Pradeep Singh from Haryana’s Sonepat district has topped the UPSC Civil services exam 2019, results of which were declared on Tuesday. Pradeep had cleared the UPSC civil services exam last year and is presently under training as an Indian Revenue Service Officer in Faridabad, Haryana.
Singh’s father Sukhbir Singh is the former Sarpanch of Tewri village in Sonepat’s Ganaur block. His father served as village Sarpanch twice and grandfather once. Pradeep’s parents are currently staying at Omax city in Sonepat.
Pradeep said that his father, who is a farmer, inspired him to become an IAS officer and he wants to work for the welfare of the farming community.
“My focus was to cover targeted syllabus every day. UPSC demands consistency and sometime I felt that I was not consistent but my father encouraged me. My father is a farmer and mother is housewife”, he added.
“After completing my graduation I took coaching for Staff selection commission (SSC) and got first job as Income Tax officer in Delhi five years ago. I had appeared for UPSC exam four times. Last year, I got 260th rank and now I am posted as Indian Revenue Officer in Faridabad”, the UPSC topper further added.
Pradeep Singh said that it was very difficult for him to study and do job at the same time.
“My few friends also helped me in cracking this exam. I have achieved this feat by doing self study. At one time, I thought to stop preparing for IAS, but my father told me not to lose patience and do hard work. Self-motivation is the best key to achieve any goal. Do not listen to what others are saying, only an individual knows his/her potential”, he added.
The UPSC topper Pradeep Singh said that he had studied till class 7 in government school at his native Tewri village and later his family had shifted to Sonepat. He did his class 12 from Shambhu Dayal modern school, Sonepat in 2008 and graduation in Engineering from Murthal University, Sonepat in 2012. His elder brother Ajit is married and younger sister Manisha, is post-graduate in Mathematics.
Pradeep’s father Sukhbir Singh said that he had shifted his family to Sonepat in early 2000’s for his children’s education.
“I had told Pradeep to make constant efforts to become an IAS and do not think about from where I will bring money for his study. Today, he made every Haryana resident proud. He told me that UPSC has declared results and when I asked him about his result, he came close to me and said he had topped the exam by hugging me. I want to tell all farmers’ and labourers that their children have more appetite to become an IAS”, his father added.