Unlike lots of successful individuals with a relatively good socio-economic background, Pravin Kumar, a son of a farmer, cracked the UPSC civil service examination securing an all-India rank of 19 this year.
Although Pravin has no lineage of bureaucracy, this “self-motivated” individual wants all but to serve the society, especially the rural areas, with the “power” he would have being an IAS officer. In fact, Pravin had cleared the examination — considered the toughest in the country — ranking 83 in 2003 and opted for Indian Revenue Service (Custom and Central Excise). Pravin appears indebted to his brother-in-law, Ramjivan Rai — a teacher in H.E. High School here — as he repeatedly mentioned his sister and Rai’s contribution to his success.
An alumnus of Navodaya Vidyalaya, Banka, and DPS, Bokaro, Pravin has been a good student from his childhood. “Singing,” pat comes the reply from the Ghulam Ali and Mehdi Hassan fan, who has reportedly impressed the members at the board with his knowledge of ghazals.
Pravin, who got married to Smriti — an MBA working in Mumbai — in December last year, leaves a message for the IAS aspirants: “Set your goal, have passion and right approach towards the goal and honest labour.”