Biography of Govind Jaiswal. Son of a rikshaw vendor who cracked the IAS 2006 with his determination and hard work.
Success becomes slave of those who think they can. This is very true in the case of Mr. Govind Jaiswal, a man who with his continuous hard work and rock solid determination has achieved that much which remains a dream for millions. Being the toughest exam of the nation, IAS was a hard nut to crack but Govind Jaiswal proved that if you are determined enough then nothing is impossible in this world. By securing 48th position in the IAS exam of 2006 Govind Jaiswal has entered his name in the history with golden words.
To crack IAS is a big achievement in itself but the adverse conditions which he overcame to emerge out as winner make Govind Jaiswal a role model for today’s youth.From the childhood, Govind was very clear of his goals. Belonging to a lower middle class family he knew that he didn't have any other option except clearing the most prestigious exam in very first attempt.
Childhood and education of Govind Jaiswal
Govind was born in a family of three sisters with being the youngest brother. Father being a rikshaw puller and mother being a housewife, they don’t have any other option except to live in a 12x8 ft rented room. Govind has completed his schooling from a government school in Usmanpura and done graduation in maths from the Govt. degree college.
When Govind was of tender age 11, once he went to his friend’s house who was rich enough in the locality. But within few minutes he was thrown out from the house in a very disgraceful and insulted manner. He was asked how he dared to make friendship with a son of rich? These words of insult didn’t make any negative impact on his mind but made him determined enough to achieve something big. At that very time civil services was the only big which came to the mind of young child which later became his only goal of the life.
The life at Varanasi was very miserable for the Govind. With a power cut of 14 hours daily he used to study by shutting off all the windows of the room and inserting cotton in the ears to counter with the noise of generators running in the locality. After completing his graduation Govind realized that it will be very difficult for him to prepare for civil services in Varanasi due to tons of distractions and adverse situations.
Moving to New Delhi for the preparation of civil services exam
After completing graduation, Govind first shared a room with his friend in BHU to prepare but the notion didn’t work. So seeking the difficulty of his son Govind’s father Narayan Jaiswal had decided to send his son to Delhi for hurdle free preparation of his son.
Soon Narayan sold his only piece of land in Rs. 40,000 and sent his son to Delhi. The life in the delhi was not easy for Govind. This was the very first time he was introduced to such a big city and there was a fair chance of going off the track with the glamour of city. But instead of going off track, Govind worked more hard and took it as a golden opportunity to crack the civil services exam.
Along with his studies, he used to take maths tuitions to reduce some financial burden of his father. Daily Govind used to study 18-20 hours sometimes even skipping his meal in order to save money and time.
Then the winning moment came with lots of tears of happiness
There was nonstop tears running out from the eyes of Govind Jaiswal when he first time heard that he cracked the civil services exam in very first attempt. For first few minutes his hands were not working according to his command when he tried to give this news to his father.
No surprise that Govind has got inspiration from the well known Indian scientist and ex-President of the country Dr. APJ Kalam. In his own words Govind stated that "After Gandhiji, President Kalam has given us a dream and the power to dream. His dream is of a developed India and he is a symbol of many common people's dreams."
Govind’s father Narayan and his three sisters were the happiest creatures of the world when they first time heard about the success of Govind. According to the Govind’s eldest sister Nirmala, their father was not able to afford further expenses of Govind if he could not make in his very first time. Even we didn’t know what could have happen if Govind would have failed. She told to media that their father couldn’t sleep for ten days before the declaration of the result of IAS.
So, this was the short story of a real hero from the day to day life who stood up to live his dreams with rock solid determination and courage. Govind has proved that where there is will there is a way. He has given inspiration to lots of youngsters including me to do something big in the life.
Don’t forget to jot down your views below in the comments. I will be happy enough to interact with you on this topic.