Going abroad for higher studies after college, bagging a job and settling there is the ultimate middle-class Indian dream. Innumerable college students spend their time preparing for TOEFEL and GRE with the hope that they would get a decent scholarship at a foreign university. However, IAS officer Abhishek Surana left the luxury of working in a foreign country to serve the nation.
Abhishek Surana hails from Bhilwara, Rajasthan. He studied Electrical Engineering at IIT Delhi and was later hired by Barclays Investment Bank in Singapore. He worked there for 1.5 years, reported Jagran. He then went on to work for a mobile-based startup in Chile, which was funded by the governments in South America.
But Abhishek wasn’t satisfied. His heart was in serving the people. So he decided to come back to India and take the UPSC exam and get into civil services. He made his first attempt in 2014, but he didn’t succeed. His next attempt also went in vain. He passed his third attempt but with a rank of 250, which wasn’t enough to get into Indian Administrative Services. But his fourth attempt worked like a charm and he secured an all-India rank of 10 in 2018, reported ABP.
“I would wake up at 5:30 a.m. on most days and head to the gym by 6:00 a.m. After an hour of working out, I would return to my room in Rajinder Nagar, a place where many civil service aspirants live. After a quick breakfast, I would head to the library in Rajinder Nagar, which is considered a mecca for all aspirants. The next twelve hours would be spent there, with a few breaks for tea and lunch in between,” he said.
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Abhishek Surana is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Zila Parishad, Jodhpur.
What a remarkable man!