: Bharat Patel (12th Rank)-
UPSC gets a taste of Patel power
26, Bharat Patel has only one burning ambition in life - making it to the Indian
Administrative Service. But heâ€™s no slick city youngster gunning for a
high-flying career in the civil services.
is a farmerâ€™s son from Nanivavdi village in Morbi, who moved lock, stock and
barrel to Ahmedabad three years ago to prepare for IAS exams to chase his dream.
A dream which Dhaval Patel, the son of a taluka development officer, has just
realised by standing 12th in the UPSC list this year - the highest rank ever by
a candidate from Gujarat. "I have appeared for the GPSC exams this year and
am confident of getting through UPSC next year," says Bharat.
of young Patels like him are chucking a life ploughing their fields for a chance
to rule the corridors of power. A silent revolution is sweeping the
predominantly agrarian Patel community across arid Saurashtra that has seen the
mushrooming of nearly 16 IAS training centres in far-flung places like Dhrol and
Jam Khambhaliya in the last five years or so.
explains why out of the five Patels who have cleared UPSC in the last 15 years,
four have made it in the last four years. Most of these centres teach Patel
students free of cost and retired Gujarati babus offer honorary services.
this drive to groom Patel youth for civil services has the financial support of
top guns of Gujarat Inc like Nirmaâ€™s Karsanbhai Patel, Suzlonâ€™s Tulsi Tanti
and Ajanta-Orpatâ€™s Odhavji Raghavji Patel. "With farm land shrinking and
increasing awareness about good education, there is a craze among Patels to
become officers," admits Odhavji who runs half a dozen IAS training
well-off, Patels can afford to let their children pursue their dreams, adds
Haribhai Patel, retired IAS officer and honorary director of a training centre
at Sola, Ahmedabad.