(Success Story) UPSC Topper 2015, Pranjal Patil (AIR-773)
there's a will, there's a way and 26-year-old Pranjal Patil, a visually-impaired
Ulhasnagar resident, has proved it right by clearing the Union Public Service
Commission (UPSC) exams and getting an All-India ranking of 773.
Born with a weak eyesight, Patil lost her vision completely
when she was just six, but till then she had made up her mind to be an Indian
Administrative Services (IAS) officer someday. And today she is living the
dream. "I just want to celebrate this moment. Let this feeling sink in first,"
said Patil, who is currently in Delhi.
She is now awaiting her posting. "I do not know what they (UPSC) will give
me. But whatever it is I am up for the challenge," said the feisty girl from
To fulfill her ambition of becoming an IAS officer, Patil did
not let her lost vision discourage her. Though her schooling was in braille, she
did her graduation in political science from Mumbai's St. Xavier's College and
did her Master of Arts in International relations from Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru
University (JNU). "In my education technology played an important role. I got
this software installed on my computer which would read out chapters from
various books for me," she said.