Manoj Kumar Rawat, a 29-year-old former police constable and clerk at a lower court from the Shyamoura village in Jaipur district, is now on the verge of becoming a member of the decorated Indian Police Service, reports Hindustan Times.
Last week, Manoj secured the 824th rank in the All India Civil Services Examinations 2017 conducted under the aegis of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). A candidate from a Scheduled Caste community, Manoj is likely to get into the IPS.
Manoj always wanted to be an IPS officer. Inspiration first came from ‘Indian,’ the 2001 Bollywood movie starring Sunny Deol who plays the role of Raj Shekhar Azad—a tough and honest IPS officer. Manoj was in Class 8 when he first saw the movie, and it left an indelible impression on him.
After finishing school, Rawat enrolled as a student at the University of Rajasthan. A year after graduating with a Bachelors degree, he joined the Rajasthan Police as a constable. While working as a police constable, he completed his Masters in political science in 2012.
“Working as a constable has helped me to understand how the legal system functions in our country. Even administrative issues such as sanctioning of leaves and people friendly methods of policing matter a lot when it comes to the smooth functioning of law and order system. It’s likely that I will be given IPS cadre and then I would try to use all those lessons,” Rawat told The Indian Express.
The following year, he quit his job as a police constable and took up a job as a lower divisional clerk at a court. Much to the discontentment of his family, Rawat quit his job as a clerk the year after and decided to give the prestigious examination a shot.
Out of a million applying for the exam every year, only 700-750 candidates make it.
“People asked me ‘have you gone mad? People long for a government job, and you are leaving one. Do you think it’s that easy to become an IAS?’” said Rawat to the Hindustan Times.
However, such complaints did not deter Rawat from giving the exam. After four gruelling attempts, Rawat cleared the exams. Interestingly, during his preparations, he was selected twice for the Junior Research Fellowship (JRF), which allowed him to enrol for a PhD at a central university. He also qualified for the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF).
“My PhD subject is ‘Ambedkar View: Dalit Empowerment and Social Justice’ and I will be submitting it within the next year. The stipend from JRF also helped me to be self-sufficient with the expenses since I had left my job for the civil service preparations,” Rawat told The Indian Express.
Despite being the son of a schoolteacher and securing a JRF, Rawat never had any inclination to take up a teaching job. He always wanted to become an IAS or IPS officer. Rawat especially thanks his mother for supporting his every decision.
“When I was not studying, I would be sleeping. I kept the internet on my phone off mostly and would switch it on just once or twice in a day,” said Rawat. He also thanks the coaching classes in the national capital that he attended in 2015-16 while preparing for the civil services exam.
As a civil servant, Rawat wants to push for the cause of gender equality. “I come from a village. I have seen what women go through. I want to change that,” he said.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)