A dream is not the one that you see in sleep but the one that doesn’t let you sleep and for Harpreet Singh, Civil Service was an ultimate dream that he had nurtured for long. Now, after years of hard work, he has fulfilled his dream by cracking the civil services examination as he made to the top 20.
Harpreet, who started his career as an Assistant Commandant with the Border Security Force (BSF) in 2016 never gave up on his dream.
“In 2016, I joined the BSF as an Assistant Commandant through the UPSC. After joining the force, I was posted at the India-Bangladesh border,” Harpreet told news agency IANS.
Harpreet’s fighting spirit, grit, determination and hard work helped him to achieve his goal.
The 27-year-old Harpreet said he started preparing for Civil Service while serving the BSF. Despite a tough schedule, he was still extra-motivated to prepare for the exam and to achieve his goal of becoming an IAS officer.
In 2017, Harpreet was selected for the Indian Trade Service (ITS), after which he quit BSF.
“While still serving the BSF, I took the Civil Service examinations again in 2017 and was placed at the 454th rank and selected to the Indian Trade Service. I left BSF and joined the ITS. Again in 2018, I sat for the Civil Services and got 19th rank,” he said.
Hailing from Ludhiana, he took Public Administration as his optional subject and had finally made it into IAS in his fifth attempt.
Revealing his success mantra, Harpreet had one advice for all civil services aspirants: “never stop chasing your dream no matter how difficult it is to get there. Keep trying,” he said.
Transition in every individual’s life is obvious if s/he gives everything to fulfil the goal. Ask a successful person about how they did it and they would simply say there are no shortcuts to real success.
One must realise that only hard work, great diligence as well as commitment is required to touch the pinnacle of success. Above all, believing in oneself is also one of the biggest strengths to overcome challenges and it is also important to dream big in life.