Success Story :
girl bags third rank from State in UPSC
good news for the suburbs. Poonam Guha, from Kalyan has been ranked third from
the female category from the State of Maharashtra. Incidentally she is also the
first ranker from the suburbs in the recently announced results of the Union
Public Service Commission (UPSC) exams for this year.
A resident of Santoshi Mata road, Kalyan, Guha says that she always aspired to
become an IAS officer. "I always dreamt of joining the IAS since my
childhood as I wanted to serve my countrymen. I worked very hard to achieve my
goal for the last several years," says Guha who is greatly inspired by her
father Tapas Kumar.
An alumnus of the Holy Cross Convent School, Kalyan and the VG Vaze College,
Mulund, Guha attributes her success partly to her teachers for their guidance
during her formative years. Speaking of the support given by her parents, she is
prompt to mention the sacrifices and support shown by her mother Kanika.
"My mom has been a constant pillar of support to me and she has even
sacrificed a lot socially to help me be successful in my endeavours," she
Speaking of her future plans she informs that she aims to bring about changes in
the current education system. "Today, the education system has become
marks-oriented and is nothing more than a rat-race. I feel the essence of
education has lost in the bargain and I want to make it more helpful for the
students," she says.
Corruption is also something that she wants to address. "I prefer to call
it degradation of morals and not just limiting it to bribes or any other vices.
I feel that proper education will be the solution to all such problems that are
plaguing the system today," she says.
Ask her about the challenges that she will be facing in this male-dominated
sector and she says, "I know I will have to face many challenges, but I
don't believe much in this gender bias. However, I understand the importance of
the position I will be servicing and will try my level best to serve the
Prod her over the current trend of IAS officers switching over to private sector
in search of greener pastures and she is quick to reply. "I have invested
the prime years of my life for this course and in no way will I ever switch over
to the private sector.
I strongly believe that 'Gradualism is the key to social change' and I'm
confident that I will be able to tackle the challenges properly," she sums
Currently Guha is preparing for the training session and also plans to learn
Rabindra Sangeet in between. We wish her luck.