The son of an Orissa farmer living below the poverty line has cracked the Indian Economic Service (IES).
Dipak Kumar Das,from Sibampur Palakana village of Kendrapara district,who is now pursuing his PhD in development economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University of New Delhi has obtained the 25th rank in the IES 2012 examinations,the results of which were declared on August 8. A total of 31 candidates have made it to the final merit list of the IES.
This was my third attempt at the IES. In the last attempt I could not make it to the merit list by six marks and was determined to make it. Though there were problems and hurdles in my way,I knew I would overcome them, said Dipak over phone from Delhi. Dipaks elder brother Ashok Das said there was great jubilation in their village as soon as the news reached there.
Dipaks father Arakhita Das owns less than an acre of land in their native village. It was tough for my father to fund my studies. But my elder brother Ashok Das came to my rescue. He sacrificed his ambition for higher studies so that he could fund my studies, he said.
After his graduation,my elder brother worked with a private company. While my father funded my studies upto the higher secondary,it was my elder brother who gave money for my studies during my graduation. After graduation,I got a job offer,but my elder brother said I should keep on studying irrespective of all financial problems, said Dipak,who also runs an NGO in his village.
Dipaks elder brother said he has advised his younger brother to remain incorrupt.