(Toppers Talk) Ankur
Garg, IAS topper
OF THE MONTH
believer in divine blessing , dedicated to filial piety-these traits or
qualities are not exactly associated with careerist modern bureaucrats enjoying
the loaves and fishes of power . Yet, an element of surprise may be in store for
you when you hear that IAS topper and a brilliant student Ankur Garg attributes
his outstanding achievement to blessings of God and parental best wishes . A
brilliant student all through, Ankur was pursuing his engineering studies in the
premier institution IIT , Delhi and had two successive stints in internationally
acclaimed institutes in Paris and Lausanne before graduating as an engineer .
Even as offers of six digit salaries and perks commensurate with it started
pouring in the young engineer opted for Civil Services only for the love of
challenge and commitment entailed by the service . With another IAS topper
Ashutosh Jindal (D.M. /West) as his friend , philosopher and guide Ankur Garg is
currenly undergoing probation and planning to bring about incremental
qualitative changes in the administration . Ankur however makes no secret of his
conviction that he has a lot to learn and a lot more to unlearn as an IAS
probationer. For the benefit of young IAS aspirants in Tripura Ankur is prepared
to offer any help in preparatory studies . In this exclusive interview he spoke
his mind with a candour and warmth that bowls you over .
a topper in the civil service examination is a fantastic achievement . How could
you achieve this , I mean, what was the secret of your success?
There is no secret of
success. It is something which is known to everyone. One just needs the
blessings of God, the good wishes of parents, teachers and friends and sincere
and single-minded devotion. That is he open formula for success.
you let us know a little bit about your early life with special reference to
your academic record ? This may be inspiring to youths of Tripura.
had been amongst the good students throughout my school and college days. I did
my graduation in Electronics Engg. from I IT Delhi and passed out in the year
2002. I did the third year of my engineering studies from INSA, Lyon, France as
an exchange student. Besides this, I also did a 3 month internship at EPFL,
Lausanne, Switzerland. I took the Civil Services Exam immediately after
completion of my graduation and this was my first attempt. As Civil Services was
always at the top of my mind, I did not take up any job with any of the MNCs and
software companies that come to IIT campus for recruitment.
:With your caliber and
academic achievements you could have joined other dignified and rewarding
services. What prompted you to go for civil service ?
Services is a career which offers you immense responsibility and authority to do
good to large sections of the society at a very young age. Such an exposure is
not perhaps available with any other service in India at present. Besides, there
is a very high career status associated with the job. These were the two factors
that prompted me to go for Civil Services.
specific contributions can you make to the civil service and the cause of people
from the posts you will be holding ?
I am undergoing training in West Tripura. My aim right now is to observe and
learn - how things work and how can they be made to work in the best possible
way. I am sure that when I get my formal posting, I shall be able to utilize
these learning's and I shall try my best to make whatever incremental or big
changes I can make in the lives of people. But right now, I have lots to learn
and am not in the best position to answer this question.
is your view of Tripura ? How do you think can the state develop in spite of the
constraints of geographical isolation from the mainstream and lack of resources
is a very beautiful and progressive state, which is so distinct from its other
north-eastern neighbours in all aspects. So far, my short stay here (appx. 20
days) has been a fascinating experience. The more I learn about our state, the
more I realize that I have to learn more.
In these days of connectivity (physical or electronic), I do not think that
geographical isolation will be a major inhibiting factor in the state's
development in the coming future. Tripura has a huge base of literate and
qualified youth and this should be exploited. Infrastructure development is
coming to the state in a big way. Though lack of resources continues to be a
hindrance, we must realize that we have to develop methods to utilize whatever
we have in the best possible way. For this, we should identify and exploit the
core competencies of the state in an optimal way.
:What are your
suggestions to youths of Tripura aspiring to join the civil service ? How should
the youths of the state prepare for this elite service ?
Services is an excellent career option. Especially for the youth of Tripura,
because the representation of our state in the Civil Services is already
very low, and this needs to be increased. And Civil Services is an exam where
hard work and dedication can see you through. For that, you don't need to have
excellent academic background or education in elite institutes. I have seen good
book shops in Agartala where many good books are available. They can always go
in for self-study and take the assistance of their college or university
teachers in case they find difficulties. Going through the newspapers regularly
is another absolute essential. With the state well connected through internet
and cable-TV, flow of information is no longer a problem.