Born in Maharashtra’s Ralegan village and known for people-centric initiatives, IAS Vijay Amruta Kulange braved big odds to crack UPSC. His father was a tailor and his mother was a daily farm worker.

Money was always scarce, and even bare necessities were unimaginable. “My sister and I may have never had any toys in our childhood, but we never lacked the stationery required to attend the local Zilla Parishad school. The school was always a priority,” says Vijay.


He completed his diploma in Education (D.Ed) and worked as a primary teacher at a government school for a few years. Later, he appeared for the Maharashtra State Civil Service (MPSC) exam.

He failed his first two attempts and became a Sales Tax inspector in the third try. In 2012, he cracked UPSC CSE in his first attempt and earned the rank of an IAS officer.

As an IAS officer, he made his village COVID-free, protected villagers in Ganjam during cyclone Yaas, reduced child marriage, generated employment, and much more.

“It wasn’t easy, but I was willing to work hard for it, and was determined to succeed. That is what got me through,” he says.