Auto Rickshaw Driver’s Daughter Clears Indian Economic Service Exam With Flying Colours


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AIR 8 Megha Arora from Agra proves by action that if determined enough, one will find ways to do things despite odds.

Dreams begin where accomplishments halt. It is believed that children follow their parents’ footsteps and their growth stagnates once they reach the accomplishment of their parents. However, Megha Arora, the daughter of an auto rickshaw driver from Agra debunked this myth. Megha took everyone by surprise when she scored 8th rank in Indian Economic Service exam, an exam that UPSC conducts annually along with its other administrative exams.

Megha completed her graduation from Hansraj College, Delhi and pursued her post graduation from the prestigious Delhi School of Economics. For Savita and Sunil Arora (Megha’s parents) , this was more than just their daughter’s achievement. It was a moment to beam with pride to see their collective dream turning reality. Her father had to drop out of school after class VIII and is a school auto rickshaw driver since 1987. He says that Megha has worked hard and achieved what any parent could dream of for his child. Her mother Savita, who is a primary school teacher adds that she saw a spark in Megha since childhood and believed that she had the ability to succeed in her life. This bright young girl cleared her XII boards with 95% in PCM, she chose to pursue a career in commerce. Megha’s hard work and perseverance helped her clear IES exams in her first attempt without any coaching.

When asked about her motivation to appear for the exam and her success mantra, Megha said, “One of my friends encouraged me to apply for IES exam. Complete clarity of basic concepts and 8 to 12 hours of daily studies helped me clear my exams without any professional guidance.” She is the only person to have passed this exam and the following interview round, among 15 other applicants from Delhi School of Economics. Answering a question about the interview process, Megha said, “I kept my answers balanced and precise. When, they asked my opinion on demonetisation, I diplomatically replied, ‘Everything has its own pros and cons. While many must have benefited by demonetisation, some would have suffered.’”

As a lover of English fiction, Megha is a big admirer of Amitav Ghosh’s writing. She, however, is never interested in working in the corporate world and still wishes to pursue her PhD. As of now, she is keen to continue her 18-month training for the Economic Services that started in December 2017.

Prajwala Ghate | TOC

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