Bihar brains shine in IAS exam, again
boasts of having two sons of the soil in the elite club of top 50 successful
IAS aspirants this year. While Rajiv Roshan, a native of Gaura village under
Teghra subdivision, has secured 23rd rank, Shambhu Kumar of Sihma village is
What adds to the pride of Bihar is the fact that Rajiv did his schooling and
college in his native district and, thus, breaks the myth that a Bihari has
to move to a reputed institute outside the state if he aspires to score high
in the toughest all-India test for the coveted job. He cracked the exam in
his first attempt.
“If you possess the willpower, so-called obstacles like rural
educational background are trivia,” Rajiv, an ancient Indian history
graduate from RBS College situated at Teyai under Teghra subdivision, told
TOI on Friday.
Currently working for the customs at Mumbai, Rajiv earlier served the
CISF as a sub-inspector. His father, Tridev Narayan Choudhary, is a farmer
and mother a retired government teacher. Shambhu, whose father Valmiki Singh
is also a farmer, is an IIT engineering graduate and had made to the Indian
Forest Service before script-ing his new success story.
Meenu Thakur of Udaynagar village in Purnia's Srinagar block shines at
89th rank. Her father Shyamanand Thakur, who worked as a school-teacher to
feed his wife, four daughters and a son, would never let his modest
financial status come in the way of Meenu's studies. The family lives in a
two-room house and Shyamanand rides a ramshackle bicycle.