PUNE: Tragedy could not break Gaurav Singh Sogarwal spirit nor his determination. When he was in standard X in 2002, his father died. His mother had passed away in 1991, but he had a family comprising his step-mother, his older sister and his younger brother to look after. There were the fields to tend to and school to go to. He took up all these responsibilities, and set out to fulfil a childhood dream.
On Wednesday, Sogarwal could look forward with a sense of accomplishment when he secured an All India Rank of 46 in the UPSC examination results that were announced on Wednesday.
It was Sogarwal’s third attempt, his first was unsuccessful and he secured the 99th rank in his second attempt and was selected for Indian Police Services.
“My father was a primary school teacher and his pension was too little to manage the house. I looked after our farm and went to school,” Sogarwal, who is from Bharatpur in Rajasthan, said. He was speaking to TOI from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy where he is currently undergoing training.
After completing his schooling in the Hindi medium, Sogarwal took a train to Pune to pursue engineering. “I took an educational loan to fund my electrical engineering degree from Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering. I used to tutor school children during my college days to earn,” Sogarwal added.
He would wake up at 5am, take tuitions and rush to college and was back to tuitions. He would return to his hostel by 9.30pm. After graduation, he worked for two years in a private firm and paid off his education loan, got his sister married and educated his brother.
“That is when I started thinking again about my dream of becoming an IAS officer. I started taking tuitions for college students and preparing for IAS. My dream has been fulfilled today,” Sogarwal said.