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Ajay Prakash, IAS Topper 2010: There is a difference between intention and implementation

imageYoung chap from Samastipur, Ajay Prakash, who got 9th position in the Civil Services Exam 2010, spoke to Gulshan Sharma of jagranjosh.com in a candid interview

Born to railway employee BN Jha and school teacher Indu Jha, Ajay Prakash was just one among the millions of students until 11 May 2011 when the Union Public Service Commission announced the Civil Services result. The energetic and sharp minded kid has secured 9th position in India and is now all set to become an IAS officer, the most coveted profession in India.

Ajay believes that India has a lot of potential and can offer its citizens a life that anyone would dream of. But he also cautions that it can happen only when like-minded people come together to achieve this uphill task.

Ajay opines that most government schemes do not benefit the people they are meant for. He vows to work towards the development of India in his capacity as a civil servant and maintains that health and education are two sectors which need immediate attention.

“There’s a difference between intention and implementation. I will do whatever job is assigned to me by the Government and try to build a team of honest people around me so I could help in the development of the country,” says Ajay. He strongly supports the cause of Anna Hazare but does not believe in his methods as he is a strong supporter of Democratic processes. It is quite obvious as he pursues his MPhil in English Literature from the prestigious Jawahar Lal Nehru University which is known for inculcating a sense of leadership in its students.

Ajay Prakash received his primary education in Samastipur of Bihar. He then completed his class 10 with 95.4% marks from Oak Grove School in Mussoorie. Ajay had deep interest in Literature but chose Science stream in class 12 as most of his friends did. It was only after he failed IIT-JEE and AIEEE and scored an average 78% mark in class 12 that he realized it was important to pursue what he loved and what he was passionate about. Later Ajay joined Hindu college in Delhi and then did his Masters’ in English Literature from JNU. It was first in JNU that the 25-year-old Ajay realized that he could actually become an IAS although his parents had always insisted that he at least thought about it once. Ajay believes in the significance of good quality institutions and credits his success to his alma mater and the JNU.

Advice to IAS aspirants
Ajay cleared the UPSC examination in his very first attempt and had hardly prepared for 9 months. His success mantra is that he doesn’t take too much pressure upon himself but lives a disciplined life.

He advises civil services aspirants, “Do not talk to too many people. Consult only those who have qualified this examination. Believe in yourself and study methodically.”

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