Govind Jaiswal, IAS – The Rickshawallah’s Son

Govind Jaiswal’s strong determination led him to become an IAS officer. Becoming an IAS offficer was the result of his strong determination, true struggle and hardwork.


Govind, unlike most of the toppers, cleared his exam in his 1st attempt at the age of 22 years and whose success story motivates and inspires thousands of youths across India. He was ranked 48th position among 474 candidates in the Civil Services Exam held in year 2006.

Govind Jaiswal used to spend most of his time studying with cotton jammed in his ears to avoid the extreme clatter of printing machines and generators of his neighbourhood.

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His father Narayan Jaiswal, a rickshaw puller in Varanasi , sold off his land to provide him education. His mother was a house wife, he has three sisters and one brother.

His father gave him 40,000 to prepare for his Civil Sevices Exam in New Delhi and pursue his childhood dream of becoming an IAS officer. Govind Jaiswal wanted a good medical treatment of his father’s wound with his first salary so that he could heal fast. His father was his role model for him to fight any difficult situation in life.

Optional Subject:

He opted Philosphy as his optional subject.


He studied in Government School and from a modest College in Varanasi.

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He had only one dream throughout his life and that was to become an officer of the Indian Administrative Service.


Govind used to get inspiration from APJ Abdul Kalam for developing India. He used to read the Hindi translation of President’s book Wings of Fire. He said that after Gandhiji, President Kalam has given us a dream and the power to dream.

Lessons from Govind Jaiswal’s story:

  • Don’t break down if someone tries to show where you belong to
  • Willpower and diligence the key ingredient of success
  • Never take idleness for granted
  • Don’t take shelter for some excuse
  • Don’t waste your energy on worthless and insignificant works

Inspirational Interview of Govind Jaiswal

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  1. Can you pliz post the brief life story of Govind Jaiswal.. .and how he spent his lyf as a successful person in his carrier.. …regards reymin

    • If u want a whole story of Govind then its available on youtube just go to youtube n search u’ll get there.

  2. Sir i am in bba 2nd sem
    I want to become an ias officer
    I am scared if i wont be able clear
    How many hours did uh use to study at dat tym

  3. Sir i am pursuing MBA how can i start many hours will be quality of study matters or quantity ?

  4. Can anybody suggest me what is the first step before preparing for upsc exam… should I study for pre first or pre and mains together.. and how to start I mean to say.. which book which subject.. CONFUSED

  5. Jaiswal sir was interviewed by ibnlive news reporters(the video link above) . he was given a memento (pen) at the end. They asked him to write about his journey in achieving IAS under difficult circumstance.
    Has he written any book or posted something about his struggle ?

  6. Sir I to want to crack..I A S exam…I’m to scared..if it is possible r nt but…I want to be an IAS I need to prepare,nd which..nd all we have to refer,should have knowledge plz..sir

  7. Can I be what I want?
    My aim was never to be an IAS Officer, but today it has become the only thing I want to achieve now.

  8. Sir mai BSC ki hu .aur abhi MA Poli sci mai kr rahi hu .aur mujhe IAS ka exam clear krna mujhe kon sa optional sub lena chahiye??? pre aur mains ka ek sath kese Teyari krna chahiye ?

  9. Sir Jaiswal’s success is a big inspiration for us and help boost our confidence.
    I want more such stories.
    I am a civil service aspirant now graduating from a college now on the point of starting preparation for the exam really I want suggestions regarding study materials as well as something about various coaching centres located in Delhi(I’ve found difficult to choose among them, I want student friendly type)

  10. Amazing spirit! Those who blame others for their failures should learn from Govind ji . So inspiring , may God bless him and #respect for his dear father . Rgds

  11. I am Ankit Kumar Tiwari i want to preparation IAS .
    I am studyingin B.Sc. last year class.
    Please suggest me..

  12. Sir I am a b. Tech 3rd year Mechanical engineering student in utter Pradesh Technical University
    I want to prepare for IAS…
    What I can do for this..?
    And what subject I can choose for this?

  13. Jai hind sir..mera naam manisha jaiswal h..kya mai IAS Ki preparation bina khi coaching gye kr skti hu.

  14. Sir I am pursuing B.E. with electrical branch. So plz tell what should i take the optional subject.except branch subject….

  15. I have just taken my 12th exam. I m from UP board and I wanna be an IAS officer. I want to achieve my aim by passing IIT exam but my parents says that I should do from a known university. I m good in studies. I m sure that I will pass this exam by being an IIT AN. Plz sugges me what should I do.

  16. I want to be an IAS officer…how will I achieve this dream target….? Please help me sir…

  17. hlo sir
    I m a final year student
    How can I contact with you…Because I want to know how prepare yourselfFor IAS examination…
    i need of your guidence.
    bcz i also belongs to a lower middle class family.nd i want to come true my fathers dream .

  18. congratulatz sir…I wnt to be like u…sir plz tl me ur life history…hw cn u stdy during preparation for I.a.s xm…I like ur life.sweet story
    .god bless u all d time sir
    .plz give me sm inspirational wrd to bcm an I.a.s….

  19. Hello Sir…..I m sushant from Assam i have completed MA from guwahati university in political science… I m working in a collage as a assistant professot (contractual)….I have a great desire to clear upsc but I have not so much knowledge regarding this and financially I m not strong……can u prvode me some tips about civil service without coaching….plz plz.

  20. Sir,i am going to do my btech this year from hbti kanpur as i am in kanpur what to do shall i join coaching or home preprton as i have my stuf also

  21. Aap jase logo ko kotish prana Jo him logo ko aage bdne k ly prerit kr re h god bless u brother. Best of luck for ur future

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