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Biography of Govind Jaiswal. Son of a rikshaw vendor who cracked the IAS 2006 with his determination and hard work.

Proud father with his son. Govind and his father Narayan.

Proud father with his son. Govind and his father Narayan.

Success becomes slave of those who think they can. This is very true in the case of Mr. Govind Jaiswal, a man who with his continuous hard work and rock solid determination has achieved that much which remains a dream for millions. Being the toughest exam of the nation, IAS was a hard nut to crack but Govind Jaiswal proved that if you are determined enough then nothing is impossible in this world. By securing 48th position in the IAS exam of 2006 Govind Jaiswal has entered his name in the history with golden words.

To crack IAS is a big achievement in itself but the adverse conditions which he overcame to emerge out as winner make Govind Jaiswal a role model for today’s youth.From the childhood, Govind was very clear of his goals. Belonging to a lower middle class family he knew that he didn't have any other option except clearing the most prestigious exam in very first attempt.

Childhood and education of Govind Jaiswal

Govind was born in a family of three sisters with being the youngest brother. Father being a rikshaw puller and mother being a housewife, they don’t have any other option except to live in a 12x8 ft rented room. Govind has completed his schooling from a government school in Usmanpura and done graduation in maths from the Govt. degree college.

When Govind was of tender age 11, once he went to his friend’s house who was rich enough in the locality. But within few minutes he was thrown out from the house in a very disgraceful and insulted manner. He was asked how he dared to make friendship with a son of rich? These words of insult didn’t make any negative impact on his mind but made him determined enough to achieve something big. At that very time civil services was the only big which came to the mind of young child which later became his only goal of the life.

The life at Varanasi was very miserable for the Govind. With a power cut of 14 hours daily he used to study by shutting off all the windows of the room and inserting cotton in the ears to counter with the noise of generators running in the locality. After completing his graduation Govind realized that it will be very difficult for him to prepare for civil services in Varanasi due to tons of distractions and adverse situations.

Moving to New Delhi for the preparation of civil services exam

After completing graduation, Govind first shared a room with his friend in BHU to prepare but the notion didn’t work. So seeking the difficulty of his son Govind’s father Narayan Jaiswal had decided to send his son to Delhi for hurdle free preparation of his son.

Soon Narayan sold his only piece of land in Rs. 40,000 and sent his son to Delhi. The life in the delhi was not easy for Govind. This was the very first time he was introduced to such a big city and there was a fair chance of going off the track with the glamour of city. But instead of going off track, Govind worked more hard and took it as a golden opportunity to crack the civil services exam.

Along with his studies, he used to take maths tuitions to reduce some financial burden of his father. Daily Govind used to study 18-20 hours sometimes even skipping his meal in order to save money and time.

Govind Jaiswal

Govind Jaiswal

Then the winning moment came with lots of tears of happiness

There was nonstop tears running out from the eyes of Govind Jaiswal when he first time heard that he cracked the civil services exam in very first attempt. For first few minutes his hands were not working according to his command when he tried to give this news to his father.

No surprise that Govind has got inspiration from the well known Indian scientist and ex-President of the country Dr. APJ Kalam. In his own words Govind stated that "After Gandhiji, President Kalam has given us a dream and the power to dream. His dream is of a developed India and he is a symbol of many common people's dreams."

Govind’s father Narayan and his three sisters were the happiest creatures of the world when they first time heard about the success of Govind. According to the Govind’s eldest sister Nirmala, their father was not able to afford further expenses of Govind if he could not make in his very first time. Even we didn’t know what could have happen if Govind would have failed. She told to media that their father couldn’t sleep for ten days before the declaration of the result of IAS.

So, this was the short story of a real hero from the day to day life who stood up to live his dreams with rock solid determination and courage. Govind has proved that where there is will there is a way. He has given inspiration to lots of youngsters including me to do something big in the life.

Don’t forget to jot down your views below in the comments. I will be happy enough to interact with you on this topic.

Comments on November 18, 2017:

Wt a real insprinatinal story

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kuber singh ureti on March 24, 2016:

Thanks dear to give us such a epic story....really govind sir proved that if u have dream and clear determination than doesnt matter u r poor or rich....great salute sir..god bless u

Dipen Solanki on February 25, 2016:


Respect, I want to be a Traniner, having lot of Knowledge, Motivation, Sympathy, i am working with my role model; my Mentor with whom we are providing knowledge of competitve exmas. We have very few students in our class, we are disturbed, financially and mentally. I belong to lower middle class family, What should I do? follow the dream make it happen; or choose another option to make financial support to family? as we have less students my revenue is less, and we have tried harder to aware students but low knowledge of Exams defeat us to develop.

Pls Suggest us what to do for Both for Family and My Institute?

shivu... on February 20, 2016:

First time in my life commenting for something.

Govind jaisval u are real hero who made me to cry when ever i read about him.

U are giving strength to my aim.

