Poonam Singh

In a tale of resilience and determination, IAS officer Lipin Raj has defied all odds to fulfill his dream despite facing numerous challenges. Hailing from a humble background and grappling with partial blindness, Lipin's journey from adversity to success serves as a beacon of hope for many.

Lipin's early life took an unexpected turn when, at the age of 9, a classmate's accidental blow with a compass left him with a wounded eye. Despite the potential for treatment, his father's struggle with alcoholism meant that Lipin's injury went unattended, resulting in the loss of vision in his left eye.

According to the News 18 report, Lipin was born in Pathanamthitta, Kerala initially led a normal life with dreams untarnished. However, his life-altering incident propelled him into a challenging trajectory. 

Undeterred by his partial blindness, Lipin pursued his dream of becoming an IAS officer from the age of 24. His academic journey began in a Malayalam medium government school, where he was an average student. Remarkably, in the 12th-grade examination, Lipin scored a perfect 100 in Malayalam.

The turning point in Lipin's life came when he entered a photocopy shop to get documents copied. The shop owner, Cherian, recognized Lipin's potential and encouraged him to enroll in a prestigious college in Thiruvananthapuram, providing invaluable assistance for admission. Lipin went on to graduate in Mass Communication and pursued post-graduation in History and Malayalam.

In 2012, Lipin Raj's tenacity bore fruit when he secured the 224th All India Rank in the UPSC Civil Services Examinations. 

Before achieving success in the UPSC Civil Services Examination, Lipin spent five years working at the State Bank of Travancore and IDBI Bank. Remarkably, he appeared in the UPSC Main exam in Malayalam and opted for English during the interview.