Hailing from Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh, Sparsh Gupta, L.L.B. from National Law School of India University, Bangalore, Karnataka has accomplished his goal by achieving success in Civil Services Examination 2018.
Since childhood, Sparsh had low vision problem that kept on deteriorating gradually; but, he has imagined something big in life and to achieve that he kept on making sincere efforts.
He commenced his professional life with Law firm Luthra & Luthra Offices in Delhi and the time results were out, Sparsh was working as Assistant Legal Advisor with ONGC, Western Onshore Basin, Vadodara (Gujarat).
There are two types of people; one, born Genius and achieve things relatively easily with wit and sharpness; on the other side, there are a lot of hard working people with ‘Never say Die’ attitude and despite all odds, they leave no stone unturned and with genuine hard work make impossible looking things possible.
This story is about Sparsh Gupta Person with Disability (Low Vision) who has faced all sorts of difficulties in life; but, never let his dreams fade.
He imagined something big in life and then made efforts to put life in to his dreams. Finally all turned out well as he achieved success in prestigious Civil Services Examination 2018.
It happened as he expected and he accomplished something big – the coveted Indian Administrative Service.
“Sky is the limit” and “Dreams come true if you want them to” are the lines that come to my mind when people ask what you feel about clearing the most prestigious exam of the country.
Life is never only a bed of roses, it is full of both roses and thorns, it is your job to pick out the thorns from your way and achieve what you have set out as your goal.
The journey so far has been full of hardships and challenges, but, sheer willpower to achieve my final goal, unflinching support from my parents and my younger sister and constant support and guidance from my teachers and friends has always inspired and motivated me to become a role model for People with Disability.
I had cataract by birth and both my eyes were operated at a tender age of 4 months.
Later, at the age of 10, I lost vision in left eye due to severe glaucoma. Later on, vision in right eye has been deteriorating in the past decade. All this has always thrown up newer challenges for me physically and mentally.
Moving around places, reading and writing and communication have been challenging in the aftermath. Despite that, looking at the larger picture and achieve success in life has always motivated me to move ahead in life.
Why Civil Services?
While working in Luthra and Luthra Law Offices, I could not feel that I was contributing to the society as my capabilities suggest and a big platform to work for the masses motivated me to take up Civil Services as a career.
The biggest reason for that being, while working as a Civil Servant, I could contribute to the spread of awareness about the challenges for the differently able and also inculcate knowledge about their rights and avenues for them.
Having experienced both parts of society due to my gradual decline in vision, I believe I am the right candidate to do that.
Things haven’t been straightforward in any of my endeavours so far.
I am a visually challenged person who had to constantly deal with health challenges and accessibility issues when I set out on this journey.
But, God has been kind and I kept bumping into people who have constantly helped me in this journey and are an equal partner in my success.
What was special in my success is the support that I have had from my parents and my sister throughout my journey despite all the odds stacked against us.
My Family; my World
My father is a Chartered Accountant and my mother a home-maker. I have a younger sister who is pursuing Hotel Management. I cannot describe their contribution in words. They were always behind me even when I had failed Mains in the first two attempts.
My mother was always a source of inspiration and kept me motivated. My father’s contribution cannot be underestimated as he stayed back at home alone for first time after marriage while my mother accompanied me for coaching in Delhi.
This result is more than mine, my family’s success.
The first two attempts, I believed that self study would suffice; though, I felt that I was going wrong somewhere.
In my earlier attempts, I felt that my preparation was not up to the mark. I was missing touch and I could feel after writing Main Examination that there exists a gap.
In CSE 2018 attempt the biggest difference was constant and honest guidance that I got in Nirvana that has made all the difference. And this reflected in my Main Examination performance and I anticipated that probably I am on my way to achieve success.
No less has been the role of my teachers from childhood and from Karam sir, Director, Nirvana IAS, my mentor in this journey who has been the biggest contributor to this achievement and catalyst in my success, Wadhwa sir who used to teach us History at Nirvana proved to be quite helpful.
Karam sir gave direction to my studies and hard work. The changes that I incorporated in my strategy have been a massive factor in my success.
To add a few more who have contributed to this success, people from Vision IAS without whom clearing Prelims was a challenge as they were technologically advanced. Also, the National Association for the Blind who were my last resort when I could not find the preparation material accessible.
My scribe Manya Sharma is an equal contributor to this success and I cannot repay ever in life what she has done for me.
Secret of Success
Self-introspection is one quality I have always had and I give its credit to me parents who have inculcated this quality in me.
I have always competed with myself and never with others and that is the major factor of my success so far.
Credit for Success
My Mother deserves all credit as she constantly pushed me to do my best whatever might be the odds.
Advice to Future Aspirants
If a person without sight can clear this exam despite all sorts of challenges, than I believe anyone can if he or she has the will to do it.
In conclusion, so far the journey has been full of ups and downs; sometimes, it has felt like it is tough to move forward. But, the motivation to prove my critics wrong and to set an example for People with Disability has inspired me to keep working towards this goal and as the saying goes,
“Lehron se darker nauka paar nhi hoti, koshish karne walon ki kabhi haar nhi hotti”
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