Two railway clerks clear IAS examination

June 8th, 2008 - 6:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 8 (IANS) Two railway employees, both graduates of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), have proved that hard work pays — both cleared the Indian Administrative Services (IAS) exam this year achieving commendable ranks. While Keshvendra Kumar, a railway booking clerk in West Bengal, secured 45th rank in the IAS examination, 2008, Kumar Ravikant Singh, also a railway clerk in West Bengal, managed the 77th rank in the prestigious examination.

For Keshvendra, becoming an IAS officer was always a cherished dream — which he has now realised after putting in tremendous hard work besides regularly doing his job.

He is currently pursuing 2nd year of MA (Hindi) from IGNOU.

“I am happy that finally my dream has come true. But right now, my focus is on completing my exams,” Keshvendra told IANS over phone from Kolkata.

For other IAS aspirants, he advises that determination and hard work are the only key words that can fulfil one’s dreams in life.

A railway booking clerk, Keshvendra spends most of his time in the ticketing office but after work he devotes his time to studies.

Another IGNOU graduate and also a railway clerk, Kumar Ravikant Singh is currently pursuing his 2nd year in MA (History).

“I am happy that I was able to fulfil the dream of my parents,” Ravikant told IANS over phone.

When asked how he managed his job along with studies, he said: “If you want to succeed in life, you need to compromise on certain things… and this is what I did to achieve my goal.”

Ravikant used to study till late in the night and on off days from office.

Both Keshvendra and Ravikant were born in 1985 and hail from Bihar. They came to West Bengal after completion of their 10th standard studies and then completed their schooling from Bhola Nand School in Barrackpore.

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