I am posted as Deputy Director of Income Tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation), Unit-1(2), Mumbai. Being a Lucknowite, I am a huge admirer of Lucknavi Tehzeeb and culture. For 4 years, I stayed in Delhi preparing for the Civil Services Examination and got succeeded in my 3rd attempt with All India 250th Rank. The overall progress has been good. I have appeared in 4 UPSC Interviews in all my 4 attempts and got succeeded in the last two attempts with AIR 250 and 396 respectively.
I have always believed that the lack of proper guidance have been the biggest malady afflicting the IAS aspirants. I was one amongst them. The Director of an IAS Institute in Lucknow told me after 10+2 to join his course meant specially for the Intermediate pass outs. I was so enthusiastic to join it that i did not even give it a second thought. I kept on studying the same thing over and over again for multiple years with no examination in sight. I was demotivated. Just for this reason, i did not even prepare for engineering, even after being the topper in my school in the 10+2 Board exams. I joined BA in Lucknow University just because i was told that History was a good optional and that Director was a failure with History optional. I opted for Ancient Indian History as one of my subject in BA. Coming from a Science background with PCM subjects in 10+2, this was a big change for me. I miss my college life because i didn't get a feel of it. ( I want to reinforce here that i have no grudges against History, but it was just that by the end of my 3rd year of BA, i realised that it was not my cup of tea).
When i see back, i don't repent, but feel pity on many others like me, who don't get proper guidance for civil services and who are being trapped by such greedy so called Directors of self-proclaimed India's no.1 Institutes for IAS.
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MANPREET SINGH DUGGAL