Poonam Singh

“Self-belief and hard work will always earn you success,” this quote is apt for IAS Himanshu Gupta who achieved his dream with hard work and self-belief.

Born in Sitarganj in Udham Singh district of Uttarakhand, IAS Himanshu Gupta is an inspiration to many who want to excel in civil services because despite facing poverty and many hardships, he cracked the UPSC exam. 

Himanshu had a tough childhood due to extreme poverty. His father was a daily wager and his income was not enough to meet their family’s needs.

Later his father opened a tea stall, where Himanshu used to help his father after his school. However, their financial woes forced them to shift from Uttarakhand to Bareilly where his maternal grandparents were living. From there, he completed his schooling.

Speaking to The Better India, Himanshu said “I never saw my father much because he was in different places trying to find jobs. It was very difficult for us financially and this was also one of the reasons why my family moved to Shivpuri in Bareilly where my maternal grandparents lived. So, I was enrolled at the local government school there.”'

Notably, Himanshu used to travel 70 km daily just for basic English education. However, he was oblivious to the UPSC. It was only after he got into Hindu College at Delhi University (DU) that the idea of appearing for the coveted exam struck him.

Himanshu was then offering tuition and also writing blogs to finance his college fees.

After completing his graduation from Hindu College, he enrolled for a Master's degree in Environmental Sciences and topped the university. Following this, he got an opportunity to pursue Ph.D. at a foreign university but he chose to stay back in India and pursue Civil Services.

To support his family financially, Himanshu joined as a research scholar at a government college. He thought it to be an ideal position as it not only helped him earn a stipend but also offered an academic atmosphere to prepare for civil services.

For the unversed, Himanshu attempted UPSC Civil Services Exam thrice. In his first attempt, he qualified for Civil Services but only got selected for IRTS. He continued his preparation and became an IPS in the 2019 UPSC Exam. 

In his third attempt in 2020, he qualified for IAS with an All India Rank (AIR) 139.

Currently, Himanshu Gupta is posted as Assistant Collector and Assistant Magistrate of Kanpur.