Twenty-nine-year-old Gaurav Agrawal of Jaipur has made history by becoming the first person from Rajasthan to bag the first position in IAS. The results were announced on Thursday. Gaurav reduced his All India Rank (244) in 2013 to become first the very next year. This kind of achievement is rarely seen in such tough examinations.
Resident of Maharani Farms in Jaipur, he has been a meritorious student throughout. This is not for the first time he brought laurels to his state. He secured 45th all Indian rank in IIT when he was just 16 and got into IIT-Kanpur. A degree in B-Tech hasn’t fulfilled his quest, he appeared for CAT at the age of 21 and scored 99.94%. He completed management in finance from IIM-Lucknow and proceeded to work as an investment banker in Hong Kong.
For six years, he worked abroad and won several awards for his acumen in the field of finance. Here, for the first time, his aspiration to appear for IAS was triggered. His job profile in Hong kong allowed him to identify problems of people and coming up with solutions as part of his company’s social work. He first cracked the IAS in 2013 and was inducted into Indian Police Service.
“My assignments in Hong Kong to understand people’s needs and trying to resolve the same changed my perspective. I realized that all my wisdom and experience I gained must be used to benefit my own people back home,” said an elated Agarwal over phone from Sardar Vallabhbhai National Academy of Police in Hyderabad.
Gaurav’s family celebrates his success.
Leaving a promising career for an uncertain goal was not easy till his family supported him. “I took leave from my job and began preparing for IAS. After gaining confidence, I resigned and arrived in India in 2012 for real time preparation,” said Agrawal, who will be quitting police academy for his new role.
“Dissatified” with his rank, Gaurav cracked IAS again in 2014 and stood first.
Asked what inspired him to take up IAS in 2013 for the first time after six years of a promising career, he replied, “While preparing for IAS, I had the feeling of doing something constructive for the nation.” And why did he re-appear again? “I was sure that I could improve and I was right.”
He draws motivation and inspiration from his father SC Gupta who is a manager with Jaipur dairy. His mother Suman Gupta is a homemaker. Wife Garima is a doctor. Agarwal also “eats” cricket and “walks” cricket. He is a die-hard fan of Virat Kohli.
Agrawal initially reacted with disbelief when he was informed Thursday that he has topped the prestigious civil services examination this year. “Initially I could not believe. Then I started receiving calls from my friends, father, mother and wife congratulating me,” he said. He also wants students not to become arrogant on small achievements. “We should strive for our ultimate goal. Hard work is the only way. The results will come automatically,” he said.