Cassian Baliarsingh

Lakhs of aspirants appear for the Civil Services Exam every year conducted by the Union Public Services Commission (UPSC). However, a fortunate few get success in the exam.

It does not mean that a particular aspirant did not prepare well for the exam. But, along with hard work and strategy, luck factor also matters to crack India’s toughest exam. But, the life journey of Muktendra Kumar, from being the son of a brick kiln worker to clearing UPSC, is a story of sheer determination and hard work.

His father Satish Kumar is a poor Dalit labourer who works at a brick kiln in Uttar Pradesh’s Brijnore. This Apart, he also works in a crusher and transports bricks for livelihood. His family survives with whatever he earns by doing all this odd jobs. The family also avails free ration under the government’s PDS scheme.

Born and grown up in poverty, Muktendra was a bright student and wanted to do something to change the fate of his family. Being a Hindi medium student, he was aware of the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) exams but had little knowledge about UPSC, a report in DNA India said.

He made it his goal to crack the UPSC after he came to know about it. He worked day and night tirelessly for three years until his hard work finally paid off. He successfully cleared the UPSC exam with an All India Rank (AIR) of 819 and is now eligible for Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer.

Although he would aim to become an IAS in the future, his focus is to remove poverty from society.

“It is very important to remove poverty as the kind of life they have lived is very difficult. A lot has to be done for the backward and for the women. I want to do this by joining the service,” said a proud Muktendra to The Print.

“I’m thankful for my success, because I come from a backward background where dreaming in itself is a very big thing,” he added.