Determination

 “Uncertainty level in this prestigious examination is very high and it’s a matter of a click to achieve your goal. Your consistent hard work, intelligence and patience is the main mantra of your success,” says elated Vinod Kumar, a KAS officer presently posted as Commercial Taxes Officer who qualified coveted All India Civil Services Examination (Indian Revenue Services (IRS)), the results of which was declared yesterday.  
Kumar, who qualified this examination on sixth attempt, belongs to a remote area of Hiranagar tehsil, district Kathua.  Born on January 6, 1978, he did his schooling from Government Primary school Gurah, Beldaran, a remote village in Hiranagar.
After 5th standard, his parents admitted him in Government High School Gurah, Mundian where he completed his Class 10th examination. He did his 12th standard from Government Higher Secondary School, Hiranagar in 1996. Later, he completed his B.SC from Choudhary Sarwan Kumar Himachal Pradesh Krishi Vishwa Vidyalya, Palampur district Kangra from 1996 to 2000.
He has done his M.Sc in Horticulture from 2000 to 2002 after qualifying prestigious Junior Research Fellowship from Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI), New Delhi. Later, he qualified the entrance examination for Ph.D degree and completed it in 2007.
He also cleared Kashmir Police Service (KPS) Examination in 2004. Continuing with his strenuous efforts, he again qualified the KAS examination in 2008 and was posted as Child Development Project Officer (CDPO).  
His father is a retired Accounts Officer while his elder brother is an IAS officer of 2003 Maharashtra cadre. His mother is a housewife and sister is a government teacher.
He gives credit of his success to his family members, who according to him, have always supported and encouraged him.
“No doubt hard work with intelligence is a necessary but patience is a key for this coveted exam,” said Vinod. “Besides, you must have the courage to sacrifice various things to achieve this goal. As uncertainty level is very high in this exam, it’s a matter of click to supersede this Herculean task.”
Undeterred by his repeated failure to beat the interview jinx, he said, “I qualified the main examinations five times but could not qualify interview as I always missed it by a margin of 10 to 15 marks. Now, it’s a matter of satisfaction for me and if I could have not done it, i would have regretted it for whole of my life.”
(In addition to these two, two more persons from Jammu, Priyanka Dhar andArtik singh have also qualified the civil services.)

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