pune on Sunday.
His elder brother is a major in the Indian army and currently posted in Pune. His sister is also married to an army officer. His father too serves in the army.
Malik said that after quitting IMA, he was selected at Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Udaan Academy (IGRUA) at Fursatganj in Raebareli in 2008. But again, he withdrew his plan to become a commercial pilot due to instability in the aviation industry at that time.
Malik said that being surrounded by defense personnel, he was not much aware about any other profession.
“Joining army was an obvious choice but I honestly felt that I will never be able to do justice to it. It was only after enrolling at BSc (computer science) course at University College in Kurukshetra, I learnt about civil services and started preparing to crack it. On two previous occasions, I cleared mains but could not make it for the interview,” he said.
His father lt col Malik said that he always supported career decision of his son and hoped that Sandeep would excel in the chosen profession.