IPS Suraj Singh Parihar’s journey from Call Center to IPS is uber-inspiring that he fulfilled by working hard despite the setbacks. In his 4th and last attempt at the age of 30, he finally went on to become the IPS. But how he could achieve something of this scale?
From Call Center to IPS
His journey from call center to IPS wasn’t going to be easy. Belonging to a humble background in a village in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, IPS Suraj Singh was studious and scored well since childhood. Adept at sports and creative writing as well, he won the National Bal Shree Award for creative writing from the then President, KR Narayanan.
After class 5th, he had to join a Hindi medium school due to which he struggled with English language initially. But, this didn’t deter him. He learned to write the English on his own by reading English newspaper extensively. Having scored 81%, he topped his school in class 12th Board exam in 2001.
He had learnt to write English, but speaking fluently was still difficult for him. He felt inferior before those who were fluent in English. Bur Suraj Singh had a never-say-never attitude. He mastered the art of speaking English by speaking to himself before the mirror. He watched English news channels, films, documentaries and that was it. He succeeded in honing his fluency in English.
After 12th, he joined random college where attendance wasn’t an issue and opened an English Coaching Institute in his village to support his father in family earnings. The coaching Institute had to be closed due to issues with the landlord. In 2003, he saw an ad for a call center job in Noida. He applied and cracked in 7 rounds and moved from his hometown to Noida, at the age of 19.
Here starts his journey from call center to IPS
But, UPSC was all he had going in his mind that time. He secured a good amount of earning to help his family and quit the Call Center job to shift to Delhi so that he could prepare for UPSC in 2007-08. Simultaneously he appeared for various Bank exams and cracked all of them.
He joined Bank of Maharashtra to work as a PO where he worked for 4 months. Soon, he secured the 7th rank in SBI exam and joined the bank where he worked for around 4 years. But couldn’t clear UPSC in his first attempt where he reached till the Interview stage in 2011. Frequent transfers stumbled his goal of UPSC as it affected his preparation.
In his 2nd attempt, he couldn’t clear the Mains due to low marks in Public Administration. He quit SBI as well and cracked SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam with AIR-23 to become the Excise inspector which gave him lot for freedom and time to prepare for UPSC. Now, in his 3rd attempt, he was selected for IRS where he worked for a year. Finally in his 4th attempt, he secured the AIR of 189 and was selected for the prestigious Indian Police Service.
He credits his success to his wife Dr Parisha and his parents who believed in him all through. Isn’t this journey of IPS Suraj Singh from call center to IPS inspirational?
IPS Suraj Singh Parihar’s message to the aspirants of Civil Services Examination
He says “Many of the aspirants who reach out to me, ask about the material benefits of being an IPS and time and again, I ask them to find a deeper motivation. The Indian Police Service is not a job, it is a service. Keep the company of better people, take constructive criticism positively, learn from your mistakes and that of others and maintain a balance between work-study-hobbies-play to do well in life.”