Autowallah’s son to clear civil services exam
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Syed Khalique Ahmed, Ahmedabad: The 29-year-old Deepak Zala, who cleared the Civil Services Examinations-2011 conducted by the Union Public Services Commission, is the son of an autorickshaw driver, Chimanbhai Zala, living with his family in the Gujarat Housing Board colony in Amraiwadi.
After completing his schooling from the Vivekanand Vidyalaya in Satyamnagar and J L Senior Secondary School in Maninagar, both Gujarati-medium, Deepak did his bachelor of engineering (BE) from the Charotar Institute of Technology at Changa in the adjoining Anand district.
“As my father always dreamt of seeing me having a high status in the society, I felt I should prepare for civil services examinations,” said Deepak, who cleared the country’s top examination in the fifth attempt.
“It was a dream come true for me and my family.”
Having been placed at 749 rank among 910 selected candidates from across the country, Deepak expects to be placed with Indian Revenue Services like income tax and customs.
Though an engineer by profession, Deepak had opted for history and Gujarati literature as his subjects for the main written examination. He had chosen Gujarati as a medium for the written examinations as also for interview since it was “easy for him to score better marks in his mother tongue”. He said he opted for history as he found it very interesting. Deepak said he studied for almost eight hours daily for the last two years.
Out of nine successful candidates from Gujarat this year, six are schedules caste (SC) candidates, Deepak being one among them. Two are from the general category and while is from the economically backward classes.
All nine had trained at the civil services study centres run by the Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration, a state-run academy.
Another SC candidate having made the cut is Dr Karanraj Vaghela, an MBBS currently posted as medical officer at Singarwa Community Health Centre near Odhav. A product of Diwan Ballubhai School at Kankaria, he also opted for history and Gujarati literature as his subjects in the main examination.
Dr Karanraj Vaghela advises the civil services aspirants to read NCERT books.
Most of the nine successful candidates are from rural background.
Dr Kalpesh Rupavatiya, BDS from the Government Dental College in Ahmedabad who qualified in the general category, did his schooling from the Saurashtra Gnanpith Gurukul in Barwala village in Junagadh district. His father is a farmer in Moti Khilor, a village in Rajkot district.
( Courtesy: http://www.expressindia.com/ )