(Success Story) UPSC Topper 2015 - Sandeep Kumar
Sandeep Kumar, son of a rickshaw puller, the journey to realising his dreams has
not been an easy one. The 28-year-old Dalit scholar, who did his BA in Political
Science through correspondence, has cracked the civil service exam despite all
Kumar says the death of his father fuelled in him the fire to crack the exam
and secure a better future for his family.
“I have always wanted to be a civil servant. I believe that
to represent my community and to formulate policies that are more inclusive
across caste lines, people from the backward classes need to have a bigger
presence in the services,” he said. Kumar lives in a transit camp for slum
dwellers displaced from Kathputli Colony in west Delhi.
Kumar did not have the luxury to attend coaching classes. His
10×12 ft makeshift cabin is where he studied for the exams. He used to work as
an accountant in Moti Nagar, earning Rs 5,000 a month and studying after work.
He finally quit to focus on the exam.
“Working and studying simultaneously was quite a task. Since
my father died, my brother and I were the breadwinners. We had to run the
household and support our mother, who has supported us for years. My brother
works in an MNC. He encouraged me to quit my job and focus solely on the exam,”
Kumar’s success has inspired several neighbours, most of whom
are children of migrant labourers, to prepare for the exam as well. However,
Kumar is not very content as his rank qualifies him for the IPS and IRS, but not
This, he says, is merely a stepping stone as he intends to
give the exam another shot next year in the hope of a higher rank. “I am very
happy with the IPS as well. One of things I want to do when I join the force is
I will be to increase the presence of women in the police force. Several of our
neighbours have been harassed by police officers for crimes they have not
committed. Seeing such things makes me angry, and I would like to be a part of
the long process to change this attitude.”
Kumar says his mother and his two sisters — who are married and live in
Maharashtra — sacrificed a great deal for him.
Courtesy: The Indian Express