Cassian Baliarsingh

Success has no meaning if you haven’t toiled hard, and overcome obstacles and challenges in life. If you want something, then you have to work hard for it and give it your all. This seems to be the key to achieving big in life.

The taste of success is more sweet if one has worked hard for it. One such inspirational story is that of IAS Anil Basak who battled all odds to become an IAS officer. Despite being the son of a roadside cloth seller, IAS Anil Basak reached the highest of highs with his unflinching dedication, perseverance, and persistence.

Hailing from Bihar, Basak’s father would often travel from village to village by bicycle to sell clothes. The family reeled under a severe financial crisis. As Basak was a bright student from his school days, his father made sure he studied well.

He passed Class X and XII with flying colours and secured admission to the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. Basak made it to IIT Delhi only with his hard work and rigorous studies. However, he was unaware that it was just the beginning.

Soon after passing out from IIT Delhi, he made up his mind to crack the UPSC. It was his childhood dream to become an IAS officer. However, his first attempt left him shattered as he could not clear the Prelims.

“I worked very hard during my first attempt, but couldn’t even clear the Prelims. I was arrogant that I could clear the IIT-JEE exam, and then I could also clear UPSC,” Basak was quoted as saying by India Today.

He then introspected and altered his study strategy for his second attempt and put in extra effort. His hard work finally paid off and he secured AIR-616, securing a position in the Indian Revenue Service (IRS). However, Basak was adamant about becoming an IAS officer and made another attempt the third time. This time, he secured an impressive AIR-45 to finally fulfill his dream of becoming an IAS officer.

Recalling his life journey, Basak asserted, “The financial situation of my family was extremely difficult. However, as much as life tested me, it also gave me the strength to aim for something big in life and change my fate.”

Basak credits his father and primary school teacher for the position that he has reached today.

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