Zubair Ahmad on February 13, 2016:

It proved out to be more motivating, than the IAS topper 2009.

ANIKET on December 09, 2015:


kavya on December 07, 2015:

I am inspired by your hard work sir,I want to work hard in the same way,you are real hero sir

Osho M.L. jain on August 20, 2015:

Let the difficulties know u too r difficult....salute u sir....u have seriously proved our hardwork and rock determination wins finally.

bikash on August 08, 2015:

I would like to become an IAS officer like you.

bikash on August 08, 2015:

I would like to become an officer like you.

Divyansh singh on July 27, 2015:

I am realy inspired by the IAS topper Govind jaisval...

He prove tha if you have estamina to hard work then nothing is imposibble..

Ananth Ganesh on July 19, 2015:

Iam really inspired with his achievement.I too aspiring for civils. At present Iam studying sr.inter. I would like to become an IAS officer by 2025.

Karthik on July 19, 2015:

Really inspirational

rajesh gupta on July 11, 2015:

I really inspired by him & I will try to do my best for achieving my goals

Dhiraj kumar singh on June 27, 2015:

Its really inspired to me for achieving goal in life

sagarika sahu on June 14, 2015:

A really great person...i too have a dream to be an ias..i m nw totaly inspired by such a great person..i too work hard...and will try my best to be an ias...thnk u jaiswal sir

shivjot gill on May 20, 2015:

A very inspirational one indeed...I am a civil services aspirant as well ....these type to stories help to motivate oneself to a great level.....looking at their success after so many problems is a big boost for thousands of aspirants like me....

pramod chintapalli on April 27, 2015:

He is inspirational hero for new aspirants like me and many

teja on March 30, 2015:

definitely hard work will pay off....I really amaze of his strong persistence and perseverance in preparation ........I'm sure that consistency is the DNA of mastery........

Yash on February 13, 2015:

After reading all the things above . i guess from today onwards im gonna study hard . the life of this man was really tough . everything is about determination

vivek on January 27, 2015:

U r outstanding ... inspires me a lot...

U proved that one can achieve anything with fixed determination

gaurav gavshindhe on December 14, 2014:

he is the cream officer...

who specify his place in society...

now its our..turn to do..

get ready.........for ..


shubham on September 20, 2014:

very motivating . Salute to this man

alok pandey on August 05, 2014:

Very interesting proof everything is possible in best wishes always with you..

Anant on May 15, 2014:

I have seen the interview of a well known IAS officer Govind jaiswal i couldn't believe that such was his life by hearing his words bring tears into my eyes .I salute to him and to his efforts.

RAKESH KUAMR RANJAN on May 08, 2014:


satyendra chaurasia on May 07, 2014:

i'm really proud of you.. and your aim

Himanshu on May 06, 2014:

He's a kind of inspiration for me and Indian people. What's the stage of being realistic? This man with uttering a word can tell us the whole verse.

Thank you

Dr. Arvind verma on September 27, 2013:

Aapne kamak kar diya.

Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on August 07, 2013:

Excellent work. I appreciate you very much for bringing forward such a nice stuff for the attention of all. It will improve the confidence level of all people who are honest and hardworking. Welcome such stuff in future also. I hope all youths in the world read this article and achieve some brilliant result. IAS is one of the toughest competitive exams in the world and gaining an entry here is superb!

Ashwani kumar on June 01, 2013:

so interesting

Aman Thakur (author) from India on March 25, 2013:

Thanks DDE

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 22, 2013:

Most interesting and well done for writing such a hub.

vikram singh on February 13, 2013:

congrat for your success.i also would like to be a ias officer in 2020.mujhe bhi kisi ki baat chubi hui hai main ias bankar unko jabab dunga aur tab us aadmi ke baare me bataunga wo kon hai.

Kollol Sharma on December 31, 2012:

Real hero

sandeep baliyan on November 16, 2012:

superb...awesome...excellent !!!

Salute to the Hero...

sai on August 27, 2012:

great story - i sincerely wish you too crack this exam

Aman Thakur (author) from India on August 18, 2012:

Hello nettraveller.

First of all a big note of apology for not mentioning about the IAS. It stands for the India administrative services; exam held every year by central government to pick out the best talent of the nation.

After clearing IAS or civil services a person is offered the administrative gazetted job in the nation which is considered very reputed.

And for the vedio, the very person Mr. Govind Jaiswal has given all his interviews in hindi so couldn,t do anything.

I am highly thankful to you for standing by and giving your valuable time to read this hub. This is really an inspirational story of a person starting from nowhere to achieving such a great height.

nettraveller from USA on August 18, 2012:


what does the acronym IAS stand for? I know you said it was the civil services exam, and that it's the hardest exam of the nation. I thought I might find out by watching the video, but it's in Hindi, which I unfortunately do not know. What kind of career options are now open to Govind Jaiswal? Will he be offered scholarships to continue his studies? Very uplifting story!

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